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STUART LETTERS of Robert and Elizabeth Sullivan Stuart and their Children 1819-1884. With an Undated Letter Prior to July 21, 1813. Introduction by Helen Stuart Mackay-Smith Marlatt. Two volumes.

np (privately printed) 1961 Photos, fold-out genealogy chart, cloth, top edges gilt, spine labels with gilt lettering, 1-578, 579-1050. Spot on one page, a few creased pages else very good. Scottish immigrant Robert Stuart came to America in 1807 & became a partner along with his uncle in John Jacob Astor's "Pacific Fur Company." Later he was a co-agent at Michilimackinac and remained there until he retired. In 1834 he purchased land in Detroit and build a home that was located at 396 E. Jefferson at Rivard. He invested largely in real estate, was a director of the old bank of Michigan and served as state treasurer in 1840, a position he held for a year. He was a ruling elder in the First Presbyterian Church. He died in 1848. The letters are mostly from Detroit with a few from family members stationed in Italy & Texas, visiting friends in Mackinac and family in New York. Contents: investments (bonds, railroad stock, real estate and who owed them money, etc.), weather, family news, Detroit goings-on. In Detroit, some of their neighbors were the Buell and Ledyard families; they went to parties at Lewis Cass' House, associated with other well known families such as Biddle, Farnsworth, Newberry, Larned, Bates, Trowbridge, Ferry, Sibley. Some of these people were involved in business dealings with the Stuarts. The letters mention buildings going up, property values rising fast, complaints about high taxes, paving Jefferson, fire destroying the Grand Circus Hotel, cholera epidemic, fine arts exhibit at Fireman's Hall, Dr. Cavalli's Natural History Museum on Franklin St., consecration of St. Paul's (Fort St.), Mrs. Cass' death and funeral, Marine Hospital on Jefferson & Mt. Elliott, scandals, 1861 4th of July celebration, etc. Mrs. Stuart died in 1866 and was buried in the family plot at Elmwood Cemetery.

Book Id: 96-6619

Price: $125.00

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