Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Charles G. Bellamy Papers, 1842-1860

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, December 2011

Summary Information
Title: Charles G. Bellamy papers
Creator: Bellamy, Charles Gerrish, 1811-1892
Inclusive dates: 1842-1860
Extent: 45 items
The Charles G. Bellamy papers consist primarily of Bellamy's incoming correspondence, mainly concerning his political career in the Maine legislature and national Democratic Party politics in the 1840s and 1850s.
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
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1979. M-1872.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


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:

Charles G. Bellamy Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.


Charles Gerrish Bellamy of Kittery, Maine, was born on January 3, 1811, and married his brother John's widow, Fanny Bellamy (1807-1892). Along with Elizabeth and Catherine, children from Fanny's previous marriage, the couple had several children: John, Charles, Elisha, Sophronia, Martha Ann, Laura, George, and Frances. The elder Charles, a Democrat, served in the Maine House of Representatives (1842-1843) and Senate (1846-1847), and afterward became the Inspector of Timber at the United States Navy Yard at Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Charles G. Bellamy papers consist primarily of Bellamy's incoming correspondence, mainly concerning his political career in the Maine legislature and national Democratic Party politics in the 1840s and 1850s. The earliest item in the collection is a manuscript copy of a deed between Piscataqua Bank and Portsmouth Bank, dated March 11, 1842. The remainder of the material is related to Bellamy and to local and national politics immediately preceding the Civil War. A selection of letters from 1846 regard state politics and Bellamy's candidacy for the Maine Senate; these are accompanied by a printed circular letter from William T. Johnson, announcing the roster of the 1846 state legislature, which included Bellamy (May 1, 1846). Several other writers referred specifically to issues affecting the state government, and, on a few occasions, mentioned the policies and actions of future vice-president Hannibal Hamlin, often in opposition to his opinions. Isaac Chadbourne, an ardent Democrat, was a frequent correspondent in the mid-1850s, who believed that James Buchanan would be elected in 1856: "If Mr. Buchanan lives till the 4 of March 1857 on that day he will be inaugurated president of the United States that much is settled" (June 25, 1855). Later, he retained his interest in the election, and frequently traveled to Washington, D. C., in an attempt to assist Bellamy secure a position as Inspector of Timber at Portsmouth Navy Yard. On February 28, 1860, he wrote at length on the Kansas-Nebraska Act, "Black Republicans," and the era's tumultuous politics. The collection holds one additional document, a printed copy of a Maine "Act additional concerning Electors and Elections," about foreign-born citizens' right to vote (April 10, 1856).

Subject Terms

    • Democratic Party (Me.)
    • Hamlin, Hannibal, 1809-1891.
    • Maine. Legislature. Senate.
    • Maine--Politics and government--1775-1865.
    • Presidents--United States--Election--1856.
    • Chadbourne, Isaac.
    Genre Terms:
    • Circular letters.
    • Deeds.
    • Indentures.
    • Legislative acts.
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   48, Small Collections Folders   36-40
    Charles G. Bellamy papers,  March 11, 1842-September 10, 1860 [series]
    Additional Descriptive Data

    Clayton, W. Woodford. History of York County, Maine, with Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia: Everts & Peck, 1880.

    Stackpole, Everett Schermerhorn. Old Kittery and Her Families. Lewiston, Maine: Lewiston Journal Company, 1903.