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Charles Evans papers

Identifier: HC.MC-1006

Scope and Contents

This collection contains letters from multiple generations of the Evans family. The primary author and receipient is Jonathan Evans. Letters discuss day-to-day life as well as religious ideas. In addition to the correspondence, the collection includes a few essays and a journal. Essays are primarily religious in nature, while the journal describes traveling in America.


  • Creation: 1681 - 1860


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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

Biographical / Historical

Charles Evans (1802-1879), the son of Jonathan and Hannah (Bacon) Evans, was born on December 25th, 1802, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Evans was a Quaker physician and was active in the Quaker community. He attended the 1827 meeting that planned the Orthodox/Hicksite seperation, and was an attendant physician at the Friends Asylum for many years. Evans was on the editorial committee of The Friend, and wrote conservative editiorials for the publication. In 1861, Evans visitied England and Ireland, a journey taken in part due to an affection of the throat. Evans married Mary Lownes Smith, the daughter of Robert Smith III, the first editor of The Friend, in 1836. They had no children. Charles Evans died on April 21st, 1879.

This collection primarily consists of correspondence to/from Evans's father, Jonathan Evans. Jonathan Evans was born in Philadephia, Pennsylvania in 1759, to Jonathan D. Evans and Hannah Walton. He married Hannah Bacon (1765-1829) on April 13th, 1786, in Philadelphia. They had seven children: William (1787-1867), Joseph (1789-1871), Mary (1791-1859), Hannah (1793-1865), Joel (1796-1865), Thomas (1798-1868), and Charles (1802-1879). Jonathan Evans died on February 8th, 1839 in Philadelphia.


1 linear ft. (2 boxes)

Language of Materials



Jonathan Evans's papers, ca. 1818-38, shed light on the religious, doctrinal controversies, and differences arising among the members of the Society of Friends related to the preachings of Elias Hicks, Nicholas Brown, and Elisha Bates. There are also letters of the Cope and Evans families relating to the Hicksite Separation.

Related Materials

  • Cope-­Evans family papers, 1732-1911 (MC-1170)
  • Charles Evans Diary, 1861 (MC-975.01.23)
  • Stokes ­ Evans ­ Cope family papers, 1713­-1981 (MC-1116)

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Charles Evans papers, 1681-1860
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Revision Statements

  • May 2022: by Nathaniel Rehm-Daly, Harmful Language Revision Project

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