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Thomas Thompson letterbook


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

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Thomas Thompson (1776-1861) was born in Westmorland, England, the son of Thomas Thompson and Isabel Thompson, on February 11, 1776.

Thomas Thompson had hoped to be a doctor, but the family's financial situation was negatively affected by a fire at his father's banking business. Instead of becoming a doctor, Thompson went to London where he studied pharmaceutical chemistry under William Allen. Thompson married Frances Phillips in 1807. The couple had children: George Thompson (1811), Jane Thompson (1811), William Thompson (1813), William Thompson (1813), John Thompson (1815), Christiana Thompson (1816), and Silvanus Thompson (1818). After his marriage, Thompson established a business in Liverpool as a pharmaceutical and manufacturing chemist, and later became an Elder in his meeting.

Thomas Thompson died at Cloughton near Liverpool, on March 14, 1861.

This collection is comprised of the single volume of Thomas Thompson's letterbook. The letterbook includes Thompson's personal correspondence with Robert Southey concerning Quaker related pamphlets, particularly a pamphlet entitled "Life of Wesley."

The Thomas Thompson letterbook was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1939 by William A. Battey.

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, 1820.
Volume 1

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