[TEXAS]. MOODY, Loring. Facts for the People Showing the Relations of the United States Government to Slavery, Embracing a History of the Mexican War, Its Origin and Objects. Compiled from Official and other Authentic Documents. Boston: Anti-Slavery Office, 21 Cornhill, Dow and Jackson’s Anti-Slavery Press, 14 Devonshire Street, 1847. [1-2] 3-142 pp. 12mo (16.5 x 10.5 cm), original pink wrappers. Upper wrapper slightly water stained and soiled. Interior with scattered light foxing and staining.
First edition. Connor & Faulk 48. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 39. Haferkorn, p. 16n. Sabin 50316. Tutorow 4115.
“Critical of the war as an instrument of aggressive slaveocracy, but contains, also, as did a number of abolitionist tracts, the curious perversion of anti-Americanism as well. American atrocities toward Mexico are related with a gory relish that offsets the lack of factual basis” (Connor & Faulk). A strong denunciation of slavery and its spread. The majority of the text (pp. 52-142) concerns “Texas and the Mexican War,” which the author asserts, was annexed merely to provide a pretext for the war so that slavery could be spread. This section has its share of atrocity and gore reports. For example, quoting a newspaper description of the aftermath of the Battle of Palo Alto, he relates the unfortunate death of Ringgold and then notes of the scene: “The surgeon’s saw was going the live-long night, and the groans of the sufferers were heart-rendering” (p. 116, original emphasis).