Guide to the Subscription List of William Fordyce Mavor 1803 MG 920
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Inventory prepared by Bob Golon as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.
Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. February 2004. Production of the EAD 2002 version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.
William Fordyce Mavor was born at New Deer, Aberdeenshire, U.K. in 1758. He became the Vicar of Hurley in Berkshire in 1789, and later became headmaster of the Woodstock School. Besides history, Mavor also wrote poetry, and published works on education, farming, and stenography. His work, Universal History, Ancient and Modern, from the earliest records of time to the general peace of 1802 consisted of 25 volumes and was described by the publisher Isaac Collins as “a perspicuous view of Universal History whose professed aim is to preclude the apology for ignorance in one of the most interesting and useful objects of human research.” Collins offered the set through printer David Allinson of Burlington, New Jersey.
Publisher Collins was originally a Quaker from Burlington, but his active support of the revolutionary movement caused him to lose his place in the Quaker congregation and forced him to take his printing business to Trenton and New York. He distributed the Mavor set through David Allinson, who, in 1803, offered the volumes to prominent men of New Jersey, via subscription. Notable subscribers included Elisha Boudinot, Joseph Clark, William Halsey, Alexander MacWhorter, Samuel Pennington, John Rutherfurd, and Richard Stockton. The College of New Jersey and the American Whig Society were also on the subscription list.
This collection consists of a subscription list in scroll format, with original pages glued together to form one document. It contains a brief publisher’s review of Mavor’s Universal History, Ancient and Modern, from the earliest records of time to the general peace of 1802. It also contains a listing of the names and hometowns of the New Jersey men who agreed to purchase it through David Allinson.
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This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 920, William Fordyce Mavor Subscription List, The New Jersey Historical Society.
Gift of Samuel Allinson, 1875.