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William Savery diaries


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

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William Savery (1750-1804) was born September 14, 1750, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of William and Mary (Peters) Savery. Educated in local schools, Savery was then apprenticed in the tanning industry. He was a business Friend of Philadelphia and a prominent minister. In 1778, he married Sarah Evans. Savery was first recognized a minister in 1781, and traveled on religious visits throughout America and Europe. In 1796, Savery traveled to England via Germany, France, and the Netherlands. He went on to visit Scotland and Ireland while on the same trip. Soon after returning to the United States, Savery became ill. He died on June 19, 1804, in Philadelphia.

This collection is comprised of four handwritten volumes of William Savery's diaries. The majority of the first volume concerns the Treaty at Canandaigua, and the remaining volumes are accounts of religious visits Savery made throughout Europe. Entries generally describe details of travel between destinations, Quaker meetings attended, Quaker families visited, and descriptions of each location's culture, food, language, style of dress, and form of local government.

The William Savery diaries were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1949 by the estate of Francis R. Taylor.

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, 1794-1798.
Volume 1
Scope and Content note

Entries in this volume describe Savery's travel to the Treaty at Canandaigua in 1794, and his religious visits to Germany, France, and Holland, 1797-1798. The majority of entries describe Savery's travel to Canandaigua with John Parrish, James Emlen, and David Bacon, and meetings he attended concerning treaty negotiations.

Vol. 2, 1797.
Volume 2
Scope and Content note

Entries in this volume describe Savery's religious visit to France.

Vol. 3, 1797-1798.
Volume 3
Scope and Content note

Entries in this volume describe Savery's religious visits to Scotland, England, and Ireland.

Vol. 4, 1798.
Volume 4
Scope and Content note

Entries in this volume describe religious visits in Ireland and England.

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