Albany: Association for Diffusing Information on the Subject of Indian Rights, 1831. 12mo, wraps, 24; 3 pp. Very Good. Item #List403
Heman Humphrey was the President of Amherst College, as well as a key figure in the temperance and prohibition movements. This address, on the plight of American Indians during the period following the Indian Removal Act, was first given in 1829. The Association for Diffusing Information on the Subject of Indian Rights republished the speech here along with their constitution, which is printed on the wraps. The header of the wraps reads “The Indian Advocate. To Be Published Quarterly. No. 1. February, 1932.” This is the only issue to be published. The organization was formed on July 4, 1831 in Massachusetts, and counted William B. Calhoun, Leverett Saltonstall, Rufus Choate, Samuel Worcester, Charles Loring, Edward Reynolds and Jeremiah Everts as its members. The final two leaves reprint a circular letter from 1830 written by the group’s members after a meeting convened at the State House in Boston.
A very good copy with two small stamps to title page, otherwise near fine. Field 741, describing the publication as “the effort of an earnest and learned man, to arouse the people of the United States, to the wrongs perpetrated on the Indians. How many such men shall rise and fall, before these wrongs shall be addressed?” OCLC 173682640.