Summary of collection
Primarily letters (includes ALS, AL, TLS, ms. copies) but also includes documents, misc. mss., photo-reproductions and portraits.
Chiefly correspondence between members of related Quaker families of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware (Allinson, Cox, Dillwyn, Emlen, Hill, Hilles, Howland, Logan, Moore, Morris, Smith and others). Also includes journals, poetry, portraits, legal and business papers. Letters chiefly discuss family, friends, health, spiritual matters and travel. Much of the correspondence is between Quaker women: letters (1821-1859) of Margaret H. Hilles to her mother and sister discuss family, child rearing and health concerns (also “Account of a Philadelphia infant school in 1827”); letters (1758-1811) of Margaret Hill Morris to her sister and daughter are concerned with family and health (includes 1793 yellow fever epidemic); letters (1784-1818) of Gulielma M. Smith, chiefly to her mother, Margaret Hill Morris; letters (1777-1778) of Hannah Moore to her sister; letters (1790-1802) of Hannah Griffitts to Margaret Morris discuss friendship, religious thoughts, family, friends and health concerns. Includes letters (1784-1835) of John and Ann Cox of Oxmead; letters (1763-1770) of William Dillwyn, chiefly written from Houghton, to his father-in-law John Smith; letters (1700-1802) of Richard Hill and family telling of family matters and their business house on the island of Madeira; letters, travel journals, poems, translations and philosophical writings of James Logan (1674-1751); journal of Susanna Morris (1682-1755) giving her account of her travels as a Quaker minister; journal and letters (1753-1770) of John Smith (1722-1771) to family members on business, religion, health, Indians and travel with Samuel Fothergill (1754); letters of Morris Smith (1801-1832) to his mother telling of his travels in Canada and the American South; letters (1755-1793) of Richard Wells discuss family, yellow fever, Revolutionary War; correspondents include Grace Buchanan, Samuel Emlen, Samuel Hilles, Rachel Stewardson and others.
Dr. Richard Hill (1698-1762) m. Deborah Moore, their daughter Margaret Hill (1737-1816) m. William Morris (1735-1766). Wm. and Margaret Morris's daughter Gulielma Maria Morris (1766-1826) m. John Smith (1761-1803). Their daughter Margaret Hill Smith (1786-1882) m. Samuel Hilles (1788-1873), the first principal of Haverford College. Margaret and Samuel's daughter Gulielma Maria Hilles (1822-1907), collector, m. Charles W. Howland (d. 1896).
(Source for biographical information: Memorials of the Hilles family... / [by Samuel E. Hilles], Cincinnati: S.E. Hilles, 1928 [CS71.H65]; The Morris family of Philadelphia, descendants of Anthony Morris... / by Robert C. Moon, Philadelphia: R.C. Moon, 1898 [CS71.M87 1898]; Letters of Doctor Richard Hill and his children... / collected and arranged by John Jay Smith, Philadelphia: Privately printed, 1854 [BX7721.H61 1854].