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Miscellaneous manuscripts relating to Native Americans and Quakers


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

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The Friendly Association for Regaining and Preserving Peace with the Indians by Pacific Measures was organized in 1756 in Philadelphia to serve as an intermediary between the Delaware Indians, colonial governments, and British authorities.

Fragments and copies of manuscripts concerning Quaker (probably Philadelphia Yearly Meeting) activities relating to Native American. Some of these may be contemporary manuscript copies of documents in the Friendly Association or the Indian Committee records.

Arranged chronologically.

Items foldered in mylar with bookseller's notes attached.

Purchase, FHL 2012.042

Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
Susanna Morikawa
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Collection Inventory

Journal of two Friends to the Muncies (fragments), 1761.
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Manuscript copy fragments of a journal of two Friends relaying Governor of Pennsylvania message to the Native Americans at Muncy. Published in The Friend, Vol. 54, 1881.

Petition to the State of New York (copy, fragment), 1766.
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Incomplete manuscript copy of a petition addressed "To the great Sachems and chiefs of the State of New York now sitting around the great Council fire at NYork."

Petition to the Quakers, Philadelphia, from the Delaware, 1766-10-24.
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Report of a message to Friends presented in the meeting room of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting. The report of Charles Beaty after meeting with chiefs of the Delaware west of Pittsburgh.

Memorial and address to Congress, 1792-11-17.
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"The memorial and address of the people called Quakers to the President, Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, Philadelphia." Manuscript copy, water damaged. A 1791 petition from committee meeting held in Philadelphia.

Letter from Isaac Sharpless to his sister, Mary Sharpless, 1798-01-17.
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Autograph letter signed sent from New York. Mentions a member of the Oneida Tribe, John Jordan, from Stockbridge, attending school in New York and intends to be a teacher.

Letter from "attached Sister ALH" (?) Peekskill, 1839-01-27.
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Letter sent from Peekskill to unnamed brother with family news.

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