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Nicolas Waln Family papers

Identifier: HC.MC-966

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, portraits, photographs, poetry, genealogy and misc. papers related to Nicholas Waln and the Waln family. Bulk of the material consists of correspondence related to Nicholas Waln's journeys as a Quaker minister in England and Ireland. Topics discussed include news of family, Friends activities, travel, friendship, spiritual matters, ministry, slave conditions in the West Indies (1784 letter from William B. Clark); other correspondents include James Bringhurst, Joseph Bringhurst, Henry Drinker, Rebecca Jones, John Parrish, M. Richardson, David Sands, Hannah Stephenson, John Townsend, Robert Valentine, Richard Waln, Robert Waln and Sarah Richardson Waln. Includes letters (1807-1809, 1818-1819) of Jacob Shoemaker Waln to his family while studying law in England and visiting France, letters discuss his travels and activities and include comments on social life, Napoleon; also letters (1818-1819) of Townsend Compton to Sarah R. Waln giving news of her son Jacob; letter of Lloyd Mifflin on provenance of Waln letters; poems written on the death of Joseph R. Waln (1773-1783), include poem by Robert Proud; chart of Waln family genealogy.

Papers consist of deeds relating to Nicholas Waln's (1650-1721/2) land holdings in the Northern Liberties area of Philadelphia where his estate, Walnford, was located (Box 2); wills, including the certified copy of the will of Nicholas Waln in 1721/2 (Box 3); letters to Richard Waln (1737-1809), brother of Nicholas Waln (Box 3); documents, including the appointment of Thomas Wistar as Indian Commissioner by Andrew Johnson (Box 3) and Zachary Taylor; and a photograph of Wistar with Sac, Fox and Kiowa Indians taken in ca. 1866 by Alexander Gardner.


  • 1783 - 1895
  • Majority of material found within 1783 - 1819

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

The collection is open to research use.

Copyright and Rights Information

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


3 boxes (3 boxes)



Nicolas Waln Family papers, 1783-1895
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