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Gift of Dr. Marion T. Lane
Gift of Dr. Marion T. Lane

Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, written by Phillis Wheatley, the first published African American woman poet, was lauded in both Europe and the American colonies as an example of the artistic and intellectual equality of people of African descent. Wheatley was born in Africa but was captured and brought to America as an enslaved child. This original copy of her work, published in 1773, is autographed by Wheatley.

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  • Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
    Written by Phillis Wheatley
    London, England
    Leather, Paper, Linen
    Museum of the American Revolution, Gift of Dr. Marion T. Lane

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Common Sense and Plain Truth

London publisher John Almon bundled Thomas Paine's Common Sense and James Chalmers' rebuke, Plain Truth, in this June 1776 edition for British readers.
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Patrick Henry's Law Books

The Museum owns five English law books that are listed in Patrick Henry’s 1799 estate inventory. Three books still bear Henry’s printed bookplate.
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George Mason's Roman History

Virginia statesman George Mason, who acquired this volume of ancient Roman history, was among the members of America's founding generation that looked to ancient Rome for guidance on republican government.
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