Jacob Post

Jacob Post (1774–1855) was an English Quaker[1] and a religious writer.

Jacob Post
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Post at the 1840 Anti-Slavery Convention. On his left is Lady Byron
Resting placeWinchmore Hill, Middlesex
Known forWriting


Jacob Post was born in Whitefriars, London, on 12 September 1774. His parents, John and Rosamund Post, enrolled him at the relatively new Ackworth School in Yorkshire, which was run by the Society of Friends.

By 1787 Post had moved to Islington and was writing on behalf of the emerging evangelical section of the Quakers. In 1812 he founded a local section of the Bible Society. In 1837, his eighteen-year-old son died. In the following year he published Extracts from the Diary of Frederick James Post under joint authorship.

Isaac Crewdson (Beaconite) writerSamuel Jackman Prescod - Barbadian JournalistWilliam Morgan from BirminghamWilliam Forster - Quaker leaderGeorge Stacey - Quaker leaderWilliam Forster - Anti-Slavery ambassadorJohn Burnet -Abolitionist SpeakerWilliam Knibb -Missionary to JamaicaJoseph Ketley from GuyanaGeorge Thompson - UK & US abolitionistJ. Harfield Tredgold - British South African (secretary)Josiah Forster - Quaker leaderSamuel Gurney - the Banker's BankerSir John Eardley-WilmotDr Stephen Lushington - MP and JudgeSir Thomas Fowell BuxtonJames Gillespie Birney - AmericanJohn BeaumontGeorge Bradburn - Massachusetts politicianGeorge William Alexander - Banker and TreasurerBenjamin Godwin - Baptist activistVice Admiral MoorsonWilliam TaylorWilliam TaylorJohn MorrisonGK PrinceJosiah ConderJoseph SoulJames Dean (abolitionist)John Keep - Ohio fund raiserJoseph EatonJoseph Sturge - Organiser from BirminghamJames WhitehorneJoseph MarriageGeorge BennettRichard AllenStafford AllenWilliam Leatham, bankerWilliam BeaumontSir Edward Baines - JournalistSamuel LucasFrancis August CoxAbraham BeaumontSamuel Fox, Nottingham grocerLouis Celeste LecesneJonathan BackhouseSamuel BowlyWilliam Dawes - Ohio fund raiserRobert Kaye Greville - BotanistJoseph Pease, railway pioneerW.T.BlairM.M. Isambert (sic)Mary Clarkson -Thomas Clarkson's daughter in lawWilliam TatumSaxe Bannister - PamphleteerRichard Davis Webb - IrishNathaniel Colver - Americannot knownJohn Cropper - Most generous LiverpudlianThomas ScalesWilliam JamesWilliam WilsonThomas SwanEdward Steane from CamberwellWilliam BrockEdward BaldwinJonathon MillerCapt. Charles Stuart from JamaicaSir John Jeremie - JudgeCharles Stovel - BaptistRichard Peek, ex-Sheriff of LondonJohn SturgeElon GalushaCyrus Pitt GrosvenorRev. Isaac BassHenry SterryPeter Clare -; sec. of Literary & Phil. Soc. ManchesterJ.H. JohnsonThomas PriceJoseph ReynoldsSamuel WheelerWilliam BoultbeeDaniel O'Connell - "The Liberator"William FairbankJohn WoodmarkWilliam Smeal from GlasgowJames Carlile - Irish Minister and educationalistRev. Dr. Thomas BinneyEdward Barrett - Freed slaveJohn Howard Hinton - Baptist ministerJohn Angell James - clergymanJoseph CooperDr. Richard Robert Madden - IrishThomas BulleyIsaac HodgsonEdward SmithSir John Bowring - diplomat and linguistJohn EllisC. Edwards Lester - American writerTapper Cadbury - Businessmannot knownThomas PinchesDavid Turnbull - Cuban linkEdward AdeyRichard BarrettJohn SteerHenry TuckettJames Mott - American on honeymoonRobert Forster (brother of William and Josiah)Richard RathboneJohn BirtWendell Phillips - AmericanM. L'Instant from HaitiHenry Stanton - AmericanProf William AdamMrs Elizabeth Tredgold - British South AfricanT.M. McDonnellMrs John BeaumontAnne Knight - FeministElizabeth Pease - SuffragistJacob Post - Religious writerAnne Isabella, Lady Byron - mathematician and estranged wifeAmelia Opie - Novelist and poetMrs Rawson - Sheffield campaignerThomas Clarkson's grandson Thomas ClarksonThomas MorganThomas Clarkson - main speakerGeorge Head Head - Banker from CarlisleWilliam AllenJohn ScobleHenry Beckford - emancipated slave and abolitionistUse your cursor to explore (or Click "i" to enlarge) 
Post is on the right near the ladies in this painting of the 1840 Anti-Slavery Convention.[1] Move your cursor to identify Post or click icon to enlarge

In 1840 Post's portrait featured in a painting of the 1840 Anti-Slavery Convention in London.[1] His wife Elizabeth Post died in 1844; Post died on 1 April 1855 at his house in Islington.

Post's output includes two children's books, accounts of founders of the Society of FriendsGeorge Fox and William Penn, the founder of Pennsylvania – and matters of religious dispute in his time.[2]

Works includeEdit

  • Extracts from the Diary of Frederick James Post and other Manuscripts, with a Memoir (1838)
  • Some Popular Customs amongst Christians questioned and compared with Gospel Precepts and Examples (1839)
  • On the History and Mystery of (those called) the Sacraments; shewing them to be Jewish Institutions... (1846)
  • The Bible: the Book for All (1848)
  • Popular Memoir of W. Penn (1850)[3]
  • A Brief Memoir of George Fox... for the Information of Strangers (1854)
  • The Lord's Supper its origin and history (1854)[4]


  1. ^ a b c The Anti-Slavery Society Convention, 1840, Benjamin Robert Haydon, 1841, National Portrait Gallery, London, NPG599, Given by British and Foreign Anti-Slavery Society in 1880
  2. ^ Charlotte Fell-Smith, "Post, Jacob (1774–1855)", rev. K. D. Reynolds, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, UK: OUP, 2004 Retrieved 19 January 2010.
  3. ^ Post, Jacob (1850). A popular memoir of William Penn. C. Gilpin.
  4. ^ Post, Jacob (1854). The Lord's supper; its origin and history: shewing that devotionally partaking of bread and wine is an ancient Jewish ceremony.