Stout-Alston Family Papers
Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081
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Overview and metadata sections
The Stout and Alston families were Quaker merchants and civil servants, primarily of Delaware.
This collection of paper contains the personal and business correspondence, business and legal papers of Quaker merchants and civil servants in Delaware, Philadelphia, and Maryland. The papers are chiefly of Jacob Stout (1774-1855), of Smyrna, Kent County, Delaware, who served as Governor of Delaware and Judge of Court of Appeals, and Jonathan Alston of Leipsic, Delaware.
The collection is divided into six series:
- Biographical material
- Miscellaneous manuscripts
- Business papers
- Legal papers
- Political correspondence
Donor: Purchase, 1927
The collection was purchased in 1927 from NYC collector/dealer Walter Benjamin, who had purchased ca. 1927 "a trunkful of Delaware and Phila. Quaker correspondence."
- Deeds -- Delaware
- Quakers -- Delaware
- Quakers -- Maryland
- Quakers -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
- Quakers in the civil service
- Quaker civic leaders
- Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
- Finding Aid Author
- FHL staff
- Finding Aid Date
- Before 1967
- Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries
- 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 http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-US/1.0/.
List of birthdates.
Includes Biblical quotations, medicinal "receipt", diagrams, verse, admonition to a student, notes on French grammar.
Includes allotment of real estate, records of days worked, record of crops, list of expenses of vessel, current price of certain products, weight of hides, statement of public and poor tax, etc.
Includes levies on goods & chattel, conditions of sale, settlement, adjustment, eviction notice, attachment, appraisement, order to pay sum from school fund for education of poor children, compromise, approved accounts, transfer of claim, Judgments, referees' decisions, etc.