Pemberton Correspondence



Sender Place

Worcester Castle; Worcester, Worcestershire, England


Judge Thomas Wild

Receiver Place


Repository holding original letter

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Full Date


Document Type


Country, State, Location 1

52.1867, -2.2223


James Harrison, Worcester Castle, Worcester, Thomas Wild, Quakers, Society of Friends, civil forfeiture, imprisonment, persecution


Letter dated 1664 (1663 Old Style) from James Harrison to Judge Thomas Wild, regarding the seizure of his horse and other possessions following his arrest and imprisonment. This letter details some of the persecution that Quakers faced, such as having goods and property seized. Another form of persecution mentioned is frequent imprisonment: for actively engaging in the practice of the faith, or randomly on suspicion of being a Quaker and being associated with the sect and its members. Money was sometimes demanded for the return of the items, if return was offered at all, and was also demanded as payment of bail to release imprisoned Friends.








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Thomas Wild

These are to lett [let] thee [you] understand that when I had made ready

to send for a sartificate [certificate] the innkeeper refused to lett [let] ye [the]

mesinger [messenger] have my horsse [horse] unlese [unless] he had an order from

thee [you], soe [so] thou [you] not being in towne [town] I could not & [and] since

I heare [hear] that one Tho: fford [Thomas Ford] hath [has] unloct [unlocked] the doore [door]

& [and] taken him away wch [which] he aught [ought] not to adone [have done] soe [so] I desire

to heare [hear] from thee [you] whether thou [you] gave any such order

& [and] though I my selfe [myself] be detained in prison, heare [here] for

atime [a time] deliverance will com [come] soe [so] I would, thou [you] would not

lett [let] me be robed [robbed] or my horse plundred [plundered] or rather stolen

from mee [me], for such doeings [doings] as I have mett [met] with heare [here]

in the Citie [city], if my horss [horse] & [and] sadle [saddle] & cloath [cloth] be taken

away & [and] I be [pt?] prisoner is such as I niver [never] mett [met] with before

nay it is unheard of crulety [cruelty] it makes moderat [moderate] people to

wonder that aman [a man] cannot com [come] to the Citie [city] of woschester [Worcester]

purposing to stay but one night, & [and] would not eat any

mans [man’s] bread for nought but be cast in prison, and

have his horse restored that I who have most right may

dispose of him soe [so] may thou [you] doe [do] well this from one

that loves marcy [mercy] [ink blot]

truth & [and] rightousness [righteousness]

& [and] the soales [souls] of all men

for yt [that] I am a prisoner

by thee [you] &c [et cetera]

J: H: [James Harrison]

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James Harrison

Worcester Jail


Judge Wild [Judge Thomas Wild]


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