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Thomas Chalkley letter book


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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Quaker minister and businessman, Thomas Chalkley was born in 1675 in London, England. A mariner by vocation, he traveled widely in the ministry in England, Scotland, and Wales as well as all the eastern colonies of America and West Indies. He purchased property in Philadelphia in 1700 and in later years resided in Frankfort outside the city. He owned his own ship, trading mainly with the West Indies. He died in 1741 in Tortola the the British West Indies. His Journal was widely read and broadly influential.

Letter book of Thomas Chalkley (1675-1741), Quaker minister and businessman. Primarily business correspondence, most copied by his assistant, it also includes some personal references and provides insight into early 18th century maritime trade, particularly the Quaker relationships involved in trade with the West Indies.

Purchase, FHL Acc. 2016.060

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
Susanna Morikawa
Finding Aid Date
October 2021
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