This collection is composed of two original, handwritten volumes of Lydia Cooke's diaries. Entries include prayers, poems, descriptions of domestic duties, social calls from family and friends, Quaker meetings, and discussions of the health of her husband and children's health. Cooke's diaries also feature religious reflections, potentially concerning the seperation between Orthodox and Hicksite.
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Lydia Barton Cooke (ca. 1774-1831) was a Philadelphia Quaker. Lydia Cooke married John Cooke, a Quaker. The couple had six children; Thomas Wistar, Mary, Elisha, John, Barton, and Lydia. She became a convinced Quaker in 1806. According to Quaker Meeting Minutes, in 1828, Lydia withdrew from the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting to join a separate Quaker meeting. Lydia Cooke was disowned for joining the Hicksites as of February 28th, 1828. Lydia Cooke died on May 31st, 1831 at the age of 57 and was buried in a Friends burial ground in Frankford, Pa.
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