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"Account of a visit paid to the Indians in New York State"


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.

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Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
"Account of a visit paid to the Indians in New York State"
Call Number:
0.1 Linear feet
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"Account of a visit paid to Indians in New York State" (MC.975.07.132), Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College, Haverford, PA.
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Joshua Sharpless (1746-1826) was born 12/28/1746, the son of Benjamin and Martha (Mendenhall) Sharpless. Sharpless married Edith Yarnall at Middletown Meeting, Pa. on December 15, 1768. Sharpless had five sons and three daughters. Sharpless later removed to New Garden, Pa., where he worked towards the abolition of slave holding among Friends. In 1784, the family bought a farm in East Bradford and Westtown townships. Sharpless's first wife died in 1787, and he married Anne Trimble on May 20, 1789. The couple had a son and daughter. In 1798 Sharpless traveled to Cornplanter's village to visit younger Friends who were living there. In 1800, Sharpless and his wife became the first superintendents at Westtown School. Joshua Sharpless died on September 21, 1826.

Scope and Contents

This collection is comprised of the single volume manuscript describing Joshua Sharpless' visit to Native American tribes in New York state with John Pierce and Henry Simmons. The inside cover includes the signature of Aaron Sharpless, and it appears that he may have copied the manuscript from the diaries of Joshua Sharpless.

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Publication Information

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections,  January 2016

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Kara Flynn

Use Restrictions

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


The "Account of a visit paid to the Indians in New York State" was donated to Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College, in 1933 by Dr. William Sharpless.

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed January 2016.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

  • MC.975.01.069 Joshua Sharpless diaries
  • MC.975.07.083 "Some Account of Joshua Sharpless"
  • MC.975.07.130 "Account of Isaac Coates, Joshua Sharpless & John Pierce's Visits to the Indian Reservation in Western New York"

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Controlled Access Headings

Personal Name(s)
  • Sharpless, Joshua, 1747-1826
  • Manuscripts
  • Quakers
  • Quakers--History

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Collection Inventory

Manuscript, Undated.