(RELIGION.) ASHLEY, JAMES M. Duplicate Copy of the Souvenir from the Afro-American League of Tennessee to Hon. James M. Ashley of Ohio. Frontispiece of Ashley and additional illustrations. 851, , pages. Large, thick 8vo, original pictorial blue cloth with beveled edges, stamped in dark blue and lettered in gilt on the spine; all edges sprinkled red, an exceptional copy, inscribed and signed by ashley. Philadelphia: A.M.E. Publishing House, 1894
a copy of the "library edition" inscribed and signed by the subject of this exhaustive work. A collection of speeches and addresses by James M. Ashley (1824-1896), a leading voice in the struggle for the abolition of slavery. Ashley traveled with John Brown's wife and reported on his execution for the Toledo (Ohio) Blade. During his term in the United States Congress, he wrote a bill to abolish slavery in the District of Columbia, introduced the first bill for a constitutional amendment abolishing slavery, and initiated impeachment proceedings against President Andrew Johnson (1867). The first copy we have seen of this "Library Edition." James M. Ashley was the great grandfather of U.S. Representative Tom Ashley.