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Correspondence concerning John Unthank Gift

 Collection — othertype: SC-232
Identifier: SFHL-SC-232


Contains correspondence concerning the gift of Dr. John Unthank of Limerick, Ireland, of £1,000, to be divided between two concerns: first, to the Ohio, Indiana and Baltimore Yearly Meetings to be applied by them through their Indian committees toward promoting the so-called civilization and Christian instruction of Native Americans; and, secondly£250 each to Indiana and Ohio Yearly Meetings toward establishing boarding schools for the children of members. Samuel Parsons of New York Yearly Meeting (Orthodox) served as agent in distributing the funds.


  • Creation: 1835-1837


Language of Material

Materials are in English.

Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for research use.

Biographical / Historical

John Unthank, M.D., was a Quaker of Limerick, Ireland. He was the son of Isaac and Mary Unthank, born in 1754 and died in 1840 at the age of 86. In 1811-1812, he placed a sum of £300 in trust, to be used after his death to aid the Indians of North America. In 1834, at the suggestion of Elisha Bates, an Ohio evangelical Quaker who crusaded for social causes including temperance, prison reform, and anti-slavery, this amount was amended to £1,000, to be immediately distributed. New York Yearly Meeting for Sufferings (Orthodox) appointed Samuel Parsons, long-time Clerk, to act as agent in distributing the funds.


.1 linear ft. (.1 linear feet (1 folder.))

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--New York Yearly Meeting. Method of acquisition--Gift of; Date of acquisition--1997.

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