Charles and Silas Crowell papers  1861-1883 (bulk 1864-1865)
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Collection Scope and Content Note

This volume contains an extra-illustrated edition of Thomas Gilpin's Exiles In Virginia: With Observations On the Conduct of the Society of Friends During the Revolutionary War, Comprising the Official Papers of the Government Relating to That Period, 1777-1778 (1848), which concerns a group of Philadelphia Quakers who were imprisoned in Winchester, Virginia, between September 1777 and April 1778. This copy includes marginal notes, as well as 3 original, tipped-in manuscripts related to prisoner John Pemberton and Philadelphia lawyer Nicholas Waln. A handwritten bookplate on the inside cover of the volume reads: "Lindsey Nicholson, with the respects of his friend, Thomas Gilpin. Philadelphia, June 1851."

The original manuscripts included in this volume are:

  • 1778 January 7. James Logan letter to John Pemberton, his cousin, from Philadelphia, sharing news of the family's health, including that of Pemberton's wife, Hannah (tipped into the flyleaf).
  • 1810 February 23. Nicholas Waln note to Mordecai Churchman regarding a potential financial arrangement, inserted next to a page regarding a petition signed by Waln and others regarding the Winchester prisoners (pp. 60-61).
  • [1778]. Timothy Matlack, Secretary of Pennsylvania's Supreme Executive Council, manuscript pass for John Pemberton, certifying his release, inserted next to a page that reprints its text (pp. 230-231).

Exiles in Virginia... includes three printed facsimiles, as issued (between pages 64 and 65), which reflect efforts to send supplies to the prisoners at Winchester. The facsimiles include a letter that Mary Pemberton wrote to George Washington (March 31, 1778) and 2 related letters that Washington wrote to Pennsylvania President Thomas Wharton (April 5, 1778, and April 6, 1778).

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