GLADSTONE, Sir John (1764-1851)
A Statement of Facts, connected with the present state of Slavery in the British sugar and coffee colonies, and in the United States of America ... contained in a letter addressed to the Right Hon. Sir Robert Peel ... Second Edition ...
London: Baldwin and Cradock, 1830. 8vo. (9 x 5 3/4 inches). 30pp.
Provenance: Sir John Gladstone (1764-1851, inscribed "Fasque" at the head of the title page and with some manuscript underlining and corrections)
[With:] GLADSTONE. To the Right Hon: Sir Robert Peel ... Liverpool, 7 April, 1831 [caption title]. [Liverpool: 1831]. Quarto (10 x 7 7/8 inches). 1 folded sheet (pp.[1-]3 [final page blank]). Folded, uncut. Not in Sabin or Ragatz. "As a major slave owner [John Gladstone] was deeply embroiled in the troubles of the West Indies, in the debates on slavery and in the emancipation struggle; he was one of the foremost lobbyists among the planters, resisting this first step within the British Empire toward turning slaves into a wage-earning labour force" (Checkland, The Gladstones: A Family Biography, Cambridge University Press: 1971, p. xi). For an overview of Gladstone's slaveholdings, his position on the institution, and his role in the emancipation debate, see Checkland, chapters 19 and 24.
Ragatz, p. 506; cf. Sabin 27526.