Item #38474 A DISCOURSE, DELIVERED APRIL 11, 1798, AT THE REQUEST OF AND BEFORE THE NEW-YORK SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING THE MANUMISSION OF SLAVES, AND PROTECTING SUCH OF THEM AS HAVE BEEN OR MAY BE LIBERATED. Smith, lihu, ubbard.

A DISCOURSE, DELIVERED APRIL 11, 1798, AT THE REQUEST OF AND BEFORE THE NEW-YORK SOCIETY FOR PROMOTING THE MANUMISSION OF SLAVES, AND PROTECTING SUCH OF THEM AS HAVE BEEN OR MAY BE LIBERATED.

New York: Swords, 1798. 30, [2 blanks] pp, as issued. Stitched and lightly foxed. Very Good.

A Connecticut physician and Hartford Wit, Smith settled in New York in the 1790's, became active in this early anti-slavery society, and was a trustee of the school for Negroes in New York. Here he credits Woolman and Benezet with first stirring the consciences of European nations which had propagated "African subjection and domestic slavery...into a system, pursued with an unrelenting spirit of enterprizing cruelty, and maintained by all the force of watchful and suspicious tyranny."
Smith attributes "the degraded condition of the Africans, and their descendants, among us" to "the condition to which they have been reduced by those who reproach them with it." Smith discourses on the horrors of the slave trade and slavery, and rebuts their standard justifications by "miserable sophisters."
FIRST EDITION. Evans 34554. Dumond 103. LCP 9491. ESTC W37980. Item #38474

Price: $1,250.00

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