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John J. Merritt Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-102

Scope and Contents

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.

Dates

  • 1818-1871

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research.

Copyright and Rights Information

Copyright has not been assigned to Friends Historical Library All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in to the Director. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Friends Historical Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by reader.

Biographical / Historical

John J. Merritt (1804-1871) was a New York City Hicksite Quaker businessman. He was the son of John and Phebe.

Extent

0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language

English

Overview

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.

Arrangement

The collection is divided into four series:
  1. Biographical and genealogical material
  2. Letters written by John J. Merritt
  3. Miscellaneous family correspondence
  4. Miscellaneous

Physical Location

For current information on the location of materials, please consult the Library's online catalog

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: Winthrop Trowbridge, 1963, 1979, 1983

Processing Information

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.
Title
An Inventory of the John J. Merritt Family Papers, 1818-1871
Author
FHL staff
Date
1983
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Undetermined
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
English
Sponsor
Encoding made possible by a grant by the Gladys Kriebel Delmas Foundation to the Philadelphia Consortium of Special Collections Libraries

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