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Box 4


Contains 13 Collections and/or Records:

Haverford and beyond photo album, 1915-1919

 File — Box: 4
Scope and Contents Includes original photographs. Seems to be the loose pages of a scrapbook/photo album complied by a man who was at Haverford around WWI: includes a few cartoons, pamphlet pages. Primarily photos, mostly of people with some nature shots and images of generator tests and other technology.
Dates: 1915-1919

From Otto Smedley, 1845-1847

 File — Box: 4
Scope and Contents Letters from Phoenixville and Lumberville, addressed to family members. Includes a letter to his aunt (regarding illness in his immediate family), brother Benjamin (in Philadelphia), and mother (with a PS from Sam Smedley).
Dates: 1845-1847

From Mary Davis to B. Smedley, 1845

 File — Box: 4
Scope and Contents One letter from aunt Mary Davis in West Chester, regarding Maris Woodward’s failure to bring B. Smedley home for a visit, and hopes for a future visit as well as family news.
Dates: 1845

From Benjamin D. Smedley, 1843-1846

 File — Box: 4
Scope and Contents Addressed from Philadelphia and sometimes from West Chester (during visits with his aunts). Includes one letter urging parents to send Otto on to B. Albertson, and telling Otto about the place; newsy letters to brother, Otto, his parents (one requesting money), his aunts, and cousin Benjamin (Davis). A number contain his meditations on virtue, education, letter writing, etc. Topics of interest include the sale of Benjamin Albertson’s business to a Conrad, Westtown School, and the...
Dates: 1843-1846

To Otto Smedley, 1845-1863

 File — Box: 4
Scope and Contents Several letters on various topics. Includes the possible hospitalization of his brother (1863), two letters to Otto in Philadelphia from father regarding ending his apprenticeship with B. Albertson at 18, and two letters from Michael Duffy on westward migration (with/to Bloomington McLean Co. Illinois, Benjaminville) and Cuba.
Dates: 1845-1863

From Wm. Smedley, 1847

 File — Box: 4
Scope and Contents One letter from William Smedley in Middletown, to Samuel Smedley in Phoenixville regarding illnesses in the family.
Dates: 1847

From Benjamin Albertson Concerning Otto S[medly], 1845

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Scope and Contents One letter from Philadelphia addressed to Samuel Smedley in Lumberville asking for Otto Smedley’s continued apprenticeship in Albertson’s store. Also mentions that Otto wishes to learn surveying, which could be done in evening classes (paid for by Albertson)
Dates: 1845

To Thos. Smedley, 1875

 File — Box: 4
Scope and Contents Folder contains one letter from Phebe D. Peabeets, framing his despair after illness as a site of divine battle with evil
Dates: 1875

To Grandmother [Jane Fisher] from Laura Beatrice Fisher, n.d.

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Scope and Contents From Cork, full of family gossip and reports on illness and education, both mention Uncle Alfred.
Dates: n.d.

From Sam Smedley 1863 and misc., 1863

 File — Box: 4
Scope and Contents The bulk of the letters are addressed to his brothers, Otto and Thomas, with one to his mother and family. Addressed from Union camps (near Belle Plains, Upton’s Hill, near Convalesant [sic], and Camp 4th Regt. PRVC, generically), during the Civil War. Themes and mentions of note: a persistent illness/injury, eventually cured, visits/possible, food supplies, troop movements/strategy, rebel prisoners, his desire for a furlough/discharge, his month’s pay when it is received and the best ways of...
Dates: 1863