Correspondence, 1835-1878

Kneass family


approximately 600 items.
The first section consists of Samuel H. Kneass' business correspondence relating to his work on the Delaware-Schuylkill Canal, 1835-1839, and his appointment as Principal City Surveyor, 1849-1853; Miscellaneous correspondence about financial matters resulting from his career as an engineer, 1836-1857; Annual reports to the North Western Railroad and the Delaware-Schuylkill Canal Company, 1839-1856; essays, speeches, his will, and various legal documents; as well as a miscellany of printed specifications, an architectural drawing, and stock shares, 1837-1860.
Section two of the collection consists of the private correspondence of William Harris Kneass and his immediate family. There are: letters from William to his son Samuel, after Amelia separated from him, telling Samuel to remember his father fondly, 1871-1876; letters from William to Amelia before they were married, 1862-1863, and after they were estranged, 1873-1876. Present too, is other family correspondence. There are also several letters from Samuel to his mother, 1876-1877, while he was in school in Europe, and some of his school compositions. Letters from Strickland Kneass to his neice-by-marriage Amelia, 1868-1876, reveal efforts to reconcile Amelia and William. There is one bill from Strickland for a sewer survey, 1870, while he was chief engineer and surveyor for Philadelphia. Several volumes complete the collection: essays by William, 1856-1857, Amelia's book of poetry and her domestic accounts, 1873-1878, miscellaneous bills and receipts, stock shares, and advertisements.
There is also a seemingly unrelated collection of papers of the Steele family consisting of a brief family genealogy, financial records, and a letter dated 1825 from Eugene describing the railroads in England.
The Kneass family members include: Samuel Honeyman Kneass, a Pennsylvania engineer involved with the railroads; his son William Harris Kneass, a civil engineer; William's wife, Amelia Stryker Kneass (also known as Pettie), who died in Vevey, Switzerland; their son Samuel Stryker Kneass, a Philadelphia doctor who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania; and Strickland Kneass, William's uncle, chief engineer and surveyor for the city of Philadelphia.
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