Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
John H. Hunt Papers, 1849-1860

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, September 2012

Summary Information
Title: John H. Hunt papers
Creator: Hunt, John H., b. 1836
Inclusive dates: 1849-1860
Bulk dates: 1853-1859
Extent: 0.25 linear feet
Abstract:
This collection is made up of around 70 incoming letters to John H. Hunt of Sag Harbor, New York. Hunt's correspondents primarily wrote about their daily lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Chicago, Illinois, though they also commented on politics, marriage, religion, and business.

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:

1985. M-2205.

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:

John H. Hunt papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

John H. Hunt was born in October 1836, the son of H. W. and Frances E. Hunt of Southampton, New York. His siblings included Edgar, Frances, Alexander, Agnes, and Mary. Hunt lived in Southampton and Sag Harbor, New York, where he worked as an editor. He also founded the Sag Harbor Express. On April 28, 1862, he married Abigail Jane Davis Huntting, and they had one son, George. John H. Hunt died after 1920.


Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection is made up of around 70 incoming letters to editor John H. Hunt of Sag Harbor, New York. Hunt's correspondents primarily wrote about their daily lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Chicago, Illinois, though they also commented on politics, marriage, religion, and business.

Hunt's most frequent correspondents were G. H. Gleason, W. Henry Seely, and D. Lansing Lambert; he also received 2 letters from his brothers and a late series of letters from Benjamin F. Huntting. Gleason, Seely, and Lambert requested news from Sag Harbor and often referred to mutual acquaintances. The bulk of the correspondence concerns their daily lives and, to a lesser extent, their economic fortunes, particularly during the mid-1850s. W. H. Seely, who worked in Chicago, complained about the unfavorable economic climate in the West, and briefly considered joining a friend who had moved to Bolivia to pursue a business opportunity (November 28, 1857). Seely also commented on his religious views, and others mentioned their involvement with Sabbath schools or prayer meetings. During the summer of 1856, letter writers mentioned the upcoming election, and most reported their intention to vote for John C. Frémont. Hunt's correspondents occasionally provided their opinions about marriage and shared news of recent unions. In multiple letters, D. Lansing Lambert mentioned his "wife," whom he revealed to be a young man and a close acquaintance (May 28, 1856). He enclosed an explicit broadside in his letter of October 19, 1857, titled To Lovers of Horizontal Refreshments, which provides a list of services offered by a brothel.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
    • Chicago (Ill.)
    • Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890.
    • Marriage--United States.
    • Presidents--United States--Election--1856.
    • Prostitution--United States.
    • Publishers and publishing.
    • Sag Harbor (N.Y.)
    Contributors:
    • Gleason, G. H. ("Havens")
    • Gleason, William H.
    • Hunt, E. Z.
    • Hunt, K. G.
    • Huntting, Benjamin F.
    • Lambert, D. Lansing.
    • Seely, W. Henry.
    Genre Terms:
    • Broadsides (notices)
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
     
    Correspondence [series]:
    Box   1  
      November 18, 1849-July 5, 1860
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Related Materials

    The broadside, To Lovers of Horizontal Refreshments, has been separately cataloged.

    Bibliography

    Davis, Albert H. History of the Davis Family. Being an Account of the Descendants of John Davis, a Native of England, Who Died in East Hampton, Long Island, in 1705. New York: T. A. Wright, 1888.