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32 BULLETIN OF FRIENDS' HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION NOTES AND QUERIES An interesting letter written by Patrick Henry, dated Hanover, January 18, 1773, was published in The Friend, Philadelphia, 33 (1860) : 254-255, and also as a footnote on pages 55-57 in the Memoirs of the Life of Anthony Beneset by Roberts Vaux (Phila. 1817). The initials " R.P." are the only clue to the identity of the person addressed, save that a note preceding the letter in The Friend asks whether these initials may not signify the Quaker historian, Robert Proud. In this letter Patrick Henry acknowledges the receipt of A. Benezet's book against the slave trade, and expressed his sympathy with the " noble efforts " of the Quakers to abolish slavery. It now seems apparent that this letter was addressed to Robert Pleasants, of Curies, Virginia. Among the letters recently added to the manuscript collections of Haverford College is one written by Anthony Benezet to Robert Pleasants, dated 4 mo. 8, 1773, in which reference is made to correspondence which has passed between Patrick Henry and Robert Pleasants. Benezet also says that he is sending some books for Patrick Henry, " being collections of the lives and sentiments of several religious people . . . the perusal of which I believe will afford so well disposed a person as I apprehend him to be some satisfaction."—See also Bulletin, 11 (1922): 38. A. B. H. The late John M. Whitall donated to the manuscript collections of Haverford College an interesting letter written by Benjamin Ferris, of Wilmington, Delaware, who was the grandfather of Henry Ferris, our fellow member and Director. The letter, dated 7 mo. 28, 1816, is addressed to Roberts Vaux, Birwood Lodge, Philadelphia, and gives " the little account (whc fell from the lips of our late friend Jacob Lindley) of a circumstance connected with the character of the venerable Anthony Benezet." It refers to a meeting between Jacob Lindley and Anthony Benezet, and their mutual " concern " against the use of spirituous liquors. Benezet was writing a treatise on this subject, and wished Lindley to write a paragraph or two to be added to it, but " J. Lindley alarm'd at the Idea of appearing in print begg'd off and his friend fearing that unprofitable diffidence was the cause endeavour'd to remove his scruples and again affectionately press'd him to put the matter of his concern in writing by which it wou'd obtain a more extensive circulation—and though he fail'd to persuade him yet the disposition to encourage an obscure and illiterate youth (for such at that time was Jacob Lindley) and to make use of so humble an auxilliary in his labour for the suppression of this enormous evil evinced a humility of mind as rare as it was worthy of imitation." This letter written by Benjamin Ferris was published in The Friend, Philadelphia, 97 (1924) : 594-595. NOTES AND QUERIES33 In connection with the humility of Anthony Benezet, as mentioned above, one is reminded of an incident related by Roberts Vaux in his Memoirs of the Life of Anthony Benezet (Phila. 1817), p. 136. Toward the close of his life Benezet expressed a desire that there should be no posthumous eulogy of his life. If something must be said he preferred the following: "Anthony Benezet was a poor creature, and through Divine favour was enabled to know it." The item next above was brought to the attention of the Editor by the Reverend George Savage Brookes, pastor of the Union Congregational Church, Rockville, Connecticut, who is gathering materials for a book to be entitled The Life and Letters of Anthony Benezet. He has been making a detailed study of the subject, and would be very happy to hear from any one knowing of unpublished letters or papers of Anthony Benezet. Judging by the amount of material thus far gathered by Mr. Brookes, it would appear that the final work will be conclusive and very valuable. It is hoped that every one who may know of any materials on the life of Benezet will notify Mr. Brookes and thus aid in this important work. William Dunlap, an American author, best known for histories of the...

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ISSN
1934-1504
Print ISSN
0033-5053
Pages
pp. 32-36
Launched on MUSE
2012-04-04
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