n.p. [likely Philadelphia]: March 27, 1782.
1 p. pen and ink on paper, "T & C" watermark of Truman & Crukshank, Darby, PA [Bidwell 27], docketed on verso. 4-15/16 x 8-1/16 inches. Creased, some light wear, small paper repairs at margins and folds Item #314641
Rare autograph of the early prominent Quaker abolitionist Anthony Benezet (1713-1784).
Benezet taught at a Quaker day school and tutored slaves and free blacks at night. His efforts to educate Philadelphia's black population led to the establishment of a Quaker school for free blacks in 1773. Benezet called the first meeting of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society in 1775 and was the author of many important abolitionist pamphlets that challenged assertions of innate black inferiority, including the seminal tract A Caution and Warning to Great Britain and her Colonies (1767).
The present autograph is a bill for £14.7.10 for the tutoring of Elenaor & Rebecca Parker, presented to the prominent Philadelphia triangle trade merchant Jeremiah Warder (1711-1783).
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