NY: Printed at the office of the Free Enquirer, Hall of Science, 1831. Fourth edition. 12mo, pp. 239; [ii], 21, 20, 13, 22 + 1 page of adv for other works by Wright and Owen. Bound in original drab paper over boards, with pink linen spine and printed spine label. Bit soiled, with browning on the pastedowns, Generally a very good tight copy of a scarce work. This is a reissue of the second edition with the supplement added. The supplement includes four lectures that Wright delivered in the US. Each appears here with its own titlepage. The speeches are: "Address on the state of the public mind (1829,)" "Address containing a review of the times (1830)," "Address to young mechainics," and "Parting address, as delivered in the Bowery Theatre, to the people of New York, in June, 1830." Sabin 105588, 105596. Item #49297
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. Upon her return to America in 1824, she 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 this lecture series. -Lecture subjects include religion, knowledge, free enquiry, etc. These are the lectures of an important English thinker who came to the freedom of new world America and made an impact on our politics and social development. See NAW.