Lectures of George Thompson, With a Full Report of the Discussion Between Mr. Thompson and Mr. Borthwick, the Pro-Slavery Agent Held at the Royal Ampitheatre [...] Also, A Brief History of His Connection With the Anti-Slavery Cause in England.
“Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land!”
Anti-slavery lectures of British abolitionist George D. Thompson (1804–1878) collected and with an historical introduction to his career by American abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison (1805–1879). Garrison met Thompson in 1833 when he visited England on his own anti-slavery mission. Life long colleagues, each man named a child after the other.
Of Thompson, ODNB reports: “In the run up to the Emancipation Act of 1833 he became the most effective British anti-slavery lecturer since Thomas Clarkson, addressing public meetings in 1832 in Manchester, Liverpool, and elsewhere in reply to Peter Borthwick, the anti-abolition propagandist of the West India planting interest.”
This copy with the ownership signature of S.C. Fessenden, likely Samuel C. Fessenden (1815–1882) of Maine. Fessenden was the son of abolitionist Samuel Fessenden (1784–1869) and brother of anti-slavery politician William P. Fessenden (1806–1869) who later served in the Senate and as Lincoln’s Secretary of the Treasury. At the time of the book’s publication, Samuel C. Fessenden was a Bangor Theological Seminary student. He was later served in Congress, from 1861 to 1863.
Description: Lectures of George Thompson, With a Full Report of the Discussion Between Mr. Thompson and Mr. Borthwick, the Pro-Slavery Agent Held at the Royal Ampitheatre [...] Also, A Brief History of His Connection With the Anti-Slavery Cause in England.
Boston: Published by Isaac Knapp, 1836. xxxvi, –190pp. First Edition. 12mo. Publisher’s original dark blue, ribbon embossed cloth, upper cover deeply stamped with gilt lettering. Ownership inscription on front, free endpaper: “S.C. Fessenden.” Spine darkened; some rubbing at head and tail and tips; foxing; very good.
Imprints 40526. LCP 4019. Dumond p110.