[SMITH, William (1727-1803)]. A Brief View of the Conduct of Pennsylvania, for the year 1755. London: For R. Griffiths, 1756.

$ 1,100.00

8vo., (8 ¼ x 5 ¼ inches). (Upper corner of title page renewed). Modern quarter brown morocco, brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt.

First edition. This pamphlet is a “sequel” to a pamphlet published the previous year entitled “A Brief State of Pennsylvania,” which was an “attack on the Quakers for their policy in Assembly of refusing support to plans for the defense of the Province, and accusing them of influencing the ignorant German vote by improper means. The remedy suggested is the forcing of all members of the Assembly to take the oath of allegiance to the king, and disenfranchising the Germans until they should understand the language and constitution of the Province. Means of bringing about this education are outlined” (Sabin). In this new publication, “Smith lashes out against the principles and actions of the Quakers and the Popular Party, whom he characterizes as ‘a factious Cabal, effectually promoting the French Interest, and a dead Weight upon his Majesty’s Service’” (Siebert). An intriguing look at the politics of pre-Revolutionary America from the perspective of the “wrong” side of history.

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