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Autograph letter, signed “Ruth,” to her brother Albert, on her experiences as a Millerite and local disappointment in the arrival of the Advent.

[Millerite]. Mason, Ruth (1821-1863). Derby Line [Vermont], May 1, 1843 [1844?]. Small tear from original wax seal, affecting a few letters (but no loss of sense); a couple of small holes at the original folds; some light foxing and soiling; in very good condition, easily legible.. Stampless cover, 2 pages on a single leaf, 11.88 x 8 inches, approx. 750 words. Docketed in ink, "Ruth May 1st, 1844 [sic?]," with the additional later ink inscription, "Uncle Albert gave me this letter of my Mother's Mary 1st 1879. I think you would not be surprised that I have been somewhat interested in Mr Millerís theory if you could understand all the influences which have been exerted upon my mind since coming here. They argue & with some appearance of rationality that every Christian will understand & believe his doctrine & that it is duty to do so. If it is duty I wanted to believe it. But now I am fully settled that I must devote all my powers to the service of Chr[ist] & living by faith in this way. . . . Be assured my brother that a belief in this doctrine is by no means the road to popularity." A detailed and evocative letter from the Vermont village bordering on Canada East, giving news among other family business (she writes for updates of their mother's health) of the 22-year-old Mason's adherence to the Adventist doctrines of William Miller and recent excitement among fellow Adventists: " You asked for information relative to the manner in which the Advent believers spent the nights of the 13th & 14th. I must here say that I gave you wrong information though it was such as I received. The most of them here looked for it on the night of the 13th They had watch meetings in different places & some families watched that night & the following one till after 1 oíclock. Some were very much disappointed but I do not learn as any of them give up their religion. They have gone about their business through they do no abandon the Advent theory. Their meetings were stopped for some days but they hold them now. Do not credit every thing you hear for though there is some very strange conduct there are many falsehoods circulated respecting them." The allusion here to Advent believers spending the night awaiting the coming of Christ suggests acquaintance with Millerite adherents in Vermont--though the chronology here seems a little muddied, given that the best-known gathering of watch meetings occurred in late 1844. Miller had opened the window for Christ's return on March 21, 1843 and suggested the supposed the Advent would occur within a year of that date--though at least one revision in the wake of the March, 1844 disappointment had moved the date to April 18, 1844, which brings us closer to the possible date Mason discusses here. In any case, Mason's account is suggestive of the diversity of opinion around Christ's return during the ferment of the 1843-1844 season and the curiosity that attended the news of any Adventist disappointments, which seemed to pop up with the frequency of dandelions across the broad lawn of 1843-1844. With a preliminary typescript.
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Manuscript fair copy of the open letter of Philadelphia Quaker elders to Elias Hicks attempting to disown the radical Friend, over copies of the signatures of ten prominent Philadelphia Quakers.

[Quaker]. [Hicksite Separation]. Philadelphia, 12 mo. 19th, 1822. Some early spotting and light staining; some splits along old folds; in good condition, quite legible.. Ink holograph manuscript, 4 pages on 2 leaves, roughly 10 x 8.25 inches, approx. 725 words. A contemporary copy of an account of a pivotal moment leading up to the 1827 Hicksite separation of American Friends. The Long Island Quaker Hicks had been preaching a radical theology suggestive of Perfectionism, lately among Friends in Delaware, and had come to Philadelphia to preach at the Green Street Meeting; Friends from what were to become the Orthodox Philadelphia meetings attempted to elder Hicks, having heard reports that Hicks had preached "that Jesus Christ was not the son of God till after the babtism [sic] of John and the descent of the Holy Ghost and that he was no more than a man," and that Hicks "then endeavoríd to show that by attending to that stone cut out of the mountain without hands, or the seed in man it would make man equal with God saying for that stone in man was the entire God." The open letter here alludes to having agreed to meet Hicks and finding him among his supporters at the Green Street Meetinghouse, of that "when assembled a mixed company being collected the Elders could not in this manner enter into a business which they consideríd of a nature not to be investigated in any other way than in a select, and private opportunity. . . . we feet [sic, for feel] it a duty to declare that we cannot have religious unity with thy conduct on the doctrines thou art charged with promulgating." (Hicks would argue that he fell under the care of the New York Yearly Meeting rather than that of the Philadelphia meetings.) This letter was published in the columns of the Friend, 2nd month 9 (i.e., February 9), 1828, as part of an ongoing series on the circumstances leading up to the separations of 1827; given the class differences (broadly understood) between the established orthodox Friends and the more rural, populist Hicksites, it seems possible that a contemporary Hicksite had kept this fair copy made perhaps by a Friend to make up for lack of access to a printed version. (The tradition among 19th century American Friends of circulating significant texts in manuscript seems fairly well established, at least in this cataloger's experiences; cf. the visions of Thomas Say and of Joseph Hoag.) Old folds and tears repairs at an early date with adhesive paper, obscuring a few letters.
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Paradise Lost, a Poem, in Twelve Books . . . with a Biographical and Critical Account of the Author and his Writings.

[Trans-Allegheny Imprints]. Milton, John. Washington [Penna.]: Printed for Matthew Carey, Market-Street, Philadelphia, 1801. First Carey edition.. Foot of the spine a little chipped, with some slight cracking to the rear joint near the foot; some browning; a very good copy.. 12mo, original calf, red leather spine label triple-ruled in gilt, gilt lettering, 289 pages. AAS suggests the book was printed by the early Washington, Penna., printer John Colerick; Colerick had earlier done the printing of Goldsmith's Grecian History for Carey, and the AAS record for that 1800 publication notes, "In the Lea & Febiger collection of Mathew Carey's business correspondence in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is a letter from John Colerick to Carey dated Washington, Oct. 23, 1800, in which he states that he has received the copy of this book and 'yesterday commenced on the first sheet,' " suggesting regular collaboration between Carey and Colerick. (Presumably, this allowed Carey to penetrate the Western Pennsylvania market as well as have copies shipped--whether in sheets or bound, one wonders--to Philadelphia.) Attractive early ink ownership inscription to the front free endpaper, "Asahel Strong's Book Bought of Zeno Allen Price 75 cts June 1809," with a small calligraphic device below that, this presumably Asahel Strong (1781-1863) of Durham, Conn. American Imprints 933.
To Retailers . . . [caption title].

To Retailers . . . [caption title].

[Temperance]. Jewett, Charles, M. D. N. p. [but Rhode Island]: n. p., ca. 1836-1837]. First edition?. Old folds, some stains and small tears and flaws (touching the printed border but with no loss to the text); in good condition.. Broadside, 11.5 x 7.13 inches (30 x 18 cm), printed in double columns. Perhaps one of the most popular American poems inspired by bookkeeping and social reform, from the Rhode Island country doctor and popular homespun temperance lecturer and author Charles Jewett (1807-1879), a poem against the retailing of liquor, moderately graphic verses inspired by an incident in the account books of a shopkeeper relating to "the death of a drunkard named Briggs" (Thayer) whose accounts recorded the purchase of a quart of gin each succeeding day for a week until "Saturday's charge make out the account complete, / To cloth, five yards, to make a winding sheet." With the location printed at the foot of the text, Centreville, R. I., where Jewett practiced medicine; per the 1880 life of Jewett by William M. Thayer, "A short time before [Jewett] relinquished his medical practice for the temperance-lecture field, he wrote 'An Address to Retailers of Intoxicating Liquors,' in rhyme, which was published in Zion's Herald, Boston. The friends of temperance in Rhode Island printed it subsequently in the form of a handbill, and scattered it by thousands across the state." Per Katherine Nelson's 2006 doctoral dissertation on temperance physicians, Jewett moved his family to Providence in 1837 to take up temperance activism full time, suggesting a possible publication date. OCLC notes two separate entries for single copies at Brown, each with slightly different given measurements and each somewhat larger than this copy. In any case, ephemeral and uncommon.
Gunn's Domestic Medicine

Gunn’s Domestic Medicine, or Poor Man’s Friend . . . Expressly Written for Families in the Western and Southern States. It also contains Descriptions of the Medicinal Roots and Herbs of the Western and Southern Country, and how they are to be used in the cure of Diseases . . . Fourth Edition.

[Popular Medicine]. [Gunn, John C.] Madisonville [Tennessee]: Printed at the Office of Henderson & Johnston, Edwards & Henderson--Printers, 1834. Fourth edition.. Sheep rubbed, with a small chip at the head of the spine; foxed, as usually found; rear free endpaper excised; a very good copy.. Large 8vo, contemporary (likely original) sheep, brown leather label, gilt rules and lettering, xv, [1], 604 pages. The great populist domstic medical guide of Jacksonian America, with much on herbal remedies as well as advice on child birth, wound care, etc., from the Savannah, Georgia native and Madisonville, Tennessee physician John C. Gunn (1795?-1863). (See the Atwater catalog summary of Rosenberg's introduction to the facsimile of the 1830 first edition for more on Gunn's work and its contrast to Buchan.) This edition includes the added section on epidemic cholera. A so-called second edition was also published in Madisonville in 1834; the first edition was published in Knoxville in 1830, followed by a Knoxville second edition in 1833 and a so-called Madisonville fourth edition in 1833 (preceding the Madisonville second edition of 1834). American Imprints Inventory (Tennessee) 291; Atwater 1461 (this edition).