MS Am 800.51
Moore, Jacob Bailey, 1797-1853. Jacob Bailey Moore papers, 1811-1851: Guide.
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Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Moore, Jacob Bailey, 1797-1853.
Title: Jacob Bailey Moore papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (6 boxes (3 linear feet)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, manuscripts, journals, notes, and reseach materials of American journalist,
printer, and historian, Jacob Bailey Moore.
No accession number. Gift of Mrs. William W. Francis of Oradell, New Jersey and Mr. John I. Coddington of Cambridge, Massachusetts, in memory of Edward Goodwin Wesson; received: 1938 February 26.
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Collection recataloged in September of 2008.
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Jacob Bailey Moore Papers, 1811-1851 (MS Am 800.51). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Moore was the son of physician Jacob Bailey Moore (1771-1813) and Mary Eaton Moore. Their ancestor, Jonathan Moore, had settled in Exeter, New Hampshire by 1650. By 1813
Moore had apprenticed himself to Isaac Hill, the owner and editor of the New Hampshire Patriot at Concord. He became Hill's partner in 1819 and in 1820 he married Hill's sister,
Mary Adams Hill Moore.
By 1823 the political differences between Hill and Moore caused them to dissolve the
partnership, but he continued on with printing, publishing and bookselling. Moore
was one of the founders of the New Hampshire Historical Society and he issued the
first of three volumes of the Collections of the New Hampshire Historical Society (1824-1832). Moore held the position of Librarian of the NHHS from 1823-1830 and
again from 1837-1839. In 1826 he published the first issue of the New Hampshire Journal, which he edited until 1829. This paper supported John Quincy Adams for a second
term to the U.S. presidency, while his brother-in-law, Isaac Hill, supported Andrew
Jackson in the New Hampshire Patriot. Moore was elected in 1828 to the New Hampshire Assembly, but resigned soon after election.
He also served as sheriff of Merrimack County, New Hampshire, from 1828-1833.
Moore suffered from the downfall of the Adams party in New Hampshire and the bitter
differences of politics with his brother-in-law, Hill, who in 1836 became governor
of New Hampshire. Financial difficulties forced Moore into bankruptcy and he withdrew
from public life. He moved to New York City in 1839 and edited the New York Daily Whig until 1840. From 1841-1845 he served as chief clerk in the Post Office Department
in Washington, D.C. and for a short time served as inspector of the Post Office in
New Hampshire. In 1848 he became librarian of the New York Historical Society where
his son was acting librarian, but he resigned in 1849 to assist with the establishment
of the Post Office in California and became deputy postmaster at San Francisco in
1850. By 1853 he had returned East and died in his brother's home (John Weeks Moore)
in Bellows Falls, Vermont.
Some of Moore's more prominent works were:
- A Topographical and Historical Sketch of the Town of Andover . . . New Hampshire (1822);
- A Gazetteer of the State of New Hampshire (1823), in collaboration with John Farmer [q.v.];
- Collections, Historical and Miscellaneous (3 volumes, 1822-1824), also in collaboration with Farmer;
- Annals of the Town of Concord . . . New Hampshire (1824);
- The Principles and Acts of Mr. Adams' Administration Vindicated (1828);
- Laws of Trade in the United States (1840);
- Memoirs of American Governors (vol. I, 1846).
Source: Dictionary of American Biography, 1928-1936, reproduced in Biography Resource Center; Gale, 2008.
Organized into the following series:
- I. Correspondence of Jacob Bailey Moore
- II. Compositions by Jacob Bailey Moore
- III. Papers of others collected by Jacob Bailey Moore
Contains papers by Moore: correspondence; diaries, maps, journals, lists, and notes;
and material collected by Moore for his historical research. The correspondence, mostly
incoming, concerns New Hampshire history and national politics, newspapers, the postal
system, and other matters. Also includes a volume of letters between Richard Bartlett,
another founder of the New Hampshire Historical Society, and John Farmer (1789-1838)
and others. Manuscripts include three commonplace book volumes entitled "Miscellanies;
poetical, political, historical and nonsensical, published and unpublished by Moore";
"Annals of Concord"; a revision and updating of Belknap's "History of New Hampshire";
volumes Moore compiled on newspapers, periodicals and printers in New Hampshire, and
publications by New Hampshire residents; a "Waste Book" of the New Hampshire Journal office; newspaper articles; and lectures. Also contains clippings on the history
of newspapers in N.H. and copies by Moore of 17th-century documents.
- Series: I. Correspondence of Jacob Bailey Moore
- (2). Moore, Jacob Bailey, 1797-1853, compiler. Letters to Moore, ca. 1818-1839. 1 volume in 1 folder.
- Series: II. Compositions by Jacob Bailey Moore
- (7). Moore, Jacob Bailey, 1797-1853. History of New Hampshire. 1623...1841 : autograph manuscript with additions and revisions, ca. 1841. 4 folders
A revision and updating of Belknap's History of New Hampshire.
With a secondary title: Belknap's History of New Hampshire, abridged. Including a period of 157 years, from
the first settlement to the year 1790. To which is now added, A continuation of the
history of the state, from 1791 to 1841.
Loose quires of pages.
Also includes pasted-in print from original editon of Belknap.
- (8). Moore, Jacob Bailey, 1797-1853. History of New Hampshire. 1623...1841: Appendix: Original Papers and Copies of Public
Documents : autograph manuscript and manuscript transcripts, ca. 1841. 1 volume in 1 folder.
Appendix to Belknap's History of New Hampshire.
Includes "list of papers for the appendix."
Copies of documents dating from
Hand-stitched volume of 61 document copies. Cover has come loose.
- (11). Moore, Jacob Bailey, 1797-1853. Moore's Miscellanies ... : autograph manuscript (signed) commonplace books, 1811-1840. 3 volumes (in 3 folders) plus 1 folder.
Title taken from spines.
Loose items removed to folder.
Titles of each volume taken from title-pages vary.
Volume 1:Miscellanies; Poetical, Politcal, Historical, and Nonsensical. Published and Unpublished. Title page of volume 1 includes autograph note: "[For the use of himself and his
family only. He being unwilling that any but his children should know how great a
dunce he has been in writing so much, and so well, on subjects of so little real importance
...]". Includes pasted and bound-in newspaper clippings and other printed matter, with Moore's autograph manuscript text commentary throughout.
Especially includes: articles, poems, odes, election songs, New Year's addresses,
and autograph manuscripts bound-in:
- Pascataqua. A song. An ode
- The campaign of 1838
- Cases of fraud and forgery
Volume 2: Miscellanies; Historical, Political, Literary, and Trivial. [Published, and unpublished]. Title page of volume 2 includes autograph note: "[For the use of himself and his
family only-- there eing nothing in these volumes which can interest the public ...]".
With contents page listing titles of material bound in. This volume includes many
printed pamphlets written by Moore, and autograph manuscripts:
- A topographical and historical sketch of the town of Andover ... : printed.
- Annals of the town of Concord ... : printed.
- Report of the trial of Abraham Prescott ... : printed.
- The principles and acts of Mr. Adams' administration, ... : printed.
- Essay on music, read before the Concord Instrumental Band, at their annual meeting : autograph manuscript, 1818 September.
- Letter from Moore to "Dear Friends" : autograph manuscript; Concord, 1818 October 9.
- Address, delivered at M? Hall on the Fourth of July, 1818, at a vocal & instrumental
concern, given at the Concord Instrumental Band in commoration of the day : autograph manuscript, 1818.
- Historical summaries Part I. North and South America : autograph manuscript, undated.
- A sermon for the dedication of the State House in Concord, New Hampshire. By Green
Parker. : autograph manuscript, undated.
Volume 3: Miscellanies; Historical, Statistical, and Biographical. Published and Unpublished.
With contents page listing titles of material bound in. This volume includes many
printed pamphlets written by Moore, and autograph manuscripts [printed items listed
below also include manuscript comments]:
- Biographical notice of John Farmer : printed.
- History of newspapers published in New Hampshire from 1756 to 1840 : printed.
- Tom Davenport: the huntsman of the Winnepissiogee : printed.
- Notice of John Langdon : printed.
- Atlantic steam navigation : printed.
- Biographical memoir of Rev. Jeremy Belknap, D.D. : printed.
- Memoir of the Hon. Abel Parker ... : printed.
- Account of the Great whirlwind in New-Hampshire...1821 : printed.
- White Mountain slides in 1826 : printed.
- Old Peter, the fortune teller : printed.
- Omnium gatherum : autograph manuscript. Miscellaneous notes on a variety of subjects.
- Occasional notes : autograph manuscript. Concerns early weather journal he kept from 1811 on.
- January ... 1825 : autograph manuscript journal.
- 1839 : autograph manuscript journal.
- New Year's address 1818 : autograph manuscript (signed) by Joseph Bartlett.
- Found among the papers of President Weare [but not his writing]: manuscript.
- Map of the Bunker Hill Battle : printed map.
- History of the Bunker Hill Battle : printed.
- Sketch of the life and public services of the Hon. Nathaniel Peabody : printed. By Richard Bartlett.
- The redeemed captive. A tale : unfinished manuscript.
- (12). Moore, Jacob Bailey, 1797-1853. Newspapers & Periodicals published in New Hampshire from the year 1756 to 183-; with
The Names and Sketches of Printers who have settled in business in New Hampshire : autograph manuscript (unsigned), undated. 1 volume (in 1 folder) plus 1 folder.
Includes an alphabetical listing, by name of town, of the newspapers in New Hampshire
(paginated from page 1-93). Lists: dates commenced and discontinued; names and background
of persons involved; history of titles; and other information concerning the publications.
Also includes alphabetical list: Names of Printers in New Hampshire, who have been in buness in that State. The most
of them have been engaged in printing and publishing the preceding newspapers (paginated from page 95-171).
Loose items (notes and clippings) removed from volume placed in folder.
- (13). Moore, Jacob Bailey, 1797-1853. Remarks Before the Concord Mechanicks Association. On the Question, "Have Mechanics,
in general, been benefitted by Labor-Saving Machines?" Delivered 8 November, 1831 : autograph manuscript (unsigned), 1831. 1 volume in 1 folder.
In hand-sewn notebook.
- (14). Moore, Jacob Bailey, 1797-1853. Writings by J. B. Moore : autograph manuscripts, ca. 1815-1821. 1 volume (in 1 folder) plus 1 folder.
Loose documents were bound into a book form. Loose sheet moved to folder.
- Draft letter to "my dear sister" : autograph manuscript; Concord, New Hampshire, 1815 June 17.
- Diary : autograph manuscript,
- Commonplace book : autograph manuscript, ca.
Date: 1814-1819. JBM notes he wrote these pages while an apprentice with Mr. Isaac Hill. Includes titled sections: Memory's Assistant, The apprentice's guide or youth's manual, Collection of interesting facts, occurrences, etc.
- Thanksgiving sermon, November 30, 1826 by Rev. Benjamin Hantoon? of Canton? : manuscript copy by JBM?
- Judges of probate in the several counties of this state ... : autograph manuscript list.
- Series: III. Papers of others collected by Jacob Bailey Moore
- (16). Moore, Jacob Bailey, 1797-1853, compiler. Memoir and Letters of the Late Richard Bartlett, Esq. of New York : autograph manuscript, manuscript, clippings, 1834-1838. 1 volume in 1 folder.
Richard Bartlett (1794-1837) was, along with Moore, one of the active founders of
the New Hampshire Historical Society. He was AB 1815 Dartmouth College; entered New
Hampshire Bar in 1818;; was a Secretary of State in New Hamphire and Representative;
and in 1832 he left for New York.
Cover is annotated by Moore: "Note. I have here stitched together notices of the late
Col. Bartlett, written and published by Mr. [John] Farmer [1789-1838], Col. Campain?,
and Rev. Mr. [Orville] Dewey [of New York]. Also such of his letters to me and the
late Mr. Farmer as I possess, describing the melancholy progress of Col. B.'s fatal
malady, and also showing his deep interest in the enemies of his native state, particularly
of the Historical Society, of which he was one of the founders. - J.B.M." Moore has
written an introduction to this volume and mentions he bought some materials from
the estate of John Farmer.
Volume includes: primarily letters from Bartlett to John Farmer, obituaries of Bartlett, letters to Moore and Farmer about Bartlett, and letters to Moore from