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The Case of the Seneca Indians in the State of New York. Illustrated by Facts
Merrihew and Thompson, Philadelphia 1840 - 8vo. 256pp. Original blind-decorated cloth, gilt-lettered on spine. Provenance: Griffith M. Cooper (see below); J. Wesley Miller (inkstamp on title verso and sheet edges). This work was prepared by the Society of Friends, and bears an fine association inscription in the year of publication from Abraham Bell (1778-1856), owner of the firm of Quaker shipping and commission merchants in New York City bearing his name. Bell inscribes the book to Griffith M. Cooper (1791-1864), fellow Quaker who superintended a link on the New York-Canada route of the Underground Railroad. He was a reformer, and a mediator with the Onandoga and Seneca Nations. Mentions of Griffith appear in this text, notably as lead signatory from Genessee County to numerous committee reports. His wife, Elizabeth Hodgson "Eliza" Cooper taught Frederick Douglass how to read and write.The earliest listing of Bell as a merchant occurs in the New York City directory of 1804-1805; in 1835 the company location moved to 117 Fulton, which was also Bell's home. In 1824, Abraham Bell purchased a farm in Bayside, New York, which was managed by one of his Bell nephews. Later Bell also resided in Yonkers, New York. Field 252 ("The Senecas having, at the suggestion of the Society of Friends, consented to sell their lands, a controversy arose regarding the transaction which became on the part of their opponents somewhat acrimonious. To justify them selves the committee of the society having the matter in charge, printed this pamphlet. A sharp answer written by N. T. Strong, one of the Seneca chiefs, appeared in the succeeding year, and this met with several rejoinders and replies"); Jones 'Checklist' 1038; Sabin 79105. Joints rubbed, spine somewhat faded. Foxed. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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