Most of the correspondence in this collection is addressed to Henry Drinker concerning trivial and more substantive matters of his business and that of the Society of Friends, including a letter from William Savery in 1794 from Canadagua describing a visit to the Oneidas. Also included are a document from the Philadelphia Committee to Joseph Elkinton in Tunesassah (1822) and a subscription list (1831) for J.J. Foster's publication on the New Jersey Crosswicks trial, signed by Roberts Vaux and others.
Henry Drinker, a prominent Quaker merchant of Philadelphia, was the son of Henry and Mary Gottier Drinker. He married first in 1757 Ann Swett, and after Ann's death, Elizabeth Sandwith in 1761. Drinker was Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Meeting for Sufferings, Treasurer of the Yearly Meeting, and Elder. He is perhaps best known for his exile with other Quaker pacifists to Winchester, Virginia in 1777-78.
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