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John Woolman diary

Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-092

Scope and Content note

This collection is composed of a single photocopy of John Woolman's diary from his voyage to England in 1772, the original manuscript of which is held at the Mount School, York. Entries discuss Woolman's travel with Samuel Emlen, including preparations for the voyage, description of weather conditions, conditions on board, religious reflection and reflection on the slave trade.


  • 1772


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

John Woolman (1720-1772), a birthright Quaker, was born near Mount Holly, N.J., the son of Samuel Woolman and Elizabeth Burr. Woolman was a Quaker minister and abolitionist. Woolman was the fourth of thirteen children. His father was a farmer, and the family was of middling status. Woolman received about ten years of schooling and for the rest of his life voraciously read and pursued his own education. He worked as a teacher and did legal work, writing wills and contracts. Woolman also worked as a tailor. At age thirty-six he withdrew from business altogether, devoting his energies to religious work. Woolman died on October 7, 1772 in Yorkshire, England.


0.0080 Linear Feet (1 volume)





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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed July 2015.
John Woolman diary, 1772
Kara Flynn
July 2015
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