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Bound volume contains pages entered in two directions, from the front and back covers. One side identifies the officers of auxiliaries to the Maryland Colonization Society, and names various individuals sympathetic to the cause. Reverse entered from the back of the book is a list of applicants to Liberia from August 1832. Also included are a table summarizing the Maryland Census of 1830, a printed address by the Maryland Colonization Society in 1832, and miscellaneous extracts and memoranda. This volume was owned by Moses Sheppard, a Baltimore Friend and active member in the Maryland Colonization Society.
The American Colonization Society proposed the emigration of blacks in America to Africa as an alternative to slavery. The society helped to found Liberia, and organized transportation and other forms of assistance to facilitate its colonization by American blacks. Moses Sheppard (1771-1857) was a member of the Religious Society of Friends who lived in Baltimore and was involved with the Maryland state branch of the American Colonization Society. His involvement waned later in life as he became disillusioned with developments in the Anti-Slavery movement, particularly what he perceived as extremism in the North.