Letter from Elbert Russell

Letter from Elbert Russell (1942)

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
School of Religion, Office of the Dean

Martha Bunting.

Dear friend –

Replying to thy inquiry, my paper on “The Influence of Friends on Colonial Life” was read at the 250th anniversary celebration of the founding of Baltimore yearly meeting (1922) and was included in the booklet of the published proceedings. If thee can find a copy of it, thee is welcome to quote from it.

The quotation “Vague of creed and barren of rite” etc. is from Whittier’s poem “The Preacher.” I did not use it in the paper at Baltimore.

The Friends libraries at Haverford and Swarthmore ought to have a copy of the Baltimore celebration.


Elbert Russell

  1. Of related interest:
  2. The Influence of Friends on Colonial Life. By Elbert Russell. Extracts from an address (1922).
  3. — Dictionary of North Carolina Biography: Elbert Russell.