Inventory of the Thomas Haines Dudley Collection, 1843-1891

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Inventory of the Thomas Haines Dudley Collection, 1843-1891

The Huntington Library



San Marino, California

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  • Manuscripts Department
  • The Huntington Library
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, California 91108
  • Phone: (626) 405-2203
  • Fax: (626) 449-5720
  • Email: lgarcia@huntington.org
  • URL: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=554
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© 2000 The Huntington Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: Thomas Haines Dudley Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1843-1891
Creator: Dudley, Thomas Haines
Extent: approximately 4650 unbound pieces and 34 volumes
Repository: The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

Purchased in 1923 through Stanley V. Henkels from E. Lawrence Dudley, grandson of Thomas Haines Dudley

Access

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Publication Rights

In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Thomas Haines Dudley Collection, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Biography

Thomas Haines Dudley (1819-1893) was a New Jersey Quaker, lawyer, politician. (Whig - then Republican). U.S. Consul at Liverpool 1861-1872. In charge of U. S. Secret Service throughout the British Isles during U. S. Civil War. In 1872, assigned to give full time assistance in preparation of Alabama Claims. Author of pro-protectionist pamphlets c. 1880.
Son, Edward, served as Vice Consul & Acting Consul in Liverpool 1871 & 1872. Thereafter, partner in father's New Jersey law firm.

Scope and Content

The collection contains newspapers, 6 volumes and 1 box of clippings, miscellaneous printed matter, 19 photographs of Confederate warships.
There is also one item in 1841; one item in 1900. There are no items for the years 1851, 1874, 1876, 1878. There are three or less items for the years 1843, 1845-1847, 1857, 1877, 1880, 1881. The bulk of the collection is within the period 1861-1872, for which there are approximately 4300 pieces.
There are many autograph signed originals but most of the affidavits & official dispatches are duplicate or press copies. With only a few exceptions the volumes contain press copies - many of which are in extremely poor condition.

Subject Matter

1843-1860

  • Development & strengthening of Whig & Republican Parties
  • Local, state & national elections, Fund raising for same
  • Local and national conventions including 1860 Republican National Convention
  • Politics and government of New Jersey & Pennsylvania - to a somewhat lesser extent, of the New England States and of Ohio, Indiana and Illinois.
  • Political economy (particularly in the letters of Henry Charles Carey)
  • Camden & Amboy Ry. & Camden Ferry Co.
  • Dudley's legal practice
  • Personal correspondence (minor)

1861-1872

  • Construction by British firms of warships for C.S.A. U. S. efforts (legal & diplomatic) to induce the British government to seize & detain then under Britain's Foreign Enlistment Act (a neutrality act)
  • Blockade runners
  • Detectives' report re. both the above. Photographs, sketches & descriptions for use of U.S. Navy
  • Registry, manifests, statistics of ships clearing from British ports 1861-1865
  • Confederate finances - including cotton loans, cotton warrants, activities of Fraser Trenholm & Co. (financial agent for C.S.A. in Great Britain)
  • U.S. claims for & legal actions to obtain C.S.A. assets & property in Great Britain after the war.
  • Sale of Confederate ships awarded to the U.S. by British Courts.
  • Preparation of Alabam Claims for presentation to Geneva Tribunal of Arbitration as provided in 1871 Treaty of Washington.
  • Preparation of & Interrogatories on Memorials to Mixed Commission on American and British Claims as provided in same Treaty for civilian suits.
  • Protests, petitions, mass meetings & legal actions vs. Dudley by (or insigated by) disgruntled individuals.
  • Consuls - regulations - assistance to distressed seamen
  • Consular services to U.S. nationals &/or relatives in Lancashire, England
  • Dudley's stock & bond transactions
  • Designs & price estimates for house being built for Dudley in New Jersey. Equipment for same. Stocking of his farm
  • U.S. politics & national elections - only a few items
  • Immigration to U.S. - only a few items of any significance
  • Personal correspondence - only a few items of any significance
  • Potato famine - correspondence - mainly in letter books
  • Cow cholera - correspondence - mainly in letter books
  • U.S. Sanitary Commission & Sanitary Fairs

1872-1891

  • Politics
  • Agricultural organizations & conventions
  • Tariff - including opposition of Cobdon Clubs
  • Dudley's legal practice
  • Personal correspondence

Persons And Organizations Represented by 15 or More Items

(exclusive of letter books & of detectives who made only routine reports)
  • Abbot, George J 22 pieces
  • Adams, Charles Francis 17 pieces
  • Badeau, Adam 24 pieces
  • Bemis 15 pieces
  • Borthwick, Wark & Co 22 pieces
  • Bright, John 35 pieces
  • Carey, Henry Charles 109 pieces
  • Chandler, George H 109 pieces
  • Chandler, George H 16 pieces
  • Cleveland, Charles Dexter 38 pieces
  • Cook, William 40 pieces
  • Cushing, Caleb 25 pieces
  • Davis, John Chandler Bancroft 20 pieces
  • Dayton, Williams Lewis 18 pieces
  • De Costa, John 16 pieces
  • Downward, William & Co 63 pieces
  • Dudley, Thomas Haines 237 pieces
  • Duncans, Squarey, Blackmore, Pearson & Hill 107 pieces
  • Evarts, William Maxwell 23 pieces
  • Field, Roscoe, Field & Francis 113 pieces
  • Forbes, John Murray 27 pieces
  • Fox, Alfred 16 pieces
  • Freeman, Thomas F 15 pieces
  • French, William 18 pieces
  • Great Britain 82 pieces
  • Hale, Charles 15 pieces
  • Halligan, Thomas 80 pieces
  • Harvey, Jevons & Ryley 104 pieces
  • Heine, William 21 pieces
  • Jevons, William Alfred 109 pieces
  • Langley, J. Baxter 20 pieces
  • Latham, John 23 pieces
  • Maguire, Matthew 107 pieces
  • McChesney, Joseph H 19 pieces
  • Moran, Benjamin 235 pieces
  • Morse, Freeman Harlow 86 pieces
  • Murray, Andrew 16 pieces
  • Prettyman John S 24 pieces
  • Redfield, Isaac Fletcher 38 pieces
  • Rothery & Co 20 pieces
  • Seward, William Henry 20 pieces
  • Squarey, William Henry 22 pieces
  • Thomas, R. M 15 pieces
  • Thompson, Charles 44 pieces
  • Underwood, Warner Lewis 44 pieces
  • Wells, David Ames 16 pieces
  • West, William B 15 pieces
  • Wilding, Henry 134 pieces
  • Wilson, Charles Lush 51 pieces
  • Winslow, John Ancrum 16 pieces
  • Yonge, Clarence Randolph 29 pieces

Note

Of possible assistance in utilizing the collection are:
  • Partial list of ships frequently mentioned (In Information File)
  • List of alternate names of ships (In Information File)
  • Register of official dispatches (DU 1070)
  • Register of Confederate & suspicious ships (DU 1059)
  • The English Blockade Steamers (DU 4057)

Additional Information

Alternate Names of Ships

  • Active - Beatrice - Rappahannock Scylla - Victor
  • Echo - Jefferson Davis - Putnam
  • Agincourt - No. 278
  • Economist - Bonita
  • Alabama - No. 290 - Enrica
  • El Monassir - Laird's Ram - Wyvern
  • Alabama 2-Canton of London Pampero - Texas - Tournado
  • El Toussan - Laird's Ram - Scorpion (Sister ship to El Monassir)
  • Agnes Louisa - Grapeshot
  • Enrica (see Alabama)
  • Alexandra - Mary
  • Eureka - Joseph L. Gerrity - Gerrity
  • F. Crenshaw - Gracie
  • Annie Childs - North Carolina Victory - Julia Usher T.D. Wagner
  • Florida - Malacca - Oreto - Manassas
  • Georgia - Virginia 2 - Japan
  • Antonica - Herald
  • Gibraltar - Sumter
  • Ariel - Colonel Lamb
  • Giraffe - Robert E. Lee
  • Atlanta - Tallahassee Chameleon
  • Gracie - F. Crenshaw
  • Bonita - Economist
  • Granite City - Dundee
  • Beatrice (see Active)
  • Grapeshot - Agnes Louisa
  • Bendige - Millie
  • Herald - Antonica
  • Canton of London (see Alabama 2)
  • Joseph L. Gerrity - Gerrity - Eureka
  • Chameleon (see Atlanta)
  • Japan (see Georgia)
  • Cherokee - Thistle
  • Jefferson Davis (see Echo)
  • Colonel Lamb (see Ariel)
  • Julia Farmer - Martha Whitmore
  • Conrad - Tuscaloosa
  • Julia Usher (see Annie Childs)
  • Danmark - Santa Maria
  • Laird's Rams (see sister ships El Monassir and El Toussan)
  • Defiance No. 292
  • Lancashire - Stonewall - Sphinx Stoerkodder)
  • Douglas - Margaret
  • Dundee - Granite City
  • Lilla - Mary Wright
  • Malacca - (see Florida)
  • Duntroon Castle - Shenandoah
  • Richard Wright - Sea King
  • Manassas - (see Florida)
  • Eagle - Mary Anne
  • Margaret - Douglas
  • Martha Whitmore - Julia Farmer
  • Scylla (see Active)
  • Mary (see Alexandra)
  • Scorpion (see El Toussan)
  • Mary Anne - Eagle
  • Sea Hawk - Merlin
  • Mary Wright - Lilla
  • Sea King (see Duntroon Castle)
  • Merlin - Sea Hawk
  • Shenandoah (see Duntroon Castle)
  • Merrimac 1 - Virginia 1
  • Stoerkodder (see Lancashire)
  • Merrimac 2 - Nargis
  • Stonewall (see Lancashire)
  • Millie - Bendage
  • Southerner - Westminster
  • Mohawk - Pekin
  • Sumter (see Gibraltar)
  • Nargis - Merrimac 2
  • T. D. Wagner (see Annie Childs)
  • North Carolina (see Annie Childs)
  • Tallahassee (see Atlanta)
  • Oreto (see Florida)
  • Texas (see Alabama 2)
  • Pampero - (see Alabama 2)
  • Thistle - Cherokee
  • Pekin - Mohawk
  • Tournado (see Alabama2)
  • Princess Royal - Rosalind
  • Tuscaloosa - Conrad
  • Putnam (see Echo)
  • Victor (see Active)
  • Rappahannock (see Active)
  • Victory (see Annie Childs)
  • Richard Wright (see Duntroon Castle)
  • Virginia 1 - Merrimac 1
  • Robert E. Lee (see Giraffe)
  • Virginia 2 (see Georgia)
  • Rosalind - Princess Royal
  • Westminster - Southerner
  • Santa Maria - Danmark
  • Wyvern (see El Monassir)

Partial List of Ships Frequently Mentioned

  • Agrippina
  • Helen Morris
  • Tallahassee
  • Ajax
  • Hercules
  • Thomas
  • Alabama
  • Japan
  • Tuscarora
  • Alexandra
  • Joseph L. Gerrity
  • Virginia
  • Annie Childs
  • Julia Usher
  • Wasp
  • Ariel
  • Kearsarge
  • White Inch
  • Atlanta
  • Laird's Rams
  • Badgar
  • Lark
  • Bahama
  • Louisa Ann Fannie
  • Beatrice
  • Laurel
  • Canton of London
  • Mary
  • Chameleon
  • Niagara
  • City of Richmond
  • No. 290
  • Colonal Lamb
  • Olinde
  • Deerhound
  • Oreto
  • Owl
  • Dolphin
  • Pampero
  • Duntroon Castle Edward Hawkins
  • Penguin
  • Emily St Piere
  • Rappahannock
  • Fingal
  • Robert E. Lee
  • Florida
  • Rosine Ruby
  • Fox
  • St Thomas
  • Georgia
  • Sea King
  • Gerrity
  • Shenandosh
  • Gibraltar
  • Southerner
  • Great Western
  • Stonewall
  • Hawk
  • Sumter

Interesting or Important Items

 

DU 1274  Account by Dudley of caucus at 1860 National Republican Convention which made possible the nomination of Lincoln-with explanation of reasons for Horace Greeley's erroneous report that Seward would be nominated. Undated but probably written c. 1885

 

DU 1275  Account by Dudley of his appointment & initial experiences as Liverpool Consul-includes account of his interview with Lincoln. 1884, c. Mar.

 

DU 4456  Letter from John Ancrum Winslow to Dudley giving detailed account of the sinking of C.S.S. Alabama. 1864, June 24

 

Correspondence, court proceedings etc. in U.S. suit in Liverpool for extradition of certain Confederate seamen charged with piracy aboard S.S. Joseph L. Gerrity. 1864, Feb. & Mar.

 

DU 3736  Correspondence, statements & affidavits re. unauthorized (and highly unfavorable) settlement by Freeman Harlow Morse & Montgomery Gibbs of all U.S. claims for Confederate assets & property. 1866 & 1867. Letter (unofficial) from [UNK] Peshine Smith to Dudley re. State Departments' emergency steps. 1866, Dec. 11

 

DU 266  Letter from Joseph P. Bradley to Dudley re. confirmation of Bradley's appointment to U.S. Supreme Court. 1870, Apr. 1

 

Letter from Caleb Cushing to Dudley containing critical reference to Dr. Francis Lieber. 1867, Nov. 20

 

DU 3738  Letter from Erasmus Peshine Smith to Dudley criticizing Lieber. 1867, Mar. 11

 

DU 2315  Correspondence between various U.S. & British officials re. ships being built for the Confederacy

 

Letter from William Inman to Dudley re. competition with North German Lloyd Steamship Co. re. U.S. mails contract. 1864, Mar. 28

Container List

 

Bound Volumes

Box 1

DU 4573 U.S. Consulate, Liverpool. Official dispatches.

 

Vol. 1, June 1861 - June 20, 1862

 

Vol. 2, 1862, June 21-Dec.

 

Vol. 3, 1863, Jan.-June

Box 2

DU 4573 U.S. Consulate, Liverpool. Official dispatches.

 

Vol. 4, 1863, July-Dec.

 

Vol. 5, 1864

 

Vol. 6, 1865

Box 3

DU 4573 U.S. Consulate, Liverpool. Official dispatches.

 

Vol. 7, 1866

 

Vol. 8, 1867-1868

 

Vol. 9, 1869

 

Vol. 10, 1870

Box 4

DU 4573 U.S. Consulate, Liverpool. Official dispatches

 

Vol. 11, 1871, Jan.-Aug. 19

 

Vol. 12, Aug. 1871-July 1872

 

Vol. 13, 1872, Aug.-Dec.

 

DU 4574 DUDLEY, Thomas Haines & others. [Consular and personal business correspondence]

 

Vol. 1, 1865-1868

 

Vol. 2, 1867-1872

 

Vol. 3, 1868-1879

Box 5

DU 4574 DUDLEY, Thomas Haines & others. [Consular and personal business correspondence]

 

Vol. 4, 1872, 1877-1878

 

DU 4575 U.S. Dept. of State and London Legation. To Thomas Haines Dudley & Henry Wilding: Dispatches

 

Vol. 1, 1861-1870

 

Vol. 2, 1863-1868, 1871

 

Vol. 3, 1855-1859, 1870-1872

 

DU 4576 C.S.A. War Dept. Ordance Office. [Correspondence intercepted by U.S. Secret Service]

 

1863, Jan.-Oct.

Box 6

DU 4577 [U.S. Consulate, Liverpool. Copies of financial accounts of C.S.A. Treasury, Navy & other departments.

 

1863-1868

 

DU 4578 [U.S. Consulate, Liverpool. Financial Accounts]

 

1865-1870

 

DU 4579 [U.S. Consulate, Liverpool. Financial Accounts]

 

1870-1872

 

DU 4580 [U.S. Consulate, Liverpool. Financial Accounts]

 

1861-1864

 

DU 4581 [U.S. Consulate, Liverpool. Financial Accounts]

 

1861-1872

 

DU 4582 [U.S. Consulate, Liverpool. Financial Accounts]

 

1861-1872

Box 7

DU 4583 [U.S. Consulate, Liverpool. Financial Accounts]

 

1863-1872

 

DU 4584 DUDLEY, Thomas Haines & Edward. [Correspondence re. Dudley's legal practice]

 

1849-1880

 

DU 4585 DUDLEY, Thomas Haines. [Correspondence re. Dudley's legal practice & other business matters]

 

1872-1878