WILLISTON Ebenezer Bancroft (died 1837). Eloquence of the United States: compiled by E. B. Williston. Middletown, Conn.: E. & H. Clark, 1827.
5 volumes. 8vo., (9 2/8 x 6 inches). (Some light spotting throughout). Original pink muslin backed drab paper boards, printed paper label on the spines, uncut (extremities a little worn).
Provenance: with the contemporary ownership inscription of George Washington Storer (1789-1864) on the title-page of each volume.
First edition from the distinguished library of George Washington Storer, who served in the United States Navy for more than fifty years, including a term as commander-in-chief of the Brazil squadron from 1847 to 1850, which, in part, had the goal of preventing American ships from transporting African slaves.
"Born in 1789 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, George Washington Storer was the son of Samuel and Mary Storer. Legend has it that George Washington visited when he was a baby and stated that he hoped that Storer would be a better man than his namesake
"Storer was appointed a captain in the Brazil Squadron in 1837 which tended to a variety of American interests in the South Pacific relating to diplomacy with Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, as well as playing an important role in enforcing the long-standing ban on American participation in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Because Brazil was the last nation which permitted the importation of slaves, Rio de Janeiro was a stop for ships transporting slaves from Africa. During Storer’s tenure as commander of the Brazil Squadron, from 1847 to 1850, the fleet, frequently working with the British Navy, captured four slave ships" (Princeton University online).
Ebenezer Williston of Tunbridge, VT, was engaged to teach Greek and Latin on the founding of the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy (forerunner to Norwich University). He had previously attended Dartmouth College. Williston served as professor until 1828 when poor health forced him to move south. In 1830, Williston was appointed president of Jefferson College in Washington, Mississippi, a position he retained until April 1832. Williston married Almira Partridge in 1826. He published an English edition of Tacitus in 1826 and the five-volume Eloquence of the United States in 1827 (expanded edition in 1829). Williston died in Norwich, VT on 27 December 1837