12016-08-19T12:58:42-07:00Will Fenton82bf9011a953584cd702d069a30cbdb6ef90650a72001A Conference between the D---l and Doctor D--e [graphic] : Together with the Doctor's Epitaph on himself ; Here continues to rot ...2016-08-19T12:58:42-07:00LCP Cartoons  Con [959.F.69][Philadelphia, ca. 1764]The conference, between the Devil and David James Dove, is depicted in a cartoon above the title; the text, in two columns, is a mock epitaph accusing Dove of sexual immorality. Imprint supplied by Evans. Text in two columns; engraved cut at head of title.1 print : etching and engraving ; 40 x 19 cm. (16 x 7.5 in.)Evans, C. American bibliography, 9617; Murrell, 1611Will Fenton82bf9011a953584cd702d069a30cbdb6ef90650a
12017-03-29T06:34:31-07:00Will Fenton82bf9011a953584cd702d069a30cbdb6ef90650aFranklin's Royal Problem4plain2017-03-29T08:43:53-07:00Will Fenton82bf9011a953584cd702d069a30cbdb6ef90650a
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12017-03-29T06:34:31-07:00Franklin's Royal Problem4plain2017-03-29T08:43:53-07:00As the petition for royalization circulated the Assembly, some of the colony’s preeminent statesman weighed in. John Dickinson, who would later serve on the First Continental Congress, delivered a speech to the assembly that downplayed support for royalization and rejected the petition’s invocation of “a Spirit of Violence, Riot and Confusion prevail[ing] among us.” That speech was later published with a preface, an epitaph to William Penn, authored by William Smith, the Episcopalian priest who wrote A Brief State of the Province of Pennsylvania, ten years earlier. That summer, Benjamin Franklin embraced the form of the epitaph to attack the proprietors in a preface to Joseph Galloway’s rebuttal to Dickinson. The response to Franklin’s epitaph was both vehement and personal.
Joseph Galloway, a key figure of the Quaker Party, delivered this speech assailing the proprietors, whom he deemed unable to address the threat of mob rule revealed by the Paxton debate. In the print version, Benjamin Franklin penned a preface that blamed Richard and Thomas Penn for the colony’s troubles:
They refus’d the necessary Laws / For the Defence of their People, / And suffer’d their Colony to welter in its Blood ….They, / Foolishly and cruelly, / Taking Advantage of public Distress” sought “to reduce them / To the most abject Slavery.
Hugh Williamson, author of the Plain Dealer, returned to the fray to write this satirical epitaph on Benjamin Franklin. Williamson characterizes Franklin as addicted to “POPULARITY” and accuses him of “Zig Zag Machination.”
Isaac Hunt, whom Peter Silver has called a “one-man pamphlet shop during the Paxton crisis,” personalized the Paxton debate. Assuming that Dove wrote Sauce, Hunt depicts Dove in a conference with the devil followed by a satirical epitaph that accuses him of sexual immorality.