An Appeal to the Religion, Justice, and Humanity of the Inhabitants
An Appeal to the Religion, Justice, and Humanity of the Inhabitants

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 Ed…

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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.

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