Massachusetts Historical Society
Copies of letters of Elbridge Gerry, delegate to the Continental Congress, signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation, U.S. rep. from Mass., member of the XYZ mission to France in 1798, governor of Mass. (1810-12), and vice-president under James Madison (1812-14). The copies were reproduced from materials in various repositories and in private hands by George A. Billias for his historical and biographical research on Gerry. The collection also includes 2 index card files which serve as a control file for the collection and a typescript of a thesis entitled, "A Study in Dissent: Warren-Gerry Correspondence 1776-1792," by C. Harvey Gardiner (later published as a book)
Massachusetts Historical Society
Diary kept by Harrison Gray Otis Colby, a Whig state representative from Bristol County, Mass., 1838-40. Diary details professional activities, associations with friends and colleagues including Robert C. Winthrop, Robert Rantoul, Daniel Webster, and law partner John H. Clifford; political activities in the Massachusetts State House; and comments on books read, presidential candidates, and other topics, including the loss of the steamboat Pulaski. Also includes a typed transcript of the diary
Massachusetts Historical Society
Letters of Boston lawyer William H. Gardiner to his daughter Mary Gardiner Davis and her husband William Nye Davis, giving detailed accounts of the Civil War from November 1862 to February 1863. Gardiner discussed various battles and campaigns, the politics of war, the Emancipation Proclamation, his distaste for abolitionists, the firing of Gen. George B. McClellan, and McClellan's visit to Massachusetts. Also, letters of Robert Davis describing New Orleans under the occupation of Gen. Benjamin Butler's forces, and other misc. family papers
Massachusetts Historical Society
Contains a series of letters among James W. Paige (1792-1868), his wife Harriette Story White, his half-sister Grace Fletcher Webster, his brother-in-law statesman Daniel Webster, and other members of the Paige and Webster families. The letters relate primarily to family business but contain occasional references to Webster's activities and the contemporary political scene. Additional Webster materials include a copy of his will, descriptions of his illness and last days, and the results of a phrenological study on him. The papers also contain letters from James W. Paige, Jr., to his father James W., Sr. regarding his work as a relief agent with the U.S. Sanitary Commission during the Civil War; letters from Harriette Paige to her husband written while traveling in England (1839); a few misc. papers of Abbott Lawrence; and bills of James W. Paige, Jr. incurred while travelling in Europe, 1884-86
Massachusetts Historical Society
Correspondence and papers relating to religious and political issues in colonial Massachusetts. Included are letters to Benjamin Colman, first pastor of the Brattle Street Church of Boston; letters from Joseph Dudley, as a member of the Massachusetts colonial legislature and as colonial governor, to Isaac Addington; and letters to Ebenezer Turell, pastor of the First Church in Medford, Mass. Correspondents include Addington Davenport, Joseph Standen, John Barnard, Henry Winder, John Swift, Daniel Mayo, and Samuel Bury
Massachusetts Historical Society
Papers of statesman Elbridge Gerry. Correspondence concerns food, clothing, and other supplies for the American forces in the Revolutionary War; the conduct and promotion of Continental Army officers; debates on the Constitution; the war with France and Gerry's diplomatic mission to France; and Massachusetts and national politics. Reference is also made to Gen. Burgoyne's surrender at Saratoga, the conditions of Revolutionary War hospitals, and the Louisiana Purchase. Correspondents include John Adams, Samuel Adams, Gerry's wife Ann Thompson Gerry, Joseph Hawley, James Lovell, James Sullivan, Joseph Trumbull, James Warren, and John Wendell. Letters of Mercy Otis Warren refer to her historical researches and writings, and to personal matters
Massachusetts Historical Society
Letterbooks (1732-1769) and account books (1732-1748, 1766-1781) of James Murray, a loyalist who fled from Boston, Mass. to Halifax, Nova Scotia during the Revolution. His letterbooks span his life in London prior to his emigration to North Carolina in 1735, his move to Boston in 1765 with discussions of the Stamp Act and its effect on his sugar business, and of events and the political climate in Boston. The account books contain records of his career as a merchant in Boston and Milton in the sugar business and in the sale of other goods, and of his accounts, including rent collections, in Halifax. Also, an invoice book of Mary Murray and Co. (1771-1775) for shipments of cloth and lace to her from London to Boston, and a catalog of books of Murray's personal library
Allen County Public Library - Genealogy Center
"A series of [17] sketches, from the pen of Mr. Harvey L. Ross, now of Oakland, Cal., relating to his long and intimate personal relations with Abraham Lincoln and Peter Cartwright.".

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