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John Pemberton manuscript

Identifier: HC.MC-975-07-121

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of the single volume, handwritten manuscript concerning John Pemberton. The manuscript’s author is unknown, but a note included in the collection indicates that the manuscript may have been compiled by William Hodgson. It provides a brief biographical sketch of Pemberton, and contains excerpts from his journals and letters from his religious visit in England in 1750.


  • Creation: Undated.

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical Note

John Pemberton (1727-1795) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on February 27, 1727, the youngest son of Israel Pemberton Sr. and Rachel Read. Pemberton went to England for his health in 1751, and accompanied John Churchman on the voyage and on the preacher's travels in England. Pemberton first spoke as a minister in Penzance, Cornwall. He was involved in Native American issues and was present at the Treaty of Easton in 1757, along with British colonial authorities and chiefs of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy), Lenape, and Shawnee nations.

Pemberton married Hannah Zane in Philadelphia in Eighth Month, 1766. During the American Revolutionary War, in 1777, Pemberton was taken prisoner as a non-combatant in Winchester, Virginia. Pemberton went again on religious visit to Europe in 1794, where he became ill and died. He was buried in Pyrmont, Germany, First Month, 31, 1795.


0.02 linear ft. (1 volume)

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This manuscript provides a brief biographical sketch of John Pemberton, and contains excerpts from his journals and letters from his religious visit in England in 1750.


The John Pemberton manuscript was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1934 by Eleanor R. Elkinton.

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  • HC.MC.861 British Friends' letters
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  • HC.MC.954 Richard T. Cadbury papers
  • HC.MC.975.01.055 John Pemberton diaries
  • HC.MC.975.07.45 "The Life and Travels in the Ministry of the Gospel of John Pemberton"
  • HC.MC.1036 Pemberton family papers

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed December, 2015.

John Pemberton manuscript, undated
Kara Flynn
December, 2015
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