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"The Children of Light"

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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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Elizabeth Stanley Trotter (1873-1956) was born October 13, 1873, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was an author with an interest in Quakerism. She was a contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, and the author of "The Children of Light: Being the story of George Fox, the Quaker and of Oliver Cromwell, the Soldier and of William Penn, the Settler and some of those who followed them," a narrative poem which was never published. Trotter's interest in Quakerism stemmed from her ancestors, who had been Quakers who had been disowned for "marrying out" (marrying non-Quakers). Trotter married William Henry Trotter in February of 1898, and the couple had at least one child, Charlotte (b. 1899). Elizabeth Stanley Trotter died in 1956.

This collection is comprised of the single volume typed manuscript of Elizabeth Stanley Trotter's "The Children of Light: Being the story of George Fox, the Quaker, and of Oliver Cromwell, the Soldier, and of William Penn, the Settler, and some of those who followed them." The manuscript is entirely written in verse, and is split into four "books." Book one includes: "The Youth," "The Hermit," and "The Search." Book two includes: "The Diviner," "The Revealer," and "The Man of Light." Book three includes: "The Friend," "The Martyr," "The Pilgrim," "The Sorrower," "The Harvester," "The Prisoner," and "The Traveler." Book four includes: "The Peacemaker" and "The Shepherd."

"The Children of Light" was donated to Special Collections, Haverford College in 1957 by Elizabeth S. Trotter.

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed October, 2015.

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Haverford College Quaker & Special Collections
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Collection Inventory

Manuscript, Undated.
Related Correspondence, 1941.
Scope and Content note

Correspondence related to the Trotter's progress on the maunscript, written to family and friends. Majority of correspondence is between Elizabeth Trotter and her mother.

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