Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
Calow Weld Papers, 1836-1837

Finding aid created by
Shannon Wait, June 2010

Summary Information
Title: Calow Weld papers
Creator: Bundy, Philo
Inclusive dates: 1836-1837
Extent: 5 items
The Calow Weld papers contain five letters on major issues of the 1830s, including slavery, immigration, and education.
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
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Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2000. M-4114.7 .

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.

Preferred Citation:

Calow Weld Papers, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The letters are arranged chronologically.


Calow S. Weld was born around 1812 in New York. By 1836, he was teaching school in Port Jervis, New York, and in 1836-1837, exchanged several letters with a childhood friend, Philo Bund (1814-1904) of Coventry, Chenango County, New York.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The Calow Weld papers contain five letters, spanning January 9, 1836-June 3, 1837. Schoolteacher Calow Weld wrote all of the letters to a friend, Philo Bund, debating several important issues of the day. In his letter of January 9, 1836, Weld described the classes he taught, and expressed a wish that the common schools be elevated to greater "eminence" and that teachers receive more respect. In other letters, he discussed slavery, which he considered a "national and moral evil," some possible scenarios of emancipation (March 12, 1836), and his belief that Congress had the power to abolish slavery (May 21, 1836). In his final two letters, Weld explained his opposition to foreign immigration, which he believed would "impair the tranquility of community" (July 30, 1836). On June 3, 1837, he elaborated on his position on immigration, arguing that the variety of cultures and languages in the world disproved the notion that people "were destined to live as one great and social family."

Subject Terms

    • Education--History--19th century.
    • Emigration and immigration.
    • Port Jervis (N.Y.)
    • Slavery--United States.
    • Teachers.
    • Weld, Calow, b. ca. 1812.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   5, Small Collections  
    Calow Weld papers [series]
    Folder   7  
     January 9, 1836-June 3, 1837