The University of Delaware Library announces the forthcoming exhibition, “Queen Christina
and John Dickinson—Two Early Delaware Documents” which will be on display in the Information Room on the First Floor of the Morris Library from Tuesday, May 13, 2014, through Friday, August 15, 2014. The exhibition will display two recent acquisitions made possible by the generous support of the University of Delaware Library Associates.
On view will be a Swedish broadside printing of a decree by Queen Christina issued on October 25, 1649, in which she withdraws the exclusive right to import tobacco into Sweden formerly granted to the Swedish South Company which in 1641 had been granted the exclusive right to import tobacco from the New World.
Also on view will be a printed proclamation issued by John Dickinson, a member of the Continental Congress from Pennsylvania and Delaware whose writings earned him the title of “the Penman of the Revolution.” The proclamation was printed in Philadelphia by Francis Bailey in 1782. At the time the document was issued, John Dickinson held the office of President and Supreme Executive Council of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. In the proclamation John Dickinson decrees that all citizens of Pennsylvania must observe the Sabbath.
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