Item: Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker diary, 1799

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Record Number: 2657
Box/Case: Case 58, 1799 Diary
Page: cover and August 10, 1799 entry
Reproduction restrictions: None
Author: Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker, 1734-1807
Date of Original: 1799
Original Format: Manuscripts
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This online record contains one image of an entry from August 10, 1799 that mentions Oronoko.

The diaries of Elizabeth Sandwith Drinker highlight the life of a Quaker woman living in Philadelphia in the late 1700s and early 1800s. Between 1758 and 1807, Drinker fastidiously wrote in her journals, usually about her family and their health and well being. Occassionaly, she also detailed medical practices and her own moral standards. She discussed major events insofar as they affected her family, such as the Revolutionary War and the 1793 Yellow Fever outbreak. As a member of the famous merchant family, the Drinkers, she also came in contact with many other well-known families, including the Shippens, Whartons, and Rawles, and such encounters are often noted. The collection includes her original diaries, as well as typescripts of excerpts from them and photocopies of the diaries from the years 1797 to 1807.