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Joshua L. Baily commonplace books

Identifier: HC.MC-975-03-005

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of two volumes of Joshua Baily's commonplace books. Volume 1 is composed of extracts organized by topics such as: benevolence, courage, doing for Jesus, fear, forgiveness, honesty, lying, missionaries, prayer, resignation, and truthfulness. Volume 2 is composed of extracts of essays on literature, and copied poems.


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The collection is open to research use.

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

Biographical note

Joshua Longstreth Baily (1826-1916) was a Quaker merchant in the dry goods business. He attended all the American Yearly Meetings between 1845 and 1855. He contributed generously to African American causes, was interested in peace issues, worked diligently toward temperance, establishing temperance coffeehouses in Philadelphia. He was also the vice President of the National Temperance Society. He was treasurer of the Mohonk Arbitration Conference, president of the American Bible Society, and was affiliated with the Pennsylvania Prison Society for 66 years, and was the organization’s president at the time of his death. He was an author on topics related to Bible study and temperance.

Baily married Theodate Lang in 1856. The couple had 5 children:

Frederick Lang Baily, b. 1858 Albert Lang Baily, b. 1859 William Lloyd Baily, b. 1861 Charles Winter Baily, b. 1866 Henry Paul Baily, b. 1868

Theodate died in 1886, and Baily never remarried.

Theodate Lang was the daughter of John Damon Lang, a preacher of the Society of Friends and one of the Indian Commissioners of the U.S. Government, and Ann Elmira Stackpole Lang, both from Vassalboro, Maine. She was born February 2, 1833, and died November 25, 1886.

Sources: Dictionary of Quaker Biography, Prison Reform in Philadelphia, Genealogy of the Baily Family, pg 302-303, Obituary in Friends Intelligencer vol 43(1886):777, History and Genealogy of the Stackpole Family, pg 172.


0.16 Linear Feet (2 volumes)




The Joshua L. Baily commonplace books were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College, in 1942 by William L. Baily.

Related Materials

  • MC 1032 Joshua L. Baily papers
  • MC 1219 Lloyd and Baily family papers
  • MS 968 Allinson family papers
  • MS 1102 Josiah W. Leeds papers
  • MC.975.01.006 Joshua L. and Theodate L. Baily diaries
  • MC.975.11.003 Joshua L. Baily notes on quaker meetings
  • MC.975.08.001 Joshua L. Baily account book
  • MC.975.07.007 "Biographical Sketch of Joshua Longstreth Baily"

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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed August 2015.
Joshua L. Baily commonplace books, undated
Kara Flynn
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