Mar 21, 2024 - Sale 2663

Sale 2663 - Lot 2

Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
(ABOLITION.) Warner Mifflin. His abolitionist petition to President Washington and Congress, in an issue of the Providence Gazette and Country Journal. 4 pages, 16½ x 10 inches, on one folding sheet; stitch holes, repair along center fold and other minor repairs, minor foxing and wear; inked name of subscriber Richard Steere above masthead. Providence, RI, 22 December 1792

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Warner Mifflin (1745-1798), a Delaware Quaker, was one of the most outspoken and radical American abolitionists of the Revolutionary era. His petition to Washington reads in part: "If measures are not taken to redress the wrongs and alleviate the sufferings and oppressions of the African race in these States, the Almighty will manifest his displeasure in a more conspicuous manner than has yet appeared." Citing the statements of liberty in the Declaration of Independence, he wonders how "Americans shall be permitted to continue to ravage the coast of Africa, thereby promoting murder, pillaging, plundering and burning its towns, and enslaving its inhabitants? . . . Was this the lot of one of your beloved delicate wives, your tender babes, or near relatives, how then would you feel?"