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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.
Parts of this collection are also available on microfilm.
Selected papers and documents: MFPOS 807
Sermons 1752-1758: MFPOS 808
There is a collection of Francis Alison Papers at Yale University.
Folders 6 and 7 contain two manuscripts each. The two starred titles in the folder listing have typed transcripts filed with them.Folder 8 contains a photostat of the 1770 certificate. The original is oversized and housed separately in Box 2.Collection processed and finding aid prepared: August 1992Stephanie Muntone, Processing Archivist
Finding Aid to Record Group 294
SERIES I: SERMONS, 1752-1774, undated
Transcripts of Sermons
Catechism, Sermon Notes, Sermon Outline
SERIES II: WRITINGS, undated
"Reasons for Dissenting from the Church of England"*
Comments on Chandler's "Church of England in America"
"On First Principles of Knowledge"*
SERIES III: ALISON FAMILY, 1770-1871, undated
Francis Alison, Jr--Certificate from PA Hospital, 1770 (photostat)
Robert H. Alison--Letter from Robert DuBois, 1871
Alison Family--Transcript of Notebook, undated
SERIES IV: OTHER PAPERS, 1743-1773, undated
New London School--Accounts, 1743-48
Second Presbytery of Philadelphia, 1773
Francis Alison, Jr--Certificate from PA Hospital, 1770 (original)