Covington, Ky. Printed for the Author at the Office of the "Licking Valley Register," 1846. First edition. 8vo, contemporary tree calf, red leather label, gilt lettering, 480 pages. Front board cracked at the joint but with the cords holding, and two vertical cracks to the front board (one running the length of the board); title page and front free endpaper a bit loose along with the board; rear joint cracked, but holding; some occasional browning and foxing; a good, sound copy. Item #16625
"Is it therefore unreasonable to conclude, that in former times, in that warm country where the passions are known to be strong and uncontrollable, the human race in some instances mingled with *Ourang Outangs, baboons,* or some other similar African animals approximating very nearly to the size and figure of man? This, I believe, is the original source of depravation of human blood in the negro tribe, of that fearful dissimilarity in figure and color which obtains between purely human persons and those degraded Africans who have been imported into our midst, and whom the laws of slavery hold under involuntary servitude." A detailed work that partakes in large part of the cognitive dissonance necessary to be an observant Christian and a supporter of Negro slavery, with much by way of close Bible reading to argue for the whiteness of the skin of the Biblical figures, etc. Darrow, somewhat to his credit, does argue against the slave trade ("a species of commerce at which the finer feelings of the heart revolt") but calls for colonization rather than local emancipation: "The firey and splenetic Abolitionist will growl upon the reading of this; but, while reason, and law, and religion, are all plainly on this side of the subject, I care but little for the froth of political demagogues who have not a white more affection for the black man (very likely not even as much, at best no more) than the writer of this article." With allusions to Dr. Darwin and man's descent from the oyster--though this of course is to the grandfather to Charles and the proto-evolutionary theorist, Erasmus Darwin, as well as further attacks on abolitionists and the Liberty Party (or, as Darrow would have it, "the so called 'Liberty Party'").