NY: Southwick & Pelsue, 1810. Second American edn. 8vo, pp. 385, (7)p. Bound in scuffed original calf, with some foxing and browning. 19th century ownership signature. The first edition was published in 1744 and an English edition appeared in 1747. Howes H-652 "Chief source on the "Negro Plot" of 1741. Afro-Americana 4966. Item #57455
New York had a population of about 12,000 in 1742, of which approximately one-sixth were slaves. [From the Preface to this edition] "In New York City, a number of suspicious fires broke out during a particularly harsh winter, and rumor circulated that slaves were conspiring to poison the city's water supply. Acting on testimory-later discredited-from a white indentured servant named Mary Burton, the authorities arrested about 150 slaves and 25 whites. Four of the whites and 31 slaves were executed. 70 slaves were transported to the West Indies and other locations"[African American desk Reference, p. 46].