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David Brainerd Updegraff letter


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

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David Brainerd Updegraff was born in 1830 and died in 1894. David attended Haverford College from 1851 to 1852 and married Rebecca Price later that year. After Rebecca's death, he remarried to Eliza Mitchell in 1866. David Brainerd had an active and varied religious life; he was born a Quaker, yet ultimately converted to evangelicalism as a Methodist baptized by a Baptist minister. David was a farmer and a minister for the Society of Friends. He also spent time working on a revivalist Quaker journal, the Friends Expositor.

The collection consists of a single letter written by David Brainerd Updegraff to his friend William J. Harrison. The letter is dated June 30th, 1851 and describes Updegraff's journey to Haverford and subsequent experience as a student there. Updegraff also describes a trip to London his brother, Jonathan Taylor Updegraff, undertook before David arrived at Haverford. The letter was copied by David Brainerd Updegraff's son, David Benjamin Updegraff.

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Gift of Elizabeth A. Updegraff Dyson, August 1994

Processed by Lilian Sweeney, completed September 2020


Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Lilian Sweeney
Finding Aid Date
September, 2020
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17)

Collection Inventory

Box 60

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