Henry S. Randall
Papers, 1830-1885; bulk 1841-1861

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Quantity: 1 box (0.25 cubic ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Collation of single accessions 7324-7451;  items accessioned August 1925: source not indicated; Collated, April 1994
Processed By: Regina Berry, Student Assistant, State University of New York at Albany, September 2016

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Biographical Note:

Henry Stephens Randall, agriculturist, author, educator, politician and secretary of state for New York, was born May 3, 1811 at Brookfield, Madison County, New York.  The eldest child of Roswell and Harriet (Stephens) Randall, he was descended from John Randall, the Puritan ancestor who died in Rhode Island about 1685.  Henry Randall attended the Cortland and Geneva academies and graduated from Union College in 1830.  He practiced politics and studied law, passing the bar in 1834.

On February 4, 1834, he married Jane Rebecca Polhemus at Auburn, New York.  The couple had three sons and two daughters, three of whom survived their father. 

Henry S. Randall was deeply interested in the constitutional and political history of the United States and the political activity of his time.  He was a delegate to the national Democratic convention in 1835 and wrote articles for Democratic newspapers.  He was also interested in education, serving as Cortland County’s superintendent of schools from 1843 to 1847, and writing articles on educational subjects.  In 1851 he was elected secretary of state of New York, a post that included acting as superintendent of public instruction.  During his two-year tenure, 1852-1853, he helped create a separate state department of public instruction.  In 1871, he was elected to the New York State Legislature and served as chairman on the committee on public education.

At the same time, Randall was keenly interested in agriculture, especially sheep farming.  He published several books and numerous articles on agricultural subjects, including his much lauded article “Fine Wool Sheep Husbandry” in 1861.  He became corresponding secretary for the New York State Agricultural Society and is said to have proposed the idea for the New York State Fair.  His writings were widely read and cited.

The work Henry S. Randall is most noted for is his The Life of Thomas Jefferson, published in three volumes in 1858.  He was able to obtain the Jefferson family’s cooperation in this venture and had access to many family manuscripts and papers never before available.  This biography was the standard work on Thomas Jefferson for many years.

Henry S. Randall died at home in Cortland, New York, after a long illness on August 14, 1876, at the age of 66.  He is buried in Cortland Rural Cemetery in Cortland, alongside his wife who lived until 1903.

Scope and Content Note:

These papers consist chiefly of letters sent to Henry S. Randall.  The topics include agriculture, education, history, government, politics and publishing.  His list of correspondents reads like a “Who’s Who” of the mid-nineteenth century:

  • Henry Barnard (1811-1900), Rhode Island commissioner of public schools
  • Francis Wayland (1796-1865), president, Brown University
  • Horace Webster (1794-1871), educator
  • Ebenezer Emmons (1799-1863), geologist    
  • Edouard de Verneuil, (1805-1873), French paleontologist
  • James Hall (1811-1898), New York State paleontologist
  • John S. Skinner (1788-1851) agriculturist and publisher
  • Henry H. Van Dyck (1809-1888), journalist
  • Levi Starr Chatfield (1808-1884), politician
  • William J. McAlpine (1812-1890), engineer and politician
  • Joseph B. Varnum, Jr. (1818-1874), lawyer and politician
  • John Romeyn Brodhead (1814-1873), historian and scholar
  • Thomas G. Alvord (1810-1897), politician and lieutenant governor of New York
  • Rev. William B. Sprague (1795-1876), clergyman
  • T. Romeyn Beck (1791-1855), physician and writer
  • Edmund B. O’Callaghan (1797-1880), journalist and doctor
  • William Taylor (1791-1865), congressman
  • Edwin Croswell (1797-1871), kournalist

In 1852 and 1853, while he was secretary of state, Randall seems to have put together a list of influential gentlemen to whom he sent the offer of a gift of The Documentary History of the State of New York, by E. B. O’Callaghan, published in 1849.  Many of the letters to Randall from that time are letters of acknowledgment and thanks for the history, and in many cases is the only letter from that particular correspondent.

An interesting side note to these letters is that many of them refer to Randall’s interest in obtaining autographs from historic and important persons.  The letter written in 1885 by Mrs. Jane Randall to her son refers to having sold the autograph collection for $2000 (Folder 10, Item 6).

The collection also includes a few letters written by Henry Randall, either copies or drafts. There are also a few letters in his possession from and to other persons.  There are a number of newspaper clippings of Randall’s obituary as well as that of his son Henry P. Randall, who died in a carriage accident in 1872, at the age of 35.

Box and Folder List:


Folder Item Description
1   Biographical information on Henry S. Randall, mainly newspaper clippings on his career and on his death, and including newspaper notices on the death of his son Henry P. Randall in 1872
    Letters to Henry S. Randall, 1834-1845, from:
2 1 Ebenezer Mack, Ithaca,  [N.Y.], September 23, 1834, chiefly political (7350)
2 2 Ebenezer Mack, Albany,  [N.Y.], September 28, 1836, chiefly political (7350)
2 3 John A. Collier, Comptroller’s  Office, Albany, [N.Y.], September 30, 1841 (7431)
  4 Tho[ma]s Farrington, Oswego,  [N.Y.], October 9, 1841, requesting an address at the agricultural fair (7400)
2 5 Theodric Romeyn Beck, Albany,  [N.Y.], December 15, 1841, declining Randall’s request (7367)
2 6 Abbott Laurence, Boston,  [Mass.], December 20, 1841, chiefly political (14582)
2 7 Henry Colman,  Rochester, N.Y.,  February 7, 1842, declining the invitation to write an article on agriculture  (7386)
2 8 Samuel Young, Secretary’s  Office, Department of Common Schools, Albany, [N.Y.],  April 6, 1842 (7419)
2 9 Samuel Young,  Secretary’s Office, Department of Common Schools, Albany, [N.Y.], August 29, 1842, regarding qualifications for teachers (7419)
2 10 John Savage, Salem, [N.Y.], September 16, 1842, declining to report on local agriculture  (7440)
2 11 Henry Barnard, New Orleans,  [La.], March 19, 1843, concerning educational matters  (7354)
2 12 Gaylord Willis, Onondaga, [N.Y.], August 26, 1843, on agricultural and educational matters  (7396)
2 13 William Jarvis, Weathersfield [i.e., Wethersfield, [N.Y.], November 1, 1844, concerning the introduction of sheep breeds to the U.S. (7401)
2 14 E[benezer] Emmons, Albany, [N.Y.], August, 1844, regarding a visit and Randall’s sheep  (7364)
2 15 R. Campbell, Jr., [Rathbone?], Steuben County, N.Y., November 12, 1844, introducing a local farmer, Mr. Marshall  (7326)
2 16 E[benezer] Emmons, Albany, [N.Y.], January 30, 1845, asking for wool specimens from Randall’s flock  (7364)
2 17 Henry Barnard, Providence, [R.I.], March 12, 1845 (7354)
2 18 George W. Patterson, Barcelona, [N.Y.], September 15, 1845 (7424)
    Letters to Henry S. Randall, 1846-1849, from:
3 1 James Hall, Albany, [N.Y], forwarding the circular of the Association of American Geologists and Naturalists, March 1, 1846 (7387)
3 2 E[benezer] Emmons, Albany, [N.Y.], April 22, 1846, regarding agricultural research and soil analysis (7364)
3 3 Benjamin G. Ferris, Ithaca, [N.Y.], April 25 and May 19, 1846, forwarding the address of Rev. Warren Day and discussing a specimen of Echinus (sea urchin) (7414)
3 4 E[benezer] Emmons, Albany, [N.Y.], June 3, 1846, discussing plans for the [American Quarterly] Journal [of Agriculture and Science] (7364)
3 5 Henry Barnard, Providence, [R.I.], June 27, 1846 (7354)
3 6 E[benezer] Emmons, [Albany, N.Y.], July 22, 1846, responding to an article of Randall’s (7364)
3 7 Ed[ouard] de Verneuil, [Paris, France], July 1, 1847, letter from the French geologist and paleontologist (7365)
3 8 M.[ichael] Tuomey, Union[?], Ala., August 19, 1847, list of Latin terms from a professor of mineralogy, geology and agriculture at the University of Alabama (7388)
3 9 E[benezer] Emmons, Albany, [N.Y.], August 25, 1847, discussing his work with fossils and sharing specimens (7364)
3 10 James Hall, Albany, [N.Y], December 4, 1847, discussing his work and Randall’s discoveries and international rivalry (7330)
3 11 E[benezer] Emmons, Albany, [N.Y.], January 1, 1848 (7364)
3 12 Ed[ouard] de Verneuil, Paris, [France], January 26, 1848 (7365)
3 13 Ed[ouard] de Verneuil, Paris, [France], March 26, 1848 (7365)
3 14 J[ohn] S. Skinner, Boston, Mass., March 2, 1848 (7337)
3 15 P. Dorsheimer,  Buffalo, [N.Y.], July 6, 1848 (7406)
3 16 H[enry] H. Van Dyck, Albany, [N.Y.], July 19, 1848 (7362)
3 17 H[enry] H. Van Dyck, Albany, [N.Y.], August 3, 1848 (7362)
3 18 John S. Skinner, Boston, [Mass.], September 30, 1848 (7337)
3 19 H[enry] H. Van Dyck, Albany, [N.Y.], December 19, 1848 (7362)
3 20 Henry Barnard, New York [N.Y.], January 19, 1849 (7354)
3 21 Ed[ouard] de Verneuil, [Paris, France], January 29, 1849 (7365)
3 22 H[enry] H. Van Dyck, Albany,  [N.Y.], February 2, 1849 (7362)
3 23 J[ohn] S. Skinner, February 14, 1849 (7337)
3 24 Ed[ouard] de Verneuil, Paris, [France], April 19, 1849 (7365)
3 25 Robert Denniston, Salisbury Mills, Orange Co., [N.Y.], July 3, 1849 (7379)
3 26 H[enry] H. Van Dyck, Saratoga, [N.Y.], July 19, 1849 (7362)
3 27 L[evi] S[tarr] Chatfield, Laurens, [N.Y.], October 22, 1849 (7327)
3 28 F[reeborn] G. Jewett, Buffalo, [N.Y.], October 14, 1849, chiefly political, mentions slavery  (7409)
3 29 Henry Barnard, Hartford, [Conn.], December 23, 1849 (7354)
    Letters to Henry S. Randall, 1850-1851, from:
4 1 Ed[ouard] de Verneuil, Paris, [France], August 5, 1850 (7365)
4 2 Thomas Eubanks, Commissioner of Patents, U.S. Patent Office, Washington, [D.C.], November 27, 1850, asking Randall to write an article for his next Patent Office Report (7420)
4 3 Ed[ouard] de Verneuil, Paris, [France], March 22, 1851 [?] (7365)
4 4 H[enry] H. Van Dyck, Albany, [N.Y.], May 12, 1851 (7362)
4 5 R. Campbell, Bath, [N.Y.], May 12, 1851 (7325)
4 6 John Tracy, Oxford, [N.Y.], June 23, 1851 (7410)
4 7 William J. McAlpine, Albany, [N.Y.], August 4, 1851,  recommending William Bradstreet as inspector superintendent of the enlargement of the Capitol  (7352)
4 8 Ed[ouard] de Verneuil, Paris, [France], September 3, 1851 (7365)
4 9 Benjamin Welch, Jr., Buffalo, [N.Y.], September 16, 1851 (7333)
4 10 J.C. Wright, Schenectady, [N.Y.], September 16, 1851 (7345)
4 11 A[zariah] C. Flagg, New York, [N.Y.], October 23, 1851 (7346)
4 12 N[athaniel] S. Benton, Little Falls, [N.Y.], November 24, 1851 (7412)
4 13 Frederick Follett, Canal Commissioners Office, State of New York, Albany, [N.Y.], November 25, 1851 (7355)
4 14 John A. Dix, New York, [N.Y.], December 5, 1851, marked “Private”; with a partial transcription (14952)
4 15 A[zariah] C. Flagg, New York, [N.Y.], December 6, 1851 (7346)
4 16 George W. Easton, Madison University, [Hamilton, N.Y.], December 8, 1851,  letter of congratulations on Randall’s election as secretary of state of New York (7425)
4 17 Archibald Campbell, Albany, [N.Y.], December 16, 1851 (7344)
    Letters to Henry S. Randall, 1852, from:
5 1 William Taylor, Manlius, [N.Y.], January 1, 1852, recommending Mr. Joseph Trowbridge of Syracuse for appointment as first assistant engineer on a division of the canal (7360)
5 2 John A. Dix, New York,  [N.Y.], January 2, 1852,  introducing Mr. Hutchins  (17781)
5 3 Rev. W[illiam] B. Sprague, January 4, 1852, letter of introduction for Charles Grier  (7353)
5 4 J[oseph] B. Varnum, Jr., [Albany, N.Y.], January 7, 1852 (7348)
5 5 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, [N.Y.], January 12, 1852 (7367)
5 6 Henry Barnard, Office of Superintendent of Common Schools, Hartford, Conn., January 25, 1852 (7354)
5 7 T[homas] G. Alvord, Salina, [N.Y.], January 27, 1852 (7347)
5 8 Joseph B. Varnum, Jr., [Albany, N.Y.], January 28, 1852 (7348)
5 9 A[ddison] Gardiner, Rochester, [N.Y.], February 1, 1852, recommending Mr. Gibbons  (7415)
5 10 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, [N.Y.], February 7, 1852, recommending William P. Morris (7367)
5 11 Nathaniel Jones, Senate Chamber, [Albany, N.Y.], February 10, 1852, in relation to the Natural History for the Newburgh Library (7329)
5 12 William Cassidy,  February 10, 1852,  recommending Mary Anne Cooney for admission to the Normal School  (7351)
5 13 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, [N.Y.], February 18, 1852,  notice of a meeting to consider the plan of the New York State University (7367)
5 14 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, [N.Y.], February 19, 1852, notice of a meeting of regents (7367)
5 15 James Smith and 7 others, Syracuse, N.Y., February 20, 1852,  from the Onondaga chiefs in relation to Normal School scholars (7448)
5 16 E[dwin] Croswell, Washington, [D.C.], March 8, 1852, regarding a printing contract (7349)
5 17 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, [Albany, N.Y.], March 15, 1852 (7367)
5 18 Sir I. Newton Parker, Pembroke, [N.Y.], March 16, 1852, regarding the education of Charles Doctor (7407)
5 19 Robert A. West, New York, [N.Y.], March 27, 1852 (7361)
5 20 Henry A. Washington, professor, Williamsburg, [N.Y.], March 30, 1852, on when he will probably publish the Jefferson papers (7332)
5 21 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, [N.Y.], April 12, 1852 (7367)
5 22 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, [N.Y.], April 15, 1852, in relation to books for St. Louis Law Library [sic] (7367)
5 23 Thomas G. Alvord, Syracuse, [N.Y.], April 21, 1852, in relation to bank deposits (7347)
5 24 George B. Butler, Manor of Fordham, N.Y., April 22, 1852, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7432)
5 25 G.H. Barstow, Nichols, [N.Y.], May 7, 1852 (7343)
5 26 Alvah Hunt, Greene, [N.Y.], May 19, 1852 (7390)
5 27 Henry A. Washington, professor, Williamsburg, [N.Y.], June 8, 1852, in regard to publication of Jefferson manuscript (7332)
5 28 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, [Albany, N.Y.], July, 1852 (7367)
5 29 G.H. Barstow, Nichols, [N.Y.], August 4, 1852 (7343)
5 30 Rev. William B. Sprague, Albany, [N.Y.], September 19, 1852 (7353)
5 31 Eliphalet Nott, Union College, [Schenectady, N.Y.], October 30, 1852, asking Randall to examine the charges brought against him (7447)
5 32 S.E. Church, Albion, [N.Y.], November 8, 1852, marked “Private” (15915)
5 33 J[ohn] R[omeyn] Brodhead, November 12, 1852 (7366)
5 34 Joseph B. Varnum, Jr., New York, [N.Y.], November 12, 1852 (7348)
5 35 Frederick Follett, Canal Commissioners Office, State of New York, Batavia, [N.Y.], November 16, 1852, asking for the official [election] canvass for the Cattaraugus Republican (7355)
5 36 Robert A. West, Office of Commercial Advertiser, New York, [N.Y.], November 23, 1852, asking for the official canvass for the [New York] Commercial Advertiser (7361)
5 37 J[ohn] R[omeyn] Brodhead, New York, [N.Y.], December 7, 1852 (7366)
5 38 E.B. O’Callaghan, December 8, 1852, in relation to “proofs” (7363)
5 39 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, N.Y., December 15, 1852 (7367)
5 40 William J. McAlpine, State Engineer and Surveyor’s Office, Albany, [N.Y.], December 28, 1852 (7352)
5 41 Thomas G. Alvord, Syracuse, [N.Y.], December 30, 1852, marked “Confidential” (7347)
5 42 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, N.Y., 1852, a list of foreign consuls and the number of [book or report] copies they should receive  (7367)
    Letters to Henry S. Randall, 1853, from:
6 1 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, N.Y., 1853 (7367)
6 2 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, N.Y., 1853 (7367)
6 3 J.H. Armsby, 1853 (7336)
6 4 J.H. Armsby, Albany, [N.Y.], February 4, 1853, in relation to the University papers (7336)
6 5 F[rancis] Wayland, Brown University, [Providence, R.I.], February 7, 1853 (7331)
6 6 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, N.Y., February 21, 1853, in regard to books (7367)
6 7 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, N.Y., February 21, 1853, in relation to the Brodhead documents (7367)
6 8 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, N.Y., March 1, 1853, in relation to the Normal School (7367)
6 9 William J. McAlpine, State Engineer and Surveyor’s Office, Albany, [N.Y.], March 5, 1853 (7352)
6 10 Rev. W[illiam] B. Sprague, May 31, 1853 (7353)
6 11 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, N.Y., June, 1853 (7367)
6 12 Rev. W[illiam] B. Sprague, June 8, 1853 (7353)
6 13 E.B. O’Callaghan, September 12, 1853, relative to burning of bank bills near his office (7363)
6 14 William H. Ludlow, Sayville, [N.Y.], October 3, 1853 (7328)
6 15 Chapman Biddle, Philadelphia, [Pa.], October 12, 1853 (7398)
6 16 A.J. Upson, professor, Hamilton College, Clinton, [N.Y.], October 24, 1853 (7418)
6 17 Nathaniel Jones, Newburgh, [N.Y.], October 27, 1853 (7329)
6 18 Charles J. Myers, Ogdensburgh [sic], [N.Y.], October 29, 1853 (7341)
6 19 John H. Griscom, New York, [N.Y.], October 31, 1853 (7381)
6 20 E.B. O’Callaghan, Albany, [N.Y.], November 1, 1853 (7363)
6 21 John S. Satterly, Setauket, [N.Y.], November 3, 1853 (7389)
6 22 J.N. Jackson, Schenectady, [N.Y.], November 7, 1853 (7340)
6 23 Bishop Benjamin T. Onderdonk, [New York, N.Y.], November 10, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7436)
6 24 Rev. Dr. Bethune, Brooklyn, [N.Y.], November 10, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7433)
6 25 William H. Ludlow, Sayville, [N.Y.], November 20, 1853 (7328)
6 26 Rev. James Kendall, Plymouth, Mass., November 20, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7443)
6 27 Thomas H. Benton, November 20, 1853, thanking Randall for his gift of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7382)
6 28 J[ohn] R[omeyn] Brodhead, New York, [N.Y.], November 22, 1853, relative to hiring Randall’s son; marked “Private and Confidential” (7366)
6 29 Samuel Coleman, New York, [N.Y.], November 22, 1853, discussing his son, the artist, Samuel Coleman, Jr. (7335)
6 30 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, November 23, 1853 (7367)
6 31 Dr. Alexander E. Hosack, New York, [N.Y.], November 25, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York  (7426)
6 32 Edward Bayard, New York, [N.Y.], November 25, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7408)
6 33 Charles Sedgewick, Lenox, [Mass.], November 26, 1853, thanking Randall for his offer of a copy of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7450)
6 34 James Wells, Hartford, Conn., November 26, 1853, thanking Randall for his gift of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7404)
6 35 Rev. A[ndrew] P. Peabody, Portsmouth, N.H., November 26, 1853, thanking Randall for his gift of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7380)
6 36 Rev. Leonard Withington, Newburyport, [Mass.], November 27, 1853, thanking Randall for his gift of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7445)
6 37 Mrs. G[ertrude] K[imber] Burleigh, wife of Charles C. Burleigh, Plainfield, [Conn.], November 27, 1853, thanking Randall for his gift of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7403)
6 38 James B. Whitcomb, Brooklyn, [N.Y.], November 28, 1853, thanking Randall for his gift of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7402)
6 39 Henry Onderdonk, Jr., Jamaica, L.I. [N.Y.], December 1, 1853, thanking Randall for his gift of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7324)
6 40 Josiah Randall, Philadelphia, [Pa.], December 1, 1853 (7430)
6 41 Horace Webster, New York, [N.Y.], December 2, 1853 (7438)
6 42 Daniel P. Tyler, Brooklyn, Conn., December 2, 1853, thanking Randall for his gift of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7394)
6 43 George Sharpe, Abingdon, Conn., December 3, 1853, thanking Randall for his gift of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7411)
6 44 H[iram] Denio, Utica, [N.Y], December 3, 1853, thanking Randall for volumes 3 and 4 of The Documentary History of the State of New York and expressing interest in his work on Thomas Jefferson (7391)
6 45 E.B. Bangs, December 5, 1853, thanking Randall for his gift of The Documentary History of the State of New York in honor of her husband (7451)
6 46 Henry Onderdonk, Jr., Jamaica, L.I., [N.Y.], December 14, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7324)
6 47 J[ohn] R[omeyn] Brodhead, New York, [N.Y.], December 15, 1853, marked “Private” (7366)
6 48 Dr. Thomas Hun, Albany, [N.Y.], December 16, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7434)
6 49 James McNaughton, Albany, [N.Y.], December 19, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7449)
6 50 A[gustus] Woodbury, Lowell, [Mass.], December 19, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7441)
6 51 Theophilus Parsons, professor, Cambridge, [Mass.], December 22, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7376)
6 52 Henry Anthony, Providence, [R.I.], December 22, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7405)
6 53 Isaac Ray, psychiatrist, Providence, [R.I.], December 23, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7444)
6 54 Rev. E[dward] B. Hall, Providence, [R.I.], December 23, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7442)
6 55 Thomas Hill, Waltham, Mass., December 23, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7423)
6 56 E.L. Sewell, Cohassett, [Mass.], December 24, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7399)
6 57 Nathaniel Hills, Newburyport, Mass., December 23, 1853, requesting a copy of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7413)
6 58 G.S. Clough, Auburn, [N.Y.], December 23, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7421)
6 59 C. Stetson, South Scituate, [Mass.], December 24, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7417)
6 60 Thomas Ramsay, New York, [N.Y.], December 27, 1853, regarding report of the common schools (7427)
6 61 J[ohn] R[omeyn] Brodhead, New York, [N.Y.], December 27, 1853 (7366)
6 62 J[ohn] R[omeyn] Brodhead, December 30, 1853, marked “Private” (7366)
6 63 J. N. Jackson, Schenectady, [N.Y.], December 31, 1853, acknowledging receipt of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7340)
6 64 Mrs. Sarah W. B. Wright, [1853?] (7339)
    Letters to Henry S. Randall, 1854-1855, from:
7 1 Mrs. Sarah W.B. Wright, January 8, 1854, a thank-you note (7339)
7 2 Samuel Coleman, New York, [N.Y.], January 19, 1854, asking about the Life of Jefferson (7335)
7 3 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, N.Y., January 26, 1854 (7367)
7 4 T[heodric] Romeyn Beck, Albany, N.Y., February 10, 1854 (7367)
7 5 E.W. Leavenworth, Secretary of State, Albany, N.Y., February 13, 1854 (7357)
7 6 E.W. Leavenworth, Secretary of State, Albany, N.Y., February 24, 1854 (7357)
7 7 J.C. Wright, [?] Alabama, March 22, 1854 (7345)
7 8 S[anford] E. Church, lieutenant governor, Albany, [N.Y.], March 12, 1854, 6p. (7371)
7 9 Benjamin Welch, Jr., Buffalo, [N.Y.], April 30, 1854 (7333)
7 10 Archibald Campbell, Albany, [N.Y.], June 14, 1854 (7344)
7 11 William Cassidy, Albany, [N.Y.], October 28, 1854 (7351)
7 12 Robert A. West, New York, [N.Y.], January 8, 1855, answering Randall’s questions about book publishing, 7p. (7361)
7 13 Rev. W[illiam] B. Sprague, February 1, 1855 (7353)
7 14 John Page, [?] Hanover Co., Va., February 17, 1855 (7439)
7 15 L[evi] S[tarr] Chatfield, New York, [N.Y.], March 8, 1855 (7327)
7 16 J.C. Wright, Schenectady, [N.Y.], March 15, 1855 (7345)
7 17 J[oseph] G. Cogswell, New York, [N.Y.], July 23, 1855, thanking Randall for his gift of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7435)
7 18 S.B. Woolworth, Normal School, [Albany, N.Y.], December 1, 1855 (7356)
7 19 S.B. Woolworth, Normal School, [Albany, N.Y.], December 4, 1855 (7356)
    Letters to Henry S. Randall, 1856-1864, from:
8 1 George Tucker, professor, Philadelphia, [Pa.], January 8, 1856, writing about Randall’s prospective biography of Thomas Jefferson (7392)
8 2 Charles H. Ruggles, Poughkeepsie, [N.Y.], January 29, 1856 (7393)
8 3 Lyman C. Draper, secretary, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wis., February 22, 1856, thanking Randall for his gift of The Documentary History of the State of New York (7334)
8 4 Lyman C. Draper, secretary, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wis., February 22, 1856, with an accompanying newspaper clipping (7334)
8 5 Samuel J. May, Syracuse, [N.Y.], April 21, 1856 (7437)
8 6 A.R. Allen, New York, [N.Y.], April 24, 1856 (7395)
8 7 F[rancis] Wayland, Brown University, [Providence, R.I.], May 20, 1856 (7331)
8 8 S[amuel] S. Randall, Stepney, Conn., July 26, 1856 (7446)
8 9 Mr. Hamilton, Saratoga Springs, [N.Y.], August 9, 1856, acknowledging receipt of the manuscript (7429)
8 10 J.N. Campbell, Albany, [N.Y.], December 30, 1856 (7422)
8 11 Samuel S. Randall, New York, [N.Y.], October 23, 1857, chiefly political; he was a cousin of Henry S. Randall (7446)
8 12 R[obert] Shelton Mackenzie, newspaperman, Philadelphia, [Pa.], December 23, 1857, giving his opinion of Randall’s Jefferson book (copy) (7385)
8 13 Robert A. West, New York, [N.Y.], January 6, 1858 (7361)
8 14 P.V. Daniel, Jr., Richmond [?], February 2, 1858 (7416)
8 15 Gideon J. Tucker, Secretary of State, Albany, N.Y., March 10, 1858 (7338)
8 16 Thomas C. Amory, Boston, [Mass.], March 16, 1858, regarding information for his intended work on his grandfather, Gov. James Sullivan (7342)
8 17 Thomas C. Amory, Boston, [Mass.], March 29, 1858 (7342)
8 18 John R[euben] Thompson, editor, Richmond, [Va.], June 14, 1858, requesting articles for his Southern Literary Messenger (7377)
8 19 Thomas C. Amory, Boston, [Mass.], July 7, 1858 (7342)
8 20 Robert A. West, editor of [New York] Commercial Advertiser, New York, [N.Y.], July 30, 1858, forwarding his review of Randall’s Life of Jefferson  (7361)
8 21 Thomas C. Amory, Boston, [Mass.], July 31, 1858 (7342)
8 22 Gideon J. Tucker, secretary of state, Albany, N.Y., November 10, 1858 (7338)
8 23 William W. Campbell, Cherry Valley, [N.Y.], January 18, 1859 (7370)
8 24 Rev. William B. Sprague, Albany, [N.Y.], February 19, 1859 (7353)
8 25 Theodore Sedgewick, New York, [N.Y.], February 21, 1859 (7373)
8 26 William Taylor, Manlius, [N.Y.], August 19, 1859, inviting Randall to give an address on sheep at an agricultural exhibition (7360)
8 27 E[dwin] Croswell, New York, [N.Y.], December 30, 1859, chiefly political (7349)
8 28 Rev. William B. Sprague, Albany, [N.Y.], February 8, 1860 (7353)
8 29 C.J. Ingersoll, Philadelphia, [Pa.], May 12, 1860 (7372)
8 30 William Taylor, Manlius, [N.Y.], June 13, 1860, inviting Randall to give an agricultural address (7360)
8 31 E[dwin] Croswell, New York, [N.Y.], September 27, 1860, advising Randall to accept the Cooper Institute nomination (7349)
8 32 E[dwin] Croswell, New York, [N.Y.], September 28, 1860, on the Cooper Institute nomination (7349)
8 33 J[ohn] F[rancis] H[amtramck], Claiborne, New York, [N.Y.], October 5, 1860, asking for materials for his “life and times of George Poindexter” (7378)
8 34 E[dwin] Croswell, New York, [N.Y.], December 12, 1860, chiefly political, explaining his course in the election (7349)
8 35 G[eorge]Wilkins Kendall, New Braunfels, [Tex.], December 25, 1860 (7375)
8 36 G[eorge] W[illiam] Clinton, Buffalo, [N.Y.], February 12, 1861 (7397)
8 37 Charles J. Myers, Albany, [N.Y.], May 25, 1861 (7341)
8 38 William Taylor, Manlius, [N.Y.], March 26, 1864 (7360)
    Letters from Henry S. Randall, 1844-1859, to:
9 1 Col. S. Young, January 1, 1844, copy of a letter discussing a possible educational appointment, with one attached page of notes (7358)
9 2 Draft of letter to Sir Charles Lyell, from the Office of Secretary of State, Albany, [N.Y.], October 15, 1852 (7358)
9 3 Draft (incomplete) of a letter apparently to a relation of Alexander Hamilton, in which he mentions writing his Life of Thomas Jefferson, December 12 [1852?] (7358)
9 4 E.W. Leavensworth, Secretary of State, [Albany, N.Y.], February 27, 1854 (copy) (7358)
9 5 Horace Greeley, March 17, 1858, copy of his answer to Horace Greeley’s letter of March 14th on Life of Jefferson (7358)
9 6 Horace Greeley, March 29, 1858 (copy) (7358)
9 7 Dr. E.B. O’Callaghan, Albany, [N.Y.], January 12, 1859 (7358)
9 8 [Geo?] Smith, n.d., discussing politics and autographs (7358)
    Other Letters, 1830-1885:
10 1 Basil Peters, to Justice McLean, Cincinnati, Ohio, May 24, 1830 (7428)
10 2 T.R. Beck to C. Van Benthuysen (printer), January 15, 1852 (7367)
10 3 Thomas La Fort, Homer, N.Y., to Governor Washington Hunt, Albany, N.Y., April 26, 1852, “Thomas LaFort son of A[?] LaFort (the Indian chief) asks the Gov. for assistance – and that we would educate him fully in normal school” (7384)
10 4 Job Johnson, Newberry, [S.C.], to William J. Duffie (agent for Randall’s Life of Jefferson), October 23, 1858, praising and discussing the book (7368)
10 5 L.S. Chatfield to W.H. Ludlow, n.d., recommending Mr. Samuel Jacobs (7326)
10 6 Jane Randall, wife of Henry S. Randall to her son Roswell [S. Randall], Norwich, [N.Y.], February 8, 1885, discussing the sale of the autograph collection and other family matters (7374)
    Miscellaneous Items
11 1 A handwritten biography of George Tucker and a list of his published works, along with a slip on which is the name N[athaniel] F[rancis] Cabell and the date August 13, 1858 (unnumbered)
11 2 A clipping from Harper’s New Monthly Magazine, publishing a letter, dated January 18, 1857, to Henry S. Randall from Lord Macaulay re: the publication of Randall’s biography of Thomas Jefferson (incomplete)
11 3 A handwritten note from Mrs. Tucker inviting Mr. Randall to dinner, n.d. (7369)
11 4 Facsimiles of a manuscript of Thomas Jefferson, n.d., 3 p. (7359)
11 5 Three brief notes from T.R. Beck to Henry S. Randall, n.d. (7367)
11 6 A certificate of election to the office of the governor, signed by Henry S. Randall, December 2, 1852 (4343)
11 7 Resolution of the University of the State of New York, by order of T. Romeyn Beck, January 13, 1853 (7367)
11 8 Circular to academies regarding appropriations for common school instruction, by order of T. Romeyn Beck, April 20, 1853 (7367)
11 9 Transparency of a letter to Henry S. Randall from T. Romeyn Beck regarding “Colonial Law Papers,” June 7, 1852; transparency was used April 1954 as part of an exhibit; original letter not in the collection (7367)
11 10 Typed note: “The Pennsylvania His’l Society, in one of its scrap-books, has a long review of Uncle Henry’s life of Jefferson from the Weekly Richmond Enquirer of the 20th of Jan’y 1858,” n.d. (unnumbered)
Last Updated: February 13, 2017