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Correspondence of the Firth family

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MS. Don c. 185
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  1. (fols. 1-76) letters from John Firth in Phillipsburg, New Jersey, his brother Thomas in Cleveland, Ohio, and other members of their families to their mother Ann, brother Joseph and members of Joseph’s family in England, 1853-1885
  2. (fols. 77-92) miscellaneous letters to Joseph Firth, 1859-1884
  3. (fols. 95-96) notes made in 1853 of the dates and birth of Ann Firth’s nine children between 1819 and 1833, and of her husband Rowland’s death in 1847.


  • Creation: 1853-1885


96 Leaves

Language of Materials

  • English

Preferred Citation

Oxford, Bodleian Libraries [followed by shelfmark and folio or page reference, e.g. MS. Don c. 185, fols. 1-2]

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MS. Don c. 185

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 20733


Correspondence of the Firth family

Biographical / Historical

John Firth (1820-1870) was born in Attercliffe, Yorkshire, the son of Rowland and Ann Firth. He was an active Chartist and was arrested numerous times before emigrating to America in 1851 with his wife Mary and their three children. He worked initially in New York before settling in Phillipsburg, New Jersey. He prospered in America and became the owner of a considerable amount of real estate.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Given by John Fuggles (with MS. Photogr. c. 51, fols. 1-2) through the Friends of the Bodleian, 1994.

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