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Guide to the Richards and Lincoln Family Papers

MSN/EA 0510

 

Collection Summary

Title: Richards and Lincoln family papers
Dates: 1754-1880 (bulk 1792-1880)
Collection No.: MSN/EA 0510
Creator: Richards, Eliakim, 1775-1852
Creator: Lincoln, Bradford, 1776-1862
Extent: 94 folders; 2 containers; 1 linear foot
Language: Collection material in English
Repository: University of Notre Dame. Hesburgh Libraries, Department of Special Collections. 102 Hesburgh Library, Notre Dame, IN 46556
Abstract: A collection of over 150 personal and professional letters written to, from, or between members of the Richards and Lincoln families of Massachusetts and Illinois, 1754 to 1880. Also present are 60 related documents, including manuscripts, financial records, land records, probate records, and other materials.

Selected Search Terms

Richards, Eliakim, 1775-1852
Lincoln, Bradford, 1776-1862
Boston (Mass.) -- Economic conditions -- 19th century
Boston (Mass.) -- Social conditions -- 19th century
Boston (Mass.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Roxbury (Mass.) -- History
Illinois -- Social life and customs
Illinois -- Social conditions -- 19th century

Administrative Information

Restrictions: There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Preferred Citation: [Identification of item], Richards and Lincoln Family Papers, [Collection and folder no.], Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame.

Acquisition and Processing Note: The Richards and Lincoln family papers were acquired by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2015, from Carmen D. Valentino Rare Books of Philadelphia. Arranged and described 2016, by Debra Dochuk and George Rugg. Finding aid 2016, by Debra Dochuk and George Rugg.

Biographical Note

The central figures encountered in the papers are: Eliakim Richards (1775-1852); his wife Susan Hersey Richards (1792-1819); Elias Hersey (b. 1789) and Abel Hersey (1791-1877), Susan's older brothers; Bradford Lincoln (1776-1862); Elizabeth Lincoln (1804-1880) and Martha Lincoln Balch (1811-1882), Bradford's daughters; and Bradford Lincoln, Jr. (1801-1852).

Eliakim Richards was born in Dedham, Massachusetts on 21 February 1775, son of Eliakim and Mary Mayo Richards. His wife, Susan Hersey Richards, was born in Hingham, Massachusetts on 3 December 1792, daughter of Elias Hersey and Susanna Hobart Hersey. The younger Eliakim Richards was a farmer and carpenter. Susan's parents died by the time she turned ten years old and she and her brother Abel Hersey (1791-1877) were placed under the guardianship of Levi Lincoln, Jr., a prominent Massachusetts physician and politician, until her marriage to Eliakim Richards on 11 December 1811. Her oldest brother, Elias Hersey (b. 1789), served as a private in the War of 1812. He and Abel went on to operate various businesses, including money lending and a liquor trade, all with financial support from Eliakim Richards. Susan died in 1819 at the age of twenty-seven. Eliakim remained a widow and eventually died from pneumonia in 1852. The Richards had three children: Katherine, George (1816-1903), and Henry (b. ca.1819). These three individuals do not figure prominently in the papers, but George Richards' marriage in 1842 to Irene Lincoln, daughter of Bradford Lincoln, served as an important link between the two families. George Richards and Irene Lincoln Richards eventually relocated to Montgomery County, Illinois. A short time later, while seeking improved health in the warmer climate of South Carolina, Irene died after a lengthy illness. Upon her death George Richards returned to Illinois.

Bradford Lincoln, the other prominent figure in the papers, was a farmer and hatter in Roxbury, Massachusetts. He was born on 19 October 1776, son of Job and Mercy Lincoln. In 1799 he married Rebecca Austin Atwood (1777-1853); the couple had eight children: Bradford Jr. (1801-1852), Joshua (b. 1802), Elizabeth (1804-1880), Augusta (1807-1828), John (b. 1809), Martha (1811-1882), Irene (1813-1857), and Benjamin (1814-1863). Bradford Lincoln would outlive his wife and many of his children. His wife and daughters Augusta and Irene would all die from tuberculosis. His namesake, Bradford Lincoln, Jr., would die from typhoid, while his son Benjamin would succumb to disease near Beaufort, South Carolina, while teaching freed slaves at Port Royal. Bradford's daughter Irene's passing was yet another blow. Despite Irene's death and absence, Bradford Lincoln decided to sell the family farm in Massachusetts and join his son-in-law, George Richards, his daughter, Elizabeth Lincoln, and son Benjamin Lincoln (prior to his relocation to South Carolina) in a permanent move to Illinois.

According to surviving letters, Bradford Lincoln appears to have had a complicated relationship with his son Bradford Lincoln, Jr. Financial disputes were an ongoing source of contention, even after Bradford, Jr.'s death in 1852. The passing of Bradford, Jr. prompted his wife, Ellen Lincoln, to sue her father-in-law on the grounds that he had signed a promissory note to his son in the amount of $5108. Bradford Lincoln asserted the note was a forgery and that the original agreement was only for $108. The case eventually made its way to the Massachusetts Supreme Court in 1857, where it was ultimately dismissed.

Bradford Lincoln's relationship with Elizabeth and Martha was less strained. Elizabeth Lincoln's letters reveal a close bond between eldest daughter and father. After the death of her younger sister Irene, Elizabeth joined her father in the move to Illinois, in order to assist him and also help her supportive brother-in-law, George Richards, care for his children. Elizabeth remained there as a single woman until her death in 1880. Martha Lincoln Balch, married to Edward Lawrence Balch (1811-1869) of Boston, with one son (William Lincoln Balch, b. 1847), also wrote faithfully and lovingly, both to her father and to her sister Elizabeth. Martha's emotional letters to Illinois describe her daily life in Boston, and also document her reflections on members of her extended family, and her sadness at her separation from them. Martha regularily sent her father newspapers and church bulletins in order to keep him abreast of goings-on back home. Martha Lincoln Balch died in 1882.

For his part, Braford Lincoln remained connected to family and to professional associates in Boston, well after his final move to Illinois around 1858 (he had resisted an earlier invitation from George and Irene in 1843 to move west). At the time of his move Bradford was 83 years old. He wrote back to his closest business associate in Boston proudly claiming his health was very good and life in Illinois very pleasant. Always active, Bradford Lincoln maintained his business dealings in Massachusetts right up until his death in 1862. His son-in-law, George Richards, would ultimately become executor of both his father-in-law's estate, and the estate of his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Benjamin and Elizabeth.

Scope and Content Note

The Richards and Lincoln family papers include more than 150 personal and professional letters, as well as financial records, land records, probate records, manuscripts, juvenilia, realia, and a photograph retained by descendants of the Richards and Lincoln families. The heart of the collection comprises two series of letters, ranging in date from 1754 to 1880. There are approximately 75 letters pertaining to the Richards family of Massachusetts. Of these, 49 were written by Elias Hersey and/or Abel Hersey to Eliakim Richards and/or Susan Hersey Richards in Boston between 1812 and 1819. These letters contain commentary on events of the day and discussion of Elias and Abel Hersey's commercial partnership with Eliakim Richards. Other correspondents include: Levi Lincoln, Jr. (5 letters), Eliakim Richards' siblings (5 letters), and friends and business associates (10 letters). Also of note are two early letters (1754 and 1795) likely written by Susan Hersey Richards' relatives.

A roughly equal number of letters relate to the Lincoln family of Massachusetts and Illinois. Many of these are directed to Bradford Lincoln from family, friends, and business associates (42 letters). Particularly significant within this group are 14 letters from his son, Bradford Lincoln, Jr., which highlight family disagreements; 10 letters from his lawyers, John Jones Clarke and Lemuel Shaw, relating to those disagreements; and 7 brief business letters from Brig. Gen. John S. Tyler, some of which date to the Civil War years. There are an additional 22 letters written by, to, and between Lincoln siblings. These letters are substantial and contain extensive personal and social commentary, revealing much about Lincoln family members and their disputes with one other, as well as many details of their lives in and around Boston. Other less extensive series in the collection contain Richards and Lincoln family records and other materials. Notable in the Richards material is a some devotional poetry and several sheets from a religious journal dated as early as 1754. Among the Lincoln records, most notable are the wills of Bradford Lincoln and Elizabeth Lincoln, as well as several land deeds.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged into four series: 1. Richards Family Letters; 2. Lincoln Family Letters; 3. Richards Family Papers; 4. Lincoln Family Papers.

Related Material

Other materials relating to the Richards and Lincoln families are held in the Department of Special Collections, Hesburgh Library, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana (Richards Family Correspondence; MSN/EA 5023).

Container List

  • Series 1: Richards Family Letters 
    • Folder 1 (MSN/EA 0510-1) Letter: David Bangs to "My Dear Friend", 1754 August 4. 1 letter (2 pages) on 1 sheet.
      A letter to a friend about the author's wedding.
      • Folder 2 (MSN/EA 0510-2) Letter: Lucy Richards to Eliakim Richards, 1792 July 25. 1 letter (2 pages) on 1 sheet.
        Lucy writes to her younger brother Eliakim while he is attending boarding school. She praises him for his "good hand and a very good letter," urges him not to displease his master, and reminds him that "without religion we are no better than the savages of the wilderness." She cannot visit him at school because she is opening a millinery shop.
        • Folder 3 (MSN/EA 0510-3) Letter: Lucy Richards to Eliakim Richards, 1793 July 2. 1 letter (1 page) on 1 sheet.
          Lucy writes with personal and social news. Their sister, Elizabeth Richards, has come to help in her successful millinery shop, as she is in a state of "constant hurry"; they "make out very well."
          • Folder 4 (MSN/EA 0510-4) Letter: Sarah Nowell to Elias Hersey, 1795 February 13. 1 letter (3 pages) on 1 sheet.
            News regarding the death of author's mother. She is pleased Elias Hersey has been appointed trustee of her mother's small estate. Elias Hersey (1766-1796) is Susan Hersey Richards' father.
            • Folder 5 (MSN/EA 0510-5) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards, 1795 June-November. 2 letters (2 pages) on 2 sheets.
              Joseph Richards and Elizabeth Richards look forward to their brother's upcoming visit to Boston, Massachusetts.
              • Folder 6 (MSN/EA 0510-6) Letter: Susanna Hobart Hersey to "Dear Sister", [after 1796 July]. 1 letter (2 pages) on 1 sheet.
                Susan Hersey Richards' mother, Susanna, writes a lengthy letter to her sister regarding the death of her husband, Elias Hersey.
                • Folder 7 (MSN/EA 0510-7) Letter: William Richards to Eliakim Richards, 1798 October 7. 1 letter (1 page) on 1 sheet.
                  William writes his brother, Eliakim, asking for advice. The cow he cares for cannot be kept over the winter and he needs to know as "quick as possible what to do with her."
                  • Folder 8 (MSN/EA 0510-8) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards, 1799. 4 letters (5 pages) on 4 sheets.
                    • Folder 9 (MSN/EA 0510-9) Letters: Rubin M. Whitney to Eliakim Richards, 1805-1806. 2 letters (2 pages) on 2 sheets.
                      A friend requests assistance to secure an apprenticeship, noting he would prefer an "English store" to an "India[n] store."
                      • Folder 10 (MSN/EA 0510-10) Letter: Susan Hersey to Eliakim Richards, [before 1811 December]. 1 letter (1 page) on 1 sheet.
                        A short letter likely written before their wedding in 1811. Knowing they soon will be traveling with Elizabeth Lincoln, Susan tells Eliakim his choice of transportation should be a "hack" and not a "jacket" or a "chaise."
                        • Folder 11 (MSN/EA 0510-11) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards and Susan Hersey Richards, 1812 February-September. 4 letters (4 pages) on 4 sheets.
                          In a letter of 23 July Elias Hersey discusses his activites during the War of 1812.
                          • Folder 12 (MSN/EA 0510-12) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards and Susan Hersey Richards, 1812 December. 3 letters (3 pages) on 3 sheets.
                            • Folder 13 (MSN/EA 0510-13) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards, 1813 January-February. 2 letters (2 pages) on 2 sheets.
                              In a short letter of 7 January Levi Lincoln, Jr., a physician, discusses financial affairs and Susan's health, suggesting "if the pain in her side continues I should advise her to be bled without delay."
                              • Folder 14 (MSN/EA 0510-14) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards, 1813 March. 4 letters (6 pages) on 4 sheets.
                                In a letter of 31 March Elias requests "by first packett" four barrels of clear shear pork and inquires "what can good cheese be bought for by the hundred."
                                • Folder 15 (MSN/EA 0510-15) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards and Susan Hersey Richards, 1813 June-July. 3 letters (3 pages) on 3 sheets.
                                  In a letter of 22 July Abel Hersey writes to Susan about his thoughts on marriage.
                                  • Folder 16 (MSN/EA 0510-16) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards and Susan Hersey Richards, 1813 November-December. 4 letters (4 pages) on 4 sheets.
                                    • Folder 17 (MSN/EA 0510-17) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards, 1814 February-April. 2 letters (2 pages) on 2 sheets.
                                      • Folder 18 (MSN/EA 0510-18) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards and Susan Hersey Richards, 1814 May-August. 4 letters (4 pages) on 4 sheets.
                                        In a letter of 14 June Elias describes the environment around his new home in Sandwich, New Hampshire.
                                        • Folder 19 (MSN/EA 0510-19) Letters: Abel Hersey to Eliakim Richards, 1814 September-October. 4 letters (5 pages) on 4 sheets.
                                          In a letter of 24 September Abel requests "two hogshead of rum," insisting "that there is no whiskey mixed in with the rum," and "two barrels of Southern gin" to sell in Saco, Maine as "they are daily advancing in price."
                                          • Folder 20 (MSN/EA 0510-20) Letters: Elias Hersey to Susan Hersey Richards, 1814 November-December. 2 letters (3 pages) on 2 sheets.
                                            In a letter of 24 November Elias explains his move from Portland, Maine to Sandwich, New Hampshire, was a result of "the cursed war" [War of 1812]. He is concerned there is a "great lack of society" to help pass the winter months, but remarks he has found country life completely the reverse of his expectations of "dull, lonesome, and disagreeable."
                                            • Folder 21 (MSN/EA 0510-21) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards and Susan Hersey Richards, 1815 March-October. 3 letters (5 pages) on 3 sheets.
                                              In a letter of 4 March Abel jointly writes to Eliakim and Susan discussing their recent loss of money on their rum purchase and his recent marriage, stating he is not "under petticoat government" and Susan should not take credit for "driving or persuading" him to marry.
                                              • Folder 22 (MSN/EA 0510-22) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards and Susan Hersey Richards, 1815 November. 4 letters (6 pages) on 4 sheets.
                                                In a letter of 17 November Elias and Abel jointly write Eliakim concerning their business dealings with "Mr. Lincoln" (Levi Lincoln, Jr.).
                                                • Folder 23 (MSN/EA 0510-23) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards and Susan Hersey Richards, 1816 January. 2 letters (3 pages) on 3 sheets.
                                                  In a letter of 16 January Mary, Abel's wife, writes of personal news to Susan.
                                                  • Folder 24 (MSN/EA 0510-24) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards and Susan Hersey Richards, 1816 May-July. 2 letters (3 pages) on 2 sheets.
                                                    In a letter of 6 July Abel and Mary jointly write of the much improved health and activities of their "sickly" son (John Hersey).
                                                    • Folder 25 (MSN/EA 0510-25) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards and Susan Hersey Richards, 1817 January-March. 3 letters (5 pages) on 3 sheets.
                                                      • Folder 26 (MSN/EA 0510-26) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards and Susan Hersey Richards, 1817 July-October. 3 letters (4 pages) on 3 sheets.
                                                        In a letter of 27 October Abel reports to Susan he is surprised that Elias intends to marry.
                                                        • Folder 27 (MSN/EA 0510-27) Letters: Various correspondents to Susan Hersey Richards, 1818. 2 letters (3 pages) on 2 sheets.
                                                          In a letter of 18 October Elias describes his trip by stage carriage from Boston, Massachusetts to Portland, Maine.
                                                          • Folder 28 (MSN/EA 0510-28) Letters: Various correspondents to Eliakim Richards and Susan Hersey Richards, 1819 May. 2 letters (3 pages) on 2 sheets.
                                                            In a letter of 22 May Abel expresses concern for his sister, Susan, who "is again unwell" and expresses his grief over the death of their grandmother in Hingham, Massachusetts.
                                                            • Folder 29 (MSN/EA 0510-29) Letters: Various correspondents to Susan Hersey Richards, [Before 1819 August]. 4 letters (5 pages) on 4 sheets.
                                                              • Folder 30 (MSN/EA 0510-30) Letter: Susan Hersey Richards to Eliakim Richards, [before 1819 August]. 1 letter (1 page) on 1 sheet.
                                                                In a letter likely written shortly before her death from tuberculosis in 1819, Susan, who is recuperating in Hingham, Massachusetts, hopes to return home soon "fat and hearty," as she has a good appetite and her "friends do everything in their power" for her.
                                                                • Folder 31 (MSN/EA 0510-31) Letter: J. Apthorp to Eliakim Richards, 1834 August 12. 1 letter (1 page) on 1 sheet.
                                                                  A business associate discusses the let of land for a blacksmith shop.
                                                                  • Folder 32 (MSN/EA 0510-32) Letter: A.R. Allen to Mrs. Wescott, 1838 October 14. 1 letter (2 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                    A lengthy description of the last days of Mary Douglas.
                                                                    • Folder 33 (MSN/EA 0510-33) Letter: Edward Balch to George Richards, 1863 November 22. 1 letter (2 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                      News regarding the death of Benjamin Lincoln, in Beaufort, South Carolina, where he was a teacher of freedmen. Edward reports "this event was not altogether unlooked for by some of us who noticed his shattered state of health" and ". . . he was brought down after but a few days sickness."
                                                                      • Folder 34 (MSN/EA 0510-34) Letters: Martha Lincoln Balch to Alice Richards, 1871-1877. 2 letters (6 pages) on 2 sheets.
                                                                        In a letter of 27 September 1877 Martha writes of difficult economic conditions in Boston, Massachusetts, where "so many are failing, all having exhausted all the means they had saved when money seemed to be grown in the streets." She explains her son "Willie" has had to move from Boston to find work and concludes "the ruin has come through the wickedness of Fashion."
                                                                        • Folder 35 (MSN/EA 0510-35) Letter: Levi Lincoln, Jr. to Eliakim Richards, n. d. 1 letter (1 page) on 1 sheet.
                                                                          A letter concerning payment of a note held by Eliakim. The author expects to repay all monies by July.
                                                                          • Folder 36 (MSN/EA 0510-36) Letter: J. John Hobart to "Dear Sir", n. d. 2 letters (4 pages) on 2 sheets.
                                                                          • Series 2: Lincoln Family Letters 
                                                                            • Folder 37 (MSN/EA 0510-37) Letter: "Augusta" to Augusta Lincoln, 1822 March 13. 1 letter (2 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                              Personal and social news from a friend in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
                                                                              • Folder 38 (MSN/EA 0510-38) Letter: Augusta Lincoln to "My Friend", 1823 July 21. 1 letter (3 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                Writing in a religious vein, to an unidentified recipient, Augusta shares her "concern for their immortal soul."
                                                                                • Folder 39 (MSN/EA 0510-39) Letter: Bradford Lincoln, Jr. to John Lincoln, 1823 August 3. 1 letter (2 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                  Bradford Lincoln, Jr., writes from Boston, Massachusetts after a passage of 28 days from New Orleans, Louisiana. He is happy to hear his younger brother is committed to his studies in New Hampton, Massachusetts and hopes "his improvement" has "qualified [him] for a situation in business."
                                                                                  • Folder 40 (MSN/EA 0510-40) Letter: Elizabeth Lincoln to Bradford Lincoln Jr., 1824 Jan 1. 1 letter (1 page) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                    Elizabeth writes to her brother, who has returned to New Orleans, Louisiana, of visits by friends and family over the holidays and shares recent news from a possible suitor, remarking Bradford is ". . . enough of a yankee to guess who this was." She acknowledges he has said he does not want to receive any more of her letters as she is "an old maid" and he "does not care about [her]."
                                                                                    • Folder 41 (MSN/EA 0510-41) Letter: Sarah Ann Perkins to Elizabeth Lincoln, 1824 March 6. 1 letter (2 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                      A cousin shares news of teachers and trustees at "the Academy" in Hingham, Massachusetts.
                                                                                      • Folder 42 (MSN/EA 0510-42) Letter: Augusta Lincoln to Benjamin Lincoln, 1826 April 10. 1 letter (1 page) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                        Augusta writes to brother Benjamin in Newburyport, Massachusetts about the importance of his education.
                                                                                        • Folder 43 (MSN/EA 0510-43) Letter: Augusta Lincoln to Rebecca Austin Lincoln, 1826 May 10. 1 letter (2 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                          Augusta discusses her activities, including tending roses and attending an evening lecture with her mother in Newburyport, Massachusetts, where she met Captain Gibson, the commander of a brig.
                                                                                          • Folder 44 (MSN/EA 0510-44) Letters: Various correspondents to Augusta Lincoln, [before 1828 May 31]. 2 letters (4 pages) on 2 sheets.
                                                                                            • Folder 45 (MSN/EA 0510-45) Letter: Maria Gervasio to Bradford Lincoln Jr. and Ellen Lincoln, 1831 June 10. 1 letter (3 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                              The author, a cousin, writes from Lisbon, Portugal during the Portuguese Civil War of 1828-34. Her husband, Joachim Gervasio, captains a ship between Portugal and Brazil and has recently returned after a 3-year absence. The letter provides a lengthy description of the political and economic climate of Portugal during the war. The author remarks that the the country is "torn in pieces" and "many are suffering for lack of bread" due to the French blockade. She predicts "God in Heaven only knows how this will end[,] no doubt in the pain of thousands."
                                                                                              • Folder 46 (MSN/EA 0510-46) Letters: Various correspondents to Elizabeth Lincoln, 1835. 3 letters (8 pages) on 3 sheets.
                                                                                                In a lengthy letter of 17 May, Irene Lincoln describes her visit to New York City and her many callers.
                                                                                                • Folder 47 (MSN/EA 0510-47) Letters: Bradford Lincoln, Jr. to Bradford Lincoln, 1837. 2 letters (4 pages) on 2 sheets.
                                                                                                  In the first of a series of 14 lengthy letters to his father, Bradford Jr. discusses family and business matters. In a letter of 29 August he discusses his brothers, John and Benjamin. He finds Benjamin "very headstrong and insulting," and urges his father to "form no alliances" with John.
                                                                                                  • Folder 48 (MSN/EA 0510-48) Letter: Ellen Lincoln to Irene Huse Lincoln, 1838 November 25. 1 letter (3 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                                    Ellen, wife of Bradford Lincoln, Jr., writes to Irene Lincoln with news of family and friends.
                                                                                                    • Folder 49 (MSN/EA 0510-49) Letters: Bradford Lincoln, Jr. to Bradford Lincoln, 1839. 2 letters (12 pages) on 3 sheets.
                                                                                                      In a letter of 18 May, Bradford Jr. explains he is "stripped of every cent of money" and continues to find fault with his brothers, John and Benjamin.
                                                                                                      • Folder 50 (MSN/EA 0510-50) Letters: Bradford Lincoln, Jr. to Bradford Lincoln, 1840 January 13. 1 letter (4 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                                        Bradford rails against his brother Benjamin, who has "ruined [his] business" and as a result he "has not the money to pay for the necessaries of life." He requests a share of his father's property for his grandchildren.
                                                                                                        • Folder 51 (MSN/EA 0510-51) Letters: Bradford Lincoln Jr. to Bradford Lincoln, 1841. 4 letters (10 pages) on 4 sheets.
                                                                                                          In a letter of 3 March Bradford requests to lease rooms from his father in Roxbury, Massachusetts, explaining that because of his son's poor health he must leave New York during the summer.
                                                                                                          • Folder 52 (MSN/EA 0510-52) Letters: Bradford Lincoln, Jr. to Bradford Lincoln, 1841 June. 5 letters (10 pages) on 5 sheets.
                                                                                                            In a letter of June 17 Bradford angrily discusses a dispute in the family regarding a possible sale of property in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
                                                                                                            • Folder 53 (MSN/EA 0510-53) Letter: Nathaniel Allen to Rebecca Austin Lincoln, 1843. 1 letter (3 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                                              The author, a friend, inquires after Rebecca's daughter Irene, who has married and moved to a "strange land" (Illinois).
                                                                                                              • Folder 54 (MSN/EA 0510-54) Letter: Katherine Richards to Elizabeth Lincoln, 1844. 1 letter (2 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                                                The author, George Richards' sister, writes from Hillsboro, Illinois with news of Irene and George's new baby.
                                                                                                                • Folder 55 (MSN/EA 0510-55) Letter: Bradford Lincoln to "Dear Sister", 1856 June 27. 1 letter (3 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                                                  Bradford writes to a sister (Katherine?) from Detroit, Michigan, providing a lengthy description of the city and its inhabitants, including the "Indians bringing 'mogesins' (moccasins), baskets, and brooms" from Windsor, Ontario.
                                                                                                                  • Folder 56 (MSN/EA 0510-56) Letter: Katherine Richards to Elizabeth Lincoln, 1857 January 21. 1 letter (2 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                                                    Kate is visiting Boston, Massachusetts, and hopes to visit with Elizabeth and her father, but understands "poor Ina" [Irene Huse Richards] is sick and Elizabeth has "the care of the children."
                                                                                                                    • Folder 57 (MSN/EA 0510-57) Letters: Irene Huse Lincoln Richards to Elizabeth Lincoln, [before 1857 May 5]. 3 letters (10 pages) on 3 sheets.
                                                                                                                      • Folder 58 (MSN/EA 0510-58) Letter: Theodore Snow to Bradford Lincoln, 1858 December 30. 1 letter (3 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                                                        The author discusses innovations in transportation that allowed Bradford to arrive in Illinois after only a three-day journey and shares news regarding his purchase of Bradford's property in Roxbury, Massachusetts, which is now moving forward because the suit brought by Ellen Lincoln is nearing an end. He remarks that he is hopeful the suit "will be decided in January early or February [1859]," and is "unsure [who] shall be most glad to be clear of the lawyers."
                                                                                                                        • Folder 59 (MSN/EA 0510-59) Letters: John Jones Clarke and Lemuel Shaw to Bradford Lincoln, 1859. 6 letters (14 pages) on 6 sheets.
                                                                                                                          Bradford's lawyers discuss the resolution of his suit at the Massachusetts Supreme Court and state he may proceed with the sale of his property in Roxbury, Massachusetts to Theodore Snow.
                                                                                                                          • Folder 60 (MSN/EA 0510-60) Letters: Various correspondents to Bradford Lincoln, 1859 September. 4 letters (7 pages) on 4 sheets, and 3 envelopes.
                                                                                                                            • Folder 61 (MSN/EA 0510-61) Letters: Various correspondents to Bradford Lincoln, 1859 October. 2 letters (4 pages) on 3 sheets, and 2 envelopes.
                                                                                                                              • Folder 62 (MSN/EA 0510-62) Letter: Various correspondents to Bradford Lincoln, 1859 November. 5 letters (7 pages) on 5 sheets, and 5 envelopes.
                                                                                                                                • Folder 63 (MSN/EA 0510-63) Letter: Martha Lincoln Balch to Elizabeth Lincoln, 1860 January 8. 1 letter (4 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                                                                  Martha shares news of family and friends in Boston, Massachusetts, with Elizabeth, who has recently moved to Illinois. She remarks there is "excitement here on the slavery question" and inquires after Frederick Whitney's family, slaveholders in Charleston, South Carolina.
                                                                                                                                  • Folder 64 (MSN/EA 0510-64) Letters: Various correspondents to Bradford Lincoln, 1860 January-February. 2 letters (4 pages) on 2 sheets.
                                                                                                                                    In a letter of 8 January Martha writes she will send her father more newspapers from Boston and inquires what the weather is like "out there in the West . . . if mittens have been worn [?]"
                                                                                                                                    • Folder 65 (MSN/EA 0510-65) Letters: Various correspondents to Bradford Lincoln, 1860 October-May. 3 letters (7 pages) on 3 sheets, and 1 envelope.
                                                                                                                                      • Folder 66 (MSN/EA 0510-66) Letters: Various correspondents to Bradford Lincoln, 1861 February-March. 2 letters (4 pages) on 2 sheets, and 2 envelopes.
                                                                                                                                        • Folder 67 (MSN/EA 0510-67) Letters: Various correspondents to Bradford Lincoln, 1861 April. 3 letters (5 pages) on 1 sheet, 1 enclosure, and 1 envelope.
                                                                                                                                          In a short letter of 18 April, Brigadier General John S. Tyler discusses business matters and comments on preparations for war.
                                                                                                                                          • Folder 68 (MSN/EA 0510-68) Letters: John S. Tyler to Bradford Lincoln, 1861 June-September. 2 letters (4 pages) on 2 sheets, and 2 envelopes.
                                                                                                                                            • Folder 69 (MSN/EA 0510-69) Letters: John S. Tyler to Bradford Lincoln, 1862 January-March. 3 letters (4 pages) on 3 sheets, and 2 envelopes.
                                                                                                                                              • Folder 70 (MSN/EA 0510-70) Letter: Harriet Simpson to Elizabeth Lincoln, 1863 June 11. 1 letter (4 pages) on 1 sheet.
                                                                                                                                                The author, a cousin, comments on the death of Bradford Lincoln and concludes she does not think "going west shortened his days."
                                                                                                                                                • Folder 71 (MSN/EA 0510-71) Letters: Martha Lincoln Balch to Elizabeth Lincoln, 1874 February-September. 3 letters (10 pages) on 3 sheets.
                                                                                                                                                  In a letter of 11 September 1874 Martha describes her son's trip in a hot air balloon while working as a "news reporter."
                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 72 (MSN/EA 0510-72) Letters: Martha Lincoln Balch to Elizabeth Lincoln, 1875-1876. 2 letters (12 pages) on 3 sheets.
                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 73 (MSN/EA 0510-73) Letters: Martha Lincoln Balch to Elizabeth Lincoln, 1877-1880. 3 letters (12 pages) on 3 sheets.
                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 74 (MSN/EA 0510-74) Letter: Martha Lincoln Balch to Elizabeth Lincoln, [n.y.] February 19. 1 letter (2 pages) on 1 sheet. Lacking initial sheet(s).
                                                                                                                                                        Martha informs Elizabeth she has heard news of Ellen Lincoln's death. She remarks she died "very poor" and was "laid in a receiving tomb" as "the cousins" would not send a hundred dollars to have her buried "respectably."
                                                                                                                                                      • Series 3: Richards Family Papers 
                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 75 (MSN/EA 0510-75) "Martha", leaves from a manuscript devotional journal, 1754-1765. 7 leaves (12 pages).
                                                                                                                                                          Several of the entries on the leaves bear dates, which range from 8 May 1754 to 31 March 1765. The name "Martha" appears twice.
                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 76 (MSN/EA 0510-76) Susanna Hobart Hersey and others, manuscript poems, 1796 and n.d. 7 items on 7 sheets.
                                                                                                                                                            Includes "An Ode," written by Susanna Hobart Hersey to her "Sister Hobart" {Martha Hobart?], regarding the death of her husband, Elias Hersey, in 1796.
                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 77 (MSN/EA 0510-77) George H. Richards, manuscript copybook entitled "Questions to the Lectures on Natural Philosophy," 1830 July 3. 1 vol., 13 cm., 44 pages; bound with string.
                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 78 (MSN/EA 0510-78) Henry Richards, Mercantile Library Association (Boston) membership certificate, 1834 January 3. 1 partly-printed document.
                                                                                                                                                                • Folder 79 (MSN/EA 0510-79) Land deeds, Montgomery County, Illinois, 1851-1856. 2 partly-printed documents on 2 folded sheets.
                                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 80 (MSN/EA 0510-80) Copperplate for calling card of Mrs. Alice R[ichards] Barry, ca.1870. 1 item and 1 envelope.
                                                                                                                                                                    Likely made for George Richards' daughter, Alice, after her wedding in 1870.
                                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 81 (MSN/EA 0510-81) Photograph of Katherine Richards, n.d. 1 thirty-second plate ferrotype.
                                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 82 (MSN/EA 0510-82) Miscellaneous financial records, n.d. 2 items on 2 sheets.
                                                                                                                                                                      • Series 4: Lincoln Papers 
                                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 83 (MSN/EA 0510-83) Land deeds, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, 1763-1818. 3 items on 3 sheets.
                                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 84 (MSN/EA 0510-84) Land records relating to the estate of Job Lincoln, Hingham, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, 1832. 5 items on 5 sheets.
                                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 85 (MSN/EA 0510-85) Bradford Lincoln land records, 1837-1841. 5 items on 5 sheets.
                                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 86 (MSN/EA 0510-86) Bradford Lincoln land records, 1846-1853. 4 items on 4 sheets.
                                                                                                                                                                                • Folder 87 (MSN/EA 0510-87) Bradford Lincoln financial records, 1815-1826. 3 items on 3 sheets.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Included in folder is Bradford Lincoln's financial statement with Josiah Bartlett Jr., for the educational expenses of Benjamin and Irene while they study in Newburyport, Massachusetts.
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Folder 88 (MSN/EA 0510-88) Bradford Lincoln financial records, 1827-1854. 7 items on 7 sheets.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Included in folder is Bradford Lincoln Jr.'s financial statement for fifteen and a half weeks of room and board at his father's house in Roxbury, Massachusetts.
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Folder 89 (MSN/EA 0510-89) Bradford Lincoln financial records, 1855-1857. 4 items on 4 sheets.
                                                                                                                                                                                      • Folder 90 (MSN/EA 0510-90) Outline and drafts of the will of Bradford Lincoln, ca. 1853-1860. 3 items on 3 sheets.
                                                                                                                                                                                        • Folder 91 (MSN/EA 0510-91) Draft of the will of Elizabeth Lincoln, 1865. 1 item on 1 sheet.
                                                                                                                                                                                          • Folder 92 (MSN/EA 0510-92) Manuscript: "List of a few European Minerals put up in haste for Mr Benjn Lincoln Boston," 1833 July. 1 item on 1 sheet.
                                                                                                                                                                                            • Folder 93 (MSN/EA 0510-93) Manuscript: Notes on fall in New England, n.d. 1 item on 1 sheet.
                                                                                                                                                                                              • Folder 94 (MSN/EA 0510-94) Miscellaneous manuscripts, n.d. 3 items on 3 sheets.