This collection (79 items) contains letters that Irving Grinnell received during his travels in Europe from 1858-1861 and in 1864, as well as material related to the New York Yacht Club.
The Correspondence series (62 items) includes 45 letters that Philip Schuyler, Jr., wrote to Irving Grinnell from May 28, 1858-September 13, 1859. Schuyler discussed his social life in New York City, which included yachting and attending parties; on November 23, 1858, he described his experiences as a groomsman in a wedding. Schuyler occasionally referred to political happenings in the United States and Europe. M. C. Hecksher ("Tilly") wrote 8 letters to Grinnell, mostly reporting on her social engagements, such as a wedding she attended (November 7, 1858). Grinnell also received 2 letters from his cousin, Nellie Irving. Undated correspondence includes an unsigned note with a diagram of seating arrangements.
Irving Grinnell received 5 letters from his mother, Julia Irving Grinnell, written from December 14, 1861-May 16, 1862, as well as 1 written on March 20, 1864. In addition to sharing family news, Julia Grinnell commented on New York City residents' reactions to the Civil War; on one occasion, she mentioned that effigies of Jefferson Davis and other confederate leaders had been hanged in the city. Grinnell provided updates about Philip Schuyler, who had gone to Washington, D.C., with the 7th Regiment of New York Militia, and later shared her own thoughts about the war.
The Documents and Newspaper Clippings series (17 items) contains a notice and newspaper clippings pertaining to the New York Yacht Club in the late 1850s. The clippings concern race results, owners, and vessels. Other clippings relate to a commencement address delivered at Columbia College (now Columbia University) and to the drowning death of Laurens Hamilton in 1858.