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Guide to the Foster-Spalding Family Papers, 1776-1970

Collection number: MC 174

Size: 33 boxes (11.00 cu.ft.)

About the Foster and Spalding Families

The original Joseph Foster was a ship captain in colonial Massachusetts. He served in the House of Representatives of Massachusetts from 1775 to 1776 and was elected as Colonel of the Sea-Coast Forces during the Revolution in 1776.

Lyman Spalding was a doctor established in Porstmouth, New Hampshire. Spalding married Elizabeth Coues, a Porstmouth native, in 1802. Their daughter, Adelaide, married Joseph Foster, Sr.’s grandson, also named Joseph Foster, who was, like his grandfather, a sea captain out of Massachusetts.

Further information about all of the Fosters and Spaldings from 1703 to 1930 can be found in the biographical notes of each family member’s manuscript series within this collection. See also: the Foster-Spalding Family Tree.

Biographical information used in this collection was primarily found in:

Foster, Joseph. Colonel Joseph and His Children and Grandchildren. Cleveland, Ohio, 1947.

Welch, David. Unpublished genealogical information on the Foster, Spalding, Coues, Stewart-Aikman and Estabrook families.

About the Foster-Spalding Family Papers

The Foster Spalding Family papers consist primarily of the correspondence to and from Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding, Adelaide Coues (Spalding) Foster, and Joseph Foster, IV. These letters range from 1803 to 1878. Materials from the late eighteenth and into the early nineteenth century, relate primarily to the sea voyages of three generations of Joseph Fosters. During the first decades of the nineteenth century the letters primarily relate to Dr. Lyman Spalding and his family, including his daughters, Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding and Adelaide Coues Spalding Foster. Letters describe Elizabeth’s teaching career in Portsmouth and Northwood, New Hampshire and travel in the White Mountains. Following the birth of Joseph Foster in 1841, letters begin to revolve around aspects of his life, including education, childhood activities and service with the United States Navy during and after the Civil War. Letters in the last part of the nineteenth century and into the first few years of the twentieth describe the family of Joseph Foster, including his four children, Joseph, Isabel, Dorothy and Beatrice, and his wife, Helen Dickey Foster, originally of Lowell, Massachusetts. Letters during the first few decades of twentieth century primarilly describe Isabel’s education at Bryn Mawr and Dorothy’s time in Europe as a nurse during World War I. Later letters are mainly from Mary Stewart Welsh, granddaughter of Joseph Father, to her mother, Dorothy Foster Welsh.

Themes that are present consistently throughout the letters include: financial matters and spending habits of both women in Portsmouth and Portsmouth men abroad, family matters and relationships in a seafaring community and social interaction in Portsmouth, including detailed information about individuals moving to and from the city, as well as, employment, politics, marriage, social occasions, travel, birth, illness and death. Portsmouth family names consistently discussed in letters include Parrott, Boardman, Lyman, Ladd, Moffatt, Rundlett, May, Salter, Goodwin, Laighton, Whipple, Wentworth, Page, Sise, Jenness and Tredick.

In addition to letters, the collection contains several diaries belonging to Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding, school papers belonging to Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding, Adelaide Coues Spalding Foster and Joseph Foster, receipts relating to Joseph Foster’s service as a paymaster in the United States Navy, wills or inventories for Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding, Adelaide Coues Spalding Foster, Lyman Spalding and Joseph Foster, ship logs belonging to Joseph Foster of Gloucester, Massachusetts and Alfred Spalding of Portsmouth, New Hampshire and photographs of various family members and friends.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

This collection is open.

Copyright Notice

Contents of this collection are governed by U.S. copyright law. For questions about publication or reproduction rights, contact Special Collections staff.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Foster-Spalding Family Papers, 1776-1970, MC 174, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

Acquisitions Information

Donation: Adm. and Mrs. David F. Welch, Tucson, AZ, July 12, 2000 (Accession number: 2000.23)

Collection Arrangement

This collection is arranged into twenty series. All of the Foster-Spalding family correspondence spanning the years 1803-1980 are in Series I and are arranged in chronological order. Further materials, such as journals, pieces of art, receipts, official ship and/or war documents, financial and school records, and estate papers are separated according to which family member they pertain to. Biographical information about each family member is provided in the relevant series. Genealogical research, photographs, letter envelopes, artifacts, and oversized materials are all sorted respectively into their own series.

Collection Contents

Series I: Correspondence, 1803-1980

(21 Boxes)

Box 1
Box 1, Folder 1 1803-1813 (8 letters)

Thomas Manning to Lyman Spalding (Sept. 6, 1803)

Charlotte Coues to Lyman Spalding and Elizabeth Coues Spalding (Oct. 3, 1803)

Silas Spalding to Lyman Spalding (Sept. 19, 1809)

Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding to Lyman Spalding (2) (Feb. 21 and May 9, 1813)

Adelaide Coues Spalding to Lyman Spalding (3) (Feb. 21, May 9, and June 7, 1813)

The letters discuss LS’s medical career, social life in Portsmouth, and travel from Portsmouth to Kittery, ME. The letters between ACS, EPS and LS detail the activities and education of children.

Box 1, Folder 2 1814-1819

Lyman Spalding to Esther Barnes (May 18, 1814)

Peter Coues to LS

William — to Joseph Foster (II)

Bill Barns to LS

LS to EPS (2)

William C. Harris to LS

Samuel E. Coues to LS

Usher Parsons to LS

A. Miller and Julia M. Sands (Manhattan Female Seminary) to EPS

A. Miller to EPS

The letters discuss Portsmouth’s economy (including the sea trade), schools, and the rebuilding of the city after a series of fires. Two letters address deaths in the family (LS’s mother Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding and Elizabeth Coues Spalding’s father Peter Coues) and funeral preparations. One letter includes a biographical sketch of Peter Coues (November 29, 1818). In one letter, Usher Parsons writes to LS concerning the Paris school of medicine and provides the names of important surgeons and hospitals (November 29, 1819). Letters also address the relationships between EPS and her school friends, including descriptions of their writing fictitious letters.

Box 1, Folder 3 1820-1827

LS to EPS (3)

EPS to Francisca Anna Pascalis (3)

ACS to Elizabeth Coues Spalding

Francisca A. Canfield to EPS

EPS, ACS and Elizabeth Coues Spalding to Lyman D. Spalding (2)

— to LS

Individual letters include a description of travel to Washington, D.C. and a visit to Mount Vernon (January 7, 1820) and a description of travel from New York to Portsmouth by sea (July 31, 1820). There is description of the reconstruction of Portsmouth after the fires (July 31, 1820). Topics discussed between EPS and her childhood friend Francisca include the birth and burial of a stillborn baby, Catholics, writing letters in French and social life for young people in Portsmouth, including descriptions of parties attended by EPS. A July 12, 1827 letter details a “rampage” through Portsmouth relating to Adams-Jacksonite animosities. The letter also includes a description of a July 4th celebration in Portsmouth, local political figures such as Captain Goodwin and Augustus Cutts, as well as, and the building and collapse of the Methodist Episcopal Church building in Portsmouth. During this time period Elizabeth Coues Spalding is in Portsmouth with two of her children, EPS and Edward Jenner Spalding, while Lyman is in New York with the other children, Lyman, Alfred and Adelaide. Letters discuss Elizabeth planning to return to New York from Portsmouth and family matters, including the activities of the children. One letter requests that LS report to Fort Constitution (July 23, 1821).

Box 1, Folder 4 1831-1834

EPS to Alfred P. Spalding

Elizabeth Coues Spalding to EPS

Alfred P. Spalding to Elizabeth Coues Spalding (2)

Elizabeth Coues Spalding to ACS

Letters describe the naval career of Alfred P. Spalding, including a description of the Charlestown, SC harbor (October 15, 1833) and the loss of the ship Kenzington. Letters also include descriptions of daily life in Portsmouth including, the arrival of ships and Christmas decorations. There is discussion of ACS’s teaching position in Gloucester, MA and EPS’s teaching position in Claremont, NH. EPS includes drawings of herself writing letters and teaching school lessons. In one letter Elizabeth Coues Spalding describes a visit to Claremont, New Hampshire to visit the family of her husband’s sister, Esther Barnes (September 5, 1831).

Box 1, Folder 5 1835-1836

Mary Halliburton to EPS (2)

J. W. Bird and H. Montgomery to EPS (2)

EPS to Sarah —

EPS to Alfred P. Spalding (2)

EPS to Anne Coues

J. Buckley to Alfred Spalding

EPS to Elizabeth Coues Spalding

Louise — [student of EPS] to EPS

Letters discuss EPS’s possible position at a new school for girls in Boston, as well as, female education and gender roles. EPS discusses Italy including a translation of 35 Canto Dante and other literary and historic interpretations. One letter describes a trip from Portsmouth to Claremont, NH, including descriptions of the changes is vegetation. The industries of Claremont are described including the cotton factory, paper mill, book factory, grist mill and brick factory. The economic status of the town is also discussed (August 10, 1836). One letter includes description of travel through northern Massachusetts including stops in Boston, Beverly and Salem. The letter also refers to ACS’s work as a teacher in Gloucester, Massachusetts (August 13, 1835).

Box 1, Folder 6 1837-1838

Lyman D. Spalding to ACS

Mary M. Rey to EPS (2)

Alfred P. Spalding to EPS

Elizabeth Coues Spalding to EPS

EPS to Alfred P. Spalding

Letters primarily contain descriptions of social life in Portsmouth. There is also description of childhood and education in New York. The November 14, 1838 letter describes the Portsmouth weddings of Lyman Spalding to Susan Parrott and ACS to Joseph Foster (III), as well as, EPS’s desire to be single. The letter also details EPS’s travel in the White Mountains and includes a map of EPS’s travel route. One letter describes life in St. Martin, Leeward Islands and the anticipated emancipation of slaves (July 18, 1838).

Box 1, Folder 7 January – February 1839

Susan Parrott Spalding to EPS (2)

Samuel E. Coues to EPS

S. Franklin Coues to EPS

Anne Coues to EPS

ACS to Anne Coues

Letters from Samuel E. Coues discuss feelings on pacifism and the need for peace. Letters describe the social life in Portsmouth, Northwood and Gloucester, including a description of a ball in Portsmouth. One letter also provides literary criticism.

Box 1, Folder 8 March – April 1839

Charlotte Coues to EPS

Samuel E. Coues to EPS

EPS to Anne Coues

Susan Parrott Spalding to EPS

ACS to EPS (2)

Anne Coues to EPS

John Haven to EPS

EPS to Anne Coues

EPS to —

Letters discuss pacifism, daily activities, social life in Portsmouth and illness. One letter consists of a poem written by EPS.

Box 1, Folder 9 May – June 1839

Susan Parrott Spalding to EPS (2)

Lyman D. Spalding to EPS

ACS to EPS (2)

Anne Coues to EPS

ACS to Anne Coues

EPS to Anne Coues

Orilla P. Barnes to EPS

Letters discuss daily activities, social life in Portsmouth, travel and transportation in the Green Mountains, New York and Albany.

Box 1, Folder 10 July – August 1839

Anne Coues to EPS (3)

EPS to Anne Coues (3)

ACS to EPS

A. — Beck [Portsmouth Postmaster] to EPS

Letters discuss the benefits of being a single woman (July 11, 1839), education of black children in Portsmouth (Miss Blasdel’s school) (August 11, 1839) and physical descriptions of the houses and yards in the city of Portsmouth. One letter discusses postal regulations and prices for sending letters overseas (July 15, 1839).

Box 1, Folder 11 September – December 1839

Alfred Spalding to Anne Coues

EPS to Alfred Spalding

Mary U. Barker

Letters discuss sewing and fashion, social life in Portsmouth and naval travel.

Box 1, Folder 12 January – July 1840

Alfred P. Spalding to EPS (3)

D. Thayer to EPS

EPS to Anne Coues (2)

Anne Coues to EPS

Anne Coues to ACS

Letters discuss Sabbath breaking (May 26, 1840), color-identification of racial groups (May 26, 1840), Irish life onboard the ship Snowball (May 30, 1840), life at sea (May 30, 1840), travel by train for the first time (June 30, 1840), flooding in Savannah, Georgia (June 30, 1840) and Seacoast New Hampshire becoming a resort destination (August 30, 1840). One letter provides a good description of life as a wife and mother (July 2-4, 1840).

Box 1, Folder 13 September – December 1840

Anne Coues to EPS

EPS to Anne Coues

Charlotte Ladd Coues to EPS

Alfred P. Spalding to EPS (2)

ACS to EPS

Letters discuss the death of a child (September 16, 1840), family matters, travel and social life in New Hampshire.

Box 1, Folder 14 January – August 1841

Samuel E. Coues to EPS

Susan Parrott Spalding to EPS

EPS to Anne Coues (2)

Anne Coues to EPS

M. W. Foster to EPS

ACS to EPS

Letters discuss family illness and death, education of girls in Portsmouth (July 21, 1841), a wedding in Northwood, NH (June 26, 1841), a temperance celebration in Portsmouth (July 9, 1841) and travel in northern New Hampshire.

Box 1, Folder 15 October – December 1841

ACS to Anne Coues

EPS to Anne Coues

Joseph Foster (III) to ACS

Letters discuss family matters, sea travel and social life in Portsmouth.

Box 1, Folder 16 January – August 1842

Joseph Foster (III) to ACS (4)

EPS to Anne Coues (2)

Letters primarily discuss social life in Portsmouth and sea travel.

Box 1, Folder 17 September – December 1842

W. P. to Joseph Foster (III)

A Christie to Joseph Foster (III)

Joseph Foster (III) to William

Lucy and Amelia Foster

Joseph Foster (III) to ACS (2)

Alfred P. Spalding to EPS

Letters include the description of the distribution of property upon the death of Joseph Foster (III), family matters and sea travel.

Box 1, Folder 18 March – December 1843

W. Richardson to Alfred P. Spalding

EPS to Alfred P. Spalding

EPS to Anne Coues(3)

Alfred P. Spalding to EPS (5)

William Foster to ACS

Letters describe sea travel, travel in Europe, travel in the White Mountains and the death of Joseph Foster (III).

Box 1, Folder 19 January – April 1844

Samuel E. Coues to ACS

Susan Parrott Spalding to ACS

S. B. Clay to EPS, Alfred

P. Spalding to EPS (5)

— to EPS

Letters include condolences to ACS after the death of her husband Joseph Foster (III), family matters and social life in Portsmouth. One letter provides references to material culture, discussing two old chairs that EPS has in her home. The letter also refers to styles coming from Europe to Portsmouth (April 20, 1844).

Box 1, Folder 20 July – September 1844

Alfred P. Spalding to EPS (3)

Samuel E. Coues to Alfred P. Spalding

EPS to Alfred P. Spalding (2)

Letters discuss sea travel, travel in Great Britain and life in northern New Hampshire.

Box 1, Folder 21 October – December 1844

Alfred P. Spalding to EPS (5)

EPS to Alfred P. Spalding (2)

EPS to Nancy (Anne) Coues

Letters discuss family matters, ideal traits for a respectable young lady (October 16, 1844), Portsmouth social life. One letter describes travel in the White Mountains and changes in the social climate of Portsmouth as the population increases (October 8, 1844).

Box 1, Folder 22 1845

ACS to Anne Coues (2)

— to EPS (2)

EPS to Alfred P. Spalding

— to Samuel E. Coues

— Taylor to Samuel E. Coues

D. Elwell to ACS

Letters discuss Alfred P. Spalding being lost at sea. One letter from EPS was written to Alfred P. Spalding, but never sent as he was never found. The letter includes EPS’s feelings about Alfred being lost at sea as well as general updates to him about social life in Portsmouth. One letter describes taking care of a baby, anxiety over the long time that Alfred Spalding has been at sea (he is lost at sea during this time period). The same letter also includes general references to God and faith (March 1, 1845). One letter discusses the discovery of debris in the ocean that may have come from Alfred Spalding’s missing ship (January 13, 1845). One letter discusses financial matters concerning settling the estate of Joseph Foster (September 1845).

Box 1, Folder 23 1846

EPS to Alice Pierrepont (3)

Alice Pierrepont to EPS (2)

Samuel E. Coues to ACS

Susan Chadwick and Mary — to EPS

Letters discuss life in Manchester, NH, family matters and EPS’s distrust of medicine. One letter discusses the Coe family of Northwood, for whom EPS worked and the position that EPS had in the household as a teacher. The same letter discusses one of EPS’s former students and the death of a child (August 25, 1846).

Box 1, Folder 24 January – June 1847

James Fennard to —

Mary C. Shannon to EPS

EPS to James Kennard

EPS to James Fennard

Lyman Spalding to EPS

Susan Chadwick and — to EPS

Letters discuss sickness and death, social life in New Hampshire and finances. One letter focuses on the Coe family of Northwood, New Hampshire. The same letter discusses EPS’s former students in Portsmouth, New Hampshire (April 7, 1847). Letters provide a good example of female friendships and the role of letter writing.

Box 1, Folder 25 July – December 1847

EPS to James Fennard (2)

Emily E. Barstow to EPS

Caroline W. H. Dall to EPS

H. G. P. Cross to EPS

A. C. Haven to EPS

Lyman D. Spalding to EPS

E. Jackson to EPS

Letters primarily discuss family matters and EPS’s friendships.

Box 1, Folder 26 January – June 1849

Caroline W. H. Dall to EPS (2)

Mary C. Shannon to EPS (4)

M. U. Coe to EPS

Marianne Wells Healy to EPS (2)

A. Cunningham Haven to EPS

Charles and Carrie Dall to EPS

William P. Fennard to EPS (2)

Letters discuss family matters and social life.

Box 1, Folder 27 July – December 1849

EPS to Lyman D. Spalding (3)

William P. Fennard to EPS

Mary C. Shannon to EPS.

Box 1, Folder 28 1850

EPS to Elizabeth Jackson

Box 2
Box 2, Folder 1 1851

JF (notes), ACS, JF and Lyman Foster to EPS

EPS to JF

EPS to Mere St. Xavier

Amelia Foster to JF and Lyman Foster

?Mary C. Shannon to EPS

M.T. Ladd to EPS

Letters provide descriptions of childhood activities and friendships in Portsmouth, NH. One letter provides a particularly good example of female friendship. The same letter also discusses EPS’s faith and how travel has changed it (August 5, 1851). One letter is a reaction to EPS’s description of Toronto and the Canadian Parliament. The same letter discusses widows in Portsmouth and popular literature. The letter also provides a comparison between the life of a single woman and that of a married woman (September 6, 1851).

Box 2, Folder 2 1852

Alexander Hunter to EPS

C. F. Healy to EPS (2)

Mary Shannon to EPS

Jonathan Potton to EPS

One letter describes travel in Florida and the coast of Georgia (March 12, 1852), anther contains a story about a child who had cut off his fingers (September 6, 1852 and November 25, 1852). Letters also include descriptions of travel in Europe and the social life in Portsmouth. One letter also discusses the election of President Pierce, temperance, women’s rights and vegetarianism (November 25, 1852).

Box 2, Folder 3 1853

Adelaide C. Foster to JF

EPS to JF

Caroline Foster to JF

Charlotte M. Haven to EPS

Letters include discussion of family matters and female friendship.

Box 2, Folder 4 1854

William Simes

Timothy G. Senter

William H. Rollins

William H. Sise

James F. Shores Jr.

T. Starr King

Samuel H. Gookin and John D. Simes to JF

Esther Barns to EPS

Valentine note

Charles C. Salter and Albert T. Salter to JF

Samuel E. Coues to EPS

Florence Foster to ACS

One letter requests donations for a monument for Portsmouth teacher, William C. Harris (January 1854). There is a Valentine’s Day card and poem (February 14, 1854). One letter includes discussion of education and the life of a teacher (October 8, 1854).

Box 2, Folder 5 1855

Antonio de Lacerdo to EPS

Lyman S. Foster to JF (2)

EPS to JF

Lyman S. Foster to EPS and JF (2)

Lyman S. Foster to EPS

Elisa A. Haven to EPS (2)

Letters include description of travel in New Hampshire and discussion of family matters. One letter (July 9, 1855) describes travel in northern New Hampshire, fashions worn at a Sunday School celebration in Tamworth Center, New Hampshire and a boat journey on Lake Winnepasaukee in New Hampshire (July 9, 1855). The same letter also includes genealogical information. Another letter (August 19, 1855) describes a visit to the Isles of Shoals and a visit to Kittery Point. The same letter discusses interest in history and solicits for pamphlets that EPS may have that were published around the time of the Revolution.

Box 2, Folder 6 January – June 1856

William Gerrish to JF

Mary Shannon to EPS

H. A. Fletcher to EPS

Susan C. to EPS

Florence Foster to ACS

Amelia Foster to JF and Lyman Foster

Alfred Davis to Albert P. Chase

Alfred M. Hoyt to JF and Lyman Foster

Letters include discussion between JF and his friends about coin collecting, dancing lessons and other childhood activities. Letters also discuss family life and social life.

Box 2, Folder 7 July – August 1856

ACS to EPS

JF to EPS

Amelia Foster to JF

J. Herbert Senter to JF and Lyman Foster

James R. May to JF

EPS to JF

Letters describe childhood activities in Portsmouth, including mowing grass, fishing, building rafts and picking berries (July 20, 1856). One letter (August 3, 1856) provides a description of a July 4th celebration in Portsmouth, as well as, childhood activities in Portsmouth.

Box 2, Folder 8 September – October 1856

ACS to EPS

William Cummings Spalding to JF (2)

EPS to JF

William Gerrish to JF

Letters discuss family matters, daily activities in Portsmouth schools, childhood activities and Catholics in Portsmouth.

Box 2, Folder 9 November – December 1856

George Clifford Boardman to JF

Florence Foster to JF

EPS to JF

Letters discuss the building of the Customs House and Post Office in Portsmouth and daily activities in schools.

Box 2, Folder 10 January – February 1857

JF to EPS (2)

Florence Foster to JF

EPS to JF

Letters discuss JF’s club involvement and family matters.

Box 2, Folder 11 March – April 1857

EPS to JF (3)

Florence Foster to JF (2)

Letters discuss Florence Foster’s education at the Oread Institute in Worcester, MA, daily activities, the life of Alfred Spalding, JF’s club involvement, JF’s decision to leave school for work and personal matters.

Box 2, Folder 12 May – June 1857

William Gerrish to JF

JF to Florence Foster

J. Herbert Senter to JF (3)

Letters describe childhood activities, JF’s job as a clerk for Edward F. Sise (a dealer in coal, salt and crockery in Portsmouth) and coin collecting.

Box 2, Folder 13 July – August 1857

Amelia Foster to JF

William Cummings Spalding to JF (2)

Florence Foster to JF

Letters discuss JF’s clubs, including discussion of the Young American’s Club’s seeking the right to vote (Not old enough to vote But old enough to work) and Florence Foster’s education at the Oread Institute in Worcester, MA.

Box 2, Folder 14 September – October 1857

J. Herbert Senter to JF

JF to ACS

EPS to JF

Mary Shannon to EPS

JF to EPS

William Gerrish to JF

M.H. [initials only] to EPS

Letters describe education at Phillips Exeter Academy, family matters, political views, election of a Republican governor in Maine and the possible execution of two men in Maine charged with murder on the high seas. Letters also show female friendship and relationships. One letter also discusses the remarriage of a widow and the change that it will have on the lives of her children (September 4, 1857). The same level also discusses the numerous deaths that have occurred in family and friend circles in Portsmouth.

Box 2, Folder 15 November – December 1857

Florence Foster to JF

Albert Salter to JF (2)

J. Herbert Senter to JF

JF to —

Letters describe Florence Foster’s education in Framingham, MA, life in Exeter, NH and a visit to Kittery, ME.

Box 2, Folder 16 January – February 1858

J. Herbert Senter to JF

Albert Salter to JF (2)

Letters describe personal matters and Republican sentiments in Portsmouth.

Box 2, Folder 17 March – April 1858

Florence Foster to JF

William Seward to JF (2)

Daniel Clark to JF

Mason Tappan to JF

William Cummings Spalding to JF

James Pike to JF

Alfred Davis to JF

Letters include responses to JF’s request for copies of speeches delivered by various senators.

Box 2, Folder 18 May – June 1858

James Pike to JF

Preston King to JF

Daniel Clark to JF

J. Herbert Slater to JF

Lizzie Foster to JF

EPS to JF

Lyman S. Foster to JF

Florence Foster to JF

EPS to ACS

Letters include responses to JF’s request for copies of speeches delivered by various senators and/or legal documents, JF’s autograph and coin collecting and family matters. One letter (June 30, 1858) also describes seeing Native Americans on the train.

Box 2, Folder 19 July – August 1858

A. A. Humphreys to Joseph Foster

William Gerrish to JF

EPS to JF (2)

Lyman S. Foster to JF

ACS to JF

John P. Heale to JF

J. Herbert Senter to JF

Letters include responses to JF’s request for copies of speeches delivered by various senators and/or legal documents, personal matters and daily activities.

Box 2, Folder 20 September – October 1858

EPS to ACS (6)

Lyman S. Foster to JF

Lizzie Foster to JF

Antonio deLacesdo Bahia to EPS

EPS to JF

Lizzie Foster to ACS

Lyman S. Foster to JF

Merchants’ Bank to EPS

Letters discuss family matters. One letter is an announcement from Merchants’ Bank concerning a stcokholders’ meeting (October 11, 1858).

Box 2, Folder 21 November – December 1858

Florence Foster to JF

J. Herbert Senter to JF

Mercantile Library Association to JF

William Gerrish to JF

Letters discuss family matters, the Mercantile Library Association in Portsmouth, political sentiments, including discussion of naturalization laws, personal matters and the decision to enter college or go on to work.

Box 2, Folder 22 January – February 1859

Daniel Clark to JF (2)

William Seward to JF

Young Mens Goodwin Club to JF

Albert Salter to JF

William Redding to ACS

Lizzie Foster to JF

Letters include responses to JF’s request for copies of speeches delivered by various senators and/or legal documents and personal/family matters.

Box 2, Folder 23 March – April 1859

J. Herbert Senter to JF

Mercantile Library Association to JF

Republican sentiments in Portsmouth and the Mercantile Library Association.

Box 2, Folder 24 May – June 1859

Mary G. Parrott to JF

Lizzie Foster to JF

EPS to JF

JF to EPS

Letters describe a wedding in Gloucester, MA, including descriptions of wedding gifts and social life in Gloucester.

Box 2, Folder 25 July – August 1859

Albert Slater to JF

EPS to ACS and JF

Edward Henry Spalding to EPS

JF to EPS (2)

EPS to JF

William Gerrish to JF

Letters include advisement not to travel to the West because of unemployment problems (July 12, 1859). Letters also include description of a passage to and life in Australia (July 12, 1859), Spalding family genealogy (August 6, 1859), family matters, travel to the Isles of Shoals, hiring black and Chinese servants in Portsmouth (August 23, 1859), hiking up Mt. Washington (August 31, 1859), travel to the West and Australia and life and education in Portland, ME.

Box 2, Folder 26 September – October 1859

Maria T. Ladd to JF

Florence Foster to JF

EPS to JF

Charles Hough to JF

EPS to JF (3)

Lizzie Foster to JF

William Cummings Spalding to JF

Mary Shannon to JF

One letter (from Maria T. Ladd) gives JF rights to Moffatt’s Wharf (September 1, 1859). Other letters include a description of a wedding celebration in Portsmouth (September 4, 1859) and family matters.

Box 2, Folder 27 November – December 1859

William Gerrish to JF

EPS to JF

Gilman Marston to JF

Florence Foster to JF

Letters discuss school activities in Portland, ME and daily activities.

Box 2, Folder 28 January – February 1860

J. B. Burleigh to JF

George Vaughan (Portsmouth Mercantile Library Association) to JF

Samuel Elliott Coues to EPS

J. Herbert Senter to JF

William Cummings Spalding to JF

JF to Lucy L. Coues (2)

William Gerrish to JF

Letters discuss activities of the Mercantile Library Association, Republican sentiments in Portsmouth and the election of Governor Goodwin, Republican-Democrat struggle for control in Portsmouth, JF looking for work in the West (Madison, WI) because there were few possibilities for him in Portsmouth (February 9, 1860 and February 28, 1860) and education and life in Portland, ME.

Box 2, Folder 29 March – April 1860

Lizzie Foster to JF

JF to Lucy Coues

J. B. Burleigh to JF

Letters include JF’s decision to remain in Portsmouth, despite poor employment opportunities.

Box 2, Folder 30 June – August 1860

William Gerrish to JF

EPS to JF (3)

Lyman S. Foster to JF

Antonio de Lacerdo to EPS

William Cummings Spalding to JF

Letters discuss personal matters and social life.

Box 2, Folder 31 September – December 1860

JF to Lucy Coues

J. Herbert Senter to JF

William Gerrish to JF

Albert Salter to JF

Letters discuss social life, Thomas Bailey Aldrich and Ralph Waldo Emerson and life at Bowdoin College.

Box 2, Folder 32 January – April 1861

John Rand (Portsmouth Mercantile Library Association) to JF

Antonio de Lacerdo to EPS

Florence Foster to JF

J. Herbert Senter to JF

E. H. Hodge to EPS

Letters discuss activities of the Portsmouth Mercantile Library Association and social life in Portsmouth. In one letter Florence Foster describes her life as a teacher in Gloucester, MA (April 7, 1861).

Box 2, Folder 33 May – June 1861

William Gerrish to JF (2)

J. Herbert Senter to JF

Florence Foster to JF

Elliott Coues to JF

Letters discuss general political sentiments, daily life and social life. One letter describes the first steps toward support of the Civil War in Maine, the first Regiments being mustered and southerners returning to their homes in the South (May 12, 1861 and June 30, 1861). One letter also describes the same sort of experiences in Cambridge, MA (May 18, 1861). One letter contains a brochure from the Commencement Ceremony at Columbian College (June 28, 1861).

Box 2, Folder 34 July – August 1861

Charlotte Haven Ladd Coues to EPS

Elliott Coues to JF

ACS to JF, JF to ACS (3)

Antonio de Lacerdo to EPS

Samuel Elliott Coues to EPS

EPS to ACS

Letters discuss family matters, daily activities and Portsmouth men departing to fight in the Civil War. One letter discusses anti-war sentiments (July 28, 1861).

Box 2, Folder 35 September – October 1861

EPS to JF (5)

EPS to ACS

JF and Hiram A. Fletcher to Col. Edward E. Cross

Col. Edward E. Cross to JF

Notice about Portsmouth Gymnasium

JF and B. F. Whidden to Col. Edward E. Cross

Massachusetts Historical Society to JF

Charles Sumner to JF

Letters discuss the Col. Cross (September 9, 1861 and September 25, 1861), family and social life, travel in New Hampshire and general feelings about men enlisting to fight in the Civil War. One letter is JF writing directly to Col. Edward E. Cross of the 5th Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers requesting the position of 2nd Lieutenant (per recommendation of Capt. John Murray of Lancaster) (September 27, 1861). Also in the same letter is a recommendation from Hiram A. Fletcher on behalf of JF (September 27, 1861). Col. Cross responds to JF, saying that he needs soldiers rather than officers (September 27, 1861). A notice from the Portsmouth Gymnasium describes the newly opened features of the gymnasium. A second request for an appointment was made by JF to Col. Cross (October 9, 1861), however a notation at the end of the letter states that Col. Cross denied JF the position because he was not able to bring any soldiers with him). One letter acknowledges a donation JF made to the Massachusetts Historical Society (October 16, 1861). Charles Sumner writes to JF, stating that he will not be able to lecture in Portsmouth as JF had requested (October 29, 1861).

Box 2, Folder 36 November – December 1861

Charles W. Fletcher to JF

J. Herbert Senter to JF

Samuel E. Coues to JF

Governor Nathaniel Berry to JF

William Gerrish to JF

Thomas Drew (Assistant Military Secretary, Massachusetts)

Letters include discussion of travel to the West (Minnesota), feelings about the war and enlisting, One letter from Governor Nathaniel Berry denies JF a position as an officer in a New Hampshire Regiment, stating that all such positions have been filled (December 5, 1861). One letter is written in behalf of the governor of Massachusetts regarding a request that JF made to be given a position as an officer in a Massachusetts Regiment (December 23, 1861).

Box 3
Box 3, Folder 1 January – February 1862

Joseph A. Gilmore to JF (2)

Ichabod Goodwin to Joseph A. Gilmore

Henry Dawes to JF

T. G. Phelps to JF

John Murray to JF

William Schouler to JF

Letters include discussion of raising of the 9th Regiment and General Butler, a recommendation that JF be given a commission as Second Lieutenant and descriptions of the conditions near Alexandria, Virginia.

Box 3, Folder 2 March – April 1862

Lyman S. Spalding to JF

A. H. Hoyt to JF

Isaac R. Thompson to JF

Florence Foster to JF

Nathan P. Thacher to JF

J. Herbert Senter to JF

John S. Rand to JF

Letters include Lyman A. Spalding to JF, “All blockading vessels are in sight and also an English Man of War,” Fort Sumner…news of victories at Roanoke advance of Army of Potomac under McClellan (March 26, 1862). One letter also describes Mormon life in Salt Lake City, Utah (April 8, 1862).

Box 3, Folder 3 May – July 1862

Lyman S. Spalding to JF (2)

EPS to JF (2)

George B. Elden to JF

JF to Governor Nathaniel Berry

John P. Lyman to JF

Elias E. Davidson to JF

Mary C. Shannon to EPS (3)

Isaac R. Thompson to JF

JF to EPS

Albert Salter to JF

Letters include description Charleston, NC harbor and Fort Sumter (May 13, 1862), JF’s business activities, JF’s request for an appointment in the 9th Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteers (May 22, 1862). One letter from JF to EPS states, “Lincoln…issued a proclamation of liberty to every slave who will either aid us with spade or musket…,” and discusses Hatch’s resolution of “conciliation” and considers it aid and comfort to enemy, a death warrant for thousands of soldiers (July 31, 1862). Letters also provide description of daily activities and family matters.

Box 3, Folder 4 August – September 1862

William Gerrish to JF

EPS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (4)

JF to EPS (3)

Caroline M. Foster to ACS and JF

— to EPS

EPS to —

EPS to ACS

JF to William Ladd

Letters discuss daily activities, travel in New Hampshire and social life. One letter is the presentation of a sword, belt and sash from friends in Portsmouth in recognition of his service to the Union (September 27, 1862).

Box 3, Folder 5 October 1862

James C. Brown (Portsmouth Mercantile Library Association) to JF

EPS to JF (5)

Lyman S. Spalding to JF

JF to EPS

William Gerrish to JF

B. K. Hough to EPS

Letters discuss JF’s departure for the navy (October 4, 1862 and October 5, 1862) and a list of the presents he received when he departed (October 21, 1862). Letters provide incite into the feelings of JF and his family and friends as he goes off to war.

Box 3, Folder 6 November 1 – 5, 1862

I. R. Thompson to JF

JF to ACS (6)

JF to EPS (2)

Lucretia Ahymou to EPS

ACS to JF

One letter to JF tells of 800 California volunteers under Col. Conner stationed 2 miles from Salt Lake City ready to arrest Brigham Young if given notice (November 1, 1862). Letter also detail JF’s early experience in (daily activities) and travel with the navy.

Box 3, Folder 7 November 6 – 10, 1862

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF

Letters describe JF’s daily activities and the responsibilities of his job (November 7, 1862).

Box 3, Folder 8 November 11 – 20, 1862

JF to EPS

JF to ACS (6)

William Simes Jr. to JF

ACS to JF (2)

EPS to JF

Letters describe JF’s daily activities and family matters.

Box 3, Folder 9 November 21 – 30, 1862

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF (3)

William Simes to JF

JF to EPS

Lyman S. Spalding to JF

Fred A. Fernald to JF

EPS to JF (2)

Edward P. Stacey to EPS

Letters describe JF’s daily activities and family matters.

Box 3, Folder 10 December 1 – 5, 1862

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS (3)

Fred A. Fernald to JF

Mary Halliburtou to EPS

Lyman S. Spalding to JF

Letters describe JF’s daily activities and family matters.

Box 3, Folder 11 December 6 – 15, 1862

William Simes Jr. to JF

JF to ACS

ACS to JF

JF to EPS

Mary Shannon to EPS

Florence Foster to JF

Fred May Holland to EPS

Letters describe JF’s daily activities and family matters.

Box 3, Folder 12 December 16 – 31, 1862

JF to ACS (5)

ACS to JF (6)

Lyman D. Spalding to EPS

Isaac R. Thompson to JF

Letters describe JF’s daily activities and family matters.

Box 3, Folder 13 January 1 – 10, 1863

F. A. Fernald to JF

EPS to JF

JF to EPS

ACS to JF (3)

Lyman Spalding to EPS

JF to ACS

Letters describe JF’s daily activities and family matters.

Box 3, Folder 14 January 11 – 20, 1863

Susan Barnes to EPS

JF to ACS (2)

ACS to JF

James A. Spalding to EPS

JF to EPS

Letters describe JF’s daily activities and family matters.

Box 3, Folder 15 January 21 – 31, 1863

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (5)

Letters describe JF’s daily activities and family matters. JF is off the South Carolina coast. Letters provide descriptions of battles JF was engaged in and a description of taking prisoners.

Box 3, Folder 16 February 1 – 10, 1863

ACS to JF (3)

F. A. Fernald to JF

JF to EPS

ACS to EPS

EPS to JF

JF to ACS (2)

Mary Shannon to EPS

Letters describe JF’s daily activities and family matters. One letter also describes political sentiments in Portsmouth, including the fact that it would vote Democratic unless the Union army had a victory (February 1, 1863).

Box 3, Folder 17 February 11 – 20, 1863

Lyman Spalding to EPS

William Simes to JF

Lyman S. Spalding to JF

EPS to JF

ACS to JF (2)

JF to EPS

JF to ACS (2)

Elizabeth Ladd to EPS

Letters describe JF’s daily activities and family matters. One letter provides a drawing of a navy vessel in the Charleston, SC harbor.

Box 3, Folder 18 February 21 – 28, 1863

ACS to JF (3)

JF to ACS (2)

Letters describe JF’s daily activities and family matters. In one letter JF discusses the possibility of ACS “giving up the house and going to board.” He also tells his mother that when the war is over he will not be returning to Portsmouth to live (February 28, 1863).

Box 3, Folder 19 March 1 – 10, 1863

ACS to JF (3)

JF to ACS (2)

H. L. Coues to EPS

Florence Foster to JF

Lyman S. Spalding to JF

EPS to JF

Letters describe JF’s daily activities and family matters. One letter includes a hand drawn map of the Charleston, SC harbor and “Stations of Fleet” (March 3, 1863).

Box 3, Folder 20 March 11 – 20, 1863

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (3)

Fred A. Fernald to JF

William Simes Jr. to JF

Letters describe JF’s daily activities and family matters. Letters discuss political sentiments and election results. One letter accuses the Democrats in Portsmouth of hiring the grog shops to give away free alcohol in search of votes (March 12, 1863). The same letter also speaks of Irishmen naturalizing and registering to vote (March 12, 1863).

Box 3, Folder 21 March 21 – 31, 1863

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF (2)

EPS to Elizabeth Hough

EPS to JF

Isaac R. Thompson to JF

Lyman G. Spalding to JF

Letters describe JF’s daily activities, travel and family matters. One letter also details travel in the West, including references to fighting with Indian and relations with the Mormons (March 29, 1863).

Box 3, Folder 22 April 1 – 10, 1863

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (4)

Letters describe JF’s daily activities, social life in Portsmouth and family matters.

Box 3, Folder 23 April 11 – 20, 1863

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF (3)

Lyman G. Spalding to EPS

EPS to Lucretia A. Lyman

Letters describe JF’s daily activities and family matters. One letter also contains a detailed description of a walk through the streets of Washington, DC and a visit to church by a friend of EPS’s (April 18, 1863).

Box 3, Folder 24 April 21 – 30, 1863

JF to ACS (3)

EPS to JF (2)

Letters describe JF’s daily activities, social life in Portsmouth and family matters.

Box 3, Folder 25 May 1 – 10, 1863

JF to ACS (5)

ACS to JF (2)

Antonio deLacenda to EPS

Letters describe JF’s daily activities, social life in Portsmouth and family matters.

Box 3, Folder 26 May 11 – 20, 1863

EPS to JF

JF to ACS (3)

Fanny W. Redding to ACS

ACS to JF (2)

Lyman G. Spalding to JF

Letters describe JF’s daily activities, social life in Portsmouth, education (May 15, 1863) and family matters. One letter also describes an escaped slave who was found be the ship JF was on (May 12, 1863).

Box 3, Folder 27 May 21 – 31, 1863

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF (3)

Letters describe JF’s daily activities, social life in Portsmouth and family matters.

Box 3, Folder 28 June 1863

JF to ACS (7)

ACS to JF (6)

Fred A. Fernald to JF

Isaac R. Thompson to JF

Letters describe JF’s daily activities, social life in Portsmouth and family matters.

Box 3, Folder 29 July 1863

JF to ACS (8)

E. G. Parrott to Gideon Welles (Secretary of the Navy)

ACS to JF

Letters describe JF’s daily activities, social life in Portsmouth and family matters. Letters also discuss JF’s desire to be promoted to Assistant Paymaster.

Box 3, Folder 30 August 1863

John Long to EPS

EPS to JF (2)

ACS to JF

Letters describe JF’s daily activities, social life in Portsmouth and family matters.

Box 3, Folder 31 September 1863

Isaac R. Thompson to JF

EPS to JF (2)

Florence Foster to JF (2)

EPS to —

Letters describe JF’s daily activities, social life in Portsmouth and family matters. Letters also discuss the draft and reaction to it, Mormon life and travel to the country. One letter is a description of the summit of Mount Washington (September 4, 1863).

Box 3, Folder 32 October 1863

Lyman G. Spalding to JF (2)

Box 3, Folder 33 November 1863

Lyman G. Spalding to JF

Samuel C. King to JF

Fred A. Fernald to JF

Florence Foster to JF

Letters congratulate JF on his appointment.

Box 3, Folder 34 December 1863

ACS to JF (6)

Lyman G. Spalding to JF

Lyman D. Spalding to JF (2)

EPS to JF

Letters congratulate JF on his appointment, social life in Portsmouth and family matters.

Box 4
Box 4, Folder 1 January 1864

EPS to JF

ACS to JF (4)

JF to EPS (1)

Letters describe Christmas celebrations in Portsmouth (January 2, 1864), social life in Portsmouth and family matters. One letter provides a description of JF’s activities with the Navy off the coast of South Carolina (January 14, 1864).

Box 4, Folder 2 February 1864

ACS to JF (6)

EPS to JF

Letters describe social life in Portsmouth and family matters.

Box 4, Folder 3 March 1864

ACS to JF (6)

Lyman G. Spalding to JF

Addie M. Spalding to JF

Florence Foster to JF

Letters describe social life in Portsmouth, family matters, the publication of “Poets of Portsmouth and JF’s possible contribution. One letter also tells JF of the death of his cousin, Louis D. Coues (March 23, 1864) and Easter celebrations in Portsmouth (March 30, 1864).

Box 4, Folder 4 April 1 – 15, 1864

ACS to JF (3)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth and family matters.

Box 4, Folder 5 April 16 – 30, 1864

ACS to JF

L. M. A. to JF

One letter from L. M. A., a young girl in Blanchard, ME, is a letter written generically to any soldier supporting the efforts of the Union. Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth and family matters.

Box 4, Folder 6 May 1864

ACS to JF (5)

Lyman G. Spalding to JF

Lizzie E. Chamberland to JF

JF to EPS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, finances and family matters. One letter describes JF’s activities with the Navy while off the coast of South Carolina (May 16, 1864).

Box 4, Folder 7 June 1864

ACS to JF (7)

Lyman G. Spalding to JF

Samuel E. Coues to ACS

JF to EPS (1)

JF to ACS

Letters discuss JF’s application for a permanent position in the US Navy, social life in Portsmouth, building in Portsmouth and family matters. Letters also describe ACS’s house renovations, including the new kitchen, wallpaper (sample of wallpaper in June 6, 1864 letter), the yard, etc.

Box 4, Folder 8 July 1864

ACS to JF (5)

EPS to JF

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters and finances. One letter describes a fire in Portsmouth that destroyed all of the buildings on Penhallow Street (July 19, 1864).

Box 4, Folder 9 August 1 – 15, 1864

ACS to JF (4)

EPS to JF

Lyman G. Spalding to JF

Letters describe Elliot Coues’s journey to Santa Fe, New Mexico (August 8, 1864), social life in Portsmouth and the activities of young people in Portsmouth (August 11, 1864).

Box 4, Folder 10 August 16 – 31, 1864

ACS to JF (2)

EPS to Lucretia A. Lyman

Elliot Coues to —

EPS to JF

One letter describes a visit EPS made to Newton, Massachusetts, including descriptions of the homes of the wealthy residents and her activities during the visit (August 25, 1864). One letter has attached a series of hand drawn cartoons with riddles (August 28, 1864). Letters also describe social life in Portsmouth and Newton, MA and family matters.

Box 4, Folder 11 September 1864

JF to ACS (2)

EPS to Lucretia A. Lyman

ACS to JF (5)

EPS to JF (2)

Florence Foster to JF

JF to EPS (2)

One letter has attached a series of hand drawn cartoons with riddles (September 30, 1864). Letters describe JF’s daily activities (including the discovery of a ship wreck (September 4, 1864)). Letters also discuss social life in Portsmouth, finances and family matters. One letter also discusses JF’s desire for a permanent position in the U.S. Navy (September 18, 1864).

Box 4, Folder 12 October 1864

EPS to JF

William Gerrish to JF

ACS to JF (2)

EPS to Lucretia A. Lyman

Lyman G. Spalding to JF

JF to EPS

One letter has attached a series of hand drawn cartoons with riddles (October 3, 1864). Letters also discuss family matters and social life in Portsmouth. Letters also describe JF’s activities with the Navy while off the coast of South Carolina.

Box 4, Folder 13 November 1864

ACS to JF (5)

EPS to JF (2)

EPS to Lucretia A. Lyman (2)

Lyman G. Spalding to JF

Letters discuss family matters and social life in Portsmouth. One letter also describes a wedding in Portsmouth (November 10, 1864). On letter describes Thanksgiving in Portsmouth, as well as, JF’s permanent position in the U. S. Navy (November 26, 1864). EPS describes a trip to Boston and viewing photographs of paintings and sculptures in Europe (November 28, 1864).

Box 4, Folder 14 December 1864

ACS to JF (4)

EPS to JF (2)

Lizzie A. Chamberland to JF

JF to EPS

One letter has attached a hand drawn cartoon with riddles. Letters discuss finances, family matters and social life in Portsmouth. Several letters discuss the illness of James Rundlett, a Portsmouth doctor.

Box 4, Folder 15 January 1 – 15, 1865

ACS to JF (3)

EPS to JF

?Lyman Greenleaf Spalding to EPS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, daily activities and family matters. One letter is from Lyman Greenleaf Spalding while he is at the Naval Academy and includes discussion of the early part of the Civil War (January 1, 1865).

Box 4, Folder 16 January 16 – 31, 1865

ACS to JF (4)

JF to EPS

Letters describe social life in Portsmouth, family matters and daily activities. One letter includes a detailed description of the harbor at Port Royal in South Carolina (January 29, 1865).

Box 4, Folder 17 February 1 – 15, 1865

ACS to JF (2)

Lyman G. Spalding to JF

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, finances, daily activities and family matters. One letter also describes the anticipated occupation of Charleston, SC by Sherman (February 5, 1865).

Box 4, Folder 18 February 15 – 28, 1865

EPS to JF (2)

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS

JF to Thomas Butler

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, daily activities and family matters. One letter provides a description of EPS’s feelings concerning the abolition of slavery and the Union (February 22, 1865). The folder also contains a report of the Guard Mounted at Battery Beauregard, it includes the number of soldiers and officers present, relief soldiers and a list of prisoners taken. It also contains a General Order providing instructions to soldiers wishing to apply for furlough or discharge.

Box 4, Folder 19 March 1 – 15, 1865

ACS to JF (4)

Florence Foster to JF

JF to EPS

Letter discuss social life in Portsmouth, daily activities and family matters. One letter discusses the progress of women in the field of art (March 3, 1865). A letter tells of Frank Jones leading a group of “young gentlemen” to California to mine for gold (March 13, 1865).

Box 4, Folder 20 March 16 – 31, 1865

ACS to JF (2)

EPS to JF

Letters describe social life in Portsmouth, daily activities and family matters.

Box 4, Folder 21 April 1 – 15, 1865

Lyman G. Spalding to JF

ACS to JF (3)

EPS to Lucretia A. Lyman

Letters describe financial matters, social life in Portsmouth, daily activities and family matters. One letters also describes a celebration in Portsmouth as a Union victory grew likely (April 8, 1865 and April 12, 1865). One letter describes a St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Boston, Massachusetts (April 10, 1865).

Box 4, Folder 22 April 16 – 31, 1865

ACS to JF (3)

Florence Foster to JF

Letters show the shock and sadness in Portsmouth and elsewhere after the death of President Lincoln (April 17, 1865, April 20, 1865, April 24, 1865 and April 24, 1865).

Box 4, Folder 23 May 1865

ACS to JF (3)

EPS to JF

Henry Keith to JF

JF to EPS (2)

Letters discuss JF’s visit home, the fall of Richmond and Lee’s surrender.

Box 4, Folder 24 June 1865

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss JF’s visit home.

Box 4, Folder 25 August – October 1865

JF to ACS

ACS to JF

JF to —

Letters discuss family and financial matters.

Box 4, Folder 26 November 1 – 15, 1865

ACS to JF (5)

JF to ACS (6)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and JF’s daily activities.

Box 4, Folder 27 November 16 – 30, 1865

JF to ACS (6)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss family matters, financial matters and JF’s daily activities.

Box 4, Folder 28 December 1 – 15, 1865

ACS to JF (3)

JF to ACS (3)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and JF’s daily activities.

Box 4, Folder 29 December 16 – 31, 1865

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF (3)

Lucretia A. Lyman to EPS

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and JF’s daily activities.

Box 5
Box 5, Folder 1 January 1 – 15, 1866

Carrie Gerrish to JF

JF to ACS (6)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and JF’s daily activities. One letter also discusses the new economic potential in Texas, however it warns that the conditions are such that a person from the North would not be safe there (January 3, 1866).

Box 5, Folder 2 January 16 – 31, 1866

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF (2)

Samuel E. Coues to ACS

Letters discuss financial matters, social life in Portsmouth and JF’s daily activities. One letters tells of Elliot Coues’s one year living with the Apache Indians and his position at the Smithsonian Institute (January 22, 1864).

Box 5, Folder 3 February 1 – 15, 1866

ACS to JF (3)

JF to ACS (2)

Letters discuss family matters, financial matters and JF’s daily activities. One letter also describes a celebration in Portsmouth surrounding the anniversary of the emancipation of the slaves (February 12, 1866).

Box 5, Folder 4 February 16 – 28, 1866

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and JF’s daily activities. One letter contains a list of JF’s articles of clothing and requests new items to be sent by ACS (February 23, 1866).

Box 5, Folder 5 March 1866

JF to ACS (7)

ACS to JF (3)

JF to EPS

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters, JF’s daily activities and JF’s permanent appointment in the U. S. Navy. One letter mentions great loss in the Boardman family of Portsmouth and Alexander H. Ladd in Galveston (March 30, 1866).

Box 5, Folder 6 April 1 – 15, 1866

JF to ACS (2)

ACS to JF (3)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and JF’s daily activities.

Box 5, Folder 7 April 16 – 30, 1866

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (4)

Lyman G. Spalding to JF

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and JF’s daily activities.

Box 5, Folder 8 May 1 – 15, 1866

ACS to JF (3)

JF to ACS (3)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters, JF’s daily activities and ACS’s yard in Portsmouth.

Box 5, Folder 9 May 16 – 31, 1866

JF to ACS (2)

ACS to JF (2)

JF to EPS

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and JF’s daily activities.

Box 5, Folder 10 June 1866

ACS to JF (5)

Charlotte Haven Ladd to EPS

JF to ACS (4)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and JF’s daily activities. One letter discusses JF’s journey to New Orleans, with brief descriptions of the city (June 27, 1866). One letter discusses JF’s activities with the Navy while in Pensacola, Florida, including descriptions of the food in the area. In the same letter JF mentions going to the local Episcopal Church and his dislike for the theology preached at the church (June 10, 1866). During this time letters also discuss JF’s travel to Galveston, Texas and up the Mississippi River.

Box 5, Folder 11 July 1866

ACS to JF (6)

Antonio de Lacienda to EPS

H. Bridge to ACS

JF to ACS

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and JF’s daily activities. One letter from Antonio de Lacienda to EPS, discusses dealings with Louis Agassiz, collection of natural specimens in Brazil insights into principles of observation, collection, preservation, etc. One letter describes July 4th celebrations on board the Tallapoosa off the coast of New Orleans and redecorating the rooms of the ship (July 6, 1866).

Box 5, Folder 12 August 1866

ACS to JF (6)

Thornton A. Jenkins (Navy) to JF

JF to ACS (2)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth and financial matters. One letter also discusses the unrest in New Orleans and its being under martial law, includes feelings of sadness that even though war is over, peace is not present in the South (August 13, 1866). One letter details JF’s planning for time off from the Navy and then traveling north towards New Hampshire.

Box 5, Folder 13 September 1866

ACS to JF (3)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth and ACS’s daily activities.

Box 5, Folder 14 October 1866

Florence Foster to JF

JF to ACS (5)

Letter discusses family matters and social life. One letter describes JF’s journey to Memphis, TN, with brief descriptions of the city (October 12, 1866). One letter includes the cost of shipping items home (October 5, 1866). One letter includes a brief description of the city of Vicksburg and the surrounding cotton fields (October 10, 1866).

Box 5, Folder 15 November 1866

ACS to JF (3)

JF to ACS (2)

Letters discuss financial matters, family matters and JF’s examination to enter the “regular” U. S. Navy.

Box 5, Folder 16 December 1866

ACS to JF (3)

JF to ACS (3)

Lizzie P. Spalding to JF (2)

EPS to JF

Letters discuss family matters, financial matters and social life in Portsmouth. The letters describe JF’s return to service in the Navy after a visit home to Portsmouth and the cancellation of his voyage to China. Letters also describes childhood activities in Portsmouth (December 19, 1866) and Christmas celebration and presents (December 28, 1866).

Box 5, Folder 17 January 1 – 15, 1867

EPS to JF

JF to ACS (4)

Letters discuss financial matters and provide a detailed chronology of the beginning of JF’s voyage to China.

Box 5, Folder 18 January 16 – 31, 1867

ACS to JF (5)

EPS to JF

JF to ACS

Letters describe travel by train to Portsmouth and ACS’s visit to New York City and observation of the changes that had taken place since she was their as a child (January 18, 1867). Letters also discuss family matters, JF’s activities, social life in Portsmouth (including a ball ACS attended at the Rockingham) and descriptions of JF’s voyage around South America towards China.

Box 5, Folder 19 February 1867

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF (3)

EPS to JF

JF to EPS (2)

Letters describe JF’s voyage to China, financial matters, celebration in Portsmouth surrounding the birthday of President Lincoln (including a ball at the Rockingham) and social life in Portsmouth. One letter contains a receipt for purchases made for the Navy by JF at Port Grande in the Cape de Verde Islands. One letter describes JF’s crossing the equator and the celebration on board ship (February 24, 1867). One letter includes Joseph Foster’s will with notes concerning why he made the choices he made concerning inheritance (February 24, 1867).

Box 5, Folder 20 March 1 – 15, 1867

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (2)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth and JF’s voyage to China. One letter describes a fire in Portsmouth on Congress Street (March 4, 1867). One letter describes celebrations in Portsmouth surrounding the birthday of President Washington (ball at the Rockingham), as well as, a charity ball at the Rockingham to benefit the Howard Benevolent Society and the City Mission (March 4, 1867).

Box 5, Folder 21 March 16 – 31, 1867

JF to ACS (6)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and JF’s voyage to China.

Box 5, Folder 22 April 1867

ACS to JF (4)

Letters discuss financial matters, family matters and social life in Portsmouth.

Box 5, Folder 23 May 1 – 15, 1867

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (2)

Letters discuss financial matters, family matters, social life in Portsmouth and JF’s voyage to China.

Box 5, Folder 24 May 16 – 31, 1867

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (2)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and JF’s voyage to China. One letter describes the wedding of Elliott Coues to Jennie McKinney in South Carolina (May 20, 1867).

Box 5, Folder 25 June 1867

ACS to JF (4)

Lizzie Spalding and Susie Spalding to JF

Merrill Spalding to JF

JF to ACS (3)

EPS to JF

One letter describes ACS’s yard in Portsmouth (June 1, 1867). One letter discusses the social life and activities of young people in Portsmouth, including a handwritten play bill and description of a comedy presented by a group of young men (June 1, 1867 and June 5, 1867). One letter describes travel in New Hampshire and Vermont (June 5, 1867). EPS provides detailed description of fixing up the house she was living in, including painting that walls, polishing and refinishing pieces of furniture and repairing gilt on mirrors and furniture (June 5, 1867). Letters also discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth and JF’s voyage to China (from Singapore).

Box 5, Folder 26 July 1867

ACS to JF (4)

Susie Spalding to JF

JF to ACS (2)

Florence Foster to JF

Letters discuss a death in the family (Samuel Coues) and July 4th celebrations in Portsmouth (July 4, 1867). One letter describes a fire in Portsmouth on the corner of Market and Hanover Streets, ACS blames the fire on the carelessness of the temperance organization that was meeting in the building (July 6, 1867). One letter provides a detailed description of the life of young people in Portsmouth and also tells of the changes in Portsmouth during the summer due to wealthy tourists (July 9, 1867). One letter from JF provides a detailed description of a stop on the Comors Islands and the conditions for the Arab women who lived on the island (July 7, 1867). Letters also discuss family matters and social life in Portsmouth.

Box 5, Folder 27 August 1 – 15, 1867

ACS to JF (3)

Lizzie Spalding to JF

JF to ACS (2)

In one letter ACS stated that she hoped JF was able to interact with young ladies on occasion (August 5, 1867). Letters also describe, financial matters, the activities of young people in Portsmouth, family matters and social life in Portsmouth.

Box 5, Folder 28 August 16 – 31, 1867

EPS to JF

JF to ACS (2)

ACS to JF

In one letter EPS describes time spent at Hampton Beach and a picnic hosted by the Essex Institute at which Elliot Coues spoke, EPS expresses interest in natural history (August 21, 1867). Letters also describe JF’s arrival in China, life in Hong Kong and the conditions of Chinese women (August 26, 1867). Letters also discuss family matters. On letter describes life in St. Louis (July 27, 1867).

Box 5, Folder 29 September 1867

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (7)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters, financial matters and JF’s voyage to China, One letter refers to the bells in Portsmouth being rung in recognition of the passage of the Reconstruction Bill (September 8, 1867).

Box 5, Folder 30 October 1867

ACS to JF (2)

EPS to JF

JF to ACS

JF to EPS

One letter discusses a court marshal at the Navy Yard in reaction to an engineer saying that President Johnson should be impeached (October 1, 1867). In one letter EPS refers to teaching and losing a pupil to marriage (October 7, 1867). JF describes the cities of Amoy and Foo Chow and tells of the numerous other Portsmouth residents who were in Hong Kong (men and women) (October 7, 1867 and October 8, 1867) Letters also discuss family matters and social life in Portsmouth. One letter describes the wedding of Gracie Coues and Mr. Page in Portsmouth (October 19, 1867).

Box 5, Folder 31 November 1867

ACS to JF (3)

EPS to JF

JF to ACS (6)

Charlotte H. L. Coues to ACS

Letters describes the wedding of Gracie Coues to Mr. Page (November 7, 1867 and November 19, 1867). Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and JF’s travel in China. One letter provides a detailed list of objects that JF collected in China and sent home to Portsmouth (November 14, 1867). Letters also discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters and financial matters.

Box 5, Folder 32 December 1867

ACS to JF (4)

EPS to JF

JF to ACS (2)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, politics in Portsmouth, financial matters, family matters and JF’s activities in China. One letter also discuss lecturers coming to the Portsmouth Lyceum, including Ralph Waldo Emerson (December 2, 1867). One letter describes JF’s Thanksgiving celebration in China (Christmas, 1867).

Box 6
Box 6, Folder 1 January 1868

ACS to JF

EPS to JF

JF to ACS (3)

JF to EPS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters and JF’s daily activities in China. Letters also discuss Portsmouth ships and people who are sailing to China.

Box 6, Folder 2 February 1 – 15, 1868

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS (2)

EPS to JF

Lizzie Spalding to JF

Susie Spalding to JF

Letters describe social life in Portsmouth, family matters, JF’s travel souvenirs and JF’s daily activities in China. One letter describes EPS examining a friend’s photo album, which contained pictures of famous buildings and pieces of artwork from around the world (February 7, 1868). One letter describes a Christmas celebration in Portsmouth (February 7, 1868). Letters also discuss Portsmouth ships and people who are sailing to China.

Box 6, Folder 3 February 16 – 28, 1868

JF to ACS (2)

ACS to JF

Letters describe social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and family matters. One letter discusses JF’s opinion of the Lyceum lecture by Ralph Waldo Emerson, whom JF was not impressed by (February 16, 1868).

Box 6, Folder 4 March 1868

EPS to JF

Susie and Lizzie Spalding to JF

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF (3)

Letters discuss EPS’s visit to Boston, family matters, financial matters and social and political life in Portsmouth. One letter from JF’s two young cousins, describes their excitement over the silk he sent them from China, as well as, Portsmouth politics (March 5, 1868). In one letter JF’s describes the Buddhists in China (March 8, 1868). One letter describes the marriage of Mary Ladd and Mr. Blake (March1 14, 1868). A letter also describes souvenirs JF was purchasing in China and having sent home (March 19, 1868).

Box 6, Folder 5 April 1 – 15, 1868

ACS to JF (3)

JF to ACS (2)

EPS to JF

Letters discuss family matters, financial matters, JF’s daily activities and social life in Portsmouth. In the letters JF gives his mother book titles that he would like her to purchase and send to him in China. In one letter JF describes leaving Hong Kong (April 5, 1868).

Box 6, Folder 6 April 16 – 30, 1868

JF to ACS (5)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, souvenirs JF sends to ACS (especially silk and satin) and JF’s daily activities. One letter includes descriptions of travel in Europe (April 25, 1868).

Box 6, Folder 7 May 1868

ACS to JF (4)

EPS to JF

Susie Spalding to JF

JF to ACS

JF to EPS

Letters discuss family matters. One letter from Susie Spalding to JF contains a description on what a mature young lady is supposed to act like, revealing gender roles and expectations of children (May 8, 1868). Letters describe souvenirs JF sends to ACS (especially coins). In one letter JF discusses the opening of the English Tea Trade in China (May 17, 1868). One letter includes extensive description of Joseph’s travel in China with the Navy (May 17, 1868).

Box 6, Folder 8 June 1868

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS (3)

William Simes Jr. to JF

EPS to JF

Letters discuss JF’s activities and health (ACS’s reaction to a photo of JF, June 1, 1868), family matters, financial matters and political sentiments in Portsmouth.

Box 6, Folder 9 July 1868

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS (2)

JF to EPS (3)

Florence Foster to JF

— Cutter to JF

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and souvenirs requested of JF in China. One letter describes July 4th celebrations in Portsmouth (including descriptions of decorations). In one letter JF describes what he is looking for in the person he will marry (July 20, 1868).

Box 6, Folder 10 August 1868

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS (2)

EPS to JF

Lizzie Spalding to JF

Florence Foster to JF

Charlotte Haven Ladd Coues to Adelaide Coues Spalding Foster

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth and Claremont, NH and financial matters. One letter discusses President Johnson and JF’s opinions on the possibility of impeachment (August 4, 1868). One letter describes a play in Portsmouth that focuses on the changing role of women in society (August 6, 1868). One letter describes life in St. Louis, as well as, frustrations concerning the lack of opportunity for women in society (August 16, 1868). One letter discusses Charlotte Haven Ladd Coues spending time in Switzerland after the death of her husband, Samuel E. Coues (August 17, 1868). The letter includes extensive description of travel in Switzerland.

Box 6, Folder 11 September 1868

EPS to JF

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS (3)

Fred Fernald to JF

J. Herbert Senter to JF

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters and JF’s activities in China. Letters describe the town of and social life in Claremont, NH.

Box 6, Folder 12 October 1868

ACS to JF (4)

EPS to JF

JF to ACS (2)

Letters discuss financial matters, social life in Portsmouth, family matters and politics in Portsmouth. One letter describes the wedding of Susie Farwell and Mr. Breck in Portsmouth and travel in New Hampshire (October 6, 1868).

Box 6, Folder 13 November 1868

ACS to JF (3)

EPS to JF

JF to ACS (3)

Merrill Spalding to JF

Charlotte Coues to ACS

JF to EPS (2)

Letters discuss financial matters, JF’s activities in China, family matters and social life in Portsmouth. One letter describes a description of the wedding of Susie Farwell and Mr. Breck in Portsmouth (November 3, 1868). One letter includes detailed national election results and descriptions of political sentiments in Portsmouth (November 11, 1868). One letter also includes description of travel in Europe (November 29, 1868). Letters discuss JF’s recreational activities in China, including kite flying in the city (November 22, 1868).

Box 6, Folder 14 December 1868

JF to ACS (7)

Susie and Lizzie Spalding to JF

EPS to JF, ACS to JF (5)

Elliott Coues to ACS (copy)

JF to EPS

Letters describe JF’s daily activities in China, souvenirs JF is looking for in China, financial matters and social life in Portsmouth. One letter contains cartoon sketches, including a detailed sketch of a woman in a hat and dress (December 6, 1868). JF begins to discuss the possibility that he will soon return to the United States. One letter includes brief description of entertainment on board the ship and Christmas celebrations (December 27, 1868).

Box 6, Folder 15 January 1869

EPS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF (2)

Charlotte Haven Ladd Coues to ACS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth and Claremont, NH, family matters, Christmas celebrations in Claremont (including a list of gifts received by EPS) and JF’s activities in China. One letter discusses childbirth and recovery (January 14, 1869).

Box 6, Folder 16 February 1 – 15, 1869

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (2)

Letters discuss family matters, gifts sent by JF in China (including descriptions of current fashions) and JF’s activities in China. One letter discusses the birth of Gracie’s baby (Grace D. C. Page) and the fact that Portsmouth is lacking young men, with too many young ladies (February 1, 1869). One letter contains a description and drawing of the Cantonese woman (February 14, 1869).

Box 6, Folder 17 February 16 – 28, 1869

William Simes to JF

JF to ACS (5)

ACS to JF (2)

JF to EPS

Letters discuss social life and politics in Portsmouth, family matters and JF’s activities in China. One letter describes the excitement of receiving a letter from abroad (February 16, 1869). In one letter ACS describes a walk through Portsmouth’s streets and the new roads that are being constructed (including the proposed Miller Ave.) (February 22, 1869). One letter describes JF’s travel from China to Japan (February 25, 1869).

Box 6, Folder 18 March 1 – 15, 1869

ACS to JF

EPS to JF

JF to ACS

Letters discuss financial matters, gifts JF has sent home (china, March 5, 1869), family matters, social life in Portsmouth and Claremont, NH and JF’s activities in China. JF learns that he will spend on more year in China.

Box 6, Folder 19 March 16 – 31, 1869

JF to ACS

JF to EPS

ACS to JF (3)

EPS to JF

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, financial matters, family matters and JF’s activities in China and Japan. In one letter there is a description and small sketch of a graveyard in Japan (March 21, 1869). In the same letter there is a description of the physical appearance of the Japanese women (March 21, 1869). In one letter EPS describes the life and career of her father, Lyman Spalding (March 31, 1869). One letter contains descriptions of Chinese and Japanese New Years celebration (March 16, 1869).

Box 6, Folder 20 April 1869

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (4)

JF to ACS

Fred Fernald to JF

Charlotte Haven Ladd Coues to ACS

Letters discuss financial matters, JF activities in Japan and social life in Portsmouth. One letter discusses the career of Elliot Coues (April 29, 1869). The same letter discusses recovering following the birth of a child.

Box 6, Folder 21 May 1869

JF to ACS (6)

ACS to JF (6)

EPS to JF

JF to EPS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters and JF’s activities in Japan. In one letter JF describes a horseback ride through a rural area in Japan, he describes the people and buildings (May 2, 1869). One letter includes descriptions of culture, religion and women in China and Japan by JF. In the letter JF also discusses his contentment with being single (May 2, 1869).

Box 6, Folder 22 June 1869

ACS to JF (3)

EPS to JF

JF to ACS (9)

JF to EPS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth and Claremont, NH, JF’s activities and souvenirs JF sent from Japan (including paper money, silver and paper). One letter provides a brief description of fighting between Japanese and French ships. The same letter also discusses sending items home from Japan for children in Portsmouth and social life on board the Navy ship (June 11, 1869).

Box 6, Folder 23 July 1869

ACS to JF (3)

EPS to JF

JF to ACS (5)

JF to EPS

Charlotte Haven Ladd Coues to ACS

Letters discuss family matters, JF’s souvenirs from Hong Kong, social life in Portsmouth and Claremont, financial matters, activities at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and JF’s daily activities. One letter discusses sending Japanese money home to Portsmouth and travel (at sea) off the coast of Japan and China with the Navy (July 28, 1869).

Box 6, Folder 24 August 1869

ACS to JF (3)

EPS to JF

JF to ACS (4)

JF to EPS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, activities at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, financial matters, the sale of the Aroostock and JF’s activities in China. One letter discusses EPS’s reaction to JF’s description of Buddhism and the Buddhist objects he had sent to her (August 6, 1869). One letter includes a newspaper clipping about the sale of the U.S. Navy ship Aroostock in Japan (August 27, 1869). The same letter also includes reference to Elizabeth’s travel to Lancaster, NH and the writing of a Spalding genealogy by Rev. M. Spalding.

Box 6, Folder 25 September 1869

ACS to JF (2)

EPS to JF

Charlotte Haven Ladd Coues to EPS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth and Claremont and ACS’s yard in Portsmouth. One letter discusses the desirableness of goods from China and Japan and encourages JF to continue to purchase such items to send home (September 6, 1869). One letter discusses the publication of Spalding Genealogy and a sketch that EPS submitted for it of Dyer Spalding, her grandfather (September 7, 1869).

Box 6, Folder 26 October 1869

ACS to JF

JF to ACS (7)

PEPS to JF

JF to EPS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, activities at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, JF’s activities and JF’s sea voyage to the United States from China. One letter contains descriptions of the Steamship America including, a dinner menu from the (October 11, 1869). One letter tells of the sale of the U.S. Navy ship Aroostock at Yahohama, Japan (October 18, 1869).

Box 7
Box 7, Folder 1 March – September 1870

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF (4)

JF to EPS (4)

Charlotte Haven Ladd Coues to ACS

Letters discuss family matters, JF’s travel in the Northeast and social life in Portsmouth. One letter describes a trip to New York to visit Lyman Spalding and his family (March 7, 1870). During this time period JF’s orders to return to sea were revoked and he was able to have a longer leave. One letter refers to the “Oneida Affair,” the sinking of the ship Oneida (March 28, 1870). One letter tells of a Portsmouth man who has gone to Michigan as a surveyor with the railroad. JF also makes clear in the letters, that although he enjoys his time in Portsmouth he would like to live in a larger city. Letters also discuss families returning to Portsmouth after being away. One letter discusses (March 16, 1870).

Box 7, Folder 2 October – December 1870

ACS to JF (6)

JF to ACS (4)

JF to EPS (2)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, JF’s travel in the Northeast and family matters. Letters describe a trip to New York and a visit with the family of Lyman Spalding. JF discusses joining the Mercantile Library in New York (December 12, 1870).

Box 7, Folder 3 January – April 1871

ACS, EPS, ACS to JF

Edward Learey to J

JF to ACS (3)

George F. Nesbitt to JF

JF to EPS (4)

Letters discuss family matters and JF’s daily activities. Two documents are personal memos, the first is by ACS and details JF’s return home from China and subsequent travel in the Northeast (June 1871). The second memo is by EPS and describes her trip to Washington, D. C. for a meeting of the Pharmacopoeia of the United States, as well as, Lyman Spalding’s involvement in the organization (June 11, 1871). Two letters contain receipts for goods purchased by JF. JF and ACS are visiting the family of Lyman Spalding in New York. Letters discuss EPS’s interest in genealogy and a Spalding genealogy that is near publication. One letter discusses giving some of Lyman Spalding MD’s books to some New York City libraries, including the Mercantile Library Association (March 12, 1871).

Box 7, Folder 4 May – June 1871

JF to ACS (6)

— to JF

ACS to JF (4)

J. N. Johnston to JF

Letters discuss JF’s travel in the Caribbean, souvenirs JF is sending home from the Caribbean, family matters and financial matters. One letter contains receipts for goods purchased by JF for his position as paymaster.

Box 7, Folder 5 July 1 – 15, 1871

JF to EPS

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF (2)

Charlotte Haven Ladd Coues to ACS

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth and JF’s travel in the Caribbean. One letter tells of EPS move to Newton, Massachusetts (July 4, 1871). One letter describes the house that Charlotte Haven Ladd Coues and her daughter’s family are living in in Switzerland. The same letter also discusses childbirth and recovery (July 2, 1870).

Box 7, Folder 6 July 16 – 31, 1871

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS (6)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth and JF’s daily activities. One letter mentions anti-Irish sentiments in Portsmouth surrounding the possible sale of a house to an Irish person (July 20, 1871).

Box 7, Folder 7 August 1 – 10, 1871

ACS to JF (6)

JF to ACS (6)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth and JF’s travel at sea. One letter describes a literary club in New Castle and a reading there by Harriet Beecher Stowe (August 1, 1871).

Box 7, Folder 8 August 11 – 20, 1871

JF to ACS (6)

ACS to JF (4)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters, financial matters and JF’s activities in the Navy off the coast of Florida. The letters discuss people moving in and out of Portsmouth, as well as, the new building that is taking place, in particularly in the Summer St., Austin St. and Middle St. Area. One letter discusses guests staying at the Rockingham and the fact that the Rockingham was preferred over the hotels at the beach (August 17, 1871). In one letter JF discusses the possibilities for ACS’s living arrangements in Portsmouth for the winter and the possibility of her boarding at another location, rather than attempting to keep house alone (August 11, 1871).

Box 7, Folder 9 August 21 – 31, 1871

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF (2)

Letter discuss JF’s activities in the Navy off the coast of Florida, social life in Portsmouth and family matters.

Box 7, Folder 10 September 1 – 15, 1871

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (4)

Letter discuss JF’s activities in the Navy off the coast of Florida and financial matters. One letter provides description of a wedding reception in Portsmouth, including descriptions of gifts and the bride and groom’s wedding trip (September 12, 1871).

Box 7, Folder 11 September 16 – 30, 1871

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth and JF’s activities in the Navy off the coast of Florida. Letters continue to discuss ACS’s winter living situation in Portsmouth.

Box 7, Folder 12 October 1 – 15, 1871

ACS to JF (3)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, reaction to fire in Chicago that destroyed half of the city, family matters and financial matters.

Box 7, Folder 13 October 16 – 31, 1871

ACS to JF (3)

— to JF

JF to ACS (4)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters, financial matters and JF’s activities in the Navy off the coast of Florida. One letter describes the wedding and wedding reception of Annie Ladd, including descriptions of the gifts and the bridal party (October 26, 1871).

Box 7, Folder 14 November 1 – 15, 1871

ACS to JF (4)

Elizabeth Hough to EPS

Letters discuss family matters and social life in Portsmouth. In one letter EPS discusses Coues family genealogy (November 5, 1871).

Box 7, Folder 15 November 16 – 30, 1871

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (2)

Letters discuss family matters, including discussion of ACS’s winter living arrangements in Portsmouth. One letter provides a description of the fire that destroyed Portsmouth’s Roman Catholic Church, located on Summer Street (November 27, 1871).

Box 7, Folder 16 December 1 – 15, 1871

JF to ACS (2)

ACS to JF (3)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and details of individuals coming and going from Portsmouth.

Box 7, Folder 17 December 16 – 31, 1871

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (3)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters, JF’s daily activities and financial matters.

Box 7, Folder 18 January 1 – 15, 1872

— to EPS

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss JF’s daily activities in the Caribbean, financial matters, family matters and social life in Portsmouth. One letter details Christmas gifts exchanged amongst family members, as well as, descriptions of decorations and celebrations (January 8, 1872).

Box 7, Folder 19 January 16 – 31, 1872

JF to ACS (5)

Letters discuss JF’s travel in the Caribbean.

Box 7, Folder 20 February 1872

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF (3)

Letters discuss JF’s travel in the Caribbean, social life in Portsmouth, financial matters, One letter describes the construction of new homes on Middle Street and the expansion of the city of Portsmouth (February 16, 1872).

Box 7, Folder 21 March 1872

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS (2)

JF to EPS (2)

Letters discuss JF’s travel in the Caribbean, family matters and social life in Portsmouth. One letter describes JF going to Venezuala with the Navy and includes descriptions of the country and the people (March 10, 1872). One letter contains a pattern for a piece of lace that ACS requestsof JF (March 29, 1872).

Box 7, Folder 22 April 1872

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF (4)

Letters discuss JF’s travel in Venezuela and South America, family matters and social life in Portsmouth. In one letter JF describes a Catholic mass that he attended in Venezuela (April 7, 1872).

Box 7, Folder 23 May 1 – 15, 1872

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss JF’s travel in the Venezuela and South America, family matters and social life in Portsmouth.

Box 7, Folder 24 May 16 – 31, 1872

JF to ACS (2)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss JF’s travel in the Venezuela and South America, family matters and social life in Portsmouth. One letter describes the construction of a new Catholic Church in Portsmouth, after a fire destroyed the previous building (May 29, 1872). The same letter notes the addition of the bronze lions to the front steps of the Rockingham Hotel and ACS’s spring projects at her home (painting and papering the front entry and stairs) (May 29, 1872).

Box 7, Folder 25 June 1 – 15, 1872

JF to ACS (5)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss JF’s travel in the Venezuela and South America, family matters and social life in Portsmouth.

Box 7, Folder 26 June 16 – 30, 1872

JF to ACS (4)

Letters discuss JF’s travel in the Venezuela and South America and family matters.

Box 7, Folder 27 July 1 – 10, 1872

EPS, ACS to JF (3)

JF to ACS (4)

Letters discuss JF’s travel in Columbia and South America, family matters and social life in Portsmouth. One letter contains a description and announcement of the wedding of Lyman Spalding and Elima Hallet in New York (September 11, 1872). One letter mentions preparations for the Return of the Sons of Portsmouth celebration (July 3, 1872).

Box 7, Folder 28 July 11 – 20, 1872

ACS to JF (3)

JF to ACS (4)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters, JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including stops in Jamaica and Panama and ACS’s activities, including a trip to the beach in Rye which included description of tea and music at the Farragut House (July 19, 1872). In the letters from ACS to JF, ACS continues to express concern that JF have contact with respectable young ladies.

Box 7, Folder 29 July 21 – 31, 1872

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (3)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters and JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including stops in Cuba and Key West, Florida. Letters continue discussion begun in f.28 concerning travel to the beaches in Rye and go on to discuss that many are leaving Portsmouth and the other cities for the beaches and the mountain resorts to escape the heat of the summer (July 25, 1872). One letter includes a receipt from Cuba for the purchase of guava jelly and marmalade.

Box 7, Folder 30 August 1 – 10, 1872

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth and JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including time in Key West, Florida.

Box 7, Folder 31 August 11 – 20, 1872

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF

JF to EPS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters, financial matters and JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including time in Key West, Florida. In one letter JF discusses and instructs ACS concerning the purchase of wedding gifts for his friends (August 11, 1872).

Box 7, Folder 32 August 21 – 31, 1872

JF to ACS (6)

Paul Cullen to EPS

ACS to JF (2)

— to JF

Letters discuss JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including time in Key West, Florida, social life in Portsmouth and family matters. One letter is correspondence to EPS regarding the publication of the Spalding family genealogy (August 22, 1872).

Box 7, Folder 33 September 1 – 10, 1872

JF to ACS (5)

ACS to JF

JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including time in Key West, Florida, family matters and social life in Portsmouth.

Box 7, Folder 34 September 11 – 20, 1872

JF to ACS (5)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters and JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including time in Key West, Florida. One letter describes the wedding of Lyman Foster and Elima Hallet in New York, including descriptions of the wedding gifts (September 13, 1872). The letters also begin to discuss arrangements for ACS’s living situation during the approaching winter.

Box 7, Folder 35 September 21 – 30, 1872

JF to ACS (4)

Letters discuss family matters and JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including time in Key West, Florida.

Box 7, Folder 36 October 1 – 15, 1872

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS (3)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including time in Key West, Florida and Mexico and financial matters. One letter includes a notice of the death of Asabella Rice and discussion of the people and institutions in the Portsmouth area to whom she left portions of her estate (October 5, 1872). The same letter also includes a transcription of the published notice of Elima Hallet and Lyman Foster’s wedding in New York (October 5, 1872).

Box 7, Folder 37 October 16 – 31, 1872

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters and JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including time in Mexico. One letter provides particularly detailed information concerning ACS’s neighbors in the Austin, Middle and Summer Street areas, including the Carpenters, Meyers and Sentors, as well as, a description of the building of the Catholic Church (October 26, 1872).

Box 7, Folder 38 November 1 – 15, 1872

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters, fires that destroyed many buildings in Boston, Massachusetts and JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including time in Mexico.

Box 7, Folder 39 November 16 – 30, 1872

JF to ACS (5)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss the impact of the Boston fires on Portsmouth, financial matters, social life in Portsmouth, family matters and JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including time in Mexico.

Box 7, Folder 40 December 1 – 15, 1872

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters and JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including time in Key West, Florida. One letter describes ACS’s Thanksgiving Day activities in Portsmouth, as well as, an outbreak of small pox in Portsmouth (December 5, 1872).

Box 7, Folder 41 December 16 – 31, 1872

JF to ACS (5)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters and JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including time in Key West, Florida. One letter describes ACS’s Christmas celebrations in Portsmouth (December 24, 1872).

Box 8
Box 8, Folder 1 January 1 – 15, 1873

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (4)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters, financial matters and JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including, time in Key West, Florida.

Box 8, Folder 2 January 16 – 31, 1873

ACS to JF (3)

JF to ACS (5)

— to James Johnston

— to EPS

JF to EPS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters, financial matters and JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including time in Key West, Florida. Letters discuss sending Spanish souvenirs home to Portsmouth. One letter discusses several unexpected deaths in Portsmouth and Susie Spalding’s interest in theater in New York (January 19, 1873). In the same letter JF reflects on his early education in Portsmouth and how he has lost touch with so many of his Portsmouth friends.

Box 8, Folder 3 February 1 – 15, 1873

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF (3)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters and JF’s travel in the Caribbean, including time in Key West, Florida. One letter includes discussion of preparation for the Return of the Sons celebration in Portsmouth and other events and balls that were going on in the city (February 6, 1873).

Box 8, Folder 4 February 16 – 28, 1873

ACS to JF (3)

JF to ACS (4)

Charlotte Haven Ladd Coues to ACS

Letters discuss financial matters, social life in Portsmouth, family matters, JF’s souvenirs for friends and family at home from his travel in the Caribbean (including a request for cigars from Havana, Cuba) and JF’s activities in the Navy while in Key West, Florida. In one letter, Charlotte writes from London, England where her daughter Grace’s husband is sick. The letter also discusses the “self denial” that women must practice in order to raise sons properly (child rearing, gender ideals) (February 26, 1873).

Box 8, Folder 5 March 1 – 15, 1873

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, JF’s activities in the Navy while in Key West, Florida and descriptions of Havana, Cuba.

Box 8, Folder 6 March 16 – 31, 1873

ACS to JF (3)

JF to ACS (4)

JF to EPS

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, everyday activities in New York (March 18, 1873) and JF’s activities in the Navy while in Havana, Cuba. One letter describes a bullfight that JF attended while serving in Havana, Cuba (March 21, 1873). In one letter JF describes a wedding that took place on board ship in Havana, Cuba (March 25, 1873).

Box 8, Folder 7 April 1 – 15, 1873

JF to ACS (2)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss JF’s activities in the Navy while in Cuba, social life in Portsmouth, family matters and financial matters. Letters also discuss Gracie Page and the prospect of her husband dying, leaving her alone to care for their four young children (April 3, 1873). One letter also describes Easter celebrations at the churches in Portsmouth (April 13, 1873).

Box 8, Folder 8 April 16 – 30, 1873

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss JF’s activities in the Navy while in Cuba and Key West, Florida, including his observation of a service at a Catholic Church (April 20, 1873), social life in Portsmouth, family matters financial matters. Letters also discuss EPS’s planned trip to Europe.

Box 8, Folder 9 May 1 – 5, 1873

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, JF’s activities in the Navy while in Cuba and Key West, Florida and family matters. One letter describes a storm that hit Portsmouth and caused significant damage to the Catholic Church, still under construction (May 8, 1873). Letters also discuss JF’s anticipated visit home to Portsmouth.

Box 8, Folder 10 May 16 – 31, 1873

JF to EPS

JF to ACS (3)

Elliott Coues to EPS

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss EPS’s anticipated trip to Europe, social life in Portsmouth and family matters. One letter referenced “Barnum’s show” coming to Portsmouth and the enjoyment that ACS had attending (May 29, 1873).

Box 8, Folder 11 June 1 – 15, 1873

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (4)

Lucretia A. Lyman to Mrs. James Hervey Deming

JF to EPS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, ACS’s yard in Portsmouth, JF’s activities in the Navy while in Key West, Florida and financial matters. JF discusses improvements ACS has made to her dining room, including papering and painting (June 9, 1873). One letter provides description of EPS’s personality and interests, as well as plans concerning her travel in Europe (June 5, 1873). One letter discusses the sudden death of Grace Coues’s husband, Mr. Page and a Portsmouth woman (Mary Ladd) being “banished” to a farm in Nebraska (June 8, 1873).

Box 8, Folder 12 June 16 – 30, 1873

JF to ACS (7)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth and family matters. Letters also discuss JF’s activities in the Navy as he leaves Key West, Florida for Hampton Roads, Virginia. One letter discusses preparations for July 4th celebrations in Portsmouth (June 17, 1873).

Box 8, Folder 13 July 1 – 10, 1873

JF to ACS (5)

Daniel Curtis to ACS

ACS to JF (3)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters and JF’s activities in the Navy at Hampton Roads, Virginia. Letters also discuss preparations for July 4th celebrations in Portsmouth, as well observations that the Davis Brothers Photographers had been very busy documenting the event.

Box 8, Folder 14 July 11 – 20, 1873

JF to ACS (5)

ACS to JF (4)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth and family matters. One letter discusses an outing to the Isles of Shoals and a visit to the Appledore (July 13, 1873).

Box 8, Folder 15 July 21 – 31, 1873

JF to ACS (6)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters, financial matters and JF’s activities in the Navy at Hampton Roads, Virginia.

Box 8, Folder 16 August 1873

JF to ACS (6)

ACS to JF (3)

M.P. Pickery to EPS

JF to EPS

Letters discuss JF’s anticipated visit home to Portsmouth. EPS is in London, England. Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth.

Box 8, Folder 17 September – October 1873

EPS to JF

ACS to EPS

JF to ACS (7)

ACS to JF (4)

— to EPS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters and JF’s visit to New York while on leave from the Navy. One letter from EPS requests that JF assists her with financial matters while she is in Europe (September 25, 1873).

Box 8, Folder 18 January 1874

ACS to JF

JF to ACS

The letter discusses social life in Portsmouth and family matters. JF has just returned from time at sea and is in New York.

Box 8, Folder 19 February 1 – 15, 1874

ACS to JF (5)

JF to ACS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth. One letter mentions reaction to a sudden marriage in Portsmouth between Carrie Glentworth and her cousin (February 6, 1874 and February 9, 1874). In one letter JF discusses his desire to live somewhere other than Portsmouth and his feelings about life at sea and the dangers that are faced by those who go, as well as the sadness faced by those left behind (February 8, 1874).

Box 8, Folder 20 February 16 – 28, 1874

ACS to JF (6)

JF to ACS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth and family matters. One letter mentions the recognition of Washington’s birthday in Portsmouth and notes that it is a celebration that transcends class and religious boundaries (February 23, 1874). One letter gives detailed descriptions of ACS’s financial matters (February 23, 1874). In one letter JF describes his living arrangements in New York, having just returned from sea. In the same letter JF describes meeting President Grant and going to the White House (February 21, 1874).

Box 8, Folder 21 March 1 – 15, 1874

James Johnston to JF

ACS to JF (6)

JF to ACS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth and Miss Morgan’s family school being built near where ACS lives in Portsmouth (March 6, 1873) and family matters. JF has just received new orders and describes visits to New York and Washington, DC to say goodbye to relatives.

Box 8, Folder 22 March 16 – 31, 1874

ACS to JF (5)

JF to ACS (2)

Letters discuss financial matters, social life in Portsmouth, family matters and Miss Morgan’s “family school” being built near where ACS lives in Portsmouth. Letters discuss JF’s return to the Caribbean and Key West, Florida. JF discusses preparations to go back to sea.

Box 8, Folder 23 April 1874

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth and family matters. One letter discusses women and the choice to marry (April 24, 1874). JF has returned to Key West, Florida with the Navy. JF describes his activities while at sea, including discussion of a rebel uprising in Cuba.

Box 8, Folder 24 May 1874

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and family matters. JF has returned to Cuba with the Navy. JF has arrived in the port of Cienfuegos, Cuba and describes the sugar trade, the people and the city.

Box 8, Folder 25 June 1874

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS (2)

— to ACS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters and the construction of new roads and neighborhoods in Portsmouth (June 17, 1874), social life in Portsmouth, In one letter ACS discusses her loneliness in Portsmouth while JF is away (June 1, 1874). In the same letter she discusses that there are many tourists visiting Portsmouth, making it crowded and unappealing (June 1, 1874). ACS also discusses the opening of the new school that was being built near her house in Portsmouth and the enrollment of students at the school (June 1, 1874). One letter describes EPS’s travel in Europe and visit with Gracie Page (June 18, 1874).

Box 8, Folder 26 July 1874

ACS to JF (7)

JF to ACS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters, souvenirs brought back to Portsmouth (July 2, 1874) and financial matters. One letter describes the wedding in Portsmouth of Peter Gilsey and the daughter of Joseph Ladd (July 2, 1874). One letter discusses the completion of the “Ocean Cable” at Rye Beach (July 16, 1874). One letter discusses improvements ACS has made to her home in Portsmouth (July 19, 1874). EPS has returned from her trip to Europe and letters include descriptions of her trip and brief descriptions of JF activities with the Navy in the Caribbean.

Box 8, Folder 27 August 1874

ACS to JF (5)

JF to Helen Dickey

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth and family matters. One letter discusses the marriage of Frank Jones (August 27, 1874). One letter announces the birth of ACS’s first grandchild (August 28, 1874). In the folder is the first of the letters between JF and his future wife Helen Dickey. In the letter JF describes how the two met (August 22, 1874).

Box 8, Folder 28 September 1874

ACS to JF (6)

JF to ACS (5)

JF to Helen Dickey

Letters discuss the birth of ACS’s first grandchild, Elima Foster’s slow recovery from childbirth, social life in Portsmouth, illness on the ship Ticonderoger and ACS’s concern for JF’s health aboard the Shawmut, JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship and JF’s activities with the Navy near Key West, Florida. One letter refers to a disagreement between the Spaldings (the family of Lyman Dyer Spalding) and the Parrotts of Portsmouth (September 11, 1874).

Box 8, Folder 29 October 1 – 15, 1874

JF to ACS (5)

James Johnston to JF

ACS to JF (4)

JF to Helen Dickey

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, JF’s activities with the Navy near New Orleans, family matters, JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship, ACS’s travel to New York and visit with Lyman and Elima Foster and her new grandchild and Elima Foster’s slow recovery from childbirth.

Box 8, Folder 30 October 16 – 31, 1874

JF to ACS (5)

ACS to JF (5)

Helen Dickey to JF

JF to EPS (2)

Letters discuss family matters, ACS’s visit to New York with Lyman and Elima Foster and her new grandchild, JF’s activities with the Navy near New Orleans, Elima Foster’s slow recovery from childbirth, JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship and social life in Portsmouth. One letter includes ACS’s request for JF to purchase a carpet for her in New Orleans (October 18, 1874). In one letter Helen Dickey describes her family and her feelings about her visit to Portsmouth where she met JF (October 25, 1874). In one letter JF discusses his uncertainty about whether or not he would like to return to Portsmouth with the Navy or if he may prefer to be stationed at a different Navy Yard (October 26, 1874). In one letter JF acknowledges the receipt of a Harper’s Magazine with articles about Portsmouth (October 18, 1874). The same letter also discusses winter boarding arrangements for ACS (in New York) and for EPS (with Mr. Jenness in Portsmouth), in the letter he expresses that he is glad to know that they will not be alone for the cold part of the winter. One letter discusses marriages and engagements in Portsmouth. The letter also hints at the economic hardships and illness in Portsmouth (October 24, 1874).

Box 8, Folder 31 November 1 – 15, 1874

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF (3)

JF to Helen Dickey

Helen Dickey to JF

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, ACS’s visit to New York, Elima Foster’s slow recovery from childbirth, JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship and JF’s activities with the Navy near New Orleans. One letter discusses the political views of Helen Dickey’s family (November 15, 1874).

Box 8, Folder 32 November 16 – 31, 1874

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF (4)

JF to Helen Dickey

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, ACS’s visit to New York, Elima Foster’s slow recovery from childbirth, JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship and JF’s activities with the Navy near New Orleans.

Box 8, Folder 33 December 1 – 15, 1874

ACS to JF (3)

JF to ACS (4)

JF to EPS (2)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, ACS’s visit to New York, Elima Foster’s slow recovery from childbirth and JF’s activities with the Navy near New Orleans. In one letter there is description of the furniture and decorations in Lyman and Elima Foster’s home in New York (December 2, 1874). One letter describes Thanksgiving celebrations at Lyman and Elima Foster’s home in New York (December 7, 1874). One letter discusses courtship (social life, relationships) (December 2, 1873). One letter discusses social life in the Navy, including JF’s attendance at three balls while in the West Indes. The letter also discusses social life in Portsmouth, including reaction to marriages and engagements (December 6, 1874).

Box 8, Folder 34 December 16 – 31, 1874

JF to Helen Dickey

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF (3)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, ACS’s visit to New York, Elima Foster’s slow recovery from childbirth, JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship and JF’s activities with the Navy near New Orleans. One letter describes Christmas celebrations at Lyman and Elima Foster’s home in New York (December 26, 1874).

Box 9
Box 9, Folder 1 January 1 – 15, 1875

ACS to JF (3)

JF to Helen Dickey

Helen Dickey to JF

JF to ACS

Letters discuss family matters, JF’s activities with the Navy near New Orleans, ACS’s visit to New York, social life in Portsmouth and JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship.

Box 9, Folder 2 January 16 – 31, 1875

Helen Dickey to JF

ACS to JF (2)

JF to Helen Dickey (2)

JF to ACS (2)

JF to EPS

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, JF’s activities with the Navy near New Orleans, family matters, JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship and ACS’s visit to New York. One letter indicates EPS’s disapproval of her brother Merrill and “the girls” perhaps explaining why she left them out of her will (January 22, 1875). The letter also discusses churches that he attended while in New Orleans (religion).

Box 9, Folder 3 February 1 -15, 1875

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF (3)

Helen Dickey to JF (2)

Elima Foster to EPS

Letters discuss JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship, the death of Elima Foster’s sister (February 8, 1875), JF’s activities with the Navy near New Orleans, preparations for ACS’s return to Portsmouth and family matters. One letter discusses female educational opportunities, as well as, Helen Dickey’s family history/genealogy (February 7, 1875).

Box 9, Folder 4 February 16 – 28, 1875

JF to Helen Dickey (2)

JF to ACS (2)

ACS to JF (4)

Letters discuss family matters, Elima Foster’s slow recovery from childbirth, and JF’s activities with the Navy near New Orleans, JF’s activities with the Navy near New Orleans, family matters and JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship. One letter discusses JF’s family history/genealogy and female education (February 17, 1875).

Box 9, Folder 5 March 1 – 10, 1875

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS (3)

JF to Helen Dickey

Letters discuss family matters, Elima Foster’s slow recovery from childbirth, JF’s activities with the Navy near New Orleans and JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship. In one letter JF expresses his desire to marry Helen Dickey and describes his ability to be a good husband to her, displaying gender ideals (March 14, 1875).

Box 9, Folder 6 March 11 – 20, 1875

JF to ACS (3)

JF to Helen Dickey (2)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters discuss family matters, Elima Foster’s slow recovery from childbirth, JF’s activities with the Navy near New Orleans and JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship.

Box 9, Folder 7 March 21 – 31, 1875

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (4)

Helen Dickey to JF (2)

James Johnston to JF

JF to EPS

Letters discuss family matters, Elima Foster’s slow recovery from childbirth (she is now in the hospital), JF’s activities with the Navy near Florida and JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship. One letter discusses politics in Portsmouth and Portsmouth men living away from Portsmouth (travel) (March 23, 1875).

Box 9, Folder 8 April 1 – 15, 1875

JF to ACS (3)

JF to Helen Dickey (2)

Letters discuss family matters, JF’s activities with the Navy near Florida and JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship.

Box 9, Folder 9 April 16 – 30, 1875

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (4)

JF to Helen Dickey

JF to EPS

Letters discuss family matters, Elima Foster’s slow recovery from childbirth, JF’s activities with the Navy near Florida, JF’s anticipated visit home to Portsmouth and JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship. One letter discusses JF’s time in the Bahamas with the Navy, including description of the industry in the Bahamas (April 18, 1875). Letters also discuss social life in Portsmouth and family matters.

Box 9, Folder 10 May 1 – 10, 1875

JF to ACS (5)

Helen Dickey to JF (2)

ACS to JF (4)

Letters discuss family matters, Elima Foster’s slow recovery from childbirth, JF’s activities with the Navy near South Carolina, JF’s anticipated visit to Portsmouth, ACS’s anticipated return to Portsmouth and JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship.

Box 9, Folder 11 May 11 – 20, 1875

ACS to JF (2)

JF to Lyman Foster

JF to ACS

JF to Helen Dickey (2)

Helen Dickey to JF

Letters discuss family matters, Elima Foster’s slow recovery from childbirth, JF’s activities with the Navy near South Carolina, JF’s anticipated visit to Portsmouth and stop in New York, ACS’s anticipated return to Portsmouth and JF and Helen Dickey’s relationship.

Box 9, Folder 12 May 21 – 31, 1875

JF to ACS (2)

JF to Helen Dickey (3)

JF to EPS

EPS to JF

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth, JF’s return to Portsmouth and JF’s visit to Lowell, Massachusetts. In one letter JF announces his engagement with Helen Dickey, describing her and her family to ACS (May 22, 1875). Another letter announces the engagement of Helen and JF and also provides a description of Helen’s relationship to the Goodall family of Portsmouth (May 27, 1875). One letter provides a discussion of EPS’s feelings about marriage and the fear of removing a woman from her own family (gender ideals) (May 30, 1875).

Box 9, Folder 13 June – July 1875

Helen Dickey to JF (4)

Helen Dickey to EPS

JF to EPS (2)

JF to ACS (2)

Letters discuss Helen Dickey’s daily activities and family matters. Joseph has returned to Portsmouth and is living with his mother. One letter discusses looking for a household servant (June 10, 1875). Letters detail Helen’s visit to Portsmouth.

Box 9, Folder 14 August – September 1875

Helen Dickey to JF (5)

JF to Helen Dickey

JF to EPS (2)

Letters discuss Helen Dickey’s daily activities and family matters. Letters describe the courtship and marriage of Helen and JF (relationships, social life). Letters also describe the wedding and wedding trip of Helen and JF to Montreal and Quebec.

Box 9, Folder 15 October 1875

— to Helen Dickey

ACS to JF and Helen Dickey (6)

ACS to JF

Helen Dickey to EPS

JF to ACS (5)

Frank W. Hackett to JF

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, family matters and JF and Helen Dickey’s wedding trip in Quebec, Canada.

Box 9, Folder 16 November – December 1875

ACS to JF (6)

JF to James Johnston

JF to ACS (2)

Letters discuss social life in Portsmouth, financial matters and family matters.

Box 9, Folder 17 1876

James Johnston to JF

JF to James Johnston (2)

EPS to JF

ACS to JF (10)

JF to ACS (10)

F.C. Alley to JF

Helen Dickey Foster to ACS

Helen Dickey Foster to JF

Letters discuss financial matters, family matters, social life in Portsmouth, JF and Helen Dickey’s travel in New England and move to Newport, Rhode Island, financial matters and Centennial celebrations. One letter describes a sightseeing trip around the Seacoast of New Hampshire, including stops at the home of Governor Benning Wentworth, the Wentworth Hotel and Odiorne Point (September 11, 1876). Several letters discuss the collection of debt owed to JF from James Johnston. One letter contains a description JF wrote in 1857 of July 4th celebrations in Portsmouth, including descriptions of fireworks (September 17, 1876). JF and Helen are living in Newport, Rhode Island and later in Philadelphia.

Box 9, Folder 18 1877

JF to James Johnston

ACS to JF (2)

Evelyn — to EPS

Helen Dickey to JF

Helen Dickey to EPS

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (2)

JF to ACS (2)

S.M. Barnes and Ira N. Barnes to EPS

Elima Foster to EPS

Letters discuss financial matters, family matters and social life in Portsmouth. One letter discusses the collection of debt owed to JF from James Johnston (March 22, 1877). One letter discusses the death of Mrs. Dames and ACS’s visit to see the body and reflection on the death (April 4, 1877). Letters describe ACS’s visit to New York and include descriptions of childhood life. Letters also allude to economic trouble in the country. One letter is from Evelyn, a friend EPS met in Switzerland (September 20, 1877). Letters discuss Helen’s sick father.

Box 9, Folder 19 1878

Helen Dickey to EPS

Elima Foster to EPS

Evelyn — to EPS

JF to EPS

JF to James Johnston

Helen Dickey to JF (3)

Charlotte Haven Ladd Coues to ACS

Letters discuss family matters. Several letters in the folder discuss EPS giving away her possessions to various family members, including jewelry to Helen Dickey and Elima Foster. The folder contains a list of friends and relatives to whom notices of EPS’s July 16, 1878 death were sent.

Box 10
Box 10, Folder 1 January – February 1882

ACS to JF(2)

JF to ACS(5)

Letters discuss family matters, including death in the family and financial matters regarding ACS’s living situation. Letters discuss Helen and JF’s daily activities while living in Japan and limited description of JF’s work with the Navy. Letters discuss child rearing and childhood games. One letter describes a fire in New York (February 1, 1881). One letter mentions a woman from Portsmouth, Helen Robinson, travelling to Athens, Greece to take part in an archaeological dig.

Box 10, Folder 2 March – April 1882

ACS to JF(3)

JF to ACS(5)

Helen Dickey Foster to ACS(1)

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

Hanover Dickey to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Letters discuss family matters, including death in the family and financial matters regarding ACS’s living situation. Letters discuss Helen and JF’s daily activities while living in Japan and JF’s work with the Navy. Letters discuss child rearing and childhood games. One letter provides description of where some of JF’s classmates from the Portsmouth Academy had traveled. The letter discuss how the young men of Portsmouth are scattered far from the city (March 1, 1882). One letter contains a ticket to a historical lecture given by Dr. John Lord entitled, “Lights of the Old Civilization” (March 22, 1882). One letter contains a dinner menu for the Giogo Hotel in Japan (April 2, 1882).

Box 10, Folder 3 May 1-10, 1882

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (3)

JF to ACS(2)

ACS to JF(1)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF(1)

Letters discuss JF’s activities while with the Navy off the coast of Japan and China. Letters discuss family matters and ACS’s living situation. JF is at sea and writes from the U.S.S. Monocacy.

Box 10, Folder 4 May 11-20, 1882

Helen Dickey Foster to JF(2)

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (5)

JF to ACS(2)

JF is at sea and writes from the U.S.S. Monocacy. Letters begin to address the strain of JF and Helen being separated for so long during JF’s time at sea. One letter discusses material culture and shopping for souvenirs in Japan (May 11, 1882). Letters discuss family matters and child rearing. Letters also discuss the exchange of gifts from family in the United States being sent to Japan.

Box 10, Folder 5 May 21-23, 1882

Helen Dickey Foster to JF(2)

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (5)

Lois L. Dickey to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

JF to ACS(1)

JF is at sea and writes from the U.S.S. Monocacy. Letters address the strain of JF and Helen being separated for so long during JF’s time at sea. Letters discuss family matters and child rearing.

Box 10, Folder 6 May 24-31, 1882

Helen Dickey Foster to ACS(1)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF(3)

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

ACS to JF(1)

JF to ACS(1)

JF is at sea and writes from the U.S.S. Monocacy. Letters address the strain of JF and Helen being separated for so long during JF’s time at sea. Letters discuss family matters and child rearing. One letter includes discussion of material culture, as Helen’s sister requests that Helen bring her back a set of china. The same letter also discusses fashion (May 28, 1882). Letters discuss ACS’s daily activities while living in New York. One letter contains a list of ships going between Japan and San Francisco (May 31, 1882).

Box 10, Folder 7 June 1-10, 1882

JF to ACS (3)

Dickey Family to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (2)

ACS to JF (1)

JF is at sea and writes from the U.S.S. Monocacy. Letters address the strain of JF and Helen being separated for so long during JF’s time at sea. Letters discuss family matters and child rearing. Letters continue to discuss having photographs taken.

Box 10, Folder 8 June 11-20, 1882

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (4)

Elizabeth Dickey “Bessie” to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

JF to ACS (2)

ACS to JF (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (1)

ACS to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

JF is at sea and writes from the U.S.S. Monocacy, however letters discuss the planned reunion when JF returns. Letters discuss family matters and child rearing. Letters continue to discuss having photographs taken. Beatrice Foster has been born, however apparently while JF was away. Letters from the Dickeys announce the death of Helen Dickey Foster’s brother Hanover Dickey following an operation in New York. Letters discuss ACS’s daily activities and feelings towards her family.

Box 10, Folder 9 August 1880

Helen Dickey Foster to ACS (1)

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF (2)

One letter describes a gift being sent from China from Helen to ACS (August 5, 1880). Letters describe social life and activities in Chefoo, China. Letters also provide detailed descriptions of Helen and JF’s daily activities while in China. One letter has detailed descriptions of a Buddhist ceremony in Chefoo, China (August 22, 1880).

Box 10, Folder 10 September 1880

JF to ACS (6)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (4)

Lyman Foster to ACS (1)

C. B. Downing to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

ACS to JF (2)

Letters describe JF and Helen’s travel in China, including descriptions of the activities of Chinese farmers in the countryside. Letters also discuss Helen’s daily activities and housekeeping.

Box 10, Folder 11 October 1880

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (4)

Letters discuss ACSSpalding’s daily activities in New York. Letters also discuss JF and Helen’s life in China. Letters also discuss preparations for the birth of Helen and JF’s first child, including arranging doctors, nurses and other assistance. One telegraph announces the birth of JF (October 31, 1880).

Box 10, Folder 12 November – December 1880

JF to ACS (7)

— to JF (1)

Charlotte Haven Ladd Coues to ACS (1)

ACS (1)

Letters revolve around the birth of Joseph Foster [son]. One letter provides particular detail of Helen’s childbirth and recovery (November 7, 1880). One letter suggests a tragedy in Kansas relating to a Portsmouth family (November 16, 1880). Letters also discuss JF’s daily activities with the Navy in China.

Box 10, Folder 13 January – February 1881

JF to ACS (5)

Helen Dickey Foster to ACS (1)

ACS to JF (1)

One letter discusses vaccinations of the baby, JF and Helen (January 23, 1881). Letters provide detailed accounts of daily activities taking care of the baby.

Box 10, Folder 14 March – April 1881

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS (3)

Lizzie Foster to ACS (1)

Letters discuss family matters, social life in Portsmouth and Helen and JF’s daily activities in China, including childcare. Letters also discuss Adelaide’s daily activities while in New York.

Box 10, Folder 15 May 1881

ACS to JF (3)

Helen Dickey Foster to ACS (2)

JF to ACS (3)

Letters discuss family matters and Helen and JF’s daily activities in China. The letters provide a great deal of detail about infant care and child rearing. Letters also discuss sending presents to China (a book of Mother Goose nursery rhymes from Adelaide).

Box 10, Folder 16 June – July 1881

ACS to JF (7)

JF to ACS (6)

Letters discuss family matters and Helen and JF’s daily activities in China. The letters provide a great deal of detail about infant care and child rearing. Letters also discuss Adelaide’s daily activities in New York. One letter mentions JF and Helen purchasing two vases for thirty-four hundred dollars (June 10, 1881). One letter mentions the marriage of Dr. James Rundlett May to Mary Morrison of Portsmouth (June 10, 1881). One letter contains dinner menus from the Grand Hotel in Yokohama, Japan (July 2 and 27, 1881).

Box 10, Folder 17 August 1881

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS (3)

Letters discuss a great deal about getting photographs taken of the young JF, including cost and opinions of the product received. Letters discuss family matters and Helen and JF’s daily activities in China. Letters discuss the condition of President James A, Garfield (which would become an assassination), who was shot, letter provides a good image of how Americans felt about the president (August 26, 1881 and August 29, 1881). One letter provides a dinner menu from the Grand Hotel in Yakohama, Japan (August 25, 1881). Letters also discuss child rearing and children’s toys. One letter also announces the death of Lyman Greenleaf Spalding in a Navy accident off the coast of Newport, Rhode Island. The letter also contains a newspaper clipping about the event (August 30, 1881).

Box 10, Folder 18 September – October 1881

ACS to JF (4)

JF to ACS (4)

Letters discuss family matters and Helen and JF’s daily activities in China. The letters provide a great deal of detail about infant care and child rearing. Letters discuss sending gifts home from Japan as souvenirs for family and friends. Letters discuss the condition of President James A, Garfield (which would become an assassination), who was shot, letter provides a good image of how Americans felt about the president. Letters discuss having photographs taken. Letters discuss Adelaide’s living arrangements and daily activities in New York. Letters continue to discuss the tragic death of Lyman Greenleaf Spalding. One letter contains a menu from the Grand Hotel (October 25, 1881).

Box 10, Folder 19 November – December 1881

JF to ACS (5)

ACS to JF (4)

Letters discuss family matters and child rearing. ACScontinues to live with the family of her son, Lyman Foster, in New York. In one letter Joseph talks about sending Japanese books and drawings to his mother (November 8, 1881). Two letters discuss a pregnancy and the proper time to begin discussing the fact that a woman was pregnant (November 8, 1881 and November 10, 1881). One letter provides descriptions of material culture, including a chair and a new carpet in Adelaide’s room (December 12, 1881).

Box 11
Box 11, Folder 1 January – February 1882

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (5)

Letters discuss family matters, including death in the family and financial matters regarding ACS’s living situation. Letters discuss Helen and JF’s daily activities while living in Japan and limited description of JF’s work with the Navy. Letters discuss child rearing and childhood games. One letter describes a fire in New York (February 1, 1881). One letter mentions a woman from Portsmouth, Helen Robinson, travelling to Athens, Greece to take part in an archaeological dig.

Box 11, Folder 2 March – April 1882

ACS to JF(3)

JF to ACS (5)

Helen Dickey Foster to ACS (1)

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

Hanover Dickey to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Letters discuss family matters, including death in the family and financial matters regarding ACS’s living situation. Letters discuss Helen and JF’s daily activities while living in Japan and JF’s work with the Navy. Letters discuss child rearing and childhood games. One letter provides description of where some of JF’s classmates from the Portsmouth Academy had traveled. The letter discuss how the young men of Portsmouth are scattered far from the city (March 1, 1882). One letter contains a ticket to a historical lecture given by Dr. John Lord entitled, “Lights of the Old Civilization” (March 22, 1882). One letter contains a dinner menu for the Giogo Hotel in Japan (April 2, 1882).

Box 11, Folder 3 May 1-10, 1882

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (3)

JF to ACS (2)

ACS to JF (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (1)

Letters discuss JF’s activities while with the Navy off the coast of Japan and China. Letters discuss family matters and ACS’s living situation. JF is at sea and writes from the U.S.S. Monocacy.

Box 11, Folder 4 May 11-20, 1882

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (2)

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (5)

JF to ACS (2)

JF is at sea and writes from the U.S.S. Monocacy. Letters begin to address the strain of JF and Helen being separated for so long during JF’s time at sea. One letter discusses material culture and shopping for souvenirs in Japan (May 11, 1882). Letters discuss family matters and child rearing. Letters also discuss the exchange of gifts from family in the United States being sent to Japan.

Box 11, Folder 5 May 21-23, 1882

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (2)

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (5)

Lois L. Dickey to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

JF to ACS (1)

JF is at sea and writes from the U.S.S. Monocacy. Letters address the strain of JF and Helen being separated for so long during JF’s time at sea. Letters discuss family matters and child rearing.

Box 11, Folder 6 May 24-31, 1882

Helen Dickey Foster to ACS (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (3)

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

ACS to JF (1)

JF to ACS (1)

JF is at sea and writes from the U.S.S. Monocacy. Letters address the strain of JF and Helen being separated for so long during JF’s time at sea. Letters discuss family matters and child rearing. One letter includes discussion of material culture, as Helen’s sister requests that Helen bring her back a set of china. The same letter also discusses fashion (May 28, 1882). Letters discuss ACS’s daily activities while living in New York. One letter contains a list of ships going between Japan and San Francisco (May 31, 1882).

Box 11, Folder 7 June 1-10, 1882

JF to ACS (3)

Dickey Family to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (2)

ACS to JF (1)

JF is at sea and writes from the U.S.S. Monocacy. Letters address the strain of JF and Helen being separated for so long during JF’s time at sea. Letters discuss family matters and child rearing. Letters continue to discuss having photographs taken.

Box 11, Folder 8 June 11-20, 1882

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (4)

Elizabeth Dickey “Bessie” to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

JF to ACS (2)

ACS to JF (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (1)

ACS to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

JF is at sea and writes from the U.S.S. Monocacy, however letters discuss the planned reunion when JF returns. Letters discuss family matters and child rearing. Letters continue to discuss having photographs taken. Beatrice Foster has been born, however apparently while JF was away. Letters from the Dickeys announce the death of Helen Dickey Foster’s brother Hanover Dickey following an operation in New York. Letters discuss ACS’s daily activities and feelings towards her family.

Box 11, Folder 9 June 21-30, 1882

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (3)

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

ACS to JF (2)

Edward – — to JF (1)

JF is still at sea, writing from the U.S.S. Monocacy and making plans to return to Chefoo, China to reunite with Helen. Letters continue to discuss the death of Helen’s brother Hanover Dickey, with details about the illness, operation, death and burial preparations. One letter mentions the Wentworth Hotel in New Castle, New Hampshire (June 21, 1882). ACS has made her summer trip to the Catskill Mountains in New York.

Box 11, Folder 10 July 1882

ACS to JF (1)

Elizabeth Dickey “Bessie” to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Tom Dickey to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Letters continue to discuss the grief in the Dickey family following the death of Helen’s brother Hanover Dickey. Letters discuss the anticipation of Helen and JF’s return to the United States. Letters discuss daily activities and child rearing.

Box 11, Folder 11 August 1-15, 1882

ACS to JF (1)

Lois Dickey to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

JF to ACS (2)

ACS to JF (1)

Dickey Family to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Letters discuss the birth of JF’s second child, Beatrice Foster. One letter provides details about the naming of the baby, Queen Victoria’s daughter Beatrice being the inspiration (August 7, 1882). One letter details the illness and death of Hanover Dickey, Helen Dickey Foster’s brother (August 4, 1882). The letter goes into detail concerning distrust of hospitals during the time period.

Box 11, Folder 12 August 16-31, 1882

JF to ACS (3)

ACS to JF (2)

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Lois Dickey to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

One letter discusses an uprising in Korea (August 17, 1882). The same letter gives very detailed accounts of childhood activities and daily life. It also mentions the bound feet of JF’s Chinese nannies. The same letter also provides a comparison between child care when JF was young, after his father had been lost at sea and when Helen and JF are raising their own children, both taking part in the childcare responsibilities. One letter acknowledges the birth of Beatrice Foster and discusses childbirth, childcare and the physical recovery of Helen (August 20, 1882). The letters reflect the fact that JF and Helen kept the expectant birth a complete secret until the baby arrived. Letters discuss JF’s activities with the Navy and preparation to return to the United States.

Box 11, Folder 13 September 1-15, 1882

ACS to JF (1)

JF to ACS (1)

Lois Dickey and Elizabeth Dickey “Bessie” to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Letters discuss daily activities, family matters and child rearing, including childhood ailments. Letters express concern for Helen giving birth and caring for an infant so far away from her family. Letters also discuss JF activities with the Navy and preparation to return to the United States.

Box 11, Folder 14 September 16-30, 1882

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

JF to ACS (2)

ACS to JF (2)

Elizabeth Dickey “Bessie” to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Lois Dickey (mother) and Lois Dickey (sister) to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Letters discuss daily activities, family matters and child rearing. Letters continue to describe the active role that JF took as a father. Letters continue to discuss the sadness after the death of Helen’s brother, Hanover Dickey. Letters discuss the role of parents and how that role has changed since ACS had young children.

Box 11, Folder 15 October 1882

JF to ACS (2)

ACS to JF (2)

Lois Dickey (sister) and Lois Dickey (mother) to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Lois Dickey (mother) to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (4)

Letters discuss childhood illness. Joseph has gone back to sea with the Navy for a short while, as he and Helen continue to make plans to return to the United States. Letters discuss family matters and daily activities, including ACS and the Dickey family in Lowell and New York.

Box 11, Folder 16 November 1882

A. B. Wyckoff to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

JF to ACS (4)

ACS to JF (2)

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Lois Dickey to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Cecile Cotton to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

C. S. Cotton to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Letters discuss purchasing items in Canton before leaving for the United States. Letters describe daily activities, child rearing and preparation for returning to the United States. One letter mentions that Joseph (Jr.) is now wearing colored dresses, as opposed to the white dresses that babies wear (November 26, 1882).

Box 11, Folder 17 December 1882

F. H. Ferree to JF (1)

Lois Dickey to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (3)

ACS to JF (2)

JF to ACS (2)

Martha N. Hooper to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Letters discuss JF and Helen’s trip to the United States and the excitement of their families at home about their return after three years away. One letter gives a very detailed account of the voyage to the United States (December 31, 1882).

Box 11, Folder 18 1882 misc

— Bingham to JF (1)

L. F. G. [initials only] to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Box 12
Box 12, Folder 1 January 1883

JF to ACS (1)

The letter discusses JF and Helen’s journey east from San Francisco to New York and the preparations that ACS is making for their arrival in New York.

Box 12, Folder 2 February 1883

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

H. N. D. [initials only] to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

F. N. Hooper to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Martha N. Hooper to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Fanny Seavey to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

Letters discuss family matters and daily activities. JF and Helen have arrived in New York and there are numerous letters from friends and family upon their arrival. Letters discuss child care and illness. One letter is from a friend of Helen’s who remains in Japan (February 16, 1883).

Box 12, Folder 3 April – August 1883

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (4)

Thomas Dickey to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

J. Cardwell to — Tictum (1)

JF to Beatrice Foster (1)

Stuart Dickey to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

One letter provides an interesting description of the daily operations in Lyman Foster’s stationary store in New York City. JF is helping Lyman with the production of calendars. In the same letter JF discusses ordering a new suit. Letters discuss trying to find a servant girl to help Helen with the children and house keeping while JF is still in New York. Letters discuss illness and living arrangements for Helen and the children. One letter provides a description of JF’s role as a father, discussing his interaction with the younger Joseph Foster (June 19, 1883).

Box 12, Folder 4 September 1883

Fanny Seavey to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Martha Hooper to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

ACS to Joseph Foster

One letter discusses childhood illness and curing illness with raw beef (September 12, 1883). The same letter discusses the difficulties of being a wife and mother and the desire of Helen’s friend Fanny to get away from her children temporarily and be a child again herself (September 12, 1883). One letter discusses gender ideals and the desirable character traits of a woman, “sweetness, unselfishness and general purity of character” (September 25, 1883). One letter discusses preparations for JF and Helen to move to Philadelphia. JF is already in their new home and describes ordering furniture from Portsmouth (September 26, 1883).

Box 12, Folder 5 October 1-10, 1883

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (4)

Fanny Seavey to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

Letters continue to discuss preparations for Helen and the children to join JF in Philadelphia. JF consistently discusses the large number of African Americans in Philadelphia. One letter provides detailed descriptions of JF unpacking belongings in their new home. The letters also consistently discuss a stove and refrigerator and whether or not they should be brought to Philadelphia. It provides insight into material culture. In one letter JF acknowledges to Helen their eighth wedding anniversary and reflects on their marriage and their children (October 7, 1883). One letter includes an interesting description of heating in the new Philadelphia home (October 7, 1883).

Box 12, Folder 6 October 10-30, 1883

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (5)

JF to Joseph Foster (1)

Helen — to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Isabelle Dickey Nye to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Letters discuss preparation for Helen to move to Philadelphia with JF. Letters discuss purchasing kitchen utensils for the home in Philadelphia and paying off bills in Lowell. Letters hint to the fact that Helen is sick, it is often mentioned that she has spent the day in bed and this worries JF. Helen is also preparing for a wedding in Lowell before she leaves for Philadelphia. One letter mentions gender ideals for the children (October 11, 1883). Letters discuss material culture and the furnishing in the new home in Philadelphia. One letter discusses making millinery (hat making) at home (October 25, 1883). Letters discuss daily activities and family matters.

Box 12, Folder 7 November 1883

Lois Dickey (mother) to Helen Dickey Foster (6)

Fanny Seavey to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

Helen Addick to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Lois Dickey (sister) to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Stuart Dickey to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Helen is now in Philadelphia with JF. Letters discuss daily activities and family matters of the Dickey family in Lowell. One letter provides a detailed descriptions of material culture including the furnishings and decorations of a room (November 9, 1882). One letter discusses women’s roles in the preparation for winter (sewing and cleaning). The letter also discusses the engagement of Jennie Gerrish of Portsmouth to a minister from Colorado and the reaction to her going so far away after she is married. The letter also discusses the family of Lyman Spalding (November 16, 1883). Letters continue to discuss Helen being sick.

Box 12, Folder 8 December 1883

Lois Dickey (mother) to Helen Dickey Foster (4)

Lois Dickey (sister) to Helen Dickey Foster (3)

Thomas Dickey to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Fanny Seavey to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

Helen is sick and letters discuss her recovery and the concern of her friends and family. Letters discuss family matters relating to the Dickey family in Lowell, Massachusetts. One letter from Helen’s sister Isabelle, speaks of her being pregnant, the first time that pregnancy has been mentioned in all of the correspondences (December 26, 1883). Letters also discuss Christmas celebrations and children’s activities.

Box 12, Folder 9 January 1884

Lois Dickey (mother) to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

Fanny Seavey to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Theodore Nye to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (4)

Letters discuss illness and death. One letter discusses sewing patterns and designs (January 9, 1884). Letters continue to discuss Helen’s illness and recovery. Letters discuss children’s activities. Letters also discuss social life and family matters relating to the Dickey family.

Box 12, Folder 10 February – December 1884

Lois Dickey (mother) to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

Abbie — to Helen Dickey Foster (2)

JF to ACS (2)

Arthur Peterson to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Theodore and Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle” to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Letters discuss family matters relating to the Dickey family primarily in Lowell, Massachusetts. Helen continues to recover from her illness and JF and Helen are visiting with Helen’s sister, Isabelle Dickey Nye “Belle.” in Newport, Rhode Island. Letters discuss childhood activities. One letter speaks of gender ideals and raising young men (September 22, 1884).

Box 12, Folder 11 January – April 1888

JF to ACS (7)

Letters describe daily activities and family matters. JF has gone on a brief trip with the Navy to Key West, Florida.

Box 12, Folder 12 June 1888

JF to Beatrice Foster (8)

JF to ACS (1)

Letters describe JF’s daily activities while in the Navy, stationed in New York. Letters discuss the activities of JF’s children while they are living in Portsmouth with ACS.

Box 12, Folder 13 July – December 1888

JF to Beatrice Foster (7)

JF to ACS (3)

Florence Foster to ACS (1)

Letters describe JF’s daily activities while in the Navy, stationed in New York and Virginia. Letters discuss activities of JF’s children while they are living in Portsmouth with ACS.

Box 12, Folder 14 1889

JF to Beatrice Foster (4)

JF to ACS (11)

Lyman Foster to JF (1)

Lucy Lyman to ACS (1)

M.A.C. [initials] to ACS

Letters describe JF’s daily activities while in the Navy, stationed in Virginia. Letters discuss activities of JF’s children while they are living in Portsmouth with ACS.

Box 13
Box 13, Folder 1 1890

D. W. Royce to JF (1)

Lyman Foster to JF (1)

— to JF (1)

Elimita Foster to Beatrice Foster (1)

One letter discusses the Pharmacopeae and also mentions photography (March 10, 1890). Letters discuss Lyman Foster and JF’s desire to have LS’s work acknowledged. Letters also discuss JF’s work on family genealogy and a request for the Portsmouth Athenaeum to subsrcibe to a magazine called “The Auk.” One letter includes discussion of JF’s grandfather Joseph Foster and details his voyages at sea from records at the Gloucester Customs House (September 17, 1890).

Box 13, Folder 2 1891-1893

Frank E. Foster to JF (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to Dorothy Foster (1)

JF to Beatrice Foster (4)

Lyman Foster to JF (1)

Letters discuss genealogical research and childhood activities in Portsmouth. Letters provides detailed description of JF’s life on board the ship San Francisco, including electricity on board the ship.

Box 13, Folder 3 January – June 1894

Beatrice Foster to JF (1)

JF to ACS (2)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (5)

Joseph Foster to JF (1)

Letters describe childhood activities in Portsmouth, JF’s activities with the Navy and financial matters. Letters clearly show the stress that JF being away is causing himself and his family. Letters also discuss various Portsmouth families moving to their summer houses and farms, including the Laightons returning to the Isles of Shoals.

Box 13, Folder 4 July – October 1894

JF to Beatrice Foster (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to Dorothy Foster (1)

Joseph Foster to Dorothy Foster (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (4)

Beatrice Foster to JF (1)

Letters discuss Helen and Joseph Foster’s (son) visit to New York to see JF. Letters describe visiting the Stock Exchange and going to the theater. One letter mentions the unexpected death of Celia Thaxter and spending time at Seabrook beach (September 5, 1894).

Box 13, Folder 5 November – December 1894

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (7)

Joseph Foster to JF (3)

JF to ACS (3)

JF to Beatrice Foster (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to Beatrice Foster (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to Dorothy Foster (2)

Letters describe childhood activities in Portsmouth and JF’s activities with the Navy. One letter mentions a visit to Mrs. May’s (November 16, 1894).

Box 13, Folder 6 February – December 1895

JF to Beatrice Foster (5)

JF to ACS (1)

JF to — (1)

Letters describe childhood activities in Portsmouth and JF’s travel with the Navy to Europe. One letter discusses the education of female children in Portsmouth (September 19, 1895). One letter describes JF’s trip through Scotland (October 3, 1895).

Box 13, Folder 7 January – June 1896

JF to Beatrice Foster (9)

JF to Dorothy Foster (1)

JF to ACS (2)

Letters describe JF’s travel with the Navy in Europe and the Middle East.

Box 13, Folder 8 July – December 1896

JF to Beatrice Foster (2)

Beatrice Foster to JF (5)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (5)

Joseph Foster to JF (4)

Letters describe JF’s travel with the Navy in Europe and childhood activities in Portsmouth. One letter describe’s Dorothy’s vacation at Bear Island in New Hampshire, which there are photos of in the collection (August 29, 1896). Letters discuss caring for an aging ACS and taking photographs of her in the garden of the Middle Street house. One letter describes Helen making social calls on several women in Portsmouth including, Mrs. Jacob Wendell, Mrs. White, Mrs. Preston, Miss Fowler, Mrs. Cheeny and Mrs. Fish (most of whom Helen noted were Colonial Dames) (August 29, 1896). One letter discusses the death of Mrs. Goodwin (October 13, 1896).

Box 13, Folder 9 1897

Helen Dickey Foster to Beatrice Foster (1)

JF to Beatrice Foster (1)

Letters discuss birthday gifts and arrangements for Dorothy Foster while she is staying with the Laightons on the Isles of Shoals (Appledore Island).

Box 13, Folder 10 May 1-18, 1898

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (8)

Beatrice Foster to JF (1)

James Shores Bray to JF (1)

Letters discuss social interaction in Portsmouth and financial matters. One letter discusses the cost of communication to the Isles of Shoals (May 12, 1898). One letter mentions attending church in Portsmouth (May 15, 1898). Letters show the relationship between a family members when the father is away at sea. One letter discusses Helen attending a meeting of the Colonial Dames (May 16, 1898 and May 18, 1898). One letter from James Shores Bray requests employment under JF in the Navy and also describes interaction between the Spalding and Shores families in Portsmouth (May 18, 1898).

Box 13, Folder 11 May 19-31, 1898

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (7)

JF to Beatrice Foster (1)

Beatrice Foster to JF (1)

Dorothy Foster to JF (1)

Letters discuss Helen’s activities with the Colonial Dames and her daily activities, including housekeeping and purchasing clothing for the children. Letters also discuss childhood activities in Portsmouth. One letter provides description of JF’s activities with the Navy (May 25, 1898).

Box 13, Folder 12 June – August 1898

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (11)

Dorothy Foster to JF (2)

Joseph Foster to JF (1)

Beatrice Foster to JF (1)

JF to Beatrice Foster (1)

Charles J. Foster to JF (1)

Letters describe childhood activities in Portsmouth. One letter displays pride in ancestors and genealogy (June 3, 1898). Letters discuss Helen’s activities with the Colonial Dames.

Box 13, Folder 13 September – November 1898

Thomas Dickey to JF (1)

Sarah Chase to Helen and JF (1)

Elliott Coues to JF (1)

Joseph Foster to JF (1)

Elima A. Foster to JF (1)

John Sise and Company to JF (1)

Letters discuss the death of ACS and give condolences to JF. One letter provides a list of Joseph Foster’s college expenses while at Harvard (November 29, 1898).

Box 14
Box 14, Folder 1 March – June 1899

Joseph Foster to JF (1)

Charles J. Foster to JF (1)

W. G. Buckler to JF (1)

J. A. and A. W. Walker to JF (1)

One letter is an advertisement for “users of coal” in Portsmouth (June 1899).

Box 14, Folder 2 July 1899

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

JF to Beatrice Foster (1)

Letters discuss financial and family matters.

Box 14, Folder 3 August 1-20, 1899

Beatrice Foster to JF (1)

Isabel Foster to JF (2)

Dorothy Foster to JF (3)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Letters discuss childhood activities in Portsmouth. One letter mentions playing tennis at the Wentworth By the Sea Hotel and transportation in Portsmouth (August 4, 1899).

Box 14, Folder 4 August 21-31, 1899

JF to Beatrice Foster (1)

New Hampshire Society of the Colonial Dames of America to JF (1)

JF to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Letters discuss childhood activities in Portsmouth and genealogy.

Box 14, Folder 5 September 1899

Joseph Foster to JF (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (1)

JF to Beatrice Foster (1)

Letters discuss childhood activities, church activities and social interaction in Portsmouth. One letter mentions a discussion about religion (September 10, 1899).

Box 14, Folder 6 October 1899

JF to Beatrice Foster (4)

Beatrice Foster to JF (2)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Letters discuss social interaction and childhood activities in Portsmouth. Letters describes JF’s activities with the Navy while in New York, including being in a parade in New York with other Navy officers. There is an invitation for Beatrice from JF to attend a Navy Ball in Virginia. One letter contains advice from JF to Beatrice Foster concerning dating a marriage (October 26, 1899). Letters provide good description of the role of mother and father in rearing adolescent children (October 26, 1899 and December 3, 1899).

Box 14, Folder 7 January – February 1900

JF to Lucien Royce (1)

JF to Beatrice Foster (2)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (3)

JF to Lucien Royce (1)

Letters discuss childhood activities in Portsmouth. One letter provides a description of heating methods in the house on Middle Street in Portsmouth (February 1, 1900). Letters discuss JF’s activities with the Navy while traveling in the Carribean.

Box 14, Folder 8 March 1-15, 1900

Joseph Foster to JF (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (3)

Letters discuss family matters and social life in Portsmouth, including Helen Foster’s outings at various clubs. JF awaits new orders, possibly to the Kearsage. One letter discusses religious beliefs (March 9, 1900). Letters discuss Joseph Foster’s activities at Harvard University. Letters anticipate the return of JF.

Box 14, Folder 9 March 16-30, 1900

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (3)

JF to Beatrice Foster (1)

One letter discusses the conversion of the Morgan/Woodbury School to a house and mentions the Cabot School in Portsmouth (March 18, 1900). One letter discusses women’s employment, Elima Foster declines a job offer because it would require too much time and would not allow her enough for her “household duties” (March 18, 1900). One letter discusses religious matters (March 23, 1900). Letters also discuss Beatrice Foster’s illness.

Box 14, Folder 10 April – June 1900

JF to Beatrice Foster (2)

Fanny Ramsay Wilder Winchester (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (1)

Charles Lathrop Parsons (Society of Colonial Wars) to JF (1)

Elima Foster to JF (1)

Mary W. Hawke to JF (1)

Letters describes JF’s travel with the Navy, genealogy and Beatrice Foster’s illness.

Box 14, Folder 11 July 1-15, 1900

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (3)

Joseph Foster to JF (2)

Letters discuss Beatrice Foster’s illness and are critical of the care that she is getting from Portsmouth doctors. Letters also discuss childhood activities in Portsmouth.

Box 14, Folder 12 July 16-31, 1900

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (6)

JF to Beatrice Foster (1)

Letters discuss Beatrice Fosters illness and childhood activities in Portsmouth.

Box 14, Folder 13 August – September 1900

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (6)

Letters discuss family matters and activities, including the illness of Beatrice Foster.

Box 14, Folder 14 October 1-20, 1900

Elima Foster to JF (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (9)

Letters do not mention the death of Beatrice Foster, but do talk about Beatrice’s friends visiting with Helen Foster. Letters mention change in ownership of the Ladd house. Letters discuss childhood activities in Portsmouth.

Box 14, Folder 15 October 21-31, 1900

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (7)

Letters discuss childhood activities in Portsmouth and social interaction. One letter mentions the death of Beatrice Foster and the sadness of the family (October 18, 1900).

Box 14, Folder 16 November 1-10, 1900

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (7)

Dorothy Foster to JF (1)

One letter mentions fashion (October 19, 1900). Letters express the desire of Helen and the children for JF to return home. Letters discuss social activities in Portsmouth and family matters. One letter mentions the election of McKinley and a band of men parading through the streets of Portsmouth at 1:30 am to announce the news (November 7, 1900).

Box 14, Folder 17 November 11-30, 1900

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (7)

One letter discusses improvements made to the Middle Street house, including a new range (November 11, 1900). Letters discuss Helen Foster’s daily activities and family matters, including JF’s anticipated return to Portsmouth.

Box 15
Box 15, Folder 1 January 1901

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (8)

Letters discuss Helen Foster’s desire for JF to return from his voyage and live at home. Letters describe Helen’s daily activities and childhood activities while the family lived in Boston. One letter mentions a phrase that Helen wanted carved on Beatrice Foster’s gravestone (January 5, 1901).

Box 15, Folder 2 February 1-15, 1901

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (4)

Letters discuss Helen Foster’s daily activities while living in Boston. Letters also discuss childhood activities.

Box 15, Folder 3 February 16-28, 1901

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (7)

Letters discuss Helen Foster’s daily activities while living in Boston. Letters also discuss childhood activities. One letter mentions Helen’s desire to remain in Boston until Joseph Foster (son) is done with College at Harvard. The letter also mentions plans to return to Portsmouth when JF is given vacation (February 21, 1901). Letters also discuss the procedures and costs of closing the house in Portsmouth while the family is living in Boston.

Box 15, Folder 4 March 1-10, 1901

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (7)

Box 15, Folder 5 March 11-20, 1901

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (8)

Box 15, Folder 6 March 21-31, 1901

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (6)

Dorothy Foster to JF (1)

Box 15, Folder 7 November 11-30, 1900

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (5)

Box 15, Folder 8 May 1-10, 1901

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (8)

Box 15, Folder 9 May 11-20, 1901

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (5)

Dorothy Foster to JF (1)

Box 15, Folder 10 May 21-31, 1901

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (9)

New York Public Library to JF (1)

Box 15, Folder 11 June 1-15, 1901

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (6)

Box 15, Folder 12 June 16-30, 1901

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (4)

Box 15, Folder 13 July – August 1901

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (2)

Box 15, Folder 14 January – October 1902

Mrs. Frank Buttolph to JF (2)

Helen Dickey Foster to Isabel Foster (9)

New York Public Library to JF (1)

Joseph Foster [son] to JF (2)

Fred Fernald to JF (1)

Box 15, Folder 15 November – December 1902

Helen Dickey Foster to Isabel Foster (9)

Lyman S. Foster to JF (2)

Joseph Foster [son] to JF (1)

Box 15, Folder 16 February – October 1903

Helen Dickey Foster to Isabel Foster (2)

Marion Munroe to Isabel Foster (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (4)

Elima Foster to JF (1)

Joseph Foster [son] to JF (1)

Box 15, Folder 17 November 1903

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (4)

Box 16
Box 16, Folder 1 January 1904

Theodore — to Helen Dickey Foster (1)

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (9)

Box 16, Folder 2 March 1904

Helen Dickey Foster to JF (4)

Box 16, Folder 3 1905

Eleanor G. to Isabel Foster (5)

JF to Isabel (4)

Marion Munroe to Isabel Foster (1)

Rosamond Thaxter to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 16, Folder 4 January – April 1906

JF to Isabel Foster (6)

Clarice Berry to Isabel Foster (1)

Joseph Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

Francesca — to Isabel Foster (1)

Florence — to Isabel Foster (1)

Joseph Foster to Dorothy Foster (1)

Box 16, Folder 5 July 1906

Mary Devereux to Isabel Foster (1)

Clarice Berry to Isabel Foster (3)

— to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 16, Folder 6 August – September 1906

Clarice Berry to Isabel Foster (6)

Joseph Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 16, Folder 7 October – December 1906

Clarice Berry to Isabel Foster (6)

Box 16, Folder 8 February – March 1907

Clarice Berry to Isabel Foster (2)

Eleanor G. to Isabel Foster (2)

Joseph Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 16, Folder 9 May 1907

Joseph Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

Clinnie H. Sigman to Isabel Foster (1)

Katherine McLain to Isabel Foster (1)

Margaret Sweitzer to Isabel Foster (1)

Elizabeth Johnston to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 16, Folder 10 July – October 1907

JF to Isabel Foster (2)

Clarice Berry (Kenneth Sumner) to Isabel Foster (Dick) (2)

Dorothy Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

Constance — to Isabel Foster (1)

Joseph Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 16, Folder 11 November – December 1907

Joseph Foster to Isabel Foster (2)

— to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 16, Folder 12 1908

William Peace Coues to JF (4)

Henry Gray to JF (1)

New England Historic Genealogical Society to JF (1)

Joseph Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 16, Folder 13 1909-1910

John Carne to JF (1)

Joseph Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

Cecilia Brewster to Isabel Foster (1)

— to Isabel Foster (1)

Eleanor — to Isabel Foster (1)

Marguerite — to Isabel Foster (1)

W. Woodsworth to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 16, Folder 14 September 1911

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (1)

Box 16, Folder 15 October 1911

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (6)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 16, Folder 16 November 1911

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (4)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 16, Folder 17 December 1911

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (4)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Isabel Foster to Dorothy Foster

Box 16, Folder 18 January 1912

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (4)

Box 16, Folder 19 February 1912

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (6)

JF to Isabel Foster (3)

Box 16, Folder 20 March 1912

Dorothy Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (6)

Box 16, Folder 21 April 1912

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (4)

Dorothy Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

JF to Isabel Foster (2)

Box 16, Folder 22 May 1912

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (4)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 16, Folder 23 September – October 1912

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (6)

Box 16, Folder 24 November – December 1912

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (9)

Box 17
Box 17, Folder 1 January – February 1913

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (7)

Ellison A. Voysey to JF (1)

Box 17, Folder 2 March 1913

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (5)

Ellison A. Voysey to JF (1)

Douglas Leechman to JF (1)

Box 17, Folder 3 April 1913

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (4)

Box 17, Folder 4 May – October 1913

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (8)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 17, Folder 5 November – December 1913

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (8)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 17, Folder 6 January 1914

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (4)

JF to Isabel Foster (2)

Box 17, Folder 7 February 1914

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (4)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 17, Folder 8 March 1914

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (5)

JF to Isabel Foster (4)

Box 17, Folder 9 April 1914

J. A. Messery to JF (1)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (4)

Box 17, Folder 10 May 1914

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (4)

JF to Isabel Foster (2)

Louis Donald to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 17, Folder 11 June – October 1914

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (10)

JF to Isabel Foster (4)

— Thomas to Adrienne Kenyon (1)

Box 17, Folder 12 November – December 1914

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (7)

JF to Isabel Foster (2)

Box 17, Folder 13 January 1915

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (5)

Box 17, Folder 14 February 1915

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (4)

JF to Isabel Foster (2)

Box 17, Folder 15 March 1915

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (5)

JF to Isabel Foster (2)

Box 17, Folder 16 April 1915

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (5)

Box 17, Folder 17 May 1915

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (5)

Box 17, Folder 18 June 1915

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (4)

Box 17, Folder 19 August – September 1915

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (5)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 17, Folder 20 January – April 1916

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Dorothy Foster to JF (8)

Box 17, Folder 21 May 1916

JF to Isabel Foster (2)

Dorothy Foster to JF (7)

Box 17, Folder 22 June 1916

Dorothy Foster to JF (9)

JF to Isabel Foster (3)

Box 17, Folder 23 July – August 1916

Dorothy Foster to JF (8)

Coutts and Company, London to JF (1)

Dorothy Foster to JF (4)

Joseph Foster to JF (8) (postcards)

Box 17, Folder 24 September – December 1916

Dorothy Foster to JF (10)

Box 18
Box 18, Folder 1 January 1917

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (4)

Box 18, Folder 2 February 1917

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (5)

Box 18, Folder 3 March 1917

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (5)

Box 18, Folder 4 April 1917

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (4)

Dorothy Foster to JF (8)

Box 18, Folder 5 May 1917

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (6)

Dorothy Foster to JF (4)

Box 18, Folder 6 June – November 1917

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (3)

Dorothy Foster to JF (1)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 18, Folder 7 July 1919

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (3)

Box 18, Folder 8 September – October 1919

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (2)

JF to Isabel Foster (2)

Box 18, Folder 9 November 1919

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (6)

Box 18, Folder 10 December 1919

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (2)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 18, Folder 11 January – February 1920

Josephine Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (3)

Box 18, Folder 12 March 1920

Isabel Foster to JF and Josephine Foster (4)

Box 18, Folder 13 June 1920

Edwin Stewart to Laurence Stewart (1)

JF to Isabel Foster (1)

Josephine Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 18, Folder 14 July 1920

JF to Isabel Foster (5)

Box 18, Folder 15 August 1920

JF to Isabel Foster (6)

JF to Registry of Voters, Portsmouth (1)

Josephine Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

In one letter JF registers Isabel to vote on August 30, 1920, four days after women were given suffrage on August 26, 1920

Box 18, Folder 16 September – October 1920

JF to Isabel Foster (12)

Box 18, Folder 17 November – December 1920

JF to Isabel Foster (10)

Josephine Foster to Isabel Foster (2)

Box 19
Box 19, Folder 1 January – February 1921

JF to Isabel Foster (9)

Box 19, Folder 2 March – May 1921

JF to Isabel Foster (7)

Box 19, Folder 3 June – July 1921

JF to Isabel Foster (9)

Box 19, Folder 4 August – December 1921

Jf to Dorothy Foster (1)

JF to Isabel Foster (5)

Box 19, Folder 5 1922

JF to Isabel Foster (13)

Box 19, Folder 6 January – April 1923

JF to Isabel Foster (7)

JF to Dorothy Foster (1)

Box 19, Folder 7 May – July 1923

JF to Isabel Foster (14)

Box 19, Folder 8 August – December 1923

JF to Isabel Foster (12)

JF to Dorothy Foster (1)

Box 19, Folder 9 April – July 1924

JF to Isabel Foster (15)

Josephine Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 19, Folder 10 August – December 1924

JF to Isabel Foster (8)

Box 19, Folder 11 May – June 1925

— to Isabel Foster (1)

JF to Isabel Foster (6)

JF to Dorothy Foster (1)

Box 19, Folder 12 August – October 1925

JF to Isabel (12)

Josephine Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 19, Folder 13 November – December 1925

JF to Dorothy Foster (1)

JF to Isabel Foster (5)

Box 19, Folder 14 March – August 1926

JF to Isabel Foster (6)

Ernest R. Eustis (1)

Florence E. Dobson (1)

Box 19, Folder 15 September – December 1926

JF to Isabel Foster (12)

Box 19, Folder 16 January – February 1927

JF to Isabel Foster (13)

Box 19, Folder 17 March – April 1927

JF to Isabel Foster (8)

Box 19, Folder 18 May – June 1927

JF to Isabel Foster (14)

Box 19, Folder 19 August – September 1927

JF to Isabel Foster (7)

Box 19, Folder 20 October – December 1927

JF to Isabel Foster (8)

Josephine Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 19, Folder 21 1928

JF to Isabel Foster (15)

Josephine Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 19, Folder 22 January – April 1929

JF to Isabel Foster (9)

Josephine Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 19, Folder 23 May – August 1929

JF to Isabel and Dorothy Foster (1)

JF to Isabel (7)

Box 19, Folder 24 September – December 1929

JF to Dotothy and Isabel Foster (7)

JF to Isabel Foster (6)

JF to Dorothy Foster (4)

Box 19, Folder 25 1930

JF to Dorothy and Isabel Foster (2)

JF to Isabel Foster (7)

— to Isabel Foster (1)

Bianca — to Dorothy Foster (1)

Box 19, Folder 26 1931-1934

Josephine Foster to Isabel Foster (1)

JF to —

Box 19, Folder 27 1937

The Christian Science Monitor to Isabel Foster (1)

Box 19, Folder 28 1941

Laurence Stewart to Mary Stewart (1)

Box 20
Box 20, Folder 1 January – March 1950

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (7)

Box 20, Folder 2 May – June 1950

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (5)

Box 20, Folder 3 August – October 1950

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (7)

Box 20, Folder 4 November – December 1950

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (5)

Box 20, Folder 5 January – April 1951

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (9)

Box 20, Folder 6 May – September 1951

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (6)

Box 20, Folder 7 1952

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (3)

Bessie W. Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (1)

Box 20, Folder 8 1953

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (4)

Box 20, Folder 9 May – August 1954

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (8)

Box 20, Folder 10 October – December 1954

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (7)

Box 20, Folder 11 January – April 1955

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (6)

Box 20, Folder 12 May – July 1955

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (4)

Box 20, Folder 13 August – December 1955

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (7)

Box 20, Folder 14 January – May 1956

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (9)

Box 20, Folder 15 July – December 1956

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (8)

Box 20, Folder 16 January – May 1957

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (9)

Box 20, Folder 17 June – December 1957

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (5)

Box 20, Folder 18 1958

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (8)

Box 20, Folder 19 January – April 1959

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (9)

Box 20, Folder 20 May – August 1959

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (4)

Box 20, Folder 21 September – December 1959

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (7)

Box 20, Folder 22 January – May 1960

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (7)

Box 20, Folder 23 June – December 1960

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (8)

Box 21
Box 21, Folder 1 1961

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (5)

Box 21, Folder 2 1962

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (7)

Box 21, Folder 3 January – March 1963

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (7)

Box 21, Folder 4 April – June 1963

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (7)

Box 21, Folder 5 July – August 1963

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (6)

Box 21, Folder 6 September – December 1963

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (5)

Box 21, Folder 7 February – July 1964

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (14)

Box 21, Folder 8 August – December 1964

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (8)

Box 21, Folder 9 1965

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (5)

Box 21, Folder 10 1970 – 1980

Mary Stewart Welch to Dorothy Foster Stewart and Laurence Stewart (6)

Box 21, Folder 11 undated, ca. 1830-1840
Box 21, Folder 12 undated, ca. 1830-1840
Box 21, Folder 13 undated, ca. 1830-1840
Box 21, Folder 14 undated, ca. 1850-1900
Box 21, Folder 15 undated, ca. 1950-1970
Box 21, Folder 16 undated, fragments

Series II: Joseph Foster (b.1730 – d.1804), 1776-1804

Col. Joseph Foster was born in what is now the town of Essex, Massachusetts in June 19, 1730. Initially a fisherman and sailor, Col. Foster became a merchant and sea capatin, living in Gloucester, Massachusetts for much of his life. In 1756 Joseph married Lydia Giddings, one of the couple’s eight children was Joseph Foster (1764-1816).

Col. Foster’s sea travel brought him to the West Indies and to points in Europe. Col. Foster was one of the wealthier land holders in Gloucester during the second half of the eigteenth century. He was present in Gloucester during the British attack on the city in August of 1775. Col. Foster would serve in the House of Representatives of Massachusetts from 1775 to 1776. Elected as Colonel of the Sea-Coast Forces during the Revolution in 1776.

In 1782, Col. Foster was captured with the ship “Polly” by Britishforces and was detained in Nova Scotia. Col. Foster died in 1804 in Gloucester, Massachusetts.

Box 22
Box 22, Folder 1 Revolutionary War Orders, 1776; Record of Probate, 1804
Box 22, Folder 2 Prisoner of War Document, 1782

Series III: Joseph Foster (b.1764 – d.1816), 1811-1813

Joseph Foster was the son of the previous Joseph Foster, and was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts May 27, 1764. Joseph was a sea captain, sailing to destinations in the West Indies and South America. In 1782 he married Rebecca Ingersoll and the couple had thirteen children, all born in Gloucester. One of Joseph and Rebecca’s children was Joseph Foster (1784-1843).

Joseph Foster was third mate on the ship “Polly,” with his father as captain when it was captured and detained in Nova Scotia by the British. Joseph was also involved in local government in Gloucester.

Joseph was lost at sea in 1816 near the Island of Guadaluope, West Indies, probably during a hurricane.

Box 22
Box 22, Folder 3 Record of ship voyages, 1811-1813: provides record of value of destination and purpose of voyage

Series IV: Dr. Lyman Spalding (b.1775 – d.1821), 1795-1820

Lyman Spalding, M.D. was born June 5, 1775 in Cornish, New Hampshire. Following graduation from Harvard in 1797, he studied medicine with Nathan Smith, M.D., whom he assisted in establishing a medical school at Dartmouth College, teaching the first chemistry courses at the school. After receiving an honorary degree from Dartmouth in 1798, Spalding began to practice medicine in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in 1799.

On October 9, 1802, Dr. Spalding married Elizabeth Coues (1779-1838), daughter of Peter and Elizabeth (Jackson) Coues of Portsmouth. Ten years later, in 1812, he was elected president and professor of anatomy and surgery at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of the Western District of the State of New York. Spalding moved his family to New York City in 1814, but resigned his academic post after only a few years in order to better serve his profession and family. While in New York, Spalding served as a trustee of the city’s free schools and played a part in establishing the city’s first Sunday schools.

Dr. Spalding’s life ended unexpectedly in 1821, as described in “Tribute to Dr. Spalding” (1840): “Walking in a street [in New York], some ponderous body from aloft struck him a violent blow on the head, and the gigantic intellect no longer performed its functions. Removed to Portsmouth, NH where his lady’s friends resided, he expired at that place soon after [October 30, 1821]. Such was the end of Lyman Spalding, a man whom none could approach without respect, or leave without affection.”

Box 22
Box 22, Folder 4 Journal – “On a Journey to Boston,” 1795
Box 22, Folder 5 Date Book, 1799-1809
Box 22, Folder 6 St. Johns Masonic Lodge (Portsmouth) Recognition, ca. 1806
Box 22, Folder 7 Journal – “Journal of a Voyage from Portsmouth, New Hampshire,” 1809; Membership Card – Peale’s Museum, 1809
Box 22, Folder 8 Account of furniture and provisions purchased in New York, 1814
Box 22, Folder 9 “Proces Verbal of the Ceremony of Installation of President of the New-York Historical Society,” 1820
Box 22, Folder 10 Misc., 1814-1819

Engraving, James P. Wood D.D., by Boyd, ca. 1814

Engraving, unidentified man, ca. 1800

Engraving (miniature), image of the battle between the ship United States and the British ship Macedenian during the War of 1812, engraved: “Decatur” [the captain of the United States] and “The United States and Macedenian,” ca. 1812

Series V: Elizabeth Coues Spalding (b.1779 – d.1838), 1814

Elizabeth Coues was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, December 16, 1779. She was the only child born to Elizabeth (Jackson) and Peter Coues. Her father, Peter Coues, had two other wives with whom he had an additional twelve children. Elizabeth met her husband Lyman Spalding when he came to her home as a physician to treat her step-grandmother for burn wounds. Elizabeth married Lyman Spalding, October 9, 1802 in Portsmouth.

Elizabeth was in Portsmouth for the birth of her five children, and often lived apart from her husband who had accepted a position in New York. Elizabeth moved back and forth between Portsmouth and New York and died in Portsmouth in 1838.

Box 22
Box 22, Folder 11 Account of expenses for journey from Claremont, New Hampshire to New York, 1814

Series VI: Joseph Foster (b.1784 – d.1843), 1799-1843

Joseph Foster, the husband of Adelaide Coues Spalding Foster (below) was born in Gloucester, Massachusetts August 2, 1784. He was a sea captain and married first in 1806, Lucy Elwell. His first wife died in 1837 and he married Adelaide in 1838.

After attending school in Boston for several years, in about 1799 Joseph decided to go to sea, like his father and grandfather, as a sea captain. Joseph died on the ship “Ventrosa” off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard in 1843. One of Joseph’s eleven children (three by Adelaide) was Joseph Foster (1841-1930).

Box 22
Box 22, Folder 12 Seaman Protection Act certificate, 1799
Box 22, Folder 13 Ship Log, 1815-1824: Record of geographic location and weather. Log also makes reference to the voyages that Joseph Foster brought his wife, Lucy Elwell Foster on.
Box 22, Folder 14 Ship Log, 1818: Record of geographic location and weather. Log also provides record of cargo, value of cargo and destination.
Box 22, Folder 15 “Day Book,” 1819: Record of sales of cargo from a ship, including lists of expendatures and cargo.
Box 22, Folder 16 Notes on currents and winds at sea, ca. 1820: Provides recommendations for the best travel routes at sea, with focus on going around South America.
Box 22, Folder 17 Account book, 1821: Record of sales of cargo to a merchant.
Box 22, Folder 18 Account records, 1826: Record of purchases made in Rio de Janeiro.
Box 22, Folder 19 Account records, 1830-1840: Records of purchases and sales of goods.
Box 22, Folder 20 Record of funeral expenses, 1843

Series VII: Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding (b.1803 – d.1878), 1812-1879

Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding, the first child born to Lyman and Elizabeth (Coues) Spalding, was born August 11, 1803 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It was she who began collecting the family papers and letters, later taken up by her nephew, Joseph Foster. Elizabeth’s education included several years at the Manhattan Female Seminary. She returned to Portsmouth sometime before 1830, where she operated a School for Young Ladies during the 1830s.

Elizabeth never married. She traveled extensively in her lateryears, including a trip to Europe, as well as living for periods of time in Northwood and Claremont, New Hampshire. Her letters are testament to her desire for staying in contact with her family, especially the family of her sister Adelaide Coues (Spalding) Foster. Elizabeth died July 16, 1878 in Portsmouth.

Subseries A: Education

Box 22, Folder 21 Receipt for instruction at the Portsmouth Academy, 1812
Box 22, Folder 22 Manhattan School, compositions, 1815-1816
Box 22, Folder 23 Manhattan School, merit awards, 1814-1817
Box 22, Folder 24 Notebook, Manhattan Female School, poetry book, 1818 and notes on literature and history readings, mostly in French, ca. 1822-1827
Box 22, Folder 25 Notebook, Manhattan Female School, arithmetic, 1818

Subseries B: Artwork

Box 22, Folder 26 Small drawings and paintings from friends to EPS, ca. 1815-1819

Watercolor (miniature), man and woman, Francisca Anna Pascalis, ca. 1819

Pencil drawing (miniature), emblem with images of birds, 1819

Watercolor (miniature), bowl of fruit, Francisca Anna Pascalis, 1819

Watercolor (miniature), with poem on back – man with harp, Francisca Anna Pascalis, 1819

Woven paper (miniature), — Picket, ca. 1819

Watercolor calling cards (2)(miniature), floral design, Elizabeth Smith, ca. 1818

Watercolor (miniature), with poem on back, two hearts, ca. 1819

Watercolor (miniature), harbor scene with American flag, ca. 1819

Print (miniature), ship in harbor, “Bostonia Condita A.D. 1630,” ca. 1822

Pen and ink, face, ca. 1818

Watercolor (miniature), violet, ca. 1830

Card advertisement, J. R. Smith, Drawing and Painting School in New York, 1816

Pencil drawing, child’s, John James Lockwood, 1818

Box 22, Folder 27 Pencil drawings and watercolors (11), 1818-1820
Box 22, Folder 28 Sketchbook, pencil drawings and watercolors, 1819
Box 22, Folder 29 Sketchbook, pencil drawings, 1819
Box 22, Folder 30 Sketchbook, pencil drawings, 1820
Box 22, Folder 31 Pencil drawing of Fort Constitution, 1821
Box 22, Folder 32 Sketchbook, pencil drawings, 1823-1824
Box 22, Folder 33 Ink drawing, coded riddles, undated
Box 22, Folder 34 Pencil drawings, 1843

Subseries C: Journals

Box 22, Folder 35 1818
Box 22, Folder 36 ca. 1818 (cover only)
Box 22, Folder 37 1866

Subseries D: Financial and School Records

Box 23
Box 23, Folder 1 Portsmouth Academy Student Schedule of Study Cards (blank) (8), 1830; Newspaper clipping, advertisement for EPS’s school in Portsmouth, ca. 1857
Box 23, Folder 2 “Ledger Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding,” 1829-1830: Records of payments for students, includes name of student, name of individual paying for the education, the amount due and the amount paid.
Box 23, Folder 3 Account book, 1829: Includes lists of students, name of individual paying for education, amount due and amount paid. Also includes EPS’s personal expendatures.
Box 23, Folder 4 Account book, 1830-1831: Includes lists of students, name of individual paying for education, amount due and amount paid. Also includes EPS’s personal expendatures.
Box 23, Folder 5 Account book, 1832: Includes lists of students, name of individual paying for education, amount due and amount paid. Also includes EPS’s personal expendatures and a record of days that EPS was absent from school.
Box 23, Folder 6 Account book, 1834: Includes lists of students, name of individual paying for education, amount due and amount paid. Also includes EPS’s personal expendatures and a record of days that EPS was absent from school.
Box 23, Folder 7 Account book, 1837-1838: Includes lists of students, name of individual paying for education, amount due and amount paid. Also includes EPS’s personal expendatures and a record of days that EPS was absent from school.
Box 23, Folder 8 Account Book, 1845: Includes EPS’s personal income and expendatures.

Subseries E: Lectures and Pamphlets

Box 23, Folder 9 “Female Education” printed lecture by John Griscom and ticket for Elizabeth to attend lecture, 1817
Box 23, Folder 10 “Senate Speeches on the Missouri Bill,” by Rufus King, inscribed to EPS from S. L. Mitchell, MD, 1819
Box 23, Folder 11 Knickerbocker, inscribed to EPS from Parry Kennard, 1847
Box 23, Folder 12 “The Church Universal,” 1848
Box 23, Folder 13 Notes from a Portsmouth Lyceum lecture, 1852
Box 23, Folder 14 “Old Town by the Sea,” by Thomas Bailey Aldrich in Harper’s, 1874

Subseries F: Will and Estate Papers

Box 23, Folder 15 Inventory of estate and values of property, 1842
Box 23, Folder 16 Will and estate papers, 1879

Subseries G: Miscellaneous

Box 23, Folder 17 Invitation RSVPs from friends, ca. 1823; EPS calling cards (22)
Box 23, Folder 18 Story by EPS, “Journey from Portsmouth to Gloucester,” 1823
Box 23, Folder 19 Poetry and transcriptions from magazines
Box 23, Folder 20 Poetry from Harriet Kimball
Box 23, Folder 21 Brochures, trip to Europe, 1874; Notes concerning sites EPS visited in Europe, ca. 1874; Packing list for “black trunk,” ca. 1874
Box 23, Folder 22 Record of Portsmouth Book Club, ca. 1830; Map of Plainfield, Connecticutt, Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding, drawn while in Lancaster, NH, 1863; Sketch of Mt. Washington, 1863

Series VIII: Adelaide Coues (Spalding) Foster (b.1805 – d.?), 1815-1846

Adelaide Coues (Spalding) Foster, the second child of Lyman and Elizabeth (Coues) Spalding, was born in Portsmouth on December 3, 1805. She, like her sister, Elizabeth, was educated at the Manhattan Female Seminary.

On September 2, 1838 she married Joseph Foster III (1784-1843), a sea captain, in Portsmouth. Following her marriage, Adelaide lived in Gloucester, Massachusetts, where her three children were born. She was living there at the time of her husband’s death, on December 19, 1843, while serving on board the brig Ventrosa near Holmes’ Hole (now Vineyard Haven). Adelaide moved back to Portsmouth in 1850 with her two surviving children, Joseph Foster IV and Lyman Spalding Foster (her first child, who bore the same name as her mother, had died aged one year old in 1840). The date of Adelaide’s death is unknown, although it occurred sometime after the death of her sister in 1878.

Subseries A: Education

Box 23, Folder 23 Poetry Book, 1818
Box 23, Folder 24 Manhattan Female Seminary, Compositions, 1818; Progress report with description of school and academics, Manhattan School, 1815

Subseries B: School Records

Box 23, Folder 25 Gloucester School, 1833-1835: Includes a list of students and dates of attendance.

Subseries C: Will and Estate Papers

Box 23, Folder 26 Will, 1846

Series IX: Alfred Peter Spalding (b.1815 – d.1844), 1776-1804

Alfred Peter Spalding was the fourth child born to Lyman and Elizabeth (Coues) Spalding. Born in Portsmouth December 15, 1815, Alfred became a sea captain, like many other men in his family. The close relationship that Alfred had with his two sisters Elizabeth and Adelaide is evident from the many letters he exchanged with them.

Alfred was the master of the ship “Normandie” of New York and in 1844, was lost at sea during a return trip from England.

Box 23
Box 23, Folder 27 Ship Log, 1834-1835
Box 23, Folder 28 Registration and Mediterranean Pass for the Ship Sarah Parker, 1836; Alfred P. Spalding calling card
Box 23, Folder 29 Journal and story transcriptions, Alfred P. Spalding, ca. 1837
Box 23, Folder 30 Temperance Certificate, Total Abstinence Society, 1842
Box 23, Folder 31 Insurance Papers and financial documents for the ship Normandie, 1842
Box 23, Folder 32 Notes and Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1843
Box 23, Folder 33 Receipts and documents for the ship Normandie, 1843
Box 23, Folder 34 Broadside, “Regulations for the Dock at Bremerhaven,” ca. 1843
Box 23, Folder 35 Miscellaneous

Series X: Edward Jenner Spalding (b.1819 – d.1833), 1818

Box 23
Box 23, Folder 36 Arithmetic table, inscribed for E J Spalding, published in Portsmouth, 1818

Series XI: Edwin Stewart (b.1837 – d.1933), 1870-1900

Edwin Stewart was the father of Laurance Sprague Stewart, the husband of Dorothy Foster (Dorothy Foster was the third child of Joseph Foster (1841-1930). Edwin Stewart was born in New York, New York May 5, 1837 and graduated from Williams College in 1862. During the Civil War, he was appointed Assistant Paymaster in the U.S. Navy.

His naval career included service on the USS Pembina during the capture of Fort Royal, on the USS Richmond during the battles of Port Huron and Mobile Bay, on the USS Michigan in the Great Lakes, on the USS Hartford in China and Japan and on the USS Lancaster to Japan to represent the United States at the coronation of the Czar. In 1889 Edwin was appointed Paymaster General and was responsible for reorganizing the navy’s purchasing and accounting system, creating the US Navy Supply Corps. He retired from the navy in 1899 as a Rear Admiral.

Edwin Stewart was married twice, first to Laura Sprague Tufts in 1865 and second to Susan Maria Estabrook in 1877. He had a total of four children, the last of which was Laurence Sprague Stewart who married Dorothy Foster in 1919. Edwin Stewart died in 1933.

Box 24
Box 24, Folder 1 Naval orders, 1870-1900
Box 24, Folder 2 Naval orders, 1870-1900
Box 24, Folder 3 Naval orders, 1870-1900

Series XII: Joseph Foster, IV (b.1841 – d.1930), 1855-1930

Joseph Foster, IV, the second child of Joseph, III, and Adelaide Coues (Spalding) Foster, was born June 17, 1841 in Gloucester, Massachusetts. In November of 1850 he returned to Portsmouth with his mother and brother. He was educated at the Portsmouth Academy, and from 1857- 1862 worked as a clerk for Edward F. Sise, a dealer in coal, salt and crockery in Portsmouth.

On October 3, 1862 Joseph entered the navy as a Captain’s Clerk on the USS Augusta under Commander E. G. Parrott. In 1863 he was part of the convoy of General Bank’s Expedition from Hampton Roads, Virginia to Ship Island, Mississippi. On October 19, 1863 Joseph was appointed Acting Assistant Paymaster in the volunteer navy. He was present for the fall of Charlestown on February 10, 1865. While attached to the Commodore McDonough in 1865, he was able to save the public money, as well as his official books and papers from the wreck of that vessel. He was commissioned as Past Assistant Paymaster in 1867, Paymaster in 1877, Pay Inspector in 1898, and Pay Director in 1901, serving as the General Storekeeper at the Portsmouth Navy Yard. His duties brought him to many areas of the country and world, including Asia and the Caribbean.

On October 7, 1875 Joseph married, Helen Dickey (1853-1904), daughter of David and Lois Leverett (Nelson) Dickey. The couple had four children, the first two born during Joseph’s service in China. After his first wife’s death in 1904, Joseph married Josephine Hunt in 1906 in London. Joseph died May 17, 1930 in Portsmouth.

Subseries A: Education

Box 24, Folder 4 Tuition bills for Portsmouth Academy (also for Lyman Foster)
Box 24, Folder 5 Portsmouth Academy, Compositions 1-12, February-June 1854
Box 24, Folder 6 Portsmouth Academy, French Exercises, December 1853
Box 24, Folder 7 Portsmouth Academy, Arithmetic Lessons, c. 1853
Box 24, Folder 8 Portsmouth Academy, Latin Exercises 1-10
Box 24, Folder 9 Portsmouth Academy, Latin Exercises 11-20
Box 24, Folder 10 Portsmouth Academy, Latin Exercises, 21-26
Box 24, Folder 11 Portsmouth Academy, Grade Reports and Tuition Receipts

Subseries B: Club Records and Speeches

Box 24, Folder 12 Club Journal and Club Event Tickets, ca. 1850s: Includes records and speeches for the Young Men’s Republican Club, the Portsmouth Lyceum and the Young American’s Debating Club; Ticket for “Moot Congress” held at Mercantile Hall, Portsmouth, 1859; M.L.A. House of Representatives; Lecture ticket; Young American Lyceum, 1857 ticket; Mercantile Library Association Lecture, 1856-1857 ticket
Box 24, Folder 13 Essay or Speech on John Langdon, ca. 1850s
Box 24, Folder 14 Misc. Essays or Speeches, ca. 1855
Box 24, Folder 15 Essay or Speech, “Repeal of the Fishing Bounties,” 1858
Box 24, Folder 16 Essay or Speech, “On the Bill for the Reopening of the African Slave Trade,” ca. 1858
Box 24, Folder 17 Club Records, Grand Army of the Republic, Portsmouth, 1890-1892

Subseries C: Journals

Box 24, Folder 18 Journal, volume 1, 1856
Box 24, Folder 19 Journal, volume 2, 1856

Subseries D: Receipts

Box 24, Folder 20 1869-1870
Box 24, Folder 21 Tiffany and Co., New York, 1874
Box 24, Folder 22 Honeymoon Trip, Montreal, 1875

Subseries E: Civil War Related Materials

Box 24, Folder 23 Souvenirs from Civil War battlefields: Includes pressed flowers and leaves from various battlefields.
Box 24, Folder 24 Correspondences, receipts and publications found by JF floating in the ocean off the coast of South Carolina.
Box 24, Folder 25 Misc., 1862-1864: Ticket, newspaper clippings, newspaper – The New South, January 9, 1864

Subseries F: Estate Papers

Box 24, Folder 26 Division of estate, 1930

Subseries G: Miscellaneous

Box 24, Folder 27 Autograph list, 1858-1860
Box 24, Folder 28 Brochure for Washington’s Birthday Celebration in Portsmouth, 1862
Box 24, Folder 29 Payroll records, 1866-1872
Box 24, Folder 30 Newspaper, The Ray, Boston, 1875
Box 24, Folder 31 Menu, Astor House, 1880
Box 24, Folder 32 Menu, “U. S. S. Monocacy,” 1881
Box 24, Folder 33 Wedding invitation, 1875
Box 24, Folder 34 Newspaper, The Hugo News, 1869
Box 24, Folder 35 Hotel cards: Astor House, Shanghai and International Hotel, Yokohama, ca. 1879; Nuts, labeled “From the table of Li Hung Chang,” ca. 1880
Box 24, Folder 36 Program, “H.M.S. Encounter,” ca. 1879
Box 24, Folder 37 Inventory of household goods for Edward Ballows at the Navy Yard.
Box 24, Folder 38 Naval Appointments (2)

Series XIII: Lyman S. Foster (b.1843 – d.1904), 1890

Box 24
Box 24, Folder 39 Printed advertisement and ticket, ca. 1890; Advertisement for The Auk, published by L. S. Foster; Ticket for “The Linnaean Society,” L. S. Foster, treasurer; Receipts to ACS, 1899 on L. S. Foster stationary (see also: Box 24, folder 4: Lyman Foster’s tuition bills for Portsmouth Academy (also for Joseph Foster)

Series XIV: Genealogy and Family History

(3 Boxes)

Subseries A: Joseph Foster’s Research

Subseries 1: Single-Family Genealogies

Box 25
Box 25, Folder 1 Dickey Genealogy
Box 25, Folder 2 Elliott Genealogy
Box 25, Folder 3 Elliott Genealogy, newspaper article
Box 25, Folder 4 Foster Genealogy
Box 25, Folder 5 Foster Genealogy
Box 25, Folder 6 Foster Genealogy
Box 25, Folder 7 “The Hallet Family,” compiled by Elima Hallet Foster in 1955 - a single page describing her lineage from her great-grandfather on down, and two pages of an autobiographical piece written in 1951
Box 25, Folder 8 Spalding Genealogy, compiled by Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding.
Box 25, Folder 9 Stewart Genealogy, compiled by Edwin Stewart

Subseries 2: Multiple-Family Genealogies

Box 25, Folder 10 Coues-Spalding Genealogy
Box 25, Folder 11 Foster-Spalding-Coues Genealogy

Subseries 3: Individual Histories

Box 25, Folder 12 Peter Coues, Jr.
Box 25, Folder 13 Peter Coues, Sr.
Box 25, Folder 14 Reginald Foster
Box 25, Folder 15 Reginald Foster
Box 25, Folder 16 Coues Family Members, descriptions by EPS
Box 25, Folder 17 Mary A. Foster, story of a Civil War nurse, 1917

Subseries 4: Research Correspondence

Box 25, Folder 18 Genealogical Research Correspondence, 1885-1887
Box 25, Folder 19 Genealogical Research Correspondence, January-February 1888
Box 25, Folder 20 Genealogical Research Correspondence, March-November 1888
Box 25, Folder 21 Genealogical Research Correspondence, 1898-1904
Box 25, Folder 22 Genealogical Research Correspondence, 1926

Subseries 5: Research Notes

Box 25, Folder 23 Genealogical Research Notes
Box 25, Folder 24 Genealogical Research Notes
Box 25, Folder 25 Genealogical Transcriptions
Box 25, Folder 26 Genealogical Transcriptions

Transcription of will of Reginald Foster, 1704

Transcription of will of John Foster, 1737

Transcription of will of Jeremiah Foster, 1771

Box 25, Folder 27 Partial Transcript of JF’s book

Subseries B: David Welch’s Research

Subseries 1: Lyman Spalding

Box 26
Box 26, Folder 1 Lyman Spalding Bibliography
Box 26, Folder 2 Lyman Spalding Biography, Rylance Lord
Box 26, Folder 3 Research, Spalding Family and Cornish, New Hampshire
Box 26, Folder 4 Research, Barnes Family and Claremont, New Hampshire
Box 26, Folder 5 Photocopy of genealogy, The Spalding Memorial, Charles Warren Spalding

Subseries 2: Foster Family

Box 26, Folder 6 Research and correspondence, Foster genealogy
Box 26, Folder 7 Naval records (photocopy), Joseph Foster
Box 26, Folder 8 Research, Stewart and Aikman genealogy

Subseries 3: Coe Family and Northwood, New Hampshire

Box 26, Folder 9 Research, Coe Family and Northwood, New Hampshire
Box 26, Folder 10 Research, Coe-Brown Academy, Northwood, New Hampshire history
Box 26, Folder 11 Journal, Trip to Northwood, Portsmouth and northern New Hampshire, 1988
Box 26, Folder 12 Photographs, Trip to Northwood, Portsmouth and northern New Hampshire, 1988: Includes photographs of the homes belonging to the Coes in Northwood, where Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding taught and scenes that she described in letters
Box 26, Folder 13 Maps and pamphlets from 1988 trip to Northwood, Claremont and Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Subseries 4: Cross Family

Box 26, Folder 14 Research, Cross Family
Box 26, Folder 15 Research, Edward E. Cross
Box 26, Folder 16 Essay, Edward E. Cross
Box 26, Folder 17 Essay, “Flag Mutilation,” Cross Family
Box 26, Folder 18 Photographs, related to Cross research trip

Subseries 5: Coues Family

Box 27
Box 27, Folder 1 Research, Coues Family
Box 27, Folder 2 Research, Elliott Coues
Box 27, Folder 3 Research, Elliott Coues
Box 27, Folder 4 Transcriptions, Book of Dates, Elliott Coues
Box 27, Folder 5 Research, Coues Genealogy
Box 27, Folder 6 Photocopy of articles, Coues Family

Subseries 6: Correspondence

Box 27, Folder 7 Correspondence relating to research, before 1987
Box 27, Folder 8 Correspondence relating to research, January-May 1989
Box 27, Folder 9 Correspondence relating to research, September-December 1989
Box 27, Folder 10 Correspondence relating to research, 1990-1991

Subseries 7: Miscellaneous

Box 27, Folder 11 Speeches
Box 27, Folder 12 Speaking engagements

Series XV: Photographs, 1863-1960

(2 Boxes)

Box 28
Box 28, Folder 1 Photographs – Boardman – Fernald
Envelope 1 Sarah Goodwin Boardman, Portsmouth, NH, 1863 (See this item)
Envelope 2 Rev. George L. Chaney, Pastor Hollis St. Church, Boston, MA, 1864, in bunch of photographs tied together and marked “photographs unknown.” (See this item)
Envelope 3 John M. B. Clitz “Rear Admiral U.S. Navy Asiatic Station 1880-1882,” Yokohama, Japan, undated (See this item)
Envelope 4 Charles S. Cottin “Commander U.S.N. Commander U.S.S. Monoacy, Asiatic Station 1880-1882,” Japan, undated (See this item)
Envelope 5 Elizabeth Coues (Spalding), photograph ca. 1970 of miniature portrait by Peale ca. 1810. (Negative in Box 29, Folder 7, Envelope 14) (See this item)
Envelope 6 Col. Cross “Fifth New Hampshire Volunteers. Killed at Gettysburg, Pa. July 1863,” Concord, NH, undated (See this item)
Envelope 7 Antanio deLacerdo, Bahia, Brazil, 1863, in bunch of photographs tied together and marked “photographs of friends” (See this item)
Envelope 8 Albert C. Engard “Asst. Engineer U.S.S. Ashnelat (Asiatic Station 1881-1882),” San Francisco, CA, undated (See this item)
Envelope 9 Frederick A. Fernald, Boston, MA, undated (See this item)
Box 28, Folder 2 Photographs – Foster, A. – Foster, D.
Envelope 1 Adelaide Coues (Spalding) Foster, no location, undated (See this item)
Envelope 2 Beatrice Foster, Philadelphia, PA, March 1885 (See this item)
Envelope 3 Beatrice Foster, Philadelphia, PA, March 1885 (4 copies (See this item)
Envelope 4 Beatrice Foster with Winifred Crane and Gladys Seavey, Bear Island, NH, August 1896 (See this item)
Envelope 5 Beatrice Foster with Winifred Crane and Gladys Seavey, Bear Island, NH, August 1896 (See this item)
Envelope 6 Dorothy Foster (front, second from right) with group of ten unidentified children, New York, NY, ca. 1896 (See this item)
Envelope 7 Dorothy Foster (right) with Mary Yates in dance costumes, Portsmouth, NH, 1898 (See this item)
Envelope 8 Dorothy Foster (right) with Mary Yates in dance costumes, Portsmouth, NH, 1898 (See this item)
Envelope 9 Dorothy Foster in dance costumes, Portsmouth, NH, 1898 (See this item)
Envelope 10 Dorothy Foster (right) with unidentified woman, France, 1916 (See this item)
Box 28, Folder 3 Photographs: Foster, E. – Foster, J.
Envelope 1 Elima Foster, New York, NY, April 1875 (See this item)
Envelope 2 Elima Adelaide Foster, New York, NY, May 27, 1876 (See this item)
Envelope 3 Elima Foster, New York, NY, June 6, 1878 (See this item)
Envelope 4 Florence Foster, Worcester, MA, 1878 (See this item)
Envelope 5 Joseph Foster, photograph ca. 1970 of miniature portrait ca. 1810 (negative in Box 29, Folder 7, Envelope 16) (See this item)
Envelope 6 Joseph Foster “Captain’s Clerk of the U.S.S. Augusta, South Atlantic Blockading Squadron,” Portsmouth, NH, 1862 (See this item)
Envelope 7 Joseph Foster, “Asst. Paymaster U.S. Navy,” Hong Kong, China, October 1868 (See this item)
Envelope 8 Joseph Foster with statue of Sir Thomas Drake, Plymouth, England, March 6, 1912 (rear of photo includes genealogy linking Joseph Foster with Sir Francis Drake) [2 copies] (See this item)
Envelope 9 Joseph Foster, no location, undated (See this item)
Envelope 10 Joseph Foster, Bunker Hill Monument, Boston, MA, June 1925 (See this item)
Box 28, Folder 4 Photographs: Foster, E. – Foster, J.
Envelope 1 Mary Jane Foster with doll carriage, no location, April 23, 1933
Envelope 2 Mary Jane Foster on tricycle, no location, 1933
Envelope 3 Mary Jane Foster on tricycle, no location, 1933
Envelope 4 Mary Jane Foster in winter coat, no location, ca. 1933
Envelope 5 Mary Jane Foster in snow suit, no location, April 23, 1933
Envelope 6 Mary Jane Foster in summer dress, no location, ca. 1934
Envelope 7 Mary Jane Foster in summer dress, no location, ca. 1934
Envelope 8 Mary Jane Foster in summer dress, no location, ca. 1934
Envelope 9 Mary Jane Foster seated in chair, no location, ca. 1934
Envelope 10 Mary Jane Foster seated in chair, no location, ca. 1934
Envelope 11 Mary Jane Foster seated on grass, no location, ca. 1934
Envelope 12 Joseph (V), John, and Mary Jane Foster in front of tent, no location, ca. 1934
Envelope 13 Mary Jane Foster and Jane Foster on boat, no location, ca. 1934
Envelope 14 Mary Jane, Joseph (VI), John Holmes and Jane Foster, no location, April 23, 1933
Envelope 15 Joseph (VI), Jane, Mary Jane and John Holmes Foster on boat, no location, ca. 1934
Envelope 16 Joseph (V) and Mary Jane Foster on boat, no location, ca. 1934
Envelope 17 Joseph and John Foster, no location, ca. 1926
Envelope 18 “Josie, Joe, Joseph, John and Myself,” Rye Beach, NH, 1929
Box 28, Folder 5 Photographs: Gerrish – Hough
Envelope 1 Capt. Gerrish “of the first New Hampshire Battery,” Boston, MA, undated (See this item)
Envelope 2 Arthur Gerrish, “son of Capt. Gerrish,” Boston, MA, 1865 (See this item)
Envelope 3 Caroline Kimball Gerrish, Boston, MA, 1865 (See this item)
Envelope 4 Jennie Gerrish, “daughter of Capt. Gerrish,” Boston, MA, 1865 (See this item)
Envelope 5 Annie Griswald, Lancaster, NH, February 1875 (See this item)
Envelope 6 Robert Harris, Haverhill, MA, 1863, “For Emily from Mary, Sep 4th 63 Robert Harris, U.S.A.,” in bunch of photographs tied together and marked “photographs unknown.” (See this item)
Envelope 7 M. N. Hooper, Washington, DC, December 1891December 1891 (See this item)
Envelope 8 Annie Anderson Hough, Boston, MA, 1864 (See this item)
Envelope 9 B. Kent Hough Sr., Boston, MA, 1863 (See this item)
Envelope 10 Benjamin Kent Hough, Boston, MA, 1863 (See this item)
Envelope 11 Charles Thatcher Hough, Boston, MA, 1863 (See this item)
Envelope 12 Eleanor deLacerda Hough, Gloucester, MA, 1864 (See this item)
Envelope 13 Elisabeth Pearce Hough, Boston, MA, 1864 (See this item)
Box 28, Folder 6 Photographs: Jenness – Pickering
Envelope 1 Mollie Jenness (right) and unidentified female, no location, May 13, 1896May 13, 1896 (See this item)
Envelope 2 Charles A. E. King “Cadet Engineer U.S.N. U.S.S. Monocacy Asiatic Station 1880-1881,” Japan, November 13, 1881 (See this item)
Envelope 3 Esther Dashill Ladd, New York, NY, June 10, 1863 (See this item)
Envelope 4 Fletcher Ladd, Lancaster, NH, 1865 (See this item)
Envelope 5 William Jones Ladd “Captain U.S.A. 1865,” Lowell, MA, 1863 (See this item)
Envelope 6 Francis R. Maloney “Payclerk U.S.S. Monocacy Asiatic Station 1879-1882,” no location, undated (See this item)
Envelope 7 Paul L. Maloney, Washington, DC, October 21, 1881 (See this item)
Envelope 8 Grace D. C. Page, Zurich, Switzerland, undated (See this item)
Envelope 9 Caroline Eustis Peabody, Cambridge, MA, 1863 (See this item)
Envelope 10 Arthur Peterson “Asst. Paymaster U.S.N. U.S.S. Palos Asiatic Station 1880-1882,” Shanghai, China, undated (See this item)
Envelope 11 Louisa Spence Pickering, Boston, MA, 1864 (See this item)
Box 28, Folder 7 Photographs: Rollins – —
Envelope 1 Charles H. Rollins, Portsmouth, NH, undated (See this item)
Envelope 2 Mary C. Shannon of Newton, Mass., Boston, MA, undated (See this item)
Envelope 3 Mary Clark Shannon, Newton, MA, 1864 (See this item)
Envelope 4 Mary Shannon Junior, Newton, MA, 1864 (See this item)
Envelope 5 Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding, Portsmouth, NH, undated (See this item)
Envelope 6 Lyman Spalding, photograph ca. 1970 of miniature portrait by Peale ca. 1810 (negative in Box 29, Folder 7, Envelope 15) (See this item)
Envelope 7 Merrill Spalding, Chicago, IL, undated (See this item)
Envelope 8 Susan P. Spalding, Portsmouth, NH, July 2, 1877 (See this item)
Envelope 9 Priscilla Stearns, Boston, MA, 1862 (See this item)
Envelope 10 Agnes Watson (Mrs. James M. Miller (U.S. Navy)), Portsmouth, NH, undated (See this item)
Envelope 11 Elisa Turner Whidden, Lancaster, NH, 1865 (See this item)
Envelope 12 Lieut. Ambrose B. Wychoff “U. S. Navy U. S. S. Ashnelat Asiatic Station 1882,” Japan, undated (See this item)
Envelope 13 Eveline — “a friend Miss E. P. Spalding met in Switzerland,” 1873 (See this item)
Envelope 14 Patty —, Northampton, MA, ca. 1910
Envelope 15 — Beamont, Philadelphia, PA, ca. 1910
Box 28, Folder 8 Photographs of Ships
Envelope 13 U.S.S. Tallaposa “Joseph Foster A.A. Paymaster,” Galveston, TX, November 23, 1865 (See this item)
Envelope 13 U.S.S. Acacia, “Steamer Acacia and Steamtug Iris engaging the rebel batteries at Bull’s Bay, S. C., Before the landing of the Troops, March 9.” (See this item)
Box 28, Folder 9 Chinese Photographs

“No. 1 Bund English Settlement Shanghai from Across River”

“No. 2 Public Garden English Settlement Shanghai To the right of No. 1 and a little down stream, between the Bund and River”

“No. 3 Astor House American settlement Shanghai looking across Soochow creek from the Public Garden, English Settlement to the right of No. 2 and down stream”

“No. 4 Chinese House American Settlement Shanghai”

“No. 5 Chinese Street scene English settlement Shanghai”

“No. 6 Street Vendor. Eatables Foreign Settlement Shanghai”

“No. 7 View Old City near Tea Garden”

“No. 8 View of Tea Garden old city of Shanghai. Building and Bridges just outside”

“No. 9 Mandarins in Tea House in Tea Garden, old city Shanghai.”

“No. 10 Artificial Stone Work Soochow, China, similar to some in Tea Garden, old city of Shanghai”

“No. 11 Gold Joss Budha Temple old city Shanghai”

“No. 12 Jinvisiksha Foreign settlement Shanghai”

“No. 13 Wheelbarrow Foreign Settlements Shanghai Usually two people side one on each side”

Box 28, Folder 10 Chinese Photographs

“No. 14 High Mandarin Pekin China”

“No. 15 Shanghai Woman, small feet”

“No. 16 Chinese Girl (child) small feet”

“No. 17 Cantonese men and women”

“No. 18 Soochow Pagoda, China”

“No. 19 Ningpo Pagoda, China”

“No. 20 Stone Arch, Peking, to a young widow, living to old age without marrying again”

“No. 21 Stone Elephants near our Emperor’s Tomb, near Peking”

“No. 22 Five Stoned Pagoda Canton. I visited this in 1868, JF.”

“No. 23 Hong Kong and Harbor China”

“No. 24 Nagasaki and Harbor Japan. Dessima is the Harbor just above the long creek, running into the centre of the city”

“No. 25 USS Monocacy Shanghai, China”

“No. 26 Li Hung Chang a high mandarin, China”

List of Chinese photographs compiled by JF.

“Temple at Yedo, Japan, 1869″

Box 28, Folder 11 European Photographs (photographs were tied together and marked “European Photographs” by EPS)
Envelope 1 Bridge of Sighs, ca. 1873
Envelope 2 The Rialto, Venice, ca. 1873
Envelope 3 Galleria de palazzo, Venice, ca. 1873
Envelope 4 Baptistry Pisa, ca. 1873
Envelope 5 “The Tribute Money,” Van Dyck, photograph of painting
Envelope 6 unidentified mountain scene, ca. 1873
Envelope 7 F. Bartolommeo, photograph of portrait
Envelope 8 Antonio Allegri, photograph of portrait
Envelope 9 Leonardo daVinci, photograph of portrait
Envelope 10 unidentified photograph of sculpture and painting
Envelope 11 Herman and Dorothea, photograph of painting
Envelope 12 Dorothea, photograph of painting
Envelope 13 Lotte, photograph of painting
Envelope 14 Tiziano, photograph of portrait
Envelope 15 Ermini, photograph of portrait
Envelope 16 “Bread of Heaven,” Holfield, photograph of painting
Envelope 17 unidentified mountain scene, ca. 1873
Box 28, Folder 12 European Photographs (photographs were tied together and marked “European Photographs” by EPS)
Envelope 1 Library Anmeina Convent, 1873
Envelope 2 Chapel of Anmeina Convent, ca. 1873
Envelope 3 Stirling Castle, ca. 1873
Envelope 4 Savings Bank – one of the arcades of Bologna, ca. 1873
Envelope 5 [illegible description] interior of church, ca. 1873
Envelope 6 [illegible description] women in park with palm tree, ca. 1873
Envelope 7 [illegible description] interior of church, ca. 1873
Envelope 8 “Minne-ha-ha Winter,” St. Paul Minnesota, ca. 1873
Box 28, Folder 13 European Photographs (photographs were tied together and marked “European Photographs” by EPS)
Envelope 1 Niagra Winter, ca. 1873
Envelope 2 Amo Saghomh Pisa, Italy, ca. 1873
Envelope 3 Palazzo Vecchio, Italy, ca. 1873
Envelope 4 Loggia dei Lawzi, Italy, ca. 1873
Envelope 5 Das Schloss [The Castle], Heidelberg, Germany, ca. 1873
Envelope 6 Loch Katrine, ca. 1873
Envelope 7 untitled, Venice, Italy, ca. 1873
Envelope 8 Clarens Vernex (Lac DeGeneve), Geneva, Switzerland, ca. 1873
Box 28, Folder 14 European Photographs (photographs were tied together and marked “European Photographs” by EPS)
Envelope 1 Saint Maurice (Valais), Geneva, Switzerland, ca. 1873
Envelope 2 Nyon (Lac De Geneve), Geneva, Switzerland, ca. 1873
Envelope 3 [illegible description], Venice, Italy, ca. 1873
Envelope 4 Statue De J. J. Rouseau A. Geneve,” Geneva, Switzerland, ca. 1873
Envelope 5 Thorwaldsen, photograph of a statue of a man and a woman, ca. 1873
Envelope 6 Piazzetta, Venice, Italy, ca. 1873
Envelope 7 Canal grance palazzi, Venice, Italy, ca. 1873
Envelope 8 Potadel palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy, ca. 1873
Box 28, Folder 15 European Photographs (photographs were tied together and marked “European Photographs” by EPS)
Envelope 1 A Bervese girl, ca. 1873
Envelope 2 Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, ca. 1873
Envelope 3 Pere Hyacinthe Leyson, Geneva, Switzerland, 1873
Envelope 4 photograph of two men with a camel, 1869
Envelope 5 “Come unto me,” photograph of image of child with outstretched arms
Envelope 6 “Christ in the Garden,” Carlo Dolci, photograph of image of man on knees with arms crossed and a child with outstretched arms
Envelope 7 “Infant Christ,” photograph of image of child with one hand raised and one outstretched
Envelope 8 “Angels from Raphael’s — —,” photograph of image of two young cherubs reading a scroll
Box 28, Folder 16 European Photographs (photographs were tied together and marked “European Photographs” by EPS)
Envelope 1 Fra Bartolommeo, photograph of portrait
Envelope 2 untitled, photograph of an image of a child with cross or staff in one hand
Envelope 3 Allori – Se stesso dipinse, photograph of portrait
Envelope 4 Ermini – Ritratto di Francesco Petrarca, photograph of portrait
Envelope 5 Antony Van Dyck, photograph of portrait
Envelope 6 Parnigraius, photograph of portrait
Envelope 7 Michael Augelo Buonorotti, photograph of portrait
Envelope 8 Ermini, photograph of portrait
Envelope 9 Fontana, photograph of portrait
Envelope 10 Giovanni Cimabue, photograph of portrait
Box 28, Folder 17 European Postcards, ca. 1960
Box 28, Folder 18 Unidentified Photographs
Envelope 1 unidentified man with beard, Boston, MA, ca. 1865, in bunch of photographs tied together and marked “photographs unknown.”
Envelope 2 unidentified group of three women, Washington, DC, ca. 1860 (tin type)
Envelope 3 unidentified child, Lancaster, NH, ca. 1870
Envelope 4 unidentified child, Portsmouth, NH, ca. 1870, in bunch of photographs tied together and marked “photographs unknown.”
Envelope 5 unidentified female child, New York, NY, ca. 1860 (tin type), in bunch of photographs tied together and marked “photographs unknown.”
Envelope 6 unidentified men in car, Chicago, IL, undated (See this item)
Envelope 7 unidentifeid woman and baby, with slip of paper “Frau Adele Schreiber Krieger, Berlin, Germany.”
Box 28, Folder 19 Unidentified Photographs
Envelope 1 unidentified infant, Gloucester, MA, ca. 1870, in bunch of photographs tied together and marked “photographs unknown.”
Envelope 2 unidentified infant and woman, Gloucester, MA, ca. 1870, in bunch of photographs tied together and marked “photographs unknown.”
Envelope 3 unidentified infant, Nice, France, ca. 1870, in bunch of photographs tied together and marked “photographs unknown.”
Envelope 4 unidentified young man, Claremont, NH, ca. 1870, in bunch of photographs tied together and marked “photographs of friends.”
Envelope 5 unidentified man with mustache, Portsmouth, NH, ca. 1870, in bunch of photographs tied together and marked “photographs of friends.”
Envelope 6 unidentified man, no location, ca. 1860, in bunch of photographs tied together and marked “photographs of friends.”
Envelope 7 unidentified woman, no location, ca. 1860, in bunch of photographs tied together and marked “photographs of friends.”
Envelope 8 unidentified female child, no location, ca. 1870
Envelope 9 unidentified man and female child, Claremont, NH, ca. 1870, in envelope addressed to EPS while living with JF in Portsmouth
Envelope 10 unidentified woman, Harrisburg, PA, ca. 1870
Envelope 11 unidentified young man, no location, 1896, name “Peter Jenness” written on back of photo and crossed out
Box 29
Box 29, Folder 1 Unidentified Photographs
Envelope 1 unidentified young man, Portsmouth, NH, ca. 1900
Envelope 2 unidentified young woman, Portsmouth, NH, ca. 1900
Envelope 3 unidentified young woman, Portsmouth, NH, ca. 1900
Envelope 4 unidentified female child, unknown location, ca. 1890, 2 copies
Envelope 5 unidentified young woman, Boston, MA, ca. 1890
Envelope 6 unidentified young woman, unknown location, ca. 1910
Envelope 7 unidentified young woman, Portsmouth, NH, ca. 1900
Envelope 8 unidentified group of 2 males and 5 females, unknown location, ca. 1910
Envelope 9 unidentified man in uniform with dog, unknown location, ca. 1915
Envelope 10 unidentified child standing, unknown location, ca. 1910, same child as in Box 29, Folder 1, Envelope 11
Envelope 11 unidentified child seated on chair, Portsmouth, NH, ca. 1910, same child as in Box 29, Folder 1, Envelope 10
Envelope 12 unidentified group of 3 males (tin type), unknown location, ca. 1900
Box 29, Folder 2 Unidentified Photographs
Envelope 1 unidentified group of one man, two women, and three male children, ca. 1920
Envelope 2 unidentified man and woman in coats standing on sidewalk, ca. 1910
Envelope 3 unidentified group of eight young women, ca. 1910
Envelope 4 unidentified infant on porch with woman, writing on back “May,” ca. 1920, 2 copies
Envelope 5 unidentified group of two men, one woman, and three female children, ca. 1920
Envelope 6 unidentified man holding infant, ca. 1920
Envelope 7 unidentified woman holding infant with man, ca. 1920
Envelope 8 unidentified woman holding infant with male child and female child, ca. 1920
Envelope 9 unidentified man and woman with female child, ca. 1920
Envelope 10 unidentified man and woman with female child, ca. 1920
Envelope 11 unidentified man and woman seated on steps, ca. 1920
Envelope 12 unidentified man and two women seated on steps, ca. 1920
Envelope 13 unidentified woman and two men seated on steps, ca. 1920
Envelope 14 unidentified three men in uniforms and one woman with car in background, ca. 1920 [2 copies]
Envelope 15 unidentified woman with bicycle, ca. 1920
Envelope 16 unidentified woman with three children and dog, ca. 1920
Envelope 17 unidentified woman with three children and dog, ca. 1920
Envelope 18 unidentified man and three female children with dolls, ca. 1920
Envelope 19 unidentified woman with dog, ca. 1920
Envelope 20 unidentified woman with infant, ca. 1920
Box 29, Folder 3 Unidentified Photographs
Envelope 1 unidentified woman seated in chair, ca. 1900
Envelope 2 unidentified woman standing with parasol, ca. 1910
Envelope 3 unidentified two women, ca. 1910
Envelope 4 unidentified man on horse, ca. 1920, 2 copies
Envelope 5 unidentified man on horse, ca. 1920
Envelope 6 unidentified woman with horse, ca. 1920
Envelope 7 unidentified woman with dog, ca. 1920
Envelope 8 unidentified woman with three dogs, ca. 1920
Envelope 9 unidentified man with beard, ca. 1920
Envelope 10 unidentified woman in big dress, ca. 1920
Envelope 11 unidentified young man in suit, ca. 1920
Envelope 12 unidentified young woman, ca. 1920
Envelope 13 unidentified dog, ca. 1930, 3 photos
Envelope 14 unidentified male child on bicycle, ca. 1930
Envelope 15 unidentified two women with tennis rackets, ca. 1930
Envelope 16 unidentified woman next to chair, ca. 1930
Envelope 17 unidentified man and woman, ca. 1930
Envelope 18 unidentified woman in bed, ca. 1930
Envelope 19 unidentified group in car, ca. 1930
Envelope 20 unidentified group of children, ca. 1930, 2 copies
Box 29, Folder 4 Unidentified Photographs
Envelope 1 unidentified two men seated on rock in river, ca. 1930
Envelope 2 unidentified two men facing each other, ca. 1930
Envelope 3 unidentified two men standing under bridge, ca. 1930
Envelope 4 unidentified male child in cowboy costume, ca. 1930
Envelope 5 unidentified man stanfing with eyes closed, ca. 1930
Envelope 6 unidentified female child in scout uniform, ca. 1930, 2 copies
Envelope 7 unidentified male child with dog, ca. 1930
Envelope 8 unidentified woman, ca. 1930
Envelope 9 unidentified two men with male child, ca. 1980
Envelope 10 unidentified bedroom, 2 copies
Envelope 11 unidentified building
Envelope 12 unidentified building
Envelope 13 unidentified woman in nurses uniform, ca. 1915, 3 photos
Envelope 14 unidentified hospital, ca. 1915
Envelope 15 unidentified child with bandage on head, ca. 1915
Envelope 16 unidentified three children, ca. 1915
Envelope 17 unidentified child with cast, ca. 1915
Envelope 18 unidentified children in wheelchairs with nurse, ca. 1915
Envelope 19 unidentified group of thirteen nurses, ca. 1915
Envelope 20 unidentified group of thirteen nurses, ca. 1915, 2 copies
Box 29, Folder 5 Miscellaneous Photograph: Wentworth Gardner House and surrounding docks, Portsmouth, NH, ca. 1930
Box 29, Folder 6 Cartoon Photographs (The following photographs of cartoons were in an envelope address to E.P. Spalding at 5 Austin Street and labeled “Imps by Miss Greene.”)
Envelope 1 “Owl and Imp,” ca. 1870
Envelope 2 “Imp Leader of Orchestra,” ca. 1870
Envelope 3 “Tickling Imp,” ca. 1870
Envelope 4 “Imp Wide Awake,” ca. 1870
Envelope 5 “Spider and Imp,” ca. 1870
Envelope 6 “Imp Orchestra,” ca. 1870, 2 copies
Box 29, Folder 7 Negatives
Envelope 1 unidentified female child with doll carriage, ca. 1920
Envelope 2 unidentified sporting event, ca. 1920
Envelope 3 unidentified steps leading to porch, ca. 1920
Envelope 4 unidentified woman reading in front of book self seated in chair, ca. 1920
Envelope 5 unidentified woman dusting mantle piece, ca. 1920
Envelope 6 unidentified woman reading in front of book shelf, ca. 1920
Envelope 7 unidentified two female children with balls, ca. 1920
Envelope 8 unidentified female seated on park bench, ca. 1920
Envelope 9 unidentified woman holding baby, ca. 1920
Envelope 10 unidentified two children pushing baby carriage, ca. 1920
Envelope 11 unidentified woman holding baby, ca. 1920
Envelope 12 Foster home on Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH, ca. 1920
Envelope 13 Foster home on Middle Street, Portsmouth, NH, ca. 1920
Envelope 14 Elizabeth Coues Spalding, photograph of miniature (original photograph in Box 28, Folder 1, Envelope 5)
Envelope 15 Lyman Spalding, photograph of miniature (original photograph in Box 28, Folder 3, Envelope 5)
Envelope 16 Joseph Foster, photograph of miniature (original photograph in Box 28, Folder 7, Envelope 6)
Box 29, Folder 8 Miscellaneous postcards

Series XVI: Miscellaneous, 1800-1940

Box 29, Folder 9 Pre 1880 Newspaper Clippings – JF’s clubs, Portsmouth politics, and Misc
Box 29, Folder 10 Pre 1880 Newspaper Clippings – Civil War and travel accounts
Box 29, Folder 11 Pre 1880 Newspaper Clippings – EPS, Coues, Spalding and Foster families
Box 29, Folder 12 Newspaper clippings, 1881 – Death of Lyman Greenleafe Spalding
Box 29, Folder 13 Newspaper clippings, 1880-1889
Box 29, Folder 14 Newspaper clippings, 1890-1899
Box 29, Folder 15 Newspaper clippings, 1900-1909
Box 29, Folder 16 Newspaper clippings, 1910-1919
Box 29, Folder 17 Newspaper clippings, 1920-1929
Box 29, Folder 18 Newspaper clippings, 1930-1939
Box 29, Folder 19 Recipe Book, ca. 1800
Box 29, Folder 20 Calling card, Joseph Blunt, ca. 1810
Box 29, Folder 21 Curriculum card, “Female Education at Bethlehem,” ca. 1820
Box 29, Folder 22 Property deed, Benjamin Carter to Joseph Pickering, October 24, 1826
Box 29, Folder 23 Sketch, Susan Parker Parrott, 1830
Box 29, Folder 24 Weather table, 1850; Sign Language Chart, ca. 1850
Box 29, Folder 25 Brochures: July 4th Procession, Portsmouth, 1851; Ordination of James DeNormandie, Portsmouth, 1862
Box 29, Folder 26 Program, Oreod Institute, 1857
Box 29, Folder 27 Attendance Record, Israel Kimball’s School, Portsmouth, 1857-1860
Box 29, Folder 28 Invitation, Thomas D. Archibald and Elizabeth Parrott Hughes, ca. 1860
Box 29, Folder 29 Certificate of Discharge from the Navy, John Mowall, 1862
Box 29, Folder 30 Program, “Lecture upon Geology by William Denton,” 1863
Box 29, Folder 31 Paper roses, ca. 1867
Box 29, Folder 32 Magazine pages, The Englishwoman’s Domestic Magazine, 1869
Box 29, Folder 33 Child’s handwritten poem, Laurence Dickey, ca. 1870
Box 29, Folder 34 Japanese advertising labels, ca. 1870
Box 29, Folder 35 Graduation announcement, Columbia College, Elliott Coues, ca. 1870
Box 29, Folder 36 “Ladies Ticket,” American’s Club, 1871
Box 29, Folder 37 Receipts, ca. 1871
Box 29, Folder 38 Club record, list of officers, ca. 1875
Box 29, Folder 39 Program, “Private Theatricals,” 1876
Box 29, Folder 40 Property Deed, Foster Gloucester Property, 1879
Box 29, Folder 41 Easter card, ca. 1890; Christmas card, ca. 1910
Box 29, Folder 42 Brochure, Travel in Washington D.C., ca. 1900
Box 29, Folder 43 Brochure, By-Laws of the New Hampshire Society of Colonial Dames, ca. 1900
Box 29, Folder 44 Programs, Theistic Church, ca. 1915
Box 29, Folder 45 Dorothy Foster Stewart, ca. 1919
Box 29, Folder 46 Mary Stewart Moore Welch, ca. 1940
Box 29, Folder 47 Picture label, Dudley Castle, England, undated
Box 29, Folder 48 Miscellaneous Bouchures, ca. 1910-1940
Box 29, Folder 49 Miscellaneous Isabel and Dorothy Foster. Receipts, brochures, invitation, paper dolls, ca. 1900-1940
Box 29, Folder 50 Western Union Cablegram, blank
Box 29, Folder 51 Receipt, from Chas. C. Holbrook, Boston to Mrs. Hough, 1868 for 1 Cashmere Shawl

Series XVII: Transcriptions and Index, 1890

Box 30
Box 30, Folder 1 Preface to Transcriptions by David Welch
Box 30, Folder 2 Chapter 1: The Spalding Family 1803-1821
Box 30, Folder 3 Chapter 2: Schooling at the Manhattan Female School
Box 30, Folder 4 Chapter 3: The Spalding Children Leave Home 1821-1838 (part 1)
Box 30, Folder 5 Chapter 3: The Spalding Children Leave Home 1821-1838 (part 2)
Box 30, Folder 6 Chapter 4: The Family Communicates 1839 (part 1)
Box 30, Folder 7 Chapter 4: The Family Communicates 1839 (part 2)
Box 30, Folder 8 Chapter 4: The Family Communicates 1839 (part 3)
Box 30, Folder 9 Chapter 5: In Which Elizabeth Travels About 1840-1841 (part 1)
Box 30, Folder 10 Chapter 5: In Which Elizabeth Travels About 1840-1841 (part 2)
Box 30, Folder 11 Chapter 6: Beautiful, Wondrous, and Frightening 1842-1843 (part 1)
Box 30, Folder 12 Chapter 6: Beautiful, Wondrous, and Frightening 1842-1843 (part 2)
Box 30, Folder 13 Chapter 7: 1844-1845 (part 1)
Box 30, Folder 14 Chapter 7: 1844-1845 (part 2)
Box 30, Folder 15 Appendix 1: Spalding Hierarchy; Appendix 2: Coues Hierarchy; Appendix 3: Foster Master; and Appendix 4: Foster-2
Box 30, Folder 16 Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding, 1877 (original in Box 23, Folder 16)
Box 30, Folder 17 ACS Foster Memo, 1871 (original in Box 7, Folder 3)
Box 30, Folder 18 Joseph Foster’s Club Journal (original in Box 24, Folder 12)
Box 30, Folder 19 Repeal of the Fishing Bounties, Joseph Foster Speech, 1858 (original in Box 24, Folder 15)
Box 30, Folder 20 On the Bill for the Reopening of the African Slave Trade, Joseph Foster Speech, 1859 (original in Box 24, Folder 16)
Box 30, Folder 21 Joseph Foster John Langdon Essay (original in Box 24, Folder 13)
Box 30, Folder 22 Letter from Elizabeth Parkhurst Spalding to Albert or Lyman Spalding, undated, late February 1845
Box 30, Folder 23 Index of letters and documents, 1803-1878, listing author, author’s location, recipient and recipient’s location, including names of ships when applicable

Series XVIII: Covers, 1840-1940

Box 31
Box 31, Folder 1 1840-1859
Box 31, Folder 2 1860-1869
Box 31, Folder 3 ca. 1860-1869
Box 31, Folder 4 ca. 1860-1869
Box 31, Folder 5 1870-1874
Box 31, Folder 6 1875
Box 31, Folder 7 1877-1879
Box 31, Folder 8 ca. 1870-1879
Box 31, Folder 9 ca. 1870-1879
Box 31, Folder 10 1880-1881
Box 31, Folder 11 1882-1889
Box 31, Folder 12 ca. 1880-1889
Box 31, Folder 13 1900
Box 31, Folder 14 1900
Box 31, Folder 15 ca. 1900
Box 31, Folder 16 1901-1939
Box 31, Folder 17 Undated
Box 31, Folder 18 Miscellaneous

Series XIX: Artifacts, 1850-1865

Box 32
Box 32, Item 1 Photograph album: small red leather album containing unidentified thumbnail tin types, ca. 1865
Box 32, Item 2 Chopsticks: “Chopsticks Yokohama Japan Sept 1869″
Box 32, Item 3 Piece of wood with pencil inscription: “Sailed from Ocean outland to Honolulu a distance of 1500 miles. Piece of wood belonging to — of U.S.S. Sagia— — in which Lieut. Talbot V his crew were lost Wm Halford only survivor.”
Box 32, Item 4 Black silk tie
Box 32, Item 5 Daguerreotype: possibly Joseph Foster, Boston, MA, ca. 1850
Box 32, Item 6 Daguerreotype: photograph of a religious painting containing a man and a woman, ca. 1850
Box 32, Item 7 Leather case: small leather case designed to hold miniature portraits

Series XX: Oversized Materials, 1807-1913

Oversize Box 1
Oversize Box 1, Item 1 Property deed, Foster land in Gloucester, 1807
Oversize Box 1, Item 2 Map (drawn), Ireland, Elizabeth P. Spalding, 1818
Oversize Box 1, Item 3 Insurance documents, Joseph Foster, ca. 1826
Oversize Box 1, Item 4 Shipping records, Joseph Foster, ca. 1835
Oversize Box 1, Item 5 Probate inventory, personal property of Lyman Spalding, 1838
Oversize Box 1, Item 6 Inventory, List of Goods on board the U.S.S. Massachusetts, 1864
Oversize Box 1, Item 7 Financial records, Joseph Foster, detailing all personal income and expenses:

March 9, 1857 to March 9, 1858

March 9, 1858 to March 9, 1859

March 9, 1859 to March 9, 1860

March 9, 1860 to March 9, 1861

March 9, 1861 to March 9, 1862

March 9, 1862 to October 30, 1862

Oversize Box 1, Item 8 Newspaper, New York Evening Post, June 14, 1816
Oversize Box 1, Item 9 Newspaper, New-York Daily Advertiser, May 20, 1817
Oversize Box 1, Item 10 Newspaper, New-York Columbian, August 22, 1818
Oversize Box 1, Item 11 Newspaper, Journal Du Harve, 1836
Oversize Box 1, Item 12 Newspaper, The Weekly Arizonian, March 3, 1859
Oversize Box 1, Item 13 Newspaper, Lowell Morning Times, October 8, 1875
Oversize Box 1, Item 14 Newspaper, The Portsmouth Journal, October 16, 1875
Oversize Box 1, Item 15 Newspaper, Le Touriste, 1873
Oversize Box 1, Item 16 Broadside, Catalogue of the Officials and Students of Lancaster Academy, 1831
Oversize Box 1, Item 17 Broadside, Members of the New Hampshire Society of The Colonial Dames of America, 1918
Oversize Box 1, Item 18 Broadside, “St. Marc or a Husband’s Sacrifice,” Walnut Street Theater, Philadelphia, PA (from November 6, 1862 letter)
Oversize Box 1, Item 19 Broadside, “Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady” and “Married Rake,” Norfolk Opera House (from November 24, 1862 letter)
Oversize Box 1, Item 20 Certificate (4 photocopies), Masonic Temple Portsmouth, Lyman Spalding, 1805
Oversize Box 1, Item 21 Certificate, Commission for Joseph Foster as Passed Assistant Pay Master in the Navy, 1867
Oversize Box 1, Item 22 Certificate, Commission for Joseph Foster as Commander and Pay Inspector in the Navy, 1898
Oversize Box 1, Item 23 Certificate, Commission for Joseph Foster as Commander and Pay Inspector in the Navy, 1899
Oversize Box 1, Item 24 Certificate, Commission for Joseph Foster as Captain and Pay Director in the Navy, 1902
Oversize Box 1, Item 25 Certificate, Davidem Dickey, ca. 1875
Oversize Box 1, Item 26 Certificate, Davidem Dickey, ca. 1875
Oversize Box 1, Item 27 Certificate, Bunker Hill Monument Association, Joseph Foster, 1913
Oversize Box 1, Item 28 Genealogical Notes, Joseph Foster, ca. 1890

2 Responses to “Guide to the Foster-Spalding Family Papers, 1776-1970”

  1. Mary - como recuperar a tu pareja Says:

    wow very interesting, Joseph Foster, IV, the second child of Joseph, III looks like i have relation with that person, my lastname is foster jhonson

  2. Roland Goodbody Says:

    I have enjoyed perusing the information on the Foster Spalding Family. There is a very interesting note in the Nautical Magazine Vol 14 p 555. It seems that Alfred Spalding himself sent a message in a bottle from the Normandie, saying ‘all is well’, clearly before it was lost at sea. It contains a beautiful poem. The note is dated 14th January 1844 and was found near Stavenger in Norway on October 21st, ’21 days out of Newcastle’. Warmest regards… Name: Tony Martinez (Email: amtzjr@gmail.com)

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