Friend Anthony Benezet.


Biography of early American abolitionist and Quaker educator, Anthony Benezet (1713–1784) of Philadelphia. In 1775, Benezet was the founder of one of the world’s first anti-slavery societies, the Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage. The present biography includes an extensive transcribed selection—over 250 pages—of his letters, letters sent to him, and letters concerning him.

“Although Benezet is recognized as the most prolific antislavery propagandist of the eighteenth century, throughout his lifetime he supported and wrote about a wide variety of causes and topics, including assistance for Acadian refugees, temperance, peace, fair treatment of Native Americans, religion, educational reform, and poor relief.” (ANB)


Description: Friend Anthony Benezet.

Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1937. First edition. Frontispiece, ix, [2], 516pp. + 7 Plates. Publisher’s gray cloth; terra cotta dust jacket. Brief rubbing to gilt rules on spine; some faint toning on endpapers; spine of dust jacket slightly sunned; very good.

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Price: $75.00