BIOGRAPHICAL AND HISTORICAL NOTE
The Gayner family were Quakers, of Sunderland, England. The papers chiefly concern John Gayner (1824-1911), and his brother,
Robert Heydon Gayner (1831-1916). Topics include family affairs, various Quaker interests, including the religious welfare
of sailors and evening schools for young men, American Civil War, and trips to Europe and Egypt.
SCOPE AND CONTENT OF THE RECORDS
Much of the correspondence in this manuscript collection was written by or to Robert Heydon Gayner, born 1831, died April
22, 1916. Most of the rest was written to the unmarried daughter, Juliet Gayner, with whom he lived after his wife's death.
In the early years of this correspondence, the 1850's and 1860s, some of the more interesting letters were written to Robert
by his older brother, John Gayner, Jr. John offered Robert advice on marriage, expressions of his Quaker beliefs, monetary
interests in Roberts shipping business, comments on America's Civil War, and discussions of farm land values during the settlement
of their father's estate in 1863. He mentions his interest in various concerns of English Friends of this period, such as
distributing copies of the Scriptures to foreign sailors from Catholic countries, evening schools for young men, and promoting
the knowledge of Friends views among other people. These letters have been kept separate from the main body of correspondence,
and are organized chronologically.
The rest of the correspondence is concerned with the daily concerns of various members and relatives of the Gayner family
in England and on their travels. These letters are also arranged chronologically. The Gayner Family was also acquainted with
members of some of the prominent English Quaker families of the period, such as Sturge, Pease, Backhouse, and Fry.
The collection is divided into six series:
Biographical and genealogical
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