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Collection Details


Collection Name: Ezekiel Hunn Jr. Letters to Lydia Hunn
Repository Name: University of Delaware. Library. Special Collections Department [Repository Details]
Repository Location: Newark, Delaware, United States
URL: http://www.lib.udel.edu/ud/spec/findaids/hunn.htm
Dates Spanned: 1887-1887
Description: The Ezekiel Hunn Letters to Lydia Hunn comprise nineteen letters which date from the period May 3, 1887 to June 25, 1887. Ezekiel Jr. had left his family in Europe to return to work in Philadelphia, and the letters, written to his mother who was still in Europe at the time, relate news of home. Much of the content of these letters pertains to information regarding the activities of friends and relatives, with the surnames Warner, Wharton, Wood, Barker, Harrington, and Jenkins among those recurring. He wrote about agricultural matters and his own legal work, including developments in jurisprudence and the prohibition issue. The letters are also replete with numerous dramatic passages, including his narration of a trip to "Wildcat," rescue efforts in a Johnstown flood, the sinking of the Britannic, and several humorous anecdotes about President Cleveland. Ezekiel Hunn wrote a great deal about Europe, his children, and numerous acquaintances -- including Pennsylvania Supreme Court Justice Ulysses Mercur (1818-1887), whose death Hunn recounts. The letters are filled with great detail, color, and wit, and are very revealing of the life of his family, as well as his own Quaker sensibilities.
Estimated Total of Interviews: 19
Broad Subjects: Industry and Labor; Economics
ASP Subjects: Letters; Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, PA; United States; Work; Work environment
Collection Code: OHC0004816