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An address from the liverpool society for the Abolition of Slavery, on the safest and most efficacious means of promoting the gradual improvement of the negro slaves in the British West India Islands, preparatory to their becoming free labourers, and on the expected consequences of such change
Liverpool: [J. & G. Smith], [1824]. 18pp. Stitched, as issued. Title laid-down due to loss at head and foot and small hole to centre, loss of publisher's name and date to imprint, very small hole to final leaf, just touching text but without loss of sense, light spots of dust-soiling. A polemic against the slave trade in British West-India issued by The Liverpool Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery under the direction of society president William Roscoe (1753-1831). In 1807 royal assent had been provided for a parliamentary bill abolishing the British slave trade. This however did not include the ownership of slaves in the West-Indies, ultimately the practice would not be discontinued there until 1838. It was therefore deemed necessary by men such as Roscoe that the public be educated as to 'the nature and effects of Negro Slavery'. The address calls for the entire abolition of the trade in the British colonies, with freedom granted to all slaves, and the right for those released from servitude to possess property. The society are clearly aware of an inevitable backlash from the mercantile class of Liverpool who profited from the trade; 'Suggestions have been thrown out by advocates for Slavery, that if the Slaves in the British Colonies were liberated, they would be too indolent to labour...from all that the Society can collect...the precise reverse would be the fact. If, in the course of time, we could have a large population of free labourers on the fertile soils of Demerara, how could the planters of the Brazils and Cuba stand the competition?' . First edition. 8vo.
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