NARRATIVE OF THE LATE RIOTOUS PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE LIBERTY OF THE PRESS, IN CINCINNATI. With remarks and historical notices, relating to emancipation. Addressed to the people of Ohio, by the executive committee of the Ohio Anti-slavery Society.

Cincinnati, (OH): The society, 1836. First edition. 8vo. 48 pp. Sabin 13098. "Concerning public sentiment against the 'Philanthropist,' an anti-slavery newspaper edited by James G. Birney for the Ohio Anti-slavery Society, and the subsequent riot and destruction of the presses of Achilles Pugh, printer of the 'Philanthropist'" (OCLC). Birney (1792-1857), a prominent southern lawyer in Kentucky and Alabama from a wealthy slave-owning plantation family, became disenchanted with the idea of selling slaves at an early age and by 1832 had begun to work in the American Colonization movement; becoming disenchanted with that route, he sold his slaves and removed to Ohio where he started this anti-slavery paper, published through 1837 before he moved to New York, accepting the position of secretary to the American Anti-Slavery Society. The DAB (cf. the long article on Birney) attributes authorship of this pamphlet to Birney, but all bibliographical sources we have consulted lists it anonymously. Sabin 13098. Thomson 859. LCP/HSP Afro-Americana 7279. McCoy O-58: "Relates to public sentiment in Cincinnati against the abolitionists and the destruction of the presses of A. Pugh, printer of the Philanthropist, organ of the Ohio Anti-Slavery Society." Widely held in institutional collections (OCLC locates 62 copies), but scarce in trade. Very good. Disbound pamphlet (a little damage at inner margin of title page). (10749). Item #64400

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