Digital Paxton: Digital Collection, Critical Edition, and Teaching PlatformMain MenuIntroductionWill FentonUsing Digital PaxtonHistorical OverviewWill FentonDigital CollectionKeywordsEducationTranscriptionsPublic OutreachRedrawing HistoryRedrawing History: Indigenous Perspectives on Colonial America, a two-year project funded by The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, connects Native American artists with the Library Company’s rich collections and far-reaching scholarly community. Partnering with artist Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva), author Lee Francis (Laguna Pueblo), and the indigenous publisher Native Realities Press, the Library Company will publish a graphic novel that reinterprets the Paxton massacre from the perspective of the Conestoga. Dr. Will Fenton, will serve as creative director, connecting the creative team with an advisory board of scholars, local tribal leaders, and educational specialists, and making new archival records accessible via his digital humanities project, Digital Paxton. Published, printed, and distributed by Native American businesses, the graphic novel will include a curriculum to facilitate use in secondary and post-secondary classrooms. Original artwork will be exhibited at the Library Company together with the original collection items that inspired it. And a slate of public programs, including a colloquium and public readings, will engage local audiences; conference presentations will bring the project and its model to academic audiences.ContactCreditsThe Historical Society of Pennsylvania and The Library Company of Philadelphia
12017-03-29T05:58:43-07:00Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944c72003plain2017-03-29T06:02:16-07:00Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944cAn early thread of the Pamphlet War was the critique of Quaker native diplomacy during the Seven Years’ War. Critics charged that Friends were opportunistic, or, worse, immoral, in their dealings with natives. Perhaps most egregious was the fact that some Friends enlisted in a militia to defend the Philadelphia from the Paxton marchers. Given the Society’s resistance to the organization of a militia during the Seven Years’ War, critics charged that the Quakers would take up arms to defend the colony’s natives, but not their fellow settlers.
In this letter to the governor, the Philadelphia Yearly meeting warned that Smith’s pamphlet would agitate “the inconsiderate Part of the People” against the Society. Those fears proved well-founded as Paxton apologists conflated Quakers with the warring Indians that they claimed had precipitated the march.
This pro-Paxton pamphlet was published anonymously, but later attributed to David James Dove, the infamous satirist, Paxton sympathizer, and headmaster of the Germantown Academy. (The printer included an unflattering engraving of the doctor.) Dove counters Address by mocking Friends’ superficial adherence to the peace testimony, which he argues they relinquished all too quickly stymie the Paxton men during their march to Philadelphia. He describes the Paxtons, meanwhile, as the “worthy bleeding Men of Paxton,” whom acted to prevent Indian treachery.
In this pro-Paxton political cartoon intended to accompany Battle, a Quaker merchant identifiable as Israel Pemberton (“King Wampum”) cavorting with a partially undressed native woman who is stealing his money. A bespectacled Franklin watches from the right.
12016-08-31T12:52:16-07:00Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944cPeaceable Kingdom Lost: The Paxton MassacresWill Fenton22Kevin Kennyimage_header2019-08-11T08:12:53-07:00Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944c
12016-08-19T17:13:10-07:00Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944cA Battle! A Battle!Will Fenton5A battle! A battle! A battle a squirt; where no man is kill'd, and no man is hurt! : To the tune of Three new blue beans, in a new blue blown bladder; rattle bladder rattle bladder! To which is added, The Quaker's address, versify'd; and King Wampum, or Harm watch harm catch. [Four lines of verse]gallery2018-02-12T00:59:30-08:00[Philadelphia, Pa.] : Printed [by Andrew Steuart] and sold at the Blue-Nose, near Brazen-Nose-College, Germantown., Call number: Am 1764 Bat 795.D.23Ascribed to the press of Andrew Steuart and dated 1764 by Evans.Library Company of Philadelphia.Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944c
12016-08-19T14:54:02-07:00Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944cThe Address of the People Called QuakersWill Fenton2The address of the people call'd Quakers, in the province of Pennsylvania, to John Penn, Esquire, lieutenant-governor of the said province, &c.gallery2018-02-12T02:48:06-08:00Philadelphia : Printed by Andrew Steuart, at the Bible-in-Heart in Second-Street, a little below the Friend's Meeting-House, 1764.Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.Call Number: Am.1764.Fri.795.D.17In defense of their conduct towards the Indians and settlers. "Signed on behalf and by order of a committee, appointed to represent our religious society in Pennsylvania and New-Jersey, at a meeting held in Philadelphia, the 25th of the second month, 1764. Samuel Emlen, Jun. clerk."--p. 11. Evans, C American bibliography, 9670; English short title catalogue (ESTC), W5867; Hildeburn, C.R. Pennsylvania, 1941.Library Company of Philadelphia.Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944c
12016-08-19T12:58:25-07:00Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944cAn Indian Squaw King Wampum SpiesWill Fenton1An Indian Squaw King Wampum spies ... [graphic] : [first of eighteen lines of verse / Henry Dawkins].2016-08-19T12:58:25-07:00Claypoole, James, 1720-1784?, etcher.HSP Bc 612 D32a[Philadelphia, 1764]Attributed to Claypoole.1 print : etching ; 21 x 26 cm. (8.25 x 10.25 in.)Murrell, 14.11Will Fenton9e3bf7727b68fc64e416bcd18efaefb81d06944c
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12016-08-19T12:58:25-07:00An Indian Squaw King Wampum Spies1An Indian Squaw King Wampum spies ... [graphic] : [first of eighteen lines of verse / Henry Dawkins].2016-08-19T12:58:25-07:00Claypoole, James, 1720-1784?, etcher.HSP Bc 612 D32a[Philadelphia, 1764]Attributed to Claypoole.1 print : etching ; 21 x 26 cm. (8.25 x 10.25 in.)Murrell, 14.11
12016-08-19T12:59:05-07:00The Address of the People Called Quakers - Title Page1The address of the people call'd Quakers, in the province of Pennsylvania, to John Penn, Esquire, lieutenant-governor of the said province, &c.2016-08-19T12:59:05-07:00Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends..LCP Am.1764.Fri.795.D.17Philadelphia : Printed by Andrew Steuart, at the Bible-in-Heart in Second-Street, a little below the Friend's Meeting-House, 1764.In defense of their conduct towards the Indians and settlers. "Signed on behalf and by order of a committee, appointed to represent our religious society in Pennsylvania and New-Jersey, at a meeting held in Philadelphia, the 25th of the second month, 1764. Samuel Emlen, Jun. clerk."--p. 11.11, p. ; 16 cmEvans, C American bibliography, 9670; English short title catalogue (ESTC), W5867; Hildeburn, C.R. Pennsylvania, 194111Title Page