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Guide to the Henry C. Murphy papers ARC.189

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Larry Weimer

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Murphy, Henry Cruse, 1810-1882
Title: Henry C. Murphy collection
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1700-circa 1880
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1830-1880
Abstract: Henry Cruse Murphy (1810-1882) was a Brooklyn lawyer, Democratic Party politician, U.S. Minister to the Netherlands (1857-1861), officer of the New York Bridge Company, and historian. The bulk of the collection reflects Murphy's interest in history, and is comprised of his research notes, transcriptions, translations, abstracts, and draft writings concerning the European exploration and colonization of the Americas. The research material relates to both Murphy's intended works and his published works concerning Henry Hudson, Verrazano, and others. There is substantial correspondence from E. B. O'Callaghan concerning Bohemia Manor, the Labadist settlement in Cecil County, Maryland. The collection also includes many documents related to Murphy's political and commercial interests, such as two letters from candidate and president-elect James Buchanan and a letters-patent for a horse wheel to propel boats, and his observations on the Netherlands while representing the U.S. in that country. The bulk of the collection is in English, but some documents are in Dutch, French, or Latin.
Quantity: 1.25 linear feet in 3 manuscript boxes and 1 oversize folder
Language of Materials: The bulk of the materials are in English. Some documents are in Dutch, some of those with English translations. Other languages in the collection include French and Latin.
Call Phrase: ARC.189
Sponsor: Developed with grant funds from the U.S. Department of Education Underground Railroad Educational and Cultural (URR) Program.