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.
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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.
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Thomas Wistar letterbook (HC.MC.975.02.029), Quaker & Special Collections, Haverford College, Haverford, PA. http://archives.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/repositories/5/resources/1022 Accessed December 12, 2019.