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Edward Fitch papers

Identifier: VAULT-Ruggles-121


Correspondence between a young man seeking his way in the world and his aging father. Many of the father's letters refer to specific letters of the son. They tell about other children, including Luther Jr. (in California all during the period); son Andrew, apparently a physician in New York City (on Madison), Edwards marriage to Helen (of Chicago), their son Luther, etc. The son rarely fails to ask for clothing or money ($1000 to buy into a partnership. Abraham Lincoln sublet his house for a year for $90, when he went to Congress). The father tells his son that the son is extravagant, that he cannot send more money, etc. Yet he does send the money.


  • Creation: 1852-1856



0.1 Linear Feet (1 envelope)

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Organized into four series: I. 1852, Edward to Luther. II. 1856, Edward to Luther. III. 1852-1853, Luther to Edward. IV. 1856, Luther to Edward. Chronological arrangement.

Ownership and Custodial History

Forms part of the Rudy Lamont Ruggles Collection at the Newberry Library.

General Note

Luther Fitch, born in 1783 in Groton, Mass., attended Groton and graduated from Dartmouth College in 1807. He became a lawyer and was admitted to the bar in 1810, and a was a respected judge in Portland, Maine municipal court, 1825. (Cf. Willis, William, A history of the law, the courts, and the lawyers of Maine. Portland, Maine : Bailey & Noyes, 1863.).

General Note

Accompanied by typed register of letters and biographical information on Edward and Luther Fitch and a brief history of the Fitch family.

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Repository Details

Part of the The Newberry Library - Modern Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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