Lindley Murray Papers, 1785-1830

(1 box; 0.25 linear ft.)

RG 5/198


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Abstract
Lindley Murray, Quaker author and grammarian, was born in 1745 in Pennsylvania, the son of Robert and Mary Murray. He married Hannah Dobson in 1767. He moved to England and resided in York for many years while publishing grammar books and religious tracts. He died in 1826. The collection is primarily composed of letters written by Lindley Murray and other family members between 1785 and 1822. This correspondence concerns the publication of his English grammar, family matters, and issues in education, religion, and topical affairs. Series 1 and 2 are Lindley Murray's correspondence, primarily with his brother, John Murray, of New York. Topics include the acceptability of his Grammar at Ackworth School and the use of fiction in the work. Also included are two letters from his nephew, Lindley Murray (1785-1847), on the subject of the American political climate in 1812. Series 3 is composed of personal correspondence of other family members.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL
1745-1767 Lindley Murray, Quaker author and grammarian, was born in Pennsylvania in 1745, the son of Robert and Mary Lindley Murray. His mother was a brithright Quaker, and his father was a convinced Friend. Lindley Murray was educated as a lawyer and practiced in New York City, marrying Hannah Dobson in 1767.
1785-1826 Due to ill health, he moved to England in 1785. He resided in York and devoted the remainder of his life to publishing grammar books and religious tracts. He died in 1826.

1758-1783, 1819 His brother, John Murray, was born in 1758 and settled in New York City, where he died in 1819. A successful merchant, he was a member of New York Monthly Meeting and married Catherine Bowne at Flushing in 1783.
1790-1847 John Murray's son, Lindley Murray, was born in 1790 and lived in New York City. A member of New York Yearly Meeting, he worked as a book seller. In 1813, he married Eliza Cheeseman at NYMM. In 1829 they aligned with the Hicksite branch of the Society of Friends. He died in 1847.
Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT The collection is primarily composed of letters written by Lindley Murray and other family members between 1785 and 1822. Series 1 is composed of letters which were assembled in Friends Historical Library as a Small Collection. It includes letters written by Lindley Murray between 1785 and 1822. These letters primarily concern the publication of his English Grammar, the question of its acceptability for use at the Ackworth School, and the issue of the use of fiction in the work. Also included are two letters from Lindley Murray, his nephew, on the subject of the American political climate.

The remaining series came to FHL through trnasfer of the New York Yearly Meeting records in 1997. Series 2 contains letters from Lindley Murray (1745-1826) to family members. In particular, there are 39 letters to his brother, Robert Murray of NYC, which concern family and financial matters, as well as contemporary concerns. Series 3 is composed of personal letters from other family members.

Arrangement
Arrangement The collection is divided into three series:


Added entries

Subjects
  • Murray family
  • Quakers -- Education.
  • Quakers -- England.
  • Quakers -- Fiction.
  • Quakers -- New York.
  • Society of Friends -- England.
  • United States -- Politics and government -- Public opinion -- 19th Century
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Ackworth School (Ackworth, England)
  • Murray, Lindley 1745-1826. English Grammar
Credits
Processed by: SKM
Date: 1998
Restrictions: Use Restrictions Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.


Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
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Ser. 1. Friends Historical Library Murray MSS Collection
Lindley Murray letters and family correspondence from the Friends Historical Library Small Collection, Lindley Murray Letters. Most of these letters concern the publication of his English Grammar and related topics. There are also two letters from his nephew, Lindley Murray of New York, on the subject of the American political climate.


Lindley Murray to James Pemberton 1785, 12 mo. 16 (ALS) Folder 1

Lindley Murray to John Pemberton 1786, 10 mo. 9 (ALS) Folder 2

Lindley Murray to "My dear Friend"
probably to James Pemberton
1799, 5 mo. (ALS) Folder 3

Lindley Murray to Joseph Taylor 1808, 1mo. 10 (ALS) Folder 4

Lindley Murray to John Thornton 1822, 9 mo. 12 (AL) Folder 5

Lindley Murray to Dr. Walker n.d. (ANS) Folder 6

Lindley Murray to Wilson and Sons, Booksellers n.d. (ALS) Folder 7

Ann Tuke , Mabel Tuke, and Martha Fletcher
copy with Lindley Murray's reply
n.d. (AL) Folder 8

Lindley Murray (1785-1847) (son of John Murray) to Daniel B. Smith 1812 (2 ALsS) Folder 9

Ser. 2. Lindley Murray correspondence.
This series was received through transfer from the New York Yearly Meeting (Haviland Record Room) in 1997. It is composed of personal letters from Lindley Murray to his family.


from Lindley Murray to his father Robert Murray 1785 (ALS) Folder 10

Lindley Murray to brother John Murray (1758-1819)
concerning family and financial matters
(39 letters)

Lindley Murray to brother John Murray
Describes the abolition of the slave trade in England
1792 (3 ALsS) Folder 11

Lindley Murray to brother John Murray 1793 (3 ALsS) Folder 12