Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
"An Exhortation to Peace Under the American Revolution" Penmanship Exercise, 1783

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, November 2011

Summary Information
Title: "An Exhortation to Peace Under the American Revolution" penmanship exercise
Creator: Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1783
Extent: 1 volume
Abstract:
This bound manuscript contains the text of a sermon delivered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in December 1783, about a desirable political future of the United States from a Christian point of view.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1983. M-2109.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

"An Exhortation to Peace Under the American Revolution" penmanship exercise, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


History

The text was composed just after the conclusion of the American Revolution. It encouraged a strong union of the states as the best form of government.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This bound manuscript contains the text of a sermon delivered in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in December 1783, about a desirable political future of the United States from a Christian point of view. The 31-page volume, entitled "An Exhortation to Peace under the American Revolution, addressed to the Inhabitants of Lancaster in the State of Pennsylvania, December 11, 1783," is divided into several sections, each copied by a distinct, clear hand and signed, though the text runs unbroken throughout the book. The first page of the address indicates that it is based on Jeremiah 24:7, and it begins by examining the situation of the Jews in ancient Babylon, and comparing that to the situation that led to the American colonies' fight for independence. From there, the sermon continues to expound upon religious and political themes, encouraging a "cordial union among the members of each particular state, as well as among the United States in general" and arguing that a Christian ethos would serve as a strong foundation for the new nation. The treatise weaves together themes of Christian faith and contemporary politics to create a vision of a positive future for the United States.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Penmanship, American.
    • United States--History--Religious aspects--Christianity.
    • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--Religious aspects.
    • United States--Politics and government--1783-1789.
    Contributors:
    • Atlee, Edwin Augustus, 1776-1852.
    • Atlee, William Pitt.
    • Henry, Matthew.
    • Hubley, Edward.
    • Hutchins, Henry Joseph.
    • Jordan, George W.
    • Lantzinger, Thomas Barton.
    • Moore, Henry.
    • Musser, George.
    • Newman, John.
    • Ross, William.
    • Shippen, John.
    • Yeates, John, 1772-1844.
    Genre Terms:
    • Sermons.
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Volume   1  
    "An Exhortation to Peace Under the American Revolution" penmanship exercise,  1783 [series]: