Sender Place

Lancaster Castle; Lancaster, Lancashire, England


Ralph Pemberton

Receiver Place


Repository holding original letter

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Full Date


Document Type


Country, State, Location 1

54.04981, -2.80562


Phineas Pemberton, Lancaster Castle, Lancaster, Ralph Pemberton, Francis Dunn, Margaret Fell, Quakers, Society of Friends, Imprisonment, Persecution, Gaols, Jails


Letter dated May 11, 1670 (May 1, 1670 Old Style) from Phineas Pemberton to his father, Ralph Pemberton. He tells his father about his recent imprisonment in Lancaster Castle, that he does not know when he will come home, and being met with treatment "something harsh & cruel." Despite being told to not attend a meeting in town, Phineas intends to hold a meeting with two fellow Friends imprisoned alongside him, Margaret Fell and Francis Dunn: Initially, they were to be tried at a court session on the second Tuesday after Easter, but lack of judges postponed the trial until the 10th day of this month (May 20 New Style). It is accompanied by a facsimilie written by Caroline Pemberton.


Lo: fa [Loving father]
my duty to you remembered this is to acquaite [acquaint] you yt [that] I
am in good health & [and] hath [have] gotten a place in ye [the] castel [castle]
& [and] a bed & [and] I hope wee [we] shall do well & [and] at present
I do not understand yt [that] wee [we] or any of us shall have
our liberty ^to come home^ for the [they] are somthing [something] harsh & [and] cruel
at present & [and] hath [have] [page crease: given] us a charge yt [that] none
shall go to any [page crease: meeting] in the towne [town] but wee [we]
intend to have our meeting in the castel [castle] for
francis Dunn & [and] margret: fell [Margaret Fell] are both prisoners
I have here sent you a coppy [copy] where by [whereby] they
comitt [commit] us to prison which I writ out preston [wrote out at present] but
I could not send it away; there is a sessions
to be kept the 10th day of this month & [and] whether [page tear]
the [they] will let do any thing [anything] with us then or [page tear: not?]
I can not [cannot] tell the sessions was dismissed for [page tear]
want of justises [justices] or ells [else] it should have beene [been]
the [they] send tusday [Tuesday] after easter so with my deare [dear]
love to ant [aunt] & [and] the [page crease] rest of freinds [friends] in general
I rest your dutyful [dutiful] son
phine: pemberton [Phineas Pemberton]
La: castel [Lancaster Castle]
may ye [the] 1 day










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Creator (Linked Data)

Pemberton, Phineas, 1650-1702 [LC]

Phineas Pemberton (Q94253673) [Wikidata]

Receiver (Linked data)

Pemberton, Ralph, 1610-1697 [LC]

Ralph Pemberton (Q102033482) [Wikidata]

Sender Place (Linked data)

Lancaster [GeoNames]

Lancaster (England) [LC]

Organization (Linked data)

Society of Free Quakers [LC]

Quakers (Q170208) [Wikidata]

Society of Friends [LC]

Family (Linked data)

Pemberton family [LC]

Pemberton Family (Q113325696) [Wikidata]



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