Hartford, CT: American Publishing Co., 1876. Sm 8vo (7.6 in, 19.3 cm). vi, 7-168 pp.; frontis., 5 port., 8pl.
First edition inscribed presentation copy: Winema Riddle (1848-1920), who married outside of her Nation, lead dangerous mediations between her Modoc people and the US government to avoid war and was awarded a pension from Congress for saving the life of the severely wounded federal official, A. B. Meacham. Author A. B. Meacham (1826-1882) was a renowned Native American reformer who denounced their oppression and advocated peace. Meacham was tasked to move various Native American tribes from their valuable lands onto reservations, which he reluctantly accepted to save Native American lives and to avert war.
OCLC. Bland, Life of Alfred B. Meacham. HU Journal, Volume 10 Issue 1. Archives gov. Brick-red publisher's cloth with blind-stamped borders to boards and gilt lettering to upper board, and blind-stamped rules to spine. Red speckled edges. Frontispiece and eight plates including five portraits. Inscribed by the author on front free endpaper, "Remembering / the hospitality of my / friend Rev. S. M. Newman / A.B. Meacham / Taunton, Mass / Dec 11th 1876." Stephen Morrell Newman (1845-1924), was an author sympathetic to the Native American cause. A noted scholar, Newman became a professor at two colleges, president of Eastern College, a pastor, then president of Howard University which was dedicated to African American students. Spine caps worn, corner tips rubbed, few flecks do not interfere with text. Well-preserved, tight, and clean first edition presentation copy warmly inscribed by the author. Very good+. Item #1136
First edition inscribed presentation copy.