New York: John S. Taylor, 1837.
Hard Cover. A printing of 15 letters, originally published in the Christian Mirror, by Rufus William Bailey, the agent for the state of Virginia of the American Colonization Society. The organization was beset by controversy from the time of its founding in 1817. Its primary objective was the repatriation of negroes to the colony (and later, the nation) of Liberia. Black Americans protested, stating at a meeting in New York in the 1820's, "we claim this country, the place of our birth, and not Africa, as our mother country, and all attempts to send us to Africa we consider gratuitous and uncalled for." Bailey was in fact one of the most effective of the ACS's agents. He actually persuaded a significant number of free blacks to emigrate (especially in the chilly political atmosphere following Nat Turner's slave rebellion). As well he successfully lobbied the Virginia legislature for a subsidy to reduce the cost for those considering emigration. While some believed that Bailey and the ACS's ultimate goal was the eradication of slavery, many blacks in this country must have wondered, "With friends like these, who needs enemies?"~~Previous owner's name. Green embossed cloth binding with gilt lettering. Moderate wear to boards with some dampstaining and foxing, but a more than serviceable copy. Uncommon in the trade.
Very Good binding.