The collection contains 69 letters (primarily between members of the Brinley family and Edward Brinley, Jr.), 18 documents
(largely relating the career of Edward Brinley, Jr.), a journal kept by Brinley on board the USS North Carolina, Oct. 1840-May.
Edward Brinley, Jr. (1824-1867), was born in Perth Amboy New Jersey to Francis W. Brinley. He was proceeded by two other Edward
Brinley's (whom I have labeled Edward I and Edward II in cataloging their few writings in the collection), Edward I being
Edward Jr.'s paternal grandfather, and Edward II his paternal uncle. After a childhood in New York, Pennsylvania, and New
Jersey; and an education at the fledgling Rensselaer Institute in Troy, New York, where he earned a degree in civil engineering,
Brinley was appointed a midshipman in the U.S. Navy in 1840.
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