Mar 26, 2015 - Sale 2377

Sale 2377 - Lot 118

Price Realized: $ 5,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 4,000
(MUSIC.) HUTCHINSON, JESSE JR AND FAMILY. The Bereaved Slave Mother. Four pages, self-wrappers; engraved cover and 1-1/2 pages of engraved music; half page of additional verses; a fine, fresh copy. Boston: Henry Prentiss, 1844

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a rare piece of abolitionist music with an engraving of a slave auction on the front cover. The Hutchinsons were, without question one of the most popular singing groups in America in the middle of the nineteenth century. They were also dedicated abolitionists who used their popularity to spread the word about the evils of slavery. This took some bravery on their part, even when performing to reasonably friendly' crowds. The Hutchinsons traveled with Frederick Douglass in England in 1845 and stayed for almost a year. Original songs such as "Get Off the Track!", "Right over Wrong", and "The Slave's Appeal" addressed these issues. Abby Hutchinson wrote "Song of Our Mountain Home" in 1850. It includes the line, "Among our free hills are true hearts and brave, / The air of our mountains ne'er breathed on a slave." oclc locates only two copies of this work: dartmouth and u.c. santa barbara. not at brown.