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Correspondence of Edith Mason Smith and Joshua Cowgill Smith

 Sub-Series — Box: 1

Scope and Contents

There are four folders of letters between Edith Mason Smith and her husband, Joshua Cowgill Smith, 1880-1908 & n.d. and an additional folder of letters from Joshua Smith to his wife, Edith in 1881.

There is one folder of letters from other correspondents to Edith Mason Smith and one letter written by her. They touch on family matters, health, travel and people whom they knew in common. Letter writers include: Elizabeth Wistar, Samuel Emlen, Anna Waring and others. The letters to Edith M. Smith include: from Emlen, Samuel. 1892 7/? Expects the question of music in the Society of Friends will be decided by its women members, as they are the ones who seem to want it; from an unsigned correspondent 1901 1/6. Telling of the appointment of William Wistar Comfort to the newly created language department at Haverford College.

The letters from Joshua Smith to Edith Mason in 1881, very affectionate in content, and, often written on stationery of his company in Conowingo MD, the Conowingo & Stafford Flint and Feldspar Mills and Quarries, contain some bits of information about the company. The letters include: 1881 6/1. Smith's visit to the President and Secretary of the Treasury

The letters of Edith Mason Smith and Joshua Smith, 1880, primarily from Joshua Smith, and mentioning many Philadelphia Quakers, and comments about his business, include: EMS, Philadelphia, 1880 12/11. speaks of their deep friendship and love and personalities; meeting for Kansas sewing at Awbury

The letters of Edith Mason Smith and Joshua Smith, 1881, again mentioning many Philadelphia Quakers, health, daily activities, wedding plans

The letters of Edith Mason Smith and Joshua Smith, 1882 & 1884 indicate their residence at Roscrea and the many decisions to be made about its outfitting

The letters of Edith Mason Smith and Joshua Smith, 1885, 1908 & n.d. also include some letters from "Mother." All letters tell of activities, friends and relatives

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

This collection is open for use.

Biographical / Historical

Edith Mason (1857-1944) married Joshua Cowgill Smith (1857-1911) in 1881. They were both Quakers. Their children were Mildred Mason Smith Whitall, Jean Margaret Smith and Elizabeth Newlin Smith Ewing. At the earliest time of correspondence between Mason and Smith in the 1880s, Smith was a proprietor of the Stafford and Conowingo Flint and Feldspar Mills and Quarries.


5 folders

Physical Description

Many of the letters are in fragile condition and have brown discoloration, possibly from acid migration

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