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"Lays of Quakerdom"


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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Benjamin Rush Plumley was a Quaker sympathizer and abolitionist who wrote under the pen name Ruth Plumley. Plumley was an associate of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison and was later a staff officer for Union general John C. Fremont. He grew up among Quakers in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, which likely inspired his "Lays of Quakerdom."

This collection is comprised of the single volume handwritten manuscript of Ruth Plumley's "Lays of Quakerdom." The manuscript includes three sections: "The Execution of Mary Dyer," "Visit of Mary Fisher to the Sultan Mohammed IV," and "James Parnell, the Quaker Proto-Martyr." Each section includes a brief historical summary of each individual, and a narrative poem about each individual. The "Lays" describe the piety of three icons of 17th century Quakerism. The "Lays of Quakerdom" was first published in the "Knickerbocker" magazine during the years 1853-1855, and were later published as a single volume by the Biddle Press in Philadelphia. This volume is a handwritten copy of the single published volume.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
October, 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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