London: J. Leath, 1842. Later half morocco [bit of scuffing] and red cloth, with title in gilt on spine. Large folding map of East Tennessee backed in linen, folding plate backed in linen and entitled, 'View of Mossy Creek Farm.' xii, 71, [1 blank] pp. Light scattered foxing, minor occasional wear, Very Good.
Smith, who claims personal familiarity with East Tennessee, argues that emigration from England is "the only permanent remedy for the existing distresses of the manufacturing districts of Great Britain." He describes the "advantages in favor of America," and focuses on East Tennessee for optimal opportunities for settlement, agriculture, natural resources, mining, manufacturing, transportation, and amenities. "Nothing speaks more for the kindness and humanity of the Tennessee planter, than the dread a negro has of being sold to another State." He offers advice on opportunities "to the capitalist," as well as to mechanics and laborers; and includes an essay demonstrating that the Indians of North America are "descended from the Jews."
Streeter opines "that the book was issued to promote the sale of 179 farms in East Tennessee by the East Tennessee Land Company. The large scale map shows for Tennessee the valley of the Tennessee and Holston Rivers, with a projected 'Branch Railroad to Knoxville' running up the valley."
FIRST EDITION. Howes S605aa. Streeter Sale 1671. III Clark, Travels in the Old South 239. Item #26448