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Parson Weems' book on George Washington...
Item # 655875
June 27, 1803
GAZETTE OF THE UNITED STATES, Philadelphia, June 27, 1803 The back page has a small advertisement for "The Rev. M. L. Weems", more popularly known as Parson Weems, the ad noting: "Is hereby authorized to solicit of the Ladies and Gentlemen of Philadelphia their subscriptions to the History of General George Washington."
Parson Weems was an author who wrote the first biography of George Washington immediately after his death. He was the source of some of the apocryphal stories about Washington. The tale of the cherry tree ("I cannot tell a lie, I did it with my little hatchet") is included in the fifth edition of The Life of Washington (1809 imprint, originally published 1800), a bestseller that depicted Washington's virtues and was intended to provide a morally instructive tale for the youth of the young nation. (Wikipedia)
This advertisement is for that book. A great piece of American history, or perhaps folktale. Four pages, minor archival mend on pg. 2, nice condition.
Category: Pre-Civil War