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Memoirs of the Life of Anthony Benezet
Philadelphia: Published by James P. Parke / Merritt, Printer. 1817. First. First edition. 12mo. [8], 136pp. Lacking the front board and frontispiece, rear board detached but present, pages toned but uncut, wear along the spine, good plus. Housed in a half morocco clamshell case. A marvelous association copy, Inscribed by the author on the title page: "Prince Saunders with the Author's respects." The Library Company of Philadelphia has six works by Prince Saunders, some inscribed by him to Philadelphia abolitionists, but we have not found a single copy of any book presented to him or known to have been in his library. Born in New England, Saunders was a African-American scholar who went to England. There he met William Wilberforce, who encouraged him to go to Haiti. Saunders became the confidant of Haitian Emperor Christophe, and wrote The Haytian Papers. The following year he came to Philadelphia, where he met several anti-slavery leaders including Roberts Vaux, a noted Philadelphia-born jurist and abolitionist. "Polished and witty, he became a confidant of Christophe, vaccinated his children, and was entrusted by him with an embassy to England. Saunders was impressed with the black king and his black kingdom. To express this feeling he edited the Haytian Papers, a translation and commentary of the Code Henri... In 1818 Saunders came to Philadelphia ... and made the acquaintance of the Philadelphia anti-slavery leaders. One of the most important of these was William Rawle ... Another was Roberts Vaux, a tireless Quaker man-of-good-works, to whom Saunders wrote..." LCP, Negro History 1553-1903 #74 (being an 1822 ALS to Vaux). .
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