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Guide to the John L. Capen Phrenological Character Profile for Mrs. Lydia Mather, 1867 February 27

Summary

Collection comprises a phrenological profile (9 leaves, bound with a clip) John Capen prepared for Lydia Mather, touching on her constitution, temperament, character and her social preferences. He notes that she is in "danger of overworking" and has a strong domestic tendency; is cautious and sensitive, but not demonstrative; and has a good intellect, which is balanced by prudence and practicality that would make her an excellent businesswoman, if her life demanded it. He adds that she is conservative but not a bigot, has an excellent ear for music, and avoids attracting attention at all costs. The back of the cover holds an advertisement for Capen's business.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11197
Title
John L. Capen phrenological character profile for Mrs. Lydia Mather
Date
1867 February 27
Creator
Capen, John L.
Extent
0.1 Linear Feet, 1 v. (9 leaves)
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises a phrenological profile (9 leaves, bound with a clip) John Capen prepared for Lydia Mather, touching on her constitution, temperament, character and her social preferences. He notes that she is in "danger of overworking" and has a strong domestic tendency; is cautious and sensitive, but not demonstrative; and has a good intellect, which is balanced by prudence and practicality that would make her an excellent businesswoman, if her life demanded it. He adds that she is conservative but not a bigot, has an excellent ear for music, and avoids attracting attention at all costs. The back of the cover holds an advertisement for Capen's business.

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[Identification of item], John L. Capen Phrenological Character Profile for Mrs. Lydia Mather, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Phrenological profile
Folder 1
 

Historical Note

John L. Capen was a phrenologist based at The Phrenological Cabinet, 722 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia.


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Provenance

The John L. Capen Phrenological Character Profile for Mrs. Lydia Mather were received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2016.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, May, 2016

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2016-0056.