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George Fox papers

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-862

Scope and Contents

This collection includes letters (ALS, ms. copies, facsimiles, photocopies), portraits, photographs, illustrations, articles, clippings, pamphlets, and a map concerning the life and times of George Fox. It includes an autographed copy of Epistle to the King (1660) and Epistle to King and Parliament (1661); ms. copies (some contemporary) of other Fox letters includes Epistle (1675) to Friends in America, letters (1679, 1683) to Peter Hendricks (1683 letter in hand of scribe, Mark Swanner), Epistles (1667, 1669) to Friends, and Epistle (1673) to Women's Meetings; and ms. copies of Sermon of 1680. Other ms. material includes a ms. copy of an undated Epistle apparently challenging all dissenting bodies to submit their claims to Quaker test, and fragments of Fox's handwriting including lines written in Hebrew. Topics covered include Fox's itinerary of his trip to America, the Dutch Bible Fox carried with him on his trip to Holland in 1677, pictures of places associated with Fox, birthplace, funeral, and grave of Fox. Includes material from the George Fox tercentenary of 1924 (on the 300th anniversary of his birth).

Dates

  • 1660 - 1952

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical / Historical

George Fox (1624-1691) was an English Dissenter and a founder of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the Quakers or Friends. George Fox was born in Dreyton-in-the-Clay, now called Fenny Drayton, in Leicestershire, England in 1624. He was the son of Christopher Fox, a weaver, and Mary Lago Fox. George Fox left Drayton-in-the-Clay in 1643 to travel around the country as his religious beliefs began to take shape. In 1647, Fox began to preach publicly. Fox married Margaret Fell in 1669. His ministry expanded and he undertook tours of North America and the Low Countries. Between these tours, he was imprisoned for more than a year. He spent the final decade of his life working in London to organize the expanding Quaker movement. George Fox died in 1691.

Extent

.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

Includes letters, portraits, photographs, illustrations, articles, clippings, pamphlets, and a map concerning the life and times of George Fox. Topics covered include Fox's itinerary of his trip to America, the Dutch Bible Fox carried with him on his trip to Holland in 1677, pictures of places associated with Fox, birthplace, funeral, and grave of Fox. Includes material from the George Fox tercentary of 1924 (on the 300th anniversary of his birth).

Arrangement

The papers are arranged in three series: epsitles, letters, and miscellaneous.

Processing Information

Original processing information unknown.
Title
George Fox papers, 1660-1952
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

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