The Quaker City Blog




Book the First, Chapter Eighth

In today's exciting chapter of The Quaker City,

we meet the Lady Abbess of the evil Monk Hall:

Mother Nancy and Long-Haired Bess


Book the First, Chapter Seventh

I've posted Chapter Seventh of The Quaker City,

The Monks of Monk Hall

in which we are introduced to the monstrous porter of Monk-hall,


The Chapter is posted in two parts, the second containing the story within the story,

A Night in Monk-Hall


Book the First, Chapter Sixth

Two chapters this weekend!
Today we learn of the decrepit mansion lost deep in the alleyways of Southwark,
Tomorrow we learn of its nefarious residents,
The Monks of Monk Hall
Who knows what foul deeds happen inside its aged walls, in the depths of its subterranean passages?

Book the First, Chapter Fifth

In this week's chapter of The Quaker City, we learn of

a uxorious merchant's married life,

the game of a 19th century con artist,

letters of deception


incarnate scorn!

Come read to find out who "beheld a sight that filled him with unutterable horror."

Discover who "never dreamed himself that he carried a hidden hell within his soul. "

And if you dare, learn what causes the silence that lasts "for a single instant, like the silence in the graveyard, between the last word of the prayer, and the first rattling sound of the clods upon the coffin.

Do you dare?

Then read on:

Chapter Fifth of George Lippard's The Quaker City,

Dora Livingstone


Lippard's gravesite


I've added a webpage about Lippard's gravesite with more photos here (You can even see a phot of myself, looking forlorn next to Lippard's last resting place).  Thanks to Lou Boxer, who visited the grave with me earlier this week, for the great photographs. 


Book the First, Chapter Fourth

In today's chapter, Byrnewood and Lorrimer visit

The Astrologer

whose prophecies may be more than they bargained for.


Lippard self-portrait?

I'm struck by Lippard's physical description of Brynewood in Chap 3:

" the slight yet well-proportioned form of Byrnewood, which now and then became visible as the wind flung his voluminous cloak back from his shoulders . . . the light and agile footstep . . .  the pale solemn face of the young Merchant . . .  the long dark hair which fell sweeping to the very shoulders"

Sounds like a portait of Lippard himself.  Check out the portraits I've posted on the Front Page.  Does Lippard identify with Byrnewood? 


Notes for Book 1, Chapter 1

I just posted a few notes for the first chapter of Quaker City.  You'll find a little info and links for

Chesnut Street

the statehouse (Independence Hall)


Miller the prophet

Darley (the illustrator)




Book the First, Chapters Second and Third

I've posted two chapters today for your reading enjoyment:

Mary, the Merchant's Daughter

Byrnewood and Lorrimer

I'll be working on the annotations for the first three chapters and will post them sometime today or tonight.

And if you like reading The Quaker City, spread the word.  Tell your relatives.  Email your friends.   Read Lippard.




Book the First, Chapter First

I've posted the first chapter, "The Wager in the Oyster-Cellar." 

I didn't have time to put together the notes for chapter one yet, but stay tuned, they will appear very soon.  Annotations will be an ongoing project anyway and I will from time to time revise them as I continue my research.  I'll always post updates on this blog.

You can also read Lippard's Preface to his novel, as well as his account of its Origins and dedication to Charles Brockden Brown.

Enjoy the first chapter and feel free to share your opinions, about Quaker City, about Lippard, about Philadelphia, about this project, about me and my editorial skills (or lack thereof). 



About this blog

I've created this journal page as an accompaniment to the online serialization of George Lippard's The Quaker City; or, the Monks of Monk Hall.  I'll post news and information about the serialization and keep you informed of my Lippardian researches.  Most importantly, I hope you'll post your own comments about the novel as you read along each week.

New chapters will be posted every Saturday.  The whole serialization should take about a year. 

Thanks for reading,


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