Hartford, CT: American Publishing Co., 1876. Sm 8vo (7.6 in, 19.3 cm). vi, 7-168 pp.; frontis., 8 pl., 5 port.
First edition inscribed association copy: Author A. B. Meacham (1826-1882) befriended and admired Native Americans; thus, was repeatedly tasked to move various Native American tribes from their valuable lands onto reservations. He reluctantly accepted these tasks to save Native American lives and avert war. Meacham was a lifelong "pro-Indian" reformer and famous orator who decried their oppression and advocated peace. Impassioned by his cause, he published books and The Council Fire periodical. "[This book] is written with the avowed purpose of doing honor to the heroic Wi-ne-ma, who at the peril of her life sought to save the ill-fated Peace Commission to the Modoc Indians in 1873; the woman to whom the writer is indebted, under God, for his escape from death." - preface.
OCLC. Bland, Life of Alfred B. Meacham. HU Journal, Volume 10 Issue 1. Brick-red publisher's cloth with blind-stamped borders, decoration, and gilt title. Red speckled edges. Frontispiece, eight plates, and five portraits. Inscribed in ink 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." Meacham's friend, Stephen Morrell Newman (1845-1924), was an author sympathetic to the Native American cause. A member of noted scholarly societies, Newman became a professor at Howard University, a professor at Ripon College, president of Eastern College, a pastor, and president of Howard University. Founded in 1867, Howard University admitted students regardless of skin color or gender. Extremities rubbed, few flecks do not interfere with text. Well-preserved, tight, and clean first edition association copy warmly inscribed by the author. Very good+. Item #1136
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