Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Andrew T. Goodrich Family Correspondence, 1802, 1810-1813, 1816

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, June 2012

Summary Information
Title: Andrew T. Goodrich family correspondence
Creator: Goodrich family
Inclusive dates: 1802, 1810-1813, 1816
Extent: 7 items
Seven letters exchanged by members of the Goodrich family primarily concern news from New Haven, Connecticut, in the early 19th century. Andrew T. Goodrich, a publisher in New York City, also provided his mother and sister with thoughts on his church and recent War of 1812 victory celebrations.
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:

1985, 1993, 1999. M-2196, M-2917.2, M-4040.

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:

Andrew T. Goodrich Family Correspondence, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.


Andrew Thompson Goodrich was born on March 19, 1789, the son of Yale graduate John Goodrich (1753-1800) and Eunice Thompson, the widow of David Atwater. He had six siblings: Frances (1780-1859), Laura Talcott (1783-1800), John Talcott (1785-1802), Sarah Maria (1786-1863), Charles Wright (1792-1794), and Charles Thompson (1795-1802). He moved to New York City before 1810, and worked as a book publisher. On August 2, 1815, he married Sarah Tuttle, and they had 7 children: Maria E. (b. 1816), Jane L. (1817-1853), Russell O. (b. 1819), Frances Ann (b. 1821), Emmeline (1826-1827), Jennie (b. 1828), and Andrew (1831-1833). Andrew Goodrich died on March 9, 1845.

Collection Scope and Content Note

Seven letters exchanged by members of the Goodrich family primarily concern news from New Haven, Connecticut, in the early 19th century. Andrew T. Goodrich, a publisher in New York City, received 3letters and 1 fragment from his mother Eunice and sister Sarah, and wrote 1 letter each to Sarah and his mother. Eunice Goodrich also wrote 1 letter to Andrew's sister Frances.

Andrew's incoming correspondence includes a 3-page letter from his sister Sarah M. Goodrich, in which she presented her opinions on an unidentified mutual acquaintance (August 4, 1810). She wrote of her high regard for the man, influenced by his mannerisms and religious views, and expressed her pleasure upon hearing that her brother felt the same way. She also included a brief poem. In a second letter, (September 21-25, 1816), Sarah described activities on board the the sloop Franklin as she traveled from a New York harbor up the Hudson River. Andrew's mother Eunice (2 pages) shared social news from New Haven, Connecticut, where his family continued to live after he moved to New York City. Eunice Goodrich addressed an additional letter (1 page, written in 1802) to her daughter Frances ("Fanny"), and lamented the death of her son Charles. Andrew also received a copied fragment of a letter regarding his brother's death.

Andrew T. Goodrich's letter to his mother concerned a recent business opportunity, and the effects of their separation (November 16, 1811). In a letter dated October 24, 1813, Andrew discussed a recent sermon by John Brodhead Romeyn; a potential substitute preacher, Alexander McLeod, who would only preach if they permitted him to use a Scottish psalter (Goodrich noted he would rather sell his pew and quit the church); and celebrations of recent War of 1812 victories.

Subject Terms

    • Death.
    • Franklin (Sloop)
    • New Haven (Conn.)--Social life and customs.
    • New York (N.Y.)
    • Separation (Psychology)
    • United States--History--War of 1812--Social aspects.
    • Goodrich, Andrew Thompson, 1789-1845.
    • Goodrich, Eunice Thompson.
    • Goodrich, Sarah Maria, 1786-1863.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   22, Small Collections  
    Andrew T. Goodrich family correspondence [series]
    Folder   20  
     August 4, 1810-September 21, 1816, and  undated
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    Andrew T. Goodrich published the following item: Dwight, Timothy. The Dignity and Excellence of the Gospel: Illustrated in a Discourse, Delivered April 8, 1812, at the Ordination of the Rev. Nathaniel W. Taylor, as Pastor of the First Church and Congregation in New-Haven. New-York: Printed by J. Seymour, for Howe & Deforest, New-Haven; and Andrew T. Goodrich, no. 124 Broadway, New-York, 1812.


    Case, Lafayette Wallace. The Goodrich Family in America. Chicago: Fergus Printing Company, 1889.