Hooker, Richard J. (Richard James), 1913- . Richard James Hooker collection of letters
from American women, 1788-1890: A Finding Aid.
Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: A-133
Repository: Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe
Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
Creator: Hooker, Richard J. (Richard James), 1913-
Title: Richard James Hooker collection of letters from American women, 1788-1890
Quantity: .63 linear feet (2 file boxes)
Language of materials: Materials in English.
Abstract: Correspondence, mostly by19th century American women, compiled by Richard James Hooker
of Chicago, Illinois.
Accession number: 659
Purchased of Mr. Richard J. Hooker, Chicago, Illinois, October 1963.
Access. Collection is open for research.
Copyright. Materials in Richard James Hooker collection of letters from American women
are in the public domain.
Copying. Papers may be copied in accordance with the library's usual procedures.
Richard James Hooker collection of letters from American women, 1788-1890; item description,
dates. A-133, folder #. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University,
Historian and collector of historical documents Richard James Hooker was born September
6, 1912. He received a PhD in history from the University of Chicago. He joined the
faculty of Roosevelt University in 1945 as an associate professor and was promoted
to full professor in 1949. In 1965, he was appointed trustee of Roosevelt University
in 1965. Hooker was the author of several books, including The American Revolution: The Search for Meaning (1970), The Book Of Chowder (1978), and Food and Drink in America: A History (1981), and edited A Colonial Plantation Cookbook: The Receipt Book of Harriott Pinckney Horry, 1770 (1984). He was married to Nancy Harvison Hooker. Hooker died September 15, 1986,
in St Johnsbury, Vermont.
Approximately 300 miscellaneous letters, mostly by American women in the nineteenth
century, covering a wide range of subjects - religion, education, politics, marriage,
local and family news. The large majority are written by "unknown" women, and give
a glimpse into the life of the housewife and the schoolteacher in the 19th century.
Of particular interest are: the correspondence of Lucy Gray and her husband, a New
England sea captain; the letters to Weltha Brown, a Hartford, Connecticut schoolteacher,
from her friends and relatives, many dealing with religious subjects; letters by Hannah
Buchanan of Maryland to her absent husband re the problems of running a plantation;
and the letters by Sarah Edgarton and Luella J. B. Case, two minor authors. There
is also an undated letter by Dolly Madison.
- Aged--Dwellings--19th century 126
- Albany, N.Y.--Social life and customs 13
- Authors--Correspondence, reminiscences, etc. 62, 63, 64, 65
- Baltimore, MD--Social life and customs 80
- Baptists--19th century 51
- Cambridge, MA--Social life and customs 35
- Case, Luella J.B. 62, 63, 64, 65
- Childbirth 10, 112, 113
- Clergy--Families 31, 58, 63
- Connecticut--Social life and customs 14
- Courtship--19th century 8, 14, 23, 27, 63, 68, 70, 72, 84, 95, 99, 118, 136, 138
- Death--Manners and customs--19th century 6, 8, 25, 31, 37, 39, 41, 45, 55, 56, 106
- Diaries--19th century 44
- Domestics--19th century 49
- Edgarton, Sarah C. 62, 63, 64, 65
- Education of women--19th century 5, 10, 12, 28, 40, 125
- Europe--History--1789-1815 5
- Family--18th century 1, 2
- Family--19th century 5, 17, 23, 24, 25, 31, 34, 42, 46, 52, 57, 58, 59, 66, 93, 10
- Farm life 5, 88, 129
- Fashion--19th century 92
- Finney, Charles Grandison, 1792-1875 90
- Friendship 3, 6, 8, 9, 12, 28, 33, 34, 57
- Frontier and pioneer life 86, 88, 112
- Genealogy 108, 109
- Goldminer's--19th century 53
- Health and hygiene--18th century 2
- Health and hygiene--19th century 5, 10, 16, 18, 22, 24, 37, 42, 78, 113, 118, 133
- Illinois--Social life and customs 96
- Immigrants--19th century 59
- Indentured servants 4
- Labor and laboring classes--19th century 42, 49, 67
- Madison, Dolly (Payne) Todd, 1768-1849 142
- Maine--Social life and customs 63, 64
- Marriage contracts 4
- Marriage--19th century 4, 5, 8, 15, 21, 24, 30, 34, 36, 45, 46
- Maryland--Social life and customs 5
- Massachusetts--Social life and customs 24, 25
- Methodists and Methodism 58, 85, 103
- Michigan--Social life and customs 131
- Midwestern states--Social life and customs 96, 113, 131, 141
- Missionary societies 91
- Mormons and Mormonism 86
- Mothers 10, 32, 46, 48, 71, 82, 108, 112, 113
- Mothers and daughters--19th century 46, 48, 71, 82, 108, 135
- New England--Social life and customs 14, 24, 25, 35, 63, 64, 90, 11
- New York--Social life and customs 48
- Ohio--Social life and customs 141
- Pennsylvania Dutch 85
- Pioneers 86, 88
- Religion--19th century 6, 7, 8, 15, 22, 50, 58, 61, 85, 90, 91, 113, 137, 146
- Revivals--19th century 8, 15, 22, 50, 61, 90
- Rhode Island--Social life and customs 90
- School Children--19th century 13, 40, 103, 104, 106, 112
- Seafaring life--19th century 24, 25
- Second Great Awakening 6, 7, 8, 15, 50, 58, 61, 62, 107, 146
- Single women--19th century 25
- Slavery 48, 81
- Slavery--Anti-slavery 58
- Southern states--Social life and customs 3
- Teachers--correspondence, reminiscences, etc. 30, 45, 48, 49, 96
- Temperance 49, 83
- Travel--19th century 42
- United States History--to 1810 1
- United States History--Civil War 108, 121
- United States Navy--Sea-life 3
- Vermont--Social life and customs 116
- Widows--19th century 4, 60
- Wisconsin--Social life and customs 113
- Folder 3. Case family correspondence. Case family, Simsbury, Connecticut. 1801-1815.
- Folder 4. Case family correspondence. Indenture between Bacon, Josiah, Boston, Massachusetts
and Hope, Agness, Newton, Massachusetts. 25 November 1803.
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. Legal document declaring that Agness Hope, a widow who will remarry with
Josiah Bacon, will have absolute control and disposal of the income of her personal
and real estate during her intended marriage.
- Folder 5. Case family correspondence. Buchanan, Hannah, to husband, Thomas Buchanan. 1809.
- 3. Hannah Buchanan, Wooburn, to Thomas Buchanan, Baltimore. 11 September 1809.
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. The abuses of the overseer's family: a hog and a sheep killed in one week,
wheat bread being given to the Negroes. Urgent need for new overseer before winter.
Says she will join him in Baltimore in the middle of October. Cautions him about yellow
fever rumored to be in Baltimore.
- Folder 6. Letters to Weltha Brown. Eaton, Almira, Monson, to Weltha Brown, Hartford, Connecticut.
- Folder 7. Letters to Weltha Brown. Whiting, Harriet, Hartford, Connecticut, to Weltha Brown,
Guilford, Connecticut. 1815.
- Folder 8. Letters to Weltha Brown. Root, (Buell), Rebecca, Hartford, Connecticut, to Weltha
Brown, Hartford, Connecticut. 1815-1822.
- Folder 10. Letters to Weltha Brown. Perkins, Eliza, Amherst and Greenfield, (Massachusetts) to
Weltha Brown, Hartford, Connecticut. 1817-1821.
- 7. Perkins, Eliza, Amherst and Greenfield, (Massachusetts) to Weltha Brown, Hartford,
Connecticut. Transcript of a letter not in collection. 9 December 1820.
- Folder 11. Letters to Weltha Brown. Scarborough, M.A., New Haven, Connecticut to Weltha Brown.
- 1. Scarborough, M.A., New Haven, Connecticut to Weltha Brown. April 1818.
Scope and Contents: 1 page. M.A. Scarborough, New York, to Weltha Brown, New Haven. News of ship's trip
to New York. Results of shopping.
- Folder 12. Letters to Weltha Brown. Miscellaneous letters to Weltha Brown. 1818-1922
- Folder 13. Letters to Weltha Brown. Cogswell, Mary to Weltha Brown. 1818, 1822.
- Folder 14. Letters to Weltha Brown. Hall, Marcia, Hartford, Connecticut to Weltha Brown, Guilford,
- Folder 15. Letters to Weltha Brown. Gunnell, E.S., Greenfield, to Weltha Brown, Hartford, Connecticut.
- Folder 16. Letters to Weltha Brown. Leverett, L.A.C., Haverhill, New Hampshire, and Windsor,
to Weltha Brown, Hartford, Connecticut. 1821.
- Folder 17. Letters to Weltha Brown. Field, Alfred, Canandagua (?), New York to cousin Weltha
Brown, Hartford, Connecticut. 1822, 1823.
- Folder 18. Letters to Weltha Brown. Hooker, Mary, Springfield, (Massachusetts) to Weltha Brown
(her cousin?). 1822.
- Folder 19. Letters to Weltha Brown. Jerusha, (no surname) Pinehesten (illegible) to Weltha Brown.
- Folder 20. Letters to Weltha Brown. Whiting, Edward and C.A., Norwich, Connecticut to Weltha
Brown, Hartford, Connecticut. 1823.
- Folder 22. Letters to Weltha Brown. Ann W.G., New York, to Weltha Brown, Hartford. Undated.
- Folder 23. Letters to Weltha Brown. Hall, Lucia to Weltha Brown, Guilford, Connecticut. Undated.
- 1. Hall, Lucia to Weltha Brown, Guilford, Connecticut. Undated.
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Reports conversation of Brother Thomas (Perkins), Mr. Orr and Mary Ann (Weltha's
sister?) about possibilities of teaching brute animals to talk and reason. Bishop
Griswold's sermon. Descriptions of conversations, family news.
- 2. Hall, Lucia to Weltha Brown, Guilford, Connecticut. Undated.
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. The effect of Weltha Brown's leaving them on gentlemen friends--Wicksted,
Colman, Scarborough, Wells, Hooker. Comments on family events in florid, humorous
- Folder 24. Gray, Joshua and wife, Lucy. Correspondence, 1814-1829.
- 8. Lucy Gray, North Yarmouth, to Joshua Gray, Boston. 11 May 1823.
Scope and Contents: 1 page. Her health is better. Reuben Prince will take care of Joshua Gray's vessel
while he comes home. Same letter: 11 May 1823. Reuben Prince, North Yarmouth to Joshua
Gray. 1 page. Mostly business news, about ship building.
- 14. Lucy Gray, North Yarmouth to Joshua Gray, Richmond, Virginia. 8 April 1828.
Scope and Contents: 2 pages. Also Joshua Gray to brother, 1 page. Lucy Gray misses Harrison. Hopes he
is a help on the voyage. Family, town, parish news. Advises husband to write to his
brother who is in New York. Same letter: Joshua Gray to brother re: family news.
- 15. Lucy Gray, North Yarmouth to Joshua Gray, Boston. 6 May 1828.
Scope and Contents: 2 pages. Sorry to hear about Joshua Gray's fever; why doesn't he give up the sea and
become a farmer? A bad investment, the Spartan, finally has reached port after a long
passage; business news. Hopes husband and son are safe.
- 17. Lucy Gray, North Yarmouth, to Joshua Gray, Boston. 28 December 1828.
Scope and Contents: 2 pages. Grateful that their lives have been spared, but aware that death will come
any minute. News--deaths, the Spartan, the famine of flour. Same letter: Gray, Joshua
Adams to Harrison Otis Gray, his brother. 24 January 1829. 1 page. Lonesome for brother.
Voyages of uncle Adams Gray. (Joshua Adams Gray is son of Lucy Gray and Joshua Gray.)
- Folder 25. Gray family correspondence. 1814-1853.
- 5. Joshua Gray, North Yarmouth, to son, Joshua A. Gray, Brig Tuscany, New York. 13 June
Scope and Contents: 2 pages. Urges son to continue with good principles, study books, stay out of trouble.
Hopes other son, Harrison, will do the same. Asks him to account for the money he
has made; buy the clothes he needs. Same letter: Lucy Gray to son Joshua Gray. 14
June, 1837. 1 page. Hopes that after this voyage he will return home to go to school.
Urges him to be obedient to his uncle (the captain: Adams Gray ). Grateful his life
has been spared.
- 6. Joshua Gray, North Yarmouth, to son, Joshua Adams Gray, Brig Architect, Providence.
22 March 1834.
Scope and Contents: 2 pages. News of voyages, friends. Same letter: Harriet (Drinkwater?) to nephew, Joshua
(Gray). 1 page. Old maids are getting married; the cheapest go first. (Bitter spinster?)
Town is rather dull. Same letter: Joshua Gray, North Yarmouth, to son. 23 March 1834.
1 page. Fears he made a mistake in letting his son make a voyage instead of go to
school. Asks him to write when he gets to New Orleans.
- 9. Frost, H.E., to Margaret H. Gray, Yarmouth, Maine. 30 January 1853(?).
Scope and Contents: 2 pages. Condolence letter re: death of Margaret's father, Joshua Gray. Same letter:
Frost, Susanna (mother of H.E.) to sister-in-law, Lucy Gray. 1 page. Condolence on
death of brother, Josuah Gray, Lucy Gray's husband.
- Folder 26. Legal document: deposition of William Williams and Sarah Williams. 9 September 1815.
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. Sarah Williams' statement, signed X, re: visit to her home of Eva (?) Brown,
selling farm tools, oven Short interrogation of Sarah Williams. Drawn up by Windham
- Folder 33. Tillinghast. Lindsay, F.L., New Bedford (Massachusetts) to Mrs. Charles Tillinghast,
Providence. 1842, 1846.
- Folder 34. Tillinghast. Sweet, Hannah, Charlestown (Massachusetts) to Sophie F. Tillinghast,
Providence. 1852, 1853.
- Folder 35. Tillinghast. Maria (no surname), Cambridge, Massachusetts to Sophia F. Tillinghast,
New York and Providence. Undated.
- Folder 40. Tillinghast. Heaton, Eliza, to mother, Patience Heaton, Loudon County, Virgina. 1828,
- Folder 42. Smith-Pierce-Ball correspondence. Pierce, Lydia D. to sister, Sally Smith (Mrs. Josiah
Smith?), Volney, Oswego County, New York. 1830, 1836, 1838. Pierce, Lydia D. to sister, Sally Smith (Mrs. Josiah Smith?), Volney, Oswego County,
New York. 1830, 1836, 1838.
- 1. Lydia Pierce, Windsor, Massachusetts. 15 June-6 July, 1830.
Scope and Contents: 2 pages. The "Canker Rash" epidemic; deaths of friends and family. Has attended writing
school. Is sending household goods in two barrels. Same letter: Pierce, Isaac S. to
sister (Sally Smith?). n.d. 1 page. Re: his carpentering, plastering jobs and what
- 2. Lydia Pierce, Peru. 4 December 1836.
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. Detailed account of her journey from Volney to Peru. News of friends and
relatives. Same letter: 12 February. Has been prevented from finishing letter by illness
of her boarder, Lucinda Ellison. 19 February. News of friends and family. Flour is
so expensive that people are starting to substitute potatoes.
- Folder 43. Smith-Pierce-Ball correspondence. Pierce, James M. and Lydia D., West Cummington,
Massachusetts, to William Ball, Fulton, Oswego County, New York. 17 October 1831.
Scope and Contents: 2 pages. Lydia D. Pierce: Trip from Syracuse to Hinsdale on the "Cars". Mentions family--asks
about Aurelia, Philena; Reuben. James M. Pierce: Addresses letter to "Cousin William."
(Lydia D. Pierce Is William Ball's aunt.) Is doing well in tailoring business. May
visit William Ball this winter.
- Folder 44. Smith-Pierce-Ball correspondence. Smith, Sally, to her family. 1834-1852.
- Folder 45. Smith-Pierce-Ball correspondence. Pierce (Joy), Julia A.M., Windsor, Massachusetts
to sister, Sally Smith and her family, (Mr. Josiah Smith), Volney, New York. 1839-1845.
- 1. Pierce (Joy), Julia A.M., Windsor, Massachusetts to sister, Sally Smith and her family,
(Mr. Josiah Smith), Volney, New York. 1839?
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. Account of recent illnesses. How much wool has been woven. Her teaching jobs;
the pay is $2 a week with room and board. Colonel Pierce will buy farm in Ohio (see
folder 42, #3). Miscellaneous news re: family, including Lydia and Henry Pierce.
- 2. Pierce (Joy), Julia A.M., Windsor, Massachusetts to sister, Sally Smith and her family,
(Mr. Josiah Smith), Volney, New York. 7 March 1841.
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. Ever since "Old Tip" (William Henry Harrison) was inaugurated, they have
had bad weather; pessimistic about his administration. Account of illnesses and methods
of treating them. Has been school teaching. News of friends, incl. Colonel Pierce,
who is not happy with farm in Ohio. Recent social life.
- 3. Pierce (Joy), Julia A.M., Windsor, Massachusetts to sister, Sally Smith and her family,
(Mr. Josiah Smith), Volney, New York. 24 March 1842.
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. Excuses for not writing for a year, incl. fact that she has begun to play
the accordion. Interpolated short paragraph from Eber Pierce, Sally Smith's father.
Deaths, marriages, illnesses--short description of a marriage.
- 6. Julia A. Pierce, Plainfield, Massachusetts and Aurelia (no surname), Plainfield. 28
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Aurelia: (1 page) Account of her journey from Syracuse to Windsor, Massachusetts
to visit grandmother. (Aurelia the daughter of Sally Smith) Has seen Isaac (Sally
Smith's brother?), Lydia Pierce (Sally Smith's sister), and Orin, who plays the violin
well. (See # 4) Julia A.P. Joy: Has married a widower, Turner Joy, who is an old school
teacher. Happy to see Aurelia, but wishes Sally and Josiah had come too; invites them.
Has done her last teaching. Orin plans to teach violin; Addison's health has improved;
Judith's marital situation is happier. Lydia has six children. Marriages, deaths.
- Folder 46. Smith-Pierce-Ball correspondence. Smith, Linus, Streetsborough, to Smith family, Volney,
New York. 1840-1853.
- 2. Linus Smith, Shalersville, to Jonah Smith. 19 April 1840.
Scope and Contents: 2 pages. ("Written by Hand Fast") Re: Old Bell's law suit. It will come to trial April
21 and he will probably be acquitted. Discusses Bell's property and whether Lucy will
get any. Plans to visit New York in June; will he get a good price for his horses
there? Has been very short of money. Same letter: Bell, Betsey to Amanda Smith. Would
like to come visit with Linus, but he says no. More on "Old Bell."
- 3. Smith, Linus, Streetsborough, to Smith family, Volney, New York. 7 February 1845.
Scope and Contents: 2 pages. Both he and wife, Sarah, have been ill. Health of two children, Dwight, and
Anice Eliza (8 months). Will start for Michigan in May. With the $40 they sent he
bought a span of mares. Same letter: Smith, Sarah (Linus Smith's wife). Has been weaving,
sewing to prepare for trip to Michigan. Asks Mother and Aurelia to write.
- 4. Smith, Linus, Streetsborough, to Smith family, Volney, New York. 10 May, 1846.
Scope and Contents: 2 pages. (Salutation is "Dear father and Mother") Baby daughter died in March. Has
decided not to go west this season, but instead will visit Volney in middle of June.
A promising spring. May 24: Has delayed finishing letter, hoping Sarah would write
some of the poetry she composed when daughter died. She says she would rather not.
- 5. Smith, Linus, Streetsborough, to Smith family, Volney, New York. 24 January 1847.
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Visited Michigan in November; bought 80 acres of land in Berrien County,
southwest corner of state. Needs a team and wagon and year's provision before can
start for land. Plans to leave a year from spring; asks parents for help. 2 February.
Dwight ran away from home to see "Grammaw". Found when a mile from home. 31 January:
(Sarah Smith writes) Illness and heavy destructive rains rampant. Sends six 4-verse
stanzas she has written about death of daughter.
- Folder 47. Smith-Pierce-Ball correspondence. Smith-Pierce-Ball correspondence. Miscellaneous
- Folder 48. Smith Aurelia M. to family, Fulton, New York. 1845-1851.
- 1. Aurelia Smith, Becket. 19 December 1845.
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. Much miscellaneous family news; mentions Addison's health, Judith's marital
problems, Lydia, Julia, Orrin's school teaching, Newell and Malona. (See letter #4,
- 2. Aurelia Smith, Windsor, Massachusetts. 14 June 1846.
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Re. her school teaching. Family news--Reuben, Lydia, Addison, and Grandma
- 6. Aurelia Smith, West Otis, Massachusetts, to mother, Mrs. Sally Smith. 8 September
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Newell has visited. Attended concert by the Gibson family. Death and funeral
of a twenty-year-old girl, of consumption. Her love of flowers. Mentions the mother
"I lost ___ early childhood and also my present one whom I have often_____ in _____
feared I should have to part with."
- 7. Aurelia Smith, Otis, Massachusetts, to brother, Albert Smith. 17 October 1850.
Scope and Contents: 1 page. Has finished teaching for summer--pay $18. Has decided not to teach this winter.
"Luther's" death. Same letter: to mother. 2 pages. Has received letter from mother's
brother, Addison. She will stay in Windsor this winter. Asks about father's opinion
of Fugitive Slave Law. Plans for future visits.
- 8. Aurelia Smith, Peru, Massachusetts. 19 November 1850.
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Has visited all relatives in Windsor and Peru, including Aunt Amy (Monk?),
who retains her faculties. Inquires in detail about parents' health, affairs of family.
Newell is making a trip to Fulton.
- 10. Composite letter. Pierce, Wesley A., Peru, Massachusetts, to "cousin", (Willis M.
Bell?). 20 April 1851.
Scope and Contents: 2 pages. Has been learning trade of masonry with Uncles Reuben and Isaac. Asks cousin
to look for a position for him in which he can learn brick-laying. Includes floor
plan "for your Father's house." Smith, Aurelia M. to mother. Undated. 2 pages. Feels
her duty is to go home this summer but enjoys New England summers. Account of recent
parties, social events which most of her relatives have attended.
- 11. Aurelia Smith, Peru, (Massachusetts) 12 April 1851.
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. Has not yet decided whether she will come home this summer. Gives reasons
for and against, admitting that selfishly she wishes to stay where she is. Mentions
construction of house which her parents are building. Has decided to stop teaching,
at least momentarily.
- Folder 49. Letters to Aurelia M. Smith. 1846, 1851.
- 1. Composite letter. Ball, William, Volney, New York. 1 February 1846.
Scope and Contents: 1 page. Has had to discontinue school teaching because of illness he describes in
detail. Smith, N(ewell). 1 page. Is attending school taught by D.D. Mckoon and is
enjoying it. Linus (Smith) writes that he is going farther west with his family. Smith,
A.D. (Albert?). 1/2 page. Has been driving team and cutting wood. Attended a temperance
meeting and heard some very good temperance songs. Smith, Sally. 2 February 1846.
2 pages. Is trying to encourage the boys to write more, so has had them write part
of the letter. News of friends and of deaths.
- Folder 50. Ball, William, Peru, (Massachusetts). 2 letters to family--Josiah Smith or Sally Smith
(his mother--is he an adopted orphan as perhaps Aurelia is?). Fulton Post Office,
- Folder 51. Thorp, Philena, Albion, to Mr. and Mrs. Josiah Smith, Fulton Post Office, New York.
- Folder 53. Pierce, Jairus and Reuben, East Windsor, (Massachusetts), to sister, Sally Smith,
Volney, New York. 18 April 1854.
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. Jairus Pierce: News from California where Isaac is prospecting for gold;
from relatives in Leonidas, Michigan and Naples, New York. Reuben Pierce; (Apparently
Sally Smith's husband has died.) Suggests Sally Smith come to Massachusetts and live
with her family. Gives arguments in favor.
- Folder 54. (Monk), Amy, Windsor, Massachusetts, to brothers, William and Ebenezer Ball, Volney,
New York. Undated.
- Folder 58. Pitkin family. Pitkin family correspondence. 1834-1841.
- 1. Pitkin, M.B., Great Barrington, Massachusetts, to son, Reverend John B. Pitkin, Richmond,
Virginia. 23 June, 1834.
Scope and Contents: 2 pages. Has finished her poem; requests that her son go over it for mistakes before
she copies it and tries to sell it. Does not know what periodical to try; perhaps
the Lady's Book. Needs the money to pay some debts. Quotes two people who say she has talent. Advises
son about sermons he plans to publish, book he proposes.
- 2. Irwin, Mary and McDill, Fanny W., Franklin, Ohio, to sister, Mrs. Eliza W. Pitkin,
Dresden, Ohio. 11 March 1835.
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Mary Irwin: Is visiting Fanny McDill in Franklin. Afraid that her concern
for her son Samuel is inconsistent with the Christian spirit. News of old acquaintances.
Mixed feelings about their church in Wilmington. FM: Son Wilson is walking now. Joseph
Wilson, lecturer, Agent of the American Anti-Slavery society, visits this week.
- 3. Mallary, Nancy, North Perrysburgh, to "cousins", Reverend John and Eliza Pitkin, Utica,
Licking County, Ohio. 25 January, 1837.
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. When returned to Forestville after 4 years absence, made melancholy by the
number of changes. Has moved to North Perrysburg. Particularly unhappy because of
Sister Laurentia's backsliding. Concern for her Christian life. Confused--can't return
to Dresden now that Pitkins have moved, yet wants to return to Ohio. Asks them if
they hear of any teaching jobs by spring, to write to her.
- 4. Irwin, Mary W., Felicity, Ohio, to sister, Mrs. Eliza W. Pitkin, Mount Vernon, Knox
County, Ohio, 2 January 1841.
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. News of her children, their education. Their father had 72nd birthday; feels
his preaching is not affective. News from Fanny (Eliza's and Mary's sister?), her
daughter Mary. The Methodist church has been holding a protracted and reportedly extravagant
meeting since Christmas.
- Folder 59. Pitkin family. Graeter, Elisabeth, Cambridge Port, Massachusetts, to husband, Francis
Graeter, Eastport, Maine. 1836 and undated.
- 1. Graeter, Elisabeth, Cambridge Port, Massachusetts, to husband, Francis Graeter, Eastport,
Maine. 5-14 August 1836.
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. Occasionally rhapsodic, re. family he has left behind. (They are perhaps
German immigrants, since she uses many German phrases, though the letter is in English.)
Also speaks of servant and her child, their young son Albert, her economizing.
- Folder 62. Case Edgarton correspondence. Case, Luella J.B., Kingston, New Hampshire and Lowell,
(Massachusetts), and Sarah C. Edgarton, Shirley Village, Massachusetts, correspondence.
- Folder 63. Case Edgarton correspondence. Case, Luella and Sarah Edgarton, correspondence, (continued).
- 8. Luella Case, Elm House, Portland, Maine, to Sarah Edgarton, Shirley Village. 5 April
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Busy day. Re. friends; plans to write her father's Memoir. Story about sister
Junia's daughter Ada, who recently died. Re. acquaintance with "Mimosa", an author,
resident of August, Maine. Excitement over animal magnetism.
- 10. Luella Case, Portland, to Sarah Edgarton. 26 March 1844.
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Begs permission to tell the news that Sarah Edgarton is engaged. Only reservation--that
Sarah Edgarton's fiance is younger than she, therefore, perhaps inconstant. Party
life in Augusta. Cold has confined her indoors.
- 11. Luella Case, Cincinnati, (Ohio), to Sarah Edgarton. 9 February 1846.
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Has been ill with headaches partly because of weather, which is changeable
and damp, and the water from the river, which is like "dark, thin soup." The success
of A.C. Thomas, the minister, and jos wife. Descriptions of the exhibition of his
Sabbath school. Makes fun of Western hotels and sleighs.
- Folder 64. Case Edgarton correspondence. Case, Luella, to Sarah Edgarton, Shirley Village, Massachusetts.
- Folder 65. Case Edgarton correspondence. Case, Luella (?) to "Editresses" of a paper (Sarah Edgarton?)
Scope and Contents: Notes prefacing a letter she is offering for publication. Letter date 7 August 1852.
Offered under pseudonym "Carrie Carleton." The letter is here only in part. It concerns
a country girl, "Peggotty Piggins", on a trip to New York for the first time. Her
Impression of the bustle of Boston.
- Folder 69. Case Edgarton correspondence. Kimball, Clara A., Needham (Massachusetts) to uncle,
Reverend David J. Kimball, Ipswich, Massachusetts. 22 February 1842. 1 page. Relays
death of her uncle Ritchie. Asks him to attend funeral.
- Folder 70. Case Edgarton correspondence. E.D.G., "White House", to cousin, Mason H. Darrach,
Kent County, Maryland. 1842 and undated.
- 1. E.D.G., "White House", to cousin, Mason H. Darrach, Kent County, Maryland. 6 November
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Since rest of family involved in other pursuits ("Pa living for the College"),
domestic chores have devolved on her and she has had little time to write letters.
Says he can put his trust in her as a friend. Disapproves of his going to South America
as romantic escape. Wonders when he will leave seclusion of Forest Manor and Kent.
News of friends.
- 2. E.D.G., "White House", to cousin, Mason H. Darrach, Kent County, Maryland. Undated.
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Detailed description of lecture-party round of social life in gay mood. In
answer to his letter, says she does not think "friendship" a cold word. Hopes he will
keep his promise of not speaking of his love for her for three months. Return to social
life. Asks him to come to exhibition at New London.
- Folder 71. Case Edgarton correspondence. To Anna M. Weston, Greenfield, Massachusetts from mother,
Baltimore, Maryland. 20 May 1843.
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. Have just finished cleaning and painting house, inside and out. Hopes when
she comes home, will be a help to her mother. Asks for more detailed account of money
she sends to Reverend Lanstroth. Inquires about progress in school work. Plans for
Anna Weston to come home. News of home, messages from brother and sister.
- Folder 72. Farnum family. White, Mrs. R. Annie, Lowell, Massachusetts and Farnum, Cyrus C., Haverhill,
Massachusetts, correspondence. 1843.
- Folder 73. Farnum family. How, M., Haverhill, Massachusetts to Joseph Holman, Boston, 19 November
Scope and Contents: 1 page. Informs Joseph Holman of his sister's, "Mrs. Farnham", death. Asks him to
attend funeral and comfort "Cyrus" as much as possible. ("Mrs. Farnham" here is probably
- Folder 74. Farnum family. Miscellaneous letters to Cyrus Farnum. 1848, undated.
- Folder 76. Farnum family. Holman, Joseph F., Boston, to brother-in-law, Cyrus Farnum and sister,
Mrs. Farnum (Anne White?). 1849 and undated.
- Folder 81. Farnum family. To Johnston, Chancellor J., Newbury C.H., South Carolina, from daughter,
Mary, Chester, South Carolina. 30 December 1845.
Scope and Contents: 2 pages. Requests him to send her several things, including a new "girl", Lucinda,
instead of Ann who doesn't suit her very well.
- Folder 82. Farnum family. To Russell, Mrs. E. Augustus, from daughters, Mary and Fannie. 1845
- Folder 83. Farnum family. To Avery, Mrs. Asenath, Weedsport, New York, from daughter, Maria,
Syracuse, New York. 10 January 1846.
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Her trip to Syracuse. What she has done for the past week, including a meeting
about building a home for "Canal boys" to live in in the winter, and a Temperance
meeting. Would like Mother to send her her brown cravat and cotton stocking for measuring.
Has been helping Mrs. Myers by sewing.
- Folder 84. Farnum family. Billups, John and Susan, to brother Joseph P. Billups. 1846, 1848.
- Folder 91. Farnum family. Dyer, Mary G., Cranston.
- Folder 92. Farnum family. Bostwick, Charlotte, Newark (New Jersey), to Elizabeth Bostwick (Mrs.
William), New Haven, Connecticut. 23 March 1848.
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. Has been away from home, Bridgeport, for 3 months visiting. Account of fancy-dress
ball at the Opera-house which she attended without a costume and caused a sensation.
Glimpse of Mr. Clay (Henry?)
- Folder 103. Farnum family. Fran Myra (Egan?), 2 letters to mother. 1852.
- 1. Fran Myra (Egan?) to mother. 9 July 1852.
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. New York Conference Seminary. Written over several days, stream of consciousness
type of letter. Keeps repeating that she does not like school, would rather be home,
but will stay until the and of next "quater," Mell (her brother) reported on. The
subjects he plans to take the next quarter. Mr. Black spoke at chapel--an out-and-out
- Folder 106. Farnum family. May (no surname). St. Augustine, (Florida) to David and George. 16
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. To David: Her pupil (she seems to be a governess) is too full of play to
learn very much. Has just received a "funeral paper"; tells him how funerals are prepared
for. Says that many come to St. Augustine to die. To George: Has heard David is coming
to visit her. If he has not yet left, hopes George will forward letter to him.
- Folder 107. Farnum family. Bowker, Sarah A.S., Lowell, Massachusetts, to Mr. and Mrs. Hill (Williamsburg).
1855 and 1858.
- 1. Bowker, Sarah A.S., Lowell, Massachusetts, to Mr. and Mrs. Hill (Williamsburg). 28
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Thanks them profusely for their help to her in her weighty misfortunes which
have not yet ended. She has not seen her son for a year since he is boarding with
an acquaintance in New Hampshire, nor has she seen her other children. News of what
her brothers and sisters and parents are doing. Plans to send them a box of her "own
- 2. Bowker, Sarah A.S., Lowell, Massachusetts, to Mr. and Mrs. Hill (Williamsburg). 11
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Letter accompanying a box, perhaps the one mentioned in letter #1. Has received
news from Boston that her youngest daughter. Mary-Jerushah, is dead; is sending to
Boston to confirm. 2 poems concerning death. Hopes to set up a home for herself and
her eldest 2 children. Her eldest daughter could learn the millenary trade. Her son
is "puny." Religious news-- spiritualism is becoming popular.
- Folder 108. Farnum family. Beardsley, Laurinda, Somers, Connecticut, to cousin, Miss E. McKinstry.
- Folder 112. Farnham family. Johnson, Hattie B. and Jennie (?), Buffalo, (New York), to parents
and to sister, Mary (Farnham?). 1857 and undated.
- Folder 113. Farnham family. Chadwick, B.B. and wife, (?) Ruth A. Chadwick, Portland, Wisconsin,
to Roswell and Mary Farnham, Bradford, Vermont (sister), and brother Henry. 1858,
- Folder 116. Farnham family. Farnham, Roswell, Bradford, Vermont to Laura A. Farnham, Boston and
San Francisco. 1886-1897 and undated.
- Folder 117. Farnham family. Miscellaneous letters to Roswell Farnham, Bradford, Vermont. 1889-1892.
- Folder 118. Farnham family. Farnham, Mary E., to husband Roswell. 1899 and undated.
- 4. Farnham, Mary E., to husband Roswell. Undated.
Scope and Contents: Valentine poem to Roswell Farnham, Burlington, Vermont. (No name, but probably written
by Mary Farnham)
- Folder 120A. Farnham family. Sulloway, Alice. School essays & letter from Mather. 1861-1865
- Folder 121. Farnham family. Nevet, Sinna, (St. Louis, Missouri ?), to husband, Joseph Nevet, the
35th Iowa volunteers. 1862 and undated.
- Folder 123. Farnham family. McKeen (?), William N., East Cambridge, Massachusetts to father, Rev.
Silas McKeen(?), Bradford, Vermont. 12 March 1874.
Scope and Contents: 8 pages. Account of visit to Boston, Cambridge (with a Harvard student), and with
the sculptor Jackson while he was working on the head of "Prof. Park." Misc. business
about publishing his father's book including his inquiries into "heliotyping" which
he finds is an inexpensive way to print pictures in a book.
- Folder 129. Farnham family. Hunter, Katie, Myrtle Creek, Douglas County, Oregon, to grandmother.
10 October 1884.
Scope and Contents: 3 pages. Family has moved to Oregon from California for sake of father's health which
has wonderfully improved. Description of farm with farming and grazing land, numerous
farm animals, orchard of fruit trees.
- Folder 130. Farnham family. Biddle, Sadie, Brockport, Pennsylvania, to Angeline J. Pontius, Mifflinburg,
- 1. Biddle, Sadie, Brockport, Pennsylvania, to Angeline J. Pontius, Mifflinburg, Pennsylvania.
25 January 1885.
Scope and Contents: 6 pages. Her trip to Brockport, Likes it quite well; has fun with cousin Anna. Describes
Ridgeway where she spent her Christmas. Is glad Angeline Pontius has moved, since
she won't have to be "stuck to that old Farming" any more.
- Folder 136. Undated letters. No name Hartford, (Connecticut) to Fanny (no surname). Undated.
Scope and Contents: 4 pages. probably incomplete. While mother in New York being "cured", author of letter
and two friends keeping "old maid's hall." Has tried without success to guess who
Fanny's new beau is. Has given up her love for Leslie Deane since she has discovered
he is only 15 or 16, "a rosy-cheeked urchin in love with bread and milk." Naughty
confession-- has fallen in love with a married man.
- Folder 138. Undated letters. Henkins, Christiana, Norwalk and Westport (Connecticut), to William
McKeag, New York City, New York. Undated.
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