John L. Capen phrenological character profile for Mrs. Lydia Mather, 1867 February 27

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Summary

Creator:
Capen, John L.
Abstract:
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.
Extent:
0.1 Linear Feet (1 v. (9 leaves))
Language:
Materials in English
Collection ID:
RL.11197

Background

Scope and content:

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.

Biographical / historical:

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

Acquisition information:
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.

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Subjects:
Phrenology -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia
Phrenology -- United States -- Case studies
Phrenology
Names:
Capen, John L.
Capen, John L.

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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.