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From the Women of Philadelphia U.S.A. in Answer to the Friendly Address of the Women of Exeter, England, on the Subject of Peace

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Identifier: SCPC-CDG-A-From the women of Philadelphia U.S.A.


Handwritten draft of a reply to an address from women of Exeter, England, in response to their plea urging their American sisters to help prevent war between England and the United States. This draft, of which the final version no longer exists, warns that a mother could sow the seed of blood-thirsty ambition in her son "when in his childish hours she gave him tiny weapons, and taught him how to mimic war's murderous game." Signed by Lucretia Mott. The reply, which was sent to England and is now lost, was signed by 3,525 Philadelphia women. Friendly Addresses were inspired by Joseph Crosfield, an English Quaker, and Elihu Burritt, an American, to promote friendship between the United States and Great Britain on a person-to-person level. (C.f. Merle Curti, The American Peace Crusade, p. 114-116).


  • Creation: 1846


1 items (1 leaf ; 17 in. x 13 in.)

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Ownership and Custodial History

Originally part of the records of the Universal Peace Union. Held by the Pennsylvania Peace Society from 1920 until given to Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College by Arabella Carter in 1928: transferred to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.

Bibliographic References

Guide to the Swarthmore College Peace Collection, 2nd ed., p.55.

Bibliographic References

Legacies of Genius: a Celebration of Philadelphia Libraries (Philadelphia, PA : Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries, 1988) p. 100.

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