Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Ellsworth mss., 1843-1874, are papers of Stukely Ellsworth, -1876, lawyer.

Career: born in New England; 1843, entered Yale University; 1855, migrated to Oregon; admitted to bar of Supreme court during territorial period of Oregon; 1856 or 1857, married Mary E.C. Stevens, daughter of John Hazelton Stevens, 1806-1903, Oregon legislator; died at La Grande, Oregon, January 28, 1876.

The bulk of the letters in this collection consist of correspondence, 1852-1874, between Stukely Ellsworth and his wife. They were written both before and after their marriage and relate in the main to personal matters. Included also are two letters, September 29, 1843 and July 3, 1845, from Stukely Ellsworth, while a student at Yale University, to his father Waterman Ellsworth, a physician in Stockton, New York; a diary kept by Stukely Ellsworth on a tour through New York, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts, August 6- September 9, 1850; a letter, April 25, 1864, from Thomas Fielding Scott, first Episcopal missionary bishop in Oregon, to Mrs. Mary E.C. (Stevens) Ellsworth; a photograph of Stukely Ellsworth taken between 1860 and 1865; a photograph of John Hazelton Stevens; and a daguerreotype of Mrs. Mary E.C. (Stevens) Ellsworth, wife of Stukely Ellsworth.

The first folder in the collection contains biographical accounts of Stukely Ellsworth and John Hazelton Stevens.

Collection size: 63 items

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