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Matlack family commonplace books


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

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Overview and metadata sections

The owners of these commonplace books are unknown, though the Matlack family was a prominent Quaker family in the Philadelphia area during the 18th and 19th centuries.

This collection is comprised of two volumes of the commonplace books of the Matlack family, both of which largely focus on Elias Hicks.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed November, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
November, 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, 1820-1823. 04 linear ft..
Volume 1
Scope and content note

This volume was assembled by the Matlack family, and includes copies of letters written by Elias Hicks. It also includes copied accounts written by others, concerning Elias Hicks and his sermons, as well as excerpts of religious poetry.

Physical Description

0.04 linear ft.

Vol. 2, Undated. 0.1 linear ft..
Volume 2
Scope and Content note

This volume focuses largely on Quakerism, and includes extracts from various Quaker pamphelts and publications, and features many letters by Elias Hicks.

Physical Description

0.1 linear ft.

Vol. 3, Undated.
Volume 3
Scope and Content note

This volume includes copies of: "A Letter to Parents and the Others Who have the Care of Youth in the Society of Friends," "Some Advice to Governesses and Teachers," "Tetimony of Robert Barrow," and an extract of George Fox's will.

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