[BROUGHAM, Henry Peter]. A Concise Statement of the Question regarding the Abolition of the Slave Trade. Fourth Edition. London, Hatchard, 1807.
8vo. Modern boards with printed title label; pp. 103; stab holes from previous interim binding, lightly spotted and browned; otherwise good.
Ever since 1792, Parliament had debated motions to 'gradually' abolish the slave trade from Africa. In 1804, when this pamphlet had appeared for the first time (in a much shorter version), the successful Santo Domingo slave rebellion had triggered social unrest in neighbouring Jamaica, and abolitionism seemed to be one way to save the colonial system. The Scottish lawyer and co-founder of the Edinburgh Review here analyzes the economic arguments for, and benefits of slavery, before describing the practice of the acquisition of slaves in Africa, and their fate in the New World.