SLAVERY HARGRAVE (An Argument in the Case of James Sommersett, a Negro Lately Determined by the Court of King's Bench, 1772
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SLAVERY HARGRAVE (An Argument in the Case of James Sommersett, a Negro Lately Determined by the Court of King's Bench, 1772
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SLAVERY
HARGRAVE (FRANCIS) An Argument in the Case of James Sommersett, a Negro Lately Determined by the Court of King's Bench. Wherein it is Attempted to Demonstrate the Present Unlawfulness of Domestic Slavery in England. To Which is Prefixed a State of the Case. By Mr. Hargrave, One of the Counsel for the Negro, first edition, half-title and final leaf dust-soiled, small hole in blank area of half-title, contemporary half calf, worn [Sabin 30374], 8vo, for the Author, 1772

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  • A scarce account, no copy traced at auction on ABPC, of an important moment in the anti-slavery movement. The case centred on James Sommersett, an African sold into slavery in Virginia, who on his arrival in England with his "owner" moved to have himself declared "free".
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