This collection primarily contains John J. Merritt's correspondence with Hannah Brown during their courtship and after their marriage. In addition to expressing his feelings, he described life in New York City and travel up the Hudson to her home in Peekskill. After marriage in 1827, his affectionate letters continue, expressing loneliness when she was away on family visits. Later in the 1840s and 1850s when away on business trips, he described what it was like to travel through New York State, Canada and Michigan.
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Biographical / Historical
John J. Merritt (1804-1871) was a New York City Hicksite Quaker businessman. He was the son of John and Phebe.
John J. Merritt (1804-1871) was a New York City Hicksite Quaker businessman. He was the son of John and Phebe J. Brown and in 1827, married Hannah Brown of Amawalk Monthly Meeting. This collection primarily contains John J. Merritt's correspondence with Hannah Brown during their courtship and after their marriage. The letters describe life in New York City and travel in New York State, Canada, and Michigan.
The collection is divided into four series:
Biographical and genealogical material
Letters written by John J. Merritt
Miscellaneous family correspondence
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donor: Winthrop Trowbridge, 1963, 1979, 1983
Processed by FHL staff prior to 1967, as a Small Collection. With the addition of correspondence given in 1893, removed ca. 1983 to Record Group 5.
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[Indicate the cited item or series here], John J. Merritt Family Papers, RG 5/102,, Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College http://archives.tricolib.brynmawr.edu/repositories/7/resources/2204 Accessed December 12, 2019.