• Title
    Thirnbeck manuscripts
  • Reference
    MS VOL 367-368
  • Date
    17th-20th century
  • Scope and Content
    The fonds consists of 2 volumes of early letters of George Fox and Margaret Fell, with transcripts (17th-20th century).
  • Extent
    2 volumes
  • Level of description
  • Existence and location of copies
    Please see Microfilm 915
  • Publication note
    Partial transcripts and summaries were printed in Journal of Friends Historical Society, volume 9 (1912), pages 53-65, 94-107, 128-145 and 175-188.A number of manuscripts were used in Maria Webb's "The Fells of Swarthmoor Hall" (London 1865; 2nd edition, Philadelphia, 1896)
  • Condition governing access
    CLOSED - please see Microfilm 915
  • Archival history
    The manuscripts were presented to the Library in 1922 by Dorothea G Grace (1880-1979) of Bristol, Somerset, on behalf of her late husband Wilfred Grace (1872-1920). They were then described as being 28 in number but have been renumbered 1-30. (Library and Printing Committee minutes, 18.x.1921, p. 79, and, pp. 109-110; Yearly Meeting proceedings, 1923, p. 203). They were presented to Wilfred Grace by his aunt, the late Ellen Clare Grace (1828-1907), who received them from her aunt, Mary Thirnbeck (1794-1872), a descendant of Rachel Abraham (1653-1732), daughter of Margaret Fell (1614-1702). A copy of a letter from Ellen C. Grace to Maria Webb, 15.iv.1863, in Portfolio 38/89, includes a reference to the manuscripts being in the possession of the writer's aunt, Mary Thirnbeck. When presented to the Library the items were numbered 12, 14, 18,19, 21, 22 and 30 were framed and the rest were in a portfolio. The entire collection was bound in 2 portfolios by John Nickalls, Librarian, c.1955.
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