Guide to the Papers of Sylvester Blood, 1819 - 1865Manuscript MS-974

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Title:

Guide to the Papers of Sylvester Blood, 1819 - 1865

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-974

Collection Dates:

1819 - 1865

Size of Collection:

1 box ( .25 linear ft.)

Abstract:

The Papers of Sylvester Blood document Blood's personal life and financial affairs; materials include receipts, promissory notes, itemized bills, legal documents, and handwritten correspondence. The collection also documents Orford, NH, local history and business, and the significant role Lowell, MA, played in the economic and educational growth of many New Hampshire families.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Publication & Use

These materials may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.).

Introduction to the Collection

The Papers of Sylvester Blood consist of receipts and itemized receipts, promissory notes, and itemized bills (many of which document New Hampshire liquor sales), as well as folio deeds, guardianship papers of Cyrus Blood, and handwritten correspondences between Sylvester Blood and family and friends in Lowell, MA.

The papers document the personal life and financial affairs of Sylvester Blood, as well as Orford, NH local history and business, and the significant role Lowell, Massachusetts, played in the economic and educational growth of many New Hampshire families of the time.

Biography

Sylvester Blood was born in Orford, NH, on September 25, 1793. During his life, he served as a liquor agent and farmer in Grafton County, NH, and was married three times to a Tabitha Marston, Hannah Corlissa, and Fannie Beal, respectively. He had one daughter Louisa Webster (Blood) Powell and one son, George. He also cared for an orphaned nephew and charge, Cyrus Blood. Sylvester Blood died September 14, 1874, in Orford, NH.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1819-1872, undated

Receipts and itemized receipts, promissory notes, itemized bills, as well as folio deeds, certificates, guardianship papers, and handwritten correspondences between Sylvester Blood and family and friends in Lowell, MA.

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Letters to Lowell, MA: correspondence between Sylvester Blood (SB) , daughter Louisa W. Powell, son George Blood, and nephew Cyrus Blood, 1832-1855
  • Folder: 2, Handwritten letters, both personal and professional from friends and relatives, 1844-1872
  • Folder: 3, Correspondence, receipts, certificates, 1844-1853
  • Folder: 4, Legal papers: receipts, guardianship papers of Cyrus Blood, promissory notes, folio deeds, 1819-1863
  • Folder: 5, Receipts, 1820s: receipts, itemized receipts, itemized bills, 1819-1929
  • Folder: 6, Receipts, 1830s, 1830-1839
  • Folder: 7, Receipts, 1840s (1 of 2): includes itemized receipts, 1840-1849
  • Folder: 8, Receipts, 1840s (2 of 2): includes itemized receipts, 1840-1849
  • Folder: 9, Receipts, 1850s: includes itemized receipts (several from Lowell, MA), 1850-1859
  • Folder: 10, Receipts, 1860s, 1860-1863
  • Folder: 11, Blood/Longer financial papers: itemized bills, itemized receipts, 1832-1858
  • Folder: 12, Receipts: including itemized receipts, undated
  • Folder: 13, Receipts: itemized receipts for liquor, as well as several transportation receipts (Lowell, MA), 1846-1857

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