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"Some Memorandums respecting my beloved wife Margery Mickle"


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

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Margery Mickle (1748-1809) was born April 13, 1748, the daughter of Robert Friend and Hannah Price. She was married in October of 1776, and lived in Gloucester, Pennsylvania. She died in October of 1809.

This collection is comprised of the single volume manuscript memorandum (and a single photocopy) written by Margery Mickle's husband (name unknown). The manuscript recounts Mickle's illness with "tumorous pollypus" in the corner of her right eye and her nose. Her husband writes about the series of operations she underwent to remove the tumors, the re-emergence of the tumors after a number of operations, and the doctor's recommendation that they remove her right eye. The manuscript describes Mickle's decision not to undergo the operation to remove her eye, and recounts her final days, including visits from friends and family, and some quotes from Mickle's last days, as well as a description of her final moments and death in 1809. The manuscript provides a detailed account of medical practice at the time, as well as the traditions surrounding death and dying.

"Some Memorandums respecting my beloved wife Margery Mickle" was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1956 by Mrs. Bernard G. Waring.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October, 2015.

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

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Manuscript, 1809.
Volume 1
Copy, 1809.
Box 8

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