This collection (8 items) contains correspondence and other items related to the Latrobe and Roosevelt families, who lived in New York City and Skaneateles, New York, in the 19th and early 20th centuries.
The collection's 5 dated items include 2 letters from Lydia Latrobe Roosevelt to her brother and sister-in-law, John H. B. and Charlotte Latrobe, in which she apologized for her previous inconsistency in writing letters and provided news of her children and of the winter of 1844-1845 (February 22, 1820, and January 25, 1845). Nicholas J. Roosevelt wrote a brief letter to John H. B. Latrobe about the Sellon family's new address following their move to Franker's Grove, Illinois (March 17, 1843). A typed letter attributed to G. A. Cormack, the secretary of the Corinthian Yacht Club of New York, shares the club's condolences after Nicholas Latrobe Roosevelt's death in 1892. The final dated item is an article from Country Life entitled "George Washington: Country Gentleman," which reprints excerpts from Benjamin Henry Latrobe's diary of a visit to Mount Vernon (December 1921, volume 41).
The collection includes 3 undated items. The first is a note regarding a picture of Washington, D.C. The remaining 2 items relate to Nicholas J. Roosevelt's steamboat voyage on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers in 1811: a typescript by his great-grandson Henry Latrobe Roosevelt and a manuscript providing a firsthand account of early steamboat travel.