A VIEW OF THE POLICY OF PERMITTING SLAVES IN THE STATES WEST OF THE MISSISSIPPI: BEING A LETTER TO A MEMBER OF CONGRESS
by Learned, Joseph D.
Baltimore: Printed by Joseph Robinson, 1820. 47pp. Gathered signatures, string-tied, as issued. Uniform, light tanning. Vertical crease. Very good. Untrimmed. A scarce pamphlet arguing that the federal government has no right to interfere in the extension or prohibition of slavery into newly-admitted states of the Union. Rather, Learned maintains that the issue should be decided by the states themselves. Learned's tract, written at the height of the controversy over the admission of Missouri into the Union, which culminated in the Missouri Compromise, is in response to Daniel Raymond's THE MISSOURI QUESTION, published in 1819. Learned allows that slavery is a "moral evil," but argues that "the condition of the slave is better in a free Government, for his protection by the laws is more sure." He goes on to contend that spreading slavery into the new states is beneficial to the slaves, lessening the evil of slavery in the old states, and improving their condition in the new states. A scarce argument for states' rights, this is the first copy we have ever owned. HOWES L166a. SABIN 39538. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 1919. WORK, p.331. DUMOND, p.73. (Inventory #: WRCAM44932)
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