Letter from Pres. JJ Roberts

In this 1849 letter, Pres. Joseph Jenkins Roberts of Liberia appeals to government and people of U.S. for aid in purchasing the territory of Gallinas, enabling Liberia to control the West-African coast from Sierra Leone to Cape Palmas. As incentive, Roberts boasts of the eradication of Slave Trade in territories recently acquired by Liberia and points out that adding Gallinas would enable the Republic to keep the whole coast "free from the demoralizing and wilting influence of the Slave Trade.