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    William E. Channing: Letter to the Hon. Henry Clay on the Annexation of Texas to the United States. [Boston: James Munroe & Company, 1837] 72 pp. 12mo. First edition. Famous anti-Texas pamphlet denouncing the immorality of slavery. Eberstadt (Texas 162:136) notes that Justin H. Smith says this important pamphlet "exerted a wonderful influence in the U.S., Europe, and Mexico, and still echoes in current books and in public sentiment."

    From page 54: "A community, acknowledging the evils of slavery, and continuing it only because the first law of nature, self preservation, seems to require gradual processes of change, may retain the respect of those who deem their fears unfounded. But a community, wedding itself to slavery inseparably, with choice and affection, and with the purpose of spreading the plague far and wide, must become a byword among the nations; and the friend of humanity will shake off the dust of his feet against it, in testimony of his reprobation."

    Immediately following its publication, this letter was translated into Spanish and circulated throughout Mexico with fierce interest among its readers. Preliminary and final leaves show slight staining and foxing, with a few small tears and repairs. Rebound in half-leather with marbled boards.

    Reference: Streeter 1266. Eberstadt 162:136.


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