Guide to the Morris Cotton Notebook, 1908
Collection number: MS 278
About Morris Cotton
Morris Cotton (1 September 1827-03 April 1921) was the son of Jonathan Cotton and
Abigail C. Hobbs of North Hampton, NH. He worked as a farm laborer in early life,
and later seems to have published at least one book of music for schools. (Note: He does
not appear to be the same Morris Cotton, 1805-1871, who worked as a publisher in
About the Morris Cotton Notebook
Cotton's notebook contains an assortment of genealogy, book citations (mostly about
music), poetry, and daily items such as clothes, medicine, and capentry. The book is
undated, but the latest dated event is 1908. The genealogy for the Cotton/Leavitt
families is quite extensive, dating from 1753-1904, and has been copied from the
vital records of an unnamed Congregational Church. Births, baptisms, marriages, and
deaths are listed in detail. Both families were among the first settlers of the
area. The back flyleaf has a smaller list of births in the Roberts family,
1838-1908. One can assume that these records all pertain to Goffstown, although this
is not explicitely stated.
The many book citations seem to be in support of Cotton's publishing of E.H. Bascom's
"The School Harp: a collection of pleasing and instructive songs, Music and words,
original and selected, Designed for the use of schools and singing classes" (pub.
1855). There are also other criptic references to books published.
The notebook is kept in at least two different hands, with older farm records in ink
mingling with book citations over erased daybook entries.
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Notebook, Folder 8, Box 26, Morris Cotton Notebook, 1908, MS 278, Milne Special
Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH,
Purchase from Carmen Valentino Rare Books, 2014.
Collection is in original order as received.