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Box: 1 Fold: 1 E.C. Benedict to Grover Cleveland
1906

DESCRIPTION: - TLS 3/12/1906 (enclosed with TLS 12/23/1906) from E.C. Benedict to Grover Cleveland, on occasion of the latter's 69th birthday.

- TLS 12/23/1906 w/ envelope from E.C. Benedict to A. Homer Byington, with reference to Congressman George M. Troup (senator, Georgia (R) 1816); presidential nomination of Woodrow Wilson; and Grover Cleveland.

Box: 1 Fold: 2 Henry Van Ness Boynton
April 15, 1897

DESCRIPTION: Autograph copy of letter from journalist Henry Van Ness Boynton (1835-1905) to President William McKinley, endorsing A. Homer Byington for a consular appointment in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Box: 1 Fold: 3 A. Homer Byington to Harriet Sophia Byington
February 4, 1882

DESCRIPTION: Birthday greeting from A. Homer Byington to his wife Harriet Sophia (Richmond) Byington, written on the reverse of his calling card.

Box: 1 Fold: 4 William H. Byington to A. Homer Byington
March 5, 1901

DESCRIPTION: ALS from William H. Byington, eldest son, to father A. Homer Byington concerning account with Fairfield Company Bank.

Box: 1 Fold: 5 Charles Hopkins Clark
August 23 & 25, 1909

DESCRIPTION: 2 ALS from news editor Charles Hopkins Clark to A. Homer Byington, on letterhead of the "Hartford Courant." Reference to action of "Senator Platt" concerning portraits in the Senate Chamber of Senator Isaac Toucey (1796-1869) and Thomas H. Seymour (1807-1868) former governor of Connecticut (1846).

Box: 1 Fold: 6 Lorrin A. Cooke et al.
March 23, 1897

DESCRIPTION: TLS with typed endorsement (3 pages/3 leaves) from Lorrin A. Cooke, governor of Connecticut (1897-1899) to President William McKinley, endorsing A. Homer Byington for a consular appointment in the U.S. Foreign Service. Endorsement bears signatures from other congressmen and news editors. Includes autograph transcription of the endorsement (4 pages/2 leaves); and edited typed copy (3 pages/3 leaves).

Box: 1 Fold: 7 Frank A. Deane from A. Homer Byington
c. July/August 1897

DESCRIPTION: ALS draft from A. Homer Byington to Frank A. Deane, U.S. consul, Naples, regarding the latter's withdrawal from office and accommodations for Byington and wife during the former's prospective appointment as new U.S. consul to Naples.

Box: 1 Fold: 8 Orris S. Ferry
1866 & 1879

DESCRIPTION: ALS (2/13/1879, 2 pages/1 leaf) from Charlotte Ferry, wife of Congressman Orris S. Ferry (1823-1875), to A. Homer Byington. Enclosed with autograph transcript of speech by Orris Ferry (5/23/1866, 4 pages/2 leaves).

Box: 1 Fold: 9 Edward C. Frisbie
1894

DESCRIPTION: 2 ALS from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie (7/23/1894 & 11/25/1894). Reference to personal finances; and to receiving gift of shoehorn from Frisbie's wife, Florence.

Box: 1 Fold: 10 Edward C. Frisbie
1899

DESCRIPTION: 4 ALS (10/28/1899, 11/8/1899, 12/7/1899, 12/12/1899); 1 TLS (10/29/1899) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to personal finances and property.



Box: 1 Fold: 11 Edward C. Frisbie
March-May 1900

DESCRIPTION: 3 TLS (3/2/1900, 4/23/1900, 5/23/1900) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to son George Richmond Byington, Charles Phelps, and health of wife Harriet Sophia Byington.



Box: 1 Fold: 12 Edward C. Frisbie
June-September 1900

DESCRIPTION: 3 TLS (6/29/1900, 7/4/1900, 9/4/1900) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to 1. candidates of national convention 1900 including William J. Bryan, Nehemiah D. Sperry; 2. veterans of the Civil War including congressmen Joseph B. Hawley, Orris S. Ferry, John Woodruff; and 3. Gen. Ambrose Everett Burnside (1824-1881) and failure of the Fredericksburg campaign, 1862.

Box: 1 Fold: 13 Edward C. Frisbie
October 1900

DESCRIPTION: 3 TLS (10/6/1900, 10/20/1900, 10/29/1900); ALS (10/31/1900) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Includes demand note for $2,300.00 from Frisbie, drawn at the Charter Oak Bank. Reference also to Ambrose E. Burnside.

Box: 1 Fold: 14 Edward C. Frisbie
November-December 1900

DESCRIPTION: 3 TLS (11/12/1900, 12/6/1900, 12/26/1900) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to Ambrose Everett Burnside and to the Civil War, especially on matters of the Secession and abolition of slavery.

Box: 1 Fold: 15 Edward C. Frisbie
January-April 1901

DESCRIPTION: 2 TLS (1/25/1901, 3/19/1901); 1 ALS (4/28/1901) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to 1. the Missouri Compromise; 2. Ambrose Everett Burnside; and 3. request by Byington to Frisbie to obtain recommendations from senators Joseph B. Hawley, Orville H./Thomas C. Platt(?), and Charles A. Russell.

Box: 1 Fold: 16 Edward C. Frisbie
May 1901

DESCRIPTION: 3 ALS (5/5/1901, 5/27/1901, 5/30/1901) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to a family wedding and to Joseph B. Hawley.

Box: 1 Fold: 17 Edward C. Frisbie
June-November 1901

DESCRIPTION: 4 ALS (6/12/1901, 6/19/1901, 8/12/1901, 11/2/1901) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to the former's voyage to Naples and to a prospective trip to Mexico by Frisbie. Includes typed note (unsigned) from Frisbie describing a religious relic obtained in Mexico.

Box: 1 Fold: 18 Edward C. Frisbie
January-July 1902

DESCRIPTION: 3 ALS (5/29/1902, 6/11/1902, 7/16/1902), 1 TLS (1/27/1902) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to Frisbie's recent trip to Mexico, and to Byington's personal finances.

Box: 1 Fold: 19 Edward C. Frisbie
August-September 1902

DESCRIPTION: 5 ALS (8/8/1902, 8/23/1902, 9/1/1902, 9/2/1902, 9/19/1902) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to illness of Frisbie's son "Ned," and to Frisbie's candidacy for Congress.

Box: 1 Fold: 20 Edward C. Frisbie
October-November 1902

DESCRIPTION: 4 ALS (10/10/1902, 11/3/1902, 11/24/1902, 11/28/1902) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to Frisbie's defeat as candidate for Congress, and death of Congressman Charles A. Russell.

Box: 1 Fold: 21 Edward C. Frisbie
January-April 1903

DESCRIPTION: 4 ALS (1/10/1903, 3/5/1903, 4/1/1903, 4/20/1903) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to Orville H. Platt (senator, Connecticut), illness of Joseph B. Hawley, widow and family of Charles A. Russell (d.1902).

Box: 1 Fold: 22 Edward C. Frisbie
May-October 1903

DESCRIPTION: 4 ALS (5/5/1903, 6/22/1903, 9/11/1903, 10/9/1903) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to diminishing remuneration for work in the Foreign Service, and marriage of grandson Homer Morrison Byington.

Box: 1 Fold: 23 Edward C. Frisbie
November-December 1903

DESCRIPTION: 3 ALS (11/14/1903, 11/27/1903, 12/24/1903) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to travels of Florence Frisbie with Harriet Sophia Byington.

Box: 1 Fold: 24 Edward C. Frisbie
May-July 1904

DESCRIPTION: 3 ALS (5/3/1904, 5/27/1904, 7/18/1904) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to prospective holiday home to U.S. and family activities.

Box: 1 Fold: 25 Edward C. Frisbie
August-November 1904

DESCRIPTION: 4 ALS (8/1/1904, 8/27/1904, 9/27/1904, 11/9/1904) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to a consular reform bill proposed by U.S. government. Includes newspaper clipping of birthday greeting from Frisbie to Byington.

Box: 1 Fold: 26 Edward C. Frisbie
April 1905

DESCRIPTION: 2 ALS (4/6/1905, 4/24/1905) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to friend Charles Phelps; White House appointments; and death of Orville H. Platt (1905).

Box: 1 Fold: 27 Edward C. Frisbie
January-April 1906

DESCRIPTION: 4 ALS (1/3/1906, 2/28/1906, 4/8/1906, 4/27/1906) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to death of Byington's wife, Harriet Sophia (1906), and to an eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Box: 1 Fold: 28 Edward C. Frisbie
June-July 1906

DESCRIPTION: 4 ALS (6/4/1906, 6/25/1906, 7/26/1906, 7/27/1906) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to Charles Phelps, and to activities during visit home to the U.S.

Box: 1 Fold: 29 Edward C. Frisbie
October-November 1906

DESCRIPTION: 2 ALS (10/31/1906, 11/28/1906) & 1 ALS (undated) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Notable references in ALS 10/31/1906 to 1. George Washington and alleged affair with a "brevet wife," and to Rev. Minot Savage ((1841-1918) "who has made an exhaustive study of the inner life of Washington..."; 2. Mrs. Mary E. Surratt, conspirator in assassination of Abraham Lincoln, and use of a "clandestine postal service," which Surratt headed and which Byington also claimed to have used to assist in "smoking out the whole gang of (John Wilkes) Booth's assassins & it was I who gave the authorities their place of meetings at the house of Mrs. Surratt, etc...."; and 3. treason attempts in the army during Civil War events of 1862 which were diminished with the assistance of railroad officials Henry Alfred Bishop (1860-1934) and brother William Darius Bishop (1827-1904) -- the former having used Suratt's postal service to intercept letters from his wife who was "daughter of the rebel postmaster general of the Confederacy..."

Box: 1 Fold: 30 Edward C. Frisbie
January-February 1907

DESCRIPTION: 2 ALS (1/2/1907, 2/28/1907) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie, with New Year's greetings and thanks for the latter's gift of the American flag.

Box: 1 Fold: 31 Edward C. Frisbie
July-August 1907

DESCRIPTION: 3 ALS (7/6/1907, 8/2/1907, 8/19/1907) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to Byington's resignation from Foreign Service post in Naples.

Box: 1 Fold: 32 Edward C. Frisbie
October-December 1907

DESCRIPTION: 2 ALS (10/12/1907, 12/7/1907) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to Orris S. Ferry, Joseph B. Hawley, and to moving from Naples post to return to U.S. ALS 10/12/1907 includes attached ALS (undated) from Charlotte Ferry.

Box: 1 Fold: 33 Edward C. Frisbie
February-May 1908

DESCRIPTION: 4 ALS (2/12/1908, 4/3/1908, 4/5/1908, 5/14/1908) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to Edgar T. Welles (1843-1914) son of Gideon Welles (1802-1878), Secretary of the Navy in Lincoln's cabinet; Charles Phelps; Byington's recommendation of Joseph B. Hawley as secretary of war to Ulysses S. Grant; and family matters. Includes typed carbon from Frisbie to Byington (4/6/1908).

Box: 1 Fold: 34 Edward C. Frisbie
September-December 1908

DESCRIPTION: 5 ALS (7/12/1908, 10/7/1908, 10/15/1908, 10/27/1908, 11/11/1908) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to Charlotte Ferry, Joseph B. Hawley, Charles Hopkins Clark, Ebenezer J. Hill and Connecticut politics.

Box: 1 Fold: 35 Edward C. Frisbie
February-September 1909

DESCRIPTION: 2 ALS (2/6/1909, 7/30/1909) from A. Homer Byington to friend Edward C. Frisbie. Reference to selling of the diary of Gideon Welles by his son Edgar T. Welles; commemorative statue for Orville H. Platt. Includes typed carbon from Frisbie to Byington with reference to the latter's experience at Gettysburg.

Box: 1 Fold: 36 Lucretia R. Garfield
November 21, 1894

DESCRIPTION: ALS from Lucretia R. Garfield, widow of President James A. Garfield, on black-bordered mourning stationery. Thanks to A. Homer Byington for "all the true good words" he wrote in Garfield's memory.

Box: 1 Fold: 37 Ulysses S. Grant from A. Homer Byington
July 15, 1876

DESCRIPTION: ALS (folio) from A. Homer Byington to President Ulysses S. Grant regarding the position of "Congressional Printer." Includes testimonials from congressmen Bainbridge Wadleigh, Phineas W. Hitchcock, Aaron A. Sargent, Algernon Sidney Paddock, and others.

Box: 1 Fold: 38 Ebenezer J. Hill
1879-1908

DESCRIPTION: 2 ALS (3/19/1879, 4/16/1881) & TLS (1/13/1899, 11/24/1908) from Congressman Ebenezer J. Hill (1845-1917) to A. Homer Byington. Reference to various business matters.

Box: 1 Fold: 39 Orville H. Platt
1881-1897

DESCRIPTION: ALS (1/14/1881, 1 leaf) & TLS (6/11/1895, 1 page/1 leaf) from Senator Orville H. Platt (1827-1905), to A. Homer Byington. Includes ALS (April 1897) from Byington to Platt and Joseph B. Hawley. Reference to Platt's appointment of Byington as private secretary (1/14/1881); railway problems and Ebenezer J. Hill in Norwalk, Conn.; and consular appointments suggested by Byington.

Box: 1 Fold: 40 Nehemiah D. Sperry
May 23, 1881

DESCRIPTION: ALS (4 pages/4 leaves) from Congressman Nehemiah D. Sperry (1827-1911) to James G. Blaine, U.S. Secretary of State, endorsing the appointment of A. Homer Byington to a consulate.

Box: 1 Fold: 41 Edmund C. Stedman
1887-1897

DESCRIPTION: 2 ALS (1/20/1887, 8/18/1897) from poet and critic Edmund C. Stedman (1833-1908) to A. Homer Byington. Includes autograph copy of letter (4/6/1897) from Stedman to John Sherman, U.S. Secretary of State, endorsing Byington for a consular appointment.

Box: 1 Fold: 42 Edith Van Buren
May-June 1900

DESCRIPTION: 5 ALS (5/13/1900 w/ envelope, 5/21/1900, 6/13/1900, 6/20/1900 w/ newsclipping, 6/21/1900 w/ envelope) from Edith Van Buren, daughter of Harold s. Van Buren, U.S. consul, Nice. Includes typescript copies of the letters. Also includes 1 ALS (5/3/1900, mutilated) from Horace Porter, U.S. embassy, Paris. Reference to background information on a suitor for Edith Van Buren.

Box: 1 Fold: 43 Harold Van Buren
1900-1901

DESCRIPTION: 2 ALS (12/10/1900, 1/19/1901) from Harold Van Buren to A. Homer Byington. Reference to background information on suitor for daughter Edith Van Buren.

Box: 1 Fold: 44 Stewart L. Woodford
April 4, 1897

DESCRIPTION: Autograph copy of letter from diplomat Stewart L. Woodford (1835-1913) to John Sherman, U.S. Secretary of State, endorsing A. Homer Byington for a consular appointment.

Box: 1 Fold: 45 A. Homer Byington: Correspondence B-C
1870-1901

DESCRIPTION: Miscellaneous correspondence received by A. Homer Byington from the following concerning, in general, personal business matters:

- James G. Batterson, president, Travelers Insurance Company, Hartford, Conn., ALS 8/18/1897.

- A.S. Bolles, "Norwich Morning Bulletin," ALS 1/25/1879.

- W. Kennedy Boone, Mt. Vernon Company, ALS 12/29/1899.

- C.S. Bushnell, president, Home Insurance Company, New Haven, Conn., ALS 8/1/1870.

- Wilbur J. Carr, U.S. State Department, ALS 8/21/1900.

- D.E. Culver, D.E. Culver Company, 2 ALS 8/28/1884, 9/17/1884.

- Seymour Curtis, secretary, Norwalk Club, Connecticut, ALS 5/1/1901.

Box: 1 Fold: 46 A. Homer Byington: Correspondence E-H
1875-1881

DESCRIPTION: Miscellaneous correspondence received by A. Homer Byington from the following concerning, in general, personal business matters:

- William W. Eaton, senator, appointing Byington as personal secretary, ALS 4/2/1875.

- Dudley P. Ely, First National Bank of South Norwalk, ALS 5/3/1881.

- H.W.R. Hoyt, lawyer, ALS 10/6/1880.

Box: 1 Fold: 47 A. Homer Byington: Correspondence K-M
1879-1888

DESCRIPTION: Miscellaneous correspondence received by A. Homer Byington from the following concerning, in general, personal business matters:

- L.W. Kervan, Berlin Steam Brick Works, 3 ALS w/ envelope, 4/4/1879, 4/11/1879, 5/14/1888.

- E.J. McKee, ALS 4/29, 1888.

- S.E. Langton, ALS 7/6/19?



Box: 1 Fold: 48 A. Homer Byington: Correspondence O-P
1879-1899

DESCRIPTION: Miscellaneous correspondence received by A. Homer Byington from the following concerning, in general, personal business matters:

- Samuel E. Olmstead, ALS 2/19/1879 and quit-claim deed signed by Olmstead 10/7/1879.

- J.A. Porter, secretary, Executive Mansion, Washington, D.C., telegram 7/27/1897 & TLS 10/20/1899.

Box: 1 Fold: 49 A. Homer Byington: Correspondence T-W
1876-1886

DESCRIPTION: Miscellaneous correspondence received by A. Homer Byington from the following concerning, in general, personal business matters:

- William H. Taylor, W.H. Taylor & Son, Machinists and Blacksmiths, ALS w/ envelope 5/27/1886.

- J. Wethrell, 5 ALS 8/22/1876 w/ envelope and torn check for $350.00, 7/22/1876, 11/20/1876, 11/24/1876, 3/17/1877.

Box: 1 Fold: 50 A. Homer Byington: Correspondence (Unidentified)
undated

DESCRIPTION: Fragment of autograph note to A. Homer Byington, unidentified.

Box: 1 Fold: 51 A. Homer Byington: Correspondence (Envelopes)
undated

DESCRIPTION: 2 empty envelopes addressed to A. Homer Byington.

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