We have received a circular to the following purport:
It is proposed to publish, in MONTHLY NUMBERS, a work entitled
containing a series of Letters, written from the United States by AHMED EL KORAN, to his friend in Algiers, translated from the original Showish, by the author, and edited by FRANCES H. GREEN.
Ahmed’s Letters virtually contain a History of the Anti-Slavery movement in this country, embracing a period of about twenty years; and they not only show the history of the times, but they illustrate the spiritual progress of the individual. Many interesting subjects are discussed in the course of the correspondence, such as the Condition of Seamen—of the Southern Slaves—of Northern Laborers—of the Industrial classes of Women—and of Domestic Servants—Party Spirit—Treatment of the Indians—and Cruelty to Animals—with a particular account of all the great Mobs, Riots, and other breaches of Law, which illustrate the pro-slavery spirit, and mark the progress of the Anti-Slavery enterprise.
The author has no party bias, whatever. He speaks as if under a peremptory obligation to utter the truth—being restrained by no bonds, whether sectarian, or political. He utters his thoughts in the free outpouring and confidence of bosom friendship; and we know that he is moved by a strong love of liberty—and of the race. His party is Humanity—his platform the wide world.
The Editor respectfully solicits encouragement in her arduous undertaking, trusting that the Friends of Freedom universally will promptly second her efforts: which nothing but the hope of doing good, could have suggested, or would sustain.
THE KOSMIAN will be published in Numbers of 32 pages each, octavo size, printed in fair type, on good paper, stitched together, and issued monthly, at the price of $1.00 a year, payable on the reception of the third number. Persons procuring five names, shall be entitled to six copies.
It is hoped that the friends to whom this circular may be sent, will be regardful of its claims, and procure as many names as possible. They will please forward them to the subscriber, on or before the first of January next. The work will be issued as soon as a sufficient number of subscribers shall have been obtained.
FRANCES H. GREEN.
cor. Broad and Dorrance sts. Providence, R.I.
A letter from the Editor states the idea of the work proposed to be as follows:
“Ahmed, a Kabyle, perceives by the light of his own genius that the mere animal liberty of his native tribes is widely different from what he conceives should be the freedom of man. It is not the same with liberty of soul. In pursuit of this ideal he comes to America and seeks it through a chaos of such obstructions as sin and misery cast in his way. These letters contain his observations, his fears and his hopes, while continuing his search.”
The plan is well conceived, and, if carried out with force, calmness, and a large and discriminating view, cannot fail to succeed and do good.*
“Circular.” New-York Daily Tribune, 9 October 1845, supplement, p. 1.