Thomas Townshend, 1st Viscount Sydney papers 1665-1828 (bulk 1780-1788)
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This collection is made up of 30 letters that Wilson H. Clark of New Haven, Connecticut, received between February 1846 and December 1848. The bulk of the correspondence consists of letters from Wilson's brothers, James B. and Warren V. Clark, who wrote from Mansfield, Sandusky, and Castalia, Ohio; Wilson also received a few letters from an aunt and uncle in Castalia. James B. Clark's letters pertain to financial issues, such as crop prices and his attempts to sell a watch that belonged to Wilson. Warren V. Clark, who wrote the majority of the letters, provided news of family members and acquaintances, and discussed his work for a railroad company and other aspects of the Ohio railroad industry. In his letter of October 19, 1847, he copied the inscription he had written for James's tombstone. He later expressed his concerns about "Rodney's" intention to move to the south to become a seafarer; Warren believed that residents of the southern states were exposed to more diseases. A few of Warren's letters from October and November 1848 discuss political issues, such as the election of Zachary Taylor. Wilson H. Clark's final correspondents were an aunt (E. E. Higgins) and uncle in Castalia, Ohio, who reported on family health and other news. The collection includes 3 letters from S. Royston, who discussed finances and a legal dispute.