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Taylor Family papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1179

Scope and Contents

Primarily materials related to African Americans, anti-slavery activism, the Free Produce Movement, and peace activism. The Free Produce Movement or free labor movement advocated the purchase and use of goods not made by enslaved people, and urged divestment from the slavery economy. Includes letters of Elihu Burritt (1810-1879) papers of Francis R. Taylor (1884-1947), and George Washington Taylor (1803-1891).


  • Creation: 1754-1936


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical note

George Washington Taylor (1803­-1891) was born in Radnor, Pennsylvania, son of Jacob and Elizabeth Richards Taylor. He attended a school run by Enoch Lewis and taught at Westtown School, 1829-­1830, and at Lindley Murray Moore's School in Flushing, New York. He was an agent of the Friends Bible Association and publishing agent of the Friend. He worked in the cause of temperance. Taylor was a storekeeper in Philadelphia who sold free labor goods. He was publisher of periodical, The Non-Slaveholder, and a peace paper, The Citizen of the World. Taylor joined 12th St. (Philadelphia) Meeting. He married Elizabeth Sykes in 1831; Ruth Leeds (d. 1881)in 1864; and Elizabeth Burton in 1885.

Elihu Burritt (1810-­1879) was an American crusader for peace and a code of international law.

Francis Richards Taylor (1884-­1947) was a lawyer and minister in Cheltenham Monthly Meeting (from The Friend, vol. 120, 1947, p. 318).


.75 linear ft. (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Includes letters of Elihu Burritt (1810-1879) and others on Quakers, African Americans, and slavery; papers of Francis R. Taylor (1884-1947) on Quakers, African Americans, and peace; and George Washington Taylor (1803-1891) papers and Free Produce Association records relating to Taylor's work for the use and sale of goods not attached to the slavery economy.



Related Materials

Taylor family papers (HC.MC 1233) George W. Taylor letterbooks (HC.MC-975-02-023) George Washington Taylor account books (HC.MC-975-08-032) Free Produce Association of Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (HC.MC-975-09-011) Allinson family papers (HC.MC 968)

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Taylor Family papers, 1846-1929
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Revision Statements

  • October 2020: Reboxed and information updated by Ella Coulton
  • June 2022: by Nathaniel Rehm-Daly, Harmful Language Revision Project

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