London: 1824. Attractive modern boards and paper spine label. vii, [1 blank], 204 pp. Near Fine.
This item, which includes documentary evidence omitted from the parliamentary debates, was designed to "put pressure on the House of Commons to acquit Smith in its review of the case" [Finkelman]. Smith was a Methodist missionary sent to British Guiana to instruct the slaves in the Christian religion. Arrested for refusing to join the militia in putting down the slave revolt there, he was tried for promoting the insurrection, convicted, and sentenced to death. The evidence against Smith was rather thin, and included some equivocal testimony presented by slaves, who were ordinarily barred from testifying, particularly against a white man. Smith remained in prison until his death in February 1824, having succumbed to various illnesses that predated his 1823 arrest. Parliament posthumously refused to acquit him.
FIRST EDITION. II Harv. Law Cat. 1191. LCP Supp. 1311. Blockson 9673. Finkelman 275. Ragatz 342. Item #21629