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LETTERS ON THE WEST INDIA QUESTION; addressed to the Right Honourable Sir George Murray, G.C.B., M.P. colonial secretary, &c. &c. by Presbyter
London, T. and G. Underwood, 1830.. FIRST EDITION 1830, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR, 8vo, 220 x 135 mm, 8½ x 5½ inches, pages vi, (2), 9-124, LACKING 15 PAGES OF AUTHOR'S NOTES AFTER THE END OF THE TEXT, attractive contemporary binding in full calf, decorative gilt border and rules to covers, skilfully rebacked with original backstrip laid on, gilt ruled border around lettering on spine, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. A few minor marks to covers, spine a touch darkened, lettering very slightly rubbed, corners just very slightly worn, armorial bookplate of Hardy Bertram McCall and a tiny early binder's ticket (Dumfries) on front pastedown, an occasional pale spot to margins. A very good copy (lacking the author's notes as mentioned. A few copies were issued without the notes, possibly bound up as presentation copies before the notes were ready. The inscription on a blank following the front endpaper reads: "Miss Hardy From her Affectionate friend The Author - Ruthwell Manse, 22d September 1830." Rev. Henry Duncan (1774-1846) was a famous Scotsman, rector of Ruthwell a village and parish on the Solway Firth between Dumfries and Annan in Dumfries and Galloway. He was a great philanthropist and visionary, transforming the wretched lives of his parishioners by innovative schemes to restore their independence and dignity. Above all in 1810 he founded the first viable and efficient Savings Bank in a small building in Ruthwell which proved so successful that it was copied all over the country and he was known as the Father of the Savings Bank. He was also a passionate abolitionist and in our book he makes an attack on those British colonists in the West Indies who were ignoring the anti-slavery law which had been passed in 1807 and he also argues the case for the education of slaves. Sir George Murray to whom the letters are addressed was a was a Scottish soldier, a British Army officer and politician who at the time Duncan's book was published was Secretary of State for War and the Colonies. Goldsmiths' Library of Economic Literature, No. 26475. Sabin, Dictionary of Books Relating to America. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO THIS LISTING.
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