Taylor Family papers
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Albert J. Edmunds (1857-1941) was a British-born archivist, member of the Society of Friends, mystic, pupil, and disciple of J. Rendel Harris. He spent many years at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
Francis R. Taylor (1884-1947), the son of Elizabeth Savery and Thomas B. Taylor, graduated from Haverford College in 1906, and then the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1909. He became a practicing attorney in Philadelphia. He became a recorded minister of Abington Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends in 1922, was a founding member of Cheltenham Meeting, and was clerk of his monthly, quarterly and yearly meetings. He founded the Cheltenham National Bank and was its president from 1924 until his death; he was also treasurer of Savery Realty Corporation. He married Elizabeth Richie in 1911. Information primarily from the Dictionary of Quaker Biography
Elizabeth Richie Taylor (1883-1970), wife of Francis R. Taylor, was a member of Cheltenham Monthly Meeting, which she and her husband founded in their home in 1915, as well as starting the Joint Committee of Montgomery and Bucks Country Friends in the late 1930s, to bring members of the two branches together. She was active in the Women's Christian Temperance union, the William Forster Home and committees of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. Information from Friends Journal 16 1970, p. 636
George Washington Taylor (1803-1891) was the son of Jacob and Elizabeth Richards Taylor. In his Recollections of My Life Time, he remarked that his parents "were not in communion with any religious society," but attended Friends Meeting at New Garden. When George Washington Taylor was 12, he was received into membership of the meeting. In boyhood, he became anti-slavery, having read John Woolman's Testimony. He was great-uncle to Francis Taylor and was "connected all his life with the evangelical group in Philadelphia, an early admirer of Joseph John Gurney, an ardent abolitionist and, for many years, proprietor of the Free Produce Store in Philadelphia. Much of his correspondence with Elihu Burritt on the Free Produce Movement is still extant. He suffered with Whittier in the burning of Pennsylvania Hall in Philadelphia in 1838, their desks being side by side." Taylor was the publisher of the journal The Non-Slaveholder and a peace paper The Citizen of the World. He was married three times, first to Ruth Leeds, then to Elizabeth Burton, and then to Elizabeth Sykes. Information primarily from the Dictionary of Quaker Biography
Hubert Richie Taylor (1916-1998) was the son of Francis Taylor and Elizabeth Richie Taylor. He attended Westtown School and graduated from Haverford College in 1938; he received a law degree from Temple University. He was a conscientious objector during World War II, spending three and a half years in Civilian Public Service as a road builder, attendant in a psychiatric hospital, and smokejumper in Montana. He served on several boards, including that of the William Penn Charter School, and supported many organizations. He was a member of Cheltenham (PA) Meeting and later Southampton (PA) Meeting. He was married to Dorothy Plaisted. Information from Friends Journal 45 1999 (March), p. 35
Thomas B. Taylor (1853 -1911) was a Philadelphia-based attorney and member of Birmingham Monthly Meeting. Information from The Friend 84 (1911), p. 368
Elizabeth Savery Taylor (1853-1936) was the wife of Thomas B. Taylor and mother of Francis R. Taylor. Information from The Friend 109 (1936), p. 361
This collection includes the papers of Anne Taylor Bronner, A.J. Edmunds (1857-1941), Edward Jacob, Emma Jacob, Edward Richie, Sarah A. Richie, Thomas Savery, Elizabeth Richie Taylor (1883-1970), Elizabeth Hooton Richie, Mary Ann Taylor, Thomas B. Taylor (1853-1911), Esther Hunt Taylor, Elizabeth Savery Taylor (1853-1936), Francis R. Taylor (1884-1947), George Washington Taylor (1803-1891), and Hubert Taylor (1917-1999).
The papers detail their lives, especially the Quaker communities in which they lived, as well as their business dealings, attendance and observation of Quaker Meetings, genealogy, family life, health issues, and friendships. The greatest representations in the collection are the papers of Francis R. Taylor and George Washington Taylor.
George Washington Taylor's correspondence reports on the Quaker schism of 1827-1828, which resulted in the Orthodox and Hicksite Quaker branches, and discusses his religious views, Elias Hicks, Joseph John Gurney, the school at which he worked in Flushing, New York, attending Meeting, Free Produce, and free labor. There are many letters from Nathan Thomas, a free labor agent traveling in the South. Taylor corresponded with Levi Coffin and Elihu Burritt, and in a draft of a letter he wrote to Abraham Lincoln, he explains his support of the president and the Emancipation Proclamation. Hamilton Fish wrote to George Washington Taylor in 1875 on the Cuban question.
Of note in Elizabeth H. Richie's papers is her account of her family, beginning in 1848.
Within Francis R. Taylor's papers are letters to his family written in 1920 as a member of the Friends Mexico Mission and a manuscript entitled 'Peace Progressive', which does not appear to have been published. Taylor's diaries of 1903-1905 were written while he was a student at Haverford College. There is a section of his papers entitled 'Topics' which includes genealogical information on some 20 families who were likely related to the Taylors, as well as about local geographic areas, Quaker Meetings (Abington Monthly Meeting, Burlington Monthly Meeting, Cheltenham Monthly Meeting), Haverford College, Quaker novels, and prohibition. His correspondence reveals his interests, such as Quaker values, and friendships (as with Horace Tatnall). He corresponded with Henry Cadbury, Norman Penney, Elliston Morris, Levi Coffin, Roderick Scott, Isaac Sharpless, Elizabeth and Thomas Taylor, his parents, and others.
Within Hubert Taylor's papers are diaries from 1934-1937, while he was a student at Haverford College.
The photographs are of Taylor family members (including George Washington Taylor and Francis R. Taylor), their homes, and other buildings.
The deed written in 1737 to Anthony Morris is for 500 acres in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
A genealogical chart of the Taylor family is available.
The Taylor Family papers were donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1999 and 2002 by Anne Taylor Bronner.
Process by Diana Franzusoff Peterson.
Taylor, Francis R. Membership in the Supreme Court of the U.S. as attorney and counselor, 1933 has been removed to 990B.
Taylor, Francis R. Diploma from Friends' Boarding School (now Westtown School), Westtown, PA, 1902 has been removed to 990B.
- Bronner, Anne Taylor
- Hicks, Elias, 1748-1830
- Gurney, Joseph John, 1788-1847
- Taylor, Francis Richards
- Taylor, George Washington
- Taylor, Elizabeth Richie
- Taylor family
- Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
- Finding Aid Author
- Diana Franzusoff Peterson
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open for research use.
- Use Restrictions
Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).
According to the author writing on the container which held these letters, she wrote the letters to her best friend the year they were in Geneva in 1938-39. These are letters in which she was encouraging Rinehart to write up Madelyne Doty's autobiography, which were in Smith's library. Alice was a graduate of 1940 from Smith College.
In spite of this statement, the letters are dated between 1989 and 1999Physical Description
The papers include of list of Edmunds' interests vis a vis those of Francis Taylor (1938);
letter from Felix Morley (1941) in thanks for Edmunds' willingness to donate his papers, including letters from Rendel Harris;
Notes on [J. Rendel] Harris, 1941;
Letters of A.J. Edmunds, much of it to Francis Taylor1930s -40s;
Typescript: "A Day at Croydon School in 1879" / by A.J. Edmunds;
Carte-de visite of Arthur H. EddingPhysical Description
In one of the two letters, Jacob mentions sending a $100 tip, which was reputedly for learning of a good investment from Francis R. Taylor.Physical Description
Letters to family members, especially brother Francis. Tries to resolve a number of issues she has with her brother in one of the lettersPhysical Description
8 itemsNot all the letters are dated
Included are letters from Edward Richie to his sister, Martha Allen, 1888-1899: These cover topics such as closeness of family, Meeting matters, reading interests
Letters to Edward Richie from: Mary Griscom, Jacob Maule, R.R. Maule, Grace Richie, Ruth Sharpless, Elizabeth [Allen], M.R.G. [Mary Griffith] (niece), Hannah [White] (niece), R.E. J. [Robert Jenkins] (cousin), Melissa [Raley] (cousin): on the occasion of his 80th birthday;
Papers of Edward Richie, including stock shares and other financial;
Case of Morgan Hinchman vs. Richie family et al;
Meeting documents, photostatic copies;
Leeds family, including some photos taken in 1902 of Daniel and Margery Scull Leeds' home and a typed copy of "Some brief observations made on Daniel Leeds his book;
Richie family, including some genealogical charts;
Papers listed in scope and contents note were together in the original arrangement.Physical Description
Letters are primarily addressed to her sister and speak of family issues. Although the sister is not named, someone has written on one of the letters "M.D.A." who was Martha Allen, the sister of Sarah Richie's husband, Edward Richie.Physical Description
Thomas Savery's correspondence (1895 & 1906; 2 items) are to his Aunt Elizabeth on a business matter and to him from George Mellor on Savery's judgment on the dam at York Haven and other business matters;
Letters are from Elizabeth R. Taylor to her children, 1927-1965, but also to her from daughter Marge, son Francis, Horace Tatnall, Grace Weller. There is also a lengthy description of the letter written by Taylor relating to the wedding of Emily Allen to Henry Elfreth in 1909 by Anne Bronner.Physical Description
Primarily the letters of Elizabether Hooten Richie, 1920s & 1930s, there is also a folder of letters to her and a piece written by Richie, "Down the Years from 1848." Two other miscellaneous items are laid in: a biographical sketch of Elizabeth Hooten by Francis R Taylor and a memorial of deceased Friends, including David and Rachel Roberts, grandparents of Elizabeth Hooten Richie.Physical Description
Almost all the letters from Elizabeth H.R. Richie are to her daughter, Elizabeth Richie Taylor and mostly written from Florida and speak of daily activities, family, health, many people of their acquaintancePhysical Description
Folder I. ca. 40 items:
A continuation of the 1920s-1930s folder. Most letters are directed to Richie's daughter Elizabeth Richie Taylor and are written from Florida, though some from Poconos and Moorestown, N.J.. They respond to letters received from "Betty," acknowledging that grandson Hubert is studying French with Pres. Comfort at Haverford, remarks on family, acquaintances and friends, gardening
Pocono Manor, 1938. Gave Allen Bacon a booklet on the stars
Folder II. ca. 35 items
A continuation of the previous 1930s folder.
Folder III. ca. 40 items
A continuation of the previous 1930s folder.
Private, n.d. A concern about someone who was unhappy with transportation she (Elizabeth Richie) provided. The letter notes the names of family homes in stating to whom Richie was sending her letter. Anne Bronner (granddaughter of Richie) provides the names of other homes in the Richie familyPhysical Description
Letter writers include:
David Roberts, Parvin Russell, Mary Williams, W.R.W.
W.R.W. Pinehurst, N.J., 1919. Rachel will be speaking before the legislature in Harrisburg to encourage the passage of the 8-hour [work] law for women; names of visiting Friends read at Meeting
Russell, Parvin. Clermont-en-Argonne, 1919 4/14. a tremendous need for houses in the war belts and buildings of all sorts, and their mission is helping to build with the pleasure of seeing some of the population able to return to normalcy; the refugees say they have been victims of meanness and profiteering by their own French peoplePhysical Description
Primary among materials is Richie's account of her family beginning in 1848, "Down the Years from 1848;" as well, there is a photograph, apparently of a wedding party, but with no identifications; a biographical sketch of Elizabeth Hooten [Richie]/ by Francis R. Taylor; a recollection by Elizabeth Richie of a kindness by her father-in law set down by Francis Taylor; and printed Memorials concerning Deceased Friends...,: including David & Rachel Roberts, the grandparents of Elizabeth Richie; several printed greeting cards from Richie.Physical Description
The one letter from M.A. Taylor is directed to Edward on his 50th birthday in 1898;
Thomas B. Taylor's correspondence, 1879-1886, includes letters primarily relating to his work as a lawyerPhysical Description
There are papers written while at Hood College in 1933-34 or at Westtown School. As well there are letters written primarily to her mother in the same time period about events or travel. ca. 20 itemsPhysical Description
Primarily letters from Elizabeth S. Taylor, there are also 3 to her, including from her daughter. Devoted to topics including health, family and business.
to son. West Chester, PA, 1928 5/13. Responding to his criticism of her handling of some bonds. In response, the son (Francis?) responds with some of his reasoning and beyond that, disappointments he has had with other of her material decisions. To which Taylor responded on 5/29/1928
"Items which attracted her interest. As well as one dear picture of her 1 3/4 year-old son, Francis and his new baby sister, Sarah in Sept. 1886. Sarah died when 3 weeks old. And another copied from her her older sister Sarah (Sally) Savery Mellor's picture of the child Francis -- a beautiful child from all accounts." Note by Anne Taylor Bronner. There were no photographs with this notebook.
Letters are to family and friends
to Parents. Westtown, PA, 1902 2/3. Describes travel and students at Westtown Boarding School who sit together at table. This includes "Anna Brinton," which suggests the letter was written after the fact, since in 1902, she was Anna Cox.
to Uncle Thomas Savery. Mt. Pocono, PA, 1903 8/25. regarding a check for Jose Padin (who was the first Latino student to graduate from Haverford College) working as a bell boy at the Pocono Inn, sent by the government of Puerto Rico to the U.S. to receive an education.
to Parents. Mt. Pocono, PA, 1903 6/24. Mentions families visiting at Pocono Inn; activities at the Inn
to Horace [Tatnall]. Philadelphia, 1908 9/1. In walking many miles in many places, saw many things of interest, including the new Sharpless mansion, with its sunken gardens, artificial lakes etc.
to Friends and Neighbors of Cheltenham Village. 1921 10/25. Requests voters to vote for him as Dem. party Commissioner with statements about Republicans
to President Comfort (Haverford College). 1927 9/26. Would like to meet with the Quaker students to discuss the ideas of Quaker life and service
to children. 1927 9/8. Describes his trip to England
to Will. Cheltenham, PA, 1936 5/5. Relating to his ministry in Meeting, at least a social ministry if not prophetic, with a desire to combine an evangelical and social interpretation of the Gospel of Christ.
to Wife and Children. Nassau, Bahamas, 1938 4/25. Regarding a trial for which he is a lawyer
to Phyllis Toner. 1944 3/3. On the importance of knowing Latin for a lawyer
to Charles Morland. 1944 9/7. Has visited Friends in Ohio, including two men in Federal Detention; also ten men in Kentucky; then on to Virginia Meeting
to Harold Evans. 1946 4/11. Would like to offer an opinion on a successor to President Felix Morley at Haverford College -- Harrop Freeman
The letters are divided into two files: one Francis Taylor wrote to his mother and sister and another to all others.Physical Description
Letters tell of family, friends and acquaintances as well as a good deal about travel, especially England, and afford a view of activities, including some relating to Taylor's work as a lawyer and attending Meeting. There are a few letters from others to Francis and Elizabeth Taylor while they were visiting England
to mother. Cheltenham, PA, 1932 12/15. Can forgive, but will not forget nor expose himself again to her fury. Signs himself "affectionately, thy son."
to Sister. West Chester, PA, 1910 9/1. Wife Elizabeth is assisting Emily Stokes in packing a mission box for Japan.
to Sister. Lake George, NY, 1919 9/2. Reports on his trip to NY, attending meeting at Croton Valley, Brookwood, "a new democratic educational scheme."
to Mother. Augusta, GA, 1919=6 7/9. Is researching information on the estate of Harry LawsonPhysical Description
Note: Letters written while a member of the Friends Mexico Mission, 8 to his wife Elizabeth, also to children and mothers (his and his wife's). As well, there are 4 snapshots of the group, a letter from Elizabeth to Francis and a letter from C.E. Roberts to Arthur Richie, as a member of the mission in 1931 and a printed annotated booklet Friends Mission in Mexico ... Richmond, IN, 1912.
to Elizabeth. Tamaulipas, Mexico, , no. 3. Discussing feasibility of installing a water or sewage system as part of the mission's effort to help the city.
to Elizabeth. Tamaulipas, Mexico, 1920 3/6. Believes Mexicans have an apparent inability to help themselves and lack newspapers, banks, good reading and appliances for sanitary living. There are 5 American missionaries at that station and how the schools and other things work
to Elizabeth. Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, 1920 3/11. Inspecting the area for a site for a church.
to Elizabeth. Mexico, D.F., 1920 3/21. Has met 40 missionaries at the 20th annual gathering of all missionaries; visiting a ranch, El Rosario, with great description, and states it is "based upon practical slavery."Physical Description
Note: Primarily on clocks and clockmakers and particularly those in Taylor's family
to Caroline Stretch. 1934 4/13. Early Quakers were in businesses that were least controversial, e.g. clockmakers and tanners, the former requiring mathematical and scientific precisionPhysical Description
133-page manuscript in the hand of Francis TaylorPhysical Description
Papers for a car rental in London, 1927, partnership agreement between Taylor and Louis Robey, 1914 and 3 passports, and an invitationPhysical Description
Manuscript written in 1905-06Physical Description
There is some correspondence with letter writers by Taylor.Physical Description
Letter writers include:
Abington Quarterly Meeting, Francis Adderly, Elizabeth Allen, American Boy (V.G. Moreton),
Joshua Bailey, L. Balderston, Robert Balderston, J. Henry Bartlett, Nathan Bassett, Beck, William Biddle, E. Maria Bishop, Edmund Bloom, A. Neave Brayshaw, Elizabeth Bringhurst, Howard Brinton, Bertha Brown, H. Tatnall Brown, Mollie Platt Brown, Thomas K. Brown, Arthur Bye,
Henry J. Cadbury, Jessie Carter, Richard Cary, Anne Cleaver, Allen Clement, Connecticut College (Chester Destler), Ellen Cope, Ernesta Cope, J. Alban Cope, L. Dean Cornell,
Benjamin De Cou, Democratic National Committee (W. Morgan),
Emily Elfreth, W. Henry Elfreth, J. Passmore Elkinton, T.C. Elliott, J. Elm, Joseph Evans,
Frank Fenton, William Fort, Friends Central Cemetery Assoc. (Fred Steelman), Friends School (Alfred Smith), Friendsville Academy (Alice Ratliff)
Note: Several letters written in 1909 congratulate Taylor on his engagement
Abington Quarterly Meeting. 1927 3/8. Francis Taylor appointed a member of Representative Meeting by consensus
to Francis Adderly. 1943 1/26. Before the war, he had many correspondents in Africa, some of them missionaries and some of engineers, the latter from Haverford College
Brayshaw, A. Neave. Scarborogh, Eng., 1939 9/12. Concern for all the treasures in museums, libraries, etc. of course including human loss, with the beginning of the war
Bailey, Joshua. 1941 12/31. Relates to Taylor's work as a lawyer
Cadbury, Henry J. Cambridge, MA, n.d. Feels greatly the loss of Rayner Kelsey
Democratic National Committee. Philadelphia PA, 1936 6/20. Taylor scheduled to offer a prayer at the DNC convention. A speaker ticket, clipping and text are includedPhysical Description
Letter writers include:
Germanton Friends School (Stanley Yarnall), Jack Gessell, Annie Gidley, Henry Godeland, Gordon H. Graves, John Graham, Edward Greene, Isabel Grubb, Felix Greene,
C.G. Hadley, Everett Haines, Carmen Hind, John Howard, J. Carroll Hayes,
Bevan Lean, Morris E. Leeds, Y.E. Lester, Walter Llewelyn
S. & G. Mellor, Frank Melvin, Charles Morlan, Edward Morris, Elliston Morris,
M.E. Nesbitt, Lillian [Nobles?] and Elizabeth Comfort re Lillian,
Marian Painter, Ann Parker, Alice Pennell, Hannah Pennell, Norman Penney, Jesse Phillips, L.A. Pollock,
Germantown Friends School. 1929-1931. Correspondence re attendance of Taylor's children at GFS, and decision to send Hubert to Westtown beginning in 1931.
Graham, John W. Maryport, Eng., 1927 7/30. Will be lecturing in India at colleges and to educated Indians though there may be many pitfalls "among the medley of faiths and superstitions."
Greene, Felix. Berks, England, 1931. Ramsay MacDonald asked him to stand for Parliament, but he was unsuccessful; less than pleased with English habits; in the U.S. working at 25cents per hour with a comparison to Southern Black workers and travel on a cargo vessel
Howard, John. Newport, RI, 1944 2/28. Connection to Taylor's family
Llewelyn, William. Hatboro, PA 1936 5/3. He and other members of the meeting feel some of Taylor's sermons are unnecessarily long and wordy
Melvin, Frank. Philadelphia, PA, 1940 1/11. Congratulates Taylor on his William Penn essay
Mellor, S.S. 2903 3/12. Invites Taylor to come visit, along with Howard Brinton.
Morris, Elliston. Philadelphia, 1909 3/18. pleased to learn of the use of a fund he endowed at Haverford College for students to learn the subject of Arbitration and Peace. Attached is letter of Haverford College president Isaac Sharpless in June 1908 indicating that Taylor had won the Elliston P. Morris Prize
Nesbitt, M.E. Belfast, 1927 7/23. Attached to this letter is correspondence re trip to EnglandPhysical Description
Letter writers include:
Margaret Reeve, Rachel Reeve, Edward Rhoads, Joseph Rhoads, Anna Richie, Arthur Richie, David Richie, Edward Richie, Elizabeth Richie, E. Roberts Richie, Sarah Richie, Charles C. Roberts, Elizabeth Roberts, G.S. Roberts, Mary Roberts, May Roberts, Phebe Roberts, Susan Roberts, Gertrude Rowntree,
Jennie Saunders, D.L. Savery, Rebecca Savery, Thomas Savery, Roderick Scott, Bertha Sharpless, Isaac Sharpless, Sue Sharpless, Frank Sheldon, Violet Skillern, Dorothea Smith, Fred Steelman, S. Emlen Stokes, Samuel Stokes, J.A. Stratton,
Note: Several letters relate to Taylor's engagement to Elizabeth Richie in 1909
Rhoads, Edward. Germantown, PA, 1923 9/30. Recognize Taylor's gifts in the ministry
Scott, Roderick. Claremont, CA, 1940 8/11. Has received a doctor of divinity from the Pacific School of Religion
Scott, Roderick. Shaowu, Fukien China, 1940 11/27 & 12/31. Having newly arrived in Shaowu tells of the move of Fukien University from its former place as a refugee college and gives details of campus life and what the move for the Scotts in wartime entailed
Sharpless, Isaac. Haverford, PA, 1916 5/6. Hopes Taylor will get the nomination on the Democratic ticket for the legislature, but given the trend in politics, it may not happenPhysical Description
Letter writers include:
Ellen Tatnall, Mary Tatnall, Alice Taylor, Edward Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor, Emma Taylor, Helen Taylor, Mary Ann Taylor, M.B. Taylor, Anna Thayer, Walter Thomas, George Thompson, Leonard Thompson, Rozella Townsend,
Note: Several letters are about Taylor's engagement to Elizabeth Richie. Several letters from wife, Elizabeth, reporting on events and family while she is at Pocono Lake
Thompson, George. Ithaca, NY, 1943 11/28. Appreciated reading Francis Taylor's "Life of William Savery of Philadephia," with its descriptions of the maintenance of peace with Indigenous American groups and descriptions of Indigenous American life.
Thompson, Leonard. Williamstown, MA, 1942 7/12. Different positions of Christians toward the war.
Note: Many of the letters report on home events and people seen and their news and travel by Thomas Taylor in the line of business
Taylor, Thomas B. Philadelphia, 1904 3/18. Great deal of typhoid around.
Taylor, Elizabeth. Philadelphia 1904 2/2. Counsels her son not to hurry, as it is hard on the heart
Note: Many of the letters report on home events and people seen and their news and travel by Thomas Taylor in the line of business and often refer to Francis' school work and behavior at Westtown Boarding School. Some letters are addressed to Emma Taylor
Taylor, Thomas. Mt. Pocono, PA, 1903 4/13. Mrs. Wistar would like Francis to work in the office at Pocono in the summer
Taylor, Elizabeth. 1927 4/26. Conservative views of narrow tendencies that dominated the Society of Friends (to its great hurt) from 1830-1905. (Note on content by Francis Taylor)
Taylor, Elizabeth. 1898 11/29. Has just returned from a meeting of the Temperance Association
Taylor, Elizabeth. 1898 11/16. Lesson on how to behave politely and thoughtfully
Taylor, Elizabeth. 1898 11/7. Went to hear the Prohibition candidate Silas Sevallen speak who was met with great enthusiasm from the crowd at the Phila. Academy of Music
Friendly letters with jovial tone indicating the intimacy of their friendship. They speak of friends and relatives, attending meeting and everyday events. Letters around 1908 speak of his work in the building trade
There are three folders: 1903-1906; 1907-1908; 1909-1910Physical Description
3 folders60 items
Letter writers include:
Esther Wallace, H.M. Wallis, Westtown School (Jas. Walker), Wm. H. Moon Co (Edward), William Penn Charter School (Richard Knowles), Carl Wistar, M. E. Wistar, Anna Wharton Wood
Highlights include:Physical Description
The diaries cover 1903-1905, three of Taylor's years as a student at Haverford College; 1927 when he was in England; and 1936Physical Description
Taylor had great interest in a variety of topics and these are reflected in boxes 9-14, in particular genealogies of families with which the Taylor family had connections and Quaker topics. These topics are in the form of letters and documents of all sorts
Budd, Hooton, Hunt, Roberts, Stockton and Woolman families;
Guest and Head families;
Marshall, Phillips, Harvey families;
Newlin, Pusey families;
Pippett, Ivins families;
Richardson, Hudson family
Richie, Scull, Leeds;
William Savery journal, 1790s, typed copyPhysical Description
Scattergood, Watson, Wetherill;
Smith, Margaret (re her diary);
Taylor (including genealogy);
Various namesPhysical Description
Folder titles include:
Abington (PA) 250th anniversary, 1933;
Abington Monthly Meeting;
Abington Monthly Meeting; Conscientious Objectors Committee, 1941;
Abington Monthly Meeting topics on education;
Book Lists and Reviews;
Boys Sporting League;
The Brandywine and Church and State
Burlington Monthly Meeting (NJ), including the marriage certificate of George Washington Taylor and Elizabeth Sykes, 1831 and an 1801 deed for a "plantation" in New Hanover, NJPhysical Description
Cheltenham (PA) history, including a deed for property in PA, 1847;
Cheltenham Boys' Bible class;
Cheltenham (PA) residence of the Taylor family
Cheltenham Monthly Meeting within Abington Monthly and Quarterly Meeting;
Conscientious Objector journey, 1944;
Gas Rationing; Haverford College;
Haverford College: Movies;
Nell Gwynn and the Quakers;
Inque, William Pennan "Out and Around"
"Philadelphiana": mostly maps;
Politics and Prohibition;
Torresdale Independent Mutual Fire Insurance Company, 1943;
Westtown: 1902 class list in 1942;
William Penn and the U.S. ConstitutionPhysical Description
ca. 100 items
The following notes for letters from 1825-1831 were provided by Julie Holcomb of Baylor University. There were almost no content notes after 1 mo 1828. Each entry follows the pattern: Date, Place, From, To, Content tags and Content notes.
11 mo 5th 1826 Flushing George W. Taylor Jacob and Elizabeth Taylor [parents]
Family news; certificate to Flushing Requests a certificate be directed to Flushing Monthly Mtg.; reports that he has been in a gloomy mood being away from friends and family; describes the landscape and community of Flushing: wealthy citizens who have made money in the city and then retired to the country
11 mo 18th 1826 Flushing George W. Taylor Jacob and Elizabeth Taylor [parents]
Family news; religious views; Quaker schism "This is a time notwithstanding our many outward inestimable privileges, which demonstrates the necessity of there being a shepherd who is of ability and disposition to extend a kindly care over his dependent flock; and guard them from the incursions of the ravenous beast that roam at large in the pastures of his heritage -- When it is indispensably necessary that the sheep should keep near the good Shepherd that they may hear his voice and follow him and not be led astray by the voice of a stranger -- For I verily believe, that by not keeping near the true Shepherd we may become so accustomed to the voice of the Stanger. That we may mistake him for the shepherd and thus be led away from the true sheepfold, when we shall be left a prey to hideous wolves who spare not the flock. -- As respects myself I find it best to keep on the watch, and exercise my own judgment amidst the class of opinions, in keeping near to that one which I have long depended, believing that notwithstanding I have fallen short of my duty in many things, the goodness of that Being on whom I am dependent for everything visible & invisible, regarding my sincerity on the whole, will preserve me from the jaws of the devourer, who yawns over these scenes of worldly conflicts, eager to seize on those who venture on tottering precipices."
11 mo 30th 5th 1826 New Garden Elizabeth Taylor [Sister] George W. Taylor
Family news; Quaker schism "Mother, Thomas & myself were at Quarterly Meeting, which was very large indeed, as it was reported Elias Hicks was to have been there, but it was not so as we understood since that he had no minute to attend our Quarter, he was at Darby and Wilmington and Stanton and from there on to the Southern Quarter at our meeting we had the company of Eliz'th Robinson [Robson?] and George & Anna [?] Jones all English friends Eliz'th spoke a great deal she occupied nearly all the 1st meeting excepting George J spoke a little time. Eliz'th had a meeting next day at West Grove. We have had no strange speakers at New Garden thee left us; after the partitions were closed at Quarterly Meeting there was a young woman, who made quite a tasty [?] appearance appeared in ministry it seem'd as it might have been the first time as she seem'd very much agitated indeed, after meeting I made considerable inquiry who she was. I understood she was a girl that had lately become a member of Friends, but I could not find out her name. -- I saw a J. Wilson had returned from his visit to Baltimore Yearly Meeting but he had no opportunity of speaking as the meeting was wholly occupied."
11 mo 30th 1826 Flushing George W. Taylor Elizabeth Taylor [Sister] Family news; GWT school Describes his students and the school at Flushing
12 mo 8th 1826 New Garden Elizabeth Taylor [Sister] George W. Taylor Family
news; certificate to Flushing; Hicks; Quaker schism "-- Yesterday Mother, Joanna, and myself attended monthly meeting at New Garden we had the company of Mercy Ellis a friend from Muncy who occupied nearly all the first meeting -- there was not much business before the meeting. They certificate was spoken for, I did not hear who beside John Thompson were appointed to prepare one. Enoch Swayne also had one requested to London Grove." [. . . ] "Elias Hicks had a meeting last first day at Wilmington on his return from the southern Quarter, and on 2nd day he was in Newcastle, several of our neighbours went to W -- to hear him and returned very much in favour with his doctrine, believing all that had been slightly spoken of him was false. I suppose he told them it had been said of him that he denied the scriptures, but it was false for he had loved them from his youth up and that few (he believed) had receive more instruction there from. I suppose he appeared much affected when speaking of what he had been accused, he said he was now of the exact belief that has been for 40 years. We all would have liked very much to have heard him, but on account of having company we were all prevented from going; J and M A Starr were there. I heard the meeting was very large indeed."
12 mo 14th 1826 Flushing George W. Taylor Jacob and Elizabeth Taylor [parents]
Family news; Hicks; Quaker schism; religious views Writing in response to E's letter -- worried about his parents -- is it his father's consideration of buying a farm in Lancaster County, or is it E's news of Hicks? Thinks it's the latter -- "But if my anxiety for you could in any way be understood, I should feel a comfort in the knowledge of it -- Many tears have escaped and not in the most private places when I have thought of you" -- worries about his parents' salvation
1 mo 4th 1827 New Garden Jacob Taylor George W. Taylor Family
news; certificate to Flushing; Comly; Quaker schism Enclosed his certificate from New Garden MM; John Comly was at West Grove "last third day and preached a very great sermon. I was told there is some talk that he is to be at New Garden tomorrow, I do not know that I have anything more very particular to inform thee of at present."
1 mo 17th 1827 Flushing George W. Taylor Jacob and Elizabeth Taylor [parents]
Hicks; Quaker schism; Flushing MM "L & family & J. Th. & family are very much opposed to E Hicks - I never heard so much spoken against him before I came here as since, & my hands have been filled with pamphlets relating to the disputes; some of which I read but I value my time rather too much to take pleasure in reading such stuff -- I have therefore laid them down & I think will not go to them again if they will not come to me -- They make Elias out a monstrous heretic, let them tell the tale - but I am not disposed to believe every thing I hear till I see & hear him myself"
2 mo 1st 1827 Flushing George W. Taylor Jacob and Elizabeth Taylor [parents]
Family news; certificate to Flushing; Hicks; Quaker schism Certificate was accepted today; "Elizabeth Robson was at New York at the Quarterly Meeting - Elias was at it also -- He was likewise at New York last first day as I am informed and spoke largely -- I have not yet seen him -- He is much spoken against by many how far justly I know not --But this much I hope that my salvation is not dependent on believing as they all do. I do not believe it is at all dependent on expressing myself as many do about one another -- 'By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one for another' -- If some general persecution were to arise, such as Christians of past ages have experienced were to, there would not probably be so much disputing about points which require not so much the exercise of the brain to comprehend them as the obedience of the heart."
4 mo 20th 1827 Flushing George W. Taylor Jacob and Elizabeth Taylor [parents] Family news; Quaker schism; GWT has apparently been home because he references a visit home; also mentions the split in Green Street Meeting: "I saw a letter from Joshua Kimber to L.M. to day, which mentioned that the Green St. meeting had separated itself formally -- And it also stated that Jesse Kersey has gone with them -- It is coming now to be a serious matter -- If the division becomes general through the country what an overturning there will be in the order of things -- It is a time, when as much as ever, it is necessary for each one of use to know wherein our confidence rests -- That it is not in the floating opinions & professions of men -- but in the unchangeable Light of Life, the immoveable Rock of refuge, on which we may safely depend, amidst the storms and tempests that agitate the ocean of Life -- I feel a particular solicitude at this time that my dear parents may experience the arm of divine support, to bear them up above all the conflicting things of the world, and enable them to look with a single eye to the Author and giver of good -- that they may love him above all, and thus secure a mansion of happiness in the expected world"
5 mo 3rd 1827 New Garden Elizabeth Taylor [Sister] George W. Taylor Family news; Quaker schism parents have returned from Phil.: "I will now bid thee adieu, with informing thee we have not heard any thing more respecting Green Street meeting than what thee mentioned in thy letter, any further than we heard there were a committee appointed by the Yearly Meeting to visit our Quarterly and Monthly meetings. We understand there are some of our friends stand in opposition to the committee. Though we do not know the result yet, as the time has not yet come, it seems to be a very serious time at present among friends. The dispute seems to be the prevailing conversation with almost every one, who had heretofore known nothing of friends principles. I think it a great pity, and also a shame for them to expose themselves so grossly."
5 mo 31st 1827 Flushing George W. Taylor Thomas Taylor [brother] Family news; Quaker schism; school fight Describes in detail a fight among children[?] -- quite graphic; more on the divisions among Quakers: " H. & I lodged at Robert Hicks -- Attended Rose St. Meeting mor & after both. Took a long walk before breakfast -- was in the City Hall - 'tis a noble splendid building -- At mee. In morn G Jones spoke very early before the mee was settled - besides spoke [?] Ths Shillitoe, E Robson, Phebe Johnson, Nicholas Brown & Ann Jones & some other person prayed -- At the close of the mee Elias got up & commended them for their sober conduct & patient waiting (3 ho.) & said he should be glad to see their on our own faces there at the that house in the afternoon. -- It was accordingly fill'd to the brim; A.J. & E.R. were at the other mee - in afternoon - T. Shil & P. Johnson spoke for some little time - at length Edward Stablin (a great speaker from Alexandria) rose and spoke eloquently for about 3/4 of an hour I should guess - then Elias rose & spoke for nearly an hour when I had to leave the mee. to go to the boat (at 6) E had just set down."
6 mo 22nd 1827 New Garden Thomas Taylor [brother] George W. Taylor Quaker schism "Stephen Galette was at NG meeting last second day & mother Joanna & myself attended it was a small meeting on account of a report being in circulation that he belonged to the orthodox party. A meeting of conference was held at NG on 1st day attended by a large Committee from the New Yearly Mee they wished to know the sentiments of our members and recommended a division stating that friends laboured under considerable disadvantages in the present situation of the Society that they did not wish to bias any person, but that it was necessary that a division should take place in order to have business done in an orderly & peacable [sic] manner, some of our most active members were not present. the meeting was small I expect on account of S G---, being at W Grove that day. The question was not decided but it was agreed that it should be forwarded to the next mo mee, -- The present deplorable situation of our society is I believe a subject of deep concern to many of our most worthy members but I believe it to be the general opinion that nothing short of a general division of the society will restore tranquility, but it is a thing that cannot be immediately done it will require time for due consideration as there are many who are yet as it were on a balance not understanding the ease well enough to know which party to side with, but I believe the greatest number of our NG freinds [sic] rather incline towards the LIberals or Hicksites."
8 mo 2nd 1827 Flushing George W. Taylor Jacob and Elizabeth Taylor [parents] Quaker schism "I might say a great deal about the state of society, but I should not know what you have not heard -- Here it is continually reiterated in our ears -- Some say there will be a division in New York Yearly Meeting before long -- but the Heterodox are so much the most numerous that they do not seem disposed to give up the property as they are obliged to do in Phil'a - therefore that will probably be the means in part of preventing a separation for a time -- Please give me a particular account of the proceedings in New Garden relative to a separation and tell me who are the most active on each side -- I feel more interested in that meeting than in any other."
8 mo 25th 1827 New Garden Thomas Taylor [brother] George W. Taylor Quaker schism; Green Street "Mother, E and myself attended our Qr mee on third day last and I will now give thee a short account of it, the common business of the meeting was transacted as usual after which it was proposed that an epistle from Green St Meeting should be read which was strongly opposed by several members & also by an orthodox committee present, composed of Jonathan Evans, Samuel Bettle, Edward Temple, and other whom I knew not. Richard Bernard, Thomas Barry , A Preston, M Preston and several others were in favour of its being read which was accordingly done it was then proposed to appoint representatives to attend G st meeting. This set the meeting in an uproar at once a great majority spoke in favour of both young & old spoke in favour of it while some opposed it sometimes there would be 5 or 6 or a dozen up at once, some for and some against it such a scene of confusion I never before witnessed. I cannot tell half of it, at length they became so disorderly that they were obliged to adjourn untill 4th day morning when representatives were appointed; I did not attend as I saw enough of it to the day before, but by what I have heard to a serious person it must have been a truly affecting scene to see as it were a band of brothers separating, and with tears in their eyes bidding each other farewell, Ah! what has become of that once peaceful society? they who famed for unity, love & harmony truly (as J Wilson expressed it) we have become a byword of the nations."
11th mo 15th 1827 New Garden Elizabeth Taylor [Sister] George W. Taylor Quaker schism "This day I attended a monthly meeting at New Garden adjourned from last week. The orthodox met also to day at West Grove. They all met together last week as usual and had the company of the Orthodox Committee they held meeting until almost night and after all, got little else than contending done. The orthodox women succeeded in appointing representatives to their Quarterly meeting to be held at New Garden; the men did not; I expect matters have been fixed to day with both parties as they have met separately. The Friends have appointed representatives to attend at Grove. I think I never attended a more interesting meeting than we had to day. we had several speakers Joseph Wilson spoke largely also Rachel Sharpless. Alice Wilson, Ruth Pyle, Levi Coates, and some others. The meeting was quite large and very comfortable. They concluded to hold their monthly meeting at New Garden also. The preparative meeting on the same days as usual the orthodox are to hold their meetings at West-Grove at the same time in meetings for worship they propose meeting together as usual as long as they remain quiet; not any of our family attended last week's meeting."
1 mo 10th 1828 West Chester, NY George W. Taylor Jacob Taylor [Father] Free produce; abolition societies; Ann Jones; Quaker schism 1 mo 17th 1828 New Garden Thomas Taylor [brother] George W. Taylor Abolition societies; Lundy; Colonization "Thee mentioned something about the Society now formed here for the abolition of slavery; Benjamin Lundy from Baltimore had a meeting at N Garden some time ago when a committee was appointed, but a as to what they are doing I do not exactly understand, but there is a society formed at West Chester called the Chester County Colonization society and committee appointed for each Township in the county to receive whatever subscriptions may be offered towards defraying the expense of Colonizing the Blacks in Liberia and elsewhere, any person paying one dollar annually may become a member and by paying twenty dollars he will become a member for life, It is my sincere wish that something may be done to better the condition of that injured people we see them every where around with a few exceptions brought up in the lowest state of ignorance nothing to stimulate them to industry or to a desire of improvement, not enjoying the privileges of citizens. It is no wonder they are what they are, B Lundy informed us that he went to Hayti on purpose to see the condition of them there (hearing so many bad accounts) he says the greater part appear perfectly well satisfied with their situation, and those who return are generally worthless characters or those who have been brought up house servants not willing to work for a living become dis[?] he visited several plantations and says they appeared to be very productive and flourishing. He made arrangements with the Governor to received all he could find willing to go, their passage &c is paid by the Government and Land given to work to the shares for those years in which time they are to pay it themselves, and then they have 15 acres of good Land given in "fee simple to them their heirs & c -- "
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Note: Primarily on health, attending Meeting, business all directed to his brother, Thomas B. Taylor
Letter writers include:
Edmund Albertson, William Allinson, Jasper Dixon, Richard Mott, Elizabeth Taylor (mother), Ruthanna Taylor, Thomas Taylor, George W. Taylor
Taylor, George W. to parents. Philadelphia, 1837 2/19. Prospect for a railroad to be constructed between Philadelphia and Wilmington
Taylor, George to Executive Committee of the Bible Association of Friends in America. 1837 12/1. Thinks he might resign from the Association to look for employment with better pay, but might stay if there was prospect of better remuneration in time. An idea might be for the Association to sell books other than Bibles
Albertson, Edmund to George Taylor. Canton, La, 1837 12/23. Reports on the positive visit of J.J. Gurney
Allinson, William to George Taylor. Burlington, NJ 1838 3/9. Refers to the fine J.J. Gurney who encounters prejudice during his visit. Mary Hinsdale, who was a minister in the Society of Friends
Taylor, Ruthanna to George Taylor. New Garden, 1838 5/3. Undertaking to raise trees for a business and how they would be transported; other business questions Taylor, George W. to Thomas Taylor. New York, 1838 6/4. Will be traveling to hear Joseph John Gurney's ministry; Gurney's previous ministries were very popular; economic news
Mott, Richard to George Taylor. Purchase, 1839 1/9. Considerable business news; the manuscripts of the late Henry Hull were to be put in the hands of the editors of Friends Library for publication; wanted to have an essay of his published in the Friend.
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Recipients include Taylor, and also Samuel Rhoads and the board of managers of the Friends Free Labor Association in Philadelphia. Topics often include cotton and free labor and other goods grown in the South. Nathan Thomas, an agent paid to report on the situations regarding free labor and the labor of enslaved people, reports findings as he travels
Thomas, Nathan to GWT. Coffeeville, 1847 12/20. Settlement of a debt in Free cotton and many aspects of the cotton business
Thomas, Nathan to Samuel Rhoads. Yellow Creshey, 1847 12/31. Discovered a good deal of free labor, but scattered; his friend Dr. Bond, an enslaver, has been manumitting some of the people he held in slavery; statistics on cotton crop yields
Thomas, Nathan to Samuel Rhoads. Lafayette, 1848 1/6. Lists of free laborers; traveling and collecting free cotton, which is not as good in the south part of the state as it is in Alabama; Free Laborers are so scattered it will be a difficulty in getting it; suggests places to get cotton and other staples not produced through the labor of enslaved people; names people who would be helpful in this cause and start a colony or colonies providing free labor
Thomas, Nathan to Samuel Rhoads. Marshal Co, MS, 1848 1/11. Has made inquiries of families looking for producers who could sell them cotton produced without enslaved labor and who live near the cotton gin
Thomas, Nathan to GWT. Hardin County, 1848 1/25. Extensive list of people living near and selling their cotton to the gin holders; more on free labor
Thomas, Nathan to GWT. Jasinto, MS, 1848 2/2. More on collecting Free Labor cotton
Thomas, Nathan to GWT. Holley Springs, 1848 2/7. More on Free gins, also with list
Thomas, Nathan to GWT. Steam Boat, Saladin, 1848 2/26. On a number of enslavers
Thomas, Nathan to the Board of Managers of the Friends Free Labor Association in Philadelphia. New Garden, 1848 4/27. Thomas' report to the group reporting on his activities as their agent.
Thomas, Nathan to GWT. New Garden, 1850 9/6. Traveled north for Josiah White; mentions Enoch Lewis and Levi CoffinPhysical Description
Note from donor: Each of the letters was numbered by Francis R. Taylor when the file was loaned for a research paper, possibly in the 1930s. The numbers are from 1-116, and although most are present, not all are (including no. 1).Physical Description
Ca. 100 items, arranged by Francis R. Taylor in chronological order and so numbered.
Note: Most of the letters are not by George W. Taylor. There are many letters from the agent Nathan Thomas as he traveled around the South and from Levi Coffin, also I.H. Krafft, primarily on Free labor topics
Francis R. Taylor created a numbered list of the letters and the topic briefly stated. The list includes the following topics:
Free Labor and Free Labor Projects; Indiana Separation; Profits Internal Slave Trade; Supply of Free Produce in South; Cotton machinery system; Wilbur-Gurney controversy; Cotton to Liverpool; Status of Southern white labor; New York Quarterly Meeting and the Free Produce Association; Joseph Sturge; Liberia and coffee, rice and ginger; introduction of the cotton gin in the South; decline of Anti- Slavery Friends; Wilmot proviso; slave woman beaten; Civil War; Free colony Negroes in Texas; war time in the South; Institute for Colored Youth; Cuban question; tariff on slave and coolie labor articles
Letter writers include:
Wilson Armistead, C. Atherton, Stephen Benson, Elihu Burritt, F.A. Calder, John Clay, Elijah Coffin, Levi Coffin, E. Coleman, Sarah Cooper, M.C. Cope, Charles Dowman, Hamilton Fish, Benjamin Gatham, John Hickman, I.H. Krafft, Benjamin Ladd, E. Lewis, Lorens Mabbett, John Mason, S[amuel] Parsons, S. Purdsall, C.S. Renshaw, Samuel Rhoads, Rice & Thaxter, N.? RobesonJ. Scholfield, William Taber, George W. Taylor, Samuel Test, I. M. Thistlethwaite, Nathan Thomas, W.R. Wheeler, David White, James Wright
Clay, John to Theodore Mansifled. New Orleans, 1809 2/10. On the profits from the sale of Negroes from Maryland and Virginia to Louisiana
Coffin, Levi to Samuel Rhoads. New Garden, 1845 7/18. On the Separation of Friends in Indiana; free labor
Thomas, Nathan to Samuel Rhoads. Newport, 1845 10/30. Free labor issues
Coffin, Levi to Samuel Rhoads. Newport, 1846 3/16. An appraisal of Rhoads' paper the Non-Slaveholder
Atherton, C. to George W. Taylor. Providence, R.I., 1846 12/27. Is wondering what is the status of the proposed newspaper, under supervision of Enoch Lewis, which was to supercede the Philadelphia Friend and whether the contentious issue of slavery is holding it up as well as agitation over the Gurney-Wilbur controversy
Coffin, Elijah to George W. Taylor. Richmond, Indiana, 1847 1/26. Differences between eastern and western Friends as expressed in the Gurney-Wilbur controversy and the desire to have a newspaper not edited in Philadelphia
Benson, Stephen. Bassa Cove [Liberia], 1848 11/1. Is pleased by all the interest by Friends in America for them in Liberia
-- to A. Faustin, the first Emperor of Haiti. 1852? A general letter expressing friendship and re independence of nations in South America
Burritt, Elihu to GWT. New Britain, CT, 1858 11/13. Appraisals of the newspapers Citizen and Bond of Slave
Taylor, George W. to R. Barnwell Rhett and others of South Carolina. Philadelphia, 1860 12/25. (Never sent) On the benefits of Free Labor
Taylor, George W. to A.W. Bennett. 1862 1/28. On the subject of peace with the U.S. by Friends in England
Taylor, George W. to Pres. Abraham Lincoln. Philadelphia, 1862 11/17. (draft) In support of the president and the Emancipation Proclamation and the future of the African race
Taylor, George W. to President Andrew Johnson. Philadelphia, Pa., 1865 7/17. (draft) Re situation of African Americans and slavery
Fish, Hamilton to George W. Taylor. Washington, D.C. 1875 12/21. Taylor's suggestions with regard to the peaceable settlement of the Cuban question will be taken into consideration
Fish, Hamilton to George W. Taylor. Washington, D.C., 1876 1/12. Regarding Taylor's letter on taxes on goods produced by enslaved labor and of "coolie" labor
Note from donor: Each of the letters was numbered by Francis R. Taylor when the file was loaned for a research paper, possibly in the 1930s. The numbers are from 1-116, and although most are present, not all are (including no. 1).
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Note: These letters were arranged, presumably, by Francis R. Taylor, in a chronological arrangement. Many deal with the issue of health, family members and a sense of the life style of these letter writers also becomes evident.
Letter writers include:
Rebecca Allinson, Charles Atherton, James Birt, I.R. Brown, Charles Bullock, I. Dennis, Charles Dowman, Mary Evanson, Ruthanna Haines, Thomas Hambleton, John Hickman, John Logan, Myrtle Miner, Ruthanna Newlin, Robert Roberts, P. Frazer Smith, Moses Abraham Sommer, Thomas Stuckey, Elizabeth S. Taylor, George W. Taylor, Jacob Taylor, M.A. Taylor, Phebe Taylor, Thomas Taylor, William Taylor, Charles Tyler, I.S. Whitson, Mary Whitson, Moses Abraham Sommer
Taylor, George W. to Niece. Philadelphia, 1857 3/1. Taking Elizabeth Fry and Florence Nightingale as examples of those who do good in the world, Taylor states the field of literature is a noble occupation for woman "to load her table with the rich fruits of well-trained thought;" also to feed the hungry, to teach the young, to radiate influences for good
Taylor, Phebe to GWT. West Chester, 1857 10/25. Anti-slavery meeting held there
Miner, Myrtle to GWT. Quincy IL, 1860 12/12. Believes there will be a civil war, even if he does not
Taylor, Phebe to GWT. West Chester, 1862 5/9. Asks that he pick up the two photographs taken of her from Crane's
Taylor, George W. to the North American & U.S. Gazette. 1862. a poem about slavery entitled "On a Sack of Kentucky Flour"
Sommer, Moses Abraham to GWT. Copenhagen, 1865 4/8. Refers to the war there; King Frederick is dead and they have a new king who does not "like" freedom and it is not allowed to cure the sick, and he has been warned not to give medicine, and he has little work. He can no longer live in Denmark because his doctrine is against the state church's religion
Wharton, Charles to GWT. Providence, RI, 1847 4/3. Comments on Wilbur-Gurney controversy
Taylor, William H. to sister Lizzie. Philadelphia, 1864 11/24. "I think when a person opens his store on Thanksgiving day it looks like Copperheadism..."
Taylor, George W. to James E. Rhoads. Philadelphia, 1866 12/29. Has not felt at liberty to join with the Universal Peace Society and has not been able to engage other Friends in the Pennsylvania Peace organization
Taylor, George W. to Ulysses S. Grant. 1871 1/? Noting the suffering of both peoples in the prolonged struggle between France and Germany, wishes the president would offer a friendly exhortation which would be heeded by both
Taylor, W.H. to GWT. Pittsburgh, PA, 1872 12/5. The Pittsburgh, Washington and Baltimore Railway was originally called the Pittsburgh and Connellsville Railroad, incorporated in 1846; other detailed information
Bullock, Charles to GWT. Philadelphia, 1884 9/25. Information on electricity Logan, John to GWT. Senate Chamber, Washington,1886 5/27. Thanks for Taylor's comments on his book
Logan, John to GWT. Senate Chamber, Washington,1886 5/27. Thanks for Taylor's comments on his book
John Greenleaf Whittier to G.W.Taylor 2.0 Items
1890 and no date.
Glad to hear from Taylor, one of his few remaining friends from his time in Philadelphia. Is pained by the state of the Society of Friends in various parts of the country, some having totally abandoned Friends' principles and practices.
Has nothing worthy of a place in Friends Review and sends money for subscriptions to same for 6 people, including himself, and hopes it will be clear of controversy.Physical Description
Ca. 90 items.
Note: Although this folder was labeled by the donor, there are some materials other than letters to the editors included.
Included are poems, letters to the editors of Friends Review, The North American, The Voice, Public Ledger, newspaper clippings of his published thoughts, letters
Structure of the periodical, slavery, safety of trains, comments on books, religion, liquor, Society of Friends, politics, weather, labor, Ireland, science
The diaries cover the period when Taylor was a student at Haverford College from 1934-1938Physical Description
to family members describing daily events, including school news from Westtown, a trip to NY, copy of a letter to Haverford president Wiliam Comfort with suggestions for the next president, from Civilian Public Service Camp and a possible desire to do reconstruction workPhysical Description
Writings on several topics, from William Penn to Westtown and America, the Frontier, to recollections on an interesting evening, a list of birds and a record of cows in 1933Physical Description
Note: Many friendly boyhood letters are included
Letter writers include:
American Boy (Franklin Reck), Tom Abler;
Charles Ebersol, Jacob Edge, A.J. Edmunds, Joseph Evans;
Thomas Garrett, Marty Paxon Grundy;
Haverford College (Archibald MacIntosh);
William Penn Macomber;
Pocono Forestry Assoc. (Charles Thompson)
American Boy (Peck, Franklin). Detroit, MI, 1930 2/6. Attitude toward war similar to Taylor's: if it is to be presented in magazines, it must be stripped of its romance, and shown to be ugly.
Edmunds, A.J. Cheltenham, 1934 12/22. Discussion of Christianity and Buddhism.
Grundy, Marty Paxson. Cleveland Heights, OH, 1987 4/27. Questions about the Allen family with a genealogical chart attached.Physical Description
Note: Primarily relating to family, including home, weather, classes at Westtown, family events and primarily dated in the 1930s
Letter writers primarily include:
Elizabeth Taylor (mother), Esther H. Taylor (sister), Francis Taylor (father)
Taylor, Francis. Philadelphia, 1932. 3/19. Has been asked to represent Friends before a Senate Committee on immigration to uphold view of conscientious objectorsPhysical Description
Letter writers include:
Westtown School (James Walker) and Ted Woodward
First names or unknown:
Felix, Frank, Michael, Sue, Bernice, Maurice, Jessie, Homer, Bart, George, PhilPhysical Description
Here are both original and typed copies of letters.
Original letters are by: Ruthanna Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor (Sr.), Jacob Taylor, Joanna Taylor, J.R. Taylor, W.T. Taylor, Thomas B. Taylor
Typed copies (provided by Francis R. Taylor) are of Elizabeth Taylor (Jr.), George W. Taylor, Thomas B. Taylor, Elizabeth Taylor (Sr.), Jacob Taylor, Joanna Taylor, Ruthanna Taylor, W.R. Taylor, Jeremiah Richards and others.
The typed copies have not been reviewed, assuming they are described as originalsPhysical Description
Ca. 15 items.
These letters are primarily directed to Mary Ann Phillips and her brother, Thomas Taylor.
Note: Letters relate to friends, health, attending Meeting and family
Elizabeth Richards Taylor to her sons, Thomas B. and George W., 1839. 4 items. Daily events, including travel, attending Meeting.
New Garden, 1839 5/18. to Thomas Taylor. Thought to go to Sadsbury, "but we have so many Blacks about us I think it not very safe to leave home."
Jacob Taylor to his sons, Thomas B. and George W. 1839-45. 6 items. On business, including purchase of property
J.R. Taylor to Thomas Taylor. 1842. 1 item.
Joanna Taylor to Thomas Taylor. 1833. 1 item
W.T. Taylor to Thomas Taylor. 1837. 1 item.Physical Description
ca. 45 items.
Much of the correspondence is between Thomas and his wife, Mary Ann, written presumably while he dealt with business from as far as the Mississippi River and she responds about family and daily events
Allinson, William. Burlington, NJ, 1834 7/13. Anti-Slavery Society vs. African Colonization SocietyPhysical Description
Photographs are of individuals and places. There are both separate photographs and three photo albums.
Photographs of individuals include:
Elizabeth Savery Taylor; Francis R. Taylor; Hubert and Esther Taylor; Marion (Anne) Taylor; Jacob E. Taylor; Thomas B. Taylor; Ruthanna Taylor Haines; Anna and Samuel Richie; William and Elizabeth Richie; Richie family; Elisha Roberts and wife; R.L. Savery; Elizabeth R. Taylor; Emma H. Taylor; Esther H. Taylor; George Washington Taylor
Photographs of places include:
Haverford College; Daniel and Margery Scull Leeds' house; Maidencreek Meetinghouse; E.H. Richie "bungalow"; Edward K. Taylor home; Jacob Taylor barn; Mary Ann Taylor birthplace; Thomas Taylor law office
Of the three photo albums, one is tooled as belonging to Sarah Richie. Not all the photos (cartes-de-visite) are identified, though there are some Richie family members. In the album tooled "photographs" are primarily Roberts and Richie family members (cartes-de-visite). In the last album are multiple families, including Taylor and Haines (cartes-de-visite, also some tintypes)
The maps were collected by Francis R. Taylor: Included is a topographic map entitled Franconia, 1946; a transportation map of Philadelphia, no date; a road map of Montgomery County, PA, 1943; a pocket map of the West Indies, no date; and Montgomery County: a governmental picture, 1942
The deed is from Morris and Stephen Armitt to Anthony Morris & Co. for 500 acres in Lancaster Co., PA in 1737Physical Description