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Frederick Smyth, 1819-1899

Collection number: MS 27

Size: 25 items (0.10 cu.ft.)

About Frederick Smyth

Frederick Smyth (1819-1899), thirty-second governor of New Hampshire, was born in Candia, NH. In 1839, he moved to Manchester, N.H., where he worked for ten years, first as a clerk and then as proprietor of a store. He became Manchester city clerk in 1849 and later served four terms as mayor of the city. Smyth was elected governor in 1865 and re-elected in 1866. He later served as one of the board of managers of the National Homes for Disabled Soldiers and as president of the Concord and Montreal Railroad. He died in Hamilton, Bermuda, at his winter home on April 22, 1899.

About the Frederick Smyth Letters

Collection of manuscript letters (1838-1844) written by Frederick Smyth, later governor of New Hampshire, to Emily Lane of Candia, N.H. Most were written while Smyth was away on business or political trips. He describes his travels and displays a keen interest in mesmerism and hypnotism. The correspondence begins in 1838 with an invitation to a sleigh ride and ends in 1844, the year the couple married.

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Copyright is retained by the authors of these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Frederick Smyth Letters, 1838-1844, MS 27, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.

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2 Responses to “Frederick Smyth, 1819-1899”

  1. Jerry Beck Says:

    To Whom It May Concern:

    I am the Founder/Artistic Director of The Revolving Museum in Lowell, MA. I am currently involved with an educational and historical project with the Innovation Academy Charter School in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts in which we are researching Native American history and especially Passaconaway (c. 1580 – 1666). One of the readings we discovered mentioned that New Hampshire Governor Frederick Smyth had a home at the same site where Passaconaway did earlier. Can you get me any information about the location of this site? I would like to have a field trip there as part of the project. I would most grateful and appreciative for any information you can offer. Best Regard,

    Jerry Beck Founder/Artistic Director The Revolving Museum 22 Shattuck Street Lowell, MA 01852 Cell Phone: 978-590-3759 web site:

  2. Roland Goodbody Says:

    Hello Jerry.

    In “Passaconaway: The Greatest of the New England Indians,” an address given in 1947 in Manchester by George Calvin Carter to the Molly Stark Chapter of the D.A.R. there are the following paragraphs:

    “The land upon which the Mansion House of the late Governor Frederick Smyth now stands, bordered by Elm St., West Salmon St., and North River Road, is probably packed with more Indian history to the square inch than any similar plot in New England. Here, on a bluff above the river, was a clear view of the falls themselves, with the rapids beyond. Across the river was an interval sheltered by rising bluffs, where the Amoskeag Indians dwelt.

    A little south of west, a short mile away, the present Rock Rimmon, famous for its signal fires in the Indian days, was clearly visible, and further on, perhaps four or five miles away were the majestic Uncanoonucs, which the Great Spirit sometimes used to flash his lightning messages to the children of the valleys.

    But the Governor Smyth bluff and table land was reserved exclusively for the chiefs and for conferences. Here was held the Indian legislature and interim conferences of lesser import. Here Passaconaway had his wigwam and dispensed justice after the Indian fashion. Here he received the Mohawk messengers and made the agreement which kept that fierce warrior group forever from New England. New Hampshire and New England in general as well as Manchester in particular owe much to Passaconaway at Amoskeag Falls.”

    Incidentally, Carter has it that Passaconaway lived beyond 1666. “In 1676, the year of the King Philip’s War, Passaconaway was noweher to be found. He knew that the whites had bungled and had precipitated an inevitable situation, but he foresaw the utter futility of either an offensive or defensive war on the part of the Indians, no matter how greatly they had been wronged or how brave and fierce they were in battle. He would have none of it, and went where he could not be found by either the white or red men.” This is pretty vague and there are no end- or footnotes to say where Carter got his information, so I don’t know how reliable the information is.

    I hope this helps you in your quest.

    Roland Goodbody Manuscripts Curator