Charleston, S.C. Southern Baptist Publication Society, 1851. 12mo. Original publisher's cloth with gilt-lettered spine title [spine sunned]. 151,  pp. Text lightly foxed, Very Good.
The Essays, which "contain matter worthy of the profound and prayerful consideration of the owners of slaves," won the prize offered by the Baptist State Convention for the best essays on the subject. Recognizing that, "on account of the agitation on this delicate subject, all persons may not be considered at liberty to treat it," the Preface's author assures his readers that he "is by birth a South-Carolinian; and by education and sympathy has never been less a Southerner than that nativity calls for."
Each essay has a separate title page and imprint, paginated consecutively. They discuss the humane treatment of slaves and their instruction in the Christian religion.
FIRST EDITION. LCP 6278. Work 315. De Renne 541. Not in Turnbull. Item #32874