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Lot 657/0315

Estimate: €10000-15000

Large and Important Collection of Quaker Letters, c. 1770-1830An Archive of almost five hundred letters written between leading members of the Society of Friends in Ireland between about 1770 and 1830, arranged in five groups, according to correspondent. Detailed list available on request.Members of the Society of Friends or Quakers have played a leading part in Irish life since the mid-17th century – in business and manufacturing, in education, and in humanitarian relief. They have always had a strong sense of family and community and are excellent record-keepers, hence the existence of these letters. The correspondents include some of the leading Quakers of their time, in particular:úRichard Shackleton, schoolmaster and proprietor of the Quaker school at Ballitore.úSamuel Grubb, miller and corn merchant in Clonmel, and his wife Margaret (daughter of Richard Shackleton).úTheir son Abraham Grubb, corn and butter merchant in Clonmel, and his wife Susanna.úMary Leadbeater (also a daughter of Richard Shackleton), poet and diarist, who recorded the history of Ballitore (where she was postmistress) including accounts of the daily lives of the cottagers and of the horrors of the 1798 rebellion.úHer niece Elizabeth Leadbeater.úRobert and Thomas Fayle, who ran the Irish Linen & Blanket Warehouse in Thomas St., Dublin.The letters are replete with family news, and cover a wide range of other subjects, including health matters, the tediousness of travel, attendance at monthly meetings, schools, illnesses and deaths, robberies, literary and religious topics ? Two letters from Margaret Grubb to Mary Leadbeater describe events in Ballitore in 1798.In all, this Archive forms a compassionate insight into the everyday lives of Quaker families at a time when they were making a significant impact on Irish life. (1)

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