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A Letter to an English Friend on the Rebellion in the United States, and on British Policy.

Pamphlet] Willard, Joseph.-

Published by Boston. Ticknor and Fields. 1862., 1862
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First Edition. Pages 28 pp.8vo. Printed paper wraps. Mountedwith linen tape to binder's board. First Edition. Sabin 40428. NUC for attribution. A private letter to an English friend who gave permission for its publication in 1862. Sabin lists it without attribution, but NUC reports it as attributed to Joseph Willard (1798Ð1865), to whom the printed version is attributed. The letter is a calm rejoinder to an English correspondent concerned about the deteriorating relations beytween England and the United States at the beginning of the Civil War. The Englishman is urged not to be influenced by New York rowdies or muck-raking newspapers. Good old New England, ever sober and thoughtful, is fundamentally calm and still engaged in every-day life issues. The Rebellion by hot-heads, traitors and base proponents of slavery, before Lincoln's election encouraged by "that imbecile coward, President Buchanan,"is gigantic and found the United States ill-prepared militarily. But this is changing and the Rebellion will be fought vigorously and successfully. The author expected England and Europe to ally with the North (shared ancestry, hospitality to the Prince of Wales on his 1860 visit, and English attitudes toward slavery are some reasons cited). Perfidious ex-Senators and slanders against Lincoln have been poisoning the English mind. Slavery must be eliminated. The North of the United States has great guilt over slavery, but slavery there was an unhealthy inheritance from England, who granted charters for the slave trade in Africa introducing slavery to North America. Before 1775, England resisted the elimination of slavery in America. our shared history and attitudes will prevail. A post-script by E.P., Esq. recalls an article by [?John Stuart] Mill in Fraser Magazine for February, showing great comprehension of the issues in the American War of Rebellion and, presumably, opposing slavery and the position of the South, while cautioning England against misplaced sympathy with the South. Joseph Willard was a resident of Lancaster, Massachusetts, a member of the Worcester County Bar Association, and author of a local history of Lancaster, memoirs of Rev. Samuel Willard, Vice-President of Harvard College, editor of Mary White Rowlandson's narrative of Indian captivity, publisher of the 1862 plans for a militia, collector of Willard genealogy dating from Samuel Willard (1605Ð1676), etc. Of great interest here is the allusion to the great guilt and engagement of the North in slavery and the English roots of this behavior, not much discussed until recent reactivation of discussion of racial issues in America. The author was fully cognizant of how this guilt informed the behavior of the North in ( and after) the Civil War. Ex libris with only small library stamp on last page. Cover edges chipped and soiled. Only very minor foxing. One correction in pen of textual misspelling. Else, Good to Very Good. Bookseller Inventory # 8660

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Title: A Letter to an English Friend on the ...

Publisher: Boston. Ticknor and Fields. 1862.

Publication Date: 1862

Binding: Soft cover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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