James Wadsworth Family Papers (DLC)

"Correspondence, diaries, financial papers, scrapbooks, clippings, photographs, and other papers of the family of James Wadsworth (1768-1844) and his brother, William Wadsworth (1761-1833), who settled in Geneseo, N.Y., in 1790 and endowed schools and libraries there.

Includes papers of James S. Wadsworth (1807-1864), son of James Wadsworth, Union Army officer who fought in the battle of Gettysburg, Pa., and was mortally wounded in the battle of the Wilderness (Va.); James Wolcott Wadsworth (1846-1926), son of James S. Wadsworth, Union Army officer, state legislator, and U.S. representative from New York; and James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr. (1877-1952), U.S. senator and representative from New York and chairman, National Security Training Commission, whose congressional papers comprise the bulk of the collection. Also includes papers of James Wolcott Wadsworth, Jr.'s father-in-law, John Hay (1838-1905), diplomat and U.S. secretary of state (1898-1905), whose letters comment on life in London, England, and Washington, D.C.

Also included are a letter (1864 July 9) from Abraham Lincoln to Horace Greeley promising safe conduct for any emissaries of peace, abandonment of slavery, or restoration of the Union from Jefferson Davis; an album of autographed photographs of leaders in the Lincoln administration; and letters of Theodore Roosevelt."


Documents in this Collection:

I regretted extremely that in writing the enclosed letter I was deprived of the pleasure of saying good bye to you in person. I may possibly see you in Nyork. If not, remember me kindly to your good wife, & accept my sincere prayer for your joint & jovial welfare. The letter to Lady Wellesley I should not like to repeat, & will therefore thank you to say nothing of the matter.
Sender: MVB