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Prache and Mattern Papers, 1668-1795, 1888, n.d. (bulk 1668-1688).


0.25 linear feet.


Catalog Number:M205

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Agency History / Biographical Note:
Hilarius (Hilary) Prache (1614-1679), the son of a minister, his son-in-law John George (Johannes Georg) Mattern, and their families were early members of the Society of Friends (Quakers), founded by George Fox in the mid-17th century. Prache lived in Goldberg, Germany, and, from 1674, Cambridge, England, where he worked as an editor and translator. Mattern lived in Waltham Abbey, England.

Scope and Content:
37 letters, essays and documents, in German, English or both languages; a few acccompanied by modern transcriptions and translations. Most letters are to or from Prache or Mattern. The documents include an inventory of household belongings and a 1795 communication from the Yearly Meeting of Women in England to its sister group in Philadelphia. The essays include "A Testimony and Apology for ye Truth ..." written in German by Johann Georg Mattern with a second title page in English. There are several other 17th-century pieces relating to early Friends, including one signed by Roger Longworth (1640?-1687), though many items in German are untranslated and therefore unidentified.

General note: Photocopies of the Prache and Mattern papers provided for patron use. The collection is also available on microfilm; George J. Mitchell Dept. of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Me.; 1 microfilm reel.

Cite as: Prache and Mattern Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library.

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