Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Dunn mss. II, 1831-1864, are papers of George Grundy Dunn, 1812-1857, lawyer and congressman of Bedford, Indiana.

The papers in this collection consist of both personal and legal correspondence. Legal correspondence concerns cases ranging from property suits to murder. Several letters and documents deal with the extension of the New Albany and Salem Railroad through Bedford under the direction of Doolittle and Chamberlain, contractors from Cincinnati. Several Bedford men, among them are Dunn, are later sued by Doolittle and Chamberlain for their actions in an attempt to contain a riot resulting from a labor dispute.

Another group of letters reflect Indiana political activity, particularly in the early 1850's. Among the correspondents are: James W. Carter, John Dougherty Defrees, Charles Dewey, William McKee Dunn, Paris Chipman Dunning, John Ewing, Willis Arnold Gorman, James Scott Hester, Morton Craig Hunter, David McDonald, Edward Wilson McGaughey, Joseph Glass McPheeters, Samuel Wilson Parker, George Hunt Pendleton, Richard Wigginton Thompson, John Palmer Usher, John Van Trees, Lewis L. Watson, Joseph Albert Wright.

Included in the collection are two prayers by Daniel Waldo, Chaplin of the House of Representatives, 1856; an address delivered by Dunn to the Philomathean society, 1833; patriotic speech on George Washington's birthday; several compositions by Dunn, 1831,1832; and two letters on the death of Andrew Wylie, 1851.

Collection size: 85 items

Related manuscripts: Dunn mss.

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