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James Emlen journal


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

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James Emlen (1760-1798) was born circa 1760, the son of George and Ann Emlen. Emlen managed a grist-mill and purchased property in Middletown, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Emlen married Phebe Pierce in 1783, and the couple had six children. In 1798, Emlen attended the Yearly Meeting in Philadelphia, where he fell ill and died at the age of 38.

Source: Dictionary of Quaker Biography

This collection contains a single photocopy of James Emlen's journal, dated 1794. The diary details Emlen's travels in rural Pennsylvania to small towns and settlements of fellow Quakers. Entries often describe tensions and interactions between white settlers and Indigenous populations. Treaties between white settlers and native groups are also discussed.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed June, 2015.

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

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Journal, 1794.
Volume 1

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