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    Sale 2408 | Lot 249
    Price Realized: $531With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2408 Lot 249

      (EDUCATION.) DONALDSON, ARTHUR. Arthur Donaldson's New Year's Gift To His Scholars. Letterpress poetic broadside printed in two columns with an American eagle at the top of the sheet; within a floral woodcut boarder, 13-1/2 x 7-3/4 inches; creases where folded; tiny hole at the conjunction of folds; some staining, paper evenly toned. Philadelphia, circa 1815--1825

      Estimate $800 - 1,200

      In 1813 Philadelphia had 8 schools serving 414 African American and Haitian students. At least one of them, possibly more was run by a white educator named Arthur Donaldson. According to his printed petition dated 1810, seeking funds for the erection of a proper schoolhouse, Arthur Donaldson opened his school "for the tuition of Children of Colour of both sexes," as well as an afternoon "First day school [. . . ] for the instruction of grown people of Colour of both sexes." Donaldson, a white man, described himself as "well-wisher" to the African race. The poem itself is somewhat autobiographical, recounting his own past sins and salvation. Donaldson was the author/publisher of a short-lived periodical, The Juvenile Messenger (1811-1813) and The Orthographic (1814). Unrecorded: no copies at Library Company, or OCLC.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $531