Providence: Printed by Brown & Danforth, 1821. First edition. Unbound pamphlet, stitched as issued, 9.25 x 6 inches, 32 pages, untrimmed. Light faint stain to the lower inside corner of the text block; some light soiling, untrimmed fore-edges a little worn; a very good copy. Item #19082
"That the Africans and their descendants are not only capable of acquiring the common rudiments of education, but the higher branches of science, the most plenary evidence could be adduced. . . . Although the natural equality of the Europeans and Africans has been repeatedly demonstrated, yet if there was even an injurious disparity inherent in the latter, it would not diminish, but rather enhance their claim to have their one talent cultivated to the utmost limits of which it is capable, in order to render them useful citizens." The detailed account of the foundation and organization of this important early African American church and school in Providence, the result of a committee of both African American and white Providence residents who secured a bequest from Moses Brown to found the Meeting House and school which eventually evolved in the Congdon Street Baptist Church. This work does much to suggest the propriety of educating African Americans, with the inclusion here of a substantial portion of Benjamin Banneker's 1791 letter to Jefferson on the intelligence of the Negro and Jefferson's reply. Per the catalog entry found on OCLC, "Authorship derived from inscription on copy in Moses Brown Papers Collection (MS 930), UMass Amherst Special Collections, and from the text of: A memorial of Rev. Henry Jackson, D.D., late pastor of the Central Baptist church, Newport, R.I." American Imprints 6564; Sabin 80636; Lib. Company. Afro-Americana, 2nd ed. Suppl. 27.