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McCall family papers, 1749-1942.

Family papers include correspondence and diaries of Ansel James McCall (1816-1898), lawyer from Bath, Steuben County, N.Y. Correspondence is for the most part with friends from Hamilton and Union College, including James F. Chamberlain, James S. McLaury, and Charles A. Loomis. Correspondence comments on Hamilton and Union Colleges, Democratic politics, plans for western colonization, the Anti-rent War, and other topics of contemporary interest. Early family documents include deeds and wills, and a diary and account book of Ancel McCall, father of Ansel James (d. 1815) concerning early years near Ovid and Bath, N.Y. Diaries of Ansel James McCall cover his years at college, various summer trips to the midwest and to Washington, a trip to California during the Gold Rush, and a trip to Europe in 1848. Other diaries include those of James McCall (son of Ansel J.) while a student at Cornell University in the 1880s; one of Sophia McCall (daughter of Ansel J.); one of James F. Chamberlain's visit to Lake Superior in 1855. There is also an undated history of the family by James McCall, uncle of Ansel J., written during the latter part of his life.

James Read papers, 1788-[ca. 1862], Box 7, 222b.

Correspondence and accounts relating to the Pulteney estate holding lands now mainly within Steuben, Yates, Ontario, and Wayne Counties, N.Y.; surveyor's sketches and indentures in Steuben County; daybook, 1802-1803; cash book, 1792-1795, and four letters of Charles Williamson; a list of deeds recorded of lands sold by Williamson, and thirty-three letters to him, 1792-1803; autograph letters of Robert Troup, Dugald Cameron, Joseph Fellows, and James Read; twelve page letter of accusation against Dugald Cameron, undated, unsigned; also, letters from Read's son, James, from Illinois Territory (1810) and California (1850).

Charles A. Loomis papers, 1806-1898, Box 8, 222c.

Diary (1806-1815) and a journal (1825) written by Chester Loomis includes comments on the War of 1812 and other current affairs and describes life in the midwest; copybooks of Benjamin Loomis, brother of Chester; and letters of Charles Loomis, including letters from Ansel J. McCall whom he appointed to handle his business affairs in the Steuben County area.

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