Some Account of a Journey to the Cherokees in 1839-1840; Being Extracts from the Journal of David E. Knowles
- Bulletin of Friends' Historical Society of Philadelphia
- Friends Historical Association
- Volume 6, Number 3, Eleventh Month (November) 1915
- pp. 70-78
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70BULLETIN OF FRIENDS' HISTORICAL SOCIETY. quarters of ground in the rear, which may help in the upkeep of the house. This garden is at present much of a wilderness, although good crops have been raised on it this summer. Fences are down, chimneys need repointing, and the only water supply being from an outside well, the piping of the house from the nearest main, some two blocks distant, must be considered, besides adding a little simple plumbing to the equipment. All this will cost several hundred dollars more. Does not the need appeal to some of our generous members, who are not as yet represented in the Association? The Trustees of the John Woolman Memorial Association are: Isaac Sharpless, Haverford, Pa.; L. Hollingsworth Wood, Mt. Kisco, N. Y. ; Charles F. Jenkins, Philadelphia, Pa. ; Amelia M. Gummere, Haverford, Pa. ; Caroline H. Engle, Mt. Holly, N. J. ; Annie L. Woolman Jones, Moorestown, N. J. ; Howard M. Cooper, Camden, N. J.; Henry Tatnall Brown, Moorestown, N. J. ; C. Walter Bortón, Moorestown, N. J. SOME ACCOUNT OF A JOURNEY TO THE CHEROKEES1 IN 1839-1840; BEING EXTRACTS FROM THE JOURNAL OF DAVID E. KNOWLES. The manuscript of the Journal of David E. Knowles having come into the keeping of Friends' Historical Society of Philadelphia , it has been thought by the Council and Editor that extracts from this simple record will interest the readers of the Bulletin. There is less introspection than is usual in such diaries, and frequently there is little more than a statement of miles driven and places visited. Such entries will not be printed, except so far as may seem needful to indicate the course of the journey. The earlier parts of the Journal are given in full, to show the discouragements which were encountered at the outset. 1TlIe Cherokees were living in what is now the northeast corner of Oklahoma. SOME ACCOUNT OF A JOURNEY TO THE CHEROKEES. 71 It is not proposed to give the account of the visits to the meetings of Friends in the Middle West and elsewhere, but in general to restrict the extracts to those relating to the Indians. The travelers started from East Farnham, Province of Quebec, Canada, near the Vermont line, and, with the exception of the steamboat ride on their outward journey from Cincinnati to Little Rock, Arkansas, the whole expedition was made by carriage and horses. A nephew of the wife of David E. Knowles writes, " I was but a boy when Uncle David and Aunt Drusilla (who was my mother's sister) started on that long journey. . . . They went away with one horse and came back with two, one of them being the same one they drove away, a fine gray Hambletonian mare. They drove all the way to Iowa, when it was a territory. ... I think it was a very heroic undertaking for a lame man." David E. Knowles (1801-1848), the writer of the Journal, was born at Orange, Massachusetts. He was descended from Henry Knowles, who came to Boston in 1635 and went to Portsmouth and Warwick, Rhode Island. Samuel Knowles, of the fifth generation (1762-1832), lived at different times at Monkton , Vermont ; Orange, Massachusetts ; and East Farnham, Province of Quebec, Canada. He married Sally Woodard, and one of their six children was David E. Knowles, the writer of the Journal. David E. Knowles married Drusilla Hoskins, who accompanied him on his long journey. An account of the Meeting of East Farnham by Joshua Bull, a member of the Meeting, was published in the Bulletin for Eleventh month, 1908 (Vol. II, pp. 113-118), supplemented by an account of a visit to East Farnham in 1830 by Dr. Rowland Greene. David E. Knowles " was acknowledged a minister of the Society of Friends prior to 1836," and " was faithful in his calling ." " In the latter part of the year 1839," says the Memorial, issued by Fordham Monthly Meeting, 23d of Fourth month, 1849, " after passing through many exercises and conflicts from within and without, he gave up to a prospect, under which he had labored for a length of time, of performing a religious visit 72BULLETIN OF FRIENDS' HISTORICAL SOCIETY. to Friends in Indiana and Ohio...