The American Tract Society

February 22, 1856

The named organization is characterized as “that great incorporated representative of  the popular religion”    “The clergy generally, the deacons, and the weighty and influential brethren, as well as the Doctors of Divinity, still  insist on throwing the cloak of Christianity over the abominations of slavery; that is to say, they maintain in theory and practice, that actual slaveholding, and the defence of it, and the avowal of a determination to persist in it, are no barrier to their full recognition of such a person  as a Christian, a church-member in good standing, or a minister of the Gospel…”