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Henry Drinker papers


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

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Henry Drinker (1734-1809) was a member of the Society of Friends and served as clerk of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. He was a partner in the Philadelphia shipping firm of James & Drinker. In September, 1777, he refused to formally declare his loyalty to the United States government and as a result was taken prisoner (along with other prominent Philadelphia Quakers) and subsequently exiled to Winchester, Virginia, where he remained until April, 1778.

The correspondence (1785-1840), primarily concerns lands belonging to Henry Drinker (1734-1809) near Southport, Pennsylvania, and with financial matters, though there is also a letter (1792) from John Pemberton to Drinker, inviting him to dine with Native Americans. Letter writers include George Churchman, Rebecca Jones, John Pemberton, David Sands, Samuel Fisher, George Dillwyn, William Dillwyn, Henry Drinker, and others. One letter is from William Alexander to Nathan Kite (1840).

The Henry Drinker papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 2008 by the Arch Street Meeting House.

The correspondence was found in the vault of the Arch Street Meetinghouse (Monthly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia) in 1978, and was delivered to Haverford College in 2008. A note laid in with the letters when found (not present) stated they were found with Joseph Elkinton's papers.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed January, 2016.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
January, 2016
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1785-1808.
Box 11 Folder 1
Financial records, 1738-1792.
Box 11 Folder 2
Scope and Content note

Handwritten invoice, and account.

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