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Mahlon Day papers

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-1129
The Mahlon Day Papers include his journals from 1839 to 1843, including the journal of his trip to the West Indies in 1839-1840. There are also his letters which touch on a range of topics from religious to political to business and family.

Other day family materials include letters of Mary K. Day (1852-54), letters of Edward M. Day (1854-58), letters (1847-77) journals of Anna B. Day (166-67, 1877, 1890?) documenting trips to Europe, and letters (1854) and a commonplace book (1840) of Susan B. Day.

Miscellaneous letters include sympathy letters on the death of Mahlon Day, other miscellaneous writings, inclding poetry, and genealogical information on Days and Thurstons.

Thurston family materials include letters from 1767 to 1906, and an account book (1879-90) and ship's log (1868-79)of William Thurston, Jr.

There are photographs (including daguerreotypes), drawings, and silhouettes of Days and Thurstons, drawings, including two by Joseph John Gurney and Amelia Mott Gummere, and a 1936 photo album.

Dates

  • 1787-1936

Creator

Use restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17)

Extent

1.5 Linear Feet (3 boxes)

Overview

The Mahlon Day papers center on the West Indies journals kept by Day on his spiritual trip with Joseph John Gurney in 1839-40, and his letters which touch on a range of topics from religious to political to business to family.

Biographical note

Mahlon Day was a printer and publisher of children's books, including many moral tales. He was an active member of the Society of Friends, and served as clerk of New York Yearly Meeting. His interests led him to serve as a trustee of African Free Schools and as a manager of the New York Institution for the Blind, among other activities.

Day, born in Morristown, New Jersey, on August 27, 1790, was the son of Samuel and Nancy Day and brother of Stephen Munson, Samuel Jr., Susan, Phoebe, Abraham, Jared, Jehiel, Ira, and Nancy Jr. In 1815, he married Mary Kerr. Their children were Mary Jr., Sarah, Anna, Susan, Edward, and Jane. This latter Jane married William Thurston; thus the small collection of Thurston letters, documents, and photographs among these papers.

In 1839-1840, Day traveled to the West Indies with Joseph John Gurney, a Quaker minister and anti-slavery advocate.

In 1854, when Mahlon Day, his wife Mary, and daughter Susan were returning from England, their ship, the Arctic, was rammed by another boat. The Arctic sank, taking the three Days with it. There are letters of sympathy in this collection, primarily to the Day children.

Arrangement

Series I. Mahlon Day
Subseries I
Journals
Subseries II
Letters
Series II. Day Family
Subseries I
Mary K. Day
Subseries II
Edward M. Day
Subseries III
Anna B. Day
Subseries IV
Susan B. Day
Series III. Miscellaneous Letters
Series IV. Thurston Family
Series V. Photographs and Drawings

Acquisition

Unknown.

Separated Materials

Newspaper articles covering the wreck of the Arctic to PG6.

Newspaper clippings and pamphlet of the Women's Prison Association, 1855, to PG6.

Obituaries of Joseph John Gurney and genealogical chart of the Gurney family to PG6.

Two colored flower drawings by Jane R. Day to 988 A-R.

Large engravings of Joseph John Gurney and Elizabeth Gurney Fry to 988 B-R.

Fry, Elizabeth Gurrey. Texts for every day of the year. New York: Mahlon Day, 1839. OCLC 48886668.

Horsley, Samuel. Book of Psalms. London: 1833. OCLC 2650564.

Macduff, John. Words of Jesus. New York: Robert Carter and Brothers, 1854. OCLC 6618463.

Texts..., 1856. (Not Mahlon Day imprint)

Watts, Isaac. Divine Songs. New York: Mahlon Day, 1837. OCLC 210136907.

Mason, John. Treatise on Self Knowledge. Boston: J. Loring, 1833. OCLC 5057779.

Bible. London: John Field, 1658.

Aikin, John. The calendar of nature. London: Baldwin, 1835. OCLC 84979916.

Ely, Aaron. A School Dictionary of selected words. New York: Mahlon Day, 1833. OCLC 20080725.

Processing Information

Revised by Elizabeth Peters; completed April 2015.
Title
Mahlon Day papers, 1787-1936
Description rules
dacs

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