Charleston: John Russell, 1854. First Edition. Lengthy poem of 1,576 lines romanticizing the slave-holding South, described by one scholar as "One of the most effective of the many books defending the institution of slavery in the eighteen fifties" (Thomas D. Jarrett, "The Literary Significance of William J. Grayson's 'The Hireling and Slave,'" in "The Georgia Review," Vol. 5, no. 4, Winter, 1951, p. 487). Throughout, Grayson compares the wage-earner of the North to the enslaved person of the South, a trope over which he would lose his New York publisher (Jennifer Rae Greeson, "Our South" (2010), p. 117). SABIN 28424. Octavo (23.5cm.); publisher's brown gilt-lettered cloth, yellow glazed endpapers; xvi,-106pp. Cloth unevenly sunned along extremities, first few leaves quite browned, later (1919) pencil ownership inscription to front free endpaper, else Very Good and sound.