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Diaries, 1799-1832, of Stephen Wanton Gould, concerned largely with meetings of the Society of Friends in and around Newport, R.I., but also mentioning the activities of his son John Stanton Gould and other family members and friends as well as several public events; extracts from the records of monthly meetings, 1676-1707, held by Rhode Island Quakers, copied and annotated by Gould; letters, 1862-1868, from John Stanton Gould to his daughter Mary (Gould) Baldwin, relating to the history and genealogy of the Goulds and the related Mott, Rodman, Stanton, and Wanton families, Gould's early life, his interest in the antislavery and temperance movements and in scientific agriculture, and other personal matters; journal, 1866-1869, showing Gould's interest in cattle diseases and grasses and in prison reform and other humanitarian aims and containing many references to his public life and his role in the founding of Cornell University; and microfilm copies of a typewritten copy of a diary, 1851-1862, kept by John Stanton Gould's second wife, Hannah Wright Gould (1819-1912), concerned largely with her life in Hudson, Columbia County, N.Y., and with reflections on religion; and Gould family genealogical charts and notes compiled by her granddaughter, Dorothy C. Abbott, including data on the related Atterbury, Bakewell, Gilpin, Gregg, Lawton, Newton, Parker, Rodman, Wanton, and Wright families.

Also, Hannah Wright GOuld diary (1851-1862) and Stephen Gould diary(1807-1809). Also, various and numerous legal documents.

Also, documents collected by a granddaughter of John Stanton and Hannah Wright Gould, these papers include a Radclyffe (Radcliffe) family indenture, and estate settlement documents and other papers (1687-1747) of the Dyer, Slocum, and Gould families of Newport, Rhode Island; a letter from Father Sebastien Rasles (Rale) concerning the Abnaki Indians and the Protestant missionary to the Indians, the Reverend Joseph Baxter; statistics on the population of Rhode Island together with the quantity of arms and ammunition in private hands, prepared by Governor Stephen Hopkins (1756); a letter (December 1764) to an unnamed person from Charles Bowler, collector of His Majesty's revenues in Newport, protesting Governor Hopkins' defense of the rights of the colonies; a compilation of silver prices from 1700 to 1764 "from the Boston Records," and a copy of a report (ca.1777) on the trial of the Rev. William Dodd at Old Bailey, London; a copy of a petition (October 1777) signed by John Townsend and Gideon Wanton and directed to Sir Peter Parker, admiral of the British navy, concerning their confinement on a prison ship in Newport Harbor; other Townsend family papers; an undated letter from Daniel Holloway, a Newport seafarer; also, printed copies of the Articles of the United Fire Club of Newport with signatures added (1783) and the act to incorporate Newport as a city (1784). Also, the journal (1812) of Thomas Wright, Mrs. Stoddard's great-grandfather, kept during his return to England.

Also, extensive correspondence and other papers (1824-1943) of the Goulds, Stoddards, and related families, including religious correspondence of Sarah Sherman (1832); letters to Julia E. Sanford (later Mrs. Goodwin Stoddard, Hannah Gould's mother-in-law) while she was a student at the Brooklyn Heights Seminary; and notes (1902) to Hannah on her engagement to Sanford; many travel letters, including those written (1901) by Hannah when she accompanied her parents, Benoni and Annie Gould Johnson, and her sister Hilda to Switzerland, England, and Scotland, one (ca.1901) from an American art student describing her living quarters, studies, and companions in Paris, and two (1902) from a college friend, Mary B. Lewis, on a tour of Japan and China, giving details of her excursion by mule litter to the Great Wall, others from Hannah and Sanford Stoddard from the British Isles (1911), from Hannah's aunt, Elizabeth Wright Gould Berry, and her cousin Harriet, written chiefly from Florence, Lausanne, and Munich (1913); approximately 100 "round robin" letters (1908-1920) written by former members of the White Lodge at Smith College, telling of their activities following graduation and presenting a cross section of opinions on such issues as woman suffrage and the position of women, the League of Nations, and progressive education and a record of their involvement in Red Cross work and food conservation during World War I and in social betterment groups.

"Round robin" letters include some from Anna Speck Thomson concerning her teaching at the Settlement School in Hindman, Kentucky, and at Oklahoma College for Women, Chickasha. Also, scattered estate settlement papers (1847-1906); correspondence (1919) between Sanford Stoddard and George P. McLean, Senator from Connecticut; bylaws, minutes, and memoranda (1925-1925) of the Bridgeport Committee for Mental Hygiene, the constitution and bylaws of the College Club of Bridgeport; and other typescript and printed items pertaining to Mrs. Stoddard's devotion to child training and welfare, literary studies, and other educational and civic matters; also, one letter (1943) from her cousin, Romyn Berry, concerning family history and current news, genealogical notes, and obituary clippings; and one box of photographs of friends and family members. Also, a series of pen and ink drawings by Hendrik Willem van Loon, in which he caricatures literary and historical figures.

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