THE AFRICAN REPOSITORY (AMERICAN COLONIZATION SOCIETY) – JANUARY, 1854

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The African Repository was the official journal of the American Colonization Society. Henry Clay served as the Society’s president from 1836 to 1849, and its directors included former US Presidents Franklin Pierce and Millard Fillmore. This is Vol. XXX, No. 1, dated Washington, January, 1854. 32 pp. Overall very fine condition; some light page yellowing, scattered minor spots of foxing. Pages numbered 3-14, are loose, having separated from the binding.

At pages 19-24 is “List of Emigrants [to Liberia], By the Ship Banshee, Capt. Wingate, From Baltimore, Nov. 9, and Norfolk, Nov. 11, 1853”, which includes William Burke, his wife, Rosabella, and their four children. The Burkes (including their four children) had been emancipated by Col. Robert E. Lee in 1853.  Lee freed most of his slaves before the Civil War and offered to pay expenses for those who wanted to go to Liberia.  The Burkes sailed on the Banshee, which left Baltimore with 261 emigrants.  A person of superior intelligence and drive, Burke studied Latin and Greek at a newly established seminary in Monrovia and became a Presbyterian minister in 1857. He helped educated his own children and other members of his community and took several native children into his home.

Other articles included are “Decease of Great and Good Friends of this Society”; “Journal of Five Years Residence in Liberia – Extracts” by Dr. J. W. Lugenbeel; “Correspondence between President Roberts and Governor Wright”; a list of “Charitable Bequests”; and a list of “Receipts of the American Colonization Society”, showing donations received from donors around the country.

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