Collection HIC - Personal Papers of Elias Hicks

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GB 2014 WS-05-HIC


Personal Papers of Elias Hicks


  • 1770-1843 (Creation)

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1 archive box

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Biographical history

Elias Hicks (1748-1830), born in Hempstead, New York to John Hicks and Martha Hicks (neé Smith) was a member of a Quaker 'Society of Friends' in Philadelphia which split in 1820. A travelling liberal Quaker preacher, he is perhaps best known as a slavery abolitionist. Founder of the 'Charity Society of Jerico and Westbury Meetings in 1794' Wrote 'Observations on the Slavery of Africans and Their Descendents' in 1811. He had 11 children with his wife Jemima Hicks (neé Seaman).

Archival history

Given to the School at an unknown date (possibly donated c.1978) by Dr. Leon J. Galloway, principal of Hicksville High School in Hicksville, New York. Also a Quaker. Letter marked 'In Memory of his Mother Anna M. Dundon.

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Collection of letters and documents relating to Elias Hicks. Includes a scathing criticism of slavery, letters to Jemima Hicks, letters to Royal and Martha Aldrich, indentures of land; letters to Elias Hicks from John Murray Jnr and Elizabeth Barnes. Most content marks his meetings from travel, his own religious views, as well as documents which illustrate exchange of land and property.

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Conditions governing access

Access to collection items is granted to bona-fide researchers, by prior appointment, subject to the overriding provisions of relevant legislation, including Data Protection.

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A reprographics service is available to researchers subject to the access restrictions outlined above. Copying will not be undertaken if there is any risk of damage to the item. Copies are supplied in accordance with Westminster School's Policy on Archive and Heritage Collections, and under provisions of any relevant copyright legislation. Permission to reproduce images of items in the custody of Westminster School must be sought from its Governing Body.

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  • English

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  • Latin

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GB 2014

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  • English


  • Latin


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