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John Whiting Severall Book and Papers

 Collection — othertype: SC-146
Identifier: SFHL-SC-146


This collection contains a bound volume of manuscript essays by early English Quaker John Whiting, most written during his imprisonment for failing to pay tithes. These essays include accounts of his confinement, testimonies on tiths, and accounts of Mary Whiting and of William Penn. Also included is typescript of a 1955 article written for the Journal of the Friends Historical Society by Frederick B. Tolles which describes the contents and significance of the volume.


  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1679-1695
  • Creation: 1679-1695, 1955


Restrictions on Access

This collection is available for research use.

Biographical / Historical

John Whiting (1656-1722) was an English Quaker, well known as an author and minister. His parents were John and Mary Evans Whiting; he also had a sister, Mary Whiting (1654-1676). In 1703 he published the first Quaker bibliography.


.1 linear ft. (.1 linear feet (1 folder.))

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Custodial History

According to Joseph Smith in his A Descriptive Catalogue of Friends' Books (1867), the manuscript volume had been in his possession but was subsequently sold to a Friend in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It came to Friends Library from the library of Charles Caleb Cresson in 1902.

Existence and Location of Copies

Published in the Journal of the Friends Historical Society, 47:2, Autumn 1955.

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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