[Blackstudies-l] Revisiting the 18th Century: Ignatius Sancho's Letters - New from Broadview Press

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 *Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, an African
<http://broadviewpress.com/product.php?productid=2172&cat=0&page=1> –
Forthcoming April 2015*

Edited by: Vincent Carretta
368pp • Paperback $18.95/ PDF $12.95

 A contemporary critic described Ignatius Sancho as “what is very uncommon
for men of his complexion, A man of letters.” A London shopkeeper, former
butler, and descendant of slaves, Sancho was the first author of African
descent to have his correspondence published. He was also a critic of
literature, music, and art; a composer; and an advocate for the abolition
of slavery. Sancho’s letters reveal an avid reader and prolific author, and
his epistolary style shows a sophisticated understanding of both private
and public audiences. Even after the abolition of the slave trade,
proponents of equal rights on both sides of the Atlantic continued to use
Sancho as an exemplar of the intellectual and moral capacity of people of
African descent.

  In addition to the annotated letters by Sancho, this edition includes
Laurence Sterne's letters to Sancho, Sancho's surviving autograph writings,
and a selection of the many eighteenth-century responses to Sancho and his


“Vincent Carretta’s Broadview edition of Ignatius Sancho’s letters revises
and expands his earlier editions of this important eighteenth-century Black
British text. Bringing together both the published and the recently
discovered unpublished letters, along with meticulous footnotes, a wealth
of scholarly and contextual material, and an illuminating introduction,
Carretta allows us to see Sancho more vividly than ever before. But at the
heart of this edition are the letters themselves: sparkling, witty, and
endlessly readable, they remain a fascinating insight into the life of an
African at the heart of eighteenth-century literary London.” - Brycchan
Carey, Kingston University

“The first man of African descent to publish a book in English, and to vote
in a parliamentary election, Ignatius Sancho enjoyed considerable fame in
eighteenth-century society. His letters were praised, quite rightly, for
their wit, charm, and sensibility – though he was, equally, a trenchant
critic of slavery and empire. Vincent Carretta’s edition for Broadview will
become the new authoritative text, providing attentive and erudite
annotation and a full biographical introduction, alongside all Sancho’s
known letters, both in print and manuscript – including those only
discovered in the last decade. Sancho is justly served in this excellent
edition, which is a full and fitting memorial to his life and writing.” -
Markman Ellis, Queen Mary University of London

*Table of Contents:*

Ignatius Sancho: A Brief Chronology
A Note on the Text
A Note on Money

*Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, An African. In Two Volumes. To which
are prefixed, Memoirs of his Life (Volumes I & II) *
Appendix A: Ignatius Sancho’s Family

Appendix B: Ignatius Sancho’s Principal Correspondents

Appendix C: List of Letters

Appendix D: Laurence Sterne’s Correspondence with Ignatius Sancho

Appendix E: Ignatius Sancho’s Autograph Letters

Appendix F: Eighteenth-Century References to Ignatius Sancho, and Responses
to * Letters of the Late Ignatius Sancho, An African*

   1. *The Monthly Review, or, Literary Journal* (November 1775)
   2. *The Gentleman’s Magazine: and Historical Chronicle *(January 1776)
   3. *The Public Advertiser* (4 June 1778)
   4. Edmund Rack (20 April 1779)
   5. A Manuscript Letter Dated 17 September 1779 from the Aspiring Author
   George Cumberland to His Brother Richard Dennison Cumberland, Vicar of
   Driffield in Gloucester County, Attests to Sancho’s Reputation as a
   Literary Critic (17 September 1779)
   6. Ewan Clark, *Miscellaneous Poems*, By Mr. Ewan Clark (1779)
   7. John Thomas Smith, *Nollekens and His Times* (1829)
   8. *The Gazeteer, and New Daily Advertiser* (15 December 1780)
   9. Anthony Highmore, Jr., “Epistle to Mr. J. H—, on the Death of his
   justly Lamented Friend, Ignatius Sancho” (1780-82)
   10. *The Gentleman’s Magazine: and Historical Chronicle* (April 1781)
   11. *The Gentleman’s Magazine: and Historical Chronicle* (May 1781)
   12. *The Public Advertiser *(9 August 1782)
   13. William Whitehead, British Poet Laureate Since 1757, in an August
   1782 Letter to George Simon Harcourt, second Earl Harcourt (August 1782)
   14. *A New Review; with Literary Curiosities, and Literary Intelligence*
   15. *The Gentleman’s Magazine* (September 1782)
   16. *The European Magazine and London Review* (September 1782)
   17. *The New Annual Register, or General Repository of History,
   Politics, and Literature, for the Year 1782* (1783)
   18. John Williams, *Thoughts on the Origin, and on the Most Rational and
   Natural Method of Teaching Languages: with Some Observations on the
   Necessity of One Universal Language for All Works of Science* (1783)
   19. *The Monthly Review: or, Literary Journal* (December 1783)
   20. *The Critical Review: or, Annals of Literature* (January 1784)
   21. *Town and Country Magazine, or Universal Repository of Knowledge,
   Instruction, and Entertainment* (February 1784)
   22. Elkanah Watson, *Men and Times of the Revolution; or, Memoirs of
   Elkanah Watson. Including Journals of Travels in Europe and America, from
   1777 to 1842* (1856)
   23. George Gregory, *Essays Historical and Moral* (1785)
   24. Joseph Woods, *Thoughts on the Slavery of the Negroes* (1784)
   25. James Tobin, *Cursory Remarks upon the Reverend Mr. Ramsay’s Essay
   on the Treatment and Conversion of African Slaves in the Sugar Colonies. By
   a Friend of the West India Colonies, and their Inhabitants* (1785)
   26. Thomas Clarkson, *An Essay on the Slavery and Commerce of the Human
   Species, Particularly the African, Translated from a Latin Dissertation,
   which was honoured with the first Prize in the University of Cambridge, for
   the Year 1785* (1786)
   27. Thomas Jefferson, *Notes on the State of Virginia* (1787)
   28. Thomas Cooper, *Letters on the Slave Trade: First Published in
   Wheeler’s Manchester Chronicle; and since Re-printed with Additions and
   Alterations *(1787)
   29. “Civis,” *The Morning Chronicle, and London Advertiser* (5 February
   30. “Civis,” *The Morning Chronicle, and London Advertiser* (19 August
   31. *The Massachusetts Spy: Or, The Worcester Gazette* (4 December 1788)
   32. William Mason, *An Occasional Discourse, Preached in the Cathedral
   of St. Peter in York, January 27, 1788, on the Subject of the African
   Slave-Trade *(1788)
   33. Peter Peckard, *Am I not a Man and a Brother?* (1788)
   34. Jacques-Pierre Brissot de Warville, *A Critical Examination of the
   Marquis de Chatellux’s Travels in North America ... Principally Intended as
   a Refutation of his Opinions Concerning the Quakers, the Negroes, the
   People, and Mankind* (1788)
   35. *The County Magazine, for the Years 1786 and 1787* (1788)
   36. “Clericus,” *The Country Curate; or, Letters from Clericus to
   Benevolus *(1788)
   37. William Dickson, *Letters on Slavery* (1789)
   38. Richard Nisbet, *The Capacity of Negroes for Religious and Moral
   Improvement Considered* (1789)
   39. Thomas Burgess, *Considerations on the Abolition of Slavery and the
   Slave Trade, upon Grounds of Natural, Religious, and Political Duty *
   40. *Fortescue; or, The Soldier’s Reward: A Characteristic Novel* (1789)
   41. Elizabeth Bentley, from “On the Abolition of the African
   Slave-Trade. July, 1789,” in* Genuine Poetical Compositions, on Various
   Subjects *(1791)
   42. Clara Reeve, *Plans of Education; with Remarks on the Systems of
   Other Writers. In a Series of Letters between Mrs. Darnford and Her Friends*
   43. Alexander Chalmers, *A New and General Biographical Dictionary:
   Containing an Historical, Critical, and Impartial Account of the Lives and
   Writings of the Most Eminent Persons in Every Nation of the World *(1795)
   44. John Gabriel Stedman, *Narrative of a Five Years Expedition against
   the Revolted Negroes of Surinam* (1796)
   45. William Stevenson in John Nichols, *Literary Anecdotes of the
   Eighteenth Century* (1815)

 Select Bibliography

*Also available:*

*The Woman of Colour

*Thomas Clarkson and Ottobah Cugoano

*Hamel, the Obeah Man

*Obi; or, The History of Three-Fingered Jack

*The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
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