[Washington: Buell & Blanchard, 1856]. 8pp, caption title [as issued]. Disbound with some loosening, but a clean copy. Signed at the end in type by Thomas Webb. Housed in a modern dark slipcase with gilt-lettered spine title. Good+.
The New England Emigrant Aid Society was formed in 1854 to promote the emigration to Kansas of anti-slavery men and their families. Its Executive Committee, whose members included Eli Thayer, Edward Hale, and William Spooner, responds to criticism that the Society is a "mammoth moneyed corporation" which seeks "to control the institutions of Kansas." The charges against the Society were leveled in a Senate Report issued by the Chairman [Stephen A. Douglas] of the Committee on Territories.
The Society, says the Executive Committee, does not promote "interference with the internal affairs and domestic concerns of the Territory;" it "has done what it could, in a peaceable, legal, and constitutional way, to aid in the settlement of Kansas by a population of freemen."
FIRST EDITION. 22 Decker 220. Not in Sabin, Dary, Eberstadt, Work, Dumond, Blockson, LCP. Item #39581