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The Lawyer’s Pedigree

From the American Antiquarian Society, Catalog Record #320630

This licentious ballad, entitled The Lawyer’s Pedigree (1755), was the first thing that Isaiah Thomas typeset when he was just six years of age. Thomas wrote, “I set the types which were double Pica, for this ballad in two days, tho’ I then knew only the letters, but had never been taught to put them together and spell.”