Fun discoveries in the archives!

I’m in the midst of doing research about Philadelphia philanthropic organizations in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Presently, I’m working through a number of collections at Haverford College, which seem to be yielding some good material.

However, I did just come across this nugget of unintentional hilarity in reading the Superintendent’s Diary from the “Asylum for the Relief of Persons Deprived of the Use of Their Reason,” or what later became known as Friends Hospital.

Here’s an excerpt from November 2, 1820:

Benjamin Reynolds has frequently insisted on my sending to the City for Schuylkill Water for him to drink.

Well, I supposed Mr. Reynolds was well-placed given his beverage preferences.

Okay, I hope that research interlude proves mildly amusing…back to the manuscripts!


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