“The Benefits of Charity: A Dream”

Title“The Benefits of Charity: A Dream”
Year for Search1787
Authors[Rush], [Benjamin](1745-1813)
Secondary TitleColumbian Magazine
Volume / Edition1.12
Pagination578-81
Date PublishedAugust 1787
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

Dream in which the protagonist visits heaven and sees how Philadelphia has been protected from punishment for its evil ways by first, the existence of the Pennsylvania Hospital, second, by the existence of a Dispensary, third, by the existence of the Society for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery, and the Relief of Free Negroes, Unlawfully Held in Bondage, and fourth, by the existence of A Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons. When it is threatened a fifth time, it will be saved only if it establishes “FREE SCHOOLS in which human learning shall be accompanied, and corrected [581] with religious instruction…” (580-81). See also his Constitution and Laws of the Philadelphia Society for the Establishment and Support of Charity Schools. Incorporated September 8, 1801. With a Historical Sketch of the Institution and the Life of Christopher Ludwick. Philadelphia: Ptd. by the Order of The Society, 1860.

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1787 [Rush, Benjamin] (1745-1813). “The Benefits of Charity: A Dream.” Columbian Magazine 1.12 (August 1787): 578-81.

Dream in which the protagonist visits heaven and sees how Philadelphia has been protected from punishment for its evil ways by first, the existence of the Pennsylvania Hospital, second, by the existence of a Dispensary, third, by the existence of the Society for the Gradual Abolition of Slavery, and the Relief of Free Negroes, Unlawfully Held in Bondage, and fourth, by the existence of A Society for Alleviating the Miseries of Public Prisons. When it is threatened a fifth time, it will be saved only if it establishes “FREE SCHOOLS in which human learning shall be accompanied, and corrected [581] with religious instruction…” (580-81). See also his Constitution and Laws of the Philadelphia Society for the Establishment and Support of Charity Schools. Incorporated September 8, 1801. With a Historical Sketch of the Institution and the Life of Christopher Ludwick. Philadelphia: Ptd, by the Order of The Society, 1860.