STURGE, Joseph. 13061



Autograph Letter Signed, to Josiah Conder (editor of The Patriot), thanking him for the extracts from the Emancipator, and discussing the visit to England of Richard Chamberlaine, who “is a man of colour & never been in England before”, arranging a dinner for him. 1 page 10 x 8 inches, with signature overleaf, integral address leaf, folds, in good condition. With a separate engraved portrait of Joseph Sturge, some marginal tears. Birminghham, 21 September 1839. Joseph Sturge (1793–1859), Quaker philanthropist, was one of the founders of the agency committee of the Anti-Slavery Society. Between November 1836 and April 1837 Sturge visited the West Indies gathering evidence to demonstrate the flaws of the apprenticeship system. On his return he published The West Indies in 1837 (1838). He founded the British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society in 1839, and organized international anti-slavery conventions in 1840 and 1843. In 1841 he travelled through the United States with the poet J. G. Whittier, to observe the condition of the slaves there, and on his return published A Visit to the United States in 1841 (1842). In his book on the West Indies, Sturge refers to his meeting with “the special magistrate, Richard Chamberlaine jun., an intelligent coloured gentleman” at Manchineal Bay, Jamaica. In this letter Sturge corrects Conder’s description: “Chamberlaine is not a missionary but a Stipendary Magistrate; he has been at my house at the time of the Association meeting here …”