Trial of the Rev. Jacob Gruber, Minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church: At the March Term, 1819, in the Frederick County Court for a Misdemeanor
Gruber was tried on a charge of having, in a sermon, incited a slave insurrection.
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accused African slave trade Attorney authority bad masters blood bloody whip Camp-meeting character charge Christian Church congregation conscience court crime criminal intent cruelty dangerous property DAVID MARTIN declaration of independence defendant delivered discourse doctrines duty emancipation endeavouring exalteth a nation examined exhorted Frederick county gentlemen go to destruction gospel Grand Jury Gruber preached happiness hath hear heard the sermon hold the declaration honour human hundred blacks incite inconsistent indictment innocent insubordination insurrection Jacob Gruber jurors aforesaid labour Lord maliciously manumission Maryland ment Methodist Episcopal Church moral natural law negro slavery oath obedience offence peace person Pigman poison preacher principles prosecution prove punish rebellion religion religious repentance reproach Righteousness exalteth sentiments sermon in question slave trade slaves were dangerous society souls spoke Taney thing tion traverser trial truth tyrants violation Washington county wheel of fortune whole wicked wickedly witness zeal
Page vii - MASTERS, give unto your servants that which is just and equal ; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
Page 65 - Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just ; that his justice cannot sleep forever; that considering numbers, nature and natural means only, a revolution of the wheel of fortune, an exchange of situation is among possible events : that it may become probable by supernatural interference ! The Almighty has no attribute which can take side with us in such a contest.
Page i - Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: 4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
Page 65 - And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God ? That they are not to be violated but with His wrath?
Page vii - And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing that your Master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.
Page 89 - We declare that we are as much as ever convinced of the great evil of slavery ; therefore, no slaveholder shall be eligible to any official station in our Church hereafter ; where the laws of the state in which he lives will admit of emancipation, and permit the liberated slave to enjoy freedom.
Page vi - And he that stealeth a man, and selleth him, or if he be found in his hand, he shall surely be put to death.
Page xii - And now, little children, abide in him; that, when he shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before him at his coming. 29 If ye know that he is righteous, ye know that every one that doeth righteousness is born of him.
Page xv - But are there not slaves in our country? Do not sweat and blood and tears say there are ? The voice of my brother's blood crieth ; is it not a reproach to a man to hold articles of liberty and independence in one hand and a bloody whip in the other, while a negro stands and trembles before him, with his back cut and bleeding?