Series 1
Correspondence, 1749-1892
Box 1

Scope and Content Note

This series contains both the earliest and latest items in the collection; both items are part of a bound volume containing typescripts of correspondence for which the originals are not in the collection. The series provides information not only about William Henry Stiles's life but also about the affairs of the Stiles family. The earliest correspondence, beginning in 1749, concerns members of the Malbone family who were paternal ancestors of Eliza Mackay Stiles. These letters relate to life in New England and later in Georgia. Some items dated 1776 and 1777 have to do with difficulties the Malbone family experienced during the Revolutionary War. Included among these early letters is an accounting by John Malbone of his handling of Geoffrey Malbone's estate. There are a few other family letters from the 1790's. Following those are three letters from Vienna (ca. 1848) relating to the Stiles's stay there. The final item in the typescript volume is dated 1892 and refers to the originals of the typed letters and discusses family genealogy.

The remainder of the correspondence series deals more directly with the Stiles family and includes a few letters having to do with Joseph Stiles's business affairs. Most of the letters, however date from the mid-1830's and relate to the family and business affairs of William Henry Stiles. The series contains a long sequence of letters, ca. 1845-1855, from Stiles's brother, B.E. [Benjamin Edward]. Many of these letters discuss business arrangements and politics in detail. Other correspondents include Eliza Mackay Stiles, William Law, John and William Mackay as well as other members of the Stiles and Mackay families. Several letters written during the Civil War provide information about the wartime experiences of various family members including William Henry Stiles, William Henry Stiles, Jr., John Mackay and various members who remained at home. The correspondence from the 1870's pertains to the business affairs of William Henry Stiles, Jr. [See Series 6, Collected Materials on Microfilm, for related correspondence.]

William Henry Stiles's diplomatic dispatches from Austria address Secretary of State James Buchanan. During the time Stiles held the post of charge' d'affaires to Austria, he wrote frequently and in great detail about his observations and activities there. paid particular attention to the revolutionary events in Europe during 1848 and 1849. [See also Series 2, Diaries, Series 3, Writings, and Series 6, Collected Materials on Microfilm, for material having to do with Stiles's years in Europe.]

The correspondence series is arranged chronologically with some exceptions. The earliest and latest letters are in a bound volume of typed copies located at the beginning of the series. Copyflow copies of Department of Indian Affairs letters regarding Stiles's work with that agency and copies of two letters from William Henry Stiles to his brother, Joe, dated 1857 and 1859 are in an oversized folder. Due to their unique nature, the diplomatic dispatches are separately arranged in chronological order at the end of the series. A statistical report about production in Austria was originally attached to dispatch no. 5 and is now located in an oversized folder.

Scope and Content Note This series contains both the earliest and latest items in the collection; both items are part of a bound volume containing typescripts of correspondence for which the originals are not in the collection. The series provides information not only about William Henry Stiles's life but also about the affairs of the Stiles family. The earliest correspondence, beginning in 1749, concerns members of the Malbone family who were paternal ancestors of Eliza Mackay Stiles. These letters relate to life in New England and later in Georgia. Some items dated 1776 and 1777 have to do with difficulties the Malbone family experienced during the Revolutionary War. Included among these early letters is an accounting by John Malbone of his handling of Geoffrey Malbone's estate. There are a few other family letters from the 1790's. Following those are three letters from Vienna (ca. 1848) relating to the Stiles's stay there. The final item in the typescript volume is dated 1892 and refers to the originals of the typed letters and discusses family genealogy. The remainder of the correspondence series deals more directly with the Stiles family and includes a few letters having to do with Joseph Stiles's business affairs. Most of the letters, however date from the mid-1830's and relate to the family and business affairs of William Henry Stiles. The series contains a long sequence of letters, ca. 1845-1855, from Stiles's brother, B.E. [Benjamin Edward]. Many of these letters discuss business arrangements and politics in detail. Other correspondents include Eliza Mackay Stiles, William Law, John and William Mackay as well as other members of the Stiles and Mackay families. Several letters written during the Civil War provide information about the wartime experiences of various family members including William Henry Stiles, William Henry Stiles, Jr., John Mackay and various members who remained at home. The correspondence from the 1870's pertains to the business affairs of William Henry Stiles, Jr. [See Series 6, Collected Materials on Microfilm, for related correspondence.] William Henry Stiles's diplomatic dispatches from Austria address Secretary of State James Buchanan. During the time Stiles held the post of charge' d'affaires to Austria, he wrote frequently and in great detail about his observations and activities there. paid particular attention to the revolutionary events in Europe during 1848 and 1849. [See also Series 2, Diaries, Series 3, Writings, and Series 6, Collected Materials on Microfilm, for material having to do with Stiles's years in Europe.] The correspondence series is arranged chronologically with some exceptions. The earliest and latest letters are in a bound volume of typed copies located at the beginning of the series. Copyflow copies of Department of Indian Affairs letters regarding Stiles's work with that agency and copies of two letters from William Henry Stiles to his brother, Joe, dated 1857 and 1859 are in an oversized folder. Due to their unique nature, the diplomatic dispatches are separately arranged in chronological order at the end of the series. A statistical report about production in Austria was originally attached to dispatch no. 5 and is now located in an oversized folder.
Box Folder Content
1 1 Typescript [bound], 1747-1796, 1848, 1892
1 2 Correspondence, 1814-1815, 1818, 1825, 1836-1844
OP1 1 Dept. of Indian Affairs letters, 1836-1837; and family letters 1857, 1859 [copyflow]
1 3 Correspondence, 1845-1848
1 4 Correspondence, 1849-1850-
1 5 Correspondence, 1850-1852
1 6 Correspondence, 1853-1859
1 7 Correspondence, 1860-1869 [includes undated Civil War items]
1 8 Correspondence, 1870-1879 and undated
1 9 Correspondence, Undated
1 10 Correspondence, Fragments
1 11 Correspondence, Envelopes [separated prior to acquisition]
1 12 Austrian dispatches no. 1-4, 1845 May 9-November 8
1 13 Austrian dispatches no. 5, 1845 December 15
OP1 2 Statistical Report on Austria [separated from dispatch no. 5]
1 14 Austrian dispatches no. 6-15, 1846 January 12-1847 May 7
1 15 Austrian dispatches no. 16-22, 1847 June 8-1848 Feb 14
1 16 Letter book, 1841- 1865] [contains correspondence, 1841-1854 correspondence list, 1841-1853, 1864-1865 slave lists, 1863 and undated plantation records, 1863-1865]
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