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"Satan's Harbinger Encountered"


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

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Caleb Pusey (1650?-1727) was born in Berkshire, England, circa 1650. He was a Quaker colonist who came to Pennsylvania with William Penn's company to North America in 1682, built the first mills in the area, and was active in civil affairs. Pusey published a number of controversial writings, including: "A Serious and Seasonable Warning," (1675), "A Modest account from Pennsylvania of the Principal Differences in Point of Doctrine between George Keith and those of the People called Quakers 91696), and "Satan's Harbingers Encountered" (1700). He died in Chester County, Pennsylvania, on February 25, 1727.

Asa Matlack Stackhouse (1845-1916) was born in Philadelphia on July 21, 1845, the son of Robert Stackhouse and Ann Roberts Matlack. He received his early education in public and private schools in Moorestown, New Jersey. In 1863, Stackhouse entered the class of 1865 as a junior. During his college years, he was a a member of the Zelosophic Society. In 1868 he was awarded both an master's from the University as well as an M.D. from the Homeopathathic Medical College (later Hahnemann Medical College), Philadelphia. The following December, Stackhouse married Ella Jane Romig, the daughter of William Jacob Romig, a doctor at Jefferson Medical College. They were married in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where Stackhouse practiced medicine until 1871; he then engaged in the insurance business until his retirement in 1891. A member of a number of historical and geneological societies, Stackhouse served for many years as the curator of the Burlington County (New Jersey) Historical Society. He was also the author of a number of published geneologies and histories, including Maladies, Remedies and Physicians of Colonial Days in Burlington County New Jersey and a biography of one of his ancestors, Timothy Matlack. Stackhouse died on October 16, 1916, in Moorestown, New Jersey. A grandson of the same name was a 1923 graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Source: Penn Biographies

This collection is comprised of the single volume, hand copied manuscript of "Satan's Harbginer Encountered, His False News of a Trumpet Detected, His Crooked Ways in the Wildernesse, laid open to the view of the impartial & judicious, Being Some thing by way of answer to Daniel Leeds his book entitled News of a Trumpet Sounding in the Wildernesse etc. wherein is shown." The volume, as indicated by the title, was a response to Daniel Leed's publication, which criticized the Society of Friends and sought to correct the accusations made by Leeds. The original manuscript was written by Caleb Pusey (1650?-1727), and published in Philadelphia in 1700, though it is unknown who copied this volume. According to a book plate on the inside cover, this volume was originally owned by Asa Matlack, and was later loaned by him to the Library of Chester Monthly Meeting, in Moorestown, New Jersey.


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

Manuscript, Undated.
Volume 1

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