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John Pemberton manuscript

Identifier: HC.MC-975-07-121

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of the single volume, handwritten manuscript concerning John Pemberton. The manuscript’s author is unknown, but a note included in the collection indicates that the manuscript may have been compiled by William Hodgson. It provides a brief biographical sketch of Pemberton, and contains excerpts from his journals and letters from his religious visit in England in 1750.


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Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical note

John Pemberton (1727-1795) was born in Philadelphia, Pa. February 27, 1727, the youngest son of Israel Pemberton Sr. and Rachel Read. Pemberton went to England for his health in 1751, and accompanied John Churchman on the voyage and on the preacher's travels in England. Pemberton first spoke as a minister in Penzance, Cornwall. He was involved in Indian issues and was present at the Treaty with the Indians at Easton, Pennsylvania, in 1757.

Pemberton married Hannah Zane in Philadelphia in 8th month, 1766. During the American Revolutionary War, in 1777, Pemberton was taken prisoner as a non-combatant in Winchester, Virginia. Pemberton went again on religious visit to Europe in 1794, where he became ill and died. He was buried in Pyrmont, Germany, 1 month, 31, 1795.


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The John Pemberton manuscript was donated to Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College, in 1934 by Eleanor R. Elkinton.

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  • MC 1036 Pemberton family papers

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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed December 2015.
John Pemberton manuscript, undated
Kara Flynn
December 2015
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