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Balderston Collected Manuscripts

 Collection — othertype: SC-006
Identifier: SFHL-SC-006


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 others.


  • Creation: 1735-1822


Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Henry Drinker, a prominent Quaker merchant of Philadelphia, was the son of Henry and Mary Gottier Drinker. He married first in 1757 Ann Swett, and after Ann's death, Elizabeth Sandwith in 1761. Drinker was Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting's Meeting for Sufferings, Treasurer of the Yearly Meeting, and Elder. He is perhaps best known for his exile with other Quaker pacifists to Winchester, Virginia in 1777-78.


.1 Linear Feet (19 items.)




Arranged chronologically.

Ownership and Custodial History

Found in the papers of the donor's father, Lloyd Balderston, Jr.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Catherine Balderston Smith. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--October 1962.

Description rules
Archives, Personal Papers, And Manuscripts (Appm)
Language of description
Script of description

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