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Guide to the Ray Family Papers
1794 - 1889
 MS 513

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Series II: Robert Ray Hamilton

Scope and Contents note

This series contains materials pertaining to Robert Ray Hamilton. The majority of the materials concern a scandal Hamilton was the victim of, between August and November 1889, when a woman named Evangeline (Eva) Mann falsely led him to believe he was the father of a baby, Beatrice, who she had reportedly purchased from a midwife. Only months after Hamilton secretly married her because of this claim, the truth of the situation was released publicly, resulting in family, friends and the public sending telegrams and writing letters to Hamilton expressing their sympathy for him, outrage at the situation and/or interest in adopting Beatrice. In addition to the correspondence regarding the scandal is the subpoena directing Hamilton to appear in court for Eva's trial, held in September 1889. This series also contains business correspondence regarding Hamilton's work as a lawyer and real estate agent, as well as bills resulting from his efforts to furnish the Republican Headquarters in New York City.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Bills for Furnishing the Republican Headquarters
Box: 2 Folder : 5 Business Correspondence
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Correspondence from Family
Aug. - Nov. 1889
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Correspondence from Friends
Aug. - Nov. 1889
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Correspondence from the Public
Aug. 1889
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Correspondence from the Public
Sept. 1889
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Correspondence from the Public
Sept. 1889
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Correspondence from the Public
Oct. - Nov. 1889
Box: 2 Folder : 12 Correspondence from the Public
1889, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 13 Subpoena
Sept. 1889
Box: 2 Folder : 14 Telegrams
Aug. - Oct. 1889

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