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John J. Merritt Family Papers


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

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College. 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

John J. Merritt (1804-1871) was a New York City Hicksite Quaker businessman. He was the son of John and Phebe.

This collection primarily contains John J. Merritt's correspondence with Hannah Brown during their courtship and after their marriage. In addition to expressing his feelings, he described life in New York City and travel up the Hudson to her home in Peekskill. After marriage in 1827, his affectionate letters continue, expressing loneliness when she was away on family visits. Later in the 1840s and 1850s when away on business trips, he described what it was like to travel through New York State, Canada and Michigan.

The collection is divided into four series:

  1. Biographical and genealogical material
  2. Letters written by John J. Merritt
  3. Miscellaneous family correspondence
  4. Miscellaneous

Donor: Winthrop Trowbridge, 1963, 1979, 1983

Processed by FHL staff prior to 1967, as a Small Collection. With the addition of correspondence given in 1893, removed ca. 1983 to Record Group 5.

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Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See

Collection Inventory

Zopher Jones to Dorothy Weeks, 1818 12mo 16.
Map Case 1
John J. Merritt to Hannah W. Brown, 1827 9mo 19.
Map Case 1
Genealogical Chart for John Merritt, born 1845.
Map Case 1
Daguerreotype, Joshua Weeks and family.
Map Case 1
Scope and Contents

Stored in Cased Photographs: PA 107/167

Copy of records of births and deaths from Merritt family Bible.
Box 1

Correspondence, 1825 7mo 4-1871 1mo 1.
Box 1
Physical Description

6 folders

Correspondence, 1828-1833 and n.d.
Box 1
Physical Description

1 folder

Excerpts from letters, 1826-1827.
Box 1
Physical Description

typed, photocopies

Haydock, Patience"Social Calendar of trip to Philadelphia for friend Merritt and wife.", 1832 4mo 6-4mo 15.
Box 1
[Merritt, John J.] Draft of a committee report concerning the use of a piano in the home.
Box 1

Print, Suggest