Philadelphia: Printed for Benjamin and Thomas Kite, 1807. [2 blank], 60pp. Original plain marbled front wrapper [light wear, rear wrap missing], stitched. Text tanned, scattered light spotting. Ownership signature of Mary Ann Osmond on front free endpaper. Good+ or so.
"A portrait of a remarkable woman whose spiritual questing and marital trials reveal much about religious imperatives and gender roles in eighteenth-century American culture." Heath, Anthology of American Literature [Fifth Edition]. Elizabeth Ashbridge [1713-1755], born in England, married at age 14 and became a widow soon thereafter. Abandoned by her family, she immigrated to the United States, assisted by a treacherous woman who intended to sell her into indentured servitude. She overheard a mutinous plot by some Irish passengers, reported the plan to the Captain, and was then indentured and sold. She served her term of indenture, married again-- this time to a drifter in the American Colonies - - and endured many barriers as a woman in her religious quest, then became a Quaker and Quaker minister. Her husband resented her faith and she underwent many hardships in its service.
The book was first printed in Liverpool in 1806. This first American edition was reprinted many times.
FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. AI 12001 . Item #26929