Lot 136: MASON LOCKE WEEMS. 3 Vols, incl Mansucript leaf.
December 1, 2016
Falls Church, VA, USALive Auction
Description: [Washington/Franklins Biographer] MASON LOCKE WEEMS: His Works and Ways.. A Bibliography Left Unfinished by Paul Leicester Ford Edited by Emily Ellsworth Ford Skeel. 3 Vols. NY: Privately published/ (Printed Norwood, MA: Plimpton Press), 1929. #32 of 200 with a manuscript leaf by Paul Leicester Ford. In this set, the leaf is page 4 of a manuscript by Ford substantially similar to a passage in The Many Sided Franklin, Century Co., 1921, pp162-164. The leaf reads in full: Franklins reply was very characteristic- He first tells him if he will turn Catholic, the Papal nuncis will ordain him, and then suggests that the Episcopal clergy of America shall ordain themselves_ adding a hundred years from hence, when people are more enlightened, it will be wondered at, that the men in America, qualified by their learning and piety to pray for and instruct their neighbors, should not be permitted to do it till they had made a voyage of six thousand miles out and home, to ask leave of a cross old gentleman at Canterbury; who seems, by your account, to have as little regard for the souls of the people of Maryland, as King WIlliams Attorney-General, Seymour had for those of Virginia. The Reverend Commissary Blair, who projected Vol Is initial blank leaf signed and inscribed by the editor (purple ink): To Miss Elizabeth Chew Williams/ in grateful appreciation of her help to Paul Leicester Ford and with regards from Emily F Steel/ Day of Publication/ January 15, 1929. 8vo. 1/4 cloth and paper covered boards, leather spine labels. Joints worn, cloth spines foxed, cover sunned and frayed at corners. 1 vol has tear to frontis tissue guard. Sticker to spine bases, small sticker and number in unprinted lower portion of c-pages. 8.6 LB.