William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan
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Anne Belden Letters, 1851-1852
Meg Hixon, December 2011
Anne Belden letters
Belden, Anne, 1817-1913
This collection is comprised of 7 letters Anne Belden received from her friend Clara in 1851 and 1852. Clara wrote of her social life in New York City and detailed her travels through upper New York to Niagara Falls and into Canada.
The material is in English
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The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
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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.
Anne Belden Letters, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
The collection is arranged chronologically.
Anna E. Belden, the daughter of Taber (1788-1859) and Mira Allerton (1782-1859) Belden of Amenia, New York, was born in 1817. She lived there and in nearby Dover Plains with her parents and several siblings; following her parents' deaths, she resided with her brother Joseph in Amenia, where she died on July 1, 1913.
Collection Scope and Content Note
This collection is comprised of 7 letters Anne Belden received from her friend Clara in 1851 and 1852. Clara wrote of her social life in New York City and detailed her travels through upper New York to Niagara Falls and into Canada. In her first letter, dated December 31, 1851-January 2, 1852, Clara wrote of her New Year's resolution "to commence writing more legible and, I hope, more interesting letters." Her subsequent letters, frequently compiled over the course of several days, provide details her social life in New York City, which involved group gatherings and more intimate meetings with acquaintances, as well as her trip across northern New York and into Canada. From July through August 1852, Clara traveled by railroad and steamship first to Trenton Falls, New York, and thence to Niagara Falls. Along the way, she described the scenery, her companions, and her modes of transportation; she also spent time in Canada near Lake Champlain and in Montreal, where she focused again on her natural surroundings. Clara continued to write after her return to New York City, and on November 18, 1852, described the plight of the Gallia , recently wrecked in the Bahamas, on which a friend had originally intended to travel.
- Canada--Description and travel.
- New York (N.Y.)--Social life and customs--19th century.
- New York (State)--Description and travel.
- Women--United States--History.