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Ann Borden Hopkinson Collection


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Ann "Nancy" Borden Hopkinson (1757-1827) was the daughter of Judge Joseph Borden of New Jersey. Ann Borden married Francis Hopkinson (1737-1791) in 1768. Francis earned his A.B. in 1757 from the College of Philadelphia, now the University of Pennsylvania. He was a lawyer and singer of the Declaration of Independence. Francis had three sisters, Elizabeth Hopkins, Mary Hopkins, and Ann Youth Hopkins. Two of his sisters married two of his classmates from the class of 1757. Mary Hopkins married John Morgan (1735-1789), M.D., in 1765. John was a physician and worked at Pennsylvania Hospital. Elizabeth Hopkins married Jacob Duche (1738-1798) in 1759. He was a Penn professor and an active clergyman, appointed as rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, and succeeded Richard Peters as the rector of Christ Church. Ann Youth Hopkins married Samuel Stringer Coal (1754-1798) in 1775. He was born in Maryland in 1754 and attended medical lectures at the Philadelphia School. In addition to being a physician, Dr. Coale served as Justice of the Peace in Baltimore.

This collection consists of five letters to Ann Hopkinson dating from the 1770s from her brothers-in-law Jacob Duche and John Morgan. In addition, there is one letter between Jacob Duche to Samuel Stringer Coale. These letters are sweet, humorous and discuss family matters.

The Ann Hopkinson Collection was a gift from Margaret Garrett in October 2022 (Accession 2022:046).

University of Pennsylvania: University Archives and Records Center
Finding Aid Author
Hasina Khan
Finding Aid Date
November 2022
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Duche, Jacob to Ann Hopkinson , 1770 April 27.
Box 1 Folder 1
Scope and Contents

Discusses divine love for family members. Mention the marriage of Uncle Anthony and Miss Falener.

Duche, Jacob to Ann Hopkinson, 1770 June 20.
Box 1 Folder 2
Scope and Contents

Discusses the death of silk worms. Mentions of Mr. and Mrs. Lyon being their guests.

Duche, Jacob to Samuel Stringer Coale , 1775 September 20 .
Box 1 Folder 3
Scope and Contents

Discusses visit to Chester with Dr. Morgan, and talks about Mr. Montgomery accompanying him from Annapolis to Georgetown.

Morgan, John to Ann Hopkinson, 1770 May, 5.
Box 1 Folder 4
Scope and Contents

Discusses the wedding of Anthony Duche with Falener. Mentions the work of Johnny in his house and gardens.

Morgan, John to Ann Hopkinson, 1770 May 14 .
Box 1 Folder 5
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Discusses the letters received from Ann Hopkins to John Morgan. Mentions the illness of Mr. Peters.

Morgan, John to Ann Hopkinson, 1772 August 19.
Box 1 Folder 6
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Talks about the hospitality of families which John Morgan received in the Island he went to. Talks about the experience of a gentleman named Suzpozize who has been on a tour to Philadelphia for three to four weeks.

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