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William Savery diaries

Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-061

Scope and Content note

This collection is composed of four handwritten volumes of William Savery's diaries. The majority of the first volume concerns the Treaty at Canandaigua, but the remaining volumes are all accounts of religious visits Savery made throughout Europe and Britain. Entries generally describe details of travel between destinations, Quaker meetings attended, Quaker families visited, and descriptions of each location's culture, food, language, style of dress, and form of local government.


  • 1794-1798


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

William Savery (1750-1804) was born September 14, 1750 in Philadelphia, PA, the son of William and Mary (Peters) Savery. Educated in local schools, Savery was then apprenticed in the tanning industry. He was a business Friend of Philadelphia and a prominent minister. In 1778, he married Sarah Evans. Savery was first recognized a minister 1781, and traveled on religious visits throughout America and Europe. In 1796, Savery traveled to England via Germany, France, and the Netherlands. He went on to visit Scotland and Ireland in the same trip. Soon after returning to America, Savery became ill. He died on June 19, 1804 in Philadelphia, Pa.


0.7 Linear Feet (4 volumes)




The William Savery diaries were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College, in 1949 from the estate of Francis R. Taylor.

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Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed August 2015.
William Savery diaries, 1794-1798
Kara Flynn
August 2015
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