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John Hunt Papers

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John Hunt was born in 1740, the son of Robert and Abigail (Wood) Hunt of New Jersey. His father was a first cousin to the minister, John Woolman (1720-1772). His mother, Abigail, died when John was young, and Robert Hunt remarried.

In 1763, John Hunt married Esther Warrington in the Chester meeting house, under the supervision of Evesham Monthly Meeting. They eventually had ten children, three of whom died young. Hunt was a Quaker minister for more than 50 years. He died in 1824, and was buried in the Moorestown Friends burial ground. His memorial, published in 1841 (Memorials Concerning Deceased Friends. Philadelphia: S.B. Chapman & Co., 1842, pp. 12-16), highlighted his public testimony concerning pride and superfluity, and stated that he was particularly concerned with temperance.

John Hunt kept a diary for more than 40 years, citing William Penn's advice to his children to keep a journal: "Mind an inward sense upon doing any thing." This collections consists primarily of the manuscript journal, 1770-1800; fragments of 1805, 1806 1808; and 1814-1824. There if also an account book, some correspondence received, and other miscellaneous materials.

Hunt documented many significant events in his record:

1771 9mo Ann Moores's visit to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting 1771 4mo26 First appearance in the ministry 1772 12mo26 News of the deaths of cousins John Woolman and William Hunt 1776 12mo Soldiers lodged at meeting house 1777 1mo22 Visit with Joshua Evans to indians at Edgepelick 1779 1mo Yearly meeting committee on the work of "reformation" 1779 2mo Attended first of many meetings appointed by Friends "for the negroes" 1781 9mo22 Yearly meeting and the appearance of Jacob Lindley 1782 9mo2 YM Reformation Committee discusses issues of plainness and alcohol 1783 9mo Yearly meeting concerned with slavery and West India produce as well as plainness 1785 1mo Jacob Lindley on plainness and war taxes 1787 10mo24 Imprisonment of his son, Samuel, for non-payment of war tax 1789 5mo Visit to Baltimore Yearly Meeting 1791 9mo Yearly Meeting and the appearance of Robert Nesbit on the subject of plainness of clothing 1791 9mo30 Death of son, Samuel 1793 8mo27 Account of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia 1796 2mo14 Epistle directed to the Black People from the Abolition Society and appearance of Hannah Burrows, a black woman 1796 9mo Referred request from Rahway to receive a black woman into membership in the Society of Friends and discussion within Yearly Meeting 1797 1mo25 Visits to Black schools in Philadelphia 1797 5mo Elias Hicks' visits to meetings in New Jersey 1797 7mo7 Death and burial of Joshua Evans 1800 10mo Journey to Pelham in Canada 1801 4mo18 Visit of Elias Hicks to Select Yearly Meeting 1804 10mo Visits to Redstone et.al. 1807 10mo25 Death and account of John Parrish 1808 9mo2 Death of daughter, Esther Conrow 1811 9mo Visit to Stroudsburg and meetings in western New Jersey 1818 8mo18 Joseph Clark's meeting to encourage female benevolent societies 1818 9mo Tavern shows and temperance 1819 1mo3 Remarks on bible societies 1822 9mo Comments on the reading of news and the use of tobacco 1822 11mo27 Death of son, Benjamin 1823 1mo20 Preaching of Daniel Pucket, Priscilla Hunt, Elias Hicks

Exerpts from the complete set -- including the period from 1800-12 for which only fragments are know to survive -- were printed in volume 10 (1837) of Friends Miscellany, under the title of "Journals of the Lives, Religious Exercises, and Labours in the Work of the Ministry of Joshua Evans and John Hunt, Late of New Jersey."

Parts of the manuscripts were also published in the Proceedings of the New Jersey Historical Society from 1934-1935; at that time, Asa Matlack Stackhouse gave permission for their publication.

Gift of William Bacon Evans, 1956.

Gift of the Stackhouse Family, 2004.

The first part of the Journal and related papers were given to Friends Historical Library in 1956, and were catalogued as MSS003/77. This portion consisted of an incomplete manuscript, 1812-1824, with two fragments from 1806 and 1808, and 11 parts from 7mo7 1812 to 10mo10 1824. These were said to have been in the possession of Dr. Rachel Williams of Moorestown, New Jersey, and had been given by her to William Bacon Evans for him to convey to this Library. Rachel was the daughter of Jonathan G. and Susanna R. Williams, and Susanna was the Daughter of David and Rachel Hunt Roberts. The latter was a child of Joshua Hunt, John Hunt's half-brother.

The second part of the journal -- the earlier chronologically -- was traced to the Stackhouse family who had inderited it from Asa M. Stackhouse who had given permission for an exerpted publication to the New Jersey Historical Society in the 1930s.

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Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
2004
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Collection Inventory

Journal of John Hunt, 1770 7mo-1773 1mo.
Box 1
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Originally bound with 1773-77; front cover (detached) marked Vol 1st of John Hunt's Diary 1770; all-over treated with silk crepeline.

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Journal of John Hunt, 1773 3mo-1777 1mo.
Box 1
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Originally bound with 1770-73; oversized; all-over treated with silk crepeline.

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Journal of John Hunt, 1776 12mo-1787 12mo.
Box 1
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Originally bound with Account book, 1769-1774; treated at bound edge with silk crepeline.

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Journal of John Hunt, 1788 2mo.
Box 1
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Originally bound with Account book, 1769-1774; one page, treated at all edges with silk crepeline.

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Journal of John Hunt, 1788 3mo-1792 3mo.
Box 1
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Originally bound with 1792-1800; treated at bound edge and scattered repairs with silk crepeline

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Journal of John Hunt, 1792 4mo-1800 8mo.
Box 2
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Originally bound with 1788-92; leather covers (detached), with "John Hunt His Book" on inside with other inscriptions, alphabets et.al.; treated at all edges with silk crepeline; includes bound-in copy and probate of John Hunt's will, dated 1824 and 1826 respectively

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Journal of John Hunt, 1805 5mo & n.d.
Box 2
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Bound with account book; includes rough map, probably of a section of Goshen Twp.

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Journal of John Hunt, 1806 8mo.
Box 2
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Originally MSS003/77, gift of William Bacon Evans, 1/28/56; one page

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Journal of John Hunt, 1808 1mo.
Box 2
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Originally MSS003/77, gift of William Bacon Evans, 1/28/56; one page folded

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Journal of John Hunt, 1814 1mo-1814 4mo & n.d.
Box 2
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Originally bound with account book; bound fragment, with undated mss. of a religious visit to North Wales and Byberry, with an account of his contributions to poor and for meeting purposes, 1810 5mo 9-1813 10mo 8; treated at bound edge with silk crepeline

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Journal of John Hunt, 1815 4mo-1817 8mo.
Box 2
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Originally bound with account book; ms account of Yearly Meeting held at the North Meeting House with comments on the nature of Christ; 1817 citation mentions the visit of Edward Hicks to Chester Meeting; treated at bound edge with silk crepeline

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Journal of John Hunt, 1817 7mo-1818 5mo.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Originally MSS003/77, gift of William Bacon Evans, 1/28/56; originally 10 vols. 1812 7mo 7-1824 10mo 10 (3 with original covers), the first unnumbered, then marked No.3-4, 6-7, unnumbered vol., 8-10, unnumbered vol.

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Journal of John Hunt, 1818 5mo-1818 9mo.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Originally MSS003/77, gift of William Bacon Evans, 1/28/56; originally 10 vols. 1812 7mo 7-1824 10mo 10 (3 with original covers), the first unnumbered, then marked No.3-4, 6-7, unnumbered vol., 8-10, unnumbered vol.

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Journal of John Hunt, 1819 2mo-1820 12(1st?)mo.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Originally MSS003/77, gift of William Bacon Evans, 1/28/56; originally 10 vols. 1812 7mo 7-1824 10mo 10 (3 with original covers), the first unnumbered, then marked No.3-4, 6-7, unnumbered vol., 8-10, unnumbered vol.

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Journal of John Hunt, 1820 1mo-1820 7mo.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Originally MSS003/77, gift of William Bacon Evans, 1/28/56; originally 10 vols. 1812 7mo 7-1824 10mo 10 (3 with original covers), the first unnumbered, then marked No.3-4, 6-7, unnumbered vol., 8-10, unnumbered vol.

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Journal of John Hunt, 1820 7mo-1821 8mo.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Originally MSS003/77, gift of William Bacon Evans, 1/28/56; originally 10 vols. 1812 7mo 7-1824 10mo 10 (3 with original covers), the first unnumbered, then marked No.3-4, 6-7, unnumbered vol., 8-10, unnumbered vol.

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Journal of John Hunt, 1821 8mo-1822 1mo.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Originally MSS003/77, gift of William Bacon Evans, 1/28/56; originally 10 vols. 1812 7mo 7-1824 10mo 10 (3 with original covers), the first unnumbered, then marked No.3-4, 6-7, unnumbered vol., 8-10, unnumbered vol.

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Journal of John Hunt, 1822 6mo-1823 4mo.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Originally MSS003/77, gift of William Bacon Evans, 1/28/56; originally 10 vols. 1812 7mo 7-1824 10mo 10 (3 with original covers), the first unnumbered, then marked No.3-4, 6-7, unnumbered vol., 8-10, unnumbered vol.

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Journal of John Hunt (draft), 1823 4mo, 1823 5mo, 1824 1mo.
Box 3
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Originally bound with account book; account of meeting at Chester Moorestown with William Foster Jr., Richard Jordan, William Evans, etc.; treated at bound edge with silk crepeline

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Journal of John Hunt, 1823 4mo 27-1823-7mo 12.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Originally MSS003/77, gift of William Bacon Evans, 1/28/56; originally 10 vols. 1812 7mo 7-1824 10mo 10 (3 with original covers), the first unnumbered, then marked No.3-4, 6-7, unnumbered vol., 8-10, unnumbered vol.

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Journal of John Hunt, 1824 6mo-1824 10mo.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Originally MSS003/77, gift of William Bacon Evans, 1/28/56; originally 10 vols. 1812 7mo 7-1824 10mo 10 (3 with original covers), the first unnumbered, then marked No.3-4, 6-7, unnumbered vol., 8-10, unnumbered vol.

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Journal of John Hunt, 1824 3mo.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Includes comments about slavery

Physical Description

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Account book, 1769 5mo-1774 11mo.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Originally bound with 1776-87; Primarily carpentry work; Includes biblical references

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"To the youth and parents of Redstone and parts of Ohio where it has been my lot to travel" , 1820 11 mo 18. 1 folders.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Epistle of advice to children and their parents

Physical Description

1 folders

John Hunt to Asa Matlack, 1821 2mo.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Fragment of a note asking for an appointment

Physical Description

1 ALs

Joseph Foulke to John Hunt, 1822 1mo-1823 10mo.
Box 3
Physical Description

3 ALsS

Joseph Whitall to John Hunt, 1824 4mo.
Box 3
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1 ALS

John Cox to John Hunt, 1820 2mo 14-1824 7mo 20.
Box 3
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4 ALsS

Elizabeth A. Lippincott to Ann R. Matlack, 1840 10 mo 11.
Box 3
Physical Description

1 ALS

Unknown to Josiah Roberts, 1822 August 3rd.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Unsigned note informing on the inappropriate conduct of certain Friends, including John G. Roberts and John Haines.

Physical Description

1 AL

Unknown Journalist, n.d.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Originally bound with account book; Account of meeting by Abraham Warrington (?); treated at bound edge with silk crepeline.

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1 AMs

Unknown Journalist, 1828 1 mo-5mo.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Originally bound with account book; Account of religious visits by Abraham Warrington (?); treated at bound edge and folds with silk crepeline.

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1 AMs

Copy of Joshua Evans' Journal, 1795 6mo, 1796 2mo.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Two passages from Joshua Evans journal, possibly in John Hunt's hand.

Originally included with miscellaneous pages bound at back with account book, but not paginated; treated at all edges with silk crepeline.

Includes ms. note on reverse: "on first day afternoon the day of 1mo 1825 I went to Henry Warrington's house on penshawkin Creek to see Henry's brother, Abraham Warrington, who intends to set out tomorrow morning for Ohio where he lives when at home: Hinchman Haines & wife, Benjamin Henry Warrington with their wives Susanna Warrington (widow of John, sd Abraham's brother two of her daughters; Josiah David Roberts with their wives Thomas Warrington & wife with their infant son; all of these were here; also Lydia Lippincott son Charles; having written the names of the company who were assembled here for the purpose of having the company of their dear Abraham Warrington who was to depart on the morrow they having little expectation of ever seeing him in time any more because he was now Ancient; I shewed him this paper which he said was in his own hand writing and that he gave to George Churchman 6 to copy out his father-in-laws manuscripts into the form of a journal of his life which was expected to be printed – but it was not – the said journal of Joshua Evans written out by sd G. Churchman remains with Abraham Warrington who married sd Joshua Evans daughter & now reside in the state of Ohio."

Physical Description

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Account of Yearly Meeting, undated.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Originally bound with account book; treated at bound edge with silk crepeline

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1 AMs

"Angry God", undated.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Originally bound with account book; documentation on the punishments of an angry God; treated at bound edge with silk crepeline

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1 AMs

Notes on Elias Hicks, ca. 1823.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Originally bound with account book; including a transcription of a letter from Jonathan Evans to Hicks, dated 1823 4mo 1; treated at bound edge with silk crepeline

Physical Description

1 AMs

Property records, 1772, 1817.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Includes lease John Shute to Rebekah Matlock (1772), property survey (1772), property survey (1817)

Physical Description

2 ADs

[Visit to Horsham Meeting], undated.
Box 3
Outline of John Hunt's Journal 1770-1771, undated.
Box 3

Print, Suggest