Some Considerations on the Keeping of Negroes – Recommended to the Professors of Christianity of every Denomination. In: “A Journal of the Life, Gospel Labours, and Christian Experiences of that Faithful Minister of Jesus Christ, John Woolman, Late of Mount Holly, in the Province of New Jersey, North America. To which are added, His works, containing his last Epistle and other Writings”.
First Irish Edition. Dublin, Printed by R.M.Jackson, 1794. Octavo. XV, 464 pages. Hardcover / Original 18th-century full leather with original spine-label. Binding firm but rubbed with some minro damaged to the boards. Overall in very good condition.
A very early, important and often overlooked publication on Abolitionism and criticism of Slavery in then only recently independent United States of America.
Includes reports of John Woolman “visiting the quarterly-meetings in Chester county and afterwards joining with Daniel Stanton and John Scarborough, in a visit to such as kept Slaves there – Several more visits to such who kept Slaves; and to friends near Salem – Soem account of the yearly-meeting in the year 1759, and of the increasing concern in divers provinces, to labour against buying and keeping Slaves”.
″His visiting the northern parts of New Jersey the same year and the western parts of Maryland and Pennsylvania in 1767 and afterwards other parts of Pennsylvania in 1767 and afterwards other parts of Pennsylvania and the families of friends at Mount-Holly; and again several parts of Maryland in 1768 – Further considerations on keeping Slaves″
″Some account of the Slave – Trade – From the writings of persons who have been at the places where they are first purchased″
″Bosman on Guinea, who was a factor for the Dutch about sixteen years in that Country″
John Woolman (1720 – 1772) was an American merchant, tailor, journalist, Quaker preacher, and early abolitionist during the colonial era. Based in Mount Holly, near Philadelphia, he traveled through the American frontier to preach Quaker beliefs, and advocate against slavery and the slave trade, cruelty to animals, economic injustices and oppression, and conscription. Beginning in 1755 with the outbreak of the French and Indian War, he urged tax resistance to deny support to the colonial military. In 1772, Woolman traveled to England, where he urged Quakers to support abolition of slavery.
Woolman published numerous essays, especially against slavery. He kept a journal throughout his life; it was published posthumously, entitled The Journal of John Woolman (1774). Included in Volume I of the Harvard Classics since 1909, it is considered a prominent American spiritual work. It has also been admired for the power and clarity of its prose by non-Quakers such as the philosopher John Stuart Mill, the poet William Ellery Channing, and the essayist Charles Lamb, who urged a friend to “get the writings of John Woolman by heart.” The Journal has been continuously in print since 1774, published in numerous editions; the most recent scholarly edition was published in 1989. (Wikipedia)