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Elizabeth Browett diary


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

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Elizabeth Browett (1788-1849), a Quaker seamstress, was born in 1788 in Buckingham, England, to Hannah and Joseph Browett, a Quaker tailor. Browett's father was disowned by the Society of Friends in 1804, and Browett spent her early life migrating to various meetings with her mother through Gloucester, Buckingham, and Oxford. Browett settled in Ratcliff, London, in 1833, where she began writing in her diary. Elizabeth Browett died in Ratcliff, London, in 1849, at the age of 61.

This collection is composed of the single, handwritten diary of Elizabeth Browett. The cover of the diary reads: "Diary of a Poor Quaker Seamstress, 1833-4, being a pathetic record of monotonous penury." Entries focus on social calls, descriptions of Quaker meetings, Browett's health, and her work as a seamstress in London.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed July, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
July, 2015
Access Restrictions

The colelction is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Diary, 1833-1834.
Volume 1

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