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Quakers Exiled in Virginia collection


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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In September, 1777, about 20 men, the majority of whom were prominent Quakers, were exiled by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania under instructions from the Second Continental Congress for perceived Loyalist sympathies after refusing to take up arms against the British army. The group were exiled to Virginia, where many were incarcerated in Winchester, Virginia.

This collection is comprised of the two folders of materials related to a group of Quakers exiled in Virigina during the American Revolutionary War, from 1777 to 1778. The collection includes originals, photocopies, and transcripts of the materials. The materials are largely composed of correspondence, but also include decisions made by Congress, financial records of the exiles, and a single photograph of the Isaac Brown house, where Quaker exiles were held in Virginia in 1777. Includes a letter from John Hancock, 1777. The collection also includes a partial index of the materials.


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

Quakers exiled in Virginia, 1777-1778.
Box 34 Folder 1
Quakers exiled in Virginia, oversize, 1777-1778.
Box 43 (ovs) Folder 3
General Physical Description

See Oversize Box 2, Folder 3.

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