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Breese and Morse family papers, 1772-1846

Breese family, Breese family.
Active in Mass.

Morse family, Morse family

Collection size: 0.2 linear ft. (on 3 microfilm reels)

Collection Summary: Personal and business correspondence.

REEL 3135: Nineteen letters, mostly regarding family and business matters, including three letters from New York bookseller, Ebenezer Hazard concerning conditions after the Revolutionary War, a visit to President John Adams, and family business matters; a letter from J.W. Hallett concerning an attack by the British on Hallett's home; seven letters, one illustrated by Samuel Finley Breese Morse, discussing family matters and his work. Also includes a copy of patent letters for land in Orange County; 2 copies of a deed for land west of the Hudson River; a blank, printed legal form from Herkimer County; and memorandum of settlement of Mrs. E. Breese's account with Jedidiah and Elizabeth Morse.

REEL 3162: A letter to Samuel Breese from Ebenezer Hazard, February 14, 1800, concerning Breese's insurance shares; and a letter to Jedidiah Morse from Ephriam Root, March 2, 1807, concerning the ownership and price of land tracts south of Lake Erie and including a short history of the Connecticut Land Company's transactions in that area.

REEL 3814: Financial material, 1791-1796, consisting of 3 records of accounts of Samuel Breese with Ebenezer Hazard; a letter to Elizabeth Breese from Benjamin Douglas, 1772, concerning a deed; 2 letters to Samuel Breese from Ebenezer Hazard, 1794 and 1799, concerning business affairs; a letter written by Ebenezer Hazard, 1806, concerning the purchase of tracts of land; a letter to Ebenezer Hazard from Elizabeth Breese, [1814?], concerning dealings between Barnabas Baldwin and Mr. Breese; and a letter to Sidney Breese from Erskine Hazard, 1825, concerning financial dealings connected with the Union Canal Company.

Biographical/Historical Note: Family of painter, Samuel Finley Breese Morse; New England. Elizabeth Breese married Jedidiah Morse. Samuel was their son. Elizabeth's brother was named Samuel Sidney Breese. His son was Sidney Breese [?]

Donated 1984-1985 by Constance K. Clarke, a descendant of the Breese and Morse family.

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