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Thomas P. Nichols correspondence


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

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Thomas P. Nichols (1816-1897) of Newport, Rhode Island, was a convinced Friend (converted to Quakerism) who was received into membership by Rhode Island Monthly Meeting in 1836. At the time of his application for membership, elder Stephen Gould of Rhode Island Monthly Meeting described him as "exemplary in the use of plain language for some time and a very diligent attender of our religious meetings." Shortly thereafter, Nichols was asked to serve as substitute clerk when the regular clerk, Thomas B. Gould, was absent.

This collection is comprised of the photocopies of 11 letters addressed to Thomas P. Nichols in the 1830s and 1840s concerning the Wilburite separation in the Quaker community in Rhode Island and New York. Correspondents include John Wilbur, Isaac Mitchell, Ethan Foster, Prince Gardner, and Charles Perry. There is also a fragment (32 pages) of a letterbook containing copies of letters written to George Crosfield by John Wilbur while Wilbur was visiting England in 1832. These letters appear in John Wilbur Letters to a Friend on some of the primitive doctrines of Christianity. London, 1832; and in the Appendix of the Journal of the life of John Wilbur. Providence [R.I.] 1859, p. 566- 596.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed March, 2016.

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

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Box 31 Folder 1

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