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Adams family papers

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Title: Malcolm Bramley collectionAdd to your cart.

Primary Creator: Bramley, Malcolm

Extent: 1.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Folders are in alphabetical order by titles acquired through 2015. Additional items will be added as accruals.

Date Acquired: 03/03/2001. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Litchfield (Conn.) - Description and travel, Litchfield (Conn.) - History

Forms of Material: Ephemera

Languages: English


The Malcolm Bramley collection (2001-05-0) consists of documents and publications relating to Litchfield.

Subject/Index Terms

Litchfield (Conn.) - Description and travel
Litchfield (Conn.) - History

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: accessions include: 2002-57-0; 2002-65-0; 2003-14-0; 2003-54-0; 2003-57-0; 2004-01-0; 2004-04-0; 2004-11-0; 2004-24-0; 2004-31-0; 2004-36-0; 2004-48-0; 2005-27-0; 2006-07-0; 2013-150-0; 2014-1-0; 2014-55-0.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Copyright has been transferred to the Litchfield Historical Society for materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Acquisition Source: Malcolm Bramley

Acquisition Method: Gift

Separated Materials: Wolcott, Samuel. Memorial of Henry Wolcott. 1881.  in Library CS71/W85/1881/Wolcott.  accession # 2014-55-0

Preferred Citation: Malcolm Bramley collection (2001-05-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759

Finding Aid Revision History: Revised in November 2015.

Other Note: This collection was processed with support from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

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[Series 1],
[Series 2: Adams family papers, 1833-1918],

Series 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: American Fire Insurance Co. giveaway account book, 1892Add to your cart.
A small booklet with some accounts written in it. Stamped on the front is C.B. Bishop, Agent; Litchfield, Conn.
Folder 2: Baldwin, A., Miss. Invitation to Independence Ball, 1803Add to your cart.
A printed card inviting Miss A. Baldwin to an Independence Ball at Phelp's Assembly Room on July 4th. The managers listed J. Gould, F. Wolcott, AM. Allen, T.K. Brace, and H. Stanley. Dated Litchfield, 1 July 1803.
Folder 3: Barns, Reuben, 1785 Sep 23Add to your cart.
Reuben Barns of Litchfield to Phoebe Barns of Litchfield deed for land in the southeast part of Litchfield.
Folder 4: Beardsley, Josiah, 1814Add to your cart.
Handwritten notes of a court case, Josiah Beardsley vs. David Welch.
Folder 5: Beckwith, Josiah GAdd to your cart.
Two items that were enclosed in Josiah G. Beckwith's Bible (2004-36-0-1) - an undated Reward of Merit card; and a newsclipping "what is the use" by Ellen Wheeler.
Folder 6: Brewster, Josephine and Philip. War ration books., 1943Add to your cart.
War ration book four: one issued to Josephine Brewster, South St., Litchfield; and one to Philip B. Brewster on Welsh St., Chester, Penn.
Folder 7: Brown, Phila A., 1863-1864Add to your cart.
Two letters to Phila A. Brown in Whately, Mass. Her son Clarence writes from Litchfield on October 4, 1863 with details of his brother Ira who is a prisoner in Philadelphia, expresses his brother's desire to change sides to obtain his freedom and gives an address where he can receive mail; reports on his grandmother's illness.              Samuel Braman writes from Litchfield on July 28, 1864 regarding the settlement of the estate of Elizabeth Odell.
Folder 8: Bunnell, James, 1800-1801Add to your cart.
A promissary note from James Bunnell to David Leavitt, Jr. for acting partner for the late firm of James Kilborn & Co. Witnessed by Lemuel Palmer and Samuel Kiborn and dated 1800 March 15.    A summons to James Bunnell of Warren to answer to David Leavitt, Jr. of Bethlem dated 1801 June 25.
Folder 9: Burr, Annabella Shedden Reeve, 1829 Oct 12Add to your cart.
Letter from Annabella Shedden Reeve Burr in Litchfield to Elizabeth Sherman Burr Baldwin in New Haven regarding her health; asks for assistance in making trael arrangements to return to her home in the south.
Folder 10: C.S. Grocery Co., 1895 Mar 13Add to your cart.
Two  lists of goods bought of C.S. Grocery Co. by C.S. Meat Co.  Dated Litchfield, Conn. March 13, 1895.
Folder 11: Capital Almanac, 1892Add to your cart.
Almanac for 1892 issued by Wessells, Gates & Co, druggists and pharmacists, Phelps Block, Litchfield, Conn.
Folder 12: Catlin, Seth, 1836 Mar 2Add to your cart.
Seth Catlin of Litchfield sends to Jeremiah Brown, Treasurer for State of Connecticut, a draft on the Phoenix Bank for payment of 1834 state taxes, less his fees.
Folder 13: Coe family homesteadAdd to your cart.
Photographs and lithograph prints of the Coe homestead on Beach Street, Litchfield.  Also correspondence from Robert S. Coe, Mancheter, Conn. regarding the photographs and history of the house.
Folder 14: Connecticut (Colony). ReceiptAdd to your cart.
Receipt from the Colony of Connecticut to Abraham Bradley for supplies for Captain Bezaleel Beebe company. Includes cash paid to Alexander McNeile for leather to make cartouch boxes. also cash paid for nails for the boxes. Captain Beebe's company was from Litchfield during the American Revolution.
Folder 15: Connecticut Fire Insurance Co. advertisementAdd to your cart.
Advertisement in the form of a blotter. Stamped on the front is Chas. B. Bishop, Agent, Litchfield, Conn. [Charles B. Bishop]
Folder 16: Connecticut. Office of the State Comptroller., 1789Add to your cart.
Three payment stubs signed by Oliver Wolcott, Comptroller, entitling recipients to money from the funds appropriated for the payment of interest on the liquidated debt of the State of Connecticut. The individual recipients are: Elias Minor on October 8, 1789, no. 5852; Sarah Rogers on April 15, 1789, no. 1588; and [Doctor?] [Joshua?] Lothrop on Aug. 27, 1789, no. 5676.
Folder 17: Connecticut. Office of the State Comptroller, 1788 Aug 26Add to your cart.
An order to pay Oliver [Har?] five pounds out of the taxes appropriated for the payments of the State's civil list. Signed by Oliver Wolcott, Jr. comptroller.
Folder 18: Connecticut. Office of the State Comptroller. Receipt, 1789 Feb 9Add to your cart.
No. 470 - Received of Oliver Wolcott, Comptroller of the public accounts, 125 pounds, 11 shillings and 3 pence lawful money in 88 certificates; being for the interest on five state notes amounting to 2092 pounds, 13 shillings, 4 pence computed to the first of February 1789 for Elisha Merrow and Nathan Merrow.
Folder 19: Connecticut. Pay Table Office., 1783 May 25Add to your cart.
Order to pay Fairfield Selectmen one hundred pounds out of the tax of one shilling on the pound, and charge the State. Signed by Oliver Wolcott, Jr. and William Mosely. Also on the document is written Samuel Wylly.
Folder 20: Connecticut. Pay Table Office., 1785 Jul 18Add to your cart.
Order to pay Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Esq. four pounds out ot the taxes appropriated for the payment of the Civil List and charge the state. Signed by Eleazer Wales.
Folder 21: Connecticut Quarterly, 1896 Jul-SepAdd to your cart.
A copy of the Connecticut Quarterly magazine, vol. II, no. 3, containing an illustrated article about Litchfield, written by Dwight C. Kilbourne.
Folder 22: Connecticut. Treasury Department. Order to Litchfield County sheriff, 1786 Mar 13Add to your cart.
Order to the Litchfield County sheriff to collect money from James Steel who was the state tax collector for the town of New Hartford and has neglected to make payment to the State. If money or goods are not collected, then the sheriff is commanded to take him to jail. signed by John Lawrence, treasurer.
Folder 23: Connecticut. Treasury Department. Order to pay Tapping Reeve, 1789 Feb 7Add to your cart.
Order to pay Tapping Reeve, Esq. State Attorney, 9 pounds one shilling and 3 pence, being part of a [?] taxed against Stephen Deming.
Folder 24: Connecticut. Treasury Department. Envelope to William L. RansomAdd to your cart.
Envelope from the State Treasury office in Hartford, Conn. to William L. Ransom, Esq., Clerk, Litchfield. The envelope is embossed with the Superior Court seal.
Folder 25: Gould, James letter to Huntington, Jabez W., 1830 Apr 13Add to your cart.
Letter from James Gould in Litchfield to Hon. Jabez W. Huntington in Congress, city of Washington, thanking Huntington for his enclosures in previous correspondence and requesting that an advertisement be placed in the National Intelligencer. The text to be inserted in the publication was removed from the letter.
Folder 26: Harper's New Monthly Magazine, 1877 MarAdd to your cart.
Magazine with an article "Litchfield Hill" on pages 515-518 by an unknown author, illustrated with 4 drawings of Litchfield men.
Folder 27: The Hawk-hurst brochureAdd to your cart.
Advertising brochure for The Hawk-hurst, Litchfield, Conn. with photographs of the hotel and other sites and buildings in Litchfield. George H. Browne, manager. Located on West Street on the site of the present Center School, the Hawkhurst hotel was  known later as Hotel Berkshire. The brochure also has some history and information about the town.
Folder 28: Hemlock Hill Herb Farm catalogue, 1960Add to your cart.
Catalogue of perennial culinary herb plants that were available by mail order or by appointment at the nursery. The Herb Farm was located in Litchfield, Conn.
Folder 29: Hutchins, John, Rev. sermon, 1911Add to your cart.
A booklet printed by request by the Litchfield Enquirer, the title is"The three gardens, a sermon preached in the First Congregational Church, Litchfield, Conn. by the pastor Rev. John Hutchins."
Folder 30: Karl's Barber Shop bill, 1890 Dec 3Add to your cart.
A bill to Mr. Pollock for 50 cents. with note that payment was received. The billhead is for "Karl's Barber Shop, Pratt's Block. A fine line of cigars always on hand."
Folder 31: Leach, John and Joshua to Seymour, Moses, 1802 Dec 30Add to your cart.
Joshua Leach of Torrington and John Leach of Harwinton sell their right and interest in the Litchfield & New Hartford Turnpike to Moses Seymour of Litchfield. Witnessed by Oliver Skinner and Joseph Barnes.
Folder 32: Lawrence, Isaac sumons, 1761 Sep 7Add to your cart.
The sheriff in Litchfield County and  constables in the town of Canaan are commanded to summon Isaac Lawrance of Canaan to answer to Jeremiah Adams of Salisbury in regard to a debt. Signed by Ebenezer Marsh, Justice of Peace.
Folder 33: Lilac Hedges cocktail party invitationsAdd to your cart.
Two packages of 8 cocktail pary invitations produced by Lilac Hedges, Litchfield. The product number is P 304.
Folder 34: Litchfield Bank Note, 1858Add to your cart.
Five dollar Litchfield Bank Note signed by Josiah Gale Beckwith, stamped "worthless".
Folder 35: Litchfield County Superior Court, 1813-1814Add to your cart.
Documents relating to jurors: notice to Litchfield Justice of the Peace to summon jurors, 1813 Dec;  notice to Litchfield constables to summon jurors, 1814 Jan 10; notice to Goshen constables to summon jurors 1814 Jan 10; and Juror list for Litchfield Superior Court 1814 Aug.
Folder 36: Litchfield Dramatic Association program, 1879 Aug 27Add to your cart.
Program for 2 plays - "To oblige Benson" and "Cool as a Cucumber" with list of cast members. Performed at Armory Hall.
Folder 37: Litchfield Grange programs and By-laws, 1900-1926Add to your cart.
Five programs of the Litchfield Grange Lecture program, 1900-1926; By-Laws of the Litchfield Grange No. 107, undated.
Folder 38: Litchfield Hills Theatre program, 1939 JulAdd to your cart.
Program for the production "Back Cover" by George Ogle and Randolph Carter performed the week of July 4, 1939. Directed by Randolph Carter and Stewart Chaney. Setting by John Mylrea. List of cast members. Many advertisements for local businesses.
Folder 39: Litchfield Savings Bank dime kittyAdd to your cart.
Cardboard dime kitty for saving dimes.
Folder 40: Litchfield Scientific Association constitution, 1903Add to your cart.
Printed booklet "Constitution of the Litchfield Scientific Association" Litchfield, Conn. 1903.
Folder 41: Lyman, Polly letter to Burr, Sally, undatedAdd to your cart.
Polly Lyman in New Haven writes on August 2 to her friend Miss Sally Burr in Fairfield with family news and gossip, wishes for a visit, Miss Gill died, etc.
Folder 42: Merwin, Orange letter to Boardman, Elijah, 1828 May 8Add to your cart.
Orange Merwin in Hartford letter to Hon. Elijah Boardman in New Milford regarding political matters including a vote in the General Assembly.
Folder 43: Merwin, Samuel. Memoir of Ann Eliza Starr of Connecticut, 1826 JanAdd to your cart.
A small printed book written by Samuel Merwin and published by American Sunday School Union of Philadelphia. Samuel Merwin was pastor of the United Society in New Haven. This is a memoir about Ann Eliza Starr, youngest daughter of Henry and Clarissa Starr of Litchfield.
Folder 44: New England magazine, an illustrated monthly, 1897 FebAdd to your cart.
Contains an article by William L. Adam "Litchfield, Connecticut" with photographs and illustrations on pages 715-719. Also a separate copy of the article.
Folder 45: Osborn home, 1905 OctAdd to your cart.
Photograph of the Osborn home, Litchfield by F. Westover.
Folder 46: Perkins and Scott advertising cardAdd to your cart.
Color card for Perkins and Scott, dealer in meats, fish & vegetables, on West Main St., Litchfield, Conn.
Folder 47: Perkins, Clarissa letter to Perkins, Charles, 1830 Feb 8Add to your cart.
Clarissa Perkins in Litchfield writes to her husband Charles in Rochester, New York regarding the health of their children; reports they have recovered from the mumps; gives news of local families and the weather; notes the death of Maus Schermerhorn;expresses her desire that Charles Jr. have a globe. Includes a typed transcript of the letter.
Folder 48: Phelps Tavern envelope, 1911Add to your cart.
Envelope showing print of Phelps Taven and buildings on both sides, Litchfield Conn. On reverse "1782 - Phelps Tavern - 1911 Open all year Litchfield, Conn."
Folder 49: Phoenix Bank order, 1816 Jun 13Add to your cart.
Amassa Cook promise to pay $100 to Phinehas Cook at the Phoenix Branch Bank in Litchfield
Folder 50: Republican State ticket, 1879 or 1880Add to your cart.
Printed state ticket listing Charles B. Andrews for governor; David Gallup for Lieut. Governor; David Torrance for Secretary; Talmadge Baker for Treasurer; Chauncey Howard for comptroller; Benjamin Douglass for member of Congress; H. Wales Line for 6th district senator; and Lyman E. Munson for Judge of Probate.
Folder 51: Seymour, Moses, Jr. papers, 1794-1815Add to your cart.
A letter from Moses Seymour in Litchfield to his son Moses, Jr.in New Milford about purchasing Mr. Cowles store and informing Mr. Boardman about the sale of the goods, and that he sold his sliting mill. A list of property 1800-1808 taken by Daniel Boardman & Moses Seymour, Jr. to make them equal with Elijah Boardman. A letter from Reuen H. Booth, 1808 Jul 7 to Moses, Seymour, Jr.  Also a copy of a legal document between Moses Seymour, Jr. and Solomon Buckley Jr. dated 1808 Sep 14 regarding land & buildings; a bill from James Winship for mason work forMoses, Jr.  on Stephen Clarks account dated 1815 Jul 17; and an undated list of names and page numbers that appears to be an index to an account book including the names of Daniel Boardman, Lawrance Va Sinderin; Gordan Wright, Hitchcock & Ely.
Folder 52: Seymour, O. S. letter to Phelps, Elisha, 1834 Jan 31Add to your cart.
O.S. Seymour in Litchfield writes to Elisha Phelps, Esq. Comptroller in Hartford asking him to examine the rolls of Col. Lamb's Regiment to find the name of Gershom Gibbs. Seymour reports that he has received an old muster roll that shows that Gibbs enlisted in Feb 1778 in Lamb's company of artificers belonging to a corps commanded by Elisha Painter, Esq. He is seeking futher information about that company to help Mr. Gibbs. In pencil at the bottom is "can't find".
Folder 53: Seymour, O. S. letter to Field, William, Esq., 1836 Aug 30Add to your cart.
O.S. Seymour in Litchfield writes to William Field, Esq. Comptroller in Hartford requesting information about Doctor Abel Catlin service as a surgeon in  Col. Hinman or Wooster's Regiment 1775 at Ticonderoga. At the bottom is a notation in pencil "See Ldger B 59 day book no 1-120 pages See payroll Gen T Trumbull-75"
Folder 54: South Farms Inn advertising brochureAdd to your cart.
Advertising brochure with small photographs for the South Farms Inn, Litchfield, Connecticut.
Folder 55: Totten, Joseph G letters, 1837 Aug 12Add to your cart.
Two letters written by Joseph G. Totten - one to Isaac Toucey and one to Major R Delafield about Josiah G. Beckwith attending the US Military Academy. Also a circular about admission to the US Military Academy.
Folder 56: Westleigh Inn luncheon menu, 1959 Jun 2Add to your cart.
Westleigh Inn, Litchfield, Conn. luncheon menu.
Folder 57: Westmoreland, Litchfield County, Penn. Probate records, 1777 Jan 6 - 1783 Jun 16Add to your cart.
Book printed in 1923 copied verbatim from the original record book.
Folder 58: Willey, J.M. letter to Welch, W,W., Hon., 1856 Nov 8Add to your cart.
J.M.Willey, rector of St. Michaels Church in Litchfield writes to Hon. W.W. Welch regarding the character of Joseph G. Beckwith, Jr.
Folder 59: Wolcott, Oliver writ, 1753 Aug 15Add to your cart.
Partial writ signed by Eben Marsh, Justice of the Peace, on reverse is written an attachment to John [Griffis?] regarding the writ and notice of Bond taken for his appearance signed by Oliver Wolcott, Sheriff.
Folder 60: Wolcott, Oliver papers, 1797-1810Add to your cart.
Item 1: Wolcott, Oliver letter to Mr. Letombe, 1797 Sep 27Add to your cart.
Oliver Wolcott, Treasury Department writes to Mr. Letombe, Consul General of the French Republic in which he transmits two authenticated statements regarding payments made at the Treasury on account of the debt due by the United States to the French Republic during the mission of Mr. Genet as Minister.
Item 2: Wolcott, Oliver., 1808 Sep 20Add to your cart.
Oath by Oliver Wolcott, Collector for port of New York concerning merchandise from the Ship Shepherd.
Item 3: Entry of tea, 1810 Oct 16Add to your cart.
Oliver Wolcott account of tea dated New York 16 October 1810 tht was imported on 3 May 1810 in the Ship Trident - C. Blakeman, master from Canton. 130 chest of Hyson [?] Tea.
Folder 61: Woodruff family record book, 1816-1850Add to your cart.
A record book with multiple entries. The first pages are minutes of meetings recorded by William H. Barns. The meetings were held in Woodbury and Middlebury and concern building a parsonage for the Society [possibly Baptist]. other officers were Salmon Bell, moderator; and Lemuel Phelps, treasurer. The last minutes are Jan 28, 1818.    Following that there are accounts in no particular order from Litchfield and Torrington. In the center of the book, are vital records for members of the Woodruff family from 1790 to 1851.
Folder 62: Woodward, Charles. Appointment, 1817 Oct 20Add to your cart.
Charles Woodward is appointed 1st Lieutenant of the Tenth Company of the First Regiment of Light Artillery of Connecticut State Militia. Signed by Oliver Wolcott and Thomas Day, Secretary.
Folder 63: Wylls, George. Order to pay Ephraim Kirby, 1789 May 12Add to your cart.
George Wylls, State of Connecticut Secretary in Hartford, order to pay Ephraim Kirby twenty pounds out of the Civil List Funds being one ninth part of the sum granted to him in May 1788 for printing 350 copies of the Reports of cases adjudged by the Superior Court, published by him.

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