Very Good. Item #5354
[Boston?, n.d., ca. 1850s]. First Edition. Small printed broadside flyer (20x14cm.), accomplished in manuscript. Light foxing, previous folds, else Very Good.
Small handbill advertising a lecture delivered by abolitionist phrenologist Clother Gifford on Monday and Tuesday, October 17 and 18 in the School Room in Mansfield. Gifford, later a member of the Hopedale Community, had left the Society of Friends of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, after the elders "advised him to be silent in meetings."
After becoming acquainted with Henry C. Wright, Gifford became interested "in the work (not the reward) of RENOVATING the world," going so far as to place a similar ad as this broadside in William Lloyd Garrison's abolitionist newspaper "The Liberator" (see John R. McKivigan, ed. "Abolitionism and American Religion (1999), p. 288.) No copies separately catalogued in OCLC at the time of this listing.