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SUBSTANCE OF THE REPORT DELIVERED BY THE COURT OF DIRECTORS OF THE SIERRA LEONE COMPANY, TO THE GENERAL COURT OF PROPRIETORS, ON THURSDAY, MARCH 27th, 1794. [bound with:] SUBSTANCE OF THE REPORT OF THE COURT OF DIRECTORS OF THE SIERRA LEONE COMPANY, DELIVERED...THURSDAY THE 26th OF FEBRUARY, 1795
Philadelphia: Thomas Dobson, 1795. Two volumes bound in one. 168pp. plus folding map; 24pp. Original paper wrappers. Front wrapper chipped, light wear, age toning and soiling. Contemporary ownership markings on front fly leaf. Map loosely inserted, repaired at some folds. Still, about very good, in unsophisticated condition. In a half morocco box. Two scarce early reports of the Sierra Leone Company, the first containing the very rare map of the colony and its surrounds, "Plan of Sierra Leone and the Parts Adjacent." The second report is often found bound with the first, and may have been issued thus. The colony of Sierra Leone was established in 1791 as a result of the efforts of Henry Smeathman, Alexander Falconbridge, and others, who were interested in alleviating the plight of victims of the slave trade. In 1792 a large number of former American slaves who had been in Nova Scotia were moved there by the British. The Sierra Leone Company was incorporated in 1795, and numerous former slaves from the United States and the Caribbean were deposited there over the next decade. The map shows the settlement of the natives, land purchased by the company, and other settlements being developed in the area. It was engraved by Philadelphia engraver J. Vallance. EVANS 29513, 29514. ESTC W29500, W31451.
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