William Foster papers, 1734-1879.


William Foster papers, 1734-1879.

Collection contains letters sent between William Foster Jr. and William's father, siblings and their spouses, neices and nephews, and children. Correspondents include brother-in-law Harrison Gray Otis, Andrew Ritchie, daughter and son-in-law James E. and Virginia (Foster) Coppinger, daughter Jeanne Francoise "Fanny" (Foster) Tudor, brother Leonard Foster, sisters Grace (Foster) Apthorp and Mary (Foster) Apthorp, and Nathan Spear Jr. William also received personal letters from friends in Cadiz, Spain and his wife's relatives in France. The political correspondence includes letters and treatises written for publication in newspapers and pamphlets as well as copies of letters sent to prominent political figures by William Foster Jr and their replies. William wrote to all the leading figures of the day, especially Anti-Masons and Democrats. Correspondents include John Quincy Adams, John A. Andrew, Thomas Hart Benton, Lewis Cass, Caleb Cushing, James C. Dobbin, Alexander Hill Everett, Edward Everett, Levi Lincoln, Marcus Morton, Franklin Pierce, John Randolph, Charles Sumner, John P. Van Ness, Daniel Webster, and Silas Wright. William's many schemes for public improvement led him to correspond with Peter Cooper and with men involved in forming the Smithsonian Institution. There are legal documents, both in English and French, membership certificates and some brief reminiscences relating to William Foster Jr. The collection also includes letters written by Harrison G. and Sally (Foster) Otis, Grace Jeanne Melite Foster, Virginia (Foster) Coppinger, William Leonard Foster, Charles Chauncy Foster, Francis Charles Foster, and William Leonard Foster to various family members besides William Foster Jr. There are papers concerning the family real estate holdings, held in common, that centered on Spear's Wharf (North End) and Foster's Wharf (foot of Fort Hill). The Fosters also had interest in land on Fort Hill and the South Cove areas of Boston. The material includes ledgers from scattered years concerning Foster's Wharf receipts, and a great deal on various municipal land takings for improving markets and widening streets. There are plot plans and maps for areas of Boston in which the Fosters had an interest. In addition to the correspondence, the collection contains ten scattered years of William Foster Sr's diary, patents by Leonard Foster, portrait miniatures, and photographs including daguerreotypes and ambrotypes.

3 linear ft.

Related Entities

There are 41 Entities related to this resource.

Everett, Alexander Hill, 1790-1847

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w64n9vmf (person)

Alexander Hill Everett was a distinguished early American diplomat, writer, and man of letters. He entered Harvard at the age of twelve, and apprenticed at the law office of John Quincy Adams. He served in a variety of notable diplomatic posts, and contributed to the evolution of American culture and literary tradition. His emphasis was to encourage writers to look beyond the Anglo-Saxon tradition for their themes and inspiration. From the description of Alexander Hill Ev...

Everett, Edward, 1794-1865

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6g844rz (person)

Edward Everett was an American statesman, clergyman, and orator, as well as professor of Greek at Harvard University and president of Harvard University, 1846-1849. Everett was born in Dorchester, Massachusetts, and graduated from Harvard with highest honors in 1811, completing an M.A. in Divinity in 1814. After a brief stint as a minister, Harvard offered him the newly created position of Professor of Greek; brilliant but untrained, Everett went to Göttingen to prepare for...

Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6f873mk (person)

John Quincy Adams (b. July 11, 1767, Braintree, Massachusetts-d. February 23, 1848, Washington, D.C.) was an American statesman who served as a diplomat, United States Senator, member of the House of Representatives, and the sixth President of the United States. He was a member of the Federalist, Democratic-Republican, National Republican, and later the Anti-Masonic and Whig parties. He was the son of President John Adams and Abigail Adams. As a diplomat, Adams played an important role in neg...

Tudor family (Boston, Mass.)

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w62w3658 (family)

Frederic Tudor (1783-1864) was the successful "Ice King" of Boston, who sold ice in tropical climates. His brother Henry James Tudor (1791-1864) studied law and worked for a while in Frederic Tudor's ice business. Another brother William Tudor (1779-1830) was a merchant, legislator, author, and diplomat. Their father William Tudor (1750-1819) was a Boston lawyer and political figure. From the description of Tudor family additional papers, 1772-1922. (Harvard University). WorldCat re...

Tudor, Henry James, 1791-1864

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w64v78fg (person)

Henry James Tudor, the eighth and youngest child of William (1750-1819) and Delia Jarvis Tudor (1753-1843), lived from 1791 to 1864. He was an assistant to his brother Frederic (1783-1864) in the ice business, while at the same time carrying on experiments for evaporating sea salt in large quantities. In 1844, he married Fanny Hortense Foster, daughter of William Foster, Junior, merchant of Boston. They had three daughters. From the description of Henry James Tudor papers, 1819-1849....

Webster, Daniel, 1782-1852

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6s865sc (person)

Daniel Webster (January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852) was an American lawyer and statesman who represented New Hampshire and Massachusetts in the U.S. Congress and served as the U.S. Secretary of State under Presidents William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, and Millard Fillmore. As one of the most prominent American lawyers of the 19th century, he argued over 200 cases before the U.S. Supreme Court between 1814 and his death in 1852. During his life, he was a member of the Federalist Party, the Nati...

Cass, Lewis, 1782-1866

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w61p8qjx (person)

Lewis Cass (October 9, 1782 – June 17, 1866) was an American military officer, politician, and statesman. He represented Michigan in the United States Senate and served in the Cabinets of two U.S. Presidents, Andrew Jackson and James Buchanan. He was also the 1848 Democratic presidential nominee and a leading spokesman for the Doctrine of Popular Sovereignty, which held that the people in each territory should decide whether to permit slavery. Born in Exeter, New Hampshire, he attended Philli...

Cushing, Caleb, 1800-1879

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6222w2j (person)

Cushing served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1835- 1843, and as special U.S. Envoy to China from 1843-1845. His career also included a term as U.S. Attorney General from 1852-1857. From the description of Letters to Thomas Mayo Brewer and Henry Vose, 1843, 1858. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 234342903 U.S cabinet official and representative from Massachusetts, army officer, diplomat, and lawyer. From the description of Caleb Cushin...

Foster family.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6hn46dd (family)

Ritchie family.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w60d3ssx (family)

Otis, Sally Foster, 1770-1836.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6rb83zx (person)

South Cove Corporation (Boston, Mass.)

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w64r2snf (corporateBody)

Wright, Silas, 1795-1847

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6v98hg6 (person)

Son of Silas and Eleanor Goodale Wright. Silas practiced law in Canton, N.Y.; married Clarissa Moody, 1833; was a politician, holding offices of County Surrogate, state senator, U.S. Congressman and Senator, 1833-1844, and Governor of New York 1844-1846. From the description of Papers, 1800-1983, 1800-1847 (bulk) (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 155472289 Statesman, governor of New York State. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Albany, to the publish...

Dobbin, James C. (James Cochran), 1814-1857

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6tx44fk (person)

James C. Dobbin (1814-1857) of Fayetteville, N.C., was a lawyer, state legislator, and secretary of the United States Navy under President Pierce. From the guide to the James C. Dobbin Letters, ., 1852-1856, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Historical Collection.) Dobbin was Secretary of the Navy, 1853-1857, and helped to reorganize the Navy. From the description of Letter, September 6, 1853. (Naval War College). WorldCat record id:...

Apthorp, Grace Foster, 1774-1795.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6446m22 (person)

Foster, Grace Jeanne Melite, 1796-1843

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6vd7xsv (person)

Apthorp, Mary Foster, 1774-1854.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6155g67 (person)

Otis, Harrison Gray, 1765-1848

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w67w6hw3 (person)

American statesman. From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston, to Joseph Gales, Esq., 1830 Sept. 25. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270609817 From the description of Autograph letter signed : Philadelphia, 1797 May 6. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270610680 From the description of Autograph letter signed : Boston, possibly to Judge John Lowell, 1791 Mar. 12. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270609819 Otis's career included terms as a judge of ...

Coppinger, Virginia Foster, 1842-1862.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6n30vzn (person)

Benton, Thomas Hart, 1782-1858

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6dr32qh (person)

Thomas Hart Benton (1782-1858) was a Missouri Democrat who served as a senator from 1821 to 1851. He opposed both abolitionism and the extension of slavery into new territories, but was a staunch advocate of westward expansion of the United States. He died in 1858. From the guide to the Thomas Hart Benton letter, 1846 May 14, (J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah) Lawyer; Tennessee state senator, 1809-1811; aide-de-camp to Andrew Jackson; colonel of a regiment of ...

Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6x34xv4 (person)

Massachusetts lawyer and U.S. Senator, 1851-1874. He was an ardent abolitionist who attacked the south in his "crime against Kansas" speech in 1856. Two days later he was assaulted in the Senate, receiving injuries that took him years to recover from. From the description of Letters, 1858-1869. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library). WorldCat record id: 55768315 Born in Boston, Mass., the U.S. statesman Charles Sumner studied law at Harvard and practiced law in his native ci...

Foster, William, 1746-1821

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6nc70sg (person)

Coppinger, James E., ca. 1811-1863.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w63b6zm4 (person)

Van Rensselaer, Charlotte Foster, 1792-1833.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6pz67s5 (person)

Spear, Nathan, d. 1800.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6xs6tw0 (person)

Perron, Jean Francois.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6jq202p (person)

Apthorp family.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w60w79vc (family)

Lincoln, Levi, 1782-1868

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w64f1snz (person)

Lawyer and U.S. representative and governor of Massachusetts. From the description of Papers of Levi Lincoln, 1807-1863. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 71015073 ...

Foster, William, 1772-1863

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w62f8n4m (person)

William Foster, Junior, 1777-1863, was the eldest son of William Foster, 1746-1821, merchant of Boston and his wife Grace Spear Foster, 1751-1816. His father sent him to Cadiz, Spain at the age of fourteen to study languages and learn business methods. In 1794, he went to France, married Marie Hortense Perron, 1779-1838, the daughter of a French merchant and settled in Normandy. In 1809, he returned to Boston with his wife and two daughters, Melite, born 1796 and Virginia, born 1797. Melite, who...

Coppinger, Virginia Foster, 1797-1884

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6jq20d5 (person)

Foster, Leonard, 1787-1855

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w64j1d2t (person)

Andrew, John A. (John Albion), 1818-1867

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6b857gr (person)

Lawyer, founder of Free Soil Party in Massachusetts, governor of Massachusetts, 1861-1866. From the description of ALS, 1861 Oct. 19, New York, N.Y., to an unknown correspondent. (Rosenbach Museum & Library). WorldCat record id: 122524861 Prominent anti-slavery lawyer and Civil War governor of Massachusetts. From the description of Papers, 1772-1895, [microform]. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 25618330 Andrew was Governor of Massachusetts ...

Foster, William Leonard, 1837-1915.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6795413 (person)

Randolph, John, 1773-1833

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w63779t9 (person)

Randolph served in the U.S. House of Representatives (1799-1813, 1815-1817, 1819-1825, 1827-1829), the U.S. Senate (1825-1827), the Virginia Constitutional Convention (1829-1830), and as Minister to Russia (1830-1831). From the description of Letter of introduction, 10 July 1813. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 235133950 U. S. Congressman from Virginia. From the description of Letter [manuscript] : Liverpool, England, to Jacob Harvey, Cork Irela...

Tudor, Jeanne Francoise Hortense Foster, 1813-1892

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6dr3tsh (person)

Van Rensselaer family.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6gj8g0h (family)

Pierce, Franklin, 1804-1869

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w61d2kv8 (person)

Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) was the 14th President of the United States (1853-1857). Prior to his presidency he served in both the House of Representatives (1833-1837) and the Senate (1837-1842) as a legislator from New Hampshire. Although a Northerner, he sympathized with the Southern cause during the American Civil War and was good friends with Jefferson Davis....

Foster, Charles Chauncy, 1785-1874.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6f48np3 (person)

Morton, Marcus, 1784-1864

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6hd8krj (person)

Morton served as a justice on the Massachusetts Superior Court (1825-1840) and governor (1840-1841, 1843-1844). From the description of Letters and autograph, 1840-1863. (Harvard Law School Library). WorldCat record id: 235128487 ...

Ritchie, Andrew R.

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6vx1g6r (person)

Cooper, Peter, 1791-1883

http://n2t.net/ark:/99166/w6n01d6r (person)

Manufacturer, inventor, and philanthropist. From the description of Certification of Peter Cooper, 1870. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79449909 American inventor and philanthropist. From the description of Letter signed : New York, to William C. Bryant, on behalf of The Citizens' Association of New York, 1867 Sept. 30. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270537867 Alexander Dallas Bache (1806-1867) was an important scientific reformer during the...