Henry Dawkins, The Paxton Expedition (Philadelphia, 1764). The Library Company of Philadelphia.
Paxton apologist Henry Dawkins takes aim at Quaker militant defense of the Lenape and Moravian Indians. In Dawkins’s illustration, crowds of onlookers, whose plain hats identify them as Quakers, call out in banners suitable to a parade. At the center of the frame is the ringleader, a Friend, who readies a canon. Devoid of the impetus for the confrontation (the Paxton threat to Pennsylvania’s Christianized Indians), Dawkins’s cartoon transforms Philadelphia’s orderly, grid-patterned streets into the stage of a circus.
“The Quakers so peaceable as you will Find:
Who never before, to Arms were Inclined
To kill the Paxtonians they then did Advance,
With Guns on their Shoulders, but how did they Prance.”
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