Jeremiah C. Garthwaite Letters to Jacob T. Garthwaite: Finding Aid mssGarthwaite

Gayle M. Richardson
The Huntington Library
May 2022
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San Marino, California 91108
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Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Jeremiah C. Garthwaite letters to Jacob T. Garthwaite
Creator: Garthwaite, Jeremiah Crane, 1807-1883
Identifier/Call Number: mssGarthwaite
Physical Description: 0.2 Linear Feet (3 folders)
Date (inclusive): 1831-1836
Abstract: A collection of letters from New Orleans businessman Jeremiah C. Garthwaite to his brother Jacob T. Garthwaite.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Jeremiah C. Garthwaite letters to Jacob T. Garthwaite, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Johnson Rare Books and Archives, January 2021.

Biographical / Historical

Jeremiah Crane Garthwaite (1807-1883) was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of a Revolutionary War veteran. In the 1830s Garthwaite moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, and was a partner in a wholesale clothing business which was dissolved in 1860.

Scope and Contents

A collection of 13 letters from Jeremiah C. Garthwaite to his brother Jacob Thomas Garthwaite (1808-1859). The letters are long and detailed and give Garthwaite's impressions of New Orleans, Louisiana, St. Louis, Missouri, Charleston, North Carolina, and Vicksburg, Mississippi, among other locations. In the letters, he discusses national, state, and local politics, as well as the business and social life of the early 1830s in the South. The letters shed new light on the history of Louisiana, Kentucky, and Mississippi between the Nullification Crisis and the 1837 Panic.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Gayle M. Richardson in May 2022.


Arranged chronologically.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Brothers -- United States -- Correspondence
New Orleans (La.) -- Commerce
New Orleans (La.) -- History -- 19th century
New Orleans (La.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
United States -- Politics and government -- 19th century
Letters (correspondence) -- United States -- 19th century
Garthwaite, Jacob Thomas, 1808-1859

Box Main file 87, Folder 5

Letters 1831 March-December

Scope and Contents

Contains four autograph letters written from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Box Main file 87, Folder 6

Letters 1832 February-1833 April

Scope and Contents

Contains five letters written from New Orleans, Louisiana.
Box Main file 87, Folder 7

Letters 1834 March-1836 November

Scope and Contents

Contains four letters written from New Orleans, Louisiana; onboard a steam packet near Charleston, North Carolina; Vicksburg, Mississippi.