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Walter Robson journal


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

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Walter Robson (1842-1929) was born March 30, 1842, at Saffron Walden, England, the son of John Stephenson and Rachel (Green) Robson. Robson was apprenticed in the family grocery business, Robson, Green & Co. In 1867, Robson accompanied his cousin Joseph James Neave to Australia, where he later met his wife. In 1869, he married M. Christina Cox of Wollongong, near Sydney, Australia. The couple had four children. The couple returned to England in 1870, at which time Christina became a partner in the family business. From 1877 to 1878, Robson visited the United States, where he attended seven Yearly Meetings and addressed open-air assemblies. His ministry would be considered "evangelical." Robson was a committee member for Saffron Walden School from 1876 to 1929, and served his city government as magistrate and as treasurer for many years. He died on December 15, 1929, at Saffron Walden at the age of 87.

Source: Dictionary of Quaker Biography

This collection is comprised of a single Xerox copy of Walter Robson's journal of his "voyage to America and travels in the United States." Entries describe his departure from England and his voyages to and from the United States, including weather, accommodations, and fellow passengers. While in the United States, Robson traveled to various Friends and meetings in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Ohio, Chicago, Iowa, Indianapolis, Baltimore, North Carolina, and New York.


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, 1877-1878.
Box 8

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