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Mary Ralph's remembrance album focuses on religion from her time as a missionary for the Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, and New York City 1835-1855. Album comprises poems written by a number of authors including: Ralph (p.16, 26, 30, 111-115, 143, 150-152, 212, 235) her friends, and other church members. Many of the poems are allegories for departing the Earth and resting in heaven with God. Several pages are notes addressed to Mary from friends and family about her upcoming travel and missionary work (p. 12, 28, 86, 120-121). Mary notes the death of her mother on June 13, 1846, and the death of her youngest brother, James, on August 29, 1847 (p. 63).
Included are hand drawn illustrations of angels with the artist's signature, Maria da McDutchess, as well as several plates in the album depicting portraits, animals, shipwrecks, and angels. Laid in are two newspaper clippings discussing the death of a woman and a poem about women's devotion to her husband and god, and Mary's Methodist Episcopal Church membership card. Decorative black leather boards with embossed designs. Cracked hinges and heavy foxing on the inner pages. Original pagination appears in the upper right corner. Pages 54-55, 100-101, 112-113, 160-161, 184-187, were missing/torn from album.
Sold by Between the Covers (Gloucester City, N.J.), 2020.
Samantha Dodd processed, wrote, and encoded the finding aid, 2023.
- University of Pennsylvania: Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts
- Finding Aid Author
- Samantha Dodd
- Finding Aid Date
- 2023 June 27
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