ABOLITION

[ Thomas Gisborne, abolitionist and member of the Clapham Sect. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('T: Gisborne') offering the unnamed recipient his 'trifling interest' in 'the Staffordshire election'.

Author: 
Thomas Gisborne (1758-1846) of Yoxall Lodge, abolitionist, member of the Clapham Sect, Prebendary of Durham Cathedral [ the slave trade ]
Publication details: 
Yoxall Lodge [ ]. 12 July 1823.
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. With mourning border. In fair condition, but with thin strip lacking along one edge, resulting in slight loss of text. A stylish letter. He finds it 'almost ludicrous' that 'a person whose property, such as it is, lies chiefly in another County' should have anything to say 'about the Staffordshire election', but he 'had wished' that the recipient of the letter 'might fill the present vacancy when I had not ever seen your name connected with it'. He would be pleased to be given 'an opportunity of offering' him his 'vote & the singularly trifling interest'.

[ Sir John Jeremie, Governor of Sierra Leone. ] Autograph Note in the third person, inviting '- Payne Esqr.' to dinner.

Author: 
Sir John Jeremie (1795-1841), British judge and diplomat, Chief Justice of Saint Lucia and Governor of Sierra Leone, whose writings contributed to the abolition of slavery.
Publication details: 
Government House, Freetown [ Sierra Leone ]. 10 January 1841.
£25.00

1p., 12mo. On a bifolium, part of the second leaf of which has been torn away, but with address by Jeremie to 'Payne Esqr. | Commanding the G

'. In fair condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Reads: 'Sir John Jeremie presents his compliments to Mr. Payne & begs he will do him the favor of dining with him on Tuesday at half past six o'clock.'

[Hilary Nicholas Nissen.] Duplicated typescript address to the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science, titled 'Brief Remarks on the Punishment of Death by H. N. Nissen - Sherriff of London 1864.'

Author: 
H. N. Nissen [Hilary Nicholas Nissen (b.c.1813) of 13 Mark Lane, stationer], Sheriff of the City of London, 1863 and 1864 [G. H. Palmer; National Association for the Promotion of Social Science]
Publication details: 
'H. N. Nissen | Sheriff. | 20th Sept. 1864.' [Reformatory Section, National Association for the Promotion of Social Science, York.]
£180.00

An abridged abstract of this item, by 'Mr. Tallack', appeared in the Social Science Review, N.S. Vol.2 (July-December 1864), pp.421-422, but the present full version of the address, as delivered, is unpublished. 3pp., foolscap 8vo. On three leaves of laid Britannia paper by Conqueror of London. Held together with a brass stud, and with the last leaf laid down on a page removed from an album. With a few manuscript corrections. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. The address is written in a vivid but not entirely coherent style, and begins: 'I have been invited by the Secretary, G. H.

Autograph Letter Signed ('George W. Cox') from the historian Sir George William Cox to 'Miss Cobbe' [Frances Power Cobbe] praising her for her efforts in opposing vivisection.

Author: 
Sir George Cox [Sir George William Cox] (1827-1902), classical historian, rector of Scrayingham, York [Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904), suffragist and anti-vivisectionist]
Autograph Letter Signed ('George W. Cox') from the historian Sir George William
Publication details: 
6 July 1891; Scrayingham Rectory, York.
£180.00
Autograph Letter Signed ('George W. Cox') from the historian Sir George William

12mo, 3 pp. 44 lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, and with the reverse of the second leaf tipped in onto a leaf removed from an autograph album, with manuscript caption reading 'Sir George Cox to Miss Cobbe | given me June 1902.' The letter itself docketed at foot of third page in a contemporary hand. Cox's hand is crabbed and difficult. He thanks her for sending 'Mr Wright's sermon', but can make little use of it: 'The historical portions I must leave on one side.

Statement of Facts, illustrating the Administration of the Abolition Law, and the Sufferings of the Negro Apprentices in the Island of Jamaica.

Author: 
[Dr. A. L. Palmer, late Special Justice in Jamaica] [the abolition of the slave trade; West Indies; slavery]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by John Haddon, Castle Street, Finsbury. Sold by William Ball, Aldine Chambers, Paternoster Row. 1837.
£600.00

12mo: 36 pp. Stitched. In twentieth-century card wraps. Good, with a little light spotting, on aged paper. Note, dated 'December 30th, 1837.', on last page, attributes the work to Palmer. Scarce: half of the ten copies listed on COPAC are facsimile or microfilm editions.

Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Stephen Lushington (1782-1873), English jurist, abolitionist, helped Lady Byron divorce the poet, and acted for Queen Caroline in her trial before the House of Lords
Publication details: 
2 April 1869; on letterhead of 18, Eaton Place, S.W. [London].
£25.00

12mo: 1 p. On recto of first leaf of bifolium. Very good. Shaky hand. Clearly responding to a request for an autograph. Reads '[signed] Stephen Lushington | April 2 69'.

Autograph Note Signed to unnamed male correspondent.

Author: 
George William Frederick Howard, Seventh Earl of Carlisle [AS VISCOUNT MORPETH]
Publication details: 
25 April [no year, but prior to 1833]; London.
£56.00

English aristocrat and liberal politician (1802-64). One page, 12mo. Good, but lightly creased, with traces of previous blue-paper mount adhering to verso of blank second leaf of bifoliate. Read 'Sir, | I shall have much pleasure in presenting the Petition for the Abolition of Slavery from Gomersal which has been kindly placed in my hands. | I have the honor to be, | Sir, | Your very obedt Servt | [signed] Morpeth.' The Abolition of Slavery Act was passed in 1833.

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