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Jesse Moore letter

Identifier: MS-0036

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains a letter from Jesse Moore to his parents. In 1794 Jesse was a teacher at Washington College. He writes to his parents about the rumors that he is going to become a Clergyman for the Presbyterian or Episcopal church. He denies this rumor, while many say it would suit him the pay is too mean, he also addresses what he believes to be unscrupulous people among his Quaker congregation at home who wish to see him expelled. He mentions speaking to Isaac Potts about this. Jesse then goes on to talk about how long he plans to continue teaching at Washington College and whether teaching is a profession he wishes to continue. There is also a transcript of the letter.


  • 1794 April 21

Access restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication rights

Copyright has not been assigned to Washington College. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Archives and Special Collections. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Washington College as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical Information Note

Jesse Moore (1765-1824) was born July 21 in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania to Mordecai Moore and Elizabeth Davis Moore. Mordecai and his brother John gave their land and houses for the Continental Army to use for their encampment in 1777, Valley Forge. In the 1790s Jesse worked as a teacher but at some point, he took up law and in 1803 became the judge for the 6th District in Pennsylvania. He died in 1824.


.05 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial history

Letter was in possession of the family.

Acquisition information

Gift of Evelyn E. Brame, 2016.

Finding Aid to the Jesse Moore Letter
L. Sheldon
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Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Washington College Archives & Special Collections Repository

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