Women's History collection (1678-1996, bulk 1800-1906)

Collection processed and finding aid created by Jayne Ptolemy, 2014
Manuscripts Division, William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan

Summary Information

Title: Women's History collection
Creator: William L. Clements Library
Inclusive dates: 1678-1996
Bulk dates: 1800-1906
Extent: 0.5 linear feet
The Women's History collection contains miscellaneous single items relating to women, primarily in America, between 1678 and 1996.
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

M-1845, et al..

Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.


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

Women's History Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


Materials are arranged chronologically, with undated items at the end of the collection.

Biographical/Historical Note

The Women's History collection contains miscellaneous single items relating to women, primarily in America, between 1678 and 1996.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Women's History collection contains miscellaneous items relating to women between 1678 and 1996. The bulk of the collection ranges in from 1800 to the early 20th century and is geographically focused on the United States of America. Topics include marriage and divorce, childrearing and motherhood, household management, and consensual and coerced sex. Other areas of interest cover women’s various forms of labor, legal restitution for paternity suits and financial support, and education for women and children. While not as heavily represented, multiple items detail women's engagement in politics, slavery and abolition, and women's rights.

Subject Terms

  • Children.
  • Courtship.
  • Divorce.
  • Education.
  • Families.
  • Fashion.
  • Grief.
  • Housekeeping.
  • Love.
  • Marriage.
  • Motherhood.
  • Paternity.
  • Sex.
  • Women--abuse of.
  • Women--education.
  • Women--employment.
  • Women's rights.
Genre Terms:
  • Essays.
  • Financial records.
  • Legal documents.
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Poems.

Contents List

Container / Location Title
Women's History collection [series]
Box   1  
  1678 October 1 . Samuel Gookin ADS to Middlesex County Court; Cambridge. ( 2 pages)
Petition to relieve Gookin of child support for Hannah Stevenson's bastard child, which he claims is not his. This manuscript is accompanied by Daniel Gookin ADS to John Spring, et al., [Cambridge], 1p.; 1673 January 28, an order to appear in court.
  1687 April 12 . Nathaniel Gookin ADS to Samuel Winship; Mary Powter Winship; Middlesex County. ( 1 page)
Certificate of marriage for Samuel and Mary Winship.
  1717 June 20 . E[lizabeth Evelyn] Harcourt ALS to Mrs. Evelyn; [Cockthorpe, England?]. ( 3 pages)
Asks about her mother's health; hopes that the drops have helped. Children have recovered from smallpox, but Lady Price would not let her servant enter the house for fear of infection. Comments on weather and garden.
  1720 July 1-1722 November . Sarah Tullar Manuscript account book; [Plympton, Massachusetts]. (8 pages)
Includes charges for weaving services.
  1739 May 22 . Theo[philus] Rowe ALS to Unknown; Hampstead, [England]. (2 pages)
Expresses his appreciation for a book sent by the recipient. Strong remarks on the injustice of preventing women from pursuing education. Hopes that the recipient's example of beauty and achievement will inspire other women.
  1747 April 28 . Mary Faneuil ALS to Jenney [Vincent]; Boston, [Massachusetts]. (2 pages)
Addressed to Jane Vincent in Antigua. Mary relates information about her declining health, births, deaths, and marriages. She notes that the children of Mrs. Royall, deceased, are dissatisfied with her will. She wishes Jenney to send her "sand boxes" and shells.
  1761 December 7 . Selectmen ADS to Simon Whitney; Watertown, [Massachusetts]. (2 pages)
Order to the constable of Watertown. Katherine Draper, previously of Dedham, is currently dwelling at the house of Mathew Johnson in Watertown. "...her Circumstances being such that the Selectmen Refuse to accept of her to be an Inhabitant of Said Watertown." Simon Whitney is to warn Katherine Draper "to Depart forthwith out of Watertown and no longer abide therein."
  1762 August 21 . James Paine and Daniel Harris DS; Granville County, South Carolina. (2 pages)
Legal document in which an unmarried woman is brought before the Justices of the Peace and names the father of her child.
  1766 October 21 . Martha Smith ALS to John Jeffries; Portsmouth. (2 pages)
Letter regarding money owed to Jeffries for unspecified goods.
  [ca. 1766] . Document; s.l. (15 pages)
Inventory and prices of household furnishings, many of them sold at public auction. Titled "Inventory of The Household Furniture Viz."
  1774 March . Nancy Lathrop ALS to Jerusha Estabrooks; Norwich, [Connecticut]. (2 pages)
Is happy for Estabrooks’ willingness to correspond. Wishes for a personal acquaintance with Estabrooks.
  1778 June 9 . William Henry Ludlow DS to Cornelia Ludlow and Gabriel William Ludlow; Claverack, New York. (3 pages)
Land indenture and reversion agreement for one year. Pertaining to lands of John Crooke, deceased.
  1779 September 14 . de Stamford ALS to Miss Nany; Hallets Cove, [New York?]. (1 page)
Letter of affection.
  1784 June 13 . [Richland Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends] DS Cy; Richland, [Pennsylvania]. (2 pages)
Testimony on the life and works of Susanna Morris [Located in the Quaker Collection].
  1786 November . W[illiam] C[larkson] ALS to Kitty [Catherine Floyd Clarkson]; Chestertown, [Maryland]. (2 pages)
Affirms his love. Visiting an ill brother and suffering from homesickness. Expresses love and affection for his daughter, Harriet. Note: Kitty Clarkson was at one time engaged to James Madison (1751-1836). Donated by Margaret P. Patterson.
  1787 January 27 . Cata Latham DS to Timothy Swan; Groton, [Connecticut]. (2 pages)
Paternity suit against Swan. Includes warrant to apprehend Swan.
  1787 October 18 . John Copp ALS to Isaac Guion; Savannah, [Georgia]. (3 pages)
Hurt by Guion's lack of response to the numerous letters he has sent. Writes of the comforts of family. Wishes to remain friends despite distance. Writes of John Cozine, who he calls a "Traitor." "… when I reflect on his Baseness, how keen the Recollection that by withdrawing myself from her Protection she became exposed to a Wretch, lost to every Sense of Honor, who from our former Intimacy ought rather to have supported than to have attempted the Ruin of Virtue." Hopes to one day "revenge the attempted injury, or bring him to that Infamy & Want which generally are the Extremes of ill gotten Wealth, the inseparable Companions of Debauchery and Extravagance." Making £250 per year at the Sunbury Academy, and hopes to gain the "Office of Collector, for this Port" and take in boarders. See also G. Mott ALS to [Isaac] Guion, May 17, 1783, in the Schoff Revolutionary War Collection.
  1800 March 13 . Dan[ie]l Chaffin DS; Haverhill, [Massachusetts]. (1 page)
Publicly attesting to the chastity of Miss Chaffin.
  1802 . Betsey Brigham and Nancy Brigham Ms.; s.l. (2 pages)
Manuscript poem on love; poem on innkeeper paying maid “to lie in his arms.”
  1805 October 16 . S[arah Thompson] Rumford ALS to Martha Lewis; Boston, [Massachusetts]. (2 pages)
Invites Martha Lewis to visit them in Boston, noting the social events they could attend. Displeased with Boston housing and wishes she were back in Middleton.
  1806 November 27 . Reuben Nason ALS to Rev. Joseph Haven; Gorham, [Maine]. (3 pages)
On the subject of virtue and modesty with some focus on gender differences and attraction.
  1806 December 18; 1807 September 14; 1812 October 30; and undated . [Rosalinda Fowler?] Ms.; Franklin Academy. (7 pages [total])
Four manuscripts: essay on public versus private education, forensic debate speech on public versus private education, poem "The Wife," and poem "Upon the presiding times." [Originals located in the Education Collection]
  1808 April 12 . Mary Rightmire and James Rightmire ADS to Hendrick Powelson; Somerset County, New Jersey. (2 pages)
Deed for the sale of land to Hendrick Powelson. Mary Rightmire signed both for herself and for her absent husband.
  1808 July 27 . George Harris DS to George Poe, Jr.; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. (1 page)
Poe paid $200 "as a full and entire compensation for all damages, cost and expence which I have sustained or may hereafter sustain by reason of the alleged pregnancy and future delivery of Mary Rogers, my bound Servant Girl." Attests that the payment does not signify Poe's admission of guilt. "Poe does not admit, but protests that he has never had any criminal connection with the said Mary, but pays the sum for the purpose of avoiding litigation."
  1809 April 4 . Hannah [Moore] Peale ALS to Richard Moore; [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]. (2 pages)
Wife of painter Charles Wilson Peale remarks on family news and Rembrandt Peale.
  1809 June 26 . H[annah] Buchanan ALS to Thomas Buchanan; Wooburn, [Maryland]. (6 pages)
Describes her mistreatment by Mr. and Mrs. K, who are overseeing the plantation in Thomas’ absence.
  1809 August 27 . Nancy Root ALS to Lurana Godfrey; Montague, [Massachusetts?]. (3 pages)
Primarily regarding her son, Rodolphus, who is mute, blind, and suffers from fits. Comments about life on the Connecticut River.
  1810 October 6 . [Mrs. James Huff] ADS; Arundel. (1 page)
Petition to provide financial assistance to a widow in danger of losing her home.
  1813 August 3-4 . S. H. ALS to [Maria Hodge]; The Grove, [near Boston, Massachusetts]. (4 pages)
Comments on the weather's effect on his spirits and health. Acknowledges Maria's grief upon the deaths of several of her friends and family, encouraging her to rely on faith. Mentions what people have been saying about her lost loved ones. News of family and friends, including Rhea Barton gaining a position at the Philadelphia Hospital, "the best Theatre this country affords for a student of Medicine." Critiques Dr. W. B., a man who "has some fine feelings-- with the varnish of much nonsenses. What he puts on always seems to me like the folly of painting a fine natural complexion... I have also look'd on him with pity - to see such a diamond in a covering of glass." See also S. H. ALS to Mrs. Hodge, Undated (July 4).
  1817 July 1 . Richard Cutts Partially printed DS; Washington, D.C. (1 page)
Pension for "Sally Scofield, widow of Samuel Scofield, late a Hospital Surgeon's mate in the United States Army, who died June the 8th 1813." [Original located in the Duane N. Diedrich Collection]
  [1818?] December 22 -23 . S. A. B. ALS to Sue [Osgood]; [Salem, Massachusetts]. (4 pages)
Defends herself against Sue's accusation of epistolary negligence. Notes she is "a Lady of so much importance to have more correspondents besides yourself," that her time is preoccupied with children, and that her family gathers with her during her free time. Comments on winter, time, death, religion, and her hope to gain wisdom. Mentions DeWitt's political choice of a wife [likely referring to DeWitt Clinton (1769-1828) and Catharine Jones] and muses on "what kind of lover he makes." Writes of marrying a widower and raising step-children. "... the eyes of the world are continually fixed on a stepmother, ready to seize every occasion to fix a new stigma on the already obnoxious name." Family news, difficulty getting mail to the post office.
  1819 February 4 . Thomas Gibbons DS; s.l. (1 page)
Memorandum of agreement between Thomas Gibbons and Margaret Glen, hiring her as a maid. [Original housed in William Gibbons Papers].
  1819 September 5 . Joanna Hill ALS to Polly Felton; Fairfield. (2 pages)
Suffers from dysentery. Death of her daughter; consolation in and prayers for the afterlife.
  1819 November 8 . Betsey Booth ALS to Hannah Hawley; Canandaigua, [New York]. (3 pages)
Current events. Describes her illness and the likelihood that she will not live. She resolves to give away her child.
  1820 December 1-2 . Ms. Doc.; Shawangunk, New York. (13 pages)
Subpoenaed statements pertaining to the paternity (rape?) case, Shawangunk v. James N. Mitchill . Regards Sarah Radiker and her daughter.
  1824 February 5 . Fanny ALS to Mary P. Payson; Newburyport, [Massachusetts]. (6 pages)
Self criticism. Religious reflection.
  1826 February 25 . Joseph Nancrede and Cornelia Truxton Nancrede DS to James Ronaldson and Roberts Vaux; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (4 pages)
Sale of property left to Cornelia by her father, Thomas Truston, with the stipulation that the Nancredes receive rents and profits from the property. Statement on page four notes that Cornelia has examined papers on her own, without her husband present, and has agreed to them of her own accord, without coercion.
  1827 April 16-1831 May 4 . Louiza Clements Acct. Book; s.l. (14 pages)
Account with Mehitable R. Wendell. Purchase of cloth, shoes, articles, clothing, etc. Wages.
  1829 December 6-1830 January 1 . Pamelia Russell ALS to Aaron Russell; Windsor, [New York]. (4 pages)
Suffering from consumption. News of friends and family. Mary will be teaching for $2.00 per week.
  [1831 July] . William H. Sabine ALS to "Judge Forman"; s.l. (3 pages)
Relates the case of Job Tyler, who suffers from the "gripes." Tyler is in love with a woman who is not his wife. Wants Forman to consent to marry the two in hopes that it will break the spell and Tyler will return to his family.
  1831 December 12 . Caroline A. Rogers ALS to Mrs. Stewart Lewis; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (4 pages)
Making a petticoat and nightgown. Sent out 172 invitations to an upcoming ball. Describes how to play gambling card game, “Fright.”
  1833 May 23 . S. H. ALS to Elizabeth Hoffman; Richmond, [Virginia]. (3 pages)
Notes encounters with fellow guests while travelling to a wedding in Richmond. Describes the wedding.
  1834 March 29 . Elizabeth [Smith] ALS to Hiram H. Horton; Upper Middletown, Connecticut. (5 pages)
Gossip. Taking care of the house while her mother is sick. Fear of sickness and death. Difficult to trust in God.
  1834 April 12 . Elizabeth Smith ALS to Hiram H. Horton; Upper Middletown, Connecticut. (5 pages)
Talk of keeping house with Hiram. Marriage plans.
  1834 May 14 . Joseph Morris ALS to Mrs. & Misses [Lydia Hogle]; [Newburgh, New York]. (3 pages)
Reflects on an accusation that he "was a married man… she considered me an uncommon great impostor or one who would without the least degree of hesitation or Bashfulness (using much deceit & treachery) stain corrupt or ruin the character of an honest ladys daughter." Uncertain what behavior of his caused the recipients to believe this of him. "... has my verry person appeared in your sight as the character of one who would rob the innocent of their just & peacible state of Celibacy." Assures them he came only for a social visit, did not think that Mary was "a lady of Libertine Base or cruel disposition," and that he has never been married.
  1835 July 31 . Char[le]s Napier ALS to Mrs. Rowley; Purbrook Ledge, [England]. (1 page)
Enclosing a letter [not included]. Makes some disparaging remarks about the Portuguese's lack of hospitality, having written to some gentlemen in preparation of Mrs. Rowley visiting Spain and Portugal. Complements Mrs. Rowley's "enterprising disposition... a character I like in either sex, but more to be admired in the fair, because more uncommon."
  [between 1835 and 1851] . Anna ALS to Julia Bacon; Buxton, Maine. (3 pages)
Marriage of Ruth to a man with five children. News of the war. Failed relationship of a doctor friend.
  1836 June 1 . A. Burns ALS to Mrs. John D. Willard; New Haven, [Connecticut]. (3 pages)
Description of living area, furniture, and kitchen. Moving process.
  1837 February 15 . Charlotte D. Todd ALS to Lydia C. Hughes; Vermilion, [Ohio]. (2 pages)
Living in a log house in Ohio. Dutch neighbors. Land dales. Load of oysters came through, bound for Detroit.
  1837 February 18 . Alphonso ALS to Maria M. Walker; Tecumseh, Michigan. (3 pages)
Includes advice to Maria on course of reading or study (no novels or poetry until after learning philosophy and history). Remarks on the education of women; believes that the "fashionable course of study" for women weakens their intellect and makes them unfit for many duties of their "sex & station." [Original in the Michigan collection]
  1837 December 1 . Sophia Mygatt ALS to Elizabeth Mygatt; New York, [New York]. (6 pages)
Staying at a boarding house in New York; description of house and boarders. Making a silk cloak.
  1837 . Mrs. Long AL to Sister; Louisville, Kentucky. (2 pages)
Regret at having to move to Louisville as a result of her husband’s employment. Description of Louisville.
  1838 March 7 . [Mother and Father of Simeon] AL to George Breed; s.l. (3 pages)
Father of a young boy wishes Breed to take in his son to learn a trade as his mother apparently spoils him. The mother writes that she would like the best for her son.
  1838 May 23 . "Bell" ALS to Cate [Catherine Hayes]; New York, [New York]. (4 pages)
Comments on the difficulties of moving in the city. Notes on fashion. Describes her new house. Visited the Strong's home in Newtown, "a very large cottage situated on a fine green lawn, on the shores of Flushing Bay." Visited the Academy of Design. Criticizes a letter she received, written in poetry. "The letter was in Poetry, and so much nonsense-- I never saw committed to paper."
  [1838?] July 13 . Mary B. Penrose ALS to Charles Bingham Penrose; Velasco. (4 pages)
Thoughts on letters, family illnesses, death. Notes on advancing their legal case relating to their father's death. Matters relating to housing, money, acquiring a new position as a navy officer in New Orleans. [NOTE: see also undated letter by Mary B. Penrose.]
  1839 February 14 . Cordelia Van Ness ALS to Maria M. Truax; [Jonesville, Michigan]. (3 pages)
List and description of traits Cordelia requires for her husband.
  1839 November 24-30 . P. Pease and Laura Pease ALS to P. Cordelia Pease; Auburn, [New York]. (4 pages)
Sending clothes to Catharine. Dr. Auburn recently gave a lecture on “The abilities and prerogatives of the Female Sex.” The Peases hosted “The African Sabbath School prayer meeting.”
  [before 1840]; 1849; and undated . Mary Ragan and Jane [Ragan] Stone, 2 ALsS and 1 TN to Chloe Rowley Reeves Hotchkiss and [Emily Ragan]; s.l. (5 pages [total])
Mary Ragan letter: feels lonely, now lives on property she grew up on. Stone letter: Death of sister Theodotia shortly after the birth of a child.
  1840 May 4 . Laura ALS to Sarah A. Kinne; Northampton, [Massachusetts]. (4 pages)
Travel from Connecticut by train. Treatment of an illness. Man in Northampton killed his wife with a hammer.
  1840 September 13 . R. Kent ALS to Hannah Kent; Pawtucket, [Rhode Island]. (3 pages)
Mill worker, notes women laborers. Description of a Whig meeting. Quilting.
  1841 February 13 . Margarette ALS to Charles J. Richards; St. Augustine, [Florida]. (3 pages)
Flirtatious letter; Margarette states her dedication to the life of a single woman.
  1841 September 11 . Hopkins ALS to Caroline R. Cougar; Rochester, [New York]. (7 pages)
Letter in response to Caroline's apprehensions about rushing the date of their upcoming wedding. Lauds her subservience to his will; does not wish to wait; much on his intentions and her being a good wife.
  1841 October 29 . Elizabeth “Lizzie” ALS to “Nurse” (Mrs. Footman); South Stoke. (3 pages)
Letter from a young girl. Sending a pair of garters she knitted.
  1842 [June 26] . L. H. P. ALS to Charles Willing; [New York, New York]. (3 pages)
Regarding an upcoming visit by Mrs. Willing. Includes note from Lydia P. to Rebecca Willing reflecting on her mother’s grief over the loss of a child and then on the loss of her own daughter.
  1842 July 16 . William Paterson, James Paterson, and William Paterson, Jr. ALS to Lillias Paterson; Hermitage, [New Jersey]. (3 pages)
Temperance meeting at Newark. Fire Department and ladies from New York sing. Would like the address of abolitionist Mr. Foster and to know if Mr. Weld has sent the "Scottish Journals." Notes from children: they have not been saying prayers as much as when mother is around.
  1842 September 15 . Lydia Tebbs ALS to Augustus H. Evans; Platte [City, Missouri]. (4 pages)
Financially struggling widow. Sale of a slave. Financial debts given less leniency due to her gender.
  1842 December 12 . Henrietta ALS to Emeline Ingersoll; Natchez, Michigan. (3 pages)
Opinion of Natchez. Thoughts on slavery, especially household slaves. Mentions wedding tours, visits from beaux, and forming a sewing society. Temperance lectures. Attitude toward southerners.
  1842 December 27-31 . E. Swift ALS to Cornelia [Mrs. F.H. Swift]; Pine Barren Camp, [Georgia]. (4 pages)
Worried about acquaintances who are over-due to return from Florida. Comments on housekeeping: “it is hard work, even if you have good help. I hope you will not find them so good for nothing- as I have.” Discusses the impending ocean travel of one of Cornelia’s family members. Received a letter from Sylvia, who would not accompany her husband to the [lumber?] camp. Comments on housekeeping at the camp and the children visiting the men. “…the children are perfectly delighted- and appear so happy- the men are delighted to see them- as they are company for them.”
  1843 January 8 . Lydia Tebbs ALS to Augustus H. Evans; Platte [City, Missouri]. (3 pages)
Financially struggling widow. Sale of a slave. Paying for her children’s schooling. Copy of the bill of sale for a slave, Billy.
  [1843] April 20 . E[lizabeth] B[ridgham] ALS to Martha [B. Cutting]; New York, [New York]. (4 pages)
Acknowledges she has been treating people poorly since the death of Abby [Bridgham] (1803-1840) and her husband, [Samuel Willard Bridgham], (1774-1840). “…I feel condemned- I wish I was any thing but a lump of Clay—but I am nothing but a walking automaton of what I once was- my mind is a void.” Went to stay with Eliza and fight “the Battle of our state—I went through the horrors of war- but thank God there was no blood shed” [possibly referencing the Dorr Rebellion]. Remarks on one man joining who had never fired a gun, men leaving their business in Providence, the failure of newspapers to cover the subject, and the return of law and order. Discusses the death of a baby from whooping cough, her own suffering health due to asthma and dysentery, and a failed attempt to treat her illness by going to the mountains. Stayed with her son Sam[uel Willard Bridgham] (1813-1870) in New York to help tend to a new infant, for the mother is feared to be too “unsophisticated.” Has trouble being in her old home, “so identified with those I have loved so dearly…every thing about it is so dear- that to part with it would be like another funeral.” Notes deaths in Martha’s family and wonders if she will adopt her brother’s child.
  1843 July 6 . [Caroline Leeds], Lizzie [Treadwell], and Geo[rge Leeds] ALS to Harriet F. Treadwell; Utica, [New York]. (7 pages)
Caroline and Mr. Leeds’ wedding was beautiful. Life in Utica. George Leeds talks about family and housekeeping.
  [1843?] November 6 . R. Isbell ALS to Charlotte [Isbell]; Cincinnati, [Ohio]. (3 pages)
Will be heading to New Orleans, as the cheese market is doing poorly in Cincinnati. Nervous about his "exposure to sickness & sudden death," questioning his readiness to die and whether he has been faithful enough. Attended a local church, noting that "3 Missionaries were ordained 2 to western Africa one to the Sandwich Isl[an]ds." Sold his mother's cheese at Lane Theological Seminary, "it was snacked at by the faculty like hot Cakes & all sold in les[s] than 1/2 an hour." John Q. Adams (1767-1848) is expected to arrive in Cincinnati shortly. "...the Ladies make a great Tea party for the old Hero of equal rights & appropriate the avails to the benefit of the poor in the City."
  1843 November 13 . Emma Willard ALS to Miss English; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. (2 pages)
Letter of introduction for Mr. Nichols, an agent for her publishers. Reflections on her divorce and on a drop in school enrollment. [Original located in the Duane N. Diedrich Collection]
  1843 December 13 . Susan Bodge ALS to Susan F. Brewster; Hartford, [Connecticut?]. (3 pages)
Recollections of their time together. News of her family. A recent accident occurred during the construction of a house, and she notes her efforts to care for one of the injured.
Box   2  
  1844 January 23 . Amelia Norman ALS to James Bennett; [New York, New York]. (3 pages)
Written by a woman who was seduced by Henry Ballard and then stabbed him. She writes to Bennett of the New York Herald with a poem she would like published. [Note: Original housed in Medler Crime.]
  1844 March 21 . Eliza M. Gibb ALS to Thomas B. Cropper; Accomack, [Virginia]. (4 pages)
Congressional election candidates. Husband teaches 25 scholars. Financial troubles.
  [1844] May 9-11 . Rebecca ALS to Mary Anna Tillinghast; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. (7 pages)
Offers extensive descriptions of the Nativist Riots. Mentions the "peace police," the arrival of the Governor, martial law, the social impact of the events, and other happenings.
  1844 May 16 . “Mother” AL to Mary Howe; Cambridge, [Massachusetts]. (4 pages)
Newsy letter. Deaths, marriages, exhibition with elaborate refreshment table, a fight at the school, etc.
  1844 September 5 . Ebenezer M. Moore ALS to Maria M. Truax; Pittsfield, [Massachusetts]. (4 pages)
Regarding Ebenezer’s marriage proposal to Maria. Correspondence etiquette.
  1844 November 24 . [J.? Kidder] ALS to Sarah Elizabeth Smith; Pembroke, [New Hampshire]. (4 pages)
Relates the story of a young woman from Canada, who declined to marry a New Orleans merchant. The merchant killed himself by jumping into a well. Notes on travel, photographs, church attendance, correspondence, education. [Note: Original located in American Travel Collection].
  1845 January 4 . Cara and Cree ALS to [Alice Kirk]; Youngstown, [Ohio]. (5 pages)
Writing to Alice at school. Notes on the recent holidays, including visits on Thanksgiving, family returning home, attending the “illumination of the Episcopal church.” Inquires if Alice was homesick during her vacation, muses on happiness and loneliness. News of local acquaintances, marriages, a donation party on New Year’s Day.
  1845 January 10 . B. [Parmenter?] ALS to R. Minerva Perry; Montpelier, [Vermont]. (4 pages)
Sorry to hear that Minerva is sad and neglected by her male companion. "…it provokes me so at times, when I think how much the woman kind, has to submit to that race of beings called men, (when in fact there is no principle of a man in at least two thirds of them) they ought to b[e]long to the Ourang Outang race instead of the human family." Comments on another man and the poor treatment his wife received from his parents. Cautions Minerva to be careful in her consideration of the two men and not to delay marrying again. Notes her own marriage prospects, but places little faith in man's promises. Has been slighted by her social circle, receiving no invitations. Mentions other engagements. Her poor health restricts her from going out much, taking up work, or moving west.
  1845 February 3 . Jane M. Pomeroy ALS to Mrs. William Miller; Cynthiana, Kentucky. (3 pages)
Final sickness and death of her grandmother. Believes that she is old enough to attend to the house (17 years-old).
  [18]45 February 23 . Caroline ALS to George Fitch; Boston, [Massachusetts]. (3 pages)
Renewed her brother's subscription to the Times . Comments on "Peter Puzzlewig's Comic Game of Every day things," and her interest in the arithmetic puzzle. Discusses literature and describes a fable. Enjoyed a lecture on Shakespeare. Describes a recent sleighing accident she was involved in. Has little political news, "first because the subject has never deeply interested me, & secondly, because I am where I get no information on any subject... except I strive hard for it." Notes political striving for mayor, commenting on candidate Thomas H. Davis.
  1845 April 17 . Sarah L. Martial ALS to Sarah Anna Holdrege; Nantes, [France]. (2 pages)
Sending silk dress from Paris, a cashmere shawl, wedding earrings, stockings. Father has sent gold bracelet, etc. Wedding presents.
  1845 May 26 . [Clemens?] Brackinridge ALS to [Sue]; s.l. (5 pages)
Muses on emotions and memories Sue must experience upon her return home and possibly visiting her old schoolhouse. Wonders about the fate of her childhood schoolmates. Posturing in relation to women and the pang he felt when Sue called him “artificial.” Studying Chesterfield, “or rather his writings and studying the art of pleasing by theory.” Chides Sue for becoming “somewhat spoiled by the perusal of romance and the imbibition of notions which look best in print.” Writes of how frequently he thinks of her. Gives advice about writing to Dr. Fish, explaining why she returned his miniature portrait, and easing the insult to his vanity. Excerpts a letter from an acquaintance who believes his romantic overtures were rebuffed by a woman, and Brackinridge hopes Sue can help mediate between the parties.
  1845 July 27 . Abby B. Felken ALS to Eliza Barrett; DuPage County, [Illinois]. (4 pages)
Has moved to a farm in the country. Wishes she were back in Maine. Description of farm. Has been “troubled with the Womb Complaint.”
  1845 August 31-September 2 . M[ary] E[ldredge] S[tevens] K[imball] ALS to Mrs. Remey & Mrs. [Mary] Wright; [Boston, Massachusetts]. (4 pages)
News from Burlington, Iowa, including marriages, illnesses, young women, children. Recently had a baby, remarking on childbirth, being confined indoors, caring for an infant. Gives advice on a tincture to use on sore nipples. Attempting to get men from Burlington to meet women from Boston. Mentions newspapers, men being hung in Iowa, music, fashion. Sarah is attending a commencement ball at Norwich, [Vermont].
  1846 January 31 . Benjamin Salter ALS to William Salter; St. Lawrence, North Carolina. (4 pages)
Writes on travel in North Carolina, attending a wedding, clothing, and segregation of religious services. Notes the pay rates of “girls at the mills.” [Note: Original housed in American Travel Collection.]
  1846 March 15 . Nannie ALS; Alton, [Illinois]. (4 pages)
Mother expects her to come stay the summer. Is working on a needle-work project.
  1846 March 16 . E[rasmus] Stribling Partially printed CyS; [Augusta County, Virginia]. (1 page)
Indenture between Jacob Vanlean and John A. Patterson, Overseers of the Poor, and Samuel D. McCutcheon, binding Eliza Tisdale as his apprentice in the "craft, mystery, and occupation of housewifery" until she turns eighteen. Attested a true copy by E. S[tribling?], clerk for the Overseers of the Poor.
  1846 March . Nancy ALS to Mary Jane McDonald; Piqua, [Ohio]. (4 pages)
Has been suffering from pain. Treatment of mother’s sickness. Emotional discussion of the death of her daughter.
  1846 April 23 . Sarah Anne Landley ALS to Kate Crosby; Long Island, [New York]. (4 pages)
Family; visiting with friends in South Brookfield, Massachusetts.
  1846 June 5 . Lib ALS to Mary; Lockport, [New York]. (4 pages)
Note from secret admirer included a rose bud from garden of Washington at Mount Vernon.
  1846 June 14 . Sarah Parkhurst ALS to William H. Parkhurst; Cranston, [Rhode Island]. (4 pages)
Letter expressing her love and how much she misses him while he is in Boston. Had a dream of her husband smoking a cigar.
  1846 June 29 . A. R. P. ALS to Fanny [Hunter]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. (4 pages)
Provides family news. Will be going on a trip to Long Beach. Describes Mr. Ropes favorably, noting she does not "imagine all unmarried men to be lovers." Comments on poems.
  1846 August 5 . Alpetenar Bicknell ALS to Elizabeth Bicknell; Auorora, [New York]. (4 pages)
Family affairs and current events. Offers advice regarding Betsy Vaun, who has been known to gossip, and regarding Elizabeth’s relationship with William Taylor.
  1846 August 20 . [Ada?] ALS to Mary Miller; White Sulphur Springs, [Virginia]. (3 pages)
Written by a woman traveling for health reasons; she has gained weight and her strength has increased. She writes of the loss of her husband and children. Includes illustrated letterhead: "Western Hotel - Thos. R. Coulon." The letterhead includes a street scene showing horses pulling carriages and a train. [Note: Original manuscript is located in the American Travel Collection]
  1846 October 26-27 . Maria ALS to Elizabeth A. Chadwick; Portland, [Maine]. (6 pages)
News of acquaintances, including fashion, travelling, health, social gatherings. Mentions people going “in the paper business” and the erection of a new mill. Notes boys who will “stand examination” and enter into school. Gossip about young men and women, friction among social circles. Attended a fire engine drill and saw the “Casco company,” describing their uniforms. Comments on an acquaintance who is getting married, bridesmaids’ dresses. News of other engagements.
  1847 January 14 . Mary ALS to Jane L. Hardy; Ithaca, [New York]. (4 pages)
Jane has recently been bald, but her hair is growing back. Short note written by young child, George. Family news and religious thoughts.
  1847 February 28 . Aurelia ALS to Paulina Wood; Grand Rapids, [Michigan]. (3 pages)
Dances put on by the Odd Fellows and the Bachelors of Grand Rapids. Description of the man she will be marrying and his house.
  1847 December 12 . [L.S. Cusse?] ALS to Jim [J.C. Hostetter]; Cincinnati, [Ohio]. (3 pages)
Remarks on acquaintance Jim’s recent “Magnolia trip.” Comments on women of Cincinnati, especially one he is trying to avoid who he calls “horribly diseased.” Unable to flirt with more reputable women, as he is busy with college exams and classes, including Anatomy, Pathology, and Chemistry. “The Lord deliver me from being bound by the ties of matrimony with a City Belle. Our Prof. of Midwifery says half the adult girls in this city are troubled with Leucorrhoea, which has been excited by their mode of living.” References a “grey overcoat” of his that Jim may use in company with an unnamed woman. Notes the many attractions held in the city, but he has refused to attend any except a microscope exhibition and “a curiosity in the way of a horse—a sort of 1/2 horse 1/4 sheep 1/8 goat 1/8 elephant.”
  1848 January 29 . Geo[rge] R. Justice ALS to Fred[eric]k Pepper; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. (2 pages)
Letter written to a friend who is visiting Paris, France. Justice writes of various happenings back in Philadelphia, including the death of a friend, some unexpected visitors, and of a visit to a brothel. "Oh! Fred if you could have seen old Rich'd with his ---- straight out before him, squeezing the Girls and feeling of them, it would have hurt you, he was like a school boy for the first time freezing for a little but afraid to venture."
  1848 March 3 . Jane E. Eddy ALS to Eveline P. Eddy; Milwaukee, [Wisconsin]. (4 pages)
Health and sickness, including adhering to the Graham system. Has been sewing, working in the kitchen, and attending school. Reminiscences of her youth and on her time in Painesville. Death of sister, Maria.
  1848 March 23 . Geo[rge] H[oughton] Clapp ALS to [Josiah Gale Beckwith]; New York, [New York]. (7 pages)
Invitation to William S. Beckwith and Ann Maria Collyer’s impending marriage, veiled in legal terms and diction. “… they have seriously and deliberately come to the conclusion of exchanging casements for each other’s hearts, and propose to ratify the compromise treaty publicly before a select company at next Wednesday Evening.” Notes William’s agricultural work, his becoming a man, and urges Beckwith to help arrange for his father to deed William some of the family’s land. “I do not know but you will think me very intrusive & meddlesome about my wifes family affairs… But I consider myself in the family now and I am very intimate with William.” Describes William’s future wife and encourages Beckwith to come to the wedding, noting that he can come “see the State prison also.” “This is the last of the race, and it is hoped you will take the trouble & time to come out and see the last of the Mohegans executed.” Brief mention of trading in glass wares.
  1848 April 2 . Aura M. Hugunin ALS to Elizabeth Gladwin; Chicago, [Illinois]. (4 pages)
Discusses delays in letter-writing and how it causes offense. Headaches. Difficulties performing social calls in Chicago, commenting on the city's layout. News of acquaintances, including marriages. Experienced homesickness when her family first moved to Chicago from Sackets Harbor, [New York]. Disapproves of the high number of social events in Chicago, calling it "the worst place for dissipation I ever knew it is nothing strange to have three or four invites out every night."
  1848 June 26 . Jeanie ALS to Henry Lea; Worcester, [Massachusetts]. (4 pages)
Regarding Henry’s house purchase. Health and activities of young child, Harry. Description of statue “The woman taken in adultery.” Visit to Unitarian church.
  1848 July 16 . L. S. Damon ALS to Julia; Boston, [Massachusetts]. (4 pages)
Discusses his hopes for forming a romantic attachment with her. Acknowledges her seeming indifference to his attention, “Yet fortunately being blessed with ‘large hope’ as phrenologists express themselves, I have looked forward for better times.” Makes arrangements to meet her when she comes to Boston. Describes a late-night fire, noting fire bells and firemen. Fourth of July celebrations. Discusses the romantic situation between Mr. Gerney and Emily Tufts, noting disagreements and the possible end of their engagement.
  1848 October 18 . Nannie C. Kay ALS to Margaret Stone; Washington, [D.C.] (4 pages)
Nannie C. Kay ALS to Margaret Stone; Washington, [D.C.]. 4 pages. Has received $65.00 from Margaret to purchase goods for her. Mentions fashion, including bonnets and dresses. Notes social events in Washington's high society.
  1848 November 30 . Olivia Hall ALS to Eliza B. Russel; [Scio, Michigan]. (3 pages)
Whig celebration in town. Has girl to help with housework and sewing. Recipe for Soda Cake. [Note: Original located in the Culinary Collection]
  1848 December 3 . Maryant Hathaway, M. E. M[acomber], and Lorenzo [Macomber] ALS to Ellwood Macomber; Farmington, New York. (3 pages)
Letter from a Quaker woman which mentions attending a women’s rights meeting and hearing Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
  1848 [December-1849 January] . Mary ALS to William L. Bostwick; Litchfield, [Connecticut]. (4 pages)
Christmas and New Year celebrations. Church events.
  1849 January 20 . J[acob] Gideon Partially printed DS; Washington, [D.C.]. (1 page)
Partially printed presentment for assault and battery, modified for "bastardy." "The Jurors of the United States for the County aforesaid, do, upon their OATH, PRESENT Charles P. Sengstack for begetting an illegitimate child upon one Mary Kirby." [Note: Original located in the Duane N. Diedrich Collection].
  1849 May 24 . Pauline [Stratton] ALS to Nancy Branch; Glasgow, Virginia. (3 pages)
Trouble of taking boarders and training servants. Cholera epidemic and how it is affecting her life.
  1849 June 23 . B[etsey] B[radford] and N[ancy Bulkley] ALS to "Sisters" [Charlotte Grimes]; Rocky Hill, [Connecticut]. (4 pages)
Has recently removed to a new house, describing her reception from N[ancy] and Dr. [Sylvester Bulkley], and the work being done to ready it. Remarks on the re-shingling of their roof, their gardening, and setting up house. Goes into great detail on furniture, its placement, and decorating rooms. Notes heavy shipping on the river. Addressed to Mrs. Charlotte Grimes, Matagorda, Texas.
  1849 July 9 . Fanny ALS to Sara E. Wilcox; Geneseo, [New York]. (7 pages)
Newsy letter. Description of wedding. 4th of July fireworks. Other topics: socializing, a preparatory lecture, communion, and a musical concert.
  1849 September 27 . C[atharine] M[aria] Sedgwick ALS to Mr. Downing; Lenox, [Massachusetts]. (3 pages)
Accepts an invitation to visit.
  1849 October 30- 31 . J. M. Chase ALS to [Nuncie?]; Cambridge, Massachusetts. (4 pages)
Trying to pressure the recipient into visiting. "I'll introduce you to the prettiest gals, the tallest fellows, and the greatest cases generally, that you ever sneezed at or cast sheep's eyes [after]." Cousin Tom Joyner from Virginia is currently visiting and "has won the hearts of all the gals and some others." Was promenading Washington Street where encountered Fanny Willard and received news from Hopkinton, including "wedding scrapes" and details about the Lyceum, its president, and the recipient's paper. Asks for details about the upcoming wedding. Comments on local women as well as a lady visiting Cambridge, calling her "a new star," discussing her social refinement and how she waters her wine. Includes a small scrap of paper with a post-script telling of a visit with "the star," where she gave a humorous account of "Harriman's Exhibition in the old schoolchurch."
  1849 October 31 . Ellen E. S. ALS to Abiah; Oxford, [Massachusetts]. (6 pages)
Description of family sitting in dining room, room layout and furniture. Mentions books, sewing circles.
  1849 November 18-20 . Jane A. Underwood ALS to Mrs. James Fuller; Fayette, [Maine]. (4 pages)
Domestic work. Education of her son, Albert. Men leaving for California.
  1849 December 5 . Lydia [Little] ALS to Samuel [Meiers?]; Alton, Illinois. (4 pages)
Describes feelings about marriage and other personal matters. Notes her journey on the Illinois River and comments on St. Louis. [Note: Original housed in American Travel Collection.]
  [c. 1840s?] . H. Fay ALS to Harriet H. Greenough; [Cambridge, Massachusetts?]. (4 pages)
The current state of an alcoholic family member. Receives visit from Prof. Henry W. Longfellow.
  [c. 1840s?] . Joseph F. Huntoon ALS to Betsey Huntoon; [New Hampshire]. (1 page)
Letter regarding the (unspecified) misconduct of his wife.
  1850 January 1 . Mary A. Raimond ALS to "cousin"; s.l. (4 pages)
Describes her Christmas, including social visits, games, music, and dancing. Mentions sleighing. Possibly related to Jarvis ALS to Mary; December 25, 1850, in Single Items Collection.
  1850 January 20 . Lucretia ALS to William C. Griswold; [Binghamton, New York?]. (3 pages)
Peddler teaching addition and multiplication for a fee. School at the academy will be having a longer break at the end of the term. Fox sisters spirit rapping in Rochester.
  1850 February 23 . Austin H. Gillett AMsS to Austin H. Gillett; Roxbury, [Massachusetts?]. (3 pages)
Manuscript "Treachery of a womans heart," written for the Gazette . Reflections on the wonders of the Earth and God's creations, especially man. Describes God's work to aid man's happiness, including the creation of woman. Laments woman's roll in man's fall. Blames the world's current wickedness on woman's original sin.
  1850 March 3 . Anna [Caroline Jaudon Lea] ALS to Henry C[harles] Lea; New Orleans, [Louisiana]. (4 pages)
Regarding the bad conditions in her present locale and judgments on her sister’s husband. Very unhappy in New Orleans, including the emphasis on fashion. [Note: Original located in the Lea-Jaudon letters]
  1850 March 30 . Jane C. Earle ALS to Eliza [Davenport?]; Havana, [New York]. (2 pages)
Will be moving "out of America." Charles E. moved to Hamilton, Canada West, and will be bringing her with him shortly. Describes how to travel to Hamilton, urging her to visit. News of her sick child, close to death. "She has been the greatest sufferer I ever saw- from indigestion- caused I suppose by weaning and teething."
  1850 April 21 . Cynthia Baker ALS to Harriet G. Baker; [Lowell, Massachusetts]. (3 pages)
Has submitted her notice at work and intends to take up textile work elsewhere, seemingly with her sister who is to set up in Chamberlain. "I want to go on warping very much or drawing in but if I cant git in on either Ill go in on weaving." Would like Julia to accompany them, "we could work all in one room." Worried the other women will back out of their plan. Discusses long work hours, the fast pace of weaving, and difficult tasks, "O dear we work like dogs." References local excitement about going to California, hopes for her family.
  1850 May 1 . Elisa L. S. ALS to S. H. Lathrop; Carthage, [New York]. (3 pages)
Family news, renting out part of their house, and queries about girls’ fashions. Mentions "California fever."
  [1850-1854?] May 14 (post) . “Frank” ALS to Mrs. John Kellogg; [Nashville, Tennessee]. (5 pages)
Stories about boarders staying at her home, including one who proclaims to be clairvoyant. Mentions making clothes for black servants. Detailed descriptions of sewing and designs for making clothing. She is apparently pregnant.
  [18]51 March 16 . William [C. Swain] ALS to [Ellis McDuffee]; Newburyport, [Massachusetts]. (4 pages)
Jests about his "aged Friend" and the likelihood he will soon be "sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans every thing." Bemoans Ellis's straying from the "narrow path of virtue," blaming it on "the temptations and stumbling blocks, alias pretty girls, the Evil One is continually casting in the way of nice, virtuous young men." Continues to hold "a poor opinion of anything of the woman kind." Comments on a local young man and the indefinite postponement of the Town Hall's dedication. Offended that Ellis did not visit due to the state of his clothes. Waves off questions regarding matrimony. Asks Ellis's opinion of Charles Dickens' David Copperfield.
  1851 April 30 . Elect Cook ALS to "Brother and Sister"; Syracuse, [New York]. (4 pages)
Corresponding by letter and arranging visits. Frustrated with lending money. The "sewing Women in this place have struck for higher wages." Hopes they are successful, describing their labor and the disparity in pay.
  1851 May 2 . C.P.C. ALS to S.S. Kimball; s.l. (3 pages)
Demanding that his friend inform him of the name of the woman he has fallen in love with. Includes remarks on being a bachelor, that he has plans to marry in six years and no sooner, and that he has been living "like a nun". He makes a crude remark about Mrs. Hoffman.
  1851 June 22 . Bill Fogg and [T.] A. Fogg ALS to David Fogg; Zanesville, Ohio. (3 pages)
Joint letter to their parents. Newborn baby boy. Description of their children. Prosperous farm.
  1851 December 26 . Susie and Louie ALS to Mrs. A.D. Berry; [Roxbury, Massachusetts]. (4 pages)
Santa Claus filled Frank’s “bathing tub” with toys on Christmas eve. Christmas gifts and celebrations. Preparations for an upcoming musical party.
  1852 February [8] . Jane O. Crego ALS to [John L. Taylor]; Jordan, [New York]. (3 pages)
Death of her daughter, Huldah. Mr. Crego’s health. Family updates.
  1852 June 23 . Electa ALS to Eunice; Charlemont, [Massachusetts]. (2 pages)
Will be “putting on a quilt.” Returned recently from Athens, Ohio, travelling through Circleville, Ohio, to Buffalo, New York. Illustrated letterhead: “Ohio University.”
  1852 September 19 . Charles A. Stone ALS to Messrs. Goodhue & Greely; Janesville, Wisconsin. (3 pages)
Anecdote regarding an Irish woman stealing ribbon from Jackman & Smiths. His store handles female thieves by offering them a choice between providing sexual services or being taken before a magistrate.
  1853 May 2 . John Ohio ALS to William J. Farren; Fort Leavenworth, Missouri. (2 pages)
Sergeant John Ohio, Company A, RMP, recently transferred from Fort Scott. Visits Weston, Missouri, and possibly hints at a sexual encounter. Asks after the Crystal Palace currently being constructed for the World's Fair in New York. Grateful for newspapers sent in the mail.
  1853 August 3 . S. Moses ALS to Joshua F. Moses; Portland. (4 pages)
To husband in California. Taking in boarders, fear for Joshua’s safety in California, children miss their father. [Note: Original located in Western Americana Collection]
  1853 October 14 . Phebe E[arle] Gibbons ALS to Philena; Enterprise. (2 pages)
Family housing arrangements. High price of wheat in Enterprise due to expected war between Russia and Turkey.
  [18]54 April 9 . Arville L. West ALS to Mrs. R.; Hampshire, Illinois. (3 pages)
Mentions “Mrs. Johnson’s giving up her ‘lover.’” Discusses marriages, including Sister Elvira marrying a man and moving to California. Jests about her new “teaching” job (i.e. her recent marriage), pleased at not having to use “the rod of correction yet” but requires long hours. Hopes the recipient has a good school, “for I feel quite an interest in the welfare of the schollars in that district, I labored so long with & for them.” Written on illustrated “CHICAGO FROM THE LAKE” stationery, featuring a print of the city of Chicago, the lake shore with figures along the beach, and ships docked and in the water.
  1854 May 24 . Carry ALS to Laura A.; New Haven, Connecticut. (4 pages)
Going “off on a drunk” with 25 men and women. Talk of beaux. Illustrated letterhead: “Public Square, New Haven.”
  1854 June 26 - 28 . David Mills ALS to "cousin"; Santa Clara, [California]. (4 pages)
Anxious to hear from his cousin; wishes he were there to escort her to the city. Description of a miner's wife having an affair, after which the miner left her with their child: "but such is life in Cal." Mills works on a farm and sells eggs in San Francisco. [Note: Original in Western America Collection]
  1855 January 7 . Maria ALS to Joseph; Albany, [New York]. (5 pages)
Comments on local men whom she dislikes. Disappointed Joseph did not visit for New Year’s. Will be travelling away from Albany for her health. Attended a wedding at the Middle Dutch Church, where the minister’s daughter was married. Grandmother’s house is to be rented. Mentions the completion of a stone monument. Advises Joseph to avoid certain men and dancing at their parties, especially if it exposes him to night air.
  1855 April 1 . T.C. Phinny ALS to Winy; Mont[pelier, Vermont?]. (4 pages)
Remarks on a story Winy told about a widow. Discusses a beautiful and innocent young woman that he loves, noting the first time he met her. “She is yet a child in years & of course I have never talked love to her & in all human probability never shall—still I should like to do it & perhaps if I could be sure of her when she is grown up—I should do so.”
  1856 January 1 . Anna M. Hapgood, Emma A[tkinson] Fleming, Charles B. Hapgood, and Allie M. Fraser ALS to [Annie Johnston Popham]; Bellows Falls, Vermont. (7 pages)
Written as a rhyming poem. Comments on the recipient’s departure, a baby, acquaintances, memories. Includes an acrostic that spells “Annie J. Popham.” New Year’s wishes. Includes ink drawings of a gridiron, a cradle “for Emma A. Popham,” two men in suits titled “The Rivals,” and a framed portrait of a bearded man.
  1856 September 7 . Harriet ALS to Mattie Salisbury; Princeton, [Illinois]. (4 pages)
Went to see a panorama exhibition of “Col Fremonts travels.” Inquires after Mattie's party politics and remarks against “Woman’s rights.”
  1856 October 30 . M. E. H. Flanders ALS to Cate; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. (4 pages)
Description of and thoughts on Philadelphia. Notes women going to the bakery, pigs in the streets, and Dutch residents and their religion. Includes a recipe for making sauerkraut and a postscript, "Three cheers for Fremont."
  1857 January 30 . Elise ALS to Harriet; Retreat, [Virginia?]. (4 pages)
Smallpox. Difficulties due to snow. Installation of water pumps. Family news and details about children. Sending six copies of the Messenger to distribute.
  [ca. 1857?] . AMs; [near Lehman, Pike County, Pennsylvania?]. (4 pages)
Manuscript document relating to the trial of Samuel Utter for the charge of fornication, possibly penned by a defense attorney. Solomon Stewart accused Samuel Utter of "improper intimacy or criminal intercourse with Emily S. M[c?]Combs or some other young woman in his barn" in April 1857. Stewart describes witnessing Utter and the woman together, their reactions upon being discovered. Disputes the reliability of the evidence, pointing out inconsistencies and doubts, including the belief that a woman caught fornicating would "hide her face in shame & fly." Other witnesses provide alibis for Utter and M[c?]Combs and argues the lack of subsequent pregnancy proves no fornication occurred. Believes that Stewart, "disposed to be talkative," fabricated the story "to make himself important."
  1858 March 30 . Electa ALS to Nina; Athens, [Ohio]. (2 pages)
Has sewing to do, a baby “to wear,” and house to clean before leaving for Charlemont. Illustrated letterhead: “Ohio University.”
  1859 February 5 . Emma Willard ALS to Mindwell Hart; Troy, [New York]. (3 pages)
Sends two copies of a pamphlet on her parents.
  1859 February 17-21 . Newspaper clippings; Boston, Massachusetts. (4 pages)
Four newspaper clippings from the Boston Traveller respecting the Samuel G. (for Sarah W.) Morrill v. Nelson A. Hume rape case. Sarah Morrill, a spiritual medium, accuses Nelson Hume of raping her while in a spiritual trance, and threatening her life when she threatened to inform her husband.
  [c. 1850s?] . “St. Valentine” Ms. to Anna Galloway; s.l. (2 pages)
Lace valentine with love poem and content regarding marriage.
  1860 June 18-28 . A. L. Dickerson ALS to O[rlando] F. Corwin; Gilbertville, Iowa. (4 pages)
Drought has ended. Describes plowing land, local geology. "We are great for women scrapes in this country." Local law suit respecting the assault and rape of Mrs. B. by J Mc; trial covered by newspapers. "Testimony of Plaintiff quibbling placed her in an awkward position before the court and cleared defendant." Good employment prospects in the region. May plow on Independence Day, "though my driver says he wont work for me or any other derned Yankee a live on that day." Republicans organized a local club "and are doing good business." [Note: Original located in the Law and Jurisprudence Collection]
  1860 September 5 . Annie M. Eustace ALS; Chicago, [Illinois]. (8 pages)
Rosey’s unhappy marriage to a man. She will be getting a divorce. In the meantime, is being supported by wealthy Joe Smith, “a Spaniard in appearance.”
  1860 September 29 . “Libbie” ALS; West Haven. (4 pages)
Family affairs and current events. Mentions her desire for love and marriage, including details of a suitor who does not have prosperity to offer. Mention of upcoming Lincoln election.
  [ca. 1860?] . AMs; [Wisconsin?]. (2 pages)
Anonymous manuscript poem signed, "A Sufferer," deriding the staunchly unmarried women of the "D.H.C." (Damned Hard Cases) who went on a drunken sleigh ride to Wauwatosa, [Wisconsin], injuring a horse. Implies threats of law suits inclined some of the women to consider marriage. Includes a reference to Calvin Cutter's A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene re. "combining harmonious mental excitement, with muscular activity." Accompanied by a pencil and colored pencil drawing of women riding in a horse-drawn sleigh labelled "D.H.C.," one holding a liquor bottle and others wielding signs "Womans Rights," "Celibacy," "Opposition to Male Men," "No Beaux," "Old Maids Forever." A crowd labelled "Police" appears in the background.
  1861 August 17-20 . “Lu” ALS to William J.G. Nutting; Peoria, Illinois. (6 pages)
15 mile ride on horseback. Praise of the scenery. Visit to “the daguerreian rooms;” will send a colored ferrotype. Description of clothing worn for photographs. Includes a poem, "Strangers yet."
  1861 December 19 . “Lu” ALS to William J.G. Nutting; Peoria, Illinois. (2 pages)
Christmas and New Year greetings. Had a daguerreotype taken. Comments on clothing worn.
  1862 August 18-25 . John Rodgers Goldsborough ALS to Mrs. J. R. Goldsborough; St. Simons Island, Georgia. (19 pages)
Describes a former slave and trained washer woman/maid seeking to flee to Philadelphia. Her name is Rosa and she is married. He directs her to his mother's house in the North. Also includes references to ships under his command, news reporters, troops in Charleston, and war news. Discusses African American soldiers and their supposed laziness. Notes anti-abolitionist sentiments, the strength and condition of the Rebel Army, and the state of affairs on St. Simons Island. Praises President Lincoln. [Note: Original letter located in the John R. Goldsborough Collection]
  1863 May 4 . Mel ALS to Lizzie; Hanover, [New Hampshire?]. (4 pages)
Reflections on their friendship and correspondence. Mentions “a ‘stick up’ bonnet” Lizzie saw at church. Attended a funeral. References the fall fair and gossips about local courtships. Quotes from a song written by Frederick William Thomas, “Tis said that absence conquers love.”
  [1863?] October 11 . Phebe ALS to Nealie [Landon?]; s.l. (4 pages)
Explains the difficulty of writing letters on account of constant visitors. Comments on autumn foliage. News of acquaintances and asks after friends, including rumors of Nealie's possible engagement.
  1863 December 27 . Nan ALS to Sid; Franklin, [New Hampshire?]. (3 pages)
Sends New Year’s greetings and a picture of their father [not present]. Comments on their Christmas and requests a picture of Sid, “sitting or standing about the size & length of this one of Father. Have the best uniform coat on.” Would like to visit the House and Senate with Sid. Political remarks, possibly about John P. Hale (1806-1873): “I don’t think Jack Hale will be the senator next term, on account of the late disclosures.” Approves of Sid’s breaking his engagement with Belle Cate. Talks of cows, “enrolling money,” and local clerks at a Concord office.
  1864 January 10 . Martha Lourey ALS to Luther Miller; Wolcottville, [Connecticut]. (3 pages)
Current events. She has been sick with typhoid. Mentions death of a woman and details about the affairs of her children. Stresses the difficulty of raising two children alone.
  1864 February 20 . Nattie ALS to Nealie; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. (3 pages)
Discusses Nealie’s engagement to Silas Moore, wondering if she would like to keep it secret, and imagining what her fiancé must be like. “I try to realize that you are engaged. That is a momentous word, only secondary in import to married.” Tells Nealie to prepare herself “for a full battery of teasing.” Inquires after wedding plans. [See also Nattie ALS to Nealie, April 17, 1863, in Schoff Civil War Letters & Documents]
  1864 February 28 . Maggie P. Mathews ALS to Sadie [Carlisle]; Oakland Seminary. (4 pages)
Has had difficulty getting to the post office from the female seminary. Comments on her roommates, socializing with them, and her hope that Ella King does not return to school so she can stay in the room. Someone threw gravel at their window and scared them. Writes of "get[ting] at some devilment," by writing fake letters from men to their female friends. Mag is ill with a sore throat, saying "she goes around making signs looks as if she had just come from the deaf & dumb asylum."
  1864 May 8 . "Hallie" ALS to Helen Struthers; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. (3 pages)
Description of fashion, including bonnets and construction of dresses. Comments on exchanging flowers. Befriended a man who was sent to the Invalid Corps in Washington. Includes a swatch of fabric and a cut-out engraving of a woman with a liberty cap and bird in a tropical setting.
  [18]65 April 6 . AL to "Mother"; Cleveland, [Ohio]. (4 pages)
Staying with family in Cleveland. Held a surprise party for Harriet’s fifth wedding anniversary, describing the meal and gifts. Brief mention of April Fool’s Day and meeting a “divorced husband.” Attending Bible class with Dr. Maynard. Notes a large church procession of young girls marching to the Cathedral. Sad to see their piano taken away. Visited greenhouses and acquired plants and offers to purchase fabric for her mother if she “enclose[s] a greenback” in her next letter. Comments on pictures sent between family members and not telling anyone about the “accident which befell the Ambrotype.” Advises her mother to visit a dentist.
  1865 May . Mary Jane Caskey ALS to Martin C. Caskey; s.l. (3 pages)
Letter to her brother, serving in the Union Army. Phonetically written. Pencil illustration of a woman.
  1865 October 1 . G. F. Chichester ALS to Georgie A. Terry; Greenport, [New York]. (3 pages)
Was not able to attend Georgie's dance, as she "had no one to run my Train down." Had hoped to come to Riverhead, but the train failed to come. Plans to visit soon. "… we are going to have skating here before long and you must come down." Notes Georgie's past skating parties.
  1866 March 3 . John Alexander ALS to [Nettie]; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. (3 pages)
Intends to leave early to arrive in Cincinnati in time for their wedding. Wonders if they need a marriage license. Comments on Nettie's nerves and preparations for the wedding, including cards and her ring. Mentions that it is "an interesting time in our City Churches," on account of the "Praying interest." Relays information about Lylla's "enjoying the Gayities of Washington City, quite a Contrast with our quiet life here, and frequent Prayer Meetings." Worries that Nettie may need more "Gayety" than his current lifestyle can provide. Received a pair of free passes for the Pennsylvania Railroad from a Senator.
  1866 October 21 . A. Freeman ALS to [John S. Minard]; Bangor, [Maine?]. (4 pages)
Will not be returning this fall, or perhaps ever. Purchased a portion of a grocery store and will not be working in the pinery this winter. Crude and violent references to sex and the sexual pursuit of women, including an African American woman.
  1867 January 26 . Dallie ALS to "darling Mama"; Science Hill, [Tennessee?]. (3 pages)
Comments on writing and receiving letters, including from cousin Tommie in Memphis. Will write to her Uncle Nick because her mother requested it, despite her disinclination due to hard treatment. Provides insight into Uncle Jimmie's "case," seemingly with a woman that Dallie does not respect. "... if he is willing to do what I wrote cousin Tommie he must, make himself a perfect fop, I do not think he need be uneasy about winning a 'yes' from her rosy lips." Asks after her mother's satisfaction with Mrs. Pitts, who cooks and cleans for her. Asks after her younger brother and sister.
  1867 July 14 . Rachel Y. Peirce ALS to J. C. Stoner; Millersville, [Pennsylvania]. (1 page)
Miss Briggs will not be taking the position at Franklin School, and Peirce would like to have it.
  1867 November 19 . Fannie M. Moody ALS to Sadie; Keokuk, [Iowa?]. (8 pages)
Recently visited her grandmother, stopping in New Albany, Jeffersonville, Indianapolis, and Lafayette. Comments on family and friends, social visits. Difficult to stay caught up with letters. Will be attending the opera and went to a church social. "I am well supplied with Music and Fashions; this winter, receive the Musical Review, monthly; Harper's Bazar weekly and Frank Leslie." Does not expect to receive the Leslie for long, as it was a gift from an "unknown friend in St. Louis," whose letter she has not answered and expects he "will probably become discouraged before long." Is happy to be home but wishes she had stayed another year at school, as it is difficult to study at home. Is engaged to be married this winter, and briefly mentions wedding plans and frustrations. Asks after accompanying Sadie on a trip to Europe.
  1867 December 10 . Jennie ALS to Mattie Tackitt; Buffalo, [New York]. (4 pages)
Family updates. Fashion and descriptions of clothing. Pen & Ink illustration and instructions for using a hair puff.
  1867 December 18 . Belle ALS to Robert; Chester, [South Carolina]. (10 pages)
Lengthy talk of marriages and weddings. Notes men marrying local women and then moving away, while local men marry women outside the area and bring them back.
  1868 June 30 . John Kendall ALS to Henry [Kendall]; London, [England]. (6 pages)
Notice of their mother's death and an account of her final illness. "You are sure we are all in great grief, as you & all of us know she was the best of Mothers." Buried her in Highgate Cemetery. Comments on the will and legacies. Suffering from bad weather and poor health, worried about the corn harvest and "slack" business.
  [18]69 January 11 . Helen ALS to Will; Great Valley, [New York]. (4 pages)
Comments on illnesses in the family, working hard, Christmas and New Year celebrations. Asks after friends and family. Written on presidential campaign letterhead, featuring portraits of Horatio Seymour (1810-1886) and Frank P. Blair, Jr. (1821-1875). “I hope these portraits wont offend you but it is all the kind of Paper I have.”
  1869 July 4 . D. ALS to Thirza; Little Falls, [New York]. (6 pages)
Notes changes that have occurred since they went on a Fourth of July ride three years ago, including marriages, a friend moving to Iowa, and Thirza moving to Michigan. Discusses his work. Was teased when people discovered he had a letter written in a lady’s hand awaiting him at the post office. Trying to clarify their relationship status, and settle a disagreement that got blown out of proportion due to epistolary miscommunications. “But Thirza we have been correspondents some time and if we were not or never intended to be I should dropped all this long ago, but I always considered it as a mutual engagement long before you went West.” Hoping to move west soon but is uncertain whether parents will allow him.
  1871 February 9 . Julia Ward Howe ALS to Mr. Eggleston; [Boston, Massachusetts]. (3 pages)
Had been sick. After recovering, traveled to Detroit for a lecture engagement. Will write a column for the Independent .
  1873 September 3 . John C. Hubbard ALS to [John C.] Newkirk and [A. Frank B.] Chace; Hillsdale, New York. (3 pages)
Requesting they be ready to defend Seymour Winchell "in a bastardy proceeding." Winchell is accused by a woman who had previously tried to "swear a child on Mr. Makelely and failed" and has been "delivered of her third bastard child." Believes one of her other children is the product of "incest of the most revolting character." The mother took the stand against Hubbard's objections and swore Seymour Winchell was the father. Engaging Newkirk and Chace in the expected proceedings, especially as they were involved in the Makeley case. Written on J. C. Hubbard, Attorney and Counsellor at Law, stationery.
  1873 November 24 . Jane E. Jordan ALS to “sister”; Grand Island. (6 pages)
Has been in a serious accident on a horse-drawn wagon. Her sister has written a book. References Spiritualism.
  1874 May 22 . Typed Manuscript; Washington, [D.C.] (1 page)
Satirical story of the “Naval Contest” between the Internal Revenue Cutter Nellie Grant and the English Frigate Sartoris , with the Nellie Grant victorious. Referring to Ulysses S. Grant’s daughter, Nellie Grant (1855-1922), who married Englishman Algernon Sartoris (1851-1893) on May 21, 1874. Bawdy references used in describing damage done to the Nellie Grant, including references to “bloody se(a)men” and “two holes found in her bottom.” A clipped printed image of a boat is pasted on the top of the page.
  1874 September 13 . Charlton [Thomas Lewis] ALS to Nannie [Nancy Lewis]; s.l. (4 pages)
Notes on social visits, giving business to friends. Trip to Boston postponed due to Judge Carter’s illness. Will mail her a newspaper editorial concerning the Beecher-Tilton Scandal, especially regarding Francis D. Moulton’s “last statement” and his “attack upon a lady he does not name—I suppose Miss Edna Dean Proctor.” Statements are believed to be falsehoods and warns that Henry Ward Beecher’s (1813-1887) “great change in his position” requires him to act against aspersions. Even though he is not guilty “a very large part of the community are ready to regard him as a vile hypocrite exposed.” Brief mention of their children.
  1874 November 21 . Arthur Gilman ALS to Lucy Larcom; Cambridge, [Massachusetts]. (3 pages)
Letter by Arthur Gilman, founder of Radcliffe College. Offers praises for Lucy Larcom's new book; he will give it to his daughter for Christmas. He request the author to write a few lines for his daughter so that he can place them in the book. [Note: Original located in the Duane N. Diedrich Collection]
  1874 December 5 . [Ellen?] partial AL to [Mrs. Calvin Brewer]; [Cortland, New York?]. (2 pages)
Imagines her mother and father smoking and talking by the fire, wishing she could be with them. Mentions eating turkey for Thanksgiving, but she prefers chicken. Jests with her parents. "Pa I want to know if you have killed and eat up all the chickens if so I certainly will not come and see you..." Comments on weighing a cap she made to send in the post. See also Ellen ALS to Mrs. Calvin Brewer, 22 June 1875.
  1875 June 22 . Ellen ALS to Mrs. Calvin Brewer; Cortland, [New York]. (4 pages)
Notes on family health and the death of a local child from diphtheria. Comments on postage for letters and having her mother "put on the number of our box" on her letters to prevent "another J. Watson" from opening their mail. Volney came to visit, describes trying to find him at the railroad depot. Would like her parents to visit. Gives advice on lengthening sleeves and tailoring clothes. See also [Ellen?] partial AL to Mrs. Calvin Brewer, 5 December 1874.
  [ca. 1875?] . Simon Tudor AMsS; s.l. (11 pages)
Satiric temperance tract. “Ought a young lady to marry a drinking man?” Outlines the "benefits" of marrying a drinker, including being able to pursue reform activities without leaving home. "Her sphere of action is most abusively narrow… her only opportunity of becoming famous is by being a martyr and marrying a drinking man."
  1876 September 24 -26 . Sue ALS to [E. Williams]; Drakes Branch, Virginia. (3 pages)
Received the " 'Whig' & Sentinel the Whig gives account of great damage both on land & water." News of the children's health, including their daughter teething. E. Williams is in Philadelphia to attend to legal matters. Discusses attendance at the Tabernacle church. Promises to telegraph if their daughter's malaise is anything more than teething. Would like him to get a picture taken. See also E. Williams ALS to "Sugar," August 23-24, 1874; and Ras. W. and E. W. letter of July 8, 1874 in the Business and Labor Collection.
  1876 October 15 . Annabella Evans ALS to "Sister"; Heenaugh. (6 pages)
A hot, dry summer made for a poor oat crop, but the potatoes have survived. Family news, including the wedding of Eliza to David Coote, "he is a baker and has a country shop he lives below at the school we youst to teach in." Comments on sending money.
  1877 May 28 . Jennie ALS to George [A. Woodruff]; New York, [New York]. (2 pages)
Inviting George to attend the "Ladies Sinking Fund Society" meeting. Has to prepare for school.
  [18]77 July 30 . Rebecca Ann Jane ALS to Mollie; Newcastle, N[ew] B[runswick]. (8 pages)
Sorry to hear that Mollie is lonely. Reflects on their friendship. Comments on family visits, rowing on a lake. Mentions Cape Breton and Richibucto, New Brunswick, as well as the Canadian politician Peter Mitchell (1824-1899) visiting. Thoughts on happiness.
  1878 September 17 . Addie ALS to Myra Ash; L[ong] I[sland], L[ake] G[eorge], New York. (6 pages)
Anecdote about their bull getting loose. Description of a baby. Request for calico to make the baby a dress.
  1879 December 4 . Dora ALS to [Mrs. E. W. Gillette]; Walton, [New York]. (4 pages)
Comments on her education, noting that "They do not study Physology this term Comstock says only in the fall term nor Civil government at all." Mentions school books she has purchased and subjects offered. Feeling homesick. Comments on a pattern for a bed quilt, making lace, and the labor performed by the eleven-year-old child who lives in the same house as Dora. Brief notes on kid gloves, a school hat, and remedies for a sore throat.
  1880 July 27 . Myrtle F. W. ALS to Anna; Mason City, Iowa. (8 pages)
Letter to her older sister about growing up and making new friends.
  1881 November 16 . A.M. W[righton] ALS to [George Wrighton]; [Illinois?]. (4 pages)
Writing to her husband in Tucson, Arizona. Explains that she no longer loves him on account of his neglect and causing the family “suffering and humiliation and disgrace.” Can be husband only in name, and he can only visit if he stays in another room and pays board. Has the support of her sisters and close friends, but promises not to discuss the matter with others. “I will not spread my misfortunes, or your neglects to the world, or to my friends, unless compelled to do so in self-defense.” Gives an update on their children.
  1882 September 3 . W. P. [Mockridge] ALS to Mrs. W. P. Mockridge; Newark, New Jersey. (10 pages)
Highly sexual content from a husband to his wife, whom he has not seen in quite some time due to business reasons. He details the importance of staying at his present locale for sake of financial stability.
  1882 December 29 . H[annah] ALS to Brother and sister; Candia, [New Hampshire?]. (3 pages)
Death of a mother. Snow and sleighing.
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  1883 February 15 . Helen ALS to Lizzie; Solon, O[hio]. (2 pages)
Nothing but bad news in the papers. Musical performances, literature class, news of friends. References amusing incidents at school.
  1883 May 24 . May ALS to Church; Newburyport, [Massachusetts?]. (1 page)
Second letter to Church in hopes that she will be accepted into an unspecified position.
  1883 December 31 . "Mother" ALS to "child"; s.l. (5 pages)
Remarks on her quiet Christmas, noting that Matt “feasted us to the fullest extent on every kind of fowl and sweet-things Ambrosia.” Comments on social visits, a failed deal concerning horses, and the local shortage of farm hands. Mentions the possible suicide of William Henry Tayler: “it is thought he took strichnine [strychnine], from the manner he died, he had convulsions told his wife good bye and told her not to send for any Doctor he would be dead in fifteen minutes.” Murt starts school soon, “and I will be so lonely, I feel as if I shall die I will be the only white soul on this place day by days.” Brief mention of a “Buffalo robe.”
  1884 January 6 . Zilpha C. Burtt ALS to Newil Gerry; Hickory Corners, [Michigan]. (2 pages)
Discusses how a woman lost her 40 acres of land because she lived with a man who would not work and so lost her 40 acres of her land. Notes the woman's use of morphine and the situation of her children.
  1884 July 15; 1884 July 23 . Ella Smith 2 ALsS to P. C. Dearn; Soldier City, Kansas. (11 pages [total])
Two letters from a woman pining for a man who is marrying another woman. Discusses love and marriage. Notes dressmaking and sewing. She is considering marriage to another man. Encloses a “forget me not” lock of hair for Dearn to wear on the Fourth of July.
  [18]85 January 30 . Helen ALS to Frances M. Sawyer; Washington, [D.C.] (7 pages)
Writes of Washington high society and social events. Mr. Long’s family has been struggling financially.
  1885 February 27 . Sillie [Miss M.C.?] ALS to Miss Lissie; Little Branch, Virginia. (1 page)
Hopes he isn’t being too forward, as they have just recently met. “…reminds me of what Granney use to tell me when I was young; that all boy babys born on friday was to be luckey in getting a pretty wife and in raising hogs.” Comments on other men courting her. “I will plead to you for mercy in the sweet accents of a bursting pumpkin and say Dear Lissie sorty like a snoaring hog in a shuck pen. Will you decend to condescend to give me one sweet ----.” Written on the back of a partly printed receipt for the Holstein Woolen Co., and featuring an image of a sheep.
  1885 December 21 . L[ouella] S[tyles] Vincent ALS; Glen Rose, Texas. (4 pages)
Sending a poem, “Georgy Goobers,” to the Current , hoping it will be published. “The Current has rejected two of my MSS. but I intend to continue sending them until it recognizes my worth, or I am convinced of my worthlessness as a writer.” Poem about Georgian peanuts, written in the dialect of a seventy-year-old Georgian native now living in Texas. Recollections of growing and eating peanuts throughout a lifetime in Georgia.
  1886 January 15 . Mary ALS to Kate; Cleburne, Texas. (6 pages)
Has recently moved to Texas with her preacher husband. Describes their church, the congregation, and their home. Pencil illustration: floor-plan of their house.
  1888 January 10 . Ollie Stanley ALS to William L. McGeorge; Alma, Ellis County, Texas. (6 pages)
Description of life in Texas, the sale of their house, cost of goods, financial difficulties, immigrants, and environmental issues. Ollie hates Texas.
  [1890?] April 2 . Hattie ALS to Eby; Chamb[ersbur]g, [Pennsylvania]. (4 pages)
Chides Eby for vague writing. Comments on their ancestors, “the oppressed of Europe—driven to Amarica. & you cannot deny that some of them were educated in the Mother country… They left the weak minded & silly butterflies of fashion behind.” Believes current members of the “latter day society” are poor reflections on their ancestors on account of “superficial education.” Feels that Eby’s assertion that women are weaker and mentally inferior to men may be true in general but not in particular cases, citing women receiving medical honors at the University of Edinburgh. Remarks on celebrated women, including Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899), Harriet Hosmer (1830-1908), [Elizabeth Barrett] Browning (1806-1861), and Alice and Mary Lyon. “Perhaps you will say they went ‘beyond the bounds of their sphere.’ Allow me to say that the phrase ‘Womans Sphere’ is meaningless hurtful & prejudicial. The sphere of man or woman is the whole round of space, any portion they can fill honorably or usefully by their mind & ability.”
  1890 August 6 . "Mother" ALS to "Son"; s.l. (4 pages)
Wearied from caring for her ill mother. Notes the birth of Sallie's son. "I am glad she is through, & glad to know it is a boy as they can baffle with the difficulties, & dangers of life, better than girls." Comments on crops and faith that God will provide. Disappointed to not receive letters, despite having sent paper, envelopes, and stamps. Describes Joe, currently at Bristol Seminary, and his interest in Mexico. See also: "Mother" ALS to "Son," Undated.
  1891 December 30 . "Grand Mother Oakley" ALS to Sylvia [Oakley]; The Evergreens, [Madison, Wisconsin]. (3 pages)
Written to a child, care of her father G[eorge] W. Oakley. “I will write a letter all to your own self, and direct it to you, but you will have some one read it to you.” Acknowledges the receipt of pictures, sent from Sioux City, Iowa. Comments on Sylvia being a happy child, especially on Christmas.
  1892 August 21 . Partially printed DS; Chicago, Illinois. (2 pages)
Woman’s Chicago and Harvey Land Company profit investment bond for Addie B. [Geneva?]. Signed by Annay Byford Leonard and Emily A. Kellogg.
  1894 March 30 . Mrs. Frank Leslie newspaper fragment; Hamilton, [Ohio]. (3 pages)
Newspaper fragment including the article “Women of the World: Mrs. Frank Leslie says they are like Electricity and Yeast” regarding the position of women in society. [Note: Item housed in Oversize Manuscripts.]
  1895 April 27-30 . C. Averill ALS to Saphronia A. Wilson; Valrico, Florida. (5 pages)
Description of home, surroundings, friends, activities, and news in Valrico. Notes Northerners moving to the area. Mentions the formation of a Mutual Aid Society. Enclosed: piece of decorated, embroidered lace.
  1895 September 25 . J.D. Frair and [Mrs. J.D. Frair] ALS to [Mary A. Frair]; Smyrna, [New York]. (2 pages)
Happy that Mary is settling in at Sherburne, New York. Comments on having a good religious meeting and a local woman's expressed interest in conversion.
  [19th Century] . Thomas Adams ALS to Mrs. Gove Rutland; [Bennington, Vermont]. (1 page)
Costs of producing colored fabric flowers. Includes cut-outs of designs with prices.
  1900 December 20 . Hannah ALS to Annie; Candia, [New Hampshire?]. (4 page)
Comments on her loneliness and preparations for winter.
  [1901] . Carrie M. Pierce Ms. to ; [Buffalo, New York]. (11 pages)
Descriptions of exhibits at the Midway of the Pan American Exposition.
  1903 January 29 . Annie F. Johnston ALS to Mr. Nunan; Phoenix, Arizona. (4 pages)
Sends a copy of one of her Little Colonel books, but not the one in Arizona. Life in Arizona is very quiet; she can walk for hours and meet no one, sees no cowboys, and few Native Americans.
  [19]03 September . Mrs. Hook ALS to Margaret [Richards]; Melrose Highlands, [Massachusetts]. (6 pages)
Details of the clothing she is sewing with her new sewing machine. “You don’t know what a fine dress maker I am. I am seriously thinking of putting out my shingle.” Comments on children’s schools and her belief that it is unwise to change their schools too frequently. Thoughts on taking evening courses, dances, Edwin Stowell reading sermons at New Salem, and going to Boston for shopping. Notes on a local woman’s hired help and her difficulties with her cat and dog. Would like her to visit if they come for Boston’s Mechanics fair.
  1903 December 5 . Natalie Townsend ALS to Mrs. H.H.D. Peirce; Norfolk [County, England]. (4 pages)
Description of the Queen. Playing deux piano in the Queen’s boudoir. Dinner with the King and Queen.
  1904 December 3 . Joan Sunderland ALS to Miss Lawless; London, [England]. (16 pages)
Discussion of Joan’s current housing and the activities of her family. Joan works for social reformer Octavia Hill. Extensive talk of the art scene and theatre performances in London.
  1906 March 31 . “Husband” ALS to Gertrude; New York, [New York]. (10 pages)
Attempts to explain his actions over the past 4 years. Travails of marriage, life, shortage of money, separations, Gertrude’s illness and family. Places blame on Gertrude's emotional and physical distance.
  [ca. 1906 July 3] . AMs; [near Orange Lake, New York?]. (8 pages)
A child's account of a father's physical, verbal, and emotional abuse. Notes their mother's illness and the child's efforts to get medical attention, despite his father's opposition. Dr. Mary Dunning provided services and a prescription (despite unpaid medical bills), which the child paid for with personal money. Describes the father's abuse of the mother, withholding food, and trying to get the children's money. The mother accidently ingested "the poison medicine We used for the Babys eye that had an ulser in, caused by a filthy disease that Pa brought to the Baby." Father threatens to kill the child. [NB: A previous cataloger attributed this manuscript to Darwin W. Esmond.]
  1906 August 18 . Olive [Logan] ALS to Thomas A. Logan; New York, [New York]. (4 pages)
Visited with sister, Grace.
  1906 August 28 . Grace [Logan] ALS to Thomas A. Logan; Roxbury, [Massachusetts]. (4 pages)
Worried about Thomas. Olive has recently visited and is doing very well.
  1906 December 19 . Hannah ALS to Annie; Candia, [New Hampshire?]. (4 pages)
Snow and cold weather. Inquires after their Thanksgiving. Hopes Annie had a nice Christmas.
  [1907 June 10] post . Arthur ALS to Mabel [Jenkins]; [Washington, D.C.] (18 pages)
Comments on Mabel’s bathing suit, which she worries was improper for her swimming lessons. “You did not tell me whether the inner lower garment consisted of a divided skirt down to the ankles, a pair of baggy bloomers reaching to the knee or a pair of skin tights extending a little below the waist line.” Discusses what would make the bathing suit indecent, mainly whether it drew the “poisoned imagination” of men. Mentions social visits and bird watching. Trying to arrange a time for him to visit Mabel and to do so within social restrictions and avoid gossip.
  1910 November 4 . Clara Barton ALS to Rose Le Creix; Glen Echo, Maryland. (3 pages)
Glad that Rose enjoys her tenement, believing it to be better than others that are for rent. Comments on Albert's work around the house, including lawn work. Notes Mrs. Wakefield needing to install town water on account of her well failing. Mentions weather and crops from the garden. Accompanied by a reproduction photograph portrait of Clara Barton, originally framed and displayed with the letter.
  1913 January 8 . Elsie Hill TL to "Fellow Suffragist"; Washington, D.C. (2 pages)
Invitation to participate in a procession on March 3, 1913 - the day before Woodrow Wilson's inauguration. The procession will be held under the auspices of the National American Woman Suffrage Societies of the District of Columbia. Hill is organizer of the "College Division" and hopes to make the group "significant both in numbers and appearance." Attendees should bring their own cap and gown, if possible. "The banner of each college must be provided by alumnae of the same." Information respecting boarding and traffic.
  1916 June 19 . Virginia [Jane Horner] ALS to [Robert Solon Edwards]; Napton, [Missouri]. (4 pages)
Notes on housework, Solon’s plowing fields. Wants to see Solon. Mentions a disagreement with Tilly. “I think from the way she talked she wanted to box my jaws. but there was a good reason she couldn’t for there was several miles between us.” Reminds Solon not to overwork. This letter arrived at the William L. Clements Library with the Louisa A. Reed Papers—apparently unrelated. Also arrived with seven envelopes addressed to Mr. and Mrs. Edgar LeFaivre and to [Vena?] Harris of Napton, Missouri [filed with this letter]. The envelopes' relationship (or lack of relationship) to Virginia's letter to Solon Edwards is unknown. See also Virginia ALS to Solon [Edwards], July 4, 1916.
  1916 July 4 . Virginia [Jane Horner] ALS to [Robert] Solon [Edwards]; Napton, Missouri. (5 pages)
Mentions the wheat harvest, eating ice cream, housework, and her disappointment on Solon’s failure to visit. Requests that he bring “a box of powder when you do come for it was so hot Sun. eve I had to fan and powder all evening waiting for you to come.” Notes Mae Pearl’s marriage and moving to California. This letter arrived at the William L. Clements Library with the Louisa A. Reed Papers—apparently unrelated. See also Virginia ALS to [Solon Edwards], June 19, 1916.
  1930 November 6 . Helen Wehrle ALS to Mrs. Underwood; Tucson, Arizona. (4 pages)
Description of a mission at the Papago Indian reservation. Notes logistics of getting books sent to Arizona, and comments on Halloween celebrations and Jack rabbits.
  [1944] July 13 . Mrs. Q. L. Spencer ALS to Mrs. W. P. Kent; Franktown, Nevada. (4 pages)
Describes Franktown. She is staying at the ranch until her divorce is complete, and states that there are many women there for the same reason. Includes illustration of a ranch-style house.
  [between 1954 and 1959?] . Minerva Rautenstrauch ALS to Dr. Walsh; s.l. (3 pages)
Had a long talk with Priscilla and Alger Hiss. Putney School does not discriminate against Jewish children. Walsh may want to look into the Quaker Oakwood School in Poughkeepsie. Questions regarding bonds.
  post [1947? November 21] . Amelia Doctor TLS to [Ges. Coveney]; post [Denver, Colorado]. (1 page)
Christmas poem written in Esperanto. Typed on illustrated Christmas stationery, featuring images of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in the manger at Jerusalem, as well as shepherds and the three wise men. Includes illustrated envelope with similar images.
  1996 May 12 . Blaze Starr [Fannie Bell Fleming] ALS to Ernie; s.l. (1 page)
Humorous story of getting caught in a tree at Earl K. Long's. Acknowledges that she omitted stories in her book and movie. Illustrated with a colored, nude self-portrait, a rose, a shooting star, and a nude female torso. Includes a lipstick kiss.
  1996 June 12 . Blaze Starr [Fannie Bell Fleming] ALS to Ernie; s.l. (1 page)
Claims to have renewed her friendship with Jack Kennedy after Earl K. Long passed away. Told Kennedy of her "fanticy with the Lincoln Bedroom," and after an hour she saw a ghost of Lincoln in the room. Illustrated with a colored, nude self-portrait, a rose, and shooting star. Includes a lipstick kiss.
  Undated . H[annah] S[picer] Carpenter ALS to "Parents" [Ralph Carpenter and Mary Spicer Carpenter]; Utica, [New York]. (2 pages)
Attended the Catholic Church and heard the Bishop from New York preach. Describes the church, also noting the Catholic school and “a house for the Sisters of Charity and Orphans.” Criticizes Nancy’s choice of husband. Trying to arrange visits.
  Undated . Caroline ALS to Lorenda; New York, [New York]. (8 pages)
Describes a dispute with the Osgood family, relating to a debt and personal friction. Mentions Harriet Osgood's spiritualism, trouble with servants, and irritating, abusive behavior.
  Undated . Mildred Clausen ALS to “My dear”; Trumansburg, New York. (2 pages)
Consolation regarding the death of her father. "Is your mother able to live her own life? Or will you have to step in & plan for her what to do?"
  Undated . Jane O. Crego ALS to [John Taylor]; Jordan, [New York]. (4 pages)
Mr. Crego’s poor health. Wages and cost of living in Jordan. "Kellogg has sold all in Jordan but the sawmill where S works and oil mill where we live."
  Undated . Mary L. Davidson ANS to Dorothy Lancaster; [Acworth, New Hampshire?]. (1 page)
Poetry: Remembrance and best wishes for the future. Mary affixed a lock of her hair to the note.
  Undated . Aunt [F.?] ALS [fragment?]; [Connecticut]. (4 pages)
Remarks on the weather and not attending church. News of acquaintances' sicknesses and deaths, especially those associated with childbirth.
  Undated . Anna Lavinia French AMs; s.l. (2 pages)
Composition describing a search (with her cousin) through her aunt’s garret and all of the interesting things they find, including "a pair of epaulettes worn as we supposed by some of our ancestors either in the revolution or the war of 1812."
  Undated . S. H. ALS to Mrs. Hodge; Boston, [Massachusetts]. (4 pages)
His eyes are improving. Attended an oration in Boston and intends to send a copy when it is published. Briefly describes Brookline. Wishes for more leisure time to read, but is occupied with social visits. Provides an update on Mr. Ogilvie, who is "now at Portland-- left off the vile habit of laudanum and is I am told, become quite fresh & plump." Has not been able to wear a straw hat this season, "as all the girls all had black crape I was obliged to make one too." Mentions texts by Mrs. Grants, "... her volumes are really a text book one can be in no circle where there is not some allusion to something Mrs Grant has said." See also S. H. ALS to [Maria Hodge], August 3-4, 1817.
  Undated . Jane Hamilton ALS to Lilias Paterson; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. (3 pages)
Discussion about faith and salvation. Dessert recipe: Rice & apples.
  Undated . J[ane] Hamilton ALS to Lilias Paterson; Schuylkill Falls, [Pennsylvania]. (3 pages)
Boarding for the summer. Market prices for 20 different food items. History of the marriage of childhood sweethearts after many years of separation.
  Undated . June Helen ALS to Helen; Hartford, [Connecticut?]. (4 pages)
Notes extensive house renovations at “Espranza.” Comments on parties and distributing Helen’s picture. Reminds Helen that if she is uncomfortable, they can see to her returning home. “Morris is with us and is looking and feeling well though the troubles in the South make his business lighter than he could wish.” Discussions of clothing and accessories. Governor [Marshall] Jewell (1825-1883) will visit Helen. Warns Helen not to over-extend herself studying. “I had rather you know less- and kept your beauty.”
  Undated . “Jennie June” ANS; Orange, New Jersey. (1 page)
"… you would be more profitably employed making love to a young woman, than asking an old married one, for a shoking bad autograph."
  Undated . Julia ALS to Sarah; Cleveland, [Ohio]. (4 pages)
Comments on her unwittingly uncovering Sarah's Christmas surprise and her delight in the hand-crafted gift. "Mother, all unconscious that Santa Claus had any designs on us, opened the letter in our presence." Will send pictures "as soon as I can get some more struck off." Sending Christmas and New Year's greetings.
  Undated . Kate ALS to Maggie Condit; s.l. (6 pages)
Detailed description of Christmas activities, decorations, presents, visitors, etc.
  Undated . Lib ALS to Margaret Burr; [Albany, New York?]. (4 pages)
Acknowledges a wedding anniversary. Attended a “fancy ball,” describing the decor, costumes, dancing, and music. Notes the characters played, including King Richard I, Katrina Van Tassel, Robert Walpole, La Sylphide, Henry the VIII and Catherine of Aragon, Sir Roger de Coverley, Romeo, La Fille du Regiment, Little Red Riding Hood, “the three Cherry Hill Van Rensselaers,” sailors, soldiers, pirates, knights, and others. “…Mary Ellen Benedict as a regular ‘Squaw’ such as we see at Oneida, with her face painted and a blanket, she supported her character the best of any and with a sad look seated herself on the steps of the throne without answering any of the questions put to her or bowing to any who might recognize her through her disguise.” Other ethnic costumes include sultanas, Italian noblemen, Zuleika the Bride of Abydos, Dutch peasants, Polish figures, and a “Circassian Captive.” Also attended another ball, a concert, a “Polka party,” and a lecture at the “young Men’s association.”
  Undated . [Deborah Logan] ALS to George Logan; Chester, [Pennsylvania?]. (2 pages)
Recently heard that Maria safely delivered her son, and sends congratulations to Dr. Logan and “dear Algernoon.” Includes a note: “The joy expressed in this envelope soon changed to mourning- but the sweet baby had a happy escape from all lifes trials.”
  Undated . M. P. M. ALS to Ruth Gorham; Troy, [New York]. (4 pages)
Is preparing to teach women. Lengthy description of outfitting her house with a variety of industrial, textile, and biological objects and apparatuses. Many persons wonder what she is doing in her house.
  Undated . Martha ALS to "Mother"; s.l. (1 page)
Does not have money to spare to send home and is uncomfortable asking for a loan. Feeling homesick. Asks for directions on what to do with the hens, chickens, and hogs.
  Undated . Mary Lois Bradley Martin and Lucy Parker Cornell Robinson Partially Printed DS; [Massachusetts]. (23 pages)
Applications for membership to the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Includes three news clippings relevant to the Martin, Bradley, and Parker ancestry (19th century).
  Undated . Molly ALS; s.l. (4 pages)
Written to her fiancé, a parson. Inquires after the recipient’s health, noting her willingness to return if he continues unwell. Staying at home due to her mother’s rheumatism and cousin’s poor health. Comments on nursing her mother and the help offered by other women. References a disagreement that prevents Molly and the recipient from living together. Notes an acquaintance attending a lecture at the Pastoral Aid Society. Sending a carte of their “buckish friend whom you would scarcely take for a clerical but it was taken on his return from a town up the Nile-- & he has on his Oriental traps” [not present].
  Undated . "Mother" ALS to "Son"; Stoney Creek. (4 pages)
See also: "Mother" ALS to "Son," August 6, 1890.
  Undated . Mary [B. Penrose] ALS to Brother; Pointe Celeste, [Louisiana]. (2 pages)
Notes on their sister's will. Needs to purchase clothing. [Note: see also Mary Penrose's letter of July 13, [1838?]]
  Undated . S. Sherman ALS to "Sister"; [Weedsport, New York?]. (2 pages)
Forwarded $45, which she thinks she can afford, as she has "only had two dresses since I came home from the east & one of them a calico." Suffering from a lung ailment.
  Undated . [Julia E. Terry] ALS to Charles A. Terry; Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. (7 pages)
Letter to husband regarding social matters: she imposed on a physician to treat her injured finger, referred a friend to Charles for a letter of introduction, and is disappointed with Philadelphia.
  Undated . Mother Vosburgh ALS to "Son" [Hiram Dana Vosburgh?]; Macedon, [New York?]. (2 pages)
Anxious over news that he is ill in Olmsted, had worried he the exposure from his travelling would harm his health. Disliked hearing he was heading to Ann Arbor, Michigan, believing it too difficult for his lungs to travel by lake again. Admonishes him not to pretend he is healthier than he is. Family news and health, noting the presence of an English man working for them. Short note from Evvy added to the end of the letter, asking advice about Nelly mistreating Dicky.
  Undated . M. L. Webb ALS to Edward; Cortland, New York. (1 page)
Has accepted an invitation to attend a series of public meetings in Janesville, Wisconsin, on the topic of the “growing evil” of married women traveling East to visit their families. Includes a newspaper clipping about one such meeting.
  Undated . AL to Catherine W[adsworth?] Colt; [Utica, New York]. (4 pages)
Snow prevented a visit with friends on Thanksgiving. Muses on Thanksgiving celebrations at Catherine's home, including turkey and pumpkin pie. Comments on the marriage of an acquaintance she had pegged "as one not to be caught in that net of circumstances." Inquires after family and comments on a family member visiting from New York who is fretting about business. Writes of Julia's paintings and that "Utica is getting to be quite noted for a genius in the arts-- We have no less than 2 most remarkable mechanics who are almost perfect in cutting likeness in cameo- and another in taking busts." Having difficulty with burglars, with one stealing a coat from their home.
  Undated . Elizabeth Wollet and Sallie ALS; s.l. (2 pages)
Still unable to work or sew. Comments on a recent illness, describing how it affected her legs, and notes other family members’ health trials. A family member is going to try blacksmithing. Mentions Christmas and exchanging gifts.
  Undated . Ms.; s.l. (2 pages)
Sexually themed, rhyming poem: “To A Ladyes Mouth, By a Devote.”
  Undated . AMs.; s.l. (3 pages)
Illustrated satirical poem about a man, Poughie, getting knocked over by a woman on the street on New Year's Eve. "She slipped along with the speed of light, / As she gave him a blow with her Bony right, / She never stopped, nor looked around, / Nor seemed to care that she'd knocked him down." Includes pen-and-ink portraits of a man and woman and an illustration of two women attempting to get a donkey to move through the use of a "scrulling brush" and hay fork.

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Partial Contributor List:

  • Adams, Thomas.
  • Alexander, John.
  • Averill, C.
  • Barton, Clara, 1821-1912.
  • Bicknell, Alpetenar.
  • Bodge, Susan.
  • Booth, Betsey.
  • Bradford, Betsey
  • Brigham, Betsey.
  • Brigham, Nancy.
  • Buchanan, Hannah.
  • Bulkley, Nancy.
  • Burns, A.
  • Burtt, Zilpha C.
  • Caskey, Mary Jane.
  • Chaffin, Daniel.
  • Chase, J. M.
  • Chichester, G. F.
  • Clarkson, Wiliam.
  • Clausen, Mildred.
  • Clements, Louiza.
  • Cook, Elect.
  • Copp, John.
  • Crego, Jane O.
  • Cutts, Richard, 1771-1845.
  • Davidson, Mary L.
  • Eddy, Jane E.
  • Edwards, Virginia Jane Horner, 1904-1945.
  • Eustace, Annie M.
  • Evans, Annabella.
  • Faneuil, Mary.
  • Fay, H.
  • Felken, Abby B.
  • Flanders, M. E. H.
  • Fogg, Bill.
  • Fogg, T. A.
  • Fowler, Rosalinda.
  • French, Anna Lavinia.
  • Gibb, Eliza M.
  • Gibbons, Phebe Earle, 1821-.
  • Gibbons, Thomas.
  • Gideon, Jacob.
  • Gillett, Austin H.
  • Gilman, Athur, 1837-1909.
  • Gookin, Nathaniel.
  • Gookin, Samuel.
  • Hall, Olivia.
  • Hamilton, Jane.
  • Harcourt, Elizabeth Evelyn.
  • Harris, Daniel.
  • Hathaway, Maryant.
  • Hill, Elsie.
  • Hill, Joanna.
  • Howe, Julia Ward, 1819-1910.
  • Huff, Mrs. James.
  • Huntoon, Joseph F.
  • Isabell, R.
  • Johnston, Annie F. (Annie Fellows), 1863-1931.
  • Jordan, Jane E.
  • Kay, Nannie C.
  • Kendall, John.
  • Kent, R.
  • Landley, Sarah Anne.
  • Latham, Cata.
  • Lathrop, Nancy.
  • Lea, Anna Caroline Jaudon.
  • Leeds, Caroline.
  • Leeds, George.
  • Little, Lydia.
  • Logan, Grace.
  • Logan, Olive, 1839-1909.
  • Lourey, Martha.
  • Ludlow, William Henry.
  • Macomber, Lorenzo.
  • Macomber, M. E.
  • Martial, Sarah L.
  • Martin, Mary Lois Bradley.
  • Mathews, Maggie P.
  • Mills, David.
  • Mockridge, W. P.
  • Moody, Fannie M.
  • Moore, Ebenezer M.
  • Morris, Joseph.
  • Moses, S.
  • Mygatt, Sophia.
  • Nancrede, Cornelia Truxton.
  • Nancrede, Joseph G. (Joseph Guerard), 1793-1857.
  • Napier, Charles, 1786-1860.
  • Nason, Reuben, 1779-1835.
  • Norman, Amelia.
  • Ohio, John.
  • Paine, James.
  • Parkhurst, Sarah.
  • Paterson, James.
  • Paterson, William.
  • Paterson, William, Jr.
  • Peale, Hannah Moore.
  • Pease, Laura.
  • Pease, P.
  • Penrose, Mary B.
  • Peirce, Rachel Y.
  • Pierce, Carrie M.
  • Pomeroy, Jane M.
  • Ragan, Mary.
  • Raimond, Mary A.
  • Rautenstrauch, Minerva.
  • Richland Monthly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends.
  • Rightmire, Mary.
  • Robinson, Lucy Parker Cornell.
  • Rogers, Caroline A.
  • Root, Nancy.
  • Rowe, Theophilus.
  • Rumford, Sarah Thompson, Countess, 1774-1852.
  • Russell, Pamelia.
  • Sabine, William H.
  • Salter, Benjamin.
  • Sedgwick, Catharine Maria, 1789-1867.
  • Smith, Elizabeth.
  • Smith, Ella.
  • Smith, Martha.
  • Spencer, Mrs. Q. L.
  • de Stamford
  • Stanley, Ollie.
  • Starr, Blaze (Fannie Bell Fleming)
  • Stone, Charles A.
  • Stone, Jane Ragan.
  • Stratton, Pauline.
  • Sunderland, Joan.
  • Swain, William C.
  • Tebbs, Lydia.
  • Terry, Julia E.
  • Todd, Charlotte D.
  • Townsend, Natalie, 1866-1962.
  • Treadwell, Lizzie.
  • Tudor, Simon.
  • Tullar, Sarah.
  • Underwood, Jane A.
  • Van Ness, Cordelia.
  • Webb, M. L.
  • Wehrle, Helen.
  • Willard, Emma, 1787-1870.