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Gurley, Ralph Randolph (1797-1872) Life of Jehudi Ashmun, late colonial agent in Liberia. With an appendix containing extracts from his journal and other writings; with a brief sketch of the life of the Rev. Lott Cary.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06128 Author/Creator: Gurley, Ralph Randolph (1797-1872) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Book Date: 1835 Pagination: 1 v. : 556 p. ; 22 x 14.7 cm.

Summary of Content: First edition. Printed by James C. Dunn. Engraved portrait of Ashmun opposite title page. With note affixed to the front endpaper: "This book was presented to me by the Revd. R.R. Gurley as a token of his Friendly Regard. Washington City, D.C., Oct. 25th 1847. J.Y. Van Tyne." First part (396 pages) consist of Ashmun's autobiography. Appendix, numbered 1-160, contains some of Ashmun's writings. Accompanied by a small maple leaf, which was previously pressed between pages 4 and 5 of appendix. Pages 4 and 5 are stained from the leaf.

Background Information: Ashmun, a religious leader and social reformer, was the United States representative to Liberia in 1822.

People: Gurley, Ralph Randolph, 1797-1872
Dunn, James Clement, 1890-1979
Van Tyne, J. Y., fl. 1835
Ashmun, Jehudi, 1794-1828
Carey, Lott, 1780-1828

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: African American HistoryAfrican American AuthorColonizationSlaveryAfricaReligion

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