Peterboro, N.Y. [n. p.], August 23, 1847. First edition, an ex-library copy with a neat small inked call number at the head of the first page. Unbound, single sheet,  pages printed recto and verso, approx. 12-1/2 x 7-3/4 inches. A few old light folds; in very good condition. Item #11234
One of the abolitionist reformer's open letters on political subjects, this in response to an earlier letter of his which had recently been reprinted in Joshua Leavitt's Emancipator: "But, however proper that argument may have been, as applied to the Liberty party, four years ago, is it proper, as applied to it now?" Smith asserts that the Liberty party has in fact fallen away from its high ideals, and that its upcoming national convention may hold up the party "to be jeered at by every passer-by, as a poor, pitiful, cowardly, and utterly impotent thing!" The Liberty party's consolidation with the more moderate Free Soil party around this time indeed marked a fracture in the anti-slavery movement; Smith of course threw his lot in with the radical abolitionist crowd.