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Doe Family Letters

 Collection
Identifier: MSN/EA 5035

Scope and Content Note

The collection includes 13 items, primarily travel letters from Charles C. Doe to his parents (nine letters). There are two letters from Charles C. Doe to his older brother Ebenezer Ricker Doe in Boston and one to his sister Susan Doe also in Boston. The final letter is from the brother Bodwell Doe to his parents after Charles has left Janesville, Wisconsin.

Dates

  • 1842-1850
  • Majority of material found within ( 1849-1850)

Creator

Language of Materials

English

Language of Materials

Collection material in English

Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Biographical Note

The writer of the majority of the letters in this small collection is Charles Cogswell Doe (1830-1896), the son of Joseph Doe, Jr. and Mary Bodwell Ricker. On the paternal side Charles's ancestors lived in New Hampshire from at least 1663. He received a good education and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1849. Most of the letters were written in 1849 when Charles took a trip to Janesville, Wisconsin to visit his older brother, Bodwell Doe. Janesville was founded in 1835 in southern Wisconsin along the Rock River where early settlers established farms, primarily to grow wheat. After this trip west at the age of nineteen, Charles entered the law office of Daniel M. Christie in Dover, New Hampshire, and spent some time in Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the New Hampshire bar in 1852, and at the age of 29 became an associate justice in the state of New Hampshire and later the chief justice in that state.

Extent

13 items; (1 container; 1 linear inch)

Overview

A group of 13 manuscript letters, mostly written by Charles C. Doe to his parents. The letters, for the most part, describe a trip from New Hampshire to Janesville, Wisconsin.

Arrangement Note

The collection consists of one series; materials are arranged chronologically, one item per folder.

Acquisition and Processing Note

The Doe Family Letters were acquired by the Hesburgh Libraries in 2012, from Carmen D. Valentino: American Historical Manuscripts (Catalogue 70, Item 59). Arranged and described 2012, by Mairead O'Malley. Finding aid 2013, by Kenneth Kinslow.

Related Materials

The majority of Charles C. Doe's letters and papers reside in the New Hampshire Historical Society. The most extensive discussion of Doe's life and work is John Phillip Reid's book: Chief Justice: the Judicial World of Charles Doe (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1967).
Title
Doe Family Letters
Status
Completed
Author
Kenneth Kinslow
Date
November 2013
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Rare Books & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
102 Hesburgh Library
Notre Dame IN 46556
574-631-0290