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Papers, 1913-1973

1 box

The William Bradley Papers were separated from the Dennis Clark Papers, MSS 37.  The contents are as follows:

Folder 1:  Magazine and journal articles concerning Irish independence, 1914, 1915, 1918-1919.

Folder 2:  Articles, 1920.

Folder 3:  Articles, 1921.

Folder 4:  Correspondence (photocopies), 1913-1916, n.d.

Folder 5:  News clippings, 1913-1916, 1919-1922, n.d.

Folder 6:  Notes from Dennis Clark.

Folder 7:  Promotional materials, 1915, 1919-1921, n.d.

Folder 8:  Resolutions of the Irish American Club, Philadelphia, 1913-1914.

Folder 9:  Speech by Padraig Pearse, 1914.

Folder 10:  Subscription and accounts, n.d.

Folder 11:  Correspondence (photocopies), 1971-1973, n.d.


Manuscript, n.d.

1 folder

Written for his grandchildren, the manuscript records Doyle's impressions and reminiscences of San Francisco between 1840 and 1850.

In English.


Papers, 1799-1821

Patrick Lynch was born in Dublin, Ireland ca. 1782.  After a four year imprisonment for his participation in the 1798 rebellion under the leadership of Lord Edward Fitzgerald, he was banished for refusing to swear allegiance to George III and came to the United States.  He established himself as a merchant in Bennington, Vermont with a friend, Thomas Trenor, who had also been banished.  In 1812 he married Charlotte Gray in Troy, New York.

Charlotte Gray Lynch was born in 1789, the daughter of Ebenezer Gray, who had been a Brigadier General from Connecticut during the American Revolution.  After their marriage, the Lynches settled in the Bennington area.  The couple had two children: Anne Charlotte, born ca. 1820, and Thomas Rawson.  Anne Charlotte grew up to become a published poet and well-known hostess in New York City's literary circles; in 1855 she married Professor Vincenzo Botta of the Free Academy (now City College of New York).

During the War of 1812 Patrick Lynch traded in buffalo skins; he appears to have served in the Army, possibly as topographer to General Swift.  After the war he seems to have been in some doubt as to his future course, but by 1818 he was traveling in search of a profitable business with which to support his family.  He considered work in a counting house, or managing a sugar plantation, and made a trip to Cuba shortly before his death to explore these options and make a decision.  Lynch died in 1819.  Charlotte Gray Lynch and her daughter eventually settled in New York City, where Charlotte Gray Lynch died in 1873.

This collection was acquired from a dealer in 1978 and was processed by Monique Bourque in November, 1990..

These papers document Patrick Lynch's travels and business dealings, and shed some light on his relationship with his wife and opinions on a variety of subjects including marriage and parental authority.  These papers are of interest in examining the attitudes of a first-generation middle-class immigrant in the early republic.

This collection consists of a small number of letters from Patrick Lynch to Charlotte Gray Lynch, parts of a journal kept by Lynch in the course of his travels in 1814, two letters to Charlotte Lynch from her brother in law (?), H.A. Fay, and three maps of Ireland, two of which were drawn by Patrick Lynch and one by Thomas Lynch.

All materials have been arranged chronologically, with maps placed after the correspondence and journal sheets.


Correspondence, 1908

1 page

In this letter to George E. Kirkpatrick of Philadelphia, Maguire inquires about a position as a watchman or usher.

In English.  Gift of Maxwell Whiteman.


Correspondence, 1774

1 page

A letter from Muir to and unidentified correspondence requests "a Taylor, is a good workman" but adds that "Mr. Calvert has an objection to an Irish man, therefore be pleased not to send one of that Nation."

In English.


Papers, 1950

1 folder

The collection contains correspondence and memorabilia relating to the fiftieth anniversary celebration of O'Donnell's ordination to the priesthood and his work in the Philadelphia area.  Included are biographical sketches and original songs about the Rev. O'Donnell.

In English.  Gift of St. Charles Seminary, Philadelphia.


Correspondence, 1818

2 pages

Recently arrived in the United States, Polin sends news of family and friends in Ireland to William Bennett of Mercer County (Pennsylvania?).  He also describes the political situation and "revolutionary spirit" in Ireland.

In English.  Gift of Thomas M. Fassett.