Thomas Lippincott (1791-1869), who settled in Edwardsville in 1818, was a strong foe of slavery and active in opposing the adoption of a pro-slavery constitution for Illinois in 1824. In 1825-26 he edited, in association with Hooper Warren, the Edwardsville Spectator. He then became a minister of the Presbyterian Church and associated himself with its activities throughout Illinois.
This collection contains transcripts of essays by Lippincott that were published in the Alton Courier, Alton Telegraph, and the Henry Weekly Courier. The topics include an account of pro-slavery agitation in Illinois during the 1820s and the early history of Madison County.
The Library's transcripts were made in 1913 from a scrapbook made by Lippincott, then owned by W. T. Norton of Alton, Ill., and from sets of the Telegraph articles in the possession of Norman Flagg of Moro, Ill.