David Priestly Hall and David Prescott Hall papers
1 linear foot (1 record box)
1819-1907 (bulk 1854-1907)
This collection contains letters and commonplace books from New York City lawyers, who often spent their summers in Newport, Rhode Island: David Priestly Hall (1798-1868) and his youngest son, David Prescott Hall (1845-1907). Also included is a series of drafts recounting the history of the United States, written by David Prescott Hall as a young child, and letters sent between father and son.
Adam Philippe, comte de Custine letter of recommendation
0.01 linear feet (1 folder)
Adam Phillippe, comte de Custine (1740-1793) was the colonel of the Saintonge regiment, part of the French expeditionary force led by Comte de Rochambeau (1725-1807), during the American Revolutionary War. In this document, written in French, Custine lists the various soldiers in his regiment and explains why they are deserving of payment, a pension, or promotion.
This collection consists of a copy of the Brenton family marriage and birth records and minutes from town meetings in Newport, Rhode Island, both transcribed by William Coddington (b. 1710), town clerk.
Hilda Conkling (1910-1986) was a poet who produced all of her work by age fourteen. This collection includes three of her poems printed by the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in Vermont under the title of “Hill Songs.”
Toussaint Louverture (1743-1803) was the leader of the Haitian Revolution (1794-1804) and in these two letters, written in French, he writes to a fellow citizen requesting the payment of certain accounts.
This collection consists of a letter from William Sowden Sims (1858-1936), an U.S. navy admiral, and a blank postcard given in thanks to contributors in Newport County, Rhode Island, for a doll house given to his children.
The Mumford family resided in Newport, Rhode Island. This collection consists of a note signed by John Mumford claiming the loss of livestock from his farm and a list of births, deaths, and marriages for members of the family.