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Henry Hale G. Sharpless letterbooks


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

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Henry Hale Graham Sharpless (1823-1870) was born in 1823, the son of Townsend Sharpless and Mary B. Jones Sharpless. In 1855, Sharpless married Mary Van Buren and was disowned by the Quakers for marrying out. Sharpless ran a dry goods business in Philadelphia, which was started by his grandfather. Sharpless died in 1870, at the age of 46.

This collection is comprised of the four handwritten letterbooks of Henry Hale G. Sharpless. The majority of the correspondence is personal, addressed to friends and family during Sharpless's travels. The letters include topics such as descriptions of the cities and towns he visits, as well as discussion of landmarks, cultural differences, food, and styles of dress.


Processed by Kara Flynn; completed August, 2015.

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

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Vol. 1, 1851-1852.
Volume 1
Scope and Content note

This volume contains personal correspondence from Sharpless' travels. Letters are written from: Liverpool, York, Glasgow, Dublin, North Wales, London, Lucerne, Munich, Berlin, Trieste, Raguse (Dalmatia), Constantinople, Athens, Smyrna, Beirut, Alexandria, Malta, Naples, Rome, Florence, Turin, and Paris.

Letters are addressed to his sisters Lydia, Anna, and Charlotte, his brother Samuel, and his mother, father, and grandmother.

Vol. 2, 1859-1864.
Volume 2
Scope and Content note

Correspondence in this volume includes both business and personal correspondence. Letters are addressed to Thomas Page, his wife Mary, as well as various Friends. Letters describe business related news, travels to Philadelphia and Baltimore, and descriptions of family news.

Vol. 3, July 1860-September 1860.
Volume 3
Scope and Content note

This volume contains personal correspondence written to Sharpless's mother, father, and other family and friends, while Sharpless is travelling abroad. Letters are written from: London, Amsterdam, lucerne, Vienna, Venice, and Milan.

Vol. 4, October 1860- November 1860.
Volume 4
Scope and Content note

This volume is comprised of personal correspondence. Letters are addressed to Sharpless's mother and father, and are written from Naples and Venice.

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