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Samuel Rowland Fisher correspondence


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

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Samuel Rowland Fisher (1745-1834) was born in Lewes, Delaware, the son of Joshua Fisher and Sarah Rowland. He was a prominent Philadelphia merchant involved in the transatlantic trade, and ran a packet line between London and Philadelphia. Fisher tried to remain neutral during the Revolutionary War, and was exiled to Winchester, Virginia, for a year with 20 other Quakers. He married Hannah Rodman, and the couple had four children: Sarah (1794-1830), Deborah (1795-1888), Rodman (1798-1800), and Thomas (1801-1856). He died on May 6, 1834, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

This collection includes 25 handwritten letters of the personal correspondence between Samuel Rowland Fisher and his friends and family, as well as a number of photocopies. The letters and accounts were written to Samuel Rowland Fisher while he was in England on a business trip for his father's firm, Joshua Fisher & Sons of Philadelphia, a shipping-importing business. The materials are from merchants in England, including Thomas and William Dillworth and others and give insight into Quaker business practice and language of the 18th century.

The Samuel Rowland Fisher correspondence was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1997 by Mrs. Francis James Dallett.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed February, 2016.

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

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1767-1768.
Box 12 Folder 1

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