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Correspondence concerning John Unthank Gift


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

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John Unthank, M.D., was a Quaker of Limerick, Ireland. He was the son of Isaac and Mary Unthank, born in 1754 and died in 1840 at the age of 86. In 1811-1812, he placed a sum of £300 in trust, to be used after his death to aid the Indians of North America. In 1834, at the suggestion of Elisha Bates, an Ohio evangelical Quaker who crusaded for social causes including temperance, prison reform, and anti-slavery, this amount was amended to £1,000, to be immediately distributed. New York Yearly Meeting for Sufferings (Orthodox) appointed Samuel Parsons, long-time Clerk, to act as agent in distributing the funds.

Source of acquisition--New York Yearly Meeting. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1997.

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