Portsmouth Historical Society Collection – MS022*
Provenance: Placed on deposit by the Portsmouth Historical Society in July 1991. Also placed on deposit were the Portsmouth Historical Society Records (MS021), New Castle Bridge Association Records (MS024), Tredick and Brewster Family Papers (MS019), and the Portsmouth Historical Society Photograph Collection (P018).
Citation: Portsmouth Historical Society Collection, MS022, Portsmouth Athenaeum
Size: 10 Hollinger boxes (5 linear feet) and 22 oversized folders
Access: No restrictions
Processed by: Reprocessed by Susan Stowe Kindstedt in 2006. Original by Kevin Shupe and Carolyn Eastman in 1990.
The Portsmouth Historical Society was founded in 1917. The Society purchased the John Paul Jones House in 1920.
Correspondence, sermons, lectures, scrapbooks, diaries, business papers, music mss., deeds, school and maritime records, records of the jail and post office, and other materials, owned by the society (founded 1917), relating to Portsmouth, N.H. Includes records of various church and civic groups and papers of Edmund Roberts (1784-1836), merchant and diplomat, who served as special U.S. agent negotiating trade agreements with various East Asian countries. Persons represented include John Quincy Adams and members of the Badger, Boardman, Brockett, Deering, Fletcher, Folsom, Gains, Gooding, Harris, Kimball, Ladd, Langdon, Leavitt, Loud, Merserve, Moffatt, Odiorne, Peabody, Pepperrell, Sherburne, Thaxter, Walker, Webster, and Wheelwright families.
This collection was not organized into series as it represents many different unrelated individuals, organizations, and topics, given by separate donors to the Portsmouth Historical Society.
Folder 1 John Quincy Adams, letter to the Newburyport Lyceum, 1845
Folder 2 William Badger, receipts, 1806-1813
Folder 3 George and Joseph Banfield, deeds, 1725, 1762
Folder 4 Miss Mary B. Baury, music book, 1826 Labeled “Bradford”
Folder 5 Thomas Beck and Thomas Beck Jr., papers, 1790-1839
Folder 6 John H. Boardman, poem on Federal Fire Society members, ca. 1870
Folder 7 Dr. Joshua Brackett, estate inventory, ca. 1802
Folder 8 Nathaniel Burdean, apprenticeship to George Gains, 1763
Folder 9 Richard Champney, appointment as coroner, 1777
Folder 10 V. M. Coleman, arithmetic copy book, 1854
Folder 11 William M. Conant, Sons of Temperance certificate and business card, 1849
Folder 12 Caleb Currier, papers, 1820-1847
Including revenue service commissions, two letters from Caleb Currier to his daughter Caroline, and one letter to Caroline from her future husband, John Stewart.
Gift of Mrs. Alice Vaughan Johnson, Manchester, NH ca. 1969.
Biographical note: Currier was born in Portsmouth 2/19/1793 and died 7/21/1851, the son of Caleb and Alice (Hatch) Currier. He married Sarah Marden in 1814 and operated a silversmith business. He was commissioned a first lieutenant in the US Revenue service in 1830 and was given the command of the Revenue Cutter Madison in 1838.
Folder 13 Dartmouth township, receipt, meeting notice and power of attorney, 1773, 1783
Gift of Miss Grace W. Treadwell, Kittery Point, 1952, deframed 1991
Folder 14 Thomas Deering, typescript letters from the Wentworths, 1755-1774
Folder 15 Dunstable Singing School, subscription list, 1795
Folder 16 Ephemera, 1842-1946
Folder 17 Annie H. Drown (Ferree), remembrance book, 1857-1860
Folder 18 Samuel Fletcher, deeds, 1891
Folder 19 Ann E. Folsom, remembrance book, ca. 1835
Folder 20 Friendly Fire Society, record book, 1803-1818
Folder 1 Friendly Fire Society, record book, 1763-1803
Folder 2 Friendly Fire Society, letters, bills, and notices, 1816-1817
Folder 3 John Gains, deeds, 1827
Folder 4-31 Alfred Gooding, sermons, 1891-1909
Folder 1-26 Alfred Gooding, sermons, 1909-1926, n.d.
Folder 27-41 Alfred Gooding, lectures, 1881-1906
Folder 1-10 Alfred Gooding, lectures, 1909-1932
Folder 11-13 Alfred Gooding, scrapbooks, 1886-1927
Folder 1-2 Alfred Gooding, scrapbooks, 1920-1926
Folder 3 John H. Grace, Portsmouth Tercentenary papers and ephemera, 1919-1923
Folder 4 Grape Island, Native Conversion Statements, 1827
Folder 5-6 Thomas A. Harris Family, papers, 1807-1865
Folder 7 Charles A. Hazlett, letter from Ichabod Goodwin, 1865
Folder 8 James H. Head, draft notice, 1863
Folder 9 Morris Hobbs, Hampton Constable Receipts, 1696-1718
Folder 10 Wingate Ilsley, statement of war service, 1897
Folder 11 International Association of Machinists, record book, 1904-1907
Folder 12 Independent Order of Rechabites, Old Granite State Tent #238, record book, 1847-1850
Folder 1 Andras Julian, deeds, 1804, 1830
Folder 2-4 Israel Kimball, pocket diaries, 1855-1860
Folder 5 Israel Kimball, papers, 1853-1859
Folder 6 Kittery and Portsmouth, newspaper scrapbook, 1902
Folder 7 Luther A. Knight, indemnity, 1894
Folder 8 Samuel T. Ladd, papers, 1904-1948
Folder 9 Marquis de Lafayette, letter to Portsmouth committee, 1824
Folder 10 John Langdon, receipt, n.d.
Folder 11-16 Langdon Family, papers, 1714-1899
Folder 17 Samuel Lawrence, Epping deed, 1811
Folder 18 Gilman Levitt and John Stavers, Proprietors’ Burying Ground deed, 1838
Folder 19 Gen. Moses Leavitt, letter from Lt. Col. Clement Storer, 1798
Folder 20 Ballad Lewis, American Seaman Certificate, 1840
Folder 21 Thomas Lewis, N.H. Militia Orders, 1834-1835
Folder 22 Abraham Lincoln, telegram to Frank Fuller, 1861
Folder 1 Unidentified Loudon, NH merchant, account book, 1809-1813
Folder 2 Solomon Lowd, confession, ca. 1830
Folder 3 Waymouth Lydstrom, American Seaman Certificate, 1803
Folder 4 Clara Lynn, “Portsmouth By The Sea” song manuscripts and ephemera, 1920-1922
Folder 5 Nathaniel Meserve to Jotham Odiorne, deed, 1756
Folder 6 John Moffatt, receipt and deed, 1741, 1783
Folder 7 L. Moore, ephemera, 1891-1908
Folder 8 Miss Moses, reception and ball dance cards, 1898
Folder 9 John N. Moses, composition book and manuscripts, 1826-1836
Folder 10 Thomas P. Moses and Louisa Simes, sheet music, 18??
Folder 11 Mount Washington Summit House, stationary, 1879
Folder 12 NH Infantry, 13 th Regiment, reunion menu, 1887
Folder 13 NH Militia, military orders, 1771
Folder 14 North Parish, petition to call Rev. Samuel Langdon, 1746
Folder 15-16 North Parish Sacred Music Society, record book and papers, 1809-1823
Folder 1 Ethyl L. Oakes, essay, ca. 1950
Folder 2 Andrew P. Peabody, sermon, 1858
Folder 3 Stephen Pearse, memo book, A Journey to Lancaster, 1820
Folder 4 Daniel and John Peirce, letters from John Wentworth, 1763-1795
Folder 5 John and Mark W. Peirce, deeds, 1781-1811
Folder 6 William Pepperell, letter from Henry Barter, 1742
Folder 7 William Pepperell, letter to Edmond Quincy, 1743
Folder 8 William Pepperell, letter from Edmond Quincy Jr., 1752
Folder 9 William Pepperell, letter from Benning Wentworth, 1751
Folder 10 James Perkins, deeds, 1811-1846
Folder 11 Stephen Pickering, letter from Eliza Langdon, 1823
Folder 12 James H. Pierrepiont, lease and receipts, 1820-1839
Folder 13 Piscataqua Exchange Bank, notes, n.d.
Folder 14 Piscataqua Pioneers, lecture “Historic Spots at Kittery Point,” 1908
Folder 15 Piscataqua Pioneers, rubbing of the ship “Raleigh” monument, 1926
Folder 16 Portsmouth, autographs, 1786-1823
Folder 17 Portsmouth, bills of mortality, 1808-1811
Folder 18 Portsmouth, defense loan subscription, 1814
Folder 19 Portsmouth, jury selection, 1786
Folder 20 Portsmouth, notebook listing deaths, 1783-1787
Folder 21 Portsmouth, medical society and Alice Manning receipts, 1815-1832
Folder 22 Portsmouth, Return of the Sons and Daughters, 1853-1883
Folder 23 Portsmouth, water pipes location notebook, 1908
Folder 24 Portsmouth, Whig and Democrat Political Tickets, ca. 1850s
Folder 25 Portsmouth Boys Club, membership list, 1844
Folder 26 Portsmouth Chronicle, short story contest, scrapbook of published entries, 1907
Folder 27 Portsmouth High School, graduation programs, 1888-1919
Folder 28 Portsmouth Jail, record book, ca. 1764
Folder 29 Portsmouth Junior High, “Purple and Gold” newsletter, 1935
Folder 30 Portsmouth Mutual Fire Insurance Company, policies, 1849
Folder 31 Portsmouth Post Office, unclaimed letters register, 1886-1900
Folder 1 Portsmouth Universalist Church, quilt makers list and programs, 1852-1873
Folder 2 Portsmouth Whaling Company, meeting minutes book, 1832-1838
Folder 3 Profile House and Pemigewasset House, brochures, 1879
Folder 4 Albert Remick, recipe book, 18??
Folder 5 James Sheafe and Richard Salter, deeds, 1795-1816
Folder 6 Theodore Sheafe, citizenship certificate, 1816
Folder 7 John S. Sherburne, letter from Henry Sherburne, 1810
Folder 8 Sarah Sherburne to William Cario, lease, 1771-1776
Folder 9 James F. Shores, Journal of a trip to Richmond, Indiana, 1840
Folder 10 William Simes, agreement and deed, 1805, 1846
Folder 11 John Sloper to Samuel Oakes, deed, 1781
Folder 12 Andrew J. Stimson, Masonic membership lists and waiver, 1848-ca. 1889
Folder 13 Celia Thaxter, poems, 1892, n.d.
Folder 14 Nathaniel Tracy, estate of Margaret Emery hearing notice, 1789
Folder 15-21 Treadwell Family, papers, 1759-1798, ca. 1862-1918
Folder 22-23 U.S.S. Kearsarge, records, 1885-1886
Folder 1 Jonathan M. Sewell (1748-1808), poetry manuscripts, n.d. (compare to Athenaeum rare book accession 195)
Folder 2 United States, federal loans receipt and certificate, 1796-1798
Folder 3 David Urch, membership book for Soldiers and Sailors Historical and Benevolent Society, 1906
Folder 4 Mr. Walker, aid subscription, 1823
Folder 5 Stacy G. Walker, letter, 1875
Folder 6 Nathaniel Walker, watchman appointments, 1829-1830
Folder 7 Jonathan Warner to Ezekiel Pitman Jr., deed, 1795
Folder 8 Daniel Webster, letter to John Taylor, n.d.
Folder 9 Fanny Webster, Valedictorian Address, ca. 1864
Folder 10 Thomas M. Weeks, sale agreement for the Ship New Hampshire, 1865
Folder 11 John Wentworth, letter and receipt, 1789-1791
Folder 12 Mark Hunking Wentworth, deeds, 1729-1752
Folder 13 Jeremiah Wheelwright, estate papers, 1758-1773
Folder 14 Thomas Whidden and Caesar Whidden, agreement, 1801
Folder 15 Julia Van Ness Whipple, obsequies, 1903?
Folder 16 George Whitefield, letter to Mr. Pearce, 1747
Folder 17 William Wilson, deeds, 1838, 1861
Folder 18 Willard and Abigail Hall, Thomas and Elizabeth Hart, Mary Jackson, and Martha Marshall to John Edmunds, deed, 1751 (added to collection 8/1993)
Folder 19 Richard Elliot to Robert Ham, deed, 1810 (1817 copy)
Folder 20 Ship New Hampshire, customs document, 1864
Folder 21 Ephemera for Strawbery Banke and other historic houses in Portsmouth, includes Wentworth-by-the-Sea advertisement for 1947
Folder 22 Bound volume of music, n.d. (donor Willis #6)
Folder 23 Edward R. Parry, commission and pledge of abstinence, 1865
Folder 24 Sheet music by Clara Lynn, Portsmouth, 1922
Folder 25 Sheet music, 1914
Folder 26 William Marsden, letter to his parents in Portsmouth regarding an apprenticeship for his brother George, July 1828
Boxes 11,12 and 13 catalogued by Schuyler Seldon, 2013
John Sise Papers 1852-1877 arranged by subject
John Sise Business Papers
Box 11 Insurance
F1: Maritime Insurance Ships A-L
F2: Maritime Insurance Ships M-Z
F3: Ship Calcutta, Ship Fleetford, Ship Othello, ship Quickstep
F4: Ship Nestor log books, 1837-1840
F5: Ship Nestor log books, 1840-1843 and 1884-1885
F6: Other Maritime Insurance, misc. maritime correspondence,
J.E. Manning letters
F7: Other insurance 2 folders including Portsmouth Fire Dept.,
house, business and general property insurance
F8: Atkins and Steadman, Baring Brothers/Alcock, Boston
Earthenware Co., Briggs and Rogers
F10: French Wells Co., Plympton & Robertson, Trost, Herman
F11: Misc. crockery receipts, misc. crockery correspondence
**need to add crockery to folders
Box 12 F1: Business receipts, Meriden Cutlery Co. receipts, John
Stockell, grocer, receipts, misc. receipts, Portsmouth
vendors, misc. receipts, outside of Portsmouth
F2: Correspondence relating to birds, bank book, canceled
Miscellaneous Documents and Items
F3: Property history of John Paul Jones House
F4: Miscellaneous correspondence, 1803-1889
F5: Letters Celia Thaxter 1847, Joshua Wentworth 1886,
Kearsarge claim receipt
F6: Postcards of Portsmouth with transcriptions, early 1900s
F7: Family tree of Charles William North, Jr.
Box 13 Printed Materials
F1: Free Waltham Press newspaper, June 23, 1882. Book:
“Mr. Pearl’s Book on the Mind’ 1842, signed CM Brewster
F2: National Mechanics & Traders Bank calendar, 1909
F3: National Mechanics & Traders Bank calendar, 1910
F4: National Mechanics & Traders Bank calendar, 1914
F5: National Mechanics & Traders Bank calendar, 1915
F6: National Mechanics & Traders Bank calendar, 1916
F7: National Mechanics & Traders Bank calendar, 1919
F9: National Mechanics & Traders Bank advertisement, n.d.
F10:Book: ‘List of the Most Fashionable and Approved Country
Dances, Jigs, &c.’ , 1803. Signed: Charles E. Wentworth
F11: Book: ‘The Guardian in Two Volumes’ volume two, 1762.
Signed: Paul Jones’s Book October 20, 1797.
F12: Booklet ‘Brief History of the Isle of Shoals’, by Rev. E.
Victor Bigelow, 1923.
F13: Journal, author unknown. 1852-1885.
F14: ‘An Act for Forming and Regulating the Militia within the
State of New Hampshire’, 1787. Printed by Robert Gerrish.
F15: Plan of the Town of Stratham, 1793. Original & 4 copies.
F16: Howard Eugene Lathrop, two journals, 1920s.
F17: Alice Yeaton, two watercolor paintings, 1886, 1893. One
unrelated illustration “In the Garden”, n.d.
F18: Andrew Stinson: Portsmouth High School graduation
Flat Box 2
Folder 2 Edmund M. Brown, plot plan, 1835
Folder 3 William M. Conant, advertisement broadside, 1841
Folder 4 Annie Drown Ferree, music and marriage certificate, 1862, 1917, n.d.
Folder 5 William Laighton, military appointment, 1830
Folder 6 Joseph Langdon, diploma, 1783 (n.d. reprint)
Folder 7 John Moffatt, waste book, 1744-1745
Folder 8 Charles Peirce, proposal and subscription list for the Oracle of the Day, 1793
Folder 9 Portsmouth, deeds, 1810-1845
Folder 10 Portsmouth First Female School, students and grades broadside, 1827
Folder 11 Frederick W. Rogers, broadside of his excommunication, 1842
OV Box 5
Folder 14 Nathaniel Adams Estate to John Fisher, deed, 1774
William Conant, Rechabites membership certificate, 1848
Folder 15 Peter Coues Estate, account statements and deed, 1816-1823
Folder 16 Caleb Currier, certificate of appointment for the revenue cutter, 1830, 1838
Folder 17 Ephemera, 1842-1883
Folder 18 Friendly Fire Society, articles and membership lists, ca. 1795-1796, n.d.
Folder 19 Edith K. Harris, citizenship certificate, 1890
Folder 20 Samuel Lord, plan of land, 1846
Folder 21 Pembroke Academy, list of officers, instructors, and students broadside, 1824
Folder 22 Portsmouth, broadsides, 1815-1843
Folder 23 Portsmouth, list of vessels broadside, 1829
Folder 24 Stimson, Masons’ certificate and high school diploma, 1864, 1900
Folder 25 U.S.S. Kearsarge, logbook, 1885-1886
OV Box 6
Folder 1 Edmund Roberts, Siam Treaty Draft, 1833
Folder 2 Edmund Roberts, Muscat Treaty Draft, 1833
Folder 3 Edmund Roberts, Government Agent Authorization, 1832
Folder 4 Edmund Roberts, Citizenship certificate, 1806, 1835
OV Box 8
Charles Lidgett Ledger, 1677-79, 1684-87
Small Map Case
SM1 Thomas Leach to Thomas Winbolt, lease of Southgate, England property, 1812