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Guide to the Jacob Harvey Family Papers
1811-1994
 MS 306

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Series II. Harvey Family Papers, 1808-1950. 3.75 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents Note

This series comprises the correspondence of Jacob Harvey and his wife Mary Hosack Harvey, as well as that of their daughters Mary and Rebecca Harvey. Also included are journals kept by Jacob and Rebecca Harvey, a scrapbook belonging to Mary Hosack Harvey, miscellaneous correspondence, literary efforts, and ephemera, and research notes compiled by the Feinses.

Arrangement Note

The series is organized in six subseries:

Subseries II.A. Jacob Harvey Correspondence
Subseries II.B. Jacob Harvey Journals
Subseries II.C. Mary Hosack Harvey Correspondence and Scrapbook
Subseries II.D. Mary Harvey Correspondence
Subseries II.E. Rebecca Harvey Correspondence and Journal
Subseries II.F. Miscellaneous

Subseries II.A. Jacob Harvey Correspondence, 1808-1848. 1.67 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries comprises Jacob Harvey's correspondence between the years 1808 and 1848, in addition to newspaper clippings and miscellaneous literary efforts, both collected and written by Harvey.

Jacob Harvey's correspondence covers a wide variety of subjects. Letters to and from his family, particularly his father, discuss commercial information, business conditions, local and national news, as well as English politics and Irish problems. Until roughly 1827, many of Harvey's letters are concerned with Quaker affairs in the United States, and the conflict between the the Orthodox Quakers of England, and the New Lights in New York.

In many of his letters Harvey examines the social, political, and literary scenes in the United States, and his correspondence is frequently engaged in a discussion of personal and public opinions on such subjects as the rights of Native Americans, the institution of slavery, universal suffrage, and democracy. Foreign affairs occupy much of Harvey's correspondence as well, and Irish immigration, especially in New York, comes under Harvey's scrutiny, as do the Maine and Oregon boundary disputes, and the Erie Canal. A number of notable correspondents appear in the subseries, including DeWitt Clinton, James Fenimore Cooper, Andrew Jackson, James K. Polk, John Randolph of Roanoke, William H. Seward, Martin van Buren, and Daniel Webster. The container list identifies all correspondents, along with notable subjects at the folder level. The subject notes are not comprehensive as they are based in large part upon the Feins's summaries found in the collection.

Arrangement Note

Overall, the subseries is arranged by correspondent, with documents other than correspondence situated at the end of the subseries. The correspondence is further arranged as follows:
Correspondence between Jacob Harvey and his family is situated at the beginning of the subseries, and is arranged chronologically. Following this, correspondents represented by several letters, or who are especially notable, are arranged alphabetically and foldered by the surname, whereas correspondents represented by three or fewer letters are foldered together. These are followed by letters to or from unidentified correspondents.

Some effort was made to maintain the order imposed by the Feinses, however, for the sake of continuity, this order was sometimes disrupted. Many folders include fragments of the Feins's envelopes that at one time housed the Harvey correspondence, as the Feinses often recorded notes about the contents.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Jacob Harvey to Family (Father)

Scope and Contents Note

These letters are unique from the rest of the correspondence between Harvey and his family in that Harvey wrote them as a child, while he was away from home, at school in Ballitore.

1808-1815
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Jacob Harvey to Family (Mother & Father)
1816
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Jacob Harvey to Family (Mother & Father)
1817
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Jacob Harvey to Family (Mother & Father)
1818
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Jacob Harvey to Family (Mother & Father)
1819
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Jacob Harvey to Family (Mother & Father)
1820
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Jacob Harvey to Family (Mother & Father)
1821
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Jacob Harvey to Family (Mother & Father)
1822
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Jacob Harvey to Family (Mother & Father)
1823
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Jacob Harvey to Family (Mother & Father)
1824
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Jacob Harvey to Family (Mother & Father)
1825
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Jacob Harvey to Family (Mother & Father)
1826
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Jacob Harvey to Family (Mother & Father)
1827-1829
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Jacob Harvey to Family (Mother & Father)
1830-1834
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Jacob Harvey to Family (Mary Hosack Harvey, Mary (Molly) Harvey, William Henry Harvey)
1838-1848
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Family to Jacob Harvey (Hannah Harvey, Rebecca Harvey, Mother & Father)

Scope and Contents

Includes one letter to Mary Hosack Harvey from W.H. Harvey (April 29, 1829).

1810-1829
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Family to Jacob Harvey (Hannah Harvey, Mother & Father)
1830-1836
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Family to Jacob Harvey (James Harvey)

Scope and Contents

Includes copies of correspondence between James Harvey and Lord Lansdowne which had accompanied a letter sent by James Harvey to Jacob Harvey, as well as one letter from Hannah Harvey to Jacob Harvey and one letter from an unidentified correspondent to Jacob Harvey.

1840-1847
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Jacob Harvey to Lord Aberdeen

Scope and Contents Note

One letter.

1840s
Box: 4 Folder : 7 Jacob Harvey to Lord Ashburton

Scope and Contents Note

One letter.

1842
Box: 4 Folder : 8 Jacob Harvey to/from Abraham Bell

Scope and Contents Note

Abraham Bell was the cousin of Jacob Harvey and the person who accompanied him to the United States in 1816. Bell took Harvey as an apprentice and, in 1822, as a partner in the firm of A. Bell & Co. Bell was also a prominant Quaker in New York. Correspondence between Harvey and Bell is predominantly concerned with their business affairs.

1824-1847
Box: 4 Folder : 9 Jacob Harvey from Robert Benson

Scope and Contents Note

Robert Benson appears to have been an English Quaker who sided with the Braithwaites in their conflict with Elias Hicks in New York. The conflict was a facet of the schism between the Orthodox of English Society, and the New Lights led by Hicks. Correspondence between Harvey and Benson is ample, is concerned predominantly with Quaker affairs in the United States and in England.

1824-1830
Box: 4 Folder : 10 Jacob Harvey about Braithwaite - "Calumny Refuted or Plain facts versus misrepresentations, being a reply to a pamphlet entitled 'The Misrepresentations of Anna Braithwaite in relation to the doctrines preached by Elias Hicks.'"

Scope and Contents Note

This manuscript is a copy of a work published by Jacob Harvey in defense of Anna Braithwaite during a heated public conflict which was a facet of the schism between the Orthodox Quakers in England, and the New Lights in New York.

1820s
Box: 4 Folder : 11 Jacob Harvey to/from Isaac and Anna Braithwaite

Scope and Contents Note

The letters in this folder had been arranged by Feinses in an envelope titled "Quaker Matters," and pertain to Quaker affairs in the United States and England. Much of the correspondence is concerned with a conflict which was a facet of the schism between the Orthodox in England, of which the Braithwaites were members, and the New Lights, led by Hicks in New York. The folder also includes a memorandum of a visit by George and Ann Jones to Abraham Bell's family as well as copies of a letter to George Jones, written by Jacob Harvey, which detail an incident between the Jones, who were English Quakers also opposed to Hicks, and the Bells. Also included is a letter from Thomas Wright to Jacob Harvey on the subject of this incident.

1824-1828
Box: 4 Folder : 12 Jacob Harvey to/from William Brown

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence between Brown and Harvey is primarily concerned with the Maine and Oregon boundary disputes.

1839-1847
Box: 4 Folder : 13 Jacob Harvey from William C. Bryant

Scope and Contents Note

One letter.

1842
Box: 4 Folder : 14 Jacob Harvey to Charles Buller

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence between Buller and Harvey is primarily concerned with the Maine and Oregon boundary disputes.

1841-1846
Box: 4 Folder : 15 Jacob Harvey from Benjamin F. Butler

Scope and Contents Note

One letter concerning a Mr. Fairchild.

1839
Box: 4 Folder : 16 Jacob Harvey from Joseph Cecil

Scope and Contents Note

Three letters concerned with life and society in Ireland, England and the United States. Brief references are made to Randolph, international politics, and business affairs.

1823-1824
Box: 4 Folder : 17 Jacob Harvey from Eliza F. Clibborn

Scope and Contents Note

Letters expressing concern about an unidentified matter. Includes one letter from an unidentified correspondent to Mr. Clibborn.

1826-1846
Box: 4 Folder : 18 Jacob Harvey from DeWitt Clinton

Scope and Contents Note

Two letters concerning the exchange of published works on the topics of Ireland and the United States.

1824-1827
Box: 4 Folder : 19 Jacob Harvey from David C. Colden & Maria Colden

Scope and Contents Note

Three letters concerning life and society in England and the United States.

1823-1827
Box: 4 Folder : 20 Jacob Harvey from James Fenimore Cooper

Scope and Contents Note

One letter.

1842
Box: 4 Folder : 21 Jacob Harvey from Thomas P. Cope

Scope and Contents Note

One letter comprising an extract from the Journals of Congress, 1783.

1826
Box: 4 Folder : 22 Jacob Harvey from Coster Family

Scope and Contents Note

Several letters from Adeline Coster, Caroline Coster, and Laura Coster, all generally on the topics of life and society in New York.

1829-1830
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Jacob Harvey from Robert Emmett

Scope and Contents Note

One letter concerning a mistaken dinner invitation.

1829
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Jacob Harvey to John Griscom

Scope and Contents Note

Harvey's numerous letters to Griscom were written over the course of a trip to Ireland and England, and discuss such matters as life and society in Ireland, the Irish famine, and various philanthropic efforts. Includes one letter from John Lecky to John Griscom.

1822-1823
Box: 5 Folder : 3 Jacob Harvey from J. Prescott Hall

Scope and Contents Note

One letter referencing a letter to Lord Lansdowne, written by Harvey, on the topic of the Maine boundary dispute.

1839
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Jacob Harvey from Francis Hallinan

Scope and Contents Note

Francis Hallinan appears to have been an employee of the Harvey family in Ireland and wrote to Harvey on a number of occasions to report on business affairs.

1816-1818
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Jacob Harvey from Hosack Family

Scope and Contents Note

One to five letters each from Emily Hosack, Eliza B. Hosack, Nathaniel P. Hosack, and M. Hosack discussing primarily family matters, such as the marriage of Mary Hosack and Jacob Harvey, as well as life and society in New York.

1825-1848
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Jacob Harvey from John Hughes

Scope and Contents Note

Two letters concerning life and society in Ireland and the United States. Includes a copy of a letter to Reverend Andrew Barden, written by John Hughes, about an inheritance case in which Harvey had involved himself.

1846-1847
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Jacob Harvey to Andrew Jackson

Scope and Contents Note

One letter discussing the life and accomplishments of Cadwallader D. Colden.

1832
Box: 5 Folder : 8 Jacob Harvey from Mitchell King

Scope and Contents Note

Numerous letters concerning the Maine and Oregon boundary disputes, with some mention of slavery, and divorce law, in the United States.

1842-1847
Box: 5 Folder : 9 Jacob Harvey to/from Marquess of Lansdowne

Scope and Contents Note

Lord Lansdowne (Henry Petty-Fitzmaurice, 3rd Marquess of Lansdowne) was at various points in time Chancellor of Exchequer, Home Secretary, and President of the Council of Great Britain, as well as a warm supporter of abolition of the slave trade, and Catholic Emancipation. Correspondence between Lansdowne and Harvey is primarily concerned with the Maine and Oregon boundary disputes, with some discussion of literature and business.

1830-1847
Box: 5 Folder : 10 Jacob Harvey from William C. Macready

Scope and Contents Note

Three letters.

1833-1835
Box: 5 Folder : 11 Jacob Harvey to/from Lord Morpeth

Scope and Contents Note

Lord Morpeth (George William Frederick Howard, 7th Earl of Carlisle) had a large estate in or near Limerick which seems to have been managed by Jacob Harvey's father. Morpeth also held positions in various English cabinets relative to Irish affairs, and was a vigorous abolitionist. Correspondence between Morpeth and Harvey is ample, and for the most part concerned with politics in the United States, largely the Maine and Oregon boundary disputes.

1842-1848
Box: 5 Folder : 12 Jacob Harvey to/from General George Pope Morris

Scope and Contents Note

Three letters concerning Harvey's contribution to Morris's publication, the daily New York Evening Mirror. Also includes three letters to Morris from unidentified correspondents.

1823-1827
Box: 5 Folder : 13 Jacob Harvey from R. A. O'Reilly

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence between O'Reilly and Harvey is extensive and addresses a variety of subjects. O'Reilly writes frequently from Dublin, but also from London, and generally correspondence is concerned with life, society and politics in Ireland, England, and the United States. Specific attention is paid to trade between the United States and England, and the Irish famine.

1824-1848
Box: 5 Folder : 14 Jacob Harvey to/from Robert Peel

Scope and Contents Note

Two letters exalting the conclusion of the Oregon border dispute.

1846
Box: 5 Folder : 15 Jacob Harvey from Jonathan Pim

Scope and Contents Note

Several letters concerning Quaker matters and the Irish famine.

1847
Box: 5 Folder : 16 Jacob Harvey to James K. Polk

Scope and Contents Note

One letter concerning capital punishment relating to the sentencing of a pirate.

1846
Box: 5 Folder : 17 Jacob Harvey from Tyrone Power

Scope and Contents Note

Two brief letters.

1840
Box: 5 Folder : 18 Jacob Harvey to the Press

Scope and Contents Note

One letter to the Editor of the "Truth Teller," and one letter to the Editor of the London Times.

1831-1847
Box: 5 Folder : 19 Jacob Harvey from John Randolph of Roanoke

Scope and Contents Note

Jacob Harvey and John Randolph of Roanoke met on board a ship for England in 1822, after which Harvey became Randolph's agent in New York. Correspondence between Harvey and Randolph is ample and is centered around such topics as the exchange of books, politics, mutual esteem and philosophy. Folder also includes extracts from a number of Randolph's letters as well as a letter to Jacob Harvey from Jonathan Jay Smith on the subject of letters and a publication written by Randolph.

1822-1847
Box: 5 Folder : 20 Jacob Harvey from M.B. Sampson

Scope and Contents Note

M.B. Sampson was an official of the Bank of England and intensely interested in such fads as homeopathy, vegetarianism, and mesmerism. Correspondence between Sampson and Harvey is ample and concerned with a wide variety of topics, most significantly English and American politics, Harvey's business affairs, and the Maine and Oregon boundary disputes.

1841-1847
Box: 5 Folder : 21 Jacob Harvey to/from Winfield Scott

Scope and Contents Note

One letter expressing gratitute, and one letter on the subject of an unidentified memorandum.

1839-1843
Box: 5 Folder : 22 Jacob Harvey to/from William H. Seward

Scope and Contents Note

Several letters concerned with such topics as education in New York, party politics, slavery, the McLeod Case of 1841, and the Maine boundary dispute.

1838-1842
Box: 5 Folder : 23 Jacob Harvey to/from Marquess of Sligo

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence between Sligo (Howe Browne, 2nd Marquess of Sligo) and Harvey is extensive and addresses a variety of subjects. Generally the letters are concerned with life, society, and politics in Ireland, England, and the United States. Specific attention is paid to the Irish famine, the Maine boundary dispute, and Loco Focos. Also included are a number of letters written by his Sligo's wife, H. Catherine Sligo, during a period when the Marquess was incapable of writing legibly.

1838-1848
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Jacob Harvey from James Spedding

Scope and Contents Note

Several letters generally concerned with international politics, most significantly the Irish famine and the Maine and Oregon boundary disputes.

1840-1845
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Jacob Harvey to/from T. Spring Rice (Baron Monteagle)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondence between Spring Rice and Harvey is ample and primarily concerned with international politics, most specifically those of Ireland, England, and the United States.

1832-1846
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Jacob Harvey to Lord Stanley

Scope and Contents Note

One letter concerning the Church of Ireland.

1836
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Jacob Harvey to Jeremiah Thompson

Scope and Contents Note

A series of five letters — of which the second is missing — addressed to the Park Place Club in Nightly Council Assembled. These letters recount Harvey's experience during his Tour of the West, and like his travel journals, comment upon architecture and landscapes, modes of transportation, travel conditions, and accommodations. Harvey's letters are highly anecdotal, and pay particular attention to politics, slavery, Quaker matters, and Irish immigrants. Also included is a single letter to Jeremiah Thompson, which was commenced by Harvey but never sent, that details a serious business mishap.

1820-1827
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Jacob Harvey to/from Martin Van Buren

Scope and Contents Note

Two letters concerning a delicate matter involving a W. M. Price.

1838-1848
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Jacob Harvey from Jonathan Wainwright

Scope and Contents Note

One letter expressing condolences on the death of an unnamed person (possibly David Hosack).

1835
Box: 6 Folder : 7 Jacob Harvey to/from Daniel Webster

Scope and Contents Note

Three letters concerning the Maine boundary dispute and the promotion of peace between England and the United States. Reference is made to Lansdowne and Monteagle.

1840-1841
Box: 6 Folder : 8 Jacob Harvey to/from Silas Wright

Scope and Contents Note

At the time of his correspondence with Harvey, Wright served as Chairman of the Finance Committee in the United States Senate. Correspondence between Wright and Harvey is ample, and concerned with party politics, the election of 1840, Martin Van Buren, and the United States Bank and Sub-treasury.

1838-1842
Box: 6 Folder : 9 Jacob Harvey to/from Correspondents A-H

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include: John Agnew (?) (1827); Joseph Arc-- (from Brighton) (1837); William B. Astor (1846); A. M. Church (1833); F. W. Conway (1847); Clarence C. Cook (1843); Miss Edgeworth (1843); John Ford (1839); Jane J Lennell (1848); -- Graves (1846); Robert Greenhow (1828); James Haughton (?) (1846); Francis L. Hawkes (1836); Jack Healy (1821); John H. Hicks (1845).

1821-1848
Box: 6 Folder : 10 Jacob Harvey to/from Correspondents K-W

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include: D. S. Kennedy (undated); Mary Leadbeater (1816-1817); Frank Lloyd (1827-1828); R. B. Minturn (1841); Lady Ann Monck (1847); George Raperlje (1833-1834); David Sears (1847); R. Sherwood (1836); Daniel B Smith (1819); Bishop Spencer (1842); James S. Stopford (1828); George Wilkes (1839).

1816-1847
Box: 6 Folder : 11 Jacob Harvey from Unidentified Correspondent

Scope and Contents Note

One lengthy letter, written from Hastings, concerning what appears to be business affairs.

1838
Box: 6 Folder : 12 Jacob Harvey to Unidentified Correspondents

Scope and Contents Note

Three letters addressed to a Lord (possibly Morpeth and/or Lansdowne) on the subject of the Oregon boundary dispute.

1840s
Box: 6 Folder : 13 Jacob Harvey from Unidentified Correspondent

Scope and Contents Note

One circular on the subject of the Irish Famine.

1847
Box: 6 Folder : 14 Jacob Harvey (?) from George Dawson-Damer, Sir Joseph Laffan, William Watson

Scope and Contents Note

Three letters which are not explicitly addressed to Harvey.

1835-1841
Box: 6 Folder : 15 Irish Letters

Scope and Contents Note

These letters had been labeled "Curious Letter...", "Curious Irish Letter", or "Irish Letter". For the most part, they detail the various misfortunes of their authors, or beg favors of their recipients.

1816-1829
Box: 6 Folder : 16 Copy of J.M. Harvey's Will
1833
Box: 6 Folder : 17 Extract from Dr. David Hosack's Memoranda
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 18 Member List for Friday Evening Club
1847
Box: 6 Folder : 19 Poetry

Scope and Contents Note

Authors include: Jacob Harvey; Warren Hastings, copied by Randolph; Mr. Biddle; Cowper.

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 20 Lunch Poetry

Scope and Contents Note

Auhors include: J.S. Hone; Halleck; A Bleecker.

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 21 Irish Songs
undated
Box: 6 Folder : 22 Miscellaneous Literary Efforts
1838, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 23 Miscellaneous Literary Efforts

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a "Fairy Tale by M Harvey (Mary Harvey?), written when ten years old".

undated
Box: 6 Folder : 24 Newspaper Clippings (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Subjects include: The Creole Case (1842, undated); Irish Affairs (1847, undated) (clipping "Supplement to The Dublin Evening Post, 1816" moved to oversized); Maine & Oregon border disputes, State Debts (1842-1846, undated); Miscellaneous (1822-1823, undated).

1820s-1840s, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 25 Newspaper Clippings (2 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Subjects include: Irish Stories (1831-1832); Letters on Catholicisim by Jacob Harvey & Brownlow correspondence on Catholicism (1840-1842); Articles by Jacob Harvey on remittances of money by Irish in America (1844-1847).

1830s-1840s, undated
Box: OS-Small Folder : -- Newspaper Clippings. Oversize. (3 of 3)
1846-1847
Box: 6 Folder : 26 Portrait Engravings from Magazines
1830s, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 27 Miscellaneous Envelopes

Scope and Contents Note

Original evelopes that could not be matched with any letters, and a portion of an envelope that was used by Feinses to identify correspondence to and from notable persons.

undated

Subseries II.B. Jacob Harvey Journals , 1816-1823. 0.83 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries contains notes, journals, and a commonplace book written by Jacob Harvey between the years 1816 and 1823. Significant themes which emerge throughout the subseries are Harvey's Quaker background; his continued attachment to Ireland and his growing concern for the plight of his people, both in Ireland and as immigrants in the United States; and his fervent objection to slavery in general, and especially in the U.S. The container list further identifies subjects at the folder level.

Arrangement Note

Journals have been organized chrononlogically, according to the date of the first entry. In the case where there are multiple copies of a single journal, what appears to be the original is filed ahead of what appears to be the copy, or final draft.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Trip from Belfast to New York

Scope and Contents Note

This journal provides an account of Jacob Harvey's journey from Belfast to New York, in the company of Abraham and Mary Bell, as well as his initial impression of the United States during his first few months in New York. Harvey meticulously notes travel conditions as well as the habits and attitudes of his companions and, upon his arrival in New York, the immigration regulations imposed upon himself and his fellow passengers.

The second half of the journal records the landscape, population, and architecture of New York and its environs, including such towns as Jamaica, Flushing, Brooklyn, and Elizabethtown in New Jersey. Harvey pays special attention to military structures and monuments, such as one erected on the site of the Burr-Hamilton Duel. He also remarks upon Independence Day celebrations in New York, and the continuous arrival of Irish immigrants to the city.

1816
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Trip to Philadelphia (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This journal provides an account of Jacob Harvey's trip from New York to Philadelphia and its environs, along with a last minute excursion to Baltimore. As in his other travel journals, Harvey diligently records the architectural landscape and the attitudes of the people in the cities he encounters, as well as modes of transportation and travel conditions. Entries in this journal are particularly concerned with the manner by which people sustain themselves, be it industry, trade, or agriculture, and he often records market values for a variety of goods. Harvey also remarks upon significant institutions, such as the Museum of Baltimore and the Franklin Library in Philadelphia, state prisons and hospitals, abolition societies, and European schools for Native Americans.

1817
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Trip to Philadelphia (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This journal appears to be a copy — or final draft — of the journal described above. It appears to have undergone a significant amount of revision, although the content of the two journals is closely aligned.

1817
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Commonplace Book

Scope and Contents Note

Jacob Harvey's Commonplace Book more closely resembles a journal. The initial entries are centered around excerpts from published works, most notably an 1817 Haitian Publication, titled Réflexions politiques sur quelques ouvrages et journaux francais concernant Hayti, which is concerned with the 1791-1804 Haitian Revolution. Harvey also records notable cultural events, such as Charles Guille's jump from a hot air balloon in New York on 2 August 1819 and the Annual Culmination of the students of Columbia College. Other entries are concerned with government, on both a global and a local scale, and record such events as the Adams-Onis Treaty as well as the proceedings and scandal surrounding a few notable court-cases. The final entries, being compiled from Harvey's travel notes, most closely resemble his other journals.

1819-1820
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Notes on Trip to Washington, Mt. Vernon, and Baltimore

Scope and Contents Note

This account comprises a few loose pages of notes which record a trip from Washington D.C., where Harvey pays a visit to George Washington's Estate at Mt.Vernon, to Baltimore. He pays special attention to topics of race and the conditions of slavery in these areas. Also included is a separate sheet of notes which record proceedings at the House of Representatives during a vote. Harvey later compiles these notes, in narrative form, in his Commonplace Book.

1820
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Account of the Yearly Meeting in Philadelphia/Account of the Yearly Meeting in New York (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

There is a typescript associated with this journal that appears to have been copied from the Account of the Yearly Meeting in Philadelphia/Account of the Yearly Meeting in New York (2 of 2), which is assumed to be a copy — or final draft — of the journal described here. The typescript is an excerpt only, and does not represent this account in its entirety.

This journal provides an account of Quaker Yearly Meetings in Philadelphia and New York. Harvey records the daily operations of the meetings themselves, along with his observations of member conduct, and occasionally his personal opinion regarding the topics discussed.

In his account of the Yearly Meeting in Philadelphia, Harvey records nearly 2,000 members, in attendance from Baltimore, New York, and London, as well as from Rhode Island, Ohio, Indiana, Virginia, and North Carolina. The meeting addresses such topics as the rights of Native Americans and the descendants of Africans, with special attention to donations that were to be made in support of these groups. Other topics include Quaker affairs, such as member anxiety regarding the blending of Societies, Quaker presence in the press and the perceived public opinion of the Society, and how members ought to behave during meetings and in daily life.

Harvey's account of the Yearly Meeting in New York records many of the same topics, but reveals a more morally stringent attitude specific to the New York Society. Harvey records a number of discussions regarding member conduct, especially on the topic of member association with non-Quakers. Elias Hicks emerges as a figure vehemently against the cultivation of relationships outside the immediate community, and here Harvey asserts his personal opinion in opposition to Hicks, as well as that on a number of other topics.

1820
Box: 7 Folder : 7 Account of the Yearly Meeting in Philadelphia/Account of the Yearly Meeting in New York (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

There is a typescript associated with this journal. This journal appears to be a copy — or final draft — of the journal described above.

1820
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Tour to the Falls of Niagara and Canada (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

There is a typescript associated with this journal that appears to have been copied from the Tour to the Falls of Niagara and Canada (2 of 2), which is assumed to be a copy — or final draft — of the journal described here.

This journal provides an account of Jacob Harvey's trip from New York to Canada and back, along with his experience at the burgeoning tourist destination of Niagara Falls. As in his other travel journals, Harvey diligently records the landscape and monuments he encounters, as well as modes of transportation and travel conditions. Harvey often indicates the type of goods cultivated by various regions and communities, in addition to the religion(s) practiced.

1820
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Tour to the Falls of Niagara and Canada (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

There is a typescript associated with this journal. This journal appears to be a copy — or final draft — of the journal described above.

1820
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Tour of the West (1 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This journal provides an account of Jacob Harvey's trip from New York westward and back, through Maryland, Pennsylvania, what is now West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. As in his other travel journals, Harvey meticulously records the landscape, architecture, and attitudes of the people in the communities that he encounters, as well as modes of transportation and travel conditions. Entries in this journal are particularly concerned with the government of each state, and with slavery. In Frankfort, Kentucky, Harvey records his visit to the House of Representatives and the Senate, and in Corydon, Indiana he remarks upon the general attitude of the community toward the Monroe/Tompkins Presidential Candidacy. The town of Troy, Indiana is the farthest point west reached by Harvey, and the reason for the trip appears to have been business to be conducted in this town.

1820
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Tour of the West (2 of 2)

Scope and Contents Note

This journal appears to be a copy — or final draft — of the journal described above. It appears to have undergone a significant amount of revision, although the content of the two journals is closely aligned.

1820
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Voyage Round Long Island

Scope and Contents Note

There is a typescript associated with this journal. See Typescript. Journal, Voyage Round Long Island, 1821.

Much of this account records the habits and attitudes of Harvey's travel companions as well as the state of his accommodations on board the steamboat. Some small attention is given to the natural landscape and the communities he encounters.

1821
Box: 8 Folder : 6-7 Notebooks

Scope and Contents Note

Includes six notebooks comprising an account of Jacob Harvey's trip from America to Ireland, where he spent nearly a year visiting with family and friends. Many entries record Quaker meetings as well as discussions about Slavery in the United States. The notebooks also reference several family names present in his correspondence, including the Braithwaites, the Bells, T. Spring Rice, and Lord Lansdowne, among many others. Reference is also made to the African Institution in London, to which Harvey was introduced by his friend and sometimes travel companion John Randolph of Roanoke.

1822-1823

Subseries II.C. Mary Hosack Harvey Correspondence and Scrapbook, 1810-1950. 0.53 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries comprises Mary Hosack Harvey's correspondence between the years 1812 and 1871, including letters of condolence upon the death of Jacob Harvey, in addition to poetry written for her, and newspaper clippings and a scrapbook kept by her.

Mary Hosack Harvey's correspondence is generally concerned with life and society in New York and in Ireland. Letters from her family comprise the most significant portion of her correspondence, the bulk of which were written after the death of her husband in 1848. She received letters from her siblings Alexander, Emily, and Nathaniel Hosack, her daughters Mary and Rebecca Harvey, and her niece Emily Rodgers. She also received letters from her relatives Hannah Harvey Todhunter and Mary C. Harvey in Ireland. Of particular interest are nine folders of letters from her brother-in-law in Ireland, William Henry Harvey, who was a prominent botanist of the era. These letters span nearly twenty years and chronicle significant family events such as marriages, illnesses, and deaths, as well as parts of W.H. Harvey's career. The container list further identifies subjects at the folder level.

Arrangement Note

Overall, the subseries is arranged by correspondent, with documents other than correspondence situated at the end of the subseries. Correspondence is further arranged as follows:

Letters to Mary Hosack Harvey during the illness and upon the death of Jacob Harvey are situated at the beginning of the subseries. Following these, correspondents represented by several letters, or who are especially notable, are arranged alphabetically and foldered by surname. Correspondents represented by three or fewer letters are foldered together.

The Feinses appear to have flattened and labeled a portion of these letters using paper sleeves. The sleeves have been left in place, although the order imposed by the Feinses has been disrupted significantly.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Letters to Mary Hosack Harvey During the Illness & on the Death of Jacob Harvey

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one letter each addressed to Abraham Bell and to Dr. Hosack (presumably Alexander Eddy).

1848
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Mary Hosack Harvey from B. Binsse
1828
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Mary Hosack Harvey from Robert Greenhow
1819-1822
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Mary Hosack Harvey from Mary Harvey

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one letter from Mary Harvey to Rebecca Harvey which had been enclosed in a letter from Mary Harvey to Mary Hosack Harvey on July 16.

1851-1852, Undated
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Mary Hosack Harvey from Mary C. Harvey

Scope and Contents Note

Letters of condolence on the death of Jacob Harvey. Includes one letter from Mary C. Harvey to Mary and Rebecca Harvey, and one letter from Hannah C. Harvey (Hannah H. Todhunter) to Mary Hosack Harvey, both of which accompanied the letter from Mary C. Harvey to Mary Hosack Harvey.

1848
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Mary Hosack Harvey from Rebecca Harvey
1852, Undated
Box: 9 Folder : 7 Mary Hosack Harvey from William Henry Harvey (1 of 9)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one letter from William Henry Harvey to J.A. Lowell, which had been enclosed in a letter from W.H. Harvey to Mary Hosack Harvey on 22 March 1849, concerning a trip to the United States (August 1849-May 1850) and a lecture course on botany, to be given by W.H. Harvey, at the Lowell institute near Boston, MA. Correspondence in this folder and the following two folders is predominantly concerned with W.H. Harvey's work and his trip to America.

1848-1849
Box: 9 Folder : 8 Mary Hosack Harvey from William Henry Harvey (2 of 9)
1849
Box: 9 Folder : 9 Mary Hosack Harvey from William Henry Harvey (3 of 9)
1850
Box: 9 Folder : 10 Mary Hosack Harvey from William Henry Harvey (4 of 9)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes two letters from Hannah Harvey Todhunter to Mary Hosack Harvey which was written on the back of W.H. Harvey's letter to Mary H. Harvey on 17 July 1850, and on 28 November 1850.

1850
Box: 9 Folder : 11 Mary Hosack Harvey from William Henry Harvey (5 of 9)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one letter from R. Harvey to William Henry Harvey which had been enclosed in a letter from W.H. Harvey to Mary Hosack Harvey on 13 March 1851, and one empty envelope.

1851
Box: 9 Folder : 12 Mary Hosack Harvey from William Henry Harvey (6 of 9)
1852
Box: 9 Folder : 13 Mary Hosack Harvey from William Henry Harvey (7 of 9)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one letter from R.H.T. (Todhunter) to Mary H. Harvey which was included in a letter from W.H. Harvey to M.H. Harvey on 19 March 1857.

1857
Box: 9 Folder : 14 Mary Hosack Harvey from William Henry Harvey (8 of 9)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one letter from Mary C. Harvey to "Darling Mother" which had been included in a letter from William Henry Harvey to Mary Hosack Harvey on 15 April 1858, concerning the death of Mary C. Harvey.

1858
Box: 9 Folder : 15 Mary Hosack Harvey from William Henry Harvey (9 of 9)
1859-1865
Box: 9 Folder : 16 Mary Hosack Harvey to/from Alexander Eddy Hosack & Celine B. Scott

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a carte de visite depicting Alexander E. Hosack and a letter from Mary H. Harvey to Alexander E. Hosack which had, as a result of a quarrel, been returned unopened to Mary H. Harvey.

1857-1869
Box: 9 Folder : 17 Mary Hosack Harvey from Emily Hosack & Nathaniel Pendleton Hosack
1857-1869
Box: 9 Folder : 18 Mary Hosack Harvey from Rodgers Family

Scope and Contents Note

One letter from Emily Rodgers (Emmie) concerning a trip to Switzerland.

1871
Box: 9 Folder : 19 Mary Hosack Harvey from Schermerhorn Family

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include: Adeline Schermerhorn (née Adeline E. Coster) (1825, undated); Ellen Schermerhorn (1855, undated).

1852-1855, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 20 Mary Hosack Harvey from Hannah Harvey Todhunter
1856, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 21 Mary Hosack Harvey to Mrs. Williams
1836
Box: 9 Folder : 22 Mary Hosack Harvey from Correspondents B-T

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include: S. Bard (1828, undated); Julia Bush (1812); Charles Choisy (1835); Maria Colden (1833); Louise Fai-- (undated); Mrs. Oakey (1863); D. Stewart (1814-1821); M. Toland (1824).

1812-1835, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 23 Poetry to Mary Hosack from Admirers
1821, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 24 Newspaper Clippings

Scope and Contents Note

Obituary notices of the death of David Hosack.

1835
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Scrap Book Belonging to Mary Hosack Harvey (1 of 3)
1813-1822, undated
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Scrap Book Belonging to Mary Hosack Harvey (2 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Miscellaneous loose scraps from the scrapbook, including newspaper clippings, engravings, and handwritten notes.

1810-1849, undated
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Scrap Book Belonging to Mary Hosack Harvey (3 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Envelope, addressed to Mrs. Clare Feins, from Miss Constance Biddle, in which the scrapbook had been stored.

1950

Subseries II.D. Mary Harvey Correspondence , 1839-1888. 0.33 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries contains the correspondence of Mary Harvey, daughter of Mary H. and Jacob Harvey, written between the years 1839 and 1888. Letters from her family comprise a significant portion of the correspondence, and she received letters from her mother, Mary H. Harvey, her sister, Rebecca Harvey, her aunts and uncle Eliza, Sophia, and Nathaniel Hosack, as well as from Emily Hosack Rodgers and her daughters. She also received letters from her relatives in Ireland, including Mary C. Harvey, J.I. Harvey, William Henry Harvey, and Hannah H. and J. Todhunter. Correspondence, family and otherwise, is generally concerned with life and society in New York and in Ireland. Correspondents frequently reference one another, and their letters document significant events such as marriages, illnesses, and deaths, in addition to common social events, country retreats, and trips around the United States and Europe.

Arrangement Note

The subseries is arranged alphabetically by correspondent. Correspondents represented by several letters, or who are especially notable, are foldered individually by surname. Correspondents represented by three or fewer letters are foldered together at the end of the subseries.

The Feinses appear to have flattened and labeled a portion of these letters using paper sleeves. The sleeves have been left in place, although the order imposed by the Feinses has been disrupted significantly.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Mary Harvey from Anne C. Cary
1851-1861
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Mary Harvey from Julia L. Delafield
1855-1861
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Mary Harvey from J. I. Harvey
1865
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Mary Harvey from Mary C. Harvey
1848-1857
Box: 10 Folder : 8 Mary Harvey from Mary Hosack Harvey

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one letter from M. Bell (Mary) to Mary Harvey (1848).

1839-1869
Box: 10 Folder : 9 Mary Harvey from Rebecca Harvey
1852-1857
Box: 10 Folder : 10 Mary Harvey from William Henry Harvey

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a letter from Hannah H. Todhunter to Mary Harvey which was enclosed with a letter from W.H. Harvey to Mary Harvey on 26 May 1853, as well as two empty envelopes (1851 & 1854).

1850-1863
Box: 10 Folder : 11 Mary Harvey from Hosack Family

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include: Eliza Bard Hosack (1852); Nathaniel Pendleton Hosack (1858); Sophia Hosack (1859).

1852-1857
Box: 10 Folder : 12 Mary Harvey from Julia James
1853-1861, undated
Box: 10 Folder : 13 Mary Harvey from Julia Lowndes
1848-1856
Box: 10 Folder : 14 Mary Harvey from Anne Stuart Newton

Scope and Contents Note

The letters in this folder appear to be from a single correspondent, Anne Stuart Newton. There are, however, some inconsistencies in the signatures, and it is possible that the letters are from more than one correspondent with the same last name.

1857-1859
Box: 10 Folder : 15 Mary Harvey from Rodgers Family

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include: Ellen L. Newman (1888); -- O'Sullivan (1887); Emily Hosack Rodgers (Aunt Em) (1861); Emily Kearney Rodgers (Emmie) (1857-1859); Kit Rodgers (1850); Mary Hosack Biddle (Minni) (née Mary Hosack Rodgers) (1857-1888, undated).

1850-1888
Box: 10 Folder : 16 Mary Harvey from Schermerhorn Family

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include: Adeline Schermerhorn (Aunt Addie) (1848-1861); Ellen Schermerhorn (1852-1861, undated).

1852-1861, undated
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Mary Harvey from Sarah Morris Stout (Sarah Morris Vaugrigneuse)

Scope and Contents Note

Includes, among a number of letters, one empty envelope (1857).

1854-1861
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Mary Harvey from J. Todhunter
1858
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Mary Harvey from Wilkes Family

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include: Annie Wilkes (1852-1857); Grace Wilkes (1859); Hatty K. Wilkes (?) (1855-1859).

1852-1859
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Mary Harvey from Correspondents E-T

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include: Mary Edgar (1857); Katharine Ehninger (1853); Jon Ford (1855); A. Frenfanelli (1858-1859); S. A. Plan-- (1857); Fanny Rhinelander (1857); Helen Skinner (1857-1859); Julia Tillon (1859); H. Toland Jr. (1855); Mary Toland (1852-1861); Laura Tompkins (1852).

1852-1861

Subseries II.E. Rebecca Harvey Correspondence and Journal, 1848-1869. 0.31 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents Note

This subseries contains the correspondence and journal of Rebecca Harvey, daughter of Mary H. and Jacob Harvey, written between the years 1848 and 1869, in addition to a carte de visite depicting Rebecca Harvey. Letters from her family comprise a significant portion of the correspondence, and she received letters from her mother, Mary H. Harvey, her aunts and uncle Eliza, Sophia, and Nathaniel Hosack, as well as from Emily Hosack Rodgers and her daughter, Mary Hosack Biddle. There are a large number of letters from a Mary Isabel Rodgers, who may have been either the niece, or step-daughter, of Emily H. Rodgers. Rebecca Harvey also received letters from her relatives Mary C. Harvey and William Henry Harvey in Ireland. Correspondence, family and otherwise, is generally concerned with life and society in New York and in Ireland. Correspondents frequently reference one another, and their letters document significant events such as marriages, illnesses, and deaths, in addition to common social events, country retreats, and trips around the United States and Europe. Similarly, the journal of Rebecca Harvey is concerned with the manner in which she spends her days, her friends and acquaintances, what people wear, and social events.

Arrangement Note

Overall, the subseries is arranged by correspondent, with documents other than correspondence situated at the end of the subseries. Correspondents represented by several letters, or who are especially notable, are arranged alphabetically and foldered by surname. Correspondents represented by three or fewer letters are foldered together.

The Feinses appear to have flattened and labeled a portion of these letters using paper sleeves. The sleeves have been left in place, although the order imposed by the Feinses has been disrupted significantly.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Rebecca Harvey from Julia Delafield
1860
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Rebecca Harvey from Mary C. Harvey
1848
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Rebecca Harvey from Mary Hosack Harvey
1862-1869, undated
Box: 11 Folder : 8 Rebecca Harvey from William Henry Harvey
1850-1859
Box: 11 Folder : 9 Rebecca Harvey from Hosack Family

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include: Eliza Hosack (1853-1856); Nathaniel Pendleton Hosack (1851-1856); Sophy Hosack (1855-1857). Additionally, an 1854 letter from Eliza Hosack to Rebecca Harvey includes newspaper clippings on the topic of the death of Bishop Wainwright.

1851-1857
Box: 11 Folder : 10 Rebecca Harvey from Rodgers Family (1 of 3)

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include: Emily Hosack Rodgers (Aunt Em) (1856); Mary Hosack Biddle (Minni) (née Mary Hosack Rodgers) (1857-1869).

1856-1869
Box: 11 Folder : 11 Rebecca Harvey from Mary Isabel Rodgers (2 of 3)
1851-1856
Box: 11 Folder : 12 Rebecca Harvey from Mary Isabel Rodgers (3 of 3)
1858-1864, undated
Box: 11 Folder : 13 Rebecca Harvey from Schermerhorn Family

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include: Adeline Schermerhorn (Aunt Addy) (1851-1856); Ellen Schermerhorn (1850-1855).

1850-1856
Box: 11 Folder : 14 Rebecca Harvey from Helen Skinner
1855-1856
Box: 11 Folder : 15 Rebecca Harvey from Correspondents C-P

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include: Mary Carter (1857); Gabrielle de Potestad (1855-1857); Julia Tillon (1855).

1855-1857
Box: 11 Folder : 16 Carte de visite depicting Rebecca Harvey
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 17 Journal kept by Rebecca Harvey
1852-1862

Subseries II.F. Miscellaneous , 1819-1897. 0.08 Linear Feet

Scope and Contents Note

Subseries includes miscellaneous correspondence, literary efforts, and ephemera, as well as research notes compiled by the Feinses.

Arrangement Note

The subseries is arranged first by correspondent, with documents other than correspondence appearing last.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 18 Biddle Sisters Correspondence

Scope and Contents Note

Letters sent by the Alice McMurtrie Biddle, Constance Elizabeth Biddle, and Maria Georgina Biddle as children, from Northern France, to their mother and other correspondents.

circa 1897
Box: 11 Folder : 19 Miscellaneous Correspondence

Scope and Contents Note

Correspondents include: H. Biddle to Reverend John Hughes (1848); Carew to Reuben Harvey (1846); N.H. Carter to Dr. Hosack (1828); William Henry Harvey to Hannah Todhunter (1840).

1828-1848
Box: 11 Folder : 20 Notes from Unidentified

Scope and Contents Note

Includes one loose page of notes.

undated
Box: 11 Folder : 21 Poetry

Scope and Contents Note

Includes "The Tear" by J.E. (1819) and "The First of May" written for H.H. by W.H.H. (1830).

1819-1830
Box: 11 Folder : 22 Carte de Visite Depicting Nathaniel P. Hosack
undated
Box: 11 Folder : 23 Miscellaneous Hair Clippings

Scope and Contents Note

Includes clippings from William H. Harvey and Rebecca H. Todhunter.

undated
Box: 11 Folder : 24 Feins Research Notes

Scope and Contents Note

These notes had been found alongside many of the unflattened letters, but did not appear to correspond directly to any of them.

undated

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