Charles Evans papers
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Charles Evans (1802-1879), the son of Jonathan and Hannah (Bacon) Evans, was born on December 25th, 1802, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Evans was a Quaker physician and was active in the Quaker community. He attended the 1827 meeting that planned the Orthodox/Hicksite seperation, and was an attendant physician at the Friends Asylum for many years. Evans was on the editorial committee of The Friend, and wrote conservative editiorials for the publication. In 1861, Evans visitied England and Ireland, a journey taken in part due to an affection of the throat. Evans married Mary Lownes Smith, the daughter of Robert Smith III, the first editor of The Friend, in 1836. They had no children. Charles Evans died on April 21st, 1879.
This collection primarily consists of correspondence to/from Evans's father, Jonathan Evans. Jonathan Evans was born in Philadephia, Pennsylvania in 1759, to Jonathan D. Evans and Hannah Walton. He married Hannah Bacon (1765-1829) on April 13th, 1786, in Philadelphia. They had seven children: William (1787-1867), Joseph (1789-1871), Mary (1791-1859), Hannah (1793-1865), Joel (1796-1865), Thomas (1798-1868), and Charles (1802-1879). Jonathan Evans died on February 8th, 1839 in Philadelphia.
This collection contains letters from multiple generations of the Evans family. The primary author and receipient is Jonathan Evans. Letters discuss day-to-day life as well as religious ideas. In addition to the correspondence, the collection includes a few essays and a journal. Essays are primarily religious in nature, while the journal describes traveling in America.
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Letters from David Bacon in London to his daughter, son, and grand daughter
Letter from Peter Bedford in London to Jonathan Evans in Philadelphia; article about Bedford in The Friend; 2 images of Bedford in his later years
Letter from Moses Brown in Providence to Jonathan Evans in Philadelphia
A testimony concerning the sale and freedom of Dublin, a Black man.
Letters from John Cox in Oxmead to Elizabeth Barton in Newtown
Facsimile of an original letter in the possession of James J. Fisher of Limmerick, Dublin, transcribed 1834
Letters and other documents pre-seperation and post-seperation, addressed primarily to Henry Cope
Receipts of Jonathan Evans for housing and supplies
Extracts from sermons and letters by Elizabeth Evans
Letters from members of the Evans family to numerous others
Letters and essays by members of the Evans family, as well as a photo of Thomas Evans
Memorials and biographies of members of the Evans family who died in the 1800s
Letters from Hannah Bacon Evans in Philadelphia, primarily to her husband, Jonathan Evans, and her daughter, Mary Evans
Letters from Jonathan Evans, primarily to his wife, Hannah Bacon Evans
Deed of Stephen Evans to David Stephen
Photo of Thomas Evans and documents regarding Thomas and William Evans association with Friends Library
Letters from William Evans to his brother Thomas and his children. Additionally, there is an account of his final days by his daughter in-law, Hannah Bacon Evans
Letters from William Evans to his wife, Elizabeth Barton Evans
Letters from Rebecca Grellet to Mildred Ratcliff
Letter from Stephen and Rebecca Grellet to Mildred Ratcliff
Religious writings from Joseph John Gurney
A copy of an interview with Elias Hicks done during a Yearly Meeting in Philadelphia
A letter from Luke Howard to Jonathan Evans (1828). Additionally, there is a note regarding Luke Howard and the scientific names of cloud types (1925).
Letters from Mehitable Jenkins to others, including Jonathan Evans
Letters from Rebecca Jones in Philadelphia to Joseph Williams in Dublin
Letters from Warner Mifflin to Henry Drinker
"Some account on the first settling of Nantucket" as well as some photocopied photographs
Journal of Edmund Peckover's travels in America
Minutes of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, likely written by Thomas Evans
Portrait of Ratcliff, transcriptions of words spoken by Ratcliff, and letters to others, including Hannah and Jonathan Evans
Letters and papers written by the Evans family and others surrounding the separation of 1827-1828
An account of the illness and final days of John Storer
Sufferings of Friends in meetings around the Philadelphia area