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Thomas Willis papers

Identifier: HC.MC-950-207

Scope and Contents

This collection contains a handwritten letter from Thomas Willis to his friend Samuel Rhoads and a transcribed description of an event from the summer of 1972, referenced in Willis's letter.


  • 1792-1859


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical Note

Thomas Willis (1771-1864), a Quaker minister, was the son of Fry and Anne Willis of Westbury Monthly Meeting. In 1789, Jericho Monthly Meeting was set off from Westbury, and in 1795, Thomas married Phebe Searing (d. 1845) under the care of Jericho Monthly Meeting. Anne, Thomas, and Phebe Willis, all Elders in the Meeting, had serious concerns about the views of fellow member and minister, Elias Hicks. In 1827, Phebe Willis asked Elias Hicks to respond in writing to specific questions about his beliefs. His reply was published and touched off a bitter debate. After the Hicksite-Orthodox Separation in 1828, the Willises remained members of Westbury and Jericho Monthly Meeting (Orthodox). In 1829, Evan Lewis published a defense of Elias Hicks in a pamphlet in which he argued that Hicks was following the "ancient testimonies."


0.005 Linear Feet (1 folder)




This collection contains a letter by Thomas Willis and a transcribed account of an earlier event.


This collection is arranged in a single folder.

Related Materials

Thomas Willis writings relating to the Separation and Quaker testimonies SFHL.SC.220

Processing Information

Processed by Alexandra Stern; completed December, 2018.

Thomas Willis papers, 1792-1859
Alexandra Stern
December, 2018
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