Brief memoirs of the life of Anne Freame, with her death-bed sayings
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Robert Freame was a grocer in London, England who married Anne Vice (1670?-1712) at Bull and Mouth meeting in Aldergate, London on March 21, 1694. Anne preached at several meetings throughout England. She began preaching at the age of fifteen and continued throughout her life. The couple had nine children, five of whom survived. They were Robert, Sarah, Thomas, Anne, and Hannah Freame. Thomas Freame married Margaret Penn, the daughter of William Penn (1644-1718), in 1727.
A brown leather volume written in black ink on the recto of each leaf by Robert Freame documenting the life of his wife Anne as a remembrance for their children. Freame provides an account of Anne's childhood, spiritual curiosity, and devoutness to God. He describes how Anne at seventeen brought her divine power to Devonshire House meeting in London, declaring her faithfulness and devotion to the Lord. She went on to preach at Quaker meetings around and in London. In addition to describing his wife as beautiful in person and spirit, Robert attests that Anne's preaching "became so effectual that many were turned from darkness to light." Anne's audience and later friends included William Penn, Charles Marshall, and Francis Stamper. She married Robert on March 21, 1694, at the age of twenty-four. She kept her home, raised her children, and continued to preach. Freame praises and quotes his wife throughout the volume. Anne's sayings at her death were instructions to her children and friends as they visited her to say goodbye. We learn from Robert Freame's account Anne traveled in northern England in 1711 where she developed a fever and cold, and eventually contracting consumption. There are some notes in pencil written by William F. Pease, grandson to Anne's daughter Sarah. Written at the bottom center of every other leaf is a letter of the alphabet beginning with C on the fifth leaf and ending with Ff on the second to last written leaf. Catchwords are on the bottom of each leaf. "Memoirs of Anne Freame" is stamped in gold on the spine.
Written on the first leaf "W. F. Pease Hoppyland Park . . ."
Sold by David Miles Books (Canterbury, England), 2015; Sold by Michael Laird Rare Books (Lockhart, Texas), 2015.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
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- Donna Brandolisio
- Finding Aid Date
- April 2016
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