Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Levi and Ezra Bartlett Papers, 1776-1826

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, October 2011

Summary Information
Title: Levi and Ezra Bartlett papers
Creator: Bartlett, Ezra, 1770-1848
Inclusive dates: 1776-1826
Bulk dates: 1811-1826
Extent: 32 items
Abstract:
The Levi and Ezra Bartlett papers contain personal correspondence and documents related to Dr. Levi Bartlett of Kingston, New Hampshire, who held several public offices in that town and who frequently discussed local and national political matters with his brother Ezra.

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:

1936-1998. M-305; M-1898; M-3301.14; M-4000.1.

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:

Levi and Ezra Bartlett papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Arrangement

The collection is arranged chronologically.


Biography

Levi Bartlett and Ezra Bartlett were both sons of Josiah Bartlett, governor of New Hampshire and signer of the Declaration of Independence. Levi was born on September 3, 1763, and followed his father into the medical profession, establishing a practice in Kingston, New Hampshire, and becoming an eminent citizen of the town. Among other appointments, he served as a justice of the peace, Kingston postmaster, and lieutenant colonel commandant in the 7th Regiment of the New Hampshire militia. He first married Sally Hook and, after her death, Abigail Stevens; these marriages produced three children. Levi Bartlett died on January 30, 1828.

Ezra Bartlett was born in 1770 and became a physician like his father and brother, establishing his practice in Warren and (later) Haverhill, New Hampshire. He represented Warren in the New Hampshire legislature and held several judicial positions. He died in 1848.


Collection Scope and Content Note

The Levi and Ezra Bartlett papers contain personal correspondence and documents related to Dr. Levi Bartlett of Kingston, New Hampshire, who held several public offices in that town and who frequently discussed local and national political matters with his younger brother, Ezra Bartlett.

The earliest item is a letter from Mary Bartlett to Levi Bartlett (May 23, 1776), in which she offered motherly advice and news of the family's health. Other early items include Levi's commissions for positions such as lieutenant colonel commandant (September 26, 1797), justice of the peace (June 19, 1806), and postmaster of Kingston, New Hampshire (December 28, 1811). The remaining items, which comprise the bulk of the collection, are letters from Levi Bartlett to his brother Ezra, in which Bartlett discussed state politics, acquaintances' health, and family news.

Subject Terms

    Subjects:
    • Kingston (N.H.)
    • New Hampshire--History--1775-1865.
    • Physicians--United States.
    • United States--Politics and government--1783-1865.
    Contributors:
    • Bartlett, Levi, 1763-1828.
    Genre Terms:
    • Commissions (permissions)
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
       Container / Location    Title
    Box   10, Small Collections  
    Levi and Ezra Bartlett papers [series]:
    Folders   1-3  
      May 23, 1776-April 18, 1826
    Additional Descriptive Data
    Bibliography

    "Biographical Notices of Physicians in Kingston, New Hampshire." The New England Historical & Genealogical Register. William Cogswell, ed. Volume 1. Boston: Samuel G. Drake, 1847.

    Bittinger, John Quincy. History of Haverhill, N. H. Haverhill, New Hampshire: 1888.