Emigration and Imagination: Boston's Connection with Haiti


James Stephens (1758-1832) Buonaparte in the West Indies, 3 pts. (London, 1803)

This copy of British abolitionist James Stephen's Buonaparte in the West Indies; or, the History of Toussaint Louverture, the African Hero was owned by James Russell Lowell – poet, writer, and professor at Harvard – and is filled with his notes and commentary. In 1846 Lowell became a contributing editor to the National Anti-Slavery Standard; he later helped found the Saturday Club, comprised of fellow abolitionists Charles Sumner, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, among others who regularly met at Boston's historic Parker House.

SA 2142.4* - Bequest of James Russell Lowell, 1891.