POWNALL, Henry. A Word from the Bible, Common Prayer Book, and Laws of England on behalf of Enslaved British Subjects, with Suggestions for Securing the Liberty of Future Children, and Proofs of the beneficial Effects of Emancipation, in a Letter to a Friend. London, L. B. Seeley and Sons, 1829.
8vo. Stitched, uncut and unopened as issued; pp. 57, beginning and end minimally spotted, marginal repair to final leaf; a very good copy of a great rarity.
Henry Pownall was born in 1792 off Hammersmith Road in Fulham, West London. As a magistrate, landed proprietor and philanthropist he financially supported Wilberforce. His obituary in The Times of 9 April 1880 reported that 'he was early connected with the religious and philanthropic movements of the first half of the present century as a member of the committees of the Bible Society, the Church Missionary Society, the Mendicity Society and the Anti-Slavery Society; and it may be mentioned particularly that he was the mover of the resolution passed at a public meeting at Freemasons Hall in July 1829, under the presidency of William Wilberforce, demanding that a day should be fixed after which all children born of slaves in the British Dominions should be free'.