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Robinson Family papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1136

Scope and Contents

Papers consist of approximately 500 letters written by Mary Robinson Morton (1757-1829) in the period 1790-1829 and transcripts of these letters. She wrote most often to her parents, Thomas Robinson and Sarah Richardson Robinson, sisters Abigail Robinson and Amy Robinson Bowne (who married Robert Bowne of New York), and brothers Thomas and Rowland. The letters are primarily of a personal and family nature, reflecting the social and cultural attitudes of the day, touching occasionally on the Hicksite controversy within the Society of Friends, the yellow fever epidemic of 1793 in Philadelphia and its continued ravages in 1798, as well as on the dreaded effects of smallpox.

In addition, there are transcripts of other Robinson family correspondence, including that written by the French officer Vicomte de Noailles to Mary Robinson while he was stationed in Newport, which are currently housed elsewhere; abstracts of selected letters; genealogical information; poetry of Mary Morton and Amy Bowne and other miscellany; [The Robinson Family Letters], in typescript, edited by Deborah Smith Lutman, a direct descendant, ca. 1980.


  • 1723 - circa 1980


4.5 Linear Feet (9 boxes)