A Letter From One of the Society of Friends, Relative to the Conscientious Scrupulousness of Its Members to Bear Arms. ANONYMOUS.

A Letter From One of the Society of Friends, Relative to the Conscientious Scrupulousness of Its Members to Bear Arms

[Philadelphia?]: From the Press, 1795. First Edition. Octavo (21.5cm.); untrimmed stitched self-wrappers; 18pp. Coin-sized loss at top margin of last few leaves touching page numbering, two small wormholes affecting imprint, old dark stain to a few internal leaves, else a Good or better, unopened copy.

Anonymous letter published without the author's consent or knowledge by his correspondent: "The Writer of the following Letter, may be surprised to meet with it in Print, without having been previously consulted, and his Permission obtained for the Publication of it; but his Correspondent hopes, that the Motive of his committing it to the Press...may obtain him the Excuse of the Author" (p. [2]). An early defense of the religious right not to bear arms, criticizing the proposed militia bill which would fine those unwilling to bear arms, stating "That the infliction of fines, or other punishments, would be as ineffectual in recconciling [sic] quakers in America, to carry arms, as they proved in prevailing upon them in England to make oath" (p. 10). ESTC W13134; EVANS 28967; SABIN 40335.

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