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BARING, Alexander.

Speech in the House of Commons,

on the 15th day of May, 1823, on Mr. Buxton's motion for resolution declaratory of slavery in the British colonies being contrary to the English constitution and to Christianity.

London: J. S. Brickwood, Printer, 1823 Stock Code: 129890
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First edition, presentation copy, inscribed on behalf of the pro-slavery Committee of West Indian Merchants to the anti-abolitionist John Gladstone on the title page. The merchant and banker Alexander Baring (1773-1848), founder of the Baring Brothers bank and financier for the Louisiana purchase, was a noted opponent of the ending of slavery, influenced by his substantial ties to trade with the West Indies. His present speech, in response to Fowell Buxton's abolitionist motion, presents the usual pro-slavery arguments - that the condition of the slave is better than that of the peasantry of Europe, that abolition would render the colonies useless to Britain, that the slaves would lose the protection of the planters, and that abolition would lead to revolt. The printing of this speech was financed and distributed by the Committee of West Indian Merchants; the recipient of this copy, John Gladstone (1764-1851), was a Liverpool merchant, who published defences of slavery under the name of Mercator.

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Octavo, pp. 17. Disbound.


Light creases and scattered foxing, else very good.


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