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titleBriggs family papers
repositoryThe New-York Historical Society
collection titleCorrespondence and papers of the related Briggs and Mather families of Schaghticoke (Rensselaer County, N.Y.), particularly Amos Briggs and Bethel Mather (1771-1861). Included are papers relating to the formation of the First Presbyterian Church of Schaghticoke, 1827; diary, 1850 of Amos Briggs; and letters of Thurlow Weed, E.D. Morgan and William H. Seward.

Location: New York Historical Society Manuscript Collection
Call Number: Briggs Mather
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titleEdwin D. Morgan Papers, 1833-1883
repositoryNew York State Library
collection titleA large and diverse collection relating to Morgan's personal, business, and political affairs. Included are materials such as correspondence, letterpress copybooks, journals (bookkeeping), ledgers, mortgages bonds, bills, receipts, and other business papers.

Also included are scrapbooks, pamphlets, and printed circulars.

Biographical Note:
Edwin Denison Morgan, “merchant in politics,” was born in Washington, Berkshire County, Massachusetts on February 8, 1811, the son of Jasper and Catherine Morgan. The family removed to Windsor, Connecticut, where he received most of his preliminary education. His career in business began in 1824, when he was hired as a clerk in his uncle’s grocery store at Hartford, Connecticut. By 1832 he was his uncle’s partner, while making his first venture into politics, having been elected to the Hartford city council.

Desiring a wider sphere of activity, he removed to New York City in 1836, where, in partnership with Morris Earle and A.D. Pomeroy, he established a wholesale grocery firm. The firm was dissolved by the end of 1837. Thence, he began business on his own account with expanded interests in the importation of coffee, tea, sugar, and spices.

In 1843, he organized E.D. Morgan & Company, an import house, in partnership with George D. Morgan, his cousin, and Frederick Avery, who left the firm a year later and was replaced by J.T. Terry. Solon Humphreys was taken in as a full partner in 1854 after working several years as an agent in St. Louis, Missouri.

Largely through his connections, the firm became the principal agent for Missouri securities. Nearly two-thirds of the bonds issued by the State of Missouri from 1835-1860, plus a large share of securities of St. Louis, were sold through the house of Morgan - in all perhaps thirty million dollars worth. All the while the firm maintained its wholesale grocery trade.
Meanwhile, in 1849, Morgan ventured into politics again when he was elected a member of the New York City Board of Assistant Aldermen, which acknowledged his leadership abilities by appointing him as the presiding officer.

Here he made a name for himself as an able administrator as chairman of the Sanitary Committee during the cholera epidemic of 1848. The Sanitary Committee, over strong public opposition, commandeered the public school buildings as emergency hospitals, staffed with physicians and pharmacists and helped rid the city of the disease within six months.

In 1850 he was elected to the first of two terms in the New York State Senate, where his most notable accomplishment was to help secure the passage of legislation in 1853 that authorized the formation of the New York Central Railroad Company by consolidating several short lines. Morgan withheld his vote to minimize conflict of interest charges since he had large stock

extent107 Boxes (ca. 50 cu. ft.)
formatsCorrespondence Business Papers Scrapbooks Ephemera Financial Records
accessOpen for research.
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acquisition informationPurchased from the Morgan Family, October 1942
updated11/12/2014 11:30:05

titlePapers, 1859-1862.
repositoryThe New-York Historical Society
collection titleMeetings minutes include the minutes of the Board of State Officers, 16 Apr. 1861-27 Dec. 1862, recording the actions and decisions of the military board composed of the governor and six other state officers organized to oversee the formation of a volunteer state militiua and the recruiting and equipping of its forces.

Volume is a contemporary engrossed copy of the board minutes which also includes original correspondence pertaining to the administration of the New York Volunteer Militia. Includes name and subject index. Letter books, 1861-1862, include a calendar of letters received and copies of letters sent by Headquarters of the Department of New York at Albany New York and principally concern official military business such as the delivery of requisitions and special orders, court martial proceedings, and the dispatching of officers to attend to the payment, quartering, and relocation of troops. Correspondents include: George Bliss, Harvey Brown, Martin Burke, John B.

Murray, J. T. Sprague, George W. Wallace Additionally included are copies of general orders, 1 Nov. 1861-24 Feb. 1862, and special orders, 1 Nov. 1861-31 Dec. 1862, issued from governor Morgan's military Department of New York Headquaters at Albany; along with the Department's record of 78 Officer's resignations and 6 pages of memoranda relating to requisitions, court martial proceedings, and endorsements, 16 Dec. 1861-2 Jun. 1862.

Military and accounts and contracts include a volume of vouchers, requisitions, and general accounts for purchases of supplies and provisions for the New York State Militia, 2 May-8 Jun 1861; as well volumes containing original contracts, 1862, made by General J. T. Sprague for supplying cooked rations to troops assembled at various New York towns and copies of contracts made by Morgan on behalf of the United States with manufacturers of clothing, equipment and supplies, for the equipping and provisioning of the state militia, Aug. 1861-Mar. 1862.

Official papers of Governor Morgan also include a record book of pardon cases with entries providing a summary of the criminal case and final outcome of the convicted invidiual's application for pardon; copies and edited drafts of Morgan's proclamations and messages to the legislature, 1859-1862; and the proceedings of the Republican National Convention held in Chicago, Illinois, 16-18 May, 1860, and called to order by Morgan as Chairman of the Republican National Committee.

Bio/Historic note
Governor of New York, 1859-1862, and United States Senator 1863-1869; originally a resident of Massachusetts and Connecticut, Morgan relocated to New York City in 1836 where he remained until his death in 1881.

New-York Historical Society, Mss Collection

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BV Morgan, Edwin D.
extent15 v.
formatsCorrespondence Business Papers Administrative Records Legal Papers
accessopen to qualified researchers at The New-York Historical Society.
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titleRichard Delafield Letterpress copybook, 1862-1864.
repositoryThe New-York Historical Society
collection titleContains copies of official letters sent and a few received. His principal correspondent was Gen. Joseph G. Totten, Chief Engineer, but there are several letters to Governors Edwin D. Morgan and Horatio Seymour, Generals John E. Wool and John A. Dix, the Harbor and Frontier Defense Commission, N.Y.S., commanders of the Eastern Dept., as well as to civilian superintendents and post commanders.

The letters, often long, detailed, and containing sketches, are primarily concerned with the fortifications in New York harbor - construction, armament, cost, etc. There is, however, a 6 p. letter to Col. James B. Fry, August 3, 1863, with Delafield's views on the Draft Riots and his critical opinion of Gov. Seymour.

Historical Note:
Superintending U.S.Army engineer for defenses and fortifications in New York harbor.

New-York Historical Society , Mss Collection
BV Delafield
extent1 v., (722 p.).
accessopen to qualified researchers at the New-York Historical Society.
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titleJohn Austin Stevens Papers, 1811-1885.
repositoryThe New-York Historical Society
collection titleCorrespondence and papers, 1811-1885, related to the various interests and occupations of John Austin Stevens, Sr., businessman, president of the Bank of Commerce, the Merchants' Exchange Company, etc., and of his son, John Austin Stevens, Jr., financier, author, and secretary of the Chamber of Commerce, the National War Committee, the 1862 Treasury Note Committee, the Republican Committee, etc.

There are groups of letters dealing with the constuction of Clinton Hall in 1829, construction of the Merchants' Exchange in 1837-1838, the 1837 economic depression and efforts to relieve it, banking legislation, and the financial affairs of Baring Brothers & Co., London, England, in late 1837 and early 1838, when Stevens went to New Orleans and Mobile to attend to their cotton and tobacco business there.

This latter group includes an extensive correspondence with Thomas W. Ward of Boston, agent for Baring Brothers & Co., and with several other merchants, including Edward Austin and John E. Lodge, New Orleans; A. Battré, Mobile; Prime, Ward & King, New York; Ebenezer Stevens Sons, New York; Shaw, Dorman, & Horn, Mobile; and others. A volume of letters to Samuel B. Ruggles covers the dates 1834-1851. There are also letters, accounts, lists, etc., pertaining to a testimonial dinner in honor of William L. Marcy in 1857. Other important subjects in the correspondence include: the Buffalo, New York and Erie Rail Road Co. , throughout 1853-1863; a monument to James Fenimore Cooper, in 1859; and the New York City Republican Party campaigns of 1860 and 1864.

There are many letters about state and national politics throughout the Civil War. George Gibbs, in Washington, writes frequently about the conduct of the war, the defense of Washington, the army and many other matters before and after the war.

In 1861 the correspondence of the younger John Austin Stevens becomes more prominent, with many letters written by him to his father discussing politics in Washington, particularly the friction between Salmon Portland Chase and William Henry Seward over appointments. There are many letters to him from William Alexander, who writes on military and political events in Texas, Mexico, and New Orleans in 1863-1864.

Other important subjects in his correspondence include the Treasury Note Committee; support of the Union; General Boulanger; patriotic organizations, such as the Loyal National League; historical organizations, such as the Loyal Publication Society, and patriotic celebrations, such as the centennial of Evacuation Day.

There are also several volumes of correspondence related to the Magazine of American History, which he edited. A number of notebooks relate to his researches on New York City taverns, coffee-houses, horse racing, etc.

There are also manuscripts of the following addresses read by Stevens before the New-York Historical Society: The Physical development of New York in the 19th century; The Merchants of New York in 1789; The Physical development of New York on the plan of the Commisioners, a centennial contrast, 1807-1907; The Merchants of New York, 1765-1775; George Gibbs; The Progress of New York in a century, 1776-1876; and The New York delegation to the Continental Congress, 1774-1776.

Other people whose letters appear frequently include: Benjamin Vaughan, Samuel Ward of Newport (R.I.), J.B. Plumb of Albany, S.A. Mercer of Philadelphia, William Appleton, John V.N.L. Pruyn, Charles A. Heckscher, James A. Hamilton, Salmon Portland Chase, Pelatiah Perit, Robert Bowne Minturn, Hiram Barney, Henry F. Vail, H.R. Low, George Opdyke, Francis Lieber, Andrew Jackson Hamilton, Thomas B. Carroll, Charles W. Le Gendre, Captain Emeric Szabad, George Stoneman, E.L. Plumb, Roscoe Conkling, Gilbert R.

Lindsay, Jr., Charles Sumner, Edgar Conkling, Henry Winter Davis, Whitelaw Reid, Sydney Howard Gay, A.A. Low, Benjamin D. Silliman, John Jay (1817-1894), John W. Forney, and Victor Faides.

Historical Note:
New York City businessman and financier.

extent21.5 linear feet.
accessopen to qualified researchers at the New-York Historical Society.
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titleNathan and Edwin Morgan account books, 1832-1836.
repositoryConnecticut Historical Society
collection titleNathan Morgan was a grocer in Hartford, Connecticut. His nephew, Edwin Morgan, began working as a clerk, and later became a partner in the business.

Edwin Morgan would later become a Hartford councilman before moving to New York City. In New York Edwin continued in politics, first as Governor and later as Senator.

Cite as:
Nathan and Edwin Morgan Account Books, 1832-1836, MS 33173, Connecticut Historical Society, Hartford, Connecticut.

Manuscript Stacks

Call Number:
Account Books

extent2 vols.
formatsFinancial Records Account Books
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