London: Longman et.al. 1822. Second edn. 8vo, pp. x, 483 Bound in modern full cloth. Name stamp on end paper. Former owner's name on the titlepage: "James Bowley". A very good tight copy. Not in Lande; See Howes D-74, Sabin 18640, Clark II, 16. Scarce. Lacks the map. Item #37710
Accompanied by her sister, Wright first settled in New York City, while she attempted to establish herself as a dramatist. Frustrated by her lack of literary success, she returned to London in 1820. Her letters home however, resulted in the present work, which has been called "One of the most celebrated travel memoirs of the early 19th century [NAW]". This includes material on the condition of the working class, politics, education, religion, slavery, and women, while including the author's unabashed enthusiasm for America. Upon her return to America in 1824, Wright became a leading figure in the agitation for woman suffrage and the abolition of slavery. Of note was her attempt to establish an experimental colony for the gradual emancipation of slaves on land purchased near Memphis, Tenn. She lived at Owen's New Harmony for some years before establishing the "Hall of Science" in New York to serve as a platform for her lecture series."See NAW, etc.