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Marriage and Family Life

MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Girard family.
Dates:
1819-1880
Abstract:  

This is principally correspondence between Henriette Girard, niece of Stephen Girard, and her husbands, Henri Lallemand and John Yardly Clark. Correspondents include Stephen Girard and other members of the family.
Call #:  
Mss.B.G44
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Hewson family.
Dates:
1767-1836
Abstract:  

These are letters of William Hewson, Mary Stevenson Hewson, and Thomas Tickell Hewson, chiefly to members of the family on personal affairs. There are also a transcript of a draft of William Hewson's account of his quarrel with Dr. William Hunter and a letter from Barbeu Du Bourg to Mary Stevenson Hewson.
Call #:  
Mss.B.H492.h, .br, .b1, .b
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Shippen, Edward, 1729-1806
Dates:
1754-1789
Abstract:  

These are receipts from tradesmen, mechanics, and storekeepers for sewing, carriage work, the making and repair of shoes, madeira, fabrics, sugar, hair-dressing, and clothing.
Call #:  
Mss.B.Sh621
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Dates:
1749-1898
Abstract:  

The James S. and Frances M. Bradford Collection contains a wealth of letters to and from Polly Stevenson Hewson, intimate friend of Benjamin Franklin. At the heart of the collection are approximately 40 letters from Mary Stevenson to Franklin with a smaller number in return. Friendly, increasingly intimate, these provide a glimpse of the domestic life of Franklin and his warm personal relations with the Stevensons and Hewsons. Among the noteworthy individual items is the manuscript "Craven Street Gazette" (Sept. 22-26, 1770), the mock newspaper Franklin produced while in London. The collection also contains a series of unrelated miscellaneous manuscripts that includes correspondence from William Bradford, Patrick Henry, and George Washington.
Call #:  
Mss.B.F85.bra
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
LeConte family.
Dates:
1827-1901
Abstract:  

Principally letters from John Eatton LeConte, John Lawrence LeConte, Joseph LeConte, and Mrs. Jane LeConte Harden to Mrs. Matilda Jane Harden Stevens, Sumner Morrison Ramsey, Mrs. Ann LeConte Stevens, and Louis LeConte pertaining to family matters and natural history.
Call #:  
Mss.B.L493f
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Michaux, André, 1746-1802
Dates:
1783-1890
Abstract:  

Includes three letters to his son, Francois André (1783-1801); an act of New Jersey authorizing Michaux to purchase land in the state to establish a botanical garden (1786); five letters to John Wakefield Francis concerning publishing projects and acquisitions of books and journals (1817); a letter from James MacPherson Le Moine to Henry Phillips, Jr. (1890); and, an undated letter from Alexander von Humboldt to Michaux.
Call #:  
Mss.B.M58
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creators:
Rittenhouse family. | Rittenhouse, David, 1732-1796
Dates:
1774-1932
Abstract:  

These papers include letters, broadsides, and other documents pertaining to various branches of the Rittenhouse family, in particular, David Rittenhouse and his daughter Elizabeth "Betsey" Rittenhouse Sergeant. Included are references to Benjamin Smith Barton, and copies of documents concerning the Barton family, especially Thomas Barton, in Fanny Abbott's, "Family Records."
Call #:  
Mss.B.R51f
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Rush, Julia Stockton, 1759-1848
Dates:
1776-1809
Abstract:  

Letters written by Julia Rush, wife of Benjamin Rush, mainly to her husband, with one to Samuel Stockton and one to Mary Rush. Eight letters were written during the 1793 yellow fever epidemic. The letters are not included in Lyman Butterfield's edition of Benjamin Rush's letters, vol. 30 of APS Memoirs (1951).
Call #:  
Mss.B.R894
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Short, William (1759-1849)
Dates:
1787-1838
Abstract:  

This correspondence is chiefly of a personal nature between Short and Alexandrine Charlotte de Rohan-Chabot, the Duchesse de La Rochefoucauld, concerning his desire to marry her and bring her to America. The Duchesse's letters describe life in a powerful, wealthy, and noble French family under the ancien régime, including events of the Revolution and the Reign of Terror, and life in France thereafter. The collection also includes letters from Lafayette, Count Luigi Castiglioni, Pauline Castiglioni, and the Duc de La Rochefoucauld-Liancourt.
Call #:  
Mss.B.Sh83
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Gibson, Elizabeth Bordley, 1777-1863
Dates:
1795-1863
Abstract:  

Providing a glimpse in to the private life of a genteel lady in the early republic, the Elizabeth Bordley Gibson Papers consist of over 200 letters and notes written during the years 1795 to 1863. The bulk of the letters cover the period 1848-1863, and involve Gibson's correspondence with members of her extended family. Elizabeth was related to the influential Bordley, Mifflin, and Shippen families, three of the more prominent families in colonial and early republic Pennsylvania and Maryland. Most of the correspondence in the collection comprises letters between Elizabeth Bordley Gibson and her cousin Edward Shippen and her nieces Elizabeth Mifflin, Anne C. Ross, and Elizabeth Stump. Complementing other early American history collections at APS, the Gibson Papers offers important insights in to women's history and the history of influential mid-Atlantic families in nineteenth-century America.
Call #:  
Mss.SMs.Coll.30
Extent:
1.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Various authors
Dates:
1790-1822
Abstract:  

This group includes wills for Benjamin Franklin Bache (B/B122.w), Richard Bache (B/B121.w), George Clymer (B/C625.w), Benjamin Franklin (B/F85.w), Francis Hopkinson (B/H768.w), Jared Ingersoll (Misc. Ms. Coll.), Thomas McKean (B/M195.w), Thomas Mifflin (B/M586.w), Robert Morris (B/M835.w), George Ross (B/R735.w), and Benjamin Rush (B/R89.w).
Call #:  
Mss.B.B122.w
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Bache, Sarah Franklin, 1743-1808
Dates:
1768-1807
Abstract:  

Sarah Franklin Bache (1743-1808), a Revolutionary War patriot and daughter of Benjamin Franklin, led an active public life according to the standards of womanhood in the late eighteenth century. As the daughter of Benjamin Franklin she had an unusual access, for a woman, to the political life in revolutionary Philadelphia. Although her primary role was of caretaker of her family and home, Bache played an active role in the Revolution through her relief work and as her father's political hostess. The Sarah Franklin Bache papers consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence ranging from 1768 to 1807 mostly of a personal nature to and from friends and relatives. The correspondence of her relatives includes her nephew William Temple Franklin, her brother William Franklin and her children.
Call #:  
Mss.B.B1245
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Bancker, James Albert, 1821-1897
Dates:
1842-1849
Abstract:  

Written from China to his family, the letters of James Bancker contain descriptions of the social life of the Americans and English in China, of Hong Kong after the British acquisition of that place, and of anti-British riots in Canton. A long letter describes the outward voyage from New York to Canton; several letters given an account of a visit to the Philippines; and there is a partial journal of Bancker's return home through the Red Sea.
Call #:  
Mss.B.B22
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Cassin, Charles Luke, 1846-1878
Dates:
1745-1878
Abstract:  

The correspondence (1869-1883) is primarily routine business, i.e. navy orders and letters of recommendation, and also includes some personal letters. In addition, there are several notebooks and diaries, including notes from Pennsylvania Hospital clinical lectures, 1867-1869 (2 v.); diaries, 1865-1875 (7 v.); a volume of poetry; and general study notes. There is also early material (1745-1813) on the Cassin family, including a letter of indenture dated 1758.
Call #:  
Mss.B.C274
Extent:
70 items



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Wistar family.
Dates:
1746-1929
Abstract:  

This collection includes letters, diaries, notebooks, and early photographs, relating primarily to the Wister family of Germantown and Philadelphia. Much of the correspondence concerns domestic news and consists of letters from or to Sarah Wister. These include interesting observations on Germantown and Philadelphia society from other families as well, such as the Bayntons and Bullocks. There are numerous letters from various Wisters, including Casper, Charles Jones, Elizabeth (including a journal of a trip to Bristol, 1783), Hannah, John, Owen Jones, and others. There is also poetry by Sarah.
Call #:  
Mss.974.811.Ea7
Extent:
3.5 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Bache, Catherine Wistar, 1770-1820
Dates:
1788-1822
Abstract:  

Catherine Wistar Bache (1805-1886) was the point of connection between two of Philadelphia's most illustrious families of the late eighteenth century. Daughter of the physician Caspar Wistar, in November 1797 she married Dr. William Bache, who was the son of Richard Bache and the grandson of Benjamin Franklin. Primarily letters to Mrs. Bache (wife of Dr. William Bache) of Philadelphia, from Mrs. David Hosack (nee Mary Eddy), Mrs. Elizabeth Trist, and Mary Jones. The letters are personal and concern family life, activities of husbands, etc., with many references to Caspar Wistar, There are comments on diseases, education (at William and Mary College), war, and politics. References are also made to the deaths of Richard Bache and Caspar Wistar, and to Benjamin Franklin's Stockado (a musical instrument).
Call #:  
Mss.B.B124
Extent:
0.75 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Clymer, George, 1739-1813
Dates:
1745-1848
Abstract:  

George Clymer was a successful merchant, well-known politician, and a generous philanthropist, but is today most famous for being a signer of the Declaration of Independence. As a proponent of independence, he joined various local political committees including six of the seven Philadelphia resistance committees. From there, he entered the national political arena and in 1776 was elected to the Second Continental Congress where he signed the Declaration of Independence. The George Clymer Collection is a small one and not reflective of his varied pursuits. There are twenty-seven documents, most of which are not signed by Clymer; those that are signed by Clymer are dated between May 3, 1800 and January 22, 1813. The items represent not Clymer's political activities but his ordinary legal and real estate transactions.
Call #:  
Mss.B.C625
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Fox family
Dates:
1690-1915
Abstract:  

The collection contains information on Fox family speculation in western lands, two manuscript maps from the 1790's and 1830's depicting the family's holdings in northwestern Pennsylvania, and a photograph album from the 1890's documenting Chestnutwold, the Fox estate adjacent to Andalusia. Chief correspondents are Samuel and George Fox.
Call #:  
Mss.B.F832f
Extent:
2 Linear feet



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