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Richard Tapper Cadbury (1853-1929) was a Quaker businessman, teacher, writer, and art connoisseur. His mother's brother, Earl Shinn, Jr., (1838-1886) was a well-known art critic. The collection contains correspondence and memorabilia of the Cadbury, Comfort, Haines, and Shinn families. The letters give a detailed picture of life in Philadelphia Quaker families of the mid 19th century, and of the hardships of those who participated in the California gold rush.
Additional Authors and Contributors
List of writings by Richard Tapper Cadbury, NOT part of the collection.
|“An Attempt to Reconcile Spencer with Kant, in their Ultimate Principles of Knowledge.”|
|“The Greek Comedy in Philadelphia.”|
|“The Influence of Gymnastics on Greek Art.”|
|“The Quaker Dialect.”|
|“Was Seneca's Moral Character in Harmony with his Ethical Philosophy?”|
Most of his plays are unittitled.
|“The Bronze Vase.”|
|“The Burnt Down Mill.”|
|“Count Esherhazy on Trial.”|
|“Does the Mind Ever Sleep?”|
|“The Elf Man.”|
|“The Fight in Charlie Allan.”|
|“The Football Season of 1912.”|
|“Homo Omnium Mensura.”|
|“How Two Little Girls Were Seven.”|
|“How Debby Was Seven.”|
|“Mag and Sal in Their Leathers.”|
|“The Magic coat.”|
|“My Paruvian Jar.”|
|“The Quack Doctor: A Movie.”|
|“Time and Space.”|
Ser. 1. Genealogical and biographical material, 1799-1869, n.d.
|Genealogical chart of Richard Tapper Cadbury's ancestors
Includes members of Comfort and Shinn families.
|Diary of Richard T. Cadbury while attending Haverford College||1869||Box 1|
|Notebook record of “Dutch, Irish, & English People I Have Known,” kept by Richard Cadbury, Jr.
Includes address book, including some while at Woodbrooke, about 906
|Marriage certificate of David Comfort & Beulah Walton, great-grandparents of Richard T. Cadbury
See marriage certificate files, F.H.L.
|3-13-1799||(photostat copy)||Box 1|
|Deed of property for Byberry Friends' Meeting House, signed by David Comfort
David Comfort was the maternal great-grandfather of Richard T. Cadbury. See file of deeds, F.H.L.
|Clipping from the Glasgow Gazette, “Valedictory to the Law Class of Glasgow,” by S. W. Comfort, of Glasgow, Ky.||Box 1|
|Disownment of Rebecca Shinn||1-30-1828||Box 1|
|Circular regarding taking over of drug store at N.E. corner of Broad & Spruce Sts. Phila., by Thos. H. Montgomery & Samuel Earl Shinn, the latter an uncle of Richard T. Cadbury.||Box 1|
|Miscellaneous memorabilia of Richard T. Cadbury||Box 1|
Ser. 2. Manuscripts, 1858-1923, n.d.
|Description of Abington Friends Meeting House, author unknown.
Written from the viewpoint of a child.
|Descriptions of Friends' Select School, Haverford Grammar School Westtown Boarding School, by Earl S. Cadbury
Earl was presumably son of Richard T. Cadbury, lived 1888-1970.
|Lecture notes on art, including lecture on Leonardo da Vinci, author unknown, probably E. Shinn||(2 folders)||Box 1|
|Miscellaneous essays, plays poems, stories
Includes “An Attempt to Reconcile Spencer with Kant,” & “The Greek Comedy in Philadelphia”, presumably by Richard Tapper Cadbury.
|Miscellaneous “essays” by various young people
Includes binder entitled The Young Essayists, in which some of the compositions are dated 1858. Also, “Not Luck, but Work”, by Helen V. Nathans, who later became the wife of Richard T. Cadbury.
|1858, other dates||Box 2|
|Nero, A Tragedy, by Richard Tapper Cadbury
Pub. Phila. under pseud. “Richard Comfort.” See printed copy in F.H.L. BX7617.C18N4
|Illustration for Nero, drawn by Earl Shinn, Jr., uncle of Richard T. Cadbury||(2 copies)||Box 2|
|Writ, By Richard Tapper Cadbury
Pub. Haverford. See printed copy in F.H.L. BX7617.C18W9
Ser. 3. Correspondence, 1818-1924, n.d.
|Folders arranged alphabetically by individual, chronologically within each folder
|Cadbury, Richard Tapper, rec'd & sent||1880-1924, n.d.||Box 3|
|Cadbury, Richard, & wife, Lydia Shinn Cadbury, parents of Richard Tapper Cadbury, rec'd & sent||1858-1876 (?), n.d.||Box 3|
|Comfort, Charles, sent||1838-1865, n.d.||Box 3|
|Comfort, David, & wife, Beulah Walton Comfort, parents of other Comforts in this series, rec'd & sent||1818-1840||Box 3|
|Comfort, Edmund, sent||1840-1887||Box 3|
|Comfort, James, sent
Includes lines on his death by shipwreck, 2-13-1835, written by a brother.
|1826-1835, n.d.||Box 3|
|Comfort, Lydia, rec'd & sent||1820-1865, n.d.||Box 3|
|Comfort, Martha (Patty) sent||1840-1885||Box 3|
|[Comfort, Richard] rec'd from H.W. Longfellow||1880 9mo 28||Box 4|
|Comfort, Stephen, sent||1829-1857||Box 4|
|Comfort, Thornton, wife, Joanna, sent||1827-1880, n.d.||Box 4|
|Comfort, William, sent||1828-1845, n.d.||Box 4|
|Haines, Elizabeth Shinn, & husband Henry Haines, sent
Includes correspondence by Hillborn, Fanny, “adopted daughter” of Elizabeth Haines, sent, 1878-1882, n.d.
|1843-1881, n.d.||Box 4|
|Neall, Hannah Lloyd, (Mrs.James), to Earl Shinn, Jr, sent||1857-1869, n.d.||Box 4|
|Shinn, Earl Sr., & wife Sarah Comfort Shinn, parents of other Shinns in this series, rec'd & sent||1823-1863||Box 5|
|Shinn, Earl, Jr., sent
All of Earl Shinn Jr.'s correspondence is available on microfilm.
|Shinn, Earl, Jr., letters, rec'd & sent, of special interest re: art and artists||(With photocopies)|
|Article about Thomas Eakins, publishing two letters from this collection. By Gerald M. Ackermen.||Box 5|
|Shinn, Earl, Jr., rec'd||1855-1886, n.d.||Box 5|
|Shinn, James Thornton, sent||1866-1867, n.d.||Box 6|
|Shinn, Rebecca, sent||1866-1878, n.d.||Box 6|
|Shipley, Anna Shinn husband, Samuel R. Shipley, sent||1850-1887, n.d.||Box 6|