Fothergill, Samuel, 1715-1772

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Samuel was the son of an "eminent Minister of the Gospel", John Fothergill and his wife Margaret of Carr End in Wensleydale, and he was carefully reared in the religious life; but Samuel, "being of an active and lively disposition, and during his Apprenticeship mostly from under the watchful Eye of his affectionate Parent", fell into wild ways and company until, at the age of 21, he received a powerful "visitation of divine love" which turned his mind to God's service. He soon became an "able Minister of the Gospel", a diligent attender at Friends' Meetings and one who cared warmly and tenderly for the rising generation. He travelled a great deal in England, Scotland and Ireland, and once in the North American colonies. In 1769 and afterwards he visited very helpfully families of Friends in London. He generally attended Yearly Meeting in London and elsewhere, and his ministry and his work in Meetings for Discipline were much appreciated. His wife, Susannah Crewdson of Warmington, whom he married in his 23rd year, "was ever religiously concerned to set him at liberty when he found himself engaged in Spirit to travel in the Service of Truth. He was steadfast and courageous, "graceful in person", grave "in deport- ment"; "His private conversation excellent, seasoned with salt." "His ministry at times went forth as a Flame, and we believe often pierced into the inmost Recesses of Darkness and obduracy"; he had no affectations, and his word was "clear, sound, elegant and pathetic". He died at Warrington after a long and painful illness patiently borne on 15 June 1772 in his 57th year, a minister for 36 years, and was buried at Penketh.
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creatorOf Balderston Collected Manuscripts, 1735-1822 Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
referencedIn Benezet, Anthony, 1713-1784. Letter, 1771 October 24, Philadelp[hi]a, to "Dear Friend Samuel Fothergill" / Anthony Benezet. Haverford College Library
creatorOf Fothergill, Samuel, 1715-1772. Collected writings, 1690-1777. Historical Society of Pennsylvania
referencedIn Benezet, Anthony, 1713-1784. Letter, 1757 October 17, Philadelphia, to "Dear Friend Samuel Fothergill" / Anthony Benezet. Haverford College Library
creatorOf Fothergill, Samuel, 1715-1772. Letter. 25th 2nd mo. 1771, Warrington [Eng.] to Friends. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Library of the Society of Friends (London Yearly Meeting). Quaker manuscripts collection from the Library of the Religious Society of Friends, Part A, 1650-1779 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
creatorOf Chester Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : 1803-1827 : Moorestown, N.J.). Commonplace book, 1750-1787. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
referencedIn Society of Friends. Quaker manuscripts collection from the Library of the Religious Society of Friends, Part A, 1650-1779 (inclusive), [microform]. Yale University Library
creatorOf Alexander, Samuel, 1749-1824. British Friends' letters, 1650-1985. Haverford College Library
creatorOf Fothergill, Samuel, 1715-1772. Quaker miscellany of printed and manuscript material, notably sermons by Samuel Fothergill and autobiographical writings by Mary Penington. Brotherton Library, University of Leeds
creatorOf Rockwood Academy Collection. Genealogical information related to the Fothergill family, 1908-1921. University of Guelph
creatorOf Peirce, Rebecca B. Commonplace book, 1824. Haverford College Library
creatorOf Marshall, Humphry, 1722-1801. Humphry Marshall Papers, 1721-1863 (bulk: 1760-1800). William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Fowler family. Papers, 1757-1840. Duke University Libraries, Duke University Library; Perkins Library
referencedIn Humphry and Moses Marshall papers, Marshall, Humphry and Moses papers, 1721-1863 William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Fothergill, Alexander, 1709-1788. Fothergill Family Papers, ca.1763-1995. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
referencedIn Hunt, John, 1740-1824. Papers, 1770-1828. Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
creatorOf Marshall, Humphry, 1722-1801. Humphry and Moses Marshall papers, 1721-1863. William L. Clements Library
creatorOf Anna Wharton Wood collection, 1741-1853 Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
creatorOf Jonah Thompson correspondence, 1756-1759 Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
referencedIn Birkbeck, Joseph. Manuscripts, collected and transcribed by Joseph Birkbeck, [ca. 1780]. Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
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correspondedWith Benezet, Anthony, 1713-1784. person
associatedWith Birkbeck, Joseph. person
associatedWith Chester Monthly Meeting (Society of Friends : 1803-1827 : Moorestown, N.J.) corporateBody
associatedWith Drinker, Henry, 1734-1809. person
associatedWith Fowler family. family
associatedWith Library of the Society of Friends (London Yearly Meeting) corporateBody
associatedWith Marshall, Humphry, 1722-1801. person
associatedWith Marshall, Moses, 1758-1813 person
associatedWith Peirce, Rebecca B. person
associatedWith Penington, Mary Proude Springett, 1616-1682. person
associatedWith Rockwood Academy Collection. corporateBody
associatedWith Society of Friends. corporateBody
associatedWith Thompson, Jonah, 1702 or 3-1780. person
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London ENG GB
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Sermons, English--18th century
Quakers
Lay ministry--Society of Friends
Quakers--18th century--Sermons
Society of Friends--Clergy
Society of Friends
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Quakers
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Birth 1715-11-20

Death 1772-06-15

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English

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