Hannah Bacon Evans letters
Scope and Contents
The letters mention family events, attending Quaker meeting, many Quakers whom Bacon Evans sees, daily events and amusements, clothing styles, domestic life, servants, treatment for ailments, the weather, children's upbringing, and local travel. She mentions her uncle, Thomas Cope, and family connections with the Emlen, Cope, Stokes, Rhoads, and Mason families. The letters form a picture of the life of an unmarried Quaker woman in Philadelphia in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. With the passage of time, the letters note changes in families, such as Edith Silver's children growing up, Bacon Evans's handwriting changing, health issues becoming more prominent, and the weather becoming a bigger issue.
- 1897. Tells Edith not to wash and iron, as that is what "the colored are used to working along at such things today and don't seem to mind it."
- 1898 3/6. Heard Joseph Hoffman play piano and it was remarked he was better than Paderewsky
- 1900 6/21. Visits Haverford College and reports on hearing J. Rendel Harris speak on Lady Guyon
- 1903 7/22. Reference to the death of Rufus Jones's son
- 1907 6/9. Burning of Conowingo bridge
- 1908 3/28. Missionaries going to Brumanna, Syria
- 1909 2/16. Book club reading
- 1909 3/17. Agenda of a Tea Meeting
- 1911 11/9. Tea Meeting where William Warder Cadbury will speak
- 1920 12/19. Reference to Katharine Elkinton and Honey Run and the help
- Evans, Hannah Bacon (Person)
Biographical / Historical
From: Tapestry Threads: Jonathan & Rachel Cope Evans, 1843-1911 / by J. Morris Evans, 1993.
Edith Wistar Stokes Silver (1873-1949) was born in Germantown, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Quakers Katharine Wistar Evans and Francis Stokes. She married William Silver in 1897. She was active in civic organizations and was a member of Deer Creek Monthly Meeting, Maryland.
From: American Friend 37 (1949): 142.
1.25 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
- Hannah Bacon Evans letters, 1888-1925
- Diana Franzusoff Peterson
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