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Benjamin Swett letterbook


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

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Benjamin Swett (1738-1819) was born circa 1738, the son of John Swett. Swett lived most of his life near Burlington, New Jersey. He married Mary Howell of Philadelphia, and both Swett and his wife later became ministers. In 1771, he visited Long Island, New York, on a religious visit. In 1778, Swett accompanied John Hunt in a visit to members of the Lenni-Lenape living on the Brotherton (Edgepelick) Reservation in New Jersey. From 1797 to 1801, the Swetts accompanied Charity Cook on a visit to Friends in Europe. Benjamin Swett died March 27, 1819, near Haddonfield, New Jersey.

This collection is comprised of the single volume letterbook of Benjamin Swett. The first half of the volume contains business correspondence concerning merchant's orders and the status of shipments. The second half of the volume contains personal correspondence, chiefly letters from Swett to Mary Howell Swett, his wife.

Business correspondence is addressed to the following: William Johnson, Isaac Milnor, Harper & Hartshorne, John Wickman & Sons, Barclay & Sons, Richard Mayhew, Joseph Brown, Jonathon Cowpland, David Symour, Arnoll & Mayhew, and John Smith.

Personal correspondence is addressed to the following: Thomas Letchworth, George Dillwyn, and Sally Hopkins.


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

Letterbook, 1765-1806.
Volume 1

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