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Archives & Manuscripts

United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 12 Collections and/or Records:

Balderston Collected Manuscripts

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-SC-006
Abstract 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...
Dates: 1735-1822

Biddle family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-177
Overview This collection contains the papers of Philadelphia Quaker Owen Biddle (1737-1799), his son, Clement Biddle (1778-1856), and numerous descendants. Owen Biddle, a scientist and merchant, was a member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting and helped in the establishment of Westtown School (1799). Owen Biddle's papers, 1772-1793, (Series 1) include correspondence, and journals, some of which relate to his Revolutionary War activities. Three of his letterbooks, 1778-1779, have been microfilmed. The...
Dates: 1793-1951

Elizabeth Drinker diaries

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-018
Scope and Content note The collection includes unbound typed transcripts of Drinker’s original diaries, from 1758-1800, though the diaries from 1787-1788 are missing. The diaries are composed of Elizabeth’s personal reflections of the day-to-day life of a wealthy Quaker woman in colonial Philadelphia. The majority of Elizabeth’s entries detail her daily life, including social calls with other Quaker families and individuals, the births, deaths, and marriages within her community, and attendance at, and descriptions...
Dates: 1758-1800

Henry and Elizabeth Drinker letters

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-854
Scope and Contents note This collection contains letters exchanged between Henry and Elizabeth Drinker during Henry’s 1777-1778 exile to Winchester, Virginia. The correspondence spans fairly consistently over this nearly year-long imprisonment, and each letter is accompanied by a typed transcript. The letters discuss Drinker’s imprisonment, including information about his fellow prisoners, his heath and mental wellbeing, and the politics of his imprisonment. Drinker also makes repeated appeals to be kept updated about...
Dates: 1777-1778

Joseph Scattergood (collector) An account of the Free Quakers

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Identifier: SFHL-SC-113
Abstract This volume contains the collection of Joseph Scattergood of original and manuscript copies of documents relating to the Free Quakers, bound by his son George Scattergood. The Free Quakers disagreed with the strict disownment policy for members of the Society of Friends who fought in the Revolutionary War. Led by Samuel Wetherhill, this group wanted to practice Quakerism without the strict rules of discipline and disownment. The papers in Scattergood's collection include petitions, published...
Dates: Majority of material found within 1781-1885 [ 1781-1802]

“The Quakers and the American Revolution”

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Identifier: HC.MC-975-07-112
Scope and Content note This collection is comprised of the single volume manuscript by Arthur Mekeel. It includes the following chapters: The Quakers in America in the eighteenth Century, The Problems of empire, The Quakers Take Alarm, The Breakdown of Non-Importation and the Challenge to Quaker Policy, The Tea Crisis and Its Sequel, The Quakers Cast Their Lot, Conciliation Efforts of the British Quakers, The First Year of War, the Quakers under the New Order, Suspicion of Quaker Treachery and the Virginia Exiles,...
Dates: Undated

James Pemberton biography

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Identifier: HC.MC-975-07-075
Scope and Content note This collection is composed of the single unbound volume, handwritten manuscript of a "biographical sketch" of James Pemberton. A note at the front of the volume relates how the pages were "copied from manuscripts in the hand of Henry Pemberton." Henry Pemberton then loaned them to Joseph Elkinton, who created this copied volume. The biography includes descriptions of the Pemberton family and their history and genealogical roots, the early life of James Pemberton as well as his adult life. The...
Dates: Undated

Collection of sufferings of Flushing Friends during the American Revolution

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-SC-243
Abstract Contains a document listing the Sufferings of Friends belonging to Flushing Monthly Meeting given to the Committee appointed to inspect the Sufferings of Friends, 1782. Also, accounts submitted by individuals and related epistles, 1775 and 1778, from London and Philadelphia Yearly Meetings.
Dates: 1775-1789

Quakers Exiled in Virginia collection

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Identifier: HC.MC-950-153
Scope and Content note This collection is comprised of the two folders of materials related to a group of Quakers exiled in Virigina during the American Revolutionary War, from 1777-1778. The collection includes both originals, and photocopies and transcripts of the materials. The materials are largely composed of correspondence, but also include decisions made by congress, and financial records of the exiles, and a single photograph of the Isaac Brown house, where Quaker exiles were held in Virginia in 1777....
Dates: 1777-1778

Edward Smedley diary

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-073
Scope and Content note This collection is composed of the single handwritten diary of Edward Smedley, written while at the conscript barracks in Philadelphia after being drafted for the American Civil War. Entries describe Smedley's experiences as a drafted soldier and non-combatant prisoner in Philadelphia, including religious reflection, visits from family members, and military preparations.
Dates: 1863