Lindley Murray Papers
Scope and Contents
The remaining series came to Friends Historical Library by transfer of the New York Yearly Meeting records in 1997. Series 2 contains letters from Lindley Murray (1745-1826) to family members. In particular, there are 39 letters to his brother, John Murray of New York City, which concern family and financial matters and Quaker issues. Series 3 is composed of personal letters from other family members.
- Murray, Lindley, 1745-1826 (Person)
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Biographical / Historical
Due to ill health, he moved to England in 1785. He resided in York and devoted the remainder of his life to publishing grammar books and religious tracts. He died in 1826.
His brother, John Murray, was born in 1758 and settled in New York City, where he died in 1819. A successful merchant, he was a member of New York Monthly Meeting and married Catherine Bowne at Flushing in 1783.
John Murray's son, Lindley Murray, was born in 1790 and lived in New York City. A member of New York Yearly Meeting, he worked as a book seller. In 1813, he married Eliza Cheeseman. In 1829 they aligned with the Hicksite branch of the Society of Friends. He died in 1847.
0.25 Linear Feet (1 box)
- Correspondence formerly in the Murray Manuscript collection
- Correspondence transferred from New York Yearly Meeting;
- Family Correspondence, transferred from New York Yearly Meeting.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Series 1 is composed of letters from three sources: Gift of A.A. Merritt, 1920; Gift of Friends House Library, 1959; and Purchase from Julia Sweet Newman, 1974. Series 2 and 3 contain letters transferred from New York Yearly Meeting (Haviland Record Room) in 1997 as part of the deposit of the NYYM records.
Correspondence of Elizabeth Moger (Keeper of the Records, New York Yearly Meeting, 1979-1980) concerning reference questions on the Murray correspondence is included in the administrative folder, stored with the collection.
- Lindley Murray Papers, 1785-1830
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding aid written in English.
- 2020: Updated outdated, harmful terminology related to enslavement, except where it appears in a title, quotation, or subject heading.
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