First edition of Essays on the Present Crisis in the Condition of the American Indians by Jeremiah Evarts, published in 1829.
Octavo, 112pp. Bound with string. Soiling to covers, edge wear and occasional spotting. Handwritten note on top of cover, with the name of prominent Washington DC lawyer George P. Fisher. This pamphlet is a pro-native American essay, noting the conditions that Native Americans were forced to live in after being relocated. (Sabin 23200)
Jeremiah Evarts, born in 1781 and died in 1831, was a Christian missionary and reformer known for his advocacy for Cherokee rights and opposition to the Indian Removal Act. Educated at Yale College, he became the treasurer of the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Writing under the pseudonym “William Penn,” Evarts authored a series of essays defending Cherokee sovereignty and arguing against the removal of Native Americans from their ancestral lands. His efforts, though ultimately unsuccessful in preventing the Trail of Tears, marked him as a significant figure in early 19th-century American reform movements, particularly within the context of Native American rights and Christian missionary work.