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Overview Elihu Burritt was born on December 10, 1810, in New Britain, Connecticut, into a working class family. He attended school briefly, but was largely self-educated. Burritt became a blacksmith to support himself, but he continued to study languages at night. Word of his erudition spread; he became known as the "Learned Blacksmith", and was offered opportunities to speak in public. While writing a lecture on "The Anatomy of the Earth", he was so impressed by the interdependency of its parts that he...
Dates: 1840-1965; Majority of material found within 1841-1878
Found in: Swarthmore College Peace Collection
Overview Correspondence, papers, photographs, and records. Includes letters of Elihu Burritt (1810-1879) and others on Quakers, African Americans, and slavery; also papers of Francis R. Taylor (1884-1947) on Quakers, African Americans, and peace; and George Washington Taylor (1803-1891) papers and Free Produce Association records relating to Taylor's work for free produce labor.
Overview The Wood Family Papers contains papers from a Quaker family active in 19th century New York City Friends affairs, compiled by M. S. (Mary Sutton) Wood. Included are business correspondence concerning the printing house founded by Samuel Wood and his sons, correspondence from prominent Friends concerning work for social causes including abolition, freedmen, prisoners, First Day schools, and peace, and genealogical material, writings, and reminiscences by Mary S. Wood.