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    Scarce 1835 African Colonization Broadside

    New York Colonization Society Broadside. Alexander Proudfit: "Address to the Emigrants, Upon Embarking for the Colony Recently Established at Bassa Cove by the New-York Colonization Society, and the Young Men's Colonization Society of Pennsylvania ." Single sheet, 12.75" x 17", New York, May 27, 1835. Alexander Proudfit, Secretary of the New York Society, issued this address to the emigrants prior to their departure. In small part: "Respected and beloved Friends, The moment for which you have been anxiously longing, and many of you, I trust, fervently praying, has at length arrived. You are now embarking for the land which must be dear to you, as it contains the sepulchres, and venerated ashes of your forefathers." His remarks entreat the emigrants to be industrious, adhere strictly to the principles of temperance, and above all to "fear God and keep His commandments."

    Unlike the mixed agenda of the parent American Society, the New York Society was unified in its goal to eradicate slavery. Their anti-slavery agenda made partnership with the largely Quaker Young Men's Colonization Society of Pennsylvania a logical choice. Proudfit comments on the subject of slavery: "...Assure these poor natives in Africa that we sympathize with them in all that they have suffered from... having their dear relatives torn from them, and sold as slaves in other countries; that by the establishment of colonies along their coast we hope to put an end to this inhuman traffic..." Lastly, the minister reminds the emigrants of their duty to spread the work of the Lord: "...let your light shine on the benighted regions of Africa. Let the millions of that country, who are ignorant of our divine religion, be convinced of its reality..." Proudfit signs in type at the close of his address. Alexander Proudfit studied for the ministry under Rev. Dr. John Henry Livingston, and served as the minister for the Associate Reformed Church in Salem New York from 1794 to 1835. He left his Salem ministry to take over as Secretary of the Society in 1835, and would remain in this role until 1841.

    Professionally restored to repair the separations at folds and with a few light stains; however broadside remains attractive and ideal for display. Very scarce with OCLC locating only copies at Harvard (in microform) and The Boston Athenaeum Catalog (described as imperfect with broadside cut and pasted onto both sides of three leaves).


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