William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Caleb Jones Papers, 1843-1848
Rob S. Cox, May 1993
Caleb Jones papers
The Jones collection consists of 10 letters written by Martha and John W. Jones, Quakers from Portland, Me., to their parents from a Friends' boarding school in Providence, Rhode Island.
The material is in English
William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
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Caleb Jones Papers, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan.
Caleb and Lydia Jones, Quakers from Portland, Me., sent their children, Martha, Caroline, and John W., to a Friends' boarding school in Providence, R.I. The school admitted both boys and girls, though they were kept rigorously separated, and offered a curriculum including a strong dose of the natural sciences.
Collection Scope and Content Note
The Jones papers consist of 10 letters written mainly by Martha and John W. Jones to their parents. The letters are too scattered to provide a complete, or even coherent, picture of life at the school or of the curriculum offered, but the letters give an occasional glimpse of Martha's and John's reactions to the boarding school environment.
Two letters are of particular interest. First, on November 14, 1845, a superintendent at the school, Lydia Thompson, wrote regarding the school's regulations on suitable (i.e., plain) clothing for the students, apparently in response to a violation of the regulations by John. Secondly, on December 6, 1846, John describes some of the classes in science that he has attended. He mentions an experiment with a brass cannon that the boys had overloaded with powder, as a result of which one of the girls fainted from excitement. In an experiment in chemistry class, an instructor apparently set a beaker of ether on fire, causing some of the girls in the class to panic momentarily.
Additional Descriptive Data
Chemistry--Study and teachingElectricityFires--Rhode IslandHomesicknessJones, John W.Quakers--ClothingQuakers--Education
Science--Study and teachingThanksgiving Day
- 1843 May 27
- 1843 December 22-23
- 1845 November 14-16
- 1846 January 18
- 1846 December 6