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John Pemberton diaries


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

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John Pemberton (1727-1795) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 27, 1727, the youngest son of Israel Pemberton Sr. and Rachel Read. Pemberton went to England for his health in 1751, and accompanied John Churchman on the voyage and on the preacher's travels in England. Pemberton first spoke as a minister in Penzance, Cornwall. He was involved in Native American issues and was present at the Treaty of Easton in 1757, along with British colonial authorities and chiefs of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy), Lenape, and Shawnee nations.

Pemberton married Hannah Zane in Philadelphia in 8th month, 1766. During the American Revolutionary War, in 1777, Pemberton was taken prisoner as a non-combatant in Winchester, Virginia. Pemberton went again on religious visit to Europe in 1794, where he became ill and died. He was buried in Pyrmont, Germany, 1 month, 31, 1795.

This collection is comprised of two volumes of handwritten extracts, copied by Joseph Elkington, date unknown, from John Pemberton's original diaries. The first volume describes Pemberton's visit to England from 1750 to 1754, the second volume is composed of daily entries dated from 1778. The majority of entries in both volumes describe Quaker meetings attended and social visits with Friends and family.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed August, 2015.

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

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Vol. 1, 1750-1754.
Box 7
Use Restrictions

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

Scope and Content note

This volume includes extracts from Pemberton's diary "of a Voyage from Philadelphia to London in the ship Carolina, Stephen Mesnard, Master." Entries describe the voyage from Philadelphia to England, including descriptions of weather, other passengers on board, and the passing of various other ships throughout the voyage. Upon his arrival in England, Pemberton's entries focus on descriptions of his visits to various towns and cities throughout England, including Canterbury and Bath.

Vol. 2, 1778.
Othertype x
Scope and Content note

This volume includes extracts from Pemberton's diary, 1778. The volume includes a note and forward by Joseph Elkington, who copied the extracts from the original diary. The forward includes historical context and a summery of Pemberton's early life.

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