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"Discipline of the Yearly Meeting of Friends" book and bonnet

Identifier: L228

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a book, Quaker bonnet and printed information from members of the Society of Friends in New York City, New York and Indianapolis, Indiana ranging from circa 1810 to 1831 regarding meetings and policies.


  • circa 1810-1831

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

George Merritt was born on November 22, 1824 to Joseph and Phebe Hart Merritt, who were Quakers. He was the seventh of nine children. The family moved to Michigan when he was 12, and he moved to Ohio as an adult. Merritt learned woolen manufacturing under his uncle, George Merritt, in Ohio and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana in 1856, founding Merritt and Coughlen, woolen manufacturers. He once lived at 172 N. West Street, Indianapolis.

Merritt married Paulina T. McClung in 1852, and they had three children: Jeannette, Worth J. and Ernest G. Jeannette died in 1884 at the age of 31. Worth died while crossing the Great Colorado Desert alone in 1906, at the age of 44. His remains were identified two years later. Ernest became the chair of physics at Cornell University, (Ithaca, New York).

Merritt served on the board of school commissioners of Indianapolis. He acquired the land known originally as Camp Sullivan, now as Military Park and was later appointed to the Indianapolis Board of Park Commissioners. As a Quaker, he would not serve in the Civil War but he was a trusted advisor of Governor Morton and served in lifesaving opportunities. As a member of the Indiana Sanitary Commission, he often visited soldiers in battlefields and hospitals and established a home in Knightstown, Indiana a home for orphans of soldiers. Merritt was a generous philanthropist to many causes.

George Merritt died in 1912 and is buried in the Crown Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.

Sources: "George Merritt." Find a Grave Memorial. Accessed May 15, 2016.

Dunn, Jacob Piatt. Greater Indianapolis: The History, the Industries, the Institutions, and the People of a City of Homes. Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1910.


1 Cubic Feet (1 custom oversize box)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a transfer from the Indiana Division during 2016.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

A digital reproduction of the "Discipline of the Yearly Meeting of Friends", New York City, New York, dated 1826, is available electronically in the Hathi Trust:

Related Archival Material

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in the Indiana Collection and Genealogy Division, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

"Discipline of the Yearly Meeting of Friends" Vol. 1: ISLI 977.201 M341ID V.1.

"Discipline of the Yearly Meeting of Friends" Vol. 1 and Vol. 2: ISLG MICROFICHE LH8193.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2016/96/14 by Edythe Huffman. EAD finding aid created 2016/96/14 by Edythe Huffman.
"Discipline of the Yearly Meeting of Friends" book and bonnet
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.