1524-1999; bulk: 1745-1960
Guide to the Collection
This collection consists of the papers of the Saltonstall family of Haverhill, Salem, and Chestnut Hill, Mass., primarily those of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) and Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895). Papers of the Leverett, Cooke, Badger, Sanders, Lawrence, and Brooks families are also represented. Included are family correspondence; personal papers; business, legal, and financial papers; diaries; and genealogical material.
Below are brief biographical sketches of the Saltonstall family and related families, highlighting the individual members represented most prominently within the collection.
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The Saltonstall Family
Mary Cooke Saltonstall Badger (1749-1791) was the daughter of Richard Saltonstall (1703-1756) and Mary Cooke Saltonstall (later Harrod) (1723-1804.) She was the sister of Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815) of Haverhill, Mass. and Leverett Saltonstall (1754-1782), a Loyalist, who served in the British army. She married Rev. Moses Badger (1743-1792), a chaplain in the British Navy, in 1771. She fled with her Loyalist husband to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1776, then to New York, Newport, and Providence, Rhode Island, where she died in 1791. She was the mother of Richard Saltonstall Badger, Nathaniel Badger, and George Badger.
Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall (1867-1961) was the daughter of Peter Chardon Brooks (1831-1920) and Sarah Lawrence Brooks (1845-1915.) She married Richard Middlecott Saltonstall (1859-1922) in 1891. A founder of the Community Fund and an officer in the American Red Cross, she was appointed a member of the National Women's Committee for Mobilization of Human Needs in 1936. She was the mother of Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979), Eleanor "Nora" Saltonstall (1894-1919), Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall Lewis (1896-1990), and Richard Saltonstall (1897-1979).
Eleanor "Nora" Saltonstall (1894-1919) was born in Chestnut Hill (Brookline), Mass., the daughter of Richard Middlecott Saltonstall (1859-1922) and Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall (1867-1961), and the sister of Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979). She graduated from Miss Winsor's school in 1911, and continued her education at Miss Ferris' School in Paris in 1911-1912. When World War I began, she organized the Active Corps of the Special Aid Society in Boston, and earned a First Aid Certificate in June 1917. She served in France with the American Red Cross from 1917 to 1918 during World War I, and was awarded the Croix-de-Guerre in 1918. After returning home in March 1919, she went on a camping trip in the western U.S. and contracted typhoid fever, dying in July 1919 at the age of 24.
Endicott Peabody Saltonstall (1872-1922) was the son of Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) and Rose Lee Saltonstall, and the brother of Richard Middlecott Saltonstall (1859-1922). Earning an AB from Harvard College in 1894, and an LLB from Harvard Law School in 1897, he practiced law in Boston, and was appointed district attorney for Middlesex County in 1921-1922. He married Elizabeth Baldwin Dupee in 1898.
Leverett Saltonstall (1754-1782) was the son of Judge Richard Saltonstall (1703-1756) and his third wife, Mary Cooke Saltonstall (later Harrod) (1723-1804). Although he had apprenticed to become a merchant in Boston, Saltonstall became a Loyalist and served in the British Army as a 2nd lieutenant in the 23rd Regiment of Foot (Royal Welsh Fusiliers) under Sir William Howe in 1778. He later served under Lord Cornwallis at Yorktown. Saltonstall returned to New York as a parolee after the British surrender in 1781, joining his sister Mary Badger and her family. He died in New York City in 1782 at his sister's home.
Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) was the son of Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815) and Anna White (1752- 1841). Graduating from Harvard College in 1802, he practiced law in Salem, Mass. from 1805 until about 1835. He served as a Massachusetts state senator and representative intermittently between 1813-1834, and again in 1844; and served as president of the Massachusetts Senate from 1831 to 1832. The first mayor of Salem, Mass. in 1836-1837, Saltonstall was elected to the U. S. House of Representatives as a Whig, serving from Dec. 1838 to March 1843 (25th-27th Congresses). He was also an overseer of Harvard University from 1835 to 1845. Saltonstall married Mary Elizabeth Sanders (1788-1858), the daughter of Thomas Sanders and Elizabeth Elkins Sanders of Salem. Their children were Anne Elizabeth Saltonstall (1812-1881), Caroline Saltonstall (1815-1883), Lucy Saltonstall [Tuckerman] (1822-1890), and Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895).
Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) was the son of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) and Mary Elizabeth Sanders Saltonstall (1788-1858). He graduated from Harvard College in 1844, and received his law degree from Harvard in 1847. He practiced law until 1860, when he became active in the Massachusetts Democratic party, and although he was frequently nominated as a candidate for Congress, he was never elected. In 1876, he was appointed chief Massachusetts commissioner for the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, and also helped to oversee the 1876 Florida ballot controversy that arose as part of the Tilden-Hayes presidential election. He was appointed the collector of the port of Boston by Pres. Grover Cleveland in 1885, serving until 1889, and was a member of the Board of Overseers of Harvard University from 1889 until his death in 1895. Saltonstall married Rose Smith Lee (b. 1835), of Salem in 1854, and they lived in Chestnut Hill (Brookline), Massachusetts. His children were Leverett Saltonstall (1855-1863), Richard Middlecott Saltonstall (1859-1922), Rose Lee Saltonstall [West] (1861-1891), Mary Elizabeth Saltonstall [Shaw] (b. 1862), Philip Leverett Saltonstall (1867-1919), and Endicott Peabody Saltonstall (1872-1922).
Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979) was the son of Richard Middlecott Saltonstall (1859-1922) and Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall (1867-1961). He was a graduate of Harvard College (1914) and Harvard Law School (1917), and served in the U.S. Army from 1917 to 1919. A Republican, he was elected to the Massachusetts state senate from 1922 to 1937, serving as speaker of the house from 1929-1937. Saltonstall was the governor of Massachusetts from 1939 to 1945, and was a U.S. Senator from 1945 to 1967, serving as Senate Republican Whip, chair of Senate Republican Conference, and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Saltonstall married Alice Wesselhoeft (1893-1981) in 1916. His children were Leverett Saltonstall (1917-1966), Rosalie Saltonstall (1919-1920), Emily Saltonstall [Byrd] (1920-2006), Peter Brooks Saltonstall (1921-1944), William Lawrence Saltonstall (1927-2009), and Susan Saltonstall (1930-1994).
Mary (Cooke) Saltonstall (1723-1805) was the daughter of Jane Middlecott and Elisha Cooke, Jr., one of the wealthiest men in Massachusetts. It is Mary, through her father's line, who connected the Saltonstall family to the Leverett family. (Mary's paternal grandmother was Elizabeth Leverett, daughter of Gov. John Leverett). She married Judge Richard Saltonstall of Haverhill in 1744 as his third wife, and after Saltonstall's death in 1756, married Benjamin Harrod, a Haverhill widower. She was the mother of Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815), with whom she lived in Haverhill, Mass. after Harrod died in 1780; Mary Cooke Saltonstall [Badger] (1749-1791); and Leverett Saltonstall (1754-1782). Both Mary Badger and Leverett were Loyalists who were forced to flee Massachusetts in 1776.
Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815) was the son of Richard Saltonstall (1703-1756) and Mary Cooke Saltonstall (1723-1804) of Haverhill, Mass. A child of 10 when his father died and his mother remarried Benjamin Harrod, he was largely brought up by his uncle Middlecott Cooke of Boston. Saltonstall graduated from Harvard College in 1766 and became a physician, practicing in Haverhill, Bradford, Andover and Amesbury, Mass. He married Anna White (1752-1841), daughter of Samuel White and Sarah Brown White of Haverhill, in 1780. His children were Mary Cooke Saltonstall [Varnum] (1781-1817); Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845); Nathaniel Saltonstall (1784-1838); Anna Saltonstall [Merrill] (1787-1865); Sarah Saltonstall [Howe] (1790-1870); Richard Saltonstall (1794-1834), and Matilda Saltonstall [Howe] (1796-1831).
Nathaniel Saltonstall (1784-1838) was the son of Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815) and Anna White Saltonstall (1752-1841), and the brother of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845). He was a merchant in Baltimore, and later in Salem, Mass. where he married Caroline Sanders (1793-1882), daughter of Thomas Sanders of Salem and sister of his brother Leverett's wife Mary Elizabeth. Nathaniel was the father of Catherine Pickman Saltonstall [Peirson] (1823-1852); Elizabeth Sanders Saltonstall [Silsbee] (1825-1887); Henry Saltonstall (1828-1894); and William Gurdon Saltonstall (1831-1889).
Richard Middlecott Saltonstall (1859-1922) was the son of Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) and Rose Smith Lee Saltonstall (b. 1835) A classmate of Theodore Roosevelt, he graduated from Harvard College in 1880. He studied law at Harvard and at the office of William Caleb Loring, and was admitted to the bar in 1884. A businessman and investor, Saltonstall was president and director of the E. Howard Clock Company, a trustee of Constitution Wharf Trust, and a director of the Globe Newspaper Co., Boston Storage Warehouse Co., and Boston Safe Deposit and Trust Co. He married Eleanor Brooks (1867-1961), daughter of Sarah Lawrence and Peter Chardon Brooks, in 1891. Their children were Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979); Eleanor "Nora" Saltonstall (1894-1919), Muriel Gurdon Saltonstall [Lewis] (1896-1990); and Richard Saltonstall (1897-1979).
William Gurdon Saltonstall (1831-1899) was the son of Nathaniel Saltonstall (1784-1838) and Caroline Sanders (1793-1882). An East India merchant, he served in the U.S. Navy from 1861-1865, and was the acting master of the Commodore Hull, a ship involved in the North Atlantic blockade of the Confederacy. Saltonstall married Josephine Rose Lee in 1867, and was the father of Robert Saltonstall (1870-1941); Lucy Sanders Saltonstall [Rantoul] (b. 1871); John Lee Saltonstall (1878-1959); and Rosamund Saltonstall [Auchincloss] (b. 1881).
Peter Chardon Brooks (1831-1920) was the son of Gorham Brooks (1795-1855) and Ellen Shepherd Brooks (1809-1884). He prepared for college under Samuel Eliot, graduating from Harvard in 1852. Holding extensive real estate investments in Massachusetts and Chicago, Illinois, Brooks devoted much of his time to agriculture, art, and travel. He married Sarah Lawrence Brooks (1845-1915), daughter of Amos A. Lawrence (1814-1886) and Sarah Elizabeth Appleton Lawrence (1822-1891), and was the father of Eleanor Brooks [Saltonstall] (1867-1961) and Lawrence Brooks (b. 1868.)
Sarah Lawrence Brooks (1845-1915) was the daughter of Sarah Elizabeth Appleton (1822-1891) and Amos Adams Lawrence (1814-1886), an industrialist and leader in the American abolitionist movement. Sarah was an amateur and prolific photographer. She had six siblings, including William Lawrence (1850-1941), who was elected a Bishop of the Episcopal Church in Massachusetts in 1893. She married Peter Chardon Brooks and was the mother of Eleanor Brooks [Saltonstall] (1867-1961) and Lawrence Brooks (b. 1868).
Elisha Cooke, Jr. (1678-1737) was the son of Elisha Cooke (1637-1715) and Elizabeth Leverett (1651-1715), daughter of Gov. John Leverett. Graduating from Harvard in 1697, Cooke became a physician, a member of the Massachusetts General Court, and served as speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1720. Politically, Cooke was one of the leaders of the party in opposition to the Royal Governor. One of the wealthiest men in the province, Cooke bought up large tracts of timberland in Maine and challenged the Crown's rights to these forests. Cooke married Jane Middlecott (1682 -1743), daughter of Sarah Paine and Richard Middlecott, in 1703. He was the father of Middlecott Cooke (1705-1771) and Mary Cooke [Saltonstall] [Harrod] (1723-1804).
Middlecott Cooke ((1705-1771) was the son of Elisha Cooke, Jr. (1678-1737) and Jane Middlecott Cooke (1682-1743) and the brother of Mary Cooke [Saltonstall] [Harrod] (1723-1804). After receiving his Masters degree from Harvard College in 1726, he helped his father manage the family lands in what is now Maine, making several voyages to new settlements there. He also worked as a merchant in the firm of Goldthwaite and Cooke, serving as a clerk in the Suffolk County court and as a Boston selectman. Unmarried and childless, Cooke took in his sister Mary Cooke Saltonstall and her children after the death of Mary's husband, Judge Richard Saltonstall. Upon Cooke's death in 1771, he left his Saltonstall niece and nephews his mansion, stores, warehouses, and ropewalks in Boston, and his land in Massachusetts and Maine.
Mary Cooke Saltonstall Harrod - see Mary Cooke Saltonstall
Gov. John Leverett (1616-1679) was the son of Thomas Leverett, an alderman of Boston, England. He emigrated to the Massachusetts Bay Colony with his parents in 1633, but went back to England in 1644 to fight for Oliver Cromwell during the English Civil War. Returning to Massachusetts by 1647, Leverett became active in the colonial militia and served in the General Court. In 1654, Cromwell appointed Leverett the military governor of Acadia (present-day Nova Scotia), a position he held until 1657. Leverett was appointed the Massachusetts Bay Colony agent or representative to England from 1655 to 1662 and served as major-general in the Massachusetts militia from 1663 to 1673 and as governor of Massachusetts from 1673 to his death in 1679. He married Hannah Hudson in 1639, and upon her death married Sarah Sedgwick (1629-1704) in 1647. One of their twelve children, Elizabeth (1651-1715), married Elisha Cooke, Sr., whose granddaughter Mary Cooke married Judge Richard Saltonstall.
John Leverett (1662-1724) was the grandson of Gov. John Leverett (1616-1679) and the son of Hudson and Sarah Payton Leverett. He received his A B from Harvard College in 1680 and his A M from Harvard in 1683. He served as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (1696-1702), speaker of the House (1700-1702), justice of the Superior Court (1702-1708), judge of the Probate Court for Middlesex County (1702-1708), and member of the Provincial Council (1706-1708). He was appointed resident fellow at Harvard under Increase Mather's administration from 1685 to 1697 and became the first secular president of Harvard College in 1708, serving until his death in 1724. He married Margaret Rogers Berry in 1697 and they had nine children, six of whom died in infancy. After Margaret's death in 1720, Leverett married Sarah Crisp Harris.
Elizabeth Elkins Sanders [or Saunders] (1762-1851) was the daughter of Thomas Elkins and Elizabeth White Elkins of Salem. She was an author and social critic, particularly on issues of injustices to Native Americans and wrongs perpetrated by foreign religious missions. She published
Conversations, Principally on the Aborigines of North America(Salem, Mass. 1828); First Settlers of New England (Boston, 1829); and Tract of Missions (Salem, 1844), the last when she was 82. She also published numerous essays of literary criticism. She married Thomas Sanders [Saunders] in 1782, and was the mother of Charles Sanders (b. 1783); Catherine Sanders [Pickman] (b. 1784); Mary Elizabeth Sanders [Saltonstall] (1788-1858); Caroline Sanders [Saltonstall] (1793-1882); Lucy Sanders (bapt. 1793); and George Thomas Sanders (b. 1804).
Thomas Sanders [or Saunders] (1753-1844) was the son of Thomas Sanders (1729-1774) and Lucy Smith Sanders of Gloucester, Mass. Although Sanders's family could not afford to give him a college education, he nevertheless became one of wealthiest merchants in Salem, Mass. He married Elizabeth Elkins (1762-1851) of Salem, and was the father of Charles Sanders (b. 1783); Catherine Sanders [Pickman] (b. 1784); Mary Elizabeth Sanders [Saltonstall] (1788-1858); Caroline Sanders [Saltonstall] (1793-1882); Lucy Sanders (bapt. 1793); and George Thomas Sanders (b. 1804). His daughter Mary Elizabeth married Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), and his daughter Caroline married Leverett's brother Nathaniel Saltonstall (1784-1838). Sanders built his daughters and their husbands a double house on Chestnut St. in Salem next door to his own.
Other Finding Aids
The Saltonstall Online Catalog contains records describing approximately 3000 documents in the Saltonstall family papers dating from 1524 to 1880. Records include information on author, recipient, date, and original location of documents, and in some cases include item descriptions and select subjects.
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The Saltonstall family papers consist of 47 boxes and 5 oversize boxes of manuscripts and printed material, as well as 22 manuscript and printed volumes. They are arranged in seven series that document the Saltonstall family of Haverhill, Salem, and Chestnut Hill (Brookline), Massachusetts from the 17th to the 20th century. The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), his son Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895), his grandson, Richard Middlecott Saltonstall (1859-1922), and their families.
Of particular significance are the papers of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), a Massachusetts state representative and senator, the first mayor of Salem, Mass., and a Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives. In addition to his personal and political correspondence, which includes letters from Lewis Cass, Rufus Choate, Caleb Cushing, Edward Everett, Lemuel Shaw, Joseph Story, and Levi Lincoln, Saltonstall's papers contain extensive correspondence with his family when he served in Washington D.C. These letters vividly describe political and social life at the capital, offering Saltonstall's detailed observations of Washington personalities and events.
The papers of Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) include business and political correspondence related to his career as a leader of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, commissioner to the Philadelphia Centennial Expedition, and collector of the Port of Boston. Of note are Saltonstall's papers related to the controversy surrounding Florida's electoral votes in the Hayes-Tilden presidential election of 1876. Personal diaries chronicle his journey to Europe and the Middle East in 1847-1849. In addition to family correspondence, a large portion of Saltonstall's personal papers relate to genealogical research and family history.
Family papers form the largest and broadest series in the collection, ranging from 16th century English deeds to the 1985 correspondence of William L. Saltonstall (1927-2009). Included are the papers of Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815) of Haverhill, Mass.; Mary Elizabeth Sanders Saltonstall, wife of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845); Mary's daughters Anne and Caroline Saltonstall; Richard Middlecott Saltonstall and his wife Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall; and other family members. Papers of Saltonstall family ancestors and related families are also represented, including the Leverett, Cooke, Badger, Sanders, Lawrence and Brooks families. Highlights include political and military papers of John Leverett (1616-1679); Middlecott Cooke's diaries describing his 1734 trip to an outpost in Maine; the correspondence of Mary Cooke Saltonstall Harrod with her Loyalist children during and after the Revolutionary War; the 1840-1843 Washington D.C. diaries of Anne E. Saltonstall; William Gurdon Saltonstall's Civil War reminiscences; and letters to Richard Middlecott Saltonstall from Harvard classmate Theodore Roosevelt. Later family papers relate almost exclusively to family history and genealogy.
Genealogical papers include the research of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895), Richard Middlecott Saltonstall and numerous professional genealogists. The bulk of genealogical material consists of the correspondence and research of Louise Emerson Carlisle, who worked as an archivist for the family from the 1930s to the 1960s. Carlisle also compiled information on the history of the Saltonstall family's manuscript, portrait, and artifact collections.
Other documents in the collection, not directly related to the Saltonstall family, include a 1694 copy of Charles Morton's "A Logick System;" 1682 papers of Daniel Gookin pertaining to a Natick, Mass. trial of a Native American; and the papers of Boston dentist David K. Hitchcock (1813-1895).
Gift of Mrs. George Lewis, Jr., Leverett Saltonstall, Richard Saltonstall, and Mrs. Richard M. Saltonstall, June 1948 and May 1959.
Gift of William L. Saltonstall, July 1991, with later additions.
Gift of Robert Saltonstall Ward, 1933 (previously the Ward-Saltonstall papers, Ms. S-784)
Highlights from the Saltonstall Family Collections is a web presentation containing images and transcriptions of selected documents from the Saltonstall family papers.
Most letters and diaries of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) have been published in The Papers of Leverett Saltonstall 1816-1845, Vols. 1-5, edited by Robert E. Moody, Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1978-1992.
Early papers of the Saltonstall family and related families have been published in The Saltonstall Papers 1607-1815, Vols. 1-2, edited by Robert E. Moody, Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 1972-1974.
Detailed Description of the Collection
I. Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) papers, 1796-1854
This series contains the papers of Leverett Saltonstall of Salem, Mass., who served as a Massachusetts state representative and senator, the first mayor of Salem, and a Whig member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Included are Saltonstall's family, personal, legal, and political correspondence; manuscript drafts of Saltonstall's speeches as a Massachusetts state representative and senator, and as a U.S. representative; a series of personal diaries kept from 1803 to 1814 describing daily activities, current events, and travel; and several bound volumes, including a scrapbook kept by Saltonstall's son that chronicled his father's life.
A. Loose papers, 1796-1854
This sub-series includes the correspondence, personal papers, and business papers of Leverett Saltonstall (1785-1845). Family correspondence, which comprises the bulk of the series, contains letters between Leverett and his father, Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815); mother, Anna White Saltonstall; siblings Anna, Richard, and Nathaniel; and cousin George Badger. In 1812, Leverett began his correspondence with his wife, Mary Elizabeth Sanders Saltonstall, which continued throughout his life. The majority of letters from Leverett to Mary, and later from Leverett to his children, Anne, Caroline, Lucy, and Leverett, were written during his trips to Washington D.C. as a lawyer before the Supreme Court in 1824-1826, and as a member of the U. S. House of Representatives from Dec. 1838 to Jan. 1843. View the web presentation of selected letters from Leverett to his family.
Personal correspondence includes letters from his Exeter and Harvard classmates, including William Minot, John Gorham, and James S. Dunning. Letters from Exeter classmate Lewis Cass illustrate his impressions of the Northwest Territory and the new state of Ohio. View the web presentation of selected Saltonstall-Cass correspondence. Also included is correspondence with Rev. John E. Abbot, minister of North Church in Salem and Saltonstall's close friend, whose sermons and religious papers are also in this series. A small amount of correspondence and business papers pertain to Saltonstall's Salem law practice, including correspondence with William Prescott and James C. Merrill, wills, deeds, and other documents associated with legal cases. Some material relates to the Brazen-Upham controversy, a libel case between two ministers in Salem in which a large part of the town took sides.
Among Saltonstall's political correspondents, primarily during his tenure as a congressional representative, are Rufus Choate, Caleb Cushing, Lemuel Shaw, Levi Lincoln, Edward Everett, Horace Mann, Joseph Story, Abbott Lawrence, and Harrison Gray Otis. Also found here is a memorial of Saltonstall's life written by David A. White of Salem in 1854.
To search for specific correspondents, locations, dates, or keywords in this sub-series, see the Saltonstall Online Catalog.
B. Speeches, 1804-1842
This sub-series contains manuscript drafts of speeches written and delivered by Leverett Saltonstall, primarily in his capacity as a member of the Massachusetts General Court, and later, as a member of the U S. House of Representatives. They include speeches to various social and religious groups, public orations marking anniversaries and special events, and speeches that he gave on the floor of the House. His speech on the U.S. tariff also exists in printed form.
See also Leverett Saltonstall's speeches and reports in Printed Material (Series V.A.)
Draft and final copy.
C. Diaries, 1803-1814
Diaries written by Leverett Saltonstall date from February, 1803, when he still practiced law in Haverhill, Mass., until 1814, shortly before Saltonstall became active in politics. 1803-1804 volumes are small folios that chronicle the weather, Saltonstall's daily activities in Haverhill and Salem, Mass., and some observations about current events. Beginning with his July 1804 diary, Saltonstall kept larger journals, with more comments on politics, events, and courses of study in which he had interest. These volumes also include a journal of a trip to Portland, Maine in 1806, a diary and expense account (1806-1821), and an 1814 journal of a trip to western Mass. and New York. Transcriptions of all diaries are published in The Saltonstall Papers, Vol. 2, except for the Jan. 1806 - Apr. 1807 diary, which is published in the MHS Proceedings 89 (1977): 127-177.
D. Bound volumes, 1800-1845
This volume was Saltonstall's copybook for his studies in mathematics at Harvard, and includes sections on geometry, trigonometry, surveying, and navigation.
This small ledger records Saltonstall's deposits and withdrawals at the Commercial Bank of Salem.
Compiled by Leverett Saltonstall's son Leverett (1825-1895), and entitled "Sketches of my Father's Life," the scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and miscellaneous obituaries and memorials.
II. Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) papers, 1836-1895
This series contains the papers of Leverett Saltonstall of Boston and Chestnut Hill (Brookline), Mass., who served as a leader of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, commissioner to the Philadelphia Centennial Expedition, and collector of the Port of Boston. Included are Saltonstall's family, personal, and political correspondence and manuscript drafts of his speeches and essays, including his "Recollections of Chestnut Street" about his youth in Salem, Mass. A series of personal diaries chronicle his journey to Europe and the Middle East in 1847-1849, and later record his political activities and events related to the Civil War. Also in this series are letterbooks containing copies of Saltonstall's personal and professional correspondence, and scrapbooks, including one comprised of letters, newsclippings, and printed material related to the 1876 controversy surrounding the Hayes-Tilden presidential electors in Florida.
A. Loose papers, 1836-1895
Included in this sub-series are Leverett Saltonstall's family, political, and personal correspondence and papers. Before 1870, the bulk of the series is comprised of family correspondence with his mother Mary Elizabeth Sanders Saltonstall, sisters Caroline, Anne, and Lucy, his wife Rose Lee Saltonstall, and other family members. (Saltonstall's correspondence with his father Leverett Saltonstall [1783-1845] can be found in Series I.) Saltonstall's 1847-1849 letters discussing his trip to Europe and the Middle East have been transcribed, and include passports to Palestine written in Arabic. Many of his letters are addressed to his sister Anne, to whom he wrote weekly for many years. Also here are numerous letters congratulating Saltonstall on his engagement to Rose Lee in 1854, letters from his sisters Anne and Caroline from Europe in 1869-1870, letters from his son Richard from London in 1885, and letters from his daughter Rose in Florida in 1886.
A large portion of Saltonstall's political papers relate to his role as a leader of the Massachusetts Democratic Party and as a frequent candidate for political office. Included are correspondence and records pertaining to the controversy surrounding the Florida electoral votes in the Hayes-Tilden presidential election of 1876, in which Saltonstall traveled to Florida to oversee the election returns. View the web presentation of selected documents related to Saltonstall's part in the Florida election controversy. An October 1885 letter from Pres. Grover Cleveland confirms Saltonstall's political appointment as collector of the Port of Boston; among the numerous congratulatory letters is a 15 Nov. 1885 note from Theodore Roosevelt. View the web presentation of Roosevelt's letters to Leverett Saltonstall and his son, Richard Middlecott Saltonstall. Also among Saltonstall's political papers are an April 1886 letter from Pres. Grover Cleveland asking Saltonstall's opinion of potential political appointees, and correspondence related to his removal from political office in 1890.
Personal papers include correspondence related to Saltonstall's numerous Harvard club affiliations, his board positions at the Perkins Institute and School for the Blind and the National Conference of Unitarians, his position as overseer of Harvard University, and his presidency of the Harvard College Alumni Association. Correspondents include Oliver Wendell Holmes, Charles Eliot, Edward Wheelwright, and Charles E. Norton. A large portion of personal papers relates to Saltonstall's longtime interest in his family genealogy, including correspondence with William Endicott, William Brampton Gurdon, James Hubbard, Henry Saltonstall, and Robert C. Winthrop, Jr. This correspondence discusses Saltonstall's interest in collecting family documents and portraits, as well as his research for his book Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall, which was published posthumously. See also Series IV, Family History and Genealogy.
To search for specific correspondents, locations, dates, or keywords in documents dated before 1880 in this sub-series, see the Saltonstall Online Catalog.
B. Speeches and writings, ca. 1850-1894
This sub-series includes Saltonstall's address to the Franklin County Agricultural Society at its inaugural meeting about 1850; a lecture about Alexander Hamilton delivered to the Salem Young Men's Union in 1857; an 1885 essay about his recollections of the Salem of his youth (ca. 1830-1845); copies of speeches given at the 50th anniversary of the Harvard class of 1844; and other miscellaneous writings.
C. Diaries, 1847-1895
Most of the diaries in this sub-series are small, page-a-day-format bound volumes. Saltonstall began keeping a diary during his trip to Europe and the Middle East from 1847-1849, and returned to the practice in 1855 until his death in 1895. The 1847-1849 travel diaries contain details of his journeys to France, Germany, Austria, Italy, Spain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Constantinople, Greece, England, and Scotland. Later diaries primarily record daily activities, weather, and occasional current events. Beginning in 1860, Saltonstall mentions details of his political activities, and in 1861 through 1865 he regularly discusses events related to the Civil War. Diaries from 1855 to 1861 also contain newspaper clippings. Diaries from 1847-1849, 1855-1865, and 1881-1884 include transcriptions. There are no diaries for the years 1850-1854, 1864, 1869, and 1885-1889.
This diary contains minimal entries.
Saltonstall kept two diaries in 1865, a page-a-day diary (which has been transcribed) and a smaller, pocket diary.
Saltonstall kept two diaries in 1867, a page-a-day diary and a smaller, pocket diary.
D. Bound volumes, 1856-1895
Arranged chronologically and by format.
1. Letterbooks, 1856-1895
This set of large letterbooks contains copies of primarily business correspondence written by Leverett Saltonstall. A separate group of letterbooks, entitled "Collector's Private or Personal Book," overlap in dates with the "Saltonstall Letter Books," but the distinction between the two sets of correspondence is unclear.
2. Scrapbooks, 1866-1892
This scrapbook was compiled by Leverett Saltonstall, and contains newsclippings related to his political career with the Mass. Democratic Party and his position as collector of the Port of Boston from 1885-1890.
Entitled by Saltonstall "Florida Conspiracy - Fraudulent Return for Hayes and Tilden 1876-1878. L. Saltonstall witness thereof," the scrapbook contains a note inside the front cover stating, "These scraps and documents were collected hastily after the Florida and Louisiana Fraud in 1876-78 by L. Saltonstall." The volume contains several letters, as well as newsclippings and other printed material related to the controversy surrounding Florida presidential electors and Saltonstall's participation in the events that followed.
3. Exhibition register, Centennial International Exhibition, 1876
This volume is the exhibition register for the Massachusetts pavilion at the 1876 Centennial International Exhibition in Philadelphia, listing companies and exhibitors in the departments of Education, Science, Art, and Machinery. Saltonstall served as the Massachusetts Commissioner to the U. S. Centennial, and gave this volume to the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1885.
III. Family papers, 1524-1985
This series contains the correspondence and papers of the Saltonstall family of Haverhill, Salem, and Chestnut Hill (Brookline), Mass., including Haverhill physician Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815); his mother, Mary Cooke Saltonstall Harrod; and his Loyalist brother Leverett Saltonstall (1754-1782). Also here are the papers of Mary Elizabeth Sanders Saltonstall, the wife of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), Mary's daughters Anne and Caroline Saltonstall, and other family members. The series also contains the papers of numerous Saltonstall ancestors and related families, including members of the Leverett, Cooke, and Sanders (Saunders) families, as well as several 16th and 17th century deeds and papers related to the Saltonstalls that were collected by family members.
Later family papers include those of Richard Middlecott Saltonstall, his wife, Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall, and their children Eleanor "Nora" and Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979). The bulk of the correspondence of Richard, his wife, and his son Leverett relates to family history and genealogy, and includes extensive correspondence with family archivist Louise Emerson Carlisle. Also in this series is the correspondence of the Lawrence family, primarily that of Sarah Lawrence Brooks to her parents and brother, and the Civil War papers of William Gurdon Saltonstall, including photocopies of the letterbook of the U.S.S. Commodore Hull, photocopies of letters to his mother, and his 1886 Civil War reminiscences.
Diaries in this series include Gurdon Saltonstall's 1745 journal of a surveying trip to Long Island, New York; the 1840-1843 diaries of Anne E. Saltonstall describing the political and social scene of Washington D.C., and Endicott P. Saltonstall's yearly diaries kept from 1898 to 1922. Bound volumes include the 1682-1685 court records of Judge Nathaniel Saltonstall (1639?-1707); the estate records of Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815) and Thomas Sanders; the 1876-1882 Harvard scrapbook of Richard M. Saltonstall; and the ca. 1911 library catalog of Endicott P. Saltonstall.
View the Saltonstall family tree.
A. Family notebook and folio collections, 1524-1880
This sub-series contains early Saltonstall family papers that were collected primarily by Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), his son Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) and his grandson Richard Middlecott Saltonstall, who organized them into a series of notebooks and folios. It includes 16th and 17th century English deeds related to lands held by the Saltonstall family or their ancestors, as well as papers of Saltonstall ancestors in the Leverett, Cooke, and Sanders families. Among these are the military and political papers of John Leverett (1616-1679), who fought for Oliver Cromwell in the English Civil War, served as governor of Acadia (now Nova Scotia) and later, as governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. View the web presentation of a selection of John Leverett's military papers. Papers of John Leverett (1662-1724), grandson of Gov. John Leverett and president of Harvard College, are also found here.
Papers of other Saltonstall family ancestors include those of the Cooke family, primarily Elisha Cooke, Jr. (1678-1737), speaker of the Massachusetts House of Representatives and a political populist, and his son, merchant Middlecott Cooke. View the web presentation of Middlecott Cooke's journal and letters to his father about his journey to new settlements in Maine. The correspondence of Elisha's daughter, Mary Cooke Saltonstall Harrod, with her Loyalist children Leverett Saltonstall (1754-1782) and Mary Saltonstall Badger during and after the Revolutionary War is also part of this sub-series. View the web presentation of a selection of Mary Cooke Saltonstall Harrod's correspondence.
Also found here are the papers of Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815) of Haverhill, Mass., including correspondence with Gen. Henry Knox concerning an investment in Maine lands; the papers of Nathaniel Saltonstall (1784-1838), son of Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall; the family correspondence of Mary Elizabeth Sanders Saltonstall, wife of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845); the papers of Mary's parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Elkins Sanders; and those of her brother, Charles Sanders. The correspondence of Anne Elizabeth and Caroline Saltonstall, daughters of Mary Elizabeth and Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) is also found here.
Early documents (1524-1603) include transcriptions.
To search for specific correspondents, locations, dates, or keywords in this sub-series, see the Saltonstall Online Catalog.
B. Later family papers, 1881-1985
Correspondence and papers in this sub-series are primarily those of Richard Middlecott Saltonstall, his son Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979), and the Saltonstall family archivist, Louise Emerson Carlisle, and largely relate to family genealogy, history, portraits, and archival records. Non-genealogical topics include Richard Saltonstall's engagement to Eleanor Brooks in 1891; Richard's Harvard alumni activities; letters from Eleanor "Nora" Saltonstall to her mother, Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall (1906) and to her family while she was in Europe (1911-1912, 1914); correspondence related to the family's property in Chestnut Hill, Mass.; correspondence related to the death and estate settlement of Richard M. Saltonstall; and condolences on the death of Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall in 1944.
Also here are awards and commendations, such as Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall's World War II Citation for Meritorious Service and honorary degree from Tufts University, and numerous political awards and recognitions of Leverett Saltonstall, sent to Carlisle for inclusion in the family papers. Other correspondents in this series include Peter Chardon Brooks; his daughter Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall; and Eleanor "Nora" Saltonstall, daughter of Richard M. and Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall. Letters to Richard from his Harvard classmate, Theodore Roosevelt, are also here. View the web presentation of Theodore Roosevelt's letters to the Saltonstall family.
Beginning about 1934, most of the correspondence in this series is that of Louise Emerson Carlisle, who was hired by Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall after the death of her husband to organize and research the family's genealogical papers. Carlisle corresponded regularly with Eleanor and Eleanor's son, Leverett Saltonstall, about family papers, portraits, silver, furniture, and other heirlooms. During Leverett's service as governor of Massachusetts and U.S. Senator, he and Carlisle corresponded almost daily concerning genealogical or historical enquiries that came through his office or his personal correspondence. Later correspondents include Leverett's children Muriel Saltonstall Lewis and William L. Saltonstall.
C. Brooks-Saltonstall family financial papers, 1833-1981 [bulk: 1890-1940]
CLOSED TO RESEARCHERS UNTIL 2015. THESE CARTONS ARE STORED OFFSITE.
This sub-series contains trust documents, deeds, mortgages, wills, and other financial records related to the Brooks and Saltonstall families, as well as information related to family owned properties in Chicago and Massachusetts.
D. Lawrence family correspondence, 1845-1885
The bulk of Lawrence family correspondence is that of Sarah Lawrence Brooks (1845-1915) to her mother, Sarah Appleton Lawrence; her father, Amos A. Lawrence; and her brother Amory Appleton Lawrence. One folder consists of letters from Amos A. Lawrence to his granddaughter Eleanor Brooks. The series also contains a few related documents, such as Sarah's baptismal record. Sarah Lawrence Brooks was the wife of Peter Chardon Brooks and the mother of Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall.
E. William Gurdon Saltonstall papers, 1862-1886
Arranged chronologically and by record type.
The papers of William Gurdon Saltonstall (1831-1889) include photocopies of the letterbook of the USS Commodore Hull, of which Saltonstall served as acting master commander during the siege of Washington, North Carolina in April 1863. Also in this series are photocopies of Saltonstall's letters to his mother, Caroline Sanders Saltonstall, which describe his military experiences in great detail. The original letterbook and letters are held by the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass.
Drafts of Saltonstall's autobiography and Civil War reminiscences are written in pencil, or typed, with handwritten additions.
Photocopies, originals are at PEM
Photocopies, originals at PEM
F. Family diaries, 1745-1922
1. Gurdon Saltonstall journal, 1745
A surveyor's notebook, Gurdon Saltonstall's 1745 journal contains details of his trip from New London, Conn. to Brookhaven on Long Island, New York. It discusses the divisions of land in Brookhaven, listing patents and conveyances, and surveys of various plots of land. The journal also includes an account of expenses incurred during the trip.
2. Middlecott Cooke diary, 1758
Middlecott Cooke (1705-1771) was the son of Jane Middlecott Cooke and Elisha Cooke, Jr. His 1758 diary is written within an almanac and contains daily accounts of the weather. Three entries on the back page, dated 12 Sept., 24 Oct. and 30 Oct. detail the movements of General Amherst's army after the Siege of Louisbourg.
3. Anne E. Saltonstall diaries, 1840-1843
This set of diaries was written by Anne Elizabeth Saltonstall (1812-1881), the daughter of Mary Elizabeth and Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845). The diaries chronicle Anne's experiences in Washington, D.C. where her father served as a U.S. representative from Massachusetts, and includes her impressions of the city and Congress, her social activities, her trip to the Whig Convention in Baltimore in May 1840, her deep admiration for Henry Clay, and her friendship with Julia Henderson, daughter of Sen. John Henderson of Mississippi. Diaries from March-May 1840 are small bound volumes that include transcriptions by Saltonstall Papers editor Robert E. Moody. Later diaries are more sporadic, and consist of larger, unbound folios.
4. Eleanor B. Saltonstall infant diary, 1892-1897
In this diary, Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall (1867-1961) recorded information about her son Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979) from birth to 19 months. The volume also contains information about her other children, Eleanor, Muriel, and Richard, including weights, heights, teething, and feeding habits.
5. Endicott P. Saltonstall diaries, 1898-1922
Endicott Peabody Saltonstall (1872-1922) was the son of Rose Lee and Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895), and the brother of Richard Middlecott Saltonstall. His page-a-day diaries, which he kept from the age of 26 until his death at age 50, chronicle his daily activities as well as weather, current events, and travel. Several contain newsclippings or photographs pasted onto the pages.
G. Bound volumes, 1682-ca. 1911
This volume contains the court records of Nathaniel Saltonstall (1639?-1707) who served as a magistrate in Haverhill, Mass. from 1678 to 1686. The docket is printed in MHS Proceedings, 79 (1967): 151-186.
This copy book includes extracts of philosophical and religious essays and poems copied by fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Elkins (1762-1851) in 1777.
Recorded in this ledger are the income and expenses incurred in the settlement of the estate of Dr. Nathaniel Saltonstall (1746-1815) of Haverhill, Mass., the father of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845).
This volume contains extracts of essays and poems copied by Elizabeth Elkins Sanders (1762-1851), as well as a draft of her will.
Included in this volume are trust accounts set up by Thomas Sanders (1753-1844) of Salem, Mass. for his children Charles Sanders, Mary Elizabeth Saltonstall, and Caroline Saltonstall.
This volume contains the accounts of the sale of Thomas Sanders's estate and the Elizabeth (Elkins) Sanders trust fund, of which Charles Sanders (b. 1783) was a trustee.
Charles Sanders (b. 1783) used this small book as a "memorandum of accounts."
Compiled by Richard M. Saltonstall during his years at Harvard University, this scrapbook contains printed college notices, report cards, theatre bills, and material related to courses, social events, the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, the Porcellian Club, and other Harvard activities.
The student notebook of Robert Codman Cobb, a Noble and Greenough School classmate of Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979), contains cartoon-like sketches of Saltonstall as well as several diary entries.
This volume contains of list of books in the library of Endicott Peabody Saltonstall (1872-1922), many of which were previously held by Endicott's father, Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895).
IV. Family history and genealogy, ca. 1750-1998
This series consists of the family history and genealogy researched and collected by various members of the Saltonstall family, beginning with the research of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) in preparation for his historical sketch of Haverhill, Mass. Other genealogical information was compiled and commissioned by Leverett's children Caroline Saltonstall (1815-1883) and Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895), including that of professional genealogists H. B. Somersby, who researched the family's British ancestry, and George Phippen, who researched the descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall in England and the United States. A large portion of this series relates to the publication of Leverett Saltonstall's Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall, including research, drafts, proof sheets, publication expenses, a distribution list, and additions and corrections made after Saltonstall's death. Research of genealogist J. Gardner Bartlett, hired by Leverett's son Richard Middlecott Saltonstall to make corrections to his father's work, is also found here.
Also in this series are the research notes of Louise Emerson Carlisle, the Saltonstall family archivist who studied and arranged the family papers for Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall and her son, Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979). Other genealogical information includes a 1930 article by Robert Saltonstall Miller, a scrapbook related to the Saltonstall family homestead in Haverhill, Mass., a personal memoir by Robert Saltonstall describing a family reunion in England in 1986, a scrapbook related to the Saltonstall family and their history in Salem, Mass., and genealogical material related to the Brooks, Mickle, and Cabot-Orne families. In addition, miscellaneous undated notes, memos, and pedigrees compiled by Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) and his children are also located here.
A. Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), "Historic Sketch of Haverhill," 1816
Arranged by record type.
Contained in this sub-series are undated genealogical and historical notes and memos written by Leverett Saltonstall and others. A draft of Saltonstall's essay about the history of Haverhill, Mass. is also found here. See also Saltonstall's March 1815 correspondence with James Merrill, which discusses the sketch. Saltonstall's essay was printed anonymously in 1816 as "An Historical Sketch of Haverhill, in the County of Essex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts: with Biographical Notices" in MHS Collections, 2nd Ser., 4: 121-176.
B. Genealogical material collected by Caroline Saltonstall, ca. 1840-1880
Caroline Saltonstall (1815-1883), sister of Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895), organized this collection of material with a note to give it to her brother upon her death. The documents, most of which are written in Caroline's hand, contain sketches of family ancestors including her father, Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), historic places of interest, and genealogical information
C. H. B. Somersby, "Saltonstall Genealogy," 1854
This bound volume contains H. B. Somersby's extracts of 16th and 17th century wills of Saltonstall ancestors, extracts from parish registers, pedigrees, family trees, and other extracts copied from British records. Somersby was employed by Caroline Saltonstall and Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) to research the family genealogy in England.
D. George Phippen, genealogical research, 1855
This sub-series contains two essays written by Salem genealogist George Phippen, who was employed by Caroline Saltonstall and Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895) to research their family history. One article discusses the origin of the name and family of Saltonstall, and the other outlines the ancestry and descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall, one of the founders of Watertown, Mass. Included in the second article are family pedigrees, list of authorities and sources, Saltonstall residences in England, biographical information about Sir Richard Saltonstall, his children, and later descendants including Caroline and Leverett's father, Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845). Also included is biographical and genealogical information about the Ward, Cooke, and other related families. See also Family papers (Series III) to find correspondence between Caroline Saltonstall and Phippen.
E. Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895), "Saltonstall Genealogy," ca. 1880-1904
Arranged chronologically and by record type.
These documents include the research, drafts, and records associated with the writing and publication of Leverett Saltonstall's Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall, First Associate of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and Patentee of Connecticut. Saltonstall died in 1895 before the book was completed, and his son Richard Middlecott Saltonstall completed it and had it privately printed by Riverside Press in Cambridge, Mass. in 1897. Included here are Leverett Saltonstall's research notes; a bound volume of handwritten notes (not in Saltonstall's hand) entitled "Data for Saltonstall Genealogy"; "Directions and Suggestions" written by Leverett Saltonstall to his publishers in case something happened to him before the book went to press (it did); bills and receipts for the production of the printed volume; and a distribution list indicating who should receive copies of the book. An 1895 draft, proof sheets with engravings, and a bibliography are also part of the series. Corrections and additions were sent to the publisher after the original publication in 1897. MHS holds two copies of the published volume in its collections.
Printed, with engravings.
F. J. Gardner Bartlett, genealogical research, 1921
Genealogist J. Gardner Bartlett was hired by Richard Middlecott Saltonstall to make corrections to Ancestry and Descendants of Sir Richard Saltonstall, compiled by his father, Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895). This series contains notes from Bartlett's genealogical research, primarily pedigree charts. Bartlett's completed "Historical Genealogy of the Saltonstall Family in England and America" is a typed, bound manuscript with photographs pasted into the volume.
G. Robert Saltonstall Miller genealogical article, 1930
Entitled "Excerpts from an article on the Saltonstall Family written by Robert Saltonstall Miller of London, England, February 6th, 1930," this typescript also contains the penciled notations of Louise Emerson Carlisle, assistant to Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall.
H. Saltonstall-How house scrapbook, 1932
This scrapbook of articles and images related to the Saltonstall homestead in Haverhill, Mass. was compiled by A. L. Bartlett and presented to Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979) in 1932.
I. Louise Emerson Carlisle papers, ca. 1935-1960
Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall employed Louise Emerson Carlisle as an assistant after the death of her husband, Richard Middlecott Saltonstall, in 1922 to organize the Saltonstall family papers and research the Saltonstall genealogy. Carlisle later served Sen. Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979), Eleanor's son, in a similar capacity. Carlisle's genealogical papers contain undated research notes, pedigrees, extracts from historical articles and vital records. Also included is her research on Gurdon Saltonstall, governor of Connecticut (1666-1724), as well as the Lee, Brooks, Chardon, Sanders, and Rogers families. Genealogical and social correspondence between Carlisle and Bertha E. Sturgis is also located here. See also Series III, Family papers, for Carlisle's extensive correspondence with Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall and Leverett Saltonstall, and Series VII, Collection history, for Carlisle's research on Saltonstall family portraits, artifacts, silver, books, and manuscripts.
J. Robert Saltonstall, "Rekindling Saltonstall Family Ties," Nov. 1987
This personal memoir by Robert Saltonstall describes his interest in family history, and includes genealogical material, family pedigrees, photographs, places of interest to Saltonstalls in England, and a report about the Saltonstall family reunion in England in 1986.
K. Brooks family genealogy, 1998
This transcript records a talk given by an unknown speaker in Boston in June 1998. Although the transcript in entitled "Genealogy: Peter Chardon Brooks," the talk discusses early Brooks family history, beginning with Thomas Brooks's arrival in Watertown, Mass. in 1630.
L. Saltonstall family scrapbook (Saltonstall School), 1998
This scrapbook was created by Timothy Peter Erps, a student at Saltonstall Elementary School in Salem, Mass., and his grandfather Peter Doyle, a retired principal at the school. It consists of photocopied newsclippings, printed reports, and typed articles about the history of the Saltonstall family, Salem, and Saltonstall School.
M. Miscellaneous genealogical material, ca. 1750-1992
The miscellaneous genealogical material contained here is largely undated. It includes excerpts from numerous genealogical sources, notes, lists, and family pedigrees written in various hands, including that of Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895). Although some of the material relates to Sir Richard Saltonstall (1586-1661), much of the material describes genealogies of families not directly related to the Saltonstalls.
N. Genealogical material from Notebook 43, n.d.
Similar to the miscellaneous genealogical material described above, documents in this subseries include excerpts from genealogical sources, pedigrees, lists, and research notes about the Saltonstall family and families both directly and indirectly related to them. This material was originally housed in one of the "Tengwell volumes" or notebooks, compiled by Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895). Some of the research notes are written in Saltonstall's hand.
O. Mickle-Saltonstall genealogy (photocopies), n.d.
This undated genealogy is a photocopy of a 200-page bound manuscript of "A Record of Verified Ancestral Pedigrees showing the Lineal Descent of Sophie Forrest Mickle-Saltonstall and Muriel Winthrop Saltonstall."
P. Cabot-Orne genealogy (photocopies), n.d.
The Cabot-Orne genealogy consists of photocopies of 19th century documents, including a letter containing the pedigree of the Cabot family, with copies of supporting documents and notes.
V. Printed material, 1830-1999
This series contains the printed speeches and memorials of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845) and his son Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895), printed genealogical material related to the Saltonstall family, and other miscellaneous printed records. See also the oversized scrapbook in Series VIII, Oversize material.
A. Material related to Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845), 1830-1846
Arranged chronologically and by record type.
Included here are an 1830 Massachusetts House of Representatives Judiciary Committee report written by committee chair Leverett Saltonstall; a copy of the 1836 speech Saltonstall delivered to the City Council upon becoming Salem's first mayor; copies of several speeches that Saltonstall delivered in the U. S. House of Representatives (1839-1842); and other addresses and reports written by Saltonstall. Also in this series are obituaries and memorials written about Leverett Saltonstall after his death in 1845, including that of Benjamin Merrill, published in MHS Collections, Series III, 9: 117-125.
1. Reports and speeches, 1830-1844
Mass. Judiciary Committee report
Bell Plot" investigation report
Mass. judges salary report.
2. Memorials, 1845-1846
B. Material related to Leverett Saltonstall (1825-1895), 1876-1899
Arranged chronologically and by record type.
This printed material includes a copy of a speech made by Leverett Saltonstall in his capacity as Massachusetts commissioner of the U. S. Centennial Commission during the centennial celebration at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Penn. on 2 July 1876; a reprint of Saltonstall's 1885 "Reminiscences of Salem," published by the Essex Institute in 1945; and a copy of a speech given at the commencement exercises of the Perkins Institution and Massachusetts School for the Blind ca. 1887. Also here are several memorials written after Saltonstall's death, including those printed in the Transactions of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, and the Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
1. Speeches and writings, 1876-1899
2. Memorials, 1895-1899
C. Printed genealogical material, 1860-1939
Material in this sub-series includes printed genealogies of Saltonstall ancestors and related families, historical essays, reprints from genealogical and historical journals, and newspaper clippings.
D. Miscellaneous printed material, 1754-1999
This sub-series contains a brief biography of Rev. John E. Abbot (1793-1819), Salem minister and friend of Leverett Saltonstall (1783-1845); an 1829 rule book for the Mass. House of Representatives given to Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979) when he served as Mass. speaker of the house; Elizabeth Elkins Sanders's copy of Report of a Visit to Some of the Tribes of Indians, located West of the Mississippi River (1843) and an 1846 copy of Elizabeth Elkins Sanders's own Tract on Missions, originally published in 1844 when Sanders was 82. Several articles on Saltonstall family portraits, including a 1962 exhibition catalog from the Peabody Museum in Salem, Mass., are found here, as well as a copy of the 1979 memorial of Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979) published in the Congressional Record.
Additional printed material includes a ca. 1754 pamphlet regarding the plaintiffs' case in a trial involving land that is now part of the state of Maine; documents related to Harvard University commencements, exhibitions, and reunions; a souvenir booklet of Grover Cleveland's Inaugural Ball (1885); an invitation to the memorial service for Ulysses S. Grant; political newsclippings; various memorials and obituaries; and pamphlets related to several town and church celebrations. The bulk of 20th century material is newsclippings.
VI. Unrelated papers, 1669-1907
This series contains documents that have an undetermined or questionable connection to the Saltonstall family. Some of the documents may have belonged to an unidentified family member, some may have been collected for historic interest, and others appear to have been given as gifts to Sen. Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979) by constituents and friends.
A. Sermon notes, 1692-1741
Included here are two booklets of sermon notes written in an unidentified hand, containing sermons that are dated 23 Feb. 1692, 10 Oct. 1697, 1698, 12 Oct. 1741, and 12 Nov. 1741.
B. "Mr. Morton's System of Logick,"1694
Transcribed by an unknown student, this manuscript notebook is a copy of "A Logick System" by Charles Morton (1627-1698). Morton was a non-conformist minister and educator who taught his classes in English, and had students copy his systems for physics, ethics, logic and other courses into notebooks for further study. He probably wrote this work between 1675-1685, when he taught at Newington Academy near London. In 1686, he emigrated to Massachusetts to teach at Harvard College, becoming a fellow and the college's first vice president. This notebook, copied in 1694, was most likely that of a Harvard student. It may have become part of this collection among the papers of Elisha Cooke, Jr. (1678-1737), who attended Harvard from 1694-1697, or John Leverett (1662-1724), later president of Harvard University from 1708-1724, who taught at the college beginning in 1685. This notebook is believed to be only one of five manuscript copies of Morton's work. See "Aristotelian and Cartesian Logic at Harvard: Charles Morton's 'A Logic System' and William Brattle's 'Compendium of Logick'", Rick Kennedy ed., Publications of the Colonial Society of Massachusetts, Vol. 67: Boston, 1995.
C. David Hitchcock papers, 1856-1887
David K. Hitchcock (1813-1895) of Newton and Boston, Mass. was a prominent dentist. Harvard educated, he served as a Republican in the Massachusetts legislature about 1854. One of the directors of the American Peace Society, Hitchcock educated the dentist to the Sultan of Turkey, and was recognized by the Turkish government. The connection with the Saltonstall family is unknown. Papers include letters from Charles Sumner (1856), former president Ulysses S. Grant in his capacity as president of the Mexican Southern Railroad in New York (1881), and Massachusetts governor Oliver Ames (1887). Other papers include political and social correspondence and an 1862 commission as justice of the peace.
D. Young Men's Democratic Club of Massachusetts, Elections Committee records, 1892-1907
This subseries contains an account book and meeting record book of the Elections Committee of the Young Men's Democratic Club of Massachusetts. The club was founded in 1887 "to foster and disseminate Democratic principles and to help elect honest men." The volumes may have belonged to Richard Middlecott Saltonstall, who was a member in the late 1890s, but his name does not appear in the volumes and they are not written in his hand. See also MHS collection Ms. N-505: Young Men's Democratic Club of Massachusetts, 1887-1903.
E. Miscellaneous unrelated records, 1669-1844
Records include the 1669 will of William Everton of Charlestown, Mass., several 1682 warrants and notices from Daniel Gookin related to the arrest and trial of a Native American in Natick, Mass., two letters from John Higginson of Salem (1694), a notice from Lt. Gov. William Stoughton to Capt. Stephen Sewall and John Higginson of Salem (1695), 18th century copies of letters from Queen Anne of England to Princess Sophia (1714), and other miscellaneous letters, appointments, accounts and notices.
VII. Collection history, ca. 1900-1979
Lists and notes in this series were largely compiled by Louise Emerson Carlisle, assistant to Eleanor Brooks Saltonstall and later, Sen. Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979). Also in the series is correspondence related to the ca. 1704 Leverett quilt.
A. Collection lists, ca. 1900-1959
Included here are lists of documents as they were originally organized into folios, including an early undated list, a 1937 list of items which were kept in a vault in the office of Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979), and Louise Emerson Carlisle's handwritten list of documents (1939). Other lists include: an inventory of the Ward Collection, Saltonstall family papers given to MHS by Robert Saltonstall Ward in 1933 and now integrated into the Saltonstall family papers; lists of artifacts and photographs; lists of material kept at the Saltonstall home in Chestnut Hill, Mass. (1934-1937), and lists of papers kept in "Tengwell volumes" (1959).
B. Louise E. Carlisle research, ca. 1933-1963
Arranged chronologically and by subject.
Carlisle's research notes include handwritten information about portraits, artifacts, silver, books, manuscripts, and pamphlets in the collection, compiled from 1937 to 1963.
C. Leverett Quilt papers, 1969-1979
This sub-series contains the correspondence of Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979) and his son, William L. Saltonstall with various museums, historical societies, and appraisers concerning a silk quilt made ca. 1704 by Sara Sedgwick Leverett, wife of Gov. John Leverett. The quilt, now in the possession of the Peabody Essex Museum, was originally backed by late 17th century letters and a 1701 Harvard College catalog. MHS holds the catalog and letter fragments.
VIII. Oversize material, 1543-1962
The oversize material in boxes 1-5 has been removed from the collection and replaced with removal forms. Documents have been housed chronologically, with the exception of the ca. 1761 plan of Crown Point, which is stored in OS Box 1 because of its size. All genealogical material, the bulk of which consists of charts and pedigrees, is stored in oversize box 5.
The oversize scrapbook contains printed material, with the exception of two genealogical charts compiled by George Phippen. Included are newspapers and newspaper clippings from the 1780s to the 1940s, and several awards and honors presented to Leverett Saltonstall (1892-1979) in the 1950s, including an invitation to the presidential inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower. The scrapbook is heavily annotated by family archivist Louise Emerson Carlisle.
Saltonstall family papers, Massachusetts Historical Society.
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