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Grant family papers, 1817-1869 | Litchfield Historical Society

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Primary Creator: Grant, John Mason (1817-1878)

Other Creators: Grant, Harriet Lucretia (1814-1892)

Extent: 0.5 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

The collection is arranged in 3 series:

1. Correspondence

2. Family Accounts

3. Miscellaneous Papers

Date Acquired: 00/00/1898. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Boarding Houses, Dentistry, Slavery--United States, Teaching, Temperance, Yale College (1718-1887)

Forms of Material: Accounts, Letters (correspondence), Report cards, Rewards of merit

Languages: English, French

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Papers relating to the Grant family of Litchfield, including Hannah Grant (1785-1871) and her children Charles William (1810-1881), David McNeil (1812-1885), Harriet Lucretia (1814-1892), and John Mason (1817-1878).  The collection is mostly comprised of family correspondance, but also includes various school lessons and papers, family account records, and real estate records.

Hannah (McNeil) Grant was the widow of Charles Grant (1782-1821), who died in 1821.  Hannah and their four children survived him.  Hannah McNeil attended the Litchfield Female Academy 1796.

Charles William Grant (1810-1881) was born in Litchfield and attended the Female Academy in 1828. He later moved to New York and practiced medicine in New York City and Peekskill, and from 1840 through 1858 practiced dentistry in Newburgh, NY.  Later in his career he took an interest in horticulture and grew grapes on Iona Island, NY.  In 1843 he married Jane Forsyth Beveridge (1825-1856), and together they had three children: Anna Margaret (1847-1923), John Beveridge (1850-1912), and Grace Jane (1855-1860).  In 1859, he was remarried to Isabella (also called Israella) Hasbrouck Proudfit.  Charles retired in 1869, and during the last part of his life lived in the household of his brother, David in Litchfield.

David McNeil Grant (1812-1885) was a farmer in Litchfield for most of his life.  In 1860, he married Caroline Beach Judd (1831-1865), and together they had three children, two surviving infancy: Charles Henry Ambrose (1862-1886) and Fanny (1864-?).  In 1868 he was remarried to Paulina E. Benedict (1824-1873), and again in 1876 to Mrs. Mary Moses Bissell, neither of whom bore children.

Harriet Lucretia Grant (1814-1892) lived her entire life in Litchfield, attending the Female Academy from 1829 to 1831, and then working as a teacher.

The majority of the correspondence is letters from John Mason Grant (1817-1878) to his mother, sister, and brother David.  John Mason Grant graduated from Yale University in 1839 and was the secretary of his class.  He then attended the Yale Divinity School from 1840 through 1843, when he moved to New York and spent his last year of theological study at Union Theological Seminary.  He was not ordained.  He spent several years in and around New York City holding various jobs including teaching, chain-making, and assisting his brother Charles in dentistry.  He also taught school children in various places in Virginia.  He gives vivid accounts of the numerous boarding houses at which he stayed during this time.  From 1849 to 1853 he worked as a colporteur for the Maryland Tract Society.  After several more years of teaching in the area, he settled in Baltimore in 1856 and worked as an agent for the sale of religious periodicals.  In 1865 he was appointed as Assistant Assessor of Internal Revenue.  He also worked as a book agent during this time.  The last part of his life was spent in Florida, where he died, unmarried, in 1878.

Biographical Note

John Mason Grant was born in Litchfield to Charles Grant and Hannah McNeil Grant.  He attended the Litchfield Female Academy in 1830 and 1831.  He graduated from Yale University in 1839 and was the secretary of his class.  He then attended the Yale Divinity School from 1840 through 1843, when he moved to New York and spent his last year of theological study at Union Theological Seminary.  He was not ordained.  He spent several years in and around New York City holding various jobs including teaching, chain-making, and assisting his brother Charles William Grant in dentistry.  He also taught school children in various places in Virginia.  From 1849 to 1853 he worked as a colporteur for the Maryland Tract Society.  After several more years of teaching in the area, he settled in Baltimore in 1856 and worked as an agent for the sale of religious periodicals.  In 1865 he was appointed as Assistant Assessor of Internal Revenue.  He also worked as a book agent during this time.  The last part of his life was spent in Florida, where he died, unmarried, in 1878.

Subject/Index Terms

Boarding Houses
Dentistry
Slavery--United States
Teaching
Temperance
Yale College (1718-1887)

Administrative Information

Repository: Litchfield Historical Society

Accruals: Additional material (six merit awards and one multiplication table) was received from Mrs. A. Linn Bostwick, St. Lous Public Library, St. Louis, Mo., in 1945.

Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creators of this collection are in the public domain.  There are no restrictions on use.  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.

Physical Access Note: Some original items are not available due to fragility.  Use photocopies.

Acquisition Source: Grant Family

Related Publications:

Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale College Deceased from June, 1870 to June 1880, by Yale College, 1880, New Haven: Tuttle, Morehouse, & Taylor.

The Grant Family: A Genealogical History of the Descendants of Matthew Grant of Windsor, Conn. - 1601-1898 by Arthur Hastings Grant, 1898, Poughkeepsie, New York: Press of A. V. Haight.

http://www.gulbangi.com/5families-o/p352.htm


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Series 1: Correspondence, 1817-1869Add to your cart.
Family correspondance of the Grant family, primarily John Mason Grant and the members of his immediate family.  Subjects are mostly news of family and friends, but also include detailed accounts of 19th century  work activities, travel, and boarding houses, as well as views on issues of the era including slavery, temperance, and medicinal practices.
Folder 1: Beach, E, 1837 Sep 22Add to your cart.
A short letter from Miss Beach to her cousin Harriet Grant, detailing plans to visit Harriet's brother John Mason Grant in New York.
Folder 2: Benedict, C. B., 1871 Jan 2Add to your cart.
Envelope and note to addressed Harriet Grant accompanying a check for 25 dollars (not present).
Folder 3: Booth, Elizabeth, 1854-1856Add to your cart.
Three letters from Elizabeth Booth of Newtown to her friend Harriet Grant.  Elizabeth writes news of family and friends, and chastizes Harriet for being a poor correspondent.
Folder 4: Booth, Elizabeth, 1860-1861Add to your cart.
Four letters from Elizabeth Booth of Newtown to Harriet Grant with details of family and friends.
Folder 5: Booth, Elizabeth, undatedAdd to your cart.
Two letters from Elizabeth Booth of Newtown to her friend Harriet Grant concerning news of family and friends.
Folder 6: Buel, Mr., undatedAdd to your cart.
A note from Mr. Buel to Harriet Grant requesting that she accept a book he sent, regretting he could not deliver it in person.
Folder 7: Conkling, Margaret C., c. 1835Add to your cart.

Three letters from Margaret Conkling of Albany, NY, to her friend Harriet Grant.  Margaret writes general news as well as details of her travels.

One letter is dated 1835, two are undated but assumed to be created about the same time.

Folder 8: Gimbrede, Evelina, 1838-1845Add to your cart.
Six letters from Evelina Gimbrede to her friend Harriet Grant, written in English and French, including news of family and friends as well as details of her work as a school teacher.
Folder 9: Grant, Hannah, 1821-1836Add to your cart.
Five letters from Hannah Grant to various members of her family.
Item 1: Grant, Hannah to unknown, 1821 Sep 8Add to your cart.
Writes to her brother [possibly C. McNeil] expressing her grief at his ill-treatment of her and her family and informing him of her husband Charles.
Item 2: Grant, Hannah to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1832 Jun 24Add to your cart.
Letter to her daughter Harriet demanding she come home to Litchfield from her Uncle's care in New York.
Item 3: Grant, Hannah to Grant, John Mason, 1836 Jun 7Add to your cart.
Letter to her son John in school at Yale.  Sends news of the family and forty dollars.
Item 4: Grant, Hannah to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, undatedAdd to your cart.

Two letters to Hannah's daughter Harriet. 

The first was written by Hannah's son David, copied by Hannah because David lacked time to do it himself.  It includes details of his visit to New York city where he saw several shows including "Cinderella" and "Down East."  On his way home from a horse race in Brooklyn, he got in a fight with a gang of Irishmen, managing to escape relatively unscathed.  A note is included from Hannah giving a fanciful account of a cornfield.

The second letter is from Hannah to Harriet reprimanding her for poor letter writing technique and manners, and requesting immediate improvement.  Several remarks on Methodist church services her daughter attended.  A short note from Hannah's son John is included (copied by Hannah as well).

Item 5: Grant, Hannah to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, undatedAdd to your cart.
Writes her daughter, giving her news from home and comments on her progress in epistolary.
Folder 10: Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1833-1836Add to your cart.
Three letters from Harriet Grant to her friends and her brother John.
Item 1: Grant, Harriet Lucretia to [?], Electra, 1833 MarAdd to your cart.
Letter to her friend Electra mourning the loss of her aunt McNeil, who was also Electra's friend.
Item 2: Grant, Harriet Lucretia to Bartle, Louisa, 1833 Mar 21Add to your cart.
Writes her friend Louisa Bartle about life in Litchfield the past winter.  Mourns the death of her aunt McNeil who is also Louisa's friend.
Item 3: Grant, Harriet Lucretia to Grant, John Mason, 1836 May 15Add to your cart.
Letter to her brother from Bridgeport, where she is staying with their brother Charles.  Hopes to see him before he returns to Yale.
Folder 11: Grant, Isabella, undatedAdd to your cart.
One letter from Isabella Grant (the second wife of Charles William Grant) to her sister-in-law Harriet with news of family in New York.
Folder 12: Grant, Jane, c. 1850Add to your cart.
Six letters from Jane Grant (first wife of Charles William Grant) to her mother-in-law Hannah and her sister-in-law Harriet with news of the family and friends in Newburgh, NY.
Item 1: Grant, Jane to Grant, Hannah, 1850 Apr 17Add to your cart.
News of the family and the whooping cough virus sweeping through Newburgh.
Item 2: Grant, Jane to Grant, Hannah, 1850 Aug 1Add to your cart.

Details of wedding of "Liss," family news and details of the health of her daughters Anna and Nina [possibly referring to daughter Grace] who both have whooping cough.

Letter is undated but assumed to be 1850 based on context of letters.

Item 3: Grant, Jane to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, Mar 7Add to your cart.
Envelope addressed to "Miss Harriet L Grant, Litchfield Connecticut" and postmarked "Mar 7, Newburgh, N.Y."
Item 4: Grant, Jane to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, July 18Add to your cart.
News of family, poor health of her daughter Anna and her husband Charles.  Wishes to see Harriet and her mother.
Item 5: Grant, Jane to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, Sep 6Add to your cart.
Details of plans to visit Litchfield.
Item 6: Grant, Jane to Grant, Hannah, undatedAdd to your cart.
News of family and details of travel from Litchfield to Newburgh.
Folder 13: Grant, John Mason, 1836-1837Add to your cart.
Four letters to his sister, Harriet, and his mother, Hannah with details of his schooling, boarding in New York, and various jobs he holds.
Item 1: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1836 Aug 3Add to your cart.
A playful and witty letter to his sister with details of his lessons and classes at Yale.  Regrets not seeing Harriet and Charles when they were in Bridgeport.  Comments on the grammar in her letters.  Give details of a letter and package he sent but she never received.  Tells of his meager funds and his short case of the measles, and the concerns of his professors that he may not pass examinations and continue at Yale.
Item 2: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1837 Mar 27Add to your cart.
Details of a speech Daniel Webster gave in New Haven to the students of Yale and his opportunity to shake the polititian's hand.  Tells of a speech he gave in chapel and his pride of being applauded upon finishing.  Comments on her news of their brother David researching farming techniques and equipment, and on the progress of Harriet's pupil.  Details of a classmate who was expelled for having a mistress in his room.
Item 3: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1837 Jun 23Add to your cart.
Writes his mother from school about seeing his brother Charles.  Asks about sending money either by Mr. Catlin or by mail.
Item 4: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1837 Nov 11Add to your cart.
Excerpts from and his personal interpretations of the newly published book Poems by William Thompson Bacon, including verses copied from "Thoughts in Solitude" and "A Vision of War."
Folder 14: Grant, John Mason, 1841-1845Add to your cart.
Three letters to his sister Harriet Grant concerning his schooling at Yale, boarding in New York, and various jobs he holds.
Item 1: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1841 Jan 25Add to your cart.
Give his sister details of his wishes for his funeral and grave monument, although currently in good health.
Item 2: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1842 Jan 4Add to your cart.
Plans to send the letter by Mr. Buell, but sends it instead by Mr. Guernsey.  Details of his health and a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Sperry.  Includes a list of classmates who have recently died or are in poor health.
Item 3: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1845 Oct 3Add to your cart.
News of Harriet's friend Ms. Gimbrede, whom he visited and who will send a letter by him soon.  Living in NYC, plans to visit Litchfield soon, and asks for details of a potential visit from his brother David.  Details of his various teaching jobs.  Asks Harriet to paint him a copy of "The Napoleon Violets."
Folder 15: Grant, John Mason, 1846Add to your cart.
Six letters from  John Grant to various members of his family detailing his boarding house situations, travels, and teaching jobs.
Item 1: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1846 Jan 27Add to your cart.
News of boarding at Mrs. Totten's in New York, his teaching job, and his progress at learning the trade of chain-making.
Item 2: Grant, John Mason to Grant, David M., 1846 Feb 16Add to your cart.
Letter to his brother giving details on a man who owes David a sum of money.  Gives news of his work making chains.  Comments on the recent vote in Connecticut against the granting of alchohol licenses.  Includes a short note to his mother, Hannah.
Item 3: Grant, John Mason to Grant, David M., 1846 Apr 2Add to your cart.
Writes his brother David with an update about a man who owes David a sum of money.  Gives details of a fellow boarder who died of small pox.  Gives opinions on the recent temperence vote in New York.  Gives details of his work making chains and describes other occupations he may like to hold in the coming weeks.  Includes a short note to his mother, Hannah.
Item 4: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1846 Apr 23Add to your cart.
News of boarding at Mrs. Totten's house in New York, details of his work making chains.  Plans of studying dentistry with his brother Charles.  Details of a fellow boarder's death of small pox.  Opinions of people who postpone religious conversion until the deathbed and doctors who prescribe the use of alchohol.
Item 5: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1846 Apr 27Add to your cart.
A record of his daily activities in Williamsburgh, Long Island, including his progress on a length of chain he is making as well as the final days of a fellow boarder who died of small pox, followed by an account of the health of the rest of his fellow boarders.
Item 6: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1846 Jun 25Add to your cart.
Details of his work as a dental assistant to his brother Charles, as well as his work making gold and brass chains.  News of fellow boarders, church services, preaching, and school teaching.
Folder 16: Grant, John Mason, 1846Add to your cart.
Six letters to his mother, Hannah Grant, detailing his life in New York, his travels, and his teaching work in Virginia.
Item 1: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1846 Jul 17Add to your cart.

Details of a troublesome stage coach ride on his journey from Litchfield to New York.  Gives his opinions on the prescribing of different drinks for medicinal purposes.

Included with the letter are newspaper clippings containing an article about deaths from the heat in New York (which he commented on in the letter), a poem by Hoffman, an article about an exhibit of animals (caffres and a snake) at the American museum, and an article about a movement to change the name of New York state to Ontario or Niagra.  There is also included a label of some sort printed with the following: "Gold Medal National Exhibition, Best Quality NBT Warranted."

Item 2: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1846 Oct 24Add to your cart.
Details of trip to Philadelphia and ferry passage to Baltimore. Complains of the railroad charging extra for extra baggage.  Details of a job search in Baltimore, plans to go on to Richmond.
Item 3: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1846 Oct 27Add to your cart.
Details of his visit to Washinton, D.C., sightseeing.  Plans to go on to Richmond.
Item 4: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1846 Oct 28Add to your cart.
Writes from the Steamboat Powhatan on the Potomac River.  Writes about seeing Mt. Vernon from the boat.
Item 5: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1846 Oct 29Add to your cart.
Writes about his trouble finding a boarding house in Richmond, ends up staying at a Mrs. Lawrence's boarding house.  Writes of the progress of abolition in the south, his encounters with blacks so far, and his opinions about slavery and its future.  Details of a new school teaching job in Prince Edward County.
Item 6: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1846 Nov 12Add to your cart.
Details of his journey by foot to Mr. Dupey's store, during which he is lost in the woods, to discuss the building of a new school in the area.  Mr. Dupey is a prospective employer who may give him a school to teach.  Does not plan to take the job because the starting date is too late.  Details of other prospective work at Hampdon Sydney College.  Writes of his examination and certification by the president of the college, Mr. Sparrow.
Folder 17: Grant, John Mason, 1846Add to your cart.
Four letters to his mother, Hannah Grant, about his work as a school teacher in Virginia.
Item 1: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1846 Nov 21Add to your cart.
Writes about advice he was given to teach in Baltimore to get higher pay and to find more abolitionist sentiment.  Details of his boarding situation at Mr. Venable's, and his job teaching the children of the household.  Relates Mrs. Venable's opinions on the freedoms of women.  Details of a slave auction he witnessed.  Writes of other prospective teaching jobs.  Notes the political (whig) and religious (Old School) climate of the area.
Item 2: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1846 Dec 8Add to your cart.
Hears news of sinking of the Steamboat Atlantic, in which one half of the passangers died.  Thomas Flournoy of Charlotte, VA, is coming to offer him a teaching job, which he accepts and provides details of.  Writes about his first experience in physical punishment of students.  Plans to teach for Mr. Flournoy for two or three years at least.  Gives his opinions of slavery and the welfare of blacks in America as opposed to Africa.  Details of his plans for the future.  Copies an extract of Daubigne's "History of the Reformation."
Item 3: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1846 Dec 15Add to your cart.
Details of his move to Charlotte and his new teaching job for Mr. Flournoy.  Copies an extract of Daubigne's "History of the Reformation."
Item 4: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1846 Dec 16Add to your cart.
Details of his arrival in Charlotte, his meeting the Flournoy family, and starting the school.  Gives his opinions on the war with Mexico and the annexation of Texas.  Draws a plan of Flournoy's plantation where he lives.
Folder 18: Grant, John Mason, 1847Add to your cart.
Two letters to his sister Harriet Grant about his daily activities and his teaching job in Charlotte, Virginia.
Item 1: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1847 Feb 27Add to your cart.
Details of his teaching and boarding situation in Charlotte, Va.  Gives his support of the recent vote in Delaware to pass the Act of Gradual Abolition of Slavery, and hopes the same vote when the bill goes to the Senate, and that other states around it will follow.  Gives Harriet details of an ad for a female teacher in Virginia and wishes she would take the position.  General news of life in Virginia in the wintertime.
Item 2: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1847 Mar 26Add to your cart.
Writes his sister about his opinions of slavery and the methods of the past and current abolitionists in the south.  Details of a wedding in town of Miss Catherine Gaines to which he was invited but did not attend because he gave away his invitation.  Copies verses from William Cowper's "The Sofa" and Hannah More's "The Search After Happiness."  General news of teaching and daily activities.
Folder 19: Grant, John Mason, 1847Add to your cart.
Five letters to his mother, Hannah Grant, about his daily acitivites and various teaching jobs in Virginia.
Item 1: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1847 Apr 19Add to your cart.
Details of a visit to the house of his former employer, Mr. Venable, in Farmville, VA.
Item 2: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1847 May 17Add to your cart.
Details of a visit to the Natural Bridge in Virginia.  General news of work and boarding in Charlotte.
Item 3: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1847 Sep 15Add to your cart.
Writes of leaving his former teaching job at the Flournoy's in Charlotte, Virginia, and moving to teach a larger school near Lynchburg.
Item 4: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1847 Nov 15Add to your cart.
News of the new school he is teaching near Lynchburg and his new boarding situation there.  Details of religious services he had attended.
Item 5: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1847 Nov 27Add to your cart.
General news of his daily activities, plans to leave current job as a teacher near Lynchburg, VA.
Folder 20: Grant, John Mason, 1848-1849Add to your cart.
Five letters to various members of his family about his life and travels in Virginia and Maryland.
Item 1: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1848 May 6Add to your cart.
Details of a severe hail storm, including drawings and lengthy descriptions of the size and appearance of the hailstones.  Stories of his current boarding house and teaching position.
Item 2: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1848 Jun 22Add to your cart.
Writes his sister at various points in his journey from Lynchburg to Litchfield.  From the canal boat "John Early" on the James River to Richmond he discusses the presidential candidates and his support for General Taylor.  From Washington and Baltimore he writes of his steamboat trip from Richmond to Washington and losing some of his luggage along the way.  Details of sightseeing in Washington, including going to the top of the Washington Monument.  Gives details of his new teaching position in New York.
Item 3: Grant, John Mason to Grant, David M., 1848 Dec 2Add to your cart.

A letter from John and his mother, to his sister and brother in Litchfield.  John and his mother are staying with his brother Charles and his family in Newburgh, NY. Page one of the letter is written by Hannah, and pages 2-3 are written by John.

Hannah writes to her children at home giving details of her visit to their brother's.  Asks them to send her a button, and warns them of fire.

John writes to his brother and sister about his work surveying an island, and about a fire that broke out near Charles' cabin.

Item 4: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1849 Jan 10Add to your cart.
Writes his mother about the cholera epidemic, wonders when it will get to Baltimore, advises his mother how to prepare for it before it gets to Litchfield.  Gives accounts of fellow boarders where he is staying in Baltimore.  Details of telegraph maintenance he observed, wonders when telegraph line will go to Litchfield.  Details of his brief illness.
Item 5: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1849 Oct 12Add to your cart.
Writes his mother about seeing President Taylor walking on the street.  Details of his work handing out religious tracts.
Folder 21: Grant, John Mason, 1850-1856Add to your cart.
Six letters to his mother, Hannah, and his sister, Harriet, about his daily activities and work in Maryland.
Item 1: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1850 Oct 29Add to your cart.
Gives very detailed directions from New York to Baltimore for his mother to give to Miss Taylor if she decides she wishes to make the journey.
Item 2: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1851 Dec 24Add to your cart.
Details of a journey from Litchfield to Maryland.  Asks Harriet to inform Mary Merriman of Litchfield of a teaching position for which he recommended her.
Item 3: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1856 Jul 4Add to your cart.
Discusses political topics of the day, including the Congressional Committee's report on Kansas and its prospects of becoming a free state, the upcoming elections, and his lack of respect for President Filmore.  Copies lines from The Memoir of Miss Lyon (of Mount Holyoke) from the chapter entitled "Tendencies of the Principles Embraced and the System Adopted in the Mt. Holyoke Female Seminary."  Gives details of a street meeting of the republican party in Baltimore.  Comments on the increasing violence in the city.  Learns of the death of his sister-in-law Jane (Mrs. Charles William Grant).
Folder 22: Grant, John Mason, 1858Add to your cart.
Four letters to his sister and mother containing news of his daily activities and boarding arrangements, as well as his political opinions.
Item 1: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1858 Feb 16Add to your cart.
News of his work, church, and boarding in Baltimore.
Item 2: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1858 Aug 24Add to your cart.
Expresses his lack of hope for Christianity in the South.  Gives details of religious services he attended.
Item 3: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1858 Aug 24Add to your cart.
Writes of good growing season and the variety of melons and other produce availible in the markets.  Advice for Harriet to pass on to their brother David about haying.  News of his boarding situations and his fellow boarders.
Item 4: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1858 Oct 21Add to your cart.
Lengthy description of several constellations and of three comets said to be visable.  Relates his attempt to vote for the Republican candidate for mayor of Baltimore (Coab), but was violently prevented by the "Supporters of Swan," as he refers to them.  Comments on the recent "post office outrage."  Hears of a friend who was also beaten up for his attempt to vote Republican.
Folder 23: Grant, John Mason, 1865 Jan 23Add to your cart.
One letter to his mother, Hannah Grant.
Item 1: Grant, John Mason to Grant, Hannah, 1865 Jan 23Add to your cart.
Gives account of new boarding house in Baltimore.  Details of the new library card system at the library in which he volunteers.  Comments on Maryland being a free state in the South.
Folder 24: Ives, Charles, 1848 Feb 14Add to your cart.
A love poem from Charles Ives to Louisa Cook.  Inside is an unsigned note in pencil detailing a trip to Litchfield.
Folder 25: Judd, Henry, 1869 Aug 27Add to your cart.
A letter from Henry Judd to his granddaughter, Fanny Grant, for her birthday.  Includes news of family members.
Folder 26: Leonard, M., 1842 Aug 4Add to your cart.
Letter to her friend Harriet Grant with news of family and friends.
Folder 27: McNeil, C., 1817 Jan 7Add to your cart.
Mr. McNeil writes to his sister, Hannah Grant, and her husband, Charles Grant, with news of the family from the past year.
Folder 28: Morse, Cornelia Ann, 1843, 1850Add to your cart.
Two letters from Cornelia Ann Morse to her cousin Harriet Grant with family news.  Requests a visit from Harriet, gives details of her recent marriage and move to Greene, NY.
Folder 29: Norbon, Charlotte M., 1834 Sep 28Add to your cart.
Charlotte Norbon writes her cousin Harriet Grant with news of family and friends in New York.
Folder 30: Seymour, Mr. and Mrs., undatedAdd to your cart.
Invitation from Mr. and Mr. Seymour to Mr. Grant requesting a visit "on Tuesday evening at 7 O'clock."
Folder 31: Sperry, Anna L. P., 1845 Apr 16Add to your cart.
One note to Harriet Grant requesting that she pass a message to her brother John concerning the marriage of a former classmate.  The note is signed by three members of the Sperry family, including Anna, H., and Virgil.
Folder 32: Taylor, Emeline, 1857 Nov 1Add to your cart.
Writes her old friend Harriet Grant with news of friends and details of her teaching job at the Shirly Institute in Maryland.
Folder 33: Unknown creators, 1836-1859Add to your cart.
Various unsigned correspondence received by the Grant family.
Item 1: Unknown, Ellen to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1836 Jul 2Add to your cart.
A letter to Harriet Grant.  Page 1-2 written by "Ellen," and page 3 written by "L," both from Bridgeport.  News of family and friends.
Item 2: Unknown, Flora to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1843 Mar 28Add to your cart.
Letter to Harriet Grant from her cousin Flora with family news from Smithville, NY.
Item 3: Unknown to Grant, John Mason, 1843 AprAdd to your cart.
Unsigned letter to John Grant from either his brother Charles or his brother David.  Letter chastizes John for failing to send money he owed and failing to visit Litchfield.
Item 4: Unknown, S. B. to Grant, Harriet Lucretia, 1859 Sep 19Add to your cart.
Letter to Harriet Grant signed "S. B. [?]" (possibly McNeil), with news of family and friends in Phelps, NY.
Item 5: Unknown to Unknown, undatedAdd to your cart.

One unfinished letter, unsigned, unaddressed, and undated, concerning a harsh letter the sender had written earlier.  Gives directions for recipient to call on several people and pay outstanding debts.  Instructs recipient to perservere in his studies, especially in music.

Most likely letter is from one Grant brother to another.


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