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Post family papers

 Collection — othertype: SC-176
Identifier: SFHL-SC-176


Correspondence received by Mary and Joseph Post from 1833 to 1882. Also includes a letter from Elias Hicks to Willet Robbins, a letter received from the English Quaker minister, Martha Routh (1782), and a number of family deeds and other papers. Correspondents of Joseph and Mary Post include Anna Greene, John Ketcham, Amy (Kirby) and Isaac Post, Joseph Dugdale, James and Lucretia Mott, and Cyrus Peirce. Topics include the illness of Priscilla Cadwallader"modern" abolitionism, spiritualism and the "Rochester rappings," freedom seekers in Rochester, the Pennsylvania Yearly Meeting of Progressive Friends, Rowland Johnson, the ministry of Lucretia Mott, Susan B. Anthony, and related topics.


  • Creation: 1742-1908


Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Mary and Joseph Post were members of the Society of Friends and active in a number of 19th century reform movements including abolition, peace, and women's rights. Joseph, the son of Edmund and Catharine (Willits) Post of Westbury, Long Island, married Mary W. Robbins, the daughter of Willet and Esther (Seaman), in 1828. Joseph's brother, Isaac Post, was also involved in reform; he and his wife, Amy Kirby Post, were prominent in the spiritualist movement in upstate New York.


.1 Linear Feet (.1 linear feet (25 folders.))



Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Helen S. Post. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1987.

Language of description
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Revision Statements

  • 2020: Updated outdated, harmful terminology related to enslavement, except where it appears in a title, quotation, or subject heading.

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