Richard Draper Douglass
Papers, 1853-1875

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Biographical Note:

Richard Draper Douglass was born in Westport, Essex County, New York, October 23, 1836, the youngest child of William Stewart Douglass (1798-1860) and Jane G. (Arthur) Douglass (1803-1842). Other family members (siblings) were: Ebenezer, Francis Arthur, William Henry, and Mary Jane. Richard studied at Phillips Academy, Exeter, New Hampshire; and Williston Seminary. He was a graduate of Amherst College (Class of 1860), and Bangor Theological Seminary (1863). As an agent of the U.S. Christian Commission, he served in Alabama, Tennessee, and Virginia before taking a position in the Commissary Department of the United States Army at City Point, Virginia, in early 1865, which position ended soon after the war was over. After a brief stint in business in Boston, Douglass became a special relief agent for the Brooklyn Children’s Aid Society (1867-1873) and general superintendent of the society (1873-1885). On September 13, 1864, Douglass married Mary Abbie Lawrence, daughter of Ephraim Appleton Lawrence. Richard Douglass died in Brooklyn, New York, April 2, 1885.

Ebenezer Douglass was born in Ticonderoga, Essex County, New York, on August 7, 1826. He was educated at Plattsburgh Academy, Amherst College (Class of 1851), and Bangor Theological Seminary (1851-1855). He was ordained at the Congregational Church in Old Town, Maine, in March 1855 and served the congregation from 1855 to 1860. Thereafter, he held pastorates at churches in Bridgewater, Massachusetts (1860 -1867), and Woonsocket, Rhode Island (1867-1873). He also served with the Christian Commission in 1864 and was superintendent of schools in Woonsocket during his years of ministry in the city. He was the United States Indian Agent at White Earth, Minnesota, from 1873 to 1875, and was in business in Anoka, Minnesota, from 1875 to 1877. He established employment offices in St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1880 and managed them until 1893. He died in Minneapolis on August 4, 1896.

Francis Arthur Douglass was born in Ticonderoga, New York, April 16, 1824. He studied at Franklin Academy, Plattsburgh, New York. Like Ebenezer, Francis (also known as Arthur) was a graduate of Amherst College (Class of 1851). He continued his studies at Newton Theological Seminary (1851-1854) and was ordained in Boston on October 15, 1854. He was a missionary of the American Baptist Missionary Union (A.B.M.U.) to the Telugu people in Nellore in the southern part of India from 1854 to 1866. After he returned to the United States, he traveled around giving lectures on missions for A.B.M.U. from 1866 to 1869. Thereafter, he took up pastorates in Piqua, Ohio (1869-1872); Lebanon, Ohio (1872-1874); and Cincinnati, Ohio (1875-1879). This was followed by a stint as agent and secretary of the American and Foreign Bible Society in New York City from 1879 to 1882. He returned to the pastoral ministry in 1882 at Middleton, New Jersey, and subsequently at White Plains, New York, from 1885 to 1888. He settled in Brooklyn, New York, where he died April 15, 1902. On July 13, 1854 Franklin married Anna C. Allen, daughter of Ira Allen, of Champlain, New York; the couple had nine children.

William Henry Douglass (1829-1866) appears to have settled in New York City and taken a position with a mercantile firm, Ives, Clarke, & Co. (later Ives, Willet & Co.), located at 52 Warren Street, which sold clothing and accessories. Later the firm relocated to 388 Broadway, operating under the name, Ives, Cunningham, & Douglass. Mary Jane Douglass (1833-1883) appears to have remained in Chazy (Clinton County), New York, where she and her brothers were apparently raised by their grandparents after their mother died.

Charles Brigham Ruggles, son of Brigham and Charlotte (Maynard) Ruggles, was born in Rutland, June 2, 1833. He was educated at Williston Seminary, Amherst College (Class of 1860), and Bangor Theological Seminary. He taught in Sag Harbor, New York, from 1862 to 1864, worked as an agent of Sanitary Commission in Kentucky and Tennessee from 1864 to 1865, and taught in Springfield, Ohio, from 1865 to 1867. Thereafter, he worked as an agent of Charles Scribner Co. (1867-1871); as a bookseller in Cincinnati (1871-1874); and as an agent for Scribner, Armstrong & Co. (1874-1878) and D. Appleton & Co. (1878-1890). He lived in Cleveland, Ohio, from 1881 to 1890, and was a manager of the Teacher’s Agency, Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1890 to 1896.  He married Caroline Webster of Fryeburg, Maine, August 18, 1864, and the couple had three children. He died in Cincinnati on January 31, 1896.

Scope and Content Note:

These papers consist chiefly of letters detailing the lives and careers of Richard Douglass and his siblings, Ebenezer, Arthur, and Mary, and his close friend and college classmate, Charles Brigham Ruggles.

The letters commence in 1853 and for much of the following decade the content relates chiefly to experiences of student life and academic studies, particularly at Amherst College, where most of the principal correspondents matriculated.  During this time Richard’s older brothers completed their seminary studies and subsequently embarked on their careers in Christian service and ministry.  Ebenezer wrote frequently about his experiences in the ministry while he pastored a church in Old Town, Maine, from 1855 to 1860. Meanwhile, Arthur had begun his 12-year stint as a missionary in Nellore, India, in 1854, which he details in his letter of March 6, 1861.

Richard Douglass received a number of letters from his father, William S. Douglass, who apparently resided in Mooers Forks (Clinton County), New York at the time.  The letters generally concerned personal and family matters.

Cataclysmic events brought on by the Civil War appear to have upended the lives and plans of Douglas and his friends soon after they graduated from Amherst College in 1860. During the Civil War, neither Douglass nor his brothers nor Douglass’s close friend, Charles B. Ruggles, served in the military, but they did serve in other capacities related to the war.  Richard and Ebenezer served with the Christian Commission, while Ruggles served with the Sanitary Commission. Their letters indicate they were keenly aware of military campaigns and related political and social issues of the war.

Many letters indicate that members of the Douglass family and their friends were sympathetic to the abolitionist movement as evidenced in the letter of Ebenezer Douglass on August 8, 1855: "Very many of our questions are on the Slavery Fugitive Law, Nebraska Bill, Present State of the Nation &c. Perhaps you w[oul]d call us ranting abolitionists, but we glory in the name & very many here are bound to agitate the question until the stars & stripes waves over only freemen … Slavery is the question for young & old, let it be debated everywhere possible …"

They were apparently quite pleased with the Emancipation Proclamation as noted in the letter of Charles Ruggles on January 3, 1863: "Hurrah for Emancipation the year of Jubilee has come at last - How do Washingtonians take it[.] New Yorkers were not half so set against it as I supposed. I believe the masses are up to it aside from the politicians." 

The letters also reveal that both Richard Douglass and Charles Ruggles, were members of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity while they were students at Amherst College.  Letters from Ruggles and other classmates detail fraternity activities and events. After they graduated in 1860, Ruggles continued to correspond frequently, first while a student at Bangor Theological Seminary, and subsequently, while teaching school in Sag Harbor, New York.  Letters from Ruggles become less frequent after mid-1863.

When Ebenezer DSeptember 26, 2017ed to correspond with Richard on a regular basis, with Ebenezer detailing his experiences in the ministry as well as personal and family matters. After he moved to Woonsocket, Rhode Island, in 1867, corrSeptember 26, 2017llection from Ebenezer, written at Minneapolis, Minnesota, on August 3, 1874, indicates he was no longer in the pastoral ministry.

Correspondence between Richard Douglass and other siblings was also less frequent in later years as well.  The latest letter from Arthur was written from Piqua, Ohio, in June 1871, in which he discusses family matters and his pastoral ministry in the local church.  From his sister, Mary, the latest letter was written in January 1871 from Chazy, New York, in regards to personal and family matters.

The papers also include a number of letters from other Douglass relatives and those of Richard’s wife, Mary Abbie Lawrence. Several letters were written by her brother, William A. Lawrence. These letters and other Lawrence family letters tend to be personal in nature.

Box and Folder List:


Box Folder Description
1 1 Letters to Richard D. Douglass, 1853-1854 (7 items)
  1. William H. Sanford, Thetford, January 15, 1853
  2. Henry [Douglass], New York, March 2, 1853
  3. John W. Partridge, Boylston, [Mass.], March 4, 1853
  4. [William] Douglass, Mooers Forks, [N.Y.], March 10, 1853
  5. Ebenezer [Douglass], Bangor, [Me.], November 28, 1853
  6. [Charles] B. Ruggles, Boylston Center, Mass., October 26, 1854
  7. [Charles] B. Ruggles, Williston Seminary, Easthampton, [Mass.], December 20, 1854
1 2 Letters to Richard D. Douglass, 1855 (14 items)
  1. Ira [?], Worcester, [Mass.], February 9, 1855
  2. [Charles B. Ruggles], Williston Seminary, February 21, 1855
  3. [Charles] B. Ruggles, Boylston Center, Mass., April 5, 1855
  4. Sarah Spalding, June 3, 1855
  5. [Charles] B. Ruggles, Williston Seminary, June 18, 1855
  6. Mary Douglass, Chazy, [N.Y.], June 18, 1855
  7. [Ebenezer] Douglass, Milltown, New Brunswick, August 8, 1855
  8. [Ebenezer] Douglass, Milltown, St. Stephens, N.B., August 15, 1855
  9. N.P. Kemp, Boston, [Mass.], September 6, 1855
  10. Ebenezer Douglass, Old Town, Me., September 7, 1855
  11. Ebenezer Douglass, [Old Town, Me.], September 15, 1855; with letter of J.E. Adams, North Boothbay, [Me.], September 12, 1855
  12. J.E. Adams, Milltown, [N.B.]. September 21, 1855
  13. Ebenezer Douglass, Old Town, Me., September 24, 1855
  14. Ebenezer Douglass, Old Town, Me., October 14 1855
1 3 Letters to Richard D. Douglass, 1856-1857 (15 items)
  1. Theresa O. Howland, Exeter, [N.H.], January 24, 1856
  2. [Edward Rowland] Sill, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, June 23, 1856
  3. [William] Douglass, Chazy, [N.Y.], September 16, 1856
  4. Mary Douglass, Chazy, [N.Y.], October 16, 1856
  5. Mary Douglass, Chazy, [N.Y.], October 25, 1856
  6. J.P. Kellogg, Amherst, [Mass.[, December 8, 1856
  7. Martin [?], [Shoreham?, Vt.], January 23 1857
  8. Molly [Mary Douglass], Chazy, [N.Y.], January 26, 1857
  9.  [William] Douglass, Chazy, [N.Y.], March 27, 1857; also includes note of Charles Ruggles, Amherst, [Mass.], April 1, [1857]
  10. N.P. Kemp, Boston, March 28, 1857
  11. [William] Douglass, Mooers Forks, [N.Y.], August 29, 1857
  12. [William] Douglass, Mooers Forks, [N.Y.], October 13, 1857
  13. C.B. Hill, Yale [College], November 4, 1857
  14. Sallie Ann [?], Ticonderoga, [N.Y.], November 8, 1857
  15. [William] Douglass, Mooers Forks, [N.Y.], November 19, 1857
1 4 Letters to Richard D. Douglass, 1858 (17 items)
  1. Charles Ruggles, [Boylston, Mass.], February 12, [1858]
  2. Charles Ruggles, Boylston Center, Mass., April 24, 1858
  3. Charles Ruggles, New Haven, June 3, 1858
  4. Elihu Smith, Sunderland, Mass., June 11, 1858
  5. H.S. Pratt, Easthampton, Mass., June 25, 1858
  6. Ebenezer Douglass, Old Town, Me., August 2, 1858
  7. Horace Binney, Amherst, [Mass.], August 11, 1858
  8. [William] Douglass, Scranton, [Pa.], August 12, 1858
  9. Charles B. Ruggles, [n.p.], [ca. August 1858?]
  10. Charles Ruggles, August 12, 1858
  11. Charles Ruggles, August 16, 1858
  12. Samuel A. Fitch, Delhi, [N.Y.?], September 5, 1858
  13. Charles Ruggles, [Boylston, Mass.], September 6, 1858
  14. Samuel J. Copley, Wellfleet, Mass., October 26, 1858
  15. [Edward] R. Sill, Cuyahoga Falls, [Ohio], November 8, 1858
  16. Charles B. Ruggles, near Amherst College, November 14, 1858
  17. [William] Douglass, Scranton, [Pa.], December 15,1858
1 5 Letters to Richard D. Douglass, 1859 (9 items)
  1. Benjamin Green, Sunderland, [Mass.], January 16, 1859
  2. [Edward] R. Sill, Yale [College], June 13, 1859
  3. Mary Douglass, Chazy, [N.Y.], [June] 29, 1859
  4. R.S. Storrs, Hartford, [Conn.], July 30, 1859
  5. Mary [Douglass], Hoboken, [N.J.], August 2, [1859]
  6. P.B. Day, Hollis, N.H., August 8, 1859
  7. [Edward] R. Sill, Windsor, [Conn.], August 24, 1859
  8. William S. Sanger, New York, October 1859
  9. [William Henry] Douglass, New York, November 18, 1859
1 6 Letters to Richard D. Douglass, 1860 (10 items)
  1. Rose [?], Westport,[N.Y.], January 17, 1860
  2. [Charles] Ruggles, February 10, [1860]
  3. J.B. Patton, La Fayette College, Easton, Pa., March 22, 1860
  4. Charles [Ruggles], Amherst College, April 3, [1860]
  5. Charles [Ruggles], Amherst College, April 6, 1860
  6. [Charles Ruggles], Ben Warmall room, [Amherst, Mass.], April 8, 1860
  7. Charles B. Ruggles, West Boylston, Mass., September 10, [1860]
  8. [Charles B. Ruggles], West Boylston, [Mass.], September 19, 1860
  9. C. Pennell, Amherst College, October 31, [1860]
  10. Alfred S. Haskins, Salem, [Me.], December 26, 1860
1 7 Letters to Richard D. Douglass, January-June 1861(18 items)
  1. Ira J. Allen, January 21, 1861, with note from Arthur and Anna Douglass
  2. Charles [Ruggles], Bridgewater, Mass., February 9, 1861
  3. Charles B. Ruggles, [Boylston, Mass.], February  18, 1861
  4. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., February 25, 1861
  5. Elijah Harmon, Amherst College, February 25, 1861
  6. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., February 26, 1861
  7. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., March 13, 1861
  8. Rose [?], Port Henry, [N.Y.], March 17, 1861
  9. Henry [Douglass], New York, March 25, 1861; on Ives, Clarke & Co. stationery
  10. Charles Ruggles, Boylston Center, Mass., March 26, 1861
  11. Susie O. Curtis, Garland, April 2, 1861
  12. John B. Thomson, Old Town, [Me.], April 16, 1861
  13. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., April 17, 1861
  14. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., May 20, 1861
  15. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., May 21, 1861
  16. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., May 24, 1861
  17. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., June 25,1861
  18. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., June 26, 1861

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Letters to Richard D. Douglass, July-December 1861 (19 items)

  1. Charles B. Ruggles, [Bangor Theological Seminary], July 4, [1861]
  2. Charles B. Ruggles, [Bangor Theological Seminary], July 12, 1861
  3. Charles B. Ruggles, [Bangor Theological Seminary], July 22, 1861
  4. Charles B. Ruggles, Bangor, [Me.], July 25, 1861
  5. C.H. Howard, Head Quarters, 3rd Brigade, Bishop Hill, July 26, 1861
  6. Charles B. Ruggles, Bangor, [Me.], July 30, 1861
  7. Charles B. Ruggles, [Boylston, Mass.], August 17, 1861
  8. [William Henry] Douglass, New York, August 24, 1861; on Ives, Clarke & Co. stationery)
  9. Henry [Douglass], New York, September 5, 1861; on Ives, Clarke & Co. stationery
  10. Charles B. Ruggles, Holden, [Mass.], September 25, 1861
  11. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., October 11, 1861
  12. Charles B. Ruggles, West Boylston, Mass., October 24, [1861]
  13. Charles B. Ruggles, Holden, [Mass.], October 28, [1861]
  14. Mary Douglass, Chazy, [N.Y.], November 1861
  15. Charles B. Ruggles, Boylston Center, Mass., November 14, 1861
  16. Charles B. Ruggles, Bangor, [Me.], December 17, 1861
  17. Charles B. Ruggles, [Bangor Theological Seminary], December 25, 1861
  18. Charles B. Ruggles, [Bangor Theological Seminary], December 30, 1861
  19. Charles B. Ruggles, Bangor Theological Seminary, [late 1861]
1 9 Letters to Richard D. Douglass, January-July 1862 (15 items)
  1. Mary Douglass, Chazy, [N.Y.], January 9, 1862
  2. Henry [Douglass], New York, February 8, 1862; on Ives, Clarke & Co. stationery
  3. Mary Douglass, Chazy, [N.Y.], February 24, 1862
  4. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], March 19, 1862
  5. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], April 6, 1862
  6. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], April 17, 1862
  7. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], April 24, 1862
  8. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], May 14, 1862
  9. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], May 27, 1862
  10. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., June 13, 1862, with attached note from Lawrence Douglass
  11. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., June 20, 1862
  12. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], June 22, [1862]
  13. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], July 2, 1862
  14. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], July 13, 1862
  15. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], July 16, 1862
1 10 Letters to Richard D. Douglass, August-December 1862 (21 items)
  1. George [?], Theological Seminary, Bangor, Me., August 1862
  2. George [?], Theological Seminary, Bangor, Me., September 3, 1862
  3. Mary Douglass, Chazy, [N.Y.], September 1862
  4. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], September 17, 1862
  5. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, [N.Y.], September 25, 1862
  6. H. Zoostoke, N. Boothbay, [Me.], September 28, 1862
  7. Henry [Douglass], New York, September 29, 1862; on Ives, Clarke & Co. stationery
  8. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., October 2, 1862
  9. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], October 5, 1862
  10. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, Long Island, [N.Y.], October 11 1862
  11. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, Long Island, [N.Y.], October 19, 1862
  12. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, Long Island, [N.Y.], October 26, 1862
  13. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, Long Island, [N.Y.], November 2, 1862
  14. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., November 3, 1862
  15. Mary Douglass, Chazy, [N.Y.], November 3, 1862
  16. Nellie [?], Sag Harbor, [N.Y.], November 25, [1862]
  17. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], November 25, 1862
  18. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], "Thanksgiving," [November 27, 1862]
  19. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], December 4, 1862
  20. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], December 23, [1862]
1 11 Letters to Richard D. Douglass, 1863 (22 items)
  1. Charles B. Ruggles, [Sag Harbor, L.I., N.Y.], January 2, 1863
  2. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., January 8, 1863
  3. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., January 15, 1863
  4. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], February 13, 1863
  5. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., March 6, 1863
  6. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], April 7, 1863
  7. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], April 26, 1863
  8. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], May 1, 1863
  9. George B. Buzelle, Dedham, Me., May 21, 1863
  10. George B. Buzelle, New York, June 13, 1863
  11. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], June 17, [1863]
  12. George [?]. Sag Harbor, N.Y., June 17, 1863
  13. Henry Douglass, New York, June 27, 1863 (Ives, White, & Co. stationary)
  14. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., July 1, 1863
  15. George B. Buzelle, West Northwood, N.Y., July 10, 1863
  16. George B. Buzelle, West Northwood, N.Y., July 19, 1863
  17. J.F. Dudley, St. Paul, Minn., July 20, 1863
  18. R. Follander, Portland, [Me.], July 22, 1863
  19. George B. Buzelle, West Northwood, N.Y., July 23, 1863
  20. Charles B. Ruggles, Sag Harbor, L.I., [N.Y.], July 23, 1863
  21. [Mary Lawrence], Pepperell, [Mass.], July 24, 1863
  22. George B. Buzelle, Rockland, [Me.], November 30, 1863
1 12 Letters to Richard D. Douglass, 1864-1867 (11 items)
  1. Mary Douglass, Chazy, [N.Y.], February 28, 1864
  2. Charles B. Ruggles, U.S. Christian Commission, City Point, Va., January 4, 1865
  3. E.R. Wheeler, Bermuda 100 [sic], Va., February 15, 1865
  4. Henry Douglass, New York, March 1, 1865, with attached invoice for clothing and accessories; on Ives, Cunningham, & Douglass stationery
  5. George B. Buzelle, Portland, [Me.], March 22 1866
  6. Ebenezer Douglass, Bridgewater, Mass., March 22, 1866
  7. Ebenezer Douglass, [Bridgewater, Mass.], April 23, 1866
  8. A.G. Douglass, Bridgewater, [Mass.], February 20, 1867
  9. H. Dussance, New Lebanon, N.Y., February 25, 1867
  10. Dwight [?], New York, April 18, 1867
  11. Ebenezer Douglass, Woonsocket, R.I., August 23, 1867
1 13 Letters to Richard D. Douglass, 1870-1875 (11 items)
  1. Clara R. Lawrence, Springfield, June 7, 1870
  2. Arthur Douglass, Piqua, [Ohio], June 21, 1870
  3. Sarah B. Lawrence, Pepperell, [Mass.], August 18, 1870
  4. Gilletta [Douglass], Westport, [N.Y.] August 18, 1870
  5. Pascal Smith, Red Wing, [Minn.], August 20, 1870
  6. Pascal Smith, Red Wing, [Minn.], September 3, 1870
  7. Mary Douglass, Chazy, [N.Y.], January 6, 1871
  8. Ebenezer Douglass, Woonsocket, R.I., January 18, 1871
  9. Ebenezer Douglass, White Earth, Minn., April 23, 1874
  10. Ebenezer Douglass, Minneapolis, Minn., August 3, 1874
  11. G.T. Clark, Brooklyn, N.Y., March 6, 1875
1 14 Letters to Richard D. Douglass – date could not be determined (4 items)
  1. Ebenezer Douglass, n.p., n.d.
  2. [Henry] Douglass, New York, April 18, [?]
  3. Will [William Lawrence], Amherst College, n.d.
  4. J.F. Spalding, East Hampton, [Mass.], n.d. with attached poem about Hartley Coleridge
1 15 Letters of Richard and [Francis] Arthur Douglass, 1859, 1861 (2 items)
  1. Richard D. Douglass to William S. Douglass, Sunderland, Mass., November 26, 1859
  2. Arthur Douglass to Richard D. and Mary J. Douglass, Nellore, India, March 8, 1861; multi-page letter detailing his work as a missionary in India
1 16 Letters of Ebenezer Douglass, 1854-1858 (3 items)
  1. Charles B. Ruggles, Williston Seminary, July 25, 1854
  2. Mary Douglass, West Haven, August 25, 1856
  3. To Charles B. Ruggles, Old Town, Me., November 10, 1858
1 17 Letters to Mary Douglass, 1861-1873 (4 items)
  1. [Aunt Sarah], South Hadley, [Mass.], September 1861
  2. Aunt Sarah, Northboro [sic], [Mass.], February 14, 1862
  3. Mary Frank Royer, Ticonderoga, [N.Y.], January 19, 1871
  4. R.N. Wright, Pepperell, [Mass.], January 1, 1873
1 18 Letters: William A. Lawrence to Mary Lawrence Douglass, 1865-1866 (5 items)
  1. New York, September 16, 1865
  2. Brooklyn, [N.Y.], July 3, 1866
  3. Brooklyn, [N.Y.], July 26, 1866 (2 letters)
  4. Brooklyn, [N.Y.], August 15, 1866
  5. Brooklyn, [N.Y.], August 23, 1866
1 19 Douglass-Lawrence family letters, 1864-1872 (9 items)
  1. Dwight [?], to Mollie [?], December 5, 1864
  2. Maddie [?], to sister, Gallipolis, [Ohio], July 1866 
  3. Maddie [?], to sister, Gallipolis, [Ohio], August 1866
  4. Maddie [?], to sister, Gallipolis, [Ohio], August, 5, 1866
  5. Herbert [?], to aunt, New York, August 29, 1870
  6. N.H. Remdale to L.M. Kirkby, Saratoga [Springs], [N.Y.], [October 2], 1870
  7. Charles W. Lawrence, to Robert Lawrence, November 10, 1872
  8. Mary [?] to [?], n.p., n.d.
  9. Unsigned, n.p. n.d. (2 items)
1 20 Miscellaneous, 1853-1870  (10 items)
  1. Academic report of Richard D. Douglass, Philips Exeter Academy, November 22, 1853
  2. Letter: Sprague & Root, to [Henry] Summers, Baltimore, [Md.], March 24, 1855
  3. Invoice: R.D. Douglass in account with American Tract Society, Boston, December 1855
  4. American Education Society, trial membership certificate to Richard D. Douglass, Boston, October 1856 (printed form)
  5. Receipt: R.D. Douglass, settlement of account with American Tract Society, [Boston, Mass.], April 4, 1859
  6. Certification of  Richard D. Douglass to teach in the public schools of Sunderland, Massachusetts, November 29, 1859
  7. Printed Circular: Opening of "select high school at Holden [Mass.] on Monday August 23, 1861."  C.B. Ruggles, Bangor, [Me.], July 23, 1861
  8. Letter: Pascal Smith to William Henry Douglass, Red Wing, Minn., February 28, 1870
  9. Receipt of payment of land tax from R.D. Douglass, Goodhue County Treasurer’s Office, Red Wing, Minn., August 20, 1870
  10. Draft of a speech, n.d.
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