Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Stephen Gore Correspondence, 1836-1844

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, May 2012

Summary Information
Title: Stephen Gore correspondence
Creator: Gore, Stephen, 1790-1845
Inclusive dates: 1836-1844
Extent: 22 items
Abstract:
This collection is comprised of 22 incoming letters addressed to Stephen Gore, a grocer in St. Louis, Missouri, between 1836 and 1844. Of these, 20 are primarily concerned with Gore's business interests in Boston, Massachusetts, and 2 provide news of family and friends in Massachusetts. John S. Harris, Gore's most frequent correspondent, wrote 11 letters, and several of Gore's professional and personal acquaintances contributed the remaining 11 items.

Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu


Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1972. M-1597.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

Copyright:

Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

Stephen Gore correspondence, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Stephen Gore, the son of Jeremiah and Thankful Harris, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on August 29, 1790. After working with his father's firm, Gores & Harris, he sold property in Boston. In 1836, he moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where he became a grocer and merchant under the firm Gore & Ridgeway. He married Mary Ann Hyde on January 1, 1815, and they had 7 surviving children: Stephen Decatur (1817-1900), Mary Ann (1819-1890), William Henry (1824-1872), Carolina Augusta (1826-1892), George Washington (1827-1892), Abijah Fisk (1831-1906), and Catherine Wilson (b. 1835). Stephen Gore died of sunstroke on September 16, 1845. His sister Sarah married a man named Flint, and lived in Boston.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is comprised of 22 incoming letters addressed to Stephen Gore, a grocer in St. Louis, Missouri, between 1836 and 1844. Of these, 20 are primarily concerned with Gore's business interests in Boston, Massachusetts, and 2 provide news of family and friends in Massachusetts. John S. Harris, Gore's most frequent correspondent, wrote 11 letters, and several of Gore's professional and personal acquaintances wrote the remaining 11 items.

Gore received 17 letters from Boston merchants concerning the trade of coffee, alcohol, candles, oil, and other products. Several quoted recent prices, and one contains a detailed invoice. In addition to financial matters, Boston merchant John S. Harris occasionally mentioned contemporary political issues, such as tariff legislation, Henry Clay's early presidential nomination by the Whig Party (September 15, 1842), and the economic effects of the temperance movement (August 7, 1843). Harris also provided news of the Gore family in Boston. Gore received 1 personal letter from "Nath. R. Harbeck" of Newton, Massachusetts, who reported on the Hyde family (August 14, 1840). Three acquaintances from New Orleans, Louisiana, sent business letters, including one from J. H. Lyon, who proposed a partnership (August 19, 1843). Sarah Flint, Gore's sister, wrote one letter from Boston on October 11, 1840, concerning the care of their mother, who boarded with Sarah and her husband, and the impact of her care on the couple's financial situation.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Boston (Mass.)--Commerce.
    • Grocers.
    • New Orleans (La.)--Commerce.
    • Saint Louis (Mo.)--Commerce.
    • Tariff--United States.
    • United States--Politics and government--1815-1861.
    Contributors:
    • Flint, Sarah.
    • Harris, John S.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   1  
    Stephen Gore correspondence,  December 3, 1836-January 28, 1844 [series]:
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    Cutter, William Richard. Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Volume IV. New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1908.