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Includes papers of the "Universal Friend," her followers, and their descendants, relating largely to the migration of Wilkinson and her followers from Rhode Island to what is now Yates County, New York, the development of their settlements, their conflict and litigation over land, and their religious life. Included are minutes of meetings, deeds, the last will of the "Universal Friend" and others, journals, sermons, accounts, documents covering the Boston and Massachusetts Pre-emptions, the Gore Land Case, the Yates County Bank, the Second National Bank, President Jackson, temperance, and other subjects; and letters to and from Jemima Wilkinson, Sarah Richards, Ruth Richards, Rachel Malin, the Malin family, Alice Hazzard, James Parker, Arnold Potter, Thomas Hathaway, William Carter, Ruth Spencer, William Turpin, and others.

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