John Jackson Papers
Scope and Contents
Collection contains correspondence and other papers, 1827-1849. Series 1 is made up primarily of correspondence and drafts of correspondence between Griffith M. Cooper and Joseph Warner, 1835-1838 and 1843- 1846, circulated among members of the Joint Committee on Indian Affairs. Series 2 includes personal letters, 1827-1838, from Rachel Tyson to friends and family.
The correspondence in Series 1 relates to materials circulated between members of the Joint Committee on Indian Concerns of the Four Yearly meeting of Baltimore, Genesee, New York, and Philadelphia. Topics concern the Indian School, the controversial Treaties of 1838 and 1842, and the Seneca Nation Constitution adopted in 1845. Principle correspondents are: Joseph Warner and John Jackson, Philadelphia; Griffith M. Cooper, Genesee; Philip E. Thomas, Baltimore. Other correspondents include Adin J. Covy, Benjamin Ferris, Elisha Freeman.
The personal correspondence of Series 2 includes a letter of recommendation for a prospective teacher at the Sharon Female Boarding School, as well as letters and drafts of correspondence between Rachel Jackson and family and friends before and after her marriage to John Jackson.
- Jackson, John, 1809-1855 (Person)
Limitations on Accessing the Collection
Collection is open for research
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Biographical / Historical
John Jackson was also an astronomer and scholar, as well as a Quaker minister and active in Quaker concerns. He served on the Joint Committee on Indian Concerns and acted as a clark for the Committee beginning about 1844. John Jackson died 4 mo, 14, 1855. Rachel Jackson died September 7th, 1883, at her home in Germantown, a member of the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting.
Quakers were involved with the Canadaigua Treaty of 1794 with the Seneca Nation and maintained a school on the reservation from 1798 which taught basic skills and farming. In 1837 Griffith M. Cooper raised the concern at the Genesee Monthly Meeting that school needed additional financial report. Accordingly, a Committee of Indian Concerns appointed by the four Yearly Meetings of Baltimore, Genesee, New York and Philadelphia was formed. Hicksite Quakers were united in their desire to help negotiate a fair treaty for the Seneca. They were instrumental in securing a written constitution for the Seneca Nation and the Treaty of 1842 which gave the Seneca title to the reservations at Cattaraugus and Allegheny. By 1849, the active participation of the Hicksite Friends in the Seneca Reservations ended
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John Jackson (1809-1855), son of Halliday and Jane Jackson of Darby, Pennsylvania, married Rachel Tyson (1807?-1883), daughter of Isaac Tyson of Baltimore, Maryland, in 1832. Together they established the Sharon Female Academy in Delaware County, Pa. John Jackson was a Quaker minister and served on the Joint Committee on Indian Affairs. Collection contains correspondence and other papers, 1827-1849. Series I is made up primarily of correspondence and drafts of correspondence between Griffith M. Cooper and Joseph Warner, 1835-1838 and 1843- 1846, circulated among members of the Joint Committee on Indian Affairs. Series II includes personal letters, 1827-1838, from Rachel Tyson to friends and family.
The collection is divided into two series:
- Material relating to Joint Committee on Indian Affairs
- Personal Correspondence
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor: George School, 1995; Accession number: 95.037
Found with miscellaneous publications in the general safe of the business office at the George School.
Publications processed separately. Materials arranged chronologically within designated groups, described, and placed in document box; placed in RG 5.
- Indians of North America -- New York (State)
- Joint Committee on Indian Affairs of the Four Yearly Meetings of Baltimore, Genesee, New York, and Philadelphia (Society of Friends : Hicksite)
- Quakers -- New York (State)
- Quakers -- Pennsylvania -- History -- Sources
- Quakers -- Social life and customs
- Seneca Indians
- Society of Friends -- Indian affairs
- Jackson, John, 1809-1855 (Person)
- Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends (Hicksite : 1827-1955) (Contributor, Organization)
- Sharon Female Academy (Darby, Pa. : Township) (Contributor, Organization)
- Jackson, Rachel, 1807?-1883 (Contributor, Person)
- Cooper, Griffith M., 1790?-1864. (Contributor, Person)
- Warner, Joseph, d. 1859 (Contributor, Person)
- Joint Committee on Indian Affairs of the Four Yearly Meetings of Baltimore, Genesee, New York, and Philadelphia (Society of Friends : Hicksite) (Contributor, Organization)
- John Jackson Papers, 1827-1849
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