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Hopkins and Kilbourn papers, 1847-1885 | Litchfield Historical Society

By Lee S. Cook

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Title: Hopkins and Kilbourn papers, 1847-1885Add to your cart.

Extent: 0.3 Linear Feet

Date Acquired: 09/17/2014

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The Hopkins and Kilbourn papers (2014-49-0) contain letters sent to Catharine C. Hopkins in Northfield, Conn.; three letters to her sister Sarah Hopkins Kilbourn in East Litchfield; and one to her brother Joseph Hopkins.

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Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Acquisition Source: eBay

Acquisition Method: Museum purchase

Original/Copies Note: For more information please see http://www.litchfieldhistoricalsociety.org.

Preferred Citation: Hopkins and Kilbourn papers (2014-49-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut 06759.

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[Series 1: Hopkins, Catharine C],
[Series 2: Other letters],

Series 1: Hopkins, Catharine CAdd to your cart.
Letters to Catherine C. Hopkins [Kate] in the Northfield section of Litchfield, Connecticut. Most of the envelopes are addressed to Miss Catherine C. Hopkins, while the salutation in the letter refers to her as Kate. Some of the letters from her friends i.e. Caroline, Carrie, Maria, and Jenny suggest that attended school together in Washington, Conn. at Miss Brinsmade's school [Judea Female Seminary] prior to April 1849.
Folder 1: Adolphus [last name unknown] letter, 1852 Feb 14Add to your cart.
Adolphus writes a Valentine's Day poem to Kate. Postmark Plymouth, Ct.
Folder 2: [Goodwin] Caroline [A] letters, 1849Add to your cart.
Three letters to Kate from Caroline in Hitchcockville, Connecticut. Caroline hopes that her friend Kate will visit, writes about going to church, social calls, and letters received from mutual friends, some with connections to Washington, Conn. Caroline's surname - Goodwin - was found in "Circular of the Judea Female Seminary, for the adademic year ending March 21, 1849."
Folder 3: Carrie [last name unknown] letter, 1850 Mar 6Add to your cart.
Letter to Kate from Carrie in Westfield, Mass. She writes about her school and religious meetings; and visits from friends from Washington, Conn.
Folder 4: Churchill, Asa H. letter, 1850 Jan 5Add to your cart.
Letter to Kate from friend Asa H. Churchill in New Haven. He writes about his life in New Haven including festivities on New Year's Day.
Folder 5: Clarke, Phebe letter, 1849 Feb 20Add to your cart.
Letter to Catharine from friend Phebe C. Clarke in Northfield, Connecticut. Phebe writes about mutual friends and people in Northfield.
Folder 6: Coe, N       letter, 1855 Aug 21Add to your cart.
Letter to Miss Catharine from N.Coe in New Haven, who urges her to join the church and give herself to Christ.
Folder 7: Heaton, Levi letter, 1852 Oct 3Add to your cart.
Letter to Miss Catharine Hopkins from Levi Heaton in Northfield.
Folder 8: Hopkins, Edward letters, 1853Add to your cart.
Two letters to sister Kate from her brother Edward. One from New Britain and the other from City Island.
Folder 9: Jenny [last name unknown] letters, 1851, 1854Add to your cart.
Two letters to Kate from her friend Jenny in Hitchcockville and Cornwall.From Hitchcockville on May 10, 1851, she writes news of Washington, Conn.; and her friends in Hitchcocksville. From a school in Cornwall, in a letter dated Jan 28, 1854, Jenny writes about her loneliness in the town; and sharing a room with 3 other girls, 2 from Milton.  Jennie is probably Jane M. Upson who is listed in "Circular of the Judea Female Seminary, Washington, Conn. for the academic year ending April 14, 1849.
Folder 10: Richards, Margaret Miller, 1853 Oct 4Add to your cart.
Letter to Kate from Margaret (Miller) Richards in Unionville, Ct. Margaret, who married Solomon Richards, was Kate's cousin. Margaret was the daughter of Ebenezer Miller and Permelia Hopkins, sister of Kate's father Edward. Margaret writes about being ill; her 14 week old daughter; and hoping that Kate and her family will visit.
Folder 11: Maria [last name unknown] lettersAdd to your cart.
Two letters to Kate from her friend Maria in Bristol, Ct. and Coleys Store, postmarked New Haven. Writes about mutual friends - Esther Hazen and Jane Upson - and Kate's musical talent. Esther Hazen and Jane Upson were both students at Judea Female Seminary in the term ending March 21, 1849 with Kate. Maria is most likely Sarah Maria Minor, who grew up in Northfield and attended the Judea Female Seminary at the same time as Kate, Esther and Jane. She married George W. Beach in November 1852, and so these letters were written prior to that time for she writes about being single.
Folder 12: Miller, Henry W. letters, 1854-1855Add to your cart.
Three letters to Kate from her cousin Henry W. Miller in New Haven (Sep 28, 1854); Waverly, Illinois (May 27, 1854); and Naugatuck (July 13, 1855).
Folder 13: Osborne, D    letter, 1855 Apr 24Add to your cart.
Letter to Kate from D [S?] Osborne at the Commercial House, Frankfort, Maine. He writes about his itinerary in Maine and hopes that Kate and Joseph will visit him.
Folder 14: Penfield, Laura, 1847 Mar 8Add to your cart.
Letter to Catharine from her friend Laura Penfield in [Waterbury?]. She writes about a sleigh ride to Wolcottville; a party she was not invited to; work in a button shop; and hoping Catharine will come down to visit or live with her.
Folder 15: Rollo [last name unknown] letter, 1852 Mar 11Add to your cart.
Letter to Catharine in Unionville, Ct. from her friend Rollo at home, postmarked Plymouth, Ct. He writes in confidence about his feelings for her and about the nature of their friendship.
Folder 16: Smith, James M. letter, 1853 AprAdd to your cart.
Letter to Kate from her friend James M. Smith in Easton.
Folder 17: [Osborne, David S] letter, 1855 Sep 7Add to your cart.
Letter to Kate from [David S. Osborne] in Megunticook House, Camden [Maine]. The author writes about the scenery and climbing a mountain overlooking Camden and Penobscot Bay. He plans to travel home and return via Boston with Kate and call her "wife". signed with initials D.S.O.
Series 2: Other lettersAdd to your cart.
Folder 1: Kilbourn, Sarah Hopkins, 1876-1885Add to your cart.
Two letters and a postcard to Sarah Hopkins Kilbourn (Mrs. Dwight C. Kilbourn) in East Litchfield, Connecticut.
Item 1: McIntosh, Ella M. letter, 1885 Apr 6Add to your cart.
Letter to Mrs. Kilbourn from Ella M. McIntosh in Churchill, NY. She writes about the winter, her two children, having money in the Litchfield bank, joining a Womans Relief corps for soldiers, wishes to be remembered to people in East Litchfield. Also Angus wishes to be remembered to everyone.
Item 2: Osborne, David S. letter, 1876 Feb 13Add to your cart.
D.S. Osborne [Sarah Hopkins Kilbourn's brother-in-law] writes to her from Philadelphia that he is selling beds at the Centennial, although he does not like the company he is working for. The envelope is printed with National WIre Mattress Company. His wife Kate has been to visit him and hopes that Sarah and Dwight will be able to come to Philadelphia to visit him.
Item 3: Merrill, C.W. card, 1882 Dec 13Add to your cart.
A post card from C.W. Merrill, Supt. for Nebraska for the American Home Mission Society. The Society's home office was in New York City. Part of the card is printed with a handwritten note to Mrs. S.M. Kilbourn about her sending a bundle of papers directly to Rev. William Woolman in [?land] Nebraska.
Folder 2: Hopkins, Edward J. letter, 1853 Sep 21Add to your cart.
Letter to Joseph and Sarah from their brother Edward Hopkins in City Island. He writes to Joseph about farming, finding a girl friend, etc. To his sister Sarah, Joseph writes about her completing her education, a grand picnic she attended, and a young boy named Pendleton who was cured of the "fits" by a doctor in Boston.

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