Henry S. Clubb letterbook; Payne and Swiney letterbook  1836-1840, 1865
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Biography

Jacob U. Payne and William P. Swiney were merchants in Vicksburg, Mississippi, in the early 19th Century. They ran a furniture, hardware, and dry goods retail business.

Henry Stephens Clubb (1827-1922) was born to Stephens Clubb, in Colchester, England. Henry was raised Swedenborgian, a sect of Christianity, and later identified as a Bible Christian, also known as a Cowherdite. Clubb worked as a clerk at the Colchester Post Office and moved to England in 1842, where he found work as a secretary to James Simpson, an early leader of England's vegetarian movement.

Clubb settled in New York in 1853 and distinguished himself as an abolitionist journalist. After reporting on the Kansas-Nebraska Act, Clubb attempted, unsuccessfully, to establish a small pro-vegetarian-abolitionist-temperance colony in Kansas on banks of the Neosho River. With much of the colony ailing, the settlement disbanded and Clubb moved back to New York to work for the abolitionist Tribune newspaper. During the Civil War, Clubb served as captain and assistant quartermaster in the 17th U.S. Army Corps (1862-1866). He survived a bullet wound at Corinth, Mississippi.

After the war, Clubb married and moved to Grand Haven, Michigan. He published the Clarion newspaper from 1857-1862, and founded the Grand Haven Herald in 1869. Clubb served as a Michigan state senator of the 29th District in Ottawa County from 1873-1874. Clubb moved to Philadelphia to become the minister of the Bible Christian congregation. He remained active in vegetarian causes and was president of the American Vegetarian Society. Clubb died in 1922 at age 95.