Bradley family. Papers, 1813-1957: A Finding AidArthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America
© 1993 Radcliffe College
Call No.: MC 424
Repository: Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
Creator: BRADLEY FAMILY
Title: Papers, 1813-1957
Quantity: 21 file boxes,
6 folio+ folders, 1 audiocassette
Abstract: Correspondence, family and business records, journals, etc., of the Bradley, Merry,
Aldis families from New England.
Processed: December 1993
By: Ann E. Berman
Accession numbers: 85-M117, 85-M163, 86-M68, 88-M9, 90-M75
The papers of the Bradley family were given to the Schlesinger Library in May and
1985 by Amy Suter Wilson and Philip Suter,
children of Philip and Amy (Bradley) Suter and grandchildren of Richards Merry and
(Aldis) Bradley. Materials were added in May 1986, January 1988, and May 1990 by Sarah Gamble Epstein, daughter of Clarence and Sarah (Bradley)
Gamble and granddaughter of Richards Merry and Amy (Aldis) Bradley.
William Czar Bradley (1782-1867), a lawyer, is the first
member of this prominent Vermont family to appear in this collection. The Bradleys
Connecticut to settle in Westminster, Vt., in the 1770s. William Czar,
following in his father's footsteps, became a lawyer and member of both the State
the U.S. Congress.
His son, Jonathan Dorr Bradley (1803-1862), like his father and grandfather before
attended Yale College (graduating in the class of 1822) and read for the
bar. He practiced law, first in Bellows Falls, Vt., and then in Brattleboro, and was
active in civic
affairs. In 1829, he married Susan Mina Crossman (1811-1892) and they had four sons:
Czar II, Richards, Stephen Rowe II, and Arthur.
William Czar Bradley II (1831-1908) graduated from Harvard College in 1851 and attended the Divinity School until illness
forced his withdrawal and eventual return to Brattleboro. He later taught young men
for college and served as town librarian in Brattleboro, where he
resided until his death. Stephen Rowe Bradley II (1836-1910) and Arthur Bradley (1849-1911)
were involved in the manufacture of white lead in Brooklyn, New York; Arthur was instrumental
in the discovery of a new manufacturing process for the metal. They both married,
Rowe Bradley had four children.
Richards Bradley (1834-1904) was briefly involved in business in New York, until his
marriage in 1856 to Sarah Williams Merry (1834-1914), daughter of Robert D.C. Merry
and Sarah Williams Merry of Boston. SWMB's father was a merchant who
imported cotton, tobacco, notions, sugar, rum and other products, and who traveled
to the south
(primarily New Orleans) to conduct business. SWMB was orphaned at a young age and
significant wealth in a trust fund from her grandfather John D. Williams. This inheritance, the subject of several years of legal disputes (well documented
the collection), enabled RB and SWMB to construct the Bradley Home Place in Brattleboro in 1858, and to live in Brattleboro and Boston on the income from
the trust fund. The Home Place remained in the family until the 1940s. They had five
Susan (SBGII), Richards Merry (RMB), Jonathan Dorr II (JDBII), Emily (EBW) and Sally
(SBT). A sixth child died in childhood.
Susan (Bradley) (SBGII) (b.1859) married Richard
Grinnell and lived in New York City until her husband's asthma forced their
removal to Colorado. Jonathan Dorr Bradley II (1864-1928) married Frances Kales and lived and worked in Chicago. Emily
(Bradley) (1866-1943) married Dr. William F. Wesselhoeft; they lived in Boston with their four daughters. Sally (Bradley) (1868-1926) married Russell Tyson; they lived in
Chicago, where Russell was in the real estate business with JDBII.
Richards Merry Bradley (1861-1943) attended St. Paul's School and graduated from Harvard
College in 1882. He married Amy Aldis (1865-1917) of St. Albans, Vt., in 1892. She
daughter of Asa Owen Aldis and Mary (Taylor) Aldis. The Aldis
family had come to America in the 1630s, settling first in Massachusetts and moving
in the early nineteenth century. Asa Own Aldis, a prominent lawyer and judge, served
Washington on the commission to settle claims of citizens against the government arising
the Civil War, as well as on the French and Alabama Claims Commission. Amy's siblings
Helen, Owen Jr., Cornelia and Arthur. Before her marriage, AAB spent several years
in Paris studying sculpture, and later sent several of
her daughters to do the same.
RMB and AAB had five daughters: Amy Owen, Helen Aldis, Sarah Merry (married Clarence Gamble; see MC 368), Mary Townsend and Edith Richards.
A son, Walter Williams, and a sixth daughter, Ruth, died in childhood. RMB founded
estate business in Boston and often traveled to the midwest, west coast and Canada
to buy land
and make investments.
For further family history, particularly of the Bradley and Aldis families, see Series
I of the
Sarah Merry (Bradley) Gamble papers, MC 368. The Gamble collection contains papers
pertaining to many of the individuals represented in the Bradley family papers, and
Series IV is a family history that includes typescripts of journals and letters from
family papers. In addition, the Brattleboro Historical Society holds
papers of the Bradley family.
Through personal and business
correspondence, family and business records, journals and other
writings, this collection documents the daily domestic life and business activities
of a well-to-do
New England family in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
The papers are arranged in three series:
- I. Early Bradley Family
- II. Bradley-Merry Family
- III. Bradley-Aldis Family
Each series is arranged by generation, and within generation by birth order if known,
otherwise chronologically. The correspondence is arranged by writer for members of
Bradley, Merry, and Aldis families. Correspondence from others is arranged by recipient.
folder titles were supplied by the processors.
Series I, Early Bradley family, is divided into three sub-series:
Sub-series A, William Czar Bradley et al. (#2-10), contains letters from WCB to his
Letters from Washington (1823-1827) to his son Jonathan Dorr Bradley report news from
Congress, including the election of President Andrew Jackson and the duel between Henry Clay and Congressman John Randolph.
Sub-series B, Jonathan Dorr Bradley (#11-48), consists of personal, family and business
correspondence and papers from his law practice. Letters to JDB from family and friends
some received while he was a student at Yale College; among them are letters written
sister, Merab Ann Bradley, while she was attending Troy
Female Seminary (#17). Letters from clients of his growing legal practice and from
other lawyers, as well as from college friends also engaged in reading law and establishing
practice are in #19-29. The letters and other documents provide a picture of legal
the conduct of a law practice in the 1820s. This
sub-series also contains correspondence of Jonathan Dorr's wife, Susan Crossman Bradley;
corresponded weekly when the younger Bradleys were living in Boston. These letters
are full of
family news and a detailed reporting of social activities and daily life in Brattleboro.
Sub-series C, Children of JDB and SCB (#49-68), includes the papers of William Czar
Richards (until his marriage in 1856), Stephen Rowe II, and Arthur Bradley. The papers
WCBII include poetry written during his college years (#50), as well as
descriptions of his life and activities at Harvard.
Series II, Bradley-Merry family, focuses on Richards Bradley, Sarah Williams Merry
and their children.
Sub-series A, Merry Family (#69-119), includes the personal correspondence, household
accounts, and business papers of Robert D.C. Merry, SWMB's father. There is extensive
documentation of the import business in which RDCM was involved, as well
as commercial life in New Orleans, where much of his business took
place. The papers pertaining to his children (including Sarah Williams Merry Bradley
her marriage to Richards Bradley) include school records and writings and extensive
correspondence with schoolmates. SWMB's papers also include letters describing her
Hannah's illness and death, possibly from syphilis, and the reaction of
friends and relatives (#107, 111-112, and 119).
Sub-series B, Richards Bradley and Sarah W. Merry Bradley (#120-209). In addition
numerous letters to family members (particularly children away at school), the papers
include courtship letters from her to RB (#120); those of RB include a letter from
Kipling and his wife Caroline (#163) and correspondence regarding his management of
property of the sculptor William Wetmore Story (#169).
This sub-series also contains extensive documentation of the probate court case concerning
SWMB's inheritance from her grandfather John D. Williams
(#174-199); there are copies of the will, court documents and testimony, trust accountings,
correspondence relating to the issues and conduct of the case. The case deals with
women's financial rights and ability to control property. Correspondence and related
dated after 1862 deal primarily with management of the property of the trust, which
major holdings of Boston real estate.
Sub-series C, Children of RB and SWMB (#210-270), consists of the papers of RB and
SWMB's children: Susan B. Grinnell (SBGII), Richards Merry (RMB)
(until his marriage in 1892), Jonathan Dorr II (JDBII), Emily B. Wesselhoeft (EBW) and Sarah B. Tyson (SBT). SBGII wrote
extensively to her mother describing social life in New York City, including detailed
shopping expeditions. Her papers include a letter from Evelyn Story,
wife of the sculptor William Wetmore Story, describing the final illness of the poet
Robert Browning (#221). RMB's papers include documents and examination papers
from St. Paul's School and Harvard College (#235-236); his letters to his mother (#227)
the sights and experiences of his travels across the U.S. as he began his real estate
including observations on social conditions in the post-Civil-War South.
Most of the children took trips to Europe, documented by descriptions of travels and
from hotels and restaurants.
Series III, Bradley-Aldis family focuses on Richards Merry Bradley, Amy Aldis Bradley
Sub-series A, Aldis family (#271-310), begins with the papers of Asa Owen Aldis, his
Mary Taylor Aldis (MTA), and their children: Owen Jr. (OFA), Cornelia (CL), Helen
Lathrop (HAL), and Arthur (AA). Helen's letters to her family document the extensive
travels of the Lathrops; there is also a description of a lunch with Edith Wharton (#297). Arthur's provide some description of life on a
ranch in the Wyoming Territory.
Sub-series B, Amy Owen Aldis Bradley and Richards Merry Bradley (#311-399). The
papers of Asa Owen and Mary Aldis's youngest child, Amy Aldis Bradley (AAB), include
and journals, as well as extensive correspondence with family and schoolmates. The
RMB after his marriage to AAB are also in this sub-series. Several groups of letters
in this series
provide particularly detailed records of daily life. AAB's correspondence with her
provide an excellent picture of a group of adolescent girls: the school life, social
reading, and friendships; a literary journal that occupied one summer is included
from AAB to her mother describe her honeymoon trip to Japan (#316;
see also #365 and 384 for RMB's descriptions and additional documents); later she
the births of her children, her own and her family's health, her children's development
education, her daily domestic concerns in managing her Boston household, and her social
activities. While away on business, RMB wrote almost daily to AAB; his letters describe
travel, the surrounding scenery, real estate prospects and business meetings. There
are also two
cards from the writer Margaret Deland to AAB (#361), letters from the author Thomas
Page (#360), and condolence letters from Elizabeth (Lowell) Putnam (#398), a close
AAB whose papers are in the Schlesinger Library (MC 360). RMB's correspondence includes
letter from the sculptor William Wetmore Story describing the sculpture for the grave
of his wife
Sub-series C, Children of AAB and RMB (#400-422), consists primarily of childhood
to parents. Letters from the Bradley daughters to AAB and RMB document the girls'
activities and interests from childhood to their early teen years.
The last eight folders of this series contain unidentified items that might, when
belong in any of the three series.
- Series I. Early Bradley Family. #1-68
- Sub-series A, William Czar
Bradley et al. #2-10
- Sub-series B, Jonathan Dorr Bradley. #11-48
- Sub-series C, Children of JDB and SCB. #49-68
- Series II. Bradley-Merry Family. #69-270
- Sub-series A, Merry family.
- Sub-series B, Richards Bradley and Sarah W. Merry Bradley. #120-209
- Sub-series C, Children of RB and SWMB. #210-270
- Series III. Bradley-Aldis Family. #271-432at
- Sub-series A, Aldis Family.
- Sub-series B, Amy Owen Aldis Bradley and Richards Merry Bradley. #311-399
- Sub-series C, Children of AAB and RMB. #400-422
- AA : Arthur Aldis
- AAB : Amy (Aldis) Bradley
- ACB : Arthur C. Bradley
- ABS : Amy (Bradley) Suter
- AH : Abraham Howard
- CA : Cornelia Aldis
- EB : Edith Bradley
- EBW : Emily (Bradley) Wesselhoeft
- HAL : Helen (Aldis) Lathrop
- HBR : Helen (Bradley) Rotch
- HMF : Hannah (Merry) Frothingham
- JDB : Jonathan Dorr Bradley
- JDBII : Jonathan Dorr Bradley II
- MBE : Mary (Bradley) Emery
- MTA : Mary (Taylor) Aldis
- OFA : Owen Franklin Aldis
- RB : Richards Bradley
- RDCM : Robert D.C. Merry
- RMB : Richards Merry Bradley
- SBT : Sarah (Bradley) Tyson
- SBG : Sarah (Bradley) Gamble
- SBGII : Susan (Bradley) Grinnell
- SCB : Susan (Crossman) Bradley
- SRBII : Stephen Rowe Bradley II
- SWMB : Sarah Williams (Merry) Bradley
- WWB : Walter Williams Bradley
- WCB : William Czar Bradley
- WCBII : William Czar Bradley II
The following catalog entries
represent persons, organizations, and topics documented in this collection. An entry
appears in the Harvard On Line Library Information System (HOLLIS) and other automated
Bradley, Richards Merry, 1861-1943
Deland, Margaret Wade Campbell, 1857-1945
Gamble, Sarah Merry Bradley, 1898-1984
Kipling, Caroline, 1865-1939
Kipling, Rudyard, 1865-1936
Page, Thomas Nelson, 1853-1922
Elizabeth Lowell, 1862-1935
Story, William Wetmore, 1819-1895
Boston (Mass.)--Social life and customs
Brattleboro (Vt.)--Social life and customs--19th century
Business travel--United States
Child rearing--United States
Family-owned business enterprises--United States
Finance, Personal--United States
Japan--Description and travel--1801-1900
Law--Study and teaching--United States
Law offices--United States
Mothers and daughters
New Orleans (La.)--Commerce
New Orleans (La.)--Description
New York (N.Y.)--Social
life and customs--19th century
Parent and child--United States
Probate records--United States
estate business--United States
School children--United States
Sexually transmitted diseases--United States
States--Description and travel
St. Paul's School (Concord,
Teenage girls--United States
Troy Female Seminary--Students
Vermont--Social life and customs--19th century
Voyages and travels
Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937
Women--Legal status, laws,
Wyoming--Description and travel
- Box 1: Folders 1-23
- Box 2: Folders 24-31
- Box 3: Folders 32-50
- Box 4: Folders 51-76
- Box 5: Folders 77-95v
- Box 6: Folders 96-123
- Box 7: Folders 124-149
- Box 8: Folders 150-175
- Box 9: Folders 176-188
- Box 10: Folders 189-209
- Box 11: Folders 210-226
- Box 12: Folders 227-243
- Box 13: Folders 244-269
- Box 14: Folders 270-290v
- Box 15: Folders 291-317
- Box 16: Folders 318-327
- Box 17: Folders 328-345
- Box 18: Folders 346-365
- Box 19: Folders 366-385
- Box 20: Folders 385-407
- Box 21: Folders 408-431
- Series I: EARLY BRADLEY FAMILY
- 1. Bradley family genealogical information
and printed material; includes The Willard Hotel, an Illustrated History.
- Sub-series A: WILLIAM CZAR BRADLEY ET AL.
- 2-7: William Czar Bradley
- 2. Tribute to WCB, 1867 (see also #57)
- 3-7: Correspondence
- 3. To father Stephen R. Bradley, 1817
- 4. To son Jonathan Dorr Bradley, 1814-1830, 1848-1851, n.d. (one with note from Sarah Richards Bradley)
- 5. To daughter Emily Bradley Dorr, 1849-1851, n.d. (includes notes
from Sarah Richards Bradley)
- 6. To other family members, 1848-1865
- 7. Letters to others, 1863; miscellaneous writings, n.d.
- 8. Sarah Richards Bradley to son
- 9. To Emily Bradley Dorr from
niece Charlotte Fellows, 1849
- 10. To Nathaniel Dorr, 1839, 1845
- Sub-series B: JONATHAN DORR BRADLEY
- 11-31: Jonathan Dorr Bradley
- 11-16: From or by JDB
- 11. To sister Emily Bradley Dorr, 1837
- 12. To wife Susan Crossman Bradley, n.d.
- 13. To son William Czar Bradley II, 1844, n.d. (includes notes from Susan Crossman Bradley)
- 14. To son Stephen Rowe Bradley II, 1851
- 15. To daughter-in-law Sarah Williams Merry
- 16. Writings, 1845, n.d. (includes printed picture)
- 17-30: To JDB
- 17. From sisters Emily Bradley Dorr and Merab Bradley Kellogg, 1814-1823, n.d. (includes notes from SRB)
- 18. From friends and distant family, 1813-1819, n.d.
- 19. From friends and acquaintances, 1823-1824
- 20. From cousin William B. Dorr, 1824-1830
(including one from
WBD to another with reference to JDB)
- 21. From friends Thomas Ives and Osmyn Baker, 1824
- 22. From friends Thomas Ives and Osmyn Baker, 1825-1830, n.d. (includes one unsigned response from JDB)
- 31. Bills, business and personal, 1833-1835,
- 32-48: Susan (Crossman) Bradley
- 32. Biographical note, n.d.
- 33. Writing book, 1826-1827; poem copied 1840
- 34-47: Correspondence
- 34. To husband JDB, 1831-1860
- 35. To sister-in-law Emily Bradley Dorr, 1836-1849
(includes notes from
- 36. To son Richards Bradley, 1855-1856,
- 37-41: To daughter-in-law Sarah Williams
- 42. To granddaughter Susan Bradley
- 43. To grandchildren, 1881-1889, n.d.
- 44-47: To SCB
- 44. From family and friends, 1828-1831, n.d. (includes sisters of JDB)
- 45. From sister-in-law Emily Bradley Dorr, 1847-1851, n.d.
- 46. From niece Sarah B. Kellogg, 1848-1851
- 47. From family and friends, 1849-1891
(includes one by SCB for children, n.d.)
- 48. SCB's bills and receipts, 1889, n.d.
- Sub-series C: CHILDREN OF JDB AND SCB
- 49-58: William Czar Bradley II
- 49. Memoranda books, 1900-1901, n.d.
- 50. Harvard College poems, 1847-1851
- 51. "Old letters from Dummersville, "1852
- 52-57: Correspondence
- 52. To family, 1848-1854, n.d.
- 53. To nieces and nephews, 1874-1906
- 54. To brothers and sisters-in-law, 1880-1890, n.d.
- 55. Re: Brattleboro Library, poetry, 1903-1906
- 56. From relatives, 1872-1904, n.d.
- 57. From friends, 1847-1908, n.d. (includes a recollection of WCB I)
- 58. WCB's bills and receipts, 1868-1904
- 59-64: Correspondence
- 59-61: Stephen Bradley II "Rowe"
- 59. To brother Richards and/or sister-in-law Sarah W. M. Bradley, 1849-1897
- 60. To nephew Richards Merry Bradley, 1891-1904
- 61. To SRB II, 1880, n.d.
- 62. Augusta Bradley (wife of
SRB II) to sister-in-law SWMB, 1879-1891, n.d.
- 63. Arthur C. Bradley to family, 1867-1897
(includes two financial documents)
- 64. Lucy Bradley (wife of AB)
to sister-in-law SWMB, 1882-1891
- Series II. BRADLEY-MERRY FAMILY
- Sub-series A: MERRY FAMILY
- 69. Williams and Merry family biographical information
- 70f+. Account of Eleazer Howard's guardianship of Daniel Merry, 1811-1816
- 71-95v: Robert D.C. Merry
- 71. Journal on board Brig Delta,1826
- 72. Letters of introduction, 1817
- 73v-78: Financial
- 73v-74v. Account books,1815-1827
- 79-93: Correspondence
- 79-81: From RDCM
- 79. RDCM and others to father-in-law John D. Williams and sister-in-law Hannah Williams French, 1828
- 80. To friends and family, 1818-1836, n.d. (includes drafts)
- 82-90: To RDCM
- 82. Sister Frances Barnard, 1817-1825
- 83. Brother Daniel Merry, 1817-1819
- 84. Sister Lucy Howard, 1818-1822, n.d.
- 85. Brother-in-law R.M. Barnard, 1818-1822
- 86. Sister-in-law Hannah Williams French, 1835
- 87. Niece Lucy D. Howard, 1817-1821, n.d.
- 88. Other relatives, 1817-1818
- 89. Friend Joshua Ellis, Jr. 1818-1819
- 90. Others, primarily business, 1817-1837, n.d.
- 91-95v: Business partner Abraham Howard
- 91. RDCM to AH, 1821, 1838
- 92. AH to RDCM, 1818-1836
- 93. To AH from others, 1821-1835
- 94. Business invoices, etc., 1818-1837, n.d.
- 95v. Account book. AH and
- 96-97: Robert D.C. Merry II
- 96. School reports, 1842-1844, and letter from teacher
- 97. To sisters SWMB and Hannah Merry
- 98-103: Hannah Merry Frothingham "Anna"
- 98. Penmanship
books, 1838-1849, n.d.
- 99. School reports, letter, composition, 1839-1848, n.d.
- 100. Composition book, 1843
- 101-103: Correspondence
- 101. To father RDCM, 1839-1840
- 102. To sister Sarah, 1848, n.d.
- 103. From friend Carrie L. Head, 1849-1850
- 104. Letter from E.G. Wing to Mary
Williams re: HMF and SWMB, 1838
- 104a. Narration of Thomas B. Frothingham re: illness and death of his wife HMF, 1854
- 105-119: Sarah Williams Merry Bradley "Sasie"
- 105. School compositions, 1850
- 106. School reports, 1847-1852
- 107-119: Correspondence, 1846-1856 (see Sub-series B for later correspondence)
- 107. To brother-in-law Thomas Frothingham and to Mrs. Frothingham, 1854 (re: Hannah's illness)
- 108-119: To SWMB
- 108. From aunt and uncle, Susan and George Williams, 1853-1856, n.d.
- 109. From various Merry family members, 1846-1855, n.d.
- 110. From brother-in-law Thomas B. Frothingham, 1853-1855, n.d. (re: Hannah's illness)
- 111. From Ellen and Ann G. Frothingham, 1854, n.d. (re: Hannah's illness)
- 112. From friend Elizabeth T. Clarke, 1852, n.d.
- 113. From schoolmate Mary Whitney, 1852
- 114. From schoolmate Mary Whitney and her sister
Lizzie, 1853-1855, n.d.
- 115. From friend Sarah H. Hayward, 1854-1855
- 116. From various school friends, 1852-1855, n.d.
- 117. From cousins Caroline, Cornelia, and Alice French, 1852-1855, n.d. (one from Uncle
- 118. From George B. and/or M.R. Emerson, 1853-1855, n.d. (some re: Hannah's illness)
- 119. From others, 1846-1855, n.d.
- Sub-series B: RICHARDS BRADLEY AND SARAH WILLIAMS MERRY
- 120-123: Marriage to Richards Bradley
- 120. Courtship letters: SWMB to RB, 1855-1856
- 121. Receipts for purchase of trousseau, wedding, 1856
- 123. Receipts, 1864-1890, n.d.;
cash book, 1877.
- 124-150: Correspondence, 1856-1913
- 124-143: From SWMB
- 128. To mother-in-law Susan C. Bradley, 1880-1885
- 129. To daughter Susie (SBG II), 1881-1888
- 130. To son Dorr (JDB II), 1875-1886, n.d. (two with notes from siblings)
- 132-139: To son Richards Merry Bradley
- 132. 1874-1875, n.d. (some
with notes from RB and siblings)
- 133. 1876-1877 (some with notes
from RB and siblings)
- 134. 1878-1879 (Freshman year at
- 135. 1879-1880 (Sophomore year
at Harvard, one with note from SBT)
- 136. 1880-1881 (Junior year at
- 137. 1881-1882 (Senior year at
Harvard, one with note from SBG)
- 139. 1892-1912 (one with note
- 140. To Richards Merry and Amy Aldis
- 141. To Amy Aldis Bradley, 1893-1903, n.d. (one from RB)
- 142. To William Czar Bradley II, brother-in-law, 1904
- 143. To grandchildren (children of RMB and AAB), 1900-1913
- 144-150: To SWMB
- 144. From Louise S.B. Russell, 1887-1888
- 145. From W.P. and S. Wesselhoeft, 1888 (re: birth of grandchild Margaret Wesselhoeft)
- 146. From Mary Grinnell, 1880-1890
- 147. From friends and family, 1859-1886
- 148. From friends and acquaintances, 1887-1889
- 149. From friends, family, and acquaintances, 1890-1891 (one draft from SWMB, 1890)
- 150. From friends and acquaintances, n.d.
- 151. Miscellaneous property and farm accounts, 1880-1883, 1907-1908
- 152-173: Richards Bradley
- 152-167: Correspondence
- 155. To son JDB II, 1877-1886
- 156. To daughter SBG II, 1888
- 157-159: To son RMB
- 157. 1874-1877 (at St. Paul's
- 158. 1878-1882 (at Harvard)
- 160. To others, 1857-1864, n.d.
- 161-167: To RB
- 161. From brother-in-law Thomas B. Frothingham, 1858
- 162. From Francis Williams, 1862-1863, re: war
- 163. ALS from Rudyard and Mrs. Caroline Kipling, 1897, n.d.; includes clipping, 1895
- 164-167: From others, some with response by RB
- 168-173: Financial
- 168. Construction of house in Brattleboro: correspondence and bills, 1857-1859
- 169. Property of William Wetmore Story: correspondence
and documents, 1890 (see also RMB/RB business correspondence, #385)
- 170. Receipts and notes, 1857-1859 (several joint with SWMB)
- 171. Bills and receipts, 1861-1897, n.d.
- 172. Clipping re: railroad matters, 1879
- 173. Safe deposit box inventory, 1904
- 174-209: Trust for SWMB
- 174-199: Probate case
- 174-180: Notes for probate case, n.d.
- 174. Published pleadings and summary, including copy of will of John D. Williams, 1860-1861
- 178. Re: G.F. Williams' concealment of SWMB's
- 179-180. Notes for probate case, n.d.
- 182f+-184: Trust accountings
- 185. Federal income tax returns, 1862-1871
- 186. Insurance policies, n.d.
- 187. Receipts, financial information, 1860-1862
- 188. Miscellaneous receipts, bills, financial notes, 1860-1862
- 189. Property administration, 1883-1890
- 190-200: Correspondence re: case
- 190. SWMB to uncle George Williams and to his attorney re: father's will, accounting., etc., 1859
- 191. RB and SWMB to their attorney H.G. Parker, 1860-1861
- 192. From H.G. Parker to RB and SWMB, 1861-1862
- 193. RB and others to JDB, 1859-1860, 1862, n.d.
- 194. JDB to RB and SWMB, 1856-1861
- 195. JDB to H.G. Parker, 1860-1862
- 196. H.G. Parker to JDB, 1860-1862
- 197. H.G. Parker to others, 1860-1868
- 198. Others to H.G. Parker, 1860-1862, n.d., re: other matters, 1868-1874
- 199. Others to others, 1861-1862
- 200. H.G. Parker to RB re: property management, 1863-1872, n.d.
- 201-205: RB to H.G. Parker re: trust management
- 205. 1872-1874 (especially re: year
in Europe and great Boston fire ofNovember 9, 1872)
- 206. Correspondence with and receipts from banks, 1872-1874
- 207. Miscellaneous correspondence re: property
- 208. Agreement with children on settlement of trust
- 209. Miscellaneous items re: property held by trust
- Sub-series C: CHILDREN OF RB AND SWMB
- 210-224: Susan Bradley Grinnell "Susie"
- 210-221: Correspondence
- 210-216: To mother SWMB
- 216. 1891, 1894 (MC to SWMB
- 217. To father RB, 1874-1891
- 218. To brother JDBII, 1876-1877
- 219. To brother RMB. 1874-1888
- 220. To brother and sister-in-law RMB and AAB. 1892-1903, n.d.
- 221. To SBGII from others, 1889-1890, n.d. Includes ALS from Evelyn Story re: Robert Browning's illness.
- 222. Bills and letters of credit from European trip, 1888
- 223. RB and RMB correspondence with attorneys re:
SBGII's financial problems and family dispute, 1904
- 224. Miscellaneous papers, including copy of play script,
- 225. Miscellaneous Grinnell family correspondence, 1889-1894
- 226-240: Richards Merry Bradley (For papers after
marriage in 1892, see #366-395.)
- 226-233: Correspondence
- 226. To
parents RB and SWMB, 1876-1879, n.d.
- 227. To mother SWMB, 1887-1891
- 228. To siblings SBGII, JDBII, EBW, 1882-1892, n.d.
- 229. To friend and brother-in-law Arthur
- 230. Business correspondence, 1886-1891
- 231-233: To RMB from others
- 234. School compositions and reports, 1866, n.d.
- 235. St. Paul's School: documents, exams, publications, 1876-1882
- 236-239: Harvard College
- 236. Examination questions, 1878-1882
- 237. Class of 1882 documents
- 238. Alpha Delta Phi Club: bills, receipts, 1879-1881
- 239. Bills and receipts, 1881-1891
- 240. Invitations, calling cards, n.d.
- 241-245: Jonathan Dorr Bradley II "Dody"
- 241-243: Correspondence
- 241. To parents RB and
- 242. To siblings, 1874-1901, n.d.
- 243. From friends, 1877-1888, n.d.
- 244. Trip to Europe: bills, 1882
- 245. Miscellaneous: invitations, bills, school exercises
- 246-259: Emily Bradley Wesselhoeft "Demmie"
- 246-259: Correspondence
- 246. To parents RB and SWMB, 1884-1900, n.d. (one with notes from EBW's children)
- 247. To brother RMB, 1874-1902, n.d.
- 248. To brother JDBII, 1875-1888, n.d.
- 249. To sister SBGII, 1888, n.d.
- 250. To friend and sister-in-law Amy Aldis
Bradley (AAB), 1879-1885
- 252. To RMB and AAB, 1893-1906, n.d.
- 253-258: To EBW
- 253. From friend "Gertie," 1884, n.d.
- 254. From Ethel Dalton, n.d.
- 255. From friend Sally, 1884, n.d.
- 256. From sister-in-law Alice Wesselhoeft, 1888
- 257. From others, 1884-1886
- 259. Wedding, 1887: invitation,
- 260. Will Wesselhoeft to
in-laws RB and SWMB, 1886-1888, n.d.
- 261-267: Sarah Bradley Tyson "Sallie" or "Polly"
- 261-267: Correspondence
- 261. To parents RB and SWMB, 1883-1889
- 262. To parents, 1890-1891, 1909, n.d.
- 263. To brothers RMB and JDBII, 1876-1879
- 264. To sisters SBGII and EBW, 1888
- 265. To AAB and RMB, 1888-1906 (several with notes from husband Russell Tyson)
- 267. Wedding invitation, 1891
- 268. Walter W. Bradley: correspondence and school reports, 1877-1880, n.d.
- 269. Bradley children: invitations, 1881-1883, n.d.
- 270. Calling cards of others, some with minor
- Series III. BRADLEY-ALDIS FAMILY
- Sub-series A: ALDIS FAMILY
- 271. Aldis
- 272-277: Asa Owen Aldis
- 272-277: Correspondence
- 272. To wife Mary T. Aldis, 1880; to daughter Helen, 1870
- 273. To son Arthur, 1882-1883; clipping, 1885
- 274-276: To daughter Amy Aldis Bradley
- 275. 1883-1886 (some with notes
- 276. 1887-1890; see letter of Jan. 22, 1889 for report of meeting with Grover Cleveland.
- 277. To Richards Bradley, 1880
- 278-289: Mary Taylor Aldis
- 278-289: Correspondence
- 278. To son Arthur, 1880-1882, n.d.
- 279. To daughters Cornelia Aldis and Helen Aldis Lathrop, 1893
- 280-286: To daughter Amy Aldis Bradley
- 280. 1870-1877 (some to "children")
- 287. To son-in-law Richards Merry Bradley, 1893-1901 (some to both AAB and RMB)
- 288. To grandchildren (children of RMB and AAB), 1894-1909, n.d.
- 289. From Aunt Harriet to MTA and her mother, 1836; from mother of MTA to Harriet Townsend, n.d.
- 290v. Journal of Mary Frances Aldis (daughter of Asa Owen and Mary T. Aldis), 1860-1861
- 291. Mary Frances Aldis composition with note from father, 1854
- 292-310: Correspondence
- 292-297: Helen Aldis Lathrop
- 292. To sister Cornelia Aldis, 1906, n.d. (one also to MTA)
- 293. To future husband Bryan Lathrop, 1870
- 294. To other family members, 1899-1901, n.d.
- 295-297: To sister Amy Aldis Bradley
- 297. 1904-1911, n.d.; includes
account of lunch with Edith Wharton,1906.
- 298. Owen Aldis to sister AAB, 1876-1899 with fragment from wife Leila
- 299. Owen and Leila Aldis to
MTA, 1896, n.d.
- 300. Owen W. Aldis Jr. to Aunt AAB, 1885-1893
- 301-304: Cornelia Aldis
- 301. To sister AAB, 1871-1888
- 302. To sister AAB, 1889-1909, n.d. (two to RMB)
- 303. To sister Helen Aldis Lathrop, 1893-1894, n.d.
- 304. To other family members, 1907-1912, n.d.
- 305. To mother MTA, 1885-1904, n.d. (one note from wife Mary)
- 306. To sister AAB, 1873-1893
- 307. To sister AAB, 1893-1910, n.d. (some from wife Mary)
- 308. To friend and brother-in-law Richards Merry
Bradley, 1880-1896, n.d.
- 309. Miscellaneous correspondence, n.d.
- 310. Other Aldis family, 1880
- Sub-series B: AMY ALDIS AND RICHARDS MERRY BRADLEY
- 311-362: Amy Aldis Bradley
- 311. Diary and school notebook, 1875-1879
- 312f+. School journal (in French), 1882
- 313. Diary,1883-1886; includes description of shooting of President Garfield, 1881
- 314. From "Grandma" Aldis, 1868 (mother of Asa Owen Aldis)
- 315-361: Correspondence
- 315-331: To mother Mary Taylor Aldis
- 316. 1892, n.d., from honeymoon
trip to Japan
- 329. From 36 Browne St., Brookline, n.d. (ca. 1905-1909)
- 330. From Manchester, Mass., n.d.
- 332. To husband RMB, 1892-1893
- 333. To sister Cornelia Aldis, 1896-1908
- 334. To sister Helen Aldis Lathrop, 1895-1898, n.d.
- 335. To brother Arthur Aldis, 1882-1895, n.d. (some to sister-in-law Mary)
- 336. To in-laws RB and SWMB, 1900-1906 (re: visit to Kipling)
- 337. To daughter Helen Bradley Rotch (HBR), 1912-1913
- 339-361: To AAB
- 339. From Aunt M.M. Kellogg, 1871-1881
- 340. From family members, 1872-1902
- 341-344: From friend Ethel Dalton
- 342. News of Two Cities (literary
- 345-356: From friends
- 345. Florence Beale, 1876-1887
- 346. Elizabeth Fitzburg Binney, 1882-1884
- 347. Laura Green, 1880-1886
- 348. Marion Howland, 1888-1893
- 349. Elsie McKeever, 1882-1886
- 350. Annie Moore, 1877-1889
- 351. Elizabeth (Bessie) Perkins, 1875-1893
- 352. Mary Perkins, 1879-1905
- 353. Sarah Perkins, 1878-1886
- 354. Winifred Lee Poe, 1882-1886
- 355. Friends in France, in French, 1889-1895, n.d.
- 356. ALS from Carrie (Mrs. Rudyard)
- 357-361: From others
- 357. Mary Darling, seamstress1880-1896, n.d.
- 360. 1890-1911; includes three
ALsS from Thomas Nelson Page.
- 361. n.d.; includes two ALsS from Margaret
- 362. Bills and receipts, 1888, 1892
- 363-365: Wedding of AAB and RMB
- 363. List of wedding presents
- 364. To RMB from friends and distant family re:
engagement and wedding, 1891-1892
- 365. Honeymoon trip to Japan:
bills, receipts, letters of introduction, etc., 1892
- 366-395: Richards Merry Bradley (For papers prior to 1892 see #226-240
- 366-383: To wife AAB
- 374. 1900-1903 (includes reference
copies of photographs. Original photographs in #423)
- 380-383: n.d.
- 380. From midwest and west
- 384. To parents RB and SWMB, 1892-1909, n.d. (one with note from AAB); includes honeymoon trip to Japan.
- 385. To father RB re: real estate business, 1892-1901
- 386. To mother-in-law MTA, 1893-1898, n.d.
- 387. To daughter Helen Bradley Rotch, 1912-1913
- 388. To children, 1904-1906, n.d.
- 389-394: To RMB
- 389. ALS from sculptor, William Wetmore Story, 1894
- 390. From others, 1892-1915
- 391. Business correspondence
- 392. Miscellaneous writings, n.d.
- 393. Bills and receipts, 1881-1915
- 394. Brattleboro hospital: correspondence, documents, 1901-1912
- 395. SWMB properties: documents re: management, 1907-1912
- 396-399: RMB and AAB
- 396-399: Correspondence
- 396. To children, 1897-1913, n.d.
- 397-399: From others to RMB and AAB
- 398. Re: death of WWB, 1901-1902, n.d. (includes ALsS from Elizabeth Lowell Putnam)
- 399. Re: death of Ruth Bradley, 1906-1907 (includes copy of funeral prayers)
- Sub-series C: CHILDREN OF AAB AND RMB
- 400f+-404: Amy Bradley Suter
- 400f+. Diary,1911-1912 (photocopy)
- 401-404: Correspondence
- 401. To parents RMB and AAB, 1897-1913, n.d.
- 403. To grandmother MTA, 1894-1909, n.d.
- 404. From others, 1906-1912
- 405-407: Sarah Merry Bradley Gamble
- 405-407: Correspondence
- 405. To parents RMB and AAB, 1899-1912, n.d.
- 406. To sister Helen Bradley Rotch, 1912, n.d.
- 407. Green Mountain Camp: documents, 1925-1936, n.d.
- 408-412: Correspondence
- 408-411: Helen Bradley Rotch
- 408. To parents AAB and RMB, 1899-1911, n.d.
- 409f+. To mother AAB; includes floor plan of "camp at
- 410. To grandmother MTA, 1899-1906, n.d.
- 411. From family and friends, 1902-1906
- 412. Mary Bradley to parents
AAB and RMB, 1906-1911, n.d.
- 413-414: Edith Bradley
- 413. Letters to parents AAB and RMB,
1911, n.d., and 2 postcards to EB
- 414. Documents re: church meetings, 1935; bank
- 415. Walter Williams Bradley: correspondence, 1896-1901
- 416-422: Bradley children
- 416-421: Correspondence
- 416. Among Bradley sisters, 1902-1912, n.d.
- 417. To parents RMB and AAB, 1906-1910, n.d.
- 418. To grandmother MTA, 1900-1909, n.d.
- 419. To Madame Burel, French
- 421. To/from childhood nurse Susan Wilson, 1907, n.d.
- 422. Writings and drawings by Bradley children, 1903-1911, n.d.
- 423-432at: Miscellaneous
- 425. Menus and recipes, n.d.
- 426. Poems and drawings, n.d.
- 427. Unidentified literary efforts, n.d.
- 428. Unidentified correspondence (mostly fragments)
- 429. Lists, receipts, etc. 1857-1915, n.d.
- 430. Visiting cards of others, some with notes, invitations,
- 431. Religious tracts, n.d.
- 432at. "Bradley memoirs": audiotape of SBG and others discussing family history, n.d. REQUEST AS T-162.