general in Bonaparte’s army, who had defected to America is described in 1819 letters. In 1818, then 68 years old, Girard wrote about his beginning to feel his age, and he commented that “my sole amusement” was his farms in Passyunk Township (S. Philadelphia).Girard’s household collection, still intack and on display, is priceless. Some of the furniture was made by Philadelphia’s finest manufacturers like Daniel Trotter and Ephraim Haines. Furniture from all the rooms in Girard’s house survive along with some pieces that were16
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housed in his farmhouse. Among the collection are imported Armoire’s, a musical secretary deskmade in Germany, restored in 1988, a set of furniture made from solid ebony, gifts from Joseph Bonaparte, several beds, outstanding etchings, personal belongings, Girard’s carriage that was restored in 1986 and again in 1998, silver settings, and China from Canton and Nanking. Bill’s of Sale exist for most of the belongings. 33Included in the collection is a portrait of Stephen Girard completed in 1925 by Bass Otis at a cost of $1110. The great-granddaughter of Emeline (Polly) Kenton, Mr. Girard’s housekeeper, presented the College a watch that had been given by Girard to her that was inscribed “Presented to Emeline Kenton by Stephen Girard , Aug.30, 1828.” The great-granddaughter, Edith V. Krabach of California, also gave the College a portraitof Emiline painted in 1836 by John Sartain.In 1929, discussions were occurring about the need to build a separate library. It was thought that the library should be removed from Founder’s Hall and that a fitting memorial to Stephen Girard would be to convert Founder’s Hall into a museum to properly display his relics, archives, furniture and College history, but this did not happen until much later.In 1930, Miss Mildred Pope, the Head Librarian began to examine and classify 35 never opened boxes of Stephen Girard’s papers. She continued to examine, fold, calendar, and classify Stephen Girard’s papers. “They were then stored in ship boxes of uniform size, with labels as to their year or contents.” When Miss Pope began her sorting she found 36 boxes that were never opened. In 1932, Miss Pope wrote, “when the papers are finally opened, arranged and properly calendered they will become a remarkable memorabilia, not only of Stephen Girard, but of the business and shipping era of which he was so important a figure.”Stephen Girard’s papers were used in 1939 by the Pennsylvania Historical Society to compile a history of twelve of Stephen Girard’s ships and another researcher used the papers to obtain information about Bush Hill Manor, used as a hospital in the yellow fever epidemic.Founder’s Hall windows were sandbagged in 1941 to prevent possible damage to Girard’s relics should an air raid occur. In the process of moving the rare articles from the third to first floor of Founder’s Hall, many books belonging to Stephen Girard’s personal library werediscovered, along with other papers and volumes. There are approximately 600 books still remaining from Girard's personal library. Many have been rebound. After years of research, Dr.
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