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Haverford College
Quaker and Special Collections

Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Meeting for Sufferings and Representative Meeting Records, 1719-1954

Table of contents

Explanation

The Meeting for Sufferings was established in 1756. In 1910 the Orthodox branch renamed it Representative Meeting.

The work of the Yearly Meeting between its annual sessions and the conduct of its overall program are carried out by Representative Meeting and its committees. Representative Meeting traces its origins to the Meeting for Sufferings, a body appointed by PYM in 1756 to raise and administer relief to Friends on the frontier and elsewhere as needed, devise ways to alleviate those sufferings, maintain contact with its counterpart Meeting for Sufferings in London, and represent PYM in its dealings with society at large. As the Yearly Meeting grew larger in size, the responsibilities of the Meeting for Sufferings widened to embrace all general operations of the Yearly Meeting, including the supervision and dissemination of religious publications; maintenance of statistical information on meetings and membership; and administration of bequests from Friends and trust funds from discontinued meetings. [from Guide to the Records of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, compiled by Jack Eckert, 1989, p. xiii]

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Scanned Image "List of free Blacks sold in No. Carolina" (approximately 98K).

Summary of collection

This finding aid covers only those records deposited at Haverford College. Records at Haverford generally include pre-Separation records and records of the Orthodox branch of the Meeting for Sufferings and later Representative Meeting. Records of the Hicksite branch and those of the Representative Meeting created after reunification in 1955 are deposited at Swarthmore College.

The records of the Meeting for Sufferings and Representative Meeting located at Haverford include minute books (1756-1955), miscellaneous records (papers, 1755-1923; account books, 1781-1799; committee appointment book, 1869-1893; attendance register, 1913-1938), records of various committees such as the Book Committee, Conscientious Objectors in Prison Committee, Confused and Elderly Friends Committee, Doukhobor Committee, Exemption Committee, Property Committee, and the records of Trustees of various funds, such as the Pemberton Trust, Charleston Meeting Estate and Charles L. Willits Legacy.

Note: Items designated in the PYM Records Inventory under heading "Meeting for Sufferings" are indicated with a " +". Items without the " +" are listed in the Records Inventory under "Representative Meeting." Some records were listed under Meeting for Sufferings that extend beyond 1910 when the name of the meeting was changed to Representative Meeting, likewise there are some records created prior to 1910 listed under Representative Meeting.

The minute books and most of the miscellaneous papers are also available on microfilm, reel numbers are noted in the descriptions that follow.

Preceding each set of papers is a vault location code, consisting of a letter and number combination (for example B4.1.5) which should be used when requesting material.

Arrangement and description of collection

Table of contents:

  • Group I. Minute books and rough minutes, 1756-1955
  • Group II. Miscellaneous records, 1755-1938
  • Group III. Library of Meeting for Sufferings catalogue, 1879
  • Group IV. Committee records:
    1. Book Committee, 1845-1951
    2. Conscientious Objectors in Prison Committee, 1940-1946
    3. Confused and Elderly Friends Committee, 1953-1954
    4. Doukhober Committee, 1907-1912
    5. Exemption Committee minute book, 1917-1918
    6. Property Committee minute book, 1847-1910
    7. Property Care Committee papers, 1952
  • Group V. Trustees records:
    1. Charleston Meeting Estate, 1719-1948
    2. Pemberton Trust deeds, 1812-1904
    3. Charles L. Willits Legacy, 1885-1918

Group I. Minute Books and Rough Minutes of the Meeting for Sufferings and Representative Meeting | Group I | Group II | Group III | Group IV | Group V

Minute Books:

  • +B3.1 - Minute Book, 1756-1775
    • film #82B, inside cover note "microfilm 1965 Reel #1"
    • minutes from 5/7/1756 to 5/11/1775
    • includes contemporary handwritten index to names
  • +B3.2 - Minute Book, 1775-1785
    • film #82B, marked microfilmed 1965
    • minutes from 5/18/1775 to 9/24/1785
    • index to names in separate folder
  • +B3.3 - Minute Book, 1785-1802
    • film #82B, marked microfilmed 1965
    • minutes from 10/20/1785 to 4/16/1802
    • index to names
  • +B3.4 - Minute Book, 1802-1834
    • film #82B, marked microfilmed 1965
    • minutes from 6/18/1802 to 4/18/1834
    • index in back "to some of the most important matters contained in this volume" examples of entries include "Black People" "Indians" "Slave trade" and "Sufferings"
  • +B3.5 - Minute Book, 1834-1853
    • film #82, marked microfilm 1967
    • minutes from 5/2/1834 to 3/18/1853
    • index primarily topical in nature
  • +B3.6 - Minute Book, 1853-1873
    • film #82, marked microfilmed 1967
    • minutes from 4/15/1853 to 4/18/1873
    • index primarily by title of paper
  • +B3.7 - Minute Book, 1873-1891
    • film #82, marked microfilmed 1967
    • minutes from 6/20/1873 to 3/20/1891
    • index primarily by title of paper
    • publication pasted to inside back cover "An address of the ... Society of Friends ... on the use of Intoxicating Drinks."
  • +B3.8 - Minute Book, 1891-1908
    • film #82-83, marked microfilmed 1967
    • minutes from 4/3/1891 to 9/18/1908
    • no index
  • +B3.9 - Minute Book, 1908-1919
    • film #83, marked microfilmed 1967
    • minutes from 12/18/1908 to 3/21/1919
    • index in front
  • name changes to "Representative Meeting" in 9/16/1910 minutes
  • B3.10 - Minute Book, 1919-1929
    • film #83, marked microfilmed 1967
    • minutes from 4/18/1919 to 3/15/1929
    • not indexed, typed, each page dated
  • B3.11 - Minute Book, 1929-1941
    • film #83, marked microfilmed 1967
    • minutes from 4/19/1929 to 6/20/1941
    • indexed, typed, each page dated
  • B3.12 - Minute Book, 1941-1948
    • film #84, marked microfilmed 1967
    • minutes from 10/17/1941 to 11/12/1948
    • indexed, typed, each page dated
  • B3.13 - Minute Book, 1949-1955
    • film #84, marked microfilmed 1967
    • minutes from 1/21/1949 to 3/18/1955
    • indexed, typed, each page dated

Rough Minutes:

  • +B4.1.9 - Minute Book (rough), 1886-1892
    • not filmed
    • minutes from 6/18/1886 to 2/20/1892
  • +B4.1.10 - Minute Book (rough), 1892-1897
    • not filmed
    • minutes from 4/15/1892 to 3/19/1897
  • +B4.1.11 - Minute Book (rough), 1897-1908
    • not filmed
    • minutes from 4/16/1897 to 9/18/1908
  • +B3.15 - Minute Book (rough), 1908-1914
    • not filmed
    • minutes from 12/18/1908 to 11/27/1914
    • "Rough Minutes of the Meeting for Sufferings"
  • B3.15.1 - Minute Book (rough), 1914-1920
    • not filmed
    • minutes from 9/25/1914 to 1/16/1920
    • rough minutes of the Representative Meeting
  • B3.16 - Minutes (rough), 1924-1938
    • not filmed
    • 2 boxes (1924-1929 and 1930-1938) of typed rough minutes of Representative Meeting
  • B3.16.1 - Minutes (rough), 1949-1953
    • not filmed
    • typed rough minutes of Representative Meeting
    • 4 folders: 1-Agendas for 1949-1953, 2-Minutes 1949, 3-Minutes 1950-1951, 4-Minutes 1952-1953

Group II. Miscellaneous records of Meeting for Sufferings and Representative Meeting | Group I | Group II | Group III | Group IV | Group V

Account Books:

  • +B4.1.14 - Account Book - Irish donation, 1781-1794 and English donation, 1789-1799
    • not filmed
    • front cover "Irish and English Donation Accounts" and top of page 1 - "The Committee of the Meeting for Sufferings in Philadelphia, appointed to draw for, and distribute the money raised by Friends in Ireland for the relief of Friends in America, who have been, or may be reduced to indigent circumstances, by the prevailing calamities of war & [etc]"
  • +B4.1.15 - Account Book - Book distribution, 1783-1787
    • not filmed
    • "Invoice of Sundry Books shipt by James Phillips in London by order of the Meeting for Sufferings those [Per] the ship Kent Capn Luge and the Olive Branch Captn Falconer on acts: of the Meeting for Sufferings in Philadelphia being those subscribed for by the Quarterly and Monthly Meetings of Pennsylvania & New Jersey in the year 1773"

Other volumes:

  • +B4.1.7 - Appointments Book, 1869-1893
    • not filmed
    • "Committees of the Meeting for Sufferings - 6 month 1872" on front cover
    • lists members of various committees
  • B4.10 - Attendance Register, 1912-1938
    • not filmed
    • entries record attendance of Representative Committee members from 1912 to 1938

Miscellaneous papers:

There are 25 boxes of miscellaneous papers (22 boxes, 1755-1877, +B4.13 through +C4.4; 1 box, 1878-1886, +D8.1; 2 boxes, 1875-1915, +B4.1.12 (1) and (2)). The papers are arranged chronologically. There is a chronological index, (bound volume +B4.11, ca. 314 pp., there are also duplicate pages of index filed at front of each box) to the largest set of papers, 1755-1877 ( +B4.13 through *C4.4), in addition, there are loose index pages filed with papers 1878-1886 ( +D8.1). The index was likely begun in 1879 and continued in 1886 [see: report of Committee to arrange papers, 3/18/1879 and note in 1846 section of index]. Individual items within each year were numbered and the numbers added to the index. Items noted as "missing" at the time of filming are indicated by an "*" in the index [any additional items found missing at the time of this writing have been marked with an "[*]"].

In general, all boxes of miscellaneous papers include minutes from other meetings, rough copies of minutes of Meeting for Sufferings, drafts of letters, epistles, petitions, memorials, addresses, lists of members, reports from committees and from trustees of various funds.

The misc. papers, 1755-1877 ( +B4.13- +C4.4) include minutes from various Friends Meetings, reports from committees, some correspondence, including Epistles from London's Meeting for Sufferings and New England's Meeting for Sufferings, lists of members, copies of epistles, memorials and addresses of the PYM Meeting for Sufferings, rough copies of minutes of the Meeting for Sufferings, accounts of sufferings by Friends (primarily as a result of Peace Testimony), extracts from minutes, memorials and testimonies concerning Friends, etc.

The misc. papers, 1878-1886 ( +D8.1) logically follow the preceding set of papers and include a continuation of the index ( +B4.11) with unbound pages for 1878-1885 in the first folder (papers in folders are numbered to correspond with their listing in index). They include minutes from various meetings, rough minutes of the Meeting for Sufferings, reports of various committees (property, book, etc.), papers related to managing various funds and trusts, memorials to various legislatures, etc.

The misc. papers, 1875-1915 ( +B4.1.12) include rolls of members, papers related to various funds, statistical charts, property related material, drafts of letters, statements, petitions and memorials, reports from committees, letters and minutes from various Meetings, etc. Note: there are no papers filed for years 1877-1880, 1883, 1901-1902.

  • +B4.11 - Bound index to misc. papers, 1755-1877
    • film #28Q
    • index is to misc. papers found in B4.13 through C4.4
    • index is a chronological listing by title of papers for each year
  • +B4.13 - Papers, 1755-1760
    • film #28Q
    • includes material on Friends sufferings due to noncompliance with militia laws; addresses to legislature and governors; nominations of members of Meeting for Sufferings; accounts of deceased ministers and elders
  • +B4.14 - Papers, 1761-1765
    • film #28Q
    • most of the items listed for 1761 are noted as missing [these are primarily papers related to George Fox's Pennsylvania land]
    • includes material on reprinting George Fox's journal; addresses to King George III; addresses to governors
  • +B5.1 - Papers, 1766-1773
    • film #28Q - through item #16 of 1770
    • many items marked as missing in 1773 [many regarding settlement of various Meetings]
    • box includes mss. on Barbadoes, not listed in index
    • includes material on estate of Thomas Law; slavery in Virginia
  • +B5.2 - Papers, 1774-1778
    • film #
    • includes material on slavery and free blacks; addresses to Pa. Assembly and George Washington; sufferings of Friends as result of noncompliance with militia laws, Revolutionary War; aid to distressed Friends in New England
    • Scanned Image "List of free Blacks sold in No. Carolina" (approximately 98K). 
  • B4.A1 - Papers - Account, 3/27/1779 - 2/15/1780
    • 1 folder containing 1 account of money paid in and out, different types of colonial currency, total £600, [money for poor, committee appointed 11/20/1777]
  • +B5.3 - Papers, 1779-1780
    • film #
    • includes many papers related to Friends sufferings as result of noncompliance with militia laws, Friends loss of property, fines, Friends refusal to act as tax collectors and collect taxes to be used in support of military, etc.
  • +B5.4 - Papers, 1781-1782
    • film #
    • includes detailed lists of goods taken from Friends for non-compliance with requisitions for support of Revolutionary War; imprisonment of Friends; Free Quakers
  • +B6.1 - Papers, 1783-1785
    • film #
    • some papers in 1785 listed as missing
    • includes accounts of property taken from Friends as result of noncompliance with militia laws ; slavery; Friends books; Robert Proud's history
  • +B6.2 - Papers, 1786-1789
    • film #
    • includes material on Friends sufferings as result of noncompliance with militia laws; slavery in Maryland and elsewhere; Friends property in Barbadoes
  • +C1.1 - Papers, 1790-1792
    • film #
    • includes many papers dated earlier than 1790 (1757 and later)
    • includes material on slavery; accounts of property taken from Friends as result of noncompliance with militia laws; charitable donations from England and Ireland to American Friends; Friends who relocated to Nova Scotia and New Brunswick
  • +C1.2 - Papers, 1793-1794
    • film #
    • includes material on Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793; Irish donation to aid American Friends (most dated earlier than 1793); slavery; Friends returned from captivity among Indians
  • +C2.1 - Papers, 1795-1797
    • film #
    • includes many papers dated from 1757-1791 re: Hopewell Monthly Meeting in Virginia
    • includes material on conference with Cornplanter (2/6/1791); letter "to the Rabbi of the Synagogue in Philadelphia from John Gerar William de Brahm" (6/1795); accounts of property taken from Friends on account of muster fines
  • +C2.2 - Papers, 1798-1800
    • film #
    • includes many Revolutionary War era papers related to Friends' sufferings because of the war, losses to the British, noncompliance with militia laws; slavery, including papers, 1775-1785 (filed in 1800) related to case of Mina, sold into slavery in Virginia and later "discharged" from slavery
  • +C2.3 - Papers, 1801-1806
    • film #
    • includes material on property taken from Friends because of nonsupport of military; slavery, including representations made by Friends to legislatures, etc. on behalf of Africans; fund raised in Pennsylvania for relief of poor in England and Ireland; laws in Upper Canada
  • +C2.4 - Papers, 1807-1811
    • film #
    • includes material on property taken from Friends for nonpayment of militia fines; militia laws; money from English Friends for Indians
  • +C3.1 - Papers, 1812-1817
    • film #
    • includes material on property taken from Friends for nonpayment of militia fines; addresses to King of Prussia and Emperor of Russia; kidnapped blacks (1817)
  • +C3.2 - Papers, 1818-1822
    • film #
    • includes material on militia laws; accounts of property taken from Friends because of noncompliance with militia laws; imprisonment of Friends due to nonpayment of militia fines; slavery, including cases of free blacks claimed as slaves
  • +C3.3 - Papers, 1823-1826
    • film #
    • includes material on slavery, including answers to queries regarding conditions and treatment of slaves in Virginia, Tennessee, Delaware, Carolina, D.C.; accounts of property taken from Friends for nonpayment of militia fines
  • +C3.4 - Papers, 1827-1830
    • film #
    • found in box but not listed in index is a small notebook inscribed "Book A of Minutes," ca. 1828-1833, related to Quarterly Meetings of Salem, Haddonfield, Burlington, Shrewbury and Rahway
    • includes material related to Separation, including effect on Friends property in New Jersey; slavery and abolition; accounts of distraints against Friends for nonpayment of militia fines; "irregular proceedings of Chesterfield Monthly Meeting"; "Testimony of Friends on the American Continent" and response to same
  • +C4.1 - Papers, 1831-1843
    • film #
    • found in box but not listed in index is a small notebook inscribed "Book B," ca. 1833-1869, a continuation of above "Book A"
    • includes material on Wilbur-Gurney Separation; slavery and abolition, including "Summary of facts respecting the African slave trade," 1940; accounts of distraints against Friends for military demands
  • +C4.2 - Papers, 1844-1854
    • film #
    • includes material on slavery; militia laws; accounts of distraints against Friends due to noncompliance with militia laws; Friends Book Store
  • +C4.3 - Papers, 1855-1866
    • film #
    • includes envelope of papers related to property, not listed in index
    • includes material on Friends and Civil War, aid to drafted Friends, military distraints; slavery; Friends Book Store; memorial respecting Sioux (1862)
  • +C4.4 - Papers, 1867-1877
    • film #
    • includes material on Friends and Civil War, military distraints, bounty taxes; papers related to beginning of Associated Executive Committee of Friends on Indian Affairs; reports on the "Separatists of 1827"
  • +D8.1 - Papers, 1878-1886
    • not filmed
    • this box is a continuation of the preceding set of misc. papers and follows logically after C4.4 (1867-1877)
  • +B4.1.12 - Papers, 1875-1915 (2 boxes: 1875-1899 and 1900-1915)
    • not filmed
    • there are no papers filed under years 1877-1880, 1883, 1901-1902
    • includes drafts of letters to Presidents, memorials, petitions against war, capital punishment, gambling and other vices, report of visit to President Wilson  
  • B4.1.13 - Papers, 1856-1907
    • not filmed
    • 8 folders of papers of various committees: Property Committee (1875-1896); Trustees of Phila. Mo. Mtg. West Phila. Meeting House property papers (1871-1881) and minute book (1856-1881); Trustees of the legacy of Charles L. Willits (1890-1907); Doukhobor Committee (1899-1907); Committee for South Carolina Cyclone Relief (1894-1895); Book Committee (1890-1907); minutes proposing names to fill vacancies on various committees, etc. (1888-1907)
    • loose in front of box: label from original box and printed minutes of London Yearly Meeting Meeting for Sufferings re: surrender of registers, 1840
  • B3.15.5 - Papers, 1912-1923
    • not filmed
    • misc. papers of Representative Meeting
    • includes reports, minutes, drafts of letters to President Wilson, rewrite of Discipline

Group III. Library of Meeting for Sufferings | Group I | Group II | Group III | Group IV | Group V

  • +B4.1 - Catalogue, 1879
    • not filmed
    • "Catalogue of Books in Meeting for Sufferings Library - Catalogue of Pamphlets on Yellow Paper - Books on White Paper - Those marked J.S. and N.K. in Red Ink belong to Collections made by Joseph Scattergood and Nathan Kite - 1879"
    • each item listed three times: by author, title and date

Group IV. Book Committee Records of the Meeting for Sufferings and Representative Meeting | Group I | Group II | Group III | Group IV | Group V

Minute Books:

  • +B4.3 - Minute Book, 1873-1882
    • not filmed
    • minutes from 5/17/1873 to 3/10/1882, handwritten, not indexed
  • +B4.4 - Minute Book, 1882-1897
    • not filmed
    • minutes from 4/7/1882 to 9/10/1897, handwritten, not indexed
  • +B4.5 - Minute Book, 1897-1912
    • not filmed
    • minutes from 12/10/1897 to 6/20/1912, handwritten, indexed
  • B4.6 - Minute Book, 1912-1923
    • not filmed
    • minutes from 9/13/1912 to 5/11/1923, handwritten, not indexed
  • B4.7 - Minute Book, 1923-1937
    • not filmed
    • minutes from 6/8/1923 to 3/12/1937, typed, not indexed
    • includes "Summary of work at Book Store for Book Committee" chart, 1908-1937
    • accompanying folder (also B4.7) contains bills, 1888-1932

Account Books:

  • +B4.1.1 - Daybook and Ledger, 1845-1848
    • not filmed
    • record of books sold and received
  • +B4.1.2 - Ledger, 1848-1858 and Cash Book, 1851-1874
    • not filmed
    • indexed, includes both ledger and cash book entries
  • +B4.1.3 - Ledger and Daybook, 1852-1867
    • not filmed
    • indexed, includes both ledger and daybook entries
  • +B4.1.4 - Ledger and Daybook, 1867-1893
    • not filmed
    • includes both ledger and daybook entries
  • +B4.1.6 - Daybook, 1893-1903 [incorrectly identified as a ledger]
    • not filmed
    • spine title "Grants by Book Committee," this volume records books given to persons as gifts (with the Committee or another person paying for same?)
    • note in back "Old label on back of this book was 'Day Book'"

Other:

  • +B4.1.5 - Inventory Book, 1873-1892
    • not filmed
    • lists of titles for each year, giving numbers in stock and prices
  • +B4.1.8 - Mail Book, 1881-1886
    • not filmed
    • indexed, contains orders for books mailed to Friends
  • +E4.23.1 - Papers, 1873-1910
    • not filmed
    • 5 folders of papers, correspondence, lists, etc. (1) ca. 1874-1883; (2) ca. 1881-1884; (3) ca. 1885-1886; (4) ca. 1898; (5) incomplete letter from Monrovia, Liberia, 11/22/1910
  • F4.1 - Papers - Foreign Translations, 1921-1933
    • not filmed
    • 7 folders: (1) correspondence, 1921-1927; (2) - (7) Quaker publications (chiefly pamphlets) in various languages, 1904-1931 and no dates
  • E4.23 - Book Grants Record, 1942-1951
    • not filmed
    • "Record of letters sent to young Friends offering a Marriage grant of $10.00 worth of Friends books, by the Friends Book Committee of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1942-1951. Placed in the Archives, ... 10/4/1966"
    • lists names of couples and addresses, notation as to whether Friend or non-Friend

Confused and Elderly Friends Committee Records

Papers:

  • E4.16 - Papers - Query Responses, 1953-1954
    • not filmed
    • these are responses from various Monthly and Quarterly Meetings to Queries regarding program, facilities and suggestions for "confused elderly Friends"

Conscientious Objectors in Prison Committee Records

Papers:

  • E4.4 - Papers, 1940-1946
    • not filmed
    • 3 folders of correspondence related to specific cases
  • E4.2 - Papers, 1942-1946
    • not filmed
    • 2 folders: (1) chiefly correspondence, 1942-1946; (2) chiefly circular letters, newsletters, articles, clippings, ca. 1943-1946
  • E4.3 - Papers, 1944-1945
    • not filmed
    • 2 folders: (1) chiefly statistical reports from Monthly Meetings for "Statistics of members of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Arch Street, affected by the draft for military training and service, viz. men born after 2/16/1897 and before 1/1/1927, as of First Month 1, 1945"; (2) correspondence, 1944-1945, from Monthly Meetings in response to inquiry from Representative Meeting along with correspondence of Representative Meeting with Federal Council of Churches

Doukhobor Committee Records

Minute Books:

  • X5.4.1 - Minute Book, 1907-1912
    • not filmed
    • minutes from 10/18/1907 to 7/2/1912, handwritten, only 12 p. used

Papers:

  • X5.4 - Papers, 1911-1912
    • not filmed
    • chiefly correspondence with B. W. Wood in Petrofka, Sask., William C. McCheane and others

Exemption Committee Records

Minutes:

  • B4.8 - Minute Book, 1917-1918
    • not filmed
    • minutes from 10/22/1917 to 12/20/1918
    • from minutes "to look after the interests of our young men of conscription age"
    • cover label "Representative Meeting - Yearly Meeting Exemption Committee"

Property Committee Records of the Meeting for Sufferings

The Property Committee originated in 9/1827. From minutes - "Friends to apply to them for advice previously to the institution of any proceeding in any court of law for the support of their rights in the property of Friends without a manifest necessity in the case."

Minute Books:

  • +B3.14 - Minute Book, 1847-1910
    • not filmed
    • minutes from 12/18/1946 to 6/10/1910

Property Care Committee of Representative Meeting Records

Papers:

  • B4.9 - Papers, 1952
    • not filmed
    • these are responses from the various Monthly Meetings to a letter of 10/23/1952 from Property Care Committee in regard to Query "Are your premises and burial grounds kept in good condition?"

Group V. Trustees of the Charleston Meeting Estate Records | Group I | Group II | Group III | Group IV | Group V

"In the year 1731 the Governor of So. Carolina granted to Thomas Kimberly the lot of land in Charleston, So. Carolina known as 'the Quaker's lot,' in trust upon the following conditions, viz., 'to the intent that the said tract of land shall be appropriated as a place or spot of ground whenever a meeting house shall be erected and built for the general use of all the said people called Quakers and to and for no other [use] interest or purpose whatsoever' - upon this special trust and conditions the said lot has been held by successive trustees down to the present time." [from undated folder in F6.1]

History:

  • F6.4 - History, 1898
    • not filmed
    • "Historical sketch of the origin, investment, and continuance of the Trust of the Estate of Friends in Charleston, South Carolina, with sundry facts and circumstances relating thereto, down to 1826."

Minute Books:

  • F6.3 - Charleston Monthly Meeting Minute Book, 1719-1786
    • film #62, marked microfilmed 1967
    • minutes from 8/22/1718 to 8/2/1786
    • list of burials in back
    • typed index in accompanying folder, also history of S.C. Friends
  • F6.5.1 - Minute Book, 1849-1914
    • not filmed
    • "Minutes of the trustees of the Estate in Charleston, S.C."
    • minutes from 9/21/1849 to 9/18/1914
    • index in back of book

Account Books:

  • F8.1 - Account Book, 1849-1887
    • not filmed
    • "Joseph Scattergood in account with Trustees of Charleston Meeting Estate" (1849-1877), "Charles J. Allen, Treas. ..." (1877-1887), also some misc. accounts in back of book
  • F8.1.1 - Account Book, 1887-1916
    • not filmed
    • "Ephraim Smith, Treas., in account with the Trustees of the Charleston Meeting Estate" (1887-1907), "John Way, Treas. ...." (1908-1916)
    • note: accounts transferred to new book beginning 7/1/1916

Papers:

  • F6.2.1 - Papers - Deeds, 1731-1905
    • not filmed
    • 3 folders (1) copies of deeds, some letters re: to Charleston property, 1754-1890; (2) deeds, letters and other land related papers, 1734-1905, including original patent (1734) to Thomas Kimberly; (3) five deeds, 1731-1780
  • F6.8 - Papers, 1731-1915
    • not filmed
    • 5 folders: folders 1-4 are primarily correspondence between Phila. and Charleston (1) 1731-1771; (2) 1770-1783; (3) 1783-1817; (4) 1805-1829; (5) papers, 1912-1915, includes chronology of "Quaker's lot" in S.C.
  • F6.2 - Papers, ca. 1767-1898
    • not filmed
    • 2 folders: (1) correspondence with John Kirk and other papers re: Charleston property, ca. 1773-1898; (2) 1767-1768 letters of Sophia Hume, Charleston, S.C.
  • F6.1 - Papers, 1812-1888
    • not filmed
    • 4 folders re: "Meeting Estate of Friends, in Charleston": (1) chiefly correspondence, 1819-1828; (2) chiefly correspondence, 1823-1885; (3) a few undated mss.; (4) chiefly correspondence, 1887-1888; (5) chiefly financial papers, 1812-1837  
  • F6.6 - Papers - Correspondence, 1938-1948 and Reports, 1939-1948
    • not filmed
    • 2 folders: (1) correspondence, 1938-1948 and (2) reports, 1939-1948 of the Trustees

Trustees of Pemberton Trust Records

Deeds:

  • F4.6 - Deeds - Ground rent, 1812-1904
    • not filmed
    • 2 folders: (1) General Ground Rent Deeds, 1812-1904; (2) Deeds covering Irredeemable Ground Rents, 1844-1845

Trustees of the Charles L. Willits Legacy

Account Books:

  • F8.1.2 - Account Book, 1885-1916
    • not filmed
    • "C. L. Willits Legacy" on spine, "Cash Book, Trustees of Legacy of Charles L. Willits deceased, Commenced 10th month, 27th, 1885" inside
    • two cash accounts: Southern States and Liberia
    • note: account transferred to new book beginning 7/1/1916

Papers:

  • E3.22 Papers related to "The African's Friend," 1907-1918
    [Note: Joseph S. Elkinton was a trustee of "The African's Friend," these papers were catalogued in 1992 as part of Joseph S. Elkinton's papers within the PYM Indian Committee records, which is where they were physically located at that time, they are now moved to their correct place in the Willits Committee records]
    3 boxes of 21 folders:
  • Box 1 of 3
    1. spiritual poetry and anecdotes (ca. 25 items, typed and clippings)
    2. clippings on spiritual subjects, temperance
    3. clippings on spiritual subjects, temperance, etc. (some clippings in envelope labeled "Clippings for 'African Friend' from Wm Evans"; ALS to Martha Gregson from Ann Sharpless, 1918, re: article to be inserted in The African's Friend)
    4. clippings and extracts on spiritual matters (some in envelopes labeled "not been before the Board," "clippings, for Willits Com.," "Miss Ann Sharpless, 102 So. Church St., West Chester, Pa.")
    5. clippings on spiritual matters (some in envelope labeled "Willits Trustees," some pasted on paper)
  • Box 2 of 3
    1. clippings [loose and pasted onto sheets] on spiritual matters, some handwritten extracts
    2. clippings [loose and pasted onto sheets] on spiritual matters, some handwritten extracts
    3. clippings on spiritual matters, some handwritten extracts
    4. clippings on spiritual matters, some in envelope labeled "not passed"
    5. clippings on spiritual matters
    6. clippings on spiritual matters
    7. two clippings on tobacco
  • Box 3 of 3
    1. clippings [most pasted onto sheets] and handwritten extracts of a spiritual nature, also pages removed from books
    2. clippings on spiritual matters
    3. pages removed from book [biographical sketches of a spiritual nature]
    4. clippings [many pasted onto sheets] and pages removed from books, as above, many marked "A.F."
    5. clippings
    6. "The African's Friend" issues for 1907 (Nos. 246-257, Jan.-Dec.)
    7. "The African's Friend" issues for 1908-1912: 1908 (Nos. 260-269, March-Dec.); 1909 (Nos. 270-273, Jan.-April; 275-276, June-July; 278, Sept.; 281, Dec.) [also No. 208, 8th mo. 1909 of The Select Miscellany]. There are duplicate copies of most of the following issues: 1910 (Nos. 282, Jan.; 286-292, May-Nov.); 1911 (Nos. 294-296, Jan.-March; 299-305, June-Dec.); 1912 (Nos. 306-310, Jan.-May; 312-316, July-Nov.)
    8. "The African's Friend" issues for 1913-1915. There are 2 copies of most of the following issues: 1913 (Nos. 318-325, Jan.-Aug.; 328-329, Nov.-Dec.); 1914 (Nos. 330-341, Jan.-Dec.); 1915 (Nos. 342-353, Jan.-Dec.)
    9. "The African's Friend" issues for 1916-1918. There are 2 copies of most of the following issues: 1916 (Nos. 354-365, Jan.-Dec.); 1917 (Nos. 2[error, should be 3]66-367, Jan.-Feb.; 369-370, April-May; 373, Aug.; 375, Oct.; 377, Dec.); 1918 (Nos. 378-382, Jan.-May; 384, July); also 2 copies of a printed index [to what? not African's Friend, as it has no page numbers]

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