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.


1888 December 14
Dr. James Boylan Shaw (1808–1890), Rochester [New York], to Henry Martyn Field (1822–1907). 2 p. on 2 leaves. Thanks HMF for Gibraltar and calls him “my dear, and never failing and never faltering friend The Editor of the Evangelist”. On back: note from Theodore Ledyard Cuyler (1822–1909), commenting that “such a letter as this from our beloved veteran Dr. Shaw is a ‘jewel’ in your ‘crown’ in advance – T.L.C.” Removed from: Gibraltar (New York, 1889).
1888 March 1
Andrew Preston Peabody (1811–1893), Cambridge, to Henry Martyn Field (1822–1907). ALS, 2 p. on 2 leaves. Lavish thanks and praise for Old Spain and New Spain. Removed from: Old Spain and New Spain (New York, 1888).
[1839] October 26
David Dudley Field, Jr. (1805–1894), [New York], to Samuel Arnold (1806–1869), [New York]. ALS, 1 p. on 1 leaf. Addressed to Arnold at the New Jersey hotel on verso. Requests Arnold visit DDF’s office.
[1858?]
Carte de visite photograph of Cyrus West Field (1819–1892) by John and Chas. Watkins, 34 Parliament St., London. 8.5 x 5.5 cm. on mount, 10.0 x 6.3 cm.
[1871 July]
Sir Stafford H. Northcote (1818–1887), to Cyrus West Field (1819–1892). ALS, 1 p. on 1 leaf. With original envelope addressed to “Cyrus W. Field Esq, 42 Charges (?) Street or 14 Lower Seymour Street.” Northcote writes, “very low about the Treaty . . . little hope of the difficulty being got over” [the Treaty of Washington, re: Alabama Claims, etc., was signed finally on 8 May 1871].
[1876] November 17
Samuel Wells Williams (1812–1884) to Henry Martyn Field (1822–1907). ALS, 4 p. on 3 leaves with integral blank leaf. “I’ve rewritten the notice of the Pei-ho battle so as to please me better, as I had no idea of printing it when I answered your friend’s note.” The notice is included in full in a note in HMF’s book (p. 392–3 of From Egypt to Japan, 1877). Removed from: From Egypt to Japan (New York, 1877).
[1877-1878]
Samuel Wells Williams (1812–1884) to Henry Martyn Field (1822–1907). ALS, 2 p. on 1 leaf. Offers corrections, beginning with “There are no hippopotami in Sumatra. . . .” Removed from: From Egypt to Japan (New York, 1877).