Book — 1 item (2 leaves) : paper ; 28 x 20 cm (bifolium)
A poignant petition issued on behalf of fifteen officers of health (Officiers de Santé) in Rennes, providing a first hand account of the extreme conditions that were clearly being endured by many during the Revolutionary period, and particularly those in the military. The considerable upheaval, as revealed by the present petition, had inevitably led to administrative chaos and fragmentation. The officers of health, ‘employees and workmen of the General troop store of the Republic at Rennes’, are writing to sound the alarm as to the dramatic situation in which they find themselves, having received no wages for over a year, and here appeal to the legislature for urgent assistance. As a result they are currently in dire need, unable to feed their unhappy children, and reduced to ‘la dernière des misères et n’ayant d’autres ressources que leur travail’. As such they have been forced to sell their furniture cheaply, and are now all overwhelmed by debts.
Materials include three autograph letters, two from Enoch Edwards, and one from Frances Edwards. The letters from Enoch include one written to John Saltar from London on November 4, 1795, and one written to an unknown woman from Paris on February 4, 1796. The letter from Frances was written to a "Mrs. Lardner" from London on February 24, 1794. Topics covered include observations on the French Revolution and English politics and society. Accompanied by a printed galley sheet concerning Dr. Edwards from the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography (1911).