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Re: Isaac Bonsall, 1st Superindent, Friends Asylum
Posted by: Gary Parks Date: October 20, 2001 at 01:24:59
In Reply to: Isaac Bonsall of Pa. by Lea Buzby of 215

Lea -- Isaac Bonsall was the superintendant of the facility for its first six years, from 1817 to 1823. The institution is still in existence, and is now called Friends Hospital. They have several pamplets outlining the history of the founding of the asylum -- one which explores Isaac Bonsall's years establishing the treatment programs there. Haverford College library has two large diaries that Isaac wrote while there; I visited there this summer and read some of the entries and transcribed the first section, telling of the asylum's first days and those involved in its founding. I have some other research on Isaac and his family, have put together a CD-ROM of a collection of his letters and those of his second wife / a son (my ancestor) / and friends, and have transcribed part of another collection of his diaries that details his missions in the early 1800's to some of the Indian tribes on behalf of the Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. I will share what I have found with you if you desire. Gary Parks


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