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Ann Trueblood Raper will read from and sign A Quaker Courtship at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 14 at Scuppernong Books at 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro NC, 27401. Map
(O.Henry Magazine, Doodad column by Molly Sentell Haile)
Love by the Letter: A remarkable courtship, in their own words
Ann Trueblood Raper inherited a 92-year-old love story.
Browsing through the drawers of her grandmother’s eight-drawer, Philadelphia-style highboy, she came across more than 200 love letters her grandparents, Betty and Paul, had written to each other in 1922. Just ten days after meeting at a Quaker conference, the two decided they wanted to get married and spent the following year in an epistolary courtship between Philadelphia, where Betty worked as executive secretary for the Young Friends Movement, and New York City, where Paul was an aspiring businessman.
Raper originally meant to just transcribe the letters for her cousins before passing them on to a Quaker archive, but “Betty and Paul’s love and respect for each other leaped from their letters as I continued typing and following their developing love story over the next several months, often wiping away tears while getting to know my grandparents as young lovers.”