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Human Life A Pilgrimage: Or, The Christian A Stranger and Sojourner

DUCHE, Jacob.

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DUCHE, Jacob. Human Life A Pilgrimage: Or, The Christian A Stranger and Sojourner Upon Earth: A Sermon, Occasioned by the Death of The Hon. Richard Penn. Philadelphia: D. Hall, and W. Sellers, 1771. iv,19pp. Stitched as issued. Minor browning and foxing, contemporary ownership inscription on titlepage, otherwise clean, a very good copy. EVANS 12030. HILDEBURN 2642. NAIP w020481. ".the present intended as a decent and respectful tribute to the memory of the Honourable Richard Penn, Esq; one of the Proprietaries of this province, lately deceased." Duche goes on to laud the character and deeds of Penn, about whom he says: "he loved retirement, was an enemy to all parade and ostentation, and contented himself with the calm satisfaction of domestic life." Jacob Duche (1737-98) was born in Philadelphia and educated there before studying at Cambridge University. He returned to Philadelphia and eventually became rector of Christ Church. His early zeal for the revolutionary cause was such that he was appointed chaplain to the Continental Congress. Possessed of literary pretensions, Duche published two patriotic sermons in 1775, of which THE AMERICAN VINE. is one. After the Declaration of Independence and the capture of Philadelphia by General Howe, Duche had a change of heart and wrote George Washington asking him to urge Congress to recall the Declaration and negotiate a peace. He was branded a traitor by his former followers and went into exile in Great Britain, before returning to his beloved Philadelphia in 1792 to live out his final years. Bookseller Inventory # 52324

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