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John S. Whitall diary

Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-091

Scope and Content note

This collection is composed of the single handwritten diary of John S. Whitall's diary of his voyage from New York to France in 1785. Whitall kept the diary for his sister, to whom he addresses the majority of his entries. Entries include quotes from scripture, Quaker sermons, and poetry, as well as descriptions of the voyage by sea, notably the ship’s celebration of Saint Louis. During his time in France, entries describe Whitall's travels to Nantes and Bordeaux and visits with Friends in France. Throughout his diary, Whitall repeatedly describes how he is routinely mistaken for an Irish priest, an Englishman, a Dutchman, and even a ship Captain.


  • 1785


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

John Siddons Whitall (1757-1843) was born to Quaker parents, May 31, 1757 in Woodbury, N.J., the son of James and Anna Whitall. In 1783 he married Sarah Mickle and the couple had ten children;

Elizabeth Estaugh Whitall (1789) Ann Cooper Whitall (1791) Caroline Whitall (1793) Israel Franklin Whitall (1795) Hannah Mickle Whitall (1797-1848) James Whitall (1799) John Mickle Whitall (1800) Sarah Whitall (1803) Caroline Whitall (1806) Elizabeth Whitall (1806)

John Whitall died on December 19, 1843 in Philadelphia, Pa, at the age of 86.


0.04 Linear Feet (1 volume)





Related Materials

  • MS 1191 Morris-Shinn-Maier collection
  • MC 1184 Families of Philadelphia collection

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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed July 2015.
John S. Whitall diary, 1785
Kara Flynn
July 2015
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