NOTES 8f DOCUMENTS By Henry J. Caobury I have been familiar with John Woolman's handwriting for a good while. For example, in 1946 I spent a day at the Office of the Secretary of State in Trenton, New Jersey, identifying twenty-five wills engrossed throughout by him, together with scores that he witnessed, proved, or was otherwise involved in.1 Lately while I was looking for something quite different among the boxes of loose papers preserved by Philadelphia Yearly Meeting pertaining to its Meeting for Sufferings,2 inevitably I noticed at once, in a box that I was going through, a book of ruled quarto papers written in this familiar hand and running to forty-six pages. Two pages were signed "John Woolman." The crude gathering of stitched papers included the following letter of explanation: To the Meeting for Sufferings to be held at Philadelphia. Beloved friends. About three months before the decease of my brother Abner, he exprest in my hearing a desire that a piece he had wrote concerning trading to the West Indies might be handed about amongst Friends at Wilmington. And near his departure, having had a particular desire to speak to me, he then told me that
Quaker History – Friends Historical Association
Published: Apr 4, 1968
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