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Guide to the Josiah Sutherland Papers
 MS 3061

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Joseph Ditta

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 09, 2018
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Scope and Contents

The bulk of the collection consists largely of letters written to Josiah Sutherland by fellow prominent lawyers, jurists, and congressmen, and concern legal matters, political appointments, and diplomatic negotiations (e.g., the Cuban question). Sutherland's correspondents include:

* Edwin Croswell (1797–1871), New York journalist

* Charles P. Curtis, Boston lawyer, brother of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin R. Curtis

* John Littleton Dawson (1813–1870), lawyer, U.S. Congressman from Pennsylvania

* Gilbert Dean (1819–1870), judge, U.S. Congressman from New York

* John W. Edmonds (1799–1874), Spiritualist, New York State senator

* John Stanton Gould (1810–1874), Quaker, scientist, philanthropist

* Charles K. Graham (1824–1889), lawyer, Civil War Union Brigadier General, helped lay out Central Park

* Henry Hogeboom (1809–1872), politician, New York State Supreme Court judge

* James L'Amoureux (1785–1863), judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Albany, New York

* Robert McClellan (1806–1860), lawyer, U.S. Congressman from New York

* William B. Maclay (1812–1882), lawyer, U.S. Congressman from New York

* Killian Miller (1785–1859), lawyer, U.S. Congressman from New York

* Robert Hunter Morris (1808–1855): member of Tammany Hall, recorder, 64th mayor of New York City

* Amasa J. Parker (1807–1890), U.S. Congressman from New York, New York State Supreme Court judge

* Charles A. Peabody (1814–1901), New York Supreme Court Justice, Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court

* Guy R. Pelton (1824–1890), lawyer, U.S. Congressman from New York

* Emery D. Potter (1804–1896), lawyer, Mayor of Toledo, U.S. Congressman from Ohio

* John H. Reynolds (1819–1875), lawyer, judge, U.S. Congressman from New York

* William R. Roberts (1830–1897), Irish nationalist, President of Fenian Society, U.S. Congressman from New York

* Marius Schoonmaker (1811–1894), lawyer, U.S. Congressman from New York

* Benjamin Douglas Silliman (1805–1901), lawyer, New York State Representative, U.S. Attorney

* John Vanderbilt (1819–1877), lawyer, judge, New York State Senator

* Aaron Ward (1790–1867), War of 1812 veteran, lawyer, U.S. Congressman from New York

* Nelson J. Waterbury (1819–1894), lawyer, judge, New York County District Attorney, defender of "Boss" Tweed

* Thomas I. Wharton (1791–1856), lawyer, legal author

* George H. Yeaman (1829–1908), lawyer, judge, Kentucky State Representative, U.S. Congressman from Kentucky

Just three letters in the collection were written by Josiah Sutherland; they are all to his wife, Jane, and date from 1852 and 1862. Also included are two indentures for land in Stanford, Dutchess County, New York, purchased in 1815 by Josiah Sutherland Sr., and a folder of personal and professional bills and receipts pertaining to Josiah Sutherland Jr., dated 1832–1862.


Material is arranged chronologically. The few letters penned by Josiah Sutherland (see Folder 1) precede those he received (Folders 2-13). Undated correspondence follows the regular sequence (Folder 14), with letters by writers other than Sutherland to recipients other than Sutherland coming next (Folder 15). Miscellaneous indentures, bills, and receipts round out the collection (Folders 16-17).