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Friendly Association Papers


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Collection is open for research. Access may be provided via digital or microfilm copy, per repository policy.

Biographical / Historical

The “Friendly Association for Regaining and Preserving Peace with the Indians by Pacific Measures,” popularly referred to as the “Friendly Association,” was established in 1756 by Israel Pemberton and other wealthy Philadelphia Quakers following months of horrific violence between settlers and Indigenous people on the Pennsylvania frontier. The Friendly Association papers contain detailed accounts of behind-the-scenes treaty negotiations; work with Indigenous groups in the early years of Pennsylvania; the correspondence of Pemberton and others relating to fundraising and Pennsylvania politics; and letters from Indigenous leaders, transcribed or otherwise transmitted by Indigenous agents in close contact with the association.

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