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Ferris Family Papers

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Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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The Ferris family was a prominent Quaker family of Wilmington, Delaware. The family of Zachariah and Sarah Ferris had its roots in Connecticut. Five of their eight children became members of the Society of Friends, and three of their sons, David Ferris (1707/08-1779), John Ferris (1710-1751), and Zachariah Ferris (1717-1803) removed to Wilmington before 1740. David Ferris became a Quaker minister, and his Memoirs were published in 1825. His son, Benjamin Ferris (1740-1771) also was a Quaker minister. David's younger brother, John, moved to Delaware from Connecticut in 1748 and died of small pox three years later.

John Ferris's second son, Ziba Ferris, was born in 1743 and died in 1794. After his father's early death, he was raised in the household of his uncle, David Ferris, and was apprenticed as a cabinet maker in Wilmington. He married Edith Sharples of Chester Co., Pa., in 1769. Ziba and Edith had seven children, among whom were Deborah (1773-1844), who married Joseph Bringhurst; John (1775-1802), who married Sarah Harlan; and Benjamin (1780-1867), who married Frances Canby. John Ferris was a cabinetmaker who died of yellow fever in 1802. Benjamin Ferris apprenticed as a watch and clock maker in Philadelphia and later worked as a surveyor and successful conveyancer. He was a prominent member of the Society of Friends and the first Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Hicksite). Benjamin and Frances ("Fanny") had ten children, and after the death of his wife in 1833, he married her cousin, Hannah Gibbons.

Benjamin Ferris's eldest surviving son, David Ferris (1821-1908), became a farmer. In 1849 he married Sarah Ann Underwood, daughter of Quaker minister Sarah Hunt. An Elder of Wilmington Monthly Meeting, David Ferris was active in Quaker and social reform issues. David and Sarah Ann Ferris had six children: Francis ("Frank"), William C., Matilda, Henry, Alfred, and Walter. Frank, Henry, and Alfred Ferris were involved in the printing business.

Henry Ferris (1855-1941) married Elizabeth E. Masters of Muncy Monthly Meeting in 1885. Henry was active in the Society of Friends and served as editor of the Hicksite journal Friends Intelligencer during WWI. His daughter, Frances Canby Ferris, was the long-time principal of the Friends School in Haverford, Pa.

The collection contains correspondence, journals and other writings, business and legal papers, and miscellaneous items of the Ferris family of Wilmington, Delaware. Of particular note are the correspondence and writings of Benjamin Ferris concerning the Separation in the Society of Friends and Elias Hicks, as well as the journals and diaries of Anna M. Ferris, David Ferris, Matilda Ferris, Benjamin Ferris, William C. Ferris, Rebecca Masters Kite, and Henry Ferris. Correspondents include William Lloyd Garrison, William Gibbons, Isaac T. Hopper, Joseph Bringhurst, Mary Gibbons, William Poole, Mary Biddle, Joseph Rakestraw, Halliday Jackson, and John Jackson. This collection includes a great variety of family correspondence that reveals much about the life of a Quaker family in Wilmington and of the reform activities of members of the Society of Friends.

The collection is divided into four series, with sub-series:

  1. Family Genealogical Research: Compiled by Benjamin Ferris, Henry Ferris, and Frances Canby Ferris
  2. Benjamin Ferris Family
  3. David Ferris Family
  4. Henry Ferris Family

Journal of Benjamin Ferris "of Oblong" (1708-1775) and Journal of Benjamin Ferris (1740-1771): Film Org. MS-F13

Purchased 1940 from Henry C. Ferris, grandson of Benjamin Ferris

Correspondence of Anna M. (Canby) Smyth, gift of Frances C. Ferris, 1943

Additional family letters and papers, gift Frances C. Ferris, 1947-1972, and other family members including Mary Ferris Blackburn and Edith S. Blackburn, 1965

The collection was received unsorted in cartons and processed by FHL staff prior to 1965. The original inventory included a chronological list of persons mentioned in Benjamin Ferris's correspondence, 1794-1819, compiled by Jean McClure in 1956, but did not detail correspondents. The bulk of the correspondence to 1940 was sorted chronologically in large units. Continuing until about 1969, Frances Ferris added papers and sometimes temporarily withdrew family material. The Anna M. Ferris Diaries were donated by Frances C. Ferris in 1969, and she gave additional family papers, including most of the genealogical papers, in 1974. In 2011, staff determined to simplify the organization to better describe the contents and to make the post-Separation material more accessible. Biographical and genealogical research, begun by Benjamin Ferris and continued by his grandson and great-granddaughter were consolidated into the first series. Papers collected by Benjamin Ferris and representing his generation and his involvement in the Separation in the Society of Friends were united in Series 2. Series 3 contains the papers of the generation of his son, David Ferris, along with his wife's family and their children, except for Henry. The papers of Henry Ferris, who sold the bulk of the collection to Friends Historical Library in 1940, compose Series 4. Also in that series are the diaries of Rebecca Masters Kite, a Quaker minister who was Henry's sister-in-law.

Marriage certificates were removed from the collection and stored in the Chart Case (as indicated)

  1. Marriage certificate of Benjamin Ferris to Hannah Gibbons, 1835
  2. Marriage certificate of Benjamin Ferris and Fanny Canby.
  3. Painting: Portrait of Benjamin Ferris (Reading Room)
  4. Photographs removed to Picture Collections, PA 155. Small engraving of Elias Hicks removed to Individual Portraits: PA 100: Hicks, Elias.
  5. "Map of the Meetings within the limits of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of Friends," drawn by Benjamin Ferris, lithograph by T.S. Duval, removed to Maps.
  6. Records of Wilmington Monthly Meeting and Concord Monthly Meeting transferred to RG2/Ph/W58 and RG2/Ph/C69

Publisher
Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College
Finding Aid Author
FHL staff
Finding Aid Date
2011
Access Restrictions

Access is through microfilm when available. Collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-US/1.0/.

Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Note: This series contains genealogical research conducted by four generations of the Ferris family, beginning with Benjamin Ferris. His grandson, Henry Ferris, inherited the interest in family history and pursued professional genealogy after retiring from writing and editing. Henry's daughter, Frances Canby Ferris, continued to add information about later generations and gave the cumulative research to Friends Historical Library in 1970 when she moved into nursing care at Friends Boarding Home, West Chester.

Archival Resource Key. "Historical and Genealogical Memoranda," compiled by Benjamin Ferris, 1838.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Information on Ferris, Tatnall, Lea, Sharpless and other related families. Original at Delaware Historical Society. Bound photostat copy made for Matilda Ferris and given to FHL in 1947 by Frances C. Ferris. Photocopy placed in PG7 (reference). Files includes Frances Ferris's correspondence with Historical Society of Delaware concerning the gift.

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris family genealogical materal, collected by Benjamin Ferris (photostat), 1842.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Information from family Bible, family tree

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous notes, 1852, n.d.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Notes by Benjamin Ferris and David Ferris, including Underwood information

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. David Ferris memorial and biographical, 1908.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Memorial and sketch of life of David Ferris published in The Peacemaker, published by the Universal Peace Union. Also, typed memorial with biography

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris: Family genealogical research, 1928.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Extensive notes and some correspondence and later notations by his daughter, Frances

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris genealogical research: Evans.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Professional research

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris genealogical research: Leeds.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Professional research

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris genealogical research: MacMillan, 1934.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Professional research

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris genealogical research: Pim.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Professional research

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris genealogical research: Service, 19334.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Professional research

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris genealogical research: Tatnall.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Professional research

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris genealogical research: Taylor, 1933.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Professional research

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris genealogical research: Tully, 1933.
Box 1
Scope and Contents

Professional research

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris genealogical research: Underwood, 1936.
Box 1
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Contains some distant family relations' letters to David Ferris, ca. 1906

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris genealogical research: Van Dusen, 1935.
Box 2
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Professional research

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris genealogical research: Wistar.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Professional research

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris genealogical research: Wurtz, 1934.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Professional research

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris genealogical research: Miscellaneous, 1931-1934.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Professional research

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Genealogical chart for Henry and Elizabeth Ferris, 1885.
Box 2
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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Genealogical research: Eves family.
Box 2
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Genealogical research: Masters family.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Compiled information on Masters, Parvin, and Eves families. Removed from non-archival binder and placed in folders by family. Probably organized by Frances C. Ferris

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Genealogical research: Masters family, North Carolina.
Box 2
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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Genealogical research: Masters family, Millville, Pa.
Box 2
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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Genealogical research: Parvin family.
Box 2
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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Frances C. Ferris: List of family gravestones in Wilmington MM burial ground, 1947.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Ferris, Canby, etc.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Frances C. Ferris genealogical research, 1949-1970.
Box 2
Scope and Contents

Genealogical research compiled by Frances. Includes correspondence with Benjamin Finch, an Underwood descendant. Biographical material on Frances C. Ferris, photocopies of Ferris family Bible (photocopied and added to Ferris PG7), copy of Ziba Ferris's notebook. Notes on Ferris and Sharples lines

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Frances C. Ferris "Stud Book", 1942-1970.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Note attached to title page saying that since she is moving into Friends Boarding Home (Hickman) in West Chester, Pa., she is giving her genealogical papers to Friends Historical Library. Includes some photographs and clipping about generations up to 1970.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Anniversary ribbons for Friends meetings.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Hockessin, New Garden, Kennett

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Frances C. Ferris research on Canby family, 1960-1973.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Canby genealogy and correspondence. Frances inherited a silver purse clasp that had descended from Sarah Marriott Morris to Fanny Ferris.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Frances C. Ferris research on Masters family.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Photocopies and photostats of indentures, etc.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Frances C. Ferris (?) family tree for Morey family, n.d.
Box 3
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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Frances C. Ferris research on Underwood family, 1948-1950.
Box 3
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Includes correspondence with Sally Baker, Milwaukee cousin, and Underwood and Morey genealogy. Two letters transferred: to Series 3, Underwood-Hunt correspondence: Mary Hunt to Sallie (Sarah Ann Underwood), 1847; and Sarah A. Evans (descended from Sarah Ann's sister, Elizabeth Underwood Coleman) to Matilda Ferris, 1925, to Series 3, David Ferris family correspondence.

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Zachariah Ferris biographical, 1933.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Published journal of Zachariah Ferris's Visits to Southern Friends Meetings, 1790, in Bulletin of Friends Historical Association. Original in Delaware Public Archives (1933)

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris biographical, Winterthur, 1965.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

In 1965, Frances C. Ferris gave a portrait of Benjamin Ferris to Winterthur. Related articles. correspondence, and Shipley Room at Winterthur. Another version of the portrait belongs to Friends Historical Library.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris biographical, Historical Society of Delaware, 1903.
Box 3
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Issue of the bulletin devoted to Benjamin Ferris

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Friends in Wilmington, 1969.
Box 3
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Essay in Quaker History, notes by Frances C. Ferris

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris biographical, 1961.
Box 3
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Excerpts from her Civil War diaries, published in Delaware History. Another copy cataloged in Tripod.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. George A. Ferris biographical, 1911, 1968.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Ferris was the architect of Nevada Governor's Mansion and other buildings in Carson City

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. George A Ferris family tree, ca. 1925.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Blueprint of printed family tree, based on tree made by his grandfather, Benjamin Ferris. George A. was the son of Edward and Katherine L. (Ashmead) Ferris. Edward was the youngest of Benjamin and Fanny Ferris's ten children.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. John P. Ferris biographical, 1931-1963.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Biographical information and letter from John P. Ferris, a Milwaukee mechanical engineer and cousin of Frances.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Edwin Jude Ferriss, n.d.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Died 1900. Typed carbon.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Miscellaenous genealogical.
Box 3
Scope and Contents

Includes miscellaneous deaths and marriages, 1941-1970

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Series 2 Benjamin Ferris Family.
Scope and Contents

Series 2 contains correspondence and writing of Benjamin Ferris and his generation, as well as family papers collected by Benjamin Ferris. The Series is divided into sub-series. Of particular interest are the correspondence and papers concerning the Separation in the Society of Friends in 1827/1828. Ferris was at the center of the controversy and served as first clerk of the Hicksite branch of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

Scope and Contents

Family correspondence preserved by Benjamin Ferris. Most of the correspondence is from David Ferris (1707-1779) concerning religious and slavery issues. A great uncle of Benjamin, he was a Quaker minister, originally from Oblong, New York, who transferred to Wilmington in 1737. Another great-uncle, Zachariah Ferris, also lived in Wilmington. His son, John Ferris (1747-1828) married three times. His first marriage in 1771 was to Lydia Zane, daughter of Jonathan and Mary Shenton Zane of Philadelphia. He married second, in 1783, Ann ("Nancy'") Gilpin (1762-1822), a Quaker minister. Arranged chronologically.

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin, (Worstersheare) to Ferris, David (Philadelphia), 1737/38 1mo 20.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Mentions apology by John Prindle and wife to himself and others who they have wronged, including Friends on Long Island

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Mott, William (Mamaroneck) to ?, 1762 12mo 2`.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Copy of letter with his reaction to a passage in a letter from Mary Peasley

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Wilkinson, Elizabeth (Philadelphia) to David Ferris and family, 1763 3mo 8.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Words of advice to young Friends.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (?) (Wilmington) to Ferris, Zebulon (cousin), 1764 3mo 30.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

AL, copy of a letter urging leaders to attend meetings, to lead by example, particularly by attending meeting on Discipline as well as worship

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Osborn, Silvanus (Greenwich, CT), 1765 2 mo 10.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS to his cousin by marriage, counseling against his suitability for the ministry regardless of his education and pointing out the error of his ways. Signed "thy loving uncle."

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Zebulon (Oblong) to Ferris, David and Mary, 1765 11mo 23.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

To aunt and uncle describing his trip from Wilmington to Oblong, NY.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Rigby, Ferris, 1766 4mo 7.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Urging the freeing of enslaved men at age 21 and females earlier, with proper paperwork and education

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Samuel Hanson, 1766 7mo 2.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Mentions his earlier letter in which he called upon enslavers to educate the people they enslaved and free them in their Wills. In this letter, he advises manumissions in writing to assure that freedom is assured. Copy in his own hand.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Zebulon (Oblong) to Ferris, Benjamin (Wilmington), 1766 8mo 9 and 9mo 9, n.d.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALsS to his cousin, with a copy of a memorial for Thomas Gawthrop who railed against sins such as drunkenness and prophesized. Second ALS, expresses doubt that William Mott's writings will be published. Provides a recipe for an health elixir made from the root of skunk cabbage and honey.

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Field, Samuel and wife, 1767 9 mo 20.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

Urging the Fields to free the people they enslaved and advises that each monthly meeting keep a "Safe Book" which documents manumissions. Copy in his own hand

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David to Taylor, Ann, 1768 1mo 12.
Box 4
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Urging her to pursue the ministry and advising on selecting a husband. Copy in his own hand. Also a binding paper that notes that sent for publication 4 mo 1855

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Benjamin Ferris (1708-1792), 1768 4mo.
Box 4
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ALS to his brother discussing his thoughts on Quaker Discipline and why transgressors should be disowned. Copy in his own hand

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Sharples, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Sharples, Edith, 1768 11mo 25.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS to his sister with religious expressions and wishes to his brother, Joshua, in his undertaking. Note on address slip that Edith married Z. Ferris 7 weeks after date of letter.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Zebulon (Oblong) to Ferris, Benjamin (1708-1792), 1769 3mo 5.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS to his cousin relating the sale of Quaker books that he handled for Benjamin. Recommends small and cheap for quick sale and that John Woolman's book on slavery is not saleable in area. Includes a list of books he thinks would sell well.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Zebulon (Oblong) to Ferris, Benjamin (1708-1792), 1770 1mo 6.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS addressed to Benjamin Ferris, Merchant. Continues report on sale of books and mentions that Friends in area are considering establishing a library. Repeats that John Woolman's book is not saleable.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Ferris, Benjamin (1708-1792), 1772 8mo 28.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS, a copy in his own hand, chiding his brother for losing ground in the faith and warns him about strong drink, etc. Also an acid-free copy

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Zane, Jonathan (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Lydia and John, 1772.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS to Dear Brother and Sister with family news. Jonathan (b. 1741) was the son of Jonathan and Mary (Shenton) Zane and the brother of Lydia (Zane) Ferris, b. 1750)

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Zane, Jonathan (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Lydia and John, 1772, 12 mo 27; n.d.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS and undated fragment to his daughter Lydia and her husband, John Ferris. Note by Benjamin Ferris that writer was a "respectable man and wealthy merchant of Philadelphia."

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Hallock, Catherine, 1772 9mo 1.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS, copy in his own hand, to friend, with religious exhortation. Mentions that Samuel Neal recently left for Ireland. Also an acid-free photocopy

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1772, 8 mo 28.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS, a copy in his own hand. Expresses concern for his brother's losing ground in the faith, especially in his treatment of his wife. Also an acid-free copy

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Wheeler, Dobson, 1772, 9mo 12.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS with acid-free photocopy, with concern for his spiritual life.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Carpenter, Benedict to Ferris, Ziba (Wilmington), 1773-1779.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS to his son-in-law with family news, including suicide of Gains Talcott and the death of his wife in 1775.

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Dicks, Zachariah (North Carolina, 1773 5mo 16.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS (draft?) Ferris had visited him in North Carolina, with an account of his return trip to Wilmington. Comments on slavery on slavery

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Weelock, Eleazer, 1773 7mo 10.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

AL objecting to the founding of a college in New England. Wheelock (1711-1779), a Congregational minister, founded Dartmouth College. Very fragile: Use acid-free copy

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Ferris, Reed, 1774 8mo 15.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS, a copy in his own hand, concerning money owed for books sold sent to Zebulon, monies due to the estate of his son, Benjamin. Also an acid-free copy

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Sharples, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Ziba and Edith (Wilmington), 1774 5mo 6.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS to his sister and brother-in-law concerning smallpox in friends and family

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Pleasants, Robert, 1774 9mo 20.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning manumission and education of the people he enslaved. Pleasants (1723-1801) freed the people he enslaved in 1782 and later founded a school for formerly enslaved people in Virginia. He was a founder of the Virginia Abolition Society. Also an acid-free copy

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Sharpless, Joshua to Sharpless, Rebeckah, 1775 2mo 3.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS to his sister. He was the first headmaster of the Westtown School

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Barney, Sarah (Nantucket) to Ferris, David, 1776 1mo 27.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS, message of faith in trying times

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Laumoy, John, 1778 4mo 6.
Box 4
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ALS on the true Church

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Noble, Israel, 1778 6mo 20.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS to cousin concerning wrongness of any practice of Faith except that of the Society of Friends. Damaged and repaired, very fragile. Note by B. Ferris that Israel was identified as the son of David's sister, Sarah, who married Stephen Noble. Use acid-free copy

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Wilmington) to Day, Jeremiah, 1779.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

20 pp ALS to cousin. Day had recently married Ferris's niece, Abigail Osborn. Gives advice how he should become a worthy member of the family.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Malcolm, John (Monkton Park) to Ferris, John (Wilmington), 1787 9mo 13.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS mentioning the difficult financial times, falling land prices

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Yarnall, Peter (N.Y.) to Sharples, Benjamin (Middletown, Pa.), 1783 12mo 22.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS to his parents

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, John (Wilmington) to Ferris, Nancy [Ann], 1789 6mo 5.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS to his wife; he was engaged in a land dispute

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Bunker, Abigail (Hudson) to Ferris, John (Wilmington), 1789 10mo 18.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS to her cousin. She was the wife of Elihu Bunker

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Wanzer, Nicholas (New Fairfield) to Ferris, John (Wilmington), 1790 5mo 24.
Box 4
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ALS to cousin, mentions that wife plans to attend New York Yearly Meeting

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, John (Wilmington) to Ferris, Zachariah, 1790 12 mo 9.
Box 4
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ALS to his father, writes that his wife, Nancy [Ann], had been in a low state of physical and emotional health which suddenly lifted after 9 months. Update on family and business news.

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Archival Resource Key. [Ferris, David?] to Wade, John, n.d.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

AL on religious beliefs

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. [Sharples?], Benjamin to Sharpless, Rebekah, n.d.
Box 4
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ALS, 12 month, from Philadelphia to "Dear Sister."

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Archival Resource Key. [Ferris, David (?)], Wilmington, to Brown, Moses, n.d.
Box 4
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AL with concern that people of Rhode Island under burden of soldiers quartered there. In Wilmington, many soldiers sick and dying with camp fever.

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1 folder

Arrangement

Arranged chronologically

Scope and Contents

Contains the correspondence of Benjamin Ferris and his generation. Benjamin was especially close to his eldest sister, Deborah (1773-1844). In 1799 she married Dr. Joseph Bringhurst (1767-1834), a Wilmington druggist. He was a close friend of John Dickinson, member of the Continental Congress and Constitutional Convention. In 1804, Benjamin married Fanny (Frances) Canby (1778-1833), daughter of William and Martha (Marriott) Canby. The daughters of Mary Canby Gibbons, Martha's sister, were raised in the Canby household, and Hannah Gibbons (1793-1860) became Benjamin's second wife after the death of Fanny Ferris.

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Deborah (Wilmington), 1794-1796.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

12 ALsS to his sister. Note by B. Ferris on the first letter he sent after he began his apprenticeship with Thomas Parker. Charles Townsend was his fellow apprentice. Had his first taste of a dish of coffee and enjoyed "Dough Nuts." In Jan. 1795, he reports that the Delaware River was frozen, blocking travel. 7mo, he notes that he learned that his sister had a piece of music in the house, and he thought she was "principled against music." Borrows books from a Friends library

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Deborah to Canby, Fanny (Brandywine and Philadelphia), 1794-1796.
Box 4
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3 ALsS. The earliest letter describes the rustic pleasures of Bristol on the Delaware River. 1795 ALsS sent from Wilmington

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Archival Resource Key. Canby, Fanny (Philadelphia) to Canby, Oliver, 1795 2mo 1.
Box 4
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Ms copy of ALS (initials) to her brother referring to a crisis in his life. Note by B. Ferris that written when she was 16 and her brother about 20.

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Archival Resource Key. Altmore, Wm. to Ferris, John, 1795 7mo28.
Box 4
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning Ferris's father-in-law's estate (Jonathan Zane)

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Deborah (Wilmington), 1797.
Box 4
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16 ALsS to his sister. Primarily family news, talk of the yellow fever epidemic, St. Anthony's Fire which afflicted C. Townsend. John Dickinson and James Logan mentioned.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Wilmington) to Canby, Fanny (Bristol), 1797.
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ALS, a long letter that includes poetry.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Edith (Wilmington), 1797, 1798, 1801.
Box 4
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3 ALsS to his mother, Edith (Sharples) Ferris

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Deborah (Wilmington), 1798.
Box 4
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12 ALsS to his sister. Yellow fever in Philadelphia; visit of Quaker minister Joshua Evans

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Archival Resource Key. Canby, Fanny (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Deborah, 1798-1799.
Box 4
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3 ALsS to Deborah Ferris

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Deborah (Wilmington), 1799.
Box 4
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6 ALsS to his sister, before her marriage in July to Joseph Bringhurst. Visit of Quaker minister Jarvis Johnson. Happy for Deborah's marriage, but worries that it will change his relationship with her

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Deborah and Joseph (Wilmington), 1799.
Box 4
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5 ALsS to his sister. Yellow fever in Philadelphia, ships quarantined. Went with the "oldest man in Darby" to search out the herb Maiden's Hair which he collected for Joseph.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Joseph (Wilmington), 1799-1801.
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8 ALsS to his brother-in-law who was a good friend of John Dickinson. Dickinson had commissioned Ferris to purchase a silver snuff box for him. Benjamin was distressed about the death of a horse lent to him by "J.D." He shipped a trunk of the maidenhair [fern]

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to [Ferris, John], 1800.
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ALS to brother, presumably John Ferris who was a cabinetmaker. Specific instructions for a mahogany clock.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Deborah (Wilmington), 1800-1802.
Box 4
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8 ALsS to his sister. Writes of a recent widow in great need and his own artwork, particularly miniatures. Debby has her first child, William, born in September 1800.

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Archival Resource Key. Canby, Fanny to Potts, Anna, 1801-1802.
Box 5
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1 ALS and extracts from other letters written by Fanny Canby to her cousin Anna Potts

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Joseph (Wilmington), 1802.
Box 5
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8 ALsS to brother-in-law, describing a trip visiting Friends in August and consulting him about his illnesses. In November, Benjamin suffers from ague and asks brother Ziba to work the shop since customers would be afraid that he has yellow fever

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Archival Resource Key. Bringhurst, Deborah to Canby, Fanny, 1802.
Box 5
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2 ALsS, the yellow fever epidemic. John Ferris, Benjamin's brother, died in November 1802 in Wilmington, having cared for others with the disease. He left a young widow, Sarah (Sally). Also, a poem about death.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Debby (Wilmington), 1803.
Box 5
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7 ALsS. Affectionate letters which hint at his relationship with Fanny

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Joseph (Wilmington), 1803.
Box 5
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ALS mentions a horrible fire in Philadelphia and his problem with recurring fevers

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Canby, Fanny (Brandywine), 1803.
Box 5
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14 ALsS, written during their courtship

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Archival Resource Key. Canby, Fanny to Bringhurst, Debby, 1803.
Box 5
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1 ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Canby/Ferris, Fanny to Potts, Anna (Frankford), 1803-1804.
Box 5
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7 ALsS to her cousin Anna Potts

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Archival Resource Key. Canby/Ferris, Fanny to Canby, Anna, 1803-1805.
Box 5
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6 ALsS to her sister. These letters are a gift from Frances Canby Ferris, 1960

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Joseph and Debby (Wilmington), 1804.
Box 5
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8 ALsS. Discussion of the State House clock in Philadelphia and bark for treatment of fevers

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Debby (Wilmington), 1804.
Box 5
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3 ALsS. Mentions Quaker ministers William Crotch, Ann Alexander, Joseph Cloud

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Archival Resource Key. Canby, Margaret (Brandywine) to Ferris, Fanny, 1804.
Box 5
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2 ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Friedlander, Julius R. to Ferris, Benjamin, 1804.
Box 5
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ALS expressing his thanks to Ferris for supporting his cause. Friedlander was the founder and first Principal of the Overbrook School for the Blind

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Canby, Fanny (Brandywine), 1804 1 mo - 3 mo.
Box 5
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9 ALsS, written during their courtship. Death and funeral of Joseph Potts of Abington Monthly Meeting,

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Canby, Fanny (Brandywine), 1804 4 mo - 7 mo.
Box 5
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10 ALsS. Describes Yearly Meeting in April, Jacob Lindley was inspiring in his sermons on slavery and war. Benjamin and Fanny were married 5 mo 17 1804.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Fanny (Wilmington), 1805.
Box 5
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3 ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Joseph (Wilmington), 1805.
Box 5
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4 ALsS. Suggests the name Ferris Harlan for Joseph's child, saying that providing a child with the certain name can influence their character and skills as in the case of C. W. Peale's naming children after artists. In September, yellow fever again a scourge, and Ferris is quarantined.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin and Fanny (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Debby (Wilmington), 1805.
Box 5
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6 ALsS. Most are Fanny to Debby. Household issues, especially help - Flora and Mary Warrington.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin and Fanny (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Debby and Joseph (Wilmington), 1806 1 mo-6 mo.
Box 5
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ALsS. Most are from Fanny. More household help issues. Benjamin considers buying a property in Philadelphia, agrees to take in Joseph and allusions to a crime that James (?) committed. Much concern about health, treatments for diseases and headache

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin and Fanny (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Debby and Joseph (Wilmington), 1806 7 mo-12 mo.
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ALsS. Letter written 7 month from Fanny relays a request from Halliday Jackson for medication for whooping cough. Arrest of a Daniel Dougherty, a thief whom Bringhurst identified and subsequently was recognized by Isaac T. Hopper from his time as prison inspector. Benjamin fills an order for John Dickinson and borrows money from Joseph.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin and Fanny (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Debby and Joseph (Wilmington), 1807.
Box 5
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11 ALsS. In January Benjamin comments on the recent suicide of William Crotch, the Quaker minister who visited in 1804. Family concerns, including Ziba.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Fanny (Wilmington), 1807.
Box 5
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6 ALsS. Fanny is in Wilmington in May, and Benjamin is lonely, visiting many local Friends. Writes a poem in letter to her.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny and Benjamin to Canby, Anna, 1807.
Box 5
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3 ALsS. In February, Fanny relates that Jesse Kersey was visiting Philadelphia; he drew a large crowd at meeting, but did not speak, much to everyone's disappointment. Visits of Quaker ministers, including T. Scattergood

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny (Brandywine) to Biddle, Anna (Lancaster Co.), 1808, n.d.
Box 5
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ALsS to her friend

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Archival Resource Key. Dickinson, S. N. (Wilmington) to Ferris, Fanny, 1808, n.d.
Box 5
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2ALsS from Sarah Norris (?) Dickinson.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Joseph (Wilmington), 1808-1809.
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5 ALsS. Death of John Humphrey, 11 month, 1808. Benjamin assists at birth of his son Edward on 7mo 24, 1809. Thinking of relocating from Philadelphia.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny and Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Deborah (Wilmington), 1808-1809.
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5 ALsS with family and household news. Benjamin involved with founding a school. He recommends a volume of religious poetry by Addison which he enjoys very much.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny and Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Canby, Anna (Brandywine), 1808-1809.
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11 ALsS. Benjamin buys a collection of old books and asks for a cutting of cousin Margaret Marshall's grapevine. Fanny relates that Arch Street Meeting was filled to the outer hall when minister Jesse Kersey visited. She describes her son, Edward, who was a colicky baby.

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Archival Resource Key. Gibbons, Hannah to Gibbons, Mary (Lampeter), 1809.
Box 5
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1 ALS to her sister. Hannah and Mary were nieces of Martha and William Canby and were raised them after the death of their mother, Martha Marriott Gibbons. After their cousin Fanny Ferris died in 1833, Hannah married Benjamin Ferris in 1835.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Canby, Martha(Wilmington), 1809 7mo 24.
Box 5
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1 ALS to his mother-in-law, with news of his son's birth and details of the quick delivery.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Canby, Anna (Wilmington), 1810 5 mo 28.
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1 ALS with detail about son, Edward [who died a few months later, 8 mo 31, 1810.] Visiting with Friends at Mill Town.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Edith (Mill Town), 1810 7 mo 9.
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1 ALS to his mother. Fanny and Edward in Bristol.

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Archival Resource Key. Bringhurst, Joseph (1732/33-1811) (Wilmington) to Foulke, Elizabeth (Burlington), 1810 9 mo 20.
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1 ALS to his niece with news of Quaker meetings and ministers, including Susan Horne. George Churchman (1730-1814) visiting the meeting, and Bringhurst comments on his keeping on his hat; Jacob Ridgway trying to leave France.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Bringhurst, Joseph (Wilmington), 1810-1811.
Box 5
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2 ALsS. Letter from New York, dated 6 mo 14, 1811, visiting Friends in Fishkill, Poughkeepsie, Nine Partners, Purchase, etc.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny (Philadelphia) to sisters, 1810-1811.
Box 5
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9 ALsS to sisters Anna Canby, Edith Ferris, and Deborah Bringhurst. Domestic issues, including hiring a young girl of 7.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny (New York) to her parents, 1811 5 mo 31.
Box 5
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ALS, attending Yearly Meeting in NY, visiting friends, comments on visiting ministers, particularly Susanna Horne.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny and Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Bringhurst, Joseph and Deborah, 1812-1813.
Box 5
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4 ALsS. Letters from Benjamin of 3 month, 1812, indicates that Fanny was having trouble nursing and in fragile health. He also described visit of Susan Horne and plan for her, together with Thomas Scattergood and Ellis Yarnall to visit Friends in Middle District. Also Isaac Sharpless' financial problems in NYC. Both mention that Anna (born 1811) and their earlier babies (who died in infancy) were difficult infants. In 1813, Benjamin was contemplating a change of occupation.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny (Brandywine) to Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia), 1812, 6 mo.
Box 5
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2 ALsS, writes of baby Anna's health problems and difficulty in nursing

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny (Philadelphia) to Canby, Anna, 1812-1813.
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9 ALsS. Letter of 1 month 8, 1812, talks about her sister's namesake, Anna, who is introduced to bottle feeding [Anna would die suddenly, 9/29/1814]. Cousin Hannah Gibbons is helping with the baby. 9 month, reports that Benjamin under much stress.

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Archival Resource Key. Canby, Samuel (Philadelphia) to Gibbons, Mary (Philadelphia), 1813.
Box 5
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1 ALS, with ten dollars, to his niece

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny (Brandywine) to a relative Philadelphia, 1813, 6 mo.
Box 5
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. [?] (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Fanny (Brandywine), 1813, 8 mo 28.
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1 ALS with family news. Sympathizes with Fanny's busy life with a five week old infant (Deborah). Expresses her admiration for Elias Hicks.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny (Brandywine) to Potts, Anna (Philadelphia), 1813-1815.
Box 5
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3 ALsS to her cousin with personal advice.

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Archival Resource Key. Biddle, Mary (Philadelphia) to Gibbons, Mary, 1813-1823, n.d.
Box 5
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8 ALsS. Family news. Mary (Canby) Biddle was the sister of Fanny Ferris and married Clement Biddle in 1810. Mary Gibbons, her cousin, was raised in the Canby household.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (fragment), c. 1814.
Box 5
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Fragment of letter describing his two daughters, Deb and Anna.

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Archival Resource Key. Gibbons, Hannah (Brandywine) to Gibbons, Mary, [1814, 1816].
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2 ALsS. Letter [n.d.] to her sister gives account of sudden death of Anna Ferris from croup, 9 mo 29 1814. Second letter tells of household chores, helping in the Ferris home, Fanny nursing the new baby.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny (Brandywine) to Canby, Anna ., 1814-1815.
Box 5
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5 ALsS to her sister. Letters of 4 mo 1815 describe visiting ministers and reports at the Yearly Meeting in Philadelphia

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny (Brandywine) to Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia), 1814-1816.
Box 5
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3 ALsS. Letter of 1814 reports how nicely Anna is growing, soon made tragic by her sudden death on 9 mo 29 1814, before the age of three. 4 mo 1816 notes that Deborah is doing well, but Fanny has learned to "live one day at a time." A fifth child, also named Anna, was born 6 mo 1815, and both daughters lived to old age.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny (Brandywine) to Biddle, Anna (Philadelphia), 1815-1822.
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ALsS to her cousin with personal advice and family news. In 7 mo 1819 shortly after the birth of Martha, she writes of the pressures of having four children under the age of 6. Her letters reflect the household and nursing responsibilities she held. In 7 month 1821 she mentions her confinement days before the birth of her eighth child, David. Religious musings.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Fanny, 1816, 4mo 18.
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Interesting ALS with an account of the Yearly Meeting sessions and the ministers.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Ferris, Fanny, 1817.
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2 ALsS. In 1 mo, Fanny is visiting family in Philadelphia, and Benjamin sends family news and writes on his great satisfaction with marriage. 4 mo, he is in Philadelphia for the Yearly Meeting and reports on persons, including Jesse Kersey's proposal to have a joint meeting of yearly meetings.

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Archival Resource Key. Hilles, Martha to Ferris, Benjamin, 1819 1 mo 14.
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ALS with thanks for small gift

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Archival Resource Key. Biddle, Mary (Philadelphia) and others to Gibbons, Mary, ca. 1820-1822.
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9 ALsS. A letter ca. 1820 describes the painful death of Sarah (?) ALS dated 1mo(?) 28 1820 from Mary Biddle relates that Lucretia and James Mott visited with her and husband Clement. Reports that Lucretia speaking more in public to good effect.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny to Ferris Benjamin, 1820-1822.
Box 6
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3 ALsS. Affectionate letters home, as she visits family.

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Archival Resource Key. Atkinson, Margaret (Burlington) to Ferris, Fanny, 1823 2 mo 5.
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ALS, mentions visit of Elias Hicks.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Ferris, Fanny, 1824.
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2 ALsS with family news. The approaching death of Hannah Elliott, long-time teacher. Fanny visiting family in Bristol.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny to Ferris, Benjamin (Philadelphia), ca. 1825.
Box 6
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ALS with family news.

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Archival Resource Key. Smyth, Anna (?) (Burlington) to Ferris, Fanny, 1825 7 mo.
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ALS to her sister while caring for their ailing mother.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny and Ferris, Benjamin to Ferris, Deborah (Westtown School), 1826.
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3 ALsS to their daughter attending School, with family news. Letter from Fanny 9 month concerning the death of her dearly loved mother, Martha Marriott Canby, on 8 mo 18, 1826.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny to "my beloved friend", 1827 7 mo.
Box 6
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Copy of a long letter expressing her beliefs, hope that the separation in Society can be mended. Dated 1827 in address, 1828 at end of letter.

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Archival Resource Key. Correspondence to Gibbons, Mary, 1827-1835, n.d.
Box 6
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Miscellaneous ALsS from A.G. Ellis, Amy Yarnall, niece Jane Gibbons, , M. Canby, and others, 1828 mo letter from M. Canby descibes the Yearly Meeting.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny to Ferris, Anna, 1829.
Box 6
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ALS to her daughter who was visiting at the home of uncle, Clement Biddle, in Philadelphia

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Archival Resource Key. Canby, William to Ferris, Benjamin, n.d.
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ALS to "Son Benjamin." Canby died in 1830

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Ferris, Deborah, 1830-1834.
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5 ALsS to his daughter. 5 mo 15 1831 sent during his trip to Nantucket and mentions attending an African-American worship meeting, description of Nantucket. 6mo 18334 attended Yearly Meeting in Rochester, visiting meetings in upstate New York, Niagara Falls, and other sites.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny and Ferris, Benjamin correspondence, 1831.
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4 ALsS, as Benjamin travels in 5 mo 6 1831 to New York and Nantucket, stopping at William Rotch's home in New Bedford. Describes the wealth of the area and Rotch's wife, the daughter of Job Scott, not dressed plainly. Fanny, at home, notes that J. Aldrich did not attend meeting and instead stayed outside.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Ziba (Wilmington) to Price, Jane (East Bradford), 1831.
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ALS from Benjamin's younger brother with family news. Ziba was a clock and watchmaker.

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Archival Resource Key. MCB (Mary Biddle?) to Ferris, Anna, 1832.
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ALS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David to Ferris, Benjamin, 1832.
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ALS to his father, from school

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Ferris, David and Pike, Henry to Ferris, Benjamin, 1832, 1834.
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ALS to his son who is a student at Henry Pike's Boarding School, Byberry.

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Archival Resource Key. Pike, Henry and Mary (Byberry) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1832-1842.
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ALsS concerning the education of the Ferris sons at the Pike's school in Byberry, Pa. Correspondence in includes 1832, receipt and accounting. Pike's letter dates 3mo 13 1834 gives also an accounting of expenses and notes that David will moving on after the term and Edward will take his place.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny to Canby, Merrit (Philadelphia), 1832.
Box 6
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ALS to her brother

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Ferris, Fanny, 1833.
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2 ALsS. 5 mo attending New York Yearly Meeting and mentions words of Rachel Barker. 6 mo visiting Nine Partners and meetings in the vicinity.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Fanny to Ferris, Benjamin, 1833.
Box 6
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ALS. Benjamin annotates that this is the last letter he received from her.

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Archival Resource Key. Biddle, Mary (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Fanny, 1833.
Box 6
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ALS that describes Yearly Meeting and approval of Mary Pike with M. L. Crim to accompany in the ministry, as well as Lucretia [Mott] to New York Yearly Meeting

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Archival Resource Key. Thomson, E. W. (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1833 1mo 24, n.d.
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ALS informing his cousin on behalf of Clement and Mary Biddle that their daughter, Martha, has died. Undated ALS to Fanny.

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Archival Resource Key. Seaman, Caroline H. (New York) to Ferris, Deborah, 1833 8mo 10.
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ALS with condolences on the death of her mother, Fanny Ferris

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Archival Resource Key. Smyth, Anna Canby, ca. 1834.
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Cover note enclosing letters from her sister, Fanny, who died the previous year.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Martha ("Patty") to Ferris, Benjamin, 1834.
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ALS to her father. At school in Kimberton, Pa.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Gibbons, Mary, 1834.
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ALS in form of a poem, enclosing a sour treat.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Bringhurst, Deborah, 1834.
Box 6
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ALS to his sister while visiting New York State, including the Cattaraugus reservation and thriving port of Buffalo.

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Archival Resource Key. "Carry" to Ferris, Deborah and Anna, 1834.
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ALS from cousin, New York, with family news

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David (Bensalem) to Ferris, Anna, 1836.
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ALS to his sister, an accounting of the cost of his clothing. Notes that Elizabeth Paxson was disapproving that Benjamin Ferris sat facing the gallery during meeting, thought he should face the meeting. David boarding with Paxsons in Bucks County.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Ferris, David, 1838-1843.
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13 ALsS. 1838, traveling to Poughkeepsie for important business, reports work of an arsonist in Wilmington. Worried about behavior of son Edward; had wished other careers for sons rather than farming, but wants the best farm for David and offers advice. 1841 visits Gallaga's farm in Harford County and is pleased. 10 month 1842 notes that the economy is difficult in Wilmington, and farming may have been a good choice.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Anna to Ferris, David, 1838-1840.
Box 6
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3 ALsS. Family news

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Archival Resource Key. Paxson, Jonathan to Ferris, Benjamin, 1839 2mo.
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ALS inquiring if Benjamin's son, David, intends to return to school. David boarded with the Paxsons while at school in Byberry.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Anna to Ferris, Hannah, 1841.
Box 6
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2 ALsS. Household news.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David to Ferris, Benjamin, 1841-1854.
Box 6
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4 ALsS. 1841, happy to hear of purchase of Gallaga's farm. David is engaged in farming in Bonair (Fallston, Maryland), 1842-1852. In 1854, he sold farm to move to Jersey.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Ferris, Hannah, 1842, 4mo 5.
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ALS with an account of his trip to Canandaigua, visiting with John Jackson, Joseph Warner, Moses Sheppard, Philip E. Thomas, and William S. Burling.

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Archival Resource Key. Morton, Margaret to Gibbons, Mary, 1844.
Box 6
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ALS from Wilmington to cousin Mary at Bonair, Maryland, with local news

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Ferris, Hannah, 1845, 7mo 30.
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ALS with an account of Tuscarora Reservation, attended a worship meeting with the Indians, psalm singing, notes visiting women ministers - Rachel Hicks, Dorothy Golden, and Ann Jackson

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Ferris, David, 1848-1852.
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4 ALsS. 1852, David is considering selling his farm and moving to N.J. (where Sarah Hunt, his wife's mother would like to move)

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Ferris, Hannah, 1849-1855.
Box 6
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4 ALsS. In 1851, visiting meetings in New York; 2 letters from Troy, NY, describe his visit to Niagara Falls

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Ferris, David, 1850.
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ALS, 3 month 29, with congratulations on birth of his son. Reservations about the name "Francis" because of gender ambiguity and suggests name Elisha in honor of Elisha Hunt.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Ferris, Anna, 1852.
Box 6
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2 ALS, family news, to his daughter.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Ferris, David, 1852.
Box 6
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ALsS. In early 1852, David wants to sell Bonair farm in Harford Co., but father urges him to proceed carefully and put the property in good order before putting it on the market. In 11 month, grandson Frank is visiting, and they plan to take him to be "daguerreotyped."

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Hunt, Elisha and Sarah, 1853 4mo 11.
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ALS (copy) asking their assistance in finding a good piece of farmland for his son, David, to purchase. Notes that he has given David much more financial support than his other children and wants him to succeed. David married Sarah Ann Underwood, daughter of Sarah (Morey Underwood) Hunt, in 1849. He sold the farm at Bonair and wanted to buy one in New Jersey.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin to Ferris, David, 1853-1854.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALsS. Ferris dotes on his grandson, Frank, who visits often. In 7 month a number of Friends visited Wilmington, including Rebecca Turner and Hannah Haydock. 8th month , his happy reply and advice on the announcement of the birth of David's daughter, Matilda. He notes that his son William who moved to Brest, Michigan, has been struggling in business. 10 month he reports that son Edward has left for a journey west, with a plan to visit Nebraska Territory, and he encloses a letter from Rebecca Turner.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Benjamin and Frank Ferris correspondence, 1856-1864.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Hand printed affectionate letter from Benjamin Ferris to his grandson Francis in 1856 and 9 ALsS to from Frank grandfather

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Archival Resource Key. Davis, Edward M. to Mrs. W. D. E M. Parrish, n.d.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Letter of introduction for Anna [Ferris?]

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Arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Ferris often composed his drafts of letters on a letter received and sorted his draft with the letter he had received. These related letters are stored under Correspondent. Miscellaneous Business files are placed at the beginning of this series. Benjamin Ferris was trained as a watch-maker in Philadelphia and opened his own shop after completing his apprenticeship. In 1813, he moved with his family back to Wilmington where he worked as a surveyor and conveyencer. In the 1820s he became involved in the religious controversies in the Society of Friends which centered on the ministry of Elias Hicks. Ferris wrote a series of essays for the Christian Repository under the pen name "Amicus." After the schism in Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, he served as the first clerk of the Hicksite branch. In 1839, Ferris served on the Indian Committee of New York, Baltimore, and Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and in the later years of his life, he researched the history of Wilmington. His book A History of the Original Settlements on the Delaware was first published in 1846. He was a life-long member of Wilmington Monthly Meeting and active in Quaker concerns. His correspondence includes many of the prominent Quakers of his day.

Archival Resource Key. Business, miscellaneous, 1803-1807-.
Box 6
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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Business correspondence to Ferris, Benjamin, 1819.
Box 6
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ALsS, from Thomas Gilpin, Isaac Townsend, etc.

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Archival Resource Key. Business correspondence to Ferris, Benjamin, 1823-1824.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS. William Gawthorp regarding Jacob Richards accounts; Joseph Lewis concerning insurance; G. H. Burr, bookseller.

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Archival Resource Key. Business account, 1844.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Account of household expenses

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Archival Resource Key. Business correspondence to Ferris, Benjamin, 1847-1853.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALsS concerning his publications, etc.

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Archival Resource Key. Bell, Abraham (New York) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1840 6mo 30.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALS from a prominent Quaker merchant, born in Ireland and partner in a New York shipping firm.

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Archival Resource Key. Biddle, Clement (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1832 2mo 14.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning Providence Preparative Meeting in Fayette County, Pa.

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Archival Resource Key. Bigelow, J. [Jacob] (Washington, DC) to Dear Sir, 1848 6mo 21.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALS. Cryptic note that is annotated by (David?) Ferris as referring to "getting slaves away." Bigelow was an abolitionist lawyer

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Archival Resource Key. Bringhurst, Joseph to Gibbons, William (Baltimore), 1826 10 mo 27.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALS. Annotation that Gibbons was in Baltimore attending the Abolition Convention. Gibbons (1781-1845)was a Wilmington physician and edited the journal the Berean.

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Archival Resource Key. Brown, Joseph (Port Elizabeth) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1822 6mo 2.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALS, includes a copy of his daughter's first letter to him; she was deaf and had spent six months in the Pennsylvania Institute for the Deaf and Dumb, founded in 1821.

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Archival Resource Key. Burr, George H., n.d.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning books that Ferris ordered

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Archival Resource Key. Chandler, William (London Grove) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1826 11 mo 23.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALS. London Friends Elizabeth Robson and George and Ann Jones visiting Quarterly Meeting.

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Archival Resource Key. Clayton, Thomas, 1840 6 mo 5.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALS, cover letter with copy of Indian documents published by U.S. Senate

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Archival Resource Key. Cock, Andrew (N.Y.) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1827 6mo 27.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALS as New York Yearly Meeting expects the divisive visiting Friends from London

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Archival Resource Key. Comfort, Samuel (Falsington, PA) from Ferris, Benjamin, 1850 6mo 22.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Ferris ALS (copy) on the topic of grave stones

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Archival Resource Key. Comly, John (Byberry) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1832 7mo 18.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning transcripts of Hicks papers. Mentions illness of his wife (who died 3 weeks later).

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Archival Resource Key. Comly, John (Byberry) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1841 11mo 30.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALS with concern about efforts to change the Discipline to abolish all select meetings, etc. Also, death of Benjamin Walmsley

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Archival Resource Key. Comly, John (Byberry) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1843 10 mo 30.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALS with concern about efforts to change the Discipline to abolish all select meetings, etc. Also, death of Benjamin Walmsley

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Archival Resource Key. Comly, John (Byberry) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1847 11mo 16.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALS with thanks for Ferris's report of the Yearly Meeting, but sorrow at the divisions in Indiana, Ohio, Philadelphia, and word of problems at Centre Monthly Meeting and Michigan Friends. Refers to "this modern reform disease." Concern for books for younger Friends.

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Archival Resource Key. Comly, John (Byberry) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1849 9mo 17.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALS expresses dismay that he and others were not able to read the journal of Edward Hicks before it was given to Henry Hicks for publication. Also sadness on state of the Society. Comly died 8mo 17, 1850.

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Archival Resource Key. Comly, John from Ferris, Benjamin, 1850 7mo 5.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Ferris ALS (copy) on the topic of grave stones, remarks that he wrote an essay which was published in Friends Intelligencer. Also in folder, copy of an essay on the topic dates 3 mo 29 1851.

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Archival Resource Key. Comly, Samuel to Ferris, Benjamin, 1828 7mo 22.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

ALS to informing Ferris of his and Ashton Richardson's intention to call on him, representing Wilmington Monthly Meeting. Also draft of Ferris, Benjamin's response (to his uncle) rejecting their authority.

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Archival Resource Key. Comly, Sarah B. (Philadelphia), 1853.
Box 6
Scope and Contents

Correspondence concerning his writing an introduction to the Journal of John Comly. Sarah (1810-1903) was the daughter of John Comly and married James C. Haviland in 1865. A rough draft of one of Ferris's responses

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Archival Resource Key. Edwards, Howard (Philadelphia), 1852.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS, asking his recollections of Timothy Matlack whose papers he collecting. Draft of Ferris's response which includes Friends' perception of Matlack. (Copy made for PG7)

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Archival Resource Key. Evans, William to Townsend, Isaac, 1827 9 mo 10.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning reports problems with a burial in the Western burial ground and other disputes of property.

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Archival Resource Key. Garrigues, Edward to Ferris, Benjamin, 1826-1831.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

7 ALsS: 2 ALsS, 1826. Edward Garrigues (1756-1845) was an Elder of Darby Monthly Meeting. The first letter was written to William Poole, but addressed to Ferris, Benjamin. Both letters express dismay with discord in the Society. 3ALsS, 1828: 9mo, travelled with John Comly, William Wharton and others to Berks County meetings.

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Archival Resource Key. Garrison, William Lloyd (Boston) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1832 12mo 11.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS in response to Ferris's letter expressing interest in the Manual Labor School proposed by New England Anti-Slavery Society.

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Archival Resource Key. Gassett, Henry (Boston) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1847, 1852.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS. Gassett (1774-1855) was a Boston dry-goods importer who donated books to libraries and historical societies. In particular, he offered the published John Quincy Adams anti-Masonic letters. Also, a copy of Gassett's letter to Bowdoin College.

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Archival Resource Key. Gibbons, William to Ferris, Benjamin, 1830.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS with a draft of Ferris's response in which he urges Gibbons not to move too quickly.

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Archival Resource Key. Gilpin, George F. (Birmingham), 1855.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS

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Archival Resource Key. Gilpin, Thomas (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1825, 1841, 1842, 1852.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS: 1842 informing that William Wharton is expected to recover; 1842, 1852 concerning books and research. Gilpin (1776-1853) was a Quaker merchant of Philadelphia and Delaware.

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Archival Resource Key. Grace, John from Ferris, Benjamin, 1829 12 mo 20.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS (drafts?) from Ferris in response apparently to Grace's wish that the Yearly Meeting publish a book of Quaker doctrine with a lengthy response from Grace dated 10 mo 23, 1830, with his objections to Elias Hicks, etc.

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Archival Resource Key. Greenough, William W. (Boston) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1847.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS with praise for Ferris's book

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Archival Resource Key. Hampton, Samuel (Carlow, Ireland), 1823 8mo 29.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS that is a copy of his letter to William L. Fisher with references to publications and Elias Hicks. Note at end mentions religious disturbances in south of Ireland.

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Archival Resource Key. Haydock, George (NY) to BF, 1847 10mo 10.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning death of George F. White. Also printed poem on his death and funeral, signed Amanda Clark

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Archival Resource Key. Hazard, Samuel (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1852-1855.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

7 ALsS and 2 ALsS replies from Ferris concerning Ferris's work on early settlements, William Penn. Also Ferris's draft of William Penn's diary 1682 to trace his movements in New Castle.

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Archival Resource Key. Hicks, Elias from Ferris, Benjamin, 1827 11 mo.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Ferris's draft of a letter with an account of the division in the Quarterly Meeting and elsewhere. Also a fragment of a sermon?

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Archival Resource Key. Hicks, Elias to Fink, Harvey, 1827 12 mo 13.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS (copy) concerning his views on the Immaculate Conception.

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Archival Resource Key. Hicks, Elias, Jr., 1841.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS with his copy of a letter written by his father-in-law, Robert Hicks, to Samuel Griffith concerning correspondence between Oliver Johnson and George F. White regarding abolitionists. Elias Hicks (1815-1853) was the son of Valentine and Abigail Hicks. He married his second cousin, Sarah Hicks, in 1836. She was the granddaughter of Isaac and Sarah (Doughty) Hicks. (Oversized)

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Archival Resource Key. Hicks, Rachel, Jr. (Westbury) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1845.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS asking for his autograph in one of his books for a young friend of hers who is about to marry. Urges him to work on a history of the Society which Dr. Gibbons had not finished. Controversy in the meeting.

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Archival Resource Key. Hicks, Rachel, Jr. (Westbury) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1855.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

3 ALS asking him to write a memorial for her son, Abraham Hicks. In a letter she relates her difficulties in raising him; he was born during her husband's final illness. In another letter, she expresses her discouragement with getting an memorial approved with the language she wanted.

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Archival Resource Key. Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1855.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

Acknowledgement of his gift of the Report of the Delegation of Friends to Indians at Cattaraugus

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Archival Resource Key. Hopper, Isaac (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1821-1824.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS. 8 mo 31, 1821, concerning his disagreements with J. E. and the hostility shown him. 11 mo 1822 relays that T. McClintock and others aware of an "infamous conspiracy" against E. H. Hicks is interrogated by the Elders.

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Archival Resource Key. Hopper, Isaac T. to Ferris, Benjamin, 1826.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

3 ALsS. Mentions visiting Quaker minister, Nicholas Brown.

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Archival Resource Key. Hopper, Isaac T. (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1828 10mo 31.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning the law suit against Friends in Steubenville, Ohio.

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Archival Resource Key. Hopper, Isaac T., William Abbott, and James Mott (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1828 9 mo 25.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS asking him to attend the trial of Friends in Steubenville, Ohio

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Archival Resource Key. Hopper, Isaac T. (New York) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1833, 7mo 10.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning publishing Elias Hicks's letters

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Archival Resource Key. Hurnard, Robert to Ferris, Benjamin, 1822 12 mo 23.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS with gratitude for his support.

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Archival Resource Key. Jackson, Halliday (Darby) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1827-28.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

8 ALsS. Description of dissention in Darby Monthly Meeting and Quarterly, with complaints written for Jackson and others for attending conference at Green Street. Halliday Jackson (1771-1835) was a Quaker minister from New Garden and Darby, Pa. In 1828, he visited meetings to promulgate the Hicksite perspective. In letter of 9 mo 9 from Mount Pleasant, Ohio, he describes the meeting of six Orthodox with Elias Hicks. Before his death in 1835, Jackson wrote an incomplete history of the Separation.

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Archival Resource Key. Jackson, Halliday (Darby) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1832-1833.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS, glad to hear of success of Wilmington lawsuit

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Archival Resource Key. Jackson, John (Darby) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1838.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS: 5mo 4 concerning a meeting of the Indian Committee on which he and Benjamin serve, with dismay for the condition of the Indians. 9mo 18, plans a visit to Wilmington and Stanton and wants to invite locals who are not necessarily Friends.

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Archival Resource Key. Jackson, John (Antigua), 1841.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS, long description of his visit in St. John (oversized)

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Archival Resource Key. Janney, Samuel M. (Alexandria) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1838 12mo 28.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning Indian Committee and John Ross. Part of third page of letter is missing.

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Archival Resource Key. Janney, Samuel M. (Philadelphia), 1850, 1855, 1856.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

3 ALsS. 1850: Plans to pass through Wilmington and wants visit, planning a biography of William Penn 1855: Publication and review of suitable books.

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Archival Resource Key. Jewett, John (Deer Creek) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1830, 2mo 11.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS asking for an update on Quaker affairs in Wilmington; word is that Dr. Gibbons has left the meeting.

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Archival Resource Key. Johnson, William H. to McClintock, Thomas, 1828.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS, on situation at Buckingham Meeting, in response to query of Mc'Lintock and others.

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Archival Resource Key. Judge, Hugh to Ferris, Benjamin, 1828.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS. Judge (1750?-1834) was a recognized minister and friend of Job Scott and Elias Hicks.

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Archival Resource Key. Justice, George M. (Philadelphia) to BF, 1842.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

2 ALS. Justice was treasurer for the Joint Committee on Indian Affairs of the Four Yearly Meetings. 9 mo 7, writes that he is tired of the sniping and infighting and wants to withdraw.

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Archival Resource Key. Kernot, Henry (NY) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1846.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS. NYC bookseller, wanting copies of his book A History of the Original Settlements on the Delaware : from its discovery by Hudson to the colonization under William Penn.

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Archival Resource Key. Kersey, Jesse (West Chester) to Gibbons, William and Benjamin Ferris, 1827 4 mo 30.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS reflecting on the state of the Society after attending the Yearly Meeting

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Archival Resource Key. Kersey, Jesse (West Bradford) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1834 11mo 18.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS informing Ferris of his plans to visit meetings in southeast Pennsylvania and Delaware

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Archival Resource Key. Kersey, Jesse (Buckingham) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1838 12mo 6.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS regarding delivery of his chest

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Archival Resource Key. Ketchum, John (Jericho) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1829-1830.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS. Ketchum disseminated the contents of Ferris's recent letter to Friends at Jericho, but Friends are not all in accord in how to proceed. Orthodox are involved with disowning members. Letter of 3 mo 19 1830 asks for assistance in preparing a memorial for Elias Hicks who died 2 mo 27. Gives details on Hicks's death, how he was writing to Hugh Judge when stricken with a stroke.

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Archival Resource Key. Kite, Thomas (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1818.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning Quaker publications and their sale.

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Archival Resource Key. Lancaster, Joseph (Baltimore) to Ferris Benjamin, 1819 1 mo 29.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS. Lancaster (1778-1838) lectured on developing common schools based on the "monitorial" plan of education. He and fellow British educator Dr. Andrew Bell developed similar systems, a source of controversy.

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Archival Resource Key. Latrobe, John B. from Ferris, Benjamin, 1851.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

2 ALs (draft) and copies by Ferris concerning the American Colonization Society of which Latrobe was president.

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Archival Resource Key. Leggett, Aaron (New York) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1827 -1828,.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

5 ALS: 1827 11mo 22 about Elias Hicks and his theology addressed to John Cromwell (?). He writes about Thomas Eddy's efforts to ruin Elias Hicks. Leggett was a New York Hicksite Quaker. Also included is letter from J.(?) N. Williams from Ohio to Leggett.

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Archival Resource Key. Leggett, Aaron (Washington, DC) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1842 2mo 3.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning the treaty with the Indians

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Archival Resource Key. Leggett, Thomas to Ferris, Benjamin, 1843-1844.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALsS regarding his son's desire to find employment after having gone astray earlier.

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Archival Resource Key. Lewis, Evan (West Chester, NY) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1828-1830.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

3 ALsS. 1828 2 mo 19 ALS with his thoughts on the dispute in the Society of Friends. Letters of 2 month give an account of last illness of Elias Hicks

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Archival Resource Key. Linden, A. Clarence (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1839 9mo 16.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS from "a young Swedish Nobleman" declining Ferris's invitation to visit

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Archival Resource Key. Linton, John (Newtown) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1827 7 mo 15.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS asking for Ferris to further explain his views.

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Archival Resource Key. Lippincott, Mary S., 1851, 1855.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

3 ALsS. Lippincott was an approved minister from Moorestown, N.J. She was long-time clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting Women Friends. Includes a letter to British Friend with a defense of Elias Hicks. Also, copy of a letter from Mary S. Lippincott to William and Elizabeth Widdifield

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Archival Resource Key. Lower, Abraham (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1815, 2 mo 7.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS from Lower (1776-1841), a Philadelphia Quaker minister. News of the monthly meeting and plans to build a new meeting house on the burial ground lot.

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Archival Resource Key. Lower, Abraham (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1823 1 mo 17.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS. Detailed description of tumultuous meeting in the Northern District, begun with a sermon by John Mott but followed by a long acrimonious speech by Beulah Sansom against the ideas of Elias Hicks. Finally interrupted and the members much embarrassed. Also talk about the authorship of "Amicus." Lower (1776-1841) became a member of Green Street Monthly Meeting after the Separation; Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Northern District, affiliated with the Orthodox.

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Archival Resource Key. Lower, Abraham (Philadelphia) to Poole, William (Brandywine), 1823 2 mo 17.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS. Detailed description meeting for worship where visiting minister Priscilla Hunt spoke and was publicly accused by William Evans of not speaking the true testimonies.

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Archival Resource Key. Marsh, Rolph C. (Concord, PA), 1851.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

2 ALS: 10 mo intends to attend Baltimore Yearly Meeting in a time when abolition, women's rights, temperance, and spiritual knockings are the topics; 12 mo, approves of visit by William McGirr, minister from Westland Monthly Meeting, which expressed testimony against the reform movements.

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Archival Resource Key. Martin, James (Philadelphia), 1852.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS. James Martin was Clerk of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, and his subject is the word "committee" in the context of the Discipline. Also, drafts of Ferris's replies

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Archival Resource Key. McGirr, William to Ferris, Benjamin, 1850-1855.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

10 ALsS with drafts of letters of response, 1850-1853, from Ferris. McGirr was a well-known Quaker minister of Westland Monthly Meeting who wrote books on religious topics which he asked Ferris to edit and review. Of interest are Ferris's comments and editing on an essay "Is God and Unchangeable Being"

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Archival Resource Key. McIlvaine, William (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1852.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

5 ALsS on subject of his calendar, etc., with drafts of replies from Ferris, Benjamin

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Archival Resource Key. Megear, Thomas J. ((Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1837-1841.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

6 ALsS concerning real estate. Also ALS from Ferris, 2mo 3, 1840, informs of his decision to dispose of his property in Philadelphia. Indentures filed with Business Papers.

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Archival Resource Key. Mitcheson, R. M. (Moorestown, NJ) from Ferris, Benjamin, 1855.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS (copy) forwarding a copy of David Ferris' Memoirs. Ferris notes that he met Rev. Mitcheson when they shared a stage ride and enjoyed their conversation.

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Archival Resource Key. Moore, Benjamin P. from Ferris, Benjamin, 1852 4mo 14.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS (copy) concerning proposed road to be laid on property that Ferris owned.

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Archival Resource Key. Moore, J. Wilson (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1840, 1855.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS from Dr. Moore.

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Archival Resource Key. Moran, William (Philadelphia), 1855.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS about being insulted in Independence Hall

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Archival Resource Key. Morris, Isaac (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1820 1 mo 27.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS with payment and thanks for fine visit made by Catherine and Anthony.

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Archival Resource Key. Mott, Jacob (Tarry Town) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1853 6mo 14.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning certificate of Elizabeth Burghe. Mentions burials at Chappaqua of two non-members, one the victim of murder.

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Archival Resource Key. Mott, James (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1828-1829.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS: 1828 2mo 6 with a copy of the address to Friends in Ohio and Indiana. The printing had been delayed because of some objections, including avoidance of using terms "orthodox" and "separatists." 1829 letter enclosed a copy of the testimony against Elias Hicks from Jericho and Westbury Monthly Meeting.

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Archival Resource Key. Mott, Lydia P. (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1828 4mo 30.
Box 7
Scope and Contents

ALS. Mott (1775-1862) was the widow of Robert Mott. She recounts a letter from her nephew Henry Haydock describing a visit of Elias Hicks, New York

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Archival Resource Key. Parker, Joseph (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1826 4mo 4.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS that informs Benjamin of the death of Thomas Parker, his father. Benjamin served his apprenticeship under Thomas Parker.

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Archival Resource Key. Parry, Isaac [to Ferris, Benjamin?], n.d.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Incomplete ALS with meeting matters

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Archival Resource Key. Parson, Samuel P. to Ferris, Benjamin, 1828 11 mo 10.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS, developments in Virginia and Ohio Yearly Meetings

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Archival Resource Key. Pease, Frederick (Albany) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1856.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS with copy of short note from Ferris to Pease concerning religious books.

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Archival Resource Key. Peirce, John to Ferris, Benjamin, 1832 3mo 1.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning appeal of Benjamin Webb to the Yearly Meeting

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Archival Resource Key. Pennington, John (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1840-1841 10mo 30.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS, wants Ferris to join the Pennsylvania Historical Society

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Archival Resource Key. Pike, Mary (Byberry) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1855 8mo 2.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS. Henry Pike(1795-1889) and his wife, Mary (Walton) Pike (1792-1875) operated a boarding school for boys in Byberry, Pa. Henry was imprisoned during the War of 1812 as a conscientious objector. Mary was an acknowledged minister. See Series 2-B for correspondence concerning the Ferris sons' schooling.

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Archival Resource Key. Pike, Thornton (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1842.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS. Thornton (1822-1885) was the son of Henry and Mary Pike; he transferred his membership to Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (H) in 1843 and married Elizabeth Justice, daughter of George M. Justice, in 1847.

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Archival Resource Key. Plummer, Joseph P. (Richmond) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1850 8mo 1.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS. Plummer was Clerk of Indiana Yearly Meeting, and he laments the reformist environment.

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Archival Resource Key. Poole, William to Jones, Ann (?), 1820.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Notes with religious sentiments, circa 1820, 5 pp with some sections missing. [Gift of Emma C. Bancroft, 1917, added to Ferris Collection at unknown later date.]

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Archival Resource Key. Poole, William to Ferris, Benjamin, 1820-1823.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

8 ALsS, ca. 1820 mention Thomas Garrett and disturbance at Pine Street meeting concerning Nathan Dunbar. Other letters review essays, Christian Repository, and mention extreme agitation concerning Elias [Hicks] that was dividing the Society. Poole (1764-1829) was Ferris's uncle; Poole's wife, Sarah Sharples, was the half sister of Benjamin's mother, Edith. Poole was a prosperous and influential Wilmington Quaker and a good friend of Elias Hicks.

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Archival Resource Key. Poole, William to Ferris, Benjamin, 1826-1828.
Box 8
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7 ALsS. Letter of 4 month 18 relates that he received a letter from Edward Garrigues, discouraged that matters would settle. He laments that English and Irish visitors are causing discord. Letter of 1827 concerned with revising the Discipline.

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Archival Resource Key. Price, Benj., Jr. (East Bradford) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1832 9mo 4.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning decisions at Bradford Preparative Meeting, etc.

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Archival Resource Key. Price, Eli (Philadelphia) from Ferris, Benjamin, 1830, 1834.
Box 8
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3 ALsS. Ferris refers to Orthodox publication of Extracts as a "Creed." Letter of 7mo 19, 1833, on behalf of the Committee, asks Price, a Philadelphia attorney, to offer advise on the NJ court case. Note at bottom from Thomas M'Clintock.

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Archival Resource Key. Price, Richard (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1829 8 mo 28.
Box 8
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ALS, after the Bucks Quarterly Meeting held at Falls in which Edward Hicks spoke extensively. Priscilla Cadwallader making visits.

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Archival Resource Key. Price, Richard (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1839 10mo 19.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning arrangements for visiting minister George F. White of New York

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Archival Resource Key. Price, Richard from Ferris, Benjamin, 1839, 10mo 23.
Box 8
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ALS describes the visit of "Our interesting friend G. T. White." Ferris delivered him to Quarterly Meeting and describes his well-received sermon.

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Archival Resource Key. Price, Richard (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1855.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS reporting that Philadelphia Yearly Meeting (Orthodox) had avoided a separation between the Gurneyite and Wilburite factions. Price was a member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Hicksite).

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Archival Resource Key. Pusey, Pennock (Easton, MD) and Elders in Wilmington Monthly Meeting, 1849-1850.
Box 8
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1849, Pusey sent an ALS expressing strong disagreement with the sectarianism and policies of the Society of Friends. A committee wished to meet with him, but he said that although birthright, he had no desire to belong to the Society and therefore would not resign or acknowledge a disownment. Copy of the disownment also enclosed as well as Ferris's note commenting on the dangers of music, dance, sports and amusements. Regret that the young man is precipitous in his decision.

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Archival Resource Key. Quimby, Daniel (Mendon, NY) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1847 12mo 28.
Box 8
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ALS relates his visit in the ministry to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and elsewhere in which he attended 40 meetings and visited 107 families, traveling 1600 miles in less than two months. Quimby was a member of Rochester Monthly Meeting and died in 1858 at age 80.

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Archival Resource Key. Rakestraw, Joseph (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1821-1822.
Box 8
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3 ALsS. Considering publishing "Paul and Amicus" letters.

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Archival Resource Key. Rakestraw, Joseph (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1823.
Box 8
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7 ALsS concerning publication of Letters of Paul and Amicus. Included are two notes to Rakestraw, one from Robert Porter who was concerned about identifying the authors and one from Joseph Delaplaine.

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Archival Resource Key. Rakestraw, Joseph (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1824-1825.
Box 8
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9 ALsS. He urges Ferris to take an active role in the controversy. Letters mention upheaval in the monthly meeting, where Elders were investigating a charge of defamation regarding statements made about Elias Hicks. Visits of Elias Hicks and others. Disruption in the Quarterly Meeting in 11 month. Rakestraw eventually sided with the Orthodox faction and was a member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting-Northern District. Also correspondence concerning his publication of the diary of David Ferris and William Gibbon's Vindex.

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Archival Resource Key. Reese, George to Ferris, Benjamin, 1847, 1849.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS. Religious concerns.

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Archival Resource Key. Reese, George to Ferris, Benjamin, 1853 7mo 29.
Box 8
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ALsS. Concerns property for which Reese wanted to clear the title. Ferris's draft with his response is written on the blank third page, urging him to keep it simple

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Archival Resource Key. Reynold, John (Lawrence Co., PA), 1851 8mo 20.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning an F. Jackson wrongly held in a Richmond, VA, jail as a freedom seeker.

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Archival Resource Key. Richardson, Nathaniel (Bybery) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1852 5mo 31.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS on gravestones

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Archival Resource Key. Robertson, William H. (?) (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1840 9mo 17.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS forwarding information about the Jamaican Legislature allowing African-American emigration.

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Archival Resource Key. Rosengarten, Joseph G. to Ferris, Benjamin, 1852.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning loan of books. Rosengarten became a prominent Philadelphia lawyer, author, and historian, a member of the American Philosophical Society and many philanthropic organizations.

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Archival Resource Key. Savy (?), Thomas to Ferris, Benjamin, 1852.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning disownment of David Buzby, birthright member of Wilmington, because of his involvement with music which Savy [name illegible] thinks is harsh.

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Archival Resource Key. Schooley, William to Respected Friends, 1827 12 mo 22.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

Copy ALS. Schooley was an Ohio Hicksite Quaker minister.

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Archival Resource Key. Seaman, Robert to Ferris, Benjamin, 1828 11 mo 25.
Box 8
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Archival Resource Key. Shipley, Joseph (Liverpool to Ferris, Benjamin, 1848.
Box 8
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ALS to "Dear Cousin" concerning a plot of land. Also, draft of Ferris's letter to his cousin Thomas S. Newlin concerning same plot; Ferris was the Arbitrator of the Will of Thomas Shipley. Joseph Shipley (1795-167) was a banker who made his fortune in London. He returned to Delaware in retirement and built Rockwood, a mansion in Newark. His niece, Sarah (1812-186) married Edward Bringhurst, the son of Dr. Joseph and Deborah (Ferris) Bringhurst..

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Archival Resource Key. Shipley, Joseph, Rockwood, to Hamilton, 1862.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

TL (copy) concerning British intervention in American war.

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Archival Resource Key. Shivers, Thomas (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1847.
Box 8
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2 ALsS concerning challenge the inheritance of an African-American, Hamlet Ross. Ferris requested to be a witness.

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Archival Resource Key. Smith, Amanda to Ferris, Benjamin, 1844.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS, daughter of Amos Smith

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Archival Resource Key. Smith, Richard M. to Ferris, Benjamin, 1822 1 mo 25.
Box 8
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ALS. Smith (1788-1826) was recorded minister of Burlington Monthly Meeting. Relating to the controversy facing the Society of Friends.

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Archival Resource Key. Smith, Samuel (Wilmington) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1834, 1840.
Box 8
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ALS with appreciation of Ferris's letter from New York State. ALS of 1840 mentions illness of George F. White and Joseph Parrish and the tarring of Daniel Neale.

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Archival Resource Key. Spencer, John C. (Albany) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1847 30mo 29.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning the New York State Indians

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Archival Resource Key. Springer, C. (Ohio) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1842 10mo 25.
Box 8
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ALS concerning History of Swedes on the Delaware, together with Ferris's draft/copy; 10mo 29, requesting genealogical information about the Springer family

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Archival Resource Key. Stabler, Thomas P. (Brookeville) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1851-1852.
Box 8
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2 ALsS. 1851: Reports that Baltimore Yearly Meeting met agreeably; subject of Colonization Society discussed. Stabler's mother was a close friend of Philip and Rachel Price, and he recounts a story about Eli H. Price which was told by Rachel to his mother in the 1852 letter.

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Archival Resource Key. Stabler, Thomas P. from Ferris, Benjamin, 1854.
Box 8
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ALS (copy), Ferris re-affirms his opinion on tombstones

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Archival Resource Key. Starbuck, Nathan (Troy) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1846 6mo 25.
Box 8
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ALS written while Ferris was on a visit to New York and the Indians

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Archival Resource Key. Starr, Isaac (Wilmington) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1846 10m.
Box 8
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ALS concerning an alley on his property in Wilmington

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Archival Resource Key. Sterling, Thomas (Trenton) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1841, 3mo 18.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS selling a salve.

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Archival Resource Key. Stokes, Charles (Mount Holly) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1833, 1838.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

2 ALS, 1833, asking for his assistance to serve on the committee for Chesterfield Friends and also information about Welcome Gray; 1 ALS, 1838, concerns prison reform, end of death penalty.

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Archival Resource Key. Swain, Benjamin, n.d. [1828].
Box 8
Scope and Contents

AL, probably in response to Committee questionnaire. Report on the situation at Bristol, Pa.

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Archival Resource Key. Thomas, Hezekiah (Belmont, OH) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1828 1 mo 30.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS, Ohio Yearly Meeting

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Archival Resource Key. Thomas, John (Lewisburg, Pa.) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1819 1 mo 29.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS requesting his help in obtaining George Fox's Journal in German since many of the inhabitants in Union County were German-speaking.

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Archival Resource Key. Thomas, Philip E. (Baltimore) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1840 7mo 10.
Box 8
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ALS concerning Indian concerns and includes copy of his letter to A. H. Sevier, chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs. Thomas (1776-1861) was the first president of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad and active in the Society of Friends.

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Archival Resource Key. Thomas, William (Barnesville, OH) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1828.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS with report of situation in Ohio

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Archival Resource Key. Thomson, Francis (N.Y.) to Hopper, Isaac T. (Philadelphia), 1826 9 mo.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS, distressed by divisions in the Society of Friends

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Archival Resource Key. Thomson, James W., Dr. (Wilmington) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1847.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

3 ALsS apparently concerning same legal case as referred to in Shivers letter, Joseph Bayard, attorney.

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Archival Resource Key. Titus, Robert P. (New Rochelle) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1828 8 mo.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS

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Archival Resource Key. Townsend, Isaac (Port Elizabeth) to Smith, Samuel, 1834 9mo 1.
Box 8
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ALS includes request for information about a teacher for a school in Port Elizabeth

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Archival Resource Key. Townsend, Isaac (Port Elizabeth) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1838 1mo 30.
Box 8
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ALS wishing for a visit

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Archival Resource Key. Trimble, George T. (NY) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1848 1mo 26.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS mentions article about persecution of early Friends in Massachusetts by Hull, an Orthodox Friend. Hears that much illness amongst the Indians and worries that they will not be able to continue the Indian school if Joseph Walton declines to go.

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Archival Resource Key. Trimble, George T. (New York), 1855.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

5 ALsS with ALs (copy) response from Ferris.concerning Ferris's compilation of evidence against Friends and music, published as "A Few Testimonies of the Society of Friends concerning music. . . . "

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Archival Resource Key. Tucker, Benjamin (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1828 9mo 12.
Box 8
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ALS asking for Ferris, Benjamin to make a clear account of the facts

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Archival Resource Key. Turner, Joseph (Hebron) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1828-1830.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

3 ALsS, concerning Meeting for Sufferings and his reaction to Dr. Gibbons' pamphlet

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Archival Resource Key. Turner, Joseph to Bettle, Samuel, 1828 10 mo 2.
Box 8
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ALS , labeled by Ferris: "Joseph Turner's Exposition of Orthodoxy." Note on envelope, "Found by Henry Ferris among the papers of his Grandfather Benjamin Ferris." Penciled note on envelope by Samuel Bettle, copied by Benjamin Ferris with comment.

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Archival Resource Key. Turner, Rebecca (Baltimore) to Ferris, Benjamin and Hannah, 1847, 1850, 1854.
Box 8
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1847: 2 ALsS primarily concern for young boys used as chimney sweeps. Also mention of Indian Committee. 1850, ALS answering his inquiry for a published article.

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Archival Resource Key. Tyson, Robert to Ferris, Benjamin, 1842 4mo 1.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS (copy) in response to charges by Ogden Land Company against William Penn

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Archival Resource Key. Varry, Isaac (Horsham), 1851-1852.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS. 1851: Question posed in Quarterly Meeting, if a Quaker buys an enslaved person and manumits him, can he indenture the same? 1852 for his advice concerning sale of property in Newport, Delaware

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Archival Resource Key. Walton, Israel (Byberry) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1851, 1852.
Box 8
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2 ALsS. In the first, he asks Ferris to give witness to Byberry Monthly Meeting concerning his character. In the following letter explains the report against him in Byberry Monthly Meeting concerning a lot purchased by subscription of members and non-members for a school and managed by a committee of the Preparative Meeting. Members of the Meeting had moved to sell the property without proper title, and Walton appealed to the Overseers and then took it to Court. He was disowned by Byberry Monthly Meeting 2 mo 24, but the decision was reversed by the Quarterly Meeting.

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Archival Resource Key. Walton, Joseph S. (Ercildoun) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1854, 1858.
Box 8
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3 ALsS. Mentions review of Discipline, illness of John Jackson, and his years at Cattaraugus.

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Archival Resource Key. Walton, Thornton (Moreland) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1844-1846.
Box 8
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3 ALsS: Interesting letter of 9 mo 18, 1844, in which Lucretia and James Mott, together other abolitionists including two African-Americans (Douglas and Raymond (?)) addressed Byberry meeting. In 1846, desired to give up his unsuccessful farm and engage in a large general store in Wilmington

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Archival Resource Key. Warner, Jonathan (Harford Co.) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1840, 1841.
Box 8
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2 ALsS suggesting where Ferris's sons might be placed and Ferris's desire to buy real estate in that area. 1841 describes a theft

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Archival Resource Key. Warner, Joseph (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1828 5 mo 9.
Box 8
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ALS, willing to deliver Epistle to Virginia Yearly Meeting

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Archival Resource Key. Wharton, William (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1830.
Box 8
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ALS requesting Ferris to testify in the New Jersey case, and Ferris's response of 1830 11 mo 6 with his refusal, suggesting instead Lower.

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Archival Resource Key. Wharton, William (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1833 8 mo 24.
Box 8
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ALS expressing sympathy on death of Ferris's wife. Cover letter from Anna Wharton Wood when she gave the letter to Henry Ferris in 1940.

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Archival Resource Key. White, George F. (New York) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1840.
Box 8
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3 ALS. White was a popular New York Quaker minister with extremely conservative views against Quakers participation reform societies, including women's rights and abolition. Two of the letters include long commentary of published religious tracts.

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Archival Resource Key. White, John J. (Philadelphia), 1851-1854, n.d.
Box 8
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7 ALsS and poem by him. 7mo 19, 1851, interesting in his views of review pre-publication by the Meeting for Sufferings, specifically in the case of Journal of John Comly for which the family elected to select their own committee. 1854 hopes for an eventual reunification of the Society.

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Archival Resource Key. Whitely, A. to Ferris, Benjamin, 1847.
Box 8
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ALS in which he lists the Queries used by the Nicholites. He writes that he attended a service early in his life.

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Archival Resource Key. Widdifield, William (Philadelphia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1834.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning death of cousin from cholera

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Archival Resource Key. Willets, Amos (New York) to BF#, 1831.
Box 8
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ALS with news about Friends, including note that John and Phebe Merrit are on a visit to Nantucket. Willets was a wealthy New York merchant and patron of the artist Edward Hicks, to whom was related.

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Archival Resource Key. Willets, Amos (New York) to BF#, 1848-1853.
Box 8
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12 ALsS concerning Ferris's dissatisfaction with a coat manufactured by Willets. Also financial disagreement between the Ann P. Merritt and Abraham Merritt (?), illness among the Indians. Report of the yearly meeting. 8mo 1849 letters reports cholera epidemic, the illness and death of Edward Hicks, and the illness of Abraham Hicks, son of Rachel (Seaman) Hicks. 1850, mentions mixed reviews to John D. Wright's ministry.

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Archival Resource Key. Willets, Amos (New York), 1854-1856.
Box 8
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12 ALsS with ALS (copy) from Ferris. Includes the report of the death of Rachel Hicks's only surviving child, Abraham, 11 mo 1, 1854. Mentions controversy about the Abraham Hicks testimony, very approving of Ferris's publication on music. Traveling with Quaker minister Rachel Hicks in 1856 until he had to abbreviate his trip when his wife, Caroline, suffered a fall. Caroline Willets was Rachel Hicks most frequent travel companion.

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Archival Resource Key. Willets, Joseph (New York), 1851.
Box 8
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ALS inviting Ferris to stay at his home when he attends yearly meeting.

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Archival Resource Key. Wilson, Jesse S. (Richmond), 1855.
Box 8
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ALS notes the prospect of a Friend giving up his music.

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Archival Resource Key. Wright, John D. (New York) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1853 11mo 18.
Box 8
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ALS asking Ferris's thoughts on a proposal laid before Nine Partners Trust Society to establish a lunatic asylum under the care of Friends

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Archival Resource Key. Wright, William (Columbia) to Ferris, Benjamin, 1842.
Box 8
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning his lawsuit with the Susquehanna Canal Company

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous fragments.
Box 8
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Archival Resource Key. "Account of D Ferris with regard to choosing a Wife", n.d.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

MS account of his marriage, by David Ferris (1707/08-1779). He married Mary Massey in 1735.

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Archival Resource Key. Memoirs of the Life of David Ferris, 1825.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

Published memoirs, included the testimony by Wilmington Monthly Meeting. The Memoirs, revised and corrected, were published in 1825 from an edition published in Philadelphia. Another edition was published in 1855 .

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Archival Resource Key. Journal of Benjamin Ferris of Oblong (1707/8-1779), n.d. (ca. 1772).
Box 9
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"A Testimony Concerning the working of the Spirit of God with me, from my childhood. . . ." An account of his spiritual journey and religious visits from about 1741 to 1772. Benjamin Ferris, son of Zachariah and Sarah Ferris. Manuscript ends with his memorial for his deceased wife Phebe, the daughter of Eleazer and Elizabeth Beecher, who was a Quaker minister.

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Archival Resource Key. Journal of Benjamin Ferris of Oblong (1707/8-1779) Photocopyu.
Box 9
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Photocopy. See also microfilm-MS F13. [Catalogue at FHL referred to Benjamin Ferris (1708-1775) "of Oblong." He removed from Oblong to Wilmington in 1737

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Archival Resource Key. "Some account of the life of Susannah Hinton delivered by herself in Testimony", 1761.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

"Collected as near as could be remembered by B. Ferris"

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Archival Resource Key. Journal of the Life of Benjamin Ferris (1740-1771), son of David Ferris, ca. 1757.
Box 9
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Benjamin Ferris, son of David and Mary Ferris, born 8, 5mo, 1740, in Wilmington. His recollections beginning 1752 when he was twelve years old, through 1757. Mention of attending Quaker meeting and prominent Friends, attending youth meetings in Concord and Quarterly Meetings. Visited New England in 1756 and accompanied traveling Friends. Journal ends in 10 month 1757.

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Archival Resource Key. The Life of Benjamin Ferris [1740-1771] Continued, 1764-1770.
Box 9
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Note on inside cover by Benjamin Ferris: "This work is the third volume- the two former I have seen, but believe they are in the possession of some of the descendants of the author's sister Mary. I think the present volume is not in the handwriting of Benjamin Ferris. It appears more like his father's writing -who probably copied it from the original after his son's decease. Benjamin Ferris was the son of David Ferris whose Journal is in print. He was born in 1740 and died in the spring of 1771. Some notice of his funeral may be found in John Churchman's Journal. Wilmington 12 month 1836. Benjamin Ferris." A journal of his travels in the ministry; he traveled with his father.

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Archival Resource Key. "Benjamin Ferris [1740-1771]/ His Book", 1758.
Box 9
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Copies of Letters, Benjamin Ferris, Wilmington, Letters dated 1755-1765, religious thoughts, also mention of visits. Gift of Matilda Ferris, 2/2/1926. [tab from original cataloging incorrrectly identified this as Benjamin Ferris (1708-1775) of Oblong, Copy book]

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Archival Resource Key. "Contemplative Covenant", 1762.
Box 9
Scope and Contents

MS poem by Zebulon Ferris, "Father's first cousin"

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Archival Resource Key. "On the Death of Edith Sharpless", 1787.
Box 9
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MS poem, with note (in B.F.'s hand?): "Unless good poetry from bad she knows/The muse had always better write in prose."

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Archival Resource Key. Concerning the death of Abraham Gibbons, 1798.
Box 9
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Account of last days of Abraham Gibbons, died 1797, signed by Margaret Canby

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous writings, n.d.
Box 9
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Copy of Benezet's letter to Queen Charlotte, "Some observations on outward wars"

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Scope and Contents

This Series contains diaries, poetry, and essays on various topics. The writing and other papers related to the Separation in the Society of Friends are placed in Sub-Series 2-F, Separation Papers.

Archival Resource Key. Diary fragment, "Remembrance", 1799.
Box 10
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Includes his trip 7 month to Philadelphia for the marriage of his sister, Deborah. Note by Ferris in 1826 on last page.

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Archival Resource Key. Memorandums, 1804-1805.
Box 10
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Small memo book, (The American Repository and Annual Register), that includes drawings, brief notes

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Archival Resource Key. Journal of an Eastern Journey, 1831.
Box 10
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Diary of a visit to Nantucket

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Archival Resource Key. Diary fragment, 1834.
Box 10
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Benjamin Ferris (?) Trip in the ministry to New York State. Note concerning his great uncle, Benjamin Ferris

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Archival Resource Key. Friends Pocket Almanac, 1837.
Box 10
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Short entries, including activities

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Archival Resource Key. Diary, 1843.
Box 10
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Daily entries, including weather, activities, and purchases

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Archival Resource Key. Diary, 1844, 1-17 months.
Box 10
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Daily entries, including weather, activities, and purchases

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Archival Resource Key. Diary, 1844, 8-10 month.
Box 10
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Daily entries, including weather, activities

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Archival Resource Key. Diary, 1844, 10-12 month.
Box 10
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Daily entries, including weather, activities

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Archival Resource Key. Pocket diary, 1844, 1-3 month.
Box 10
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Entries in Friends Pocket Almanac. Note dated 6-6-1962 (Frances C. Ferris) indicates that it was written while Ferris was purchasing "Bonair" near Fallston which he and Hannah used as a summer home in later years, leaving home on West Street to the rest of the family

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Archival Resource Key. Memoranda 1845/ Weather and other concerns, 1845, 1-4 month.
Box 10
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Daily entries, including weather, activities, and purchases with notes on history research at end of volume

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Archival Resource Key. "Essays on Religious Subjects Explanatory of the Doctrines of the Society of Friends by Aquila", 1847-1855.
Box 10
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Scrapbook (bound) of published clippings by "Aquila" on a variety of topics. Includes address to the Seneca and essay on music

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Archival Resource Key. Draft of Introduction to Journal of David Ferris, 1855.
Box 10
Scope and Contents

Ms draft

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Archival Resource Key. Draft of essay on George Fox, 1849.
Box 10
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Archival Resource Key. Draft of essay on Holy Scriptures, 1849.
Box 10
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Ms, published in Friends Intelligencer

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Archival Resource Key. Draft of essay on Music, 1851.
Box 10
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Ms, published in Friends Intelligencer

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Archival Resource Key. Draft of essay on Gravestones.
Box 10
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Ms, published in Friends Intelligencer

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Archival Resource Key. Draft of essay on peace testimony, n.d.
Box 10
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Ms

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Archival Resource Key. "A History of the Quakers".
Box 10
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Ms translation from the French, first 40 pages of Histoire des Trembleurs by Francois Catrou, 1733.

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous drafts, n.d.
Box 10
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MSS, religious and other topics

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Archival Resource Key. Poetry album, n.d.
Box 10
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Ms collection of poetry from various sources, bound

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Archival Resource Key. Loose poetry, n.d.
Box 10
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Poems collected by Benjamin Ferris, with drafts (by him?). Includes a poem by Levi Stephens, a prisoner in Philadelphia, with a faint portrait sketch on reverse

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Archival Resource Key. "On Viewing the ruins of a Cottage," for Frances Canby, n.d.
Box 10
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Oversize MS, ornate calligraphic hand

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Archival Resource Key. "A Quaker Wedding".
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MS poem by Benjamin Ferris on the wedding of ? at Cherry Street Meeting

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Archival Resource Key. Memorials and biographical sketches.
Box 10
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Thomas Brown, for The Berean; "Account of John Steel;" Death of Eliza Robinson, 1853; Thomas Evans (published 1868)

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous fragments, n.d.
Box 10
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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. List of library books, n.d.
Box 10
Scope and Contents

MS, small volume

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1 folder

Scope and Contents

This Series includes writings by Benjamin Ferris and related papers. Ferris articulated the defense of Elias Hicks and wrote an unpublished history of the Separation.

Archival Resource Key. Extracts concerning the Divinity of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, 1823.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Published pamphlet by Jonathan Evans, Clerk. Ferris notes: "Inclosed is an Original Copy of a Creed. . . . It was got passed and printed by the Philadelphia Meeting for Suffering read in the Yearly Meeting and rejected in the 4th mo. 1823." Annotations in text.

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Archival Resource Key. Draft Ms of Paul and Amicus discussions.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

MSS of the Paul and Amicus discussions, originally published in The Christian Repository

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Archival Resource Key. Letters Observations relating to the Controversy respecting the Doctrines of Elias Hicks, 1824.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Published booklet. Note in preface that published without the permission of the correspondents

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. An examination of a pamphlet entitled, The misrepresentations of Anna Braithwaite, in relation to the doctrines preached by Elias Hicks, 1824.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Published booklet

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Copy of Ann Shipley's letter on the dispute of the statements of Anna Braithwaite and Elias Hicks, 1824.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Published booklet

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Luke Howard controversy, 1825-1826.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Published Letter from Luke Howard to A Friend in America and Ms drafts of Ferris' response to Luke Howard's pamphlet. Howard was a London Yearly Meeting evangelist and took issue with Job Scott's Salvation by Christ.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. "An Account of the Separation in the Society of Friends in the year 1827", n.d.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

MS, bound volume

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. An Examination of an epistle issued by the A Meeting of the Followers of Elias Hicks, 1827.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Published pamphlet, with handwritten title on cover "Orthodox Defender" and "This pamphlet was written by one of the principal authors of the Separation" on inside cover

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Green Street Monthly Meeting Committee minutes and Statement, 1827.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

MS minutes of the Committee appointed at a general meeting of Conference held at Green Street Meeting House and Published Statement "exhibiting the causes that have led to the Dissolution of the Connexion which existed between Philadelphia Quarterly Meeting and the Monthly Meeting of Friends held at Green Street.

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Archival Resource Key. Copies of complaints, Orthodox meetings, 1827.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Complaints at Philadelphia Monthly Meetings for the Western and South Districts

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Archival Resource Key. Notes and minutes on Green Street meetings, 1827.
Box 11
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Rough notes on April conferences. Ferris annotation that the minutes are in the handwriting of Dr. William Gibbons

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Archival Resource Key. Drafts of epistles to Yearly Meeting and committee reports, 1827-1828.
Box 11
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MSS drafts, Benjamin Ferris and others

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Archival Resource Key. Rough draft of Circular Epistle to London Yearly Meeting, 1828.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Note in Ferris's hand that addressed to Yearly Meeting in London, but returned, unread. Subsequently published by Philadelphia yearly Meeting

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Archival Resource Key. Declaration of the Yearly Meeting of Friends/Orthodox [Orthodox written over "Friends" ] held in Philadelphia, 1828.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Published, with original title crossed out and amended with apostate Quakers and pseudo-Orthodox Friends. Annotation is text body.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris's rough minutes, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting and Committees, 1828-1829.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

MS book with minutes of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting minutes and committee minutes

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Archival Resource Key. Questionnaire addressed to monthly meetings regarding the Separation and responses, 1828.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Committee sent a form letter to monthly meetings requesting information concerning the Separation, including if the meeting has split, who retained the property, how many members, etc.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. John Comly (1773-1850), 1828-1850.
Box 11
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Notes and remarks on Comly, including his response to charges that he was one of instigators of division in Society of Friends and essay for memorial after his death

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Archival Resource Key. Draft minutes and reports to the Yearly Meeting, 1829-1831.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Reports from committees, monthly meetings

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Archival Resource Key. Testimony of the Society of Friends on the Continent of America, 1830.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Published in NY. Handwritten additions to title has it read: "Testimony or Creek of the Orthodox Society of Friends, or Episcopalian Quakers"

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Archival Resource Key. Reports to the Concord Quarterly Meeting, drafts, minutes, 1832, n.d.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Reports to the Quarterly, drafts of epistles

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Drafts of Baltimore Yearly Meeting documents, 1833-1848, n.d.
Box 11
Scope and Contents

Partial drafts of epistles

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Archival Resource Key. "Primitive Quakerism illustratated".
Box 12
Scope and Contents

MS draft, "in a review of the doctrines and opinions of Elias Hicks"

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Archival Resource Key. "Primitive Quakerism Illustrated", ca. 1842.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

MS bound. "containing a Review of the fundamental Doctrines of Friends and also An explanation of some of the passages in the Sermons of Elias Hicks Which have been censured by is enemies"

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Archival Resource Key. "An Inquiry into the causes of the present divisions in the Society of Friends," fragment.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

MS, 2 pp. draft

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Archival Resource Key. Draft of response to editorial in the Berean.
Box 12
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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. A letter to the followers of Elias Hicks, in the city of Baltimore, and its vicinity, 1839.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Published

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Archival Resource Key. "To Joseph John Gurney", n.d.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Two MSS drafts of essays on J. J. Gurney. Essay begins as a response to letter Gurney address to Friends of Baltimore Yearly Meeting

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris's Book, 1852.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

"Historical Review of the Rise and Progress of the Separation of the Friends of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting up to the year 1827. Prepared by a Committee of the Meeting for Sufferings." Ms. A note by Ferris on the inside cover reads: "This Essay was prepared by order of the meeting for Sufferings and approved but then Friends thought it would be better to delay the publication. . . . 5 mo 30 1847."

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris's Book, 1852.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

"Historical Review of the Rise and Progress of the Separation. . . Prepared by a Committee of the Meeting for Sufferings." Two typed carbon copies

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Archival Resource Key. Account of a conversation between an Orthodox Friends and a Hicksite Friend, n.d.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Account by John Watson

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Archival Resource Key. Draft of response to Orthodox remarks, n.d.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

MS fragment, written on reverse of an report of the account of Margaret Brookes with John Brookes, 1828

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris's rough notes concerning a post-Separation trial, n.d.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Mentions testimony of John Danby, John Bancroft, Samuel Hilles, John Bullock, James Saville, James Squibb and others

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous drafts, n.d.
Box 12
Scope and Contents

Fragments of drafts on the Separation

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous notes, drafts of letters, etc., 1840, n.d.
Box 12
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Includes draft of essay/letter? concerning the number of British ministers who visited pre-Separation and the influence of Bible societies

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Archival Resource Key. Remarks on material in Friends Monthly Magazine, an English publication, n.d.
Box 12
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Draft of a response

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Archival Resource Key. Publications belonging to Ferris for reference.
Box 12
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Hedrickson-Shotwell Case, 1832; Ancient Testimony, 1843

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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Of special interest in this Series are the financial papers of John Ferris (uncle of Benjamin), a notebook on cabinet-making kept by Ziba Ferris (Benjamin's father), and Benjamin Ferris's account books.

Archival Resource Key. Deed, Elias Buckingham to David Ferris and Daniel Few, 1740.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

Original document and copy. Wilmington

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Archival Resource Key. Deed, Daniel Few to Henry Camm, 1741.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

Original and copy

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Archival Resource Key. Zachariah Ferris, 1776, 1792.
Box 13
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Receipt, list of jurors

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Archival Resource Key. Will of Jacob Way, "late of Pennsbury, 1777.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

Original document and photocopy

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Archival Resource Key. Lydia (Zane) Ferris estate, 1782, 1784.
Box 13
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Opinion by Nicholas Waln on settlement of Lydia Ferris estate, etc. John Ferris (1746-1828) married Lydia Zane in 1771. She died in 1782. He married second Ann Gilpin (1762-1822), a Quaker minister.

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Archival Resource Key. John Ferris account books, 1778-1792; 1780.
Box 13
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Account book, receipts of good received from John Ferris. Memorandum on work done on Market Street property, noted in Poor Will's Pocket Almanac, 1780

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Archival Resource Key. John Ferris account book (photocopy), 1778-1792.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of original

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Archival Resource Key. John Ferris bond, 1783.
Box 13
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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. John Ferris, 1784-1786.
Box 13
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Loose receipts, etc. Wilmington and then Philadelphia

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Archival Resource Key. John Ferris, 1787-1788.
Box 13
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Loose receipts, etc. Includes small book titled "List of Debts, 1788" [owed to him]

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Archival Resource Key. John Ferris, 1790-1791, n.d.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

Loose receipts, etc. Accounts and receipts, Dr. John Ferris

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Archival Resource Key. John and Ann Ferris, 1794.
Box 13
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Household expense, for live-in help, entered in a partial printed almanac. John Ferris married Ann Gilpin as his second wife in 1783

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Archival Resource Key. Surveyor's drawings, 1783-1851, n.d.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

Surveys and drawings for properties including the division of Bonair.

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Archival Resource Key. Wilcox/Montgomery property in Wilmington, Delaware, 1783-1819.
Box 13
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Surveys, correspondence and related papers.

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous financial papers, 1788-1795, n.d.
Box 13
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Includes a description of the windmill invented by Joseph Pope. Note on reverse: "He invented a Threshing Machine, and came to Irene DuPont to see one put up for him. He was several days at our house - a very sensible, amiable old man whose features and person strongly resembled the Bust or Statue of Dr. Franklin in Philadelphia. They were early related. 9 mo 1840 - D.B."

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ziba Ferris property map, n.d.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

Plan of property in Wilmington

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Archival Resource Key. Ziba Ferris, receipt, 1790.
Box 13
Scope and Contents

Receipt, witnessed by Samuel Canby

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Archival Resource Key. Ziba Ferris, Memorandum, 1790-1794.
Box 13
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Small notebook on his cabinet-making. Also photocopy. Note by Benjamin Ferris dated 1849: "My father wrote the last two memorandum just two weeks before his death. . . ."

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Indenture, James Melburn to John Staple, 1791.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

Indenture agreements

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Archival Resource Key. Estate of James Gilpin, New Castle Co., Delaware, 1791-1800.
Box 14
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Gilpin died intestate, and his son, Edward Gilpin, was executor of the estate

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris and Gilpin accounts, 1797-1810.
Box 14
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Receipts, checks, etc. Ferris and Gilpin, Wilmington

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris apprenticeship indenture, 1795.
Box 14
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Contract for apprenticeship with Thomas Parker, watch-maker, Philadelphia. Contract was for 5 years, 10 months. Note from Ferris that he was 14 years old and began 2 of 11 month 1794. Indenture signed 5th of 10 month 1795. Note on reverse "Indenture Ending 7th of 8th mo 1801." Also certificate for property on 2nd Street, 1795, and sketch.

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris account books, 1800, 1816-1826.
Box 14
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Small volume started 1800 with note made by Ferris in 1855. Second volume is expenditures, 1816-1826

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris Clock and Watch-making, 1801-1814.
Box 14
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Documents include indenture of James McElive to Benjamin Ferris, 1804 and other indentures and bonds. Note by Ferris that 8 month 1801, he was 21 years old and immediately rented a small shop on Second Street at Pewter Platter Alley to commence a business. See Ser. 2-H for Ferris's business/watch card and related materials.

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris account book, 1806-1807.
Box 14
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Primarily accounting of improvements to property

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris Accounts, 1811-1855.
Box 14
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Receipts, agreement, property indentures

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris, Trustee for Physick Estate, 1812-1831.
Box 14
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Estate of Henry White Physick (1758-1821). Physick was the son of Edmund and Abigail Syng Physick of Philadelphia and the brother of prominent physician Phillip Syng Physick. His mother had become a member of the Society of Friends in 1790 (Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, N.D.) and both parents were buried at the Quaker burial ground at 4th and Arch. Henry W. Physick (1758-1821) married Adriana Haynes. He had a considerable estate, including property in Wilmington. Includes correspondence with his daughter, Hannah H. Physick, who made a complaint to Wilmington Monthly Meeting concerning Ferris's handling of the estate. Also certificate for George Physick for bounty land in Illinois, 1818.

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Archival Resource Key. "Journal of Transactions and Events at the Barley Mill Property - now Rockbourn", 1813-1814.
Box 14
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"Barley Mill or Rockdale Cotton factory concern began in 1813." Accounts and wages

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris notice of court martial, 1814.
Box 14
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Notice from Pennsylvania Militia for not complying with military request. Ferris noted on notice that he already had removed to Wilmington 5 month 1813.

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Archival Resource Key. Articles for the Dissolution of the Partnership between Joseph Bringhurst and Benjamin Ferris, 1815.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

Dated 5 mo, 23, 1815.

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris household account books, 1815, 1817-1818.
Box 14
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Two volumes. 1815 memo book includes a note concerning agreement between Ferris and William and Martha Canby regarding their home in Wilmington, as boarders in the household. 1817-1818 volume includes sketches.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris receipts, 1816-1853.
Box 14
Scope and Contents

Receipts

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris account book, 1818-1825.
Box 14
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Wilmington, accounting of legal and business jobs, charge and payment

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris Memoranda, 1819.
Box 14
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Account book, charges for survey and other drawings

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris deeds and indentures, 1823-1854.
Box 15
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Property records, deeds and indentures

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hannah Gibbons account book, 1826-1835.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Household account book. Hannah Gibbons was a cousin of Fanny Ferris and lived with the Ferrises in Wilmington. Fanny died in 1833, and in 1835, Benjamin Ferris and Hannah Gibbons married.

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris, Trustee for Estate of Ann Eliza Fisher, 1825-1836.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Accounts. Ferris, together with William Logan Fisher, was executor and guardian for the minor children of Ann Eliza Fisher. She was the widow of James Logan Fisher of Philadelphia. Her three sons lived with Sarah Logan in Germantown, Pa., after their mother's death. File includes correspondence with Sidney George Fisher, eldest child (1809-1871) and gentleman farmer and writer, best know for his diaries.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. John Ferris Estate, 1828-1834.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

2 small volumes: "Memorandums/ Monies paid etc etc by the Executors of John Ferris decd." and John Ferris Executors: with Bank of Delaware." John Ferris (1746-1828) was a first cousin of Benjamin Ferris's father. He married (third) Mary ?, about 1824.

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris, Trustee for Huggins Estate, 1828-1845.
Box 15
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Estate of Mary Huggins, New Castle Co., Delaware. Property inherited by daughter, Ellen, wife of Jacob Eglee and then her sons. In later years, Ferris was in partnership with David Smyth, his brother-in-law, in handling the estate. Smyth married Fanny Canby's sister, Anna, in 1815.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris, Trustee for Estate of Joseph Bringhurst, 1830-1833.
Box 15
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Joseph Bringhurst (1732/3-1811) was a wealthy Philadelphia merchant and the uncle of Joseph Bringhurst (1767-1834) who married Deborah Ferris, sister of Benjamin. He was unmarried. Also copy of will of Joseph Bringhurst, his brother-in-law. with plot plan of properties he owned in Wilmington.

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris, Trustee for Estate of William Canby, 1830-1836.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

William Canby (1748-1830) was the father of Benjamin Ferris's wife, Fanny. Estate accounts. Gift of Frances C. Ferris, 1960.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Papers relating to purchase of Bonair Estate, 1831-1842.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Settlement papers with F. Gallega

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris account book, 1837 -1853.
Box 15
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His title: Memoranda and Day Book. Personal and business accounts

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris account books, 1852-1854.
Box 15
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2 volumes: Record of rents, 1852-1854; other expenses1852-1853

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Will of Benjamin Ferris, 1857.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Copy and probate, 1867

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Archival Resource Key. Estate of Benjamin Ferris correspondence, 1867-1878.
Box 15
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Ferris owned a significant number of properties in Wilmington and investments. Copy of his 1855 will, correspondence and agreement between his heirs, his six surviving children: Deborah, Anna, Martha, David, William, and Edward, to divide the estate equitably and agreeably to all.

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Archival Resource Key. Estate of John Ferris, 1874, n.d.
Box 15
Scope and Contents

Draft of portions assigned and proposal to give monies to more distant relations, finding himself more wealthy than he had expected.

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Scope and Contents

This Series includes Benjamin Ferris's collected papers concerning the Society of Friends as well as Ferris family memorabilia. The Series is arranged with Ferris Family Memorabilia first, then followed by collected papers on the Society of Friends. The latter included rough minutes taken by Benjamin Ferris for Wilmington and Preparative Meetings and Concord Monthly Meeting. The Preparative Meeting minutes have been transferred to Record Group 2/Wilmington Monthly Meeting Records.

Archival Resource Key. Marriage certificate, Zachariah Ferris and Elizabeth Scott, 1741.
Box marriage certificate
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Wilmington. Certificate is damaged. Removed to Marriage Certificates

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Archival Resource Key. Marriage approval, Jonathan and Mary Zane, 1776.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

William Zane's parents approval of his marriage to Ann Bennett, addressed to Wilmington Monthly Meeting

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris sketch book, 1796.
Box 16
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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Marriage certificate, Benjamin Ferris and Frances Canby (note concerning), 1804.
Box marriage certificate
Scope and Contents

Frances Canby Ferris's cover note. Original certificate stored in chart case.

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Archival Resource Key. Blue Beard or the Fatal Effects of Curiosity and Disobedience, 1810.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Illustrated children's book (incomplete), "Edith Harlan 6 mo 10th, 1812" on title page. Also cover from a later addition and ms copy of missing first sections

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Archival Resource Key. Marriage certificate (copy) of Benjamin Sharpless and Edith Broom, married 1837, 1814.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Copy of 1737 marriage certificate made by Caleb Peirce in 1814 and confirmed by grandchildren Benjamin Ferris and Deborah Bringhurst

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Archival Resource Key. Memorial and sketches, made for Anna Ferris, 1814.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Anna Ferris (1811-1814) died suddenly of the croup before her third birthday, the third consecutive child that the Ferrises lost before the age of three. Includes a silhouette, memorial poem and drawings. A second Anna was born in 1815 and died in 1890.

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Archival Resource Key. Drawings and prints of church buildings, 1817, n.d.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Includes sketch of old meeting house, Wilmington, 1817

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris's family records, 1819-1853.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Family milestones (children's height, weight, walking, talking) written in loose pages of a published book, 1810; children and grandchildren

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Archival Resource Key. "Deborah Ferris's Book of Pictures and admonitory Rhymes", 1820.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Miniature book of drawings and tales, incomplete. Presumably by B. Ferris for his daughter, Deborah, born 1813

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Archival Resource Key. Memoir Explanatory of the New Perpetual Calendar, 1847.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Ferris's notation on the cover that was a gift from the author, William McIlvaine

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Archival Resource Key. A Memoir of the Life of Abraham Hicks, 1851, 1855.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Ms (copy?) of account on the death of Abraham Hicks by Rachel Hicks. Also, published memoir written by his mother, Rachel Hicks

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Marriage certificate (photocopy and transcript) of Morris E. Masters and Hannah M. Eves, 1864.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Original in Chart Case, Marriages M+

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Archival Resource Key. Memorials for Benjamin Ferris, 1867.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Memorials written by Anna M. Ferris and others

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Archival Resource Key. Benjamin Ferris business card and watch label, n.d.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Clocks and watches sold and repaired. From his shop in Philadelphia (1806-1811). Stored with Diary

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris-Canby and Allied Families (folder with silhouettes), n.d.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Genealogy of the Canby family with silhouettes ca. 1810 of Fanny and Benjamin Ferris and sons: David (1831), William (1831), Edward (1832), and a larger silhouette of Benjamin, Jr., age 17 (?) (died 1831) . Mounted in acidic display folder

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Archival Resource Key. Pencil sketch for a portrait of Benjamin Ferris, n.d.
Box 16
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Note that came with item: "Sketch of Benjamin Ferris for a portrait. Portrait was not made?"

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Archival Resource Key. "Memoirs of Old Maid's Hall", n.d.
Box 16
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Poem about dog and his mistress, illustrated by Benjamin Ferris

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Archival Resource Key. Lettering samples, n.d.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Cover note from E. M. Ferris

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Archival Resource Key. Ground plan and sketch of meeting house at Little Falls, Benjamin Ferris, n.d.
Box 16
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Benjamin Ferris sketch

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Archival Resource Key. Plans for sheds at Wilmington meeting house, Benjamin Ferris, n.d.
Box 16
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Benjamin Ferris sketch

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous sketches, n.d.
Box 16
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Benjamin Ferris

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Archival Resource Key. Addressed (?) names, n.d.
Box 16
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Signatures, probably all by Benjamin Ferris, and removed from envelopes

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Archival Resource Key. Original poem by H. C. Ivins, n.d.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Ms poem

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ticket to Dr. Pole's Lectures, n.d.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Note on back "Designed by T. Pole & improved by." Joseph Bringhurst's mother, Ann Pole, was the daughter of John and Rachel Smith Pole. Pole was a wealthy Philadelphia merchant.

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Archival Resource Key. Testimony concerning George Mason, 1706.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Ms memorial by his son, Benjamin Mason. A Quaker minister

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Archival Resource Key. Epistle to the Friends at Curles, Virginia, 1754.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

MS epistle signed by Mary Peisly and Catherine Layton, with note "Pertinent B. Ferris 1868"

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Archival Resource Key. Epistle from London Yearly Meeting to Friends at Burlington, 1758.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

MS epistle

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Extracts from the Yearly Meeting, 1762.
Box 16
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MS extracts, concerning dress in particular

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Archival Resource Key. Testimony concerning Lydia Rawlinson Lancaster, 1762.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

MS memorial, ministry and death of an English minister, died 1761

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Archival Resource Key. Ancient Testimony and Principles, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1776.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Printed Principles of the People called Quakers with respect to the King and Government

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Archival Resource Key. Accounts of Suffering of Several Friends for their Testimony again War, 1780-1781.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

MS accounts, James Gilmor and John Thenwell (?), Constables and Dillarplain, tax collector. Record of taxes and goods taken to support the war. Note in B. Ferris's hand that records the sufferings of members of Wilmington Monthly Meeting for refusing to support the war effort.

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Archival Resource Key. Wilmington Monthly Meeting, building committee minutes, 1815-1816.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Minutes of the committee, Benjamin Ferris

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Archival Resource Key. Families visited by Quaker ministers, Wilmington monthly meeting, 1802.
Box 16
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"A List of the Family Visited by our Esteemed Friends Esther Griffen & Hannah Field. . ." 103 Families

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Archival Resource Key. Wilmington Preparative Meeting minutes, 1812-1819.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

In three volumes. Transferred to RG2/PH/W58, Wilmington Preparative Meeting

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Archival Resource Key. Transcript of the minutes of Concord Monthly Meeting, 1700-1716, 1814.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Transcription of excerpts from the meeting which rotated between Concord and Chichester meeting houses

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Archival Resource Key. Wilmington Preparative Meeting, Building Committee, 1815-1816.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

6 pp of rough minutes of Building Committee

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Extracts of published epistles of the yearly meeting and Ferris drafts, 1818, 1831-1833, 1838.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Published extracts and MS rough drafts includes his remarks on liquor

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Proceedings of Gwynedd Monthly Meeting in case of Ezra Comfort, 1823.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Testimony against him concerning his spreading a report of unsound doctrine by a minister (copy)

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Concord Quarterly Meeting rough minutes, 1824-1831.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Transferred to Concord Quarterly Meeting Minutes. RG2/Ph/C69

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Wilmington Monthly Meeting, Visiting Friends and Ferris traveling minutes, 1824-1826; 1834.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

List of visitors, 1824-1826; minutes for Benjamin Ferris to Genesee Yearly Meeting in 1834

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Concord Quarterly Meeting miscellaneous, 1827-1833, 1838.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous drafts, financial notes, appointments

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Wilmington Monthly Meeting, committee reports, 1828-1841, n.d.
Box 16
Scope and Contents

Excerpts and reports, including graveyard, proposed school, membership matters

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Concord Quarterly Meeting Queries, 1831-1833.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Queries and responses

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Wilmington Monthly Meeting, certificates of removal, 1831-1836, n.d.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Certificates of removal. Transferred to Wilmington Monthly Meeting, RG2/Ph/W57

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Wilmington Monthly Meeting, minutes, 1831-1832.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Rough minutes, extracts

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Wilmington Monthly Meeting, queries, 1831, n.d.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Responses from subordinate and the monthly meeting

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Wilmington Monthly Meeting, reports, resignations, disownments, 1831-1837, n.d.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Transferred to Wilmington Monthly Meeting, RG2/Ph/W57

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Wilmington Monthly Meeting, acknowledgements, 1832, 1833.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Ellis Sanders, Hanna H. McAllister. Transferred to Wilmington Monthly Meeting, RG2/Ph/W57

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Wilmington Monthly Meeting, marriage approvals, 1833.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Transferred to Wilmington Monthly Meeting, RG2/Ph/W57

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. List of acts contrary to Discipline, with response from monthly meeting, n.d.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Ms, George Miller of Providence Monthly Meeting to Benjamin Ferris

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Draft of letter in regard to receiving the Yearly Meeting committee, n.d.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

From some members of Wilmington Monthly Meeting to the Monthly Meeting, mentions that yearly meeting recently in disarray

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Copy book, n.d.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Excerpts from Quaker documents and other sources, 1781-1811, in fine handwriting styles. Benjamin Ferris? Bound volume found separated from other collections

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. The Case of the Seneca Indians in the State of New York, 1840.
Box 17
Scope and Contents

Benjamin Ferris's copy

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Series 3 David Ferris Family Papers.
Scope and Contents

Series 3 contains correspondence, writings, and financial/legal papers of the David Ferris Family, including correspondence of the family of his wife, Sarah Ann Underwood Ferris. Also correspondence and diaries of his children with the exception of his son, Henry. The Ferris Family Papers were preserved by Henry Ferris, and his personal papers are assigned their own series, Series 4.

Scope and Contents

Contain primarily the correspondence of Sarah (Morey Underwood) Hunt with family members. Arranged chronologically.

Archival Resource Key. Underwood, Benjamin (Scipio) to Underwood, Mary (Saratoga Co., NY), 1834.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS from Benjamin Underwood (1793-1839) to his eldest child, Mary, notifying of the death of her little brother, Charles, born 1832. Also signed by her mother, Sarah Underwood.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Jackson, John (Barbados) to students of Sharon Boarding School, 1841.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS (copy?) with description of his trip to the West Indies, government, slavery

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Underwood, Sarah [later Hunt] to Underwood, Sarah Ann, 1842-1843, n.d.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

15 ALsS to daughter Sarah Ann and her sister, Matilda, students at Sharon Boarding School. Sarah Hunt traveling, meeting with friends John Comly, William Wharton, Henry Pike, and others. 8 month is traveling in New York State, mentions letter she had sent them via Lucretia Mott. Plans to limit her travels after this ministry and spend time with her children. Glad that Matilda completing her studies and will be ready to teach; worried that Sarah Ann's health and eyesight not equal to the task. Traveling with Jane Price. Looks forward to settling down with a school, together with her daughters. In 1843, Sarah (Morey) Underwood transferred her membership from Shrewsbury to Moorestown Monthly Meeting, and in 1845 she married Elisha Hunt.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Underwood, Sarah [later Hunt] (Woodbury, NJ) to Underwood, Mary (Rochester), 1842.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS to her eldest daughter, Mary, who was living with her sister, Elizabeth. Sarah is visiting meetings in Philadelphia and New Jersey, and Mary apparently was considering marrying out of Society. [Mary marrried ? Lee and later moved to Iowa.]

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Underwood, Matilda (Sharon Boarding School) to Coleman, Elizabeth and Matthew (Rochester), 1842.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS to her sister and brother-in-law. Elizabeth married Matthew Coleman in 1840 under the care of Rochester Monthly Meeting.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Underwood, Matilda (Eaton Town) to Underwood, Sarah (Hunt), 1843, 1849.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS, 1843 written shortly after her 17th birthday and settling in Eatontown, New Jersey. ALS, 1849, she is visiting sister Sally Ann in Bonair.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Underwood, Sarah Ann to Safetra, Elizabeth, 1843.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

Poem written in Elizabeth's album

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Underwood, Matilda to Underwood, Sarah Ann (Sharon Boarding), 1842-1843.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS. 1842, 12 month, Matilda goes to Eatontown, NJ, to teach.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Underwood, Sarah Ann to Pike, Lydia Pike, 1842.
Box 18
Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Underwood, Sarah Ann to Lydia Pike, 1842-1844.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS, 1842 while Sarah Ann was a student at Sharon Boarding School. She addresses the letters "dear sister." 4 ALsS from Eatontown, N.J. Lydia Pike was the daughter of Henry and Mary Pike who operated a boarding school for boys in Byberry, Pa.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Underwood, Sarah [later Hunt] to Underwood, Sarah Ann (?), 1843.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS, written from Rochester, NY. Begins "Well Sister," but addressed to Sarah Ann, Sharon Boarding School, with plans to settle in NJ where Sarah Ann and Matilda can operate a school.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Underwood, Mary to Underwood, Sarah Ann, 1844- 1849.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS. Mary visits her sister Matilda in Eatontown, and Sarah Ann visited her sister Elizabeth in Rochester. Mary is in a reading circle, writes with humor of local gossip. 1847 ALS from Waterford, NY, and 1849, 2 ALsS from Dubuque, Iowa.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Underwood, Sarah Ann to Lydia Pike, 1846-1847.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

9 ALsS from Moorestown, NJ

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Sarah and Sarah Ann Ferris to Coleman, Elizabeth (Dubuque, Iowa), 1846-1855.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

5 ALsS. 8mo 5, 1849, tells the Colemans about the death of Matilda after an illness of 10 days. 2 ALsS from Sarah Ann, letter of 1850 written from Moorestown, written mostly by Sarah Hunt. Sarah's letter 11 month 1855, written shortly before death of Elizabeth (d. 12 mo 23, 1855), describes that she was feeling very low in spirit.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Underwood, Matilda (Moorestown) to White, Anna M. (Darby), 1847-1849.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

3 ALsS. Letter of 7mo 14, 1849, mentions Lucretia Mott speaking at the meeting of Congregational Friends. Visits Niagara Falls. Mentions cholera epidemic.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Underwood, Matilda to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1848, 1849.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

9 mo 4, 1848, a tribute to her sister Jane who died in 1847. 4 ALsS written in 1849 including 5 mo visit to Philadelphia where she enjoyed the panorama of the "Voyage to Europe," attended meetings and heard Rachel Barker speak. Living with mother in Moorestown, NJ

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Sarah and Matilda Underwood to Underwood, Sarah Ann, "dear children", 1849.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

6 ALsS. Family news. In 1849, Sarah Ann Underwood and David Ferris were married at Moorestown Monthly Meeting. Sister Matilda died 8 month, 1849, after a short illness. 12 month letter from Sarah Hunt notes that John Jackson, S. Peasley, John Foulke, and D. Worrell spoke at Quarterly Meeting.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Sarah to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1849-1851.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

12 ALsS, from Moorestown. Some letters have annotations by David Ferris, referring to "mother" and "dear wife."

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Elisha to Ferris, Sarah Anna and David, 1850.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

5 ALS describes his and Sarah's visits to Friends in Bucks and Chester Counties, Pa., including George Martin who was imprisoned in Baltimore for putting up a black man

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Sarah to Hunt, Elisha, n.d.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALsS, visiting Friends in Pa.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Sarah to Ferris, Sarah Ann (Underwood), 1850-1853, n.d.
Box 18
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10 ALsS. 2 month 1850, Sarah's husband, Elisha Hunt, adds a note because Sarah is disabled by a severe headache. In 2 month 1851 letter mentions that a number of Friends, including Parrishes, Miller, and Whartons, were planning to start a country-like community on the Lippincott farm in Cinnaminson Township, N.J., on the banks of the Delaware. [This became the Borough of Riverton.] 1853, Sarah Ann and David Ferris buy a farm with financial help from the Hunts and Ferrises.

Physical Description

1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Lee, Mary Underwood to Hunt, Sarah, 1850, 10 mo 11.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS to her mother, reports on her return journey to Dubuque after a visit East. Her husband adds a note, and they mention son, Emmor. Mary was her eldest daughter and moved to Iowa with her husband.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Lee, Mary Underwood to Ferris, David and Sarah Ann, 1850, 8 mo 1.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Coleman, Elizabeth to Hunt, Sarah, and to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1850, 1853.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

2 ALS to her sister, 1850, taking care of her sick mother in Moorestown, NJ. Elizabeth married Matthew Coleman at Rochester Monthly Meeting in 1840. He resigned his member in 1844, but Elizabeth remained a member and died in 1855. Sarah Hunt suffered from periodic nervous disorders during her long life.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Sarah to Hunt, Elisha, 1851-1858.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

3 ALsS, visits to New York State

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Sarah to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1852, n.d.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

14 ALsS, from Moorestown. Some letters have annotations by David Ferris, referring to mother and dear wife

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Sarah to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1853-1855.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

12 ALsS, from Moorestown. Some letters have annotations by David Ferris, referring to mother and dear wife

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Sarah to Ferris, Sarah Ann and David Ferris, 1856-1860.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

7 ALsS.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Lee, Emmor H. to cousins, William and Frank, 1860.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

3 ALsS from Emmor Lee, son of Mary Underwood Lee and grandson of Sarah Hunt. Living in Moorestown, attending school.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Sarah to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1871-1873.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

12 ALsS. In 6 month, 1873, husband Elisha is ill and anxious about what his wife will do with his farm after his death, so his Will is amended to keep the peace. After Elisha's death, she moved to Pennsylvania where she bought a farm.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Sarah to Wright, Walter, 1872.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS providing money to care for her sister Susanna in Battle Creek, MI. Receipt on reverse sent to David Ferris, Alexandria

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Sarah, correspondence with Sarah Ann and David, as well as grandsons, 1874-1875.
Box 18
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13 ALsS fretting about finances, her good name. In 6 month 1875 is visiting Mount Pleasant, Indiana, and the Waltons. Grandson Frank Ferris is weak with illness, and Emmor [Lee] gives her much worry.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Sarah, correspondence with Sarah Ann and David, as well as grandsons, 1876-1879.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

11 ALsS fretting about finances; David takes offense at her accusation of mismanaging hr accounts and writes (draft?) that she is indeed unable to manage her affairs.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Sarah to grandson Henry Ferris, 1886 (?).
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS. Purchased a farm at West Grove, Pa. Sarah died in 1889.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Hunt, Sarah: A brief autobiography, n.d.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

Written for William Ferris, recollection of her childhood and first marriage

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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Arranged chronologically within the major correspondent groups: David and Sarah Ann Ferris; Frank Ferris; Matilda Ferris. The correspondence of sons William C., Alfred, and Walter is sorted with their parents and siblings. Henry Ferris's correspondence, because of the volume, is stored a separate series, Series 4.

Archival Resource Key. Walton, Samuel B. (Byberry) to Ferris, David, 1841.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS, mentions visits from Quaker ministers Sarah Underwood and Rachel Hicks

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Walton, Samuel B. (Byberry) to Tyson, Nathan, 1842.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS, addressed to David Ferris, Attention Nathan Tyson. Mentions Thomas Foulke dying of tetanus

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Letter to Walton, Rebecca, 1845.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

AL copy? with news of various romances at Quarterly Meeting

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, David, 1849-1850.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS. Sarah Ann in Moorestown to be at her sister Matilda's deathbed; in 1850 she is caring for her sick mother, together with sister, Elizabeth Coleman. Sarah Hunt often was ill.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1849-1852.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

6 ALsS, Sarah Ann is in Moorestown, David taking care of the farm.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Anna M. to Ferris, Sarah Ann and to Ferris, David, 1849-1855.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS to her sister-in-law. Quaker and family news. Anna (1815-1890) lived with her parents in Wilmington and served on the Board of Swarthmore College after the death of her father. 2 ALsS to her brother with congratulations on Francis's birth in 1850.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Burtis, Libbie to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1850.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS from a cousin, Moorestown

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, Martha ("Patty"), 1851-1855.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

4 ALsS to her sister-in-law, Martha (1819-1912),who lived with her parents in Wilmington.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Anna M. to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1851-1854.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

11 ALsS

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Martha to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1851-1853, n.d.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

9 ALsS

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David and Sarah Ann to parents, 1851-1854.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

8 ALsS. Family, farm, and Quaker news.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to her mother, Sarah Hunt, 1852.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS with family news. They have no news from her sister, Mary Lee, living in Dubuque.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to "sister", 1853.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS with acrostics

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David to sister, 1853-1854.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS with family news

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, Anna, 1854-1859.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

16 ALsS. 1854, she asks Anna to stay with her children so that she can go with her mother to attend sister Elizabeth Coleman who is dying of tuberculosis.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1854.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS. Sarah Ann is nursing her sister, Elizabeth, in Rochester, NY

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Hunt, Sarah, 1854.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS to her mother as she attends her sister, Elizabeth, in Rochester, NY

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, David, 1854.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS, caring for sister Elizabeth Coleman in Rochester.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, William to Ferris, David, 1854.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

ALS to his brother, planning a visit with his wife Mary (Wetherald) and their children, with cover note from his father, Benjamin Ferris

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Moore, Benjamin to Ferris, David, 1854-1855.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Walton, Samuel B. to Ferris, David, 1854-1858.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

7 ALsS. ALS of 3 month 30, 1854, from Maryland asks Ferris to use Rochester contacts to find information for an elderly black man who wanted to contact his children who had moved to Canada. Other letters relate local Quaker deaths farming, reading circle.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Walton, Samuel B. to Ferris, David, 1871-1873.
Box 18
Scope and Contents

5 ALsS. Letter 1 mo 27, 1871, is written from Genoa, Pawnee Agency, Nebraska. The remainder from West Liberty, Iowa.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Coleman, Matthew to David and Sarah Ann, 1855.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALS, written 10, 15, 1855, as death of his wife, Elizabeth Underwood Coleman, approaches.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Anna M. to Ferris, David and Sarah Ann Ferris, Matilda, 1855.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALS includes a note from son Frank.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David to Ferris, Martha, 1855, 1859.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

2 ALsS to his sister. He took son, Frank, in 1853 to visit with his grandmother, Sarah Hunt, in Baltimore; she and husband were on their way to Ohio and Indiana.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David to Ferris, Benjamin, 1856.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALS written for Frank who wants to visit his grandfather in Wilmington

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Martha and Anna to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1856-1860.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS, to dear sister, some from Anna and others Martha

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Underwood, Kate to Ferris, Sarah Ann and Ferris, Matilda, 1857-1860.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS, from a cousin. She was a teacher; 1859 mentions death of John Brown with sympathy

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Martha to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1858.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS. Birth of Edith Ferris

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Martha to Ferris, Frank, 1858.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALS chiding him for bad behavior

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David and Ferris, Sarah Ann corrrespondence, 1858-1882.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS with family news

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, Frank, 1859- 1867.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS with family news.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Canby, Merrit to Ferris, David, 1859.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALS concerning division the estate of Oliver Canby, David's uncle

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Parrish, John to Ferris, David, 1859, 7mo 23.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALS written while on religious visit to Michigan and Illinois

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Mary to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1860.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALS from sister-in-law Mary W. Ferris, William's wife

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Anna M. and Ferris, Martha to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1860-1880, n.d.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. M. G. M. to Ferris, Anna, 1860.
Box 19
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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, Matilda, 1865-1869.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS to her daughter

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Aaron, Charles, 1866.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

Tuition bill for school in Mount Holly and report on William and Henry's progress

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Edward to Ferris, Debby, 1867.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALS to his sister, Deborah, concerning their father's Will

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Haydock (?), 1867.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALS from New York with invitation to wedding

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to sisters, 1867, 1873-1888.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS, some with notes from Matilda to "Dear Auntie." Sarah Ann was close to both her sisters-in-law, Martha and Ann M. Ferris, and Matilda continued the close relationship.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Edith to Auntie, 1868.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1870.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALS from Charlottesville, looking at farms

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to her children, 1870-1871.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

15 ALsS

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Wharton (?) to Ferris, Anna, 1871.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALS

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, David, 1871-1873.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

12 ALsS. Visiting mother in Moorestown, etc.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Walton, Samuel B. to Ferris, David and Sarah Ann, 1871-1873.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

5 ALsS.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Alfred to family, 1871-1880.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS, most to Matilda

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, William C. to family, 1872-1881.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

7 ALsS to parents and younger brother, Henry. In the fall of 1878, Will was teaching, then went into business. Mentions problem of selling his father's property in Virginia, social clubs forming in Grays Hill outside Washington. Subsequent letters refer to John Ferris's (cousin) lending them money to bring Frank back from Colorado. Updates on his work and friends that he visits - he attends Needle and Thread in Philadelphia, a social society with friends and relatives. In 1881 he was living in Lancaster, Pa., working for a watch making factory.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann and David to Ferris, Frank, 1872-1873.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS, primarily from his mother

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, Matilda, 1872-1873.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

22 ALsS to her daughter

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Weight, Walton to Ferris, David, 1873.
Box 19
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Postcard to inform that Ferris's aunt has been ill and that Emmor Morey visited

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, Matilda, 1874.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS to her daughter

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, Frank, 1874-1875.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, Matilda, 1875-1876.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

18 ALsS to her daughter

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, Frank, 1876.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, David, 3/1876-5/1876.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

19 ALsS to her husband. Sarah Ann is in Camden, N.J., nursing her mother and then Emmor.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, David, 6/1876-1879.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

9 ALsS. In 12 mo 1879, she is in Colorado Springs with Matilda, helping Frank to return home.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Coleman, Theo and Jennie to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1876-1890.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS to "Aunt Sally." Theodore Coleman was the son of Matthew and Elizabeth Underwood Coleman.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to sisters, 1876, 1879.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, Henry, 1877-1878.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS. In her 1878 note, she expresses hope that her sons will fare better in business than her husband who always was in debt from loans

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Martha to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1877-1889.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALsS from her sister-in-law

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, William, 1878.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

ALS

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David, with Ferris, Matilda and Walter to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1879.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

Letters sent together to Sarah Ann in Alexandria, Virginia. The family visited West Grove, and each mentions concoctions of medicines sent for mother, Sarah Hunt, put together by Emmor.

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, Frank, 1879.
Box 19
Scope and Contents

17 ALsS

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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, Matilda, 1879.
Box 19
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29 ALsS to her daughter. ALS mentions planned visit of Samuel Walton and family, having quit Alexandria, Va., with a plan to live among the Indians. 1 mo 30, mentions a kind note from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to her mother, Sarah Hunt, in response to a letter she sent him.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann and Ferris, Walter to Ferris, Alfred, 1879.
Box 19
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ALS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Kate, 1879.
Box 19
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ALS from Sarah and ALS from Matilda to "Aunt Kate"

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous correspondence to Sarah Ann, 1879-1886.
Box 20
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Mather, Naomi and Ferris, Sarah Ann correspondence, 1880.
Box 20
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ALsS concerning Frank's death in January

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann and Ferris, David to Ferris, Henry, 1880-1884.
Box 20
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann and Matilda to sister/auntie, 1882-1888.
Box 20
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, William C. to family, 1882-1884.
Box 20
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9 ALsS to parents and siblings. William moved to Philadelphia around 1880 and then to Cleveland in 1882. Visited Underwood family, wrote about his views on wealth

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Archival Resource Key. Coleman, Jennie to Ferris, William, 1882.
Box 20
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ALS to Cousin Will. She was living in Gilroy, Ca.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, Matilda, 1885-1887.
Box 20
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann and Ferris, David to Ferris, Henry, 1885-1887.
Box 20
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1886, 1890.
Box 20
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ALsS with note also from Matilda.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Walter to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1886.
Box 20
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ALS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Anna M. to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1889-1890.
Box 20
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4 ALsS from her sister-in-law

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Archival Resource Key. Johnson, George to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1889.
Box 20
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ALS from an attorney with advice regarding the Will of Sarah Hunt

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Archival Resource Key. Evans, Sarah A. to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1889.
Box 20
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ALS with condolences to "dear Aunt," concerning death of Sarah Hunt in 1889

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Archival Resource Key. A friend, Falls, Pa., to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1890.
Box 20
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ALS with local news

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann to Ferris, Elizabeth, ca. 1889.
Box 20
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ALS, nursing her mother

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Martha to Ferris, David, 1891.
Box 20
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ALS from his sister. mentions that Sarah Ann's Will disposed of her mother's farm

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Archival Resource Key. Lastra (?), Elizabeth R., Eatontown, to Ferris, David, 1892.
Box 20
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4 ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David to Ferris, Henry, 1897.
Box 20
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ALS with financial advice not to follow his example in buying property

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Edith to Ferris, Martha, 1897.
Box 20
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ALS from her niece from Blois, France, addressed to "Aunt Pat."

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David to Perry, Alice and family, 1898.
Box 20
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TL (carbon) with handwritten section at the end. Refers to the opposition to him in the newspapers.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David to Ferris, Walter, 1900.
Box 20
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ALS from his father which excerpts a letter from William that mentions his financial struggles and trouble finding work in the printing business because of his deafness as well as his rejection of the unions.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frank to his parents, 1859-1872.
Box 20
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24 ALsS. In 1871, Frank is working for Howard M. Jenkins and Wilmer Atkinson, Printers, in Wilmington

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frank to Ferris, Matilda, 1871.
Box 20
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18 ALsS to his sister

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frank to Ferris, Matilda, 1872.
Box 20
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15 ALsS to his sister

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frank to Ferris, Matilda, 1873.
Box 20
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15 ALsS to his sister

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frank to his parents, 1873-1876.
Box 20
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17 ALsS. Frank is working for Howard M. Jenkins and Wilmer Atkinson, Printers, in Wilmington

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frank to Ferris, Matilda, 1874.
Box 20
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19 ALsS to his sister

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frank to Ferris, Matilda, 1875.
Box 20
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14 ALsS to his sister. In February he traveled to Florida for his health.

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous correspondence, Frank Ferris, 1875.
Box 20
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ALS to Howard from Hibernia, FL

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frank to Ferris, Matilda, 1876.
Box 20
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18 ALsS to his sister. February he again went to Florida, then stayed in South Carolina in May. Visited friends and the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in August.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frank to Ferris, Matilda, 1877.
Box 20
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10 ALsS to his sister. Letter written on notice of the purchase of the Commercial Press in November, lately owned by the Every Evening Publishing Company. Previously had been owned by Jenkins and Atkinson.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frank to his parents, 1877-1879.
Box 20
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9 ALsS. Frank worked as the business manager of the Every Evening Publishing Company in 1877 which he purchased and operated as Ferris Brothers Printers, Wilmington with brother Henry. In the fall of 1879, he moved to Colorado in attempt to restore his health.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frank to Ferris, Henry, 1877-1878.
Box 20
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24 ALsS/postcards, business and personal

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frank to Ferris, Matilda, 1878.
Box 20
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10 ALsS to his sister. Busy with work and visiting friends, including the Paxsons and Coopers

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frank to Ferris, Matilda, 1879.
Box 20
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22 ALsS to his sister. From Colorado Springs, he wrote that he had consulted three doctors and was in worse condition than when he had arrived.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to parents and family, 1867-1873.
Box 20
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7 ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Frank, 1871-1875.
Box 20
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5 ALsS.

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Archival Resource Key. Smyth, M. B. to Matilda, Ferris, 1871- 1872.
Box 20
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6 ALsS to "My dear Tillie." Likely Mary B. Smyth, a second cousin who lived in Philadelphia. The younger Ferrises were close friends with the Paxsons and Coopers.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to "Auntie", 1871-1878.
Box 20
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16ALsS, to her aunt Martha Ferris, "Aunt Patty" and/or aunt Anna Ferris

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to parents and family, 1874-1879.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

10 ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Frank, 1876-1879.
Box 21
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17 ALsS. ALS of 9 mo 14, 1875, describes a party with everyone dancing.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Martha and Walter to Ferris, Matilda, 1877.
Box 21
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ALS with note from Henry (born 1868)

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Henry, 1877-1878.
Box 21
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15 ALsS and postcards

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to "Auntie", 1879-1880.
Box 21
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13 ALsS, to her aunt Martha Ferris. 6 mo 1879, Matilda accompanied her brother Frank to Colorado in hopes mountain air would help his lungs.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, William, 1879-1880, 1908.
Box 21
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4 ALsS to her brother, William C. Ferris

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Walter, 1879, 1882.
Box 21
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1879 ALS labeled Ferris, Matilda, with a note attached from donor, Frances C. Ferris. Written from camp at Douglas Ranch, Colorado

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to parents, 1880-1886.
Box 21
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28 ALsS. In 1882, Matilda visited Boston and Bar Harbor.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Henry, 1880-1881.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

ALsS and postcards

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1881.
Box 21
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2 ALsS.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris Henry, 1881.
Box 21
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ALsS with family news from Jennersville. The Ferrises had a boy from House of Refuge working with them who left, and she mentions her father asking wealthy cousins for loans some years earlier.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Smyth, Lu, 1881.
Box 21
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ALS with local news, including raising chickens.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Martha, 1882-1886.
Box 21
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11 ALsS to her dear auntie with family news, some to both aunts, Martha and Anna

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Henry, 1882-1883.
Box 21
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19 ALsS and postcards

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Henry, 1884.
Box 21
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24 ALsS and postcards

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Henry, 1885.
Box 21
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19 ALsS and postcards

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Henry and Elizabeth, 1886-1887.
Box 21
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ALsS and postcards

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Martha, 1887-1889.
Box 21
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17 ALsS to her dear auntie with family news

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Kitty, 1888.
Box 21
Scope and Contents

ALS to cousin

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Alfred to Ferris, Matilda, 1889-1919.
Box 21
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ALsS. In 1889, Alf and Walter visited Henry's new home. In 1919, he and Hilda spend time at shore.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Martha, 1890-1891.
Box 21
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9 ALsS to her dear auntie with family news. In 1890, Aunt Anna M. Ferris died, and in 1891, Matilda's mother was failing.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Auntie, 1891.
Box 21
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ALsS to Martha Ferris and/or Anna Ferris. Final note is to "dear aunties." Anna M. Ferris died in 1890, Martha in 1912

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, William C. to Ferris, Matilda, 1900.
Box 21
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ALS from Chicago, trouble finding work, especially because of his deafness as well as the union. He was living a subsistence diet, and his father and Matilda sent him money to help him out.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Henry, 1900-1904.
Box 21
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Family and financial concerns, especially for her father and brother Will. Mentions not having a good relationship with Will. In 1902, Henry and family are staying at the Engleside in Beach Haven, NJ.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Alfred C. to Ferris, Maltilda, 1901.
Box 21
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Correspondence concerning Ferris & Leach shares. Ferris & Leach was the successor to Ferris Brothers Printing.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Downing, Fanny, 1901.
Box 21
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ALS concerning nursing for Henry, Jr., who had diphtheria.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Alfred J., 1912-1929.
Box 21
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ALsS concern interest on investments, financial concerns. Alf in a partnership Ferris and Leach, bank check drawn on Swarthmore National Bank. Matilda has financial concerns, but is more worried about brothers and especially Will's lonely life.

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Archival Resource Key. Acknowledgements to Matilda Ferris, 1917.
Box 21
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Donations to Whittier Centre for Study and Practical Solution of Negro City Problems and Whittier Centre Housing

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Henry, 1918-1928.
Box 21
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ALsS on a variety of subjects, including fairly dispersing the inheritances she and her siblings have received. In 1920 she wrote to Henry in London, attending Conference of Friends and she is active in Friends concerns in Wilmington. Continuing concern for Walter; Wilmington Orthodox and Hicksite Friends holding joint meetings. In 1928 letters regarding stock options with responses from Henry. Invested in Whittier House.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Walter to Ferris, Matilda, 1919.
Box 21
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ALsS concerning finances and report on the poor health of his wife, Hannah

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Archival Resource Key. Stapler, Margery to Ferris, Matilda, 1919.
Box 21
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Forwarding copies of letters from William C. Biddle to his mother, written from France. Mentions the anti-German mania in the US in 1918 and the terrible conditions in Europe, post Armistice.

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Archival Resource Key. Huile (?), Edith to Ferris, Matilda, 1919.
Box 21
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ALS from a friend visiting Australia

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Archival Resource Key. Niece and nephews to Ferris, Matilda, 1919, 1932.
Box 21
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ALsS, mostly thank you notes

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Archival Resource Key. Evans, Sarah Ann to Ferris, Matilda, 1921, 1925.
Box 21
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ALsS from a cousin, great-granddaughter of Sarah Hunt. enclosing old letters from Sarah Hunt, 1842. On the outside of the envelope, Matilda remarks "these old letters, telling much of the family life & love of Sarah Hunt & her daughters, will not be likely to interest in the future, & can be burned unread."

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Alfred J., 1933-1937, n.d.
Box 21
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ALsS concern interest on investments, financial concerns. Matilda moved from Wilmington to Friends Boarding House in West Chester, Pa., in 1934. She remained a life-long member of Wilmington Monthly Meeting and supporter of anti-war efforts. Lists some of the pieces of furniture that she inherited and her wish to have proceeds of sale to Friends Service Committee. She relies on Alfred to help her sort out financial difficulties. Family concerns, money and illnesses. Undated latter explains changes that she made in her Will.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Frances C., 1937.
Box 21
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ALS with Frances's note that this was last letter she received from her aunt.

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Scope and Contents

Includes diaries, daybooks, and commonplace books of David Ferris and his wife Sarah Ann Underwood Ferris and also of his older sister, Anna M. Ferris, and his two unmarried children, William C. Ferris and Matilda Ferris. David sometimes used incomplete old day books and journals at later dates, for notes or entries. Anna M. Ferris served on the Swarthmore College Board of Managers 1871-1887.

Archival Resource Key. Morey, Sarah (?) commonplace book, 1802.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

Entries in volume of The American Ladies' Pocket Book." Gift of Sara Morey Ferris Baker, 1980, who said the family believed it belonged to Sarah Morey. Sarah Morey (later Underwood, then Hunt) was the mother-in-law of David Ferrisl

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Journal, 1838-1843.
Box 22
Scope and Contents

Accounts and journal. Daily entries of his activities, mostly farming and attending meeting

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Journal, 1843-1849.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Daily journal entries, farming and Quaker meetings. 1849, 4 month 12, he and Sarah Ann Underwood married at Moorestown Meeting

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Archival Resource Key. "My account of my first visit to Washington [1848] and incidents connected with it", n.d.
Box 23
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Written for Anna May Perberton. A note by Matilda Ferris, his daughter, in 1936, includes his experience in helping an enslaved young girl escape.

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Account book, 1850-1851, and Visits to First Day Schools, 1850-1851;1900-1901.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Account, 1850-1851, and report of visits to First Day schools, 1900-1901, remarks made at Longwood

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Account book and Wilmington Monthly Meeting committee lists, 1862; 1895-1896.
Box 23
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Expenses paid. Reverse, starting at back of book is members of Wilmington Monthly Meeting Philanthropic and other committees

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary and account book, 1866-1867.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Day book with daily activities including Quaker and accounts

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Archival Resource Key. Sarah Ann Ferris diary, David Ferris accounts, 1866, 1868.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Pocket book also contains David Ferris visits to First Day School classes, 1895-1900

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary and account book, 1867-1871.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Day book with daily activities and accounts. A trustee for Maplewood School.

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary and account book, 1871-1879.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Day book with daily activities including Quaker and accounts

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Account book with Citizens National Bank and copy pieces, 1871-1896.
Box 23
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Bank accounts, followed by notes or essays, accounts to 1882

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Account and copy book, 1871, n.d.
Box 23
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Account with Jacob H. Leeds, Rancocas, NJ, and essay 1876, "Look on the Bright Side" and quotes from individuals

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1889-1891.
Box 23
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Except for 7 and 8 months, 1891 entries are copied from Matilda's diaries and more detailed

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1891-1892.
Box 23
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Begins with move from home in 1891 from farm in West Grove, Pa., (where son, mother-in-law, and wife died) to Wilmington in 12 mo 1891. Grieving for his wife who died earlier in the year from a long struggle with consumption as did his first born son, Frank, about ten years earlier.

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1892, 3 - 6 mos.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Detailed entries about visitors, meeting topics, etc.

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Archival Resource Key. Diary, 1892, 7 mo- 1 mo 1893.
Box 23
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Back of book has an incomplete biography of Sarah Hunt, tells of her ministry but also depressions. She moved to West Grove to live with only surviving child when she was 80 years old.

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1893-1894.
Box 23
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Details of activities and Quaker meetings. Attends Yearly Meeting, and daughter Matilda is also a representative. Active in temperance movement

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1894-1895.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Activities and weather, ends 1 month 1895

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1895.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Active in temperance, First Day, Quaker meetings

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1895-1896.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Active in Delaware Peace Committee, temperance, First Day, Young Friends

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1896-1897.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Daily entries with weather and family, Quaker meetings and First Day School.

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1897-1898.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Daily entries with weather and family, Quaker meetings and First Day School. Friends with Amanda Deyo

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1898-1899.
Box 23
Scope and Contents

Daily entries with weather and family, Quaker meetings and First Day School.

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1899-1900.
Box 23
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Daily entries. Active in meeting, Peace Committee, sympathy for Dukhobors, anti-imperialism, women's suffrage, prohibition

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1900-1901.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

Daily entries with weather and family, Quaker meetings. Lectures include Jesse Holmes, prison reform. Sold farm at West Grove, 1 mo. 1901

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1901.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

Mentions visit of Chinese missionaries, topics that he spoke about when visiting meetings

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1901-1902.
Box 24
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Daily entries with weather and family, Quaker meetings and First Day School. Describes heated argument during meeting, 6 month, Ezra Fell.

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1903-1904.
Box 24
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Daily entries with weather and family, Quaker meetings concerns. First ride in an automobile 6 month 1903. Peace Society, Philanthropic Committee, prison reform. Final entry, 4 month, notes explosion on the battleship "Missouri"

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1903, with writings about Whittier, 1903-1904.
Box 24
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Daybook, mentions topics he spoke about at monthly meeting and at funeral of Jasper Way in Hockessin, visits meetings in Pa. Ferris admired the poetry of John Greenleaf Whittier and spoke about him often.

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1904-1905.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

Daily entries with weather and family, Quaker meetings. Continues to be active in Quaker concerns, love of the poet Whittier

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1905-1906.
Box 24
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Daily entries with weather and family, Quaker meetings, Philanthropic Committee- he served as secretary. On his 84th birthday in 1905, he mentions that his eyesight, hearing, and memory are failing so unable to participate as much as he used to, but still attends meetings and causes. Brother Edward visited from Colorado.

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1906.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

Daily entries with weather and family, Quaker meetings and concerns. Still actively addressing meeting and committees.

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1906-1907.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

Daily entries with weather and family. Still active in meetings, including Quarterly

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Diary, 1907-1908.
Box 24
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Final entry dated 4 month 10, 1908. Ferris had continued to attend meeting first month, but then was housebound with dizziness and a sore foot.

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Reports of visits to First Day School classes, 1895-1900.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

David Ferris's visits to First Day Schools. Used wife's pocket diary, 1866, 1868; See Diary 1866

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Account book, 1851, and Visits to First Day Schools, 1851;1900-1901.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

Account, 1851, and report of visits to First Day schools, 1900-1901, remarks made at Longwood

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris Notes on Quaker meetings, etc., n.d.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

In David Ferris's handwriting

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris essays, n.d.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

School essays (?) on various topics

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Archival Resource Key. Poetry, n.d. and 1840s.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

Includes poem copies for David Ferris by Lydia Pike, 1840, and poem written by Sallie Ann Underwood, 1845

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Archival Resource Key. Sarah Ann Ferris Diary, 1848.
Box 24
Scope and Contents

Begins with an account of family events from 1844 when she visits her sister Elizabeth Coleman in Rochester and her mother marries Elisha Hunt

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Archival Resource Key. Sarah Ann Ferris Diary, 1849.
Box 24
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Begins with sudden illness and death of her sister, Matilda, 8 month; final entries are by David Ferris. Worked as a teacher in 1846-1847. Daily record of activities at home and meeting. Marries David Ferris in 1849.

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Archival Resource Key. Sarah Ann Ferris Diary, 1849-1850.
Box 25
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Begins 12 month 1849

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Archival Resource Key. Sarah Ann Ferris Diary, 1850-1851, 5 month.
Box 25
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Family life - Sarah Ann is pregnant. David takes up the account in 3 month with details about the birth of their son, Frances. Sarah Ann's entries become briefer as home responsibilities consume her time.

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Archival Resource Key. Sarah Ann Ferris Diary; David Ferris Memoranda, 1851, 9 month-1858. 2nd month; 1887-1888.
Box 25
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Household responsibilities and Quaker meetings, with gaps. After blank pages, David used the volume for short daily entries, Note on inside back cover by David Ferris, Superintendent of Westhampton School District.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann daybook, 1858, 4 mo -11 month.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Daily activities

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Archival Resource Key. Sarah Ann Ferris daybook, 1861; 1893.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Daily entries. At end, is account of a trip to Delaware Water Gap, followed by notes and some entries in David's hand, 1893

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Sarah Ann daybook, 1876.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Only scattered entries. 1mo, 22, Frank leaves on a steamer for Florida to help his cough and soreness in his lungs. Frank comes home in 5 month, no better

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Archival Resource Key. Sarah Ann Underwood (Ferris) commonplace books, 1842.
Box 25
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2 vols, verse and other copied writing, from her time at Sharon Boarding School in Darby

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Archival Resource Key. Sarah Ann Underwood (Ferris) commonplace book, 1843.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Copy verse and essay

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Underwood common place book, 1843-1844.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Copy book

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Archival Resource Key. Sarah Ann (Underwood) Ferris commonplace book, 1847-1848.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Copy book, index of titles at front. John Jackson's Boarding School in Darby, Pa.

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Archival Resource Key. Sarah Ann (Underwood) Ferris, 1848-1853.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Copy book and two loose poems. Some by friends, including Fanny Canby

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Archival Resource Key. Brief reminiscence about West Street, Wilmington, 1908.
Box 25
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Brief description as told by Martha Ferris

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Anna Marriott Ferris (1815-1890) was a daughter of Benjamin and Fanny Ferris and the older sister of David Ferris. She did not marry and was active in Wilmington Monthly Meeting. She served on the Board of Swarthmore College from 1871-1887. This Series is a gift of Frances C. Ferris, 1947. The Historical Society of Delaware owns her diaries of 1854, 1855, 1856. Exerpts from the Civil War diaries published in 1961.

Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris diary, 1857.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Short entries of daily activities

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Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris diary, 1860-1863.
Box 25
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Anna commences her diary noting that rather than daybooks, she decides to keep a journal in which she can record with greater details days of more interest and skip those in which there was little of note. She worries that year will bring sadness, and May 3, her step-mother, Hannah (Gibbons) Ferris died. Anna is a close friend of Susan Wharton. She mentions the election of Lincoln, comments that it was purely on doctrine. Comments on the country being suddenly in the midst of a civil war. Her cousin Edward B. Ferris marries at meeting in Philadelphia in 1861, bride in full "canonical" garb - white satin, veil, and orange blossoms. Few entries in 1863 as war drags on. Battle of Gettysburg.

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Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris diary, 1864-1867.
Box 25
Scope and Contents

Year begins with thoughts of the soldiers. Saw the 1st Delaware honored, but they seemed "insensible to their triumph, " battle--weary. Also, African-American soldiers who were being sent to lower Delaware to recruit enslaved people to join the army. Attended Great Central Fair in Philadelphia in June 1864. Joy at end of long war and abolishment of slavery, then to Philadelphia to see Lincoln's body pass through. By 1866, despairing again about the politics and the treachery of the president. Nursing dear Sally who dies end of 1866. Anna's father, Benjamin Ferris, died Nov. 9, 1867

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Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris daybook, 1869.
Box 26
Scope and Contents

Daily entries

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Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris daybook, 1870.
Box 26
Scope and Contents

Daily record of activities

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Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris daybook, 1871.
Box 26
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Daily record of activities. Mentions death and funeral of Thomas Garrett. Frequent mention of Deborah Wharton. Also Lucretia Mott and visit to Rockwood, Delaware. Chicago fire in October, and elected to Board of Managers of Swarthmore College on Dec. 5.

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Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris daybook, 1872.
Box 26
Scope and Contents

Daily record of activities, including meeting of the Board of Manager of Swarthmore College.

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Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris diary, 1874-1875.
Box 26
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Anna served on the Board and was friends with prominent Quakers including Isaac Clothier and the Whartons

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Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris daybook, 1876.
Box 26
Scope and Contents

Daily record of activities

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Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris diary, 1876-1880.
Box 26
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Daily record. Nephew Frank Ferris died Jan. 15, 1880.

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Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris diary, 1881-1884.
Box 26
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Attending meetings at Swarthmore, Quaker meetings, socializing with Whartons, Shipley, and others. Funeral train of President Garfield passed through Wilmington. Trip to Colorado in summer of 1883, returning via Niagara and Pennsylvania. In September, niece Matilda had a lung hemorrhage, awakening fear of tuberculosis that took her brother Frank's life. Anna mentions that as an only daughter, Matilda is the rock on whom her parents and others relied upon. In 1884 she is visiting Elias Hicks, Jr., who is residing in Media while his children attend Swarthmore College so not to be separated from them.

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Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris diary, 1885-1888.
Box 26
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Active with family and other concerns. Sally (Sarah Ann Ferris) is under burden of caring for her mother, and lung disease is always threatening.

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Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris diary, 1889-1890.
Box 26
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Still active, but entries reflect deaths in the family. Sarah Hunt dies 7 mo 16, 1889, releasing daughter and granddaughter from the burden of her care. Mentions Matilda's life of complete self-renunciation, Sarah Ann's gradual decline from tuberculosis. Entries end Oct. 14, 1890, and Anna died a month later, Nov. 17.

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Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris date book, 1867-1890.
Box 26
Scope and Contents

Record of births, death, and other important events

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Archival Resource Key. Folder, Date.
Box 26
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Notes

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris copybook and diary, 1873-1876; 1876.
Box 26
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Copied poems and essays and at least one poem by Matilda. Reversing book, contains "Notes from the Summer of 1876," the summer when Matilda turned twenty-three. Busy with household and caring for her brothers, Quaker meetings, friends. Attending Alexandria meeting, living in Virginia/

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris diary, 1876-1877.
Box 26
Scope and Contents

Begins 9 month 1876, not daily entries. She admits that to her journal that she sometimes dislikes her life, being poor, lonely, but feels guilty for her feelings. Notes that she was not allowed to play the organ when her grandmother, Sarah Hunt, was visiting. In 10 month, she visited the Centennial in Philadelphia. At the end of the year, Sarah Hunt is eager to buy real estate in Pennsylvania and have the family move north - Matilda very unhappy with the idea. Attending Peace Meetings, notes that Sarah Hunt suffers from nervous attacks, nothing physical seems to be wrong. 1877 Alexandria meeting well attended with sermons from S. M. Janney, Elizabeth Plummer, and others. Her father found a property in West Grove that was not as big a financial drain as others, and in April 1877, the family moved to a farm near Jennersville, Pa. Spends much time in Philadelphia with friends and family. Reverse has some copies poems and loose poems.

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris diary and daybook, 1878.
Box 27
Scope and Contents

Note at beginning of diary signed Henry Ferris 1937 records that he removed two pages concerning Matilda's visit to Pierson home, Underwood, in Chester County. Household and Quaker meetings. A letter from her brother Henry on her 25th birthday wishing her love and marriage. Reverse of book used as copy book. Small journal, "Log-Book of Susquehanna Week, " Oct. 1878, gift of Frances C. Ferris, 1974.

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris diary, 1879.
Box 27
Scope and Contents

Home activities and Quaker meetings. Visited Alexandria. In May, her brother Frank asked her to accompany him to Colorado. Copy verse and essay, especially about death.

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris diary, 1879-1880.
Box 27
Scope and Contents

Journal was a gift from Frank, and it begins 6 mo 15, when she is leaving to meeting him in Philadelphia to begin the journey to Colorado. She stayed with him until the end of September, rooming at campsites and doing some travel. She returned home to Jennersville 9 mo 27. Frank's uncle was staying with him, but at the end of November they received a letter that his lungs were worse, and the doctor recommended he return home. Matilda is broken-hearted. After Frank's death, she recounts that their mother went to Colorado with Uncle Edward to bring Frank home in mid December, and in January, she describes his final days. Ends with memorial poems and memories, including memorial read at the Thread and Needle group.

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris diary, 1881, 1882; 1885-1886.
Box 27
Scope and Contents

Journal of a trip to Mount Desert in summer of 1882. Diary resumes in 1 month 1885, much of it faded. Short entries of daily activities, meetings visiting friends and family. She lives with her parents and helps run the household. Reverse of larger journal begins 8 mo 1881 with an account of a short trip.

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris diary, 1887-1891.
Box 27
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Diary begins 1, 1, 1887, ends 11, 16, 1891. Matilda cared for her mother until her death

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris daybook, 1888-1889.
Box 27
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Daily home and meeting activities. Continued to use daybook through 4 month 1889.

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris diary, 1892-1902.
Box 27
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Matilda begins the journal with the note that "Underwood" was sold on Nov. 30, 1891, and two days later, she moved with her Father to 301 West St., Wilmington, to live with her aunts Debby and Patty. Later entries very sporadic. In 1902, brother Walter removed to Milwaukee with a job offer. Final entry is 6mo 26, 1906, Aunt Patty's 87th birthday.

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris daybook, 1918.
Box 27
Scope and Contents

Brief, irregular entries

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris daybook, 1922, 1925-1927.
Box 27
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1922 has few entries. 1925 and 1926, brother Will is frequent visitor from Arden

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris daybook, 1928-1930.
Box 27
Scope and Contents

Brother William Ferris died June 7, 1928. His ashes buried in his mother's grave.

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris daybooks, 1931-1934.
Box 27
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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris daybooks, 1935-1936.
Box 27
Scope and Contents

Declining health. Photograph, inside small 1935 memo book, of "Martha Ferris, taken 6-24-1899 Just two days before she as 80 years old," transferred to pictures

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Archival Resource Key. "Some sidelights on the history of early Friends in Wilmington", 1929.
Box 27
Scope and Contents

Paper and notes given by Matilda Ferris at the 100th anniversary of the Wilmington meeting house, with cover note, 1929, addressed to Sarah

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Archival Resource Key. Birthday books, 1880, 1881.
Box 28
Scope and Contents

Matilda's birthday book, "The Shakespeare Birthday Book," and Deborah Ferris's "Whittier Birthday Book," which was continued by Matilda Ferris, 1912, and Frances C. Ferris, 1937. Removed ALS from latter, noted Frances that it was the last letter she received from her aunt Matilda.

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Archival Resource Key. Journal, 1870-1878, 1909-1926.
Box 28
Scope and Contents

Journal begins in short-hand which he abandons in May, 1870. Despondent at age 18 about his future, longs to be at a good college, not on the farm. At the end of second month 1871, he moved to the family's farm in Virginia. The rest of the family joined him soon after. Matilda was teaching, Frank and Henry working in the printing business, their father running the farm, and Will was fretting about being socially awkward. He resumes study of shorthand in the summer and becomes interested in spiritualism, channeling Benjamin Ferris. First section of the journal ends August 1878, with William working on the farm.

Thirty years later, he resumed his journal. He was living in 301 West Street, Wilmington, with his sister Matilda. It was the home of his grandfather who he admired greatly. His father died in the house the previous year, and it was owned by his aunt Martha who let him land Matilda live there. In April 1909, he leased a plot at Arden where he kept a garden and tent. He writes that he has become a socialist and follows astrology in his unconventional search for truth. Because of his political views and deafness, he had difficult in holding a job, and his only income was from his vegetable plot. His uncle Edward, "the erring brother," in declining health, moved into the house with Matilda and Aunt Martha ("Patty")." January 1911, he was planning to leave the Ferris home on West Street; he had purchased a tent from Upton Sinclair. He comments that Martha had the best business sense of her family and that she has tried to provide for her needy family members. [Apparently she had a store on Market St., in Wilmington.]

Martha died on 6/6/1912, with Matilda as her executor. and her dependent family members, Matilda, Edward, and William, had to leave the house. A fervent Socialist, he made his home at Arden as on 9/17/1911, determined to live alone and do what he wished. He describes his life at Arden in 1913 and 1914. Matilda had moved to W. 7th St. in Wilmington. William predicts that socialism will succeed after the war. Notes that he had become a vegetarian in 1895 and aimed to eat only because necessary, not for pleasure. Last entry is Sept. 6, 1926. While he is doesn't regret that he lived his life on his own terms, moving often, he acknowledges that because he lived a selfish life, no one owes him care in his old age. He suffers from poverty, with Matilda his only close relative.

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Archival Resource Key. Walton, Wilmer (Philadelphia) to Ferris, David, 1847 12mo 12.
Box 29
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ALS. Describes the Rosine Association of Philadelphia, a women's philanthropic organization with its goal to reform prostitutes.

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Archival Resource Key. Plot plan of Ferris farm, 1853.
Box 29
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Burlington County farm property

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Archival Resource Key. Elisha Hunt estate (d. 1873), 1857-1859.
Box 29
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Will and codicil

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Archival Resource Key. McIlvain-Ferris agreement (copy), 1865.
Box 29
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Ms copy, David Ferris to James M. McIvain. 1/2 of soup and candle factory

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous legal, 1867-1895.
Box 29
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Agreements by heirs of Benjamin Ferris in the division of his estate; agreements of Deborah, Anna M. and Martha Ferris

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Archival Resource Key. Deeds, Edward and Katherine Ferris, 1868, 1890.
Box 29
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To Deborah, Anna M. and Martha Ferris, lots in Wilmington, Delaware

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Archival Resource Key. Francis C. Ferris shares of Commecial Printing Co., 1877,, 1879.
Box 29
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Howard M. Jenkins, President

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Archival Resource Key. Francis C. Ferris estate, 1878, 1880.
Box 29
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Copy of will and probate

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda and Henry Ferris Mount Desert trip account, 1882.
Box 29
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Accounts with Louis Wright

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Archival Resource Key. Anna M. Ferris (1815-1890) estate, 1888.
Box 29
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Copy of will and distribution. Left savings fund to her namesake, her niece Anna M. Ferris, born 1864, and the balance to her sisters during their lifetimes, then to be distributed.

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Archival Resource Key. Sarah Ann Ferris estate(, 1890, 1900.
Box 29
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Copy of will. The farm at West Grove was her property, inherited from her mother, Sarah Hunt.

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Archival Resource Key. Deborah Ferris (1813-1897) estate, 1895.
Box 29
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Left her estate to sister Martha during her lifetime, then distribution after her death

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Archival Resource Key. Martha Ferris (1819-1912) estate, 1899-1917.
Box 29
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Will and specific distributions, property on Market Street. Matilda Ferris, executor

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris account book, 1907-1912.
Box 29
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Household expenses

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Archival Resource Key. David Ferris estate, 1908, 1916.
Box 29
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Ferris left his estate to daughter Matilda Ferris

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Archival Resource Key. Matilda Ferris estate, 1925-1941.
Box 29
Scope and Contents

Will and related papers

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Archival Resource Key. Series 4 Henry C. Ferris Family Papers.

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to family, 1871-1875.
Box 30
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9 ALsS, most to his mother. October 1873, he asked his mother for permission to join a secret society, the Sons of Temperance. Henry and his siblings spend much time with the Smyths in Philadelphia, and Henry especially likes Lu Smyth.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1876-1878.
Box 30
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11 ALsS. By the end of 1876, Frank has taken over Wilmer Atkinson's responsibilities in the printing company, and Henry is in charge of the job office. Henry notes that Frank works too hard and that his health is never strong. He describes the Nov. 1876 Marriot wedding with formal dress.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Matilda, 1875-1876.
Box 30
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9 ALsS to his sister. In 1875, he is at a country school in Alexandria, suffering from typhoid fever. In 1876 he is working at the printing office with Frank.

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Archival Resource Key. Paxson family correspondence, 1876-1877.
Box 30
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ALsS from Paxson cousins, Anna P., Charles, Alice C.; most are from Anna Paxson, born 1857, married William Suplee in . The Paxson were the great-grandchildren of Anna Canby Smyth, the sister of Fanny Canby Ferris. They lived at 829 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, and Frank and Henry often socialized with them when visiting Philadelphia.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Frank, 1877-1879.
Box 30
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39 ALsS and postal cards. Henry and Frank were partners in their Wilmington printing company

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Archival Resource Key. Smyth family correspondence, 1877-1881.
Box 30
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ALsS from Smyth cousins, most are from Lucy Smyth, born 1853, married Howard M. Cooper. The Smyth cousins were the grandchildren of Anna Canby Smyth, the sister of Fanny Canby Ferris. They lived at 921 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia. Cousin Emily Betts Smyth married Robert M. Janney, and Anna Canby Smyth married Nathan E. Janney.

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Archival Resource Key. Cooper, Caroline and William to Henry Ferris, 1877-1880-.
Box 30
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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous friends to Henry Ferris, 1877-1878.
Box 30
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Archival Resource Key. Thread and Needle Society, 1877, 1884.
Box 30
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A social club that included many of the cousins in Philadelphia as well as Frank and Henry.

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Archival Resource Key. Needles, Edith B. to Ferris, Henry, 1878-1883.
Box 30
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Philadelphia friend. Mentions Thread and Needle

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Archival Resource Key. Paxson correspondence, 1878.
Box 30
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ALsS from Paxson cousins, most are from Anna Paxson, but also from Anna and Frances.

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Archival Resource Key. Paxson, Charles to Henry Ferris, 1878-1881.
Box 30
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ALsS and postcards. Charles worked for Frederick Paxson & Company, Stockbrokers, Philadelphia.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Alice C. to Henry Ferris, 1878-1882.
Box 30
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ALsS from cousin

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Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris and Smyth, Frances Canby, 1878-1879.
Box 30
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ALsS from the youngest of Henry's Smyth cousins. Frances was born in 1858 and married James Howard Chambers in 1886. Before Henry's marriage to Elizabeth Masters, Frances and Henry corresponded frequently, and she nicknamed him "Heinrich.'

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Archival Resource Key. Janney, Howard M., 1879.
Box 30
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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1879-1880.
Box 30
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11 ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Correspondence concerning Frank, 1879.
Box 30
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11 mo 1879 Henry wrote to his sister and the family that brother Frank will not recover, and he includes Frank's letter to their Wilmington physician, Pusey Heald, about his deteriorating condition with a copy of the doctor's grave diagnosis. The recommendation was for Frank to return home where he would be better cared for and more comfortable. Also letters from Lizzie Carroll in Colorado Springs and Heald's Hygiene Home in Wilmington, Del.

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Archival Resource Key. Condolences on Frank's death, 1 mo 1880.
Box 30
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Correspondence concerning death of Francis C. Ferris at his parents' home.

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Archival Resource Key. Paxson family correspondence, 1880-1882.
Box 31
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ALsS from Paxson cousins, including Mary B., Anna, and Alice Paxson.

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Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris and Smyth, Frances Canby, 1880-1883.
Box 31
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ALsS from the youngest of Henry's Smyth cousins.

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Archival Resource Key. Janney, Robert M., 1880.
Box 31
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ALS. He married Emily B. Smyth in 1880

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Edith, 1880.
Box 31
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ALS from Sandy Spring

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Matilda, 1880.
Box 31
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Anna M. to Ferris, Henry, 1880-1887.
Box 31
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ALsS from his aunt. Anna M. Ferris (1815-1890)

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous friends to Henry Ferris, 1880.
Box 31
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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous friends to Henry Ferris, 1881.
Box 31
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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Matilda, 1881.
Box 31
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ALsS. Letter of 2 month goes into details about Frank's estate, for whom he was executor

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, William C. to Ferris, Henry, 1881, 1908.
Box 31
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ALsS. In April 1881, he wrote of his intentions to pursue draughting and to leave the farm. He planned to travel west and then eventually settle in Philadelphia by fall. In 1908, he was working on the settlement of their father's estate.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Alfred to Ferris, Henry, 1882-1887.
Box 31
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ALsS concerning their printing business. In 1882, the brothers were having a problem with theft from their office safe. In 1886 he negotiated a move to Philadelphia to work for Howard M. Jenkins. Notes that Quakers use Quaker publishing companies. After the January 1887 fire in the Wilmington shop, the brothers established Friends Printing House/Ferris Brothers, previously owned by Howard Jenkins.

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Archival Resource Key. Wright, Louis and Fanny to Ferris, Henry, 1882-1886.
Box 31
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ALsS from Philadelphia friends

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Archival Resource Key. Hillyard, Cora to Ferris, Henry, 1882, 1886.
Box 31
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ALsS from friend Cora from Rancocas

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Archival Resource Key. Paxson, Charles to Ferris, Henry, 1882-1883.
Box 31
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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous friends to Henry Ferris, 1882.
Box 31
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1 folder

Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Sarah Ann and family, 1882-1883.
Box 31
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15 ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Matilda, 1882.
Box 31
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11 ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Edward to Ferris, Henry, 1882, 1886.
Box 31
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ALsS from his uncle, from Colorado Springs

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Matilda, 1883.
Box 31
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13 ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Matilda, 1884.
Box 31
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6 ALsS. Business is off in Wilmington, and in August HF sometimes types his letters. By the end of 1884, Henry is planning his marriage to Elizabeth Masters

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Sarah Ann and family, 1884.
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8 ALsS; 2 TLs. Henry borrows a typewriter from Howard Jenkins in July 1884 to try it out. Had visited Muncy area to meeting Elizabeth Masters's friends and family.

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Archival Resource Key. Smyth, Frances Canby correspondence, 1884-1885.
Box 31
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ALsS to Henry and to Elizabeth Masters

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Archival Resource Key. Paxson, Charles to Henry Ferris, 1884.
Box 31
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ALsS and postcards

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous to Henry Ferris, 1884.
Box 31
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Mostly congratulations on his engagement

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Archival Resource Key. Masters, Elizabeth E. to Henry Ferris, 1884, 1-8 month.
Box 32
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ALsS, loving letters from "Bess" or "Betty" during their courtship

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Archival Resource Key. Masters, Elizabeth E. to Henry Ferris, 1884, 9 month.
Box 32
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ALsS, loving letters from "Bess" or "Betty" during their courtship

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Archival Resource Key. Masters, Elizabeth E. to Henry Ferris, 1884, 10 mos.
Box 32
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ALsS, loving letters from "Bess" or "Betty" during their engagement

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Archival Resource Key. Masters, Elizabeth E. to Henry Ferris, 1884, 11-12 month.
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ALsS, loving letters from "Bess" or "Betty"

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Archival Resource Key. Masters, David and Rebecca to Henry Ferris, 1884-1885.
Box 32
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Masters, Elizabeth E. to Ferris, Matilda, 1884-1885.
Box 32
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Walter to Ferris, Henry, 1884-1895.
Box 32
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ALsS. Walter working in various printing shops.

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous family to Ferris, Henry and Elizabeth, 1884-1885.
Box 32
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Edna to Masters, Elizabeth, 1884.
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ALS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Elizabeth E. to Henry Ferris, 1885-1886.
Box 32
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Matilda, 1885-1886.
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20 ALsS. with family and business news. 7 mo. 1886, he asks Matilda if she would like to edit the "Friends Calendar" since Frances Tatum not interested in doing it for the next year - select appropriate quotations.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1885-1886.
Box 32
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20 ALsS.

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Archival Resource Key. Suplee, William and Anna to Ferris, Henry, 1885.
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ALsS with regrets not to attend his wedding

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, George A. to Ferris, Henry, 1885.
Box 32
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ALS from his cousin in California

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Archival Resource Key. Paxson, Charles to Henry Ferris, 1885-1887.
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ALsS and postcards. They shared an enjoyment of music and also did business together.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Elizabeth to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1886.
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ALS to "dear mother"

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Archival Resource Key. Foulke, Phoebe to Ferris, Henry, 1886.
Box 32
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ALS concerning a referral for a machinist

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Archival Resource Key. Masters, Elizabeth E. to Ferris, Matilda, 1886-1888.
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ALsS. Also, photocopy of a note from donor explaining the context of a letter dated 11/1/1887

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Sarah Ann, 1887-1890.
Box 32
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11 ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Elizabeth E. to Henry Ferris, 1887.
Box 32
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. White, John J. to Ferris, Henry, 1887.
Box 32
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ALsS concerning Lansdowne real estate

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Archival Resource Key. Tomlinson, H. A. to Ferris, Henry, 1888.
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ALsS with maternity advice from a Muncy doctor

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Archival Resource Key. Morey, E. A. to Ferris, Elizabeth?, 1890.
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ALS from a Morey cousin with Morey family news

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Elizabeth, 1891-1894.
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Alfred, 1892.
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TL (carbon) concerning dissolving their partnership

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Matilda, 1892-1905.
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ALsS.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Aunts, 1895.
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ALS with note in his hand that referring to his first employment with Gimbels Department Store

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Pim, Jane E., 1895.
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ALS to Elizabeth's sister, Jane.

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Archival Resource Key. Pim, Thomas to Pim, George and Jane, 1896.
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ALS to his parents explaining why he quit his job

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry (Jr.) and Frances to Ferris, Martha, 1896-1897.
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Childhood ALsS to their great-aunt Martha Ferris on the death of her sister, Deborah

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, David, 1897-1900.
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ALsS and TL (carbons) concerning his father's debt problems, especially concerning the sale of his farm. Also information about a possible relative in Big Rapids, Michigan, Ferris Industrial School

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, David to Ferris, Henry, 1897-1902.
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ALsS to his son, concerning his finances

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Elizabeth to Ferris, Henry, 1899-1904.
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frances and Henry, Jr., to parents, 1900-1909.
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Elizabeth and Henry to Ferris, Frances, 1901.
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ALsS and TS (carbons). Henry, Jr., had diphtheria.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Elizabeth to Ferris, Matilda, 1901.
Box 32
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ALS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Elizabeth to Ferris, Henry, Jr., 1908.
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ALS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Elizabeth to Ferris, Henry, 1908-1924.
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ALsS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Walter to Ferris, Henry, 1908, 1919.
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ALsS. In 1919, wife Hannah is ill

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Edward (?) to Henry Ferris, 1912.
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TL from his uncle, includes thoughts on marriage and education

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frances Canby to family, 1917.
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Letters written while working at refugee center in France. Ms copies made by cousin Sarah Coleman Evans.

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Archival Resource Key. Cocks, William A. and Henry Ferris, 1918.
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ALsS from Cocks, a New York Quaker and distant relation, with photocopy of Ferris's typed response. His half sister was a niece of Sarah Hunt. He had a letter in which Matilda Underwood writes about her mother's impending marriage in 1844.

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Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris, Jr., to Henry Ferris, 1919-1923,.
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ALsS. Working in New York

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frances Canby to Ferris, Matilda, 1919.
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ALS

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Frances C., 1920-1927.
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ALS and TLs (carbons). Family news.

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Archival Resource Key. Samuel to Ferris, Henry, 1920.
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ALS from a nephew, laid up with a broken leg

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Archival Resource Key. Thomas, E.P. to Henry Ferris, 1920.
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TLS, death of Frank Hallowell, grandson of Benjamin Hallowell, in a bank robbery in Sandy Spring, Md.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Frances Canby to parents, 1920-1923, 1935.
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ALsS from Middlebury College and Harvard

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Archival Resource Key. Fogg, Mary to Ferris, Henry, 1920.
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TLS regarding possible trip to Germany

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Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris correspondence with S. Edward Paschall, 1921-1933.
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ALsS from a friend who admired Henry Ferris's editing of Friend Intelligencer. Two TL Christmas letters from Henry Ferris with family and business news.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Walter to Henry Ferris, 1922-1923.
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ALsS from Walter and his wife Hannah in Milwaukee

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Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris to Ferris, Henry (Jr.). Jr., 1923-1924.
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TLs (carbons) with advice. Henry, Jr., had difficulty finding work, and his wife, Mary, had debts from her egg business

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Mary and Henry Ferris correspondence, 1924-1934.
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Correspondence between Henry Ferris ("Dear Daddy") and his daughter-in-law, Mary. She operated Pennsylvania Fresh Egg Company, borrowed money from the Ferrises, while Henry, Jr., struggled in business. In 1931, Henry is living with his parents, recovering his health, and children came to stay with them to avoid polio outbreak in NYC. In 1934, when she filed for divorce, he reminded her to make arrangements for repayment of loans from him and Walter.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, William C. to Henry Ferris, 1924.
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ALsS, on strict diet, mentions family's troubles

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry and Elizabeth to Ferris, Matilda, 1924-1936.
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TLs (carbons) with family and financial updates

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Ferris, Elizabeth, 1924.
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ALsS, caring for William, mentions his deafness

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Matilda to Henry Ferris, 1925.
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ALS

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Archival Resource Key. Masters, William D. K. correspondence, 1925, 1931-1933.
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ALS in 1925 from Wm. Dubre Knight Masters, San Francisco, to "Dear Bro Henry & Family," with financial difficulties. Mentions offers of help from family members. In 1932 he was living in Los Angles. He died in 1939 at the home of his brother, David W. Masters, in Florida. TL (carbon) from Henry expresses condolences on death of Lanning in 1931.

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Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris to Edith and Kitty, 1927-1929.
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TL (carbons), mentions visiting Edith in Paris in 1920

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Frances C., 1927.
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TLs (carbons). Frances is in Europe. Henry and Elizabeth visiting Henry, Jr. and wife on Long Island

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry and Elizabeth to Ferris, Frances C., 1928-1929.
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TLs (carbons). In July, at Cape May Conference. Takes up genealogy which he enjoys very much. In August visited Swarthmore to audit the books of Friends Historical Library. New Biddle addition almost completed.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Heald, Pusey, 1928.
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TL (carbon), reflecting on his treatment at Heald's Home and Yearly Meeting position on alcohol in medicine. Had attended yearly meeting and was delighted at a new era between the Hicksite and Orthodox, with delegation of Orthodox Friends visiting.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Matilda, 1928.
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Affectionate TLS to "Tillie," a childhood nickname. Staying at the Hotel Virginia for the Cape May Conference. Letterhead describes himself as Genealogist, working on Speakman genealogy. Mentions that Walter married Lucy. Comstock, and thus Matilda might rest easier about her brother.

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Archival Resource Key. Correspondence between Alfred and Henry Ferris, 1928-1934.
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TLs (carbons) and ALsS.

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Archival Resource Key. Correspondence with Elkinton, Sarah, 1930.
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Concerning Quaker humor

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Archival Resource Key. Henry Ferris and Ferris, Walter and Hannah correspondence, 1931, 1934.
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TLsS and ALsS. Describes his son and daughter-in-law's financial problems in 1931, she with investments, he with having a job, with thanks to Walter for helping them. In 1934, daughter Frances traveled to England to spend summer with Mary Hoxie Jones. Business concerns. Walter and Lucy lived in Milwaukee. 1931 postcard from Rome

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry and Elizabeth and Ferris, Frances C., 1931-1934.
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TLs (carbons) from Henry to his daughter, mostly family news. Henry enjoying pursuing house research for his cousin, William C. Biddle, of Lansdowne. Summer of 1934, Frances was in England with friends, and file includes 2 ALsS. Mary, wife of Henry, Jr., filing for divorce.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry and Elizabeth to Masters family, 1931, 1933.
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TL (carbons), annual family letters, with updates. Reflects the financial pressures on everyone. His letterhead is Henry Ferris/writer and designer of advertising

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, George A. and Ferris, Henry correspondence, 1931-1937.
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TLsS and TL (carbons). Correspondence with cousin, living in Nevada, with family updates. George moved West and worked as a government scout and cowboy in his youth. His letterhead gives his vocation as engineer and architect. He still bore hatred for the Indians during the Indian Wars and moved around until settling in Reno around 1896. He helped the family get copies of Mary Ferris's divorce papers, filed in Nevada. Henry describes the genealogical work he is doing, including for Hadassah and Morris Leeds

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Ferris, Alexander, 1931-1934.
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TLs (carbons) to grandson Alexander (Lex). In 1934, Lex was a student at Duke University

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Walton to family, 1934-1940.
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ALs and TL (carbons) from Walton Price Ferris, son of Walter Ferris. In 1940 he was serving in the embassy in London

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Archival Resource Key. Elizabeth Ferris to beloved family, 1935, 1965.
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ALS from Elizabeth describing her Golden Wedding anniversary. Also TL (1965) from Frances, their daughter, explaining the circumstances of their marriage in 1885, a marriage between a Hicksite and an Orthodox for which Elizabeth had to make acknowledgement to Muncy Monthly Meeting.. A note from Frances relates that she had given the original marriage certificate the Friends Historical Library

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Archival Resource Key. Every Evening Publishing Company, 1877.
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ALS rejecting Henry's claim for overtime pay

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris Brothers Printers, 1880.
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Miscellaneous correspondence

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Archival Resource Key. Wilmer Atkinson correspondence, 1880, 1886.
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Printing concerns and note that includes praise for Home Weekly

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris Brothers Printers, 1881.
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Miscellaneous correspondence

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Archival Resource Key. DuPont, S. M., 1882-1887.
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ALsS concerning printing projects for S.M. [Sophie M.?], lived at Louviers, Delaware

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris Brothers Printers, 1882.
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Miscellaneous correspondence

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris Brothers Printers, 1884-1885.
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Miscellaneous correspondence including a signed petition from their employees 5 month 5, 1885, to only work until 5 on Saturdays.

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Archival Resource Key. Speakman, Abby, 1884.
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ALS concerning editing jobs

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Archival Resource Key. William Costa correspondence, 1886.
Box 33
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ALsS concerning possible employment with Ferris Brothers

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Archival Resource Key. W. Evans Wands, 1886.
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ALsS concerning employment with Ferris Brothers

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Archival Resource Key. Tatum, Frances Canby to Ferris, Henry, 1886.
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ALsS. Frances C. Tatum (1861-1931) was an author and editor. She married George Ashbridge Rhoads in 1890, and they had seven children. She edited the Quaker calendar and other publications including The Friend (in 1912)

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris Brothers Printers, 1886.
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Miscellaneous correspondence, much concerning Home Weekly and with fire damage to paper. Wilmington print shop suffered a major fire in early January 1886.

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Archival Resource Key. Jenkins, Howard, 1887.
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2 ALsS, January concerning partnership in Philadelphia, particularly after the fire shut down the Wilmington press.

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris Brothers/Friends Printing, 1887-1888.
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General. After the fire, Henry moved the business to Philadelphia, 6th and Arch Streets. Publishing The Student, for the Educational Assoc. of Friends in America, an Orthodox organization.

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Archival Resource Key. Bancroft, William P., 1891-1897.
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ALsS regarding bills, TLS to Henry, 9 mo 9 1897, on his new job, in charge of advertising for the John Wanamaker Department Store in NYC.

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Archival Resource Key. John Wanamaker Department, 1897.
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Correspondence including job offer, Sept. 18, 1897

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Archival Resource Key. White, Wilbert W., 1905.
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White was president of the Bible Teachers Training School in NYC. Correspondence between him and Ferris on Biblical interpretations

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Archival Resource Key. Brown, Robert G., 1916.
Box 34
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TLS concerning Ferris speaking at the Woolman School, Swarthmore, on hymns

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Archival Resource Key. Paschall, S. Edward, 1916.
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ALS in support of Ferris making Friends Intelligencer a forum for lively discussion

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Archival Resource Key. Hoover, Herbert, 1917.
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Telegram, July 26, 1917, requesting his participation with other congregations to organize food aid.

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Archival Resource Key. Bond, Elizabeth Powell, 1917.
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2 ALsS, in December piece for Friends Intelligencer with thanks for his editorship of the periodical

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Archival Resource Key. Green Street Monthly Meeting, 1917.
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Solicitation for funds from members

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Archival Resource Key. Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1917.
Box 34
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Relating to Henry Ferris, Jr., exemption from military service

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Archival Resource Key. Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Arch Street), 1917.
Box 34
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Concerning use of a meeting room for a series of lectures

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Archival Resource Key. Walton, George A., 1917.
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TLs with attachments. Walton was the principal of the George School, and the letter offers comments on Ferris's request, on behalf of the Committee on Peace and Emergency Services Committee, to use rooms at Cherry Street for Jesse Holmes lectures.

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Archival Resource Key. Philadelphia Monthly Meeting (Cherry Street), 1917-1918.
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Committee couldn't unite on a decision whether or not to give use of a meeting room for a series of Jesse Holmes lecture

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Archival Resource Key. Hallinan, Charles, 1917.
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TLS concerning the case of the conscientious objectors in Camp Devens, reported in the Friends Intelligencer

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Archival Resource Key. Peace Committee, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1917.
Box 34
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Concerning his contribution to Friends Reconstruction and membership in Green Street Monthly Meeting

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Archival Resource Key. Rawson, Marianna S., 1917.
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2 ALsS, with appreciation for Friends Intelligencer article. She was an author and active in the First-Day Association

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Archival Resource Key. Hull, William I., 1917.
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ALS, over note for an enclosed article for the Friends Intelligencer , Forbush controversy

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Archival Resource Key. Farquhar, Allen correspondence, 1917.
Box 34
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TLS from Farquhar and carbon from Ferris concerning the controversy within the Society of Friends concerning the war

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Archival Resource Key. Pyle, Robert, 1918.
Box 34
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ALS concerning Ferris's salary from Friends Intelligencer

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Archival Resource Key. Friends Intelligencer, 1918-1919.
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Concern from members of the Board that the Friends Intelligencer is too political and should stick to reporting Friends activities and spiritual messages, with the editorial voice impersonal. The issue was peace testimony and Friends' involvement with the war in Europe, debate about a "just war."

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Archival Resource Key. Quaker organizations, 1918-1919.
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Mimeographed solicitations for the William Penn Bicentennial, Friends Service Committee appeal, Green Street Monthly Meeting

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Archival Resource Key. Bushong, Marvin, 1918.
Box 34
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TLS in strong disagreement with Ferris's representation of the opinion of members of the Society of Friends

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Archival Resource Key. Wilson, Edward C., 1918.
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Principal of Friends School, Baltimore, TLS not meant for publication. Thinks that Friends Intelligencer should not be involved with the dividing issue in the Society of Friends and respect both sides.

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Archival Resource Key. Barnard, Ella K., 1919.
Box 34
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ALS concerning indexing

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Archival Resource Key. Stephens, D. Owen, 1919.
Box 34
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Postcard note offering for publication in Friends Intelligencer his diary of 18 months in France with Friends Relief

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Archival Resource Key. Nichols, Bayard, 1919.
Box 34
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TLS and enclosed poem published in the Philadelphia North American, in opposition to the Senate's ratification of the League of Nations

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Archival Resource Key. Clark, Roger, 1919.
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ALS with announcement for Friends Intelligencer and comment that not much to rejoice about in the peace treaty. Typed carbon in response from Ferris to "cousin" notes that he has been very disappointed in Wilson

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous correspondence concerning Friends Intelligencer, 1920.
Box 34
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Letters expressing regret that Ferris no longer writing editorial, dismay in state of the world

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Archival Resource Key. Quaker concerns, 1920-1924.
Box 34
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Typed carbons from Ferris to William Biddle and others, concerning writings, editing and other projects

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Archival Resource Key. American Friends Service Committee, 1920-1922.
Box 34
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Correspondence concerning his travel arrangements to England for Conference and also offer in 1922 to work on publicity

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Archival Resource Key. Hull, William I., 1923-1933.
Box 34
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Correspondence between Ferris and Hull concerning peace and publications

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous correspondence, 1925-1928.
Box 34
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General correspondence concerning membership in Pennsylvania Abolition Society, work with Friends Historical Association, editing and other projects

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Archival Resource Key. Hayes, J. Russell, 1929-1934.
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In 1929, ALS thanking Ferris for donation of letter from Joseph Turner to Samuel Bettle, 1828, though Hannah Yardley, with typed carbon of Ferris's reply. Thanks for donations to Friends Historical Library in 1934 and typed carbon from Ferris in appreciation of poem by Hayes.

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Archival Resource Key. Murphy, Charles R., 1930-1931.
Box 34
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TLsS from Murphy who was working on a book on Thoreau, with TL (carbon) response from Ferris

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Archival Resource Key. Friends Historical Association, 1930.
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TLS from Rayner W. Kelsey thanking Ferris for agreeing to be Chairman of the Genealogical Committee and typed carbon from Ferris in response to Kelsey's request to donate Benjamin Ferris material to Haverford College.

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Archival Resource Key. Miscellaneous, 1931-1940.
Box 34
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Archival Resource Key. Longstreth, Walter, 1932.
Box 34
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Correspondence concerning legal work done for Ferris

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Archival Resource Key. Ferris, Henry to Hoover, Herbert, 1932.
Box 34
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TL (carbon) expressing his dissatisfaction with Hoover's policies and TLS from Lawrence Richey, Secretary to the President

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Archival Resource Key. Munro, Hugh, 1932.
Box 34
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TL (carbon) inviting Ferris to meeting of American Society for Psychical Research. Note from Ferris that he called with regrets.

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Archival Resource Key. Mendelson, Walter, 1932.
Box 34
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Correspondence concerning Prohibition

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Archival Resource Key. Fisher, Irving, 1933.
Box 34
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Correspondence concerning barter and business

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