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Caleb McComber correspondence


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Caleb McComber (1769-1850) was an Orthodox Quaker minister of Farmington, New York. He was born at Dartmouth, Mass., and was received at East Hoosick Monthly Meeting in 1786 from Acoxet Monthly Meeting. His family was part of a migration of Quakers from Massachusetts to Upstate New York in the late 18th century. He and his wife Esther moved to Easton Monthly Meeting in 1799. He was one of the founders of a worship group at Farmington that became a preparative meeting in 1794 and a monthly meeting in 1803. In 1828, the Meeting divided into Hicksite and Orthodox groups, with McComber leading the removal of the Orthodox group from the Meeting. McComber became a minister at an early age, traveling widely, and served for fifty-one years.

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S. Morikawa
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Flanner, William (Short Creek, Ohio) to McCumber [McComber], Caleb (Farmington), 1814 12 mo 26.
Scope and Contents

William Flanner (1766-1837) writes an account of his travels homeward after visiting Friends in Farmington, via New Jersey and Pennsylvania. McComber (d. 1851) was also a Quaker minister. Gift of New York Yearly Meeting, 1997

Foulke, Elizabeth (Philadelphia) to Caleb, 1814 4mo 28.
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ALS with interesting details about visiting Friends and deaths. Mentions William Flanner's and many others at the yearly meeting. Discussion of debate about distilling and selling alcohol and marriage between in-laws after the death their spouses. Indulged meeting established at Green Street under care of Philadelphia Northern District. Many deaths of typhus. Elizabeth Foulke (1758-1820) was a Philadelphia Quaker minister. Letter is fragile, damaged.

Broomall, Isaac (Philadelphia, Pa.) to Caleb, 1815 5 mo 20.
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ALS describes the yearly meeting in Philadelphia and mentions visiting ministers. Also detailed account of the debate on disowned members distilling and selling liquors.

T.T. [?] (Nine Partners, NY) to Caleb McComber, 1822, 1 mo 28.
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ALS. Mentions financial debit and continues with religious musings. Also traveling ministers and the school.

McComber, Caleb to Joseph Tallcot (Skaneateles, NY), 1827, 4 mo 20.
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ALS from McComber to Joseph Tallcot, "on board the canal packett between Palmy & Montezuma." McComber traveling in ministry. Content concerns Hicksite-Orthodox controversy. Tallcot was Orthodox minister, author, and educator. FHL 2011.007

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