Extracts from the Journal of Elizabeth Drinker

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J.B. Lippincott, 1889 - Philadelphia (Pa.) - 423 pages
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Journal entries of a woman of 18th century America give insight into her private life, the Revolutionary War, and the yellow fever epidemic.

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Page 44 - Quakers, render it certain and notorious that those persons are, with much rancor and bitterness, disaffected to the American cause; that, as these persons will have it in their power, so there is no doubt it will be their inclination, to communicate intelligence to the enemy, and, in various other ways, to injure the counsels and arms of America...
Page 44 - Great Britain and America, and the uniform tenor of the conduct and conversation of a number of persons of considerable wealth, who profess themselves to belong to the society of people commonly called Quakers, render it certain and notorious that those persons are with much rancour and bitterness disaffected to the American cause.
Page 61 - Augusta man-of-war, of 64 guns. She took fire, and after burning near 2 hours, blew up. The loss of this fine vessel is accounted for in different ways. Some say she took fire by accident; others that it was occasioned by red hot Bullets from Mud-Island Battery.
Page 44 - Jersey, the 26th of the 12th month, 1776, was published, and, as your committee is credibly informed, circulated amongst many members of the society called Quakers, throughout the different states: That, as the seditious paper aforesaid originated in the city of Philadelphia, and as the persons...
Page 62 - Nov. 5. A soldier came to demand Blankets, which I did not in anywise agree to — notwithstanding my refusal he went up stairs and took one, and with seeming good nature begged I would excuse his borrowing it, as it was by G. Howe's orders.
Page 93 - Tilghman among ye rest. It was not long before G. Washington came, and discoursed with us freely, but not so long as we could have wished, as dinner was served, to which he invited us. There were 15 Officers, besides ye G1 and his wife, Gen. Greene, and Gen. Lee. We had an elegant dinner, which was soon over, when we went out with ye Gen" wife, up to her Chamber — and saw no more of him.
Page 106 - This morning when we arose *J there was not one Red-Coat to be seen in Town, and ye encampment in the Jerseys also vanished. Col. Gordon and some others had not been gone a quarter of an hour before ye American Light-Horse entered ye city — not many of them, but they were in and out all day.
Page 137 - Cornwallis was taken, for which we greviously suffered on ye 24th, by way of rejoicing. A mob assembled about 7 o'clock, or before, and continued their insults until near 10, to those whose Houses were not illuminated. Scarcely one Friend's House escaped. We had nearly 70 panes of glass broken ; ye sash lights and two panels of the front Parlor broke in pieces — ye Door cracked and violently burst open ; when they threw stones into ye House for some time, but did not enter.
Page 52 - Well! here are ye English in earnest; about 2 or 3000 came in through Second street, without opposition or interruption — no plundering on ye one side or ye other. What a satisfaction would it be to our dear absent friends could they but be be informed of it; our end of ye Town has appeared the greater part of this day like ye first day of ye week.

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