Postlethwaite family papers, ca. 1778-1938 (bulk 1806-1838).


Postlethwaite family papers, ca. 1778-1938 (bulk 1806-1838).

Correspondence and papers of the Postlethwaite family, chiefly letters to William Dunbar Postlethwaite from his friends and family in Mississippi, Lousiana, and Kentucky, including 27 letters from his father. The correspondence deals primarily with family affairs and social life in plantation society. Included are other scattered papers of Samuel Postlethwaite, including a "cotton book" registering slave assignments (1806-1807), the journals of his travels to Lousiana in 1810, 1811, and 1813, and two political articles on the Mississippi and Louisiana boundaries (1817). Also included are genealogical notes on the Dunbar and Postlethewaite families, by Ellen Shields (1938), and an eighteenth century copy of the poem entitled "L'ame de Voltaire", addressed to "Monsieur De Voltaire dans son chateau a Geneve." The poem was given in 1924 by Monsieur Mortet, a justice of the city Blerencourt, France to Miss Helen Holcombe Greene as a token of appreciation for her work as a director of Anne Morgan's center of the American Committee for Devastated France.

63 pieces.1 case.




SNAC Resource ID: 6687821

Related Entities

There are 5 Entities related to this resource.

Voltaire, 1694-1778 (person)

French writer. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Paris, to René Hérault, Lieutenant-general of the police in Paris, 1729 Apr. 19. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872418 From the description of Autograph letter, dated : [n.p., Ferney?, n.d., ca. 1766?], to Gabriel Crammer, [n.d., ca. 1766?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270873849 Voltaire, playwright. William F. Fleming, translator. Tom Fontana, adaptor. From the description of Catil...

American Committee for Devastated France (corporateBody)

The American Committee for Devastated France (ACDF) had its origins in the Civilian Division of the American Fund for French Wounded (est. 1916) and was organized in 1918 to provide emergency relief and restoration aid to the citizens of post-World War I France. Its original stated purpose was to establish a community center which would determine the needs of French citizens, and act as a liaison between them and American relief workers. The group was also to “further understanding ...

Postlethwaite, William Dunbar, 1810-1863 (person)

Postlethwaite, Samuel, ca. 1772-1825 (person)

Postlethwaite family. (family)

The Postlethwaites were a wealthy Natchez, Miss. family. The founder of the family was Samuel Postlethwaite (ca. 1772-1825), a native of Carlisle, Pa. By 1802 he settled at the Natchez district of Mississippi. In 1803, he married Ann Dunbar, daughter of William "Sir" Dunbar, a wealthy local planter. He handled business affairs of his ailing father-in-law, and upon his death in 1810, acted as an executor of his estate. In 1810, 1811, and 1813, he journeyed up the Red River to supervi...