Re: Pre Civil War Covenanters and the Underground Railroad
- --- In email@example.com, "Catherine Christine
Catalfamo" <chriscat53@...> wrote:
>Hello Dr. Catalfamo,
> Dear Friends
> I am not a Covenanter but rather a historian trying to more
> fully understand the relationship between covenanters and seceders in
> the middle 19th century.
I'm almost certainly not the caliber of informant you are seeking here,
but I will try to help with the little information that I do have.
Concerning the relationship between Covenanters and Seceders -- they
were historically in agreement on very many doctrines, though very much
divided on certain things, not the least of which was their
understanding of the duty of Christians under a tyrannical civil
magistrate. See the Covenanter (Reformed Presbyterian) document "The
Act, Declaration, and Testimony" on this point:
Note the reluctance in testifying against the Seceders, and the kind
and careful words used in prefacing their testimony against them. It
is my understanding that various dissenting parties of the day, which
held to various beliefs, and yet still were called "Covenanters," were
less careful and kind with their words, inviting harsh responses from
the Seceders towards "Covenanters." The Act, Declaration and Testimony
seems to be attempting to avoid this. A lesson that some modern Covies
ought to learn as well.
As far as Covenanter opposition to slavery, some documents you may wish
to look at can be found here:
Also, one of the reasons for Covenanters position of political dissent
in America concerned the issue of slavery being sanctioned by the
government. See the relevant sections of Wylie's "Two Sons of Oil"
(reason #8 under "the reasons why we cannot yield obedience, for
conscience' sake, to the present civil authority in North America":
I hope some of this may be of some small help.