Roswell L. Colt papers

These papers consist primarily of business, political, and social correspondence of Roswell L. Colt of Paterson, N.J. The material reflects Colt's penchant for speculation in lands in Oneida, N.Y., Pennsylvania, Maryland, and western property, as well as coal, iron, canals, and railroads. His d...

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Collection: Roswell L. Colt Papers
Collection Number: 1883
Main Author: Colt, Roswell L. (Roswell Lyman) 1779-1856 (Creator)
Format: Manuscript
Language: English
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Physical Description: 4.0 Linear feet 10 boxes (1200 items)
Summary: These papers consist primarily of business, political, and social correspondence of Roswell L. Colt of Paterson, N.J. The material reflects Colt's penchant for speculation in lands in Oneida, N.Y., Pennsylvania, Maryland, and western property, as well as coal, iron, canals, and railroads. His debts to the Bank of the U.S. and the estate of his father-in-law are also treated. There is evidence of Colt's position as financial advisor to his brother, John M. Colt, textile manufacturer, his cousin Samuel Colt, arms manufacturer, Nicholas Biddle, and Daniel Webster. American politics are frequent topics in the letters. Much of the later correspondence concerns his agricultural and horticultural interests, from Nicholas Biddle, Richard M. Blatchford, John W. Bloomfield, William A. Bradley, John M. Colt, Samuel Colt, Herman P. Cope, John Devereux, R.M. Gibbes, D.M. Perine, Daniel Webster, and various members of the Hone Club of New York. There are also some bills, receipts, and other miscellaneous papers.