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Joseph Mosley, S. J., Papers

Rev. Joseph Mosley, SJ was born in Lincolnshire, England, on November 16,1731. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1748, after having received an education at St. Omers, France. In 1758 Fr. Mosley went to Maryland, where he worked in missions to Charles Co. and St. Mary's Co. In 1765 he founded the Mission of St. Joseph's in Talbot Co. on Maryland's Eastern Shore. It was in the service of St. Joseph's that he died, on June 3, 1787.

St. Joseph's, Talbot County, Maryland ca. 1955

While serving in Maryland, Fr. Mosley wrote a number of letters describing various aspects of life in Southern Maryland and on the Eastern Shore. The sixteen letters which comprise this collection --fifteen of which Fr. Mosley sent to his sister, and the remaining one of which he sent to his brother, Michael Mosley , SJ -- are full of details not only on the state of local society, but on the flora and fauna of the area. A selection from among them was published in the Woodstock Letters, Vol.35, a hardbound offprint of which is included in this collection.

(Note: Researchers are requested to use the photocopies of these letters,found in the first folder of the collection.)

ACCESSION DATA: The Rev. Joseph Mosley, SJ Letters were sent in April, 1883 to John GilmaryShea, SJ by Alexander T. Knight from Alton, Stoke on Trent, England.

BULK DATES: 1757 - 1786
SPAN DATES: 1757 - 1963

EXTENT: 1 half box

Folder List

Box: 1 Fold: 1 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 1
Oct 23, 1757

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his sister, dated Oct 23, 1757. Hopes to see her next spring, when he expects to be in England " on my road to Maryland."
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Box: 1 Fold: 2 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 2
Feb 25, 1758

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his sister, dated Feb. 25, 1758. From London. Farewell letter - he is leaving for Maryland, March 10.
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Box: 1 Fold: 3 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 3
Sept 8, 1758

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his sister, dated Sept. 8, 1758. From Newtown, Maryland.
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Box: 1 Fold: 4 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 4
Sept 1, 1759

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his sister, dated Sept 1 1759, with detailed description of St. Mary's Co., MD.
View: part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 part 5 part 6 part 7 part 8

Box: 1 Fold: 5 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 5
Oct 5, 1760

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his sister, dated Oct 5 1760, describing his illness and general state of Newtown mission.
View: part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 part 5 part 6

Box: 1 Fold: 6 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 6
Jul 30, 1764

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his brother Michael Mosley, SJ, dated Jul 30. 1764. Letter describes aspects of life in Port Tobacco, MD.
View: part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4

Box: 1 Fold: 7 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 7
Oct 14, 1766

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his sister, dated Oct 14, 1766. Letter describes conditions at Talbot Co., MD, mission.
View: part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 part 5 part 6 part 7

Box: 1 Fold: 8 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 8
Sept 8, 1770

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his sister, dated Sept 8 1770, on family matters and hardships of life in Maryland.
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Box: 1 Fold: 9 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 9
Jun 5, 1772

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his sister, dated Jun 5 1772, on various topics, including conditions in Tuckahoe, MD, indentured servitude, privation among former servants.
View: part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 part 5 part 6 part 7 part 8

Box: 1 Fold: 10 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 10
Sept 20, 1772

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his sister, dated Sept 20 1772, on trip from Tuckahoe, MD, to Philadelphia, difficulties of mission work on the Eastern Shore.
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Box: 1 Fold: 11 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 11
July 5, 1773

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his sister, dated July 5, 1773. Tells of long rides visiting the sick; problem with kidney stones.
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Box: 1 Fold: 12 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 12
Nov 5, 1773

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his sister, dated Nov 5 1773, on his work, and native creatures.
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Box: 1 Fold: 13 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 13
Oct 3, 1774

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his sister, dated Oct 3 1774, on conditions of immigrants to Talbot Co., suppression of Society of Jesus, drinking customs on Eastern Shore.
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Box: 1 Fold: 14 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 14
Aug 16, 1775

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his sister, dated Aug 16 1775, on subject of approach of Revolutionary War.
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Box: 1 Fold: 15 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 15
Oct 4, 1784

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his sister, dated Oct 4 1784, on subject of Mosley's purchase of St. Joseph's, Talbot Co., inroad of Methodists on the Eastern Shore, Bill of Rights and toleration of Catholics.
View: part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4 part 5 part 6

Box: 1 Fold: 16 Joseph Mosley, SJ: Letter 16
Jul 20, 1786

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Mosley to his sister, dated Jul 20 1786, on the subject of obtaining books from England.
View: part 1 part 2 part 3 part 4

Box: 1 Fold: 17 Correspondence re Gift of Mosley Letters
1883-1963

DESCRIPTION: Contains correspondence of transmittal of Mosley letters, plus other correspondence about the letters.

 

Mosley Day-Book
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