Field Family Collection

The Field Family collection contains manuscript material relating to the personal and professional lives of David Dudley Field (1781-1867) and his four sons. The collection includes correspondence, writings, and a diary which document nineteenth-century American law, politics, religious life, history, and the personal lives of the Field family.


1838
Stephen Johnson Field (1816–1899) to Samuel Arnold (1806–1869), New York. ALS, 1 p. on 1 leaf with integral address leaf. Regarding an illness that did not allow him to be moved until the weather changed. Dated “Wednesday morning.” Pencilled notation “1838” in an early hand. Cf. Field Genealogy, v. 2, p. 626: Stephen’s legal studies were “interrupted by a long illness.”
1890
Max Rosenthal (1833–1918). Etching on chine of Stephen Johnson Field (1816–1899), signed: Max Rosenthal, aquafortes, 1890. image size: 18.5 x 12.2 cm., on tissue sheet 19.5 x 14.3 cm., on mount 27.0 x 20.1 cm.
1831 September 20
David Dudley Field, Jr. (1805–1894), New York, to Stephen Johnson Field (1816–1899), Smyrna [Turkey]. AL, 3 p. on 2 leaves. Address and docket on back of 2nd leaf. Lengthy response to SJF’s question: what advice does SJF’s eldest brother have about his choice of profession? DDF urges his brother to stay where he is for now and return to the States for college when he is 18 or 19.
1832 September 20
Jonathan Edwards Field (1813–1868), New York, to Stephen Johnson Field (1816–1899), Smyrna [Turkey]. ALS, 3 p. on 2 leaves. Address and docket on the back of the second leaf. Relates present situation in New York (studying law, teaching at girls’ boarding school) and describes his (JEF’s) graduation from Williams College.
1836 December 14
Cyrus West Field (1819–1892), New York, to Submit Dickinson Field (1782–1861), Stockbridge [Massachusetts]. ALS, 1 p. on 1 leaf with integral address leaf. Docket on address leaf. Mentions Jonathan E. Field’s election as clerk of Washtenaw County, Michigan, and his appointment as “Clerk of the Supreme Court for the Second Judicial District, and of Register in Chancery for the same District.” Sent via Mr. W. Churchill.
1837 August 8
Cyrus West Field (1819–1892), New York, to Rev. David Dudley Field (1781–1867), Haddam [Connecticut]. ALS, 2 p., quarto, with integral address leaf. Docket on address leaf. Includes news of Stephen Johnson Field (1816–1899) and Matthew Dickinson Field (1811–1870), and relays message from David Dudley Field, Jr. (1805–1894) that he will purchase parents’ house. Makes plans for meeting in Williamstown or Lee after Commencement and also mentions Mary Elizabeth Field (1823–1856) and Henry Martyn Field (1822–1907).
1837 July 15
Cyrus West Field (1819–1892), New York, to Rev. David Dudley Field (1781–1867) and Submit Dickinson Field (1782–1861), Haddam [Connecticut]. ALS, 2 p. on 1 leaf with integral address leaf. Mentions the return from Liverpool by David Dudley Field, Jr. (1805–1894), CWF’s plans for the near future, Ladies’ Greek Association of Stockbridge and Mr. [Samuel] Arnold (1806–1869). Delivered by Mary [Elizabeth] Field (1823–1856) along with a box of clothes for repair and cleaning.
1838 July 16
Cyrus West Field (1819–1892), New York, to Rev. David Dudley Field (1781–1867), Haddam [Connecticut]. ALS, 2 p., quarto, with integral address leaf. Docket on address leaf. Includes news of Stephen Johnson Field (1816–1899) and Matthew Dickinson Field (1811–1870), and relays message from David Dudley Field, Jr. (1805–1894) that he will purchase parents’ house. Makes plans for meeting in Williamstown or Lee after Commencement and also mentions Mary Elizabeth Field (1823–1856) and Henry Martyn Field (1822–1907).
1839 January 24
David Dudley Field (1781–1867), Haddam [Connecticut], to Samuel Arnold (1806–1869), New York. ALS, 1 p. on 1 leaf. Address on verso. Requests Arnold to get copies of the Literary and Theological Review from son at David Dudley Field’s (1805–1894) office and bring them back with him. Sent via Hezekiah Brainerd.
1840 December 7
David Dudley Field, Jr. (1805–1894), New York, to Samuel Arnold (1806–1869), Haddam [Connecticut]. ALS, 1 p. on 1 leaf, with integral address leaf. Informs Arnold of the date of his case with Bartlett & Peck and urges him to come to New York early to prepare for the trial.
1840 May 22
Stephen Johnson Field (1816–1899), New York, to William Buell Sprague (1795–1876), Albany [New York]. ALS, 1 p. on 1 leaf with integral address leaf. Docket on address leaf. Thanks Sprague for his hospitality and talks of obtaining autographs of distinguished individuals for Sprague’s collection with the help of Mr. [Theodore] Sedgwick (1811–1859). Has come to the City “to complete my professional studies with my brother [David Dudley Field, Jr. (1805–1894)], and with the intention of remaining here permanently.” Accompanied by typed transcript.
1841 January 22
Stephen Johnson Field (1816–1899), New York, to Samuel Arnold (1806–1869), Haddam [Connecticut]. ALS, 1 p. on 1 leaf with integral address leaf. Informs Arnold of trial date of his case, “the first Monday of February.”