Cope-Evans family papers, 1732-1911
Ms. Collection 1170
ca. 2,900 items (16 boxes)
Letters: Cope, Francis - Cope, Mary S.
[except Francis R. Cope (1821-1909), see Boxes 8 and 9]
- Cope, Francis (1794-1816)
12 ALS (1.11.1811 w/ note added by mother Mary Cope), 1805-1816 (from Westtown; Phila.; Cape May, N.J.), addressed to family (parents, grandmother, brother).
Notes on content: 4 letters [1805-07] written from Westtown Boarding School; 5 letters [1810-1813] to his brother Wm. D. Cope; 1816 letters while on vacation at Cape May - drowned there 8.10.1816.
[Note: see also obituary of Francis Cope under Pastorius, Hannah in Box 2, folder 3, and poem on death of FC under Smith, Daniel B. in Box 2, folder 5]
- Cope, Francis Hazen (1859-1909) ["Hazen"]
15 letters: 11 ALS, 4 in hand of another [his mother?], 1866-1897 (from Awbury and elsewhere), addressed to family.
- Cope, Francis R. (Jr.) (1878-1962) ["Frank"]
25 letters: 24 ALS, 1 letter in hand of his mother as if written by him, 1884-1911 (from Woodbourne and elsewhere), addressed to family and other relatives.
Notes on content: primarily family news; many letters while vacationing [1894 - in Italy, France]; 1911 letter of sympathy on death of Jonathan Evans.
- Cope, Gilbert
3 TLS, 1 TDS, 1908 (from West Chester, Pa.), addressed to Elizabeth S. Cope.
Notes on content: Gilbert Cope preparing revised edition of Cope family genealogy with support of ESC.
- Cope, Henry (1793-1865) [folder 1: 1800-1839]
26 letters: 20 ALS, 5 typed transcripts, 1 handwritten transcript (12.26.1812 and 1.15.1813 w/ note added by mother Mary Cope).
1800-1839 (from Westtown; Baltimore; Phila. and elsewhere), addressed to family (parents, grandmother, brothers, wife, children).
Notes on content: 3 letters  while at Westtown Boarding School; 12.13.1825 letter to brother Wm. D. Cope informing him of death of their mother from poison given by mistake; business matters, Bank of U.S. and other monetary concerns, the family business house (father withdraws in 1829, Henry and brother Alfred continue the firm) and trade in general.
- Cope, Henry (1793-1865) [folder 2: 1840-1858]
21 items: 8 ALS, 4 typed transcript and 6 handwritten transcripts of letters, also invitation, envelopes (7.18.1851 w/ note added by son Thomas P. Cope).
1840-1858 (from Phila. and elsewhere), addressed to family (father, brothers).
Notes on content: primarily business matters, 1855 letter on Tuscarora [ship] laws it.
[Note: additional Henry Cope letter under Cope, Mary in folder 13 of this box]
- Cope, Henry (1850-1924) ["Harry"]
3 items: 2 ALS, 1 telegram, 1860-1883, addressed to family and other relatives (cousin Rachel R. Cope, father).
Notes on content: 1860 sympathy letter on death of William Cope; 1883 letters on Alexis T. Cope's illness and death.
- Cope, Herman M.
2 ALS, 1814 (from Baltimore), addressed to uncle Thomas P. Cope.
Notes on content: requests business help, wants to import from England and lacks letters of introduction to British firms; British fleet poised for attack in harbor (see image below).
ALS, Baltimore, 9.12.1814, Herman M. Cope, to uncle Thomas P. Cope, Philadelphia, on the eve of the British attack on Baltimore (98k). On Sept. 13, 1814 the British attacked the city of Baltimore, prompting Francis Scott Key's "The Star Spangled Banner." On the day before the battle, Herman M. Cope wrote to his uncle, Thomas P. Cope of Philadelphia. (98k)
- Cope, James Biddle (b. 1852)
1 photocopy of ALS, 8.2.1873 (from Point Pleasant), addressed to "Lilly."
Notes on content: congratulations on her engagement.
- Cope, Jasper (1775-1856)
1 ALS, 6.8.1809 (from Baltimore), addressed to brother Thomas P. Cope.
Notes on content: refers to death of their mother Mary Mendenhall Cope; trade in fabric.
- Cope, John E.
2 ALS, 1857, 1862 (from Phila.), addressed to cousin Henry Cope.
Notes on content: 1857 letter asks for a business loan of $3,000; 1862 letter refers to repayment and expresses gratitude for loan.
- Cope, Margaret (Tatnall) m. 1887 Alfred Cope (1857-1897)
4 ALS, 1883-1901 (from Woodbourne and elsewhere), addressed to family.
Notes on content: 1895 letter tells of Edgar Cope's final illness.
- Cope, Mary (Drinker) (1766-1825)
37 ALS, 1 AL (10.6.1805, 3.6.1807, 1.?.1808?, and 9.13.1824 w/ notes added by [husband] Thomas P. Cope; 4.?.1806 w/ note added by Rachel Drinker; 11.22.1812 and 8.1.1812 w/ notes added by Henry Cope; 2.15.1822 w/ note added by Caroline R. Cope).
1800-1825 (from Phila. and elsewhere), addressed to family (1 letter to her mother Rachel Drinker, the rest to her children).
Notes on content: almost all of these letters are to her children (Henry, Francis, William and Elenor) while they are away from home at school. The letters are full of affection, religious and worldly advice and lessons in morals: in particular, 7.18.1804 letter to Henry and Francis at Westtown Boarding School - letter in rhyme telling of adventures of indentured servant Tillman and lesson in pride (see image below); 8.9.1805 letter to Francis at Westtown - evils of "self" and the necessity of denying it early in childhood so as to be prepared to resist it as an adult, suggests sending them presents as rewards for good behavior, preaches honesty and good-nature as of primary importance, quotes Shakespeare "Who steals my purse steals trash..."
Mary (Drinker) Cope (1766-1825), ALS, 7.18.1804, in form of a poem, to sons Francis and Henry at Westtown Boarding School (117k). First page of Mary Drinker Cope's letter, 7.18.1804, to sons Francis (age 10) and Henry (age 11), at Westtown Boarding School in Chester County, Pa. In her letter, Mary used the occasion of the family's indentured servant, Tillman, falling off his horse into a tank of water, as an example of pride literally going before a fall. (117k)
[Note: additional Mary Cope letters under Cope, Alfred (1806-1875) in Box 3; Cope, Francis (1794-1816) in folder 1 of this box; Cope, Henry (1793-1865) in folder 5 of this box; Drinker, Rachel in Box 1 and Yarnall, Caroline R. (Cope) in Box 2]
Cope, Mary Ann see under Cope, Alfred (1806-1875) in Box 3
- Cope, Mary S. (1852-1888)
3 letters: 2 ALS, 1 AL fragment, 1880-1886 (from Mt. Desert; Ohio and elsewhere), addressed to relatives (Clementine Cope, uncle Francis Cope).
Notes on content: 1883 letter on Alexis Cope's illness.
Letters: Cope, Francis R. (Francis Reeve) (1821-1909) Box 1 of 2
(7 folders of ca. 265 letters; letter of 9.21.1843 begun by brother Thomas P. Cope, 8.21.1862 with note added by son Thomas P. Cope, 6.1.1872 with note added by wife Anna S. Cope, 2.22.1876 begun by Anna S. Cope)
[Note: additional Francis R. Cope letters under Cope, Anna S. in Box 4; Cope, Elizabeth S. in Box 6 and Cope, Thomas P. (1852-1944) in Box 10, folder 7]
Letters of Francis R. Cope to family members. Includes letters written by Cope while at school (Penn College, 1835 and Haverford, 1836-1838). Includes letters written while traveling with Dr. Rhoads in Virginia after the Civil War (1866) on behalf of the Freedmen's Relief Association which describe Freedmen's schools, orphanages, treatment of the schools' Northern teachers in the South and after-effects of the war (see image below). Most of the letters are to his wife Anna S. Cope (many during July, August and September which she would spend in New England) and daughter "Lilly" (Elizabeth S. Cope); also to daughter Rachel, cousin Clementine Cope, son Thomas, grandson "Franky" and other family members.
Also letters, invoices, drafts of deeds and other papers related to the sale of Friends Freedmen's Association real estate on I Street in Washington, D.C. Orderbook (stubs) of the "Overseers of the Public School founded by Charter in the Town of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania" for coal deliveries (evidently a charitable organization, most of deliveries are to women).
- Letters, 1833-1839
Notes on content: letters from school: Penn College (2), Haverford (10); letters (5) while traveling in Baltimore, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah in 1839 (manners and customs of those cities).
- Letters, 1841-1858
Notes on content: travel letters while in Boston, Geneva (N.Y.), Quebec, Lake George, Newport and elsewhere; 9.21.1857 letter written on tree bark to his children [very fragile].
- Letters, 1861-1866
Notes on content: travel letters from Newport, Catskill, Atlantic City, etc. with older children while Anna was home with young ones; 1865 letters (3) to cousin Clementine Cope related to her getting job in Baltimore as teacher at Freedmen's school; travel letters (1866) from Virginia (Norfolk, Petersburg, Richmond, Farmville) on Freedmen's Relief business (see image below).
Page 1 Francis R. Cope (1821-1909), ALS, Richmond, Va., [2.25.1866], to daughter Rachel, on Freedmen's Relief Association business Page 2 (each approx. 78k) Written "1st day" [2.25.1866], from Richmond, Va., to his daughter, Rachel. Francis was traveling in the South on Freedmen's Relief Association business. In this letter, he comments on a visit to Sarah Smiley, who boarded Friends working as teachers in the Freedmen's schools and the reception Northern missionaries received in the South.
- Letters, 1867-1869
Notes on content: travel letters from England (1867); letters of home and family news to wife Anna (while she is in Newport).
- Letters, 1870-1876
Notes on content: letters of home and family news to wife Anna (while she is away for hot summer months); letters to Lilly and Alexis after their marriage in 1875.
- Letters, 1880-1883
Notes on content: mostly letters of home and family news to wife Anna (while she is away); letters from Montrose where Alexis proposes building a house.
- Letters, 1884-1886
Notes on content: many letters to daughter Lilly after death of her husband Alexis T. Cope in 1883, including financial and estate related matters and advice.
- Letters, 1887-1889
Notes on content: chiefly letters to wife Anna and daughter Lilly.
Letters: Cope, Francis R. (Francis Reeve) (1821-1909) Box 2 of 2
(7 folders of ca. 188 letters; also Friends Freedmen's Assoc. papers; orderbook). See box 8 above for description of letters.
- Letters, 1890-1892
Notes on content: mostly letters of home and family news to wife Anna (while she is at Newport for hot summer months).
- Letters, 1893
Notes on content: almost all letters are to wife Anna telling of home and family news; (3) letters while at Lake Mohonk for Indian Conference (not very detailed).
- Letters, 1894-1895
Notes on content: letters of home and family news to wife Anna (away for hot summer months).
- Letters, 1896-1899
Notes on content: chiefly letters to wife Anna.
- Letters, 1900-1909
Notes on content: chiefly letters to wife Anna.
- Pennsylvania Freedmen's Association, papers 1864-1889
ca. 42 items (includes letters, invoices, drafts of deeds to and from Francis R. Cope related to property owned by the Association on I Street in Washington, D.C.).
Includes letters from: William Brown; Allen C. Clark; Elizabeth Dersey; Fitch & Fox [also Fitch, Fox & Brown, Fitch Fox & Cutter: Real estate brokers, Wash., D.C.]; Jonathan Gramm; William A. Ward; James A. Wright.
- "The Overseers of the Public School funded by Charter in the Town and County of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania" orderbook for coal deliveries, 1894-1916. [Note: this is apparently a charitable endeavor, most of deliveries are to women]
Letters: Cope, Rachel R. - Cope, Walter
- Cope, Rachel Reeve (1794-1863) m. 1818 Henry Cope (1793-1865)
3 items: 1 ALS 1832 (Phila.) addressed to mother Ruth Reeve, also extract of letter (1847) and note re: same in hand of Elizabeth S. Cope.
Notes on content: extract from 1847 letter tells of deaths of Elenor Cope Tyson and Mary Stokes
- Cope, Ruth Anna (1834-1879) ("Anne" or "Anna")
9 ALS 1860-1876 (Awbury; Cape May and elsewhere), addressed to sister-in-law Anna S. Cope; brother Francis R. Cope; sister-in-law Elizabeth Waln Stokes Cope; Sarah Walker; Alexis and Lilly Cope.
Notes on content: news of family and friends; 1873 final illness of William D. Cope.
- Cope, Susan L. (Newbold) (1805-1872) m. William D. Cope (1798-1873)
22 ALS: 10.11.1839 and 6.4.1840 with William D. Cope; 10.15.1862 includes ALS of Caroline E. Cope and Clementine Cope.
1833-1865 (Bloomsdale; Woodbourne and elsewhere), addressed to William D. Cope; brother-in-law Alfred Cope; sister-in-law Rachel R. Cope; father-in-law Thomas P. Cope; Caroline and Annette Cope; her children; niece Ruth Anna Cope; Sarah M. Walker.
Notes on content: (5) letters to William D. Cope before their marriage in 1834.
[Note: additional Susan L. Cope letters under William D. Cope in Box 11]
- Cope, Thomas P. (Thomas Pym) (1768-1854)
24 items (23 ALS: letters of 7.31.1805, 11.13.1807 with wife Mary Cope; photocopy of handwritten transcript of 1848 account).
1800-1850 (Phila.; Calconhook; Harrisburg; Newport; Chester), addressed to Mayor and Committee for introducing water into the city of Philadelphia; son Henry Cope; son Alfred; son William D. Cope; brother-in-law J. Thomas; William Forster; James Cropper; Robert Benson.
Notes on content: 1800 letter resigning his position on Committee for introducing water into Phila., written but not sent due to the "interference and advice of some of my friends"; 1805, 1807 letters of advice to Henry at Westtown Boarding School (practical advice from his father, spiritual advice from his mother); 12 mo. 1805 letter (TPC's copy) to J. Thomas (of Cope & Thomas) requesting that they end their partnership because of TPC's unwillingness to continue with JT's sloppy bookkeeping in respect to cash transactions (JT neglects to make cash book entries, which led to theft of money by employee); letters from Washington (1811) re: renewal of bank charter; letters of introduction for son Alfred to friends in England; possible piracy of ship Susquehanna (1837); in Harrisburg (1837) for drawing up state constitution?; comments on business and politics.
[Note: additional Thomas P. Cope (1768-1854) letters under Cope, Mary in Box 7]
- Cope, Thomas P. (Thomas Pim) (1823-1900) [folder 1: 1833-1839]
40 ALS 1833, 1835-1839 (Phila.; Penn College; Haverford College), addressed to parents Henry and Rachel R. Cope, sister Mary D. Cope, uncle Alfred Cope.
Notes on content: 1833 letter tells of suicide of Elizabeth Biddle; 37 letters (1835-1839) while at Haverford College providing information on changes in grounds, presence of William Carvill and erection of greenhouse (see image below), etc. as well as other aspects of life at the college.
Thomas Pim Cope (1823-1900), ALS, Haverford College, 10.16.1838, to his mother, Rachel, mentioning William Carvill (98k)
- Cope, Thomas P. (Thomas Pim) (1823-1900) [folder 2: 1841-1868]
26 letters: 21 ALS, 5 photocopies of ALS, 1841-1868 (Boston; Phila.; New Bedford; Awbury), addressed to parents, brother Francis R. Cope, cousin Clementine Cope, wife Elizabeth Waln Stokes Cope, son Henry Cope.
Notes on content: primarily family and business news; 1841 trip with uncle Alfred to Boston; 1842 letters to father on business and shipping matters.
[Note: additional Thomas Pim Cope (1823-1900) letters under Cope, Henry (1793-1865) in Box 7 and Cope, Francis R. (1821-1909) in Box 8]
- Cope, Thomas P. (Thomas Pim) (1852-1944)
42 ALS: letters of 10.9.1864 and 7.23.1865 have notes added by father, Francis R. Cope.
1864-1911 (Newport; Awbury; Laurel House; Edinburgh; Phila.; Montrose and elsewhere), addressed to parents Francis and Anna S. Cope, sister Elizabeth S. Cope, Alexis T. Cope, nephew Francis R. Cope, "cousins."
Notes on content: news of family and friends, often related in a humorous manner; 1876 letter tells of Friends visits to Freedmen's religious meeting in South; 14 letters from Saranac Lake to parents giving updates on brother Alfred's illness and death; 7.2.1911 letter tells of nephew Ernest's accident and death.
[Note: additional Thomas P. Cope (1852-1944) letter under Cope, Francis R. (1821-1909) in Box 8]
- Cope, Walter (1861-1902)
1 item: handwritten copy of resolution of Chapter of American Architects, Nov. 1902, re: Walter Cope [in hand of Rachel Evans].
Letters: Cope, William D. (William Drinker) (1798-1873)
(5 folders of ca. 134 letters; some with notes added by Susan L. Cope)
[Note: additional William D. Cope letters under Cope, Susan L. in Box 10]
Letters of William D. Cope to family members. Includes letters written by Cope while at Westtown Boarding School (1809 letter tells of frightening dreams); at Newgarden College (1811); letters from 1826-1860 are from Susquehanna County, Pa. (Montrose, later at Woodbourne) where he established a farm in order to look after his father's land interests (re to Drinker estate). Most of these letters are to brothers Henry and Alfred and discuss business (land matters, investments in bank stock and canal companies) and life at the farm at Woodbourne.
- Letters, 1806-1829
20 items: 18 ALS, list, bill
Notes on content: letters from Westtown School (nightmares), Newgarden College (master Enoch Lewis); letters from Montrose (land matters - custom of paying road tax in labor an advantage to landowner); letters from Woodbourne (enjoying farming; refers to stories circulating re himself as "unfounded"; references to Hicksite Separation).
- Letters, 1830-1833
Notes on content: letters from Woodbourne (difficulty of his situation, requires all his time; 1830, despair at loss of recently completed farmhouse in fire; views on secret societies; business concerns - doesn't like continual outlay without prospect of adequate return - business may keep him from religious and moral reflection; Hicksite Separation; 1832-33 drafts of love letters to Susan Newbold, includes discussion of letter to him from "Dorothy Dolittle," [see Box 1] WDC thinks it written by a man).
- Letters, 1834-1839
27 ALS; some with notes added by wife Susan L. Cope
Notes on content: letters from Woodbourne (1834 wedding trip after m. to Susan Newbold; 1835 birth of Clementine; fear of debt; domestic servants from Orphans Asylum, inquires after getting brother of boy they now employ, have to apply several years in advance; 1837 state of currency - failure of Arthur Tappan in N.Y.; investments in bank stock and canal companies).
- Letters, 1840-1849
26 ALS; some with notes added by wife Susan L. Cope
Notes on content: letters from Woodbourne (1841, opinion on U.S. Bank troubles; in financial difficulties, all invested in stock; Union Canal Company trouble; 1849 estate of Abigail Barker difficulties).
- Letters, 1850-1860
Notes on content: letters from Woodbourne (5.12.1851-5.28.1851 drafts of letters re: misunderstanding over $3.00 sent for daughter Caroline's use - draft to his father expressing anger over strong language in father's letter to him of 5.8.1851; to his brother re: brother's criticism of William's letter to father - confides to brother that there has been a "severity" in their father's manner to him which has "almost driven me to distraction & desperation," has looked after his father's property and interest for 25 years, has to deal with 240 lots w/ settlers; draft of letter to wife Susan suggesting she speak to [his] father re their manner of living, which has been a cause of complaint to her and a cause of unhappiness to him, as father has indicated willingness to help them financially; son Edgar at Haverford College; possibility of moving to farm next to Edward Yarnall).
Letters: Evans, Anna Cope - Evans, Rebecca
(except Jonathan Evans (1843-1911), see Box 13 and Rachel C. Evans (1850-1939), see Boxes 14 and 15)
- Evans, Anna Cope (b. 1875)
37 letters: 35 ALS, 2 letters in hand of her mother as if written by her.
1880-1911 (Awbury; Newport; Woodbourne; Old Point Comfort; Ashville; St. Augustine, Fla.; Venice; Liverpool, Eng., Boston and elsewhere), addressed to her parents, grandparents, aunt Anna B. Cope, brother "Algie," brother Harold, aunt "Lilly."
Notes on content: thank-you letters; news of family and friends; travel letters from Italy and England (1891); 14 letters during stay at "Bournewood" [near Boston] under care of Dr. Stedman (1901, she was there for a "rest cure" after suffering a nervous breakdown in 1900).
[Note: additional Anna Cope Evans letter under Evans, Rachel C. in Box 14]
- Evans, Edward Wyatt (1882-1970)
20 items: 15 ALS, 3 letters in hand of his mother as if written by him, 2 poems.
1886-1911 (Newport; Woodbourne; London; Conanicut; Awbury; Dundale), addressed to his cousin Francis R. Cope, mother Rachel C. Evans, brother Francis, aunt Lilly, grandmother Anna S. Cope.
Notes on content: 1899 poem by E.W. Evans copied in hand of Rachel C. Evans; undated poem "To my grandfather" written for Francis R. Cope; in London 1901.
- Evans, Eleanor S. [Mrs. Wistar Evans]
1 ALS 1893 ("Golspie" Sutherlandshire), addressed to Rachel.
Notes on content: friendship, description of her surroundings.
- Evans, Ernest Mervyn (1884-1911)
7 ALS 1893-1905 (Awbury; Jamestown; S.S. Minnehaha; Venice), addressed to grandmother, grandfather, mother.
Notes on content: thank-you letters to grandmother; 1902 letter from Jamestown describe activities (there with brother and father); 1905 travel letter from Venice.
- Evans, Francis Algernon (1878-1946) ["Algie"]
18 letters: 16 ALS, 2 letters in hand of his mother as if written by him.
1883-1910 (Awbury; Newport; Magnolia; Woodbourne; Jamestown, R.I.; Phila.), addressed to his grandfather, cousin Francis R. Cope, sister Anna, parents.
Notes on content: chiefly family news; early letters are primarily to his cousin "Franky" while later letters are to his mother.
[Note: additional Francis Algernon Evans letter under Evans, Rachel C. in Box 14]
- Evans, Hannah B. (Hannah Bacon) (1839-1939)
14 ALS 1879-1902 (Massey Farm; Meadowfield; Meadow Farm; Charleston Hotel; Phila.), addressed to sister-in-law Rachel C. Evans, niece Anna Cope Evans, brother Jonathan Evans.
Notes on content: friendship, news of family and friends; 1885 illness of [niece] Katy from typhoid.
- Evans, Harold (1886-1977)
4 ALS, 1 report card 1902-1907 (Jamestown; Haverford College; Chester), addressed to mother Rachel C. Evans, grandparents.
Notes on content: news of activities; 1908 report card from Haverford College.
- Evans, Jonathan
1 ALS 1824 (Phila.), addressed to Josiah Forster.
Notes on content: letter of introduction for William D. Cope to Josiah Forster.
- Evans, Rebecca
2 ALS 1872, 1902, addressed to Clementine Cope, "dear cousin."
Notes on content: 1872 sympathy letter on death of Clementine's mother Susan L. Cope.
Letters: Evans, Jonathan (1843-1911)
(7 folders of ca. 239 letters: also hand-drawn map of North East Harbor area of Maine; letter of 6.8.1873 with note added by Rachel C. Evans)
[Note: for a narrative account of yearly events in the life of Jonathan and Rachel's family, see J. Morris Evans' "Tapestry threads: Jonathan & Rachel Cope Evans, their ancestors and family" (Gwynedd Valley, Pa.: J. M. Evans, 1993) [BX 7721 .E92 E92 1993]
Letters of Jonathan Evans to family members. Letters are chiefly addressed to his wife, Rachel Cope Evans (1850-1939) and relate family news and activities. Many of these letters were written while she was in Newport or other New England resort areas to escape the hot Philadelphia summers and he remained behind in Philadelphia. Jonathan Evans wrote almost every day to his wife, the letters are full of affection - she is frequently urged to take it easy, not do too much and try and regain her strength. Health concerns (theirs and their children's) are a continuing theme. There are also letters to his children as well as a series of letters to his mother-in-law, Anna S. Cope, while he was in Jamestown, R.I. ca. 1905.
- Letters, 1873-1879
Notes on content: letters from 1873 wedding trip to England; many letters are to family (see image below), including members of his wife's family (Anna S. Cope, Elizabeth S. Cope, Francis Hazen Cope, Francis R. Cope, Thomas P. Cope, Alfred Cope) and are from Overbrook, Awbury, Lake Windemere, York, Greenbrier Co., W. Va. and elsewhere.
Page 1 Jonathan Evans, ALS, Philadelphia, 8.8.1879, to daughter Anna Cope Evans (b. 1875) at the seashore Page 2 (each approx. 69k). Jonathan Evans wrote almost every day to his wife and children when they were away. This is a letter written to his daughter, Anna Cope Evans (b. 1875), when she was at the seashore with her mother in 1879. ALS, Philadelphia, 8.8.1879.
- Letters, 1880-1883
Notes on content: letters chiefly to family, especially to wife Rachel ("Chellie") while she is in Newport with children Anna and Algie and tell of family matters, health concerns; 1882 letter to children Anna and Algie "written" by their dog Buster after he was lost and returned home, with pencil sketch of dog; 1883 letters to Rachel on letterhead of "The Philadelphia Creamery Supply Co. Jonathan Evans, chairman."
- Letters, 1884-1886
Notes on content: letters are to wife Rachel, also children Anna and Algie who are with her in Newport and relate news of home life and friends, family.
- Letters, 1887 (June-July)
Notes on content: letters are to wife Rachel in Newport and tell of home life and friends, family (he writes almost every day to her).
- Letters, 1887 (August-November)
Notes on content: letters to wife Rachel while she's in Newport (he writes almost every day to her); letter of 8.11.87 includes interesting comment on the two families "I love each and every member of thy family very much and perhaps it is this very fact that tries me to be treated with utter indifference... I know the characteristics of our families are very different..."; 9.22.87 letter reports on operation for breast cancer for Mary Stokes Cope (also in later letters).
- Letters, 1888-1899
44 ALS; map
Notes on content: letters to wife Rachel, mostly while she's in Newport, also to his mother-in-law, Anna S. Cope; hand-drawn map of North East Harbor, Mt. Desert, Maine with houses marked.
- Letters, 1900-1911
36 ALS; printed advertisement
Notes on content: many letters to his mother-in-law Anna S. Cope written from Jamestown, R.I. giving news of family and friends; printed circular for "The Winter Annex of the Children's Seashore House at Atlantic City for Invalid Children."
Letters: Evans, Rachel C. (1850-1939) m. 1873 Jonathan Evans (1843-1911) Box 1 of 2
(7 folders of ca. 179 letters; also poems, clipping. Letters of 9.4.1863, 8.13.1864 have notes added by sister Lilly; letters of 8.21 and 8.24.1864 have addition by Henry Hartshorne; letter of 10.30.1872 includes letter from Caroline M. Cope to parents [in Rachel's hand])
[Note: additional Rachel C. Evans letters under Evans, Jonathan in Box 13]
Letters of Rachel Cope Evans to family members. Includes letters to husband Jonathan Evans while she is away at summer resorts in New England and he is home in Philadelphia. Letters provide him with detailed news of the children (what they're doing, their health, etc.) and inquire after his health; health matters are a consistent theme in the letters. Letters of 1900 and later include references to nervous breakdown, treatment and recovery of oldest daughter Anna C. Evans.
- Letters, 1857-1869
Notes on content: letters while traveling with sister Lilly giving news of her surroundings, people and activities; letters to her parents while they are away and she is minding the house, also letters (1867) to her father while he is in England.
- Letters, 1870-1879
39 ALS, letter of 8.16.1879 accompanied by sketch of woman's head (unidentified)
Notes on content: 1873 wedding trip letters (in London, Edinburgh); detailed news of daughter Anne C. Evans and her other children (health concerns, etc.) in letters to husband Jonathan Evans while he's at Catskill (1878) and when she's at Bateman's Point with Anna and Algie (1879).
- Letters, 1880-1881
28 ALS (includes some letters of the children Anna and Algie both in their hands and in hers with her letters)
Notes on content: letters are chiefly to her husband Jonathan Evans; letters are from Mineola Cottage; Montrose (1880); Massey Farm and Newport (1881); letters give detailed accounts of their children's activities and health; she expresses concern for Jonathan's health.
- Letters, 1882
29 items: 28 ALS (includes some letters from the children accompanying her letters), clipping
Notes on content: all letters are to her husband Jonathan Evans ("my dear gudeman") while she is at Newport, R.I.; letters express concern for his health and provide him with detailed accounts of the children, Anna, Algie and Edward [in letter of 7.14.1882 she "scolds" him for continuing to worry about the children's health even though she writes to say they're fine].
- Letters, 1883-1885
Notes on content: letters are to her parents, husband and daughter; in Atlantic City (1885) with Algie, Edward and Ernest while Jonathan home with daughter Anna.
- Letters, 1886-1889
10 items: 9 ALS, poem (includes letters from son Edward in her hand)
Notes on content: letters are to parents, sister and Ann  and are from Awbury, Newport and Woodbourne; poem August 16, 1888 "Year unto year, a Birthday Greeting from thy loving R."
- Letters, 1893-1899
27 items: 26 ALS, poem
Notes on content: letters are to her mother (all of 1893-1895), father, daughter, sister Lilly and cousins and are from Awbury, Northeast Harbor (Me.), Conanicut, Mossgiel, etc.; acrostic "For dear Cousin Clementine, Woodbourne Nov. 8/98"; 1899 death of Lilly's daughter Agnes Cope.
Letters: Evans, Rachel C. (1850-1939) m. 1873 Jonathan Evans (1843-1911) Box 2 of 2
(5 folders of ca. 105 letters; also poem, trip itineraries, memorandum, clipping) See Box 14 above for description of letters.
- Letters, 1900-1902
25 items: 24 ALS, poem
Notes on content: letters are chiefly to her mother, also to her father and husband and are from Mossgiel, Woodbourne, Swallowfield, England, etc.; letters discuss news of family and illness of daughter Anna C. Evans (7.29.1900 and later).
- Letters, 1903-1904
Notes on content: mostly letters to her mother, also to her father, husband and sister and are from various locations in Ma., N.H., S.C. etc.; news of family, including daughter Anna's health, children's activities.
- Letters, 1905
14 ms. items: 13 ALS, trip itinerary
Notes on content: letters are to her parents and sister; most are from Jamestown (R.I.), also from Woodbourne and Franconia (N.H.); "Itinary [sic] of European Trip of E.W. & E.M. Evans - Summer 1905" (7 p. notepaper).
- Letters, 1906-1907
24 items: 22 ALS, trip itinerary, clipping and memorandum
Notes on content: letters to family; mostly to parents while she is at Jamestown (R.I.); "Itinerary H. Evans" [1907 Europe]; memorandum and clipping re raising white pine, preventing house fires.
- Letters, 1908-1911
Notes on content: addressed to parents, sister and husband and include letters from Jamestown (R.I.), Northeast Harbor (Me.), Charlottesville (Va.) and elsewhere; letters of 1910 are all to her mother; letters of 1911 after death of husband Jonathan Evans are to mother and sister.
Photographs, documents and computer disks.
- Photographs of members of Hartshorne, Yarnall, Stokes, Garrett, Wistar, Haines, Drinker and Bright families.
29 items (copies of originals labeled on reverse by J. Morris Evans, donor)
includes the following:
- Henry Hartshorne
- Anna (Brown) Cope Hartshorne, wife of Henry
- Francis Cope Hartshorne, son of Henry and Anna
- Amy Yarnall Hartshorne, daughter of Henry and Anna
- Eleanor Tyson Yarnall, (Mrs. Wm. Charles Alderson)
- Francis Cope Yarnall, son of Edward and Caroline Cope Yarnall
- Mary Coale Yarnall, wife of Francis C. Yarnall
- Caroline Yarnall (later Casey), daughter of Francis and Mary
- Ellis Y. Yarnall, son of Francis and Mary
- Amy Ellis Yarnall (Mrs. Edgar Cope), daughter of Francis and Mary
- Esther N. Stokes, 1870-1913, daughter of Francis and Katharine
- Esther N. Stokes
- Thomas Pym Cope Stokes, 1843-1918
- Fanny Garrett, 19 mos.
- Emma Wistar, daughter of Wilberforce and Anna Mary
- Anna Mary Wistar
- Reuben Haines, 1851-1920
- Madgy Drinker
- Frances M. Drinker
- John Bright (including back of photo.)
- 9 unidentified photographs (6 women, 3 men)
- a. Photograph album, 1860s.
Included are primarily photographs relating to Haverford College, at least some by the Philadelphia studio of F. Gutekunst -- of individual students, student groups, student athletic groups, buildings -- but also one of Abraham Lincoln by the (Mathew) Brady studio, views from abroad and an unindentified woman. Mostly albumen, some tintypes.
- Friendship book, 1835-1838, of Francis R. Cope (1821-1909).
1 vol.; entries are dated Penn College (1835) and Haverford College (1835-1838)
- 15 ms. items, 1840-1866. as follows:
- Covenant of Thomas Evans, executor with Hannah Rhoads, daughter of Jonathan Evans, 9.22.1840
- Covenant of exoneration, Hannah Rhoads and others to William Evans and others, executors of Jonathan Evans, 3.27.1857 w/ receipt endorsement of Mary R. Haines, ... 10.14.1865
- "Trust estate of Annabella C. Wistar and of Bartholomew Wistar dec., receipts and releases to Thos. Evans" (13 items, 1841-1866)
- 3 items, 1861-1862, as follows:
- "Rules and regulations for the government of Friends' South-western Burial Ground, with a plan of the ground. Philadelphia: Henry B. Ashmead, Book & Job Printer, Nos. 1102 and 1104 Sansom Street. 1861"
- Deed of Burial Lot: Southwestern Burial Ground, 1862
- 11 ms. items, 1866-1872, as follows:
- instructions to Thomas Evans' executors, dated and signed, 9.24.1866 (6 pp.)
- various inventories of estate (10 items, 1872 and undated)
- 4 ms. items, 1869, as follows:
- U.S. Internal Revenue Succession Tax returns, 1869, for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th districts
- 5 ms. items, 1869-1872, as follows:
- "First account of the executors of the will of Thomas Evans, deceased, 6th mo. 28th, 1869" w/ envelope
- estate apportionment to heirs Jonathan Evans, H.B. Evans, K.W. Evans, J.W. Evans (3 items, undated)
- ALS of Charles Rhoads, Phila. 1.20.1872 to cousin J. Wistar Evans
- 9 ms. items (originally pinned together), ca. 1871
- "Estate of Thos. Evans - Allotment to trustees of Katharine W. Stokes" (undated, ca. 1871)
- 132 items, 1869-1872, as follows:
- "Bills, checks &c. of trustees of estate Thos. Evans"
- Cash book, 1868-1874 of trustees of estate of Thomas Evans (1798-1868). [wrapped separately on shelf]
1 vol.; 352 pp. (ca. 35 pp. used), labeled "Cash-Book, Trustees of T. Evans" on spine and "Estate of Thomas Evans Decd. in account with J. Wistar and Jonathan Evans Trustees" (p. 6).
Includes the following accounts:
- cash account, 1868-1872, of estate of Thomas Evans (1798- 1868) with trustees J. Wistar and Jonathan Evans (p. 2-27)
- account, 1872, re estate of Katharine W. Stokes (labeled "Principal Account, J. Wistar & Jonathan Evans Trustees in account with the estate of Katharine W. Stokes") (p. 50-51)
- account, 1872, re estate of Katharine W. Stokes (labeled "Income Account, J. Wistar & J. Evans Trustees under will of T. Evans in account with the estate of Katharine W. Stokes") (p. 74-75)
- account, 1868-1872, re estate of Katharine W. Stokes (labeled "J. Wistar & Jonathan Evans Trustees under Special Trust of T. Evans in account with estate of Katharine W. Stokes") (p. 298, 303)
- account, 1872-1873, re estate of Katharine W. Stokes (labeled "J. Wistar Evans & Jonathan Evans Trustees under will of Thomas Evans with Principal of estate Kath. W. Stokes") (p. 300-301)
- list of payments made to Katharine W. Stokes, 1872-1874, by trustees J. Wistar and Jonathan Evans
- 11. Ledger, 1868-1872 of trustees of estate of Thomas Evans (1798-1868). [wrapped separately on shelf]
1 vol.; 320 pp. (ca. 17 pp. used), w/ index, labeled "Ledger, Trustees of T. Evans" on spine
includes the following accounts:
- J. Wistar Evans, 1868-1872 (p. 10)
- Hannah B. Evans, 1868-1872 (p. 20)
- Hannah B. Evans (Special Trust), 1868-1871 (p. 30)
- Katharine W. Stokes, 1868-1872 (p. 40)
- Katharine W. Stokes (Special Trust), 1868-1872 (p. 50)
- Jonathan Evans, 1868-1872 (p. 60)
- Residuary Estate Thomas Evans, 1869-1872 (pp. 70-79)
- Computer disks of indexes compiled by J. Morris Evans to the Cope-Evans family letters, 1732-1911. (6 3 1/2" disks)
Paper copy of above index can be found in Box 1.
- Wrappers and photocopies of wrappers and notes accompanying marriage certificates.
6 items [Note: marriage certificates themselves are stored in 990 B-R]
THE FOLLOWING ITEMS ARE STORED SEPARATELY AS INDICATED:
- Marriage certificates, 1748-1847. [stored in 990 B-R]
9 items, as follows:
- John Cope and Elizabeth Fisher (12.23.1748, West Bradford (Pa.) Meeting House)
- John Head and Elizabeth Hastings (11.20.1759, Phila.)
- Thomas Pim Cope and Mary Drinker (5.17.1792, Phila.)
- Henry Cope and Rachel Reeve (12.24.1818, Green Street, Phila. Meeting House)
- Jeremiah Brown and Elizabeth Stewardson (3.22.1821, Mulberry Street, Phila. Meeting House)
- Thomas Pim Cope and Elizabeth Waln (4.9.1829, Upper Darby)
- William Drinker Cope and Susan L. Newbold (5.30.1834, Middletown Monthly Meeting, Bristol, Pa.)
- Thomas Evans and Catharine Wistar (6.4.1834, Salem, N.J. Meeting)
- Francis R. Cope and Anna S. Brown (12.16.1847, Mulberry Street, Phila. Meeting House)
- Metal box labeled "T. Evans". (stored separately in vault)
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