Boston: Richardson, Lord & Holbrook, William Hyde, Crocker & Brewster, and Carter, Hendee & Babcock, 1831.
First American Edition. Hardcover. Good. Two volumes, pp. xi, -290; ix, -299, with frontispiece (cross section of a slave ship) and 2 pages of musical notation. Bound in original blue cloth boards with paper spine labels. Spine cloth sunned, some rubbing to cloth, scattered foxing throughout, a few pages heavily foxed. Walsh (1772-1852) was an Irish-born clergyman and historian who served as chaplain to the British embassies in St, Petersburg and Constantinpole before being appointed to embassy in Rio de Janeiro in 1828. "He spent 200 days in Brazil, travelling through the country to investigate the conditions of the slaves, and wrote Notices of Brazil in 1828 and 1829, as part of an effort to abolish the slave trade. He urged the setting up of courts wherever there was a British consul, with the right to arrest and try slavers, even if they were not transporting slaves - the owner, master and crew would then be liable to severe punishment as pirates. In this way, he hoped, the trade would no longer be permitted, and 'the whole of this ransacked and harassed coast will then be protected and every slaver on any part of it will be seized and tried as a pirate.' As it transpired, the foreign slave trade was not abolished until 1850, and it took another thirty years to emancipate the slaves" (wiki). Notices of Brazil was well-received in Britain, and Walsh's investigations into the slave trade in Brazil led to his appointment to the committee of the Society for the Abolition of Slavery. Borba de Moraes p. 369.