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Haverford College
Quaker and Special Collections

Gulielma M. Howland (collector), Papers, ca. 1700-1867

Ms. Coll. 1000
ca. 234 folders (13 boxes)

Table of contents

Genealogy and family background

Dr. Richard Hill (1698-1762) m. Deborah Moore, their daughter Margaret Hill (1737-1816) m. William Morris (1735-1766).

William and Margaret Morris's daughter Gulielma Maria Morris (1766-1826) m. John Smith (1761-1803). Their daughter Margaret Hill Smith (1786-1882) m. Samuel Hilles (1788-1873), the first principal of Haverford College.

Margaret and Samuel's daughter Gulielma Maria Hilles (1822-1907), collector, m. Charles W. Howland (d. 1896).

Source for biographical information: Memorials of the Hilles family ... [by Samuel E. Hilles] (Cincinnati : S.E. Hilles, 1928) [CS71 .H65]; The Morris family of Philadelphia, descendants of Anthony Morris ... by Robert C. Moon (Philadelphia : R.C. Moon, 1898) [CS71 .M87 1898]; Letters of Doctor Richard Hill and his children: or, The history of a family / as told by themselves, collected and arranged by John Jay Smith (Privately printed for the descendants : Philadelphia, 1854) [BX7721 H61 1854] (this last volume contains transcriptions of many of the Hill family letters found in this collection).

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Scanned Image Page 1 of ALS of Dr. Richard Hill, Madeira, Jan. 18, 1740, to son "Dickey" Hill in Philadelphia, with warnings and advice, alluding to his own financial difficulties. Page 2 (each approx. 117k).

Scanned Image Page 1 of ALS of Deborah Hill, Madeira, May 16, 1743, to her son [Richard], telling him she approves of his choice of "H.L." [as future wife? Note: he died unmarried]; was hoping to have him come for the summer but understands now why he can't; sending a variety of plants. Page 2 (each 117k).

Scanned Image Page 1 of ALS of Margaret Hill Morris, [Philadelphia], March 23, 1779, to her sister [Hannah Moore]. In this letter, she tells of her start in business for herself as a storekeeper. Margaret also prescribes and sells medicines and treats patients. Page 2 | Page 3 (each 98k).

Summary of collection

Primarily letters (includes ALS, AL, TLS, ms. copies) but also includes documents, miscellaneous manuscripts, photo-reproductions and portraits.

Chiefly correspondence between members of related Quaker families of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware (Allinson, Cox, Dillwyn, Emlen, Hill, Hilles, Howland, Logan, Moore, Morris, Smith and others).

Also includes journals, poetry, portraits, legal and business papers.

Letters chiefly discuss family, friends, health, spiritual matters and travel.

Much of the correspondence is between Quaker women:

  • letters (1821-1859) of Margaret H. Hilles to her mother and sister discuss family, child rearing and health concerns (also "Account of a Philadelphia infant school in 1827")
  • letters (1758-1811) of Margaret Hill Morris to her sister and daughter are concerned with family and health (includes 1793 yellow fever epidemic)
  • letters (1784-1818) of Gulielma M. Smith, chiefly to her mother, Margaret Hill Morris
  • letters (1777-1778) of Hannah Moore to her sister
  • letters (1790-1802) of Hannah Griffitts to Margaret Morris discuss friendship, religious thoughts, family, friends and health concerns

Includes letters (1784-1835) of John and Ann Cox of Oxmead; letters (1763-1770) of William Dillwyn, chiefly written from Houghton, to his father-in-law John Smith; letters (1700-1802) of Richard Hill and family telling of family matters and their business house on the island of Madeira.

Letters, travel journals, poems, translations and philosophical writings of James Logan (1674-1751); journal of Susanna Morris (1682-1755) giving her account of her travels as a Quaker minister; journal and letters (1753-1770) of John Smith (1722-1771) to family members on business, religion, health, Indians and travel with Samuel Fothergill (1754); letters of Morris Smith (1801-1832) to his mother telling of his travels in Canada and the American South; letters (1755-1793) of Richard Wells discuss family, yellow fever, Revolutionary War.

Correspondents include Grace Buchanan, Samuel Emlen, Samuel Hilles, Rachel Stewardson and others.

Related collections

Related material may be found in: Morris family papers, 1711-1949 (bulk 1790-1905), Ms. Coll. 1008; Edward Wanton Smith collection, ca. 1649-1967, Ms. Coll. 955; Morris Wistar Wood collection, 1721-1979, Ms. Coll. 1140.

Arrangement and description of collection

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Note that letters written by women before marriage are filed under their maiden names.

  • Box 1 - Letters, etc.: A - Cow
  • Box 2 - Letters, etc.: Cox - D
  • Box 3 - Letters, etc.: E - He
  • Box 4 - Letters, etc.: Hill family
  • Box 5 - Letters, etc.: Hilles
  • Box 6 - Letters, etc.: Ho - L
  • Box 7 - Letters, etc.: Morris, Margaret Hill (1737-1816)
  • Box 8 - Misc. business papers: Morris, Margaret Hill (1737-1816)
  • Box 9 - Letters, etc.: M - Pe (except Margaret Hill Morris)
  • Box 10 - Letters, etc.: Ph - Smith, James
  • Box 11 - Letters, etc.: Smith, John - Smith, M.M.
  • Box 12 - Letters, etc.: Smith, Morris - St
  • Box 13 - Letters, etc.: T - Y, also Misc. and Poetry

Contents of boxes follows:

Box 1 : A - Cow | Table of contents | Summary | Box 1 | Box 2 | Box 3 | Box 4 | Box 5 | Box 6 | Box 7 | Box 8 | Box 9 | Box 10 | Box 11 | Box 12 | Box 13

(33 folders)

  1. Alexander, Ann (Dillwyn)
    12 ALS 1818-1867, addressed to family and friends
    topics:
    • news of family and friends
  2. Allinson, Margaret
    6 ALS 1818-1827 and undated, addressed to Susanna Emlen; Margaret H. Hilles; Samuel Hilles
    topics:
    • family matters
    • return of Daniel Wheeler from Russia
  3. Allinson, Martha Cooper (1747-1823)
    2 ALS undated [18-?], addressed to Margaret Morris
    topics:
    • her health and family news
  4. Allinson, Samuel (1739-1791)
    2 ALS 1781-1784 and ms. of "A Prayer, 1771." addressed to Margaret Morris
    topics:
    • news of family and friends
  5. Allinson, Sybil
    19 ALS 1807-1836, addressed to Margaret H. Hilles
    topics:
    • news of family and friends
  6. Archer, Rebecca
    ALS "Third day morning," addressed to Margaret Morris
    topics:
    • forwarding book for "Friend Moore"
  7. Barker, Mary
    ALS Burlington, 4 mo. 12, 1781, addressed to "Dear Friend"
    topics:
    • friendship
  8. Barney, Sarah
    2 ALS Nantucket, 1785 and 1797, addressed to Grace Buchanan at Burlington
    topics:
    • news of friends
  9. Barrow, Rebecca
    ALS Manhattanville, 3 mo. 1, 1817, addressed to cousins S[amuel] and S[usanna] Emlen
    topics:
    • news of friends
    • slavery
  10. Bell, Ann Mercy
    ALS York, 4 mo. 3, 1750, addressed to Jane Hoskins
    topics:
    • personal and religious letter
  11. Bell, Daniel
    ALS Tottenham, 1 mo. 19, 1754, addressed to Grace Buchanan
    topics:
    • religious letter
    • family and friends
  12. Benson, Margaret and Benson, Sarah
    3 ALS Liverpool, Lodges Lane, 1818-1822, addressed to Samuel Emlen, London
    topics:
    • gives him information on ships sailing for America
    • Elias Hicks
  13. Birkbeck, George
    2 ALS, 1 ms. copy London, 1816-1817, addressed to Samuel Emlen; Francis Rowe
    topics:
    • medical treatment for Susanna Emlen
  14. Bowman, Rachel
    2 ALS Tottenham, 1752 and 1753, addressed to Grace Buchanan
    topics:
    • news of family and friends
  15. Brayton, Patience
    ALS Portsmouth, 6 mo. 12, 1788, addressed to Grace Buchanan, Burlington
    topics:
    • news of family and friends
    • religious letter
    • friendship
  16. Breese, Elizabeth
    ALS Shrewsbury, Dec. 27, 1795, addressed to H. Moore
    topics:
    • religious letter
  17. Bringhurst, Deborah H. (1773-1844)
    10 ALS Wilmington, 1811-1826, addressed to Sarah Sharpless (2 letters); Margaret Smith (8 letters)
    topics:
    • friendship
    • news of family and friends
    • medical advice
  18. Bringhurst, Joseph (1767-1834)
    3 ALS Wilmington, 1811-1817, addressed to Samuel Emlen
    topics:
    • medical advice
    • health of Samuel Emlen's wife, Susanna
  19. Brogdon, William
    ALS Oct. 9, 1744, addressed to Hannah Moore
    topics:
    • discussion of reason and religion
  20. Browne, Thomas
    Ms. [labeled "Hannah Smith's"] "Memorandum of Thomas Browne's expressions"
  21. Buchanan family
    7 ALS 1755-1802, addressed to family members, Grace Buchanan
    topics:
    • news of family and friends
  22. Buchanan, Grace (d. 1803)
    6 ALS 1771-1790, addressed to John Smith; Susanna Dillwyn; Samuel Emlen, Jr.
    topics:
    • friendship and news of friends and family
  23. Capper, Samuel
    ALS? Pottome Farm, 4.7.1818, addressed to "Dear Friend"
    topics:
    • inquiries re: genealogy of Long family
  24. Carpenter, Richard
    ALS 6 mo. 17, 18[?]3, addressed to Samuel Hilles
    topics:
    • death of Phebe C. Haines
    • Yearly Meeting
  25. Cathrall, Hannah
    3 ALS Burlington and Phila., 1760 and 1781, addressed to Grace Buchanan
    topics:
    • friendship
    • letter religious in nature
  26. Cathrall, Rachel (d. 1772)
    Ms. "A Testimony from the Monthly Meeting of Burlington held at Burlington [] concerning our friend Rachel Cathrall Deceased"
  27. Chalkley, Thomas
    Ms. poem "To the memory of Capt. Thomas Chalkley of Pennsylvania lately deceased, an eminent preacher among the people call'd Quakers"
  28. Churchman, George
    2 ALS E. Nottingham [Chester Co., Pa.] 1799 and Phila., 1803, addressed to John Smith, Burlington
    topics:
    • return from travel
    • religious comments on Quarterly Meeting (Burlington?)
    • letters religious in nature
  29. Clapp, Phebe
    ALS Peekskill, 8 mo. 18, 1840, addressed to Samuel Hilles
    topics:
    • death of [Daniel?] Wheeler
  30. Clarkson, Grace
    ALS July 19, 1785, addressed to Mrs. Moore
    topics:
    • letter religious in nature
  31. Cock, Luke
    Ms. "The substance of a sermon publicly delivered at York 9th mo. 2d, 1721 by Luke Cock"
  32. Collins, Margaret Morris
    3 ALS New York, 1811-1815, addressed to Gulielma M. Smith; Rachel Smith (cousin)
    topics:
    • trip to New York
    • illness and death of M.M.C. [senior?]
  33. Collins, Rachel
    Ms. "Short account of the sickness and death of our beloved mother Rachel Collins who departed this life on the fifteenth day of the ninth month, 1805"

Box 2 : Cox - D | Table of contents | Summary | Box 1 | Box 2 | Box 3 | Box 4 | Box 5 | Box 6 | Box 7 | Box 8 | Box 9 | Box 10 | Box 11 | Box 12 | Box 13

(18 folders)

  1. Cox, Hannah
    3 ALS Burlington, 1782-1783, addressed to Grace Buchanan
    topics:
    • feathers for a bed
    • health of daughter Sally
  2. -5. Cox, John and Ann (4 folders)
    102 ALS (chiefly written from) Oxmead, 1784-1835, addressed to Susanna and Samuel Emlen; Grace Buchanan; Margaret Morris; John Smith; Margaret H. Hilles; Rachel Stewardson
    topics:
    • family and friends
  3. Cox, Susanna
    2 ALS and 2 poems Westtown School, 1803, poems addressed to Susan Emlen
  4. Cramond, Arthur
    ALS New York, Jan. 31, 1799, addressed to James Smith
    topics:
    • financial and legal matter
  5. Darby, D[eborah]
    Young, R[ebecca]
    ALS London Grove, 5 mo. 17, 1796, addressed to Hannah Moore, Phila.
    topics:
    • religious in nature, on serious illness of Hannah Moore
  6. Dickinson, Mary
    18 ALS Wilmington, 1786-1799, addressed to cousins, Margaret Morris, H.[Hannah?] Moore
    topics:
    • friendship
    • news of family and friends
  7. Dickinson, Sarah N.
    6 ALS 1819-1838, addressed to Margaret Hilles; G.M. Smith
  8. Dillwyn, Ann
    3 ALS Burlington, 1781, addressed to Grace Buchanan
    topics:
    • news of family and friends
  9. Dillwyn, George (1738-1820) and Sarah Dillwyn (1738?-1826)
    19 ALS and ms. prayer 1770-1818, addressed to family and friends
    topics:
    • news of family and friends
  10. Dillwyn, Judith N.
    5 ALS 1822-1826, addressed to Samuel Emlen
    topics:
    • news of family and friends
  11. Dillwyn, Lewis Weston
    4 ALS 1818-1825, addressed to Samuel Emlen
    topics:
    • speaks of his father's will
    • family news
  12. Dillwyn, Lydia
    ALS 6 mo. 30, addressed to Samuel Emlen
  13. Dillwyn, Susanna
    Ms. copy [Susanna Dillwyn was a passenger] of log book kept in the ship Pigon by Capt. Wollman Sutton, from London to Phila., 1788
    14 ALS 1783-1784, addressed to William Morris; Gulielma Maria Smith; John Smith; Grace [Buchanan]
    topics:
    • family
  14. -18. Dillwyn, William (1743-1824) (2 folders)
    51 ALS (chiefly from) Houghton, 1763-1770, addressed to John Smith [his father-in-law?]
    topics:
    • news of family and friends
    • letter of 7 mo. 28, 1766 mentions Benjamin Franklin's activities in England

Box 3 : E - He | Table of contents | Summary | Box 1 | Box 2 | Box 3 | Box 4 | Box 5 | Box 6 | Box 7 | Box 8 | Box 9 | Box 10 | Box 11 | Box 12 | Box 13

(24 folders)

  1. Elliot, Annabella
    ALS Phila., 5 mo. 1, 1765, addressed to Grace Buchanan
    topics:
    • a cousin of Grace's, Mary Stuart, is looking for her
  2. Embree, Rebecca
    ALS Pocopson, [Ches. Co., Pa.] 6 mo. 13, 1873, addressed to M.H. Hilles
    topics:
    • health
    • bereavement
  3. Emlen, Ann, Jr.
    2 ALS 2nd day and 4th day [no month, no year], addressed to Mary Sweat [Swett?], Grace Buchanan; Hannah Moore
    topics:
    • placing a young girl in Deborah Williams home to be brought up [to learn housewifery]
    • re: a particular [unspecified] concern
  4. Emlen, Samuel (ca. 1765-1837)
    16 ALS and an extract from his will 1815-1837, (1815 letter labeled from the Samuel R. Shipley Coll., 1950), addressed to Thomas Stewardson; Sally Sharpless; Margaret H. Hilles
    topics:
    • family and friends
  5. Emlen, Susanna Dillwyn (d. 1819)
    Ms. copy (18 p.) of extracts from her letters to her father-in-law, Samuel Emlen; also ms. copy of her will, labeled "Folder 1" (but only 1 folder in box, Nov. 1991)
  6. Engelman, Jacob
    ALS West Hill, Nov. 12, 1816, addressed to Samuel Emlen and wife
    topics:
    • tells Emlen of his plans to go into business growing vegetables for market and requests some financial assistance
  7. Evans, Ellen
    2 ALS 3rd mo. 22, [no year]; and [no date], addressed to Mrs. John Smith; Hannah Logan
    topics:
    • re: Yearly Meeting Epistle
    • re: book she would like to see published "here"
  8. Fisher, William
    ALS Ulverston, 4 mo. 30, 1818, addressed to Samuel Emlen
    topics:
    • requests his advice on some property he placed under the care of Miers Fisher
  9. Folwell, John
    2 ALS Phila., 1816 and 1818, addressed to Samuel Emlen
    topics:
    • friendship
    • family and friends
    • business conditions
  10. Forsythe, John
    Ms. written ca. 1831
    topics:
    • answers request from Samuel Hilles as to events surrounding the fall and death of Lord Percy at the Battle of Brandywine on 9 mo. 11, 1777
  11. Fothergill, John, Sr.
    Ms. copy of letter, Cork, 7 mo. 4, 1741, addressed to John Pemberton
    topics:
    • friendship
    • religious letter
  12. Fothergill, Samuel
    3 ms. copies [?] of letters 1757 and 1755; ms. copies of extracts from letters and reminiscences of Samuel Fothergill; addressed to Ellen Evans; Friends of the Island of Tortola
    topics:
    • religious in nature
  13. Foster, Rachel
    Foster, Sarah
    2 ALS [England] 1818, addressed to Susan Emlen, Liverpool
    topics:
    • re: Susanna Emlen's father
  14. Fowler, Robert
    ALS Melksham, 7 mo. 6, 1818, addressed to Samuel Emlen
    topics:
    • re: information on burial place of Richard Long
  15. Fry, William
    ALS Mincing Lane, March 1, 1799, addressed to W. Arthur
    topics:
    • request to show Mr. Dillwyn his brother's account in Arthur Crammond's books
  16. Gawthrop, Thomas
    ALS Stenton, 7 mo. 27, [no year, prob. late 1700s?], addressed to John Smith
    topics:
    • expresses thoughts on America
    • also ms. copy of expressions of Thomas Gawthrop on leaving Phila. in Dec. 1777
  17. Grellet, Rebecca
    ALS Burlington, 6 mo. 17, 1841, addressed to Margaret H. Hilles
    topics:
    • extracts from letter of "S.W." of Clifton, 3 mo. 7, 1841
    • comments on John Gossner

    also 2 portraits of R.G.

  18. -19. Griffitts, Hannah (2 folders)
    62 ALS 1790-1802, addressed to Margaret Morris
    topics:
    • friendship
    • religious thoughts
    • family and friends
    • illness and health
  19. Grimke, Sarah Moore (1792-1873)
    Ms. "Brief sketch of the religious experience of a woman of color who resides in Beaufort, S.C." [woman is named "Clarinda"]
  20. Grubb, Sarah Tuke (b. 1756)
    2 ms. copies of extracts from letters of Sarah Tuke written when she was young
    topics:
    • on her family
  21. Hartshorne, L.
    2 ALS 1829-1835, addressed to Samuel Hilles
    topics:
    • religious
    • news of friends
  22. Hawkins, Benjamin
    Ms. copy Creek Agoney, Jan. 22, 1809, addressed to George Churchman
    topics:
    • tells of BH's work with Agoney [?] Indians
  23. Heacock, Hannah Massey (d. 1762)
    Ms. "Some account of the last expressions of our dear Friend Hannah Heacock, wife of Joseph Heacock of Marple in the county of Chester ..."

Box 4 : Hill family letters | Table of contents | Summary | Box 1 | Box 2 | Box 3 | Box 4 | Box 5 | Box 6 | Box 7 | Box 8 | Box 9 | Box 10 | Box 11 | Box 12 | Box 13

(9 folders)

Note: there are handwritten notes by [John Jay Smith?] filed among these letters which relate to their being published. See Letters of Doctor Richard Hill and his children: or, The history of a family / as told by themselves, collected and arranged by John Jay Smith. (Privately printed for the descendants : Philadelphia, 1854) for background on this family and printed transcriptions of many of these letters [BX7721 H61 1854].

  1. Hill family letters, 1700-1745
    21 ALS and ms. copies 1700-1745, written by Richard Hill, Deborah Hill, Samuel Preston, Isaac Norris, Robert Scott and Henry Hill to family
    topics (from notes filed with letters):
    • Richard Hill's intention to marry Deborah Moore
    • commencement of Madeira business house

    Scanned Image Page 1 of ALS of Dr. Richard Hill, Madeira, Jan. 18, 1740, to son "Dickey" Hill in Philadelphia, with warnings and advice, alluding to his own financial difficulties. Page 2 (each approx. 117k).

    Scanned Image Page 1 of ALS of Deborah Hill, Madeira, May 16, 1743, to her son [Richard], telling him she approves of his choice of "H.L." [as future wife? Note: he died unmarried]; was hoping to have him come for the summer but understands now why he can't; sending a variety of plants. Page 2 (each 117k).

  2. Hill family letters, 1746-1751
    23 ALS 1746-1751, written by Henry Hill, Richard Hill, D. Hill to family members
    topics (from notes filed with letters):
    • Richard Hill in Madeira and business improving
    • Henry Hill sent to school in Scotland
    • land in Maryland
    • business matters
    • death of Deborah Hill (wife of Richard Hill)
  3. Hill family letters, 1751-1754
    33 ALS 1751-1754, written by D. Hill, Henry Hill, Richard Hill, Mary Moore, M. Lamar, Rachel Hill to family
    topics (from notes filed with letters):
    • return of Richard Hill to America from Madeira
  4. Hill family letters, 1754-1756
    20 ALS 1754-1756, written by D. Hill, Richard Hill Jr., Thomas Lamar, M. Lamar, Harriet Hill, Henry Hill, John Scott, Henrietta and Edward Walsby to family
    topics (from notes filed with letters):
    • death of Richard Hill, Jr. in Madeira
    • death of child of Harriet Scott and attempted robbery of [counting] house
  5. Hill family letters, 1756-1757
    30 ALS and ms. copies 1756-1757, written by Henry Hill, Richard Hill, Hannah Moore, Samuel Preston Moore to family
    topics (from notes filed with letters):
    • concern over attentions of Richard Wells to Rachel Hill
    • Richard Hill to sail for Madeira again
    • robbery of Richard Hill
    • narrow escape from shipwreck
    • Dr. Lloyd Zachary's will
  6. Hill family letters, 1757-1761
    48 ALS and ms. copies 1757-1761, written by Richard Hill, Henry Hill, Peggy Hill, S. Hill, H. Scott, Richard Wells to family
    topics (from notes filed with letters):
    • descriptive letter of country house of Dr. Richard Hill in Madeira
    • marriage
  7. Hill family letters, 1761-1784
    40 ALS and ms. copies 1761-1784, written by S. Hill, S.H. Dillwyn, Charles Moore, Henry Hill, Robert Bisset, Thomas Lamar, Richard Hill, M. Lamar, Morris, D. Bisset, J.P. Moore to family
    topics (from notes filed with letters):
    • marriage of Henry Hill
    • Sarah Hill marries George Dillwyn
    • fashionable furniture
    • death of Sarah Hill, wife of Joseph
  8. Hill family letters, 1770-1802
    27 ALS 1770-1802, written by Thomas Lamar, H.M., S.H. Dillwyn, Margaret Morris, Charles Moore, S.P. Moore, Rachel Moore, Rachel Wells, M.M. Moore, H. Scott, R. Hill, R.L. Bisset to family
    topics (from notes filed with letters):
    • death of wife of Henry Hill
    • invitation from Henry Hill to young Bisset sisters to come to America
    • Thomas Lamar's wish to retire to America
    • book compiled by Milcah [?] Martha Moore, used at Westtown School
    • letter to a nephew of Drs. Samuel Preston and Charles Moore attempting to dissuade him from joining the military (1777)
    • Milcah Martha Moore's disownment from Society of Friends
  9. Hill family letters, [no year indicated on letters]
    19 ALS [no year], written by M.N., M. Hill, R. Hill, P.H. to family
    topics:
    • chiefly letters to sisters

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