London: 1839. Modern cloth, 43pp. Very Good.
Burge, the Agent of Jamaica, seeks to maintain the old system of government-- with the reactionary Jamaican Assembly in power-- despite the sweeping changes that England sought to introduce by emancipation in 1833. He seeks to block passage of a Bill in Parliament which would, in order to assure justice to the freedmen, suspend the Jamaican House of Assembly for five years.
Peel, as well as Burge, spoke against the Bill; Burge defends the ancient constitutional rights of [white] Jamaicans: "By law the original settlers carried with them to the Colony all their rights, privileges, franchises, and immunities as Englishmen."
FIRST EDITION. OCLC 32212459 [3- Rice, Duke, U London] [as of June 2013]. Not in Sabin, Eberstadt, Decker, Work, Blockson, Ragatz, LCP, NUC, Stevens Rare Americana. Item #12106