Philadelphia. 1848. 15,pp. Dbd. Spine reinforced. Later short pencil annotation on titlepage. Light toning at edges. About very good. Item #WRCAM54630
James Barclay was a prominent advocate for prison reform in Philadelphia. In this dedicatory address, he explains that although a shelter for juvenile delinquents had been established in the city in in the 1820s, "The means at the disposal of the managers did not warrant the outlay requisite for the construction of buildings to accommodate the colored children.... Great will be your reward, sweet your gratification, when you behold those whom you have assisted in rescuing from vice and woe, industrious, useful and happy. May you not find among them a Sancho, a Wheatley, a Banneker, and a Roberts, persons not unknown to fame." Also included in the pamphlet is a detailed description of the proposed layout of the building. The present work is surprisingly rare. OCLC locates only two copies, both in European institutions; two further copies are located at Harvard and the Library Company of Philadelphia. Not in Work or Blockson; not at the American Antiquarian Society. LIBRARY COMPANY, AFRO-AMERICANA 890. SABIN 3360.