The collection contains papers of
New Jersey sailor Edward Brinley, Jr. (1824-1867), including family correspondence and
a journal kept by
Brinley on board the USS North Carolina in 1840.
Edward Brinley, Jr. (1824-1867), was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, to Francis W.
Brinley, a merchant who served as Surveyor General
of New Jersey, as well as the Mayor of Perth Amboy in 1845 and 1847. He was preceded by two other Edward Brinleys: his
grandfather and his paternal uncle. After a
childhood in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, and an education at the
Rensselaer Institute in Troy, New York, where he earned a degree in civil
engineering, Brinley was appointed a midshipman in the United States Navy in 1840.
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