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Overview

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Arrangement of the Collection

Restrictions

Access Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Correspondence

Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Documents

Business Documents

Southern Methodist University

John Insley Blair papers

A Guide to the Collection



Overview

Creator: Blair, John Insley, 1802-1899.
Title: John Insley Blair papers
Inclusive Dates: 1831-1898
Abstract: John Insley Blair was a businessman who invested heavily in railroads, eventually becoming president of sixteen railroad companies and a director of many more. This collection consists of a large number of letters written to or by Blair and his business associates; and business-related documents, including tax records, bills of lading, invoices, receipts, checks, proposals for railroad legislation, legal documents, petitions, lists of shareholders, meeting minutes, railroad passes, documents relating to the establishment of new railroad lines and companies, newspaper clippings, monthly earnings statements, payroll vouchers, railroad construction estimates, employee wage receipts, account statements, contracts, reports, distance tables, ledger books, and a memorandum book.
Accession No: Mss 0040
Extent: 3 boxes (3 linear feet)
Language: Material is in English
Repository DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University

Biographical Note

John Insley Blair (1802-1899) was born on 22 August 1802 on the farm of his parents, James and Rachel Insley Blair, about two miles from Belvidere, New Jersey, on the banks of the Delaware River. The fourth of ten children, he went to work in his cousin’s general store at the age of eleven. Seven years later he established his own store in Gravel Hill, New Jersey (renamed Blairstown in 1839), and by age twenty-eight he owned a chain of five general stores and four flour mills. He married Ann Locke (1804-1888) on 20 September 1828, and they had four children: Emma Elizabeth (1827-1869), Marcus Laurence (1830-1873), DeWitt Clinton (1833-1914), and Aurelia Ann (1838-1866).

In 1833 Blair became involved with Selden T. and George W. Scranton in the Oxford Furnace iron mines, opening the Lackawanna Coal and Iron Company in 1846 and the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad Company in 1852. His interest and investment in railroads increased until he was, at one time, the president of sixteen railroad companies and a director or manager of many more. Chief among these was the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad, a division of the Union Pacific Railroad, as well as other subdivisions of the S.C.& P.R.R, including the Cedar Rapids and the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad. He was reputed to be the largest single owner of railroad property in the world, with holdings in the Blairstown Railway, the Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad, the Chicago and North Western Railroad, the Chicago, Iowa and Nebraska Railroad, the Delaware and Newburgh Railroad, the Hudson and Delaware Railroad, the Lackawanna and Bloomsburg Railroad, the Lackawanna and Western Railroad, the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad, the Sussex Valley Railroad, the Liggett’s Gap Railroad, the Sussex and Warren Railroad, and the Warren Railroad.

His interests extended far beyond railroads, though. He founded the Belvidere National Bank in Belvidere, New Jersey in 1830. The vast majority of his other businesses carried on their transactions through his bank, both in checking and in loans. These included his land interests (the Blair Town Land and Lot Company), his mining interests (the Moingona Coal Company), and his railroad construction interests (the Iowa Railway Contracting Company). In all three of these endeavors, he was associated closely with Congressman Oakes Ames (1804-1873), who, in 1867, became president of Crédit Mobilier of America, a railroad construction company. The company subsequently milked the Union Pacific Railroad for exorbitant fees, charging the Railroad $94 million for construction that cost at most $44 million. A congressional investigation found that thirteen members of Congress had been involved. After the Crédit Mobilier’s corrupt practice became a public scandal in 1872, Ames’ actions as president became one of the best-known examples of graft in American history. Though Ames purchased at least $20,000 in Crédit Mobilier shares for John I. Blair, the latter was not implicated in the scandal. Blair later said of Ames that "a more honest man never lived."

Blair belonged to the Republican Party. He served as a delegate to the Chicago, Illinois, convention in 1860 that nominated Abraham Lincoln for the presidency, and in 1868 was the Republican nominee for governor of New Jersey. Theodore F. Randolph, the Democratic nominee, defeated Blair by more than 4,500 votes. A philanthropist, Blair established the Blair Presbyterian Academy at Blairstown. He also donated money to Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, and Princeton University, which named Blair Hall in his honor and named him trustee in 1886. He also helped to establish some eighty townships and over one hundred Presbyterian Churches along his railroad routes. He gave away over $5 million during his lifetime, yet his estate was still worth an estimated $70 million at his death on 2 December 1899.

Sources:

Brunchey, Eleanor S. "Blair, John Insley." Encyclopedia Americana.

Dictionary of American Biography, s.v. "Blair, John Insley."

National Cyclopedia of American Biography, 7:21, s.v. "Blair, John Insley."

Who Was Who, Volume 1, 1897-1945, s.v. "Blair, John Insley."

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Blair Collection is divided into three series: correspondence; miscellaneous manuscripts and documents; and business documents.

The correspondence section is generally arranged by the last name of the author of the letters. Most letters are addressed to John I. Blair. Other recipients are noted when they appear. Much of the character of Blair and his ways of doing business are revealed in these letters, as is much of the character of the times. Topics include railroads, politics, labor, banking, finance, and many aspects of life in the nineteenth-century United States.

The miscellaneous manuscripts and documents are those materials that are undated, unsigned, fragmentary, marginally legible, or which bear no direct relation to any other file.

The business documents series contains legal documents, invoices, receipts, wage records, stockholders’ certificates, and documents concerning the construction, maintenance, and running of nineteenth-century railroads. Most of the material in this series relates to Blair’s railroad companies. It is arranged mostly alphabetically by the name of the company referred to, or by the nature of the contents of the file.

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Arrangement of the Collection

The collection is organized into 3 series:
Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Documents
Series 3: Business Documents

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Restrictions

Access to Collection:

Collection is open for research use.

Publication Rights:

Permission to publish materials must be obtained from the Director of the DeGolyer Library.

Copyright Statement:

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain copyright authorization.

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Access Terms

This collection is indexed under the following terms in the Southern Methodist University Libraries' online catalog. Researchers desiring related materials may search the catalog using these terms.
Blair, John Insley, 1802-1899.
Capitalists and financiers -- New Jersey.
Philanthropists -- United States.
Railroads -- United States -- History -- Sources.

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Related Material

John I. Blair, "Report of J.I. Blair, president of the Sioux City Branch, Union Pacific Railroad Company: Union Pacific Railroad, its progress and prospects, Completion of Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad, connecting with Union Pacific at Omaha." Blairstown, NJ, 1866. DeGolyer Microfilm Mf 80.01 reel 493 no. 4931.1.

Sioux City and Pacific Railroad, "Reply of J.I. Blair, president of the Sioux City Branch, Union Pacific Railroad Company to a letter and resolution from the House of Representatives of Dakota Territory with reference to the extension of the Sioux City And Pacific Railroad Company, with accompanying explanatory documents." Yankton: Printed for the House of Representatives of Dakota Territory, 1868. DeGolyer Microfilm Mf 80.01 reel 493 no. 4931.2.

John I. Blair, "Reply of John I. Blair to certain charges contained in a circular signed by Horace Williams . . . and others: dated April 25th 1874, and addressed to the stockholders of the Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad, the Iowa Falls and Sioux City Railroad, the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad, and the Iowa Railroad Land Companies." Blairstown, NJ, 1874. DeGolyer Library.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John Insley Blair papers, DeGolyer Library, Southern Methodist University.

Acquisition Information

Gift, Charles and Lindley Eberstadt, 1963.

This collection was the gift of Charles and Lindley Eberstadt, booksellers in New York City, on 30 August 1963.

A partial listing of the contents of the collection was submitted to the National Union Catalog of Manuscripts in 1963. It appears from the nature of the correspondence, the records maintained, and the handwriting of the notation of author and date on the reverse of many of the documents in the collection that contents were originally accumulated by Charles E. Vail, Secretary/Treasurer of the Blairstown Railway Company, Assistant Secretary of the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad Company, and general auditor, as Blair required.

Processed by

Tom W. Glaser, June 1985.

Processing Information

Finding aid written by Tom W. Glaser, June 1985 and revised by Dale F. Topham, July 2008.

Encoded by

Lara Corazalla, 2008.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Series 1:
Correspondence
155 folders

Box Folder
1 1 "A" Miscellaneous, 1853-1861
11 items
Correspondents include Thomas S. Allison, S.T. Armstrong, Jacob J. Angle, J.A. Anderson (Engineer and Supervisor, Belvidere, Delaware, and Flemington Railroad), Thomas Addison, Jr., William B. Allison, and L. Archbald, Jr. Topics include the Morris and Essex Railroad, the Sussex Railroad, Warren Railroad, legal fees, a letter of recommendation for Halsey Brown, fencing, loans, railroad planning and building, surveys, the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad, legislation and the U.S. House of Representatives. Archbald, Assistant Engineer of the Warren Railroad, writes that two of the three shafts of the Van Nest Tunnel have finally met – after seven years (11 May 1861).
2 Allright, Joseph I., 1855-1858
9 items
Allright was the general coal agent for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The correspondence deals primarily with the sale of coal and shipping by rail and canal.
3 Ames, Oakes, 1866-1872
5 items (includes one letter copy to Ames)
Ames directs Blair to order a survey of the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad "to protect us. . . . I have taken and paid for $20,000.00 in Crédit Mobilier for you" (14 Apr 1866). He writes that he is "glad that you have got [U.S. Senator Roscoe] Conklin[g] all right. . . . I hope you will be able to get the acts fixed up so that we can make a division of stock on the road" (11 May 1867). He also discusses stocks, bonds, dividends, subscriptions, loans and coal. Included is a copy of Blair’s response to Ames’ letter of 12 April 1866 in which he complies in detail with Ames’ request. (See also "H" Miscellaneous, A.W. Hubbard, 27 Apr, 1865, 5 Nov 1866.)
4 Ames, William L., 1850-1851
3 items
This correspondence deals with the Newburg Branch Railroad, the Sussex and Warren Railroad, land, rights–of-way, and coal.
5 Archbald, James, 1853-1858
11 items (includes one to John Bisbin)
Archbald became General Agent of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad at Delaware Station and Scranton. The correspondence deals with depot and railroad construction, freight rates on hides and coal, freight damages, and coal sales.
6 "B" Miscellaneous, 1853-1872
23 items (includes letters to John D. Vail)
Correspondents include A.B. Burrell, E. Bowlby, J. Boorman, James Burns, W. Buchanan (General Ticket Agent, Sioux City and Pacific Railroad), J.L. Brooks, M. Berkeley, John Bracken (blacksmith), Matthew Baird (Baldwin Locomotive Works), J.B. Bassinger (Engineer, Morris and Essex Railroad), James Bell, Charles Bennett, A.B. Brewster. Topics include the tunneling machine (31 Aug 1854), ore purchase and shipment, broken land and fencing promises, reinstatement of employment, contractors recommendation, shipping, legislation, mortgages insurance, water power, application for employment, photographs, subscriptions, railroad ties, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Warren Railroad, machinery sales, bridge construction, stock sales, Central Railroad of New Jersey, and railroad iron.
7 Birgess, Thomas K., 1856
3 items
Birgess worked in the Transportation Department of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad in Delaware. The letters deal with the problems of erecting a barn.
8 Bisbin, John, 1855-1858
23 items (includes one letter to Selden Scranton)
Bisbin was the Superintendant of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. His letters concern legislation, passenger and freight rates, job references, employee and labor problems and costs, rights-of-way, and railroad and depot construction. The 10-wheel engine "Roger" is received (2 Dec 1856), 24-hour bridge and tunnel watchmen are needed (30 Nov 1857), and Blair is assessed $50.00 to elect Col. George W. Scranton to Congress (1 Oct 1858).
9 Blair, D.C. (DeWitt Clinton), 1857
2 items
In these letters, D.C. Blair discusses his progress at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, his social life, the Massachusetts gubernatorial race, and a visit by John C. Frémont and his wife, Jesse Benton Frémont, to the law school. He also refers to problems his father was apparently having with his stocks.
10 Blair, John Insley, 1847-1850
18 items
Copies and summaries of letters mailed to various business associates regarding the Liggett’s Gap Railroad and financial transactions. Correspondents include W.E. Dodge, John J. Phelps, and Selden T. Scranton.
11 Blair, John Insley, 1851-1853
28 items
Copies of letters written by Blair to business associates regarding stock purchases, selling the Warren Railroad, and the construction of a tunnel. Many of the 1853 letters deal with a right-of-way struggle between the Warren Railroad and the Morris and Essex Railroad.
12 Blair, John Insley, 1854-1855
27 items
Copies of letters written by Blair to various business associates dealing with problems surrounding the completion of the Warren Railroad. Subjects include right-of-way, location of a depot, and legal problems concerning the tunnel machine. Also included is a letter to John I. Phelps regarding the inclusion of Senator Sanderson as a partner.
13 Blair, John Insley, 1856-1858
18 items
Copies of letters to various individuals regarding the Warren Railroad and the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. Subjects discussed include requests for employment, movement of railroad supplies, iron shipments, and stock subscriptions. In a letter to John I. Phelps, Blair defends his use of company funds for his business expenses (26 Apr 1858).
14 Blair, John Insley, 1860-1866
22 items
Documents include a letter and map to C.R. Robert. Other correspondents include Corydon Winch, E.B. Talcott, S.D. Caldwell, W.W. Walker, John D. Vail, Charles Lambard, and A.W. Hubbard. Correspondence deals with banking, railroad operation and construction, and stock sales.
15 Blair, John Insley, 1871-1883
18 items
Correspondents include Charles E. Vail, U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers Colonel James Hervey Simpson, U.S. Senator Roscoe Conkling, William K. Kitchen, U.S. Congressman John M. [McKeown] S. [Snow] Williams, and U.S. Congressman Oakes Ames.
16 Blair, John Insley, undated letterpress copies
9 items
Correspondence deals with subscriptions, bank drafts, the Iowa Railway Contracting Company, and the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad.
17 Blair, Marcus, undated
2 items
Marcus worked with the Scrantons. His correspondence deals with railroad construction, particularly with his job of leveling grade pegs. He considers his prospects good, enjoys his work in spite of long hours with few breaks (he is the first on the job in the morning and the last to leave at night), but he needs more money for room, board, and cigars.
18 Blair, Marcus, 1849
3 items
The correspondence continues with the details of railroad construction at Ithaca, New York, with weather problems, and a shortage of money.
19 Blair, Marcus, 1850
9 items
The correspondence deals with railroad construction, and Marcus Blair mentions the Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad, the Liggett’s Gap Railroad, and the Delaware and Hudson Railroad.
20 Blair, Marcus, 1851
3 items
These letters reveal that, as Marcus works at his new job as paymaster of the Liggett’s Gap Railroad, he runs into difficulties with Selden T. Scranton over construction procedure, but is supported by George W. Scranton. Marcus advocates manpower cuts. And he sells three of his pistols to repay his father, who wants to buy a concord wagon.
21 Blair, Marcus, 1853-1857
3 items
These documents include a ledger of loans and interest, a list of railroad construction prices for the Warren Railroad, and a letter regarding its construction (7 Aug 1853). Some men have left because Irish foremen were not permitted, but Marcus is not concerned, for "many more of better kind" will be coming as replacements.
22 Brodhead and Brothers, 1847 – 1857
15 items (includes correspondence from L.W., Thomas, Theodore, Charles, William A. and Richard Brodhead)
Richard served as a member of the U.S. Congress, and then became a U.S. senator. The letters deal with the Morris and Essex Railroad and the Delaware and Susquehanna Railroad. Theodore writes against the Delaware, Lehigh and Wyoming Valley Railroad. Richard introduces some prospective contractors, but trouble begins when Blair will not pay his right-of-way debts and compounds the problems by not building the promised fences and allowing the contractors to block roads, destroy property, and cause the saw mill to stand idle. Right-of-way indenture for the Delaware and Cobb’s Gap Railroad included.
23 Brown, Halsey, 1853 – 1854
3 items
Brown applies for a job on the Warren Railroad with Francis Blair and sends letters of recommendation. When he is not hired, he requests the letters back, but Blair does not send them immediately.
24 Browning, Orville Hickman, 1866
5 items (includes draft of Blair’s response, 19 Dec 1866)
Browning (Secretary of the Interior, September 1866-March 1869) requests information on the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad for his annual report to President Andrew Johnson. The 18 September letter has a penciled addendum by James Hervey Simpson, chief engineer of the Department of the Interior, dated 2 November 1866. The folder also includes a copy of Blair’s report. Browning was a supporter of Johnson, and later served as a special attorney for the Chicago Burlington and Quincy Railroad, defending his client against Iowa in a leading Granger court case. (During the 1870s, Iowa and several other Midwestern states asserted regulatory authority over the railroad industry, enacting what were known as Granger Laws. The railroads challenged these laws in court.)
25 "C" Miscellaneous, 1849-1879
29 items
Correspondents include S.D. Calloway, E.S. Capron, E.C. Case (Superintendant, Sussex Railroad), T.P. Cart, A.K. Chamberlain, G.W. Clason, Colton’s American Geographical Establishment, C.G. Cowden, Edward Clynde (Secretary, Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company), Collins and Company, Gant A. Cook, Isaac Cook (Solicitor, Sioux City and Pacific Railroad, Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad, Iowa Falls and Sioux City Railroad, and the Iowa Railroad Land Company), William Cooke and Company, R.W. Coresby (railmaster), J.M. Cornelison (Court of Error and Appeals), Joel W. Condict, James Cox (President, Lehigh Coal and Iron Company), Nicholas C. Cox, H. Cox (Drexel Winthrop and Company), J.T. Craig, George Creveling, L.B. Crocker, Joseph Cummings, and William Cushing. Topics include freight charges, stock sales, coal, job applications, banking, land, labor, railroad construction, rights-of way, free passes, a request from a cartographer for track locations (28 June 1877), a political candidacy (25 Sept 1849), and Crocker’s letters discussing railroad legislation, business deals with Oakes Ames, and their attempt to connect the Sioux City Railroad to the Iowa Branch of the Union Pacific.
26 Caldwell, S.D., 1862
7 items
Caldwell was a freight agent for the Erie Railway at Dunkirk, New York. Correspondence deals with freight charges on iron shipped from Dunkirk to Chicago by "steam propeller" ships, the "Peoples Line." Blair is months late getting the iron to the shipper, who will not take all of it.
27 Case, Timothy, 1872
3 items
Case was Superintendant of the Sussex Railroad. He requests Vail’s service as a conductor, which is declined, and then resigns as Superintendant for a better paying job.
28 Chandler, William Eaton, 30 June 1866
1 item
Chandler (First Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, 1865-1867) acknowledges receipt of the report of the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad. Chandler was later Secretary of the Navy under President Chester A. Arthur (1882-1885), U.S. Senator from New Hampshire (1887-1901), and president of the Spanish Treaty Claims Commission (1901-1907).
29 "D" Miscellaneous, 1848 – 1862
17 items
Correspondents include Captain G. Dakin (of the Anthracite Coal office of Scranton, Pittston, Shamokin, Wilkes Barre and Lehigh Coal Co’s.), William Darling (of Darling, Cox and Dotterer), Thomas Darling, W. Davis (attorney), Horace H. Day, Aaron DuPuy (Supervisor, Smithfield), W.C. Dickinson (Agent at Scranton, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad), Daniel S. Dodge (Treasurer, Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company), Josiah Dowling, Henry H. Drinker (son of Henry W. Drinker), John Dutote, T. Haskins Dupuy, and C.P. Durham. Topics include shipping ore and iron, corporate status, banking, public highways, railroad and fence construction, legal fees for not taking cases against the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, unpaid debts, taxes, lawsuits, and job applications.
30 Dodge, William E., 1848 – 1849
10 items
Correspondence deals with banking, business meetings, the opening of the Liggett’s Gap Railroad, a cholera epidemic (17 Jul 1849), and the birth of Dodge’s son (1 Dec 1849).
31 Dodge, William E., 1850 – 1863
34 items
Correspondence deals with the Liggett’s Gap Railroad/Cayuga and Susquehanna merger, bond sales, stock purchases, banking, the railroad rights of Drinker and Henry, the plans of Dusenbury, Slocum and Hosack, and legislation. Also included is a letter to J.F. Shipman (15 Jul 1853) accepting a position as a member of the board of the Warren Railroad, and a letter from W.E. Warren to Blair, endorsed by Dodge (26 June 1856), aimed at prying important books and records from Blair’s possession, as Dodge tries to persuade Blair to let go of some land.
32 Dotterer, David H., 1856
10 items
Dotterer was the Superintendant of the Northern Division of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. His correspondence deals with opening and running the railroad – including weather problems, labor problems and conditions, railroad construction hardware, proper installation of switches, shipping of frogs (which are parts of railroad switches), chairs, a conductor throwing tank pipe off his train, railroad turntables, and W.H. Hemingway overcharging for bad food at the Delaware Station (1 Oct 1856).
33 Drinker, Henry W., 1847 – 1849
19 items
Drinker, as president of several railroads, repeatedly urges Blair to actually start construction on his road because of competition and general feeling against "paper corporations." He also discusses salary issues, banking, the sawmill trade, the European situation (2 May 1848), and a local epidemic (18 Sept 1848).
34 Drinker, Henry W., 1850 - 1856
26 items
Drinker considered himself Blair’s friend and, consequently, wants Blair to buy his lands and make special accommodations for him at the bank. The correspondence deals with the formation of the Liggett’s Gap Railroad on 2-3 Jan 1850 (7 Jan 1850), railroad building and track gauge, the coal and lumber business, and the Scrantons’ failure to pay their debts. He mentions General Winfield Scott (the Whig Party’s candidate for U.S. president in 1852) and the presidential elections (17 June, 13 Nov 1852), and calls for the investigation of a local postmaster (8 Dec 1852).
35 "E" Miscellaneous, 1851 – 1862
5 items (including one newspaper clipping 1851, from Charleston, VA [now WV])
Correspondents include John I. Allen (newspaper clipping), William H. Edwards, A.M. Elmer, Louis Ensign, James A. Evans. Topics include canal construction, coal lands, free passes, iron shipments on Lake Erie, and land near the railroad.
36 Edgerton, Charles, 1857 – 1861
3 items (includes one to Messrs. Hunt)
Edgerton was in the transportation department of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad at Bridgeville Station. He wants the job of agent when J. Litman left, but apparently does not get it. He also returns an unordered item (1 Jul 1861).
37 "F" Miscellaneous, 1852 – 1861
7 items
Correspondents include Robert Farris (Chief Engineer, Sunbury and Erie Railroad), Isaac Field, William R. Fisher, William B. Foster (civil engineer), and Henry M. Fuller. Topics include railroad tie sales, a free railroad pass for Blair, an application from an iron worker who wanted a job as a railroad superintendant, and letters of introduction and recommendation for John H. Gamble, Francis Blair, Messrs. Burnett and Company, and Halsey Brown (also endorsed by George W. Woodward).
38 Frelinghuysen, Fredrick T., 1853 – 1855
5 items (includes letter to John T. Johnston and a bill for legal services)
Correspondence deals with the legal aspects of the right-of-way fight between the Warren Railroad and the Morris and Essex Railroad.
39 "G" Miscellaneous, 1853 – 1898
9 items (includes one letter to Charles E. Vail)
Correspondents include T. William Gale, W.A. Gamble (Engineer, North Branch, Pennsylvania Canal), Henry Geise and Caroline S. Brand, Samuel Gulick, C. Griffin (Agent, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Superintendant’s office, Scranton, PA), Maximillian Goepp, C.B. Grubb, C. Gibson. Topics include land sales, railroad rails, wood purchases, railroad surveys, road construction and demolition by the Lackawanna and Western Railroad, George Decker and the "Columbia" and "Dill’s" ferries, a lawsuit regarding right-of-way, a letter of reference for Francis Blair, a pig iron shipment (4 Sept 1862), and the Hannibal and St. Louis Railroad.
40 Goble, Enos, 1854 – 1855
4 items
Most of Goble’s correspondence deals with railroad construction, and buying property and rights-of-way in Pennsylvania. He mentions the Columbia Bridge and resolves the problem of the "Columbia" and "Dill’s" ferries (23 Apr 1855 – see also "G" Miscellaneous). He also gets into a fight following Blair’s instructions: "Mrs. Wise and her daughter came on with a large Whoop[?] pole about seven foot long and commenced beating me with all her might. I however succeeded taking the pole from her without using any violence towards her and continued to work. She procured lathing and renewed the contest" (4 Aug 1854).
41 Goodwin, H.S., 1856 – 1857
3 items
Goodwin was assistant engineer, then engineer in charge of the Warren Railroad after A.N. Rogers left. Correspondence deals with construction costs, Messrs. Rutter and Dupuy, and the basin at Morris Canal.
42 "H" Miscellaneous, 1850 – 1880
36 items
Correspondents include Marshall Hunt, A.W. Hubbard, Holbrook and Wilson, John Hagelman, Charles Haines, P.E. Hall, Halsey Brown and Company, E.L. Hamersley, M.R. Hamilton, Robert Hamilton Hanford and Brothers MacKenzie, B.F. Harvey, F.C. Haward, Rich Heckschell, Charles A. Herksly, B.A. Hegeman, Philip Heller, Phineas Helm, William S. Henn and Company, F.C. Hills, W.L. Hirst, L. Holbrook, Holbrook and Nelson, Alexander H. Holcomb, W.B. Hollister, Howard and Company, A.C. Hulschizer, Alpheas Hunt, Blair Kelsey and Hunt, T.F. Hunt, A.B. Hutchinson, and George E. Hoffman. Topics include sleighing, the Warren Railroad ties and construction, Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad, tunnel construction, a bill from M.R. Hamilton for "legislative services" (15 Apr 1855), legislation, Rutter and Dupuy, credit status, depot construction, Belvidere, Delaware, and Flemington Railroad, free passes, B.A. Hegeman and coal rates (14 Oct 1878), fence rails, Sioux City and Pacific Railroad, Lackawanna and Delaware Water Gap Railroad, Panic of 1857 (16 Jul 1859), draft defaults, Lake Shore and Michigan Southern Railroad, and job applications.
43 Haines, Daniel, 1847 – 1851
9 items
This correspondence deals with railroad construction, the Warren Railroad and its stock sales, legislative matters, and politics (Whigs versus Democrats).
44 Hebard, Charles, 1855 – 1862
9 items
Hebard was an agent of the Lehigh and Tobyhanna Land Company His correspondence deals with lumber sales, contracts with the Scrantons and the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and land taxes. On 27 Oct 1857 he has no money for pay, for freight, or even for food and provisions for his men.
45 Hemingway, W.H., 1856 – 1862
7 items
Hemingway was the agent at the Delaware station of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. He writes chatty family letters, and dabbles in coal sales, lumber yards, and food service at the station. There appears to be a problem regarding ticket sales at the station involving John W. Wyckoff (12 Oct 1858), and Hemingway reports that Clinton Blair was studying law with J.G. Shipman.
46 Henry, Reuben A., 1850 – 1862
14 items (includes two letters to Robert G. Hunt, 1862)
Henry was with the Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad, and later served as the General Freight Agent for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. His correspondence deals primarily with freight rates, but he also discusses finance, storm damage to railroad track, building construction, and the steamboats "Dodge" and "First City" (23 Nov 1850). The problems with J.W. Walker (21 Jul 1859) are solved when Hemingway takes over the station (22 Jul 1859), but payments are still pending on 2 Sept 1859. He is disappointed at not getting a raise (8 Oct 1859), and writes to Hunt regarding grain shipments (8 and 12 Sept 1862).
47 Hotchkiss, Gideon, 1851
3 items
Hotchkiss was a director of the Albany and Susquehanna Railroad. He wants to link his road with Liggett’s Gap Railroad and sees railroads as a uniting national force that will eventually do away with slavery in the South.
48 Howland, John, 1849 – 1853
22 items (includes two invitations to business meetings)
Howland was the Secretary of the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company and Scranton and Platt. He mentions the Liggett’s Gap Railroad, his father’s recent death (5 June 1849), and an epidemic in New York City, but most of his correspondence deals with banking and his notes.
49 Hunt, Robert G., 1851 – 1871
4 items (1871 letters on the stationary of the Metropolitan Hotel, Jacksonville, Florida)
Hunt writes Blair regarding ticket sales. In 1871 he writes of his trip south, where he found bad food and free railroad passes, and decided that his cough was not consumption but only a throat ailment, which he could clear up by having "my throat burned out with ca[u]stic or some kind of acid."
50 "J" Miscellaneous, 1853 – 1857
7 items
Correspondents include D.K. Jackman (President, Lockhaven and Tyram Railroad), J.H. Jackson (President, Manufacturer’s Bank), Henry L. Jacques (Metropolitan Bank), James B. Johnston, and P.N. Jones. Topics include the Warren Railroad, railroad contractors, banking, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad stock, the ship "Flying Cloud," and a letter apparently written to one of Blair’s sons.
51 Jackson, J.P., 1847 – 1858
4 items
Jackson was Superintendant of the New Jersey Railroad and Transportation Company, and on the Executive Committee of the New Jersey, Hudson and Delaware Railroad. His daughter apparently corresponded with one of Blair’s daughters. He writes to Blair concerning the Morris and Essex Railroad, the Delaware and Susquehanna Railroad, coal mines, and legal actions.
52 Clark and Jesup, 1855
3 items
Clark and Jesup were general railway agents and commission merchants in New York City. The New York Chair Company does not want to supply the Warren Railroad at the same price as the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, but will make arrangements and send spikes. They then raise the price because Blair does not respond to inquiries, but they later relent.
53 Johnson, W.S., 1847 – 1853
6 items
Johnson tries to get Blair interested in building a railroad near Paulius-kill (a stream in New Jersey), which results in the construction of the Sussex and Warren Railroad.
54 Johnston, J.G., 1852 – 1858
8 items
Johnston grants Blair right-of-way over his land but does not count on all of the attendant destruction of property, including the moving of his barn and cow shed. He wants to sell his property outright because his view is ruined, but "it would perhaps suit some person of leisure as churches, schools, stores, roads etc. are handy – or it would suit a business man if he thought so." He wants either a bridge over or a pass under the road, and does not like the contractors using his field dirt, taking down his fences, and taking advantage of his friendship. He finally ends up seeking recourse in legal action.
55 Johnston, John Taylor, 1853 – 1863
20 items (includes three printed stockholder notices)
Johnston was president of the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey. Topics include legal and financial matters, business meetings, stock, the Morris and Essex Railroad, the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and the Warren Railroad.
56 Jordan, John, Jr., 1844
2 items (includes one to John Stuart)
The letters deal with Jordan’s efforts to liquidate his account at the Belvidere Bank.
57 "K" Miscellaneous, 1850 – 1861
7 items (includes one letter to Messrs. E.W. Clark and Company)
Correspondents include Samuel H. Kelsey, Joseph Keller, F. Kernan, Sr., Robert K. Kille, J.F. Kimball (Appleton Bank), Samuel Knox (Secretary of the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey). Topics include the Warren Railroad, the Lackawanna and Bloomsburg Railroad, the Delaware and Lackawanna Railroad, the Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad, "dead heads" [i.e., railroad employees traveling on a pass], mill castings, job applications, and the problem of getting the trains to stop at the Delaware Water Gap Town Station.
58 Kennedy, Charles, 1855 – 1859
5 items
Kennedy was the agent of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad at the Stateford Station. He applies for the job (8 Dec 1853, 3 Nov 1856, 29 Dec 1856) and gets it when he is engaged in building a depot (12 Nov 1858). He later asks for a raise to $15.00 a month (7 Jul 1859).
59 Kimball, David P., 1878 – 1880
15 items (addressed to Charles E. Vail)
Kimball was the Treasurer of the Western Railway Construction Company, the Iowa Railroad Land Company, the Sioux Falls and Sioux City Railroad, and the Chicago, Iowa and Nebraska Railroad. The correspondence deals primarily with stocks and bonds, including those of the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad.
60 Kimball, David P., 1881
18 items (addressed to Charles E. Vail)
Kimball was the Treasurer of the Western Railway Construction Company, the Chicago, Iowa and Nebraska Railroad, the Iowa Railroad Land Company, and was involved with the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad. While dealing mainly with stocks and bonds, the letters also mention Blair’s need for counsel in the Athley suit (24 Mar) and "the sudden death of Mr. Prince S. Crowell at Young’s Hotel [in Boston] Saturday night of apoplexy."
61 Kimball, David P., 1882 – 1884
31 items (addressed to Charles E. Vail)
Kimball was the Treasurer of the Iowa Railroad Land Company, the Western Railway Construction Company, the Maple River Railroad, the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad, the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad, and eventually the Chicago and North Western Railway. His correspondence deals with stocks and bonds, but he also mentions photographs (17 June, 1882, 4 Jul 1882).
62 "L" Miscellaneous, 1850 – 1855
5 items
Correspondents include John Lamb, John Lander, J.K. Large, John A. Libby (Carleton, Clark and Company), and H.C. Levanway. Topics include a letter of introduction, stock, fence rails, railroad construction, the Water Gap and Cobb’s Gap Railroad, and the Warren Railroad.
63 Lambard, Charles A., 1862
12 items
Lambard was the Treasurer of the Iowa Railway Contracting Company. His correspondence deals primarily with stocks and bonds, but also mentions iron, Oakes Ames, and the Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad. Other documents include a receipt from the Adams Express Company, and an account ledger sheet from Blair to Lambard.
64 Lambard, Charles A., 1863
17 items (includes one three-sheet letterpress copy from Blair to Lambard)
Correspondence deals with finance, stocks and bonds, iron, the Central Pacific Railroad, Oakes Ames, control of the Pacific Railroad (7 Oct), "the lawsuit of Brown and Harper" (27 Feb), and the dividends of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad.
65 Lambard, Charles A., 1864 – 1865
19 items (includes two undated letters)
Correspondence deals with stocks and bonds, the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, coal, the Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad, a letter of introduction for Morris M. Strong (24 Sept 1864), and railroad committeemen getting construction contracts (11 Oct 1864).
66 Lippincott, J.L., 1856
65 items
Lippincott was a coal agent at Elizabethport, New Jersey, for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The letters address his need for cross-ties, horses to haul water and sand, and better stables. He advises Blair of the taxes on the property. By 6 Nov 1856 he is ready to have the roof slated on the 34’ x 22’ engine house, but does not actually get started until 21 Nov 1856.
67 "M" Miscellaneous, 1849 – 1878
24 items (includes one letter each to Charles E. Vail and Robert G. Hunt)
Correspondents include Morris M. McHenry (Treasurer, Crawford County, Iowa), M. McKriman (Cashier and General Accountant, Chicago and North Western Railway), D.V. McLean, Charles A. Macy (Park Bank), E. Marsh (President, Morris Canal Company), N. Marsh (Delaware and Hudson Canal Company Telegraph), H.D. Maxwell (attorney), G.L. Maxwell, C.G. Morrill (Agent, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad at Milford station), Meylert, Doolittle, and Wap, J.E. Miller, Daniel S. Miller, J. N. Miller, Paul S. Miller, W.R. Moffit (Engineer and Supervisor, Western Division, Pennsylvania Coal Company and Railroad), Patrick Mooney, Francis Moran, Charles A. Morford (banker), William E. Morford, J.W. Morris, Geroge Myers, and A. McFall. Topics include railroad and coal land, banking and finance, bonds, rights-of-way, iron shipping, legal matters, freight rates, applications and recommendations for contracts and employment, the Morris and Essex Railroad, and the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad.
68 McElarth, Thomas, 1853 – 1858
4 items
McElarth recommends John H. Gamble as a contractor and later inquires about the bonds of the Pittsburg and Steubensville Railroad. Apparently, Blair’s actions were all that could save McElarth from ruin.
69: McNeill, E., 1853 – 1860
15 items (includes one letter to Charles Scranton)
McNeill was an engineer with the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and later with the Macon and Brunswick Railroad in Macon, Georgia. His correspondence deals primarily with the Warren Railroad, contractors, bridge and tunnel construction, payment for estimates, railroad cuts and fills, and maps and surveys.
70 Marsh, Samuel, 1849 – 1854
7 items
Marsh’s correspondence concerns banking, stocks and bonds, the stock market, the Liggett’s Gap Railroad subscriptions, iron works, and rail purchases.
71 Merwine, John, 1852
3 items
Merwine represents the people of Monroe County, Pennsylvania, in trying to interest Blair in putting a railroad through their county.
72 Milligan, G.M., 1856 – 1858
10 items
Milligan was Treasurer of the Central Railroad Company of New Jersey. His correspondence deals with banking and free passes.
73 Mills, Drake, 1856 – 1858
26 items
Mills was Vice President and later President of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western railroad. He leans heavily on Blair for support and advice in company and committee affairs. Rogers and Ketchum are building two of five engines (4 Nov 1856), and he discusses free passes, a period of financial difficulties, canal and railroad construction, and coal sales. Wyckoff becomes paymaster after Leavenworth left (6 Jul 1857), Samuel Willet’s sow dies of "hydrophobia" [i.e., rabies] (17 Jul 1857), and Mr. Adams’ "immoral conduct" is to be investigated (18 Jul 1857).
74 Mott, H.S., 1853 – 1855
3 items
Correspondence includes one to "Dear Dort" (18 Feb 1853), one to Blair (4 Aug 1853), and an extract (19 Jan 1855). Mott was a Pennsylvania state representative and writes concerning the Wilkes Barre and Water Gap Railroad and right-of-way problems.
75 "N" Miscellaneous, 1853-1857
2 items
D.W. Nicholson writes regarding rights-of-way (18 Jan 1853). J.S. Northrup, a conductor on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, requested a letter of recommendation upon leaving after five and one-half years of service (19 Mar 1857).
76 New Jersey, State of, 1856 – 1882
5 items
R.S. Stockton, State Comptroller, writes to collect unpaid taxes (25 Jul 1878). John P. Stockton of the Attorney General’s Office writes requesting payment (30 Sept 1878). E.J. Hudson, comptroller in 1882, writes that he had sent Blair some incorrect forms for the railroad. And Thomas S. Allison, Secretary of State for New Jersey, write for free passes for his clerk and others (15 Aug 1856), and for himself (22 June 1857).
77 Newell, N.H., 1858 – 1859
5 items
Newell writes wishing to buy land from which to furnish wood to the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and to also sell tickets. He implies that he has some confidential information on John Schug’s right-of-way (26 Jul 1859).
78 O’Brien, William and John, 31 Aug 1861
1 item (addressed to M. and R.G. Hunt)
The O’Briens inquire about buying some Warren Railroad bonds that are guaranteed by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad.
79 Odell, A.J., 1855-1857
24 items
Odell was the Secretary and later Treasurer of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The correspondence deals with corporate offices; the Warren Railroad; copies of minutes of board meetings sent to Blair; a tunnel-boring machine (8 June 1855); railroad leasing; free passes; land purchases; financial difficulties; railroad, depot, and water spout construction and costs; Rutter and DuPuy; George D. Phelps’ accusations of maladministration against the officers and managers of the D.D. & W.; Blair’s slowness in returning documents; cost reductions; Wyckoff and Leavenworth; and broken coal cars.
80 Odell, A.J., 1858 – 1863
16 items
Odell was the Secretary and later Treasurer of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. His correspondence deals with coal sales, stocks and bonds, business meetings, expenditure and cost reductions, depot construction, rights-of-way, banking, and John Schenk (16 Jul 1859).
81 "P" Miscellaneous, 1851 – 1884
16 items
Correspondents include C.S. Palmers, Phelps Dodge Company, Edward M. Paxson (attorney for J.J. and J.C. Skerritt), A. Peck (Sussex Railroad), Sherman Phelps, John R. Platt, A.N. Potter (Acting Agent, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad at Elizabethport, NJ), John L. Prau, John Cooke Prest (Danforth Locomotive and Machine Company), Daniel Price, Wilkinson Price, and Taylor M. Pine (General Counsel, Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad). Topics include engineers (21 May 1851), coal, the locomotive "J.D. Vail" (25 Jul 1879), labor, railroad construction, taxes, rights-of-way, bolting cloth, finances, the engine "McNeill" (21 May 1863), rail passes, depots, and legislation (27 Feb 1853).
82 Pardue, S.C., 1862 – 1863
7 items (includes three undated fragments)
Pardue was the Secretary of the Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad. One letter deals with the Milo Smith controversy (1 May 1862), and another deals with Irish laborers (10 May 1862). The rest deal with bonds and railroad construction.
83 Phelps, Anson G., 1849 – 1850
4 items
Phelps’ letters concern banking, business railroads, and legislation.
84 Phelps, George D., 1853 – 1855
17 items
Items include a printed circular announcing that the Lackawanna and Western Railroad had merged with the Delaware and Cobb’s Gap Railroad to become the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad; and a series of letters to Blair concerning his lack of attendance at meetings, debts unpaid or late, and legislation.
85 Phelps, John J., 1850 – 1859
28 items (includes a copy of two $25,000 notes to Blair, one undated letter, and one letter to Colonel George W. Scranton)
The correspondence deals mostly with finance, involving requests to defer payments to Blair, (3 Jan, 4 Mar, 16 Sept 1851), a demand for immediate payment from Blair (23 Apr 1858), and an offer of advice as to how to avoid trouble over possibly missing funds (5 Sept 1859). Phelps also discusses bonds, banking, the Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad, legislation, coal, the Liggett’s Gap Railroad, the Erie Railroad, the Lackawanna and Western Railroad, the tunnel-boring machine (31 Mar, 26 Apr, 3 Nov 1854), and his bay horse (8 Oct, 18 Oct 1859).
86 Piollet, V. E., 1853 – 1857
4 items
Piollet, a Warren Railroad stockholder, repeatedly requests construction contracts from Blair for work on the Warren Railroad. Items also include a list of labor costs.
87 Platt, J.C., 1847 – 1851
5 items
In 1847, Platt informs Blair of the iron business being transacted in New York, and that "this state is all Whig." The other letters deal with monies to be paid to Blair.
88 Porter, I.M., 1853 – 1856
4 items
Porter introduces Robert McIntyre as a potential contractor, and writes regarding legal matters between contractors and subcontractors on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The subcontractors have not been working and are preventing the contractor’s crews from working. A possible breach of peace or riot is anticipated as a result of the increasing tensions (4 Dec 1855). Circumstances are apparently calmer nearly two months later when Porter writes concerning deeds and a right-of-way (30 Jan 1856).
89 "R" Miscellaneous, 1848 – 1858
8 items
Correspondents include Homer Rumsdell, James J. Randolph and Company, Ezra G. Read (President, City Bank of New Haven), E. Robbins, J.M. Robinson, Thomas N. Rooker, William Ross (Secretary, Lackawanna Railroad and Coal Company), and Martin Ryerson. Topics include the Liggett’s Gap Railroad, railroad construction, coal, banking, the uncertainty of the Warren Railroad bonds, the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad’s suspension of debt, and the Lackawanna Railroad and Coal Company’s offer to pay its creditors sixty cents on the dollar.
90 Ramsey, James, 1857
8 items
Ramsey repeatedly complains of debts owed him by Blair which remain unpaid, and inconveniences caused by the construction of the railroad. Ramsey is angry over right-of-way violations.
91 Rees, W.S., 1853 – 1855
3 items
Rees is concerned with buying rights-of-way, lobbying, and the problems of the contractor’s construction crews.
92 Robert, Charles A., 1851 – 1858
30 items (includes Memorandum and Scrapbook, 1851, and printed notices of coal prices, an auction, and meetings)
Robert was Chairman and President of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. The scrapbook has two newspaper clippings glued to the front inside cover and three pages of notes (to 1852) on coal. Most of the letters deal with the coal trade, the piers and chutes in the port of New York, depot construction, railroad ticket rates and sales, free passes, and the economic problems of the company. Blair has problems with rights-of-way and the construction of the Marshfield Depot.
93 Robert, Charles A., 1859 – 1861
9 items (including a broadside offering to redeem Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad bonds)
Robert stops giving free passes to the officers of the Belvidere and Delaware Railroad. Marshfield Depot continues to be a problem, as does money.
94 Robeson, W.P., 1848 – 1854
3 items (includes double-dated copy of letter to Phelps, 22 July, 1854, 23 August 1854)
After complaining of the Scranton’s paying off a note with another note, Robeson, as chairman of the Belvidere Railroad Company Committee, proposes that an "understanding" should be arranged between the Cobb’s Gap Railroad, the Lackawanna and Western Railroad, the Warren Railroad, and the Belvidere Water Gap Railroad (Which Robeson was president of) regarding routes, connections, and coal.
95 Rogers, A.N., 1854 – 1857
9 items (includes one undated)
Rogers was Chief Engineer of the Warren Railroad, and later with the Lackawanna and Bloomsburg Railroad. His correspondence deals with railroad construction, administration, and statistics. Once the line is completed, he contemplates employment by a Mexican railroad (14 Nov 1857). This will, however, require him to subscribe his 20 percent of the Warren Railroad.
96 Rutter & Dupuy, 1854 – 1857
10 items (includes telegram from The Magnetic Telegraph Company, Morse Line)
The letters concern Rutter & DuPuy, a company owned by Thomas Rutter, Robert H. DuPuy, and T. Haskins Dupuy. They deal with the company’s contract to grade and tunnel the "Van Ness Gap" (28 Apr 1854), including a list of labor costs. They also mention the improper actions of Mr. Stanton (6 June 1854), and the problems that Rutter & DuPuy encounter with the Warren Railroad (23 Sept, 8 Nov 1856). A memorandum commends David Michael as an apt candidate to mind a railroad bridge (19 Feb 1857).
97 Ryerson, David, 1851 – 1853
3 items
These letters concern the efforts of the Board of Commissioners of the Sussex and Warren Railroad (including a Governor Harris) to solicit stock subscriptions along the length of the road.
98 "S" Miscellaneous, 1853 – 1881
26 items (includes letters addressed to J.J. Phelps, John Leare, Charles E. Vail, and an unaddressed letter of introduction for Thomas Rutter)
Correspondents include Thomas Seabrook (P.A. Engineer, Pennsylvania Railroad), George Sanderson, George Schlabache, Abram Shafer, Henry D. Shafer (sheriff), Charles L. Slaceson, John J. Slocum, Smith and Rehile, New Jersey State Senator Charles P. Smith, F. J. Smith, William Snyder, John H. Sprague, F. Starbird, Stearns and Marvin, John O. Sterns, C. Stuart, John Stillwell, Freeland Stuart and Company, Samuel Sloan (President of Lackawanna and Western Railroad), H.D. Snayze, and Ramsay and Snayze. Topics include corporate intrigues, finances, railroad construction, unpaid debts, job applications, unpaid wages, letters of recommendation, broken promises, purchases of coal and a safe, requests for building depots and completing roads, rights-of-way problems, and "drunken, rowdy" Irish workers (1 Dec 1855).
99 Scott, M.W., 1850 – 1852
18 items (includes ten invitations to business meetings of the Liggett’s Gap Railroad, the Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad, the Lackawanna Iron Company, and the Lackawanna and Western Railroad)
Scott was the Secretary of all of the above-mentioned companies. He discusses iron shipments and railroad route planning. He also mentions the gauge law (28 Feb 1852).
100 Scott, M.W., 1852
19 items (includes fifteen invitations to business meetings of the Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad and the Lackawanna and Western Railroad)
Scott was secretary of both of the above-mentioned companies. One letter discusses the results of a business meeting and iron shipments (19 Apr 1852).
101 Scott, M.W., 1853 – 1854
17 items (includes eleven invitations to business meetings of the Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, the Lackawanna Iron Works [one duplicate], and a request for a certificate)
In addition to the business meeting invitations, there are letters discussing iron production (9 Feb 1854) and Blair’s reelection as a manager of the Lackawanna and Western Railroad.
102 Scranton, Charles, 1847 – 1858
16 items
These letters, mostly from Oxford Furnace, primarily concern business transactions. Later letters deal with the problems of the railroad’s encroachment on Charles’ personal lands, on politics (20 Oct 1847), and on affronts to his honor (31 Mar 1852). He advises Blair regarding his banking business and the suspension of specie payments during the Panic of 1857.
103 Scranton, George W., 1846 – 1847
10 items
These letters deal with details of building and running the iron mill, the chartering and building of railroads, labor and hiring issues, and a canal disaster (17 Oct 1847). The only non-business subject George addresses is his penchant for sleighing.
104 Scranton, George W., 1848
25 items (includes copy of letter to E. Dodge)
These letters deal primarily with the iron business and railroad construction, with an increasing emphasis on stocks and bonds. Scranton is plagued by "croakers" spreading injurious rumors about the company. He mentions trade with Europe (12 May), the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, Zachary Taylor’s election as president, and the Walker Tariff of 1846 (15 June). George’s political interest increases as the election nears (16 Oct, 3 Nov), and he writes that the Locofocos [members of a radical faction of the Democratic Party] were desperate and "bound for Salt River with the Hero of the Broken Sword at their head."
105 Scranton, George W., 1849 – 1850
25 items (includes letter to Clinton Blair and copies of letters to Phelps and Dodge)
Scranton writes on corporate matters, including stocks and bonds, the ticket of Liggett’s Gap Railroad corporate officers (29 Jan 1849), stockholders, and new subscribers. He expresses increasing concern about Marcus Blair, including his garrulousness and womanizing (14 Sept, 1849, 29 Oct 1849, 22 Apr, 1850, 29 May 1850). Scranton also discusses a new coal car design (29 Oct 1850), labor problems between the "corkonians" [people from County Cork, Ireland] and the "fardowners" [people from Connaught, the western province of Ireland] (31 Oct 1850), and the legislative plotting against the Liggett’s Gap Railroad in the state capitol (29 Jan 1849).
106 Scranton, George W., 1851 – 1859
16 items (includes five undated)
All items concern business and finance. In March of 1853 Scranton was in Harrisburg, PA, and involved in lobbying, including the passage of two of the Scrantons’ bills (2 Apr 1853). Many of these letters deal with the settling of outstanding contracts, claims, and employees’ accounts.
107 Scranton, Miscellaneous Correspondence Relating to The Scrantons’ Enterprises, 1846 – 1884
25 items (includes one undated)
Letters concern checks, drafts, and financial transactions of the Scrantons. Exceptions include a letter of recommendation for employment (G. Woolverton, 25 March 1847), a comment from an investor (Benjamin Loder, 6 Apr 1847), a blower patent claim (F.P. Dimpfel, 25 Jul 1852), investment in the coal industry in Syracuse (F.F. Hunt, 15 Apr, 6 May 1853), and a printed notice for claims against the Oxford Iron Company (Benjamin G. Clarke, 18 Jan 1884).
108 Scranton, Joseph Hand, 1848 – 1862
6 items
Letters deal with iron production and the sales of stocks and bonds.
109 Scranton, Selden T., 1847 – 1848
24 items
These letters from the Lackawanna Iron Works deal with the operations of the furnaces and mills, especially pertaining to the production of railroad iron. Others address labor problems, finances (including a double letter from George W. Scranton, 24 May 1847), and problems and progress of the construction of the Cobb’s Gap Railroad. Scranton appears most concerned, however, with the bank drafts and company finances, including freight rates and discount rates. He also mentions the Mexican-American War (8 Dec 1847).
110 Scranton, Selden T., 1849 – 1850
28 items
In these letters Selden continues his traffic of bank drafts through Blair, and offers asides on the iron works and labor. He writes regarding Blair’s son Marcus (8 Aug 1849), Locofocos (11 Oct 1849), and honesty (25 Jan 1850). He also discusses stocks and bonds, railroad construction, the new post office at Scranton, PA, the Compromise of 1850, roads, railroads, canals, and steamships. He keeps Blair abreast of business events, storm damage, and his continuing need for money. Many of his letters have a section cut off that originally contained a draft.
111 Scranton, Selden T., 1851
18 items
In these letters Selden continues to elicit money from Blair, while informing him of labor matters, health problems, progress on the Cobb’s Gap Railroad, railroad legislation, and scandalous gossip (21 Feb 1851). He also discusses acquiring lands and rights-of-way, and the wood and coal markets (22 Sept 1851).
112 Scranton, Selden T., 1852
16 items
In these letters Selden continues to draw drafts on Blair to cover expenses, get cash on hand, and pay off workers. He keeps Blair advised on weather, health, and business matters, including construction of the Cobb’s Gap Railroad and the company’s purchase of coal and iron ore lands. The October 24, 1852 passing of Senator Daniel Webster is noted (29 Oct 1852).
113 Scranton, Selden T., 1853
17 items
Letters address the land purchases of Blair and Scranton, railroad legislation, gaining access to ore, and rights-of-way. They also discuss corporate affairs, including a concern over investor participation involving Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt (13 May), and labor and funding problems.
114 Scranton, Selden T., 1854 – 1869
20 items
Letters relate a series of concerns, including gauge-law legislation (18 Jan 1854), corporate problems, false rumors concerning the failure of the Belvidere Bank, and Scranton’s concerns during the Panic of 1857. Scranton also mentions a speech of Governor Johnson (8 Oct 1857) and the fall elections.
115 Scranton, Grant & Company, 1842
2 items
One letter acknowledges receipt of two barrels of pork, for which Scranton sent 5,200 pine shingles, with more to follow (4 Aug 1842). The other letter, undated, informs Blair that the last two barrels of pork are "extremely bad and unsaleable," though one man "(with a strong stomach)" offered $7.00 per barrel. The next shipment should be "examined before loading."
116 Scranton & Platt, 1847 – 1850
17 items (includes a list of notes, a letter from the New York and Erie Railroad Company, and a letter to John I. Stuart, cashier, Belvidere Bank)
Most letters are in the handwriting of Selden T. Scranton. Except for an excerpt from a letter introducing Col. Joseph Paxton (29 Dec 1847), all correspondence concerns the iron business, with asides on the cost of coal, charcoal, and bricks. Most letters note that drafts or checks have been sent or received, or require that outstanding drafts be covered.
117 Scranton & Platt, 1850 – 1853
27 items (includes one undated letter, and three balance sheets to John Stuart)
Most letters deal primarily with finance and railroad construction, but also address the Liggett’s Gap Railroad bill (12 Apr 1850), the 1851 merger of the Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad with the Liggett’s Gap Railroad to form the Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and labor problems caused by "a great fight or riot between the different tribes of Irish, the Cork or Corcoran & Connaughts or fardowners." The Connaughts killed three or four people, and wounded as many, in an effort to become the only available source of labor and, thus, raise wages. Scranton & Platt settle the matter with a limited lock-out.
118 Shelton, C.T., 1854
6 items
Shelton was the president of N.A.S.D. Company. He advised Blair of his progress with the tunnel-boring machine in excavating for the Warren Railroad. The device was attached (31 Nov 1854) and sold at auction (8 Dec 1854).
119 Shipman, J.G., 1850 – 1857
8 items (includes letter from William Shipman)
Shipman, Blair’s attorney, wants to run him for governor (19 Apr 1850). He requests a raise for his brother William, followed by William’s own request for a raise (12 May 1850). And he keeps Blair advised of legal matters, rights-of-way, and legislation.
120 Simpson, James Hervey, 1866
6 items
Simpson (1813-1883), serving as chief engineer of the U.S. Department of the Interior during 1866, oversaw construction of the transcontinental railroad. His letters to Blair invite him to attend a February 1866 convention called by Secretary of the Interior James Harlan to "fix standard of Pacific Railroad," and notify Blair that he is sending him six copies of the "Annual Report on Pacific Railroad and Branches Before 1865," and twelve copies of the report on standards. Included are copies of Blair’s answer to Simpson and his directions to W.B. Allison and Oakes Ames to act in his stead.
121 Smith, Milo, 1861 – 1866
22 items (includes two duplicate copies)
This file contains originals and copies of letters from Smith and his attorney, N.B. Baker, to both Blair and William W. Walker. Walker succeeds Smith as General Agent for the Iowa Railroad Contracting Company after the latter is accused of fraud (5 Apr 1862). Smith defends himself (11, 13 Apr 1862), but is fired (13, 14 Apr 1862). Prior to this time, these men had corresponded regarding railroad legislation and construction. Other matters mentioned in the letters include the "Trent Affair" (an international diplomatic incident that occurred during the Civil War), "war panic" (22 Jan, 5 Feb 1862), and labor problems (14, 23 Dec 1861; 4, 22 Jan 1862).
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2 1 Sprague, Roswell, 1850 – 1853
10 items (includes notice for payment on subscription to the Liggett’s Gap Railroad)
Sprague was the treasurer of the Liggett’s Gap Railroad and the Lackawanna and Western Railroad. Besides mentioning the shipment of specie to Europe (29 Jul 1851), and Sprague’s concern over a draft of his son George (15 Aug 1853), the correspondence concerns the financial affairs of the two railroads.
2 Stokes, Stogdell, 1855 – 1857
3 items
Stokes reports the donation by Robert Brown of three acres and a spring for a depot at Stroudsburgh (14 Oct 1855), and recommends Daries Dreher [?] as a coal yard agent (29 Sept 1855), and R.S. Staples as a contractor (30 Jul 1857).
3 Stroud, J.H., 1853 – 1855
4 items
In addition to financial matters, Stroud discusses the depot and fencing at Stroudsburgh.
4 Stuart, John I., 1845 – 1849
17 items
Stuart was the cashier of the Belvidere Bank. The letters deal primarily with banking operations, including a persistent concern about the Scranton & Platt account and its continuing indebtedness. An interesting aside concerns a counterfeit $3 bill.
5 Stuart, John I., 1850 – 1852
19 items
The letters primarily concern the affairs of the Belvidere Bank. Stuart’s concern over the status of the Scranton & Platt account continues to grow.
6 Sturges, Theodore, 1853 – 1856
15 items (includes four invitations to business meetings, a ledger sheet, a financial statement, and a boat freight receipt from J.I. Blair)
Sturges was treasurer of the Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad and the Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company. In his letters, he discusses financial matters, the production of rails for the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (30 Mar 1854) and Blair’s election as a director of the Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad (7 June 1856).
7 Sturges, Theodore, 1856 – 1858
14 items (includes nine invitations to business meetings)
The Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company announces 10 percent dividends, payable in the stock of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad (20 Sept 1856); and suspends payments to creditors for nine months (31 Oct 1857). Selden T. Scranton resigns as president of the company (14 Jan 1858).
8 "T" Miscellaneous, 1852 – 1884
5 items
Correspondents include D.H. Tichener, H. Thorp, J. Thompson, Joseph F. Tuttle, and James B. Titiner. Tichener agrees to sell Sussex Railroad stock, Thorp complains that conductors were carrying small packages free of charge and that he wants his privileges as an engineer protected, Thompson wants to sell some Lackawanna and Western Railroad bonds, Tuttle wants free railroad passes, and Titiner wants to subscribe to the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad.
9 Talcott, E.B., 1861 – 1865
10 items (includes a letter to Talcott from Blair, a letter from L.B. Crocker to Blair, a letter from Talcott to Crocker, and a letter from Talcott to Oakes Ames)
Talcott was the Superintendent of the Galena and Chicago Union Pacific Railroad, and many of these letters are on its stationary. He is anxious to get Blair to extend his railroad west to join the Union Pacific in Nebraska, and confirms Milo Smith’s need for ties. Most of the correspondence deals with railroad construction and the merger of three railroads.
10 Taylor, Moses, 1854 – 1862
8 items (includes one undated)
Taylor writes of the Warren Railroad, the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and the Union Iron and Coal Company, but mostly discusses land and money. He repeatedly berates Blair for his slowness in acting.
11 Taylor, Samuel, 1856
3 items
Taylor complains about Blair’s slowness in paying for the depot being built at Slateford.
12 Vail, Charles E., 1876 – 1879
18 items
Vail was secretary/treasurer of the Blairstown Railway. Correspondents include Thomas S. Bird, T. F. Wurts (consulting engineer), Bryce R. Blair (shovel, spade and scoop manufacturer), David P. Kimball (Treasurer, Maple River Railroad), Potter Palmer (owner, The Palmer House, Chicago), Henry V. Ferguson (Secretary, Sioux City and Pacific Railroad), S.P. Wisner (Vice President, Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad) E.C. Case (Superintendent, Sussex Railroad), William S. Loew (Assistant Deputy Register, Register’s Office, Hall of Records, City of New York), C.H. Clark (Register, Iowa Railroad Land Company), and Archbald and Albright (wholesalers of bituminous coal, coke and ores). Topics include the purchase of shovels and coal, iron lands sold for taxes, the poor credit of John and Alex Edwards, and special rates for railroad officials at the Palmer House.
13 Vail, Charles E., 1880 – 1883
26 items
Correspondents include Archbald and Albright, E. Wolcott Jackson (General Superintendent, Pennsylvania Railroad), Henry V. Ferguson (Auditor, Sioux City and Pacific Railroad), George H. Harlow (Illinois Secretary of State), Walter Freeman (General Freight Agent, Pennsylvania Railroad), William M. Jones (President, Des Moines and Kansas City Railroad), Sylvanus Lyon, A.L Dennis (Vice President, United States New Jersey Railroad and Coal Company), John I. Blair (from the Continental House, Philadelphia), David P. Kimball (Treasurer, Maple River Railroad), A.J.F. Van Deventer, J.G. Shipman, George William Ballou and Company Bankers, Aitken and Son Company, Robert Winthrop and Company, A.S. Jones, F.A. Potts (President, New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad, and "Cpo" B. Satterlee. Topics include the purchase and sale of coal, stocks and bonds, free railroad passes, the repair of a lace veil (10 Jul 1882), and the shipment of a "missionary box" to Utah from Belvidere, NJ (23 Nov 1880).
14 Vail, John D., 1863 – 1872
4 items
On the stationary of the Auditor’s Office, Sioux City and Pacific Railroad (11 May 1871), Charles E. Vail writes his brother regarding injunctions ("looks like a fight") on rights-of-way and how Cedar Rapids, Iowa has grown. John receives a chatty letter from Timothy Case (17 Jan 1872), a receipt from Charles Fellows on the stationary of the Office of the Grand International Division of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, and a letter from Charles (7 Aug 1863), who describes a delightful summer’s-day side trip from Blairstown to the Water Gap [where the Delaware River cuts through a mountain ridge on its way to the Atlantic Ocean]. He records meeting Mr. Bennion, "who has recently attained an almost national reputation . . . by inflicting a sore chastisement upon that vilest of Copperheads" (i.e., a Democrat who opposes the Civil War) former U.S. Senator James Walter Wall of New Jersey. "The beauty of the whole," Charles writes, "is that he did it with Wall’s own cane. . . . [breaking] it into splinters on its owner’s cranium."
15 Vail, William Penn, 26 October 1866
1 item
A chatty letter that mentions Mr. Ward’s intention to extend the line to Wilkes Barre.
16 Van Deventer, A.J.F., 27 January 1882
2 items
Van Deventer, who had worked for Messrs. M. and C. Jesup & Company as a cashier until 1875, remembers Blair as a former customer. He tries to sell Blair bonds of the Toledo, Cincinnati and St. Louis Railroad.
17 "W" Miscellaneous, 1853 – 1858
7 items
Correspondents include Sydenham Walter, John S. Weller, Philip Wildrick, B. Williamson, C.K. Wilson and Company, and Freeman Wood. Letters deal with the condemnation of land, acquisition of rights-of-way, a request for a job (30 Jul 1857), the sale of railroad spikes, road damage, Weller’s claim for property damage (19 May 1854), free railroad passes, and the report of a burned railroad bridge (4 Jan 1858) stating that "we have ascertained from the tract [sic] that no Irishman has done it but a man of very small feet and size."
18 Walker, John W., 1857 – 1858
4 items
These letters deal with Walker’s purchase of a home site from Blair at Marshfield, and his desire to be station agent there. He also applies to Blair for a lot for Charles Shannon to build a hotel upon.
19 Walker, William W., 1862 – 1870
6 items (includes copy of letter from Blair to Messrs. Brown & Harper)
Walker was successively the chief engineer, secretary, and assistant treasurer of the Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad, and then the general agent and secretary of the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad Contracting Company. He delivers a letter from Blair to Brown and Harper in which they are accused of conspiring with Milo Smith to defraud the company through an inflated claim on railroad ties (5 Apr 1862). Blair will not "take them as a gift," but he offers a compromise because he is a "peace [sic] man." Walker informs Blair that they will not compromise (21 Apr 1862). He sends Blair two dozen chickens, freight prepaid (19 Jan 1863), and copies of two receipts on the back of a partially filled out Internal Revenue receipt for excise tax (13 Jul 1863).
20 Waltin, James H., 1854 – 1855
3 items
Waltin, a lawyer, had been retained by Blair for the Delaware & Lackawanna Railroad Company. Having lobbied for Blair in the Pennsylvania State legislature, he sends a bill for services rendered.
21 Ward, John L., 1847 – 1848
5 items (includes "Minutes of Important Letters and Statement to John L. Ward.")
A letter recounts the squabbling in the U.S. Congress over the war with Mexico. However, most of the correspondence and the "Minutes" address Ward’s financial arrangements with Blair. Ward pledges $1,500 worth of furniture as security for a $500 loan, but Blair notes that it is Ward’s own valuation, and so probably only worth $200 (2 Sept 1847).
22 Warren, William E., 1853 - 1854
22 items (includes eight invitations to business meetings, three requests for subscription payments, and four receipts)
Warren was the secretary and treasurer of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad. His letters discuss furnaces, corporate matters, and meeting minutes.
23 Warren, William E., 1855 – 1858
25 items
Warren’s correspondence deals primarily with finance and corporate matters. There is a cryptic reference to the fall of "the North Side of ‘Sebastopol,’" (15 Dec 1855). Other letters address personal problems (16 Aug 1856), and the dismissal of "Mr. A" for "gross immorality" (13 Jul 1857).
24 Welles, C.F., 1853 – 1859
9 items
Welles was a contractor for the Brooklyn City Water Works. In one letter, he praises Marcus Blair’s energy and development (25 Aug 1853). Most of the correspondence, however, deals with finance, subscriptions, contracting work, and problems of getting contracts. Welles mentions the sale of the locomotive "Seymour" (14 Nov 1859), the Warren Railroad, and the Lackawanna and Bloomsburg Railroad.
25 Welles, H.S., 1854 – 1855
8 items (includes five undated)
Welles proposes construction contracts for tunnels and track for the Warren Railroad. He requests that his name be erased from the contract (1 Jul 1854), and later complains that the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad will not advance any money to work with (6 Jul [1854?]), and that work was about to stop for lack of funds.
26 Whitehead, Asa, 1851 – 1867
3 items
Whitehead was the treasurer of the Chicago and North Western Railway. He inquires about John L. Ward (25 Sept 1851). The other two letters deal with finances.
27 Williams, John M.S., 1852 – 1871
14 items (includes several illegible letterpress copies)
Williams was a partner in Glidden and Williams California Packet Office and treasurer of the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad. He was also treasurer of the Crédit Mobilier. In these letters, he writes about examining the accounts of the Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad and the Lackawanna and Western Railroad in order to balance the books (25 Dec 1852), implies that Blair had an "understanding" that questionable accounts "were to be up to 1st Jan.- no entries made after that to come in" (26 May 1871), and sends Blair a statement of the account of Roscoe Conkling with the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad (14 Dec 1871).
28 Winch, Corydon, 1861
22 items (includes seven to Milo Smith)
The letters concern the shipping of chairs and spikes for railroad construction, and the usual problem of Blair not paying promptly. Winch is receiving boatloads of pig iron from Blair and St. Charles Furnace.
29 Winter, Peter, 1851 – 1859
3 items
In these letters, Winter tries to get Blair to invest in an iron ore deposit in Wisconsin at Horicon [?] (18 Jul 1851), asks Blair to sell his village some iron-working machinery (25 Nov 1852), and informs Blair that he is sending two barrels of Winter’s Metallic Brown Paint (5 Oct 1859).
30 Wisner, S.P., 1863 – 1872
8 items (includes one to J.W. Pollock)
Wisner was Vice President and General Agent of the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad. The letters deal with the building of a grain house, statements, stocks and bonds, land, legislation, the sale of the "plug," Blair’s failure to pay debts, and concern for Blair’s "spiritual welfare" (31 Dec 1870).
31 Wyckoff, John K. and John W., 1854 – 1858
14 items (includes one to A.N. Rogers)
John K.’s only letter concerns a fence to be built to protect his crops from the railroad (5 Feb 1855). John W., nephew of John K., negotiates with him on behalf of Blair for a right-of-way for the Warren Railroad. Two years later, the fence remains unfinished and John K. still unpaid for his right-of-way. John W. is sick of "loafing around Belvidere" waiting for work (27 Mar 1857) when he is offered a job by the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad as paymaster of the Warren Railroad, but he cannot leave his current employer until 1 September 1857. He threatens to resign (21 Nov 1857), then later asks for a raise (29 June 1858).
32 "Y" and "Z" Miscellaneous, 1850 – 1865
4 items
Correspondents include J.B. Yates, who writes Major R.G. Hunt regarding government payments; Henry Young who writes regarding drafts on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad; and Zothers and Houck, who write Blair regarding the sale of Pennsylvania timberland with all buildings for $5,000 (25 May 1850).
33 Illegible Correspondents Signatures, 1852 – 1893
2 items
These advise Blair of the impending visit of a lawyer, and receipt of a $2,000 note.
34 Fragmentary Rough Drafts, no dates
14 items
These letters deal with the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, the Warren Railroad, the Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and other business matters. Also included are drafts of legislation, tax records, stocks, and railroad history from 1826 to 1836.

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Series 2:
Miscellaneous Manuscripts and Documents
17 folders

Box Folder
2 35 Miscellaneous Manuscripts, 1848 – 1870
21 items (includes three undated)
Items include a $5 check to "Master William E. Peeble – donation to a worthy boy to encourage him to strive to secure an education" (14 Nov 1870), a receipt for a sorrel mare to Blair and Hunt for $50 (26 Mar 1851); letters discussing Warren Railroad bonds, describing Allen V. Hutchinson’s land, and recounting the purchase of the Delaware depot; meeting minutes, a contract for railroad ties, a printed legal notice, notice of an appraisal to be made on the Warren Railroad, a nine-page manuscript committee report to the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western, and a letter regarding the connection of the Warren Railroad and the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad.
36 Tickets, Passes, Calling Card
9 items
Items include a ticket for the New York and Erie Railroad Ferry, Blair’s 1890 pass on the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Thomas E. Stillman’s1888 pass for the New York Central and Hudson River Railroad, C.M. Lawler’s 1896 pass for the New York City and Hudson River Railroad, William Penn Vail’s 1897 pass for the New Haven Line (owned by John H. Starin’s Transportation and signed by Starin), a Starin’s Transportation rate card, John Starin’s calling card, and blank passes from the Blairstown Railway (1877) and the Sussex and Blairstown Railway (188_).
37 Memorandum Book, 1868
1 item
Includes notes on daily agenda, bills, cash, board meetings, and speeches.
38 Miscellaneous Accounts, 1849 – 1851
6 items
Items include Blair’s computation of Cobb’s Gap Railroad bonds, a note to Isaac C. Platt for 9.5 yards of cloth, a computation of Scranton & Platt’s debt to Blair, Phelp’s sales of Cobb’s Gap Railroad bonds with receipts for pledges, and a receipt from R. Sprague of Lackawanna and Western Railroad.
39 Account Balance Sheets, 1848 – 1857
24 items
Accounts include notes payable at Belvidere Bank (Apr, June 1849), notes drawn by Scranton and Platt (June 1849 – Oct 1853, and one undated), and by L&T Land Association (1 Dec 1857).
40 Co-Partnership Papers, 1846 – 1853
2 items
The documents include a copy of the 1846 formation of Scranton and Platt, and the 1853 articles of James L. Shaw, Charles M. Ottinger, and John Insley Blair to build a telegraph line called the Delaware, Water Gap, and Lackawanna Telegraph Company.
41 Legal Documents, 1847 – 1881
6 items
Documents include the lease of a house to Alexander Beatty (5 Jul 1847), a deposition in reply to "Sarrah" Ward regarding the Morris and Essex Railroad and a stage line (3 Aug 1850), a lease transfer (11 Feb 1853), the sale of land by Robert G. Hunt (6 Feb 1856), and a deed from Clarence G. Mitchell to the comptroller of the state of New Jersey on the 1880 activities of the Blairstown Railway.
42 Letter to the Postmaster General, 21 July 1856
3 items (includes letter from J.L. French)
Blair proposes that the Warren Railroad be awarded a mail carrying contract. J. L. French, Second Assistant Postmaster General, writes to Blair requesting information on his railroads (1 Aug 1879).
43 Newark Daily Advertiser 16 no. 172 (21 July 1847)
1 item
The complete newspaper was kept for the railroad advertisements and articles that it contained, but it also includes a wide variety of other ads, local news, and news of the Mexican-American War. This includes reprints of George Kendall’s New Orleans Picayune dispatches and a letter of Secretary of State James Buchanan announcing the sending of the second-ranking department officer, Nicholas P. Trist, who eventually negotiated the Treaty of Guadalupe-Hidalgo, to Mexico.
44 Copy of New Jersey Quit-Claim Deed, 1 July 1858
1 item
Copy of deed transferring depot grounds at Marshfield from John I. Blair to the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad.
45 Printed Forms, 1850 – 1869
5 items
These forms include two notifications of subscription installments due on the Liggett’s Gap Railroad, a request for free passes for the officers of the Sussex Railroad, a circular from the president and directors to the bondholders of the Lackawanna and Bloomsburg Railroad, and a form for bondholders to send in coupons for funding the interest upon the mortgage bonds of the company.
46 Railroad Tie Specifications and undated Maps
3 items
Documents include specifications for wooden railroad ties (18 Oct 1854), "A Map of George W. Ribble’s Land in Knowlton, Warren County, N.J." on the Delaware River, where the Morris and Essex Railroad crossed the Warren Railroad just north of a cemetery, and a hand-drawn map of several lots, locating streets, houses, railroad line, and depot.
47 Receipts of Notes for Bonds, 1850 – 1857
4 items
These are acknowledgements of receipt of notes for bonds of the Central Railroad and the Delaware and Cobb’s Gap Railroad.
48 Flyer for "A Rail-Road Festival," 1849
1 item
Announcement of a festival to be held at Ithaca, New York on 18 December 1849 to honor the officers of the Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad.
49 Copy of a New York State Assembly Bill, 3 February 1851
1 item
A bill "to Amend the Charter of the Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad Company" is referred to the committee of the whole. Bill no. 195, with penciled note "I thing [sic] this will down whole. J. Blair."
50 Belvidere National Bank Checks, 1868 – 1881
98 items
One check (5 June 1868) from Blair’s account for stock fraction dividend of Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad. Other checks are signed by Belvidere Bank treasurer Charles E. Vail from the Blairstown Railway account (17 Oct 1876 – 17 Jan 1881). Most still have the two-cent U.S. Internal Revenue stamp affixed. The checks are cancelled by a cross cut into them.
51 Blairstown Railway Receipts, 1853 – 1878
17 items
Items include orders to D.W. Shoemaker, dealer in medicines and chemicals ( paints, varnishes, and oil); Hubbard D. King (iron work); Yetter and Craig, purveyors of dry goods (hardware); McIntyre Coal Company; Lackawanna Iron Works (rails); Delaware Water Gap Slate Company (depot roof); Cushing, Baruda and Company (ticket printing); Central Railroad of New Jersey (freight on glass, carriage, butter, corn, rye); Sussex Railroad (oil, whitewash, and lanterns); also includes a statement of notes owed to the Central Railroad of New Jersey, and a statement of 1860 earnings of the Lackawanna and Bloomsburg Railroad.

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Series 3:
Business Documents
76 folders

Box Folder
2 52 Blairstown Railway, Statement of Earnings, July – December 1877
6 items
These are handwritten statements of freight received, freight forwarded, and tickets sold. The information listed includes the name of the person or party shipping the freight, and a breakdown of the number of tickets sold and destinations.
53 Blairstown Railway, Statements of Earnings,
January – December 1878
12 items
54 Blairstown Railway, Statements of Earnings,
January – December 1879
12 items
55 Blairstown Railway, Statements of Earnings,
January – December 1880
12 items
56 Blairstown Railway, Statements of Earnings,
January – December 1881
12 items
57 Blairstown Railway, Statements of Earnings,
January – December 1882
2 items
Box Folder
3 1 Blairstown Railway, Receipts and Invoices, 1877
79 items
Receipts and invoices are for rights-of-way, coal, freight, fence, white lead, pipes and valves, cement, cars, scales, wheels, vulcanized fibers, lamps, mirrors, bolts, washers, spikes, bars, lampblack, slate, printing, lumber, stamps, tile, dry goods, vises, filing fees, seats, knuckle plates, switches, frogs, shovels, cotton waste, box cars, flat cars, and the locomotive "The Blair’s Town."
2 Blairstown Railway, Receipts and Invoices, 1878
81 items
Receipts and invoices are for bond interest, stock, cloth, rails, saws, rights-of-way, slate, tallow, bolts, pipes, coal, oil, lead, shovels, meals, account sheets, lumber, dry goods, taxes, varnish, paint, freight, filing fees, printing, and a post office statement.
3 Blairstown Railway, Receipts and Invoices, 1879
83 items
Receipts and invoices deal with checks, freight, dry goods, filing fees, taxes, oil, postage, plastering, tickets, wood, tallow, powder, drill sharpening, rights-of-way, paint, labor, printing, blasting powder, coal, rope, and the locomotive "John D. Vail No. 2."
4 Blairstown Railway, Receipts and Invoices, 1880
51 items
Receipts and invoices involve payments for a hog killed by accident, tickets, shovels, post office, taxes, drill sharpening, lumber, fencing, iron work, freight, tallow, coal, glass, filing fees, torches, gears, steel, oil, and printing.
5 Blairstown Railway, Receipts and Invoices, 1881
78 items
Receipts and invoices for post office, freight, taxes, tallow, saws, files, tickets, dry goods, grates, oil, filing fees, printing, two "No Smoking" signs, cloth, picks, telephone and telegraph supplies, shovels, blasting powder, and steel.
6 Blairstown Railway, Receipts and Invoices, 1882
26 items
Receipts and invoices for lumber, taxes, tallow, freight, rent, oil, construction, tickets, printing, washers, shovels, ties, wood, nuts, bolts, iron, glass, brooms, and files.
7 Blairstown Railway, Estimates, 1876 – 1877
7 items
These are paid estimates for railroad construction, all itemized by task.
8 Blairstown Railway, Wage Receipts, 1877
19 items
These receipts for contract labor include signed payroll vouchers by name, date, and pay.
9 Blairstown Railway, Wage Receipts, 1878
34 items
These receipts include signed payroll sheets and contract labor receipts.
10 Blairstown Railway, Wage Receipts, 1879
36 items
These receipts list employee wages.
11 Blairstown Railway, Wage Receipts, 1880
28 items
These receipts list employee hours and wages.
12 Blairstown Railway, Wage Receipts, 1881
34 items
These receipts list employee hours and wages.
13 Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad, Estimate, 25 December 1849
2 items
Estimate of the cost of construction of the Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad.
14 Cayuga and Susquehanna Railroad, Receipts and Invoices, 1849 – 1860
11 items
These receipts and invoices deal with bonds, notes, construction equipment, steamboats, earnings, and bond sales.
15 Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad, Receipts and Invoices, 1870 – 1876
11 items
Documents include a record of land contracts in Cedar Rapids, drafts on National Park Bank to W.W. Walker, tax returns, four checks on the Cedar Rapids First National Bank, an income tax assessment from Importers’ and Traders’ National Bank, and a ledger sheet.
16 Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad, Transactions, 1861 – 1884
71 items
Documents include original and duplicate receipts; discount and interest computations; drafts; a Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad freight bill; Internal Revenue returns; a check register; invoices from Corydon Winch, manufacturer of chairs and spikes; bank account records; receipts, invoices, and account sheets of the Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad Company; a receipt signed by John Blair’s son-in-law, Charles Scribner, of Charles Scribner and Company, Publishers and Booksellers; Pennsylvania Railroad Company bills of lading for spikes and chairs; and checks disbursed by the Iowa Railroad Contracting Company.
17 Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad, List of Stockholders, 1870 – 1871
3 items
These are large ledger sheets listing names of stockholders and their shares of common and preferred stocks. Owners include John I. Blair, Oakes Ames, Oliver Ames, W.W. Walker, Charles E. Vail, Charles Scribner, and Roscoe Conkling, among others. Until 16 January 1871, Oakes Ames is second only to Blair in number of shares owned, but after that date John Bertram moved to second place. Blair owns over twice as much as Ames at his peak, and four times more than Bertram.
18 Chicago, Iowa and Nebraska Railroad, 1862 – 1868
3 items
Documents include a contractor’s proposal and cover letters for stock certificates.
19 Chicago and North Western Railroad, Stockholders Report, 16 April and 27 June 1884
2 items
Both of these documents relate to the merger of the Chicago and North Western Railway with the Chicago, Iowa and Nebraska Railroad, the Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad, the Maple River Railroad, and the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad.
20 Chicago and North Western Railroad, Accounts and Statements, 1864 – 1884
13 items
Statements deal with railroad ties, freight bill for the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad, iron, acquisition of five railroad lines by the Chicago and North Western Railroad, ledger sheets, coal, and wood.
21 Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Agents and Clerks, 1857
1 item
This is a list of the clerks and agents at Scranton, Great Bend, the Southern Division, and the Warren Railroad by job and salary.
22 Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Account of Damages, 1854 – 1855
1 item
"An account of the damages done by the railroad company."
23 Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Documents, 1851 – 1861
14 items
Documents include a blank Pennsylvania Railroad construction indemnity from the 1850s, notice of the first train over the Lackawanna and Western Railroad (4 Oct 1851), a coal sales brochure, petitions to the House, Senate, and Supreme Court of New Jersey for the Warren Railroad, a record of the sale of a farm in New Jersey to the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, a response to a committee in a Belvidere town meeting concerning the Warren Railroad charter and route (rough draft and final copy), an agreement of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad with Tobyhanna Lumber Company (William Dodge, John I. Blair, Moses Taylor, and Samuel Marsh) for transporting lumber, a record of the sale of the Delaware Station back store house to Jarvis Prall, and a draft of the announcement of the opening of the Lackawanna and Western Railroad.
24 Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Receipts and Account Sheets, 1842 – 1861
54 items
Documents include or involve drafts, account statements, freight receipts, proposals for railroad construction, billing to the Central Railroad of New Jersey for $125 by James M. Parker for "professional services in the matter of the riots" (15 Jul 1856), coal, work at the school farm (8 Nov 1856), waybills, a marble marker tablet (3 Sept 1861), conductor’s collections, and coal chutes.
25 Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Bridge Construction, 1844 – 1845
2 items
These documents are requests from Andrew Young (11 Feb 1844) and Solon Chapin (Apr 1845) for more information on the contemplated bridge over the Delaware River at Columbia.
26 Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, 1854 – 1857
12 items
Documents include a letter to George D. Phelps from W.S. Wetmore regarding land in Elizabethtown Port (17 Mar 1854), correspondence regarding stock, an unsigned land transfer in Stroudsburgh, a note from Charles A. Heckslin [?], earnings statements, notice of the opening of the Lackawanna and Western Railroad, and a letter about a note from H. Blydinburgh, President, Nassau Bank (7 Nov 1857).
27 Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, 1858
10 items
These documents concern stock, earnings, depot construction, petitions, a character reference for Enos Gobel, and mice in the rye. William A. Jenks, general ticket agent, wants Blair to know why his brother had not been hired.
28 Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, 1862
5 items
These documents include bills of lading; and correspondence regarding oats, buckwheat, freight rates on pork, and sending iron by sailing ship.
29 Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, Form Letters, 1880 – 1884
13 items
These documents, addressed to Charles E. Vail, include a notice of a board of directors meeting, two requests for certification of dividend/interest orders, and ten check cover letters for the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad.
30 Delaware and Newburgh Railroad, Subscriptions, 9 July 1831
1 item
Subscriptions for the railroad.
31 Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad, 1852 – 1871
14 items
Included in these items is a letter of reference from William W. Duffeld, resident engineer of the Hudson River Railroad, for contractor Charles Smith; iron freight bills from the Chicago and North Western Railroad for shipping by propeller boats; a statement to stockholders (6 Apr 1871); resolutions of the executive committee to authorize borrowing to pay debts; and a notice from the National Park Bank that it holds a draft on Blair, and that Blair must pay it.
32 Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad, 1872 – 1884
7 items (includes one undated)
Documents deal with building the railroad, auditing, powers of attorney and proxies, mortgage and interest bonds, and towns along the railroad.
33 Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad, Accounts, 1869 – 1872
11 items
These documents from W.W. Walker include monthly statements of accounts, subscriptions, receipts, invoice of rails shipped from Union Rolling Mill, recapitulations, and vouchers for expenditures.
34 Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad, Accounts, 1870
32 items
These documents include account statements, balances, receipts, expenditures, vouchers, lists of material received, records of land purchases, and drafts.
35 Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad, Accounts, 1871
29 items
These documents include recapitulations, lists of expenditures, receipts, vouchers, and monthly statements of accounts the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad.
36 Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad, Accounts, 1872 – 1883
21 items (includes one undated)
Documents include or involve receipts; monthly averages (expenses were about 50 percent of earnings); salaries; ditch digging; a form letter that originally accompanied a blank oath of commission form for Charles E. Vail, Commissioner of Deeds for Iowa; and an inquiry for stock values from John Weare, President of First National Bank.
37 Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad, Ledger Book, 1870
1 item
This ledger book lists the names of subscribers of railroad shares, and the amount subscribed. The list is headed by Oakes and Oliver Ames, John I. Blair, Charles E. Vail, and others whose names also appear in the Sioux City Railway Contracting Company ledger. Ames and Blair own twice as much stock as any other individual.
38 Hudson and Delaware Railroad, 1836 – 1837
8 items
These are subscriptions for shares in the railroad.
39 Iowa Railway Contracting Company and Sioux City and Pacific Railroad, 4 May 1870
1 item
The document describes a legal action taken by Frederick Schuchardt and the liquidators of the Jesup Company for unpaid assessments and interest. Blair is charged with misappropriating funds and distributing subscriptions to himself and friends. He is also accused of falsely stating that Jesup Company was not a subscriber in 1867. See "Sioux City Railway, Contracting Company Stockholders 1868," Box 3, Folder 63.
40 Iowa Railway Contracting Company, Account Sheets and Receipts, 1862 – 1870
59 items (includes forty-six receipts from W.W. Walker to John I. Blair for monies received, totaling $1,606,742.08, for constructing the Third Division of the Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad, 1866 – 1870)
Documents include account sheets listing the costs of chairs and spikes, subscription notices, two legal documents addressed to the Iowa Railway Contracting Company concerning a petition filed against it in court, receipts from Blair, receipts and a statement of IRCC’s account with the Chicago and North Western Railroad, and Henry Farnum’s stock subscriptions (Farnum was president of the Iowa Railway Contracting Company).
41 Iowa Railway Contracting Company, Legal Documents, 1861 – 1873
5 items
Documents include Corydon Winch’s contracts with the Iowa Railway Contracting Company and with Blair; a letter from Brown and Harper requesting payment for ties, a receipt for damages in the favor of Brown and Harper; and a land transfer. On Brown and Harper, see also Milo Smith (Box 1 folder 121).
42 Iowa Railway Contracting Company, William W. Walker Account Books, 1866 – 1869
23 items
Items include bound sets of statements and ledger sheets, compiled by Walker as General Agent.
43 Iowa Railway Contracting Company, Stockholders Mailing List, 1 December 1866
1 item
A list of those to whom the annual report should be mailed, indicating how many copies each person is to receive. Oakes Ames is to receive fifteen copies. Other recipients include Oliver Ames, Secretary of the Interior Orville H. Browning, and Charles E. Vail.
44 Iowa Railway Contracting Company, Subscriptions
1 item (undated)
A copy of a subscription for capital stock in the Third Division of the Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad.
45 Lackawanna and Bloomsburg Railroad, 7 October 1863
1 item
This memorandum advises Blair that the receipts from Messrs. Baldwin and company for the engine "Monitor" have arrived.
46 Lackawanna and Western Railroad, 1852 – 1853
5 items
Documents include a notice from Anthony Derby [?], secretary pro tem, of a stockholders meeting (1 Oct 1852); a notice from M.W. Scott, secretary, of a meeting of the Lackawanna Iron Works (7 Apr 1852); a notice from S.F. Mattes, secretary, of a meeting of the directors of the Delaware and Cobb’s Gap Railroad regarding a potential merger with the Lackawanna and Western Railroad (8 Apr 1853); a note from P.W. Turney, notary public located in the Metropolitan Bank Building (2 Aug 1853); and a rough draft of a letter to the Newark Daily regarding the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad.
47 Lackawanna Iron and Coal Company, 1850-1857
8 items
These documents include or involve notes drawn, coal pricing, purchases by Blair, bonds, and bills payable.
48 Lackawanna Iron Works
1 item, undated
This is a list of "general" and "special" partners, with "old" and "new" amounts of stock, marked "in holograph of John Insley Blair."
49 Coal Shipping Costs, 1857
1 item (copy)
A "statement showing the average difference in cost of getting coal from the mines in the Schuylkill and Middle Coal Field of the Lehigh Region to New York and Philadelphia during the season of 1857." It illustrates costs by canal and railroad, and is designed to show the advantage of shipping by the Reading Railroad.
50 Iron, 1862-1869
5 items
Documents include receipts for T-rails that the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad purchases from the Union Rolling Mill Company, and a contract in which Blair agrees to ship two hundred tons of St. Charles pig iron to Nathan Middleton of Philadelphia.
51 Lycoming Valley Iron Company, 1840-1841
2 items
William Henry writes to Blair for a certificate for John F. Wolle (26 Aug 1840). Wolle writes to Blair regarding the "Benitez [?] affair," an incident apparently involving stock (18 June 1841).
52 Morris and Essex Railroad vs. Warren Railroad
1 item, undated
An injunction against the Warren Railroad for violating its charter.
53 Morris and Essex, Freight Receipts, 1849-1852
3 items
Receipts for personal items and retail goods (one barrel of molasses, one barrel of sugar, nine boxes of glass, etc.)
54 Morris and Essex, List of Railroad Tariff Charges
1 item, undated
Charges for freight "between Dover and New York and intermediate places."
55 New Jersey, Hudson and Delaware Railroad, ca. 1867
1 item
Synopsis of the history of the railroad, 1832-1857.
56 New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad, 19 November 1882
1 item
This string-bound twenty-page document appears to be Blair’s handwritten notes from a business meeting.
57 Railroad Company Proposal, 1850-1851
3 items
These items concern the formation of a company to construct a railroad between New York and New Jersey. They consist of an invitation to the initial meeting, a blank right-of-way cession form, and a sworn statement affirming that a notice concerning railroad legislation appeared six times in the Sussex Register, a weekly newspaper published in Newton, New Jersey. The newspaper clipping is attached.
58 Senate Executive Document, No. 14, 39th Congress, 1st Session, 22 January 1866
1 item
"Letter of the Secretary of the Interior [James Harlan, to L.F.S. Foster, president of the U.S. Senate] communicating, in compliance with a resolution of the Senate of the 16th instant, copies of all documents, papers, and maps relating to the branch of the Union Pacific Railroad from Sioux City, Iowa," also known as the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad.
59 Sioux City and Pacific Railroad, Petition
1 item
This is a petition from citizens of Iowa, Nebraska, and Dakota Territory to the U.S. Congress requesting that the July 2, 1864 Act providing for the construction of a railroad beginning in Sioux City, Iowa and connecting with the Iowa branch of the Union Pacific not be tampered with.
60 Sioux City and Pacific Railroad, Legal Documents, 1864 – 1873
7 items
Documents include a construction contract, land contracts, the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad Company articles of incorporation, a list of directors of the railroad company who were elected in 1866, notice of a subscription book opening, and the minutes of a board of directors meeting.
61 Sioux City and Pacific Railroad, Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1866 – 1878
5 items
Correspondents include James M. McKinlay (Dubuque and Sioux City Railroad), D.E. Lorme (Springer Harbaugh, manufacturer of railroad iron); D.L Williams; W.K. Jesup and Company; and J.L. Worth (cashier, National Park Bank). Subjects include banking, stock, and "the new Dubuque Company" (4 Nov 1868).
62 Sioux City and Pacific Railroad, Receipts and Balance Sheets, 1865 – 1872
26 items
Documents include balance sheets on Blair, Vail, et al.; transactions of the Sioux City and Pacific Railroad with the Chicago and North Western Railroad; transactions of the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad; and dividends.
63 Sioux City Railway Contracting Company, Stockholders Ledger Book, 1868
1 item
Ledger book lists the investors in the company and the amount they own. This includes Oakes and Oliver Ames, John I. Blair, Roscoe Conkling, U.S. Congressman James G. Blaine, and Charles E. Vail. Blair and Ames own twice as much as any other investor.
64 Sussex Valley Railroad, 4 March 1868
1 item
Letter from inspectors to Marshall Hunt, Commissioner of the Railroad.
65 Stock Certificates, 1849 – 1851
13 items
Receipts for subscriptions to the Liggett’s Gap Railroad (7 Mar 1849), and to the Sussex and Warren Railroad (28 Mar 1851).
66 Warren Railroad, Legal Documents, ca. 1867
2 items
Documents include New Jersey Assembly, No. 29, "An Act to incorporate the Warren Railroad Company," and the appeal to the Supreme Court of New Jersey in the case of Warren Railroad vs. William A. Person, Belvidere tax collector, 1867.
67 Warren Railroad, Land Purchases, 1853
1 item
This bound volume contains brief annotations by Blair describing various contracts for railroad rights-of-way.
68 Warren Railroad, Correspondence, 1854
3 items
Letters deal with the following issues: H.H. Hemenover runs a notice in his paper regarding a bill to be introduced during the New Jersey State Legislature’s next session on behalf of Warren Railroad Company (8 Feb), nineteen members of the Pennsylvania Senate endorse John A. Gamble and James Burus as contractors (9 Mar), and W.R. and M. Sayre submit a bill for grading (18 Aug).
69 Warren Railroad, Correspondence, 1857
3 items
Letters deal with the following issues: John A. Sterns sends a blank right-of-way form, requests more correct forms, and discusses railroad building plans (28 Apr); Henry Miller writes to Blair requesting $45 reimbursement for the loss of his cow, which was killed by the Gravel Train on the Warren Railroad (8 Sept); and Patrick Mooney requests the loan of six shares of Warren Railroad stock for three or six months (4 Nov).
70 Warren Railroad, Receipts and Account Sheets, 1851 – 1859
37 items (includes one undated description of Wyckoff lands)
Items include a bill from the Sussex and Warren Railroad to Blair, proposals in 1853 and 1854 for construction of the Warren Railroad, a bill from Rutter and Dupuy for engines and boilers (1 Sept 1854), a computation of interest owed by Platt to Blair and the Belvidere Bank, assignment of debts, A. Wardling’s report of bridge damage (24 Jul 1856), accounting bills, construction bills, land use statements, railroad hardware bills, hauling bills, a "Table of Distance from Belvidere to points on the Warren Railroad" (Jul 1856); and an account of George W. and Selden T. Scranton, 1856 – 1859.

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