Coverlet fragment, second half 18th century
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The fragment was presented to HSP by Edward Robins, who had been given it by his uncle, Charles Godfrey Leland (1824-1903). Leland acquired it (purchase, gift?) from "Mrs. Kinsman," described only as Franklin's niece.

A prolific author, Leland was the founder and first President of the Gypsy Lore Society, conversant with European and American gypsies, fluent in Romany, and proud to be descended from a sorcerer.

His "day job" during part of his life was Editor of the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, then one of the city's major newspapers. He was a fierce opponent of slavery during the years before the Civil War, using his position to advance the Abolitionists' cause. Terms of Use Credits