Merritt Family Papers,1841-1893.

Collection Number: 39J

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


DESCRIPTIVE SUMMARY

Title:
Merritt family papers, 1841-1893.
Collection Number:
39J
Creator:
Quantity:
94 letters (approximately 0.6 cubic feet).
Forms of Material:
Correspondence
Repository:
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Abstract:
Letters and ledgers from various members of the Merritt family.
Language:
Collection material in English


COLLECTION DESCRIPTION

Letters from various members of the Merritt family, describing life along the Saint Lawrence River and in Saint Lawrence County and their pioneering travel west to Iowa, Wisconsin, Kansas, and Nebraska; much local color. Also several financial ledgers, account and day books, and some various publications.
SUBJECTS

Names:
Merritt family.
Merritt family.

Places:
Saint Lawrence River.
Saint Lawrence County (N.Y.)
Middle West -- Description and travel.


INFORMATION FOR USERS

Cite As:
Merritt family papers, #39J. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.

CONTAINER LIST

Container
Description
Date
Family Letters
Box 1 Folder 1
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
September 18, 1841
Address: East Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: E. A. Merritt
Letter #1
Box 1 Folder 1
Recipient: Parker D. Merritt
November 5, 1841
Address: West Stockholm, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: H. H. Merritt
Letter #2
Box 1 Folder 1
Recipient: Noadiah Merritt
January 31, 1844
Address: Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: Emily, Ellen, Parker N. Merritt
Letter #3
Box 1 Folder 1
Recipient: Noadiah Merritt
November 14, 1845
Address: Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: Emily, Ellen, Parker N. Merritt
Letter #4
Box 1 Folder 1
Recipient: Edwin A. Merritt
November 15, 1845
Address: Sudbury, Vermont
Sender: Darwin H. Merritt
Letter #5
Box 1 Folder 1
Recipient: Noadiah Merritt
January 27, 1847
Address: Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: Parker N. Merritt
Letter #6
Box 1 Folder 1
Recipient: William B. Harris
May 5, 1846
Address: Liverpool, Onandaga County, NY
Sender: Cyrus Burnap
Letter #7
Letter seems to be a business transaction. Negative references are made to a Mr. Miller and Mr. Hoffman. Cyrus writes with concern about a money exchange, and the sale of logs.
Box 1 Folder 1
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
July 5, 1846
Address: East Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: Harrison Y. Willson
Letter #8
Box 1 Folder 1
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
July 19, 1846
Address: East Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: Edwin Merritt
Letter #9
Box 1 Folder 2
Recipient: Noadiah Merritt
February 20, 1847
Address: Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: Parker N. Merritt
Letter #1
Box 1 Folder 2
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
March 10, 1847
Address: East Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: H. H. Merritt
Letter #2
Box 1 Folder 2
Recipient: Unknown
May 21, 1847
Sender: Ester-Ann Merritt
Letter #3
Box 1 Folder 2
Recipient: Noadiah Merritt
May 30, 1847
Address: Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: Ellen Merritt, Parker Noadiah Merritt
Letter #4
Box 1 Folder 2
Recipient: Darwin Merritt
August 21, 1847
Address: East Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: H. H. Merritt
Letter #5
Box 1 Folder 2
Recipient: Noadiah Merritt
September 8, 1847
Address: Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: Lucy C. Merritt
Letter #6
Box 1 Folder 2
Recipient: Unknown
June 9, 1848
Letter #7
Box 1 Folder 2
Recipient: Darwin Merritt
July 4, 1948
Address: Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: E. A. Merritt
Letter #8
Box 1 Folder 2
Recipient: Noadiah Merritt
August 13, 1848
Address: Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: C. A. Merritt
Letter #9
Box 1 Folder 2
Recipient: Darwin Merritt
February 8, 1849
Address: East Pierrepont, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: H. H. Merritt
Letter #10
Box 1 Folder 2
Recipient: Unknown
March 9, 1850
Sender: Ellen
Letter #11
Box 1 Folder 2
Recipient: Mr. Merritt
March 15, 1850
Sender: Thomas N. Porter
Letter #12
Box 1 Folder 2
Recipient: Thomas N. Porter
March 25, 1850
Address: Burlington, VT.
Sender: Noadiah Merritt
Letter #13
Mr. Merritt addresses a grievance brought up in a previous letter from Mr. Porter. Accusations of property damage are brought up. Mr. Merritt closes by quoting several lines from the Bible: "Do unto others as ye would that they should do unto you." ; "Let him that is without sin cast the first stone." ; "Judge not lest ye be judged."
Box 1 Folder 2
Recipient: William W. Merritt
May 1850
Address: Albany, NY
Sender: Anson Tolman
Letter #14
Box 1 Folder 2
Recipient: William Merritt
December 14, 1850
Address: Russell, NY
Sender: Darwin H. Merritt
Letter #15
Box 1 Folder 3
Recipient: W. Merritt
1851
Sender: E. Merritt
Letter #1
Box 1 Folder 3
Recipient: Unknown
February 9, 1852
Sender: Noadiah Merritt, Relief Merritt
Letter #2
Box 1 Folder 3
Recipient: William Merritt
November 6, 1852
Address: Russell, NY
Sender: Ake Y.
Letter #3
Box 1 Folder 3
Recipient: Unknown
December 26, 1852
Sender: P. Y. Merritt
Letter #4
Box 1 Folder 3
Recipient: William Merritt
December 8, 1852
Address: Russell, NY
Sender: Aikin Foster
Letter #5
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: William Merritt
January 1, 1853
Address: Normal School, Albany, NY
Sender: Ellen
Letter #1
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: William Merritt
January 1, 1853
Sender: Darwin H. Merritt
Letter #2
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: William Merritt
March 23, 1853
Address: Normal School, Albany, NY
Sender: Leonard
Letter #3
Leonard writes William about money that he, Mr. Merritt, owes to "the division." The amount totals one dollar and ninety-five cents.
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: Unknown
January 26, 1853
Letter #4
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: William W. Merritt
April 10, 1853
Address: Normal School, Albany, NY
Sender: Sylvester Little
Letter #5
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: William W. Merritt
April 10, 1853
Sender: G. J. McIntyre
Letter #6
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: William W. Merritt
April 14, 1853
Address: Crary's Mills, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: Darwin H. Merritt
Letter #7
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: William W. Merritt
April 10, 1853
Sender: Ellen
Letter #8
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: William W. Merritt
April 24, 1853
Sender: Anson Tolman
Letter #9
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: William W. Merritt
April 25, 1853
Address: Albany, NY
Sender: G. J. McIntyre
Letter #10
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: William W. Merritt
May 19, 1853
Sender: Nell
Letter #11
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: William W. Merritt
June 10, 1853
Address: Russell, NY
Sender: G.Y. Merritt
Letter #12
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: William W. Merritt
June 15, 1853
Sender: Ake
Letter #13
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: William W. Merritt
June 26, 1853
Address: Albany, NY
Sender: G. J. McIntyre
Letter #14
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: William W. Merritt
September 5, 1853
Address: Russell, NY
Sender: R. Delamater
Letter #15
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: Unknown
November 19, 1853
Sender: L. F. Merritt
Letter #16
Box 1 Folder 4
Recipient: Unknown
December 25, 1853
Sender: L. F. Merritt
Letter #17
Box 1 Folder 5
Recipient: Parker N. Merritt
January 17, 1854
Address: Sudbury, NY
Sender: Emily Merritt
Letter #1
Box 1 Folder 5
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
January 12, 1853
Address: Crary's Mills, St. Lawrence County, NY
Letter #2
Box 1 Folder 5
Recipient: Relief Merritt
October 1854
Sender: Marshal Merritt
Letter #3
Box 1 Folder 5
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
October 7, 1854
Sender: William W. Merritt
Letter #4
Box 1 Folder 5
Recipient: William W. Merritt
October 22, 1854
Sender: G. Y. Merritt
Letter #5
Box 1 Folder 5
Recipient: Unknown
NA
Sender: William W. Merritt
Letter #6
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Unknown
Sender: E. A. Merritt
Letter #1
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Unknown
Sender: Julius F. Merritt
Letter #2
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Unknown
November 9th
Sender: Julius F. Merritt
Letter #3
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Unknown
October 17, 1857
Sender: Aikin Foster
Letter #4
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
July 20, 1858
Address: Crary's Mills, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: John
Letter #5
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
September 28, 1859
Sender: Ellen
Letter #6
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Julius F. Merritt
Address: Albany, NY
Sender: Emily
Letter #7
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Unknown
November 6th
Sender: Ellen
Letter #8
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
Sender: Nell
Letter #9
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Unknown
Sender: Henry. W. Merritt
Letter #10
appears to be a letter written by a young child. H. H. Merritt writes on the back that it is Henry's first letter.
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: William W. Merritt
Sender: A. H. C.
Letter #11
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: William W. Merritt
Address: Crary's Mills, St. Lawrence County, NY
Letter #12
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Julius F. Merritt
June 1853
Sender: H. S. Merritt
Letter #13
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Unknown
Letter #14
What seems to be a poem
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Unknown
Letter #15
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Unknown
Sender: Emily Barnard
Letter #16
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
Sender: Eliza B. Merritt
Letter #17
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Unknown
March 27th
Sender: Ellen J. Merritt
Letter #18
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
July 17th
Address: Crary's Mills, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: Emily Barnard
Letter #19
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Ellen Merritt
May 14th
Sender: Frank
Letter #20
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
March 8, 1859
Address: Crary's Mills, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: William W. Merritt
Letter #21
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Unknown
May 12th
Sender: John
Letter #22
Box 1 Folder 6
Recipient: Unknown
November 12th
Sender: Julius F. Merritt
Letter #23
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Unknown
January 24, 1860
Sender: Julius F. Merritt
Letter #1
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Unknown
March 20, 1860
Sender: William W. Merritt
Letter #2
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Mrs. Relief Merritt
May 10, 1862
Address: Crary's Mills, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: Ellen J. Merritt
Letter #3
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
July 1, 1863
Address: Crary's Mills, St. Lawrence County, NY
Sender: E. Merritt
Letter #4
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
March 4th
Sender: Emily Barnard
Letter #5
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Unknown
July 27, 1865
Sender: Ellen J. Merritt
Letter #6
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
October 3rd
Sender: Emily Merritt
Letter #7
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Unknown
December 25, 1865
Sender: Julius F. Merritt
Letter #8
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Edwin Merritt
September 17th
Sender: Emily Merritt
Letter #9
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Unknown
May 10, 1867
Letter #10
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Unknown
January 25, 1868
Sender: E. M. Lewis
Letter #11
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Unknown
January 9, 1869
Sender: E. M. Lewis
Letter #12
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Unknown
Sender: Ed Merritt
Letter #13
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Unknown
October 17, 1869
Letter #14
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
July 14, 1870
Sender: E. Merritt
Letter #15
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Unknown
February 28, 1880
Sender: Jessie Fremont, Jennie Merritt
Letter #16
Letter discussing the New York's prohibition laws and the states seeming support of a "Whiskey President".
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
November 6, 1879
Sender: E. H. Landon
Letter #17
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Unknown
April 16, 1880
Sender: W. W. Merritt
Letter #18
Box 1 Folder 7
Recipient: Darwin H. Merritt
December 8, 1893
Address: Crary's Mills, St. Lawrence County, NY
Letter #19
A Carte Postale sent from Paris, France. The front translates: "This side is reserved exclusively for the address"
Newspaper Clippings and Publications
Box 1 Folder 8
Speech of Honorable D. Wilmot, of Pennsylvania, in the House of Representatives discussing slavery in the territories
May 3, 1850
Publisher: Congressional Globe Office
Box 1 Folder 8
Article discussing the Northwestern Sanitary Fair (2 pages)
June 15, 1865
Publisher: Danesville Weekly Gazette
Box 1 Folder 8
Entire page from a newspaper. Various printed advertisements as well as a lengthy article on the report of the New York State Fisheries Commissioners.
1884
Publisher: Unknown
Box 1 Folder 8
Envelope advertises Art Metal Light Weight Safes and a promise of burglary insurance
Publisher: Art Metal Construction Co. Jamestown, NY
Box 1 Folder 8
Postcard to be filled out and sent in to receive free burglary insurance.
Publisher: Art Metal Construction Co. Jamestown, NY
Box 1 Folder 8
Direction booklet for the Yale Combination Lock
Publisher: The Yale & Towne Mfg. Co.
Ledgers
Box 2 Volume 1
Darwin H. Merritt Day Book: record of financial transactions
January - March 1857
Box 2 Volume 2
Record of financial transactions kept by Darwin H. Merritt
1867-1870
Box 2 Volume 3
Darwin H. Merritt Account Book: record of financial transactions
1859-1866
Box 2 Volume 4
Record of financial transactions kept by D. H. Merritt, Pierrepont, NY
January 1, 1881-1890
Box 2 Volume 5
Record of accounts kept by Darwin H. Merritt
1891-1894
Box 2 Volume 6
Record of financial transactions (Very fragile: binding broken)
1818-1839