Brown's abridged journal, containing a brief account of the life, trials and travels of Geo. S. Brown, six years a missionary in Liberia, West Africa. George S. Brown.
Brown's abridged journal, containing a brief account of the life, trials and travels of Geo. S. Brown, six years a missionary in Liberia, West Africa

Brown's abridged journal, containing a brief account of the life, trials and travels of Geo. S. Brown, six years a missionary in Liberia, West Africa

Troy: press of Prescott & Wilson, ccxxv River-Street, 1849. First edition, 8vo, pp. iv, [5]-328, 330-353, 353-392; original brown cloth; boards soiled and worn, spine mostly perished with waste-paper lining exposed, joints cracked, tidestains on upper corner and gutter; the binding rather a mess but the textblock is good and sound. Reverend George S. Brown was a free black man born in Rhode Island whose enthusiasm for preaching was so strong that he had to be restricted from it in order to encourage him to focus on his education. He led two successful missions in Liberia, before local politics there sent him home. His journal records both successes and encouragements from leaders in the church, as well as resistance and obstructionism from others. Brown eventually found it necessary to sue Rev. John Seys for libel in order to recover his good name and regain a license to preach. After his successful suit, Brown moved to Vermont, where he became the only black Methodist preacher to have gathered and built a church for white congregants. 1849 was the first year of Liberia's independence after three decades of settlement under control of the American Colonization Society. Not in Afro-Americana but OCLC does locate a copy at the Library Company as well as quite a few other institutions. But very uncommon in the trade. Item #58718

Price: $750.00

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