Narrative of a Visit to the West Indies, in 1840 and 1841. George TRUMAN, John JACKSON, Th s. B. LONGSTRETH, ma.

Narrative of a Visit to the West Indies, in 1840 and 1841

Philadelphia: Merrihew and Thompson, 1844. First Edition. First printing. 12mo (17cm). In publisher's purple cloth, stamped in blind on both boards, titled in gilt on front, inside decorative floriation; plain endpapers; 130pp. With the contemporary bookplate of the Wilmington Monthly Meeting of Women Friends to front pastedown. A straight, tight copy, spine and edges of boards faded to beige, gently rubbed, foxed, with a 1937 pencil note to p.3 noting the acquisition, but otherwise an appealing, sound copy: Good or better.

A Quaker antislavery work, with Quaker provenance, recounting the authors' visit to the West Indies just after the 1838 abolition of slavery. George Truman (1798-1877) was a Quaker merchant, doctor, and co-founder of Swarthmore College. The authors write as "witnesses of the effects produced upon both the emancipated laborers and their former masters, by that act of justice and mercy which restored to eight hundred thousand bondmen their just rights" (3). They note that abolition, "at one time so fearfully dreaded by many... has been accomplished without a single instance of tumult or disturbance," and argue that "the peace of society is more easily preserved, ... where the rights of all are respected" (5).

The Wilmington Monthly Meeting, founded 1738, included active abolitionists such as Thomas Garrett (1789-1871), a stationmaster on the Underground Railroad. LCP AFRO-AMERICANA 10445.

Price: $250.00

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