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The Philadelphia Years

Bertram Wyatt-Brown

in The House of Percy

Published in print October 1996 | ISBN: 9780195109825
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199854240 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195109825.003.0005
The Philadelphia Years

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In the 1820s, the Percys and their friends adopted Philadelphia almost as a second home. Philadelphia offered members of the slaveholding class a congenial and conservative atmosphere—as well as being stocked with stores, sources of financial credit, museums, and sophisticated society as one might desire, without the frantic pace of New York or Eastern snobbery and radicalism of Boston. Also, the city was well equipped with academies for young ladies, and daughters in the Percy circle were enrolled in schools there in preparation for suitable marriages. In the late eighteenth century, Charles Percy and Susannah Collins raised three daughters: Sarah, Susannah, and Catherine. This chapter focuses on the life of Sarah Percy, noting her marriage with Nathaniel Ware, and her problems with mental instability.

Keywords: Philadelphia; female Percys; slaveholders; Sarah Percy; mental instability; Nathaniel Ware

Chapter.  8335 words. 

Subjects: Local and Family History

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