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William Baxter (1824-1886) was a Quaker businessman who lived in Wayne County, Indiana, and was active in social reform, particularly in the temperance movement. The collection includes correspondence of William and his wife, Mary Baxter (1830-1918), business papers, essays and speeches on temperance and other social reforms, family memorabilia, and miscellaneous materials.
Additional Authors and Contributors
Ser. 1. Biographical and genealogical material, 1848-1937, n.d.
|Baxter, Albert: biographical sketch
Albert Baxter was the brother of Wm. Baxter.
|11 mo 6, 1893||Box 1|
|Baxter Emily: journal,
Journal written under the pseudonym Hepatica Rushmoren.
|1887, 1888.||Box 1|
|Baxter, Emily: Memorial meeting||n.d.||Box 1|
|Baxter, Maria: (1862-1928), memorials||(2 memorials)||Box 1|
|Baxter, Mary: “Lines on the Death of” by "H. R."
"Composed and presented to E. Wickett, Mother of the Deceased, by a young woman Friend”
|Journal with some business accounts, recipes and cures.||1848, 1849.||Box 1|
Contains record of places where lecture were delivered.
|“A Short Sketch of the early life of the late William Baxter,” by Alfred Baxter||Box 1|
|Naturalization paper||3-12-1855||Box 1|
|Clippings re. his death||1886||Box 1|
|Coffin, Lucy V. Baxter: Memorials re. he and her husband, Percival Brooks Coffin||1935, 1936, 1937||Box 1|
|Cooper, Benjamin W: will||1861||(typed copy)||Box 1|
|Cooper, Benjamin W.: quit claim, relating to will||1904||(typed carbon)||Box 1|
|Cooper, Bennett Smedley: birth certificate||3-28-1896||Box 1|
|Cooper, William B.: will, incomplete||n.d.||Box 1|
|Fletcher, Esther (later Richards): birth certificate||9-8-1888||Box 1|
|Moffitt: “On the Golden Wedding Day of Hugh and Sarah Moffitt, 12mo 3 1878”
Handwriting appears to be that of Wm. Baxter.
|(ms. verses)||Box 1|
|Sutton, Anne H.: funeral service||5/3/1900||(printed)||Box 1|
|Sutton, Mary E. B.: will and codicil||11-27-1886||Box 1|
|Sutton-Chase genealogical chart, and Sutton & Underhill pedigree||(printed)||Box 1|
|Genealogical data: Baxter, and related families - Wickett, Barker, Davis, Pickett, etc.||(notebook)||Box 1|
|Genealogical data: Zacariah Fletcher and descendants||Box 1|
|Miscellaneous memorials||Box 1|
Ser. 2. Photographs
Includes pictures of Mary Barker Baxter, Wm. Baxter and members of their family and related families such as Coffin, Cooper, Fletcher, etc.; Hugh and Sarah Moffitt; Friends; residences, etc. See lists following checklist.
Also see FHL pictures files for S. W. view of West town Boarding School, drawn by John Collins, 1858; and Yearly Meeting, Devonshire House.
Ser. 3. Correspondence, 1850-1920
By various authors, including Wm. and Mary Baxter, who are the main recipients.
|Wm. Baxter to Mary Barker||1854-1856||Box 5|
|Various, to Wm. Baxter||1864-1868||Box 6|
|Various, to Wm. Baxter||1868-1870||Box 6|
|Henry Vincent to Wm. Baxter, Lucy Vincent to Wm. Baxter
Also includes facsimile of letter from John Bright to Henry Vincent, 1873-1879
|1870-1878||(15 ALsS, 2 from Lucy)||Box 6|
|Various authors to William and Mary Bayles||1868-1920||Box 6|
Ser. 4. Business Papers, 1864-1907
|Notebook, “Memoranda, 1864, William Baxter."
Contains notes on credit rating of businessman.
|Miscellaneous: including Wm. Baxter's accounts with Albert Baxter & Co., 1873-1879||1869-1907||Box 7|
|Business Correspondence||1870-1878||Box 7|
|Opinion: A. Browning for Clayton Cooper||1870, 8-9||Box 7|
|Business correspondence||1870-1872, 1873, 1874||(2 vols, bound)||Box 7|
|2 deeds for lots at Earlton-in-the-Pines with related papers, Hallinger to Cooper,||1894||Box 7|
|Lease, Lucy V. Baxter Coffin to Edward Quigley
Also includes leaflet: Wm.B. Coopers estate, announcing executor sale
|3-9, 1907||Box 7|
Ser. 5. Essays and speeches by William Baxter, 1862-1930, n.d.
|Ms. and printed. Arranged alphabetically by subject or first line.
|“An act to provide against the evils resulting from the sale of intoxicating liquors...” incomplete||n.d.||Box 8|
|“Alcoholic Medication,” incomplete||n.d.||Box 8|
|“Capital Punishment”||1873||Box 8|
|“Children's Temperance Speech”||n.d.||Box 8|
|“Civilization and Christianity”
Read before Camden Literary and Chess Club
|“Does Phrenology Afford a Correct and Reliable Estimate of Mental and Moral Character?”
The article is a negative argument.
|“Down With Liquor Traffic”||11-13-1885||Box 8|
|“The Duty of the Government and State in Relation to the Liquor Traffic”||n.d.||Box 8|
|“Extent of Traffic in U.S., Evils of Intemperance, Etc."||n.d.||Box 8|
|“Extracts from Senator Daggy's Speech Before the Senate”||n.d.||Box 8|
Read before the Literary and Philosophical Club of Phila.
|At Earlham College, paper on Temperance||12-5-1874||Box 8|
|“Free Trade and Protection"||n.d.||Box 8|
|“How to Read and What to Read"||n.d.||(2 versions)||Box 8|
|“If a rumor---”||n.d.||Box 8|
|“Important Suggestions and Facts for Christian Professors"
Part of copy of an address in connection with Indiana YM, Richmond
|To Indiana Yearly Meeting at Indianapolis, incomplete||10-1-1875||Box 8|
|“Intemperance the Great Curse - Total Abstinence the Only Sure Prevention and Cure"||n.d.||Box 8|
|“Is Physical Force or Moral Suasion the Best Rule for Prison Discipline?”||n.d.||Box 8|
|“Is True Civilization Making Any Real Progress in the World?”
The paper is a negative argument. Read before the Camden Literary and Chess Club.
|“John Pym and the English Commonwealth"||n.d.||Box 8|
|“John Wycliffe"||n.d.||Box 8|
|“Life of Elder Walter Scott”||1874||Box 8|
|Notes on Life of John Bunyan, and notes for lecture on John Bunyan||n.d.||Box 8|
|“Ought Capital Punishment to be Abolished” Camden||11-10-1862||Box 8|
|“Prohibition and Not License...” Senate Bill No. 138.||n.d.||Box 8|
|“Social Life and Manners in Medieval England"||n.d.||Box 8|
|Synopsis of Wm. Baxter's speech delivered at the Temperance Meeting held at Central Church||3/26/?||Box 8|
|“A Talk About Disagreeable People”||n.d.||Box 8|
|“The Vision”||1871||Box 8|
|“We very often hear..."||n.d.||Box 8|
|“What Is Genius?”
Read before the Camden Literary and Chess Club.
|“What is The Indiana Temperance Law,”||n.d.||Box 8|
|“What Is the Political Duty of All Temperance Voters of Indiana..."||n.d.||Box 8|
|“Whether There Is More To Admire Or Condemn in the Character of Wm. Penn?” Phila.||1863||Box 8|
|“Which Has the More Influence Over Man, Ambition or Love?”||n.d.||Box 8|
|“The World's Opinion..."||n.d.||Box 8|
|Folder of portions of incomplete essays and speeches||Box 8|
|Speech against Capital Punishment
Delivered in the Indiana Legislature.
|Monday, March 10, 1873||Box 8|
|Writings of Lucy V. Baxter Coffin, 1923-1930|
|“Bird Life at The Brooks”||4-15-1930||(ms. and typewritten)||Box 9|
|“Individuality in Bird Song”
Published in The Wilson Bulletin, Vol.XL, No.2. Includes reprints.
|June, 1923||Box 9|
Ser. 6. Memorabilia, 1842-1909
|Wm. Baxter's notebook containing `Rules for my future guidance adopted 1st mo 1st 1866.”||Box 9|
|Two Piece books, Wm. Baxter||1849, 1842||Box 9|
|Two Piece books, unknown owners||n.d.||Box 9|
|Mary Baxter's Housekeeper's Book||1857||Box 9|
|Mary Parker's papers|
|Notebook, Bible notes, from Westtown Boarding School||9mo 1853||Box 9|
|Arithmetic notebook||5mo 1855||Box 9|
|“Arithmetic notebook” (no name, but Mary Barker's handwriting)||n.d.||Box 9|
|Natural science notebook||n.d.||Box 9|
|Notebook, botany, arithmetic, etc., Westtown Boarding School||1856||Box 9|
|Piece book, Westtown Boarding School||7mo 16 1855||Box 9|
|Piece book (no name, but Mary Barker's handwriting)||n.d.||Box 9|
|Copy book||5 mo, 11 1855||Box 9|
|19 compositions on variety of subjects||Box 9|
|Sacred Album||1855, 1856||Box 9|
|Verses, “Do They Miss Me At Home?” anon.||10 mo 16, 1855||Box 9|
|Verses, We Do Miss Thee At Home,” anon.||10 mo, 17, 1855||Box 9|
|Bills for Mary Barker's board and tuition at Westtown Boarding School
Includes receipts for payments, 5mo 5 1855 and llmo 2 1855.
|10 mo 5 1855, and 4mo 11 1856||Box 9|
|“Register of Recitations" for Mary Barker, Westtown Boarding School||5mo 21 1855 to 3mo 3 1856||Box 9|
|Richmond High School commencement programs||1879, 1882||Box 9|
|Program of Penna. Institution for the Instruction of the Blind||10-3-1855||Box 9|
|Print of Keighley Mechanics Institute, Science, Art, and Technical Schools||1886||Box 9|
|Quilt design||Box 9|
|Ms. and printed verses and article||Box 9|
|Envelope and small, round box of seals||Box 9|
|Bone letter opener||Box 9|
|Papers relating to 250th Anniversary of Hodley, Mass.
Includes Gough and Sutton genealogy.
|Partial list of books in J.G.Sutton's library||1902||Box 9|
Ser. 7. Reference Material, 1840-1910, n.d.
|Manuscripts, 1874, n.d.:||Box 9|
|"Contest of Wm. C. Jefferis against Wm. Baxter for a seat in the Senate of Indiana for Wayne County."||1874||Box 9|
|Memorial talk regarding Maria Maxter, unsigned||n.d.||Box 9|
|“First Day School of Whitewater, Indiana”||(typed)||Box 9|
|Printed material, 1840-1855, n.d.:||Box 9|
|Quaker brochures: Information To Parents And Others... Westtown Boarding School||1855?||Box 9|
|A Catalogue of the Officers and Students of Westtown Boarding School.||Summer session, 15; winter, 1055o||Box 9|
|Instructions For The Circular Sliding Rule...by Thos. Wilkinson.||1840||Box 9|
|The Spinner's, Manufacturers and Merchant's Guide||1841||Box 9|
|Clippings on a variety of topics||Box 9|
|Clippings re: Henry Vincent||Box 9|
|Books from library of William Baxter, 1834-1910:||Box 10|
|The Christian and Ministerial Life of the Rev. Richard Baxter, principally from accounts written by himself. London, Hamilton & Adams||1834||Box 10|
|Rhoda M. Coffin (FHL, BX7796.C68A3), edited by Mary Coffin Johnson. N. Y., Grafton Press
Inscribed to Mary Ellen Baxter Sutton by Chas. F. Coffin, 2/7/1911
|The Death Warrant of Charles the First.., by l. J. Thomas.. London||1880||Box 10|
|The Dying Thoughts of the Rev. Richard Baxter, abridged by Benj. Fawcett||Box 10|
|My Farm of Edquewood..., by Donald G. Mitchell (?). N. Y., Charles Scribner||1863||Box 10|
|Rural Studies, with Hints for Country Places, by Donald G. Mitchell (?). N. Y., Charles Scribner & Co.||1867||Box 10|
|“The Indiana Temperance Law"||1873||Box 10|