Miscellaneous Autographs, New York State,1785-1907.

Collection Number: 120

Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections
Cornell University Library


Miscellaneous autographs, New York State, 1785-1907.
Collection Number:
0.1 cubic foot (128 items).
Forms of Material:
Correspondence, financial and legal documents.
Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library
Letters, legal documents, and other official communications, mainly concerning business transactions with signatures.
Collection material in English

Theodore Sedgwick served variously as a diplomat to the Netherlands, Assistant Secretary of State under President Buchanan, and U.S. District Attorney in New York state. Frank Hiscock served as a Congressman and then a Senator from New York before returning to practice law in Syracuse. Joel Benton was a journalist and poet. Elbert Hubbard was a farmer, businessman, writer, magazine publisher, and founder of the Roycroft Community in East Aurora, New York. William Sulzer served as a lawyer, state legislator, and governor of New York.


Letters, legal documents, and other official communications, mainly concerning business transactions. Documents include indentures conveying plots of land to new owners (1798 and 1845), the will of New York City merchant William Constable (1817), a butcher's license to operate in Albany (1823), receipts for purchases (1833), appointment of a deacon for the Methodist Episcopal Church in Watertown (1836), an appropriation of funds to Abraham V. Putnam from the Commissioners of the Canal Fund for enlargement of the Erie Canal (1843), a commission for a colonel in the state militia (1844), official communications from the U.S. Treasury (1861, 1865), and a trademark registration from the U.S. Patent Office (1907). Letters discuss politics, social and speaking engagements, and family news. Also included is a circular from the headquarters of the Republican County Committee (1878), signed by Frank Hiscock, asking the recipient to send in a list of names of local "luke-warm Republicans, doubtful Democrats or Labor Reformers" so that they can be sent "some sound Republican newspaper" until the next election. Correspondents include John V. N. Yates, George W. Clinton, Daniel D. Bernard, U.S. Treasurer Francis Elias Spinner, Albert Bierstadt (who signs a letter written by his wife Rosalie, 1874), Theodore Sedgwick, Unitarian minister Samuel J. May, Columbia University president Nicholas Murray Butler, Theodore Roosevelt (writing as Assistant Secretary of the Navy, 1898), Joel Benton, Elbert Hubbard (writing in 1909), and William Sulzer, among others.

Benton, Joel, 1832-1911.
Bernard, Daniel D.
Bierstadt, Albert, 1830-1902.
Bierstadt, Rosalie.
Butler, Nicholas Murray, 1862-1947.
Clinton, George W. (George William), 1807-1885.
Hiscock, Frank, 1834-1914.
Hubbard, Elbert, 1856-1915.
May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871.
Putnam, Abraham V.
Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.
Sedgwick, Theodore, 1811-1859.
Spinner, Francis Elias, 1802-1890.
Sulzer, William, 1863-1941.
Yates, John V. N. (John Van Ness), 1779-1839.
New York (State). Commissioners of the Canal Fund.
Republican County Committee (New York, N.Y.)
United States. Department of the Treasury.
United States. Patent Office.

Manners and customs
Political science

New York (State) -- History.
New York (State) -- Social life and customs.
New York (State) -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century.
Erie Canal (N.Y.)
New York (State)
New York (State) -- Erie Canal
United States

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Cite As:
Miscellaneous Autographs, #120. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Cornell University Library.


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