Manus 13: De Vita R Proudi [Autobiography of Robert Proud]. (Philadelphia) Edit


Component Unique Identifier
Item 13
Level of Description


  • 1758 (Creation)


  • Scope and Contents

    Language: Latin. Date: 1758. Title: De Vita R Proudi [Autobiography of Robert Proud]. Creator: Proud, Robert (1728-1813). Place of creation: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Physical description: Paper, 5 leaves (10 p.) ; 22 x 18 cm. Summary: Autobiography of Robert Proud, classicist, educator, and historian of Philadelphia. Proud was born in Yorkshire, England on May 10th, 1728 and emigrated to Pennsylvania in January of 1759 at the age of 31, where he taught Latin and Greek at the Friends’ Latin School (A Quaker school, as the name suggests), eventually rising to the position of headmaster. During the Revolution, he was a strong Royalist. In 1791 he began his history of Philadelphia. He died at the age of 85 on July 7th, 1813. He is described as tall, with a Roman nose, and “with most impending brows. Domine Proud wore a curled grey wig, and a half-cocked, ancient hat. He was the model of a gentleman” (qtd. in Simpson, Henry. The Lives of Eminent Philadelphians, Now Deceased. (Philadelphia: William Brotherhead, 1859): 822-823). See also Proud, Robert. The Proud papers (Robert Proud, historian of Pennsylvania) embracing, original manuscript[s], early American almanacks, newspapers, Paxton boy Pamphlets. Early histories of Pennsylvania, Franklin, Bradford and other imprints; and a collection of Americana, to be sold. May 8, '03. (Philadelphia: Morris Press, 1903). Note: Rebound in 20th century quarter brown leather over brown marbled boards ; gilt title to spine. Leaf count disregards multiple blank leaves at front and rear of manuscript inserted at time of binding. Written in black ink in a small and somewhat messy hand. Bookseller’s description pasted inside front cover. Gift of Philip D. Sang, n.d. Call #: Manus 13