Finding aid created by: KM
Date: Apr 1989
|23 Sep 2008||converted to EAD (LDC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Curtis, George Ticknor, 1812-1894.|
|Title:||George Ticknor Curtis Letters|
|Quantity:||7 items (SC)|
|Abstract:||Papers of the Lawyer, author of several books, most notably a Constitutional history of the U.S. and a biography of James Buchanan. Seven outgoing letters, five of which are to Nahum Capen, with two others to Lloyd Bryce and Hampton L. Carson.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
George Ticknor Curtis (1812-1894) was an American lawyer, and author, best rememberd for his Constitutional history of the United States and a biography of James Buchanan.
Curtis was born in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1812. His brother was Benjamin R. Curtis who would go on to become a Justice of the United States Supreme Court. George Ticknor Curtis attended Harvard Law School from 1833-1834 before serving as a United States Commissioner in Boston. While in this office, Curtis was faced with making a decision in a fugitive slave case under the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850; instead, the defendant, Shadrach, was freed by a mob of abolitionist sympathizers that raided the courthouse. A Boston attorney and Whig, Curtis served as co-counsel, along with Montgomery Blair, for Dred Scott during the Dred Scott Case, 1846-1857 (Scott v. Sandford , 60 U.S. 393 (1857)).
Curtis is also known for his literary works concerning various topics of United States history. Many of these works were written under the pseudonym Peter Boylston. Some of his writings include:
1870 Life of Daniel Webster 1883 Life of James Buchanan: Fifteenth President of the United States 1887 The Life, Character, and Service of General G. B. M'Clellan 1889 A Constitutional History of the United States, from the Declaration of Independence to the Close of their Civil War 1889 John Charaxes; a Tale of the Civil War in America 1889 Plea for Religious Liberty and the Rights of Conscience
The George Ticknor Curtis Letters are a collection of outgoing correspondence written between 1881 and 1891 by a lawyer and author of several books, most notably, a Constitutional history of the United States and a biography of James Buchanan.
The collection contains five letters to postmaster and author Nahum Capen, most of which contain offers of assistance in finding subscribers to a book Capen had written. In another of the letters Curtis inquires about the possibility of remuneration for contributing a biographical profile to a book which Hampton L. Carson was compiling. Curtis's son, Herbert, to Lloyd Bryce, editor of the North American Review, reflecting not so much parental pride as faith in his own reputation as a writer (13 May 1891):
My suggestion is, that you employ him as a reader of Articles, and if the Articles can be read at home he will have the benefit of my assistance.
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Bryce, Lloyd, 1851-1917.
Capen, Nahum, 1804-1886.
Carson, Hampton L. (Hampton Lawrence), 1852-1929.
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
George Ticknor Curtis Letters
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
|SC 93, Folder 1||10 Jan 1881|
|SC 93, Folder 2||11 May 1883|
|SC 93, Folder 2||16 May 1883|
|SC 93, Folder 2||19 May 1883|
|SC 93, Folder 2||25 May 1883|
|Carson, Hampton Lawrence|
|SC 93, Folder 3||13 Apr 1891|
|SC 93, Folder 2||13 May 1891|