Mar 27, 2014 - Sale 2342

Sale 2342 - Lot 61

Price Realized: $ 1,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) JACOBS, COL. CURTIS M. Speech of Col. Curtis M Jacobs on the Colored Population of Maryland, Delivered in the House of Delegates, on the third of February, 1860 (cover title). 32 pages. 8vo, original yellow wrappers, sewn; front and rear covers lightly soiled; a few small pencil numbers. Annapolis: Elihu Riley, 1860

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The Colonel expresses his disdain for Northerners who are sending down "mercenaries" to steal slaves. But what he was really railing about was John Brown's raid at Harpers' Ferry. As a reaction Jacobs proposes some rather draconian measures. "Free-negroism throughout this State must be abolished. A universal pass system must be adopted. Emancipation by last will and testament, or by any other means must be prohibited. Negro worship, except in the assembly of the White congregation, and at the stated place and hours for the same, must not be allowed. Free negroes going out of the state must not be allowed to return, on pain of being sold into slavery for life." These are but a few of the good "Colonel's" new rules. He goes on to prohibit any sort of meeting for any reason whatsoever. This is the type of rigid and cruel new rules that were instituted following the Nat Turner rebellion of 1831. While commonly held by a number of older institutions, no copy has been at auction in the last 20 years.