NY: Daniel Fanshaw, 1830. First Edition. Signed at the top of the front cover in ink "General John Hartwell Cooke. Fluvanna Co." John Hartwell Cocke [1780– 1866] was a brigadier general of the Virginia militia during the war of 1912. After he served in the military, he helped Thomas Jefferson establish the University of Virginia. His family estate, Bremo Plantation, is now a National Historic Landmark. His brigade was composed of companies of troops from Fluvanna County. From 1812 to 1813, Cocke led the defense of Richmond along the Chickahominy River against British forces. Though he inherited a number of slaves, Cocke expressed "continual hostility to slavery" and promoted using "education and skill training" to prepare slaves for freedom and colonization in Africa; as a result, he was once violently attacked by a pro-slavery neighbor. By 1848, Cocke started a second plantation in Alabama as a place for slaves to prepare to live independently, as free people in the colony of Liberia. He spent some of his own money to send these freed slaves to the colony and supported them by sending them books and supplies over the years. A scarce signature! Small 8vo., printed wraps, 156 pages. Item #56230
Very Good (few very tiny chips to edge of covers with light crease lower right-hand corner; contents clean & tight).