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Guide to the Abigail Belden Whelpley Papers
1807-1921, undated
 MS 3067

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Container List

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 [Untitled Book], Vol. VI

Scope and Contents

Contains draft of Chapters 23-26 of book of moral allegories and spiritual teachings written by Whelpley, labeled "Vol. VI" by the author. Chapter titles are "The Search," "Repentance," "The Sabbath," and "The Theatre."

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 2 [Untitled Book], Vol. VII

Scope and Contents

Contains Chapters 27-32 of book of moral allegories and spiritual teachings written by Whelpley, labeled "Vol. VII" by the author. Chapter titles are "Ruling Powers. King Puff," "King Humbug," "King Alcohol," "King Money," "King Fashion. Bishops," and "King Fashion Continued. Beards."

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 3 "A few hints to young ladies upon mental cultivation in connexion with some branches of scientific and artistic study"

Scope and Contents

Essay on the benefits of experiential, lifelong, and extensive education for young women.

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 4 "Mr. Charles Dickens (Boz)"

Scope and Contents

A biting critique of Dickens and his work.

[1840s?]
Box: 1 Folder : 5 [Essay on Scripture and Contemporary Politics]

Scope and Contents

Essay discussing the relationship between Christian spirituality and the social/labor revolutions of the mid to late 1800s. Includes thoughts on the Paris Commune, Karl Marx, and other contemporary figures and movements.

1861
Box: 1 Folder : 6 "A little learning is a dangerous thing"

Scope and Contents

Essay on remembering human ignorance in the face of holy omnipotence in order to inspire humility.

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 7 "Some thoughts in connexion with the capabilities of the African race"

Scope and Contents

Very short assessment of the achievements of the people of the African continent.

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 8 "An Address delivered to the Female Benevolent Society, Waterville, Oneida County, N.Y."

Scope and Contents

Speech on Christian scripture.

1842
Box: 1 Folder : 9 [Pro-Temperance Society Essay]
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 10 "The Christian Church divided into diverse sects a beautiful and useful arrangement"
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 11 "Music"

Scope and Contents

Two copies of essay on the godliness of music and Creation.

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 12 "Parental Duty"

Scope and Contents

Labeled "original" by the author.

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 13 "Have the Courts of the United States a right to determine that the Laws of the Union are unconstitutional?"

Scope and Contents

Essay against judicial review.

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 14 [Essay on Popular Literature]
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 15 "Meditations on God and the Scriptures"
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 16 "Popery Inconsistent with the Safety of A Free People"
Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 17 "Sabbath"

Scope and Contents

Essay on the sanctity of the Sabbath and in support of "Blue Laws" that prohibit certain forms of work on Sundays.

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 18 "Our Emotional Nature"

Scope and Contents

Essay on the holiness of the emotions with which God has endowed humankind, especially love.

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 19 "Letter of a Mother to her son just entering upon the active duties of life"

Scope and Contents

Advice for active citizenship and maintaining a strong moral character.

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 20 "Guilt loves company"

Scope and Contents

Short parable signed, "an observer," and labeled by the author, "For the Religious Inquirer."

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 21 "The way to do good"

Scope and Contents

Two copies of a parable about a young girl asking a matronly figure moral questions.

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 21 "The length of the War not without some advantages"

Scope and Contents

Essay on the benefits of the Civil War lasting four years.

circa 1865
Box: 1 Folder : 22 "Bell, Book And Candle"

Scope and Contents

Poem exploring a variety of themes, including the diversity of Christian beliefs.

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 23 [Poem on General Pegram's Death]

Scope and Contents

Poem about General James West Pegram's death in the 1844 Lucy Walker steamboat explosion.

circa 1844?
Box: 1 Folder : 24 [Poem on Losing a Loved One]
1838
Box: 1 Folder : 25 [Epic Poem About Darius Mede]

Scope and Contents

Rhyming allegorical poem with scriptural and classical references.

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 26 "David A Scripture Poem"

Scope and Contents

Two copies of epic poem on King David, with many references to 1 Samuel and 2 Samuel from the Old Testament of the Bible and a dedication to God.

Undated
Box: 1 Folder : 27 [Writings on Native Americans in Connecticut]

Scope and Contents

Research on the history and contemporary state of the Native American population in Kent, Connecticut. Includes research on the descendants of the Pequot and Schaghticoke tribes.

circa 1860
Box: 1 Folder : 28 [Misc. Fragments and Drafts] (Folder 1 of 3)

Scope and Contents

Includes poetry and prose fragments on Christian scripture, nature, and personal anecdotes. Also contains a pro-Union piece on the victory at Gettysburg, written on 4 July 1863, and a peculiar piece on a free menagerie, perhaps an early zoo.

1863, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 29-30 [Misc. Fragments and Drafts] (2 folders of 3)

Scope and Contents

Includes poetry and prose fragments on Christian scripture, nature, classic literature, and personal anecdotes.

1859, 1864, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 31 [Correspondence] (Folder 1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Correspondence to Abigail Whelpley's son, Henry Belden Whelpley, from his cousin, William Belden, who was involved in the "Black Friday" stock market crash that resulted from James Fisk, Jay Gould, and Belden's attempt to corner the gold market in 1869 (though this is not a subject of the correspondence). Contains the last letters Belden wrote before his death, and letters from his wife, Anna, to settle Belden's affairs after the fact.

1917-1921
Box: 1 Folder : 32 [Correspondence] (Folder 2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

Includes various miscellaneous pieces of correspondence and personal financial documents, including a letter to Henry Belden Whelpley from Fanny Harrod (James Fisk's wife's lover), an invitation to Henry Belden Whelpley's wedding, a letter to Henry Belden Whelpley from the former Attorney General of New Jersey, Robert Gilchrist, Jr., and other communications to and from various members of the Belden family.

1871-1921
Box: 1 Folder : 33 [Ephemera and Print Matter]

Scope and Contents

Includes illustrations of holy relics, painted flowers, a flower-engraved book cover, and copies of Protestant periodicals such as two copies of the 1846 edition of the North American Protestant or Anti-Jesuit Magazine, three copies of  The Family Circle and Parlor Annual from 1845-1847, with Abigail Belden Whelpley's published work inside, and the cover of an 1852 edition of  The Ladies Wreath: A Magazine.

1846-1852, undated
Box: 1 Folder : 34 [Legal Documents] (Folder 1 of 2)

Scope and Contents

1807 certificate of William Belden's status as a freeman of Danbury, having taken the freeman's oath, and a contract for William Belden's 1826 land purchase for land in Witton, Fairfield County, Connecticut.

1807, 1826
Box: Oversize Small [Legal Documents] (Folder 2 of 2)

Scope and Contents

William Belden's oversized warranty deed / indenture for property in the Seventh Ward of New York City.

1824