Bryn Mawr College Library Special Collections


Guide to the Seymour Adelman Letters and Documents Collection - B

Part II: Box and Folder List

Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library

Copyright 2005 by Special Collections Department, Bryn Mawr College Library


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Box Person Named and Contents Date

Bagnall, Benjamin


Letter: Boston, Mass., to Israel Pemberton, 1715-1779, Philadelphia, Pa.
1 item (2 p. on double sheet) ; 20 x 32 cm folded to 20 x 16 cm
ALS. Bagnall sends his friend a pamphlet, "An Address to the Inhabitants of the Town of Boston," protesting the pressing of men into naval service. He describes the resulting rebellion in which several British officers were held until those pressed were freed. Bagnall remarks "it is uncertain to say How this affair Will end."
1747 Oct 21

Bailey, Benjamin, 1791-1853


Letter: Oxford, to John Taylor, 1781-1864, London
1 item (3 p. on double sheet) ; 23 x 37 cm folded to 23 x 19 cm
ALS. Bailey says that he has written to Keats and requested that he pay a call on Taylor (Keats's publisher). He also discusses at great length a book he is working on and the negative critical reaction he expects: "My friend Gleig thinks my theory fanciful. I take it, many will."
1818 Jan 3

Bakst, Léon, 1866-1924 (Russian Stage Designer)


Receipt: Paris, to Albert Eugene Gallatin, 1881-1952
1 item (1 p.) ; 17 x 25 cm folded to 17 x 13 cm
ADS. "Reçu de Monsieur Albert Gallatin la somme de trois mille francs pour le tableau à la gouache 'Decor pour le ballet Carnaval de Schoumann.'"

1911 Oct 7

Baldry, Alfred Lys, 1858-1939


Letter: Marlow, Bucks, to Haldane Macfall, 1860-1928
1 item (2 p. on double sheet) ; 18 x 22 cm folded to 18 x 11 cm
ALS. Relates his memories of Aubrey Beardsley's household and parents. "The impression has always remained in my mind that Aubrey . . . and his sister were curiously out of keeping with their home surroundings."
1919 Oct 16

Baldwin, Thomas. Thomas Baldwin's English, Mathematical and Latin School for Boys


1 item (1 p.)
Printed Document. Describes the curriculum of the school, adding, "Earnest efforts are made thoroughly to ground the pupils in all they study; constant reference being had to first principles."


Balfour, Arthur James Balfour, Earl of, 1848-1930


Letter: London, to Edwin Ashworth
1 item (2 p. on double sheet) ; 19 x 24 cm folded to 19 x 12 cm
LS. Dictated to and signed by his secretary: "I could not venture upon any general estimate of the late Matthew Arnold's genius, or of the position which he is likely to occupy among English men of letters. Personally I prefer his Poetry to his Prose."
1896 Apr 13

Balman, R.


Letter: Geneva, to Mr. W. C. Little, Albany, N.Y.
1 item (1 p.)
ALS. Requests acknowledgement of recent payment.
1832 Dec 8

Bank of New York


Documents: Checks
5 items (1 p.)
Printed Document. Five uncut, blank checks printed on a single sheet of paper.

Bank of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia


Documents: Checks
2 items (2 p.)
Printed Document. Two cut, blank checks.

Bank of Wilmington and Brandywine


Documents: Deposit Forms
3 items (3 p.)
Printed Documents.

Banvard, John, 1815-1891 (Painter and Author)


Letter: to "Dear General"
1 item (1 p.) ; 16 x 14 cm
ALS. Informs his correspondent of his impending return to the United States: "You may tell the public I am coming," and adds: "I herewith send you a sketch of my ship wreck [sic] on the Nile . . . perhaps it may be interesting to the readers of [your] Journal." (Sketch not included.)
after 1846

Barham, Richard Harris, 1788-1845


Letter : London, to John Murray, 1778-1843, London
1 item (1 p.) ; 21 x 19 cm
ALS. R. H. Barham asks Murray to look over his manuscript: "look particularly at what I have said about Horrestan Castle which . . . it is clear was never in the Byron family after it was seized by Henry II."

Note: Barham was also known under the pseudonym Thomas Ingoldsby.

1837 Mar 2

Baring Bros. & Co.


Letter: Liverpool, to W. F. Read, Esq., Philadelphia, Pa., via Europa
2 item (2 p.)
2 ALS. Requests payment for recent delivery.

1859 Jan 4 - 1862 Sep 6

Barrie, James Matthew, 1860-1937


Letter: London, to Laurence Housman, 1865-1959, Somerset
1 item (1 p.) ; 26 x 21 cm
TLS. Invites Housman to become a member of the Council of the League of British Dramatists. "It is not suggested that the Council should be purely ornamental; its function will be to advise the Executive Committee in the event of any matter arising of vital importance to the whole body of British dramatists."
1933 Nov 28

Barton, Bernard, 1784-1849 (Quaker Poet)


Letter: Woodbridge, to Robert Baldwin, London
1 item (3 p. on double sheet) ; 23 x 37 cm folded to 23 x 19 cm
ALS. To the publishers Baldwin, Cradock, & Joy, Barton sends letters to be forwarded to the editors of the British Review and the London Magazine, as well as two copies of his book of poems. He praises the London's anonymous literary critic and comments on a recent article on Keats's Endymion. "There was a genuine feeling of poetical beauty, and accurate perception of what Poetry itself is."
1820 Apr 18

Barwell, Louisa Mary, 1800-1885 (Musician and Writer of Educational Works)


Letter: Norwich, to Laman Blanchard, 1804-1845
1 item (2 p. on double sheet) ; 19 x 23 cm folded to 19 x 12 cm
Sends along copies of her two latest works, The Value of Time and The Value of Money.
1834 Jul

Barry, William


Letter: Chicago, Ill., to J. T. Ryerson, Esq.; J. T. Ryerson to William Barry, Chicago, Ill.
2 items (2 p. on double sheet)
2 ALS. Written on Historical Society of Chicago stationery, thanks Ryerson for his donation of books. Also enclosed is Ryerson's brief reply to Barry.
1860 Jul 14

Bassett, Charles


Letter: New York, N.Y., to "My dear Mr. Allen"
1 item
ALS. Discusses upcoming business ventures; writes that "Mr. Roth will call upon you with a letter of introduction from me."
1894 May 25

Bates, William J.


Letter: London, to Jordan Harrison, Mount Pleasant, Ohio
1 item (8 p. on 2 integral leaves) ; 27 x 44 cm folded to 27 x 42 cm
ALS. Writing to his uncle, describes a trip to the Lake Country where he visited William Wordsworth. "He asked many questions about America--and spoke in highest terms of the country, her citizens and institutions . . . He converses very agreeably and has a very fine flow of language." Goes on to describe visits to London monuments.
1836 Aug 6

Bauman, Arnold W.


Letter: to John D. Ward
1 item (1 p.)
ALS. An apologetic letter to Ward, as Bauman has accidentally received and read his mail. The mistake was only recently discovered, for "no one could tell to whom [the mail] was directed."
1830 Jun 22

Beardsley, Aubrey, 1872-1898


Letter: Menton, [France], to Leonard Charles Smithers, 1861-1907
1 item (3 p. on double sheet) ; 18 x 23 cm folded to 18 x 12 cm
Document. Letter copied by Haldane Macfall in his own hand. Letter concerns Smithers's new magazine, the Peacock, in which Beardsley was keenly interested. Contains Beardsley's many detailed suggestions for the publication.
1897 Dec 26

Beerbohm, Max, Sir, 1872-1956


Letter: London, to "Dear Mr. St. John"
1 item (4 p. on 2 integral leaves) ; 16 x 20 cm folded to 16 x 10 cm
ALS. Refers to his review of a play: "I had spent so much time, or rather 'space,' in describing how the play's theme ought not to have been treated and would by a native of this dear island have been treated without fail, that I was unable to describe how the play's theme actually was treated."

Beerbohm, Max, Sir, 1872-1956


Letter: Rapallo, Italy, to John Lane, 1854-1925, London
1 item (3 p. on 2 leaves) ; 25 x 21 cm
ALS. Writing to the publisher John Lane, Beerbohm narrates his trouble with J.M. Dent and Sons over royalties. He insists on a fee for reprinting two of his essays. He also reveals the financial straits of Aubrey Beardsley's mother and his own efforts to help her.

Beerbohm, Max, Sir, 1872-1956


Letter: Dieppe, to Laurence Housman, 1865-1959
1 item (2 p. on 2 integral leaves) ; 21 x 26 cm folded to 21 x 13 cm
ALS. Writes of the "insult" Clement King Shorter (1857-1926) has given them both by sending each a cheque for one guinea. "But you know what a terrible fellow he is"; Beerbohm regrets allowing Shorter to determine the fee for their writings.

Beerbohm, Max, Sir, 1872-1956


Letter: London, to Laurence Housman, 1865-1959
1 item (2 p. on 2 integral leaves) ; 15 x 20 cm folded to 15 x 10 cm
ALS. Sends his drawing of Housman stating: "I hope you will agree with me that it is grotesque enough to be innocuous?" Asks that it be returned quickly in order to be sent to the printer "unless you shy at it."

Bell, Sam C.


Letter: New Orleans, La., to Henry Charles Carey, 1793-1879, London
1 item (2 p. on double sheet) ; 25 x 40 cm folded to 25 x 20 cm
ALS. Describes the weather in New Orleans and the prices there of various commodities. Asks Carey to "procure [him] a handsome edition of Thomas Moore's Melodies--with the music--such as is used by Ladies at the Piano."
1825 May 26

Belmont, August, 1816-1890 (U.S. Banker and Diplomat)


Document draft
1 item (1 p.) ; 21 x 13 cm
AD. Draft of a document giving details of a loan of $200,000 to the Union Club.

Ben-Gurion, David, 1886-1973


Letter: Ideh-Boker, Israel, to Seymour Adelman, 1906-1985, Philadelphia, Pa.
1 item (1 p.) ; 22 x 13 cm
ALS. "Many thanks for your kind letter. I am especially grateful for the copy of Einstein's letter." Accompanied by a TLS, from Lia Hart, from the Prime Minister's Office, Jerusalem, acknowledging receipt of Adelman's letter.
1957 Oct 11

Bernhard, Isidor (Dry Goods Merchant in New York City)


Letter: New York, N.Y., to Mr. Colvin, Albany, N.Y.
1 item (1 p. on double sheet) ; 26 x 20 cm
ALS. To a counsellor at law, Bernhard writes, at the bottom of a printed notice of his store's move to a new location: "I am willing to take 40% as you stated from Shuster, and am ready to accept Clockman's note . . . without any endorsement."
1849 Jun 6

Benjamin, Park, Esq.


Letter: New York, N.Y., to Hon. Joseph Stony, Cambridge, Mass.
1 item (1 p. on double sheet)
ALS. Discusses recent business transactions.
n.y. Dec 19

Berry, Agnes, 1764-1852


Letter: Richmond Hill, to "My dear Kate," N.Y.
1 item (4 p.) ; 18 x 22 cm folded to 18 x 11 cm
ALS. Reports on her own health, on who came to dinner, on the impending marriage of Blanche Stanley, together with critical comment, on who is wintering where, and assorted bits of gossip.
n.y. Jul 28

Bettle, Edward, 1841-1912


Letters: Haverford College, Haverford, Pa., to "Dear Sister"
2 item (7 p. on double sheet) ; 25 x 39 cm folded to 25 x 20 cm
ALS. Writing while a student at Haverford College, Bettle asks after his family and relays news of his academic progress, the campus in springtime, and the election of he and his brothers Charley and Henry to the Loganian Society.

after 1855 Oct 18


Bettle, Henry


Letter: Haverford College, Haverford, Pa., to Mary Ann Bettle
1 item (3 p. on double sheet) ; 21 x 27 cm folded to 21 x 14 cm
ALS. Writes to his mother while he is a student at Haverford College. Thanks her for "thy very acceptable present of gingerbread" and suggests that she visit him. He also remarks that the graveyard is much improved, particularly the grave of Joseph Harlan.
after 1855 May 30

Bettle, Henry


Letter: Philadelphia, Pa., to Samuel Bettle Jr., 1809-1880
1 item (3 p.on a double sheet)


ALS. To his father, Henry relays news of family and friends, in particular the failing health of Aunt Sally. Briefly mentions business transactions and remarks that "there is no excitement in the city as to the movements of the rebels, although General Cadwaller has seconded the call of the Governor for 30,000 men."

1864 Aug 8

Bettle, Jane, 1773-1840


Letter: Mount Pleasant, Ohio., to Samuel Bettle, 1774-1861, Philadelphia, Pa.
1 item (2 p. on double sheet) ; 25 x 40 cm folded to 25 x 20 cm
ALS. Describes her journey with Elizabeth Robson to several Quaker meetings in Ohio and the people they have met throughout their travels. "E.R., being highly favored in Testimony and Supplication . . . continued evidence of her right qualification as a sound & faithful Gospel Minister." Jane Bettle also writes of Elisha Bates (1781-1861) and Benjamin Hoyle (1798-1875?).

This collection contains many other letters addressed to Jane Bettle. Correspondents include: H. Elliott, Elizabeth Robson, and John Thomas.

1825 Sept 4

Bettle, Mary Ann (recipient)


Letter: Wilmington, Del., to Mary Ann Jones (Bettle), Philadelphia, Pa.
1 item (2 p. on single leaf)
ALS. Letter to Mary Ann Jones (who married Samuel Bettle, Jr., in 1831) from a female friend describing her social life in Wilmington, Delaware.

1830 Jun 5

Bettle, Mary Ann


Letter: London, to "My dear sisters"
1 item (4 p. on double sheet) ; 21 x 27 cm folded to 21 x 14 cm
ALS. Bettle writes to her sisters while traveling in England for the sake of her husband's health. She describes London, and the towns, castles, and people they have seen. She frets over their absence from the United States during the Civil War: "If I had the direction of things I would return in the next steamer, but then I remember that dear S[amuel Bettle, Jr.] came for his health." Also discussed are Edward Bettle and Mary Ann's negative reaction to his planning a pleasure trip to England while his country is in turmoil.
1862 Aug 4

Bettle, Samuel, 1774-1861


Letters: Philadelphia, Pa.; Mount Pleasant, Ohio; New Cornwell, [N.Y.?], to Jane Bettle, 1773-1840
11 items
ALsS. A collection of letters from Samuel Bettle to his wife Jane.


This collection contains many other letters addressed to Samuel Bettle. Correspondents include: Richard Cadbury, Thomas Cooper, Dover Monthly Meeting, Thomas Evans, Joseph Gurney, E.B. Hopkins, Jesse Kersey, Monthly Meeting of Friends, Philadelphia, and George Williams.



1802 Jul 23 - 1828 Sept 7


Bettle, Samuel Jr., 1809-1880 (Quaker Minister)


Letter: to Jane Bettle, 1773-1840
1 item (1 p.)
ALS. Brief note to his mother requesting that she accept "a box of nice prunes."

This collection contains many other letters addressed to Samuel Bettle, Jr. Correspondents include: Charles Coffin, Benjamin Hoyle, Hanna Neall, and John Pease.

1840 Jan 13

Bettle, Samuel Jr.


Report Card: Haverford, Pa., for Samuel Bettle
1 item
AD. "Character of the recitations and conduct of Samuel Bettle during the 4 weeks ending 8 mo. 15 1852."
1852 Aug 15

Bettle, Samuel Jr.


Copy of letter to "I.M.W."
2 items, 1 letter (2 p.), 1 publication (4 p.)
ALS. Bettle's handwritten copy of a letter to I.M.W., in which Bettle passionately extolls the virtues of forgiveness and loving your enemy. Bettle encloses a pamphlet on "Charity and Forgiveness", which he asks the recipient to ponder.

1861 May 6


Bettle, William


Letters: to R.
2 items (2 p.)
ALsS. Two letters documenting the demise of William's father and asking for R.'s company. The first letter is divided between 9:30 PM and 11:00 PM. At 9:30 William writes, "our dear Father is nearly gone . . ." At 11:00 PM, he writes that the doctor predicts Father has 3 to 9 hours. The second letter is written on a torn scrap of paper. Timed at 2:15 PM, it reads, "Our dear Father is no more."

Binyon, Laurence, 1869-1943, (Poet and Art Critic)


Poem: "Sirmione"
1 item (1 p.) ; 18 x 11 cm
AMsS. Nine-line poem, written out on a page with printed heading: "The autograph collection of Howes Norris, Jr."
1911 May

Binyon, Laurence


Letter: London, to Bethzion Lask
1 item (1 p.) ; 18 x 14 cm
ALS. Regrets that he has "no fresh material to offer" her for her paper on Isaac Rosenberg (1890-1918). Suggests that she contact Gordon Bottomley (1874-1948), who may have some of Rosenberg's unpublished poems.
1928 Oct 7

Birkbeck, Morris, 1764-1825


Letter: Princeton, Ind., to William Rotch, Jr., 1759-1850
1 item (1 p.) ; 25 x 20 cm
ALS. To a fellow Quaker, Birkbeck explains his views of an apparent misunderstanding: "I did not, I think feel the least disposition to impute neglect to the family on this side of the Atlantic . . . My intention was to state what I conceived would be the result of a certain line of proceeding . . . I am quite convinced by your letter that your views are correct." Goes on to discuss settlement in "this Western Region. A cultivated farm might probably be secured in . . . Ohio, but hardly in this more remote country. I am about to settle with my family in the Illinois Territory." Birkbeck, a Quaker, founded an English Quaker settlement in Illinois in 1817-1818.

1817 Aug 23

Bird, Kenneth, [Fougasse] 1887-1965 (Cartoonist)


Letter: Kensington Square, to "Dear Madam" (Mrs. Conckman?)
1 item (1 p. on double sheet)
1935 Oct 16

Bizet, Georges, 1838-1875 (Composer)


1 item (1 p. on double sheet) ; 21 x 13 cm
ALS. "Donnez votre nom au concierge, ce n'est pas plus matière pour ça."

Blackwood, William, 1776-1834 (Founder and Editor of Blackwood's Magazine)


Letters: Edinburgh, to Henry Prevost, New York, N.Y.
2 items (together 2 p.) ; varying sizes
2 ALsS. Writes of Washington Irving who had called on him: "He is a most interesting man, and I flatter myself that our accidental acquaintance will open channels of intercourse which will be mutually agreeable." Second letter, undated, refers to a banknote he is sending Prevost.

Blackwood, William


Letter: Edinburgh, to George Soane, 1790-1860
1 item (2 p.) ; 25 x 20 cm
ALS. Returns Soane's manuscript to him with great reluctance, giving reasons for its rejection: "it would make too long a series in the Magazine, and by the separation the effect of your tale would be injured."

1830 May 14

Blackwood, William


Letter: Edinburgh, to "Dear Sir"
1 item
ALS. Blackwood has written a note on the back of another letter from Christopher Mott (?) to John Austin. The letter discusses who will write book reviews for the publication.

1820 Mar 23

Blanchard, Laman, 1804-1845


Letter: to Mrs. Hale
1 item (3 p. on double sheet) ; 18 x 23 cm folded to 18 x 12 cm
ALS. Jests with his correspondent about politics. Also thanks her for "the part about the Comic, but . . . my hands are quite full."

This collection contains many other letters addressed to Blanchard. Correspondents include: Louisa Barwell, H. Burlowe, Thomas Hood, William Jerdan, Louisa Sheridan, Frank Stone, T. Perronett Thompson, and Cornelius Webbe.


Blanchard, Laman (subject)


Handwritten manuscript; printed poem
Ms/TMs. A handwritten summary of Laman Blanchard's life and death, including praise for his character and works. A copy of Blanchard's poem, The Mother's Hope, is included.

Blum, A. C.


Letter: Salem, N.C., to Benjamin Coates, Philadelphia, Pa.
1 item (1 p. on double leaf)
ALS. Discusses a recent order.
1847 Dec 20

Blunden, Edmund, 1896-1974


Letters: Suffolk, Tokyo, Hawstead, Kent, to Walter E. Peck, 1891-1954, Oxford & Bristol
4 items (together 8 p.) ; varying sizes
4 ALsS. Letters discuss their mutual interest in Percy Bysshe Shelley as well as their writings on him. 1930 letter contains critical comments on John Middleton Murry's edition of John Keats. Scattered throughout are passing references to Leigh Hunt.

1921 Dec 29 - 1931 Jan 3


Blunden, Edmund


Letter: Hawstead near Bury St. Edmunds, to Mr. Walker
1 item (2 p.) ; 18 x 12 cm
ALS. Discusses books on Keats by John Middleton Murry (1889-1957) and by Charles Armitage Brown (1786-1842). "I wonder if anyone has obtained permission to use Brown's memoir, & I should also like to feel that Crewe [Lord Robert Offley Ashburton Crewe-Milnes (1858-1945)] isn't sick & tired of applications for admission to his Library. To bring out Brown's memoir of Keats with a memoir of himself too would delight me."
1930 Mar 21

Blunden, Edmund


Letter: Hawstead near Bury St. Edmunds, to Walter Edwin Peck, 1891-1954, London
1 item (1 p.) ; 18 x 12 cm
ALS. Welcomes Peck back to England. Notes that his book on "L. [Leigh] Hunt has been ready for some time . . . can't understand the publisher's delay; await your discoveries, which may ruin all the careful but somewhat strawless brickwork."

1930 Apr 25

Blunt, Wilfrid Scawen, 1840-1922


Letters: Southwater, Sussex, to Wilfrid Meynell, 1852-1948, London
2 items (together 3 p. on double sheets) ; 21 x 26 cm folded to 21 x 13 cm
2 ALsS. First letter was written in response to Meynell's announcement of Francis Thompson's death. He will send flowers but will not attend funeral. "Besides I can hardly claim to have been his friend. You and your family were all the friends he had." Blunt is sending his "little notice of him" (Thompson) to Meynell for corrections. Second letter refers to Meynell's article on Thompson and its excellence.

1907 Nov 15 - Nov 25


Bolmar, A.


Letters: West Chester, Pa., to C. Comegys, Philadelphia, Pa.
2 item (2-3 p. on double sheet)
2 ALS. Bolmer, the founder of a boarding school in West Chester, Pa., writes to thank the Comegys for deciding to send their nephews to his school and gives details of vacation plans as well his intention of visiting the Comegys household. Second letter is written on official "A. Bolmar's Institution For Boys" letterhead and describes the good progress that both boys are making.
1838 Sept 24 - 1839 Mar 1

Bomford, George, 1782-1848 (Chief of Ordnance, U.S. Army; Inventor of the Howitzer)


Letters: Washington, D.C., to A.M. Lee, Baltimore, Md.; to N. Biddle, Esq., Philadelphia, Pa.; to Frederick Schley, Esq., Frederickstown, Md.; to Henry E. Leman, Esq., Lancaster, Pa.
4 items (together 5 p.) ; 26 x 21 cm
ALsS. Letter to Lee instructs him that all officers in charge of ordnance and ordnance stores must take inventory in December so the inventory can be compared with the 4th Quarter returns. Letter to Biddle requests that he reconsider Bomford's application for an extension of credit. In letter to Schley, Bomford conveys Secretary General of War's message: "He has recommended, in his report to Congress, the sale of all ore banks . . . owned by the U. States, and that, in the event of Congress not passing an act for that purpose, then the ore bed in question . . . will be leased to the highest bidder." In reply to a letter from Leman, Bomford states: "there are no means at the disposal of this Department for extending the manufacture of rifles beyond the engagements already existing."
1836 Apr 14 - 1942 Jan 24

Bonaparte, Joseph, 1768-1844 (King of Spain)


2 Letters: Philadelphia, Pa., to LeRoy Bayard & Co, and Point Breeze, Pa., to Judge Joseph Hopkinson, 1770-1842, Philadelphia, Pa.
2 items
2 ALS. Letter to Bayard & Co. begs to have his correspondent expedite the business which he encloses. Letter to Hopkinson concerns a parcel of land he wishes to acquire and describes its configuration. Three lines at end of letter are written in Bonaparte's own hand.

1819 Feb 4
1832 May 16


Bond, Phineas (subject)



Petition [Philadelphia, Pa.]: to his excellency the president, and the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania
1 item (1 p.) ; 34 x 21 cm
DS. Petition to Benjamin Franklin, president of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, for the return of Phineas Bond, a Tory who left Philadelphia to settle in England. Signers of the petition include Benjamin Rush, Robert Morris, John Nixon, and William White.

Boner, Charles, 1815-1870 (Author and Poet)


Letter: St. Emeran, to Franz von Kobell, 1803-1882
1 item (3 p. on double sheet) ; 19 x 23 cm folded to 19 x 12 cm
LS. Boner writes that he has read in "The Critic" a most favorable review of Kobell's book Sketches from the Mineral Kingdom and quotes a portion from the review. Boner also asks Kobell to give [Emanuel?] Geibel Boner's translation of his poems, but only if Kobell thinks Geibel would like it. In German.
1854 Jan 6

Booth, G.H.


Letter: Liverpool, to Thomas Westfall
1 item (1 p. on double sheet) ; 21 x 25 cm folded to 21 x 13 cm
ALS. Booth asks Westfall what the rental terms are on the space being rented to Mr. Grundy. On the reverse is Westfall's Oct 31 letter to Grundy detailing his discussion with Booth of the terms of the rental agreement.
1846 Oct 20

Borradale, G.


Letter: St. Albans, to Lt. Col. La Fausille, Dover
1 item (1 p. on double sheet) ; 21 x 25 cm folded to 21 x 13 cm
ALS. Gives his commander a description of his ride on an early railroad, "The St. Albans machine." He writes: "This machine is what is called a long coach and is just like a caravan."
1755 Jun 22

Borrow, George Henry, 1803-1881


Letter: to S. Wilkin, 1790-1862
1 item (1 p. on double sheet) ; 20 x 33 cm folded to 20 x 17 cm
ALS. Asks that Wilkin not send copies of his book, Romantic Ballads, to London, as he is still bargaining with a publisher. "Miss Anne Gurney's copy is to be sent to Hudson Gurney along with his."

Borrower, Walter


Letter: to Samuel Robinson, Esq., London
1 item (1 p. on double sheet)
ALS. Responds to a previous letter, discusses how he plans to mail the next letter.
1810 Jul 9

Bottomley, Gordon, 1874-1948


Letter: Silverdale, Carnforth, to Isaac Rosenberg, 1890-1918
1 item (1 p.) ; 27 x 21 cm
TL. Bottomley praises Rosenberg's poetry.
1916 Jul 4

Bottomley, Gordon


Letter: Silverdale, Carnforth, to Anne Wynick
1 item (2 p. on double sheet) ; 17 x 26 cm folded to 17 x 13 cm
ALS. To Isaac Rosenberg's sister. Bottomley sends the manuscript of her brother's poem "The Unicorn" "by registered post herewith; which closes, I think, my stewardship of Isaac's literary remains."
1928 Oct 30

Boucicault, Dion, 1820-1890 (Playwright)


Letter: London, to Mr. E. D. Ponchee, Brighton
1 item (1 p.)
1 ALS. "I enclose a post office order, (payable to you) for Fifteen shillings & 6d., being the amt of my Account due to the Exs. of the late Mr. Rigge and request an acknowledgment--It had quite escaped my memory."

1842 Feb 17

Boudinot, Elisha


Letter: New York, N.Y., to John E. Hall, Esq., Philadelphia, Pa.
1 item (1 p. on double sheet)
ALS. Letter discusses business matters and problems: "As soon as I received your letter, I wrote to my Brother to examine the accounts, and write you as soon as possible."
1817 Mar 20

Bowen, Catherine Drinker


Letters, notes, and cards: Philadelphia, Pa., to Seymour Adelman, Philadelphia, Pa.
10 items (together 5 p.) ; varying sizes
ALS, ANS, 4 APcS, and 4 TLsS. Brief, congratulatory items sent mostly after dinner meetings and speeches given by Adelman.

Bowles, William Lisle, 1762-1850


Letters: Calne, to the Rev. and Mrs. Daniel Tysons, Tetbury
2 items (together 4 p.) ; 23 x 38 cm folded to 23 x 19 cm
2 ALsS. 1822 letter to Rev. Tysons describes his investigations, both documentary and archaeological, of a long-forgotten monastery in his parish. The 1828 letter to Mrs. Tysons describes Bowles's dismay at "these pestiferous ranters" who preach outside his church, even during services.

1822 Nov 28 - 1828 Feb 20


Boys, Thomas Shotter, 1803-1874


Letters: Bournemouth, Cheltenham, London, to H. Mogford, London
7 items (together 11 p.)
7 ALsS. Three letters to H. Mogford detail his penurious existence and want of work. Other letters to "Dear Sir" concern unnamed exhibitions and tickets to them.

1846 Dec 3 - 1855 Jan 18

Bradford, Sarah


Letter: Boston, Mass., to Miss Frances Mackay, London
1 item (3 p. on double sheet) ; 27 x 42 cm folded to 27 x 21 cm
ALS. Discusses the latest developments in a subscription set up by Miss Mackay for the benefit of a destitute family and recounts other news of family and friends.
1845 May 29

Bradley, William Czar, 1782-1867 (Congressman from Vermont, 1813-1815 and 1823-1827)


Letter: Westminster, Vt., to Samuel Elliot
1 item (1 p.) ; 25 x 20 cm
ALS. Discusses points in a law case involving a dispute between two families.
1836 Mar 28

Braham, John


Letter: London, to "Sir"
1 item (1 p. on single sheet)
ALS. Brief note in which the author says that he will be unable to make an appointment.
1831 Oct 31

Brandeis, Louis Dembitz, 1856-1941 (U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1916-1939)


Letter: Washington, D.C., to publishing firm Covici, Friede, Inc.
1 item (1 p.) ; 20 x 24 cm folded to 20 x 12 cm
ALS. "My thanks for your courtesy."
1931 Mar 12

Braser, D.


Letter: Salem, Mass., to Rev. Mr. Morrison, New Bedford, Mass.
1 item (2 p. on double sheet)
ALS. Because of full schedule, declines a "proposal for an exchange this autumn."
1839 Aug 8

Brawne, Fanny, 1800-1865 (Poet)


3 items (3 p.)
AMS. Two pages of poetry written in the hand of Fanny Brawne. Accompanied by an introductory letter from Francis L. Randolph, Radnor, Pa., to Seymour Adelman: "It was most interesting to have met you yesterday. Find enclosed a few leaves in the hand of Fanny Brawne - I am most happy to see them in such a distinguished collection."
1829 (poetry)
1968 Mar 31 (letter)

Briggs, George Nixon, 1796-1861 (Governor of Massachusetts, 1844-51)


Letter: Lanesboro, Mass., to an unidentified correspondent (Mr. I. White Conith?)
1 item (1 p.) ; 25 x 18 cm
ALS. Writes that, because of prior commitments, he must regretfully decline an invitation to "deliver a temperance address to the Friends of the cause of Temperance in College."
1835 Nov 12

Brighton, George R.


Letter: to Mr. Rev. Allen W. McCurely
1 item (2 p. on double leaf)
ALS. "Can you make it convenient to make me a call some afternoon of this week between the hours of two and five oclock?"

Bronson, Isaac Hopkins, 1802-1855 (Congressman from New York, 1837-39)


Letter: Watertown, N.Y., to William L. Marcy, 1786-1857, Albany, N.Y.
1 item (3 p. on 2 leaves) ; 26 x 21 cm
ALS. To the Governor of New York, letter recommending that a Dr. Crawe be appointed Geologist by the state.
1836 Apr 12

Brown, Edmund M.


Marriage Certificate: Mr. Edmund M. Brown and Miss Ann Brokaw
1 item (1 p.)
ADS. Signed by William B. Barton, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Woodbridge, New Jersey: "This may certify that, on Tuesday evening, Nov. 23, 1830, I solemnized the marriage relation between Mr. Edmund M. Brown & Miss Ann Brokaw, daughter of Mr. Cornelius Brokaw, all of Rahway, New Jersey."
1831 Dec 7

Brown, George


Letter: Calcutta, to "Gentlemen"
1 item (1 p. on 1 leaf)
ALS. Brief note discusses business matters. "I have only time by this opportunity to say, that the larger part of your Books have been disposed of - I am not able to say with certainty, but I think they will realise within 10 to 15 percent . . . I shall invest the proceeds as you direct."
1835 Jun 15

Brown, J.


Request for Payment: "To Mr. Baneker, Barrack Master."
1 item (1 p.)
ADS. "Wanted for the use of the Royal Artillary private. Candles from the 26th Nov. to 31st Dec."

Brown, Moses, 1738-1836 (Founder of Brown University)


Letter: Providence, R.I., to an unidentified correspondent
1 item (1 p.) ; 21 x 17 cm
ALS. Writes to his correspondent regarding an agreement to be signed by several parties. "If their centiments [sic] differ from mine please to desire them to write & forward, as there may not be time to send up to me . . . You can adopt such parts of both as you may think best, the matter of the books we agreed on." In closing, sends his regards to several prominent Quakers, including William Wilson, Robert Walker, Elizabeth Robinson, Susanah Lightfoot, and William Mathers.
1774 Dec 1

Brown, T. E. (Thomas Edward), 1830-1897


Letter: Clifton, to Professor Campbell
1 item (4 p. on double sheet) ; 18 x 23 cm folded to 18 x 12 cm
ALS. Encourages Campbell to write original verse: "Come! out with the stuff! it is in you, or I am mistaken." Mentions that lately he has been reading Ben Jonson and Forbes's Life of Beattie, and also that his Fo'c'sle Yarns are going into a second edition.
1888 Nov 4

Brown, William


Letter: Farewell County, Ill. to Jeremiah Brown, Jr., Lancaster County, Pa.
1 item (3 p. on double sheet) ; 32 x 41 cm folded to 32 x 21 cm
ALS. To his cousin back in Lancaster County, Brown describes his life as a new settler in Illinois, his fellow settlers, clearing his land, setting up a shop, as well as the weather and the natural surroundings.
1829 Jul 4

Browne, Junius Henri, 1833-1902 (Journalist)


Letters: New York, to Mr. [J.M.] Stoddart
3 items (together 5 p.) ; 22 x 28 cm folded to 22 x 14 cm
3 ALsS. Browne writes of several stories he has submitted to Stoddart's Lippincott's Monthly Magazine for publication. In the last letter, Browne congratulates Stoddart "and myself as well--on the publication, after eight years, of the second part" of his story Heroines of the Human Comedy. "Unflinching perseverance will, it appears, finally get an article . . . into Lippincott's Magazine, even though written by J.H.B."
1892 Feb 11 - 1894 Mar 24

Brummell, Beau, 1778-1840


Letter: Calais, to unknown correspondent
1 item (3 p. on double sheet) ; 21 x 26 cm folded to 21 x 13 cm
ALS. Gossipy letter from the famous English dandy. "I believe . . . it is [Lord Harrowby's] intention to stand for the vacant pontifical chair, the Pope having just ascended to the bosom of St. Peter, provided Lady Harrowby will assist his installation by the loan of the faded purple pelisse in which she landed here."
[ca. 1823]

Brunswick Copper Mine Co.


Minutes: of meetings
1 item (2 p.) ; 31 x 20 cm
AD. Minutes of meetings held at Samuel Austin's house. Present were Anthony Morris, Charles Batho, John Coates, Henry Drinker, Thomas Say, Samuel Morris, Isaac Levy, Daniel Benezet, Joseph Morris, Benjamin Koster, and Isaac Coates.
1762 Aug 11 - Aug 12

Buckingham, William A.


Letter: Norwich, to "Hon. Jus. A. Briggs."
1 item (2 p. on double leaf)
ALS. "And now my dear friend as you wish me to give your respects to Mrs. Buckingham I am compelled to say that I must wait until God wills me to meet her in another life, whither He called her on the 19th of last month . . . the life and light of my dwelling was removed but blessed be God for the hope and confidence which He gives that she will continue in the light of His favor."
1868 May 18

Bulkeley, John


Indenture: Labeled indenture. Real estate/rental contract.
1 item (1 pg.)
1768 May 17

Bunner, Henry Cuyler, 1855-1896


1 item (1 p.) ; 10 x 12 cm
AMsS. Fair copy of four lines of Bunner's poem Off With Your Hat as the Flag Goes By beginning "The old tune thunders through all the air."
1885 Apr 29

Burgess, Hyman


Letter: Milton, to Nancy Burgess
1 item (2 p. on double sheet)
ALS. Letter discusses health of family and friends as well as other town matters.
1849 Jul 4

Burlowe, Henry, d. 1837


Letter: to Laman Blanchard, 1804-1845, London
1 item (3 p. on double sheet) ; 19 x 23 cm folded to 19 x 11 cm
ALS. Quoting from a variety of verse, Burlowe sends his friend a bust of Brutus "an anti-torying democrat and reformer with like Cassius, a 'lean and Hungry look,' and one who does not sleep o'nights, I send unto thee . . . to have and to hold till the last trump full of sound and fury shall signify--nothing."
1834 Nov 8

Bury, J. B. (John Bagnell), 1861-1927


Letter: Cambridge, to Mr. Levinson
1 item (1 p. on double sheet) ; 18 x 23 cm folded to 18 x 12 cm
ALS. Probably to the anti-war activist Salmon Levinson, Bury agrees to give his name to an unspecified cause. He is sorry to hear that "Hardy did not sign the Memorial. I was talking to him about it ten days ago, & I think he would have signed if he had had more time to consider it."
[19--] Jun 26

Byers, Joseph


Printed Document: Garlick Hill, to William Crowdy, Esq., Highworth, Wilts
1 item (1 p. on double sheet)
Document. Notice of the death of Byer's business partner, Mr. Little, and assures customers of continued excellent service in spite of the company's loss.
1813 Jan 18

Bynner, Witter, 1881-1968


Letter: Santa Fe, N.Mex., to Houston Martin
1 item (1 p.) ; 17 x 15 cm
TLS. Explains why he has failed to write and tells Martin when he will be able to do so.
1946 Nov 27


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