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Letchworth family correspondence


Held at: Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections [Contact Us]370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041

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John Letchworth (1759-1843) was the son of John and Diana Letchworth and was born in London in 1759. In 1767, the family relocated to Philadelphia, where he later became a chair maker's apprentice at age 11. Letchworth was married to Elizabeth Kite, the daughter of Thomas Kite, in 1783, and had two children, Mary and Robert Letchworth. In 1793, he became a member of the committee for relieving the sick and distressed during the Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia. He was a fairly prominent Quaker minister of Quakerism. In 1801, he received a minute from his Meeting (presumably the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting) to accompany two women, Gulielma Widdefield and Hannah Shinn, to visit other Quaker Meetings, where he discussed the effects of slavery. In 1819, Letchworth accompanied Isaac Pennock to visit Meetings and several Indian tribes, going from Tunesassa in New York to as far west as Kentucky.

This collection is comprised of the personal correspondence of the Letchworth family; letter writers include Emos Lee and John Wilbur.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed February, 2016.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
February, 2016
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1839-1842.
Box 26 Folder 1

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