The Joseph Downs Collection of Manuscripts and Printed Ephemera
Henry Francis du Pont
5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware 19735
302-888-4600 or 800-448-3883
OVERVIEW OF THE COLLECTION
Creator: Du Pont family
Dates: 1685-1895, bulk 1840-1870
Acc. No.: [various – see detailed description; some items have only museum accession numbers]
Quantity: 0.75 cu. ft. (1 volume, 4 boxes)
Location: 35 I 1
The papers in this collection relate to several
members of the du Pont family of
Pierre Samuel du Pont (de Nemours was later added to
his name) was born in Paris in 1739, the only son of Samuel (a watchmaker) and
Anne Alexandrine de Montchanin du Pont.
At his mother’s insistence, he was well educated, but at age 14, his
father forced him to learn the watchmaker’s trade, in which Pierre Samuel was
not interested. When he was 23, he wrote
an essay on economics which was well-received by certain influential people,
and this led to his employment as the editor of a journal, a task more to his
liking than watch making, and eventually led to other employment. In 1766, he married Marie (Nicole Charlotte
Marie Louise) Le Dée. They had two sons:
Victor Marie (born in 1767) and Eleuthère Irènée (born in 1771). In the 1784, Marie Le Dée du Pont died; Pierre
Samuel married the widow Françoise Poivre in 1794. Pierre Samuel was elected to the Estates
General which met in 1789, but found life difficult under the new regime in
Victorine Elizabeth du Pont was born in France on August 30, 1792, the oldest child of Eleuthère Irènée and his wife Sophie Madeleine. In 1813, Victorine married Ferdinand Bauduy, the son of a business partner of E.I. Sadly, Ferdinand died within two months of the wedding, and Victorine returned to her parents’ home and never remarried. She taught at a Sunday school established for the children of mill workers and took over her mother’s house management duties after Sophie was badly injured as the result of an explosion at the powder mill. Victorine died in 1861.
Eleuthera du Pont was the fourth surviving child of Eleuthère
Irènée and Sophie Madeleine. She was
Evalina Gabrielle du Pont was another daughter of Eleuthère
Irènée and Sophie Madeleine, born in 1796.
She married James Antoine Bidermann, the son of one of the French
investors in the du Pont gunpowder mill.
Antoine had been sent by his father to check on his American investment,
stayed to work at the mill, and bought a nearby farm which he named
Henry du Pont, born in 1812, was the
next-to-youngest child of Eleuthère Irènée and Sophie Madeleine. He graduated from
Charles Irènée du Pont, the son of Victor Marie and
Gabrielle Josephine du Pont, was born in 1797.
His first wife was Dorcas
SCOPE AND CONTENT
The collection contains scrapbooks, a diary, letters, documents, and a few financial papers, related to several members of the du Pont family. The largest group of letters pertains to Ann Ridgely, wife of Charles Irènée du Pont. The letters include condolences to her on the deaths of her father and her husband, a Valentine poem, a record of some of the expenses of her daughter Amy’s wedding, letters from her to Charles about setting the date for their wedding, some Ridgely genealogy, letters from a granddaughter at boarding school, and some Ridgely family correspondence.
Also included in the collection are letters from
Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson to Pierre Samuel du Pont.
Several scrapbooks and other volumes are found in
the collection. Victorine du Pont Bauduy
collected poems in her album. Eleuthera
du Pont Smith collected drawings and poems from family and friends. The Marquis de Lafayette wrote in her album
when he visited the
The collection also contains a group of almost 200 receipted bills, most of which were sent to E.I. du Pont. These document purchases of textiles, china, glassware, shoes, jewelry, furniture, and other household goods. As well, there are bills from tailors and dressmakers and one doctor’s bill. One bill lists lumber being shipped from Cuba. A later addition to the collection is a leather document holder (acc. 13x123) which came with a label saying that it had been found in the desk of E. I. du Pont. A few items in the collection have no discernable connection to the du Pont family.
The papers are arranged in two series: I. Miscellaneous du Pont papers; and II. Ridgely-du Pont papers. Within each series, the papers are in chronological order.
LANGUAGE OF MATERIALS
The materials are in English and French.
RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS
Collection is open to the public. Copyright restrictions may apply.
Gifts from various sources. Accession 08x154 was transferred from the Museum.
Those documents with the accession number 04x84 were
found in the Downs stacks; they were possibly transferred from
Bauduy, Victorine du Pont, 1792-1861.
Bidermann, Evalina du Pont, 1796-1863.
Bidermann, James Antoine, 1790-1865.
Bidermann family – Portraits.
Binkes, Thomas, fl. 1685.
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852.
Du Pont, Ann Ridgely, 1815-1898.
Du Pont, Charles Irenee, 1797-1869.
Du Pont de Nemours, Pierre Samuel, 1739-1817.
Du Pont, Samuel, 1708-1775.
Du Pont, Samuel Francis, 1803-1865.
Du Pont family – Portraits.
Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790 – Correspondence.
Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804.
Houdon, Jean Antoine, 1741-1828.
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 – Correspondence.
Bonaparte, King of
Lafayette, Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert de Motier, Marquis de, 1754-1834.
L’Enfant, Pierre Charles, 1754-1825.
Monroe, James, 1758-1831.
Perry, Oliver Hazard, 1785-1819.
Smith, Eleuthera du Pont, 1806-1876.
Vanderlyn, John, 1775-1852.
E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company.
Cats in art.
Ceramic tableware – Prices.
Clothing and dress – Prices – 19th century.
Coffins – Prices.
Decedents’ estates –
Flowers – Specimens.
Furniture – Prices – 19th century.
Girls – Correspondence.
Glassware – Prices – 19th century.
House construction – Costs.
Shoes – Prices – 19th century.
Textile fabrics – Prices – 19th century.
Woolton Hall (Estate :
Letters of introduction.
DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE COLLECTION
Location: 35 I 1
Subseries A.: Volumes:
65x623 “Album,” Eleuthera du Pont
title on box: “Album and scrapbook of Eleuthera du Pont”
An album kept by Eleuthera
du Pont (Mrs. Thomas McKie Smith) from 1824-1858, including drawings and poems
contributed by Eleuthera’s family and friends.
(The poems may have been copied from other sources, but if so, the
original authors’ names are not recorded.)
Several members of the Smith family, including Thomas, contributed to
the album. Among the du Ponts may be
found the names Sophie, Victorine, Alexis I.,
On the second page is found
the signature of the Marquis de Lafayette, a friend of the du Pont family. He wrote “After having seen near half a
century ago the Banks of the
A number of loose items,
including sketches, prints, and an illustrated poem about three kittens who
lost their mittens, were removed from the album and are in a separate folder,
The album is also available on microfilm, Mic. 2827. An index to the names found in the volume is appended to this finding aid.
Folder 1: loose items from album of Eleuthera Smith, acc. 65x623
65x594 “Selections of Poetry,” Victorine E. du Pont, 1808 [information printed on cover]
A volume of poetry assembled by Victorine Elizabeth du Pont (Mrs. Ferdinand Bauduy). The volume includes poems by Goldsmith, Shakespeare, Gray, Mrs. Opie, and many others. A few of them are illustrated. The binding is not original to the volume.
[museum accession 61.1435]
Folder 3 (in oversize box):
03x156 “Flowers from
About the first third of
this album contains unidentified flowers, undoubtedly the ones collected by
Williamson. Flowers and leaves on the
remaining pages are usually marked with the date and place of collection and
the initials of the collector. They came
from such places as the home of RLP, Central Park, and the capitol grounds in
65x633.1-.3 scrapbook of pressed flowers, kept by unknown person, probably Evalina du Pont Bidermann, 1833
A small green volume
containing pressed flowers and leaves from trips to such places as West Point,
[museum accession 64.1757a-c]
65x694 “Diary for 1841…,” published by
Samuel M. Steward and Thomas, Cowperthwaite & Co.,
title on front cover changed to read “Diary for 1842”
Louisa Gerhard du Pont appears to have intended to use this diary in 1841, but for some reason did not. Her husband Henry used it in 1842, sometimes correcting the dates (so Tuesday became March 15 rather than March 16), but sometimes not. He recorded work on wood lots and farm fields, trips, dinners out, and weddings. There are no entries after April 20. On blank pages at the end of the volume are notes about crops of wheat, oats, orchard grass, and millet.
[museum accession 64.1624]
Subseries B: Letters and papers (in chronological order):
08x154.1 marriage certificate of Samuel du Pont and Anne de Montchanin [misspelled as Monchanin], May 19, 1737, also a photocopy [in French, on printed form] [museum no. 63.803]
08x154.2 birth and baptismal certificate for
Pierre Samuel du Pont, December 14, 1739, an extract from the Birth Register of
the city of
65x589 letter, Benjamin
received the letter sent by Comte Chreptowitz; enjoyed his book on the India Company and learned much from it; hopes to return to America the next summer and wishes he could take M. du Pont and M. Dubourg and their wives with him
55.770 letter, Benjamin Franklin,
thanks for introducing him to the Marquis d’Ecrammeville(?); Abraham Mansword’s Advice for His Countrymen is very good; asks if his copy of Ephemerides has been paid for; “Go on to do good with your enlighten’d pen….”
65x620 letter, Benjamin
M. Baudeau is bringing money to pay for Ephemerides; “You are doing a great deal of good to mankind….”
Ph 407 photocopy of a certificate signed by Stanislas Auguste, King of Poland, appointing Pierre Samuel du Pont a counselor of the Commission on Education of Poland, November 30, 1774
original is acc. 08x154.3, in oversize
65x676 a card identifying M. Dupont [sic] as a deputy to the French National Assembly for district de Nemours, Département de Seine et Marne.
(the card is printed on the back of a playing card, the four of spades)
[museum accession 58.2852]
04x84.217a-b Photostat of letter George
Washington, Mount Vernon, November 9, 1799, to P.S. Duponceau(?),
is looking forward to arrival of the du Pont de Nemours family; hopes he is finally retired from public life because wants to devote his time to his estate
55.9 Letter, I. U. Niemeurer(?), Elizabeth Town, N.J., Dec. 7, 1799, to Thomas Law, City of Washington
He had met Bureaux de Pusy, who was awaiting the arrival of the du Pont de Nemours family.
[De Pusy’s wife was the step-daughter of Pierre Samuel du Pont.]
Ph 1331 Records of the Bureau of Customs, Port of Newport, Inspector’s Book, 1800: “return of merchandise, household furniture, and baggage unladen” for Victor du Pont, Elethere Irenee [sic] du Pont, du Pont de Nemours, and others, January 7, 1800.
04x84.193a-b Letter, Pierre Charles L’Enfant, City of
is in dire straits –
waiting to see what Congress will do; corporation of City of
Folder 6b (in oversize box):
08x154.3 photocopy of a certificate signed by Stanislas Auguste, King of Poland, appointing Pierre Samuel du Pont a counselor of the Commission on Education of Poland, November 30, 1774, also a photocopy [in French] [museum acc. 63.804]
[note: photocopy is acc. Ph 407 in folder 6a)
Folder 7 (in oversize box):
65x588 Letter, A[lexander]
the right of foreigners to own land in the
[museum accession 59.807a; trex 2179]
65x622 Letter, Jas. Monroe,
Glad to hear
of their safe arrival in the
[trex 2223] [see also 04x84.198]
Folder 8 (in oversize box):
65x590 letter, Thomas
is sending du Pont letters for him to take with him to France – letters addressed to Kosciuzko, Holney(?), Madame de Corny, Mr. Short, and Chancellor Livingston; asks for du Pont’s help in reaching an agreement with France about Louisiana; wishes to maintain friendship with France; understands that Talleyrand is hostile to the U.S. because of the XYZ affair – please try to convince him that the U.S. is not hostile to him; deliver the letter to Livingston personally
[museum number 59.809a]
04x84.198 letter, James Monroe,
Thomas Jefferson has been authorized to adjust the payment due to Houdon for the statue of George Washington; still hopes that he will come visit
04x84.192 letter, Thomas Jefferson, no place, no date, to Mr. E. I. Dupont de Nemours, no place
Congratulates du Pont on the establishment of his gunpowder works – really good to have it in America; disappointed that it was not established in Virginia but “I acknowledge the great and increasing evil of Negro slavery [and the bad impression] it must make on the mind of one not accustomed to its presence”; foresees a violent end to slavery.
[The ink in this letter has run. It is possible that the letter is a forgery.]
Folder 9 (in oversize box):
04x84.194 note, John Vanderlyn,
has not been
able to attend “to this package of Mr. Stuart” – if doesn’t reach him at Bergen
Point, then will get it in
04x84.195 letter, John Vanderlyn,
took a recent trip to Washington but lack of time prevented him from visiting Dalmas; is getting ready to sail for Europe – plans to visit Paris and then Rome; has a commission from the “Society or Cabinet of Fine Arts” (of New York City) to collect casts of ancient sculptures and copies of famous paintings; will be happy to carry letters to France for him
70x99 letter, Victor Marie du Pont d.N.
is written in French and concerns the possibilities of business ventures in
55.755.1-.2 Two items fastened together:
.1 Printed document signed by Victor du
Pont (de Nemours) swearing that the attached account is correct,
.2 Account or shipping invoice for the
importation of 31 pipes of French brandy, imported by V. du Pont de Nemours
62x93.1 Letter, Jerome Bonaparte,
announces his marriage to Elizabeth Patterson [letter is in French]
62x93.2 Note, Jerome Bonaparte,
requests du Pont to give M. Meyronnet one hundred dollars
04x84.201 note, [William]
thanks Mason for forwarding the fine sample of cloth from the house of Messrs. Dupont, Bauduy & Co.; and extend his thanks to the company
back: Mr. Eustis, Secretary at War,
55.772 Letter, E. I, Dupont de Nemours
requests that Hancock send some woad seed and an order for gunpowder
Folder 12 (in oversize box):
letter of introduction for Mr. [James Antoine] Bidermann
letter of introduction for Mr. [James Antoine] Bidermann
04x84.197 note, Henry Clay,
received du Pont’s package and will deliver it; please save two dogs for him; the example of cloth which was sent him was not good enough to take to Europe, but found a better example in New York which he will take; respects to Mr. Bauduy
04x84.200 letter, General Thomas Cadwalader,
to go to
Ph 1207 typescript of letter,
Margeretta [Elizabeth Lammont du Pont], [
Tells her mother of the celebrations held by the Du Pont Company workmen when she and her new husband returned to Wilmington; have had many visitors and are expecting more; plans to be industrious and asks that mother and father continue to send her advice
(Margeretta and Alfred Victor du Pont had been married October 28, 1824.)
04x84.202 Note, Grant[?] Stone[?],
letter of introduction for Mr. A. Bidermann of E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co.; “We consider the house one of the most honorable and safe we know of and recommend Mr. B. to you as a gentleman worth of your attention.”
04x84.199 note, T. Crawford, [
encloses a ticket to an exhibition; regards to Mrs. Smith; ladies will not be admitted to the exhibit
Ph 1109 photograph of a letter,
Eleuthera D. Smith,
Writes about James Antoine Bidermann’s eye operation in Paris; had to distribute Evalina’s plants in the greenhouse at Winterthur to various family members; nephew Frank Smith had been ill of yellow fever; news about her cousins the Shubricks; other du Pont family news; mentions the war
[original letter at Hagley Museum Library; trex 4891]
Ph 1131 photocopy of a note, T.F.
Bayard, June 12, 1885, Department of State, Washington, to Colonel Henry
Algernon du Pont,
Requesting that du Pont allow Dr. Emmet to photograph some portraits in his collection
[original at Hagley Museum Library]
54.78 Valentine (or love poem) written
by James Johnson of
65x606 letter and envelope, Anna Brinckle, no place, no date, to Victorine du Pont Bauduy
explains the circumstances which led to an erroneous story about Anna’s sister Susan and brother Samuel being involved in a mock marriage, and an erroneous story about John (apparently another brother) and Mary Belin
65x690 note, unsigned, to “Dear Sister,” n.d., believed to be to a note to or from Sophie du Pont
requests recipe for making wax to rub tables
[this note was found in a
book given to Sophie M. du Pont by A. M. Cazenove on
Ph 487 Photostatic copies of a real estate
advertisement for the property “Woolton Hall,” residence of C.F. Griggs,
located on Philadelphia Turnpike north of
A note states that this is
the property that became known as
04x84.207a-f printed circular, E.J.[sic] Dupont de Nemours
concerning gunpowder testing and orange stain gunpowder; lists other types of gunpowder made by the company
04x84.209 printed notice about a presentation sword made for Commodore du Pont, ca.1862
69x207 “The Banks of the
The article mentions several
mills along the
[no number] “Angelica Collectanea,” information about
Victor du Pont in Angelica,
Folder 19: portraits
04x84.204 receipt, D. Huntington, New York,
04x84.205 watercolor sketch, portrait of a young woman, possibly Victorine Elizabeth du Pont Bauduy
04x84.206 recto: same sketch as 04x84.205
verso: pencil sketch of Oliver Hazard Perry
04x84.208 photo of a portrait of the Bidermann family, ca. 1795, reproduced in Winterthur Portfolio, vol. 1, p. 10
Folder 20: bills and receipts
04x84.1-.63 receipted bills for textiles, clothing, and shoes, 1806-1814 and n.d., most are addressed to E.I. du Pont
Folder 21: bills and receipts
04x84.64-.122 receipted bills for textiles, clothing, and shoes, 1815-1820, most are addressed to E.I. du Pont
Folder 22: bills and receipts
04x84.123-.191 receipted bills for furniture, household items (especially glassware and china), doctor’s bill, etc., 1806-1834 and n.d., most are addressed to E.I. du Pont
Folder 23: bills and receipts
Ph 1178 photocopy of a bill to
estate of P. S. Dupont [sic], from G. Whitelock,
Charges for a mahogany coffin
[original at Hagley Museum Library; trex 4953]
Ph 247 “Sundries to A. Bidermann for Goods
bought at his vendue,
Photocopy of a list of names and amounts owed by them
[originals of Ph 247-253 are at the Hagley Museum Library; all are trex 4134]
Ph 248 Bill to Mrs. V. E. Bauduy from A. Bidermann, for brass candlesticks, water buckets, tumblers, sugar bowl, sideboard, and coffee
Ph 249 Bill to Alfred du Pont from A. Bidermann for mahogany bureau, rush bottom chairs, chamber pot, and set of castors
Ph 250 Bill to Henry and Samuel F. du Pont for a pair of horses
Ph 251 Bill to Dr. Thos. M.K. Smith from A. Bidermann, for table, copper saucepans, Windsor chairs and an arm chair, toaster, dishes, stone jug
Ph 252 Bill to E.I. du Pont de Nemours
Ph 253 Bill to E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Co., from A. Bidermann, for same items listed in Ph 252
Folder 24: bills and receipts
Ph 1111 photographs of two bills to A. Bidermann, no date but ca. 1838, no name of sender
The bills are for building materials and for work on his house, including charges for digging the cellar and quarrying stone, and for such materials as a girder, joists, roof timbers, shingling lathes, plastering lathes, lintels, rails and banisters for main staircase, and two mantle pieces
[originals at Hagley Museum Library; trex 4893]
Ph 1110 photograph of a bill to A. Bidermann from William Edwards, 1842
Charges for painting Bidermann’s “country residence near Wilmington” (Winterthur), including glass and glazing, book cases, greenhouse, basement, front door, cellar windows, etc.
[original at Hagley Museum Library; trex 4892]
Folder 25: non-du Pont material
04x84.210 letter, George Fox, no place but postmarked
sends family news and writes out “an extract from the Herald,” about the wedding of Mr. F. and Miss M.
04x84.211 typescript of letter, Joseph Ball, Stratford by London, November 2, 1749, to Cousin Betty, i.e. Miss Elizabeth Washington, nigh the falls of Rappahannock, by favor of Major Lawrence Washington (Betty is addressed as cousin, but Ball signed as uncle)
is sending her a tea chest with spoons, strainer, tongs, green and bohea teas, and sugar; give love to family and friends
04x84.212a-b Photostat and typescript of
letter, Rawh. Downman, Westham,
the awaited shipment of tobacco has just arrived; sends instructions about whitewashing or papering house; plant a garden with vegetables and watermelons [lists specific vegetables he wants]; wife has been ill; please do necessary repairs to kitchen and outbuildings
04x84.213 note, Edw. Brien, Martick(?) Works,
please send a keg of brandy with L. Kirk
04x84.214 check drawn on Farmers Bank of
04x84.196 note, J[oseph]
dimensions of building at Bradley are 120 long, 20 broad, 10 high, and are to be thatched; the Duke does not wish to confine him to a precise plan
04x84.215 Joseph Pope,
glad to hear of Clark’s
prosperity; will Clark give his daughters a place to rest after their voyage
and By-Laws of the Union Fire Engine and Hose Company of the City of Lancaster,
instituted 1760. (
includes list of officers and members
13x123 Leather document case which is said to have been found in the desk of E. I. du Pont, possibly mid-19th century.
It is stamped Frs. Gaudelet Junr., No. 12 Aldermanbury, London. The individual pockets have labels indicating they held discountable notes, notes of 60 days, receipts for money lent, etc.
Given the English address, it is possible that rather than belonging to E. I. du Pont, this item was acquired by Henry Francis du Pont.
A conservation report is available.
Series II: Ridgely family and Charles I. du Pont papers
(note: unless otherwise noted, all these accession numbers begin with 80x249; trex 8487)
Folder 1 (in oversize box):
.1 Deed, executed on behalf of Charles,
Baron Baltimore, to Thomas Binkes of
[note: the red wax seal is disintegrating]
.2 Letter, James Thomson(?),
from Carlisle; Mr. Oliver’s marriage; examination of seniors at
R.B. [R. Bond], no place,
hopes the things sent by Mr. Wollen(?) arrived safely; mentions Battle of Trafalgar; looking forward to hearing of the safe arrival of Mrs. N.R.’s “little stranger” – hopes it will be a girl; wishes they lived closer to one another
04x84.203 Note, H.M. Ridgely,
thanks du Pont for the suit of black cloth made by his manufactory; was happy to be of service to the du Pont family
.4 pamphlet: “Address of the Philadelphia
Society for the Promotion of National Industry to the Citizens of the
.5a E. W. [Elizabeth Wright], no place, ,
to her sister Mrs. Ridgely [Sally Banning Ridgely, wife of Henry Moore Ridgely,
sorry about Helen [her daughter?] giving so much trouble; rumors about a duel between Vice-President John C. Calhoun and Secretary of War John Eaton on account of their wives; family news
.5b note, H.M. Ridgely,
about taking a deposition from Mr. Clayton regarding a suit between Mr. Brown and Mr. Randel
.6 Valentine poem sent by H.H.L. to Ann
.7 note, unsigned, sent to unnamed person, no date
Why wasn’t our appointment kept?
.8 letter, William Morris,
misses their afternoon visits; looks
forward to the excitement of court weeks in
[note: part of last page of letter is missing]
.9 note, M. Douglass, no place, no date, to Ann [Ridgely]
requests that she defer her proposed visit to the next day – the mantua maker is with her and so will not have a chance to talk
.10 letter, L.N.(?) Hall(?),
begs to be given a chance to repair their friendship
.12 letter, Ann Ridgely,
expresses her love for him and his children, knows she will find joy with him; appreciates his sisters’ kind letters; discusses wedding date
.11 two letters are stuck together: Ann [Ridgely], postmarked Dover, March 27, , to Charles I. du Pont, Wilmington; and
Mother [Ann Ridgely du Pont],
no place, September 14, 1891, to Amy [
letter, Ann to Charles: prefers to wait until May 10 to get married
letter, Mother to Amy: death of the
dog Quiz; what do Amy and her husband
.13 letter, Ann Ridgely,
looks forward to his upcoming visit but fears rain will postpone it; Sarah Black asked her to be a bridesmaid but at the same time berated Ann for setting her own wedding date for a time shortly after Sarah’s; Miss Lofland also wants her to be a bridesmaid, but hasn’t yet set the date of her wedding
.21 letter, Jos. Jones,
am sending him a volume about a
.26 note, from an unnamed sister [perhaps
Sophie du Pont], Rokeby, January 4, 1847, to Ann Ridgely du Pont,
you were sorely missed on New Year’s Day; hopes she is better
.27a letter, Ned [Edward Ridgely],
mother has been ill and father is still unwell; Willie has come to help nurse and sends her love; tells about Sunday school celebration; weather and mosquitoes unpleasant
.28 letter, Ann Ridgely du Pont,
father has died, but she knows he is happy in heaven
.29 letter, [Ann Ridgely du Pont],
please secure several copies of
newspapers with father’s death notice; she will go to
.30 letter, [Ann Ridgely du Pont,
grief over father’s death, but father faced death with no fear; she herself has been ill; news of family: sister Willie has a wonderful husband; Eugene is handsome and is a farmer; Edward is to study law; Henry married a wealthy woman; Nicholas is a minister; asked Captain Shubrick [whose wife was a du Pont] about a midshipman appointment for James [Helen’s son], but will need much political influence to obtain one – Captain du Pont and family friends in politics will be able to help
condolences on the death of Ann’s father; spent many happy days of her childhood visiting with her Ridgely relatives; asks Ann to come visit in October
.14 biographical note about Henry Moore Ridgely, no date [ca.1847]
born in Dover, August 6, 1779, son of Ann Moore and Dr. Charles Ridgely; graduated from Dickinson College; studied law with a cousin in Lancaster and was admitted to Delaware bar in 1802; fought a duel; married Sarah Banning on November 21, 1803; advanced in his profession; was also president of the Farmers Bank in Dover; served as Secretary of State for Delaware under several governors
.36 letter, Willie [Ridgely Johnson],
sorry to hear Ann is unwell – if weren’t married, would come be with her; her baby Henry is doing well; how are Ann’s children?
.31 letter, Nicholas Ridgely,
thanks her and Mr. du Pont for their help; plans to come visit her soon
.55 note, F.d.P.S. [Francis du Pont Shubrick], no place, no date [before 1850], to aunt Ann Ridgely du Pont, Louviers
thanks her for a present, her kindnesses, and her note
.18a-b note and envelope, Wm. H. Corse, Wilmington,
February 8, 1850, to Mary H. Ridgely,
the lady occupying her former home offers her $9 for the blinds – will she accept the offer?
[note: the envelope is postmarked March 16 and was probably not the original envelope for this note]
.19 letter, S.A. Corse,
the lady has paid for the blinds but did not want the looking glass; misses the Ridgely family – how are Harry and little Mary? The Corse family send greetings
.32 note, A. Lee, Ingleside,
sending along a religious book
.20a-b letter and envelope, R.A. Manship,
is sending her her things; reminiscences about 1850; church is finished and they are having a protracted meeting; Scot Manship sends a token to little Mary
[note: the envelope is postmarked
Feb. 9 and is addressed to Mary Ridgely in
.15 note, Jane Wythes, no place,
is returning the bed pan; hopes all the ill people in the Ridgely household are recovering
.16 note, Jane Wythes, no place, March 12, 1851, to Sister Ridgely, at Dr. Tilden’s(?), Buttonwood below 8th, South Side
am returning her cot; busy with care of children; husband plans to “take an appointment at conference” [probably a minister expecting to be appointed to a church during the next church conference]
.33 letter, S.A. Ridgely,
has a shopping commission for her: needs white flannel for a baby blanket and silk with which to embroider it; news of family; Mr. Tipple(?) died; thanks Mr. du Pont for letter of sympathy
.34 letter, Sister Mary [Ridgely],
about renting a house; will leave
.24 C.I. du Pont, no place,
hopes Charlie will have advantage of foreign travel; discusses the textile mill; government business; family doing well
.22 note, George L. Calley, no place,
about pasturing the sheep belonging to the recipient and S. Townsend on Calley’s farm
.35 letter, Sophie [du Pont],
had visit from Julia and Gabie; Mary
still unwell; news of Sarah Gilpin, Bella Davis, and others; Frank has gone to
.48 letter, James J. Barclay,
New Year greetings to her, her family, and the Bidermanns; inquires about her studies, especially ornithology; sends her a bird to identify [probably not a real bird – probably a bit of a joke going on here]; tell her father he can get his basket back when they see each other at the Athenaeum.
.23 letter, S[amuel] F[rancis] du Pont,
refers to Charles’ previous letters announcing Alexis’ death and Charles’ closing of his mill; S.F. has taken raw recruits and made good sailors out of them; mentions the recent capture of Canton by the British and French; discusses the opium trade
.59 note, S. F. du Pont, near
regrets that he is unable to accept the invitation to the laying of the cornerstone of the University of the South
.51 letter, [Ann Ridgely du Pont], no place, no date [ca.1862?], to Capt. Ammen(?)
Thanks for letter and sugar plums
sent to Molly and book for Amy; Harry would have loved to have had him along on
the trip to the
.53 confidential letter, Daniel Ammen, no place, no date [ca.1862?], to Ann Ridgely du Pont, Louviers
loves her daughter Amy and needs to know if she reciprocates his feelings; realizes the difficulties of their difference in age
.52 letter, Ann Ridgely du Pont, no place, no date [ca.1862?], to Capt. Ammen
thanks for photo but at present has none of her family to send in return; does not believe that Amy has any particular feelings for him – she is cordial to everyone; please come visit again when you return from sea
.25 account, Charles I. du Pont, guardian for [name and part of account has been cut off], 1866-1868
this account records income only, no expenses; money was received from the executor of the estate Victor du Pont, stock dividends, and bank account interest
.49 “The bill of my wedding, Amy E. du Pont,”
a bill from Robert Graves to Eugene du Pont for food for his wedding to cousin Amy du Pont; among the items supplied were lobster salad, chicken salad, oysters, brandy, ham, celery, croquettes, jelly, etc. (the wedding had taken place on July 5, 1866)
.38a-b letter with envelope, E.A. Gilpin,
letter of condolence on death of Charles Irènée du Pont
.39 Sarah B[lack] Young,
letter of condolence on death of Charles Irènée du Pont
.40 Ruth Anna,
letter of condolence on death of Charles Irènée du Pont
.41 copy of a memorial to Charles Irènée du
Pont from the Farmers Bank at
.42 letter, Alonzo Davis,
about a dispute over a boundary line
for property in
.43 letter, H[enry] Ridgely, no place, November 29, 1879, to sister [Ann Ridgely du Pont?]
about the dates their father served
as secretary of state for
.44 letter, Edw. S. Jones,
about Jones family genealogy; mentions a letter from Mr. Campbell
.45 letter, Ann Ridgely du Pont,
.46a-c invitation from Secretary of the Navy,
invitation to the unveiling of the statue of Rear Admiral Samuel Francis Du Pont, in Du Pont Circle, December 20, 1884; also a ticket that reads “admit bearer to stand”; and the envelope for the invitation
.47a-b letter with envelope, Williamina Porter,
birthday present for Willy arrived safely and is holding it for her return home; comments on several items – a book, silver, old letters [appear to be family items which have been sent to her]
.56 letter, granddaughter [Anne Ridgely du
Pont], c/o Miss S. Porter,
is very homesick at school but is sure she will like it; being away at school makes her appreciate her home more; music teacher is cross old man; has to go to different buildings for classes and meals and it will be cold in winter
[Anne Ridgely du Pont was the
.57 letter, Annie [du Pont],
will be going to New Haven with her roommate for Thanksgiving; tells her about private theatricals at the school the evening before; received a box of violets from home; on Sunday evenings, she and Miss Warner talk about Wilmington; hopes Mama is not overly tired from redecorating the house; sends love to family members and dogs
.60a-b letter with envelope, Lydia B. Harrington,
Secretary, Ladies Aid,
about an afghan which the society made to raise money at a sanitary fair and with the intention of presenting it to the state’s favorite hero (the note accompanied the afghan when it was presented to Admiral Du Pont);
with a later note: “This
afghan was left to Amy E. du Pont by her aunt Sophie M. du Pont,
[letter of September 14, 1891 would go here – it is stuck to another letter and is found as .11]
.50 printed invitation from Mr. and Mrs.
Eugene du Pont and Miss Amy du Pont, to a party on April 17, no year,
[Amy Elizabeth du Pont was born
.58 character analysis of Miss Amy du Pont, by Dr. George MacDonald, Wilmington, May 13, 1895
includes some questions from a Miss Post, but she is not identified
[this seems to have been a phrenology reading]
.27b letter, Ned [Edward Ridgely],
buried Aunt Ridgely the night before – misses her; discusses terms of aunt’s will; he plans to take a sea trip; might go to Lewes soon
.17a-b letter with envelope, Gussie, postmarked
sorry to hear of the death of Mollie’s uncle; knows she will turn to God for comfort
.37 note, Willie [Ridgely Johnson], no place, no date, to sister [Ann Ridgely du Pont]
“Come, our little boy can’t live one hour, do come, do come.”
.61 set of photograph proofs, a studio portrait of Henry Ridgely du Pont (who appears to be wearing a school uniform)
.62a article written for The Star: “The Slate-Roof House: An Historic Account of Penn’s
.62b article, appeared in Every Evening, ca. 1892: “The Judiciary of Delaware”
the article mentions Nicholas Ridgely (whose portrait was owned by Ann Ridgely du Pont)
.62c article, from Philadelphia Press, 1897, “Press Daily Recipes”
recipes for dessert with winter berries, sardines with sauce, cream puffs, oyster fritters, loin of veal, plus requests for certain recipes
Index of names found in acc. 65x623, Album of Eleuthera du Pont
B., T. B. 138
B., V. E. 22, 47, 69
Baedeker, K. 155
Barton, Benjamin S. (Dr.) 146
Bauduy, V. E. 16
Bellange, hte(?) 108
Bidermann, E. G. 5, 6
Bodmer, R. 144, 155
Bryant 61, 64
Bryant, W. C. 26
Buckhurst, Lord 135
C., A. 73
C., A. C. 71
C., C. B. 115
C., C. I. 81
C., L. A. 82
Cazenove, Antoine Charles 160?
Cazenove, L. A. 28
Cazenove, Paulina 84
Constance, Mary 94
dP., A. E. 43
dP. E. 30, 53, 125
dP., E. E. 123
dP., F. E. 129
dP., G. J. 97
dP., H.A. 145
dP, S.M. 94
Delmas, Chs. 136
Dickinson & Son 150, 159
Dodson, R. W. 147
Dorset, Earl of 135
du Pont, Alexis I. 131, 153
du Pont, D. M. 87
du Pont, H. A. 127
du Pont, H. E. 140
du Pont, S. F. 7
du Pont, Sophia 9
du Pont, Sophia M. 29
du Pont, Victor 135
du Pont de Nemours, [Pierre Samuel?] 134
Eleuthera 12, 79
Elliott, Jane E. 24
F., A. 146
Fox How 150, 159
G., E. 54
G., E. F. 80
G., Charlotte 110
G., I. 39
G., S. L. 57
G., W. F. 132
Grimshaw, Charlotte 24
H., Ann M. 79
H., F. 18, 98
Hammerstein, Chateau 155
Hemans 76, 84, 87, 112
Henry, the first 40
I., M. A. 117
Johnson, Anna G. 25
Jones, Sir William 55
Kosciusko 35, 139
(also spelled Koskiusco)
Koskiusco - see Kosciusko
L., A. P. 13, 21, 23, 47, 72
L., L. E. 66
L., P. S. 113
Lasinsky, J. A. 144, 155
Lawson, Oscar A. 154
Margaretta 11, 17, 33
Maxtock Priory 146
Percival 37, 69
Robin, Francois 134
Rogers, B. 154
S., B.? 103
S., C. 150, 159
S., E. 102, 103
S., E. B. 105
S., F. G. 121
S., M. R. 22
S., R. S. 108, 137
S., T. M. 2, 27, 106
Santander, P. 111
Sargent, Epes 132
Scott, Sir Walter 154
Shubrick, Julia S. 41
Simmons, M. E. 78
Smith, Clementina B. 91
Smith, Helen M. 20
Smith, Joanna 100
Smith, R. L. 152
Smith, Rebecca H. 19
Smith, Stephen Decatur 107
Smith, Thomas M. K. 62
Sophia 21, 89
Strong, George D. 139
Stuart, Mary 52
Waldie, Adam 154
William, Prince 40