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William Jackson journal

Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-036

Scope and Content note

This collection is composed of the single, handwritten journal of William Jackson’s trip to England and Ireland in 1802-1803. Early entries detail the preparations required to make the journey, as well as details about the voyage itself, such as descriptions of the weather, illness on board, and the dwindling supplies on the ship. The ship’s captain hoists the distress flag at least once before arriving in Ireland, and when the Captain falls ill, the ship nearly turns back. However, the Captain and crew ultimately push on to their destination.

Upon his arrival in Ireland, entries describe attendance at Quaker Meetings, visits with Friends, and descriptions of the various Friends who hosted Jackson during his time abroad. Entries describe similar topics during his time in England, as well as the miles he travels between each town he visits.

Correspondence concerning the materials and their loan to Haverford are also included with the journal, and date from 1926-1927. There are also a few pages of typed transcription and analysis of various journal entries, which are undated.


  • 1802-1803


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

William Jackson (1746-1834) was born in 1746 in London Grove Township, Chester County, Pa, the son of William Jackson and Katherine Miller Jackson. He first appeared in the Quaker ministry in 1775. In 1788 he married Hannah, daughter of Thomas and Hannah Seaman, of Westbury, Long Island, where for two years he resided before returning to Pa. He arrived in England in 1802 and spent three years visiting many of the Meetings in England, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.


0.04 Linear Feet (1 volume)




The William Jackson journal was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College, in 1926 by Walter Moore.

Related Materials

  • RG5/217 Jackson-Conard family papers at the Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore
  • MC 1100 Scattergood family papers

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed July 2015.
William Jackson journal, 1802-1803
Kara Flynn
July 2015
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