Cox-Parrish-Wharton papers 1700 - 1900 1740 - 1870
This collection of papers that originated mostly from the Cox family of Oxmead, Burlington County, New Jersey, and the Parrish family of Maryland and Philadelphia, contains information on the religious, humanitarian, social, and economic influence of the Quakers in American life. Spanning two centuries from 1700 to 1900, the collection contains family and some business correspondence, personal and financial volumes, petitions, deeds, publications, prints and photographs, and materials from the Friends Association of Philadelphia.
The Cox-Parrish-Wharton papers span two centuries and are housed in nineteen boxes and thirty-two volumes. The collection primarily highlights the religious, humanitarian, social, and economic influence of the Quakers in America during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Included are numerous documents and correspondence pertaining to Indian relations and the abolition of slavery. Of particular interest are the founding documents of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, which include early minutes of the 1770s that contain details on which members of the community were still holding illegal African-American and Indian slaves and indentured servants. Much of the correspondence is personal in nature and provides some insight into Quaker family life. Papers of the Cox and Parrish families dominate the collection; however, there are also scattered, mainly late nineteenth century letters to and from members of the Wharton family.The collection is arranged into eight series. The first three series are devoted to papers and correspondence of John Parrish (circa 1689-1745) of Maryland; John and Ann Cox of Oxmead, New Jersey; and Dr. Joseph and Susan (Susannah) Parrish of Philadelphia, respectively. Series 4 is a collection of alphabetically arranged papers and letters, the majority of which are addressed to John Cox or members of the Pemberton family. Series 5 and 6 contain a variety of printed documents, images, old deeds and certificates on parchment, and clippings. Series 7 contains a small assortment of papers from the Friendly Association of Philadelphia. The final series is made up of bound volumes from members of the Cox, Parrish, and Dillwyn families. There are also number of miscellaneous volumes such as school books and scrapbooks on Quaker history.
The collection is open for research.
Processing Information: The Quaker scrapbooks (Volume 27, numbers 1-3) were formerly catalogued under the number Am .12780.Some folder titles in the lists that follow contain references to the "A. A. Guide" -- these numbers correlate to those found in the guide Afro-Americana, 1553-1906: author catalog of the Library Company of Philadelphia and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (call number INDEX Z 1361.N39 P48 1973), copies of which are available in HSP's library.
9.3 Linear feet ; 19 boxes, 40 volumes
1740 - 1870