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John Woolman diary


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

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John Woolman (1720-1772), a Quaker by birth, was born near Mount Holly, New Jersey, the son of Samuel Woolman and Elizabeth Burr. Woolman was a Quaker minister and abolitionist. Woolman was the fourth of 13 children. His father was a farmer, and the family was of middling status. Woolman received about ten years of schooling and for the rest of his life read voraciously and pursued his own education. He worked as a teacher and did legal work writing wills and contracts. Woolman also worked as a tailor. At age 36, he withdrew from business altogether, devoting his energies to religious work. Woolman died on October 7, 1772, in Yorkshire, England.

This collection is comprised of a single photocopy of John Woolman's diary from his voyage to England in 1772, the original manuscript of which is held at the Mount School, York, United Kingdom. Entries discuss Woolman's travel with Samuel Emlen, including preparations for the voyage, description of weather conditions, conditions on board, religious reflection, and reflection on the slave trade.


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

Diary, 1772.
Volume 1

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