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Whelpley, Samuel Letters addressed to Caleb Strong... [attacking capital punishment & war]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05208 Author/Creator: Whelpley, Samuel Place Written: Providence Type: Books Date: 1818 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Full title: "Letters addressed to Caleb Strong, Esq., ... showing that retaliation, capital punishment, and war are prohibited by the Gospel...." Third edition printed by Miller & Hutchen. Justifies pacifism.


Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Keywords/Subjects: Religion, Death Penalty, Peace, Military History

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform