A Letter to His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester, President of the African Association.

MACAULAY Zachary editor (1815.)


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Occasioned by a Pamphlet lately published by Dr. Thorpe, late Judge of the Colony of Sierra Leone, entitled "A Letter to William Wilberforce, Esq."

Second edition, enlarged. 8vo. Stitched as issued, uncut and unopened, half title and last leaf a little soiled, interior clean and bright. ii, 62, [ii], 60pp. London, John Hatchard,

A very good copy of Zachary Macaulay's detailed and lengthy response to Robert Thorpe's pamphlet accusing him of using the African Institution to his own advantage while he held the position of Secretary. "Macaulay declares that the attack was the result of his refusal to loan Thorpe money and holds that his letters had been misquoted. [Furthermore, he] denies that the Sierra Leone Company's commerce had been managed by himself, that he practically monopolized the trade of the colony and that he had used his position as an Institution official to profit personally" (Ragatz).


The sixty page appendix reprints Macaulay's letters to Lord Mulgrave, Thomas Ludlam, Viscount Castlereagh, Edward Cooke, and includes a chapter "On the means of establishing a commercial intercourse between the western coast of Africa and the River Niger", as well as lists of vessels importing produce to, and exporting produce from, Sierra Leone in the given period. Published in the same year as the first, this second edition corrects some typographical errors and adds some extra passages.


Ragatz, p.522.

Stock Code: 212685

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