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Haverford College
Quaker and Special Collections

Thomas P. Cope Family Papers, 1795-1891

Ms. Coll. 1013
ca. 1,036 items (6 boxes)

Table of contents

Biographical background

Thomas Pim Cope (1768-1854), a Quaker merchant, founder of Cope family shipping business, member of Philadelphia City Council and Pennsylvania legislature, married Mary Drinker (1766-1825) in 1792. Their son Henry Cope (1793-1865) married Rachel Reeve (1794-1863) in 1818. Henry and Rachel's son Thomas Pim Cope (1823-1900) married Elizabeth Waln Stokes (1823-1902) in 1849.

(Source: Dictionary of Quaker Biography; "A record of the Cope family : As established in America, by Oliver Cope,..." by Gilbert Cope (Philadelphia : King & Baird, printers, 1861) [BX 7721 .C78 C78])

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Scanned Image Page 1 (of 10) Letter of Thomas Garrett of Wilmington, DE, 10.27.1856, to Eliza Wigham, Ireland, re his work with Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 7 | Page 8 | Page 9 | Page 10 (each approx. 78k).

Summary of collection

Letters, legal, business and financial papers, accounts, minutes, diary, portraits and other papers chiefly related to the Cope family of Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Papers of Thomas Pim Cope (1768-1854) relate to business and civic interests in Philadelphia (Poor laws, public schools, public water, first bridge over the Schuylkill, etc.); papers (1816-1823) related to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting committee aiding the German Separatists led by Joseph M. Bimeler (Baumler); letters and documents related to legal aspects of the Separation of 1827-1828 within Philadelphia Yearly Meeting.

Letters (1799-1847) to Thomas Pim Cope from Friends and others discuss slavery and immigration of free blacks to Haiti, the War of 1812, business conditions, etc.

Papers of Alfred Cope (1806-1875) include minutes and accounts related to the disbursement of money to Menominee Indians (1849).

Papers of Philip C. Garrett (1834-1905) discuss formation of Haverford College Alumni Association (1857), also his diary while at Haverford College (1851).

Letters (1854-1857) of Thomas Garrett (1789-1871) discuss his work assisting fleeing slaves.

Letters to Thomas Pim Cope while he was in Europe (1858) related to ship "Tuscarora," also letters from family and friends while he was on a religious journey in Great Britain and France with Samuel Morris in 1890.

Seven letters (1890-1891) of Alban Cope while a patient at New York State Lunatic Asylum (Utica) and Hartford Retreat; letters (1890) of Elizabeth W. Cope to her husband Thomas Pim Cope discuss family matters, including son Alban.

Letter (1864) of J.M. M'Kim discusses freedmen; letters of William Drinker Cope discuss land and business matters.

Other correspondents in collection include Abigail Barker, Moses Brown, Francis R. Cope, Henry Cope, John S. Cope, Margaret Cope, Walter Cope, Thomas Eddy, James Milnor, Inazo Nitobe and others.

Related Collections:

See also additional Cope family material (Thomas Pim Cope diaries, Cope packet ship logbooks) in Journal and diary collection, Ms. Coll. 975A-C. Other related collections include Cope-Evans family papers, 1732-1911, Ms. Coll. 1170; Stokes - Evans - Cope family papers, 1713-1981, Ms. Coll 1169; Moses Brown family papers, 1815-1911, Ms. Coll. 1024.

Arrangement of collection:

Papers are arranged as follows: Thomas Pim Cope (1768-1854) papers are in boxes A and B. Box A includes papers related to Cope's business and civic interests (poor laws, public schools, Philadelphia City Council, constituent letters). Box B contains primarily letters to Cope related to Quaker activities and interests.

Box C contains miscellaneous letters and related papers, letters are chiefly addressed to members of the Cope family. Box D contains letters to Thomas Pim Cope (1823-1900). Boxes E and F hold additions to the collection, chiefly letters and business papers.

In general, letters within a folder are arranged alphabetically by author, and chronologically within an author. For most letters, a note as to content is included. In some cases, a chronological list of letters in a folder is provided.

Box A: Thomas Pim Cope (1768-1854) - Business and civic interests | Table of contents | Summary | Box A | Box B | Box C | Box D | Box E | Box F

  1. Poor laws, 1795-1808.
    (30 items: accounts, LS, ALS, resolutions, memorials, petitions, etc.) includes:
    • signed petitions (ca. 1805) against increase in taxes for poor and for a change in the system of how the poor are provided for [17 DS]
  2. Public schools, 1796-1808.
    (7 items: ALS, essay, petitions, etc.) includes:
    • signed petition of the "Minister, Trustees, Elders and Deacons of the German Reformed Congregation in & near Philada." [DS, undated but ca. 1808?]
    • signed petition (1796) of the "Evangelical German Lutheran Synod, held at Yorktown, ..." [DS]
    • letter, Phila., 1 mo. 23, 1808 to Charles W. Hare, signed by Samuel Pemberton, Nicholas Waln, Henry Drinker, Thomas Morris, Jonathan Evans and Thomas Wistar (re attempt to pass a bill for the establishment of schools throughout the state) [ALS]
  3. "Report of the joint-committee of the Select and Common Councils, on the city debts and expenditures, and on the city credits and resources." 1800-1801. [2 D, printed]
  4. Philadelphia City Council, etc., 1800-1842.
    (35 items: accounts, ALS, deed, resolutions, ordinances, etc.) topics include:
    • "committee for watering the city"
    • bridge over the Schuylkill
    • rental property of the city corporation
    • fire relief for Dock Street (May 9, 1806)
    • health laws
  5. Letters from constituents, 1808.
    (3 items)
    • Meredith, William
    • Phila., Feb. 10, 1808. (relating to City Corporation business) [ALS]
    • Ralston, Robert
    • Phila., Mar. 18, 1808. (respecting distressed seamen, etc.) [ALS]
    • Wharton, Robert (Mayor)
    • Phila., Feb. 29, 1808. (wants increased penalties against vice and immorality) [LS]
  6. Business papers, 1813, 1855.
    (2 items)
    • Executors' account (ca. 1855) of estate of Thomas Pim Cope, marked "Copy" [D]
    • 1813 document remitting fines resulting from importation of goods, signed by secretary of Treasury. [DS]

Box B: Thomas Pim Cope (1768-1854) - Friends Meeting affairs | Table of contents | Summary | Box A | Box B | Box C | Box D | Box E | Box F

  1. German Separatists, 1816-1817 - Bimmelers, Zoarites (also see following folder)
    (ca. 56 items: ALS, receipts, bills, subscription lists, broadside, Meeting related papers and papers of Friends committee assisting the Germans to settle here, find land, etc.) includes letters from the following:
    • Allen, William
      copy of a letter to Stephen Grellet, 3 mo. 27, 1817
    • Banzhaf, Gottfried
      ALS in German, also translated copy, dated Oct. 5, 1816
    • Banzhaff, John G[ottfried]
      translation of letter dated Pittsburgh, 10 mo. 11, 1817, to "Friend"
    • Cooper, Benjamin B.
      ALS, Cooper's Ferry, Aug. 23, 1817 to Dr. Parrish (re land)
    • Fisher, Samuel R.
      ALS, Phila. 8 mo. 26, 1817. (re land)
    • Green, William
      copy of letter dated Phila. Aug. 29, 1817 to Samuel R. Fisher (re land)
    • Grellet, Stephen
      ALS, New York, 8 mo. 7, 1817, to Thomas Stewardson
    • Mullowny, J.
      ALS, Phila., Aug. 21, 1817 to J. Warder
    • Popplein, Nicholas and John Hewes
      ALS, Baltimore, 10 mo. 17, 1817 to John Cook
    • Stewardson, Thomas and Caleb Cresson
      copies of 2 letters, Phila. 8 mo. 23 and 10 mo. 17, 1817 to William Allen
    • Warder, John
      ALS, 8 mo. 26, 1817, to "Friends" (re land)

    Also booklet "Names & occupations of the German Separatists made out by Michael Baumler, 10th mo. 1817" [lists families, ages, occupations]

  2. German Separatists, 1817-1823 - Bimmelers, Zoarites
    (ca. 24 items: ALS, receipts, bills, accounts, map, papers of the Friends committee assisting the Germans to settle here, find land, etc.) includes letters from the following:
    • Baeumler, I.N
      ALS, Kendal, 11 mo. 23, 1817 to Jacob Meyer [also translation of same]
    • Banzhaf, et al.
      ALS [in German], Zoar, 6 mo. 1, 1818 to John Cook and Friends in Phila. [also translation of same]
    • Baumler, Jos. Mich.
      copy of letter to John Cooke and the Committee, dated Zoar, 3 mo. 26, 1818
    • Cope, Thomas P.
      copy of letter to Thomas Rotch dated Phila., 6 mo. 4, 1818
    • Lawrence, R.R. and Son
      ALS, dated New York, 11 mo. 11, 1817 to Caleb Cresson and copy of CC's reply 11 mo. 12, 1817
    • Pfersich, Frederik C.
      ALS, Calcuta, Stark Co. Ohio, 3 mo. 9, 1818 to Emmor Matlack
    • Rienhart, Christoph.
      copy of letter dated Kendal, Stark Co., 1 mo. 18, 1818 to Gotfied Lindz
    • Rotch, Thomas
      ALS, Kendal, Stark Co. Ohio, 3 mo. 8, 1818 to Thomas P. Cope
      ALS, Kendal, Stark Co. Ohio, 6 mo. 29, 1818 to Thomas P. Cope
      ALS, Kendal, Stark Co. Ohio, 8 mo. 4, 1818 to Thomas P. Cope
    • Rotch, Thomas and George Brantingham
      ALS, Kendal, Stark Co., Ohio, 1 mo. 17, 1818 to Samuel Bettle and Thomas P. Cope

    Also map, ca. 1820? [broadside of land in Pa. for sale]

  3. Separation of 1827-1828.
    (25 items, 1828-1830: ALS, ms. copies of ALS, ADS, etc.), includes:
    • letters (ALS and copies, ca. 20) re legal aspects of the Separation as regards property [ALS and ms. copies of letters are from Horace Binney, Thomas P. Cope, C.F. Ingersoll, Eli K. Price, Thomas Kittera, John Wurts]
    • "Opinion - on the property & rights of Friends - 3 mo. 19, 1828" [ms. copy]
    • subscription list, "We agree to pay the sum of thirty dollars each towards creating a fund for paying the attornies [sic] employed in defending the property & rights of Friends. Philada. 1 mo. 4, 1828" [ADS, signed by 20 Friends]
    • broadsides, Jury lists (1829-1830) [3 D]
  4. Property of Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, 1828-1847.
    (7 items re to real estate), includes:
    • "Brief of title. Friends Lot Schuyll. 4th & Mulberry Sts." (1828)
  5. Letters to Thomas Pim Cope.
    (ca. 43 items) letters are from:
    • [?] [Julius? Zulius?] [a German visiting Phila.?]
      ALS, Wed. morning (no date) (thank you letter)
    • Adams, John
      ALS, Richmond Hill, Dec. 19, 1815 (re slaves)
    • Allen, Richard
      (printed circular) Dublin, 3/29 1847 (re slavery)
    • Armstrong, Andrew
      ALS, Port au Prince, May 26, 1824 (re immigration of free blacks to Haiti)
    • Baker, H.
      2 ALS, Richmond, Feb. 27 and March 18, 1813 (re militia activity to put down black uprising?)
    • Barker, Peter
      ALS, New York, 7 mo. 30, 1828 (re job as secretary)
    • Beverly, Robert
      ALS, Acrolophos, April, 13, 1812 to Mr. Milner, Washington (re TPC's wish to purchase RB's servant Edmund's freedom)
    • Boorman, J
      2 ALS, New York, Jan. 4 and Feb. 21, 1840 (re Bank of Kentucky)
    • Boorman, Johnston & Co.
      4 ALS, New York, July 31, 1839-Jan. 2, 1840 (re Bank of Kentucky)
    • Chauncey, Charles
      ALS, July 12, 1824
    • Cheves, Langdon
      ALS, Newport, R.I., July 7, 1823
    • Clarke, James, & Co.
      ALS, Manchester, Va., Feb. 14, 1813 (re blockade of port)
    • Clarkson, N. with Peter Augustus Say, J. Griscom, George Newbold, Theodore Dwight
      ALS, New York, July 10, 1824 to Robert Walsh, Thos. P. Cope, Robt. Vaux, Thos. Evans, Chas. Chauncy and Saml. R. Wood (re immigration of free blacks to Haiti)
    • Craft, Gersham
      ALS, Trenton, 1 mo. 4, 1804 (re slave case)
    • Davis & Cope's
      ALS, Baltimore, 7 mo. 16, 1799 (re business)
    • Evans, Thomas
      ALS, Phila., 7 mo. 10, 1824 (re immigration of free blacks to Haiti)
    • Gibson, J.H.
      ALS, Port au Prince, Haiti, Feb. 7, 1825 (re conditions there)
    • Griscom, John
      ALS, Burlington, 1 mo. 14, 1805 (re slavery committee's perceived lack of action)
    • Gurney, J.J.
      ALS, Earlham, 4 mo. 5, 1841 (re letter of introduction for his relative, Robert Barclay)
    • Harvey, Jacob
      3 ALS, New York, 1831-1846 (re business climate in N.Y. City after fire in 1836; distress in Ireland, 1846)
    • Ingham, L.D.
      ALS, Washington, Feb. 23, 1827
    • Jackson, Samuel
      ALS, Aug. 29, 1823 (re death of John Thomas)
    • Kittera, Thomas
      ALS. Washington, Jan. 20, 1827 (re legislation)
    • Milnor, James
      6 ALS, Washington, March-June, 1812 (re foreign affairs, political situation, legislation, manumission of Edmund)
    • Pim, Jonathan
      ALS, Dublin [Central Relief Committee of the Society of Friends], 8 mo. 3, 1847 (re thanks for grain sent to them) [addressed to Thomas Pim Cope]
    • Stabler, M.C.
      ALS, Baltimore, March 30, 1834 [from "niece" to "uncle"] (re death of G.T. Hopkins)
    • Tompkins & Murray
      ALS, Richmond, May 11, 1817
    • Vethake, Henry
      ALS, Phila., May 20, 1841 (re speaking engagement)
    • Walsh, Robert, Jr.
      ALS, July 13, 1824 (re Haiti)
    • West, Francis & John
      1795 bill & receipt for wine
    • Wurts, John
      ALS, Washington, Feb. 19, 1827 (re woolen duties)

    (Additional Thomas Pim Cope papers in Box E, folder 8)

Box C: Letters, etc. (miscellaneous) | Table of contents | Summary | Box A | Box B | Box C | Box D | Box E | Box F

  1. Abigail Barker. Letters.
    (8 items: ALS) includes:
    • [6 ALS] Burlington, 1836, to "cousin" Alfred Cope
    • [ALS] Burlington, 1 mo. 10, 1840, to "cousin" Thomas P. Cope
    • [ALS] [signed "M.C." Mary Cope?], 4 mo. 2, 1824, to Abigail Barker
  2. Jonathan Barton. "Lease Haverford School Association to Jonathan Barton" 1842 [DS]
  3. Alfred Cope (1806-1875). Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, 1846- 1850.
    "Alfred Cope. Accounts of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting for the years 1846-50" [series of handwritten notebooks sewn together]
  4. Alfred Cope (1806-1875). Menominee Indians, 1849.
    (2 items):
    • "Apportionment of $40,000 among the mixed Menominee, 1849," 6 mo. 20. - 7 mo. 10, 1849. [ms., 37 pp.]
    • "Minutes of the Menominee Council 1849 - Thos. Wistar Jr. Commissioner" [notebook, in hand of Alfred Cope]
  5. Alfred Cope (1806-1875). Letters to Alfred Cope, 1835-1863.
    (ca. 34 items) letters are from:
    • Bassett, E.D.
      2 ALS, Phila. 6 mo. 30 and 7 mo. 2, 1863 (re request for money for black refugees)
    • Bates, Fleming
      ALS, Hanover County [Va.], 4 mo. 9, 1836 (re business)
    • Biddle, William
      ALS, [Mine?] Hill Office, 4 mo. 18, 1863 (re "Colored Institute")
    • Braithwaite, Anna
      ALS, Kendal, 3 mo. 7, 1836 (re news of family and Friends, religious thoughts)
    • Braithwaite, Isaac
      AL, Kendal, 4 mo. 6, 1836 (re note enclosed with Kendal marble sample)
    • Cope, Samuel
      "Substance of a testimony delivered at the close of the Yearly Meeting in Philadelphia 1850 by Samuel Cope of New West Chester" [with note on back "A. Fisher, 9/58 (S. Cope's declaratn.")
    • Cope, Thomas Pim
      ALS?, 1 mo. 18, 1862, containing notes on stock and certificates to "Uncle"
    • Davis, Isaac R.
      ALS? [or ms. copy?], Phila. Nov. 5, 1851, sent to Millard Fillmore (re letter of introduction for Alfred Cope, Thomas Wistar, Jr., regarding the Mennomonies)
    • Evans, Thomas
      ALS, 12 mo. 19, 1860 (re financial help for N.C. YM) [w/ printed report on boarding school debt]
      ALS, 2 mo. 1863 (re Westtown School)
    • Fisher, Henry
      ALS, Liverpool, 2 mo. 18, 1829 (re parcel to be sent Stephen Grellet)
    • Fox, Alfred
      3 ALS, Falmouth, 1836 (re plant specimens)
    • Hayden, Dr. F.V.
      ALS, Washington, D.C. [Smithsonian], Oct. 14, 1862 (re recommendation of a black man [Solomon G. Brown?] for AC's "Institute")
    • Hodgson, Thomas
      3 ALS, Liverpool, 1835-1836 (re textbooks, news of Friends [John Wilkinson])
    • Jones, Charles
      Bill for schooling Edward [Cope] from Friends Select School, 1 mo. 1853
    • Kirkbride, Thomas S.
      ALS, Phila., Pa. Hospital for the Insane, 2 mo. 9, 1858 (re Joe Green)
    • Lawrie, George G.
      ALS [in French], New Orleans, Feb. 18, 1837
    • McCarthy, Mary B.
      ALS, Ursuline Convent, Charlestown, Jan. 25, 1836 (re Mrs. Molony, live oak acorns)
    • Maris, S.N.
      ALS, Funchal, Jan. 8, 1836 (re news of friends, botany)
    • Molony, C.M.C.
      ALS, Charlestown, S.C., March 5, 1836 (re live oaks)
    • Seeds, Thomas M.
      bill for hat, Phila. 10 mo. 5, 1860
    • Sibley, John Langdon
      2 ALS, Harvard College Library, Dec. 1848 and March 1850 (re books)
    • Smith, Gideon G.
      ALS, Chester, 3 mo. 28, 1836 (re his school)
    • Sturge, Joseph
      printed circular, New York, 7 mo. 17, 1841 (re slavery)
    • Tyson, E.C.
      ALS, Pittsburgh, July 3, 1836 (re news of family, travel)
    • Waln, Edward
      ALS, "No. 2 York Building" 3 mo. 1, 1853 (re papers of Robert Morris)
    • Wilson, Edward
      ALS, Liverpool, 2 mo. 3, 1836 (re business)
    • Yarnall, Charles
      ALS, 11 mo. 18, 1840 (re AC chosen a member of Haverford School Association)
  6. Alfred Cope (1806-1875). Letters and papers of Alfred Cope, 1836-1864.
    (18 items: ALS, accounts, memorandum) includes:
    • 7 accounts, (AC in account with Cope Brothers, 1855-1864)
    • 10 ALS of AC, 1836-1840
    • 6 ALS, Phila. [and while traveling] to "father" Thomas P. Cope (re travel, news of family and Friends)
    • ALS, Providence, 6 mo. 14, 1839 to "brother" Henry Cope (re travel, news of Friends)
    • 3 ALS, Phila., 1836-1838, to "cousin" Abigail Barker (re news of family and Friends)
    • memorandum of list of laws re ? written on back of letters pasted together

    (Additional Alfred Cope papers in Box D, folder 1 and Box E, folder 4)

  7. Henry Cope (1793-1865). Letters. 1827.
    (3 items)
    • 2 ALS, Phila., 6 mo. 13, 9 mo. 8, 1827, to John Sheppard (re events relative to the Separation of 1827-1828), envelope

    (Additional Henry Cope papers in Box E, folder 6)

  8. Thomas Eddy. Letters. 1823-1824.
    (3 items)
    • 3 ALS, New York, 1823-1824, to Thomas P. Cope (re immigration of free blacks to Haiti and N.Y. Yearly Meeting)
  9. Philip Cresson Garrett (1834-1905). Letters and papers, 1851- 1871.
    (23 items: ALS, AD, diary) includes:
    • Garrett. Philip C.
      AD, "Address delivered before the Haverford Euethean Association by Philip C. Garrett. 12 mo. 1857"
    • Wistar, Thomas
      3 ALS, Haverford College, 1857, to PCG (re Euethean Association)

    The following items found clipped together:

    • [ ], O.O.
      [Brig. Genl. USA]. LS, Nov. 11, 1871
    • Bines, Samuel M.
      ALS, Phila. 11 mo. 10, 1855 (re election to "The Apprentice's Library Co.")
    • Hartshorne, Henry
      6 ALS, Phila. (n.d. and 1857) (re logistics of a meeting [of Haverford alumni to organize an alumni assoc.])
    • Hopkins, Lewis Neill
      ALS, Baltimore, March 18, 1857 (re alumni assoc., memories of Haverford)
    • Hubbard, John R.
      ALS, New Garden, 11 mo. 15, 1856 (re invite to meeting of Haverford alumni)
    • Scull, David
      ALS, Phila., 8 mo. 21, 1857 (re PCG's election to executive committee of Haverford alumni assoc.)
    • Serrill, I.S
      ALS, [Phila.] Oct. 29, 1857 (re ms. of his address for Haverford College)
    • Sharpless, H.
      ALS, 11 mo. 19, 1857 (re treasury [of Haverford alumni assoc.?])
    • Smith, Robert P.
      ALS, Germantown, 11 mo. 18, 1856 (re alumni meeting)
    • Stokes, N. Newlin
      ALS, Moorestown, 6 mo. 16, 1861 (re a wedding)
    • Wood, Richard
      ALS, Phila. 12 mo. 1, 1854 (re business)

    Also "Constitution of Penn Literary Society." [2 items] and Diary for 1851 [while at Haverford School, volume has "Stewart's Register 1851" on cover]

  10. Thomas Garrett (1789-1871). Letters and papers, 1854-1860.
    (11 items: ALS, D, portraits) includes:
    • [2 ALS] Wilmington, 10 mo. 27, 1856 (see image below) and 12 mo. 27, 1856, to Eliza Wigham (Ireland) re his work with fleeing slaves (underground railroad), Harriet Tubman
    • [2 ALS] Wilmington, 3 mo. 29 and 8 mo. 11, 1857, to Mary Edmundson (Ireland) re his work with fleeing slaves (underground railroad)
    • [D] booklet containing "Extract from Annual Report of Edinburgh Ladies' Emancipation Society 1854" and copies of 3 letters of Thomas Garrett (8 mo. 28, 1854; 12 mo. 16, 1855; 9 mo. 12, 1856)
    • 3 portraits of Garrett [1 colored photo made by Elwood Garrett (1860) and 2 photographs]
    • [note re letters "from Thomas Garrett to Friends in Ireland, telling of his work with fleeing slaves. An Irish Friend, Margaret Davis, returned these letters and photo to Alfred C. Garrett, after his being in Ireland in 1901"]
    • Scanned Image Page 1 (of 10) Letter of Thomas Garrett of Wilmington, DE, 10.27.1856, to Eliza Wigham, Ireland, re his work with Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad Page 2 | Page 3 | Page 4 | Page 5 | Page 6 | Page 7 | Page 8 | Page 9 | Page 10 (each approx. 78k).

Box D: Thomas Pim Cope (1823-1900) - Letters addressed to him | Table of contents | Summary | Box A | Box B | Box C | Box D | Box E | Box F

  1. Letters to Thomas Pim Cope, from family and business associates, while he was in Europe, 1858. ["D2"] (for a chronological arrangement, see typed list of letters in folder)
    (32 items: ALS, AL) letters are from:
    • Brown, G.A.
      [per Brown Shipley Co.]. ALS, Liverpool, July 17, 1858
    • Brown Shipley Co.
      5 ALS, Liverpool, April 6 - July 22, 1858 (re business)
    • Cope, Alfred
      2 ALS, England, June 15 and July 19, 1858
    • Cope, Elizabeth Waln
      8 ALS, Phila. and Awbury, 3 mo. 7 - 6 mo. 27, 1858, to her husband Thomas Pim Cope while he was in Europe [4 mo. 30 letter encloses notes from sister Elly and cousin Clemmy] [also see next folder]
    • Cope, Francis R. [Reeve]
      3 ALS (enclosed with letters of EWC), Phila., 4 mo. 19 - 6 mo. 28, 1858 [to his brother, Thomas Pim Cope] [also see next folder]
    • Dunlevey, R.M. [Capt. of Tuscarora]
      4 ALS, Liverpool, April 12 - July 1, 1858
    • Gregory Co.
      ALS and telegram, London, May 27 and June 12, 1858
    • Hamilton, F.A.
      ALS (enclosed with letter of Brown Shipley Co.), Liverpool, July 22, 1858
    • Julius, Theodore
      ALS, Liverpool, July 7, 1858
    • Stokes, F. [Francis]
      5 (ALS and AL), London, June 14 - July 20, 1858

    Also "'The Cope Packet' a collection of genealogical charts compiled by Katharine Cope Evans [Lisker] February 1980"

  2. Letters from members of Cope family, 1890-1891.
    (ca. 65 items: ALS), letters are from:
    • Cope, Alban
      7 ALS, Utica (1890) and Hartford (1891) to his mother and father [note: Alban apparently was a patient at the New York State Lunatic Asylum and was later at Hartford [Retreat?]]
    • Cope, E.S.
      ALS, Woodbourne, July 23, 1890 to "uncle" Thomas Cope from "niece"
    • Cope, Elizabeth Waln
      37 ALS, Awbury (and other locations), 3 mo. 28 - 8 mo. 27, 1890, to her husband, Thomas Pim Cope [while he was in Great Britain on a religious journey] [note: letters tell of family and friends, including Alban's situation, treatment and visits to his family]
    • Cope, F.R. [Francis Reeve]
      ALS, Phila., 3 mo. 28, 1890 to his "brother," Thomas Pim Cope (Additional Francis R. Cope papers in Box E, folder 5)
    • Cope, John S.
      4 ALS, [Europe], 1891, to family [travel letters]
    • Cope, Margaret
      8 ALS, Awbury, 1890, to "father" Thomas P. Cope [news of family, including visit to Alban]
    • Cope, Walter
      6 ALS, Phila. and Europe, 1890-1891, to "father" Thomas P. Cope and "mother" Elizabeth W. Cope [travel letters and news of a visit to Alban at Hartford]
    • Stokes, H.N. [Hetty Newlin]
      ALS, Birchcliffe, 8 mo. 25, 1890 to "brother" [brother-in-law] Thomas Pim Cope
  3. Letters to Thomas Pim Cope, A-C
    Letters date chiefly from his travel with Samuel Morris in Great Britain and France on a religious journey in 1890, most are thank you letters for Quaker books that he had sent from America to various persons and express friendship to Cope and Morris on their travels.
    (ca. 47 items: ALS) letters are from:
    • Adair, William
    • Alexander, Janie
    • Atwood, Charles E. [Dr.]. ALS, Utica, Aug. 27, 1891 (re Alban Cope's removal to [Hartford] "Retreat")
    • Allen, Elizabeth. 2 ALS, 3216 N. 16th St., 4 mo. 14 and 5 mo. 6, 1891 (re Society of Friends matter)
    • Backhouse, Katharine
    • Backhouse, Mary A.
    • Baker, Gulielma
    • Barker, Bessie
    • Barlow, John H.
    • Barritt, Katie
    • Beck, Mary E.. ALS, Hastings, 6 mo. 25, 1891 (re death of niece)
    • Bell, Alice
    • Bell, Samuel
    • Bell, Anna J.
    • Bellows, John
    • Berman, W.
    • Bewley, A. Kathleen
    • Bewley, Ann E.
    • Bewley, Margaret H. ALS, Co. Wicklow, 1 mo. 25, 1891 (re death of daughter)
    • Bewley, Samuel
    • Bewley, Sophia
    • Brede, Ch. F.. ALS, Germantown, 5 mo. 10, 1890 (re his plans for travel, Society of Friends history)
    • Briston, Anne
    • Brown, Alfred William
    • Brown, David J.. 5 ALS, Phila., 6 mo. 28-8 mo. 15, 1890 (re names and addresses, books to be sent)
    • Brown, Eliza (and others)
    • Brown, Margaret
    • Brown, Mercy E.
    • Brown, Shipley & Co. 2 ALS, London, Aug. 19, 1890 and Aug. 14, 1891 (re business)
    • Brun, Christine
    • Bridge, Frances Anne
    • Cadbury, Mary
    • Castle, H.G.
    • Clark, Frances J.
    • Clarke, Sophia S.
    • Clarke, Gertrude E.
    • Clibborn, Barclay
    • Comlee, B.B. Benjamin
  4. Letters to Thomas Pim Cope, D-I
    Letters date chiefly from his travel with Samuel Morris in Great Britain and France on a religious journey in 1890. Most of the letters are thanking Cope for gifts of Quaker books sent to them from America and express friendship to Cope and Morris.
    (ca. 45 items; ALS) letters are from:
    • Daeg [?], S.D.
    • Davis, Emma
    • Davis, Francis H.
    • Davis, Margaret G., ALS, Ennisworthy, 6 mo. 10, 1890 (re thanks for books, death of her father)
    • Davy, L.B.
    • Dixon, R.
    • Driver, George
    • Edmundson, Mary
    • Ferris, Caroline
    • Fisher, Lylla M.
    • Fisher, Thomas W.
    • Fox, Anna F.
    • Fox, Harriette
    • Fox, Robert
    • Foxwell, Emily
    • Freelove, Eleanor
    • Freelove, Hayden
    • Fry, Edith I.
    • Fry, Joseph Storrs
    • Gayner, Isabel
    • Gibbins, Benjamin
    • Gibbins, Emma J.
    • Gibbins, Frederick I.
    • Gillespie, Edward. 2 ALS, Cambuslang(?), near Glasgow, Nov. 10, 1890 and Feb. 13, 1891 (re fundraising for library, work with coal miners and steelworkers)
    • Grace, Wilfrid
    • Gregory, Alfred
    • Grippes, Annie []
    • Grubb, C.
    • Grubb, Eliza H.
    • Grubb, J. Ernest
    • Gundersen, George
    • Hamoh[?], Thomas
    • Hall, Josiah
    • Hammorton, Charles
    • Higham, S.
    • Hobson, William
    • Hohudens [?], S.N.
    • Horne, Edith M.
  5. Letters to Thomas Pim Cope, J-Q
    Letters date chiefly from his travel with Samuel Morris in Great Britain and France on a religious journey in 1890. Most of the letters are thanking Cope for Quaker books that he had sent to them from America and express friendship for him and Morris while on their travels.
    (ca. 29 items: ALS) letters are from:
    • Jesper, L.B.
    • Jesper, Samuel
    • Kelsall, Thomas & Nancy
    • King, Phebe A.
    • Kitching, Elizabeth
    • Lewis, Lilly
    • Lloyd, Gertrude E.
    • Lowe, David
    • Marriage, Wilson
    • Morris, Emma W.
    • Morris, Louisa W.
    • Morris, Samuel. ALS, Phila., 9 mo. 9, 1891 (re memories of their trip, religious reflections)
    • Mounsey, Lucy E.
    • Newhall, Abby
    • Newson, Arthur
    • Nicholson, Emma
    • Nicholson, Mary Emily
    • Nitobe, Inazo. ALS, Sapporo, Japan, 3 mo. 22, 1891 (re translation of book of Geo. Fox's life and writings, Wm. Penn's life and writings)
    • Paradon, Josias. 3 ALS, Nimes, 1890-1891 (re news of family and friends in France)
    • Paterson, Mary M.. 2 ALS, Glasgow, July 27 and Aug. 3, 1890 (re death of uncle Henry)
    • Perry, S. Constance
    • Pim, John Ernest
    • Pim, Jonathan. Photograph of ALS to Thomas Pim Cope, 3 of 8th mo. 1847. [Photograph taken by Ted Hetzel]
    • Priestman, Mary Anne
  6. Letters to Thomas Pim Cope, R-Z
    Letters date chiefly from his travel with Samuel Morris in Great Britain and France on a religious journey in 1890. Most of the letters are thanking Cope for Quaker books sent to them from America and express friendship to Cope and Morris while on their travels.
    (ca. 40 items: ALS) letters are from:
    • Ransome, Edwin B. (accompanying letter of Robson, Walter)
    • Rhoads, Joseph
    • Richardson, Eliza F.
    • Richardson, Harriet
    • Richardson, James M.
    • Robinson, Ellen
    • Sedgwick, Mary E.
    • Sewell, J.S.
    • Simpson, S.A.
    • Sims, C. Mary
    • Sims, Ivie
    • Smith, S. Newlin
    • Southall, John S.
    • Squire, E.L.
    • Stearns, H.U.. ALS, Hartford Retreat for the Insane, March 6, 1891 (re permission for Alban to have his gun there [for shooting birds])
    • Stokes, Lucy R.
    • Stokes, Thomas P.C.
    • Sturge, Hannah J.
    • Tangye, Martha
    • Taylor, Frederick
    • Thompson, Rosalie
    • Tyson, Mary Fell
    • Waller, Alfred Rayney
    • Wallis, Richenda
    • Wallis, W. Clarkson
    • Waring, Mary E.
    • Webb, Mary E.. ALS, Germantown, 10 mo. 31, 1890 (re situation within Society of Friends)
    • Westtown scholars
    • Wilkie, William
    • Williams, Margaret A.
    • Williams, Sarah
    • Wilson, Claude
    • Wilson, Florence J.
    • Wood, Helen E.
    • Wood, Lydia C.. ALS, School Lane, 5 mo. 29, 1890 (re use of Committee room denied them for Meeting of young Friends)
    • Wright, William

    (Additional Thomas Pim Cope papers in Box C, folder 5 and Box E, folder 7)

Box E: Cope family papers, Additions, Box 1 | Table of contents | Summary | Box A | Box B | Box C | Box D | Box E | Box F

  1. Jeremiah Brown. Letters to Jeremiah Brown, mainly from brother Moses Brown, 1814-1815. (24 ALS)
    Letters are from:
    • Brown, Amos
      [ALS] Baltimore, May 25, 1814
    • Brown, Moses
      [22 ALS, AL] Salem and Boston, 1814-1815
    • Brown, William
      [AL] New York, 5 mo. 25, 1814
  2. Cope family. Miscellaneous business papers, 1873-1885. (7 items: bills, receipts)
  3. Cope family. "The lost ship 'Tuscarora'" and "The burning of the packet ship 'Thomas P. Cope'" (2 items)
    • "The lost ship 'Tuscarora'" [typed (copy of newspaper article?), 3 pp., relates the sinking of the ship belonging to the Cope Brothers, with loss of 14 crew and Capt. Dunlevy]
    • "The burning of the packet ship 'Thomas P. Cope'" [typed (copy of article written for the Fairfield Juvenile Literary Society, by "A.C." winter of 1852-1853), 8 pp.]
  4. Alfred Cope (1806-1875). Personal and business papers of, 1855-1874. (31 items: accounts, bills, receipts, ALS)
    Includes:
    • Lawrie, George G.
      ALS, Washington, Feb. 28, 1855 (re business)

    Also papers of Cope Brothers, 1873-1883.

  5. Francis Reeve Cope (1821-1909). Letters to him, 1857-1881. (74 items: ALS [mostly business letters], bills, receipts, printed circular)
    Includes:
    • McKim, J.M.
      ALS, [Washington], Pa. Freedmen's Relief Association, Oct. 30, 1864, to "Miss Wigham" [w/ notation that this letter was published in pamphlet form]

    Also correspondence, 1860, concerning fitting up of Alaska expedition.

  6. Henry Cope (1793-1865). Letters to him: Business Meeting, committees, family finances, etc.
    (ca. 56 items) includes:
    • Copy of letter from a committee of N. England YM to S. Kingston (R.I.) MM re John Wilbur, 4 mo. 23, 1842.
    • letter re Irish relief, 2 mo. 22, 1847. (see also Thos. Pim Cope)
  7. Thomas Pim Cope (1823-1900). Central Relief Committee of Society of Friends, Dublin, 1847.
    (3 items: ALS, extract from minutes)
    • Joseph Bewley
      2 ALS, Dublin, 3 mo. 1, and 4 mo. 1, 1847 [one ALS w/ Jonathan Pim]

    (see also Henry Cope, letter from N.C. re Irish relief)

  8. Thomas Pim Cope (1768-1854). Letters, etc. 1809-1853.
    (26 items: ALS, photograph, receipts, accounts, memorandum, maps, printed circular) includes:
    • Correspondence re Henry S. Drinker, 1809-1817 [letters are from Henry S. Drinker, Thomas P. Cope (copy), Samuel W[], John Cox, Samuel Emlen, Hannah Drinker]
    • misc. items, 1818-1853 includes:
    • letters from J.W. Robinson, John D. Thomas, William B. Tyson, Nathan Dunn, James Boorman
    • photograph of Capt. Theo. Julius, of the "Tonawanda"
    • printed "Circular of the British Emigrant Society, 1818" w/ map
    • map "Susquhanna [sic] County Pennsylvania"
    • account, memorandum "handed to Jno. Cadwallader" 1829

Box F: Cope family papers, Additions, Box 2 | Table of contents | Summary | Box A | Box B | Box C | Box D | Box E | Box F

  1. 1. William Drinker Cope (1798-1873). Letters, etc., 1819-1859.
    (ca. 179 items: ALS, accounts, circular, etc.)
    Correspondence with father, Thomas Pim Cope and brother Henry Cope (1793-1865). Mainly business, connected with lands in Northwestern Pa. Also, thread of conflict between father and son, and problems with Wm. Drinker (T.P.C.'s agent through the years 1816-1828) 1819-1859. Also, Anti-Slavery circular of William Harned et al., 1849, New York City.
    For additional William Drinker Cope papers, see Cope-Evans family papers, Ms. Collection 1170
  2. 2. Rebecca Drinker. Letters and business papers, 1866-1878.
    [17 items]
  3. 3. William Drinker, Jr.. Letters, mainly to cousin, Thomas Pim Cope, whose land agent he was, in Susquehanna Co., 1816-1828.
    [26 items]

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