Papers of the Baker and Wheeler families, 1763-1954.

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Abbott, Lyman, 1835-1922,. Papers of the Baker and Wheeler families, 1763-1954.

Papers of the Baker and Wheeler families, 1763-1954.

Papers of the related families, of New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Vermont; and genealogical and other papers relating to the Edwards, Hockley, Hopkins, Pomeroy, Warner, and Whiting families. The Baker papers include correspondence, certificates, diplomas, and other material of Charles Whiting Baker, engineer, economist, and civic leader; his wife Rebekah Wheeler Baker; their son, Charles Whiting Baker, Jr.; and Lucy Baker, a music teacher at Wisconsin State College. The elder Baker's correspondence, 1900-1941, concerns public affairs, including the Panama Canal, British-American relations in both World Wars, business conditions, and the Japanese threat to peace in the 1930's. Of particular interest is his correspondence with William Howard Taft, in which the President reveals his views on controversies and issues of his administration, including the Taft-Ballinger dispute, Secretary of War J.M. Dickinson and the reclamation service. The Wheeler papers include receipts, 1763, of Aaron Wheeler of Mason, N.H.; papers of Lewis H. Wheeler containing information on the Civil War in Maryland including secession and the Baltimore riots, 1862; a letter of Mary C. Wheeler, 1903, relating details of the payment by John B. Wheeler of Daniel Webster's legal fee in the Dartmouth College case; personal letters of John Wheeler, clergyman and president of the University of Vermont; his wife Sarah Ann Hopkins Wheeler; and papers of John B. Wheeler, David E. Wheeler, Lucia Wheeler, and Ellen Wheeler. Journals, 1853-54, of Lewis Hopkins Wheeler, on the U.S.S. St. Mary and Portsmouth relate events on a voyage from Philadelphia to Honolulu and return. Of interst is a manuscript in French "Steganographie Polygraphique" by Pierre Eugène Du Simitière on the subject of cipher writings, 1765.

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