Box 5 - Papers, July 1863-1869

Folder 121

2 July 1863 - ALS - Lucy M. Dorsey [Carlisle, KY] to Pauline S. Duke [Covington, KY]. Copies of a family photograph and family news are discussed.

Folder 122

27 July 1863 - ALS - Anthony Kilgore [Fernleaf, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Despite the news that "the rebellion is virtually ended", Kilgore believes that this is merely to increase enlistment in the Union army and that the war will not end soon. He also mentions passes needed to go South, and the lack of slaves for sale that Bruce may find suitable.

Folder 123

? July 1863 - ALS - Henrietta Bruce and her mother [Covington, KY] to Pauline and Nannie Bruce. Henrietta and her mother have gone shopping in Cincinnati now that the period of martial law imposed due to the escape of John Hunt Morgan is ended. Henrietta also mentions the Cincinnati arrest of "Cousin Jim Chapple" who was "taken to the political prison". Mrs. Bruce admonishes the children to be good and to pass on her messages to the Dukes family with whom they are staying.

Folder 124

29 August 1863 - ADS - Receipt of payment from the estate of C.H. Hays.

Folder 125

10 September 1863 - ALS - Pauline Bruce ["Richland" (Carlisle), KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. News of the child Hally's recovery from illness. Also included is commentary on the war news from Tennessee, and local rebel sentiments. Pauline also sent her father a copy of a poem, "The Rebel's Dream", written by Col. Basil W. Duke in the Ohio State Prison, August, 1863. She details the history of the poem as it was smuggled out of the prison.

Folder 126

16 October 1863 - ALS - James H. Bruce [Nashville, TN] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. James Bruce mentions that he is working for the Nashville Union, an abolitionist newspaper, because it was the only job he could find. He discusses procuring travel passes and the need to swear a loyalty oath, something he has avoided because of his newspaper employment. He finds this amusing as "there are only two Union men in the office". The present worth of Confederate money is discussed, as both possess such currency. James also updates his cousin on Ely and Sally Bruce who barely escaped before General Bragg's army. Bragg used their house for his headquarters. The house was burned after General Rosecrans arrived.

Folder 127

3 December 1863 - ALS Lucy M. Dorsey [Carlisle, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. The letter contains only family news conveyed in an odd fashion that indicates the letter may have been written in code.

Folder 128

6 December 1863 - Packet of hair from Nancy Tomkins Bruce who died on this day at 76 years old.

Folder 129

25 December 1863 - ALS - Mary Bruce [Covington, KY] to Brother S.L. Helm. Describes the death of her mother on 5 December.

Folder 130

4 February 1864 - ALS - Rev. S.L. Helm [Lexington, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Briefly mentions leaving the outcome of the war in God's hands. Most of the letter is family news.

Folder 131

10 May 1864 - ALS - F.M. Bruce [Brandenburgh, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Covington, KY]. Henry Bruce has sent a slave boy as a gift to F.M.'s son, Henry. F.M. Bruce writes that he has no room for the boy at present, but will take him later. He also complains about the lack of letters from a friend in the army.

Folder 132

8 July 1864 - AL - Pauline Bruce Duke ["Richland" (Carlisle), KY] to her mother, Mary Bruce [Covington, KY]. Mentions the steady "loss" of slaves in the local area, and the recruitment of negro troops. Mentions the capture of cousin John Holiday, a major in the Confederate army, at Cynthiana, KY. Otherwise, the letter is filled with general family news. A separate page was included which obviously did not belong as it was written in 1865. The second letter is located in Folder 137a.

Folder 133

13 August 1864 - ADS - Photocopy of a deposit receipt for Henry Bruce, Jr. from the Bank of Montreal [Toronto, Canada]. Location of original is unknown.

Folder 134

27 August 1864 - ADS - Deposit receipt for Henry Bruce, Jr. from the Ontario Bank [Toronto, Canada].

1864? - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr., probably to his wife, Mary E. Bruce. This letter fragment included with the deposit receipt mentions confidential accounts and gold investments on Wall Street.

Folder 135

28 September 1864 - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Bancroft House, New York City, NY] to his wife, Mary Bruce [Covington, KY]. Bruce mentions his poor financial circumstances and his loss of another slave. He urges his wife to sell some property in Covington, as real estate is doing much better there than in New York. He also orders his Confederate money exchanged for gold immediately, as the value of the currency continues to drop. Bruce discusses the upcoming presidential election, and mentions the possibility of moving from Covington to Cincinnati, though he hopes it will not be necessary. Interestingly, he mentions receiving a neighbor's letter via Canada.

Folder 136

31 December 1864 - ALS - End of year retrospective by Henrietta Bruce.

Folder 137

6 January 1865 - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Madison Square Hotel, New York City, NY] to his daughter, Nannie Bruce [Covington, KY]. Consists mainly of family news.

Folder 137a

[probably April or May] 1865 - AL - Pauline Bruce Duke [Carlisle, KY] to her mother, Mary Bruce [Covington, KY]. This partial letter includes more family news, and mentions Lincoln's assassination as well as fears of government reprisals against Southerners. The letter was originally included with the letter in Folder 132, though they obviously did not belong together due to the differing dates.

Folder 138

1 June 1866 - Photocopy of an advertisement for the Southern Hotel [669 & 679 Broadway, New York City, NY]. It is a printed document with an engraving of the hotel and a message from its new proprietor, Henry Bruce, Jr. Location of original is unknown.

Folder 139

ca. 1866 - ANS - A note by three southern gentlemen [New York City] to the Bruce sisters at the Southern Hotel inviting them to get acquainted.

Folder 140

1867 - New York City souvenir notebook with handwritten notes. Probably belonged to one of the daughters of Henry Bruce, Jr.

Folder 141

4 August 1867 - ALS - Henrietta Bruce [Continental Hotel, Long Branch, NJ] to her cousin, Lucy Dorsey. Gossip and social news.

Folder 142

26 December 1867 - ALS - Henrietta Bruce to Mr. Wilson. Henrietta thanks him for the holiday gift of a bird which she has named for "our noble" Robert E. Lee.

Folder 143

February 1868 - Invitation addressed to the "Misses Bruce" to hear music at the home of Madame Mears, 21 February.

Folder 144

9 February 1868 - ALS - Henry Weaver Bruce [Warrenton, GA] to his sister. Details some of the difficulties of living in the war-ravaged South.

Folder 145

24 May 1868 - TL - Ann Threlkeld Bruce Morgan [IL] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [New York City, NY]. Entirely family news. Location of original is unknown.

Folder 146

5 April 1869 - ALS - Sallie A. Bruce [Warrenton, GA] to her aunt. Consists mainly of family news.

Folder 147

12 June 1869 - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Maltby House, 23 Great Jones St., New York, NY] to his brother, James Bruce. Discusses his financial trouble, and the possibilities of moving back into the country. Mostly family news.

Folder 148

28 June 1869 - ALS - James Bruce [Lowndisville?, SC] to his brother, Henry Bruce, Jr. [New York, NY]. Discusses his farming prospects, with emphasis on the trouble of employing a "lazy thrifty thinking Free Negro". He also mentions other local business attempts including a gold mine and a chartered railroad. Predictions on the future of the South and its people are mixed in.

Folder 149

20 October 1869 - ALS - Henrietta Bruce [New York, NY] to her cousin, Tom Morgan. Family news mostly concerning Nannie Bruce who is traveling.

Box 6 - Papers, 1870-1885

Folder 150

ca. 1870's - ALS - Mary Bruce to Nannie Bruce Alexander regarding illness of Nannie's baby and sister, other family news.

Folder 151

13 February 1870 - AL - Probably Henrietta Bruce ["Mount Hope", IL] to a friend. She discusses her travels and a local revival.

Folder 152

19 February 1870 - ALS -Henrietta Bruce [Mount Hope, IL] to a cousin, probably Ellen Morgan [Covington, KY]. Henrietta longs to be back in a city. Most of the letter is family news.

Folder 153

February 1870 - ALS - Henrietta Bruce [Mount Hope, IL] to Henry Bruce, Jr. A Methodist revival, the family's impending move to Cincinnati, and other family news are discussed.

Folder 154

29 June 1870 - AL - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Cincinnati, OH] to his daughter, Nannie Bruce Alexander. Words of affection for a distant daughter, and some family news.

Folder 155

5, 7-8 September 1871 - Dance card belonging to Henrietta Bruce from a "Social Hop" given by the "Young Men of Bourbon, at the Bourbon House".

Folder 156

Winter 1871-1872 - ALS - Mary E. Bruce [Cincinnati, OH] to her daughter, Nannie Bruce Alexander [St. Louis, MO]. Partial letter to Nannie. There is much family news including the marriage of Mattie Bruce to a "Yankee", and the attention Richard Lashbrook Green is paying to Henrietta.

Folder 157

25 March 1872 - ALS - Mary E. Bruce [Cincinnati, OH] to her daughter, Nannie Bruce Alexander [St. Louis, MO]. Mary is full of advice for Nannie who is expecting her first child. An upcoming visit, family news, and general gossip are also discussed.

Folder 158

20 May 1872 - ALS - Mary E. Bruce [St. Louis, MO] to Richard Lashbrook Green. Mary Bruce gives her permission for Richard Green to marry her daughter, Henrietta.

Folder 159

28 May 1872 - AL - Mary E. Bruce [St. Louis, MO] to Henrietta Bruce. She gives the news of Nan and her new baby, and discusses a possible wedding date for Henrietta.

Folder 160

May 1872 - ALS - Mary E. Bruce and Nannie Bruce Alexander [St. Louis, MO] to Henrietta Bruce. More family news. This may be another portion of the previous letter.

Folder 161

24 June 1872 - AL - Mary E. Bruce [Cincinnati, OH] to Nannie Bruce Alexander [St. Louis, MO]. Henrietta's recent wedding to Richard Green is discussed. [The letter is missing the last page(s).]

Folder 162

18 August 1872 - ALS - From Henrietta Bruce Green to Henry Bruce, Jr. Henrietta tells of meeting her husband's family.

Folder 163

22 August 1872 - ALS - Mary E. Bruce [Richland, KY] to Nannie Bruce Alexander [St. Louis, MO]. Family news including Mary's recent accident, Henrietta's visit with her husband's relatives, and a few lines from one of the grandchildren.

Folder 164

10 October 1872 - ALS - Henrietta Bruce Green [Cincinnati, OH] to Henry Bruce, Jr. Henrietta misses her family as they've all moved to Kansas. Talks about her husband, son and nephew.

Folder 165

14 January 1873 - ALS - Richard Lashbrook Green [Cincinnati, OH] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Kansas City]. Business and family news.

Folder 166

28 November 1873 - ALS - Henrietta Bruce Green [Cincinnati, OH] to Henry Bruce, Jr. Henrietta sends local news and expresses concern over her father's search for a housekeeper.

Folder 167

21 December 1873 - ALS - Henrietta Bruce Green [Cincinnati, OH] to her family. Henrietta sends Christmas wishes and gifts.

Folder 168

6 December 1874 - ALS - Lillie Bruce [Covington, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Kansas City, MO]. Lillie writes family news from her visit with Henrietta Bruce Green in Covington.

Folder 169

28 December 1874 - ALS - Pauline Bruce Duke [Kansas City, MO] to Henrietta Bruce Green [Cincinnati, OH]. Pauline writes to thank Henrietta for the Christmas presents, describing how each was received.

Folder 170

5 January 1875 - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Kansas City, MO] to Henrietta Bruce Green and Lillie Bruce [Covington, KY]. Gives local news. [Last page(s) missing]

Folder 171

23 January 1875 - ALS - Mary E. Bruce [Covington, KY] to Pauline Bruce Duke [Kansas City, MO]. Mary writes about family news, and gives specific instructions regarding the diet of Henry Bruce, Jr., in order to prevent a relapse of his previous illness.

Folder 172

14 July 1875 - ADS - Survey and deed document from Cherokee Co., North Carolina for land belonging to Richard Lashbrook Green.

Folder 173

19 August 1875 - AL - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Kansas City, MO] to Jefferson Davis [Memphis, TN]. This is the rough draft of a letter inviting Davis to speak at a local agricultural exposition and to stay at Bruce's hotel.

Folder 174

5 September 1875 - ALS - Jefferson Davis [Memphis, TN] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Kansas City, MO]. Photocopy of letter from Davis excepting the invitation to stay at Bruce's hotel. Eli M. Bruce is mentioned. Location of original is unknown.

Folder 175

13 September 1875 - AL - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Kansas City, MO] to Jefferson Davis [Memphis, TN]. This is the rough draft of a letter expressing disappointment that Davis had to lodge elsewhere in the city.

Folder 176

18 November 1875 - AN - A.G. Lewis to Henrietta Bruce. Lewis requests to escort her to church in the morning in order to deliver a message from another acquaintance.

Folder 177

14 May 1877 - ALS - Henrietta Bruce Green to Mary E. Bruce [Kansas City, MO]. Family news.

Folder 178

8 June 1877 - ALS - Mary E. Bruce [Kansas City, MO] to Lillie Bruce [Cincinnati, OH]. Family news.

Folder 179

15 June 1877 - ALS - Lillie Bruce [Cincinnati, OH] to Mary E. Bruce [Kansas City, MO]. Family news particularly concerning a cousin Mattie Bruce, with whom the Henry Bruce family does not appear to be on good terms, possibly due to her "Yankee" marriage.

Folder 180

2 August 1877 - ALS - Henrietta Bruce Green [Covington, KY] to Mary E. Bruce [Kansas City, MO]. Henrietta is lonely and wishes Lillie to visit, and other family members to write often. She relates some news about her daughter May, her cousin Ellen Morgan, and other friends and family.

Folder 181

20 March 1878 - ALS - J.G. Hickman [Maysville, KY] to Richard Lashbrook Green. The letter concerns several promissory notes held by Green and administered by Hickman, as well as investment advice.

Folder 182

5 May 1878 - ANS - Lawless and Barker [Kansas City, MO] to Richard Lashbrook Green [Kansas City, MO]. Lawless and Barker proposes to build three brick houses for the sum of $1785 each.

Folder 183

20 August 1878 - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Kansas City, MO] to Henry C. Bruce [Cincinnati, OH]. Conveys the news of Richard Lashbrook Green's death and gives instructions for the funeral in Covington, KY.

Folder 184

20 August 1878 - Henry C. Bruce [Cincinnati, OH] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Smart House, Kansas City, MO]. Telegram expressing sympathy for Henrietta, and inquiring about a funeral sermon for Richard Lashbrook Green.

Folder 185

20 August 1878 - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Kansas City, MO] to Henry C. Bruce [Cincinnati, OH]. Continued funeral arrangements for Richard Lashbrook Green.

Folder 186

20 August 1878 - AN - Listing of expenses for the transport and burial of Richard Lashbrook Green. Included is a note from the attending physician certifying that Green did not die of a contagious disease.

Folder 187

21 August 1878 - ALS - J.G. Hickman [Maysville, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. Hickman conveys his sympathy, and details Richard Lashbrook Green's business dealings that were known to him.

Folder 188

31 August 1878 - ALS - J.G. Hickman [Maysville, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Kansas City, MO]. Hickman conveys further information on the affairs of Richard Lashbrook Green and what it may mean for his widow and daughter.

Folder 189

10 September 1878 - AN - Listing of expenses in the building of three houses for Richard Lashbrook Green by Lawless & Barker of Kansas City, MO.

Folder 190

28 September 1878 - ALS - J.G. Hickman [Maysville, KY] to Henry Bruce, Jr. [Kansas City, MO]. More information on the financial affairs of Richard Lashbrook Green.

Folder 191

30 September 1878 - AL - Henrietta Bruce Green [Kansas City, MO] to "Cousin Johnny", possibly J.G. Hickman [Maysville, KY]. A draft of a letter describing the final illness and death of Richard Lashbrook Green.

Folder 192

19 December 1878 - ALS - E.F. Wickham [St. Louis, MO] to Henrietta Bruce Green [Kansas City, MO]. Conveys information on the continuing search for a diamond stud lost on a train by Richard Lashbrook Green.

Folder 193

6 February 1879 - ALS - J.G. Hickman [Maysville, KY] to Henrietta Bruce Green [Kansas City, MO]. Hickman writes about the efforts he has made to collect on the last three promissory notes owed to Richard Lashbrook Green.

Folder 194

10 June 1879 - ALS - John Lashbrook [Washington, KY] to Henrietta Bruce Green [Kansas City, MO]. Letter conveying Lashbrook's sympathy on his nephew's death. He apologizes for not writing sooner, but was prevented by his poor health.

Folder 195

3 July 1879 - ALS - Pauline Bruce Duke [Kansas City, MO] to Henrietta Bruce Green. Family news to Henrietta who is away visiting relatives in the country.

Folder 196

9 October 1879 - ALS - J.G Hickman [Maysville, KY] to Henrietta Bruce Green [Kansas City, MO]. Hickman sends the money from one of Lashbrook's creditors. He now only has two promissory notes left to collect.

Folder 197

4 January 1881 - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Kansas City, MO] to J.W. Hennesa. Bruce is paying the property tax for 640 acres of land from Richard Lashbrook Green's estate.

Folder 198

13 January 1881 - ALS - Henry [C.?] Bruce [Cincinnati, OH] to Henrietta Bruce Green [Kansas City, MO]. Contains details of land owned by Richard Lashbrook Green in North Carolina. Also news of various friends in Cincinnati.

Folder 199

23 February 1881 - AN - Financial details from the estate of Richard Lashbrook Green.

Folder 200

28 January 1882 - ADS - Land title from Lyon Co., Kansas.

Folder 201

21 June 1882 - ALS - Ellen Teal [McLean Co., IL] to her sister. Describes the death of their sister Fannie, among other family news.

Folder 202

28 July 1882 - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Kansas City, MO] to a county judge [Cherokee Co., NC]. Bruce is attempting to pay property taxes on the land owned by his late son-in-law, Richard Lashbrook Green. He has not received a response to his inquiries among a number of county officials, and now turns to the judge for help.

Folder 203

ca. 1885 - School composition by May Bruce Green on the subject of her grandmother, Mary E. Bruce.

Folder 204

29 January 1885 - TL - Henry Bruce, Jr. [Kansas City, MO] to Ann Bruce Morgan. Contains the news of Pauline Bruce Duke's death, as well as other family news. Location of original unknown.

Folder 205

31 August 1885 - ALS - May Bruce Green [Kansas City, MO] to Henrietta Bruce Green. A child's letter with family news. "Aunt Lillie" is soon to have a child.

Folder 206

25 December 1885 - ALS - Henry Bruce, Jr.[Kansas City, MO] to Nannie Bruce Alexander. Bruce feels that death is near and send a farewell poem to his daughter as well as a newspaper clipping (which is included). A postscript mentions the Christmas gifts and wishes sent.