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Biographical Sketches and Interesting Anecdotes of Persons of Colour.
York: Alexander & Son, 1826. hardcover. very good. Slim 8vo, 3/4 brown morocco, marbled boards, slightly rubbed, occasional foxing, hinges reinforced. York: Printed and Sold by W. Alexander & Son, Castlegate; sold also by Harvey and Darton, W. Phillips, E. Fry, and W. Darton, London; R. Peart, Birmingham; D. F. Gardiner, Dublin, 1826. First English edition, which omits the poetry included in American editions. Very good. Scarce. Sabin 51111. Abigail Mott (1766-1851) was born into a prominent Quaker family in Westchester County, New York. Recent research has shown that Abigail and her sister Lydia were highly active in the Underground Railroad in the Albany area. "The Mott sisters were Quakers who regularly aided fugitives passing through the city from the late 1820s onwards and were instrumental in forming the Albany Female Antislavery Society. Lydia tutored the nine-year-old daughter of Frederick Douglass in the late 1850s" (Switala, Underground Railroad in New Jersey and New York, 2006).An early memoir of her remarks that "She entertained a lively sympathy with the suffering class of her fellow creatures, from whatever cause those sufferings might arise She felt tenderly for that oppressed portion of the human family, whose rights as men are torn from them, and they doomed to a state of bondage that is to be transmitted from parents to their children The depressed condition of the people of color in the 'Free States' likewise attracted her attention and her commiseration. From a desire to promote their improvement, she wrote and published 'Sketches' of the characters of those of their own people who had most distinguished themselves, with the hope of exciting a spirit of emulation by such examples, that might tend to the elevation of their character" (Memoir of Purchase Monthly Meeting concerning Abigail Mott, New York, James Egbert, 1852).
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