The Quakers tea table overturn'd, the tea spill'd and all the china broke. A satyrical poem in 4 parts, by a lover of the ancient plainness and simplicity of that people

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      GB 206 Brotherton Collection MS Lt 58
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  • Physical Description
      1 vol. (24 ff.) Bound in contemporary vellum-covered boards throughout

Scope and Content

Lengthy satirical and didactic criticism of Quakers for hypocritically allowing their daughters to indulge in the social fashion for drinking tea, coffee and chocolate, seeing this as an opening to greater sin and corruption of the Society; including the story of a girl tempted by the devil into acquiring a tea table and giving tea parties.

Administrative / Biographical History

The author of the poem is unknown

Access Information

Access is unrestricted

Acquisition Information

Bought from Quaritch (Sotheby), November 1981


In English

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Custodial History

Ownership inscriptions of Joseph Wilkinson, 22 June 1728, on p.41, and of John Bigland, 1763/64, on verso of last leaf