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|Abstract||Family members include Abram Poindexter Maury (1801-1848), U.S. representative from Franklin, Tenn.; his brother-in-law, Carey A. Harris of Arkansas; their cousin Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873); and another cousin, Ann Maury of New York, N.Y. Chiefly family and business papers of Abram Poindexter Maury and Carey A. Harris. Also included are some papers of Matthew Fontaine Maury, including a few letters from him, but chiefly papers about his death and the international testimonial fund for his family; and some family correspondence of Ann Maury. The collection includes a letter, 1865, from Matthew Fontaine Maury describing a plan for re-settling Southerners in Mexico; and letters 1853-1854, from Carey A. Harris, a student at the University of Virginia, describing student life, including a duel.|
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Chiefly family and business papers of Abram Poindexter Maury and Carey A. Harris. Also included are some papers of Matthew Fontaine Maury, including a few letters from him, but chiefly papers about his death and the international testimonial fund for his family; and some family correspondence of Ann Maury. The collection includes a letter, 1865, from Matthew Fontaine Maury describing a plan for re-settling Southerners in Mexico; and letters 1853-1854, from Carey A. Harris, a student at the University of Virginia, describing student life, including a duel.Back to Top
Maury family materials include a letter, 16 April 1849, from Matthew Fontaine Maury at the Observatory in Washington, D.C., to Reverend Edward F. Berkeley in Lexington, Ky., relating to Mr. Jackson, late of Fredericksburg, and his family; three newspaper clippings, February and March 1873, of obituary notices and comments on Maury; and a letter, 30 March 1873, to Reverend E. F. Berkeley of St. Louis, Mo., from Rutson Maury in New York, describing his cousin Matthew Fontaine Maury's last illness and public comments at his death, and quoting from his last letters and discussing efforts to raise a "testimonial fund" for the widow and family. Also included are a copy of extracts of a letter, around March 1873, of Mrs. P. Lansdale Cox to Rutson Maury in regard to the testimonial fund and a sketch of a man's head.
Letters, 1836-1870, are chiefly to and from Ann Maury in New York to members of her family, including Abram Poindexter Maury (1801-1848), a cousin and congressman from Tennessee, and Martha Harris and Sallie G. M. Reid, cousins in Williamson County, Tenn. Ann Maury discussed her father, James Maury (b. 1745), who lived for years in Liverpool, England; her book on John Fontaine and accompanying family chart; a Christmas dinner in 1868; her niece, Ann Fontaine Maury; her husband, Captain William Lewis Maury of the Confederate Navy and their affairs; and other family members and happenings. There is a letter, 1849, from M. Maury, Ann's brother, telling her of the death of their brother, William, at Windsor, England, and the state of his eleven orphan children.
Also included are excerpts from a letter, 1865, from Matthew Fontaine Maury in Mexico and a long letter from the same year from Maury to Reverend F. W. Tremlett in England, describing his plan for moving southerners to Mexico and offering details of conditions there and the positive attitudes of the Emperor Maximilliam and the Empress Carlotta towards the venture. There is also a letter, 1867, from John W. Weed of Darien, Conn., describing a big snowstorm and the difficulties of railroad travel because of it.
The papers of Abram Maury Poindexter include family and business correspondence and deeds, chiefly of Abram P. Maury of Franklin, Williamson County, Tenn., and his brother-in-law, Carey A. Harris, of Little Rock, Ark. These items include nine letters, 1853-1854, from C. A. Harris (Jr.?) at the University of Virginia to his sister Mary F. Harris and his uncle, James P. Maury, about student life, a student duel, and a trip to Monticello; five items, 1865-1871, about complaints and claims for damages against federal forces occupying private houses; and an undated legal argument in behalf of General John Ellis Wool (1784-1869) for compensation for expenditures incurred when traveling to scattered posts and buying presents for Indians in the Arkansas and Red River regions about 1820-1821.
Papers relating to the testimonial fund raised in honor of Matthew Fontaine Maury (1806-1873), astronomer, hydrographer, and author of Navigation. Items include a letter, 8 April 1865, from Gregory Montaxov, rear admiral of the Russian Navy, subscribing L1000 sterling on behalf of the Russian Navy and accepting membership on the Committee of the Maury Testimonial Fund; materials relating to the Maury dinner at Willis's Rooms, London, 5 June 1866; two letters, 21 September and 12 December 1869, to Reverend L. W. Tremlett, secretary of the committee, from Jacques Barral of the Presse Scientifique et Industrielle of Paris about difficulties in connection with the Maury Fund campaign; an undated typed note of Mrs. N. M. Osborne in connection with the allegation that Maury removed instruments from the U.S. Observatory when he left at the outbreak of the Civil War; and correspondence, 1888, of N. Ihlen, rear admiral of the Royal Norwegian Navy with Elizabeth, daughter of Matthew Fontaine Maury and wife of William A. Maury of the U.S. Department of Justice, concerning the Norwegian contribution to the Maury testimonial fund and including recollections of meeting Maury in the 1850s.
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