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DOUGLASS, FREDERICK. Eulogy of the Late Hon. Wm. Jay by Frederick Douglass Delivered on the Invitation of the Colored Citizens of New York City. 32 pages. 8vo, original gray wrappers, darkened; occasional light foxing. Rochester, New York: Press of A. Strong, 1859
a scarce printing of douglass's eulogy on the great jurist and reformer. William Jay (1789-1858) was a dedicated anti-slavery advocate. The son of John Jay, one of the founders, William Jay was in Douglass's words "a good and great man." A member of a generation of white Americans that advocated colonization, Jay took a stand against it, believing instead that emancipation was a preferable path toward assimilation. He was a prominent member of the Anti-Slavery Society and helped draft its constitution. The end of the eulogy prints two long poems, one on Thomas Clarkson by "Y"; the other on William Wilberforce, signed with a small pyramid, possibly a Masonic symbol.
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