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Letchworth family correspondence

Identifier: HC.MC-950-117

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of the personal correspondence of the Letchworth family, letter writers include: Emos Lee, and John Wilbur.


  • 1839-1842


Use Restrictions

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

Biographical note

John Letchworth (1759-1843) was the son of John and Diana Letchworth and was born in London in 1759. In 1767 the family relocated to Philadelphia, where he later became a chair maker's apprentice at age 11. Letchworth was married to Elizabeth Kite, the daughter of Thomas Kite, in 1783 and had two children, Mary and Robert Letchworth. In 1793, he became a member of the committee for relieving the sick and distressed during the Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia. He was a fairly prominent Quaker minister of Quakerism. In 1801, he received a minute from his Meeting (presumably the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting) to accompany two women, Gulielma Widdefield and Hannah Shinn, to visit other Quaker Meetings, where he discussed the effects of slavery. In 1819, Letchworth accompanied Isaac Pennock to visit Meetings and several Indian tribes, going from Tunesassa in New York to as far west as Kentucky.


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Processed by Kara Flynn; completed February 2016.
Letchworth family correspondence, 1839-1842
Kara Flynn
February 2016
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