Updated 10th month 28, 2003 and 11th month 13, 2003
DAVID BACON, ET. AL.:
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. (19th Century.)
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. (19th Century.)
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.
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A Previously Unpublished Account of a Meeting with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A Previously Unpublished Letter, 25th of 3rd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Two Previously Unpublished Letters to Halliday Jackson,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.
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.