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World of Trouble

World of Trouble

Henry Drinker and Elizabeth Sandwith, both Philadelphia Quakers, were marry in January 1761. He was the child of an office agent and, at age 26, a rising import-send out vendor; she was the stranded girl of a trader and boat proprietor. As they subsided into wedded life, they had no notion that, after a short time, the world they knew would be flipped around by political disturbance, financial blacklists and, eventually, transformation. Elizabeth kept voluminous journals during these years, and she and Henry kept the many letters that they traded when isolated. In “Universe of Trouble,” antiquarian Richard Godbeer draws…

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