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Guide to the Butler-Laing Family Papers
1804-1892 (bulk 1865-1871)
 MS 94

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Container List

Series I: Caroline H. Butler Laing

Scope and Contents note

1. Correspondence, 1823-1892 (bulk 1869-1871). Approximately 100 items (Box 1, folders 1-4).

Letters packed with details of her day to day life, from Northampton, Mass., to Brooklyn, N.Y., to Europe and back. The vast majority are letters sent by her. The early ones are mostly to her first husband; the later ones are mostly to her daughter Mary Hunt Butler Reeves, with several to her daughter Harriet in Rome. They are observant of much detail of surroundings and events.

2. Diaries, 1836-1837, 1869-1871 (bulk 1869-1871), 13 v.

The earliest diary is from her voyage to and from China with her first husband. The 1869-1871 diaries consist of 12 v., beginning in the days before her departure for Europe (1 v.), continuing through her time in Rome (10 v.), and ending with a diary of her travels in Europe before returning to the United States. In this last diary she also lists "Expenses from Rome." In each Rome diary, Mrs. Laing has listed the "Contents" in the back. These are generally lists of sites described, rather than of all topics covered. There are occasional pasted-in illustrations and dried plant inserts.

3. Butler Family Genealogies, undated., 1 v.

"Genealogy of Thomas Butler and of his descendants from the year 1739" and "Genealogy of Richard Butler and of his descendants from the year 1631." The former is an extensive genealogy of her paternal family, extending down to her own grandchildren. The latter, describing her husband's paternal family, stops after one generation, but an inserted letter provides further information.

4. Receipts [Recipes], undated., 1 v.

A collection of about 100 recipes from family and friends in Mrs. Laing's handwriting and then in the handwriting of her daughter Mary.

5. Writings, c. 1850, 2 v. and 1 folder (folder is in Box 2, folder 5).

Late drafts or fair copies of several of Mrs. Laing's works of fiction for children. One of the volumes appears to have been used previously by Edward Butler in 1848 for mercantile business records.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Caroline H. Butler Laing, Correspondence
1823-1842
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Caroline H. Butler Laing, Correspondence
1843-1861
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Caroline H. Butler Laing, Correspondence
1862-1867
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Caroline H. Butler Laing, Correspondence
1869-1892
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Caroline H. Butler Laing, Writings
1852-1887
Box: 2 Volume : 1A Caroline H. Butler Laing, Diaries. Journal of a Voyage to China on the Ship "Roman"
1836-1837
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Typescript of Laing's Journal of a Voyage to China on the Ship "Roman"
1984?
Volume: 1B-1M Caroline H. Butler Laing, Diaries. Travels to Europe / Rome (12 Diaries)

Scope and Contents Note

5 of the 12 volumes are stored in Box 2 (Volumes 1B, 1I, 1J, 1K, 1M); the other 7 are shelved individually (Volumes 1C, 1D, 1E, 1F, 1G, 1H, 1L).

1869-1871
Volume: 2 Caroline H. Butler Laing, Butler Family Genealogies
1850s-1870s
Volume: 3 Caroline H. Butler Laing, Receipts [Recipes]
circa 1860s
Volume: 4A-4B Caroline H. Butler Laing, Writings (2 Volumes)
1849-1857

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