Born in Settle, Yorkshire, of Quaker stock, Morris Birkbeck (1764-1825) was an agricultural innovator, anti-slavery campaigner and early 19th-century pioneer in southern Illinois. Disaffected with life in England, and having met President Madison’s secretary whilst they were in England, Birkbeck looked to North America. In 1816, with George Flower, he founded the English Settlement in the Wabash river valley, in the south of the territory of Illinois, before publishing Notes of a Journey in America, which became a call to arms and ran through eleven editions in English in two years. It offered the disenfranchised and downtrodden a view of life in a place where their voice would be heard and their work would be recognised.
Fourth edition. 8vo, iv, 156pp., large folding engraved map hand-coloured in outline, uncut in original boards, rebacked preserving spine and remains of label, a very good copy.
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