Sir William Dolben (1727-1814), Member of Parliament and abolitionist
[ His Majesty's Receipt of Exchequer, London. ] 20 January 1792.
1p., 8vo.. Good firm and undamaged signature, on aged paper with damage along one margin. Laid out in the customary fashion, with printed text completed in manuscript. Records payment of fifty guineas to Dolben as assignee of 'Jno. Affleck & Sir Herbt. Mackworth'. Signature at foot of witness 'J Noble'.
William Roscoe (1753-1831) of Liverpool, historian, art collector and abolitionist
'Saty. Morning' [ no date or place ].
2pp., 4to. On aged and worn paper. An interesting letter, casting light on Roscoe's collecting activities. He begins by settling the account for 'the lists of the last Prints', before remarking: 'I observe there are only 3 circles by Domenichino - the set consists of 4, all of which you have, besides the odd print by Bartolozzi, but you have probably packed them up & cannot get at the print wanting. I have sent you the 3 prints back & deducted 16/6d.
Goldwin Smith (1823-1910), Regius Professor of Modern History at Oxford, opponent of American slavery
On letterhead of Parks End, Oxford. 6 February [ no year ].
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged paper, laid down on part of a leaf from an album. A bracing insight into the realities of Victorian domestic service. The letter reads: 'Dear Mr. Patterson, | Having found my slippers where they ought not to have been, I have dismissed the housemaid on the spot and seriously reprimanded the Cook. Tomorrow I shall turn off the Baker. That is what I call a well regulated household. | Yours sincerely | Goldwin Smith.' (Note that the literal meaning of 'turning off' was the pushing of a condemned person off the scaffold during execution by hanging.)
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.
Government House, Freetown [ Sierra Leone ]. 10 January 1841.
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.'
Sir John Eardley-Wilmot, 1st Baronet (1783-1847), successively MP for North Warwickshire and Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land [ Tasmania ]; abolitionist
'Coventry September thirty 1836'.
On the front cover of an 8 x 13 cm. envelope. With intact small seal in red wax at back. Aged and worn. Reads: 'Coventry September thirty 1836 | William Hulton Esq | Leamington Priors | Eardley Wilmot'.
Richard Oastler (1789-1861), Tory radical, abolitionist and campaigner for Poor Law reform
'Mr. Tathams'. 27 March 1839.
1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. He has just 'received notice that the Mansfield meeting will be held on Thursday at 12 o'clock - & the Sutton meeting on Saturday at One O'clock.' He continues: 'If you intend to insert any of my sayings of last Monday, I should feel obliged by a sight of the proof, if consistent with your official regulations'.
One page, 12 x 11.5cm, minor staining, mainly good condition. "He who asserts that 'the black man has no rights which white men are bound to respect' is a heathen in principle and a pirate in practice. | JRGiddings". Giddings is quoting the Dred Scott decision.
[Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896), American author and abolitionist; Vickers, bookseller 334 Strand, London]]
London: VICKERS, 334, Strand; and all Booksellers. The first number dated 'SATURDAY, AUGUST 7, 1852.
Author not named. The six parts totalling 96pp., 4to. Unbound and stitched together. In poor condition, on aged and worn paper with occasional minor loss. Page 1 carries 'A Few Words to the British Reader', beginning: 'UNCLE TOM'S CABIN is not only the most thrilling Novel ever written in America, but the most interesting and startling work of the age.
Moncure D. Conway [Moncure Daniel Conway] (1832-1907), American-born Minister at South Place Chapel, Finsbury, London; Unitarian, abolitionist, supporter of women's suffrage, freethinker
Letter: Inglewood, on letterhead of 'The Club, Bedford Park, Chiswick'. 3 July . Programme: South Place Chapel, Finsbury, London. July 1882.
Both items good, on lightly-aged paper. LETTER: 2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In envelope, with stamp and postmarks, addressed to Baron at 48 Griffin Street, Wilton, Blackburn. He writes that he has 'been trying in vain to find the Nineteenth Century containing my essay - The Pound of Flesh'. He is 'pretty sure - but not absolutely - that it was in the number for May 1880'. The 'paper' is 'much more completely given' in his book 'The Wandering Jew', and he is enclosing a copy of a programme with an advertisement for the latter and another of his books, 'Demonology'.
George Gibbs (1815-1873), American geologist and expert on Native American culture [Charles Sumner (1811-1874), abolitionist Massachusetts senator; Jean-Jacques Gaspard Foelix (1791-1853)]
Greenwich, Massachusetts; 28 February 1836.
2pp., 4to. Bifolium. 35 lines of text. Addressed, with postmark, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Chas. Sumner Esq. | Boston | Masstts.' Very good, on aged paper. Written while Sumner was lecturing at Harvard Law School, the year before his visit to Europe. Gibbs explains that he has made an arrangement by which Sumner can forward his periodical the Jurist 'to [the French jurist] Foelix &c. & receive others in exchange. Hudson the Proprietor of the Merchants News Room has an agent in Paris & one in Narn to whom he will transmit them.
George Stillman Hillard (1808-1879), Massachusetts District Attorney [Rev. Samuel Joseph May (1797-1871), abolitionist; Charles Follen [Karl Follen] (1796-1840), first Professor of German at Harvard]
Boston; 11 March 1840.
4pp., 4to. Bifolium. 89 lines of text. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed, with red circular postmark, on reverse of second leaf, to 'Revd. Samuel J. May | South Scituate'. Hillard describes 'Dr. Follen' as 'an intimate and dear friend to me'. He looks back 'with melancholy pleasure upon the happy hours' he spent in the society of 'so pure and elevated a being'. He has 'never known a better man; I do not know that I may not say, that I have never known so good a man.
Samuel Roberts (1763-1848) of Park Grange, Sheffield, silversmith, author and philanthropist, abolitionist and friend of William Wilberforce [James Montgomery (1771-1854), poet and hymn writer]
Park Grange, Sheffield, Yorkshire; 20 April 1837.
3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed, with broken seal in black wax, on verso of second leaf, to 'James Montgomery Esqr'. 80 lines of text. He has been twice that day to Montgomery's Sheffield mansion the Mount 'to enquire about you - the first time in vain, and the second nearly so. There they are much as heretofore - but Miss Sarah meaning to write sermons you may have it before this.' Roberts declares: 'I think the present great Lions of the town are myself and mad dogs - perhaps you may think that they might be included under one head - yes - if that head was yours!
Sylvester Judd (1813-1853), American novelist, best-known for his book 'Margaret' (1845) ['The Liberty Bell',abolitionist gift book edited by Maria Weston Chapman (1806-1885)]
Riverside, Augusta; 28 August 1851.
1p., 4to. Good, on aged paper. The letter (possibly addressed to the book's publisher) reads 'My dear Sir, | It would give me great pleasure to write for the "Liberty Bell," but I dare not at this moment say I could prepare anything in the time you mention. | Yours truly | [signed] S. Judd.'
[Anonymous mid-nineteenth-century abolitionist poem] [slavery; the American Civil War]
Without date or place.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium, on ruled, laid paper. Fair: aged, with a 12.5 x 5 cm section cut away from the top of the first leaf, before the writing out of the poem. 63 lines, divided into six nine-line stanzas. The stanzas are numbered, and the poem is complete. The stanzas are numbered, and the poem is complete.
Sir Edward Baines [Edward Baines junior] (1800-1890), nonconformist English newspaper editor and Member of Parliament
3 Queen Sq | 1st. June <year?>.
12mo, 2 pp. In bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Difficult hand. He has not considered the question carefully, but his impression is that 'the Monopoly of the printing of the Holy Scriptures in Scotland and Ireland might cease by the Kings Printers not only without injuring but with benefit to the public'.
Sir George Stephen (1794-1879), English abolitionist, lawyer and author
22 August 1844; 17 Kings Arms Yard [London].
Landscape 8vo (roughly 12 x 20 cm), 1 p, 8 lines. On creased and lightly aged paper. Text clear and entire. Stephen is afraid that Valentine's 'poor protegée will not [...] get much out of her claim!' Stephen cannot help her 'because litigation in a colony can only be conducted by a solicitor resident within it, and bad as we are reputed to be at home, they are far worse in the Colonies!' However he has 'written a strong professional letter for her that may perchance obtain an answer'.
Sir Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice (1780-1863), 3rd Marquis of Lansdowne, Whig politician and abolitionist
Without date or place.
Dimensions of paper roughly one and three-quarter inches by five and a quarter wide. Aged, ruckled, and with traces of glue from previous mounting on reverse. Reads 'Your very faithful | servt | Lansdowne', and on reverse, '<...> as if I did so I shou<...> | be referred to the answer <...>'.