London: Printed by Richard Barrett, 1865. 16pp. Original printed wrappers. Minor soiling and toning to wrappers, contemporary pencil ownership inscription on front wrapper, soft vertical crease throughout. Very good. Item #WRCAM56163
The scarce revised issue of this pamphlet issued by the Society of Friends and intended to educate the British public on the history of emancipation and to "disseminate trustworthy information, and thereby endeavour to excite that interest which ought to be felt in regard to the physical, moral, and religious welfare of the Freed Negroes in America." The impetus for this revised edition sprang from "a call for redoubled efforts...to remove such an evil of slavery" after "the fall of Richmond, the surrender of Lee, and the awful assassination of President Lincoln." The work was written by English barrister and Quaker preacher John Hodgkin, who had actually visited America at the outset of the Civil War. Here, he includes excerpts of communications from officials working with freedmen in America, citing the desperate situation of the "'contrabands,' torn, scarred, ragged, wretched, just as they come from their masters." He argues for the need for "food, clothing, nurture, and Christian instruction" for the Freedmen of America, citing recent instances when the United States gave assistance to Quaker efforts in Great Britain and Ireland. About twenty copies appear in OCLC under several accession numbers, but this text is scarce in the market.