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Guide to the John Hone Scrapbooks
circa 1887-1911
 MS 302

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Larry Weimer

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hone, John, 1844-1915
Title: John Hone scrapbooks
Dates [inclusive]: circa 1887-1911
Abstract: The collection includes seven scrapbooks compiled by New York stockbroker John Hone (1844-1915), which date from about 1887 to about 1911. Generally, the volumes hold documents related to the various political, social and historical clubs Hone was a member of; the business and cultural institutions he was an officer or trustee of; his travels to Europe, Asia and South America, and summer vacations in Bar Harbor, Maine; and his various interests in political, financial, military, theatre/music, and family connections. The Manhattan Club (Democratic Party political club), Sons of the Revolution, and Veteran Corps of Artillery are among the well-represented organizations. Hone's family connections with August Belmont, Commodore Matthew C. Perry, and others are also represented in the scrapbooks which hold invitation cards, dinner menus (often handwritten), event programs, pictorial works, clippings, some light correspondence, a few original photographs, and some Confederate currency.
Quantity: 6 Linear feet in 6 volumes and one folder
Location: Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit www.nyhistory.org/library/visit.
Language: The documents in the collection are principally in English, but there are instances of Japanese, German, Spanish, French, and perhaps other languages in documents related to travel.
Call Phrase: MS 302

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Biographical / Historical

John Hone, also referred to in the scrapbooks as John Hone, Jr. though he would be more precisely rendered as John Hone IV, was born in 1844 in New York to John Hone (1819-1892) and Jane Perry Hone (circa 1817-1880). The senior John Hone was a New York lawyer early in his career before moving to Morristown, New Jersey, where he developed real estate and lived until the last few years of his life. Jane Perry Hone was the daughter of Commodore Matthew Perry, the naval officer who forced the opening of Japan to the West in 1854, and was the sister of Caroline Perry, who married the financier August Belmont. The Belmont family, Commodore Perry, and the Hone family's New Jersey connections all appear frequently in the scrapbooks. (An ancestor, Philip Hone, whose diaries are held by New-York Historical, was a brother of John Hone's great-grandfather. Typescript extracts from the diaries are found throughout the scrapbooks.)

The junior Hone briefly enrolled at Columbia College in 1861, leaving at the start of the Civil War to join the 7th Regiment of the New York State National Guard. He did not return to school, but decades later was granted an honorary B.A. degree by Columbia. Hone joined August Belmont's banking firm in 1864, leaving in 1869 to form his own brokerage firm, eventually know as John Hone & Co. He was a member of the New York Stock Exchange, serving as an officer, and a director of various financial and railroad interests. He retired from business in 1907.

Hone was active in Democratic Party politics, especially noticeable in these scrapbooks as a member of the political Manhattan Club, and as a supporter of Grover Cleveland in his presidential campaigns. Hone was a delegate from New Jersey to the Democratic National Convention in support of Cleveland. In that respect, Hone retained a residence in New Jersey and voted in that state throughout his life. Yet Hone's principal residence seems to have been 5 Gramercy Park. He was active in a lawsuit for the Gramercy Park property owners that resulted in a reduction of property taxes, another matter touched on in the scrapbooks.

Hone married Mary Ellen Crane (1849-1876) in 1869; Crane was literally the "girl next door," living in Acorn Hall in Morristown, NJ, next to the Hone residence. They had three children (including another John, Jr., who would be John Hone V) before Mary died of typhoid in 1876. Hone married again, in 1880 to Maria Cadwalader. They had one daughter, Hester Gouverneur Hone, who appears in the scrapbooks in the Honeses' travel itineraries and who would marry Henry G. Bartol in 1907. John Hone died in 1915 at his Gramercy Park home.

(The above note was based on various on-line sources, among them Hone's New York Times obituary of March 22, 1915, and various Wikipedia pages. References to Mary Crane can be found on Acorn Hall's website. There are also obituaries and, for Hone, a Who's Who entry in the scrapbooks.)

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Scope and Contents

The collection includes seven scrapbooks compiled by John Hone (1844-1915), which date from about 1887 to about 1911. Generally, the volumes hold documents related to the various political, social and historical clubs Hone was a member of; the business and cultural institutions he was an officer or trustee of; his travels to Europe, Asia and South America, and summer vacations in Bar Harbor, Maine; and his various interests in political, financial, military, theatre/music, and family connections.

Primary document formats in the scrapbooks include invitation cards, dinner menus (often handwritten), event programs, pictorial works, and clippings. Some light correspondence, a few original photographs, and some Confederate currency are in the volumes. Organizations that appear often include (many others also appear): Manhattan Club (a Democratic political group), Sons of the Revolution, and the Veterans Corps of Artillery and the related Military Society of the War of 1812. Events that appear in the volume include the Columbus anniversary celebrations of 1892, the Washington inauguration centennial of 1889, the 50th anniversary of the 7th Regiment's deployment in the Civil War (1911), Hone's participation as delegate at the Democratic National Conventions, the erection of a monument to Commodore Matthew Perry in Japan in 1901, and many other celebratory dinners, organizational meetings, and the like.

Newspaper clippings in the scrapbooks touch on financial, military, extended family matters, and items of general interest. Clippings related to the August Belmont family and Hone's children and other family are in the albums. At least a portion of the diaries of Hone's ancestor, Philip Hone, were published within the scrapbooks' date range and typescript extracts from them are found at various points in the albums. Clippings from theatre/musical/opera programs appear frequently.

The container list notes any particular items or subject matter that was found on a skim of the volumes.

Arrangement

The volumes are arranged in rough chronological order. Nevertheless, there is no sharp chronology within each volume and there is overlap of date range and subject content across the volumes. Also, a considerable amount of the documents in the volumes are loose within the pages.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908
  • Perry, Matthew Calbraith, 1794-1858

Document Type

  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Concert programs.
  • Invitations.
  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Menus.
  • Photographs.
  • Souvenir programs.

Subject Organizations

  • Democratic Party (N.Y.)
  • Manhattan Club (New York, N.Y.)
  • Military Society of the War of 1812
  • New York (State). Militia. Veteran Corps of Artillery
  • Sons of the American Revolution. New York State Society

Subject Topics

  • Anniversaries.
  • Associations, institutions, etc. -- New York (State) -- New York.
  • Dinners and dining.
  • Historic sites -- Kurihama (Yokosuka-shi, Japan)
  • Politics, Practical
  • Voyages and travels -- Albums (books)

Subject Places

  • Bar Harbor (Me.)
  • Gramercy Park (New York, N.Y.)
  • New York (N.Y.)

Family Name(s)

  • Belmont (Family)

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Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Materials in this collection may be stored offsite. For more information on making arrangements to consult them, please visit www.nyhistory.org/library/visit.

Use Restrictions

Taking images of documents from the library collections for reference purposes by using hand-held cameras and in accordance with the library's photography guidelines is encouraged. As an alternative, patrons may request up to 20 images per day from staff. Application to use images from this collection for publication should be made in writing to: Department of Rights and Reproductions, The New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, New York, NY 10024-5194, rightsandrepro@nyhistory.org. Phone: (212) 873-3400 ext. 282.

Copyrights and other proprietary rights may subsist in individuals and entities other than the New-York Historical Society, in which case the patron is responsible for securing permission from those parties. For fuller information about rights and reproductions from N-YHS visit: https://www.nyhistory.org/about/rights-reproductions

Preferred Citation

The collection should be cited as: John Hone scrapbooks, MS 302, New-York Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Two volumes (designated here as volumes 2 and 5) were a gift of Hester Hitzrot Bausback and Heidi Hitzrot Dorrow in 2015. The source of the other volumes has not been determined.

Processing Information

Inventoried by archivist Larry Weimer in June 2022.

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Offsite-Box: TBD1 Volume : 1 Scrapbook [#1]

Scope and Contents

Particular subjects in this volume include, among many others, the letter from the New York Stock Exchange informing Hone of his election as a member; Hone as a delegate to the 1892 Democratic Convention, including ribbon; cruises to Europe in 1894 and 1896; dedication of the Trenton Battle Monument (1893); photographs from Cuba and of Hone and others at the train of Cornelius Vanderbilt; coupon-bearing bond of Confederate state Georgia; and performance at the Metropolitan Opera House for Prince Henry of Russia (1902).

circa 1888-1902
Offsite-Box: TBD2 Volume : 2 Scrapbook [#2]

Scope and Contents

Particular subjects in this volume include, among many others, the letter from Columbia informing Hone he has been granted an honorary B.A.; cruise to Bremen, Germany in 1887; ephemera about the New York Stock Exchange Cleveland and Thurman Club (1888) and the Cleveland and Stevenson Club (1892); and Presidential inaugural ball (1897).

circa 1887-1906
Offsite-Box: TBD3 Volume : 3 Scrapbook [#3]

Scope and Contents

Particular subjects in this volume include, among many others, the performance at the Metropolitan Opera House for Prince Henry of Russia (1902), including a program made of textile; ephemera from the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick's 1902 annual dinner; an exceptional number of clippings and program extracts related to theatre; and an extensive set of annual passes for free transportation given to Hone, all for the year 1901, from various railroads.

circa 1897-1903
Offsite-Box: TBD4 Volume : 4 Scrapbook [#4]

Scope and Contents

Particular subjects in this volume include, among many others, information on New York Marble Cemetery and the Hone family members in vault 156; and clippings and pictures concerning the costume ball hosted by James Hazen Hyde, and the resulting controversy.

circa 1893-1907
Offsite-Box: TBD5 Volume : 5 Scrapbook [#5]

Scope and Contents

Particular subjects in this volume include, among many others, a Manhattan Club poster board with the names of officers, including Hone (1907); photographs of Hone and, likely, his wife and other family members, at Bar Harbor, Maine, including at the Pot & Kettle Club; an elaborate acknowledgement of Hone's donation to the Educational Fund for Kurihama, Japan (site of Commodore Perry monument) and award from the Japanese government; postcards and other documents from various cruises: Spain and other Europe (1908), a Cook's Round-the-World tour (1909), and South America (1910); and the Gramercy Park tax matter.

circa 1904-1910
Offsite-Box: TBD6 Volume : 6 Scrapbook [#6]

Scope and Contents

The contents of this volume are no longer in an album, but were transferred at some point into a pouch.

circa 1896-1910
Offsite-Box: TBD6 Volume : 7 Scrapbook [#7]

Scope and Contents

Particular subjects in this volume include, among many others, celebration of the 50th anniversary of the deployment of the New York National Guard's 7th Regiment in the Civil War; invoices for hotel stays, especially California; letters concerning dispute in the Manhattan Club over whether and how to greet William Jennings Bryan in New York in 1906; Gramercy Park taxation matter; a thank you letter signed in 1910 by Woodrow Wilson (at page 177); receipt of an award from the Japanese government; and ephemera from a dinner given for U.S. senator James A. O'Gorman.

1906-1911

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