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Charles Evans diary


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

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Charles Evans (1802-1879), the son of Jonathon and Hannah (Bacon) Evans, was born on December 25, 1802, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Evans was a Quaker physician and was active in the Quaker community. Evans attended the 1827 meeting that planned the Orthodox/Hicksite seperation, and he was an attendant physician at Friends Asylum for years. Evans was one of the editorial committee of The Friend, and wrote conservative editiorials for the publication. In 1861, Evans visited England and Ireland, a journey taken in part due to an affection of the throat. Evans married Mary Lownes Smith, the daughter of Robert Mith III, the first editor of The Friend, in 1836. The couple had no children. Charles Evans died April 21, 1879.

This collection is composed of the single, handwritten volume of Charles Evans's "Diary of a European Trip, 1861." The diary details Evans's voyage from Philadelphia to England including descriptions of the captain and other cabin passengers, illness on board, and the weather during the voyage. Upon arrival in England, diary entries relate visits to Friends, Quaker meetings, and Evans's tour of England.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed June, 2015.

Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Finding Aid Author
Kara Flynn
Finding Aid Date
June, 2015
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Diary, 1861.
Volume 1

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