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AUCTION 21

October 26, 2007

“The Kindness and Generosity of the Mexicans, the Ingratitude and Falsehoods of the American Emigrants, and the Pretexts of the Revolution”

37. [CHILD, David Lee]. The Texan Revolution. Republished with Additions from the Northampton (Massachusetts) Gazette, to Which Is Added a Letter from Washington on the Annexation of Texas, and the Late Outrage in California, by Probus [caption title]. [Washington, 1843]. 8vo (23.6 x 15.5 cm), disbound. Scattered light to moderate foxing, otherwise fine. Scarce and important abolitionist tract concerning slavery in Texas.

            First edition of letters published the previous year in the Northampton Gazette, with added material on California and Oregon that did not appear in the newspaper articles. Bradford 869. Cowan II, p. 116. Eberstadt, Texas 162:148. Howes C380. Jones, Adventures in Americana 1060. Rader 767. Sabin 12702. Streeter 1451: “The tenor of these letters appears from the title of the second one: The Kindness and Generosity of the Mexicans, the Ingratitude and Falsehoods of the American Emigrants, and the Pretexts of the Revolution. Following these four letters is a republication ‘with additions’ of a letter to the Liberator dated Washington, April 10, 1843, with the title, Danger of the Annexation of Texas at the next Session of Congress--Outrage in California. As now printed ‘the additions’ must bulk large for the letter runs from pages 17 to 78. It discusses and criticizes at length the taking of Monterey by Commodore Jones in 1842 and incidentally comments adversely on our claims to Oregon. Child was an early member of the Anti-Slavery Society.... His wife, Lydia Maria Francis Child, was also an ardent abolitionist, and was even better known through her writings than her husband. There are articles on both in the Dictionary of American Biography.”

            Tract No. 4 discusses the “Real Causes of the Revolution,” which Child argues were “to maintain slavery against the Government of Mexico...and to open in Texas a perpetual slave market.” ($1,000-2,000)

Sold. Hammer: $1,000.00; Price Realized: $1,175.00

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