Dating in the 1600 s
And just occasionally a wee oddity or curio turns up.
I was reminded of this one this morning by a photo circulating on Twitter.
At the same time, Quakers became actively involved in the economic, educational and political well being of the formerly enslaved.
Friends Historical Library at Swarthmore College and the Quaker Collection at Haverford College are jointly the custodians of Quaker meeting records of the Mid-Atlantic region, including Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, New York and Vermont and these records illuminate the origins of the anti-slavery movement as well as the continued Quaker involvement, often behind the scenes, in the leadership and direction of the abolitionist movement from the 1770s to the abolition of slavery in the United States in 1865, and beyond.It is in Quaker records that we have some of the earliest manifestations of anti-slavery sentiment, dating from the 1600s.After the 1750s, Quakers actively engaged in attempting to sway public opinion in Britain and America against the slave trade and slavery in general.The auction catalogue identified the book as a ‘poisoner’s cabinet’, and much of the press coverage centred on its potential as an assassin’s arsenal but many of the plants included have, or were reputed to have curative as well as toxic properties which leads me to think that it’s as likely to be a wise women’s or apothecary’s case as much as an assassin’s tool kit.Inside detail of Poisons Cabinet inside a book " data-medium-file="https://bookaddictionuk.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/vintage-poisoners-cabinet-detail.jpg?