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COLERIDGE, Henry Nelson (1798--1843)
Six months in the West Indies, in 1825. By Henry Nelson Coleridge, ... Third edition, with additions.
London:, John Murray,, 1832.
[6], 311, [1] p., [1] fold. map frontis. ; 15.3 cm. (8º)

Forms no. XXXVI of Murray's (later Tegg's) 'Family Library'. Originally published anonymously in 1826. The author was the nephew, son-in-law and literary executor of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, first Seceretary of the new King's College, London. In 1825 he accompanied his uncle, William Hart Coleridge, the Bishop of Barbados, to the West Indies, apparently an unsuccessful attempt by the family to break off his engagement with his cousin Sara Coleridge (the poet's daughter). In this lively and anecdotal work account he covers all of the West Indies; Madeira; Grenada; St. Vincent; St. Lucia; Trinidad; Martinique; Montserrat; Barbados; Dominica; St. Christopher's; Anguilla; Antigua; and deals also with the state of the planters and their enslaved people. Sabin 14318. 750,000 enslaved people in the West Indies were formally freed in August 1834, one year after Royal Ascent to The Slave Abolition Act of 1833, which applied to all dominions of the British Empire. Coleridge’s visit took place nine years earlier in 1825 at which time, the slave trade in the West Indies was still in full swing. Coleridge's stance on slavery may have been influenced by his Bishop uncle who described the Afro-Barbadian population as ‘civil’ and ‘descent’ and was responsible for the foundation of dozens of churches and schools across the island for use by the freed population.

Copy Notes Bookseller's label on front pastedown reading 'Sold by T. & W. Boone'.

Binding Publisher's grey cloth with title printed on upper cover: 'The Family Library. No. XXXVI. Six months In The West Indies. ... Price Sive Shillings'; and list of titles on lower cover; spine with printed series title 'Six Months in the West Indies. ... Family Library. No. XXXVI'.

Reference Number 592

Additional Names T. & W.$Boone

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