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Barclay letters

Identifier: HC.MC-909

Scope and Contents

Primarily letters of Robert Barclay, a Quaker of the 18th- and early 19th-century, who established a brewery in England, on topics ranging from financial affairs and land transactions to personal matters.

Most of these letters, dated 1774-89, are from Robert Barclay (1751-1830), written from England to Dr. Thomas Parke, in Philadelphia, and relate to financial affairs, land transactions, and personal matters. Other letters are from Patience Warrell, 1774- 1794; James Barclay, 1744-54; Rachel Barclay, Jr., 1785; David Barclay, governor of East Jersey and Daniel Cox, governor of West Jersey, re boundary and division of lands; David Barclay, Jr.; etc. Also, translation of Robert Barclay’s (the “Apologist,” 1648-1690) reply to Nikolaus Arnold, 1675.


  • 1688-1794

Biographical / Historical

Robert Barclay (1751-1830) was the son of Alexander and Ann Barclay of Philadelphia. He arrived in England for his education at the age of 12. In 1775, he married Rachel Barclay (not the Rachel in this collection) with whom he had 15 children. His second wife was Margaret Hodgson. With others he established the brewery of Barclay, Perkins & Co.

Rachel Barclay (1743-1792) was the daughter of Sampson and Rachel Lloyd. In 1767, she married David Barclay. She was the author of "Select pieces of poetry intended to promote piety and virtue", 1795.

Biographical information from the "Dictionary of Quaker Biography".


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See also: "Christianae quaedam animadversiones in Nicolai Arnoldi ... exercitationem theoologicam De Quakerismo, ejusque brevis refutatio,"/by Robert Barclay. 1675. HC Special Collections Jenks Collection: BX7730.B25 A55
Barclay letters, 1688-1794
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