Boston: Ticknor and Fields, 1859. Author's Edition. Octavo. (19 cm. x 12 cm.) 227 pp. Full brown cloth. Blindstamped decorative devices including large motif to front panel with double framing and devices in corners, verso likewise. Titles in gilt on spine inside blindstamped panels. Loss of cloth to head and tail and some loss to corners and a nick at spine. Cloth dull overall but gilt is still fair and visible. Newspaper clipping pinned to front free endpaper. Fountain pen inscription by Louise De Mortie to owner on front free endpaper and on half-title. Light stains to a few pages, not affecting text. Newspaper obituary of Madame Louise De Mortie pasted down on the last page not affecting text. Item #228
Black abolitionists and civil rights leaders of the 19th century often funded their great and wide cause by lectures and speeches. Louise De Mortie had a very specific cause -- the plight of orphaned African-American children of the South. Freeborn in Virginia, De Mortie moved to Boston where she and her abolitionist husband lectured and fundraised. De Mortie was a skilled orator and often recited poetry to move the crowd and change hearts. In 1863, when the Colored Orphans Home in New Orleans fell on hard times and the state threatened to "apprentice" the children to plantation owners, De Mortie moved to Louisiana to manage the orphanage. Her fundraising for the orphanage and her keen management saved the children from government sanctioned enslavement. She died during a yellow fever plague that swept through New Orleans -- refusing to leave because of her devotion to the children. This edition of Tennyson holds two rare examples of De Mortie's inscription to a faithful admirer.
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