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MASSIE, James William, Irish clergyman, born in Ireland in 1799 ; died in Kingstown, Ireland, 8 May, 1869. He began his ministry as a missionary of the English Independent church to India, and after laboring there several years returned to Great Britain and was pastor in Perth, Scotland, Dublin, Ireland, and Salford, England, subsequently removing to London, where he was secretary to the Home missionary society. He was an advocate of free-trade, the anti-slavery movement, and the Union and anti-slavery societies that were formed during the civil war in this country. He visited the United States several times, and is the author of numerous works, including "The Evangelical Alliance" (London, 1847); "Slavery the Crime and Curse of America" (1852) ; "The American Crisis in Relation to the Anti-Slavery Cause " (1862); and "America, the Origin of her Present Conflict, illustrated by Incidents of Travel during a Tour of the United States" (1864).
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