WILBERFORCE, William. An Appeal to the Religion, Justice, and Humanity of the Inhabitants of the British Empire, in Behalf of the Negro Slaves in the West Indies … A New Edition. London, Ellerton and Henderson for J. Hatchard and Son, 187 Piccadilly, 1823.
8vo. 20th-century half cloth over marbled boards with printed label on front cover; pp. 56; a little toned in places, uncut and largely unopened, a very good copy of an important and rare item.
Second printing of a powerful appeal. ' … I will not attempt to conceal, that the present embarrassments and distress of our country - a distress, indeed, in which the West Indians themselves have largely participated - powerfully enforce on me the urgency of the obligation under which we lie, to commence, without delay, the preparatory measures for putting an end to a national crime of the deepest moral malignity' (p. 3), he argued 10 years before an act was passed giving freedom to all slaves in the British empire.