Boston: William Carter and Brother, 1863.
Second edition (?). 36pp. 1 vols. 12mo. Original wrappers, duplicating the title page, but with "Second edition" printed on upper cover. Fine Not in Dumond. Item #16337
Parsons (1797-1882) was a professor in the Harvard Law School. Secession came as a rude shock to his belief that the work of the constitutional fathers was "near to the perfection of republican government." Here, he argues that he can "discern no limits to a nation's right of self-salvation," and that "the preservation of our nationality will be necessarily, at some time and in some way, the death of slavery."