Of particular interest are the letters of Elizabeth Whitman to Joel Barlow; the letters of Ruth Barlow; and the extensive
series of letters from George William Erving (1769-1850), American diplomat, to Clara Bomford. Erving's letters are perhaps
the most substantial part of the collection and the earlier ones are particularly interesting. He never married, occupied
several diplomatic posts in Europe, travelled about a good deal, and lived for many years in Paris. The letters contain nothing
about his diplomatic work as such, but are full of reflections and observations on a number of subjects and some of them run
to a considerable length--there is one of twenty-nine pages.
Family correspondence and a few miscellaneous papers of the children of Michael Baldwin (1719-1787) of New Haven, including
Abraham Baldwin (1754-1807), American statesman and founder of the University of Georgia; Henry Baldwin (1780-1844), justice
of the United States Supreme Court; Ruth (Baldwin) Barlow (1756-1818) and her husband, Joel Barlow (1754-1812), American poet
and statesman; Clara (Baldwin) Bomford (1782-1856), wife of George Bomford (1782-1848), chief of ordnance of the army; and
the descendants of George and Clara Bomford. About one-sixth of the letters are addressed to Joel and/or Ruth Barlow, 1779-1816;
about one-half to Ruth's sister, Clara (Baldwin) Bomford, 1803-1855; about one-sixth to Clara's daughter, Ruth (Bomford) Paine,
1856-1891; and the remainder to others. Perhaps the collection as a whole is best described as the remnant of a family archive
which has passed through a number of generations.
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