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Pemberton, James To the president and Council of Pennsylvania. The remonstrance of the subscribers, freemen, and inhabitants of the city of Philadelphia.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00360 Author/Creator: Pemberton, James Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Broadsides Date: 05 September 1777 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written by imprisoned pacifist Quakers to express their grievances. They claim their confinement to be unlawful. This is demonstrated by the ninth and tenth sections of the Declaration of Rights, which call for disclosure of accusations along with a speedy trial, and the necessity of a warrant for search and seizure, respectively. Argue that the warrant directing their confinement has been alarming and illegal stretch of power. Lists the names of twenty of the imprisoned men. Evans 15500.

People: Pemberton, James

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Religion, Quakers, Law, Civil Rights, Military History, Revolutionary War, Government and Civics

Sub Era: The War for Independence