Lewis S. Coryell papers

This collection of Coryell’s papers spans most of the nineteenth century and consists primarily of correspondence concerning state and national politics. Coryell’s correspondents are numerous and include A. Beaumont, Nicholas Biddle, John C. Calhoun, Simon Cameron, Stephen A. Douglas, George Miffli...

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Main Author: Coryell, Lewis S. 1788-1865. (Creator)
Collection:Lewis S. Coryell Papers
Collection Number:0151
Format: Manuscript
Language:English
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Physical Description: 1.0 Linear feet ; 5 boxes
Summary: This collection of Coryell’s papers spans most of the nineteenth century and consists primarily of correspondence concerning state and national politics. Coryell’s correspondents are numerous and include A. Beaumont, Nicholas Biddle, John C. Calhoun, Simon Cameron, Stephen A. Douglas, George Mifflin Dallas, John M. Forney, John Forsyth, Samuel D. Ingham, Sam Houston, Dixon H. Lewis, F.R. Shunk, J.D. Stiles, George Wolf, and W.S. Woodward. There are letters from James Buchanan, which contain comments on the outcome of the Civil War and criticism of the Lincoln administration. In other letters, party politics and political conventions are discussed, with emphasis placed on party support, as well as finding a candidate who would be agreeable to the North, South, and West. Coryell seems to have been an ardent Democrat, and an interesting letter to him dated 14 February 1862 complains of the attempts of abolitionists to use the war as a means to end slavery, a position with which Coryell probably concurred. Most of the letters in this collection appear to be of great substance, containing many ideas and opinions on current affairs and politics. There are also scattered letters pertaining to Coryell's lumber business at New Hope, as well as the construction of canals, railroads, and roads (mostly in Bucks County). The collection was once in six bound volumes. All the papers have been foldered in their original, roughly chronological order, and placed in five boxes (Box 5 contains former volumes 5 and 6). Boxes and folders are labeled by volume and page number. In box 5, there are a few letters dating from after Coryell’s death in 1865. These letters, bearing dates from 1866, 1867, and 1872 are written to antiquarian and collector John A. McAllister of Philadelphia. The connection between Coryell and McAllister is unclear, as is the reason why these few letters are in the collection.
The papers of Lewis S. Coryell, lumber dealer and political leader in Pennsylvania consist mostly of correspondence related to state and national politics. There are also some letters related to Coryell's lumber business at New Hope, Pennsylvania, as well as on the construction of canals, railroads, and roads.