Philadelphia: Published for the Subscribers, 1848. First Edition. 2 facsimile letters by George Washington. Quarter leather. Octavo. 302 pages. Near Fine. Bound in original ribbed brown cloth over boards with leather spine. Gilt-stamped spine titles. Moderate foxing to pastedowns, mild age toning to textblock. Rubbing to leather along joints and spine ends, but still sound. Old chain of gift inscriptions on front free endpaper dated 1849, 1921, and 1970.
Little known episode of the Revolutionary War in which several prominent Quaker citizens of Philadelphia were arrested and banished to Virginia when their pacifism ran afoul of the Supreme Executive Council of the State of Pennsylvania's suspicion of anyone not ardently and openly in support of the war. An Introduction and Appendix give background and documentary information on this episode, while most of the text consists of a journal kept by the banished Friends. Illustrations consist of two folded facsimile letters by Gen. Washington on behalf of the exiles.