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    Benjamin Lundy: The War in Texas; a Review of Facts and Circumstances, showing that this contest is a Crusade against Mexico, set on foot and supported by Slaveholders, Land-Speculators, &c. in Order to Re-Establish, Extend, and Perpetuate the system of Slavery and the Slave Trade. (Philadelphia: Printed for the Publishers by Merrihew and Gunn, 1837.) Second edition By a Citizen of the United States. 64 pp. Quarto. Printed paper wrappers with Contents on verso of back wrapper.

    Benjamin Lundy (1789-1839) was active in the antislavery movement in the 1820s. He strongly believed that the slavery problem could be solved by settling free blacks in thinly populated regions. In hopes of obtaining land for such a colony, he visited Texas (1830-1835) and concluded that it was an ideal place for his colonization experiment, particularly because the Mexican government was friendly to his proposal. Unfortunately, the Texas Revolution intervened before Lundy could carry out his plans, and the Republic of Texas legalized slavery. Outraged, Lundy charged that the revolution was a slaveholder's plot to take Texas from Mexico and to add slave territory to the United States.

    He began publishing the National Enquirer and Constitutional Advocate of Universal Liberty in Philadelphia in August 1836 to set forth his thesis. In the same year he published this pamphlet, arguing strongly against the annexation of Texas to the United States for its position on slavery. Lundy won many influential adherents, among them John Quincy Adams, who represented his views in the United States Congress. Adams, Lundy, and their followers were instrumental in delaying the annexation of Texas for nine years. Minor age toning and occasional foxing, else fine. Housed in a half-calf contemporary case with gilt lettering at spine. From the collection of Darrel Brown.

    Reference: Streeter 1217A. Raines, p. 141. Sabin 95134.


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