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William Jackson journal


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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William Jackson (1746-1834) was born in 1746, in London Grove Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania, the son of William Jackson and Katherine Miller Jackson. He first appeared in the Quaker ministry in 1775. In 1788, he married Hannah, daughter of Thomas and Hannah Seaman, of Westbury, Long Island, where for two years he resided before returning to Pennsylvania. He arrived in England in 1802, and spent three years visiting many of the Meetings in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.

This collection is comprised of the single, handwritten journal of William Jackson's trip to England and Ireland in 1802 and 1803. Early entries detail the preparations required to make the journey, as well as details about the voyage itself, such as descriptions of the weather, illness on board, and the dwindling supplies on the ship. The ship's captain hoists the distress flag at least once before arriving in Ireland, and when the Captain falls ill, the ship nearly turns back. However, the Captain and crew ultimately push on to their destination.

Upon his arrival in Ireland, entries describe attendance at Quaker Meetings, visits with Friends, and descriptions of the various Friends who hosted Jackson during his time abroad. Entries describe similar topics during his time in England, as well as the miles he travels between each town he visits.

Correspondence concerning the materials and their loan to Haverford are also included with the journal, and date from 1926 to 1927. There are also a few pages of typed transcription and analysis of various journal entries, which are undated.

The William Jackson journal was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1926 by Walter Moore.

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 collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Journal, 1802-1803.
Volume 1

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