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Ben Franklin as president of the "Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery..."
Item # 589833
October 1, 1787
THE GENTLEMAN'S MAGAZINE, London, October, 1787 Near the back, and under the heading: "America", is a page mostly taken up with the creation of a new society "...instituted in Philadelphia consisting of some of the most respectable people in the province of Pennsylvania..." with the introduction of their constitution printed here & which includes: "...it having pleased the Creator of the world to make, of one flesh, all the children of men...as members of the same family, however diversified they may be by colour, situation, religion, or different states of Society...the subscribers have associated themselves under the title of "The Pennsylvania Society for Promoting the Abolition of Slavery and the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully held in Bondage." This Society, the President of which is Dr. Franklin, have lately presented the following memorial to the convention of the United States..." with much more (see photos). An interesting and progressive document given that the slavery issue would not be more fully resolved until the American Civil War.
Another article of interest is: "Account of a Journey to Mount Blanc, by M. de Saussure", plus both of the foldout plates called for are present (see photos).
Complete in 96 pages with the full title/contents page which featuring an engraving of St. John's Gate, measures 5 by 8 1/2 inches, very nice condition.
A very nice magazine with a wide range of varied content including news of the day, political reports, literary items, and other unusual tidbits. This was the first periodical to use the word "magazine" in its title, having begun in 1731 and lasting until 1907.