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Letters of Friends: Unsigned, Unattributed, and/or Undated


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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Quakers, also known as Friends, comprise a Christian religious movement called The Religious Society of Friends. The Religious Society of Friends was founded in England in the mid-17th century by George Fox, among others, and was one of many Protestant groups which broke from the Church of England in the years following the English Civil War (1642-1651). Quakers, despite their growing numbers in Britain, were persecuted by the state, causing many to move to North America. After facing persecution once again in Puritan Massachusetts, many Quakers settled in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, on the traditional land of the Lenape people, following the lead of prominent Quaker William Penn. Quakers are organized into local congregations, called Meetings (often Monthly Meetings), and larger organizations, called Yearly Meetings. The Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, for example, joins together many Monthly Meetings in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area.

Included are letters of Friends unsigned, unattributed, and/or undated. In addition, there is a memorial to Samuel Fothergill; a letter to Phin, possibly Phineas Garrett, and two poems, one to the memory of a Richard Jordan (written in the 19th century), the other to the memory of Tacy Bates (written in the 19th century).

Original processing information unknown. Revised by Allison Hall; completed June, 2020.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Letter to Phin[eas Garrett?].
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Memorial ... Samuel Fothergill.
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Scope and Contents

Fothergill, Samuel, 1715-1772

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Outside U.S. Or England.
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Poem: To the memory of Tacy Bates.
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Scope and Contents

Poem to the memory of Tacy Bates (written in the 19th century)

Bates, Tacy, d. ca. 1813

Poem: To the memory of Richard Jordan.
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Scope and Contents

Poem to the memory of Richard Jordan (written in the 19th century)

Reply to Prebyterian minister, Circa 1690s.
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