QWHP 19TH CENTURY MATERIAL
Part One: A-M.
DAVID BACON, ET. AL.:
Hannah Bean to
Eliza Gurney, 1881. A moving letter written to the widow of Joseph John
Gurney, on the occasion of her eightieth birthday. My experts tell me nothing
of hers was ever published, but sometimes I fail to heed the advice of experts
and find things anyway.
Letter to Eliza
Gurney, 1881. Another letter written to Eliza Gurney on the occasion
of her eightieth birthday.
One of his more important articles, an examination and sharp critique
of the holiness and revival movement of David B. Updegraff, Luke Howard,
Dougan Clark, et. al.
Why I Am A
Friend. Taken from one of several reprints. I believe it speaks
Joel Bean's Visit
to Southland College. Southland, in Helena, Arkansas, was founded by
Indiana Friends after the American Civil War with the purpose of providing
and caring for the orphans of slaves after that war. Over time it became
one of the most successful of American Home Missions. For a fuller discussion,
see Henry Cadbury's article "Negro Membership in the Society of Friends,"
included in this site under Secondary Articles. This is a brief account of
Joel Bean's visit.
System. Various complaints about and charges against the pastoral system
emerging in the late 19th century, with a request that British
Friends become more acquainted with the system and help Americans turn back
LYDIA CHACE (OR CHASE)
of Lydia Meader Chace. Originally a "Gurneyite" from New England, she
later lived in the Midwest and South, worked at the Southland College home
mission site in Arkansas (started by Indiana Friends for the orphans of slaves
after the American Civil War), the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, and
other activities. This material was originally sent to me by e-mail from
a descendant, who had transcribed it from an old mimeographed copy. It has,
apparently, never been published.
ANNA HALVORS DALLER:
The Youth's Instructor. Better known as
a minister and companion of William Savery in his European journey, these
are alphabetically arranged children's copy book exercises.
Yearly Meeting, 1796; Paul Cuffee. Background information can be found
in Cadbury's article, also in this collection. This was the Yearly Meeting
that (finally) decided black people could be admitted as members. Paul Cuffee
was one of the most famous of Black Friends.
of slavery. Taken from the chapter detailing his work is Maryland, Virginia,
and North Carolina.
ELIZA P. GURNEY:
JOSEPH JOHN GURNEY:
his Christian Faith. "A statement of my Christian faith, respecting the
Holy Scriptures, the immediate and perceptible operation of the Spirit, the
doctrine of justification, and that of the Trinity, (as it is called.)" With
the various points backed up with citations of early Quakers.
John Wilbur. The only known reference by Gurney to John Wilbur. He denies
having read any of Wilbur's material, or intending to do so, and expresses
a willingness to have his own material examined by the Morning Meeting, and
to submit to their decisions. The reference to charges being duly signed
probably refers to Wilbur's acknowledged anonymous publications.
Notes to himself,
after a Meeting for Worship. "This day has been very peaceful and quiet,
and I hope profitable. At the morning meeting I endeavoured to examine my
conduct in life a little more methodically that I have for some time been
accustomed to do, and have several things to note." (He then lists a number
of notes to himself, mentioning specific behaviors and weaknesses.)
HANS NEILSON HOUGHE:
Chapter Two of his Journal, dealing mostly with encounters with slavery.
(All from the webmeister's personal collection.)
Extract, relating travels in New England. Interesting because of the
depiction of the primitive travel conditions and health risks involved; also,
reference to his seeing a black person taken into membership for the first
Extract, relating to travels in the South. He mentions condemning slavery
as antiChristian in an appointed meeting in a courthouse, a meeting disrupted
by religious enthusiasm, and an appointed meeting for slaves.
from the same journey. This extract describes what he saw at a slave
auction in Charleston, and is not for the squeamish. Observe that triple
exclamations points are extremely unusual in Quaker Journals!!!
SAMUEL M. JANNEY:
A Biographical Sketch, by me. Normally I try to avoid
this, but since I found several significant discrepencies between his
Narrative and my independent research I thought it
best to write out an original essay.
The European Journal. Long thought lost,
but found and printed for the first time in seriel form in The
Journal, a Hicksite periodical, in 1874-1875. Jesse Kersey's travels
through England and Ireland in the ministry in 1804-1805, prior to his
publication of the Treatise and his becoming a Hicksite.
A Treatise on the Fundamental Doctrines of the Christian
Religion: In Which are Illustrated the Proffession, Ministry, Worship, and
Faith of the Society of Friends. A pre-Hicksite (1815) summary of Quaker
doctrine and practice, officially approved by the Yearly Meeting.
A Narrative of the Early Life, Travels, and Gospel Labors
of Jesse Kersey, Late of Chester County, Pennsylvania. His Journal, the
title is something of a misnomer since it actually goes almost up to his
death. See also my own Biographical Sketch of Kersey:
there are some places where the Narrative is not strictly accurate.
Later Essays, Taken from the back of Kersey's
Narrative. Most of these, I believe, are of considerably later origin than
the Treatise and show pronouced Hicksite views. Contents are variable and
sometime in marked contrast to the earlier work.
A Previously Unpublished Account of a Meeting with
George and Ann Jones and Cheyney and Martha Jeffries, 1827. Actual authorship
unknown; this was transcribed from a copy at the Chester County (PA) Historical
Society in Kersey's handwriting (presumably he was allowed to make a copy
for himself.) This was presumably part of the disownment proceedings.
A Previously Unpublished Letter, 25th of 3rd
month, 1827. Written before the Yearly Meeting, but showing that Kersey
was aware of what was probably going to happen at it and had already chosen
Two Previously Unpublished Letters to Halliday Jackson,
6/22/1827 and 6/29/1827.
Two unusually unguarded documents showing a very different side of
Kersey, written during the time of the separations.
SAMUEL J. LEVICK:
J.B.C., on Reform movements and being obedient to the Light. Written
to someone who sounds like he wanted to reform the world, preferably by
yesterday. From the webmeister's personal collection. (Both pieces from the
webmeister's personal collection.)
Light. A short discussion on what the light is, how people will respond
to it and the desire those who have it will feel to share it with others.
From the webmeister's personal collection.