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Manuscript Defending Quaker Pacifism During the Revolutionary War.
Autograph manuscript (with possibly secretarial signature), folio (14" x 8") 4 pp. Normal aging and browning, light edge wear, small folds and tears at edges, a couple of small fold splits, and a couple of minor ink splotches; otherwise very good. This is a highly legible manuscript copy of a very rare broadside called "A Watch-Word in Love to Friends in This Land" which appears to recall the distress of the Quakers during the American Revolution because of their peaceful principals. The author is Hudson Langstroth an Irish immigrant who served as an apprentice paper-maker, and became a Quaker around the time of the Revolutionary War. He would actually become a minister in South Philadelphia. The message in this broadside attempts to address the concerns Quakers felt at the time during the war and defend their pacifism, but it tried not to be offensive to other Americans. There were so few copies printed, that copies like this manuscript version had to be made to convey the message. It appears that only a couple of the printed versions have survived, there does not appear to be a record of other manuscript copies. Research by a previous owner has indicated that in 1917 the American Art Association auctioned off one of the printed versions and described it as "very scarce." The OCLC locates only five of the printed copies. The document is signed, but it is possibly a secretarial signature. OCLC. Evans 20449.
      [Bookseller: Nicholas D. Riccio Rare Books & Prints]
Last Found On: 2013-12-03           Check availability:      Biblio    

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