Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African: To Which are Prefixed, Memoirs of His Life
Paperback. 272 pages. Dimensions: 8.5in. x 5.4in. x 0.8in.Born a slave, Ignatius Sancho (c. 1729-80) became one of the most influential free Africans of his century. Largely self-taught, he was the first black Briton known to have voted in parliamentary elections and to be given an obituary in the British press. He corresponded with many notable figures, including the author Laurence Sterne, whom he urged to write against slavery in the West Indies. The politician Joseph Jekyll (1754-1837) commended Sanchos epistolary talent in a brief biography, praising his wild patriotism and universal philanthropy. This two-volume collection of Sanchos letters was published in 1782 by the hostess Frances Crewe (1748-1818), who upheld Sancho as proof, in an age of dehumanising slavery, that Africans possessed as much natural intelligence as Europeans. Volume 1 contains Jekylls biography, a list of more than 1, 200 subscribers, and letters for the period 1768-78. It includes the famous 1766 letter to Sterne, incorrectly dated 1776. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781108065337
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Book Description: Born a slave and largely self-taught, Ignatius Sancho (c.1729?80) corresponded in Britain with a wide social circle that included nobility, artists and politicians. Published in 1782, this two-volume collection of his charmingly composed letters helped counter contemporary racism by showing that Africans possessed as much natural intelligence as Europeans.
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