Mary Rhoads Haines Family

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Collection Title: Mary Rhoads Haines Family

Collection Number: MS. Coll 115

Dates of Collection: 1831-1908, bulk 1870-1900

Box Numbers: 1 - 8

Repositiory: Chester County Historical Socidety

Language: English

Information For Researchers:

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  • Preffered Citation:
    Preferred Citation: 
    Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, PA

Biography:

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Biography: 

The collection contains the letters of a number of Quaker families from Pennsylvania.  Included in the collection is the correspondence of the Haines, Rhoads, Garrett, Evans and Branson families who resided in Philadelphia, Rosemont (Montgomery County), Springfield (Delaware County) and in the vicinity of Muncy (Lycoming County). 

The namesake of the collection was born in Springfield, PA and married a Philadelphia doctor, William Ellis Haines, in 1841. William died in 1846 one year after Mary gave birth to their first child, Hannah.  Mary R. Haines taught in Quaker schools in Philadelphia and Westtown after the death of her husband. 

Mary Rhodes Haines’ daughter Hannah married John Biddle Garrett in 1866, a Quaker and businessman from Philadelphia who owned a mill and later was an executive for the Lehigh Valley Railroad.  John and Hannah lived in Philadelphia but later settled at Clovercroft, the family estate in Rosemont, Montgomery County sometime in the 1880s. 

John and Hannah had two daughters, Frances (b. 1872) and Mary (b. 1867).  Frances was married in 1894 to Thomas Branson a doctor who received his degrees from Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania.  He practiced medicine in Philadelphia and Delaware County.  Thomas and Frances had four children (Mary, Frances, Thomas Jr., and John.)  Mary married Henry Stokes Williams in 1900. 

For additional information:

Mary Rhoads Haines, Clovercroft Chronicles, 1314-1893 (Philadelphia: Press of J.B. Lippincott Company, 1893).

Collection Scope:

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Collection Scope: 

The bulk of the collection is made up of correspondence with approximately 7 folders of non-correspondence that includes a partial journal of Mary Rhoads Haines written while her husband was dying.  Other non-correspondence includes receipts, reports, a contract, newsletters, invitations and calling cards.

The majority of the letters were written by Hannah (Haines) Garrett, John Biddle Garrett, Frances (Garrett) Branson, and Mary (Garrett) Williams between 1870 and 1900.  The bulk revolve around family and daily life with details regarding housekeeping, domestic activities, shopping, social visits, and health.  Secondary topics include Quaker affairs, financial matters, medicine, travel, and holidays.

The letters are arranged alphabetically by author and chronologically within each folder.  Boxes one through six contain correspondence.  Box seven includes unidentified correspondence and non-correspondence.  Box eight contains addressed and postmarked envelopes from the collection.

Nicknames used in the collection:

“Polly” and “Pink” -  for Mary (Garrett) Williams and later to refer to Mary Branson, daughter of Frances and Thomas Branson

“Frank” - Frances (Garrett) Branson

Collection Contents:

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Collection Contents: 

BOX 1

Folder 1/1/115 – Correspondence

“N.M.E.”, 1 letter, no date

Recipient(s): [Hannah R. Garrett]

Location of author: Muncy (PA)

Topics include: building a “steam box” for bathing

 

Folder 2/1/115 – Correspondence

“Abigal”, 1 letter, 1842

Recipient(s): “cousin” [not specified]

Location of author: [not specified]

 

Folder 3/1/115 – Correspondence

“Anne”, 1 letter, no date

Receipient(s): [Frances Garrett]

Location of author: [not specified]

 

Folder 4/1/115 – Correspondence

“Aunt F.”, 1 letter, 1885

Recipient(s): “niece” [not specified]

Location of author: [not specified]

 

Folder 5/1/115 – Correspondence

“Aunt Hetty”, 3 letter, 1896-1897

Recipient(s): [Thomas Branson]; “Polly” [Mary Branson]; [Frances Branson]

Location of author: Germantown (PA)

 

Folder 6/1/115 – Correspondence

“Aunt Lucy”, 2 letters, 1894

Recipient(s): [Thomas Branson]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

 

Folder 7/1/115 – Correspondence

“Aunt Martha”, 3 letters, 1897, 1908

Recipient(s): [Frances Branson]; [Mary Williams]

Location of author: Germantown (PA

Topics include: Christmas plans

 

Folder 8/1/115 – Correspondence

“Aunt Sally”, 2 letters, 1895, 1897

Recipient(s): [Thomas and Frances Branson]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

 

Folder 9/1/115 – Correspondence

“Billie B.”, 1 letter, 1893

Recipient(s): [Thomas Branson]

Location of author: Peshastin (WA)

Topics include: working as a doctor for a gold mining company; losing his money

gambling; social life in the mining camp

 

Folder 10/1/115 – Correspondence

“Bishop Morris”, 1 letter, 1894

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines

Location of author: Bishopcroft, Portland

Topics include: appreciation and thanks for the book [“Clovercroft Chronicles”];

experience visiting sites of his ancestors in England

 

Folder 11/1/115 – Correspondence  

“Cousin Mary”, 1 letter, 1896

Recipient(s): [Frances Branson]; Hannah [Garrett]

Location of author: Atlantic City (NJ)

 

Folder 12/1/115 – Correspondence   

“Cousin Nancy”, 1 letter, no date

Recipient(s): [Hannah R. Haines]

Location of author: [not specified]

 

Folder 13/1/115 – Correspondence

“George”, 1 letter, no date

Recipient(s): [Frances Branson]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: joy over an unnamed female companion

 

Folder 14/1/115 – Correspondence

“Gypsey”, 1 letter, [ca. 1890s]

Note: domestic servant at Clovercroft

Recipient(s): [Frances Branson]

Location of author: Rosemont (PA)

Topics include: taking care of Francis Branson’s father and infant son

 

Folder 15/1/115 – Correspondence

“Henry Jr.”, 1 letter, no date

Recipient(s): [Frances Branson]

Location of author: [not specified]

 

Folder 16/1/115 – Correspondence

“Kris Kringle”, 1 letter, 1863

Recipient(s): “To the little folks at Chestnut Bank”

Location of author: [not specified]

 

Folder 17/1/115 – Correspondence

“Rachel”, 3 letters, 1854-1856

Recipient(s): Hannah Rhoads Haines (“niece”)

Location of author: Muncy (PA)

 

Folder 18/1/115 – Correspondence

“Susanna”, 1 letter, 1888

Recipient(s): Francis (Garrett) Branson

Location of author: Harleigh (PA)

Topics include: detailed account of a snowstorm

 

Folder 19/1/115 – Correspondence

“Uncle Dave”, 1 letter, 1896

Recipient(s): [Thomas Branson]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

 

Folder 20/1/115 – Correspondence

Ashbridge, Eleanor, 1 letter, [ca. 1896]

Recipient(s): Frances [Branson]

Location of author: East Downingtown (PA)

Topics include: congratulations on the birth of France Branson’s child

 

Folder 21/1/115 – Correspondence

Ashbridge, Mary, 1 letter, 1893

Recipient(s): “cousin” [not specified]

Location of author: West Whiteland

 

Folder 22/1/115 – Correspondence

Ashbridge, Rachel S., 1 letter, [ca. 1893]

Note: Includes a genealogy copied from a family bible tracing the roots of Susan

Fairlamb’s family.

Recipient(s): Mary Rhodes Haines

Location of author: 4408 Sansom Street [Philadelphia (PA)]

 

Folder 23/1/115 – Correspondence

Ashbridge, Richard, 1 letter, 1893

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“cousin”)

Location of author: West Whiteland (PA)

 

Folder 24/1/115 – Correspondence

Auchincloss, W.S., 2 letters, 1891

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: inquiry into grandstand tickets for the Princeton versus University of Pennsylvania game [football]

 

Folder 25/1/115 – Correspondence

Babbitt, Mary A., 1 letters, 1897

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson

Location of author: [not specified]

Topics include: concern for FB’s sick daughter and offer of help

 

Folder 26/1/115 – Correspondence

Barnes, Robert C.,1 letter, 1890

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: alumni football game

 

Folder 27/1/115 – Correspondence

Barton, Caroline D.,2 letters, 1896-1897

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson

Location of author: Bryn Mawr (PA)

 

Folder 28/1/115 – Correspondence

Barton, Martha C., 1 letter, 1882

Recipient(s): [not specified]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

 

Folder 29/1/115 – Correspondence

Bettle, Edward, Jr., 3 letters, 1891-1892

Recipient(s): Thomas F. Branson

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: Alumni Committee on Athletic Sports at Haverford College

 

Folder 30/1/115 – Correspondence

Biddle, Henry D., 1 letter, 1893

Recipient(s): John Biddle Garrett

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: thank you for the copy of “Clovercroft Chronicles” [genealogy of the Haines family written by Mary Rhoads Haines]

 

Folder 31/1/115 – Correspondence

Biddle, William F., 1 letter, 1909

Recipient(s): John [Biddle Garrett] (“cousin”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

 

Folder 32/1/115 – Correspondence

Boller, Anna, 1 letter, 1883

Recipient(s): “My dear friends” [not specified]

Location of author: “Mission House,” India

Topics include: details regarding two orphans in India under the care of the author

 

Folder 33/1/115 – Correspondence

Boston, George W., 1 letter, [1891]

Recipient(s): “Doctor” [Thomas F. Branson]

Location of author: Ithaca (NY)

Topics include: request for information regarding a football team [referred to as the orange and black]

 

Folder 34/1/115 – Correspondence

Bower, Alexander, 1 letter, 1908

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: the status of FB’s jewels

 

Folder 35/1/115 – Correspondence

Branson, Anna, 4 letters, 1889-1896, n.d.

Recipient(s): Thomas Branson (“cousin”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA); St. Louis (MO)

Topics include: an author’s reading with an invitation to attend; comments about men who talk too much “shop”; swimming lessons

 

Folder 36/1/115 – Correspondence

Branson, Frances Biddle (Garrett),12 letters, 1890-September 1893

Note: Includes postscript by Mary (Garrett) Williams

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson (“husband”)

Location of author: Wolf Run (Muncy, PA); Clovercroft (Rosemont, PA); Newport (RI)

Topics include: congratulations for Thomas F. Branson on earning his medical degree; when “it” [marriage?] should be announced; love and affection for her fiancée T. Branson; visit from T. Branson while Frances was sick; reference to cocaine

 

Folder 37/1/115 – Correspondence

Branson, Frances Biddle (Garrett), 19 letters, October 1893

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson (“husband”)

Location of author: Wolf Run (PA); Pennsdale (PA); Wolf Run (PA)

Topics include: leisure and daily activities; love and affection for her fiancée, T.

Branson; arrangements for travel between Pennsdale (PA) and Philadelphia

 

Folder 38/1/115 – Correspondence

Branson, Frances Biddle (Garrett), 13 letters, November 1893

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson

Location of author: Rosemont (PA)

Topics include: daily activities; reference to home under construction; love and affection for her fiancée, Thomas Branson

 

Folder 39/1/115 – Correspondence

Branson, Frances Biddle (Garrett), 14 letters, December 1893

Note: Sketch by FB of the view from her window (12/20)

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson

Location of author: Rosemont (PA)

Topics include: preparations for Thanksgiving dinner; treatment for her illness;

Christmas gifts; reference to their two year engagement

 

Folder 40/1/115 – Correspondence

Branson, Frances Biddle (Garrett), 21 letters, January 1894

Note: Includes postscript written by Mary (Garrett) Williams

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson

Location of author: Rosemont (PA)

Topics include: allocation of income for buying a home; shopping in Philadelphia;

drugstore referred to as “Dickens-esque” (1/16); house renovation/building

 

Folder 42/1/115 – Correspondence

Branson, Frances Biddle (Garrett),17 letters, February 1894

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson

Location of author: Rosemont (PA)

Topics include: mentions the “helping hand,” a Quaker “serving society”; rejection of dressing plainly; mentions giving coal to a “colored man” through the relief

association; daily activities

 

Folder 43/1/115 – Correspondence

Branson, Frances Biddle (Garrett), 19 letters, March 1894 [pages missing]

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson

Location of author: Rosemont (PA); Washington D.C.

Topics include: mentions a broken wedding engagement of an acquaintance (3/2); shopping in Philadelphia for furniture (3/7); mentions an Armenian salesman with odds and ends to sell (3/21); work on a “new home”; visit to Washington D.C.

 

BOX 2

Folder 1/2/115 – Correspondence

Branson, Frances Biddle (Garrett), 17 letters, April 1894

Note: Includes postscript from “Pinkie” [Mary (Garrett) Williams]. 

Includes sketch by FB of a woman standing in the rain

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson

Location of author: Rosemont (PA)

Topics include: negative feelings toward credit (4/4); daily activities; progress of home Construction; mentions the “powers of Morphine”; mentions railroad accident at Pennsdale (PA)

 

Folder 2/2/115 – Correspondence

Branson, Frances Biddle (Garrett), 17 letters, May 1894

Note: Includes postscript from “Pollie” [Mary (Garrett) Williams]

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson (“husband”)

Location of author: Rosemont (PA)

Topics include: progress of home construction; arrangements for attending a cricket match; daily activities

 

Folder 3/2/115 – Correspondence

Branson, Frances Biddle (Garrett), 18 letters, June 1894

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson

Location of author: Rosemont (PA); Wolf Run (Muncy, PA)

Topics include: mentions the use of cocaine during a dentistry procedure (6/4); progress of home construction; detailed account of shopping in “town” [Philadelphia]; financial considerations of marriage; possibility of taking on boarders in new home; opinion of working women [possibly referring to Laura Branson who was a doctor]; engagement rings (6/17); daily activities at Wolf Run; “milk mission” related to temperance activity

 

Folder 4/2/115 – Correspondence

Branson, Frances Biddle (Garrett), 16 letters, July 1894

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson

Location of author: Rosemont (PA)

Topics include: completion of the new home; reference to the railroad situation

[Pullman Strike]; her cousin’s tenuous engagement; financial considerations in

furnishing the new home; growing anticipation of the wedding

 

Folder 5/2/115 – Correspondence

Branson, Frances Biddle (Garrett), 17 letters, August-September 1894

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson

Location of author: Rosemont (PA); Haverford Station (PA); Kinsley (NY)

Topics include: wedding preparations; furnishing/preparing the new home; purchase of a wedding dress in New York; wedding gifts

 

Folder 6/2/115 - Correspondence

Branson, Frances Biddle (Garrett), 16 letters, 1895-1897, 1908

Note: Includes postscript from Mary (Garrett) Williams

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson (“husband”); “daughters” [not specified]

Location of author: Wolf Run (Muncy, PA); Rosemont (PA); Atlantic City (NJ); Wareham (MA); Pocono Manor (PA)

Topics include: daily activities at Wolf Run; request for “neuralgia pillets” (6/22); FB’s daughter Mary; health while recuperating in Atlantic City

 

Folder 7/2/115 - Correspondence

Branson, Frances Biddle (Garrett), 14 letters, n.d.

Note: Includes short letter from Mary (Garrett) Williams

To: Thomas Franklin Branson

Location of author: Rosemont (PA)

 

Folder 8/2/115 - Correspondence

Branson, Frances Biddle (Garrett), 6 letters, no date

Recipient(s): “Kris Kringle”; “Father and Mother” [Thomas and Frances B. Branson]

Location of author: [not specified]

 

Folder 9/2/115 - Correspondence

Branson, Laura, 6 letters, 1888-1897, n.d.

Recipient(s): [Thomas Branson] (“cousin); Frances [Branson] (“cousin”)

Location of author: St. Louis (MO); Spring Lake (NJ); Denver (CO)

Topics include: train trip from East Coast to St. Louis (1890); her father’s sickness due to overwork; description of her home in St. Louis; swimming lessons (1890); activity while at Spring Lake, New Jersey; attending dances (1893); mentions all the wealthy men in New York are in debt (1893); train trip from Denver to Glenwood Springs, Colorado; dancing in the baggage car; mentions the gambling and swearing in Leadville, Colorado; the death of her domestic servant’s fiancée in a railroad accident; mentions their landlady in Colorado is a Christian Scientist

 

Folder 10/2/115 - Correspondence

Branson, Laura H., Dr., 1 letter, 1907

Note: On the letterhead of “Drs. Branson & Branson”

Recipient(s): Frances Branson (“cousin”)

Location of author: Iowa City (IA)

Topics include: trip from Atlantic City to Iowa City

 

Folder 11/2/115 - Correspondence

Branson, Mary, 4 letters, 1896-1897

Note: Includes a letter signed “your loving sister”

Recipient(s): Tom and Frances Branson (author’s “nephew” and “niece”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: Christmas shopping; mentions her “telephone is in and working”

 

Folder 12/2/115 - Correspondence

Branson, Mary Garrett, 14 letters, 1897, 1907

Note: Some letters written by an adult but signed as MBG

Recipients(s): “Mom and Dad” [Thomas and Frances Branson]

Location of author: [not specified]

 

Folder 13/2/115 - Correspondence

Branson, M.E., 2 letters, 1886, 1897

Recipient(s): Thomas F. Branson (“grandson”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

 

Folder 14/2/115 - Correspondence

Branson, R.J., 19 letters, 1889-1894, n.d.

Recipient(s): Thomas F. Branson (“son”); Frances B. Branson (“daughter in law”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA); Wernersville (PA); Sunnyside (PA); Morristown (NJ); Spring Lake (NJ)

Topics include: presentation at the Lyceum in Philadelphia; mentions visiting the prison and the Asylum (1889)

 

Folder 15/2/115 - Correspondence

Branson, R.J., 17 letters, 1896

Recipient(s): Thomas F. Branson (“son”); Frances B. Branson (“daughter in law”); Mary Garrett Branson (“granddaughter”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA); Atlantic City (NJ); Rosemont (PA)

Topics include: visiting the prison in Philadelphia; social life in Philadelphia

 

Folder 15A/2/115 - Correspondence

Branson, R.J., 19 letter, 1897

Recipient(s): Thomas F. Branson (“son”); Frances B. Branson (“daughter in law”)

Location of author: Philadelphia; Atlantic City (NJ); Rosemont (PA); Moorestown (NJ)

 

Folder 16/2/115 - Correspondence

Branson, Thomas Franklin, Dr., 13 letters, 1893, 1896-1897 [3 incomplete]

Note: Includes postscript by John Biddle Garrett

Recipient(s): Francis (Garrett) Branson (“wife”)

Location of author: Rosemont (PA); Pennsylvania Hospital (PA)

Topics include: status of patients; Uncle John being sued for using “unseemly language” (1897); mentions Aunt Mary’s suicide (1897); caring for his infant daughter, Mary

 

Folder 17/2/115 - Correspondence

Branson, Thomas Franklin, Dr.,11 letters, 1907

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson (“wife”)

Location of author: Rosemont (PA); Bryn Mawr (PA)

Topics include: details of surgical operations and condition of his patients; death of his mother; activity and health of his infant son, John; mentions a sports score

between Haverford and Lehigh [football]

 

Folder 18/2/115 - Correspondence

Branson, Thomas Franklin, Jr., 3 letters, 1907, n.d.

Recipient(s): “Mama and Papa” [Thomas and Frances Branson]

Location of author: [not specified]

 

Folder 19/2/115 - Correspondence

Brockbank, Lucy, 1 letter, 1879

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson

Location of author: [Moor Bank]

Topics include: children’s activities

 

Folder 20/2/115 - Correspondence

Bullock, R., 1 poem, n.d.

Recipient(s): H.[annah] Rhoads

Location of author: [not specified]

 

Folder 21/2/115 - Correspondence

Burr, Charles H., Jr., 2 letters, 1891

Recipient(s): Thomas F. Branson

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: bill from the Class Book Committee

 

Folder 22/2/115 - Correspondence

Buzly, Mary L., 1 letter, 1897

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson

Location of author: Morrestown [NJ]

 

Folder 23/2/115 - Correspondence

Coates, Mary, 1 letter, 1898

Recipient(s): Mary R. Haines

Location of author: Haverford, PA [postmark]

Topics include: retelling a story of a dream told by her sister, Beulah [HRH wrote on the envelope: “Illustration of the force of impressions on an infant’s mind and memory”]

 

Folder 24/2/115 - Correspondence

Coley, Thomas, 1 letter, 1891

Note: Letterhead: “Editorial room, The Red and Blue, University of Pennsylvania

Recipient(s): [Thomas F.] Branson

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: collection of a debt

 

Folder 25/2/115 - Correspondence

Collins, John, 1 letter, 1894

Recipient(s): “Dear friend” [not specified]

Location of author: Philadelphia

Topics include: wife’s funeral; failed attempts to lecture in Philadelphia public schools on “Temperance and Kindness to Animals”

 

Folder 26/2/115 - Correspondence

Comfort, A.E., 1 postcard, 1891

Recipient(s): Tom [Branson]

Location of author: Trenton, NJ [on postmark]

 

Folder 27/2/115 - Correspondence

Comfort, Lydia, 1 letter, 1896

Recipient(s): Dr, and Mrs. Thomas F. Branson

Location of author: [illegible](PA)

 

Folder 28/2/115 - Correspondence

Cope, Alfred, 1 letter, 1856

Recipient(s): Joseph Rhoads, Sr.

Location of author: Philadelphia

Topics include: request by the author to have his son placed with J. Rhoads to “acquire a knowledge of farming”

 

BOX 3

Folder 1/3/115 - Correspondence

Davis, Richard, 1 letter, 1888

Recipient(s): Mary R. Haines

Location of author: West Grove (PA)

Topics include:bible reading; hope for Indian equality

 

Folder 2/3/115 - Correspondence

DeCou, George, 7 letters, 1877, 1890-1896, 1908

Note: Written on the letterhead of the “DeCou Brothers Company”

Recipient(s): Thomas F. Branson

Location of author: Boston (MA); Tenton (NJ); Phialdelphia (PA)

Topics include: exchange of Christmas gifts (1877); feelings toward an unnamed

woman; business plan for a shoe business (1891)

 

Folder 3/3/115 - Correspondence

DeCou, Margaret H., 1 letter, 1908

Note: Written on the letterhead of the “DeCou Brothers Company”

Recipient(s): Frances [Branson]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: gratitude for the box of clothing sent; description of a home the author’s

family is moving into

 

Folder 4/3/115 - Correspondence

DeCou, [S.B], 1 postcard, 1897

Recipient(s): Thomas F. Branson (“nephew”)

Location of author: Trenton NJ [postmark]

 

Folder 5/3/115 - Correspondence

Dunn, Elizabeth C., 2 letters, 1894

Recipient(s): Mary R. Haines

Location of author: Camden (NJ)

Topics include: request for a “family book”; carriage accident

 

Folder 6/3/115 - Correspondence

Dwyer, Eugene, 1 letter, 1909

Recipient(s): Dr. and Mrs. Branson

Location of author: Frazier (PA)

Topics include: letter of thanks

 

Folder 7/3/115 - Correspondence

Ellicott, Lily, 13 letters, 1891-1896, n.d.

Recipient(s): Frances [Branson]; Thomas [Branson]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA); Pennsdale (PA)

Topics include: postmortem examination on a 10 month old infant; Edith [domestic?] quarantined in her “dingy little room” in Kensington (1896)

 

Folder 8/3/115 - Correspondence

Ellis, Charles, 2 letters, 1846, 1856

Recipient(s): Dr. William E. Haines (“nephew”); Hannah R, Haines (“niece”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

 

Folder 9/3/115 - Correspondence

Ellis, Debby

1 letter, [illegible[

Recipient(s): “cousin”

Location of author: [Philadelphia (PA)]

 

Folder 10/3/115 - Correspondence

Evans, Hannah, 1 letter, 1893

Recipient(s): [Mary Rhoads Haines]

Location of author: Morristown (NJ)

Topics include: thank you note a gift of books; reminiscences of childhood

 

Folder 11/3/115 - Correspondence

Evans, Thomas, 1 letter, 1891

Note: Written on “Stokes and Parrish Elevator Company” stationary

Recipient(s): [Thomas Branson]

Location of author: New York (NY)

Topics include: plans for a visit

 

Folder 12/3/115 - Correspondence

Evans, William, Jr., 1 letter, 1863

Note: Written on letterhead for “Druggist and dealer in French and American Window Glass” in Philadelphia

Recipient(s): [Mary Rhodes Haines(“aunt”)]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: bill for purchase of tea

 

Folder 13/3/115 - Correspondence

Forsyth, Emma P., 1 letter, 1888

Recipient(s): Thomas F. Branson

Location of author: Moorestown (NJ)

 

Folder 14/3/115 - Correspondence

Garrett, Alfred G., 8 letters, 1906-1908

Recipient(s): John [Biddle Garrett] (“uncle”)

Location of author: Germantown (PA); Ocean City (NJ)

Topics include: property appraisal; real estate; issues and experiences regarding a rental property; loans to Friends; insurance policies; stock issue

 

Folder 15/3/115 - Correspondence

Garrett, Elizabeth W., 1 letter, 1896

Note: Includes a postscript by F. B. Garrett

Recipient(s): Frances [Branson] (“niece”)

Location of author: Logan (PA)

Topics include: moving a plant to Clovercroft

 

Folder 16/3/115 - Correspondence

Garrett, F.B., 1 letter, 1890

Recipient(s): Frances [Branson]

Location of author: Santa Barbara (CA)

Topics include: landscape descriptions of California; expedition and picnic to San

Marcos Pass

 

Folder 17/3/115 - Essays

Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 2 essays, 1861

Note: Handwritten essays written while a student at the Westtown school.  Includes written comments by an instructor

Location of author: Westtown (PA)

Topics include: “Little Pleasures” about the nuances of life’s enjoyments; the importance of dress and the interlocking relationships it creates

 

Folder 18/3/115 - Correspondence

Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 18 letters, 1852-1860, n.d.

Note: Includes letter co-written with Hannah (Evans) Rhoads.  Includes a postscript by “Elizabeth” who appears to be a teacher at Westtown School and a relative of the Haines/Rhoads family.

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”)

Location of author: Chestnut Bank [Marple, PA]; Muncy (PA); Marple (PA); Westtown(PA)

Topics include: staying with her grandparents while her mother teaches in Philadelphia; social and leisure life of children; school lessons; daily activities while in Muncy (PA); teachers at Westtown school; daily life at Westtown school; Christmas day at Westtown (1860)

 

Folder 19/3/115 - Correspondence

Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 15 letters, 1861-1863

Note: Includes postscript by Hannah Rhodes Garrett written in 1888 explaining her frame of mind at the time of writing one of the letters.  Includes a dried flower in a letter dated 1862.

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”)

Location of author: [?]

Topics include: her mother’s “hard life”; purchase and preference of textiles; attending a Stereoptican in Philadelphia (1861); impressions of Abraham Lincoln upon seeing him during his visit to the State House in Philadelphia (1861); school

lessons; protection of the city; home guard; arms manufacturing; woman’s

actions; landscape of the city; threats by a mob on Dr. Hopkins (1861); train ride

from Philadelphia to Lycoming County (PA); leisure in Muncy, PA (1862); Christmas in Philadelphia (1863)

 

Folder 20/3/115 - Correspondence

Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 16 letters, 1864-1866

Note: Includes a postscript by John Biddle Garrett

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (”mother”)

Location of author:  Wilkes Barre (PA); Haddonfield [NJ]; Germantown (PA); Chestnut Bank [Marple, PA]

Topics include: travel by train with a group of 20 people through the Lehigh Valley (PA); school lessons; separation from her mother; ice skating; mentions a visit from J.B.G. [John Biddle Garrett] (1864); preparations for her marriage to John Biddle Garrett (1866); leisure activities; social lives of the Garrett’s domestic servants (1866); mentions attending the commencement at the Colored Institute (1866)

 

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Garrett, Frances Rhoads (Haines), 15 letters, 1867

Note: Includes a number of postscripts written by John Biddle Garrett

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”)

Location of author: Mauch Chunk (PA); Wolf Run (Muncy, PA); Germantown (PA) Topics include: detailed description of travel between Philadelphia and Muncy (PA); textile and fabric purchases; landscape descriptions of Lycoming and Lehigh counties; leisure time, alone and with her husband in Muncy; shopping on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia; housekeeping, domestic duties

 

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Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 16 letters, 1868-1869

Note: Includes postscripts written by John Biddle Garrett

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”); John Biddle Garrett (“husband”)

Location of author: Philadelphia; Germantown (PA); Washington D.C.; Ashley[PA]; Wolf Run (Muncy, PA)

Topics include: description of home library; enjoying the company of her infant

daughter, Mary (1867); domestic duties; possibility of hiring a domestic formerly

employed by Anna Cope; payment of a $2 debt by a women who sews for a local

mill; mention of the “employment society”; detailed account of the wedding of

Sarah Garrett (1868); a trip to Washington D.C., where John Biddle Garrett and

fellow Philadelphia Quakers were scheduled to discuss Indian Affairs with the

resident (1869); observations of people in the lobby of the Ebbitt House in

Washington, D.C.; an evening visit to the Capital Building (1869); highly detailed

account of a social visit to HRG’s home (1869); mention of amendments passed

by Congress regarding Indian affairs (1869/70); incidents involving trouble with

domestic help

 

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Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 9 letters, 1870

Note: Includes postscript by John Biddle Garrett

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”); John Biddle Garrett (“husband”)

Location of author: Minnequa (PA); Germantown(PA); Linden St. [Germantown, PA]

Topics include: opinion of her Dr. Nicholson; recuperative trip to Minnequa (north of Williamsport in PA); description of accommodations and activities at Minnequa; condition of Lizzy [a domestic in the Garrett home]; detailed accounts daily activities; reference to her husband’s work in Indian affairs; separation from her family while in Minnequa

 

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Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 13 letters, 1871

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”); John Biddle Garrett (“husband”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA); Wilkes Barre (PA)

Topics include: description of a new living arrangement in an upscale boarding house on Spruce Street in Philadelphia; mention a crowded Broad Street; desire to switch rooms in the boarding house to save money; mentions the Mercantile

Library; social life in the Spruce Street boarding house; bible reading routine;

mentions a “grand industrial exhibition” in Philadelphia; shopping in Philadelphia;

options for living arrangements includes a discussion of health benefits in

regards to city versus country living and renting versus home ownership; travel

through Wilkes Barre, Mauch Chunk, and the Lehigh and Wyoming Valley (PA)

 

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Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 22 letters, 1872

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”); John Biddle Garrett (“husband”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA); Sunnyside[PA]; Wolf Run (Muncy, PA);

Germantown (PA)

Topics include: preparations for summer; mentions “John’s [Biddle Garrett] store”; employment agency [for domestic servants]; references to baby Frances [HRG 2nd daughter]; detailed account of how to reduce expenditures; mentions the 18th Street house, refers to the “new house”; servants that could be let go to cut expenses; living in cousin William Kite’s home in Germantown; poem or song

titled “Dirt Pies”; election day (1872); fire in Boston referred to as a “second

Chicago” (1872); General Meade’s funeral in Philadelphia (1872); German

procession; fear of whooping cough; mentions a camp meeting at Hugesville

causing a good deal of trouble

 

Folder 26/3/115 – Correspondence

Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 22 letters, 1873 to August 1874

Note: Includes note written by Mary Rhoads Garrett

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Garrett (“daughter”); Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”)

Location of author: Philadelphia; Chestnut Bank [Marple, PA]; Wolf Run (Muncy, PA)

Topics include: children at play; domestic servants; a new servant “Jennie”; mentions John [Biddle Garrett] working at a mill; mentions attending a temperance meeting; Mary Rhoads Haines travel to Europe on the steam ship, Cuba; daughter Frances learning to talk; remedies to stimulate appetite and relieve exhaustion; description of Indian meeting in Philadelphia (1874); House of

Industry closing and its effects on “Old ‘Grandmother’ O’Conner”; daughter Mary

assisting with domestic chores; description of people at the dock seeing off the

steamship Indiana from Philadelphia; desire for European goods (linen and

textiles) for her and her relatives; detailed description of Uncle Charles Ellis

sickness and subsequent passing; Charles Ellis funeral; detailed description of

parlor and the activity within; Wolf Run (PA); 75 mile leisure ride through

Lycoming and Sullivan counties with husband and daughters (places mentioned

includes Forksville and Wells, north of Muncy)

 

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Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 17 letters, September 1874 to December 1874

Note: Includes postscript by John Biddle Garrett.  Includes newspaper clipping related to Dhuleep Singh (10/13/1874).  Includes letter written by HRG in the dialect and language of her young daughter Frances.

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA); Wolf Run (Muncy, PA)

Topics include: reference to her mother’s “work in Great Britain; description of daily activities; mentions visiting the zoological gardens [in JBG’s postscript]; domestic chores and housecleaning; thoughts about Europe and her mother’s visit there; desire for European goods (linen and textiles) for her and her relatives; hiring an Irish domestic servant from the W.C.A. rooms [Women’s Christian Association]; assistance for a young laborer, Charles Hillman; Rebecca Ashbridge’s select school; Mary’s first day and subsequent lessons at R. Ashbridge’s school; mentions attending the Franklin Institute; purchase of linen; future plans and job prospects for John Biddle Garrett; walking Mary home from school; a proposed coffee house as a nucleus for reform, mentions temperance and “Romanists”; reference to the monetary savings of Tillie, a domestic in the Garrett’s home; Christmas shopping, with a rundown of gift and recipients; reference to a “feminine physician” (12/15); detailed description of Christmas day activities

 

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Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 20 letters, January 1875 to May 1875

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: reference to “restrictions on musical instruments”; job offers for John Biddle Garrett from a western Pennsylvania company and Haverford College; opening of the “Wm. Penn Charter School”; cleaning the parlor; housecleaning; domestic duties; shopping; domestic servant Tillie’s cat; servants accompanying the family for summer move; sewing; account of a street thief (3/12); ice gorge on the Susquehanna River, JBG’s plans to go see it (3/18); thoughts after reading a book on the education of American girls; reference to domestic servant Annie’s “evening out”; her father’s death; a number of references to a “Book Club”; future prospects for her young daughters; attending the “Centennial Loan” exhibition (5/11); description of “Decoration Day” in Fairmount

 

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Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 23 letters, June 1875 to 1876

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA); Atlantic City (NJ); Wolf Run (Muncy, PA);

Sunnyside; Montoursville (PA) 

Topics include: reference to the Colored Institute and a young black man seeking room and board (6/6/75); the Arlington boarding house in Atlantic City; activities and observations; construction of a reading room in the vicinity of Muncy (PA);

references to a comet (1876); daily activity spending the summer in Sunnyside

and Muncy (PA); accounting for British superiority (7/20/1876); details of an

excursion with extended family to Wells (PA) with details regarding

accommodations and scenery; comments on gifts by her mother from England

 

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Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 15 letters, 1877-1889

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”); Frances (Garrett) Branson (“daughter”); Mary (Garrett) Williams (“daughter”)

Location of author: Idlewild; Eaglesmere Lodge (PA); Wolf Run (Muncy, PA); New York City (NY)

Topics include: list of fruit prices related to a fund raiser (1877); domestic servants; on vacation with her husband at Eaglesmere Lodge [north of Muncy, PA]; landscape and accommodation descriptions (1878); trip to New York City (1886)

 

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Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 19 letters, 1893-1898

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson (“daughter”); Mary (Garrett) Williams

(“daughter”); Thomas Branson (“son-in-law”)

Location of author: Clovercroft (Rosemont, PA)

Topics include: apology to T. Branson for “careless and flippant” remarks; request for medical advice from T. Branson; first visit with Mary Garrett Branson,

granddaughter of HRG; reference to the “Clovercroft Chronicles” and Frances

moral inheritance

 

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Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 17 letters, 1890-1892

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson (“daughter”); Mary (Garrett) Williams

Location of author: Clovercroft (Rosemont, PA)

Topics include: reading the Century magazine (1892); daily life at Clovercroft; visit to Philadelphia for social visits; shopping in Philadelphia

 

BOX 4

Folder 1/4/115 - Correspondence

Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 8 letters, no date [between 1850 and 1866]

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”)

Location of author: Chestnut Bank; Wolf Run (Muncy, PA)

Topics include: school related issues; financial matters

 

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Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 7 letters, no date [between 1866 and 1880s]

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”); John Biddle Garrett (“husband”)

Location of author: Wolf Run (Muncy, PA); Germantown (PA)

Topics include: zoological gardens; thoughts on living in Muncy [PA]; mentions lectures at Horticultural Hall

 

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Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 16 letters, [between 1885 and 1900]

Note: Includes letter by Mary Rhoads Garrett

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson (“daughter”); Mary (Garrett) Williams

(“daughter”); Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”)

Location of author: Clovercroft [Rosemont, PA]

Topics include: recovering from a rain storm; buying gifts; events at a tea party [MRG]; publication of LVRR [Lehigh Valley Railroad] affairs in the [Philadelphia] Ledger

 

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Garrett, Hannah Rhoads (Haines), 17 letters, [between 1885 and 1900]

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson (“daughter”); Mary (Garrett) Williams

(“daughter”); Thomas Branson (“son in law”); Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”)

Location of author: Clovercroft [Rosemont, PA]

Topics include: French silk; mentions the Fourth of July in Bryn Mawr (PA); benefits of needlework on the female mind

 

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Garrett, John Biddle, 18 letters, 1866-1870

Note: Includes 4 letters co-written with Hannah Rhoads Garrett.  Includes a letter co-written with Mary Rhodes Garrett.  Two letters written on the letterhead of R.D. Wood & Company.

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother in law”); “Nannie” (Hannah Rhoads Garrett, “wife”); Mary R. Garrett (“daughter”)

Location of author: Germantown (PA); Wolf Run (Muncy, PA); Philadelphia (PA);

Topics include: reference to a public meeting “for the working classes at Frankford” (1866); mentions committee meeting on “freedmen’s business” (1866); Quaker business affairs; health of Mary Rhoads Garrett; advice regarding bond investments (1869); sale of bonds for Mary Rhoads Haines and re-investment (1869); Lizzie, domestic servant for the JB Garrett

 

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Garrett, John Biddle, 12 letters, 1871-1872

Note: Includes postscript written by Hannah Rhoads Garrett.  Letter written on the letterhead of P.C. & J.B. Garrett, Manufacturers.

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother in law”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA); Germantown (PA); Atlantic City (NJ)

Topics include: financial matters and logistics related to buying a home (1871); stock market; one of the Garrett’s domestic servants marriage to a Catholic; hiring domestic servants; mentions a boat trip on the Schuykill River; excursion to

Atlantic City (NJ); Hannah Garrett’s headaches; details on construction of a

home on 18th Street in Philadelphia (1872); Quaker matters

 

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Garrett, John Biddle, 15 letters, October 1874 to July 1874

Note: Includes letters co-written with Hannah Rhoads Garrett.  Letters written on the letterhead of P.C. and J.B. Garrett, Manufacturers [textiles].  Letter written on the letterhead of the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company.

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother in law”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA); Germantown (PA)

Topics include: “letters of credit” related to Mary R. Haines trip to England and Ireland; Indian affairs; Quaker work among western Indians; difficulties in white/Indian relations; Quaker meetings and affairs; Indian and Temperance committees and meetings; delegation from the Women’s Temperance Movement speaking in Philadelphia; job opportunity with the Lehigh Valley Railroad Company; details of the JBG’s textile business; changes in and around the Wilkes Barre (PA) area

 

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Garrett, John Biddle, 19 letters, August 1874 to March 1875

Note: Includes 4 letters co-written with Hannah R. Garrett.  Includes letters written on the letterhead of the Lehigh Valley Railroad

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother in law”)

Location of author: Germantown (PA); Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: changes to the textile business JBG ran with Phillip C. Garrett; JBG’s release from business partnership; details regarding position with the Lehigh Valley Railroad; Quaker meetings and affairs; details of the local Indian

committee; resignation of Agent Miles; failures of law and order among the Indian

tribes; details of the offer of the president position at Haverford College; mentions

increasing opportunities for the middle classes at Haverford College; mentions a

group of 45 Quakers going to Atlantic City (NJ); Hannah Garrett and the children

returning to Philadelphia from a summer in Muncy (PA); home improvements;

troubles facing the mill that JBG once operated as a partner with Philip C.

Garrett; life of domestic servants; the bad influence of former Garrett servants

upon present servants; mentions the opening of a Franklin Institute exhibit at 13th

and Market Streets in Philadelphia; first day school; opinion of the Franklin

Institute exhibit; abduction of Charlie Ross from Germantown; visit to Muncy

(PA); mentions John Wannamaker’s School

 

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Garrett, John Biddle, 18 letters, April 1875 to August 1875

Note: Includes letter co-written with Hannah Rhoads Garrett.  Includes letter written on Lehigh Valley Railroad letterhead.

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: details of Yearly Meeting/Quaker affairs; mentions miner’s strike in Schuykill and Lehigh districts (4/2/75); Haverford College; pleasure excursions to Europe by acquaintances; mentions the Freedmen’s Association Annual

Meeting; summer plans for his family and Philadelphia acquaintances; Philip C.

Garrett tearing down the mill; mentions a number of construction projects in

Philadelphia including “public building” at Broad and Market Streets [City Hall]

and the Post Office on 9th Street (1875); issues related to family income

(7/12/75); his weekly visits to Muncy (PA) to visit Hannah and his children

(summer 1875); first day school taught by Hannah R. Garrett in Muncy (PA)

 

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Garrett, John Biddle, 16 letters, 1877-1879

Note: Includes letter co-writen with Mary Rhoads Garrett.  Includes letters written on the letterhead of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and “The Girard Life Insurance and Annuity and Trust Company”

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother in law”); Hannah Rhoads Garrett (“wife”)

Location of author: Idlewild, Media (PA); Philadelphia (PA); Eaglesmere (PA); Haverford College (PA)

Topics include: mentions a social visit where the guests are entertained by a “telephone and microphone” and a “phonograph” (1878); storm damage to churches and a train depot (10/1878); remedies and care for Hannah Garrett’s nerves and various sicknesses; mentions a meeting on the “subject of Christian missions among the freedmen” (1/1879); appropriation of the poor fund and possible recipients (1879)

 

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Garrett, John Biddle, 15 letters, 1881-1890

Note: Includes letterhead of: Girard Life Insurance Annuity and Trust Co.; Appledore House (Isle of Shoals); Lehigh Valley Railroad; La Normandie.  Includes letters co-written with Hannah Rhoads Garrett and Mary Rhoads Garrett

Recipient(s): Mary (Garrett) Williams (“daughter”); Francis (Garrett) Branson

(“daughter”); Mary Rhoads Haines (“mother in law”)

Location of author:

Topics include: activity while on vacation at the Isle of Shoals (Portsmouth, NH);

housekeeping; mentions land purchases by the Penn Hospital (1886); progress of the British elections (1886); the garden at Clovercroft; a “congregation of thoroughly well dressed colored people” in Washington D.C. conducting a meeting regarding an industrial school (1890); visit to Washington D.C. including a details of a visit to the Senate (1890)

 

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Garrett, John Biddle, 10 letters, 1891-1892

Note: Includes a Western Union Telegram. Includes letter co-written with Hannah

Rhoads Garrett

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Williams (“daughter”); Mary (Garrett) Branson

(“daughter”)

Location of author: Clovercroft (Rosemont, PA)

Topics include: vegetable and fruit garden at Clovercroft; mentions Friends Russian Relief Committee and portrait of “Tolstoi” [Tolstoy] in the “Christian Union”

 

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Garrett, John Biddle, 19 letters, March 1892-September 1892

Note: Includes letter co-written with Hannah Rhoads Garrett.  One letter on Lehigh Valley Railroad letterhead

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson (“daughter”); Mary (Garrett) Williams

(“daughter”)

Location of author: Clovercroft (Rosemont, PA); Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: Quaker wedding in Philadelphia; gardens at Clovercroft; recovery of daughter Frances from a leg injury; travel arrangements between New England and Philadelphia; mentions Yearly Meeting Committee on Intoxicating

Beverages; attending a cricket match; a cricket match between the “Gentlemen

of Ireland and All New York”; “dreaded disease” [not specified] officially declared

in New York; daily activities; mentions an invitation offered to the Mohawk Indian

Conference; installation of “poles” on Airedale Avenue, speculation on their

purpose

 

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Garrett, John Biddle, 9 letters, 1893-1897

Note: Includes letter co-written with Hannah Rhodes Garrett.  Includes letterhead of Lake in the Pines (Lakewood, NJ)

Recipient(s): Mary (Garrett) Williams (“daughter”); Frances (Garrett) Branson

Location of author: Rosemont (PA); Philadelphia (PA); N.Y [New York]

Topics include: alterations to the stable, increased storage space for “vehicles” (1893); garden at Clovercroft; mentions the poor patronage at summer resorts (1893); disaster at the World’s Fair [Chicago] (1893); description of the Lake in the Pines resort (NJ)

 

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Garrett, John Biddle, 11 letters, 1906-1907

Recipient(s): Thomas Branson (“son in law”); Frances (Garrett) Branson (“daughter”)

Location of author: Rosemont (PA)

Topics include: daily activities; mentions the children reading “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”;

flower and vegetable gardens; dining room furnishings; mentions the “new car”

 

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Garrett, John Biddle, 18 letters, August 1907

Recipient(s): Mary (Garrett) Williams (“daughter”); Frances (Garrett) Branson

(“daughter”); Mary Garrett Branson (“granddaughter”)

Location of author: Rosemont (PA)

Topics include: leisure drive in Montgomery County; Quaker business; landscape work at Clovercroft; treatment for JBG’s cold; daily activities; details of the overseas travel of an acquaintance; Henry [Stokes Williams] invited to inspect a summer school at Pocono Lake (PA); thoughts on Gypsey’s [a domestic at Clovercroft] influence on JBG’s grandson John; includes a quote from Gypsey about John; a funny incident where he sat on a piece of flypaper while in the company of his domestic servant, Gypsy (8/14); reference to “Henry’s collection of moving pictures” (8/14); arrangements for traveling home from Eaglesmere (PA); new

building under construction at Broad and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia [Girard Bank?]; Thomas Branson’s work as a physician with details regarding a few patients; mentions new electric line [train] to 69th Street in Philadelphia; account of an accident between an automobile and a carriage (8/25);     numerous references to activity related to charitable and business meetings

 

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Garrett, John Biddle, 13 letters, October 1907-July 1908

Note: Letter on Pocono Inn letterhead.

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson (“daughter”); Mary Garrett Branson

(“granddaughter”)

Location of author: Rosemont (PA); Pocono Manor (PA)

Topics include: Quaker meeting and business; mentions a meeting of the Contemporary Club and refers to a lecture on “Women in Politics”; daily activities; visit to the Hospital for the Insane; details regarding a lecture by Shiler Matthews on religious matters; observations of the Pocono Inn (PA); vegetable and flower garden; preparations for a trip to Muncy (PA)

 

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Garrett, John Biddle, 7 letters, August 1908-October 1908

Note: Letter on Hotel Fauchere (Milton, PA) letterhead

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson (“daughter”)

Location of author: Rosemont (PA); Pocono Manor (PA)

Topics include: automobile problems and repairs, includes an opinion on automobile reliability; reference to an “aristocratic garden” made with native plants; tennis courts at Pocono Manor (PA); observations made on an automobile trip from Pocono to Rosemont via Stroudsberg (PA)

 

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Garrett, John Biddle, 8 letters, n.d.

Note: Includes letters co-written with Mary (Garrett) Williams.  Includes letter on Murray Hill Hotel letterhead.

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson (“daughter”); Mary (Garrett) Williams

(“daughters”); Hannah Rhoads Garrett (“wife”)

Location of author: [Ellisville?], Mississippi

Topics include: mentions his neighbors moving trees from the Merion Country Club including a description of the work; purchase of Pennsylvania Railroad stock for his daughter; train trip in the South mentions the “colored people’s section” and interaction with African American passengers [ca. 1891, see letter by Frances Branson, 3/12/1891]

 

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Garrett, Martha H.

3 letters, 1890, 1893

Recipient(s): Mary [Williams] (“cousin”)

Location of author: Germantown (PA)

 

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Garrett, Phillip, 1 letter, 1890

Recipient(s): Mary R. Haines

Location of author: Manitou (CO)

 

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Gifford, Mary A., 1 letter, no date

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson

Location of author: Haverford College (PA)

 

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Groverman, Sarah B., 1 letter, 1895

Recipient(s): “cousin”[Mary Rhoads Haines]

Location of author: Bridgeport (PA)

Topics include: appreciation for the “book” [“Clovercroft Chronicles”]

 

BOX 5

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Haines, Jesse, 1 letter, 1887

Recipient(s): [Mary Rhodes Haines (“sister-in-law”)]

Location of author: Ridge View

Topics include:  thanks for a gift of books

 

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Haines, John, 1 letter, 1865

Recipient(s): “parents”[not specified]

Location of author: Fort Scott (KS)

Topics include: travel in the west; character of the people in Kansas; details of his traveling party; conversations while traveling; prospects of settling in Kansas

 

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Haines, Joseph, 1 letter, 1851

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“daughter in law”)

Location of author: Harrisburg (PA)

Topics include: personal actions among state politicians regarding an unspecified law; Sam Houston’s visit to Harrisburg

 

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Haines, Mary E., 3 letters, 1841-1842, 1 no date

Recipient(s): Mary Rhodes Haines (author’s “niece”)

Location of author: Muncy (PA); Springfield (PA)

Topics include: travel between Muncy and Springfield; mentions an Indian quote about friendship

 

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Haines, Mary Rhoads, 8 letters, 1834-1837, [4 no date, ca. 1830s]

Recipient(s): Hannah (Evans) Rhoads (“mother”)

Location of author: Westtown (PA)

Topics include: education and activity at the Westtown school; behavior and quality of teachers; clothing; mentions Dr. Haines (1837)

 

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Haines, Mary Rhoads, 16 letters, ca. 1840-1846

Note: Includes postscript by Jesse Haines

Recipient(s): Abby Evans (“cousin”); Jacob Haines (“father-in-law”); Dr. William Haines

Location of author: Chestnut Bank[PA]; Exeter (PA); Philadelphia (PA); Cape Islands [NJ]; Springfield (PA); Cape May (NJ); Muncy (PA).

Topics include: travel with father-in-law to Muncy, PA (1842); impressions of the

landscape around Muncy; description of a seaside boarding house (1842);

recuperative trip to New Jersey shore; social life in Cape May, NJ; crab fishing (1844); mentions a mob led by “Uncle William”; poetry of P. Ellis, a relative of the Haines family; arrangements regarding the hiring of a “black girl”

 

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Haines, Mary Rhoads, 18 letters, ca. 1853, 1885-1897, 5 no date

Recipient(s): Hanna (Haines) Garrett (“daughter”); Frances Garrett (“granddaughter”)

Location of author: Clovercroft (Montgomery County, PA); Wolf Run (Muncy, PA)

Topics include: teaching; birthday gifts and greetings for granddaughters; reading “Life of Frances E. Willard” (1889); reference to a conversation by telephone (1889); illness of Mary Garrett and Frances (Garrett) Branson and their recuperative trip to Atlantic City, NJ (1892); the temptations of dancing

 

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Haines, Mary W., 1 letter, 1854

Note: Includes a lock of her daughter Anna’s hair

Recipient(s): Hannah R. Haines (author’s “niece”)

Location of author: Fairfield

Topics include: the author’s daughter and recipient’s cousin Anna

 

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Haines, R.[achel] E.[vans], 4 letters, 1888-1905

Note: Includes letter by Mary Rhoads Haines

Recipient(s): “niece” [not specified]

Location of author: Wolf Run (Muncy, PA)

 

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Haines, Samuel, 1 letter, 1891

Recipient(s): Thomas Branson (“friend”)

Location of author: Burlington (NJ)

Topics include: possibility of renting out his house for the winter

 

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Haines, S.[arah] E.[vans], 9 letters, 1852-1894, 1 undated

Recipient(s): Hannah R. Haines (“niece”); Mary R. Haines (“sister”); J.B. Garrett

Location of author: Muncy (PA); Atlantic City (PA)

Topics include: accounts of relatives in Muncy; hopes of seeing Hannah and Mary Haines; description of Aunt Rebecca’s new home(1855); mention of domestics at Muncy (PA); “ocean life” in Atlantic City (1875); treatment and recovery of infant Anna [niece of the author]

 

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Haines, William Evans, 9 letters, 1831, 1837-1839

Note: Includes portions of letters written by William Haines that were copied by his wife

Recipient(s): Mary E Haines(“sister”); Sarah E Haines (“sister”); Jesse Haines

(“brother”); Jacob Haines (“father”)

Location of author: Westtown (PA); Philadelphia (PA); Springfield (PA)

Topics include: life at Westtown School; purchase and importance of “Goods Book of Nature” (1837); supporting himself financially during medical school in

Philadelphia; purchase of a skeleton for Dr. Rankin (1837); detailed account of

purchasing boots from a shoemaker; advice for sister Martha regarding reading

and writing; religious and philosophical musings [in letters copied by his wife];

illness of his sister Mary [in letters copied by his wife]

 

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Haines, William Evans, 15 letters, 1840-1842

Note: Includes combined letter written with Mary Rhoads Haines (“wife”)

Recipient(s): Rachel E. Haines(“mother”); Jacob Haines(“father”); Mary R.

Haines (“wife”); Abigail Evans (“cousin”); Sarah E. Evans(“sister”)

Location of author: Springfield (PA)

Topics include: detailed opinion and analysis of “Mosheim’s Ecclesiastical History” (1840); journey from Muncy to Middleton (PA); his desire and decision to marry Mary Rhoads (1841); snow causing difficult travel; housekeeping, home alterations and building; need to have a horse and proposed means to buy one without cash; his wife visiting Muncy (PA) while he remains in Springfield

 

Folder 14/5/115 - Correspondence

Haines, William Evans, 23 letters, 1843-1845 [6 n.d., ca. 1841-1846]

Note: Includes letter co-written with Mary R. Haines

Recipient(s): Mary Haines (“wife”); Anna Haines (“sister”); Jacob Haines (“father”); Abby Evans (“cousin”); Rachel Haines (“mother”); “Sister”(not specified)

Location of author: Springfield (PA)

Topics include: Mary Haines’ time at the Jersey Store for health reasons; concerns regarding motherhood [Mary Haines]; birth of daughter, Hannah (1845); loneliness without his wife; sale of a newly constructed building (1845); Christmas described as a “medley of Judaism and Christianity” (1845); his busy work schedule visiting patients

 

Folder 15/5/115 - Correspondence

Haines, William Evans, 6 letters, n.d.

Recipient(s): Sarah E. Haines (“sister”); Sally (“sister”); Jacob Haines (“father”)

Location of author: Springfield (PA)

Topics include: advice to his sister upon her moving away to school; medical issue regarding his ill sisters, including treatment for an illness of the nervous system

 

Folder 16/5/115 - Correspondence

Harris, Helen B., 1 letter, 1894

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson

Location of author: [illegible]

 

Folder 17/5/115 - Correspondence

Hart, Eleanor D., 2 letters, 1896-1897

Recipient(s): Mrs. [Frances] Branson

Location of author: [not specified]

 

Folder 18/5/115 - Correspondence

Henderson, Cora M., 2 letters, 1908

Recipient(s): Mrs. (Frances) Branson

Location of author: Lakewood (NJ)

Topics include: charitable work with sick children; vacation plans

 

Folder 19/5/115 - Correspondence

Henszey, Anne B., 1 letter, n.d.

Note: Includes a small flower taped to the paper

Recipient(s): Mr. and Mrs. [Thomas] Branson

Location of author: Wynnewood (PA)

 

Folder 20/5/115 - Correspondence

Holstein, Anna Morris, 1 letter, 1894

Recipient(s): “cousin”[Mary Rhoads Haines]

Location of author: Bridgeport (PA)

Topics include: thoughts on “Clovercroft Chronicles” and comment on genealogical work

 

Folder 21/5/115 - Correspondence

Jones, Genevieve, 1 letter, 1896

Recipient(s): Mrs. [Frances] Branson

Location of author: Hamburg (Germany)

Topics include: life with a German family and observations of German culture

 

Folder 22/5/115 - Correspondence

Jones, Virginia Castillo, 1 letter, [ca. 1890s]

Recipient(s): Mrs. [Frances] Branson

Location of author: Haverford (PA)

 

Folder 23/5/115 - Correspondence

Kirk, Rachel, 1 letter, 1893

Recipient(s): Frances Biddle Garrett

Location of author: Tecumseh (Oklahoma Territory)

Topics include: death of her husband

 

Folder 24/5/115 - Correspondence

Leeds, Samuel P., 2 letters, 1891

Recipient(s): Thomas Branson

Location of author: Westtown (PA)

Topics include: request for medical advice and remedy regarding an “emission”

 

Folder 25/5/115 - Correspondence

Lewis, Laura Mary, 1 letter, no date

Recipient(s): Frances [Branson]

Location of author: Dorset (England)

 

Folder 26/5/115 - Correspondence

Lippincott, R.L., 1 letter, 1885

Recipient(s): “cousin” [not specified]

Location of author: Moorestown (NJ)

 

Folder 27/5/115 - Correspondence

Morris, Anna, 3 letters, 1896-1897

Recipient(s): Dr. [Thomas] Branson; Frances (Garrett) Branson

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

 

Folder 28/5/115 - Correspondence

Morris, Bishop, 1 letter, 1894

Recipient(s): Mary R. Haines (“cousin”)

Location of author: Bishopcroft, Portland

 

Folder 29/5/115 - Correspondence

Morris, Ruth, 1 letter, 1896

Recipient(s): Mary [(Garrett) Williams]

Location of author: [not specified]

Topics include: the meaning of Christmas

 

Folder 30/5/115 - Correspondence

Morton, Thomas L. K., Dr., 1 letter, 1896

Recipient(s): Dr. [Thomas] Branson

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

 

Folder 31/5/115 - Correspondence

Muir, John W, 1 letter, 1891

Recipient(s): [Thomas Branson]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: arrangements for a game [football]

 

Folder 32/5/115 - Correspondence

Nelson, Lewis; Bell, [illegible], 1 letter, 1891

Note: Written on the letterhead of the University of Pennsylvania Athletic Association

Recipient(s): [Thomas Branson]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: accommodations, as a guest of the Athletic Association, for football games in New York

 

Folder 33/5/115 - Correspondence

Overman, William F., 2 letters, 1890

Recipient(s): [Thomas Branson]

Location of author: Jenkintown (PA)

Topics include: male dress; proposed publication on “the class of ’89”

 

Folder 34/5/115 - Correspondence

Patterson, George Stuart, 2 letters, 1891

Recipient(s): [Thomas Branson]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: arrangements for an inter-collegiate cricket match

 

Folder 35/5/115 - Correspondence

Pharo, A.R., 22 letters, 1890-1892

Note:  All letters on the letterhead of the “Perfection Thermometer Company” later renamed the “Perfection Thermometer and Novelty Company”

Recipient(s): Thomas F. Branson (“cousin”)

Location of author: New York

Topics include: financial investments; stock transactions

 

Folder 36/5/115 - Correspondence

Pharo, Jennie M., 3 letters, 1893, 1896

Recipient(s): Frances [Branson]

Location of author: Ithaca (NY)

Topics include: mentions Thomas [Branson] coaching the Haverford football team; death of her sister

 

Folder 37/5/115 - Correspondence

Pharo, P.W., 1 letter, 1889

Recipient(s): “cousin” [Thomas Branson]

Location of author: W.B.S. [Westtown Boarding School]

Topics include: activity at Westtown School; mentions bear skin coat

 

Folder 38/5/115 - Correspondence

Pumphrey, Sarah, 1 letter, 1894

Recipient(s): Mary R. Haines

Location of author: Charlbury Oxon (England)

 

Folder 39/5/115 - Correspondence

Reed, Ed, 1 letter, 1891

Note: On the letterhead of the “Riverton Ball Club”

Recipient(s): [Thomas Branson]

Location of author: Philadelphia

Topics include: possibility of T. Branson playing on the Riverton football club

 

Folder 40/5/115 - Correspondence

Reinhardt, D., 1 letter, no date

Recipient(s): [Thomas Branson]

Location of author: Wilmington (DE)

Topics include: inquiry about football pants; athletic activities

 

BOX 6

Folder 1/6/115 - Correspondence

Rhoads, Anna, 1 letter, 1874

Recipient(s): Mary (“cousin,” no surname)

Location of author: Ashley

Topics include: the wedding of Elizabeth Greaves, a “colored girl”

 

Folder 2/6/115 - Correspondence

Rhoads, Anna E., 1 letter, 1897

Recipient(s): Tom and Frances Branson (“cousin”)

Location of author: not specified

Topics include: thank you note regarding a gift

 

Folder 3/6/115 - Correspondence

Rhoads, Charles, 4 letters, 1849, 1852, 1863

Recipient(s): “sister” (not specified); Hannah Rhoads (“mother”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: slavery question in Congress (1849); grounding of a ship off Cape Henlopen and the possible monetary loss to its owners; mentions his friend, R. Smith, obtaining a position in the office of Thomas Walter, architect; French studies; political situation in France (1852)

 

Folder 4/6/115 - Correspondence

Rhoads, Charles J., 1 letter, 1889

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson

Location of author: Salisbury (England)

Topics include: activities during an ocean voyage; travel in England; description of Haddon Hall

 

Folder 5/6/115 - Correspondence

Rhoads, Deborah, 7 letters, 1831-1865

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads (“sister”); Hannah Rhoads Haines (“niece”); “mother” [Hannah (Evans) Rhoads]

Location of author: Marple (PA); Westtown (PA)

 

Folder 6/6/115 - Correspondence

Rhoads, Elizabeth, 9 letters, 1853-1864

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“sister”); Hannah R. Haines (“niece”); “mother” [Hannah (Evans) Rhoads]

Location of author: Marple (PA); Westtown (PA)

Topics include: poetry

 

Folder 7/6/115 - Correspondence

Rhoads, Frances, 1 letter, no date

Recipient(s): Frances [Branson]

Location of author: not specified

 

Folder 8/6/115 - Correspondence

Rhoads, Hannah (Evans), 10 letters, 1850-1851, 1 undated

Note: Includes combined letter with Deborah Rhoads

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“daughter”)

Location of author: Bradford(PA); Dublin(Ireland); Marple(PA); Chestnut Bank

Topics include: voyage to Liverpool; descriptions of various locations in England and Ireland; Quakers in England and Ireland; school business

 

Folder 9/6/115 - Correspondence

Rhoads, Hannah (Evans), 16 letters, no date [2 letters ca. 1861-1865]

Note: One letter written on the back of a printed appeal titled: “To Friends and others on behalf of the Destitute Freedmen on the South” (1863).  One letter on the back of a death notice for Phebe Holland  

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“daughter”); James E. Rhoads (“sister”); Isaac P. Garrett (“brother”); R.P. Smith

Location of author: [not specified]

Topics include: opinion of the war [Civil War]; religious philosophy; obituary for Micajah Collins, Quaker minister

 

Folder 10/6/115 - Correspondence

Rhoads, Hannah (Evans), 12 letters, no date

Recipient(s): “Brother Charles; Joseph Snowden

Location of author: [not specified]

 

Folder 11/6/115 - Correspondence

Rhoads, James E., 2 letters, 1885, 1892

Recipient(s): Hannah R. Garrett

Location of author: Bryn Mawr (PA); Wilmington (DE)

 

Folder 12/6/115 - Correspondence

Rhoads, Joseph R., Jr., 4 letters, 1860, 1893-1896

Recipient(s): “niece”(not specified); Mary Rhoads Haines; Tom and Frances Branson

Location of author: Marple (PA); Overbrook (PA); Berlin (NJ)

Topics include: farming matters; a “virtuous course of life”; Rhodes ancestors and

“humbug about the caring for aristocratic lineage”

 

Folder 13/6/115 - Correspondence

Rhoads, Joseph, Sr., 5 letters, 1801

Recipient(s): Joseph Rhoads (“son”)

Location of author: Marple (PA)

Topics include: decision regarding Joseph remaining in school; possible career choices for Joseph, Jr.; family health

 

Folder 14/6/115 - Correspondence

Rhoads, Samuel, 1 letter, 1887

Recipient(s): Mary R. Haines (“sister”)

Location of author: Bryn Mawr (PA)

Topics include: thank you note for gifts

 

Folder 15/6/115 - Correspondence

Ristine, Sue S., 1 letter, 1896

Recipient(s): Mrs. [Frances] Branson

Location of author: Bryn Mawr (PA)

 

Folder 16/6/115 - Correspondence

Robeson, S., 2 letters, 1874

Recipient(s): [Mary Rhoads Haines]

Location of author: Dalton (?)

 

Folder 17/6/115 - Correspondence

Scattergood, A.G., 1 letter, 1906

Recipient(s): John [Biddle Garrett[ (“cousin”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

 

Folder 18/6/115 - Correspondence

Scattergood, J.B., 1 letter, 1907

Recipient(s): John Biddle Garrett

Location of author: Philadelphia

Topics include: house painting

 

Folder 19/6/115 - Correspondence

Scattergood, J. Henry, 2 letters, 1906-1907

Note: On the letterhead of “Cristiansburg Industrial Institute”

Recipient(s): Tom and Frances [Branson]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA); Cambria (VA)

Topics include: request for a donation to the Christiansburg Industrial Institute

 

Folder 20/6/115 - Correspondence

Scattergood, Maria Chase, 1 letter, 1896

Recipient(s): Frances [Branson]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

 

Folder 21/6/115 - Correspondence

Scull, H.W.,1 letter, 1893

Recipient(s): “cousin” [Mary Rhoads Haines]

Location of author: [Philadelphia (PA)]

Topics include: thoughts on the book [“Clovercroft Chronicles”]

 

Folder 22/6/115 - Correspondence

Sheppard, Margaret, 1 letter, [ca. 1896]

Recipient(s): Thomas F. Branson

Location of author: Germantown (PA)

 

Folder 23/6/115 - Correspondence

Smith, Elizabeth P., 3 letters, 1890-1897

Recipient(s): Mary R. Haines; Frances [Branson]

Location of author: Germantown (PA)

Topics include: “Clovercroft Chronicles” (MRH’s book); golden wedding anniversaries

 

Folder 24/6/115 - Correspondence

Smith, Emily K., 1 letter, [1881]

Recipient(s): [not specified]

Location of author: [not specified]

 

Folder 25/6/115 - Correspondence

Stokes, [J. Stoydell], 1 letter, 1896

Recipient(s): [Thomas Branson]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: humorous congratulations on the birth of the Branson’s first child; quote from King Lear

 

Folder 26/6/115 - Correspondence

Stokes, Lily H., 15 letters, 1885-1897, [1 missing page(s)]

Recipient(s): Thomas F. Branson (“cousin”); Frances (Garrett) Branson

Location of author: Westtown (PA); Woodbury (?)

Topics include: detailed description of a baseball game at Westtown school; behavior of the spectators; mentions a girls baseball club; social life and academics at Westtown school; mentions the possibility of studying medicine; affection for “TB” [suggests a romantic relationship]

 

Folder 27/6/115 - Correspondence

Stokes, Lydia, 1 letter, 1896

Recipient(s): Frances [Branson]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: poem by George MacDonald about babies

 

Folder 28/6/115 - Correspondence

Stokes, William C., 3 letters, 1891, 1896-1897

Note: Letterhead reads: “Dr. William C. Stokes, Dentist”

Recipient(s): Thomas Branson (“nephew”; Frances [Branson] (“niece”)’; Mary Garrett Branson (“grand-niece”)

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

 

Folder 29/6/115 - Correspondence

Street, David, 1 letter, 1910

Recipient(s): John B. Garrett

Location of author: Belmont (NY)

 

Folder 30/6/115 - Correspondence

Tatnall, Elizabeth (Rhoads), 9 letters, 1890-1897, 3 no date

Recipient(s): Frances [Branson]; Hannah [Garrett]

Location of author: Wilmington (DE);

Topics include: Valentine’s exchange (1893); trip to Washington DC (1893)

 

Folder 31/6/115 - Correspondence

Taylor, Frank H., 1 letter, 1890, 1 clipping from the Haverfordian, n.d.

Note: On the letterhead of “The Yale and Towne Manufacturing Company”

Recipient(s): Thomas Branson

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: request for tickets to a football match at Madison Square Garden; letter to the editor of the Haverfordian regarding the physical benefits of football

 

Folder 32/6/115 - Correspondence

Walton, Anne Garrett, 1 letter, 1907

Note: Includes detailed diagrams with measurements for making a dress

Recipient(s): Frances [Branson[

Location of author: Media (PA)

Topics include: dress making

 

Folder 33/6/115 - Correspondence

Williams, Anna A., 1 letter, 1896

Recipient(s): Frances [Branson]

Location of author: Philadelphia (PA)

Topics include: dissatisfaction with domestic servants

 

Folder 34/6/115 - Correspondence

Williams, Mary Rhoads (Garrett), 21 letters, 1874-1891

Note: Includes letters co-written with Hannah Rhoads Garrett and John Biddle Garrett.  Includes letters written on the letterhead of the Lehigh Valley Railroad and The New Coates Hotel.

Recipient(s): Mary Rhoads Haines (“grandmother”); Frances (Garrett) Branson (“sister”)

Location of author: Wolf Run (Muncy, PA); Sunnyside (PA); Appledore (?); Bryn Mawr (PA); Houston (TX); Kansas City (MO)

Topics include: daily activities; social life and leisure; mentions a five year old

Norwegian boy selling fruits and vegetables; humorous story of a friend attending a ball in New York; songs that she has learned; train trip through the South and Midwest with her father (1891); landscape descriptions of the South; description of a chain gang; description of Kansas City (MO); visit to Choctaw land in the Midwest; the possibility of joining a tennis club; reading about Italy

 

Folder 35/6/115 - Correspondence

Williams, Mary Rhoads (Garrett), 18 letters, 1892-1893

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson (“sister”)

Location of author: Rosemont (PA); Wolf Run (Muncy, PA); Newport (RI)

Topics include: description of elaborate dress; subjects of her artwork [sketching and painting]; male/female social interaction; detailed description of tennis matches attended with a female companion in Newport; description of a boarding house in Newport (RI); conflict with her mother over attending a musical performance without a companion; description of her day in Philadelphia spreading the news of her sister Frances’ engagement

 

Folder 36/6/115 - Correspondence

Williams, Mary Rhoads (Garrett), 7 letters, 1894

Recipient(s): [Thomas Branson]; Frances (Garrett) Branson

Location of author: [not specified]

 

Folder 37/6/115 - Correspondence

Williams, Mary Rhoads (Garrett), 8 letters, 1897-1898, 1907-1908

Recipient(s): Thomas Franklin Branson (“brother in law”); Frances (Garrett) Branson

Location of author: Rosemont (PA); Lakewood (NJ)

Topics include: apologies to Thomas Branson for “collapsing” and the reasons for why she did; reference to Thomas and Frances’ [Branson] financial difficulties;

generation gap and her thoughts on individuality; her infant niece, Mary Branson

 

Folder 38/6/115 - Correspondence

Williams, Mary Rhoads (Garrett), 19 letters, no date [pages missing]

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson (“sister”)

Location of author: Rosemont (PA); Pocono Manor (PA); Wolf Run (PA)

 

Folder 39/6/115 - Correspondence

Williams, Mary Rhoads (Garrett), 20 letters, no date [pages missing]

Recipient(s): Frances (Garrett) Branson (“sister”); Hannah Rhoads Garrett (“mother”)

Location of author: Rosemont (PA); Pocono Manor (PA); Mohonk Lake (NY); Atlantic City (NJ)

 

Folder 40/6/115 - Correspondence

Williams, Susanna R., 2 letters, [ca. 1890s]

Recipient(s): Francis (Garrett) Branson

Location of author: Wareham (MA)

Topics include: engagement of F. Branson and thoughts on Platonic friendships

 

Folder 41/6/115 - Correspondence

Wood, Gilbert C., 10 letters, 1890-1891

Note: Includes letters written on letterhead of the William Wood & Co., Medical

Publishers

Recipient(s): Thomas F. Branson

Location of author: New York

Topics include: pleasure trip on a yacht from Greenwich, Conn.; mentions football

 

Folder 42/6/115 - Correspondence

Wood, L.C., 2 letters, 1888-1889

Recipient(s): [Thomas Branson]

Location of author: Germantown (PA)

 

Folder 43/6/115 - Correspondence

Wright, Henrietta, 1 letter, 1864

Recipient(s): “Friend Rhoads” [Mary Haines Rhoads]

Location of author: [not specified]

Topics include: request for qualifications of a domestic servant

 

Folder 44/6/115 - Correspondence

Yarnall, Emma, 1 letter, no date

Recipient(s): Hannah R. Garrett

Location of author: not specified

Topics include: building an addition on the [Widow’s] Asylum

 

BOX 7

Folder 1/7/115 - Correspondence

Unidentified author

20 items

 

Folder 2/7/115 - Correspondence

Unidentified author

20 items

 

Folder 3/7/115 - Correspondence

Unidentified author

20 items

 

Folder 4/7/115 - Correspondence

Unidentified author

20 items

 

Folder 5/7/115 - Correspondence

Unidentified author

20 items

 

Folder 6/7/115 - Correspondence

Unidentified author

11 items

 

Folder 7/7/115 - Receipts

10 items, 1891, 1907-1908

Description:

Receipts from Philadelphia, Delaware County and Chester County businesses

 

Folder 8/7/115 - Contract

1 item, 1893

Description:

Residency appointment at the Pennsylvania Hospital for Thomas F. Branson

 

Folder 9/7/115 - Newsletter

2 items, 1886

Description:

Day to day life at Clovercroft, the home of John and Hannah Garrett

 

Folder 10/7/115 - Report

2 items, 1874, 1889

Description: School report for Frances Garrett; Daily Bible Readings

 

Folder 11/7/115 - Correspondence

18 items, 1893

Description: 21st birthday greetings for Frances Garrett

 

Folder 12/7/115 - Correspondence/Journal

3 items, 1846

Description: notes and letters written during the illness of Williams E. Haines, copied and authored by his wife Mary Rhoads Haines

 

Folder 13/7/115 - Invitations

10 items, 1878-1890

Description: Printed wedding invitations

 

Folder 14/7/115 - Callings cards

49 items, ca. 1880-1900

Description: Assortment of calling cards with printed birthday and holiday greetings

 

Folder 15/7/115 - Miscellaneous

4 items

 

BOX 8

Envelopes