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Morris Family papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1008

Scope and Contents

A collection of papers of several generations and descendants of Anthony Morris and Samuel Sansom, prominent Quaker families of Philadelphia and Germantown, reflecting two centuries of cultural and religious life, and particularly informative on social and economic developments. Among the papers are: letters of Anthony Morris, 1715, and Anthony Morris, Jr., 1759; Samuel B. Morris, accounts of his travels abroad, commerce and shipping, bills of lading, receipts, insurance, 1798-1815; his numerous correspondence with his daughter Beulah Sansom Morris, at Westtown, and his son, Samuel Morris at Haverford College, and others, 1813-1853; Samuel Morris (1827-1905) papers, diaries, memorandum books, etc., contribute information on the early educational methods at Haverford College, and include a printed copy of the bill, “Act to establish by the name of Friends Haverford School Association”, 1833; manuscript of “First catalogue of Donations to Library and Cabinet of Haverford School”, 1833; minute book of the Directors of Lathe, 1842; a typescript copy of his diary, 1842-43, and accounts of his religious and missionary travels, 1893-98, etc.

John Sansom, Samuel Sansom, James Sansom, etc., letters and papers, 1737-1801, relating to commerce, finance and family matters; narratives of travel in England, Holland, France and Switzerland; Joseph Sansom's passports, 1799, 1815, signed by Timothy Pickering and James Monroe, and accounts of his travels in Europe and his letters to Beulah Sansom; a biographical sketch of Beulah Sansom, etc.

Other papers include: manuscript record of names and houses insured, 1759-61; discourse on physiology, medicine, by William Shippen, 1762; Sarah Biddle, correspondence, accounts of Monthly Meetings, 1758-1818; Quakeriana, sermons, abolition of slavery, 1787, 1790; accounts of yellow fever epidemics, 1801; journals of travel to New York Indians, New England, 1790-96, including Joseph Sansom's journal of a tour to the treaty of Newtown Point on the Tioga, 1791; papers relating to Elias Hicks, 1822-23; poetry and literary compositions, school books, essays, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers; papers relating to Schuykill Permanent Bridge Company, 1801; Frankford & Germantown Turnpike Road Company accounts, 1853; Frankford Monthly Meeting, 1860-69; Germantown & Frankford Friends, 1871; Abington Quarterly Meeting, 1889-90; names of Friends figuring in these manuscripts are, Anna Braithwaite, M. Buckley, Caspar Wistar, Joshua Humphrey, Elizabeth Foulke, S. Hollingsworth, David Barclay, William Callander, 1766-1812, and numerous others.


  • 1715-1925


5.8 Linear Feet (14 boxes)



Morris Family papers, 1715-1925
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