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.


1883 February 22
William Mackergo Taylor (1829–1895) to Henry Martyn Field (1822–1907). ALS, 4 p. on 2 leaves. Thanks and compliments HMF for On the Desert, with particular mention of the chapter on the Egyptian war. Discusses England’s involvement with Egypt, mentioning William Ewart Gladstone (1809–1898) and Benjamin Disraeli (1804–1881). Removed from: On the Desert (New York, 1883).
1883 January 13
Henry Clay Trumbull (1830–1903), Philadelphia, to Henry Martyn Field (1822–1907). ALS, 3 p. on 2 leaves. On letterhead of “The Sunday School Times. Editorial Rooms.” Calls HMF’s attention to “a few minor points in your note about Professor Palmer . . . the Lord Almoner’s Professor of Arabic in the University of Cambridge” (Edward Henry Palmer, 1840–1882). Also mentions “my good friends ”Mr. and Mrs. Reid.” Removed from: On the Desert (New York, 1890).
1884 January 18
Frederick William Farrar (1831–1903), Westminster, S.W. [London], to Henry Martyn Field (1822–1907). ALS, 3 p. on 2 leaves. Thanks HMF for Among the Holy Hills and regrets the impossibility of a visit to America. Removed from: Among the Holy Hills (New York, 1884).
1884 July 4
Stephen Johnson Field (1816–1899), Washington, D.C., to Cephas Brainerd (1831–1910). LS, 4 p. on 2 leaves. Regarding likenesses and biographical information about SJF for inclusion in Brainerd’s history of the County.
1885 December 10
William Mackergo Taylor (1829–1895) to Henry Martyn Field (1822–1907). ALS, 2 p. on 1 leaf. Praises The Greek Islands and Turkey after the War, writing, “You have never done anything better than the chapter on the War.” Removed from: The Greek Islands and Turkey after the War (New York, 1887).
1885 December 8
Howard Crosby (1826–1891) to Henry Martyn Field (1822–1907). ALS, 1 p. on 1 leaf. Thanks HMF for his volume on Turkey and offers the praise, “One of your volumes is worth all the books of travel that Bayard Taylor ever wrote.” Removed from: The Greek Islands and Turkey after the War (New York, 1887).
1885 January 26
Cyrus West Field (1819–1892). DS, 2 p. on 2 leaves. In a secretarial hand, but drafted by “David Dudley Field, for Cyrus W. Field,” signed by CWF. On Deyo, Duer and Bauerdorf letterhead. Docket on verso. Copy of an agreement with Mrs. Caroline A. Rogers regarding 1,500 shares of “the Electric Railway Company of the United States, executed by the representatives of the Field and Edison interests.”
1885 May 16
David Dudley Field, Jr. (1805–1894), New York, to L.I.(?) Metcalf. ALS, 2 p. on 2 leaves. On “Offices of David Dudley Field, Washington Building, No. 1 Broadway” letterhead. Concerns correct inclusion of his name on an article “Conversation between David Dudley Field and Henry George.”
1887 April 28
Cyrus West Field (1819–1892), New York, to C. K. (Catherine Kepple?) Meredith, Philadelphia. LS, 1 p. on 1 leaf. Thanks Miss Meredith for letters. Discusses “my dear precious daughter” Alice [Durand Field, b. 1843] under Dr. Mitchell’s care and sends $500 for her account.
1887 Feb 25
Stephen Johnson Field (1816–1899), Washington, D.C. to Stephen Dudley Field (b. 1846), Yonkers [New York]. LS, 6 p. on 3 leaves with integral blank leaf. Discusses SDF’s invention and his failure to obtain a patent. Also refers to a lecture by SDF on the yearly cost of running a car by a proposed electric motor. Sends love to Celeste (wife Celestine Butters Field, b. 1852) and “a kiss to Sue Virginia” (daughter Sarah Virginia, b. 1879). With “Supreme Court of the United States” envelope with uncancelled 2-cent stamp.
1887 November 30
Thomas F. Bayard (1828–1898), [Washington, D.C.], to Stephen Johnson Field (1816–1899). ALS, 2 p. on 2 leaves. On Department of State letterhead.
1888 April 16
Martin Brewer Anderson (1815–1890), Rochester, to Henry Martyn Field (1822–1907). 2 p. on 2 leaves. Thanks HMF for “your new volume of travels and the two copies of Scribner’s Magazine and the articles of yours which they contained.” Hopes for a new volume containing HMF’s observations in North Africa and refers him to “the volume of Pulchards Physical History of Mankind which treats of the Berber race.” Removed from: From the Lakes of Killarney to the Golden Horn (18th ed., New York, 1890).