Box 3 - Papers, 1855-1857

Folder 62

1855 January - TD - Decision of the Kenton County Circuit Court (KY) in Thomas H. Porter vs. Henry Bruce, Jr. The court ruled in favor of Bruce.

Folder 63

9 January 1855 - ADS - Note of Woodson Morgan for $400.00 to be paid to Henry Bruce, Jr., on February 1, 1855. This appears to be the original noted in the document in Folder 64.

Folder 64

9 January 1855 - ADS - Promissory note for Woodson Morgan held by Henry Bruce, Jr. This document notes that it is a copy, and that the original document was given to Woodson Morgan.

Folder 65

22 March 1855 - TL - Henry Bruce, Sr. [Fleming Co., KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. Bruce, Sr. worries about his daughter Ellen Bruce Morgan and the Morgan finances. He also congratulates Bruce, Jr. and Pauline on joining the Baptist church. Original is believed to be housed in Virginia.

Folder 66

24 March 1855 - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY], to George S. Bruce. Copy of letter to his brother. Business dealings; no detail. Mentions the loss of his father-in-law, his daughter "Frank", and "two negro children" in the five years since they have lived in Covington. He is pleased, though, with the move to Covington, but advises George to remain where he is if he is, indeed, satisfied.

Folder 67

10 July 1855 - TD - Typed transcript of obituary of Henry Bruce, Sr.; origin of transcript is unknown, as is the paper in which it appeared.

Folder 68

24 September 1855 - ADS - Land deed between Henry Bruce, Jr., and Eli M. Bruce, in consideration of $1.00 for land in Vermillion County, Indiana.

Folder 69

19 October 1855 - ALS - Mary E. Bruce [Covington, KY] to Elen R. Teal [Mayslick, KY]. Concerned for her sister's husband's health pending their move to Illinois. Warns her to watch out for her children if they take a steamboat so that they do not fall overboard.

Folder 70

14 January 1856 - ADS - Statement of debts and assets of Henry Bruce, Jr., and Eli M. Bruce for their iron furnace in Vermillion County, Indiana.

Folder 71

30 May 1856 - ALS - Ellen Bruce Teal [Mount Hope, IL] to Mary E. Bruce [Covington, KY]. Description of her household management including gardening, raising chickens, and churning butter. Social news about church, school, and entertaining the president of the Male and Female College at Bloomington.

Folder 72

19 July 1856 - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY], to Eli M. Bruce [Vermillion County, IN?]. Business letter including information on debts, credits, interest, the possible sale of the business, and Henry's interest in selling his share in the business.

Folder 73

18 August 1856 - ALS - Eli M. Bruce [Indiana Furnace, IN] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Response to Henry's letter of August 14th [a copy of which is not extant]. An angry, but respectful response to Henry's action of selling his shares in the iron furnace business.

Folder 74

28 August 1856 - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY], to Eli M. Bruce [Vermillion County, IN?]. Angry letter from Henry regarding Eli's protest at his selling of his shares in the iron furnace business. Post script note about John August arriving that morning; with the supplies on hand, work on the bridge should begin immediately.

Folder 75

2 October 1856 - AN - Notes by Henry Bruce, Jr., on the initial work for the Covington and Cincinnati Suspension Bridge indicating date of excavation for the towers and when the first log was laid for the tower foundations.

Folder 76

4 November 1856 - ANS - Promissory note of John J. Morgan and Ellen Morgan to George W. Morgan for $60.00 due January 1, 1855.

Folder 77

5 January 1857 - ALS - George S. Bruce [Carlisle, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Complains of rheumatism in his arms. Notes on the general health of his wife Sabrina, their sister Ellen, and their mother. Inquires about the progress of the Covington and Cincinnati Suspension Bridge. Some financial questions included.

Folder 78

21 January 1857 - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY] to Eli M. Bruce [Indiana Furnace, IN]. Henry has chosen R. H. Ransom to arbitrate the disagreement between himself and Eli over the sale of the iron furnace business. Much interesting detail about the origin of the disagreement and the possible solution.

Folder 79

8 April 1857 - ALS - W. M. King [Shelbyville, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Business letter with much detailed information about the price of lots in Chicago, from where he has just returned. Mention of the city of Chicago creating a park and building a canal from the river to the lake very near the lots that are for sale.

Folder 80

11 April 1857 - ADS - Judgment of the Kenton County Circuit Court [Kentucky] for Henry Bruce, Jr., on a parcel of land [Lot No. 47] in Covington. Names mentioned in the suit: Louisa McGill [widow of John P. S. Woodward], Catherine Wise, Robert McGill, Anna B. McGill, Mary D. McGill, Fanny H. McGill, James T. McGill, John D. McGill [his children and heirs], and Theodore S. Wise. Deed is recorded in Kenton County Deed Book 29, page 415.

Folder 81

19 April 1857 - ALS - Henry C. Bruce [Lafayette, IN] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. News of Henry C. Bruce's business, the unusual snowy April weather, the health of the citizens, and the lack of new building due to a poor economy in the area.

Folder 82

18 May 1857 - ALS - Joseph and Harriet B. Dudley [Flemingsburg, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Joseph is inquiring about Henry seeing about getting good terms for the purchase of a steam engine to run a saw mill in his area. Harriet writes to her brother to inform him that Mrs. Lewis Summers was struck with a palsy on May 15th and died May 17th. Health of their own mother described as "feeble" with a bad appetite.

Folder 83

8 June 1857 - ALS - George S. Bruce [Carlisle, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Information about some timber land he had the opportunity to purchase while "out west" [probably Illinois]. Inquires whether Henry would like to join him in speculating in some Illinois land. He has contracted to build a house on his land in Tolono, Illinois. Asks about the progress of their bank charter and the progress of the Covington and Cincinnati Suspension Bridge. News of the deaths of Mrs. Lewis Summers, cousin Maria Johnson, Uncle Porter's George [a slave], Rice Campbell, and Mitchel Patton. Marriage of Lucinda Gallagher the day after her stepfather was buried. Information about the weather and wheat, corn, and oat crops.

Folder 84

19 June 1857 - DS - Tax bill to Henry Bruce, Jr., from the city of Covington, Kentucky. Of interest is the $1,200 value of the slaves and the total value of the estate is $21,525.

Folder 85

24 June 1857 - ALS - George G. Lowry [Fleming County, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Business information about hog and corn prices. Lowry is interested in some land in St. Louis [that Bruce has purchased ?]. Prospects for the wheat and corn crops. News of the birth of his daughter and the health of his wife, Nancy. Humorous notes about a possible wedding between two elderly people in his area.

Folder 86

18 July 1857 - ALS - George G. Lowry [Fleming County, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Health of Henry's mother-in-law, Mary, who was visiting; described as a severe pain in her head, now under control through a great deal of medicine. The condition does not appear serious even though she has apparently had a previous palsy attack. Wants to know what to do with her body should she die: "... the weather is now verry warm and will continue so for some time, she is quite flesh and would run into putrifaction allmost immediately after death, before we away out here in the country, could make any preparation for removal." Suggests that a metal coffin could be procured in Cincinnati.

Folder 87

27 July 1857 - ALS - Mary E. Bruce [Fleming County, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Reports the improvement of the health of her mother.. She thinks that another attack of "Paralisis" [probably a stroke] will kill her. Complains about the noisy condition of the house and wishes that it would cease so that the ill woman could recover properly. Mentions that Woodson Morgan and his family are leaving soon for Illinois and that they are having a sale tomorrow. Questions about pickling, canning, preserving, and the vegetable garden.

Folder 88

3 August 1857 - ALS - Mary E. Bruce [Fleming County, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. News about the improved health of her mother and that they will be coming to Covington by boat on Wednesday morning [August 5th]. Henry's mother has

Folder 89

21 September 1857 - ALS - George S. Bruce [Carlisle, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Financial concerns about his inability to get more money to cover his shares of stock in their new bank business.

Box 4 - Papers, 1858-June 1863

Folder 90

5 January 1858 - DS - Receipt to Henry Bruce, Jr., from John Lehman Confectionary [sic], Covington, Kentucky. Total bill of $20.95 for black cake, pound cake, basket of cakes, candy, ice cream, jelly, sardines, and oysters, which were delivered on January 1st.

Folder 91

30 April 1858 - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Uniontown, KY], to Pauline Bruce [Covington, KY]. Henry is on board the steamer, 'Diana', and describes the trip over the falls at Louisville. He visited Jim Porter (the "Celebrated Ky Giant") at Porter's grocery store in Louisville. At Louisville they take on a number of Presbyterian preachers traveling to a national assembly in New Orleans, among whom are Breckinridge and Rice. Mentions that he has been speaking with a young United States Navy lieutenant from the steam ship, 'Susquehena' {sp?}, which had yellow fever on board when it recently arrived in New York. The lieutenant has showed Henry pieces and parts of the Atlantic Telegraph Cable. The boat has stopped at Hawesville, Evansville, Owensboro, and Paducah.

Folder 92

12 July 1858 - ALS - E. R. Phillips [Maysville, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Mentions that he has fallen in with ""a darkey preacher from Canada by the name of Mitchel". Mitchel, according to Phillips, was at Detroit and Windsor when he was there. Mitchel was on board the 'Caladonia' [sp?] and came up to Ripley. Phillips notes that he has "improved the opportunity to gain all the information I could from him as he is well acquainted with the Parties in whom we are interested[.] he informs me that they have moved to Malden". On the back of the letter in Henry's handwriting is "E. R. Phillips / subject, Betty & Gilbert / July 12/58." This letter has overtones that Phillips may have been a slave catcher; the fact that Betty and Gilbert are identified only by their first names is also indicative that this is about runaway slaves.

Folder 93

17 August 1858 - ALS - Pauline Bruce [Rye Beach] to Henry and Mary Bruce [Covington, KY]. Description of her trip to the White Mountains, her ride to the top of Mt. Washington, the trip to the "Profile House" on Franconia Notch, the "flame," the "Poole," and "Echo Lake." Letter is incomplete.

Folder 94

3 November 1858 - ADS - Two duplicate receipts on the estate of J.S. Morgan with Henry Bruce, Jr., as administrator.

Folder 95

11 November 1858 - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY] to Eli M. Bruce. Henry has sold a promissory note to the Branch Northern Bank of Kentucky from Eli because he has not paid him what is due.

Folder 96

12 November 1858 - ADS - Receipt signed by W. P. Dorsey and Lucy M. Dorsey for $938.09, from the sale of slaves. Henry Bruce, Jr., was the administrator of J.S. Morgan's estate.

Folder 97

12 November 1858 - ADS - Receipt signed by John Dougherty and Benjamin F. Edwards for any services rendered by Henry Bruce, Jr., as the administrator of J.S. Morgan's estate.

12 November 1858 - ADS - Two duplicate receipts signed by John Dougherty for $938.09, to Henry Bruce, Jr., as administrator of J.S. Morgan's estate.

Folder 98

1859 - DS - Mason County, Kentucky, tax receipt for 1859, on the property of Ann Green. Total value of taxable estate, $14,300; $68.31 total taxes paid.

Folder 99

1859 - Annual catalog for the Wesleyan Female College, 1859-60. Inside was a newspaper clipping announcing the funeral of Mary E. Bruce.

Folder 100

16 February 1859 - AD - Photocopy of the balance sheet for the Covington & Cincinnati Bridge Company. Location of original unknown.

Folder 101

9 March 1859 - ALS - John A. Roebling [Covington, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Photocopy of original letter authorizing Bruce to purchase $750 worth of Covington & Cincinnati Bridge Company stock on the account of Roebling. Location of original unknown.

Folder 102

19 April 1859 - AL - Photocopy of agreement of the Board of Directors for the Covington & Cincinnati Bridge Company to contract a stock deal with John A. Roebling. The board was composed of Miles Greenwood, President, Amos Shinkle, N. B. Stephens, and Thomas Sherlock, Directors. Location of original unknown.

Folder 103

4 May 1859 - ALS - Photocopy of agreement by the Board of Directors for the Covington & Cincinnati Bridge Company for sale of stock to John A. Roebling and Henry Bruce, Jr. Location of original unknown.

Folder 104

16 July 1859 - ALS - John A. Roebling [Pittsburgh, PA] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Photocopy letter regarding $750 owed to Roebling by the Covington & Cincinnati Bridge Company for salary. Location of original unknown.

Folder 105

19 July 1859 - ADS - Deed in the amount of $1.00 between Henry Bruce, Jr., Thomas Bird, and the City of Covington, Kentucky, for land to widen an alley east of Greenup Street to extend Sandford Street.

Folder 106

23 August 1859 - ALS - Pauline Bruce ["Morgandale" (Carlisle, KY)] to Henrietta Bruce [Covington, KY]. News of the visit with family and friends in the area, a trip to the Blue Licks mineral springs, and general gossip.

Folder 107

[Winter 1859?] - ALS - John A. Roebling [Pittsburgh, PA ?] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Photocopy of fragmentary letter regarding general business surrounding the bridge construction. Mentions that the prospects in New York "are not very flattering." Location of original unknown.

Folder 108

ca. 1860's - Recipe for Confederate pudding.

Folder 109

25 January 1860 - D - Report card of Henrietta Bruce from the Wesleyan Female College of Cincinnati.

Folder 110

4 February 1862 - ALS - William P. Bruce [Carlisle, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Receipt of a check is acknowledged. The letter mentions family in the South, and the lack of communication do to the war. Cousin Pauline's upcoming wedding and other family news are also mentioned.

Folder 111

14 July - ALS - Anthony Kilgore [Fernleaf, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Lists the prices for slaves recently sold at auction. Details the current state of the Confederacy as reported by a visiting "Rebel acquaintance". Also includes some Kilgore family news.

Folder 112

4 October 1862 - DS - Receipt of military assessment on Henry Bruce, Jr. by the Union Army, payable at the Odd Fellows Hall, Covington, KY.

Folder 113

18 December 1862 - ADS - Deed of slave sale by Henry Bruce, Jr. The sum of $1350 was paid for a slave called Louisa and two children, Henry and Garret.

Folder 114

6 January 1863 - ALS - J.G. Hickman [Maysville, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Mentions sale of Suspension Bridge stock, and requests that Bruce find a purchaser for the property of a Mr. Ransom.

Folder 115

26 January 1863 - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY] to Dr. William Bell. Civil War politics both on a national and state scale are discussed. There is a hint that other states may secede from the Union and join the Confederacy. Henry Bruce is also attempting to purchase a slave girl from Dr. Bell, but the Emancipation Proclamation and recent Confederate victories have driven up prices.

Folder 116

29 January 1863 - ALS - Saul H. Clay to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. The renting of a farm and the hiring out of slaves is discussed.

Folder 117

21 June 1863 - ALS - Rev. S.L. Helm [Lexington, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Rev. Helm mentions a sermon he wrote during his recent imprisonment and offers to deliver it for the ill Nancy Bruce at her church, or at her funeral "if she cant get out". He writes that Henry Bruce is assured of finding slaves at a good price if he can send an agent to Lexington. He also mentions that Greater Cincinnati is becoming a booming slave market. Kentucky politics and "infidel abolitionism" are also discussed.

Folder 118

26 June 1863 -ADS - Promissory note to Henry Bruce, Jr. from Ellen and George W. Morgan in relation to the J.S. Morgan estate.

Folder 119

26 June 1863 - ADS - Refund note by Lucy M. Dorsey and George W. Morgan on the estate of J.S Morgan.

Folder 120

26 June 1863 - ADS - Refund of bond related to the J.S. Morgan estate.

Folder 120A

26 June 1863 - ANS - A receipt for money paid to Ellen Morgan as part of the settlement in the lawsuit between the J.S. Morgan estate and Thomas Porter.