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Thomas Wistar letterbook

Identifier: HC.MC-975-02-029

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of the single volume letterbook of John Wistar. The majority of the letters copied in this volume are personal correspondence between John Wistar and various family members and friends. A few letters included are letters of sympathy from friends and family, written upon the death of Thomas Wistar, in January of 1876.


  • 1875-1876


Access Restrictions

The collection is open to research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical note

Thomas Wistar (1798-1876) was born June 23, 1798, in Philadelphia, Pa to Thomas Sr. and Mary (Waln) Wistar. Wistar was active in Indian affairs, beginning in 1838, and was appointed as an Indian commissioner in 1841. Thomas Wistar married twice- his first wife was Elizabeth Buckley Morris, who he married in 1822. The couple had two children, and Elizabeth died in 1863. In 1867, Wistar married Mary Richardson. According to his obituary in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, the Indians Wistar visited named him “Man with a tear in his eye.” Thomas Wistar died on January 16, 1876 in Philadelphia, Pa at the age of 78.

Sources: Dictionary of Quaker Biography, Obituary in the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin.


0.13 Linear Feet (1 volume)




The Thomas Wistar letterbook was donated to Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College, in 1930 by E.M. Wistar.

Related Materials

  • MC.1262 Wistar family papers
  • MC.975.01.089 Thomas Wistar journals

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed December 2015.
Thomas Wistar letterbook, 1875-1876
Kara Flynn
December 2015
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