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Margaret Hill Morris diary

 Collection
Identifier: HC.MC-975-01-049

Scope and Contents

This collection is composed of the original, handwritten Revolutionary War diary of Margret Hill Morris, as well as a photocopy of the diary. The entries detail Morris’s experiences during the early years of the American Revolutionary War, including her fears for her family and the movement through her town of various military groups, including “Tory Hunters,” “Gondola Men,” and Hessian soldiers. Morris also describes her treatment of the sick and injured at surrounding military camps.

Dates

  • 1776-1778

Creator

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Laws Apply (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical Note

Margaret Hill Morris (1737-1816) was born in 1737, at South River, near Annapolis, Maryland. Her parents, Richard and Deborah (Moore) Hill moved to the island of Madeira when she was young, and Morris was raised by her aunt and uncle in Philadelphia. Margaret Hill Morris married William Morris, a Quaker merchant and early contributor to the Pennsylvania Hospital, in 1758. The couple had four children; three were born before William’s death in 1766, and one was born after. In 1770, the family moved to the vicinity of Burlington, New Jersey, and established a home called “Green Bank.” Morris was recognized as a skillful doctor and she regularly treated the ill and injured during the American Revolutionary War. Morris died on October 10, 1816, of a stroke at the age of 79.

Extent

0.02 Linear Feet : 1 volume

Language

English

Overview

Margaret Hill Morris was a colonial Quaker woman who lived outside of Philadelphia during the American Revolutionary War. The entries detail Morris’s experiences during the early years of the war, including her fears for her family, the movement through her town of various military groups, and her treatment of the sick and injured at surrounding military camps.

Acquisition

Unknown.

Related Materials

  • HC.MC.955 Edward Wanton Smith papers
  • HC.MC.975.03.065 Morris family commonplace book
  • HC.MC.975.11.024 Margaret Hill Morris recipe book
  • HC.MC.1000 Gulielma M. Howland papers
  • HC.MC.1148 Gummere-Mott family papers

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed July, 2015.
Title
Margaret Hill Morris diary, 1776-1778
Author
Kara Flynn
Date
July, 2015
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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