Report of the Trial of Friends in the City of Philadelphia, June, 1828, before the Honourable Edward King, Esq. . . . taken in short-hand, by M. T. C. Gould, Stenographer.

Philadelphia: J. Harding, Printer, 1828. First edition. Original printed light brown wrappers, stitched, 8.63 x 5.88 inches, 154, [1] pages. Lightly but persistently foxed throughout; somewhat dust-soiled and worn; a good copy. Item #19368

On the real-world consequences of theological disputes: the Green Street monthly meeting (a Hicksite meeting that had just been laid down in 1827 by the Orthodox Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting in one of the first major Hicksite separations) had been barred from the Friends burial ground, in which they had a legal as well as traditional interest with four other meetings; representatives from the Green Street meeting had started pulling down a portion of the wall to install their own gate. The trial here seems to turn on the question as to whether the mayor could require the Hicksite defendants to give a bond to keep the peace when in fact they had not been convicted of riot or any other kindred offense. (Judge King decided no.) There is much here that would suggest Quaker process and the legal process have a few points of difference. Lacks the rear wrapper.

Price: $125.00