Manuscript letters Ms 77033


Manuscript letters Ms 77033


Philanthropic gifts -- Welling family


Dixon and Welling family collection was carefully preserved for more than 150 years and donated to Connecticut Historical Society by Miss Elizabeth Dixon Welling (1885-1976). There is one accession record associated to this collection of autograph manuscripts: MS 77033. 


Caroline Welling Van Deusen, Project Archivist




  1. James W. Beekman letter, 31 March 1847, New York, New York, to Mr. James Dixon. In this letter Beekman acknowledges Dixon for forwarding him a copy of the speech he gave on the Wilmot Proviso in Congress. 
  2. Letter from Her Britannic Majesty's Legation, 26 February 1858, Washington, D.C., to Mrs. Dixon.
  3. Edward Burne-Jones letter, 5 August 1889, The Grange, West Kensington, England, to Mr. J.C. Welling
  4. Gordon Granger letter, not dated, possibly Mrs. James Dixon Granger writes to Mrs. Dixon exclaiming how happy he would be to “break bread with you and yours this p.m.” To him, it was a “...chivalric + polite invitation."
  5. Horace Greeley letter, 26 April 1854, New York, New York, to Mr. James Dixon. Greeley writes to Senator Dixon and offers to sell him stocks because he needs money and ends the letter with the almost sardonic phrase “Don't trouble yourself to write in case all Hartford should happen to be as poor as I am.” 6 letters total
  6. R. Johnson letter, 29 May 1867, to Mrs. James Dixon honors her wish of sending a carte de visite to her. He closes by discussing the high esteem in which he holds Mr. and Mrs. Dixon.
  7. Fanny Kimble letter, undated, possibly to Mrs. Dixon Fanny writes to the recipient (Mrs. Dixon was later penciled in on the reverse of the letter) that she is unable to accept the invitation because she received it at such short notice. (2014 CHS unable to locate)
  8. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow letter, 13 June 1867, Cambridge, to Mrs. Dixon Longfellow describes how he felt “convicted of a crime” when he found Mrs. Dixon's letter among other unanswered letters and equates his emotions at the time to be like those Dante describes when he saw Virgil was angry with him. Longfellow quotes extensively from Dante describing the emotion. 
  9. R. Morrow letter, 26 March 1866, the Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C., to Mrs. James Dixon. Written on behalf of President Grant by a staff member named R. Morrow, this letter inquires to “how your husband is doing this evening.”
  10. Memorandum from Winfield Scott, Head Quarters of the Army, Washington, D.C., 20 July 1861. The memorandum notes that Senator Dixon will be crossing the United States lines to Brigadier General Irvin McDowell's headquarters and back. Furthermore, Dixon “ commended to the kindness and consideration of the troops.” 
  11. George F. Shipley letter, 16 March 1863, New Orleans, Louisiana, to Mrs. James Dixon. Shipley was military mayor of New Orleans while writing this letter to Mrs. Dixon in which he discusses sending a photograph of himself which he admits is “so hideous...” and he explains how the “...rebels here, disdains to smile on the “Yankee invaders.” Shipley continues to talk about David Farragut's “brilliant exploit” at Port Hudson and calls him the “Naval hero of the age.”
  12. Secretary of State William H. Seward, calling card. The calling card reads: “The Secretary of State/ & /Mrs. Seward/ At home/ Friday evening January 31st/ at 8/2 [8:30] o'clock.
  13. Secretary of the [French] Queen's Guard letter, 19 February 1843, Palais des Tuileries, Paris, to Mrs. Lydia Sigourney. The letter from the Secretary of the French Queen discusses the fame of Lydia Sigourney and the devotion the French monarchy feels toward her. In return, the French government promises Sigourney a gift.
  14. Charles Sumner letter, 16 March 1854, Senate Chamber, to Mr. James Clarke Welling. Sumner writes to James Clarke Welling and exclaims how pleasurable his articles in The National Intelligencer were to read. The letter is laden with philosophical discussion of Vico [likely Giambattista Vico] and Francis Bacon as well as René Descartes.
  15. Charles Sumner letter, circa November 3 [post-1854], to J.C. Welling Sumner, writing this letter on paper with an 1854 watermark and an envelope post-marked November 3, tells J.C. Welling that “I have had the great pleasure in saying for P. that I am sure no person in the American Senate is so competent to treat [sic] the Monroe Doctrine as you are.” (emphasis in original)
  16. Charles Sumner letter, 10 September 1856, Philadelphia, to Mr. J. C. Welling. Welling writes to Dixon and discusses his doctor's disdain towards Sumner's future travel plans. It is not stated that Sumner is ill, but his doctor says that “I must keep all chance of excitement before cold weather, if I wish to take my seat at the next session.”
  17. Charles Sumner letter, 16 December 1856, Boston, to Mr. J.C. Welling Sumner proposes a pamphlet regarding his “...admirable outline of the profession.” Set in the context of slavery and Sumner's feelings towards it, this phrase undoubtedly represents the “profession” of the abolitionist. Sumner then discusses his treatments with doctors who agree that he will need six to twelve more months of continued treatment. This letter was composed around four months after Sumner's assault by Congressman Preston Brooks of South Carolina.
  18. Charles Sumner letter, 8 November 1864, Boston, Massachusetts, to Mr. J.C. Welling. In his letter, Charles Sumner discusses the Election of 1864 and describes his anxiousness over the results. He also writes that he has “...failed to acknowledge the books of M. Labonloyer” and that he has given his speech on slavery at the Cooper Institute.
  19. Invitation from friend Mrs. Julia Tyler, 1869, New York, New York,to Mrs. James Dixon Mrs. John Tyler requests Mrs. Dixon's presence at the Church of the Ascension in New York City on 26 June 1869 for the marriage ceremony of her daughterJulia Tyler and Julia's fiance William H. Spencer.
  20. Gideon Welles letter, 23 August 1862, Washington, D.C., to Senator James Dixon Welles writes Dixon to express his gladness over “the facts in the matter of the appointments.” He then continues to discuss troop movements in and around Washington, D.C.



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January 20, 2013
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Caroline Welling Van Deusen, Project Archivist, “Manuscript letters Ms 77033,” E - A r c h i V e s , accessed November 26, 2022,