Philadelphia: Henry Perkins, Boston: Perkins & Marvin, 1837. First Edition. Small, 8vo, pp. 152. Bound in little rubbed, stained and rippled green cloth, a good copy in the original binding.Tipped in is the signature of John Brown Francis, former Governor of Rhode Island and member of the US Senate. Rare, we have never had this book before. Afro-Americana 1014. Item #59139
Written as a letter in answer Angelina Grimke's call for development of abolitionist societies and anti-slave agitation, Beecher calls on women to go slow and while ackowldging the horrow of slavery, argues that agitation will only make things worse for slaver and inflame the slave owning states. Beecher was the oldest child of preacher Lyman Beecher an the sister of novelist Harriet Beecher Stowe. Beecher wrote a number of books on religion and education that stressed the need to educate women for their domestic role but stopped short of expanding the sphere of women outside of the home.She did not support woman suffrage.