Alison, Francis (1705-1779)
Papers, 1743-1871
Finding Aid to Record Group 294
0.25 cu.ft.

Presbyterian Historical Society
425 Lombard St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147-1516


Collection open for research.


Francis Alison was born in Ireland in 1705. He studied at the University of Glasgow before travelling to America in 1735. In 1737 he became pastor of Pennsylvania's New London Presbyterian Church. Ten years later he opened an academy in New London. Students included three signers of the Declaration of Independence and the Secretary of the Second Continental Congress.

In 1752 Alison moved to Philadelphia to take charge of the Philadelphia Academy. He was later appointed Vice-Provost of the newly established University of Pennsylvania, as well as Professor of Moral Philosophy. He was also assistant minister at the First Presbyterian Church. Alison died in 1779.


Record Group 294 consists of Alison's sermons, miscellaneous manuscripts, and miscellaneous items. It is arranged as follows:

SERIES 1: SERMONS, 1752-1774
SERIES 3: ALISON FAMILY, 1770-1871, undated
SERIES 4: OTHER PAPERS, 1743-1773, undated


Folders 6 and 7 contain two manuscripts each. The two starred titles in the folder listing have typed transcripts filed with them. The manuscripts are very old and fragile--researchers are encouraged to work with the transcripts when possible.

Folder 8 contains a photostat of the 1770 certificate. The original is oversized and housed separately--see the end of the folder listing for box and folder number.

Some of Alison's sermons have been microfilmed--please consult the card catalogue for these.

There is a collection of Francis Alison Papers at Yale University.

Collection processed and finding aid prepared: August 1992
Stephanie Muntone, Processing Archivist

Box	Folder	Description
1	1a	Finding Aid to Record Group 294

		SERIES 1:  SERMONS, 1752-1774

	1	Sermons, 1752-55
	2		    1756-73
	3		    1771-74
	4	Transcripts of Sermons
	5	Catechism, Sermon Notes, Sermon Outline

		SERIES 2:  WRITINGS, undated

	6	"Reasons for Dissenting from the Church of England"*
		Comments on Chandler's "Church of England in America"
	7	"On First Principles of Knowledge"*
		"On Logic"

		SERIES 3:  ALISON FAMILY, 1770-1871, undated

	8	Francis Alison, Jr--Certificate from PA Hospital, 1770  (photostat)
		Obituary, 1813
		Robert H. Alison--Letter from Robert DuBois, 1871
		Alison Family--Transcript of Notebook, undated

		SERIES 4:  OTHER PAPERS, 1743-1773, undated

	9	New London School--Accounts, 1743-48
	10	Second Presbytery of Philadelphia, 1773
	11	Miscellany


2	1	Francis Alison, Jr--Certificate from PA Hospital, 1770 (original)