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Ezekiel Hunn Jr.
Letters to Lydia Hunn
Manuscript Collection Number: 383
Accessioned: Purchase, 1986.
Extent: 19 items.
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: November 1998 by Arthur Siegel
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Ezekiel Hunn Jr. had two siblings, Townsend Sharpless and Mary; and his cousin, John Hunn (b.1847/49), served as governor of Delaware from 1901 to 1905. Virtually nothing is known about Ezekiel's childhood, though he too was brought up and educated as a Quaker. He studied law, eventually becoming a practicing attorney in Philadelphia. On October 25, 1876 he married Anna Eliza Jenkins (1855-1902), daughter of Jabez and Elizabeth Jenkins of Murderkill Hundred in Kent County, and together they had nine children.
Conrad, Henry C. History of the State of Delaware. Wilmington, Del: Henry C. Conrad, 1908.
Historical and Biographical Encyclopedia of Delaware. J.M. McCarter and B.F. Jackson, eds. Wilmington, Del: Aldine Publishing and Engraving Co., 1882.
Reed, Marion Bjornson. The Underground Railroad in Delaware. Master's Thesis, University of Pennsylvania, 1928.
Note: Historical and biographical information obtained from the collection. For genealogical information, ask the manuscripts librarian for assistance with the collection folder.
Scope and Content Note
As the letters are written on pages numbered from 6 to 29 and 43 to 74, it is likely that he had written at least one previous letter, and perhaps subsequent letters, which are no longer extant. It is not clear when Hunn returned from Europe, but from the tone of the first few letters it must have been only shortly before he began writing. The letters are in ink, on laid paper, are about 6 x 8" in size, and several contain newspaper clippings pasted onto the pages. Two were written from "Wildcat," and the remainder from his home in Philadelphia.
These letters were written by Ezekiel Hunn to his mother, Lydia [Sharpless] Hunn, who was in Europe at the time. The letters dating from June 18 and 19 were written from "Wildcat," the remainder from Philadelphia. Page numbers refer to the numbers which appear on each leaf in the collection. F1 1887 May 3 ALS 4pp. p.6-9 Jun 4 ALS 4pp. p.10-13 Jun 4 ALS 5pp. p.14-18 Jun 6 ALS 3pp. p.19-21 Jun 7 ALS 3pp. p.22-24 Jun 8 ALS 2pp. p.25-26 Jun 9 ALS 3pp. p.27-29 Jun 14 ALS 2pp. p.43-44 Jun 15 ALS 3pp. p.45-47 Jun 16 ALS 2pp. p.48-49 Jun 17 ALS 2pp. p.50-51 Jun 18 ALS 5pp. p.52-56 Jun 19 ALS 3pp. p.57-59 Jun 20 ALS 3pp. p.60-62 Jun 21 ALS 3pp. p.63-65 Jun 22 ALS 2pp. p.66-67 Jun 23 ALS 2pp. p.68-69 Jun 24 ALS 3pp. p.70-72 Jun 25 ALS 2pp. p.73-74
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