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Synopsis: First edition. The first book ever written about the Murrays of Murray Hill, a New York Quaker family that gave its name to the Manhattan neighborhood of Murray Hill. They quickly established themselves upon arrival in New York City in 1753 as shipowners, traders and proprietors of the busy wharf. The story focuses on Lindley Murray, who became a successful lawyer, who began to write school textbooks that made him the largest selling author in the world in the beginning of the 19th century. It also examines the legend that Mary Lindley Murray and her daughters saved George Washington's army during the Battle of Manhattan. A valuable contribution to the history of book publishing. Includes a bibliography and index. x, 166 pages. cloth, dust jacket.. 8vo..

From Kirkus Reviews: A carefully researched history of the prominent Quaker family for whom the Murray Hill section of Manhattan is named. The Murrays, a devout, perpetually energetic family, first settled in Manhattan in the 1760s. During the latter half of the 18th century the Murrays became connected, through marriage, with a number of influential Manhattan families. They enjoyed great success as merchants, only to see their position in society challenged, and their family fragmented, by the revolution. Some members of the family became well-known for their patriotism; others, including the eldest son, Lindley, were led by their loyalist sympathies to choose exile. Monaghan, a longtime editor and critic, persuasively argues that the little-known Lindley was in fact terrifically influential in his time: His school textbooks sold, in the period up to 1840, some 12.5 million copies in the US. It's not only the success of Lindley's textbooks that makes him important; the implicit anti-slavery tenets of the books (inspired by Lindley's embrace of the ideas of such Enlightenment figures as David Hume) shaped American opinion in the North in crucial ways. A lively portrait of a fascinating family, their milieu, and their influence on their turbulent age. -- Copyright ©1998, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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