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Richard T. Cadbury collection

Identifier: HC.MC-954

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters of Quakers in England and the United States written primarily during the late 18th century. The collection includes letters of Friends, mostly addressed to James Thornton, an ancestor of Richard T. Cadbury, Anna Shinn Maier, and others. Among the letter writers are John Pemberton, Henry Drinker, James Pemberton, Samuel Allinson, Abel James, Moses Brown, Rebecca Jones, and Esther Tuke. The topics are primarily religious in nature and discuss attending Meetings both in England and the northeastern United States. As well, there is some attention to the plight of African Americans and quite a lot of discussion of health issues. Letter writers often mention other Friends.

Letter writers include: Samuel Alexander, Samuel Allinson, David Barclay, Sarah Benson, Moses Brown, Hannah Cathrall, Isaac Collins, David Comfort, John Cox, John De Brahm, Joseph Dell, Henry Drinker, Thomas Fisher, Margaret Wistar Haines, Abel James, John James, Rebecca Jones, Mary Lloyd, James Logan, John Parrish, Edmund Peckover, James Pemberton, John Pemberton, Elizabeth Rathbone, William Rathbone, James Rigbie, Richard Routh, Samuel Smith, James Thornton, James Townsend, Esther Tuke, Agnes Walmsley, and Jane Watson.


  • Creation: 1780 - 1878


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open to research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Standard Federal Copyright Law apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical / Historical

James Thornton (1727-1794) was born in Buckinghamshire, England and removed to Pennsylvania in 1740. He traveled considerable distances in the Quaker ministry and was in Europe in 1788-1789.

Richard Tapper Cadbury (1853-1929) was a Quaker businessman, writer, and art connoisseur. The son of Richard and Lydia Shinn Cadbury, he married Helen Nathans in 1884. He was a graduate of Haverford College, class of 1872.


0.5 linear ft. (1 document box)

Language of Materials



Letters of English and American Friends written at the end of the 18th century on topics relating to travel in the ministry in England and the northeastern United States, Friends, and health. Almost all the letters are directed to Quaker minister, James Thornton.

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Richard T. Cadbury collection, 1780-1878
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