Sophie Madeleine du Pont and Samuel Francis du Pont lettersCreation: 1824-1922
Sophie Madeleine du Pont (1810-1888) was the youngest daughter of Eleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834), founder of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., and Sophie Madeleine Dalmas du Pont (1775-1828), and the wife of Samuel Francis du Pont (1803-1865). The collection contains twelve letters and documents regarding the du Pont family, discussing family and church news, as well as a letter from Samuel B. Brown regarding the Brandywine Manufacturers' Sunday School.
- Creation: 1824-1922
Sophie Madeleine du Pont (1810-1888) was the youngest daughter of Eleuthère Irénée du Pont (1771-1834), founder of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., and Sophie Madeleine Dalmas du Pont (1775-1828), and the wife of Samuel Francis du Pont (1803-1865).
She was educated at home by her sister, Victorine du Pont Bauduy (1792-1861), and then attended Mrs. Grimshaw's school in Philadelphia for several months in 1825. In 1833, du Pont married her first cousin, Samuel Francis du Pont (1803-1865), a son of Victor Marie du Pont (1767-1827), and Gabrielle Josephine de La Fite de Pelleport du Pont (1770-1837). There were no children by this marriage. Du Pont resided along the Brandywine her entire life, first in her parents' home and then in her husband's home, Louviers, located across the river. Her interests included family history, drawing, literature, religion, politics, and missionary work.
Due to Samuel Francis du Pont's naval career, which often kept him away from home, the couple frequently corresponded. After her husband's death, she edited two volumes of selections of his papers and was concerned with rehabilitating his reputation, which had suffered after he was blamed for the failure of the Union Navy's attack on Charleston. Suffering from a variety of health problems, du Pont was frequently housebound and consequently regularly corresponded with friends and family whom she was unable to visit.
Scope and Contents
Twelve letters and documents regarding du Pont family, including correspondence between Sophie Madeleine du Pont (1810-1888) and Samuel Francis du Pont (1803-1865). Correspondents include Mary Belin (1839-1913), Margaretta Elizabeth (Lammot) du Pont (1807-1898), Isabella (d"Andelot) Belin (1812-1863), and Anna Brickle. The letters contain family and church news. Also included is a letter from Samuel B. Brown, of Haverford, Pennsylvania, to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Copeland regarding the Brandywine Manufacturers' Sunday School, in which he was a scholar (circa 1848) and Sophie Madeleine du Pont's interest in it.
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- Sophie Madeleine du Pont and Samuel Francis du Pont letters
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