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Gurney-Clarke-Shoemaker correspondence

 Collection — othertype: SC-070
Identifier: SFHL-SC-070


This collection includes correspondence between three of the Kirkbride sisters, Francis Maria Shoemaker, Julia K. Clarke, and Eliza Paul Gurney. The letters relate family and local news, and the letters written by Eliza Paul Gurney from England reflect some of her spiritual philosophy. Also included are brief notes on the genealogy of the Kirkbride family.


  • Creation: 1850-1905


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This collection is available for research use.

Biographical / Historical

Eliza Paul Gurney, Julia K. Clarke, and Francis Maria Shoemaker were daughters of Quakers Joseph and Mary Kirkbride. The girls' parents died when they were very young. Francis Maria, born around 1789, married Nathan Shoemaker in 1811. She was a member of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting until her death in 1860. Julia married David Clarke in 1829 and died in 1866. Eliza Paul, born 1801, married English Friend and reformer Joseph John Gurney in 1841. She was an active Quaker minister until her death in 1881.


.1 linear ft. (.1 linear feet (7 folders.))

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition--Mary W. Shoemaker and Horace M. Lippincott. Method of acquisition--Gift of.

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Archives, Personal Papers, And Manuscripts (Appm)
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