This collection is primarily made up of letters that Quaker schoolteacher Stephen Pike wrote to friends and family members in the early 19th century. Pike discussed religion, education, Mary Roscoe, medicine, and travel in New York and Ohio. The collection also includes letters by Quaker women, including Pike's wife, Rebecca.
Collection processed and finding aid created by Meg Hixon, August 2011
Scope and Content:
This collection (27 items) contains correspondence related to Stephen Pike of Burlington, New Jersey, and other Quakers in the early 19th century. In 24 letters to friends and family members, including Thomas Kite, Ann Pike, and Rebecca Scattergood Pike, Stephen discussed his life in Burlington, religion, philosophy, and education. He mentioned his attendance at a lecture on Quaker involvement in secular governments (June 2, 1813) and shared his thoughts about schoolteachers' desired qualities. He occasionally expressed his feelings about the meaning of life, inspired on one occasion by the death of a friend (May 18, 1814), and shared his opinions on Mary Roscoe. Pike mentioned a crowded Quaker yearly meeting (April 17, 1805) and travels in Pennsylvania and New York; on one occasion, he encountered Native Americans (July 23, 1819). The remaining items include a letter by Pike's wife Rebecca about the application of leeches to a wound (February 15, 1824).
Biographical / Historical:
Stephen Pike, a Quaker, was a bookseller in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, before becoming a schoolteacher in Burlington, New Jersey, sometime before 1813. He and his wife, Rebecca Scattergood, had three children: Sarah (b. September 27, 1820), Mary (b. October 19, 1822), and Thomas (b. September 25, 1824). Stephen Pike died in 1826.
2009. M-4745.3 .
Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.
The collection is arranged according to recipient.
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Finding aid prepared using Describing Archives: A Content Standard (DACS)
Several letters from Stephen Pike to Thomas Kite have been reproduced in full or in part in Memoirs and Letters of Thomas Kite: A Minister of the Gospel in the Society of Friends, Prepared by His Family.
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