[Oneida, N.Y.]: 1850. 1st Printing. Not in Afro-Americana, 1553 - 1906, nor Work. 14, [2 (blank)] pp. Folded & stiched, unopened. 6-5/8" x 4". Printed self-wrappers, now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Age-toning to extremities, a few small dots (printer's ink?) at base of p. 1. Very Good Plus. Item #47906
Universally attributed to John Humphrey Noyes, founder of the Oneida Community, a perfectionist religious communal society established in 1848, which believed strongly in a system of free love known as complex marriage.
Herein, Noyes, begins by debating the merits or evils of slavery, then adds marriage to the mix. To do so, Noyes uses a dialogue format between 3 characters: Judge North, Major South, and Mr Free Church. Judge North, as might be imagined, opposes the institution of slavery; Major South asserts "the "condition of master and servant is natural." Mr Free Church holds the "opinion about marriage" as does Judge North of slavery, i.e., "it is an arbitrry institution, and contrary to natural liberty."
At the time of cataloguing, we see no other copies on the market, with RBH showing just a single offering recorded in their database, that in 2009.