A Concise Statement of the Question regarding the Abolition of the Slave Trade.

BROUGHAM Henry Peter, 1st Baron Brougham & Vaux (1804.)


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Third edition. 8vo. 20th century quarter green calf over buckram, gold title to spine. Scattered foxing, light dampstaining. Stab hole through B2-E7, minimal loss, but occasionally affecting text. Two instances of pencil marginalia offsetting onto facing page. (A-F8,G4,H2.) 108pp. London, Hatchard, Longman & Brooke,

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of A concise statement of the question regarding the abolition of the slave trade is Brougham's argument that the slave trade ought to be abolished, at least in Jamaica, on account of St. Domingo, whose successful slave revolt served as an inspiration to the nearby Jamaican slaves that were still under English control. Brougham writes that "the present state of the French West Indies renders the idea of continuing its [slave trade] existence for another hour worse than insanity."


A concise statement ... was one of Brougham's earliest printed works. His interest in abolitionism foreshadowed his later interest in social issues. His success in instituting reforms in education and law were perhaps his greatest legacy.


Brougham arrived in London in 1804 made his first political allies in the abolitionists of the Clapham Sect. "He won their attention in particular as a result of his An inquiry into the colonial policy of the European Powers (1803), a rambling and somewhat confused work, in which he defended the colonial system and attacked the slave trade. He followed it with a pamphlet, A Concise statement of the question regarding the abolition of the Slave Trade, which was distributed to MPs before the vote on William Wilberforce's Slave Trade Abolition Bill of 1804" (ODNB).


This edition was printed in the same year as the first and includes an extra thirty pages. All 1804 editions are scarce.

Stock Code: 227295

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