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(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) Proceedings of the Yearly Meeting of the Friends of Human Progress. 23 pages. 8vo, original printed wrappers, minor wear; minor soiling to title page and final blank. Rochester, NY: C.W. Hebard, 1859
The Friends of Human Progress began as a reform-minded offshoot of the Quaker faith, but soon evolved into a non-denominational annual conference for social reformers of all stripes. It was held each year in Waterloo, NY. Frederick Douglass was an attendee as a member of the 1859 meeting's five-person Business Committee. His committee presented a long and passionate resolution against slavery and its attendant evils. Douglass is mentioned six times, most notably in response to the anti-slavery resolution, when he "spoke with great eloquence, and his words seemed to take deep hold on the hearts of the audience" (page 7). On pages 8 and 15 his remarks upon religion are summarized at length. 5 copies in OCLC and none known at auction.
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