EVANS, Charles, 1802-1879

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  • Name: Charles Evans
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  • Gender: M
  • Birth date: 25th December 1802
  • Place of birth: Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Nationality: US
  • Spouse(s): Mary Lownes Smith (m., 1836)
  • Children:
  • Meeting:
  • Branch:
  • Disowned date: --
  • Death date: 20 April 1879
  • Place of death: Philadelphia?, Pa.
  • Works by:

b. 25th Dec. 1802, Phila., Pa., s. Jonathan and H (Bacon) Evans.
Ed. William Penn Charter School. Studied medicine at the Univ. of Pa.
1927, attended during Yearly Meeting week, a meeting for planning separation, held at Green St., Phila., and reported to the Yearly Meeting (Arch St.) the following day that such a meeting had been held. This announcement caused some consternation among those responsible for the Green St. meeting. Some of them denied that such a meeting had been held. When C. E. apealed to John Comly, he remained silent.
m., 1836, Mary Lownes Smith, dau. of Robert Smith III, first editor of The Friend. His home was on Race St., above 7th, but he later moved to West Phila.
In his medical practice he is said to have helped at least 1000 babies into the world, though he had no child of his own who survived. He was an attendant physician at Friends Asylum for years.
While his name does not appear as editor of The Friend, he was one of an editorial committee, and received a salary as virtual editor. At his own suggestion the amount of thin salary was reduced, and again at his own suggestion, he later acted without any salary. His editorials written during the "revival" periods in the United States and Eng. were conservative. He ably defended reliance upon guidance of God's Spirit, as against "go ahead anyhow" measures. C. E. and his elder brother, William Evans, were less tolerant of "Gurney Friends," than was their brother Thomas Evans. Of the five sons of Jonathan Evans, Thomas was not only the most able, but also possessed the widest outlook.
1861, during the Civil War period, made a visit to Eng. and Ire. This journey was partly undertaken on account an affection of the throat. From childhood his health was frail.
Left a substantial legacy to Westtown School.
He was at times found fault with for parting his curly hair in the middle; it would go no otherwise.

Author: Account of the asylum for relief of persons deprived of their reason, 1839.
Considerations addressed to the members of the Yearly Meeting of Friends of Philadelphia, 1846, 1847.
Biog. notice, of Joseph Hartshorne, 1852.
Edited the Journal of William Evans, 1870.
Friends in the Seventeenth Century, Phila., 1875. Reprinted.
An examen, &c.; a criticism of Robert Barclay's of Reigate "Inner life of the Religious Societies of the Commonwealth," 1878.
d. 20 Apr. 1879, Phila.? Pa., in his 77th year.

During the period following the separations in New Eng. and Ohio, The Friend (Phila.) occupied a very difficult position. The Friend (London), The Friends Review, and most other orthodox Quaker publications actively supported the views and policies of Joseph John Gurney. The assistant clerk of Philadelphia Y. Mtg. (Arch St.) also favoured him.
Alone, the oldest of Quaker journals, supported (as its publishers believed) original Friendly principles. A separation in Philadelphia was narrowly avoided by declining correspondence with any Yearly Mtg.

In The Friend (Phila.), 101:186, it is stated that Charles Evans had apart in preparing Friends Library. This was a mistake. William Evans and Thomas Evans edited Friends Library.

The Friend (Phila.) , 12:257, 52:296, 53:123, 101:186 (portait)
Haines, Clovercroft Chronicles, p. 335.
Jos. Smith's Cat., 1:577.
Friends Hist. Lib., Swarthmore, Pa., BX 7631.

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