Guide to the John H. Miller Scrapbook, 1856-1868
Collection number: MS 284
About John H. Miller
John Hamm Miller (1838-1887) was a printer from Portsmouth, Rockingham Co., New
Hampshire. He was the son of Tobias Hamnn Miller (1801-1870) and Mary Moses
(1805-1845). He also served on the Portsmouth Volunteer Fire Department.
About Miller's Scrapbook
Miller's scrapbook contains clippings from newspapers (mostly local to New Hampshire), and a few drawings and receipts. While much of the volume is sentimental poetry and ballads related to matrimony and life in general, a substantial amount of other material is also included. This includes obituaries of individuals from Portsmouth who died in the 1860s, news related to the Civil War (including some Confederate material), theater reviews, passenger lists, and political advertisements. A "Jefferson Davis for President" advertisement from the Concord Monitor has a handwritten note reading in part, "7700 votes in this district". Other papers include the Biddeford (M.E.) Union and the Portsmouth (N.H.) Morning Chronicle. Given that Miller worked as a printer and typesetter, it is reasonable to suspect that he may have typeset some of the material in the book himself.
Several receipts are glued into the final pages. These include notices addressed to Miller from the Portsmouth Merchentile Library Association, the Portsmouth Fire Police, and a Rockingham Country jury duty summons for 1866. Two intriguing items indicate that he may have taken a trip to New Orleans via ship in 1863. One is a baggage check receipt for his trunk, while the other is a Provost Marshal's Pass from New Orleans to Boston. On this paper Miller signs an oath affirming that he will not give information to the 'so-called Confederate States of America'. The reason for his travel is not stated.
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[Identification of item], Folder 1, Oversize Box 7, John H. Miller Scrapbook,
1856-1868, MS 284, Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New
Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Collection is in original order as received.