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"A Memorable instance of Divine guidance and protection"


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.

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James Dickinson (1658-1741) was born in 1658 in Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, England, the son of Anthony and Margaret Dickinson. He was a Quaker minister and elder. He died in the third month, 1741.

Jane (Hall) Fearon (1654/1655-1737) was born in Great Broughton, Cumberland, England, circa 1654/1655. She married Peter Fearon in 1693, and the couple had two children: Isaac (b. 1694) and Jacob (b. 1696). Jane Fearon died on September 18, 1737.

This collection is comprised of the single volume, handwritten manuscript of "A Memorable instance of Divine guidence and protection," as told to Sarah Taylor by Jane Fearon and James Dickinson, two Quaker ministers. The manuscript is undated, but the story takes place circa 1680. The manuscript tells the story of Jane Fearon and James Dickinson's experience when on a religious visit to Scotland circa 1680. While traveling, they come upon a house and plan to stay there for the night. The family at the house offers them food, and Jane and James grow increasingly uneasy; Jane even fears that the pies given to the two are made of "human flesh." The majority of the story details Jane and James escape from the house, and how they were divinely lead to safety.


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

Manuscript, Undated.
Volume 1

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