Appleton-Foster Family Papers: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Huntington Library staff and updated by Diann Benti.
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Overview of the Collection

Title: Appleton-Foster Family Papers
Dates (inclusive): 1717-1897
Bulk dates: 1797-1849
Collection Number: mssHM 27635-27708
Extent: Approximately 100 items in 1 box
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens Manuscripts Department
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2203
Fax: (626) 449-5720
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This collection contains 79 items related to the Appleton family of Massachusetts and the Foster family of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, chiefly dating from 1797-1849. Letters reflect the family affairs; social life and customs of New England society and family life. Some letters contain references to the War of 1812 and to the activities of the Unitarian Church in New England and Baltimore.
Language: English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Appleton-Foster Family Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Purchased from Patricia Dykstra in 1957.

Biographical Note

The Appleton family of Massachusetts and the Foster family of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, were related through the marriage of Mary Appleton to John Welch Foster in 1824. Mary Foster's mother, Sarah (Greenleaf) Appleton Haven (died 1838) married, first in 1780, Dr. Nathaniel Walker Appleton (d. 1795), a Boston physician. The names of five of their seven children appear in the baptismal records of the First Church of Boston as Charles, George, Mary, William Greenleaf, and Sally. Following Dr. Appleton's death, Mary Foster married a first cousin of her first husband, Joseph Have of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, around 1815. He was the son of the Rev. Samuel Haven and Mehitabel (Appleton) Haven, aunt of Dr. Appleton.
Mary (Appleton) Foster, daughter of Sarah Haven, married John Welch Foster of Portsmouth (Aug. 31, 1824).

Scope and Content

This collection contains 79 items related to the Appleton family of Massachusetts and the Foster family of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Letters reflect the family affairs; social life and customs of New England society and family life. Some letters contain references to the War of 1812 and to the activities of the Unitarian Church in New England and Baltimore.
Some notable items include:
  • Letter from James Robertson to Charles Fenton Mercer re Presidential election of 1812. 1813, Feb. 14
  • Letter from Mary to Mary (Appleton) Foster, describing social life at Cheltenham, England, and the attendance of the Duke and Duchess of Wellington at an evening party there. 1816, Aug. 6
  • List of the members of South Church, Portsmouth, N. H., compiled by Elizabeth Haven (Wardrobe) Thacher and others. c. 1819-1847

Arrangement

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Subjects

Foster, John Welch -- Correspondence.
Foster, Mary Appleton -- Correspondence.
Haven, Sarah Appleton -- Correspondence.
Unitarian churches -- New England.
Unitarian churches -- Maryland.
New England -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- War of 1812 -- Personal narratives.

Forms/Genres

Letters (correspondence) -- United States.
Family papers -- United States.

Added Entries

Foster (Family)
Appleton (Family)


Collection Contents

Box 1

mssHM 27635-27708

 

Knowltown, Nathaniel. To James Foster: deed for a tract of land in Ipswich, Mass. 1717 October 25  HM 27689 

D.S. 2p.
 

Minot, Stephen, et al. To Joseph Foster: deed for 1 acre of Upland in the North Common field in Ipswich, Mass. 1732 December 8  HM 27693 

D. S. 2 p.
 

Cornwallis, Edward. To Paul Mascarene: Affidavit re appointment to represent Nova Scotia in negotiations with "Indians of the Several Tribes." 1751 August 13  HM 27646 

D. 1 p. Countersigned by William Cotterill.
 

Boyd George. Letter to John Foster. 1775 February 22.  HM 27642 

London. A.L.S. 3 p.
 

Hiller, Dorcas C. Letter to Elizabeth Foster. 1792 October.  HM 27688 

Salem, Mass. A.L.S. 3p.
 

Stratton, Caleb. To David Barber: Deed for tract of land in great meadow in Northfield, New Hampshire. 1797 July 11.  HM 27697 

D.S. 2 p.
 

Haven, Sarah (Greenleaf) Appleton. 2 letters to Mary (Appleton) Foster. Between 1799 and 1811  HM 27658-HM 27659 

Boston, Mass. 2 A.L.S. Includes reference to religion and Rev. William Emerson.
 

Foster, John W. H. Letter to Elizabeth Foster. 1799 April 22  HM 27649 

Salem, Mass. A.L.S. 1p.
 

Massachusetts. Certificate re character and United States citizenship of John Welch Foster. 1805 December 13  HM 27690 

Boston, Mass. D.S. 1p. Countersigned by John Welch Foster.
 

Massachusetts. Passport issued to John Welch Foster. 1805 December 13  HM 27698 

Boston, Mass. D.S. 1p. Countersigned by John Avery, Secretary.
 

Haven, Sarah (Greenleaf) Appleton. 2 letters to Mary (Appleton) Foster. Between approximately 1805 and 1815  HM 27660-HM 27661 

Roxbury, Mass., and Baltimore, Maryland. 2 A.L.S.
 

Muro y Salazar, Salvador Joseph de. Passport issued to John Welch Foster. 1807 December 1  HM 27694 

Havana, Cuba. D. 1 p. Signed by Juan Antonio Lopez.
 

Massachusetts. Passport issued to John Welch Foster. 1811 June 15  HM 27691 

Boston, Mass. D.S. 1p. Signed by Elbridge Gerry; countersigned by John Welch Foster
 

Haven, Sarah (Greenleaf) Appleton. Letter to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1809 May 30  HM 27662 

Boston, Mass. A.L.S. 3p.
 

Haven, Sarah (Greenleaf) Appleton. 5 letters to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1810 June 6-October 30  HM 27663-HM 27667 

Baltimore, Maryland. 5 A.L.S. Includes a description of the rooms of the White House (1810 July 16)
 

Folsom, Jonathan. To Daniel P. Drown: deed for a tract of land in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 1812 January 25  HM 27648 

D.S. 2 p. Countersigned by Lydia Folsom.
 

Foster, John Welch. Letter to William H. Foster. 1812 July 8  HM 27650 

Boston, Mass. A.L.S. 2p. References reaction to the War of 1812.
 

Appleton, Sarah Elizabeth. Letter to Mary (Appleton) Foster. Between 1812 and 1824  HM 27639 

Boston, Mass.? A.L.S. 3 p.
 

Robertson, James. Letter to Charles Fenton Mercer. 1813 February 14  HM 27696 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A.L.S. 7 p. References the United States Presidential election of 1812-13, the War of 1812, DeWitt Clinton, political parties and the Federalists, politics, and government.'
 

Haven, Sarah (Greenleaf) Appleton. 3 letters to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1813 May 10-December 31  HM 27668-HM 27670 

Boston and Dorchester, Mass. 3 A.L.S. references the War of 1812 (May 10), drafting of soldiers, and Havre de Grace.
 

Haven, Sarah (Greenleaf) Appleton. Letter to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1814 June 1  HM 27671 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A.L.S. 3 p.
 

Haven, Sarah (Greenleaf) Appleton. 8 letters to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1815 June 28-December 30  HM 27672-HM 27679 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 8 A.L.S.
 

Haven, Joseph, and Haven Sarah (Greenleaf) Appleton. Letter to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1816 February 8  HM 27657 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A.L.S. 4 p.
 

Appleton, Horatio D. Letter to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1816 March 16  HM 27638 

Middlesex (Maryland?). A.L.S. 1 p.
 

[?], Mary. Letter to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1816 August 6  HM 27708 

Cheltenham, England. A.L.S. 4 p. Includes description of the Duke of Wellington.
 

Haven, Sarah (Greenleaf) Appleton. 6 letters to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1816-1822  HM 27680-HM 27685 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire. 6 A.L.S.
 

Thacher, Elizabeth Haven (Wardrobe) et al. List of members of South Church, Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Approximately 1819-1847  HM 27700 

Notebook, 28 p.
 

Foster, Mary (Appleton). Letter to Eliza A. Haven. 1822 May 25  HM 27653 

Garrison Forest, Maryland. A.L.S. 4 p. Includes reference to Jared Sparks and Unitarianism.
 

Foster, John Welch. Letter to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1824 April 23  HM 27651 

A.L.S. 4 p.
 

Appleton, Charles. Letter to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1824 August 27  HM 27636 

Baltimore Co., Maryland. A.L.S. 4 p. References education (academy).
 

Foster, John Welch. Letter to William H. Foster. 1824 September 4  HM 27652 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A.L.S. 4 p. Includes description of a wedding
 

Appleton, Charles. Letter to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1827 March 29  HM 27637 

Baltimore Co., Maryland. A.L.S. 3 p.
 

Foster, Mary (Appleton). Letter to John Welch Foster. Between 1832 and 1859 (June)  HM 27654 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A.L.S. 3 p.
 

Adams, John Quincy. Letter to John Welch Foster. 1834 June 8  HM 27635 

Washington, D.C. A.L.S. 1 p. Brief note returning a subscription paper.
 

Thacher, Elizabeth Haven (Wardrobe). Letter to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1836 June 26  HM 27701 

Concord, New Hampshire? A.L.S. 4 p.
 

Foster, Mary (Appleton). Letter to John Welch Foster. 1836 July 6  HM 27655 

Dorchester, Mass. A.L.S. 4 p.
 

Haven, Sarah (Greenleaf) Appleton. Letter to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1837 August  HM 27686 

Dorchester, Mass. A.L.S. 3 p.
 

Perkins, James Hanasyd. Letter to Charles Fenton Mercer. 1838 March 10  HM 27695 

Cincinnati, Ohio. A.L.S. 2 p. References Christopher Gist.
 

Higginson, Thomas Wentworth. Note to Foster. Between 1847 and 1911  HM 27687 

A.N.S. 1 p.
 

Thacher, Elizabeth Haven (Wardrobe). 4 letters to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1843-1845  HM 27702-HM 27705 

Concord, New Hampshire, and Saco, Maine. 4 A.L.S.
 

Thacher, Elizabeth Haven (Wardrobe). 2 letters to Mary (Appleton) Foster. 1848-1849  HM 27706-HM 27707 

Havenwood. 2 A.L.S. Includes references to Andrew Preston Peabody, Augustus Woodbury, and the Unitarian religion.
 

Cheever, Charles A. Letter to Joseph H. Foster. 1852 September 8  HM 27644 

A.L.S. 4 p.
 

Cleveland, Richard Jeffry. Letter to Joseph Have Foster. 1853 July 27  HM 27645 

Salem, Mass. A.L.S. 1p.
 

Bancroft, George. Note. 1863 October 5  HM 27640 

New York, N.Y. A.N.S. 1 p.
 

Taylor, Bayard Letter regarding mailing of chapters. 1866 January 5  HM 27699 

New York City. A.L.S. 1 p.
 

May, Samuel Joseph. Letter to Mrs. Foster. 1867 July 8  HM 27692 

Syracuse, New York. A.L.S. 2 p.
 

Dix, Dorothea Lynde. Letter to Miss Foster. 1867 October 2  HM 27647 

New York City. A.L.S. 5 p. regarding the rights of women.
 

Hale, Edward Everett Letter to Miss Foster. 1874 January 22  HM 27656 

A.L.S. 2 p. References Anthony Trollope.
 

Blaine, James Gillespie. Letter to Miss Morgan. 1877 March 27  HM 27641 

Washington D.C., A.L.S. 2 p.
 

Cable, George Washington. Letter to Mary Appleton Foster. 1897 June 8  HM 27643 

New York City. A.L.S. 1 p.
 

Ephemera. Approximately 1760-1899

29 items including 21 miscellaneous fragments chiefly with autographs; small notebook containing a handwritten ca. 1760 sermon in shorthand; a 1775 treasury note (reproduction?); 1817 stock certificate; 1 page manuscript chart: "Chronological Epitome of the History of England, from the Norman Conquest to the present time [1820]"; 1862 Army of the Potomac pass for Joseph Foster and family; 1862 telegraph note from D.E.D. Cranch to J.H. Foster, with envelope; and an 1899 Italian art export license.