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"A Memorable instance of Divine guidance and protection"


This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Dickinson, James, 1658-1741
Fearon, Jane, 1654 or 1655-1737
"A Memorable instance of Divine guidance and protection"
Call Number:
015 Linear feet
Cite as:
"A Memorable instance of Divine guidance and protection" by Jane Fearon and James Dickinson (MC.975.07.029), Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College, Haverford, PA.
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James Dickinson (1658-1741) was born in 1658 in Haydon Bridge, Northumberland, England, the son of Anthony and Margaret Dickinson. He was a Quaker minister and elder. He died in the third month, 1741.

Jane (Hall) Fearon (1654/1655- 1737) was born in Great Broughton, Cumberland, England circa 1654-1655. She married Peter Fearon in 1693 and the couple had two children: Isaac (b. 1694) and Jacob (b. 1696). Jane Fearon died on September 18, 1737.

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of the single volume, handwritten manuscript of "A Memorable instance of Divine guidence and protection," as told to Sarah Taylor by Jane Fearon and James Dickinson, two Quaker ministers. The manuscript is undated, but the story takes place circa 1680. The manuscript tells the story of Jane Fearon and James Dickinson's experience when on a religious visit to Scotland circa 1680. While traveling, they come upon a house and plan to stay there for the night. The family at the house offers them food, and Jane and James grow increasingly uneasy, Jane even fears that the pies given to the two are made of "human flesh." The majority of the story details Jane and James escape from the house, and how they were divinely lead to safety.

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Publication Information

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections,  September, 2015

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Kara Flynn

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).



Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed September 2015.

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Related Materials

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  • MC 1146 George Selleck papers
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Controlled Access Headings

  • Manuscripts
  • Quaker women
  • Quakers
  • Quakers -- Travel
  • Quakers--Great Britain
  • Quakers--History

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Collection Inventory

Manuscript, Undated.