Thomas Hodgkin, D.C.L., Litt.D. 1831-1913
- Bulletin of Friends' Historical Society of Philadelphia
- Friends Historical Association
- Volume 5, Number 1, Fourth Month (April) 1913
- pp. 24-25
- Additional Information
24BULLETIN OF FRIENDS' HISTORICAL SOCIETY. way for much pleasant intercourse during the social time which followed this paper. In the Committee Room, beneath the great historic beams in the supper room and in a tent in the north yard, groups of people entered into the spirit of the celebration as they together "broke bread" around a bountiful table, Joel Cadbury read the iooth Psalm at the opening of the evening meeting; after which Amelia Mott Gummere presented a paper, " Quaker Philadelphia of 1812." By this sketch we were quickly borne into an atmosphere of quaint wigs and small clothes, of silver knee buckles, of drab and brown costumes, of Yearly Meeting Friends arriving by means of chair or gig or saddle, or even on foot (blissfully unconscious of the luxuries of rapid transit), and of the unostentatious but genuine hospitality that marked the life of the young Republic. The entertainment concluded with a paper, "The Strength and weakness of Philadelphia's Yearly Meeting" by Isaac Sharpless . The history of the life and spirit of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting was presented in brief review, of the causes which led to the want of fulfillment of all that the "real Quaker spirit and ideals" stands for. We were pointed to the hope of the enlarged opportunities in the present, of the introduction of "College Standards and habits of thought" in almost every household, of the advantages thus afforded to the future of our Society. And so the closing of an era was marked not only by a spirit of celebration , but with a sense that a wider interpretation of Quaker ideals beckon us to yet a larger service as we rally round the spiritual^banner which was unfurled by those faithful Friends one hundred years ago in the name of Christianity. Philadelphia, Second Month 25th, 1913. THOMAS HODGKIN, D.C.L., LITT.D. 1831-1913. In the sudden death of Thomas Hodgkin at Falmouth, 3 month 2, 1913, the Society of Friends has lost one of its foremost members, and a distinguished scholar. As an historian, Dr. Hodgkin had an international reputation, and it is likely that his great work "Italy and her Invaders," in eight volumes, will THOMAS HODGKIN, D.C.L., LITT.D.25 long remain a standard work. In addition to these volumes, he published in the field of ancient and medieval history, "The Letters of Cassiodorns," "Theodosius,'' "Theodoric the Goth," and "Charles the Great" (Charlemagne) : Besides these he wrote an admirable brief "Life of George Fox," in the "Leaders of Religion Series," "History of England from the Earliest Times to the Norman Conquest," being volume 1 of the "Political History of England " (1906), and in 191 1 he published a volume of collected papers and addresses, the "Trial of Our Faith and Other Essays," and "Human Progress and the Inward Light, The Swarthmore Lecture, 191 1." (See Bulletin, vol. 4, No. 2, pp. no, in). Besides all these he was a frequent contributor to Friends' Quarterly Examiner. His delightful and vivid style made almost everything he wrote, attractive. He was one of those writers who believed in making history live. "Dr. Hodgkin was not a curious student of dead empires, so much as a reader of character, a student of tendency, an observer who from his high tower traced out the far-off and dim outlines of kingdoms past and kingdoms yet to come." Dr. Hodgkin was deeply interested in all that makes for freedom, and above all he was a deep and earnest Christian. He was not only by birth, but by profound convincement, a Friend. In his seventy-eighth year, he went to Australia and New Zealand, visiting the Meetings of Friends and many isolated families, carrying cheer and comfort to many. He was the prime mover in the purchase of Swarthmoor Hall. Only those who have associated with him personally can know what was his charming personality, his fund of knowledge, and his sympathetic , loving spirit. It has been well said of him by one of his friends : "When we think of Thomas Hodgkin, scholar, historian, preacher, we think of a man whose presence added dignity and refinement to any assembly, whose rich and mellow voice...