[ARCHIVE] NEW YORK & RHODE ISLAND SOCIETY IN THE GILDED AGE; Collection of correspondence, financial records and social memorabilia

c. 1860-1900. Social memorabilia from over 1100 "at home" cards, black-bordered sympathy cards, invitations to various activities and those highly important dance cards (over 50). Financial records include many canceled checks, bills from the Grand Tour, nine check registers with nearly 600 check stubs (and a comparable number of deposit details) with a balance running frequently in four figures, two small expense registers, estate settlement details and more. Social correspondence includes over 450 items, some sent home from the Grand Tour, some family matters, etc.

Miss Abby and Miss Mildred Williams, daughters of Fielding Williams, lived in both Bristol, Rhode Island and New York City: 15 W. 22 Street. Descended from the Townes, Maclin, and Boyd families, these women where also associated through marriage to the Williams, Calhoun, Lyne, Lewis, Bullock, Johnson and Swepson families. Relatively affluent, the Misses Williams were able to make the European tour, participate in the Daughters of the Revolution, and receive invitations to events as well as to receive an abundance of the black-boardered sympathy cards so in vogue at the time. Special mention would be made about the many stamped envelopes in the collection and the "my card is full" dance cards.

Acquaintance include families: de Peystser, Ms. Westmorland Davis, Governor Brown of Rhode Island, Coit, Coles, Flanagan, Herreshoff, De Wolf, Haskell, Riker, Morgan, Jay, Van Cortlandt, Chisolm, Barclay, and many more. Item #2913

Price: $2,750.00

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