Beecher, Henry Ward

Autograph Sentiment Signed by the prominent preacher after his “fall”

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(1813-1887) Son of Lyman Beecher, Boston abolitionist Congregationalist preacher, brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, prominent liberal Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, and speaker in mid-late 19th Century. Appointed first minister of Plymouth Congregational Church in Brooklyn in 1847, advocated woman suffrage, temperance, Darwin's theory of evolution, abolition of slavery, and held that Christianity should adapt itself to changing culture of the times. Raised funds to buy weapons for opponents of slavery in Kansas and Nebraska, rifles bought with this money known as "Beecher's Bibles". Politically active, supported Free Soil Party and later the Republican Party. During the Civil War, his church raised and equipped a volunteer infantry regiment, pressed Lincoln to emancipate slaves through a proclamation, and went on speaking tour in England to undermine support for the South by explaining the North's war aims. Near end of the war, when US flag was again raised at Fort Sumter, Beecher was the main speaker. In 1875, he was acquitted by a civil jury (in one of most famous 19th Century American trials) and by ecclesiastical tribunals of charges of adultery that became a national scandal. Autograph Sentiment (“Cordially yours”) Signed on 8 ¼ x 6 ¾ autograph album page, Brooklyn, NY, March 29 1882.

Condition: Very good
Type:Autograph Sentiment Signed






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