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Eight Consecutive Issues of The Liberator: Reporting on John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry, his Trial, and Execution (October -- December, 1859)
Boston: Anti-Slavery Office, 21 Cornhill / J. B. Yerrington & Son, Printers, 1859. Very Good. Edited by William Lloyd Garrison. Eight complete consecutive issues (Vol. 29, Nos. 42-49: October 21, 1859 -- December 9, 1859). Large folios, measuring 18" x 25". 4pp. Published weekly every Friday morning, edited by William Lloyd Garrison. Very light horizontal and vertical center folds, two issues with a subscriber's name in ink, a few issues have modest scattered stains and short tears, most issues are very good or near fine. All are complete as issued and untrimmed. A rare survival of eight key issues of The Liberator, the country's most important abolitionist newspaper. The collection features the paper's numerous and extensive articles and reports on John Brown's raid, trial, and execution; together with various assessments both of John Brown's life and the significance and effect of the raid, both for good or ill, on the abolitionist movement. Beginning on the third page of the first issue published after the raid (on October 21st), which printed 2 1/2 columns on the raid, the seven succeeding issues devoted the entire (6 columns) or near-entire front page and most or much of the succeeding two pages to the story. Several poems inspired by Brown and other related incidental material was printed on the paper's last page. Founded by William Lloyd Garrison and Isaac Knapp in 1831, The Liberator also served as a forum for leading women's rights activists and other progressives. For example, this eight-issue run features several "Letters" by Lydia Maria Child, including her celebrated correspondence with John Brown and Virginia Governor Henry A. Wise; one long "Letter" from Caroline F. Putnam (founder of Holley School for freed slaves); and various "Letters" by the prominent Transcendentalist and reforming Unitarian minister Theodore Parker, which include his observations on Brown. Also included is a long extract from Ralph Waldo Emerson's recent lecture on "Courage."An historically important and exceptionally well-preserved eight-issue run. All eight issues were likely stored flat, retaining only the two light center creases from the original folds. A detailed list of each issue's coverage of John Brown's raid and aftermath follows:1. Vol. 29, No. 42 / Whole number 1503: October 21, 1859. Near fine. Contains the first published reports from Baltimore, Washington, and Harper's Ferry (Oct. 17, 18, and 19):-"Attempted Insurrection in [Vi]rginia". (The headline has two pulled sorts, i.e., lacking the 'V' and 'I'). Printed in 2 1/2 columns on the third page. This issue also includes a "Letter" from Caroline F. Putnam (founder of Holley School for freed slaves), a "Letter" from Theodore Parker, and an announcement and program for Caroline Healey Dall's upcoming series of lectures at Mercantile Hall: "Woman's Right To Labor".2. Vol. 29, No. 43 / Whole number 1504: October 28, 1859. Near fine. Contains reports and articles on the entire front page (6 columns), most of the next page (5 columns), and about 1 1/2 columns on the third page; under the following headlines:-"Refuge of Oppression. Who is Responsible? / No wonder that some of the leading organs of Republicanism writhe under the disclosures at Harper's Ferry ..."; "A Lesson for the People"; "The Plea of Insanity Examined"; "The Republican Party"; Partisan Meanness"; "Backing Out".-"Selections ... Reminiscences of the Insurrectionists" (Includes an article on John Brown by James Redpath).-"The Harper's Ferry Outbreak".-"The Tragedy at Harper's Ferry" (by William Lloyd Garrison).-"John Brown, and His Movement".-"Further Particulars of the Attempted Insurrection in Virginia".-"Trial of Brown".This issue also includes: "Letter From Lydia Maria Child ... addressed to a meeting of the Friends of Human Progress" / Wayland, August 26, 1859" and a letter by Theodore Parker: "Tendered Resignation of Rev. Theodore Parker".3. Vol. 29, No. 44 / Whole number 1505: November 4, 1859. With subscriber's name in ink: "Jas. A. Fuller", near fine.Contains reports and articles on the entire front page (6 columns), half of the next page (3 columns), and the near-entire third page (6 columns); under the following headlines:-"Refuge of Oppression. The Harper's Ferry Insurrection".-"Wendell Phillips and Old Brown. A Proposition for Mr. Phillips to Consider".-"Selections. The Harper's Ferry Insurrection. Governor Wise's Speech".-"Notes on the Insurrection. Harper's Ferry as a Success".-"Decidedly 'Chivalric'"; "Scenes at Harper's Ferry"; "Old Brown"; "The Lesson of the Day"; "Senator Wilson on the Harper's Ferry Outbreak"; "Explanatory Statement of Mr. Giddens".-"Execution of Capt. John Brown".-"The Harper's Ferry Tragedy. Conclusion of First Day's Proceedings".-"Arrest of Capt. John E. Cook".-"Sentence of Brown. His Address to the Court".4. Vol. 29, No. 45 / Whole number 1506: November 11, 1859. With subscriber's name in ink: "J. Elias", a few scattered stains and short tears, very good. Contains reports and articles on the entire front page (6 columns), most of the next page (5 1/2 columns), about half of third page (3 1/2 columns), and part of the last page (over 1 column); under the following headlines:-"Refuge of Oppression. The Fate of Brown".-"Gerrit Smith"; "Old John Brown"; "Bad News for the Abolitionists"; "Who's to Blame?"; "Wendell Phillips at Brooklyn".-"Selections. Treatment of the Drad [sic] and the Prisoners"; "Capt. John Brown's Monomania"; "Letter from Frederick Douglass".-"Lecture of Wendell Phillips -- The Lesson of the Hour".-"Execution of Capt. John Brown"; "Who Are Responsible?"-"Harper's Ferry Insurrection".-"Letters of L. Maria Child to Gov. Wise and Capt. Brown" / "Governor Wise's Reply".-"Letter from a Quaker Lady to John Brown" / "John Brown's Reply".-"The Tragedy at Harper's Ferry" (by "Justitia").Also included is a letter by suffragist Sarah E. Wall.5. Vol. 29, No. 46 / Whole number 1507: November 18, 1859. A few scattered light stains, very good or better. Contains reports and articles on most of the front page (5 columns), most of the second page (4 columns), about half of the third page (3 1/2 columns), and about a third of the last page (2 1/2 columns); under the following headlines:-"Refuge of Oppression. From the Boston Post. Co-operation of the Black and 'Brown' Republicans".-"Osawatomie Brown to be Hung Certainly".-"Rev. Dr. Cheever on the Harper's Ferry Tragedy".-"Who Taught John Brown?".-"Execution of Capt. John Brown".-"Mrs. Child and John Brown" (Includes John Brown's reply to Child).-"Letter from Dr. S.G. Howe" (followed by additional reports on "Gerrit Smith's Insanity").-"The Sentence of the Harper's Ferry Prisoners"-"Harper's Ferry and It's Lesson" (by Edwin M. Wheelock).Also included in this issue: "Emerson on Courage. Extract from a lecture of Ralph Waldo Emerson at the Tremont Temple, Boston, Tuesday evening ..." (about 1 1/2 columns); and "Sharp's Rifles Only for White Men. From a sermon by Henry Ward Beecher" (about 2 columns).6. Vol. 29, No. 47 / Whole number 1508: November 25, 1859. A few scattered light stains and short tears, very good. Contains reports and articles on the entire front page (6 columns), near-entire second page (5 1/2 columns), most of the third page (4 columns), and part of the last page (about 2 columns); under the following headlines:-"Refuge of Oppression. The Guilty Parties"; "The Insurrection"; "No Mercy for John Brown"; "Satanic Orthodoxy on John Brown"; "The Harper's Ferry Insurrectionists".-"Selections ... John Brown's Colorado Refugees in Canada"; "John Brown's Early History -- Almost a D. D."; "Brown's Conversation with Gov. Wise"; "Capt. John Brown"; "An Irreverent Judge on Trial"; "Captain John Brown".-"The Expulsion of Mr. Hoyt from Charlestown".-"Interview with Mrs. Brown".-"Execution of Capt. John Brown".-"Meeting In Aid of the Family of John Brown" (Includes: "Speech of Mr. Ralph Waldo Emerson").-"Lydia Maria Child's Reply to Gov. Wise".-"Poetry ... John Brown of Osawatomie" (by G. D. Whitmore); "John Brown's Invasion. How Old John Brown Took Harper's Ferry. A Ballad of the Times".7. Vol. 29, No. 48 / Whole number 1509: December 2, 1859. One light stain to the bottom corner, about near fine. Contains reports and articles on the entire front page (6 columns), and half of the second page (3 columns); under the following headlines:-"Refuge of Oppression. The Instruments of Demagogues -- Their Destiny"; "The John Brown Meeting"; "Abolition Sympathy with the Execution of Brown"; "A Warning from Accomack"; "John Brown a Ferocious and Bloody Savage!"; "Brown and Cook"; "A Wide Difference".-"Selections. Striking at Higher and Wickeder Game"; "A Serious Matter"; "The Harper's Ferry Tragedy"; "The Warning to Secretary Floyd"; "The Difference"; "John Brown, In Prison, To His Old Schoolmaster".-"The Trial of John Brown".-"John Brown as a Hero".-"Execution of Capt. John Brown"; "The Day and the Deed".Also included is a "Letter from Theodore Parker"; a letter from Lucy N. Colman; an advertisement for "The Life of Capt. John Brown, The Liberator of Kansas, and the Hero of Harper's Ferry. By James Redpath"; and a poem "Dedicated to John Brown".8. Vol. 29, No. 49 / Whole number 1510: December 9, 1859. Light scattered foxing, a modest stain to the bottom corner, very good. Contains reports and articles on most of the front page (5 columns), near-entire second page (5 1/2 columns), most of the third page (4 columns), and part of the last page (about 2 columns); under the following headlines:-"Refuge of Oppression. The New York Pulpit on the Harper's Ferry Invasion"; "Clerical Admirers of Old Brown, the Murderer"; "The Affidavits".-"Selections. 'Osawatomie Brown'"; "Response to 'The Cry of Violence'"; "John Brown"; "The Harper's Ferry Rising"; "The 'Irrepressible' Panic in Virgina".-"Great Meeting in Boston on the day of the Execution of Captain John Brown".-"The Tragedy in Virginia. Arrival of Mrs. Brown".-"Poetry ... "Old John Brown"; "The Virginia Scaffold": "The Execution of John Brown"; "Dirge"; "John Brown's Final Victory"
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