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Montgomery, James
The Pelican Island, and Other Poems
Philadelphia: E. Littell, Chestnut Street, and J. Grigg, No. 9, North Fourth Street, 1827. First American edition. A rare volume of poetry, with both an early Australian reference to Captain Flinders and an anti-slavery poem. The Preface states; "the subject of 'The Pelican Island' was suggested by a passage in Captain Flinders's Voyage to Terra Australis. Describing one of those numerous gulfs which indent the coast of New Holland, and are thickly spotted with small islands, he says:- "Upon two of these we found many young Pelicans unable to fly...from the number of skeletons and bones there scattered, it should seem that for ages these had been selected for the closing scene of their existence..." Captain Flinders called it Kangaroo Island. Montgomery (1771-1854) was born in Irvine, Scotland, the son of Moravian Brethren missionaries who both died in the West Indies. He did not complete his schooling, apprenticed to a baker and drawn to writing poetry and hymns, moved to Sheffield in 1792 to assist the owner of the newspaper the " "Sheffield Register", renaming it the "Sheffield Iris". He eventually sold out to John Blackwell. (Wikipedia). With a moving anti-slavery poem "Inscription under the Picture of an Aged Negro-Woman." "Art thou a WOMAN : - so am I; and all That woman can be, I have been, or am; A daughter, sister, consort, mother, widow...Whiche-er of these THOU art, O be the friend of one who is what thou canst nevr be! Look on thyself, thy kindred, home, and country, Then fall upon thy knees, and cry "Thank God, An English woman cannot be A SLAVE … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Antipodean Books, Maps & Prints [United States]
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