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Daniel Wheeler commonplace book


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

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Daniel Wheeler (1771-1840) was born in London, England, on November 27, 1771, the son of William and Sarah Wheeler. After both of his parents passed away during his childhood, he somehow obtained a position on a merchant ship, and after a few voyages, at age 13, he entered the Royal Navy. He later enlisted as a soldier and was drafted to fight the French in Flanders, and then obtained a commission in a regiment in the West Indies. In 1796, Wheeler quit the army and returned to England. After two years, Wheeler became a convinced Quaker (converted to Quakerism).

In 1800, Wheeler married Jane Brady, of Thorne, Yorkshire, and the couple had six children: William, Joshua, Daniel, Charles, Sarah, and Jane. In 1809, he retired to the country and prepared for a life in the Quaker ministry; he was recognized a minister in 1816. Wheeler traveled to St. Petersburg with his wife and children in June of 1818, as a Quaker minister in the court of the Emperor Alexander I of Russia.

During his time in Russia, Wheeler was appointed as the manager of an estate of the dowager empress. There, he divided the land into farms which were rented to peasants, and established a Quaker meeting. In 1832, he resigned from his post and returned to England. From there, he went on religious visits to the Pacific Islands, New South Wales, and Tasmania. After returning to London in 1838, Wheeler traveled to Russia to visit his surviving children before embarking on a religious visit to the United States. On his way to New York, Wheeler became ill and died on board. He was buried in the Friends' burial-ground, Orchard Street, New York.

This collection is comprised of the single volume commonplace book of Daniel Wheeler. Included in the volume are letters from Wheeler's children, an account of the last illness of Jane Wheeler, and a poem by his son, William Wheeler.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed September, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
September, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Commonplace book, 1832-1837.
Volume 1

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