Lilly Library Manuscript Collections

U.S. HISTORY MSS.

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Inventory

Papers, 1612-1977, relating to U.S. history at the Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Summary Information

Title
U.S. History mss.,1612-1977

Collection No.
LMC 2029

Extent
551 items

Language
Materials are in English.

Abstract
Consists of individual items acquired separately either as a gift, purchase, transfer, or removal from a variety of sources, relating to the United States. Additions continue to be made.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Received from numerous sources at various times. Accession information is given for the majority of entries. The most recent addition was made in 1994.
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], U.S. History mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.

Scope and Content Note

The U.S. History mss. collection is a miscellaneous collection of manuscripts in American history, which do not fall into any of the library's more specialized manuscript collections. Some of the manuscripts in this collection are in an oversize case.

Arrangement/Organization

Arranged chronologically. Undated items are arranged alphabetically at the end of the series.


U.S. History 1612-1977

Arranged chronologically at the item level, undated items are further arranged alphabetically.


1612, Mar. 17 - Gorges, [Sir] Ferdinando, 1566?-1647, Colonizer. Plymouth, [Massachusetts]. To ? Sends evidence against two persons.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 30 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1644, Dec. 31 - Winthrop, John, 1588-1649, governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony. Acknowledgement of John Synderland deed for sale of land to John Parker.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 27 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1650, Dec. 30 - Webber, Thomas, -1687, ship's captain. [Bill of lading for the ship Mayflower of Boston assigning "ninety bushels of dry and merchantable pease" from William Davis of Boston to Elisabeth Poole, widow].

Autograph Document Signed 1 leaf. 16.5 cm.

  • Partly printed in a civilité based type very similar or identical to English Engrossing Secretary (H7), cf. Carter and Vervlíet, Civilité types, p. 83 (Lilly Z250.5.S4 C2)
  • Imprint: Sold by Nicholas Bourne, at the South Entrance of the Royall Exchange.
  • Dated in Boston.
  • Probably not the Mayflower that transported the Pilgrims.

Purchased. 1985


1663, June 4 - Prence, Thomas, 1600-1673, British governor of Plymouth colony, Massachusetts. Deed from William Hailstone to James Leonard for bog ore land acknowledged before Thomas Prence.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1677, [Nov.] 17 - Penn, William, 1644-1718, colonizer. London, [England]. To [Dorset, Charles Sackville, 6th earl of]. Religious nonconformity.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 29 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1677, Dec. 8- Dudley, Joseph, 1642-1720, colonial governor of Massachusetts. Heirs of William Fletcher acknowledge satisfaction in the agreement for the division of the estate.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 31 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1680, Dec. 24 - Sewall, Samuel, 1652-1730, jurist. Boston in N.E. To Stephen Sewall. At Bishopstoke, Hampshire. Personal letter.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 31 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1684, Apr. 12 - Penn, William, 1644-1718, colonizer. Land grant to John Foile.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 25 x 30 cm. folio.

  • On vellum.
  • Adorned with a red wax peppercorn seal.
  • Memorandum of land sold by John Foile, July 13, 1686, and the date recorded in official records.
  • Document was in an envelope from Paris dated Feb. 15, 1956.

Source of purchase unknown. 1956


1685, July 2 - [Clarke, William], fl. 1685. Deed of land conveyed to John Thomas and signed by John Alden with 12 words in his holograph.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 39 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1692, Jan. 30 or 1693, Jan. 30 - Bradford, William, 1624-1704, son of Governor Bradford. Attestation to the legality of the deed by Ephraim Morton to his son, Eleazar Morton.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 31 x 39 cm. folio.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1697, June 17 - Fletcher, Benjamin, -1703, colonial governor of New York. License issued by the governor in council to William Nicolls to purchase from the Indians a certain tract of land in Suffolk County, New York.

Copy of Document 1 p. 32 cm.

  • Countersigned by David Jamison, [deputy secretary and clerk of the council].
  • Certified copy May 12, 1830, from book of Indian deeds, No. 1, page 73, in the Secretary's office of the State of New York.

Gift. 1947


1706, Sept. 14 - Penn, William, 1644-1718, colonizer. To Thomas Curtis, Reading, [Pennsylvania]. "I wish myself with thee though 'twere but one night, and if thou wilt meet me at Reading and set the time we will meet."

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 25 cm.

Removed from A Collection of the Works of William Penn , 2 vols. London, J. Sowle, 1726. (Lilly PS821.A1 1726 V.1). 1972


1715, June 1-1721, May 16 - Ward, Nahum, sailor. His Book [log of the ship Elizabeth and account record].

Autograph Document Signed [52] pp. 31 x 20.5 cm.

  • In marbleized paper covers.
  • Log, 1715, Oct. 21-1716, July 1, of the ship Elizabeth bound from Boston to "Seranam" [Surinam] and Barbados with a cargo of horses and sheep and return via the "Ueriemia" [Virginia] coast with salt; earlier trip to Boston, 1715, June 1-July 10.
  • Accounts, 1716, May 3-1721, May 16, of memoranda of payment from crew members for rum and sugar; of wages to Ward from "Capt Pattredg"; of charges for boards and nails and daily labor of Thomas Greene and "Gerthum" [Jonathan?] Ward: "Ballonced all accompts from the beginning of the world to this very day".
  • Inscribed inside front cover, also: Elisha Ward his Book March the 18/1764.

Purchased. 1981


1742, May 15, 1786 - [Legal documents pertaining to Pennsylvania].

Documents Signed, 4 items, 32-33.5 cm.

  • Filled in and signed.
  • 1) 1742, May 15.Mortgage indenture to the General Loan Office of Pennsylvania, signed by George Weirick, yeoman of Lancaster Co., and to John Kinsey, atty of the Court of Common Pleas; red seal. (2 pp. 32 cm.)
  • 2) 1751, Apr. 26.Bond to John Wallace, merchant of Philadelphia, signed by Isaac Greenleaf and Mordecai Yarnall, merchants; receipted on verso by John Wallace, Nov. 12, 1751; (paper seals. 1 leaf. 32 cm.)
  • 3) 1763, Dec. 22.Bond to John Montgomery of Shippenburgh, Cumberland Co., signed by John Armstrong (his mark) or York Co., and to Robert Megan, atty of the Court of Common Pleas; (red seal. 2 pp. 32 cm.)
  • 4) 1786 (pr. date).Writ issued to Joseph M. Clellan, high sheriff of Chester Co. to take hold of the goods, etc. of Thomas Wiley, collector of the rates and assessments laid on the inhabitants of Kennett township; incomplete, not signed. 1 p. with blank contiguous leaf. 33.5 cm. Accompanied by blank copy of the same legal form.

Gift. 1983


1750, Apr. 11 - Washington, [George], 1732-1799, pres. U.S. Survey notes. Survey of a tract of land in Frederick County, Virginia for Richard Arnold.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 18 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1752, Mar. 20-Oct. 23 - [Surveys for tracts of land in Frederick County, Virginia].

Autograph Documents Signed 11 leaves. 18.5-32.5 cm. bound.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Bound in brown morocco with title in gold: George Washington Surveys 1752.
  • Contents (11 surveys):
    • 1. 1752, Mar. 20, for Henry Ouldakers, 260 acres, no plat (Colonial Series I:33, no. 9);
    • 2. 1752, Mar. 27, for Henry Enoch, 270 acres, with plat (Colonial Series I:31, No. 6);
    • 3. 1752, Mar. 28, for James Baker, 220 acres, with plat (Colonial Series I:31, No. 1);
    • 4. 1752, Mar. 30, for Daniel Osborne, 270 acres, with plat (Colonial Series I:33, no. 10);
    • 5. 1752, Mar. 30, for George Washington, 240 acres, with plat, not signed by Washington, not cited in Colonial Series;
    • 6. 1752, Mar. 30, for Daniel Osborne, 220 acres, with plat, not cited in Colonial Series;
    • 7. 1752, Mar. 30, for William Williams, 121 acres, with plat (Colonial Series I:33, no. 13);
    • 8. 1752, Apr. 2, for David Edwards, 200 acres, with plat (Colonial Series I:31, no. 5);
    • 9. 1752, Apr. 8,for John Parke the Younger, 135 acres, with plat (Colonial Series I:33, no. 11);
    • 10. 1752, May 8, for Major Marquis Calmes, 1110 acres, with plat, not cited in Colonial Series;
    • 11. 1752, Oct. 23, for Christopher Beiler, 67 acres, with plat (Colonial Series I:31, no. 2).
  • Land surveyed lies today largely in Morgan County, West Virginia.
  • Reference: The Papers of George Washington Colonial Series I, 1748-Aug. 1755.University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville. (Main E312.72 1983 Vol. 1).
  • University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville. (Main E312.72 1983 Vol. 1).
  • Undated Surveys Cited in Northern Neck Grants, with assigned numbers, pages 31-33.
  • Land surveyed for Washington was mentioned in his Will.
  • See The Estate of George Washington, Deceased , by Eugene Ernst Prussing, Boston, Little, Brown, and Company, 1927, pages 71, 76, 295 (Main E312.5.P9)

Gift. 1984


1764, Dec. 7 - Gage, Thomas, 1721-1787, general. New York. To John Penn. Congratulates Penn on the success of Bouquet's expedition against the Indians.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 32 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana, who had obtained it from the Gribbel collection. 1956


1765, June 18 - Bouquet, Henry, 1719-1765, general. Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. To George Croghan. Refers to a treaty with the Indianas.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 22 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1765, June 28 - Spry, William, -1772, jurist. Halifax. To [George] Grenville, etc. News that Stamp act had been passed; Admiralty courts in America.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 23 cm.

  • Enclosure in Spry's hand: A proposal for the further establishment of regular courts of Vice Admiralty in America, June 27, 1765. (A.D. 6 p. 23 cm.)

Purchased. 1965


1765, July-1798, Nov. 19 - Ellis, Mordecai, 1723-ca. 1785, shoemaker, farmer. His book of Accounts made in the second month of the year 1766.

Autograph Document Signed 62 pp. In box. 39 x 16.5 cm.

  • In ink.
  • Stiffened linen covers.
  • Some pages oil-soaked and fragile.
  • Daybook of accounts for farming, shoemaking, and other financial transactions.
  • Includes:
    • note about Mother who would "give me one year's salary toward the expense of my building", ca. 1767
    • the Estate of his brother Rowland Ellis who died in 1771
    • varieties of apple trees planted
    • the English guinea exchanged for 1/15/0
  • Mordecai Ellis, born in Pennsylvania, moved to Frederick Co., Va. (now Berkeley Co., W. Va.) between 1769-1773, where he died.
  • Names of his son Nehemiah Ellis, 1752-1822, who moved to Tennessee and then Clinton Co., Ohio, and his grandson, Jehu Ellis, 1775-1865, who moved to Tippecanoe Co. and Montgomery Co., Indiana, appear in the daybook.
  • In pencil: Milton Ellis, July 23, 1855.

Gift. 1981


1768, Mar. 12 - [Downshire, Wills Hill, 1st marquis of], 1718-1793. Whitehall. To Sir William Johnson. Outlines of points to be achieved in great Indian conference at Ft. Stanwix. Also deals with Rogers' plotting with French while in command of fort at Michilimackinac.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 30 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1771, Aug. 27 - Moss, Barnabas, fl. 1771. Deed for the transfer of real estate to Ira Allen, signed by Ethan Allen and Limry Allen as witnesses.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 32 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1772, Jan. 9 - Buck, William, fl. 1772. Deed for the transfer of real estate to Limry Allen, signed by Phineas Adams and Heber Allen as witnesses.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 32 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1772, Mar. 25 - Livingston, Philip, 1716-1778, signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Autograph. Document Signed 1 p. 4 cm.

Gift. 1961


1773, Oct. 17 - Washington George, 1732-1799, pres. U.S. Note on the sale of Ohio lands.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 19 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Attached to a Broadside advertising sale of Ohio lands, July 15, 1773.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1773, Oct. - Allen, Heman, fl. 1773, brother of Ethan Allen. Deed for the transfer of real estate to Limry Allen signed by Ira Allen and Levi Allen as witnesses.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 32 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1774, Mar. - Allen, Ira, 1751-1814, statesman. Deed for the transfer of real estate to Limry Allen, signed by Abigail Allen and Lucy Allen as witnesses.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 32 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1775, Mar. 28-1777, Aug. 23 - Parry, Edward, agent for procuring masts. Journal ... for procuring masts and c. for His Majesty's Navy from North America ... Contains an account of the transactions and the treatment he experienced from his confinement among the rebels, the seizure and confiscation of his possessions. A detailed and interesting narrative. He is frequently pressed to take the oath of allegiance but refuses. Eventually he gets permission from the Committee of Safety to depart and sails for Halifax, Nova Scotia, embarking from there in a naval frigate, Niger, reaching his home at Carshlton.

Autograph Document Signed 243 p. 19 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Marbled boards, half calf back.
  • The Journal was edited by James Henry Maguire, 1944-, for his Ph.D. dissertation at Indiana University, September, 1970 (PN7000.M213).

Purchased. (no accession date)


1775, Sept. 12 - Otis, James, et. Al., 1725-1783, revolutionary statesman. Appointment of Jonas Mason as justice of the peace.

Document Signed 1 p. 40 cm.

  • Partly printed.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1776, Feb. 5 - Amherst, Jeffrey Amherst, 1st baron, 1717-1797, army officer. Whitehall [England]. To [Wiliam Wildman Barrington, 2nd] viscount Barrington. Concerns officers for the 60th regiment.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 23 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1776, May 6 - Virginia. Constitution. The constitution of Virginia, 1776.

Autograph Document 11 p. 36 cm. folio. photostat.

  • Photostat from the original in the Virginia State Library, Richmond, Virginia.

Gift. 1951


1776, July 4 - Facsimiles of the Signatures to the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776.

1 p. 27 cm. facsimile.

  • Signatures grouped on one page with a note reading "Department of State 19th April 1819. I certify that this is a Correct Copy of the original Declaration of Independence deposited at this Department and that I have compared all the signatures with those of the original and have found them Exact Imitations. (signed) John Quincy Adams." This statement probably in reference to the Benjamin Owen Tyler facsimile.

Source and date unknown.


1776, July 4 - In Congress July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America. Engraved by William I. Stone for the Department of State by order of John Quincy Adams, Secty of State, July 4, 1823.

D.S. 62 x 74.5 cm. Facsimile on parchment. folio.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Measurements are the contact size of the engraving with the edge of the parchment extending with the edge of the parchment extending from 3.5 to 4 cm. beyond.
  • The plate was made by imposing a wet paper on the original which removed a great deal of the text and some of the signatures, irreparably defacing the original.
  • Adams notified the Senate on 2 January 1824 that 200 copies had been made on paper.
  • See the Annual Report of the Librarian of Congress for June 30, 1949 (Washington, 1950), pages 36, 41, and 52.
  • Census Report by W. R. Coleman in August 1984 lists 26 copies on parchment.

Purchased. 1974


1776, July 4 - In Congress, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen United States of America.

D.S. 40 cm. Facsimile on paper. folio.

  • Facsimile varies from the original in that the word only is omitted from the line: Our repeated Petitions have been answered [only] by repeated injury.
  • Presented by John Hancock Life Insurance Company.

Source and Date unknown.


1776, July 6 - Hancock, John, 1737-1793, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. To [Nicholas] Cooke. Concerns Declaration of Independence.
  • Shelved in Vault 2.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1776, July 22 - Hancock, John, 1737-1793, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. To Colonel Samuel Griffin, Deputy Adjutant General to the Flying Camp. Refers to his commission with the rank of colonel.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 32 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1776, Aug. 11 - Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790, statesman. Commission of Thomas Wallace as first lieutenant of a company of foot (raised in the city of Philadelphia).

Document Signed 1 p. 20 cm. folio.

  • Printed form filled out by hand.
  • Framed with reproduction of a painting of Benjamin Franklin.

Gift. 1965


1776, Aug. 27 - Morris, Robert, 1734-1806, financier. Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. To John Bradford, Continental agent, Boston, [Massachusetts]. Refers to commercial shipping transaction.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 32 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1776, Sept. 28 - Pennsylvania. Bill of rights and constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania passed in convention, September 28, 176.

Autograph Document Signed 17 p. 36-44 cm. folio. photostat.

  • Photostat from the original in the Pennsylvania State Archives Division.

Gift. 1951


1776, Dec. 18 - North Carolina. Constitution. The constitution of North Carolina, 1776.

Autograph Document Signed 11 p. 38 cm. folio. photostat.

  • Photostat of the original in the State Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina.

Gift. 1951


1776 - Virginia. Declaration of rights. Facsimile of copy of first draft of the Declaration of rights made by the good people of Virginia.

Document [4] p. 24 cm.

  • At head of p. [1]: "Copy of the first draught by G W C."

Source unknown. 1959


1777, July 12 - Jones, John Paul, 1747-1792, naval officer. Portsmouth, [New Hampshire]. To John Rooch [i.e., Roche]. Announces that he is to take command of the "Ranger."

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 21 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1777, Sept. 27 - Putnam, Israel, 1718-1790, general. Peekskill, [New York]. To George Clinton. Kingston, [New York]. "The Militia ... appears to be very backward in coming."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 31 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1778, Mar. 19 - Washington, George, 1732-1799, pres. U.S. Head Quarters Valley Forge. To [Israel Shreve]. "I desire that you will march immediately with all the Men of your Regiment that are in Camp and fit for duty to the State of New Jersey and there take such a position" as to impede the progress of the enemy down the Delaware River.

Letter Signed 2 leaves.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Letter written in an unidentified hand.
  • Addressed to "Sir" who is identified as Israel Shreve from a letter of the same date to William Livingston.
  • Varies slightly from the Library of Congress copy in the hand of Tench Tilghman as published in Fitzpatrick, Writings of Washington, Vo. 11 (E312.7.A2 1931) pages 109-110; letter to Livingston follows on pages 110-111.
  • Version of leaf 2 bears the note: Examined 7th June 1784.
  • Bottom half of leaf 2 has been replaced and missing edges of both have been filled in.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1778, Apr. 22 - Freneau, Philip Morin, 1752-1832, poet, editor, mariner. Reads: "Philip M. Freneau, A.D. 1778 --- Bermuda --- St. George's --- April 22, 1778. Once more on these sweet isles to meet your Love ---"

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

  • Removed from Freneau's Poems Relating to the American Revolution (1865) purchased from Dauber and Pine, January 20, 1928 (E295.F8). The autograph has been mounted on a blank page of the volume, which carries the manuscript note: "Margaret L. Freneau, with the complements of the Publisher New York. June 8, 1866."

Source and Date unknown.


1778, May 26 - Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814, vice pres. U.S. Yorktown, [Virginia]. To [James Warren]. In reply to Warren's letter of the 7th, Gerry comments favorably on financial conditions related to the Congress and the Army. Offers congratulations on the "late Events in Europe."

Autograph Letter Signed 4 pp. 33 cm.

  • Watermark: P F.
  • Published in A Study in Dissent, The Warren-Gerry Correspondence, edited by C. Harvey Gardiner. Carbondale and Edwardsville, Southern Illinois University Press, 1968 (Main E203.W26) in which Warren's letter of the 7th is also published.

Purchased. 1984


1778, Sept. 6 - Washington, George, 1732-1799, pres. U.S. To Jedediah Huntington. "It is probable the Fleet you mentioned is part of the one which passed thro the Sound some time ago, for the relief of Rhode Island."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 31 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Not published in the collected sets of Washington's writings edited by Sparks (1834-1837), Ford (1889-1893) or Fitzpatrick (1931-1944).
  • Accompanied by a picture of Washington.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1779, June 19 - Clark, George Rogers, 1752-1818, Soldier. Fort Clark in the Illinois. To Treasurer of Virginia. Draft to pay for cattle for his troops.

1 p. 16 x 28 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1780, Apr. 7 - Boone, Daniel, 1734-1820, pioneer. Deed of land sold to John and Robert Campbell.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 27 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • On page 2 are later transactions by Robert Campbell.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1780, Aug. 23 - Kentucky. Citizens. To the honorable Continental congress. the petition of a number of the true and loyal subjects of the United States of America ... residing in a ... part of the continent ... called by general name of Kentucky.

Autograph Document Signed 3 p. 46 cm. folio. photostat.

Gift. 1951


1782, Dec. 3 - Harrison, Benjamin, 1726-1791, governor of Virginia. Council Chamber. To "Gentlemen." Deals with an enormous debt on the state and how it is to be paid.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 31 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


[1782] - "du Commerce Entre La France et Les Etats Unis."

Document [286] pp. 31.5 cm. slipcase.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Title derived from Chapter I as given in the Table [of Contents].
  • Pages 1-22 missing.
  • Compilation of notes on commerce of the 13 states from contributors stated as:
    • Connecticut by [Jonathan] Trumbull and [Samuel] Huntington;
    • Delaware by [Samuel] Wharton;
    • Georgia by [George] Walton and [Richard] Howley;
    • Maryland by [Daniel of St. Thomas] Jenifer;
    • Massachusetts by "Les Delegués de cet Etat";
    • New Hampshire by [John] Sullivan;
    • New Jersey by [William] Livingston and [John] Witherspoon;
    • New York by [Robert R.] Livingston;
    • North Carolina by [Benjamin] Hawkins;
    • Pennsylvania by [Thomas] Fitzsimmons and other persons;
    • Rhode Island by [C?] Johnson;
    • South Carolina by [Thomas] Bee;
    • Virginia by [Thomas] Jefferson.
  • Contribution by Jefferson on pages 211-217 compares favorably with references to rivers in his Notes on the State of Virginia on pages 4-13 (1782 [i.e. 1785] edition, Lilly F230.J37)
  • References to Quakers: 112, 144, 160.
  • Most recent internal date: 10 Feb 1782 on page 175.
  • Work concludes: Fin du Premier Chapitre.
  • Inferentially compiled by François Barbé de Marbois, while serving as chargé d'affaires in Philadelphia, for Charles Eugène Gabriel de la Croix, Marquis de Castries, French minister of the marine: See The Papers of Thomas Jefferson , Julian P. Boyd, editor, Princeton University Press, 1951, Vol. 4, page 167 (Main E302.J4 A23); Le commerce Colonial de la France à las Fin de l'Ancien Régime by Jean Tarrade, Presses Universitaires de France, Paris, 1972, Vol. 2, pages 527 and 793 (Main HF3556.T192); E.W. Lyon, The Man Who Sold Louisiana , University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 1942, pages 27, 203, 204 (Main DC146.B16 L9).
  • Bears oval stamp on page 308: Archives du Mall De Castries.
  • In red slipcase with "De Castries Manuscript" on spine.

Purchased. 1984


1783, July 1 - Washington, George, 1732-1799, pres. U.S. Discharge of John McNulty from the first regiment of Connecticut, Captain Willis company.

Document Signed 1 p. 11 cm. vault.

  • Printed form filled in by hand.
  • Accompanied by an engraving of George Washington.

Gift. 1965


1783, Aug. 15 - Jay, John, 1745-1829, statesman. To Egbert Benson. Deals with a business transaction involving Benson and a Mr. Potts.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 21 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1784, Jan. 21 - Muhlenberg, Frederick Augustus Conrad, 1750-1801, congressman, pres. Pennsylvania Council of Censors. Chamber of the Council of Censors [Philadelphia]. To John Nicholson, comptroller general. Forty-six pounds, seven shillings and six pence, wages as a member of the Council of Censors, due to Anthony Wayne.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 32 cm.

  • "Read in Council 22nd January 1784, approved and order drawn." Signed: James Trimble for John Armstrong, Jr., sec.
  • Notice of settlement of account, January 22, 1784. Signed: John Nicholson, Comtroller general's office.

Source and date unknown.


1784, Feb. 4 - Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804, U.S. secretary of treasury. New York. Memorial and petition. "To the Honorable The Representatives of the State of New York in Senate and Assembly." Refers to a balance due him of $2,820.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 32 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1784, Feb. 28 - Washington, George, 1732-1799, pres. U.S. Mount Vernon, [Virginia]. To Charles Washington. Family affairs.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 32 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Not published in the collected sets of Washington's writings edited by Sparks (1834-1837), Ford (1889-1893) or Fitzpatrick (1931-1944).

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1784, Apr. 10 - Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829, soldier politician. New York. To George Denniston. West Point. Refers to supplies.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 19 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


[1784], June 25 - Bradford, William, 1755-1795, jurist. To [Franćois, marquis de Barbé-Marbois. No. 92. "I have taken the deposition of Mr. Josephson, and learn several particulars from other quarters which I flatter myself will render your testimony unnecessary in the prosecution of the Offender."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 pp. 23 cm.

Gift. Josiah Kirby Lilly, Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1785, Jan. 19 - Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799, governor of Virginia. Richmond, [Virginia]. To Thomas Madison, Botecourt, Virginia. "Seldom hear from you and sister."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 19 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1785, May 23 - Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826, pres. U.S. Paris, [France]. To [Giovanni Valentino Matteo Fabroni]. Has replaced Franklin at French court; presenting him with copy of his [Notes on the State of Virginia].

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 23 cm.

  • Referred to as "Not found" in The Papers of Thomas Jefferson , volume 8 ... Julian P. Boyd, editor ... Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 1953, p. 161.
  • The copy of Notes on the State of Virginia ... Paris, 1782, presented by Jefferson to Fabroni is in the Lilly Library, Indiana University.

Purchased. 1961


1785, Sept. 19 - Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803, Revolutionary statesman. Boston. To [Elbridge] Gerry. Refers to his last letter of the 15th. Asserts that a "general revision of the Confederation appears ... to be a dangerous measure to be adopted at this time ..." Comments on the condition of the refugees in Halifax.

Letter Signed 2 pp. 23.6 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Bears note: and 30th Sep 1785.

Purchased. 1983


1785, Oct. 29 - Washington, George, 1732-1799, pres. U.S. Mount Vernon, [Virginia]. To Patrick Henry, Esq., Governor. Washington declines to accept "certain shares in the Companies for opening the navigation of James and Potomac Rivers" as a pecuniary reward for services to his country.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 pp. 31 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • In red half-morocco slip case.
  • Published in John Clement Fitzpatrick, ed., Writings of George Washington ...
  • Bicentennial Commission, 1931-1941, 39 vols. (E312.7.A2 vol. 28, page 303 1931).

Thomas F. Madigan, New York City dealer; David Gage Joyce, Chicago, collector; Abel S. Berland of 69 West Washington St., Chicago, purchased the letter via John Fleming as agent at the Joyce sale at the Hanzel Galleries, Chicago, on September 23, 1973; purchased by Lilly Library out of the Ball Brothers Foundation Bicentennial Fund from Abel S. Berland in 1976.


1785, Dec. 2 - Henry, Patrick, 1736-1799, governor of Virginia. Land grant to Andrew Hynes of 200 acres in Jefferson County on Buffalo Creek in Severns Valley, a branch of Green River.

Document Signed 1 leaf. 44.5 x 34 cm. folio.

  • Printed document filled in.
  • Watermark: T CHADRY and CO under ornate shield.
  • Endorsed by John Hawrie.
  • Wax seal largely eroded.

Gift. 1980


1786, May 24 - Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826, pres. U.S. Paris, [France]. To [Giovanni Valentino Matteo] Fabroni. Asking for coat-of-arms of the Taliaferro family.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 23 cm.

  • Published in The Papers of Thomas Jefferson , volume 9 ... Julian P. Boyd, editor ... Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton University Press, 1954, p. 571-572. From press copy in the Massachusetts Historical Society Library.

Purchased. 1961


1786, July 4 - Washington, George, 1732-1799, pres. U.S. Mount Vernon, Virginia. Membership certificate, Society of Cincinnati, of Timothy Hosmer, late surgeon in the 5th Connecticut regiment.

Document Signed 37 x 53 cm. folio.

  • Partly printed.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1787, Feb. 21 - Knox, Henry, 1750-1806, secretary of war. New York. To Henry Jackson. "I cannot write any thing consolatory concerning the contracts."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 31 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1787, Feb. 21 - United States in Congress Assembled ... Resolved that on the second Monday in May next a Convention of Delegates ... be held at Philadelphia for the sole and express purpose of revising the Articles of Confederation ...

Autograph Document Signed 2 pp. 32 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Signed by Charles Thomson, 1729-1824, secretary of the Continental Congress.
  • Varies slightly in punctuation and capitalization from the Resolution as published in the Journal of the United States in Congress Assembled ... Vol. 12, page 17, Philadelphia, printed by r. Aitken, 1787 (Lilly J10.A1)
  • Paper bears the watermark of J Buttanshaw, papermaker of West Peckham, Kent, Mill no. 36, who was active between 1775-1804 (See Monumenta Chartae Papyraceae , Vol. VI, Lilly TS1080.P183)
  • Attached to the first sheet is a second page bearing the watermark of Brittania whose papermaker is unidentified.

Purchased. 1979


[1787], Aug. 29 - Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814, vice-pres. U.S. To [Ann (Thompson)] Gerry. Concerned about the state of her health. At the convention he has "been a spectator for some time; for I am very different in political principles from my colleagues." Distressed at the thought that some of his mail may have been intercepted and opened.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 pp. 23 cm.

  • Letter cited in G. A. Billias, Elbridge Gerry ... McGraw Hill, N.Y., 1976 (Main E302.6.G37 B54) on pages 193 and 388.
  • Formerly in the Elsie O. and Philip D. Sang Collection.

Purchased. 1982


1787, Nov. 14 - Randolph, Edmund Jennings, 1753-1813, U.S. Secretary of State. Richmond [Virginia]. To Sir. Encloses "the resolutions of our legislature concerning the federal constitution."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 22 cm.

  • The resolutions, not here present, may be those passed by the House of Delegates, Oct. 25, and approved by the Senate on Oct. 30. See Evans, American Bibliography, No. 20839 (Lilly Z1215.A3); and H. B. Grigsby, The History of the Virginia Federal Convention of 1788 (Virginia Historical Collections IX), Vol. 1, pages 56-57 (Lilly JK3925.G85 1788) which give the gist of the resolutions concerning delegates to the June, 1788, convention for ratifying the federal constitution.
  • For another copy of this cover letter, see Nov. 14, 1787, in Lafayette mss.

Purchased. 1984


1787, Dec. 18 - U.S. Constitution. New Jersey's official copy of the United States constitution, ratified by the state convention at Trenton, 19[i.e. 18] December 1787 ...

Copy of Autograph Document Signed 4 p. 43 cm. folio.

  • Reproduced in collotype from original presented to the Rutgers University Library by Mr. and Mrs. Philip D. Sang.

Gift. 1960


1788, Jan. 2 - Otis, Samuel Allyne, 1740-1814, statesman. New York. To The Honorable Elbridge Gerry, Esq., Cambridge. Otis professes respect for Gerry despite their political differences. Outlines the progress of the ratification of the Constitution, expressing hope that the Eastern states, "especially Massachusetts", will decide the question by debate and abide by the majority's decision. Only five states are represented in the Continental Congress at this time.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 pp. 31.7 cm.

  • Note on integral address leaf indicates the letter was answered Jan. 27.
  • Accompanied by transcription.

Purchased. 1982


1788, Mar. 24 - [Jay, John], 1745-1829, statesman. New York. To [William] Bingham. Enclosing the one volume of The Federalist as he had promised. The coming election of persons to the "ensuing convention" [for ratifying the constitution] probably will be "the most contested of any ... since the Revolution."

Autograph Letter 1 p. 22.3 cm.

  • Apparently personal draft.
  • Endorsed on verso: To Mr. Bingham.
  • Enclosure not present.
  • Published in The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay . Edited by Henry P. Johnston. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1891 (Main Library E302.J38 A2) Vol. III, page 325.

Purchased. 1984


1788, May 30 - Thacher, Peter, 1752-1802, Congregational clergyman. Boston, [Massachusetts]. To Cotton Tufts. Notifying him of his election as a member of the Society for Propagating the Gospel among the Indians and others in North America.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 11 cm.

Source unknown. 1946-1947


1788, June 12 - Dane, Nathan, 1752-1835, lawyer, Continental congressman. New York. To Hon. Elbridge Gerry, Esq. States he has received a letter from Col. [William] Grayson and quotes contents relating to the Virginia federal Constitution ratification convention. Notes the division in the New York convention. Comments on the action of the Continental Congress to "bring public defaulters to account".

Autograph Letter Signed 2 pp. 25.3 cm.

  • Accompanied by transcription.

Purchased. 1982


[1788], June 25 - Madison, James, 1751-1836, pres., U.S. Richmond, [Virginia]. To [George Washington]. Reports on the voting for the ratification of the constitution.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 23 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Endorsed on verso in George Washington's hand: From the Honorable James Madison Jr, 25th June 1788.
  • Published in Letters and Other Writings of James Madison , R. Worthington, New York, 1884 (E302.M2 A3) Vol. 1, page 400; in The Papers of James Madison , (University Press of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1977 (E302.Ma19) Vol. 11, page 178, noted as owned by Philip D. and Elsie O. Sang, River Forest, Ill., in 1962.

Purchased. 1980


1788, Oct. 15 - [Jay, John], 1745-1829, statesman. New York. To Edward Rutledge. Violent opposition to the Constitution has become more moderate. A convention to consider proposed amendments will "terminate all questions on the subject ... if convened three years hence ..." Suggests that Edward's son Henry should come with him to New York, "... we have now good schools."

Autograph Letter 1 p. 22.3 cm.

  • Apparently personal draft.
  • Endorsed on verso: in ans to 20 June last.
  • Published, except for the remainder of the first paragraph following "... friendly letter ...," in The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay . Edited by Henry P. Johnston. G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1891 (Main Library E302.J38 A2) Vol. III, page 362.

Purchased. 1984


[1788] - Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804, U.S. secretary of treasury. To [Elizabeth (Schuyler) Hamilton]. Is sorry she could not meet him. "We have just received an account of the adoption by Virginia by a majority of ten ... Heaven bless my Betsey and restore us speedily to each other."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 19.7 cm.

  • Addressee excised from address leaf.
  • Letter undated; Virginia adopted the constitution June 25, 1788.

Gift. 1994


1788-1807 - Roberts, Evan, farmer, town official. Memorandum book.

Autograph Document Signed [120] pp. 16.5 cm.

  • In Welsh and English.
  • Two or more memoranda books hand sewn together, one with marbleized paper cover. Contents (partial listing):
    • 14-22, Expenses for coming to America in 1794 from the region of Bala, Wales;
    • 23-29, Catalog of books and prices, 1797;
    • 32, Places of lodging in Wales and England, 1788-1789;
    • 36, American wages;
    • 37-43, Letters received, written and desired from Wales, including the name of John Evans of Bala, 1723-1817, preacher;
    • 45-60, History of journey to America in 1794 on the Astria with Captain Alexander Askin, and other journeys and places lived until 1997 (in Welsh);
    • 64, Work ledger, 1797-1798;
    • 67-68, Letters received from Wales, includes J. Evans of Bala who wrote Feb. 1 and received May 20, 1796;
    • 70, Memo of expenses coming to the Allegheny mountains;
    • 72-73, Birthdates of the Robert's children and astrological signs, 1802-1807;
    • 77-79, Weddings at Cambria and New York, 1795-1800; List of those who came from Wales and boat names, 1795-1796;
    • 84-86, Names of settlers of Cambria, Sept. 30, 1798;
    • 87-96, Goods sold upon leaving Cambria, 1801;
    • 97-100, Valuation of his things in 1800;
    • 102-104, Expenses in transporting goods from Cambria to New York, April, 1801;
    • 104-105, Prices for things bought in New York, May, 1801;
    • 107, Evan Roberts his Book of Memorandum;
    • 109-111, Land taxes in Cambria, 1799;
    • 113, Elections in Cambria, 1799;
    • 116-118, Amount of the sale of his brother's things, 1799.

Provenance: The Memorandum book was found in a house at 395 Bellaire Street, Denver, Colorado, previously owned by a Bishop family, and which had been built by a Mr. Neustetter, department store owner, in the 1930's.

Gift. 1980


1789, Jan. 12 - [Gerry, Elbridge], 1744-1814, vice-pres. U.S. Cambridge, [Mass.] To Dear Sir. Was absent when his letter of the 8th was left at Gerry's house. States that he is "bound by the voice of a majority whether in favour of the Constitution as it now stands or of amendments ..."

Letter (Contemporary copy). 1 p. 30.5 cm.

  • Verso bears crossed-out beginning of message "To the Electors of Middlesex" in Gerry's hand.
  • Substantial quote from letter appears on page 211 of A Study in Dissent, The Warren-Gerry Correspondence ..., edited by C. Harvey Gardiner, Carbondale ... Southern Illinois University Press, 1968 (Main E203.W26).
  • Formerly in the Elsie O. and Philip D. Sang Collection.

Purchased. 1982


1789, Jan. 19 - Smith, William, 1727-1803, educator, clergyman. Chester, Kent County, Maryland. To James Wilson, Esquire, at his House, Market Street, Philadelphia. Smith proposes a plan to ensure the election of George Washington as president over John Adams, and so avoid a difficult situation which "appears to arise from the Constitution itself."

Autograph Letter Signed 3 pp. 32 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • With integral address leaf and red wax seal.
  • Published in Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography , Vol. XVII (1893), pages 204-207, as contributed by Israel W. Morris (Main F146.P43).

Purchased. 08401


1789, Apr. 14 - Washington, George, 1732-1799, pres. U.S. Mount Vernon, [Virginia]. To John Langdon. "Having concluded to obey the important and flattering call of my Country, ... I propose to commence my journey on Thursday morning ..."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 22 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Printed in John C. Fitzpatrick, editor, The Writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources , 1745-1799. Washington, Government Printing Office, [1939], XXX, p. 284-285.

Purchased. 1970


1789, Apr. 20 - Washington, George, 1732-1799, pres. U.S. Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. To John Langdon. "I received your communication of the 17th with the resolutions of the two Houses which accompanied it and in answer thereto beg leave to inform you that knowing how anxious both houses must be to proceed to business I shall continue my journey with as much dispatch as possible ..."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Printed in John C. Fitzpatrick, editor, The Writings of George Washington from the original manuscript sources , 1745-1799. Washington, Government Printing Office, [1939], XXX, p. 289.

Purchased. 1970


1789, Aug. 11 - Washington, George, 1732-1799, pres. U.S. New York [New York]. To Randolph, Beverley. Transmitting several Acts of Congress.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 31 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Not published in the collected sets of Washington's writings edited by Sparks (1834-1837), Ford (1889-1893) or Fitzpatrick (1931-1944).

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1789 - U.S. Constitution. Original manuscript copy of the Bill of Rights, presented to the Library of Congress by Barney Balaban: [first twelve amendments to the United States constitution].

Document Signed 1 p. 69 x 81 cm. facsimile; elephant folio.

  • Two copies.

Gift. 1949


1790, July 4 - Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803, Revolutionary statesman. Ipswich, [Massachusetts]. To Dr. James Paine. Glad to hear from "a friend and the song of a friend" whose letters of Feb. 4 and Apr. 21 both arrived in May. Suggests that as a physician Paine in order to please the world should first please himself. Outbreaks of influenza and measles have visited young and old. Offers congratulations "on the completion of the Federal Dome by Rhode Island's adopting the constitution."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 pp. 30.5 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Addressee derived from information on verso.

Purchased. 1982


1790, Sept. 11 - Pennsylvania. Constitution. The constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Photostat of Autograph Document Signed 4 p. 33-45 cm. folio.

  • Photostat from the original in the Pennsylvania State Archives Division.
  • Two copies.

Gift. 1951


1790 - Plat and memorandum of Cooms adventure.

Autograph Document 2 p. 41 cm. folio.

Gift. 1947


1791, Feb. 23 - Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804, U.S. secretary of the treasury. On the constitutionality of the Bill for establishing a National Bank.

Autograph Document 41 p. 21 x 33 cm.

Provenance: It is not certain whether the present manuscript was the property of Henry Kuhl, Hamilton's amanuensis and later Comptroller of the Treasury, or Michael Hillegas, who had been Treasurer of the United States but who at the time this document was written had retired. Henry Kuhl, acting as Hamilton's secretary wrote out the present document from Hamilton's notes, and the manuscript may have been given to him after President Washington had read it through and had approved the Bill which it defended. Washington, however, may have asked for the opinion of Michael Hillegas whose experience as Treasurer would have been useful to the President in determining the value of Hamilton's arguments, in which case Washington may have given the document to Hillegas.

Deborah Hillegas, daughter of the former Treasurer, married Henry Kuhl and inherited the document either from her father or husband. At her death the manuscript passed into the hands of her daughter, Matilda (Kuhl) Dillard, the wife of Thomas Dillard, a U.S. Navy Surgeon, and then to Matilda, their daughter. Matilda Dillard did not marry and the document was inherited by her nephew, Henry Kuhl Dillard, the father of John R. Dillard of Philadelphia.

Purchased. April 25, 1972


1791, May 2 - Sargent, Winthrop, 1753-1820, secretary of Northwest Territory. Commission of Dudley Woodbridge of Marietta, [Ohio] as register of Washington County, [Ohio].

Document Signed 1 p. 32 cm.

Purchased. 1939


1791, May 13 - Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804, U.S. secretary of treasury. Treasury Department, [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]. To Jedediah Huntington, New London, [Connecticut]. Instructions on methods of determining duties on ship cargoes.

Letter Signed 1 p. 24 cm.

  • Partly printed.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1791, Oct. 15 - Wolcott, Oliver, 1726-1797, governor of Connecticut. Treasury Department, Comptroller's Office. To Nathaniel Appleton. Commissioner of loans, Boston, Massachusetts. Deals with instructions for the payment of interest.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


[1791?] - [Huntington, Samuel], 1731-1796, governor of Connecticut, signer of Declaration of Independence. "An Act granting lands de Vincennes, and Illinois Countries" [docket].

Autograph Document 1 p. 37.5 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • On integral blank leaf of United States. An act for granting lands to the inhabitants and settlers at Vicennes and the Illinois country ... [Philadelphia: Printed by Francis Childs and John Swaine, 1791] (Lilly KF5675.A32).

Source unknown. 1985


1793, Apr. 1 - Peters, Richard, 1744-1828, jurist. To John Nicholson. Refers to the Pension of Henderson Wright.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • On lower half of letter from Randolph to Peters, April 1, 1793.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1793, Apr. 1 - Randolph, Edmund Jennings, 1753-1813, U.S. secretary of state. Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. To Richard Peters. Refers to the pension of Henderson Wright.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • On lower half of letter is a communication from Richard Peters to John Nicholson, Apr. 1, 1793.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1793, Oct. 9 - Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803, Revolutionary statesman. Boston, Commonwealth of Massachusetts. To His Excellency Josiah Bartlett. Circular letter forwarding copies of a speech by the late Governor [John Hancock] and other legislative proceedings to enlist support to protest attempts by the U.S. Supreme Court to serve a "Mandatory precept" on the Massachusetts government.

Letter Signed 2 pp. 32.5 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Speech copies not present.

Purchased. 1983


1793, Oct. - Thompson, Jason. Bill to the United States for ferrying Capt. Thomas Johnson and 26 men and their horses over the Cumberland River at the place called Fort Blount.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 14 cm.

Gift. 1947


1793, Dec. 18 - M'Dowell, James, guide. Knoxville, Tennessee. To the United States: bill for services in attending Brigadier General [John] Sevier on his expedition into the Cherokee nation, Oct. 3-26, [1793].

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 17 cm.

Gift. 1947


1794, Feb. 1-18 - Orders to the contractor for a quart of whiskey for the best shot of the day. Greenville, [Ohio Territory].

6 Documents Signed 6 p. 6-13 cm.

Gift. 1947


1794?, Feb. 10 - Dorchester, [Guy Carleton], 1st lord, 1724-1808, governor of Quebec. Quebec, [Canada]. Reply of His Excellency Lord Dorchester to the Indians of the seven villages of Lower Canada as deputies from all the nations who were at the General Council held at the Miamis in the year 1793 except the Charvanos, Miamis, and Loups.

Autograph Document Signed 4 p. 31 cm.

  • Lower corners of 2nd leaf torn off and missing.

Purchased. 1958


1794, Mar. 26 - Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804, U.S. secretary of the treasury. Treasury Department, [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]. To "Sir". Refers to "an embargo on all vessels in the ports of the United States bound to any foreign port or place, for the term of thirty days.

Letter Signed 1 p. 22 cm.

  • Partly printed.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1794, Aug. 14 - Clarkson, Matthew, 1753-1800, mayor of Philadelphia. Certifies that David Meredith, merchant, was born in Philadelphia.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 18 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1794, Aug. 15 - Randolph, Edmund Jennings, 1753-1813, U.S. secretary of state. Passport for David Meredith.

Document Signed 1 p. 23 cm.

  • Partly printed.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1794, Sept. 12 - Eustace, John Skey, 1760-1805, soldier. Basil [sic], in Switzerland ... Second Year of the French Republic. To [Fulwar Skipwith]. Comments unfavorably about the U.S. Minister in France, Gouverneur Morris, and his supposed indiscretion in public sentiment with regard to the French Directory and the impressments of American seamen. Applauds the appointment of Monroe to replace Morris. Offers lengthy account of his departure from France with only a "common' passport.

Autograph Letter Signed 8 pp. 23 cm.

Gift. 1983


1794, Nov. 12 - Eustace, John Skey, 1760-1805, soldier. Amsterdam. To Fulwar Skipwith, Secretaire de la Legation de Etats Unis de L'Amerique aupris de la Republique française, à Paris. Extends thanks for Skipwith's "favor' of the 21st. Notes that his letter to [Anna Letitia?] Barbauld has been forwarded, and inquires concerning a letter from [Sylvanus] Bourne. Concludes: "I am strangely defective in our native language – as mistresses detach one from a wife, so had my courtship to foreign language rendered my own less kind ..."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 pp. 23 cm.

  • Integral leaf attached.

Gift. 1983


1795, July 21 - De Butts, Mr. Greenville, Ohio Territory. Order to the commissary to issue 150 pounds of beef and flour to the Delawares.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 5 cm.

Gift. 1947


1795, Aug. 4 - Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829, soldier, politician. War Office. To Stephen Moylan. Refers to a list of invalid pensioners for Pennsylvania.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 32 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1795, Sept. 7 - Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841, pres., U.S. Aid de camp. Head Quarters, Greenville. The Commissary will issue for the Shawanois twelve pound of flour.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 6.5 x 19 cm. framed.

  • Size given as shown within the cut-out of the mat.
  • Framed (34 x 31 cm.) with a portrait of Harrison.

Gift. 1981


1796, Jan. 28 - Peirce, John, capt. Fort Washington. To Bartholomew Shaumburgh, aide-de-camp to General [James] Wilkinson, Head quarters, Greenville, [Ohio Territory]. Covering letter for report of clothing issued to men of garrison.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 32 cm.

  • Enclosure lacking.

Gift. 1947


1796, Feb. 6 - Tennessee. Constitution. Constitution of Tennessee, 1796.

Photostat of Autograph Document Signed 41 p. 38 cm. folio.

  • Accompanied by typewritten transcript.

Gift. 1951


1796, Aug. 3 - Logan, John, 1744?-1807, state treasurer, Kentucky. Inventory and appraisement of slaves and livestock of the estate of William Logan, deceased.

Autograph Document Signed 3 p. 34 cm.

  • Signed: John Logan, John Wilkason, John Bird. Recorded in Lincoln Co., [Kentucky] Aug. 16, 1796. Signed: Willis Green, clerk.

Transferred from Main Library, Indiana University. 1937


1796, Sept. 27 - Lee, Charles, 1758-1815, U.S. attorney general. Alexandria, Virginia. To William Augustine Washington. Refers to a debt of $260 due the estate of Arthur Lee.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 26 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1797, Jan. 6 - McHenry, James, 1753-1816, U.S. secretary of war. War Office, [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania]. To John Pitchlynn. "You have been continued a resident Interpreter in the Choctaw Nation."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 32 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1797, Apr. 21 - Scott, Lewis A., New York secretary of state. Commission to Peter Van Der Bergh as adjutant of the Columbia County, New York, regiment of militia countersigned by John Jay.

Document Signed 23 x 39 cm. folio.

  • Partly printed.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1797, May 13 - Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826, pres. U.S. Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. To Elbridge Gerry. Election to vice-presidency, relations with Adams, foreign relations, policy of the Federalists, American isolation.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Published in Paul Leicester Ford, ed., The Writings of Thomas Jefferson, New York, G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1896, vol. 7, p. 119-124.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1797, July 15 - Washington, George, 1732-1799, pres., U.S. Mount Vernon. To William Strickland Esqr. Discusses their common interests in agricultural matters, especially in the matter of seeds: oats, vetch, peas, wheat, barley, clover, and says he has been "closely employed in repairing the ravages of an eight years absence."

Autograph Letter Signed 13 p. 22.5 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Letter press copy.
  • Bound in red morocco with an engraving of Washington by H. B. Hall from a miniature painted from life by Sharpless in 1796.
  • Many lines often illegible from the faded ink and holes in paper.
  • Published in The Writings of George Washington , edited by John C. Fitzpatrick, U.S. G.P.O., Washington, 1940, Vol. 35, pages 499-505 (Main E312.7.A2 1931) which cites the letter as through the kindness of George A. Ball, Muncie, Indiana.

Gift. 1984


1797, Aug. 28 - Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841, pres. U.S. Fort Washington. Requisition of clothing for four recruits.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 27 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1797, Dec. 25 - Washington, George, 1732-1799, pres. U.S. To [Thomas Law]. Christmas greeting.

Facsimile of Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 16 cm.

Gift. 1947


1798, May 11 - Silk, Thomas. Invoice and receipt to Isaac Craig, deputy quartermaster at Pittsburg, for goods to be carried to Henry Simmons and Co., agents of the Quaker society of Philadelphia and its vicinity at Corn planters town on the Allegheny River.

Document Signed 1 p. 32 cm.

  • Endorsed: "Invoice and Receipt Indian goods carried to Corn planter's town by Tho Silks May 1798."

Gift. 1947


1798, Oct. 6 - Sargent, Winthrop, 1753-1820, secretary Northwest territory. To "Dear Sir". Requests a statement of "my affairs" and places an order for provisions.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 32 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1799, Sept. 4 - Young, William, 1755-1829, bookseller. Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. To Samuel Hodgdon. Sending a copy of his edition of [Thomas] Rutherford's Institutes of natural law; alcoholic beverages as a cause of disease.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 24 cm.

Gift. 1947


1799, Oct. 1 - MacGregor, Lexingotn, Kentucky. Promissory note to Samuel Muker of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, for $230.67.

Document Signed 1 p. 11 cm.

Transferred from the Main Library, Indiana University. 1937


1799, Nov. 12 - Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841, pres. U.S. Pittsburgh, [Pennsylvania]. Account of the United States with seven men for their services in navigating a large keel boat, the property of the United States, from Fort Washington to Pittsburgh under the direction of Captain William Henry Harrison agreeable to contract with the quartermaster at Fort Washington the 18th October 1799.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 33 cm.

Gift. 1947


1800, May 24 - North, William, 1755-1836, Revolutionary soldier. Order to Captain McClalan to embark with his own and Captain Ingersel's company for Scotch Plains.

Document Signed 2 p. 19cm.

Gift. 1947


1800, June 6 - Lee, Thomas lieutenant. Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Receipt to Lieutenant Jacob Wilson for $500 "to be applied to the Recruiting Service."

Document Signed 1 p. 11 cm.

Gift. 1947


1800, June 24 - Sargent, Winthrop, 1753-1820, secretary Northwest territory. Mississippi Territory. To [Timothy] Pickering. Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. Hopes the rumor is untrue that the "Secretary of State is out of office."

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 24 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1800, Aug. 7 - Cass, Jonathan, major. Winchester, Virginia. To Lieutenant Jacob Wilson, paymaster to a recruiting party. Order to pay Lieutenant Thomas Lee $150 for the purpose of recruiting.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 30 cm.

  • Appended are duplicate receipts to Lieutenant Jacob Wilson for $150 signed by Thomas Lee, Winchester, Va., Aug. 7, 1800.

Gift. 1947


1800, Sept. 26 - Cass, Jonathan, major. Winchester, Virginia. Certifying that Lieutenant John Williams has been employed in the recruiting service from June 15 "last to the present time."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 19 cm.

Gift. 1947


[1800?] - Diary of a journey up the Scioto river from Chillicothe, Ohio, and westward to the Mad river.

Autograph Document 18 p. 16 cm.

Gift. 1947


1801, Jan. 16 - Preble, Edward, 1761-1807, naval officer. New York. To Lieutenant Phipps. U.S. Frigate Essex. Correspondent will be absent from the Essex for a few weeks and requests Lieutenant Phipps to take over as commanding officer.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 22 cm.

  • Accompanied by an autographed engraving of Edward Preble.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1801, Mar. 22 - Winchester, James, 1752-1826, general. Cragfont [Sumner County, Tennessee]. To David Henley, Knoxville, [Tennessee]. Refers to funds due to him.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 31 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1802, Jan. 17 - Bayard, James Asheton, 1767-1815, U.S. senator. Washington. To Ebenezer Stevens, merchant, New York. Bayard assures Stevens that he will do all that he can to achieve justice in the case which he plans to bring before Congress.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Address leaf bears receipt date.

Purchased. 1981


1802, Apr. 2 - Madison, James, 1751-1836, pres. U.S. Department of State. To Ebenezer Stevens Esq. or his Agent at New York. Stevens is authorized to pay Stephen Kingston "for the remainder of the freight on the Peace and Plenty which may be still due to him ...".

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Address leaf indicates received and answered dates.

Purchased. 1981


1802, Apr. 17 - Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826, pres. U.S. Commission to Thomas Humphrey Cushing as lieutenant colonel.

Document Signed 43 x 52 cm. folio.

  • Partly printed.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1802, Apr. 19 - Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826, pres. U.S. Washington. Order to John Barnes to pay Mr. Lemaire $113.70.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 11.5 cm.

  • Receipted with "his mark", 22nd April.
  • In another hand on verso: "Mr. LeMaire 22nd April 1802 $113.70".
  • Accompanied by etching of Thomas Jefferson engraved by H. B. Hall's Sons, New York, 30.3 x 24 cm.

Gift. 1988


1802, May 26 - Dearborn, Henry, 1751-1829, secretary of war. War Department. To Ebenezer Stevens, New York. Notes that Stevens has been discontinued as an agent to the War Department but he is authorized to pursue the "negociations with Mr. Bowen relative to the cannon and shot ...".

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Address leaf bears receipt and answered dates and remains of wax seal.

Purchased. 1981


1802, Nov. 19 - Habersham, Joseph, 1751-1815, U.S. postmaster general. Savannah, [Georgia]. To Seaborn Jones. Deals with a tract of land in Columbia County, Georgia, purchase by Habersham.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1803, Mar. 2 - Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826, pres. U.S. Washington. To [Robert] Patterson. Plans to send Lewis "to get the Missouri explored , and whatever river heading with that, leads into the Western ocean; asks Patterson to advise and instruct Lewis.

Facsimile of Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • 300 copies printed at the Carl Purington Rollins printing office of the Yale University Press for Frederick w. Beinecke, Christmas, 1961.

Source and Date unknown.


1803, Nov. 21 - Dearborn, Henry, 1751-1829, general, secretary of war, congressman. War Department. To John Milledge. Road from Tennessee to Georgia.

Letter Signed 3 p. 25 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1803-1864 - [Documents related to the history of Kentucky and surrounding areas of Ohio, Virginia, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri].

Autograph Documents Signed [38] pp. 7.5-31.5 cm.

  • 17 items.
  • Partial contents:
  • 1803, Sept. 7 – account of Frances Decore (or Deccore) to David Vance for "making 140 nails ..." etc. and "going to Vincennes, Indiana Territory, 22 days";
  • 1819, Oct. 8 – letter of Jacob Middelcuff of Charlestown, Kanawha Co., Virginia, to John Sprinkle of Boonville, Warrick Co., Indiana, concerning sale of salt;
  • 1821, Dec. 16 – letter of Jacob Middelcuff of Pt. Pleasant, Mason Co., Virginia, to David Leeman, Yallow Banks [Owensboro], Ky., regarding John Sprinkle and the sale of salt;
  • 1826, Dec. 1-1830, Dec. 8 – deed of Illinois military lands by John L. Dexter of Hamilton Co., Ohio, to David G. Wilson of Ky., etc;
  • 1832, Mar. 11 – answer of David G. Wilson of Ky. to charges by James Leman in Spencer Co., Indiana, court regarding the Illinois military lands;
  • n.d. – Sprinkle vs. Middelcuff deposition regarding the price for the sale of salt.
  • There is an inventory in the Vertical file.
  • Formerly in the library of King V. Hostick of Springfield, Illinois.

Purchased. 1985


1804, Apr. 12 - Hanes, John, lieutenant. Fort Wilkinson. To William Simmons, accountant, War Department. Covering letter for abstracts of due bills and due bills due under the contracts of Thomas Mounger.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 30 cm.

  • Enclosure lacking.

Gift. 1947


1804, Aug. 23 - Sailing paper or wage agreement between the Master, Cornelius B. Church, and seaman of the schooner Salley bound from Boston to Surinan and return, Apr. 27-Aug. 22. Printed form filled in.

1 leaf. 39 x 50 cm.

  • Printed on the verso is an Act of Congress for the Government and Regulation of Seamen in the Merchants' Service, Jan. 4, 1790.

Purchased. 1974


1804, Nov. 5 - Rodgers, John, 1773-1838, naval officer. U.S. Frigate Congress, Syracuse. To Henry Denison. Mount Sion near H'D' Grace, Maryland. "I shall change my pendant into the Constitution tomorrow."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1805, Jan. 5 - Taney, Roger Brooke, 1777-1864, chief justice. Case of Samuel Young vs. John Shlife. Concerns a debt of fifty-six pounds, thirteen shillings, and four pence.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 32 cm.

Purchased. 1971


1805, June 13 - Simmons, John, and others. Darby Township, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Friends marriage certificate of Stephen Ogden and Hannah Bartram.

Document Signed 1 p. 33 x 61 cm. folio.

  • Signed by Stephen Ogden, Hannah Ogden, and 54 members of the congregation.

Gift. 1949


1806, Aug. 25 - Davidson, James, banker. Discount note to John Rodgers for $1,000.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1807, Mar. 27 - Cutler, Manasseh, 1742-1823, clergyman, congressman. Hamilton, [Massachusetts]. To Benjamin Bourne. "The unfortunate circumstance of Col. Olney's Deed for his shares in ye. Ohio Company, being delivered to him, before he had satisfied Genl. Barton for his Army Warrant, has subjected Genl. Putnam and myself to much trouble, and will, eventually, oblidge us to suffer a very considerable loss."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 33 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Appended in Cutler's hand is an "extract from our Bond, containing ye. Conditions."
  • Integral address leaf bears name of recipient and remains of red wax seal.

Purchased. 1985


1807, Oct. 13 - Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826, pres. U.S. Grant of land to Stephen Ogden of Colubiana County, Ohio.

Document Signed 1 p. 22 cm. folio.

  • Countersigned by James Madison, secretary of state.

Source and date unknown.


1809, Sept. 1 - Chandler, Joseph, capt. Fort Preble. To Robert Brent. Covering letter for muster and payroll of his company for July and August 1809.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Enclosure lacking.

Gift. 1947


1810, Sept. 1-Dec. 31 - Russell, William, 1758-1825, soldier. Subsistence account of ... 7th Regiment United States Infantry.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1810, Oct. 4 - Little Turtle, 1752-1812, Miami chief. Fort Wayne, [Indiana]. Receipt for annuities due to the Miami tribe of Indians for 1810.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 41 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • The document was also signed by The Owl (John), The Loon, The Chapine (Chapein, Shapein, Shapine, Shawpine), Silver Heels, and Smoke.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1811, July 18 - Russell, Jonathan, 1771-1832, diplomat. Passport issued by the American legation in Paris to Aaron Burr and countersigned by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Le Duc de Bassano. Printed document filled in by hand.

2 pp. 32 cm.

  • Burr's signature appears beneath his list of physical characteristics.

Purchased. 1974


1811, Sept. 13 - Backus, Thomas, lawyer. Franklinton, Ohio. To James Backus, Norwich Connecticut. Death of writer's father; family news.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 25 cm.

Gift. 1947


1811, Dec. 17 - Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845, pres. U.S. Natchez, [Mississippi]. To Mrs. Rachel Jackson, Hermitage, near Nashville, Tennessee. Expects to be detained "preparing the negroes for the wilderness."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 22 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1812, Jan. 10 - Rush, Benjamin, 1745-1813, physician. Autograph.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 4 cm.

Gift. 1961


1812, Jan. 27 - Adams, John, 1735-1826, pres. U.S. Quincy, [Massachusetts]. To Benjamin Rush, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. Agrees with Rush that the ocean ought to be and must be the theater of the war.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1812, May 17 - Barlow, Joel, 1754-1812, poet, statesman. To [Jonathan] Russell, London. Barlow encloses a letter for Captain Firmin and asks Russell "... to permit him [Firmin] to send his letters to your care, and then enclose them to me."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25.5 cm.

  • Enclosure not present.

Gift. 1983


1812, Aug. 22 - Eustis, William, 1753-1825, secretary of war. War Department. To Thomas Buford, Dep. Commissary, Lancaster, Kentucky. Informs his correspondent that William Henry Harrison has been appointed a brigadier general.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1814, Sept. 5-1818, Mar. 11 - Murdoch, Alexander, prothonotary of the Court of Common Pleas, Washington County, Pennsylvania. Marriage bonds; marriage licenses.

Autograph Document Signed 14 p. 26-34 cm. folio.

  • Marriage licenses countersigned by N. B. Bioleau, secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Source and date unknown.


1815, Jan. 6 - Decatur, Stephen, 1779-1820, naval officer. New York. To Littleton Waller Tazewell, Norfolk, Virginia. Plans to sail in a few days with the Peacock and Hornet. Refers to a law suit with the government.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 32 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1815, July - Rodgers, John, 1773-1838, naval officer. Dimensions of the masts yards and spars, of a 74 gun ship of the United States, as established by the Board of naval commissioners.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 32 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1815, Aug. 3 - Hull, Isaac, 1773-1843, naval officer. Navy Yard. To John Stuart Skinner. "As a proof that the Constitution is safe I send you a part of that favorite ship."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 21 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1815-1848 - [Collection of signatures of the heroes of the War of 1812 and of the Mexican War]. (Lilly E353.P41)

Autographs [53] pieces ca. 2 cm.

  • Contents:
    1. John Armstron, 1758-1843, secretary of war, "War Dept", Part I, 107;
    2. Jacob Jennings Brown, 1775-1828, general, "Yours ever", I, between 140/141;
    3. William Orlando Butler, 1791-1880, army officer, "Maj. Genl", II, 168/169;
    4. George Cadwallader, 1804-1879, general, II, 268/269;
    5. John Coffee, 1772-1833, army officer, "Col Cavalry", I, 200;
    6. George Crogham, 1791-1841, army officer, "Lt commandr 8th Art"., I, 111;
    7. Henry Dearborn, 1791-1829, secretary of war, I, 93;
    8. Alexander William Doniphan, 1808-1887, army officer, II, 203;
    9. James Duncan, 1814-1849, army officer, "Your obdt servant [illegible] 2d arty. comdy Field Arty 1st Brigade", II, 248/249;
    10. John Charles Edmund Pendleton Gaines, 1777-1849, general "1815 Major General", II, 176/177;
    11. Edmund Pendleton Gaines, 1777-1749, general, "Major Genl by B", II, 177;
    12. William Shelby Harney, 1800-1889, general, "Brigadier General", II, 274/275;
    13. William Shelby Harney, 1800-1889, general, "Bvt Brig Genl U S Army", II, 275;
    14. William Henry Harrison, 1773-1841, pres. U.S., I, 119;
    15. William Hull, 1753-1825, army officer, I, 9;
    16. Andrew Jackson, 1767-1845, pres. U.S., I, 196/197;
    17. Thomas Sidney Jesup, 1788-1860, army officer, "Major 1st Infty and Colonel by brevet cond", I, 175;
    18. Richard Mentor Johnson, 1780-1850, vice pres. U.S., I, 133;
    19. Roger Jones, 1789-1852, soldier, II, 281;
    20. Stephen Watts Kearny, 1794-1848, army officer, "yr obedt servt", II, 195;
    21. Joseph Lane, 1801-1881, territorial governor of Oregon, "Genl 1848", II, 262/263;
    22. Alexander Macomb, 1782-1841, general "Yr obt servant", I, 184/185;
    23. Alexander Macomb, 1782-1841, general, "Inf", I, 185;
    24. Charles Augustus May, 1817?-1864, army officer, "[illegible]", II, 165;
    25. James Miller, 1776-1851, governor of Arkansas territory, "U S Army", I, 167;
    26. Robert Patterson, 1792-1881, army officer, "Yr ob svt", II, 239;
    27. Franklin Pierce, 1804-1869, pres. U.S., "Dec 7 1846 Sworn and Subscribed Before Me ... Jus Peace", II, 278/279;
    28. Clara H. [(Brown)] Pike, 1783?-1847, I, 92;
    29. Zebulon Montgomery Pike, 1779-1813, general, "with high consideration your ob svt ... 15th", I, 87;
    30. Gideon Johnson Pillow, 1806-1878, general, "Brig Genl, U.S.A.", II, 267;
    31. Peter Buell Porter, 1773-1844, congressman, secretary of war, "Yours etc", I, 183;
    32. John Anthony Quitman, 1798-1858, general, "your fellow citizen", II, 256/257;
    33. Bennet Riley, 1878-1853, army officer, "Col", II, 253;
    34. Samuel Ringgold, 1800-1846, army officer, "very respy yrs ... Maj G1", II, 161;
    35. Eleazar Whellock Ripley, 1782-1839, general, "I have the honor to be yrs truly", I, 159;
    36. Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, 1795-1876, president of Mexico, "Brigada del Sr. Coronel Obando. Dios y Liberatad Cuartel gral en el Encero Abril 10 de 1847", 12.5cm, II, 153;
    37. Winfield Scott, 1786-1866, general, I, 210/211;
    38. Issac Shelley, 1750-1826, soldier, governor of Kentucky, "your most ob sevt", I, 139;
    39. James Shields, 1806-1879, general, U.S. senator, II, 244/245;
    40. Persifor Frazer Smith, 1798-1858, army officer, "Your sincere friend and Sevt", II, 241;
    41. Samuel Smith, 1752-1839, U.S. senator, "Your obed Svt", I, 191;
    42. Zachary Taylor, 1784-1850, pres. U.S., II, 136/137;
    43. Joseph Gilbert Totten, 1788-1864, general, "Eng Department ... Chief", II, 237;
    44. Nathan Towson, 1784-1854, soldier, "M G", I, 171;
    45. David Emanuel Twiggs, 1790-1862, army officer, II, 231;
    46. Samuel Hamilton Walker, 1815-1847, army officer, II, 208-209;
    47. James Wilkinson, 1757-1825, general, "Yours", I, 97;
    48. James Winchester, 1752-1826, general, "Dear Colonel Yours etc", I, 81;
    49. John Ellis Wool, 1784-1869, army officer, "Brig. Genl", II, 188/189;
    50. John Ellis Wool, 1784-1869, army officer, "Brig. Genl", II, 189;
    51. William Jenkins Worth, 1794-1849, army officer, "Yours truly", II, 176/177.
  • All mounted, often on a portrait, and largely undated, as extra-illustration in Charles Jacobs Peterson, The Military Heroes of the War of 1812 ... n.p., 18_, and the biographical section of Peterson, The Military Heroes of the War with Mexico ... (Lilly E353.P41).

1981


1816, Feb. 14 - Kentland, E., prothonotary, Pennsylvania. Marriage licenses of James McKown and Sally Simms.

Document Signed 1 p. 34 cm.

  • Countersigned by N.B. Boileau, secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Source and date unknown.


1817, Jan. 13-1821, Dec. 19 - Birkbeck, Morris, 1764-1825, Illinois pioneer, publicist. Account book.

Autograph Document Signed 104 p. 19 cm.

  • Bound in the account book are the lectures on rhetoric and moral philosophy delivered by Andrew Wylie to the junior class at Indiana University in 1848-1849, of which Morris Birkbeck, grandson of Morris Birkbeck, 1764-1825, was a member and as recorded by the grandson. (Autograph Document Signed 254 p. 19 cm)

Purchased. 1944-1945


1817, June 7 - Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826, pres. U.S. Monticello, [Virginia]. To [Elisha Ticknor]. Refers to Ticknor's son, George, who is traveling in Europe.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Accompanied by an engraving of Thomas Jefferson.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1817, July 14 - Delaplaine, Joseph, 1777-1824, publisher. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To David Hosack. Portraits of medical professors for his Repository.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 32 cm.

  • Removed from Delaplaine's Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished American Characters . Philadelphia, 1815 (Lilly E206.D3).

1817, Aug. 13 - Delaplaine, Joseph, 1777-1824, publisher. Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. To John Wakefield Francis, New York. Regarding a letter from Dr. David Hosack on the illness of Robert Fulton Proposed for publication in the Repository.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 32 cm.

  • Removed from Delaplaine's Repository of the Lives and Portraits of Distinguished American Characters . Philadelphia, 1815 (Lilly E206.D3).

1817, Oct. 16 - Philips, Joseph, secretary of Illinois Territory. Certifies that John McFerson was a judge of Randolph County Court.

Document Signed 1 p. 15 cm.

  • Partly printed.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1818, Mar. 2 - Vandeventer, C. War department, Washington, D.C. To [Robert] Brent. Requestion an estimate for the pay and subsistence of 1500 mounted gunmen.

Autograph Note Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Gift. 1947


1818, Mar. 25 - Monroe, James, 1758-1831, pres. U.S. Washington, [D.C.]. Grant of land in the lands directed to be sold at Zanesville, [Ohio] to Michael Smith of Tuscarawas County, Ohio.

Document Signed 1 p. 15 x 23 cm. photostat.

  • Countersigned by Josiah Miegs, commissioner, General land office.

Gift. 1933


1818, Apr. 22 - Rodgers, John, 1773-1838, naval officer. Navy Commissioners Office, [Washington, D.C.]. To Messrs Charles and Peter Wirgman. Baltimore, [Maryland]. "Send the Exporter to the navy yard at this place."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1818, May 11 - Brockman, John. Receipt to the United States for payment of bill for powders, gun flints, lead, and iron purchased for the Indians and delivered to them at Fort Gaines.

Document Signed 1 p. 32 cm.

Gift. 1947


1818, Aug. 26 - Illinois. Constitution. Constitution of the State of Illinois.

Photostat of Autograph Document Signed 25 p. 45 cm. folio.

Gift. 1951


1819, May 2 - Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848, pres., U.S. Washington. To Richard Rush, London. Reviews the diplomatic services of [Sir Charles] Bagot, [Baron Jean Guillaume] Hyde de Neuville, and Don Luis de Onís, all of whom are leaving on furlough. The [Adams-Onís] Treaty of 22 February awaits ratification in Spain. Relates further details concerning the Arbuthnot-Armbrister Case. Requests more paper for the table copying press recently received, "a very good one" and a "damping box." [William Richard] Hamilton, Under-Secretary of State, has sent to him Antar, an Eastern Romance.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 25.5 cm.

  • Watermark: J Whatman 1815.
  • Published in The Writings of John Quincy Adams , edited by Worthington C. Ford, New York, The Macmillan Co., 1916, Vol. VI, pages 545-550 (Main E337.8.A21).

Gift. 1984


1819, Nov. 11 - Dearborn, G., lieutenant. To Towson P. Math. Acknowledging the receipt of pay.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Gift. 1947


1821, Feb. 7 - Duane, William John, 1780-1865, secretary of treasury. To Samuel Breck. "D. J. Desmond ... goes to Harrisburgh to endeavour to get a private act passed."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Purchased. 1971


1821, Mar. 8 - Higgins, Abisha. Deed to Jesse Stannard for property in Saybrook, Middlesex County, Connecticut.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 33 cm.

  • Accompanied by another deed for February 13, 1821 and a fragment of one for May 24, 1815. (Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 17-33 cm)

Source of purchase unknown. 1917


1821, Aug. 30 - Botkin, Jeremiah, of Clark County, Ohio. Power of attorney to Thomas Chenoweth "to Sign and file with the Register of the land office at Cincinnati a Declaration" for land purchased by him.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 33 cm.

  • Witnessed by John Heaton and Nathaniel Spencer. Notarized by John Heaton, justice of the peace, Clark County, Ohio.
  • Identification of John Heaton, signed by Saul Henkle, clerk of the Court of Common Pleas, Clark County, Ohio.
  • Seal of the Court of Common Pleas of Clark County, Ohio, attached.

Source unknown. 1946-1947


1822, July 8 - Kenton, Simon, 1755-1836, pioneer; et al. Xenia, [Ohio]. Extradition document. On the return of a fugitive slave to Kentucky.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 32 cm.

  • Also signed by Joseph White and John Trumbo, agent of governor of Kentucky.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1823, Aug. 23-Oct. 7 - Smith, Benjamin R., 1794-. Memorandum of a journey from Providence, Rhode Island, to Cincinnati by the way of N. York, Philadelphia and Pittsburg. By boat and stage from Providence to Philadelphia to Pittsburg and by keelboat from Pittsburg to Cincinnati.

Autograph Document Signed 114 p. 15 cm.

  • Memorandum of journey. (73 p.)
  • pp.84-108, Smith family genealogical data.

Purchased. 1951


1823, Oct. 27 - Chapin, Calvin, 1763-1851, clergyman, et al. Certificate approving the appointment of Ebenezer Goodale as a teacher in the Stepney school.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 11 cm.

  • Removed from Chapin's A Sermon Delivered, 14 January 1817, at the Funeral of the Rev. Timothy Dwight ... New Haven, Maltby, Goldsmith & Co., 1817 (Lilly AC2.C465 S4).

1962


1825, Mar. 6 - Rodgers, John, 1773-1838, naval officer. U.S. Ship North Carolina, Hampton Roads. To [William] Bainbridge. Correspondent states he will be happy to receive Joel Poinsett on board his ship.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1825, Mar. 25 - Burr Aaron, 1756-1836, vice pres., U.S. New York. "Abraham Dyckman and John Odell served under me as guides and Videttes in the campaign of 1778-79 when I commaned on the lines in West Chester County ..."

Document Signed 1 p. 16 .2 cm.

  • Body of document in an unidentified hand.
  • Oval portrait of Burr showing head and shoulders pasted in lower left hand corner.

Gift. 1984


1825, Mar. 30 - Hamilton, James, 1786-1857, governor of South Carolina. Charleston, [South Carolina]. To Joel Roberts Poinsett. Refers to Poinsett's appointment as minister to Mexico.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 25 cm.

Source of purchase unknown. 1968


1825, June 10 - Kelsey, Patience and Buel, Oliver. Deed to Jesse Stannard for property in Killingworth, Middlesex County, Connecticut.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 33 cm.

Source of purchase unknown. 1968


1827, Apr. 12 - Baker, Romelius L., 1793-1868, member of Harmony Society. Economy, Pennsylvania. To Frederick Rapp, care of messrs G & W Stewart, Merchant, Louisville, Kentucky. Concerns 106 bales of cotton.

Photostat of Autograph Letter Signed 2 leaves. 13 x 15 cm.

  • In German.
  • Accompanied by address leaf.
  • Original in the possession of Paul C. Rohloff, Chicago, Illinois.

Gift. 1974


1827, Sept. 2 - Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845, pres. U.S. Hermitage, [Nashville, Tennessee]. To Major Auguste Genevieve Valentin D'Avezac. New Orleans, [Louisiana]. "Every weapon the administration can wield has and will be used to put me down."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 32 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1965


1828, Mar. 29 - Logan, William C., Lincoln County, Kentucky. Mortage deed of a slave to Joseph Wallace for $300. Recorded and signed on verso by Thomas Helm, clerk, Lincoln County Court.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 30 cm.

  • Witness: John Carpenter.

Transferred from the Main Library, Indiana University. 1934-1936


1828, Nov. 12-1830 Jan. 23 - [Tayloe, Edward Thornton], 1803-1876, secretary. Journal kept while secretary to the United States Legation in Columbia under William Henry Harrison.

Autograph Document 117 p. 25 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • First 21 p. contain an index; maps facing pp. 2, 12, 67, 68.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1828, Oct. 15 - Todd, Charles Stewart, 1791-1871, lawyer, soldier, diplomat. Stockdale. To Leslie Combs, Lexington, Kentucky. Relating to a debt of his father's estate.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 20 cm.

Purchased. 1939


1828, Dec. 31 - B., N. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. To Winfield Scott, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Seeking the position of collector of the port of Philadelphia for General Cadwalader.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 25 cm.

Gift. 1947


1829, Aug. 25 - Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862, pres. U.S. To [John] Branch. Asking that something be done for the grandson of a signer of the Declaration of Independence.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Gift. 1961


1829, Oct. 13 - Packard, Abisha, 1760?-, farmer. Declaration in St. Lawrence County, New York, Court of Common Pleas in support of a claim to a pension for Revolutionary war service under Act of Congress, March 18, 1818.

Autograph Document Signed 5 p. 32 cm.

  • Accompanied by Edwards, James L., War Department, Pension office, August 7, 1829. To Abisha Packard, Madrid, St. Lawrence County, New York. Re Packard's Revolutionary war pension claim. (L.S. 1 p. 25 cm)

Purchased. 1953


1829 Oct. 29-1831 June - Bluejacket, George, 1802-. A story of the Shawanoes: an Indian's own story. Transcribed and edited by John Allen Rayner, in March 1886.

Document 6 p. 33 cm.

  • Typewritten copy of manuscript left by George C. Johnston, who conducted a licensed trading post at "Wapaughkonnetta," and later at St. Mary's [Ohio]. Pencilled note on first page: "Original destroyed by fire, probably the only copy."
  • Cover title: Diary of George Bluejacket.

Purchased. 1939


1830, May 4-1831, Jan. 12 - Thompson, Charles C. B., fl. 1831, commander. Journal of a cruise on board the U.S.S. Guerriere. Voyage from Valparaiso, Chile to Callao, Peru.

Autograph Document [172] p. 33cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1830, Nov. 17 - Jones, John, County, Kentucky. Legal document, signed by John Jones and his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth (Lucas) Jones, releasing William Lucas, father of Mrs. Jones, from any further claim upon his estate in consideration of four slaves and $50. Recorded and signed, May 10, 1833, by Thomas Helm, clerk, Lincoln County, Kentucky, Court.

Document Signed 1 p. 31 cm.

Transferred from Main Library, Indiana University. 1937


1831, Jan. 6 - Crockett, David, 1786-1836, frontiersman. Washington City. To Daniel W. Pounds, Pages Mill, Gibson City, Tennessee. Refers to the Cherokee Indians in Georgia.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 25 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1832, Jan. 5 - Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852, statesman. Senate Chamber. To R. Smith. Cashier Bank of U.S. Requests payment of draft on Stephens Duncan, late president of the bank of Mississippi.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1832, Jan. 25 - Woodbury, Levi, 1789-1851, U.S. secretary of treasury. Navy Department. To George Washington Rodgers. U.S. squadron on the coast of Brazil. Instructions for the commander of the "Peacock" and "Boxer."

Copy of Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 32 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1832, Jan. 26 - Woodbury, Levi, 1789-1851, U.S. secretary of treasury. Navy Department. To George Washington Rodgers. U.S. squadron, coast of Brazil. Instructions for the commander of the "Peacock."

Copy of Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1832, Feb. 11 - Woodbury, Levi, 1789-1851, U.S. secretary of treasury. Navy Department. To George Washington Rodgers. Gives a description of a "suspicious looking vessel ... strongly suspected to be a Pirate."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1832, Mar. 13 - Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845, pres. U.S.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 42 cm. folio.

  • Partly printed.
  • Patent granted for an improvement "In the Machine for Manufacturing Ship biscuit pilot bread Crackers and c."
  • Also signed by Secretary of State Edward Livingston and the Attorney General R. B. Taney.

Transfer. Book Department, Lilly Library. Bloomington, Indiana. 1987


1832, Apr. 5 - Woodbury, Levi, 1789-1851, U.S. secretary of treasury. Navy Department. To George Washington Rodgers. Authorizes Rodgers to enter into a contract with a resident of Rio Janeiro to protect government property.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1832, May 14 - Woodbury, Levi, 1789-1851, U.S. secretary of treasury. Navy Department. To George Washington Rodgers. Commanding U.S. Naval Forces, Coast of Brazil. Refers to a vessel on her way to Falkland Islands which may be hostile to American commerce.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1832, May 30 - Woodbury, Levi, 1789-1851, U.S. secretary of treasury. Navy Department. To George Washington Rodgers. Commanding U.S. Naval Forces, Coast of Brazil ... Rio Janeiro. Relates to a regulation about the freight specie and valuables in public vessels.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1832, Sept. 20 - Madison, James, 1751-1836, pres. U.S. Montpellier. To "Dear Sir." Deals with an undisclosed matter of a committee.

Letter Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

  • Letter written in another hand but signed by Madison.
  • Draft of letter in Madison papers, Library of Congress, indicates recipient is Thomas Harding Ellis.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1833, Jan. 7 - Rodgers, John, 1773-1838, naval officer. To Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn. Refers to a bill by the naval committee of the senate to increase the pay of captains.

Document 3 p. 31 cm.

Gift. 1947


1833, Jan. 26 - American Seamen's Friend Society, New York. Life membership certificate of Lieutenant John Collins Long, U.S. Navy.

Document Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Signed: A.V. Linderen, president; Charles P. McIlvaine, corresponding secretary.

Source and date unknown.


1833, Sept. 29 - Butler, Mann, 1784-1852, teacher, author. Louisville, [Kentucky]. To [Charles Wilkins] Short, Lexington, Kentucky. Re materials for his history of Kentucky.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 25 cm.

Purchased. 1952


1833, Dec. 9 - Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852, statesman. Washington. To Mr. Frothingham. Concerns financial matters: "I do not know how many notes you may have disposed of, and therefore cannot say how my acct. may stand."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 20.4cm.

Gift. 1988


1834, Jan. 23 - McPherson, James, 1760-, soldier, Indian trader. Petition for pension, giving an account of his military service in the Revolution and of his relations with the Indians in Ohio, 1782-1832.

Autograph Document Signed 3 p. 40 cm.

Purchased. 1963


1834, May 27 - Crockett, David, 1786-1836, frontiersman. Washington City. To T. J. Dobings, Brownsville, Tennessee. Refers to the Bank of the United States and bitterly denounces Andrew Jackson.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 33 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1835, Jan. 1-1863, May 17 - Gordon, Jonathon Wesley, 1820-1887, lawyer, major, 11th U.S. infantry. Letter copybook while serving in the U.S. army, June 3, 1852-May 17, 1863; miscellaneous papers, Jan. 1, 1835-Nov. 24, 1861.

Autograph Document Signed 286 p. 26 cm.

  • p. 134-135. To Abraham Lincoln. Presenting Gordon's claims for an appointment.
  • p. 204-206. Indianapolis, Jan. 3, 1861. To Abraham Lincoln. Recommending Caleb B. Smith for a place in the Cabinet.

Source and date unknown.


1835, Jan. 15 - Tyler, John, 1790-1862, pres. U.S. Washington, [D.C.] To [Mahlon] Dickerson. Enclosing letter of recommendation.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 19 cm.

  • Enclosure lacking.

Gift. 1961


1835, Sept. 23 - Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845, pres. U.S. Grant of land in the military district subject to sale at Zanesville, Ohio, to Absalom Ports of Tuscarawas County, Ohio.

Document 1 p. 15 x 24 cm. photostat.

  • Signature reads: "Andrew Jackson Donelson Secy."
  • Countersigned by Athan Allen Brown, commissioner, General land office.

Purchased. 1933


1835, Nov. 9 - Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841, pres. U.S. To William Ayres and J. K. Strong, Esqs., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Incomplete message enclosing copies of letters of Thaddeus Stevens to Harrison, Oct. 22, 1835, and Harrison to Stevens, Nov. 4, 1835.

Autograph Letter Signed 6 p. 32 cm.

  • Accompanied by:
    • 1) William Henry Harrison to William Ayres, Harrisburg, Penna, Nov. 28, 1835, mailed from Cincinnati referring to the "property of publishing the letter to Mr. Stevens" and another letter to Messrs. Shock and Harris. (Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 32 cm)
    • 2) [William Henry Harrison] to William Ayres, Esq. of the House of Representatives, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, mailed from Cincinnati, Apr. 31, [1836?], containing the postscript of a message relating to Harrison's presidential prospects. (A.L. 2 p. 32 cm)

Purchased. 1947


1835, Dec. 28 - Talleyrand[-Périgord, Charles Maurice de, Prince de Bénévent], 1754-1838, statesman. 2, rue St. Florentin. To [Roger] Jones. Extends an invitation for "mercredi, prochain, 30"

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

  • Written in third person.

Purchased. 1981


1836, Jan. 20 - Talleyrand[-Périgord, Charles Maurice de, Prince de Bénévent], 1754-1838, statesman. 2, rue St. Florentin. To "Monsieur le general [Roger] Jones", hotel Castiglione, rue Castiglione, No. 10. Extends an invitation for "mardi, prochain, 26."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

  • Written in third person.

Purchased. 1981


1836, Feb. 22-25 - Mellon, E. A., soldier. Sugar House [Gen'l C. P. E. F.?]. To Mrs. E. A. Mellon, Fort Monroe, Virginia. Has just returned from Fort King after a march of 50 miles in two days; relates the troop movements under Generals Winfield Scott, Edmund Gaines, and Duncan Clinch against the Seminole Indians in Florida; expects to be home by May 31.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 pp. 31.5 cm.

  • Accompanied by:
    • 1) photographs of Charles W. Mellon and his wife, Ellen (Mack) Mellon, 1833-1907;
    • 2) copies of the marriage certificate of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Mellon, and of the account of Mrs. Mellon's death from the newspaper.

Gift. 1981


1836, Mar. 1 - Taney, Roger Brooke, 1777-1864, chief justice. To Jonathan Meredith. "I am going to Annapolis tomorrow to make a speech and doubt whether I should be able to make a speech without the occasional refreshment of a pinch of snuff."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

Purchased. 1971


1836, Apr. 26 - Perry Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858, naval officer. U.S. Navy Yard, New York. To Albert Griffith. U.S. Navy. Order to report for duty on coast survey –U.S. Schooner Jersey.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 26 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1836, July 10 - Northampton County, Virginia. Citizens. To Francis Wilkinson Pickens, Edgefield, South Carolina. Invitation to a dinner in honor of Henry Alexander Wise.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Gift. 1947


1836, Oct. 11 - Dickens, Asbury, 1780-1861, acting secretary of treasury. To Nathaniel Greene, Boston. "It is not probable the Department will have occasion for Mr. Thacher's services ...

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 26 cm

Purchased. 1971


1836, Nov. 24 - Burnet, Jacob, 1770-1853, judge. Cincinnati, [Ohio]. To Nath. Wright.
  • Statement of Burnet's knowledge of facts relating to disputed ownership of two sections of land in Colerain Township, [Hamilton County, Ohio], claimed by William Henry Harrison and heirs of James Findlay and William McMillan. (Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 25 cm)

Removed from Samuel Ware Fisher's History, the Unfolding of Gods Providence ... Cincinnati, 1853. 1921


1837, Apr. 3 - Logan, Robert, Lincoln County, Kentucky. Deed of emancipation of four of his slaves.

Document Signed 3 p. 30 cm.

  • Witnessed by James Wallace.

Transferred from the Main Library, Indiana University. 1937


1837-1844 - Wilson, Israel, Coventry, Rhode Island. Journal of a trip to Ohio, November 12, 1837-October 31, 1838; journal of a trip to Saratoga Springs, [New York], July 17-October 5, 1844.

Autograph Document 37 p. 14 cm. bound.

Gift. 1956


1837, Apr. 10 - Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862, pres. U.S. Washington [D.C.]. Grant of land in the military district subject to sale at Zanesville, Ohio, to Samuel Stokely, of Steubenville, Ohio.

Document 1 p. 14 x 23 cm.

  • Signature reads: "Martin Van Buren By Abraham Van Buren Secy."
  • Countersigned by Samuel D. King, acting recorder, General land office.

Gift. 1933


1837, Dec. 18 - Pierpont, John, 1785-1866, Unitarian clergyman. Boston, Massachusetts. To Lewis Jacob Cist, Cincinnati, Ohio. In response to his request sends him three verses "from a canticle composed in aid of the temperance cause."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 25 cm.

Removed from John Pierpont, The Portrait. Boston, 1812 (Lilly War of 1812 E312.65.P6). 1951


1838, Mar. 10 - Buchanan, James, 1791-1868, pres. U.S. Washington, [D.C.] To Mahlon Dickerson. Enclosing letter.

Letter Signed 1 p. 24 cm.

  • Enclosure lacking.

Gift. 1961


1839, Feb. 20 - Adams, John Quincy, 1769-1848, pres. U.S. Washington, [D.C.] "Procrastination is The Thief of Time ...". Quotation from Edward Young's Night Thoughts inscribed in Adam's hand to Augustus Davison.

Autograph Note Signed 1 p. 11 cm.

  • Mounted on lined paper with the annotation.
  • "Presented to Jos. S. Cauls by Charles Francis Adams", n.d. 25 cm.

Transferred from Lilly Library Administrative Office. 1975


1839, May 27 - Drake, Daniel, 1785-1852, physician. Cincinnati, Ohio. To General Combs. Introducing A.S. Barnes, bookseller of Hartford, Connecticut.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 24 cm.

Purchased. 1959


1838, June 8 - Taylor, Janette, niece of John Paul Jones, New York, [New York]. To Churchill Caldom Cambreleng. Letters of Administration on the estate of John Paul Jones granted to John Henry Sherburne.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 25 cm.

  • Accompanied by: Taylor, Janette. Statement regarding the obtaining of letters of administration on the estate of John Paul Jones by John Henry Sherburne, June 8, 1839. (Autograph Document Signed 4 p. 31 cm)

Removed from John Paul Jones, The Life and Correspondence of John Paul Jones ... New York, 1830 (Lilly E207.J7 J65). 1940


1839, July 20 - Harrison, William Henry, 1773-1841, pres. U.S. North Bend [Ohio]. To [James Brooks]. In answer to Brooks' letter saying that he wishes to become Harrison's biographer. Sends him biographical data covering 1773-1841.

Typed copy. 11 p. 28 cm.

  • Copied by James Albert Green from original in New York Historical Society.
  • Introduction, dated July 12, 1926, and appended note by James Albert Green.

Purchased. 1940


1840, Nov. 7 - Henry, Gustavus Adolphus, 1804-1880, lawyer, orator. Clarksville, [Tennessee]. To John Flournoy Henry, Bloomington, Illinois. William Henry Harrison's majority in Tennessee; Gustavus Adolphus Henry's part in the campaign; suggest that John Flournoy Henry apply to Harrison for appointment to some office in Illinois.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 25 cm.

Purchased. 1952


1840, Nov. 16-Dec. 16 - Travelling expenses from New Providence, Indiana, to Norwich, Connecticut.

Autograph Document 1 p. 30 cm.

Gift. 1947


1840-1929 - Stock certificates and bonds of companies in the United States.

Printed Documents Signed 51 leaves. 17.5-25.5 cm.

  • Printed certificates, some filled in, signed and dated; others, blank.
  • Partial contents:
    • * Earliest – Five Per Cent Loan, Philadelphia, 1840;
    • * Latest – Adelphia Bank and Trust Co., Philadelphia, 1929;
    • * Indiana related – Michigan Southern and Indiana Northern Railway Company, New York, 185 ..., Vernon, Greensburg and Rushville Railroad Company, Greensburg, Indiana, 188 ..., White Water Railroad Company, State of Indiana, 1878.
  • Accompanied by inventory of the certificates arranged alphabetically by company name.

Gift. 1981


1841, Jan. 2 - Henry, Gustavus Adolphus, 1804-1880, lawyer, orator. Clarksville, [Tennessee]. To John Flournoy Henry, Bloomington, Illinois. Urging him to seek a political appointment from President Harrison; Gustavus Adolphus Henry not interested in seeking Governorship of Tennessee or seat in Congress at this time.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 25 cm.

Purchased. 1952


1841, Mar. 24 - Abert, John James, 1788-1863, engineer. To William George Williams. Refers to annexed circular from John Bell regarding the president's views on the spoils system.

Printed Letter Signed 4 p. 27 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1841, May 3 - Bell, [John], 1797-1869, secretary of war. War Department. To William Frazer. Appointment of assistant commissary of subsistence.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Partly printed.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1965


1841, May 31 - Badger, George Edmond, 1795-1866, secretary of navy. Navy Department, [Washington, D.C.] To Mrs. Catharine Kain, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania]. Declines to discharge her husband, Dennis Kain, from the navy.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1841, June 4-1845, Aug. 30 - "Remarks on board ship Addison of New Bedford, [Massachusetts] on a whaling voyage."

Autograph Document 262 p. 33 cm.

  • Bound volume.
  • Ink.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1841, June 23 - Todd, Charles Stewart, 1791-1871, lawyer, soldier, diplomat. Washington, [D.C.] To Lewis Jacob Cist, Cincinnati, Ohio. In reply to his application for the position of private secretary of such legation as Todd may be appointed to in Europe.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 24 cm.

Purchased. 1939


1841, Sept. 5 - Thomas, Hiram S., Cincinnati, [Ohio]. To his uncle, Jonas D. Thomas, Springboro, Warren Co., Ohio. Race riots in Cincinnati.

Autograph Letter Signed 6 p. 6-26 cm.

Source unknown. 1946-1947


[1841] - Tyler, John, 1790-1862, pre. U.S. To [Daniel] Webster. Instructs commission be issued to Judge Doty as governor of the Territory of Wisconsin.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 23 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1842, Jan. 13-25 - Todd, Charles Stewart, 1791-1871, lawyer, soldier, diplomat. St. Petersburg, [Russia]. To "Dear Sir." Sending "a Communication from Admiral Wrangell in relation to your Memoir;" instructions as to Todd's mail.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 17 cm.

Purchased. 1939


1842, June 7 - Forward, Walter, 1786-1852, sec'y of treasury. To John B. Cunningham. Relates to the appointment of Cunningham as a clerk in the office of the secretary of the treasury.

Purchased. 1971


1842, June 23 - Cunningham, I. Certifying that the annexed advertisement of a commissioner's sale of farm and household property and one slave in Fayette County, [Kentucky] was published in the Kentucky Gazette from May 7, to June 11, 1842.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 11 cm.

  • Newspaper advertisement attached.

Transferred from the Main Library, Indiana University. 1937


1843, May 6-June 28 - I started for the West [Diary of journey from Boston to St. Louis and return.]

Autograph Document Signed 55 p. 17.4 x 8.5 cm.

  • In ink on paper embossed: D & J Ames, Springfield.
  • Leather covers.
  • Illegible traces of writer's name inside front cover: ... [Dana ?], Dover, New Hamshire.
  • Route via railroad cars, stage coach, steamboat, and walking from Boston, Natick, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Burlington, Galena, Chicago, Milwaukee, Sheboygan, Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, Albany, Natick, Boston, and Dover [New Hamshire].
  • Boat names; Belleair (May 27), Potosi (May 31), Brazill [sic] (June 3), Great Western (June 10), Indiana (June 22); See "The Lytle List" (Main VM7.S7 No.6).
  • Notes daily expenses and mileage, the "beautiful prairie," temperance houses, river conditions, the weather, and activities such as seeing a museum, a circus, a glass factory at the several towns.
  • Concludes: "... it had cost me ... one hundred dollars and have traveled fore thousand and five hundred miles. And am well satisfied with my tramp."

Gift. 1984


1843, May 19 How, Samuel S. Lonejack, Jackson County, Missouri. To Elisabeth Simpson, Donerail, Fayette County, Kentucky. Relates family news, economic conditions in Missouri, and about robbers on the Santa Fé Trail.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 25 cm.

Purchased. 1972


1843, June 7 - Tyler, John, 1790-1862, pres. U.S. Commission of George H. Proffit as envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary of the U.S.A. to the Emperor of Brazil.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 36 x 43 cm. folio.

  • Countersigned by Hugh Swinton Legaré, secretary of state.
  • Accompanied by passport of George H. Proffit, dated July 19, 1843, and signed by Abel Parker Upshur, secretary of state.

Gift. 1919


1843, Aug. 19 - Crittenden, John Jordan, 1787-1863, U.S. senator. Frankfort, [Kentucky]. To Joseph H. Hedges. Confident William J. Graves can be entrusted with professional business.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 24 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1844, Jan. 18 - Milligan, Samuel, -1874, judge. Nashville, Tennessee. To William M. Lowery, Greeneville, Tennessee. Passage of tax bill by Tennessee legislature.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Gift. 1947


1844 Apr. 10-1846 Jan. 29 - Mayhew, Barlett, fl. 1846, master. Log of the whaling barque Sarah.

Autograph Document [94] p. 33 cm.

  • In ink.
  • Illustrations which include a water color drawing of the vessel.
  • Bound with log of brig Vesta, 1847, Apr. 13-1848, Sept. 19.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1844, Sept. 13 - Thomas, Hiram S., Vermont, Illinois. To Hannah Thomas, Springboro, Ohio. Family news; temperance lectures; meetings of Whigs and Democrats.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 32 cm.

  • Accompanied by:
    • [1] Thomas, Hiram S., Vermont, Illinois. To "Dear Aunt," Dec. 16, 1849. Family news. (Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 32 cm)
    • [2] Thomas, Hiram S., Vermont, Illinois. To "Dear Aunt." Family news; farming in Illinois. (Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 25 cm)

Gift. 1947


1845, Jan. 9 - Griffith, Joseph, Warrington. To "my Children, Grand Children and All Inquiring Friends in Ohio, Indiana ...," William Cox [Richmond, Indiana], Levi Griffith. Religion; health; politics.

T.D. 7 p. 28 cm.

  • Transcript from original furnished by Capt. A. J. Perry.

Gift. 1952


1846, Aug. 14 Wait, Thomas. East Rodman, [New York]. To Martha Jane Weed. Laporte, Indiana.
  • Regrets he cannot travel west. Discusses recent smallpox outbreak. (Autograph Letter Signed [4] p. 25.5 cm)

Purchased. 1990


1846, Aug. 18 - McLane, Louis, 1786-1857, sec'6 of treasury. London. To James McHenry Boyd. "I am directed ... to instruct you to do no important act without a previous reference to your government."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Purchased. 1971


[1846], Oct. 20 - Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852, statesman. Boston, [Massachusetts]. To Messrs C & R. Refers to correction of amount for which check has been drawn.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 12 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1847, Jan. 4 - Stanton, Henry, 1796-1856, soldier. Washington, [D.C.] To J. C. Goolrick, Forage and wagon master, Richmond, Virginia. Acknowledging receipt of letter enclosing one from Haskins and Libby, offering to charter vessels to transport Virginia volunteers to Mexico.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Gift. 1947


1847, Apr. 13-1848, Sept. 19 - Mayhew, Edward, fl. 1848, master. Log of the brig Vesta.

A.D. [39] p. 33 cm.

  • In ink.
  • Illustrations.
  • Bound with log of the whaling barque Sarah, 1844, Apr. 10-1846, Jan. 29.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1847, May 20 - Russell, John Rhodes. New Orleans, [Louisiana]. To Thomas Trevitt, 66 Upper Pitt, Street, Liverpool, England. Gives a description of a trip from New York to New Orleans; mentions ships loaded with immigrants, the purchase of a Negro girl, and that "this place is a complete rendezvous for soldiers since the Mexican War has commenced."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 25 cm.

  • Accompanied by a copy of sale of a Negro slave named Rosetta by George W. Apperson to John Rhodes Russell. (A.D. 2 p. 35 cm)

Purchased. 1969


1848, Jan. 8 - Clay, Henry, 1777-1852, U.S. secretary of state. Baltimore. To Mary Ann Feast. Baltimore. Thanks for her bouquet of flowers and kind wishes.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

  • Accompanied by cover.
  • Also present is an engraving of Henry Clay, "painted by Alonzo Chappel from a daguerreotype by Root," 28.4 x 21.2 cm.

Gift. 1988


1848, Feb. 29 - Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858, naval officer. U.S. Frigate Cumberland, Vera Cruz. To David Emanuel Twiggs. Colors of the vessels of the squadron will be half masted.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1848, May17-1852, Apr. 29 - "Journal of a whaling voyage to the Pacific Ocean in Ship Archer."

A.D. 215 p. 35 cm.

  • Bound volume.
  • In ink with illustrations.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1848, June 20 - Fisher, David, 1794-1886, congressman. Washington, [D.C.]. To "My dear sir." Asking how the nomination has been received.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Gift. 1956


1849, Dec. 10 - Redd, Thomas S. Notice of slaves for hire pending a suit in chancery at Athens, Fayette County, [Kentucky], wherein James Vallandingham is complainant, and his heirs are defendents.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 19 cm.

Transferred from Main Library, Indiana University. 1937


1850, Apr. 3-Sept. 24 - Millikan, Samuel, 1811-1850, clerk of the courts. Letters to his wife, [Mrs. Rhoda (Houghton) Millikan], en route to California in the year 1850.

Copy of T.D. 21 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1967


1850, Nov. 22 - Paine, W. H. Receipt for payment of portions of two notes held by Thomas S. Redd for two negro boys.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 9 x 20 cm.

  • Signed: W. H. Paine, C. A. Paine

Transferred from the Main Library, Indiana University. 1937


1850, Dec. 28 - Scott, Winfield, 1786-1866, general. Washington. To Godlove Stein Orth. Has shown Orth's letter to "our friend Cooper" and notes that in reference to his request for a "concert of action" he "touches as little as possible on politics."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 17 cm.

Removed from Edward Deering Mansfield, The Life of General Winfield Scott . New York, A. S. Barnes and Co., 1846 (Lilly E403.1.S4 M2). 1981


1850, Dec. 31 - Brown, John, 1800-1859, known for raid on Harper's Ferry. Albany, N.Y. To his wife [Mrs. Mary Ann (Day) Brown]. North Elba, Essex County, N.Y. Inform Mr. Thompson that the two lots sold for taxes have been redeemed. Owen can sell the young bull. Will the boys see that the shed is not broke down by snow.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Gift. 1943


1851, Jan. 1 - Wright, Joseph Albert, 1810-1867, governor of Indiana. Indianapolis, Indiana. To Lewis Sanders. Grass Hills, Kentucky. Agrees with proposed ticket and believes Lewis Cass should be nominated. Mentions upcoming Indiana and Kentucky state conventions.

Autograph Letter Signed [2] p. 25.5 cm.

Purchased. 1990


1851, Mar. 12-1852, Apr. 1 - Cotton, Charles B., liquor dealer. Journal of a business trip through Southwestern New York, Northwestern Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana (including Indianapolis and the Southern part of the state), Kentucky, Tennessee, Northwestern Alabama and Northern Mississippi, visiting principally the county seats and describing the country, the cities and towns, the natural resources, industries, agricultural products, the people, manners and customs, etc.

Autograph Document Signed 311 p. 29 cm.

  • Dedication to his daughter, Francis Mabie Cotton, signed by Charles B. Cotton, dated Brooklyn, N.Y., January 1, 1855.

Purchased. 1945-1946


1851, Mar. 13 - McLane, Louis, 1786-1857, sec'y of treasury. Annapolis. To Richard Milford Blatchford. "I would be glad if you could furnish me with some information of the extent of you public works, and of the character of the public management to which they are liable."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 25 cm.

Purchased. 1971


1851, [Mar.] 14 - Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852, statesman. Washington, [D.C.] To William Cabell Rives. E.E.M.P., Paris, [France]. Letter of introduction for Josiah P. Cooke.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 17 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1851, Mar. 25 - Knoop, J.D. Lemgo, Germany. To "His Song [Christian Knoop] in America." Writes about family matters and the activities of his friends in Germany.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 29 cm.

Gift. 1952


1851, Mar. 28 - Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852, statesman. Department of state, Washington, [D.C.]. To W. C. Miller, Cabell Court House, Virginia. Sending address of the U.S. Consul at Bordeaux.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Gift. 1949


1851, June 20 - Simpson, Mary. To Simpson, Gilbert and Elisabeth, Lexington, Kentucky. States that brother Samuel started for California on April 1st, gives other family news, and asks for a hundred dollars to enter land.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 26 cm.

Purchased. 1972


1851, Oct. 30-1865, Feb. 4 - Cook, Charles N., 1830-1920, farmer, civil war soldier. Civil War letters of Charles N. Cook, Co. K, 99th Ind. Infantry Regiment, to his parents, Noah & Lydia B. (Bardwell) Cook, Williamstown, Massachusetts, and to Margaret Ball, Logansport, Indiana, who later became his wife, with an introduction by H. A. Smith.

Typed copy of Autograph Letter Signed 104 p. 20-28 cm.

  • Includes also: Allison H. Cook, Logansport, Indiana, to his mother, Mrs. Lydia B. (Bardwell) Cook, Oct. 30, 1851; Charles N. Cook, Nicholus, [California], to his parents, Noah & Lydia B. (Bardwell) Cook, Oct. 28, 1853; Edward Cook, Williamstown, Massachusetts, to Charles N. Cook, July 15, 1863.
  • Typescript from the originals in the possession of Mrs. John Hodge of Oxford, Ohio, daughter of Charles N. and Margaret (Ball) Cook.

Gift. 1952


1852, Apr. 13 - Corwin, Thomas, 1794-1865, governor of Ohio. To Carter & Co., New York. Concerns the assessment of duties on the importation of silk and cotton laces on the steamship "Asia" in April 1851.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Purchased. 1971


1852, May 19 - Heard, J. Canton, China. To George W. Heard, Ipswich, Massachusetts. U.S. preparations for visit to Japan; Commodore [Matthew Calbraith] Perry to relieve Commodore [John H.] Aulick.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 25 cm.

  • Accompanied by typescript.

Gift. 1945-1946


1852, Sept. 29-1863, Nov. 21 - [Bills of exchange and receipts issued by Adams & Co., (bears gold mining view), Donohoe, Ralston & Co., and Wells, Fargo & Co., all of San Francisco, and freeman & Co's Express, San Jose].

Documents Signed 8 pieces. ca. 11.5 x 23 cm.

  • Filled in and signed.
  • Contents:
    • 1852, Sept. 29, Adams & Co., Bill of exchange to Samuel Sherman;
    • 1858, Feb. 3, Receipt for exchange to J. H. Smart at San Jose;
    • 1858, Feb. 4, Wells, Fargo & Co., Bill of exchange to Daniel A. Smart;
    • 1859, Mar. 30, Wells, Fargo & Co., Bill of exchange to Daniel Smart;
    • 1859, Apr. 15, Freeman & Co's Express, Receipt to John T. Sherman;
    • 1860, Apr. 4, Wells, Fargo & Co., Bill of exchange to Daniel A. Smart;
    • 1862, Jan. 3, Wells, Fargo & Co., Bill of exchange to Daniel A. Smart;
    • 1863, Nov. 21, Donohoe, Ralston & Co., Bill of exchange to John T. Sherman.

Gift. 1983


1853, Jan. 24 - Eureka Quartz Mining Company, Eldorado County, California. Certificate no. 100 of five shares of stock.

Document Signed 1 p. 15 x 28 cm.

  • Filled in and signed by Jas. A. Shorb, pres., and E. N. Cornwall, secy.
  • Name of owner not filled in.

Gift. 1983


1854, July 31-1860, Apr. 27 - Sanders, George Nicholas, 1812-1873, revolutionist. To [James] Buchanan. Included are also letters from Sanders to Ward Benjamin Burnett, June 15, 1849; to Stephen Arnold Douglas, July 17, 1858; to John I. McCahen, Mar. 10, 1847; to Francis Wilkinson Pickens, June 12, 1859; John Randolph Tucker, feb. 15, 1856; and Reid Sanders to George Nicholas Sanders, Jan. 21, 1858. They deal primarily with politics and the elections of 1856 and 1860.

30 items

  • Negative microfilm made from the originals in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 19107.
  • 1 reel. microfilm.

Gift. 1970


1855, Apr. 22 - Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874, philanthropist and reformer. Paterson, [New Jersey]. To Rev. Cornelius Van Santvoord. In relation to his quota of 500 males and 500 females to receive aid.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

Gift. 1943


1855, May 1 - Pierce, Franklin, 1804-1869, pres., U.S. Land grant issued in favor of Obadiah Waller Captain First Regiment Tennessee Militia, War of 1812, has been assigned to Horace W. Pitkin, located in the District of Lands subject to sale at Dubuque, Iowa, containing 80 acres.

Document Signed 1 p. 25 x 39.5 cm. folio.

  • Filled in and signed.
  • Presidential signature by H. E. Baldwin, asst. sec. Signed also by M. Granger, recorder of the General Land Office.
  • Penciled note on verso indicates Pitkin was from Delaware.

Gift. 1983


1855, Aug. 6 - Lovejoy, Owen, 1811-1864, abolitionist, congressman. Princeton, Bureau County [Illinois]. To Archibald Williams. State anti-slavery platform; proposes state convention be held in fall of 1855 "to consult together with a view of carrying the State for Freedom in 1856 ... I am very anxious that the State should throw off the Douglass rule;" suggests a Northwest convention to indicate preference for President.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 20 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1856, Feb. 19 - Corwin, Thomas, 1794-1865, governor of Ohio. Washington City. To Phillip Greeley, Boston, Mass. Concerns a man in Greeley's office whose services may not be needed any longer.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 16 cm.

Purchased. 1971


1856, Apr. 20 - Corwin, Thomas, 1794-1865, sec'y of treasury. To Edward Wade, Washington City. Relates to a bill for aid in the construction of a canal around the Ohio Falls on the Indiana side.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Purchased. 1971


1856, July 9 - Ewing, Thomas, 1789-1871, secretary of treasury. Lancaster, [Ohio]. To Thomas Ewing. Refers to a financial statement.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1856, Sept. - Huffman, J. E. Report of J. E. Huffman to the Lincoln [County, Kentucky] Circuit Court, in his capacity as commissioner, appointed March 1836, to sell five slaves belonging to the heirs of John Gates.

Autograph Document Signed 3 p. 32 cm.

  • p. [3] contains copy of promissory note, date May 5, 1856, and signed by Leo Haydon and Joseph Wallace.

Transferred from Main Library, Indiana University. 1937


1857, Feb. 7-1863, Nov. 8 - Maier, Conrad, 1835-. Papers.

Document & Autograph Letter Signed 5 p. 26-34 cm.

  • Contents:
    • [1] Copy of his baptismal record, February 7, 1857, 1 p.;
    • [2] Permit to emigrate to America from Altengronau, Hesse, Germany, February 9, 1857;
    • [3] Maier, Konrad, Altengronau, Germany. To his sons in America, November 8, 1863, 3 p.

Gift. 1952


1857, Feb. 12 - Russell, Mrs. Suzannah (Trevitt). [New Orleans, Louisiana]. Certificate granting the slave named Ellen her freedom.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 36 cm.

  • Accompanied by a mortgage in the name of Octave Anfoux and recorded against the slave Ellen, cancelled Jan. 31, 1857. Document Signed 1 p. 17 cm. Partly printed.
  • Also a copy of the sale of the slave Ellen by Octave Anfoux to Mrs. Suzannah (Trevitt) Russell, Feb. 3, 1857. Document Signed 2 p. 33 cm. Partly printed.

Purchased. 1969


1857, Aug. 26 - Drake, Samuel Gardner, 1798-1857, editor author. Boston, [Massachusetts]. To Mayer, Brantz. "Several years ago I sold to the Boston Athenaeum a copy of every book and print I could find about Washington." He is concerned about the authenticity of Fox, A Portrait of George Washington, from an original drawing ... Boston, 1851.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 pp. 20 cm.

  • "Answered 30th August 1857 Sunday Brantz Mayer".

Removed from Charles Fox. A Portrait of George Washington from an Original Drawing ... Boston: published by Crocker & Brewster, 1851 (Lilly E312.43.F7). 1969


1858, July 8 - Ericsson, John, 1803-1889, engineer and inventor. To [no name given]. Concerns mechanical difficulties with caloric yacht.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 24 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1858, Sept. 28-1865, [June 14] - Upson, Theodore Frelinghuysen, 1845-1919. [Civil War journal]. Rewritten by Upson from diaries, journals, and letters written by him before, during and shortly after the war.

Autograph Document 225 p. 31 cm.

  • Published under title: With Sherman to the Sea ... ed. ... by Oscar Osburn Winther ... Baton Rouge, La., 1943.

Presented to the Library. 1942-1943


1858, Oct. 20 - Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865, pres. U.S. Rushville, [Illinois]. To Judd, Norman Buel. Voting irregularities.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 19 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Published in Roy P. Basler, ed. The Collection Works of Abraham Lincoln . New Brunswick, New Jersey, Rutgers University Press, 1953. vol. 3, p. 329-3330.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1858-1892 - Memorandum books of a Baptist minister in Wisconsin: sermon, doctrinal and church notes, remedies and recipes, agricultural hints, personal and church accounts, general information.

Autograph Document 3 vol. 20-25 cm.

  • Contents:
    • V.[1] 1858-April 21, 1879;
    • V.[2] April 27, 1879-Nov. 8, 1892;
    • V.[3] Sermon notes only, entered in Advanced Quarterly, published by American Baptist Publication Society, IV: no. 4, October-December 1882.
  • Partly in Welsh; partly in English.
  • Scattered mentions of Oshkosh and other Wisconsin towns and cities.

Gift. 1949


1859, Nov. 11 - Anselm, Carl, contractor for transportation of emigrants to America. Stuttgart, [Württemberg]. Schiffsvertrag für auswanderer ... von Kehl nach New York via Havre.

Document Signed 4 p. 44 cm.

  • Lower 15 cm. of pages 3-4 lacking.

Purchased. 1952


1859, Nov. 22 - Morrill, Lot Myrick, 1813-1883, sec'y of treasury. Augusta, [Maine]. To William Pitt Fesenden, Portland, [Main]. "That movement for Bates will never do ... We must have a thoroughly representative man – nothing short of that will satisfy the West."

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 18 cm.

Purchased. 1971


1861, Mar. 26 - Giddings, Joshua Reed, 1795-1864, congressman, abolitionist. Jefferson, Ohio. To William Pitt Fessenden, Portland, [Maine]. After he reaches Montreal and learns his new duties, will give consideration to Fessenden's letter of the 22nd.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 21 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1861, Apr. 10 - Brady, James Topham, 1815-1869, lawyer. No. 240, Broadway, Room 16, [New York, New York]. To Dear Sir. "Your letter of January 9th 1861 requesting my autograph was mislaid and only turned up today."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 leaf. 20 cm.

  • Letter backed by a newspaper of the period.
  • Small clipping appended to the front of the letter mentioning Mr. Brady's name.

Purchased. 1975


1861, Apr. 15 - Burritt, Elihu, 1810-1879, pacifist, New Britain, Connecticut. To A. Walker. Anniversary meeting will be in peculiar circumstances if Civil war then in progress. Subject of his speech on that occasion not yet decided buy may be on the powers and policy of the peace principle in regard to oppressed nationalities.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 20 cm.

  • Appended note: Walker, A. To Beckwith. [April] 20, 1861.

Gift. 1943


1861, Aug. 17 - Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865, pres. U.S. Commission of Charles J. Dickey as first lieutenant in the thirteenth regiment of infantry.

Document 1 p. 50 cm. copy, folio.

  • Signature not in Lincoln's hand.
  • To replace original which was burned.
  • See not on verso.

Gift. 1956


1862, Mar. 8-Nov. 22 - U.S. Army. 4th division. Orderly book of the 2nd brigade, 4th division, Army of Tennessee River, James Clifford Veatch commanding.

Autograph Document [24], 336, [22] p. 40 cm.

Deposit. 1954


1862, Oct. 1-1865, Nov. 12 - Brother, Charles, 1844-, U.S. navy. U.S. sloop Hartford, Western Gulf blockading squadron, Admiral Farragut's flagship. Pocket Diary.

Typed Document 300,47 p. 28 cm. copy.

  • 2 drafts for March 14-August 5, 1864.

Gift. 1951


1862, Oct. 8 - Warner, Jackson, quartermaster, Confederate States of America. Richmond, Virginia. Invoice to John P. Pearson "To hire of Boy Joe from Aug 6th to Oct 6 1862."

Document Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Printed form, filled in.
  • $30 ... received at Richmond by John P. Pearson.

Gift. 1986


1862, Oct. 24-1863, Sept. 9 - Cogshall, Israel. Chaplain, 19th Michigan Infantry. [Diary] October 24, 1862-September 9, 1863; Mess account, November 1, 1862-September 8, 1863.

Autograph Document Signed 2 vol. 18-15 cm.

  • Edited by Cecil K. Byrd and published in Indiana Magazine of History, XLII, p. 69-87, March 1946.

Source and date unknown.


1862, Nov. 2-1863, Jan. 3 - Cogshall, Israel. Chaplain, 19th Michigan Infantry. [Eight receipts for supplies], November 2, 1862-January 3, 1863; orders upon release as a Confederate prisoner, April 7, 1863.

Autograph Document Signed 9 p.

Source and date unknown.


1863, Feb. 17 - Baker, N, collector, Confederate States of America. Apalachicola, Florida. License issued to the steamer Swan to be employed in the coasting trade for one year.

Document Signed 1 p. 41 x 26 cm. folio.

  • Printed form, filled in.
  • John T. Wother, master.

Gift. 1986


1863, Mar. 17 - Fitzpatrick, J. J., provost marshal, Confederate States of America. Pass to Mrs. William M. Patton and child to visit Charleston, South Carolina.

Document Signed 1 p. 7 cm.

  • Partly printed.

Gift. 1950


1863, Apr. 10 - Jackson, Thomas Jonathan, 1824-1863, general. Head Quarters, 2nd Corps, A.H., Va. To Brigadier general Robert H. Chilton, A.A. & I. General Head Quarters Department N. Va. Report of the battle of Winchester.

Photostat of Autograph Letter Signed [2], 21 p. 28-32 cm.

  • Negative Photostat of original in the possession of Ezra Cole, Nyack, New York.

1957


1863, May 15-June 25 - Rebel diary captured at Resaca Georgia, May 15, 1864: a diary of events and rumors heard by the besieged Confederate soldiers during the siege of Vicksburg, May 15-June 25, 1863.

Autograph Document 16 p. 14 cm.

  • Contents: P.[1], title-page; pp.[2-8], diary; pp.[9-14], blank; p.[15], Bill of fare during siege; p.[16], blank.

Purchased. 1956


1863, June 25 - Cowen, N. Headquarters, 13th army corps, near Vicksburg, Mississippi. To D. Murphy. Deals with the Siege of Vicksburg.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 32 cm.

Gift. 1951


1863, July 1 - Horton, Andrew Marcus, soldier. Gettysburg. To George [D.] Horton and family, Chaumont, Jefferson County, New York. Battle of Gettysburg.

Typescript of Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 28 cm.

  • Typescript from original in possession of Homer F. Horton, son of Andrew Marcus Horton.

1951


1863, Aug. 22 - Rosecrans, William Starke, 1819-1898, general. Head-Quarters Department of the Cumberland, Stevenson, [Tennessee]. To [Henry Wager Halleck]. Expresses dissatisfaction with the War Department in response to Rosecrans' request for more cavalry. Explains why the army has not been able to advance more quickly across Tennessee.

Autograph Document Signed 3 p. 25.4 cm.

Purchased. 1989


1863, Oct. 1 - Pardee, Benjamin S., et. al. Certificate of non-liability issued to Wolcott Stannard that he is not properly subject to do military duty, Oct. 1, 1863.

  • Partly printed.

Source of purchase unknown. 1968


1863, Dec. 30 - Riley, John F, captain, Confederate States of America. Invoice for four bags of flour from William Merrett for $44.
  • Printed form, filled in.

Gift. 1986


1864, Mar. 25 - Fillmore, Millard, 1800-1874, pres. U.S. Buffalo, [New York]. To Miss North. Autograph.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

Gift. 1961


1864, Aug. 8 - Fox, Gustavus Vasa, 1821-1883, assistant secretary of navy. Washington. To Mrs. [Virginia (Loyall)] Farragut. Hastings on the Hudson, N.Y. Forwarding to her a telegram showing the success of her husband at Mobile Bay.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Gift. 1943


1864, Oct. 17 - Akehurst, William H., of Troy, New York, member of 12th battery of Light Artillery, New York State Volunteers. Absentee voter's power of attorney, empowering John Dunlavey of Troy, New York, to vote for him in the general election of November 8, 1864.

Document Signed 1 p. 32 cm.

  • William P. Slocum, witness.
  • Affidavit, signed b George K. Dauchy, 1st Lt. commanding 12 battery, Light Artillery. New York State Volunteers, appended.
  • Cover, on which affidavit of William H. Akeburst affirming right to vote appears, included. (Document Signed 1 p. 10 cm.)

Source and date unknown.


1865, Jan. 1-July 4 - Lovering, J. F., chaplain, 17th regiment Maine Infantry. Diary.

Autograph Document 199 p. 12 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1865, Jan. 25 - Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872, editor. New York. To [Orson Squire] Fowler and [Samuel Roberts] Wells. Objecting to use of word "phrenological".

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1865, Feb. 1 - Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865, pres. U.S. Thirteenth Amendment.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 51 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • Signed by Lincoln, Vice-president Hannibal Hamlin, Speaker of the House Schuyler Colfax, Secretary of the Senate John W. Forney, Clerk of the House Edward McPherson, 33 senators and 114 Representatives.
  • The Charles Sumner-James Wormly copy.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1865, Mar. 7 - Usher, John Palmer, 1816-1889, U.S. secretary of interior. Letters of patent issued to Benjamin F. Bates and Charles R. Macy for the invention of a new and useful improvement in ordnance and projectiles.

Document Signed 4 p. 38 x 51 cm. folio.

  • Accompanied by a drawing 40 x 53 cm.

Source of purchase unknown. 1968


1865, Apr. 10 - Lee, Robert Edward, 1807-1870, army officer, Head Quarters, Army of Northern Va [Virginia]. To Joshua Thomas. General Order Number Nine. Confederate surrender and farewell to the Army of Northern Virginia.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 26 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1865, Apr. 10 - Lee, Robert Edward, 1807-1870, soldier. Headquarters, Army of Northern Virginia. To Brigadier general Walter Husted Stevens, chief engineer, Army Northern Virginia. General order no. 9. Farewell to the Army of Northern Virginia.

Facsimile of Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 32 cm. folio.

  • On verso: Facsimile. The Lakeside Press, R. R. Donnelly & Sons Company, [Chicago, Illinois].
  • From the original in the possession of Forest H. Sweet, Battle Creek, Michigan. In folder with printed [preface] 5 p.
  • Label on front cover varies: copy 1, Reproduced by Donnelly deeptone offset; copy 2, Presented as a keepsake to the members of the Caxton Club; copy 3, Presented as a keepsake to the members of the Manuscript Society.

1955


1865, Apr. 10 - Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865, pres. U.S. To [?]. "Let this Prisoner be discharged on taking the oath of Dec. 8, 1863."

Autograph Note Signed 1 p. 6 x 9 cm.

Purchased. 1972


1865, Apr. 12 - Horton, Andrew [Marcus], soldier. Camp 6th New York Cavalry, near Burkesville Junction, Virginia. To George D. Horton and family. Appomattox campaign.

Typescript of Autograph Letter Signed 5 p. 28 cm.

  • Typescript from original in possession of Homer F. Horton, son of Andrew Marcus Horton.

1958


1865, May 11 - Harrison, Benjamin, 1833-1901, pres. U.S. Head Quarters 1 B. 3 D. 20 A.C., Near Manchester, Virginia. To Samuel Fletcher Chalfin, Assistant Adjutant General. Acknowledges the receipt of his commission as Brigadier-General by Brevet in the Volunteer forces of the United States.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Purchased. 1969


1865, July 18 - Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875, pres. U.S. Commission of Dwight B. Barnard as deputy postmaster of Calais, Maine.

Document Signed 1 p. 25 x 34 cm.

  • Countersigned: W. Hunter, acting secretary of state.

Source and date unknown.


1865, Dec. 27 - Pittsfield & Broken Straw Oil Company, Warren County, Pennsylvania. Certificate No. 203 for 3225 shares of stock, issued to Henry Stump & John Stephen.

Document Signed 2 pp. 18.2 x 27.5 cm.

  • Filled in and signed by E. Penn Smith, pres., and M. T. Seibert, treasurer; countersigned: John H. Oberly.

Gift. 1983


1866, Mar. 23 - Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883, vice-president of Confederacy. Crawfordville, Georgia. To James D. Waddle, Cedartown, Georgia. Refers to a shipment of Hamilton's works.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 20 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1866, Apr. 11 - Dalton, Thomas W., 82nd regt., New York Volunteers. Washington, D.C. To Collector of Customs, New York Harbor. Applying for a position.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Three appended notes recommending Dalton for a position, signed by Ira Harris, Edwin Denison Morgan, Henry Van Aernam, William Augustus Darling, Henry Jarvis Raymond, Samuel Breck, and Edward Davis Townsend.

Source and date unknown.


1866, Apr. 18 - Vassar, Matthew, 1792-1868, merchant. Poughkeepsie, [New York]. To William Hague. He expresses the opinion that our country needs dancing, institutions of learning need it, our standard of Christian morality needs it, and last but not least our sanitary law of health needs it.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 21 cm.

Source of purchase unknown. 1968


1867, Apr. 11 - Johnson, Andrew, 1808-1875, pres. U.S. Commission of Charles J. Dickey as captain in the 31st regiment of infantry.

Document Signed 1 p. 48 cm. folio.

  • Countersigned by Edwin McMasters Stanton, secretary of war.

Gift. 1956


1867, Nov. 19 - Greeley, Horace, 1811-1872, editor. New York. To O. V. Cose[?]. Hartford, Connecticut. Relates to a translation which Everett[?] has almost ready for publication.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 22 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1868, Apr. 2 - Bingham, John Armor, 1815-1900, lawyer, Ohio politician. Impeachment "If it were done when 'tis done it were well twere done quickly."

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 10 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1868, July 13 - Law, John, 1796-1873, congressman. Evansville, [Indiana]. To John Van Schaick Lansing Pruyn. Expresses regret that George Hunt Pendleton was not nominated for president, but fully supports Horatio Seymour as the Democratic candidate.

Autograph Letter Signed [2] p. 20.5 cm.

Purchase. 1990


1869, July 15 - Cox, Jacob Dolson, 1828-1900, general, governor of Ohio, secretary of interior. Appointing John Brown Dillon as superintendent of public documents.

Document Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Removed from John Brown Dillon's History of Indiana , 1859. 1931


1870, July 22 - Hawley, John Baldwin, 1831-1895, congressman. Rock Island, [Illinois]. Go G.[?] Grigg[?]. Requestion his opinion of the feeling of Republicans of Hamilton [Illinois] regarding Hawley's renomination.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 20 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1870, Sept. 14 - Hawley, John Baldwin, 1831-1859, congressman. Rock Island, [Illinois]. To G.[?] C. Sharp. Political matters here look well. Only fear is in getting out the vote in the corner counties. Gen. Logan has promised to speak in every county of the district.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 20 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1870, Dec. 15 - Grant, Ulysses Simpson, 1822-1885, pres. U.S. Fragment of a commission.

Document Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Countersigned by Hamilton Fish, secretary of state.

Source and date unknown.


1870, Dec. 15 - Ludwig, Gustavus M., fl. 1870, surveyor. Map of railroad grounds in Illinois.

Autograph Document 61 x 102 cm.

  • In black and red ink.

Gift. 1968


1872, June 24 - Scott, Thomas Alexander, 1823-1881, assistant secretary of war. New London. To H. A. Scott.

Autograph Telegram. Signed 18 cm.

  • Partly printed.

Removed from Smith's Caleb West ... Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1898. (Lilly PS2864.C3 1898). 1966


1873, Mar. 17 - Salisbury, Stephen, 1835-1905, bank president. Worcester, Mass. To James Hammond Trumbull. His essay on the "Star spangled banner."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 20 cm.

Removed from Salisbury's An Essay on the Star Spangled Banner and National Songs ... Worcester, Mass., Charles Hamilton, 1873. (Lilly ML3561.S7 S19). 1961


1873, July 13 - Rhoades, J. P., Flag Springs, Texas. To [Mrs. A. J. Moore, Prairie Edge, Indiana]. Raising cattle for Kansas market.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 20 cm.

  • Accompanied by cover.

Gift. 1951


1874, Sept. 14 - Morrill, Lot Myrick, 1813-1883, sec'y of treasury. Augusta, [Maine]. To William Worth Belknap. "It will be ... most agreeable to consult your wishes in regard to the Bill relating to your department."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 18 cm.

Purchased. 1971


1875, Mar. 22 - Nicolay, John George, 1832-1901, author. Supreme court of the United States, Washington [D.C.]. To Charles Lauman, Georgetown, D.C. Sends information concerning the circuit court.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1875, Oct. 24 - Hay, John [Milton], 1838-1905, diplomat. Windsor Hotel. To [William Leete] Stone. Refers to literary work in Stone's possession.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 21 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1876, Feb. 21-Oct. 16 - [Envelopes with the square cancellation stamp of Rosita, Colorado: from R. N. Clark and the Virginia Mining Co. to Mayland Cuthbert at Colorado Springs and at Beverly, New Jersey].

Documents, 3 items, 8.5 cm.

  • Contents: 1876, Feb. 16; Sept. 21; Oct. 16.
  • All bear the embossed three cents U.S. postage stamp.
  • Rosita, founded about 1873, and nearly destroyed by fire in 1881, was a ghost town by 1885: see Perry Eberhart, Guide to the Colorado Ghost Towns and Mining Camps , Alan Swallow, Denver, 1959. (Lilly F776.E2)

Gift. 1983


1877, Oct. 12 - Hamilton, Schuyler, 1822-1903, soldier. New York, [New York]. To John [i.e. James] Hammond Trumbull, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut. American flag.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 20 cm.

Removed from Hamilton's Our National Flag n.p., 1877 (Lilly CR113.H2). 1961


1878, Apr. 3 - Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879, reformer. Boston. Poem: God Speed the Year of Jubilee .

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 19 cm.

Gift. 1943


1879, July 17 - Sherman, William Tecumseh, 1820-1891, general. Washington. Autograph.

Autograph Document Signed 2 p. 7 cm.

  • Beginning and end of a letter cut off and pasted together. Part of the letter in Sherman's handwriting remains on back.

Source and date unknown.


1881, Aug. 11 - Garfield James Abram, 1831-1881, pres. U.S. Washington, D.C. To Mrs. Eliza [Ballou] Garfield, Hiram, Ohio. Still weak but improving following attempt on his life on July 2.

Facsimile of Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 23 cm.

Date and source of acquisition unknown.


1882, Feb. 10 - Folger, Charles James, 1818-1884, sec'y of treasury. Washington. To Joseph Bradford Carr. Refers to a letter signed by James C. Brown and hopes "he may have a chance to be heard by the auditing Board."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 20 cm.

Purchased. 1971


1884, April 4-1922, April 27 - Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924, pres. U.S. Letters and documents.

10 Documents 35 cm. photostats.

  • Numbered 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19.
  • Contents:
    • (1) [Wilson, Woodrow]. To Houghton, Mifflin, & Co., April 4, 1884. Autograph Letter p.1 and 2 only;
    • (2) [Wilson, Woodrow]. The college man and society, [notes for an address before the] 19th century club, New York, Nov. 15, 1899. Autograph Document 1 p.;
    • (4) Wilson, Woodrow. Inaugural address, Trenton, January 17, 1911. Typed Document with holograph revisions. p. 1 only;
    • (6) [Wilson, Woodrow]. Inaugural, [March 4, 1913]. Typed Document with holograph revisions. 2 p.;
    • (7) [Wilson, Woodrow]. Introduction to message to Congress, April 8, 1913. Typed Document with holograph revisions. 2 p. Accompanied by first page of printed text;
    • (12) [Wilson, Woodrow. Draft of so-called Fourteen points address before a joint session of Congress, January 8, 1918]. Typed Document with holography revisions. p. 10 only;
    • (13) [Wilson, Woodrow Early draft of Covenant of League of nations], August 1918. Typed Document with holograph & typed revisions. 3 p.;
    • (15) [Wilson, Woodrow. Notes for address on the] League of nations, January 25, 1919. Typed Document p. 1 only;
    • (17) [Wilson, Woodrow]. Address [to the Senate] July 10, 1919. Typed Document with holograph revisions. 2 p. Accompanied by p. 1 of printed text;
    • (19) Wilson, Woodrow. To Raymond B. Fosdick. April 27, 1922.

Purchased. 1956


[1884], Nov. 27 - Hay, John [Milton], 1838-1905, diplomat. 800 Sixteenth Street, Lafayette Square, [Washington, D.C.] To "Dear Mr. Harper." Refers to The Bread-Winners .

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 17 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1885, Jan. 16 - Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889, secretary of war and pres. of the Confederate States of America. War Department, Washington. To [Henry Mower Rice]. Transmittal letter in response to Rice's letter of the 10th, sending a report estimating the cost of surveying the Mississippi River "from Fort Snelling to the Falls of St. Anthony ... to Sauk Rapids – and also of the rock bar at Little Falls in the Minnesota river."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 15 cm.

  • Report not present with the letter.
  • Recipient identified from press and letterbook copies in the National Archives.

Source and date unknown.


1885, Dec. 24 - Ericsson, John, 1803-1889, engineer and inventor. New York. To Ben. W. Austin, Sioux City, Iowa. Accepting honor conferred upon him by Northwestern Literary and Historical Society.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1886, July - Browne, Francis Fisher, 1843-1913, editor. [The] Life of [Abraham] Lincoln. Incomplete Draft.

Autograph Document Signed [125] leaves. 12-24 cm.

  • Bound into the printed work of Browne, The Life of Abraham Lincoln, New York and St. Louis, N. D. Thompson Publishing Co.,1886.
  • Portions of text in blue ink and corrections throughout in blue ink in the hand of Francis Fisher Browne.
  • Contents:
    • Portrait signed, "Faithfully yours, Francis Fisher Browne," leaf [1];
    • Preface to Life of Lincoln by Francis Fisher Browne, July 17, 1886, leaves [2-8], 15 cm., pages vii-viii in printed work;
    • The Father of Abraham Lincoln by George Belle Balch, 1828-1886, rural poet of Lerna, Coles Co., Illinois, leaves [9-22], 20 cm., pages 82-87 in printed work;
    • Contribution to Life of Lincoln by [Paul Selby], 1825-1913, author, leaves [23-31], 12 cm., pages 251-253 in printed work;
    • Contribution by [William Bross], 1813-1890, journalist, Illinois lt. governor, in pencil, leaves [32-38], 15 cm., page 264 in printed work;
    • Contribution by [George Clement Noyes], 1833-1889, clergyman, leaves [39-44], 23 cm., pages 289-292 in printed work;
    • Contribution by [Andrew Shuman], 1830-1890, journalist, Illinois lt. governor, leaves [45-65], 11-23 cm., pages 293-298 in printed work;
    • Contribution by [William Henry Smith], 1833-1896, journalist, Ohio secretary of state, leaves [66-76], [107-110], 14-23 cm., partially on the letterhead of The Western Associated Press, New York, 188-, pages 382-386 and 673-674 in the printed work;
    • Contribution by [Albert Gallatin Riddle], 1816-1902, congressman, in pencil, leaves [77-89], 13 cm., pages 386-388 in printed work;
    • Original ms. by Francis Fisher Browne, Life of Lincoln, July 13, 1886, leaves [90-105], [111-125], 16 cm., pages 511-513, 596-597, 531, 674-674, 701, 715-717 in printed work, with portrait pasted in of George Brinton McClellan, 1826-1885, general, leaf [96], and proof of portrait of George Gordon Meade, 1815-1872, general, leaf [102], both with facsimile signatures, pages 512 and 597 of printed work.

Purchased. 1973


1886, Aug. 10-1894, Dec. 22 - Mellette, Arthur Calvin, 1842-1896, governor of South Dakota. Correspondence relating to Dakota lands.

1 Letter Signed, 2 Autograph Letter Signed and fragment of a third one. 4 p. 26-28 cm.

  • Contents:
    • Simmons, Charles E., land commissioner, Chicago & North-Western Railway Co., Chicago, Ill. To Arthur Calvin Mellette, Watertown, D.T., Aug. 10, 1886;
    • Mellette, Arthur Calvin, Watertown, Dak. To his father, Sept. 27, 1886, Prescott & Bidwell, abstractors and examiners of titles, Mitchell, S. D. Dec. 22, 1894;
    • Last page of a letter written by Arthur Calvin Mellette. Undated.

Gift. 1951


1886, Aug. 25-1895, Jan. 8 - Young, Hiram H., 1842-1919, judge, farmer. A Hoosier in Kansas: the Diary of Hiram H. Young , edited by Powell [Aurelius] Moore.

Typed Document 120 p. 28 cm. copy.

Gift. 1951


1886, Sept. 28 - Parkman, Francis, 1823-1893, historian. Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts. To "My dear Madam." Enclosing two photographs.

Autograph Note Signed 1 p. 17 cm.

  • Enclosures lacking.

Transferred from the Main Library, Indiana University. 1941


1886, [Nov. 25] - [Beecher, Henry Ward], 1813-1887, clergyman. Thanksgiving sermon notes, Plymouth Church.

Autograph Document Signed 7 p. 21 cm.

  • Notes presented by Beecher from the pulpit to J. B. Pond.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1887, Aug. 18 - Butler, Benjamin Franklin, 1818-1893, soldier, congressman. Boston, Mass. To O. D. Barrett, Kansas City, Mo. Enclosing "letter from Darling covering a copy of a letter from Smoot to him."

Letter Signed 1 p. 26 cm.

  • Enclosure lacking.

Gift. 1954


1887, Oct. 4 - Fiske, John, 1842-1901, historian. Cambridge, [Massachusetts]. To Mrs. E. S. Dickinson. Sends her a motto for her autograph book and tells her where best photograph of him may be obtained.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 18 cm.

Transferred from the Main Library, Indiana University. 1941


1888, Jan. 23 - Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908, pres. U.S. Commission of Charles J. Dickey as major of the eighth regiment of infantry.

Document Signed 1 p. 48 x 39 cm. folio.

  • Countersigned by William Crowninshield Endicott, secretary of war.

Gift. 1956


1888, Mar. 23 - [Preston, Mrs.] Frances (Folsom), Cleveland. Executive Mansion, Washington [D.C.] To Mrs. Snead. "I cannot refrain from telling you how saddened we are by the news of your great loss. I know how much you and your daughter were to each other."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 16 cm.

Source of purchase unknown. 1968


1888, May 1 - Cameron, John, assistant adjutant general, Department of the Potomac, Grand Army of the Republic. 1412 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. To "Sir and comrade." Is writing on behalf of Charles P. Lincoln, commander of the Department of the Potomac, Grand Army of the Reublic who wishes to meet with the postmaster general [Don McDonald Dickinson] to discuss the reappointment of Mrs., F. C. Maxwell as postmistress.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Signed: "Yours in Friendship, Charity, & Loyalty."

Gift. 1986


1889, Feb. 3 - Smith, Goldwin, 1823-1910, Canadian author. Toronto. To Henry Chandler Bowen. Relating to political union of Canada and the United States.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 20 cm.

Source and date unknown.


1889, [Apr. 22]-June 16 - [Photographs of the Oklahoma and Indian territories.]

21.7 x 13.5 cm. – 16.5 x 10.5 cm.

  • 44 mounted albumen photographs.
  • At least 3, and possibly all, photographs taken by George Stephan of Denver, Colorado.
  • Photographs annotated by Joseph William Piercy and E. H. Davis, correspondent of the Kansas City Times .
  • Contents from penciled annotations on versos:
    • 1) The First Day – "Squatting on town lots or squatter sovereignty, [Apr. 22];
    • 2) Gen. Weaver addressing the crowd at Guthrie on the first day, [Apr. 22];
    • 3) First building erected in Guthrie, [ca. Apr. 25];
    • 4) Getting settled – first week at Guthrie – no streets, [ca. Apr. 27];
    • 5) Street scene the first week, [ca. Apr. 27];
    • 6) A new arrival hunting for a lot, [Apr.?];
    • 7) General view of Guthrie town site, [Apr.?];
    • 8) Guthrie on the South, [Apr.?];
    • 9) Land Attorney's outfit, [Apr.?];
    • 10) 1889. In Guthrie. J. W. Piercy, fourth from left – facing Davis correspondent from Kansas City Times, [Apr.?];
    • 11) A Boomer's Camp, [Apr.?];
    • 12) First Blacksmith Shop in Guthrie, [Apr.?]
    • 13) First Theatre in Guthrie, [Apr.?];
    • 14) Electing a Mayor, [Apr.?];
    • 15) [Electing a Mayor?], [Apr.?];
    • 16) Removing a claimant from a lot, May 1;
    • 17) May 8 at Tahlequah 1889;
    • 18) Indian Mission, Tahlequah, I.T., May 10;
    • 19) Cherokee Church. Near Tahlequah, I.T., May 15;
    • 20) Capitol Building. Tahlequah, I.T., May 15;
    • 21) Crossing the Arkansas about May 17;
    • 22) Guthrie one month old, [May 22];
    • 23) Some "Business Blocks," [May?];
    • 24) Riot over a town lot, [May?];
    • 25) Guthrie mob liberating a prisoner from the jail, [May?];
    • 26) Post-office, Guthrie, [May?];
    • 27) Guthrie looking East, [May?];
    • 28) Guthrie on the North, [May?];
    • 29) Morning of June 4 at daylight;
    • 30) Kingfisher, June 10;
    • 31) Picture of a Cheyenne tepee near Kingfisher. Chief Black Bear and family, June 10;
    • 32) Darlington Agency – near Ft. Reno – Furnishing cows to the Indians ..., June 12;
    • 33) Picture of Indian tepees ... Near Darlington – Cheyenne Camp, June 12;
    • 34) Some Indians that tried to tomahawk us with an ax at Darlington agency near Ft. Reno, June 12;
    • 35) Guthrie in the distance from the hills in the west, June 16;
    • 36) An Oklahoma hotel, n.d.;
    • 37) "Some Faces," n.d.;
    • 38) View near Arkansas City, n.d.;
    • 39) A Plantation. Choctaw Res., n.d.;
    • 40) Two Otoes and one Cherokee – Shelton Ed. of Tahlequah Telephone, n.d.;
    • 41) Cherokee Indians, n.d.
    • 42) Chief of the Ottoes, n.d.;
    • 43) An Indian camp, n.d.;
    • 44) Purcell, I.T. View from the top of the mission school, n.d.

Transfer. Book Department, Lilly Library. 1986


[1890] - Civil War reminiscences of a soldier in Company C, 64th regiment, New York Volunteers, October 14, 1861-October 18, 1864.

Autograph Document 94 p. 32 cm.

Purchased. 1959


1891, May 1 - Gresham, Walter Quintin, 1832-1895, U.S. secretary of state. Chicago. To Isaac N. Roland. "What is said was this; Those who spend money in corrupting voters and bribing officers are more dangerous enemies of the Republic than were the men who engaged in unsuccessful rebellion against it."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

Purchased. 1990


1891, Sept. 17 - Howard, Hamilton Gay, 1845-1926, lawyer. Detroit, Michigan. To Benjamin Harrison, Washington, D.C. "I take the liberty of sending you by this mail a compilation of Harrison pamphlets ..."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 23 cm.

Removed from William Ogden Niles, The Tippecanoe Textbook. Baltimore, Duff Green; Philadelphia, Hogan & Thompson and T. K. & P. G. Collins, 1840 (Lilly E392.N696). 1973


1892, May 2 - [Bante, David Demaree], 1833-1896, judge, pres. Board of Trustees of Indiana University, dean of Indiana University Law School. The criminal code of the Northwest Territory.

Autograph Document 47 p. 22 cm.

  • Read to the Fortnightly Club, [Bloomington, Indiana], May 2, 1892. Published in the Indiana Magazine of History , IX: 234-246, December 1913.

Transferred from the Main Library, Indiana University. 1942


1895, Dec. 1 - Harrisse, Henry, 1829-1910, historian. To "Cher ami". Because of the technical nature of the material on pages 313-316, he requests that Major Rogers check it carefully and put his answer in writing.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 9 cm.

Removed from Henry Harrisse, John Cabot, the discoverer of North America ... London, B. F. Stevens, 1896. (Lilly E129.C1 H3 Mendel). 1970


1898, May 25 - Bartholdt, Richard, 1855-1952, congressman. Washington, D.C. To [Chauncey Ives] Filley. National and Missouri politics.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 28 cm. copy.

  • Singed with initials.
  • Verifax copy.

Gift. 1956


1900 - Sweeny, William Montgomery, 1871-1945, author. A biographical sketch of Thomas William Sweeny, brigadier-general United States army.

Typed Document 39 [i.e. 58] p. 33 cm.

  • Carries holograph revisions and corrections.

Purchased. 1963


1903, Sept. 4 - Hay, John [Milton], 1838-1905, diplomat. Department of State, Washington, [D.C.] To John Lane, 67 Fifth Avenue, New York, [New York]. "I thank you for ... the copy of Mr. Ridgely Torrance's play, El Dorado ... I agree with you in thinking that it is very strong, both in poetic and dramatic qualities."

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

Purchased. 1969


1903, Dec. 22 - Mosby, John Singleton, 1833-1916, soldier, lawyer. Montgomery, Ala. To [Binger] Hermann. Wants to be recommended to the President for transfer to the Department of Justice for work on land fraud investigations.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

Purchased. 1994


1904, July 1 - Hay, John [Milton], 1838-1905, diplomat. Department of State, Washington, [D.C.] To Henry Beebee Carrington, Hyde Park, Massachusetts. Sends thanks for the book Crisis Thoughts.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 19 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1904, Sept. 2 - Hay, John [Milton], 1838-1905, diplomat. Newbury, New Hampshire. To "Dear Friends." Refers to a letter for Dr. Charles Waldstein at The Century Club.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 13 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1905, May 19 - Shaw, Leslie Mortier, 1848-1932, U.S. secretary of treasury. Treasury Department, Washington. To Cory Montague Stadden, 3002 Thirteenth Street. "Please dine informally with me ... This is a tardy fulfillment of promise made to a few of 'the boys' two years ago."

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 19 cm.

Purchased. 1971


1905, Nov. 13 - Woodburn, James Albert, 1856-1943, historian. History and Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, [Indiana.] To [George Haven] Putnam. Discusses in detail the number of words taken from the Lalor Cyclopedia for the Johnston-Woodburn Political History.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1905, Dec. 26 - Woodburn, James Albert, 1856-1943, historian. History and Political Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, [Indiana.] To Messrs. G. P. Putnam's Sons. New York, New York. Detailed account of words taken from Lalor's Cyclopedia for American Political History .

Typed Letter Signed 3 p. 25 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1906, Aug. 28 - Flower, Frank Abial, 1854-1911, author. To Charles Scribner's Sons. Seeking publication of his ms. "General Posey, Son of General Washington."

Typed Letter 2 p. 28 cm.

  • Accompanied by carbon copy of reply, September 20, 1906, signed "F.E.S." and rejecting ms. without reading.

Gift. 1955


1909, Feb. 10 - Adams, Henry, 1838-1918, historian. 1603 H Street, [Washington, D.C.] To Barrett Wendell. Adams writes of his literary work and announces forwarding to Wendell his two volumes.

Autograph Letter Signed 8 p. 20 cm.

  • Accompanied by cover.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


[1909], June 28 - Sinclair, Upton Beall, 1878-1968, novelist. Cutchogue, Long Island. To Mr. and Mrs. [Henry] Gaylord Wilshire. Suggests that the Wilshires underwrite him financially; biographical data; his needs.

Letter Signed 9 p. 32 cm. photostat.

  • Negative Photostat from original in possession of Howard H. Quint, University of South Carolina.
  • Printed in Howard H. Quint's "Upton Sinclair's quest for artistic independence – 1909." American Literature , XXIX: 194-202, May 1957.

1909, Oct. 9 - Peary, Robert Edwin, 1856-1920, arctic explorer. Eagle Island, South Harpswell, [Maine]. To Stanley D. Gray, Haverhill, Massachusetts. "I regret to say that I am making no engagements in regard to lectures at present."

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 27 cm.

  • Signed R. E. Peary, U.S.N.

Purchased. 1973


ca. 1909 - Photograph of Theodore Roosevelt with four local assistants or guides, climbing the pyramids.

Document 21.3 x 16.4 cm.

  • On verso, in pencil: 481 ft. high; covers 13 acres.
  • Date from envelope in which photo transferred to Lilly Library.

Gift. (Probably in the 1960s) Transferred. Main Library. 1991


1911, Feb. 23 - U.S. General Land Office. Patent of grant of land in Washington (state) to Louis H. Brownlee.

Document 1 p. 35 cm.

  • Signed: William Howard Taft By M. P. LeRoy, Secretary.

Gift. 1933


[1912], Dec. 31 - Bryan, William Jennings, 1860-1925, political leader. Miami, Florida. To [Woodrow Wilson]. Discusses possible conflicts of interest when Bryan is appointed Secretary of State. Suggests nominees for several cabinet posts.

Autograph Letter Signed [4] p. 28.3 cm.

Ex libris. Clifford Odets. 1992


1913, Aug. 23 - McMath, Robert Emmett, 1833-1918, engineer. Autobiography.

Typed Document 42 p. 28 cm. copy.

Typescript made from a copy in the possession of Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth (Goodwin) True, Bloomington, Indiana. 1956


1914, Apr. 10 - Addams, Jane, 1860-1935, settlement worker. Hull-House, 800 South Halsted Street, Chicago, [Illinois]. To Waldo Ralph Browne. Has just been involved in Frank case in Atlanta and cannot go into another similar situation.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 23 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1915, Mar. 26 - Walsh, Townsend, -1941, author. South Bend, Indiana. To Herbert Stanley Renton. Acknowledging a Belasco bill; has been correcting proofs of his book.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 24 cm.

Removed from Townsend Walsh's The Career of Dion Boucicault . New York, 1915 (Lilly PN2598.B74 W3). 1947


1915, Apr. 19 - Tumulty, Joseph Patrick, 1879-1954, secretary to Woodrow Wilson. The White House, Washington. To Job H. Lippincott, Jersey City, N.J. wants letters endorsing Lippincott "to use in the Department where I am trying to help you."

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 23.5 cm.

Gift. 1989


1916, May 29 - Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919, pres. U.S. Metropolitan, 432 Fourth Avenue, New York. To Alphonso Trumphour Clearwater. 316 Albany Avenue, Kingston, New York. Receives between 1500 and 2000 letters a week.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1917-1919 - Society of the Fifth division, United States army, veterans of the world war. The Official History of the Fifth Division ... 1917-1919, compiled and written by 2nd Lt. Kenyon Stevenson, 21st field artillery.

Typwritten. 338 p. 33cm. Maps.

  • Printed with some revision and rearrangement under title: The Official History of the Fifth Division, U.S.A. ... 1917-1919. Washington, D.C. 1919.

Source and date unknown.


1918, Mar. 14 - Roosevelt, Franklin Delano, 1882-1945, pres. U.S. Navy Department, Assistant Secretary's Office, Washington, [D.C.] To Dr. & Mrs. W. Tyler, 275 Broadway, Norwich, Connecticut. A letter of thanks for sending spy glasses to use in the prosecution of naval operations. "You have supplied 'Eyes for the NAVY' during a very trying time."

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 27 cm.

Purchased. 1967


1919, Oct. 20 - Watson, James Eli, 1863-1948, U.S. senator. United States Senate, Committee on Interstate Commerce. To Harry L. Kitselman. Muncie, Indiana. Is opposed to signing the League of Nations Treaty and disagrees that "90 [percent] of the Republicans are for this League ..."

Typed Letter Signed 2 p. 26.5 cm.

Purchased. 1990


1920, Feb. 3 - Houston, David Franklin, 1866-1940, sec'y of treasury. Washington. To Edward Albert Filene, Boston, Massachusetts. "I fully recognize the difficulty of the times and the financial problems presented to the nation and to the world."

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 21 cm.

Purchased. 1971


[1922], July 8 - Lewis], Mrs. Abigail Victoria (Harding), (Mrs. Ralph T. Lewis), sister of Warren Gamaliel Harding. Marion, Ohio. To Mrs. [Martha J.] Stubbs, Indianapolis, Indiana. Thanking her for luncheon given by Women's state republican club in Indianapolis.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 17 cm.

  • Year taken from cover.

Gift. 1962


1924, Feb. 1-June 16 - Harding in Canada. Compilation of letters from prominent journalists and political figures sent to R. J. Cromie, publisher, Vancouver Sun on the occasion of the presentation by the Vancouver Sun to the National Press Gallery at Washington of a painting of President Harding in Stanley Park, Vancouver, July 26, 1923, on the first visit of a United States president to Canadian soil.

Typed Letter Signed 187 p. 35 cm.

Gift. 1971


1924, Feb.-1936, Sept. 3 - Palmer, William Kimberley, 1856-, poet. Scrapbook of holograph and printed poems of William Kimberley Palmer; letters and postcards to Mr. Palmer from libraries acknowledging copies of his poems; newspapers clippings.

86 p. 26 cm.

Gift. 1936


1925, Jan. 18 - Reagan, Albert B. The Isleta Indians.

Typed Document 5 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1952


1925, Feb. 26 - Houston, David Franklin, 1866-1940, sec'y of treasury. 195 Broadway, New York. To Reverend Paul Robinson Hickok, 1917 Fifth Avenue, Troy, New York. Refers to a final analysis of Woodrow Wilson.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

Purchased. 1971


[1928?] - [Roosevelt, Franklin Delano], 1882-1945, pres. U.S. National political digest. Compiled from letters received in response to the letters he sent after he was elected governor of New York.

Typed Document [187] p. 31 cm.

  • Accompanied by a copy of the letter sent to the state chairman, county chairman, delegates-at-large and alternates, district and alternate delegates, successful congressmen, and defeated congressmen. facsimile of Typed Letter 6 p. 27 cm.
  • From the library of Edward Mandell House.

Purchased. 1967


1930, Oct. 1 - Morley, Christopher [Darlington], 1890-1957, author. Roslyn Heights, New York. To [Robert William Masters]. Dramatization of his Haunted Bookshop .

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

Transferred from the Main Library, Indiana University. 1936


[1930?] - Ferguson, William Jason, 1844-1930, actor. To Herbert Stanley Renton. "As a token of respect and regard ..."

Autograph Document Signed 1 p.

  • On half title page.

Inscribed in Ferguson, I saw Booth shoot Lincoln , Boston: Houghton Mifflin company, 1930. (Lilly E457.5.F353) 1987


1931, Jan. 13 - Hathaway, Horatio, 1870-, merchant. Greystone, Dedham, Massachusetts. To George [Hope Mairs]. Deals with his book A new Bedford merchant .

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 17 cm.

Removed from Hathaway's A new Bedford merchant . [Boston], Privately printed, [D. B. Updike, The Merrymount Press, c. 1930]. (Lilly VK140.H3 h3). 1972


1931, Jan. 19 - Fellows, Dorkas, 1873-1938, editor. Dewey Decimal Classification. D.C. Editor's Office, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. To Nellie Mae Coats. State Library, Indianapolis, Ind. Replies to her inquiry of Jan. 16: "We have no expectation of expanding 929 in our next edition ..." Goes on to explain that "our printed tables wer [sic] found adequate" for use with the New York State Library's genealogy collection.

Typed Letter Signed [2] p. 27.3 cm.

  • Carries some holograph corrections.
  • Written in Dewey's "simpler spelling" style.

Transferred. Book Dept. Lilly Library. Indiana University. (found originally in a Ball collection transfer). 1994


1931, Oct. 30 - Knox, Dudley Wright, 1877-1960, naval officer. Office of Naval Records and Library, Navy Department, Washington, D.C. To Carroll Atwood Wilson, 120 Broadway, New York City, New York. Refers to Harrison Robertson's cruise on the frigate "United States" and "Cyane", from Calloo, Peru to Boston.

  • Removed from Herman Melville's White-Jacket ... New York, Harper, 1850. (Lilly PS2384.W48 1850a vault 1)
  • There are marginal notes on p. [iii], 29, 31, 41, 44, 240, 384, 402, 440, 456, presumably by Robertson.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1931 - (PN6367.A78 1811) Brown, William P., 1837-1934, Mrs. Lincoln's coachman. Ravenna, Michigan. Signature to notarized statement that the booklet from the Abraham Lincoln collection was given to him by Mrs. Lincoln in 1866.

Document Signed 1 p. 12.8 cm.

  • Inscribed in The Art of Making Money by Dr. Franklin, N.Y., S. Wood [1811?].
  • Booklet bears on the cover the undated signature of Abraham Lincoln, forged by Eugene Field II, 1879?-1947, or by Harry Dayton Sickles.
  • See discussion of Field/Sickles forgeries in Charles Hamilton, Great Forgeries and Famous Fakes , N.Y., Crown Publishers, 1980, pages 13-20. (Lilly Z41.H217 G78)
  • Accompanied by two holograph notes:
    • 1) In pencil – Bought from Eugene Field's Collection. A. Lincoln signature?
    • 2) In ink – Father says Lincoln signature may be, & probably is a forgery.

Gift. 1984


1931 - Green, James Albert, 1862-1955, civic leader. The Berkeley manor house, residence of Benjamin Harrison, the signer, and birthplace of William Henry Harrison, his son. Edition limited to one copy. Pictures and text by James A. Green. Typed by Elizabeth Cole. Cincinnati, 1931.

Typed Document Signed [3], 12 p. 23 cm.

  • Photographs of house.
  • Autographed: To my Friend A. G. Mitten with the warm Regards of James A. Green.
  • Cincinnati, Dec. 25-1931.

Purchased. 1939


1932, May 17 - Thomas, Norman [Mattoon], 1884-1968, socialist leader. 112 East 19th Street, New York City. To Kate Kelsey. 8765 Stenton Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. "...grateful ...for your prompt response to the appeal we have issued ... for the campaign this year ... enclosing a receipt which Comrade [Marx] Lewis ... has made out."

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 27 cm.

  • Enclosure: Receipt No. 85, 7 cm., for two dollars, signed by Marx Lewis for the Socialist Opportunity Drive, Washington, D.C., n.d.
  • Accompanied by another receipt, No. 105, 9 cm., dated July 17, 1932, for the Thomas President Committee, New York City.

Removed from Norman Thomas, America's Way Out . New York, Macmillan Company, 1931 (Lilly 4-4592) in which appears the name of Kate Kelsey, May, 1931. 1977


1933, July 26 - Burnet, Mrs. Mary Katherine (Quick), (Mrs. Harry Bently Burnet), 1863-1938, author. To Mrs. [Avis (Tarrant)] Burke, [Bloomington, Indiana]. Indiana day at the Century of progress exposition in Chicago.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1954


1933, Sept. 15 - Shulman, Lillian. Washington, D.C. To Donald [James] Henderson. New York, New York. Asking him to answer an article from the New Leader; protest against naming "a certain Admiral" as Washington D.C., city manager; agitation on the Cuban situation.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Accompanied by:
    • [1] D., I. To Lillian Shulman, Washington, D.C. Will try to send her a copy of an answer to the New Leader article by a group of Socialist party members of the Arrangements Committee of the United States Congress Against War, September 18, 1933 (copy) 1 p. 28 cm.;
    • [2] Levinson, Edward. "Who are the betrayers of unity? Startling revelations of duplicity." Newspaper clipping.

Transferred from the Main Library, Indiana University. 1954


[1933] - Socialist Party (U.S.) – National executive committee. The National executive committee of the Socialist Party announces that the disruptionist tactics of the Communist Party has forced it to withdraw from participation in the U.S. congress against war.

Document 3 p. 27 cm. copy.

  • Carbon copy of typed copy.
  • Typed signatures of Morris Hillquit and others, National executive committee, Socialist Party.

Purchased. 1939


1937, Sept. 18-Nov. 4 - Correspondence about the original printing of the constitution of the Confederate States of America.

Typed Letter Signed 5 p. 28 cm.

  • Accompanied by five telegrams and newspaper clippings.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1938, Sept. 2 - Williams, J. Harvey, chairman, Republican committee for John J. O'Connor. New York, New York. Circular letter supporting O'Connor for Congress.

Document 1 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1960


1938, Oct. 15 - Reed, Stanley [Forman], 1884-, U.S. Supreme court justice. Washington, D.C. To Harold Joseph Laski, New York. Thanking him for note of encouragement.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 17 cm.

Gift. 1950


1938, Nov. 23 - Stone, Harlan Fiske, 1872-1946, chief justice, U.S. Supreme court. Washington, D.C. To Harold Joseph Laski, New York. Regrets he cannot attend dinner.

Letter Signed 1 p. 27 cm.

Gift. 1950


1939, Feb. 7 - Black, Hugo LaFayette, 1886-1971, U.S. senator, U.S. Supreme court justice. Washington, D.C. To Harold [Joseph] Laski, Seattle, Washington. Acknowledging note.

Letter Signed 1 p. 27 cm.

Gift. 1950


1939, July 8 - Beard Charles [Austin], 1874-1948, historian. New Milford, [Connecticut]. To the Hoosier Bookshop. 2135 North Alabama, Indianapolis, Indiana. Sends thanks for medical catalog.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Accompanied by cover.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


[1940, Nov. 1] - [Wilkie, Wendell Lewis], 1892-1944, lawyer. Radio speech aboard the Wilkie Special Train, Harrison, New Jersey ... "When the third term candidate talks about twenty-six thousand planes for Britain, let's not fool ourselves about that."

Typed Document 28 leaves. 28 cm.

  • In large type with holograph underlinings and corrections in pencil.
  • Varies little from text as published in The New York Times, Nov. 2, 1940, page 10.
  • Changes made in consultation with Russell Davenport and Pierce Butler and delivered from train parked at a Pennsylvania Railroad track according to a letter of Clark Denney to Elfrieda Lang, July 19, 1970.

Gift. 1970


1941, Dec. 8-1942, Feb. 28 - A report on the U.S.S. Houston from December 8, 1941 until she was reported missing February 28, 1942.

Typed Document 11 p. 28 cm. typescript.

Gift. 1969


1941, Dec. 19 - Hull, Cordell, 1871-1955, U.S. secretary of state. Department of State, Washington, [D.C.] To Louis Ludlow. Concerns possibility of Mr. Eckerson returning to the United States from Shanghai.

Typed Letter Signed 2 p. 27 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


[1941, Dec.] - [Adams, Frederick Baldwin], 1910-, library director. To [David Anton Randall]. President too occupied with Japanese envoys, cabinet members, and senators to inscribe books.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 20 cm.

  • Signed Freddy.
  • Removed from Lilly copy of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Looking forward ... New York, The John Day Co., [c. 1933].

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


1941, Dec. – n.d. Henry Stevens, Son & Stiles, 39 Great Russell Street, London, W.C.1, England. The War of American Independence ... As reflected in a Collection of some Seven Hundred Contemporary Pamphlets & Books ....

Typed Document [154 leaves.] 33 cm. bound.

  • Collection originated by Henry Stevens of Vermont, augmented by his son, Henry Newton Stevens, completed by his grandson, Henry Stevens, with annotations & bibliographical notes by Robert E. Stiles, and offered for sale by Henry Stevens, Son & Stiles of London.
  • Introduction by Henry Stevens, London, December, 1941.
  • Lists 695 items.
  • Bound with this: The War of American Independence ... Five Hundred and Fifty Pamphlets & Books ... (T.D. [137 leaves] 33 cm.)
  • Gathered, arranged and described by Henry Stevens, and offered for sale by Henry Stevens, Son & Stiles of London.
  • Foreword by Henry Stevens, n.d., which states: This collection is primarily intended as a Supplement to the Collection of Works on the War of American Independence which was purchased from us by the Indiana University Library late in 1944.
  • Lists 549 items.
  • Both parts bear notes in pencil indicating cataloged status, accession numbers, revised main entries and other notes in ink.

Transferred from Lilly Library Book Department. 1985


1943, Mar. 3 - Wilkie, Wendell Lewis, 1892-1944, lawyer. New York. To albert Henry Griffith, Oshkosh, Wixconsin [sic]. Enclosing a copy of Wilkie's Lincoln day talk in Indianapolis.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Enclosure is mimeographed press release of Wendell L. Wilkie. Talk delivered at the annual Lincoln's day banquet of the Women's Republican Club of Indianapolis on Thursday evening, February 11, 1943, at the Columbia Club, Indianapolis, Indiana. It has been placed in the Oakleaf-Lincoln book collection.

Purchased. 1950


1944, Apr. 20 - Wilkie, Wendell [Lewis], 1892-1944, lawyer. 15 Broad Street, New York. To Private Carlos Oakley Miller. 12th Hq. and Air Base Sq., Randolph Field, Texas. Thanks him for his letter and his interest in the address Wilkie made in Ripon [Wisconsisn [sic]].

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

Gift.


1944 - Hesse, Nicholas. Western North America, with special consideration of the German Immigrants in their relation to agriculture, trade, and commerce conditions ... Together with a map. Translated by William Godfrey Bek, Grand Forks, North Dakota.

Typed copy. [4], 6, 155 p. 28 cm.

  • Translated from Nicholas Hesse's Das Westliche Nord Amerika in Besonderer Beziehung auf die Deutschen Einwanderer ... Paderborn, Joseph Wesener, 1838.
  • Map lacking.
  • 2nd copy carries note on title page: Translated by Joseph Maidt and William G. Bek, Grand Forks, N. Dak., 1944.
  • 2nd copy: [4], 6, 155 [i.e. 153] p.

Gift. 1952


1945, Mar. 3 - Clark, Mark Wayne, 1896-1984, general. Headquarters, 15th Army group. To Herman B Wells, Bloomington, Indiana. Concerns his daughter's enrollment in Indiana University. One paragraph on the Italian campaign.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 26 cm.

Gift. 1945


1945, Apr. 2 - Marshal, George Catlett, 1880-1959, general. War dept., Washington. To Herman B Wells, Bloomington, Indiana. With regards to the R.O.T.C.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 23 cm.

Gift. 1945


1946, June 27 - Vinson, Frederic Moore, 1890-1953, chief justice. To Duncan Lawrence Groner, Washington, D.C. Refers to the annual conference of Senior Circuit Judges.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 27 cm.

Purchased. 1971


1950, Apr. 24 - Eisenhower, Dwight David, 1890-1969, soldier, president. Columbia University. New York, New York. To Emily E. Brenton, Bloomington, Indiana. Thanks for booklets.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 20 cm.

Gift. 1950


1950, June 14 - Gordon, Charles Ulysses, postmaster, Chicago, Illinois. The American Flag: a poem.

Document Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Mimeographed.
  • Signed by author.

Gift. 1951


[1951, Apr. 1] - Robinson, Lulu J., 1866-1959, teacher. Love Conquereth Hatred.

Autograph Document 4 p. 25 cm.

  • Accompanied by typescript.

Gift. 1951


1951, June 22 - Jenner, William Ezra, 1908-1985, U.S. senator. To Geneva [Hitchcock] Warner, Bloomington, Indiana. Deals with the defense production act.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 26 cm.

Gift. 1951


1952, Feb. 27 - Decker, Peter, 1893-1988, book dealer. Rare Americana, 51 East 42nd Street, New York City. To Kathryn [Marie] Troxel, Ass't Curator of Special Collections, Indiana University Libraries, Bloomington, Indiana. Replies to Troxel's letter requesting further information about the Littell-Ellison copy of the Beschke Captivity [by George Adam] and explains why it is considered a first edition.

Typed Letter Signed 2 pp. 27.5 cm.

Removed from George Adam, The Dreadful Sufferings and Thrilling Adventures ... St. Louis, Mo., Barclay & Co., 1850 (Lilly F593.1.A24). 1983


1952, Aug. 19 - Sinclair, Upton Beall, 1878-1968, novelist. Corona, California. To Bruce Barton, New York, New York. Refers to fasting.

Typescript of Letter 1 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1957


1952, Sept. 16 - Sinclair, Upton Beall, 1878-1968, novelist. Corona, California. To Bruce Barton, New York, New York. Copy of A Personal Jesus to be sent to him; will be interested in Barton's opinion of Fasting Cure.

Typescript of Letter 1 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1957


1957 - Allmond, Allen E., Louisville, Kentucky. To Librarian, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. Enclosing material on his father, Marcus Blakey Allmond.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. and 10 p. enclosure. 27 cm.

  • Contents of enclosure:
    • pp. 1-4, Obituary of Marcus Blakey Allmond, copied from Louisville Times, Sept. 2, 1909;
    • pp. 5-8, Poem by Allmond read at his funeral, copied from Louisville Courier Journal , Sept. 5, 1909;
    • pp. 9-10, biographical and bibliographical notes on Marcus Blakey Allmond, by Allen E. Allmond. Accompanied by map of Louisville, Kentucky, on which places associated with Marcus Blakey Allmond have been marked by Allen E. Allmond.

1957


1957, June 19 - Roosevelt, Mrs. [Anna] Eleanor [(Roosevelt)], 1881-1962. Hyde Park, New York. To David Anton Randall, [Bloomington, Indiana]. Upton Sinclair letters to Franklin Delano Roosevelt would be in library at Hyde Park.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 18 cm.

  • Accompanied by franked cover.

Gift. 1957


1957, June 29 Truman, Harry S., 1884-1972, pres. U.S. Independence, Missouri. To David Anton Randall, Bloomington, Indiana. Has had correspondence with Upton Sinclair; his papers to be placed in new library in Independence, Missouri.

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 27 cm.

  • Accompanied by cover.

Gift. 1957


1958, Jan. 7 - [Capehart], Homer [Earl], 1897-1979, manufacturer, U.S. senator, Washington, D.C. To Geneva [Hitchcock] Warner, Bloomington, Indiana. In answer to her postcard asking his views on $390,808,000 worth of private property "vested" by the office of Alien property during and after World War II.

Gift. 1958


1959, Oct. 22 - Goldwater, Barry Morris, 1909-, U.S. senator. Washington, D.C. To [Robert Alexander Miller], Bloomington, Indiana. "If by chance you have any letters from Mr. Charles D. Poston of Arizona to President Lincoln, particularly one pertaining to a gift to the President by Poston of a silver inkstand, I would appreciate receiving a photostatic copy of it."

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 27 cm.

Gift. 1964


1965, Jan. 4 - Pantzer, Eric, Indiana University student. Proper discharge of the responsibility of the Rules committee to issue or to withhold a "Special order" or rule viewing the present in the light of the past: a vignette of Chairman John O'Connor of the Committee on rules as of 1937-1938. Report for History A314.

Typed Document [3], V, [1] p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1965


[1965], Apr. 19 - [Dillon, Clarence] Douglas, 1909-, U.S. secretary of treasury. La Lanterne, Hobe Sound, Florida. To Joseph Walker Barr. "Now that it is all official, I can tell you how delighted I am that you are returning to Treasury as Under-secretary."

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 22 cm.

Gift. 1971


1966, June - Albrecht, Alfred James, 1924-, professor. Epic: Upton Sinclair's campaign for governor of California.

Typed Document iv + 227 leaves. 28 cm.

  • Carbon of typescript.
  • Submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree Doctor of Philosophy in the Department of Speech and Theatre, Indiana University, 1966, June.
  • Bibliography cites the Sinclair Papers in Lilly Library.

Gift. 1971


1973, Aug. 28 - Chiang, Mme Mei-ling (Sung), (Mme Chiang Kai-shek), 1892-, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China. To Harry Barnard, 801 Lavergne Avenue, Wilmette, Illinois 60091, U.S.A. "I did not know Mr. Wilkie well ... but recall him as a man of great sincerity. He had a worldwide vision that was ahead of his time."

Typed Letter Signed 2 p. 28 cm. photocopy.

Gift. 1974


[1976, Mar.] - [Strouse, Norman Hulbert], 1906-, advertising executive, collector. [Reminiscences of Wilkie 1940 presidential campaign in California.]

ilus. Typed Document 18 leaves. [i.e., 152 leaves.] 28 cm.

  • Laid in for illustration are publicity releases, newspaper clippings, letters, speeches, dating from November, 1939, to July, 1940.

Gift. 1976, 1977


1977, Dec. 23 - Arader, Walter, Graham, bookdealer. 1000 Boxwood Court, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. To [Evelyn (Barnett)] Buley. 4125 West State Road 46, Bloomington, Indiana. "Enclosed please find the list of books that you sent me recently."

Typed Letter Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Addressed to "Mrs. R. Carlisle [sic] Buley".
  • Enclosed is 67 p. (plus duplicates of p. 64-67) photocopy of listing of Roscoe Carlyle Buley's personal library titled "Buley Bibliography".
  • Accompanied by 1 p. Typed Document Signed by David Russell Warrington, Dec. 19, 1985, concerning the provenance of item and disposition of Buley's library.

Gift. 1985


20th cent. - Strader, Orville D., 1898-, teacher. Saved by One Vote.

Typed Document Signed [362] leaves. 28 x 22 cm.

  • Concerns the trial and impeachment of Andrew Johnson.
  • An enlargement of the author's M.A. thesis at the University of Chicago.

Gift. 1974


n.d. - Adams, Samuel, 1722-1803, Revolutionary statesman. Autograph.

Document Signed 1 p. 3 cm.

Gift. 1961


n.d. - Autographed photograph of U.S. Supreme Court.

29 x 31 cm. folio.

  • Signatures of Louis Dembitz Brandeis, Pierce Butler, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Charles Evans Hughes, James Clark McReynolds, Owen Josephus Roberts, Harlan Fiske Stone, George Sutherland, and Willis Van Devanter.

Gift. 1969


n.d. - Baker, Newton Diehl, 1871-1937, U.S. secretary of war. Autograph.

Signature 1 p. 8 cm.

Gift. 1953


n.d. - Biddle, Alexander?, 1819-1899, Dark Harbour, Maine. To Worthington Chauncey Ford. Sending him a copy of Old Family Letters, Copied from the Originals for Alexander Biddle and a life of Benjamin Rush.

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 18 cm.

Mounted on front flyleaf of Old Family Letters: Copied from the Originals for Alexander Biddle ... Philadelphia, J. B. Lippincott Co., 1892 (Lilly E302.1.R95 v.1). 1961


n.d. - [Biographical sketch of James Sidney Rollins, 1812-1888, lawyer, congressman from Missouri, graduate of Indiana University].

Typed Document 10 p. 23 cm.

  • Incomplete.

Gift. 1951


n.d. - Biographical sketch of John Armstrong, written by a great-grandchild of his.

Autograph Document 7 p. 26 cm.

Gift. 1951


n.d. - Brown, Mrs. Addison, 1806?-. Reminiscences of Rev. Noah Miles of Temple, [New Hampshire].

Autograph Document 3 p. 23 cm.

  • Accompanied by "A copy of recollections of her parents [Noah and Jane (Pearson) Miles] and grandparents [Solomon and Elizabeth (Searle) Pearson] by Mrs. Huldah Miles Clapp." (Document 3 p. 23 cm.)

Purchased. 1950


n.d. - Butler family. Genealogical notes on the Butler family of New Hampshire.

Autograph Document 27 p. 33 cm.

Purchased. 1950


n.d. - Cora (steamer). Discharging book, trip no. 6, Alabama River [from Montgomery to Mobile].

Autograph Document 38 p. 33 cm.

Gift. 1961


n.d. - The Earl of Bellomont's case. The manuscript consists of a defense and a complete summary of the case against Bellomont, the precedents of the supremacy of the Port of New York, Basse's opposition thereto and the vindication of the former's conduct, with account of his "zeal and diligence" in seizing several pirates –Kidd, Bradish, and Gillam.

Autograph Document 4 p. 30 cm.

  • Removed from [John Mitchell], A full account of the actions of the late famous pyrate, Capt. Kidd ... Dublin, Reprinted for Matthew Gunn, 1701.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


n.d. - Echoes of the past: [some biographical notes on James Steel, fl. 1819-1844, farmer, carpenter, and preacher of Perry Township, Richland County, Ohio].

Typed Document 4 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1952


n.d. - [Esarey, Logan], 1873-1942, historian. [History of the Old Northwest].

Typed Document [513] pp. 28 cm. folio.

  • Missing pages 16-20.
  • Extra pages 201a, 282a, 298a.
  • See reference to the manuscript in R. Carlyle Buley, "Logan Esarey, Hoosier," Indiana Magazine of History , 38: 356-357, Dec., 1942 (Lilly F521.I395); and in Genealogical materials related to the Esarey & Ewing Families by Myra Esarey Evans & John Logan Van Kesteren, Esarey Publishing Co., Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1974 (Main CS71.E74) Vol. 2B, page 293.
  • Accompanied by:
    • 1) 40 pages of notes and
    • 2) transmittal note from Carmony.

Gift. 1984


n.d. - Everett, Edward, 1794-1865, U.S. secretary of state. [Signature]

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 6.2 cm.

  • In brown ink.
  • Accompanied by a profile lithograph of Everett by J. H. Bufford, Boston, Mass.
  • Both attached to manila sheet, 32.4 cm. x 21.6 cm.

Transferred. Book Department Print File, Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. 1989


n.d. - [Frankfurter], Felix, 1882-1965, U.S. Supreme court justice. Washington, D.C. To Harold Joseph Laski.

Autograph Note 2 p. 8 cm.

Gift. 1950


n.d. - Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804, statesman. To "Sir." Memorial drafted by Alexander Hamilton on behalf of Baron von Steuben requesting grant of money from Congress.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 33 cm.

Gift. 1961


n.d. - Hancock, John, 1737-1793, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Autograph.

Document Signed 1 p. 4 cm.

Gift. 1961


n.d. - [Hanson, Moses Parker], 1812-1893, physician. Milwaukee. [Statement concerning his political and abolitionist activities from the time of hearing William Lloyd Garrison lecture in Bangor, Maine, in 1833 to events in Boston and the eventual downfall of slavery in the War of the Rebellion, at which he] "rejoiced ... more than any other event in Modern history."

Document 1 p. 81 cm. folio.

  • Begins: Dr. M. P. Hanson now of Milwaukee ... In the hand of his daughter Charlotte.
  • Consists of several pages taped together.
  • Two lines are quoted on pages 16 and 18 of The Story of Malcolm Hanson by Lida Siboni Hanson, Privately printed, 1946 (Lilly 6-3926).

Gift. 1980


n.d. - Hay, Mrs. [Clara Louise (Stone), (Mrs. John Milton Hay], 1849-1914. A card with a black border bearing the words, "With [Mrs. Hay's, printed] compliments", addressed to Sir Hugh Gilzean Reid, enclosed in a black bordered envelope.

Autograph card 6 cm.

Removed from John Hay, Letters of John Hay and Extracts from Diary . Washington, 1908. Vol. 1 (Lilly PS1903.A9 1908). 1967


n.d. - Hay, John [Milton], 1838-1905, diplomat. 800 Sixteenth Street, Lafayette Square, [Washington, D.C.]. To [Adam] Badeau. Agrees to see Badeau this evening or tomorrow, but says "upon my word I don't remember a thing worth mentioning."

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 17.5 cm.

  • Dated: Dec. 25.

Gift. 1984


n.d. - Higgins, Frances, Woodlawn, Cincinnati, Ohio. With Morgan's Men at Wood Hall Farm.

Typed Document 13 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1952


n.d. - Historical notes [on the Northwest Territory].

Typed Document 2 p. 33 cm.

  • From the collection of Robert G. Miller, lawyer, of Bloomington, Indiana.

Gift. 1954


n.d. - How, William. Independence, Jackson County, Missouri. To A. Birham How, Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky. Writes about his family, weather conditions, the interest in the California gold mines with about 500 coming up the river in every boat, and 2,000 planning to depart on the first of May.

Autograph Letter Signed 3 p. 32 cm.

Purchased. 1972


n.d. - Howe, Daniel Wait, 1839-1921, soldier, lawyer, judge. A critical period for the Union cause.

Typed Document Signed 41 p.

Source and date unknown.


n.d. - Hughes, Denver & Peck, lawyers. To A. W. Rixon. Quin case.

Autograph Letter Signed (copy) 2 p. 28 cm.

  • Letter copy.

Removed from George C. Barns' Denver, the Man ... Wilmington, Ohio, 1949 (Lilly-Ellison F684.D3 B2). 1958


n.d. - Huntington, Samuel, 1731-1796, governor of Connecticut. Autograph.

Document Signed 1 p. 3 cm.

Gift. 1961


n.d. - [Jay, John], 1745-1829, statesman. Do the Treaties between the U.S. & France give to France & her citizens a Right ... [first line].

Autograph Document 4 pp. 22.5 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • In ink.
  • Consists of 29 numbered questions concerning the subject of neutrality with specific reference to the United States and France and the practice of privateering.
  • Lacks question numbered 14.
  • Prepared following Washington's Neutrality Proclamation on April 22, 1793, and preceding the case of Glass v. Sloop Betsy, 12-18 February 1974.
  • Watermark: J Larking. John Larking was a papermaker at East Malling, Kent, between 1791 and 1816.

Purchased. 1980


n.d. - Logan, John Alexander, 1826-1886, U.S. Senator. Autograph.

Autograph Document Signed 1 p. 6 cm.

Source and date unknown.


n.d. - McLane, Louis, 1786-1857, sec'y of treasury. To Robert Gilmore. Regrets that he cannot accept Gilmore's invitation because of a previous engagement.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 20 cm.

Purchased. 1971


n.d. - A map of Madison County, Kentucky.

Autograph Document 1 p. 39 cm. folio.

  • On verso: "John Vestal."

Gift. 1955


n.d. - Motley, John Lothrop, 1814-1877, historian. 57 Conduit Street. To George Mifflin Dallas. Concerns transmission of papers.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 18 cm.

From the library of Josiah Kirby Lilly, Jr., Indianapolis, Indiana. 1956


n.d. - Paper relating to Mormonism at Nauvoo, Illinois, quoting from newspapers, September 2, 1842-November, 1846.

Typed Document 6 p. 28 cm.

  • At head of p. 1: "From C. E. McCormick, Princeton, Indiana.

Gift. 1952


n.d. - [Photograph of John Milton Hay,] 1838-1905, diplomat.

Document 14 x 10 cm.

  • Mounted to 18 x 10.5 cm.
  • Signed on lower edge of mount: John [Milton] Hay.

Transferred from Book Department, Lilly Library, Indiana University. 1980


n.d. - Proposition of Col. Hamilton of New York in the Convention for establishing a Constitution of Government for the United States.

Document [3] leaves. 24.7 cm.

  • Shelved in Vault 2.
  • In ink.
  • Contemporary copy of the eleven points of Alexander Hamilton's plan delivered June 18, 1787, at the Constitutional Convention at Philadelphia.
  • Varies from the draft published in The Papers of Alexander Hamilton , edited by Harold C. Syrett, Columbia University Press, 1962 (Lilly E302.H2 S98), Vol. 4, pp. 207-211 (compares the Hamilton, James Madison, Robert Yates, and John Lansing versions).
  • For other known published drafts see the list in the Manuscripts Department.
  • Note on verso of page 3 reads: Given me July 1815 by Smith Esq. of Philada.

Purchased. 1980


n.d. - Rayner, John Allen, Dorothy Scudder: a Girl of the Wilderness.

Typed Document 23 p. 31 cm.

  • Reproduction of typewritten copy.

Purchased. 1942


n.d. - Steuben, [Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, baron von], 1730-1794, general. Steuben, [New York]. To [William North]. Thanking him for gifts. "... Books I bring back when I come to see you ...".

Autograph Letter Signed 1 p. 25 cm.

  • Dated August 23.

Gift. 1961


n.d. - Steuben, [Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, baron von], 1730-1794, general. New York. To [William] North. Farming; news of friends.

Autograph Letter Signed 4 p. 23 cm.

  • In English and French.
  • Dated November 24.

Gift. 1961


n.d. - Thompson. Alfred Wordsworth, 1840-1896, artist. View of the Shenandoah Valley above Strasburg, [Virginia], Confederate troops marching from Woodstock, [Virginia] to Front Royal, [Virginia].

Water color Signed 1 p. 16 x 24 cm.

Gift. 1943


n.d. - Tuley, William Floyd, -1914, river pilot, journalist. From Cairo to New Orleans: a pilot's experience on the gunboat fleet [April 1862-July 4, 1863].

Typed Document 11 p. 18-28 cm.

  • Transcript made by Roscoe Carlyle Buley, professor of history, Indiana University, from copy in the possession of Lawrence K. Tuley, New Albany, Indiana.

Gift. 1952


n.d. - Vahlsing, Charles, Cincinnati distiller. Recipes for liquors; tests for essences and essential oils.

Autograph Document 2 v. 19-22 cm.

Gift. 1947


n.d. - Vinson, Frederic Moore, 1890-1953, chief justice. Washington, D.C. To [Duncan Lawrence Groner]. Refers to the Glass-Ickes case.

Autograph Letter Signed 2 p. 23 cm.

Purchased. 1971


n.d. - White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918, pres. Cornell University. Speech at the memorial meeting for Carl Schurz at the German house.

Typed Document 5 p. 28 cm. copy.

Transferred from the Main Library, Indiana University. 1942


n.d. - Whittier, John Greenleaf, 1807-1892, poet. Sheet signed "John G. Whittier' for "The autographic Illinois state testimonial to Mrs. President Hays."

Document Signed 1 p. 28 cm.

  • Contains also in another hand verse: "Her presence lends its warmth and health to all who come before it: If woman lost us Eden, such as she alone restore it."
  • Accompanied by:
    • (1) Photostat of title page of six volumes of autographs presented to Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes in 1881 as a tribute to her for prohibiting the serving of alcoholic beverages at the White House during her husband's term as President;
    • (2) Scott, Georg Tressler, "Illinois' testimonial to Mrs. Rutherford B. Hayes." Reprinted with appendix added from Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society , Spring 1953, pp. 3-21.

Gift. 1953


n.d. - Withington, Nathan N., clergyman. Nathaniel Niles.

Typed Document 12 p. 28 cm.

Gift. 1952

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