Printers. 1869. Item #18163
8vo, 23 cm. 8 pages. Within the text Dropsie also argues the case also for repealing part of the Act for Punishment Of Cruelty To Animals, as well. “Born in Philadelphia on March 9, 1821 to a Jewish father and a Christian mother, Dropsie converted to Judaism at the age of fourteen along with his sister and brother in a formal ceremony featuring a ritual immersion in the Delaware River. Dropsie worked as an apprentice to a watchmaker before pursuing a career in law at the age of twenty-eight. He made his fortune through his law practice and through investments in Philadelphia’s streetcars, becoming president of both the Lombard and South Street Railroads as well the Green and Coates Streets Railroad company. Upon his death in 1905, Dropsie, a life-long bachelor, bequeathed his entire estate to the establishment of a College “for the promotion of and instruction in the Hebrew and Cognate languages and their respective literatures. ” He further directed that “there shall be no discrimination on account of creed, color or sex, ” in the criteria of admission to the College. So was born [Dropsie College, ] this pioneering experiment in Jewish higher education planted in the soil of American democratic principles” (Arthur Kiron). Dropsie was a protege of Isaac Leeser and wrote "Panegyric on the Life of the Rev. Isaac Leeser." SUBJECT(S) : Liberty. Civil rights. OCLC lists copies at two institutions worldwide (Balch & Penn) , none outside of Pennsylvania. Light age browning only. Tiniest chip on edge of back paper cover only. Excellent condition. An outstanding copy. (amr-0-4).