This collection of speeches and other writings was created by Francis R. Cope, Jr. (1878-1962), a Quaker and member of the Haverford College Class of 1900. In 1912, he began his career as a farmer at Woodbourne in Dimock, Pennsylvania, and formed a partnership with Russell Dayton, a local dairy farmer. There Cope developed a dairy and orchard business, studying fruit trees and experimenting with new varieties, grafting and other techniques. He was also greatly interested in education and civic affairs, as well as forestry and conservation of wild life. His writings focus on rural life, politics, agriculture, and school reform among other topics.