A very scarce imprint of the proceedings of the first meeting of one of the more absolutist anti-slavery societies. While even many in favor of abolition favored some form of protracted process, the more radical found this concession outrageous, quite literally equating the gradual elimination of slavery to the gradual elimination of permissible murder or rape.
The document opens asking all those who believe that slavery is a sin and that it should abolished immediately and without concession to sign the originating documents of the Society. From there the opening sermon is given in brief, in which clergy are charged with preaching regularly on the subject of slavery as a part of their charge, and not as an adjacency, to faithfully preach the Gospel. This is followed by the Constitution of the newly formed Society, and records of an open conversation among members [each recorded with their name] regarding the evils of slavery as it was presently practiced. This section focuses on anecdote illustrating the cruelty of the practice. This is followed by extensive dialogue on a variety of themes including female anti-slavery societies, their obligation to continue to love white southerners, their stance as a society against expatration [colonization societies], etc.
A fascinating document. Very scarce in the trade.
Proceedings of the N. H. Anti-Slavery Convention Held in Concord on the 11th & 12th of November, 1834. Concord, N. H. Eastman, Webster, & Co. - Printers. 1834. 36pp.
Good -, small loss to upper right of printed wraps as shown, not infringing on legibility. Some stains, foxing, etc., Complete and soundly bound.