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Box: 2 Fold: 33 James Ord to James Placidus Ord
Date: 4/15/1854

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son James Placidus. Written from Washington, DC to Saginaw, Michigan: "You are now the only one this side of the Rocky Mountains..." Conveys other news of the brothers, particularly of the birth of a son, "George" to James Lycurgus. Includes ALS from Georgiana appended.

Box: 2 Fold: 34 James Ord to James Placidus Ord
Date: 6/22/1854

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son James Placidus. Written from Annapolis, Maryland to Saginaw, Michigan. Congratulates Placy on the birth of his daughter, Josephine, born in Saginaw, June 14, 1954.

Box: 2 Fold: 35 James Ord to James Placidus Ord
Date: 7/12/1854

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son James Placidus. Written from Grantsville, Allegheny County, Maryland to Saginaw, Michigan. Includes extracts of a letter he received from Edward bearing news of Pacificus, John Stephen, William Marcellus, and James Lycurgus, as well as Georgiana. There is reference to "Siffy...recovering from his grief," possibly the death of his first wife Maria Louisa Pogue. The "Mrs. Pogue" also referred to in this letter is the latter's mother who apparently arrived to look after the two children. Edward describes at some length the conditions in California: "I think I shall go to San Francisco and Benicia in a week or so on a visit, this place being almost abandoned and not a single fireside where one can hear English spoken by a young lady, and but three or four intelligent male associates in the town. This country is overrun with poor people..." Commercial and trading news given by Edward follows: "We have news of a treaty with Japan opening two ports and giving us exclusive privileges. This will be the beginning of the great Nation of California. We here (with the labor of coolies and a system of servitude adapted to their servile dispositions and unrestrained vices) can produce rice and cotton, coffee, tea and tobacco, dried figs, raisins, wine, corn and oil, etc. in fact anything that ever grew in Egypt or Syria, can be cultivated here; but there is as yet no one to buy these things; if we can but get up a continual intercourse with Japan, China, Manila and the other islands and the Russian and English coast north of us."

Box: 2 Fold: 36 James Ord to James Placidus Ord
Date: 9/5/1854

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son James Placidus. Written from Grantsville, Maryland to Saginaw, Michigan. Brief note to forward letters received from Robert B. Ord.

Box: 2 Fold: 37 James Ord to James Placidus Ord
Date: 12/7/1854

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son James Placidus. Written from Washington, DC to Saginaw. Includes transcribed letter from Edward to James Ord describing the latter's wedding ceremony - Edward was married to Mary Mercer Thompson 10/14/1854.

Box: 2 Fold: 38 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 1/26/1855

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Washington, DC to Saginaw, Michigan. Transcribes letters from Pacificus and Edward to James Ord. Includes comments about Mary Mercer Thompson ("Molly") whom Edward had just married.

Box: 2 Fold: 39 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 2/27/1855

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Washington, DC to Saginaw, Michigan. "...Your mother is while I am writing sitting in an oldfashioned split-bottomed arm chair. She is improving so that with help she can pass from one part of her room to another." Conveys other family news, including transcriptions of 2 letters from Edward.

Box: 2 Fold: 40 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 4/18/1855

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Washington, DC to Saginaw, Michigan. Includes ALS from Georgiana appended to the same letter.

Box: 2 Fold: 41 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 5/5/1855

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Washington, DC to Saginaw, Michigan. Includes transcriptions of 2 letters received by the family from Edward.

Box: 2 Fold: 42 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 10/2/1855

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Bernicia, California to Sault St. Marie, Michigan. "Your mother and I are yet with Edward in Bernicia. In a week or two we expect to leave for Monterey. Lycurgus and Georgiana we learned were to have started for Los Angeles to make a visit of a couple of weeks where Pacificus resides." Includes news of the other siblings, including that of the birth of Edward's daughter Rebecca Ruth Ord.

Box: 2 Fold: 43 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 2/1/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Monterey, California to Sault St. Marie, Michigan. Conveys family news including the death of Edward's daughter on which James Ord comments, "She was a very interesting infant." This may refer to Rebecca Ruth Ord (cf. Folder 1:37 in which Edward writes: "My first little baby died while I was in Oregon, Dec. '55...").

Box: 2 Fold: 44 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 2/27/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Monterey, California to Sault St. Marie, Michigan. Summary of news of the Ord siblings, their whereabouts and doings.

Box: 2 Fold: 45 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 3/14/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Monterey, California to Sault St. Marie. Mostly news of Edward and his wife Mary Mercer and Pacificus, as well as of the latter's children Mary Elizabeth and Joseph Pacificus.

Box: 2 Fold: 46 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 4/2/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Monterey, California to Sault St. Marie, Michigan. Reference is made to the death of James C. Andre, as well as news of Pacificus and family: "Mrs. Pogue and the children Mary Elizabeth and [Joseph] Pacificus have just left us on their way to San Francisco where on the 5th instant Pacificus with them will embark on the Pacific steamer for New York..."

Box: 2 Fold: 47 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 3/23/1856-4/29/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Monterey to Sault St. Marie. Includes transcription of 2 letters from Edward to his wife Mary describing his campaign against the Rogue River Indians.

Box: 2 Fold: 48 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 5/15/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Monterey to Sault St. Marie. Conveys news of the siblings and comments on life in the West, "The condition of society in this country is desperate: murders, robberies are frequent and the perpetrators too often go unpunished."

Box: 2 Fold: 49 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 6/13/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Monterey to Sault St. Marie. Bearing family news, including the travels of Pacificus.

Box: 2 Fold: 50 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 8/16/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Monterey to Sault St. Marie. Bearing family news and comments on the crossing via the Isthmus of Panama from the East to West coasts: "By no means suffer yourself to come by the Nicargua route."

Box: 2 Fold: 51 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: Incomplete 10/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Monterey to Sault St. Marie. Sends condolences on the death of one of Placy's children; and reports on the birth of a daughter to Edward on October 21, 1856, possibly Augusta Jacoline.

Box: 2 Fold: 52 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 11/27/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Monterey to Sault St. Marie. Reports on the construction of a cottage in Santa Cruz by William Marcellus and John Stephen Ord. Includes news of the brothers and Georgiana. A description of California life and climate is also rendered: "The people are very kind and hospitable. It is truly a Paradise as regards climate and productions...The rainy season or what is called winter set in about a week ago... and in about a month say about Christmas or New Year myriads of beautiful flowers will be seen everywhere..."

Box: 2 Fold: 53 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date; 12/15/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Monterey. Bears news of the marriage of Dr. James Lycurgus "to a Lady of California." Includes an ALS from James Lycurgus to Placy appended to the same letter.

Box: 2 Fold: 54 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 12/31/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Monterey to Sault St. Marie. Family news. Includes note from William Marcellus.

Box: 2 Fold: 55 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 4/15/1857

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Monterey to Sault St. Marie. General news of the family's activities in California, including farming and ranch news of the property in Santa Cruz.

Box: 2 Fold: 56 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 8/30/1857

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Santa Cruz, California to Sault St. Marie. Describes living in Santa Cruz: "It is a beautiful spot. The scenery puts me in mind of the fine farms in Maryland and Michigan, making allowance for the superiority of climate and fertility of soil here. The farms are beginning to be well cultivated. The farmers are very kind and very plain. We have several French families near us, there are several persons from Missouri and different states."

@ Also conveys family news of the brothers and Georgiana, as well as the recent illness of Rebecca Ruth Cresap Ord.

Box: 2 Fold: 57 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 9/29/1857

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Santa Cruz to Sault St. Marie. Reports on a stroke suffered by Rebecca Ruth Cresap whose illness has been covered in previous letters as well. Includes news of Robert and John Stephen Ord, as well as of William Marcellus, Edward and Georgiana. Also comments on the progress of the family farm in Santa Cruz: "John carries on the farming and he has done well with the small means he has....Last spring Marcellus and John set out an orchard of apples, peaches, pears, quinces, figs, etc. which is doing well. John has made a crop of oats, barley, beans.."

Box: 2 Fold: 58 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 7/15/1858

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Santa Cruz to Sault St. Marie. Conveying more family news and news of farm life in California: "It is Harvest time and Marcellus and John are very busy. John has cut all his barley, the oats are partly so, next week he will begin to cut the wheat...the barley is also very good; our potatoes and beans look well, and melons of different kinds are very promising..."

@ Also refers to Robert Brent Ord and the progress of the Gold Rush: "he says he is very busy and says that the times are very hard with him that he cannot sell any of his cattle as the miners have left his neighborhood for Frozen River mines and the rush to the mines in the British possessions is beyond precedent."

Box: 2 Fold: 59 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 2/18/1859

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Santa Cruz to Detroit, Michigan. Primarily a letter to his grandson, James Cresap Ord with a note appended to Placy.

Box: 2 Fold: 60 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Date: 10/25/1859

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Santa Cruz to Detroit. Family news including a visit by Samuel W. Holladay husband of Georgiana and their daughter, probably Louise, whom James Ord terms "a very interesting infant."

Box: 2 Fold: 61 Ord, James to James Placidus Ord
Incomplete date: April 19 [1855?]

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son in Saginaw, Michigan, prior to his move to Sault St. Marie in 1855.

Box: 2 Fold: 62 Ord, James to John Stephen Ord
Date: 11/14/1849

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son in school. Written from Sault St. Marie, Michigan to Romeo, Michigan. Contains advice on basic accounting of the young man's expenses.

Box: 2 Fold: 63 Ord, James to John Stephen Ord
Date: 8/30/1852

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Grantsville, Allegheny County, Maryland to Sault St. Marie. Urges John Stephen to good study habits; provides family news.

Box: 2 Fold: 64 Ord, James to John Stephen Ord
Date: 1/7/1853

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Ord to his son. Written from Washington, DC to Saginaw, Michigan.

Box: 2 Fold: 65 Ord, James - Military Service Information
Date: 2/10/1905

DESCRIPTION: Contains TLS from the US Dept. of Interior, Bureau of Pensions, Washington, DC to James Cresap Ord, Chevy Chase, Maryland, concerning the latter's request for information "regarding the service of James Ord during the war of 1812."

Box: 2 Fold: 66 Ord, James - Obituary
Date: 1/26/1872

DESCRIPTION: Contains autograph transcription of the obituary for James Ord that appeared in the Omaha Daily Herald, Sunday morning 1/26/1872.

Box: 2 Fold: 67 Ord, James Cresap to Anne Maria Wilson
Date: 4/15/1888

DESCRIPTION: Contains typescript copies of a letter from James C. Ord to his wife, dated from the house of his cousin Florentine [Andre?] in Saginaw City, Michigan. Conveys news concerning other relatives, primarily the Andre family.

Box: 2 Fold: 68 Ord, James Cresap re. US Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md.
Dates: 5/15/1868; 8/5/1868

DESCRIPTION: Contains transcibed copies of letters written by James Placidus Ord concerning the application of his son James Cresap Ord to the US Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, as an engineer cadet. The correspondence is written to Gideon Welles, US secretary of the Navy (1865-1869) and to his son Charles G. Welles. [cf. related correspondence concerning the education of young James from Edward Otho Cresap Ord to Placy, Folders 1:53-1:58.]

Box: 2 Fold: 69 Ord, James Cresap - MSS: "The Infantry Soldier's Equipment
Date: 3/14/1894

DESCRIPTION: Contains AMs by James Cresap Ord written as captain of the 25th Infantry and read at Fort Custer, Montana, at the officers' lyceum on March 14, 1894.

Box: 2 Fold: 70 Ord, James Cresap - Transcription of Ord Correspondence
Undated

DESCRIPTION: Contains an autograph transcription of an extract of a letter from "Kittie Ord to Rodman," probably Clarissa Rebecca Ord to her husband John Rodman Pierce. Concerning the claim that James Ord was a descendant of King George IV of England. "I am feeling sensitive over so much unnecessary publication of the Ord family name and it would be a mercy if James L. Ord of Chicago could be struck dumb, muzzled, and chained - I think he must be out of his mind to advertize himself and the rest of the family....It is most disgusting - the public must think - if they take any interest at all, that the family have very little respect for their private affairs or the memory of poor old Grandfather, who would be horrified if he could hear all that has been said about him..."

Box: 2 Fold: 71 Ord, James Cresap - Correspondence Received
Date:12/1/1897

DESCRIPTION: Contains correspondence from an army associate concerning the selling of some property owned by James Cresap Ord.

Box: 2 Fold: 72 Ord, James Cresap - Envelopes
Datespan: 8/24/1873-2/20/1909

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 envelopes addressed to James Cresap Ord and half of a postcard.

Box: 3 Fold: 1 Ord, James Lycurgus to James Placidus Ord
Date: 4/14/1843

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS from Dr. James Lycurgus Ord to his brother James Placidus Ord. Written from Sault St. Marie, Michigan to Racine, Wisconsin. Bears news of life in Sault St. Marie.

Box: 3 Fold: 2 Ord, James Lycurgus to James Placidus Ord
Dates: 3/12/1852; 7/1/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS from Lycurgus to his brother James Placidus Ord. Written from Monterey to Sault St. Marie. The first letter (3/12/1852) apparently in answer to a request for cash from Placy. Includes some news of Pacificus and wife Maria Louisa Pogue who was expecting her second child at the time - Joseph Pacificus born 4/30/1852. The second letter (7/1/1856) apprises Placy of Lycurgus' purchase of a farm in Santa Cruz. Also conveys news of Edward's distinguishing himself in the campaign against the Rogue River Indians in Oregon.

Box: 3 Fold: 3 Ord, James Lycurgus to Edward Otho Cresap Ord
Date: 9/13/1852

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from Lycurgus to his brother Edward. Written from Colusa, California to Boston. Relates Lycurgus' move from Monterey to Colusa and how he set up medical practice. Reports on the doings of some of the family residing in California.

Box: 3 Fold: 4 Ord, James Placidus to Peter C. Andre
Date: 3/3/1856

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Placidus to his brother-in-law Peter C. Andre, Older brother of Julianne C. Andre. Primarily concerns family business as follows: "...you must have forgotten that I sent you last fall a power of attorney for Edward to Preston to assign the [land] warrant in his (Edward's) stead as he would be at a great distance from Detroit and could not well be reached..." Reference at end of letter to Peter's wife Clarissa Starke.

Box: 3 Fold: 5 Ord, James Placidus to Clarissa Rebecca Ord
Dates: 12/13/1862; 9/30/1869

DESCRIPTION: Contains 2 ALS from James Placidus to his daughter Clarissa Rebecca, also known as "Kitty," as her father, indeed, addresses her: "My Dear Daughter, Miss Kitty - In my last letter to your dear Mama, I say to you that perhaps you have not been quite as punctual in writing to me as your brother James [Cresap] or Mary [Caroline], and the reason why, I accounted for it perhaps was that I might be owing you a letter..." Written from Detroit, Michigan, the letter continues full of fatherly advice for Kitty to look after siblings.

@ The second letter (9/30/1869) is from Mississippi: "My Dear Daughter - Enclosed I send you as a present the enclosed check for $87.00 which I wish you to hand over to your Mama to be expended in music...Miss Kitty please accept my thanks for the long and truly interesting letter you sent me."

Box: 3 Fold: 6 Ord, James Placidus to Edward Otho Cresap Ord
Date: 9/06/1847

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Placidus to his brother Edward. Written from Dexter, Michigan to Monterey, California. Conveys news of his marriage to Julianne C. Andre (married July 7, 1846) and of his first daughter Clemalia Cashmere, born c. 5/31/1847 in Detroit.

Box: 3 Fold: 7 Ord, James Placidus to James Cresap Ord
Date: 8/20/1862

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Placidus to to his son James Cresap Ord. Written from Corinth, Mississippi where the former was posted at the time during the Civil War: "We are under the command of Major Genl. U.S. Grant who has his headquarters near this town."

Box: 3 Fold: 8 Ord, James Placidus to James Cresap Ord
Datespan: 3/3/1863-7/19/1863

DESCRIPTION: Contains 3 ALS from James Placidus to his son James Cresap Ord. Written from Detroit and Mississippi to California where Julianne and the children resided at the time. Conveys news of relatives (Andre family) from Detroit and Michigan.

@ Third letter (7/19/1863) includes appended ALS to wife Julianne.

Box: 3 Fold: 9 Ord, James Placidus to James Cresap Ord
Datespan: 1/10/1865-10/9/1865

DESCRIPTION: Contains 5 ALS from James Placidus to his son James Cresap Ord. Written while the latter served in the Army of the James headquartered in Virigina, and lastly from Detroit, Michigan. The addresses show James at Georgetown College, Washington, DC.

@ Included are descriptions of the progress of the Civil War, then drawing to a close -

@ Letter of 1/29/1865: "I am here again in the front with your Uncle [Gen. Edward O.C. Ord] at Genl. Butler's [Benjamin Franklin Butler?] former headquarters where Genl. Ord still holds command of this department. All are quiet within our lines of operations - while we were at Fort Monroe however the Rebel gun boats on the James River undertook to pass down in front of our lines and over our obstructions in the river. The smaller and light draft boat passed over clear, but finding the others could not follow returned, not however before one was blown up by a shell from our batteries...very little damage was done to our troope - what their next move will be remains to be seen."

@ Letter of 4/11/1865: "Your Uncle the Genl. is not yet arrived from the front where he has been to catch Genl. R.E. Lee's fleeing army from Richmond going towards Lynchburg which he has effectually succeeded in assisting to do. The Rebel Genl. is reported to be now present in this city [Richmond]...All parties, both Federal and Confederate are satisfied that the end has arrived of this long bloody war..."

Box: 3 Fold: 10 Ord, James Placidus to James Cresap Ord
Datespan: 2/14/1866-5/4/1866

DESCRIPTION: Contains 3 ALS from James Placidus to his son James Cresap Ord. Written from the Headquarters of the Department of the Ohio (army), Detroit, Michigan to James at Georgetown College. Sends family news.

Box: 3 Fold: 11 Ord, James Placidus to James Cresap Ord
Date: 2/12/1867

DESCRIPTION: Contains ALS from James Placidus to his son James Cresap Ord. Written from Fort Smith, Arkansas to Detroit, Michigan. Primarily travel advice to James. Reference to "Reginal Thompson," brother of Mary ("Molly") Mercer Thompson Ord.

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