The Wilson family of the Holmesburg section of Philadelphia were a prominent Quaker family. Jesse Wilson was one of nine children born to Joseph Wilson, Sr., M.D. and Mary Paul Shallcross. Jesse Wilson’s brother Joseph Wilson, Jr. served as Assistant Surgeon on the Levant and Savannah, and later as Fleet Surgeon of the South Atlantic Squadron.
This is a collection of correspondence of Jesse Wilson and Joseph Wilson, Jr. Materials include letters to Jesse Wilson from his brother Joseph, written between 1843 and 1844. These letters describe Joseph Wilson’s travels aboard USS Levant and USS Savannah. Included are descriptions of anti-Irish riots in Philadelphia in 1844, discussions of the Mexican-American War, 1846-1847, and descriptions of visits to Lima, Payta, and Valparaiso. The collection also includes letters from Jesse Wilson to Joseph Wilson, Jr., 1844-1845; letters to both Jesse and Joseph Wilson from other family members and associates, including brothers Charles and John Wilson, 1844-1846; and a fragment of a letterbook recording letters sent by Joseph Wilson, Jr., 1843-1847.
- Levant (Sloop of war)
- Savannah (Frigate)
- Wilson, Joseph, 1816-1887
- Mexican War, 1846-1848