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Guide to the Martha Bradstreet Papers
1774-1868
  MS 72

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Series II: John Bradstreet Correspondence, 1814-1818, undated (bulk, 1815)

Scope and Contents note

This series contains correspondence, divided into two subseries of letters received and sent.

Subseries II.A. Letters received, 1814-1817, undated

Scope and Contents note

Arranged by Sender. Many letters in this series include instructions for Mrs. Codd, sent through Mr. Bradstreet. As indicated above, we see Mr. Bell complaining about Mrs. Codd in several letters dated 1815. Edmond Bradstreet also referred to Mrs. Codd and it seems he too would have liked a share of her profit, if she were to win her case. Interestingly, only one of the two letters addressed to John Bradstreet from his brother Edmond was sent. Robert Bradstreet, although sharing the name, was not a relative, but offered Mrs. Codd his assistance. Joseph Hopkinson, Henry Platel, and Mr. Trebeck also offered help. C. Wynne was married to the sister of John, Edmond and Simon Bradstreet and wrote to relay information concerning Martha's case. Through this series it becomes apparent that John Bradstreet owed his brother Simon a good deal of money and there are many letters from Robert Murphy relating to this strained relationship. The majority of the letters were written and sent in 1815.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 34 Letters received from C. Bedford
1815
Box: 1 Folder : 35 Letters received from Edward Bell
1815
Box: 1 Folder : 36 Letters received from Edmond Bradstreet
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 37 Letters received from Robert Bradstreet
1815
Box: 1 Folder : 38 Letters received from Joseph Hopkinson
1815
Box: 1 Folder : 39 Letters received from John Murphy
1815
Box: 1 Folder : 40 Letters received from Robert Murphy
1815-1817
Box: 1 Folder : 41 Letters received from Henry Platel
1815
Box: 1 Folder : 42 Letters received from Mr. Trebeck
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 43 Letters received from John Wilkes
1815
Box: 1 Folder : 44 Letters received from C. Wynne
1814-1815

Subseries II.B. Letters sent, 1814-1818, undated

Scope and Contents note

Arranged by Recipient. Letters include information on John's dire financial situation in addition to his solicitation of help on behalf of Martha. We can see that John helped her obtain the original will of Martha Bradstreet (d. 1782) through the assistance of Charles Morgan. In addition, a thank you letter was sent by Robert Murphy to John for his assistance with Martha who, while in Dublin, paid Mr. Murphy the balance on an annuity.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 45 Letters sent to Simon Bradstreet
1818
Box: 1 Folder : 46 Letters sent to Thomas A. Emmet
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 47 Letters sent to Mrs. John May
1814
Box: 1 Folder : 48 Letters sent to Charles Morgan
1814-1815
Box: 1 Folder : 49 Letters sent to Robert Murphy
1815

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