Passmore Williamson in 1885 when he owned the house at 1006 Main Street in Darby

Source: Alexander K. McClure,  Old time notes of Pennsylvania : a connected and chronological record
.... Vol. 1 (Philadelphia: John C. Winston, 1905), 248.... found by Tom Smith
Dear Wife, I expected to have seen thee last
evening, but we have not been able to make the
proper arrangements. The watchmen who has
aided us has been away this week and not return
before seventh (hour?) of first day

I suppose thee knows that the court meets
tomorrow to act upon my case. I can hardly say that
I hope to be discharged because I've made up my
mind not to be disappointed and therefore try to
look at it with the same philosophical indifference of
a disinterested spectator rather than the feeling of
a party. So far as I can see there is no alternative
for them but to just discharge me, without they shall
be willing to commit as great an outrage as Judge
Kane did in sending me here or Judge Lewis did in
refusing aid when first applied for. I do not fear this
as I think they have all learned something since
then, both as to my firmness as well as the temper
of the community. Every motive that activated them
then has not only been removed but the same
desires will now most powerfully impel them to
afford me relief. I have not been quite so well since
night before last from the effects of a cold. It first
caused inflation in that tooth, then headaches and
general soreness and debility, but I am much better
today Tom enjoyed himself here so well that he
want
ed to stay last night.

Affectionately
thy husband P Williamson

(and as a P.S.)
I send the accompanying bouquet for thy benefit. It
was handed in this morning with the complements
of Mrs Felton (?) Her husband has a garden in this
neighborhood.
This is  the text of a letter written from Moyamensing Prison to Mercie Williamson.
Transcribed by John Haigis from a letter in the collection of the Chester County Historical
Society  
Passmore Williamson gave an interview to a reporter from the Philadelphia Public Ledger, March 1, 1895
quoted on Pg 167 of "In the Shadow of the Civil War" by Nat and Yanna Kroyt Brant

"Yes, I was at the cradle of the Republican Party, and I firmly believe in its principles, but the safety of business
and industry demands a change. The Republican Party that I helped to create amid much obloquy (public
criticism) has fulfilled its mission and has degenerated into a mere spoilsmen's camp. It has centralized political
power and wasted hundreds of millions to maintain authority. It has centralized wealth, making a few millionaires
and many tramps. It has made our government the creature of great monopolies which have seized the lands of
the homeless, and has corrupted our political system until a thoroughly honest presidential candidate is not
desired by those who nominate for the party. Note the fall from Lincoln, Chase, Seward, and others... Cleveland
is too honest for dishonest Democrats, and that is why tens of thousands of honest Republicans will vote for
him, and that is why, I hope and believe, that Cleveland will be elected. Good day sir"
There is also a wonderful tribute to Mercie Knowles (Taylor)
Williamson following her death I
in 1878

                                   In Memoriam
                               Mercie K Williamson

         Who departed this life Tenth month 29th 1878 in the fifty
fifth year of her age, after a lingering illness of nearly 20 years
which she bore with the most exemplary patience
 
      The grandest and most impressive lesson that is ever
preached to mankind is that of a true life, and few have illustrated
this more fully than our friend.

      As an example of patience under suffering; of quiet and
persistent perseverance amid the trials of sickness; a faithful and
continued devotion to the good of humanity; few have equaled her.
      
      She was ever ready to manifest her love to God by her love to
mankind, and though these long years she has been engaged in
the various reforms of the world, and the sermon of her life, as well
in the past, as now that she has gone from our midst, is a constant
and earnest appeal to us, to go and do likewise.

      It is a pleasant thought to realize that such a true life does not
end with the existence in the physical body.

      The labors so nobly begun on earth will go on and be
continued in the higher life to which she has gone; and in all the
beautiful noble works of love and goodness, in which she labored
so earnestly here, she will doubtless find an ample field for labor in
her new home; binding up the broken hearted, cheering the way
worn and weary traveler and bidding all God speed in the journey
of life.
      
      The impressive voice that comes to us from her reverberates
through our souls and calls upon us for more dedication to the
work of up-lifting humanity, of building up the waste places of
earth, that life here maybe joyous and a preparation for the life
beyond, at the same time that it may be as hers was,  happy,
cheerful, and a blessing to all who knew her.

      As one of the original members of this reading circle, several
of whom have gone on before her we desire to offer our tribute to
her memory, which remains precious to us all.

From the collection in the Chester County Historical Society
transcribed by John Haigis
Above-Passmore in Moyamensing Prison-
1855...Collection of the Chester County
Historical Society - Below-
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