Book Description

1st Edition, 8vo (21cm), vii (1)blank, 84pp. Recent quarter calf, with marbled boards. Old (19th C?) paper covers with ink titles have been preserved. Fresh plain endpapers. Ink name (Tweedy) and pencil notes to title. Binding sound. Generally very clean text, with occasional spots only.
Dealer Notes
A good copy of an excessively scarce Scottish tour. John Pemberton (1727 - 1795) was a Quaker from Pennsylvania who, as a missionary, travelled in Britain, Holland, and Germany (where he died and is buried). A firm pacifist, in keeping with his Quaker beliefs, Pemberton refused to support the war for independence and was among a group of Quakers arrested under the (false) grounds that they were supporting the British. He was exiled, with many of his friends, for eight months in an attempt by Congress to remove them from the public spotlight. This short account of his visit to Scotland, published 15 years after his death, was prepared by Thomas Wilkinson of Yanwath (Cumbria) who accompanied him on this tour, in August and September of 1787. They travelled up through Argyll to Lochaber and as far as Inverness, and then east to Aberdeen and south through Edinburgh. Wilkinson describes the meeting in Fort William: ‘We were now among the clans of Cameron and MacDonald, that rose in the rebellion in 1745, and rebellion was his subject...There were some at the meeting who had been in the rebellion; and the term rebel, so often occurred, that it could not fail to recall former ideas’. At the Fort itself the following morning the ‘governor’ told that during the American War of Independence he was ‘left on the field of battle in the engagement at Bunker’s Hill (sic) having received fourteen shot through his cloaths, and one through his body, and that he yet retained a ball in his leg, and another in his arm.’ As the title of the book suggests this was not Pemberton’s first visit to Scotland and his previous sojourn had not been entirely agreeable : ‘He had been at Inverness two years before, and from what he had suffered there, he owned as a man, that he had rather have rode five hundred miles another way, than visit it again...’ A US edition, based on this London one, was printed in Philadelphia in 1811.
Author Wilkinson, Thomas
Date 1810
Binding half calf
Publisher London, William Phillips
Condition Very Good

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