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Benjamin Godfrey Papers

 Collection
Identifier: BC246
Abstract Benjamin Godfrey served in the merchant marine during the War of 1812 and later became a commander of a merchant vessel until shipwrecked off the coast of Mexico. Later became head of a merchant house in Matamoras, Mexico, and entered into a mercantile partnership with Winthrop S. Gilman while in New Orleans. Opened a storage and commission business in Alton, Illinois in 1832. Obtained control of the State Bank of Illinois and operated it from 1835 until the panic of 1837. Founded Monticello...
Dates: Created: 1848-1859; Other: Majority of material found in 1851-1853; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1989

Calvin Riley letter

 Collection — Box: 71
Identifier: MS-SC1275
Scope and Contents Letter to Harvey Baldwin in Syracuse regarding land acquisitions and prices. Needing to hear from "trustees" regarding purchase of Military Tract in Illinois. Mentions "the Judge" and his family.
Dates: Created: March 31, 1834

Don Alonzo Spaulding Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-BC590
Abstract Alton, Illinois surveyor who surveyed Madison Country, Illinois and as a government surveyor worked in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Missouri, and Florida. he was born in Castleton, Vermont and studied surveying while he worked on a farm and taught school. In 1818 he came to Illinois first landing in Massac where he was immediately given the job of surveying a tract of land for the new Johnson County seat. He moved to Edwardsville where he taugh school and did some surveying untl he was appointed...
Dates: Created: 1818-1871

Gaius Paddock diary

 Collection — Box: 64
Identifier: MS-SC1131
Scope and Contents Diary kept at the age of 84 gives a daily account of his activities, people he interacts with and the weather. Also writes about the past and mentions articles or books he has written. Several speeches and reminiscences he wrote re: a Lincoln-Douglas debate, a trip from eastern Illinois and cheese making.
Dates: Created: February 9 - December 31, 1920

Jesse B. Thomas II papers

 Collection — Box: 90
Identifier: MS-SC1532
Scope and Contents Letter, Dec. 1830, to George M. Jones re: contest for the Secretary of the Senate; Kane elected U.S. Senator; circuit court system; references to Gov. Ninian Edwards (referred to as "Old Ninny") and Judges William Wilson, Thomas C. Browne, Samuel D. Lockwood, Stephenson and others. Summons, Nov. 1831, signed by Thomas for the Madison County Circuit Court in the case of Elijah Lincoln v. Joseph Smith. Letter, Oct 1844, to E.D. Baker re: his examination of Levi Williams and Thomas Sharp, charged...
Dates: Created: 1830 - 1844

John Reynolds letters

 Collection — Box: 71
Identifier: MS-SC1264B
Scope and Contents Two letters to Basile Menegle in Opelousas, Louisiana mostly discuss family members and news, brief mention of Jackson's election, "God bless him." One letter, 1834, to "Davis, Esq." at Lower Alton re: his upcoming election and help Davis could provide. One letter, 1836 from Washington City to Erastus Wright in Springfield, Ill. re: sale of the old mill and problems with Wm. Garrett re: the sale. One letter, 1857, to Mr. Chamberlain of the Philosophical Society re: Reynolds' book and its sales.
Dates: Created: 1828 - 1857

John Reynolds papers

 Collection — Box: 71
Identifier: MS-SC1264C
Scope and Contents Mostly documents from the Madison County Circuit Court from Reynolds' years of law practice. Most of these concern money owed. He acted as lawyer for William Morrison, prominent Kaskaskia businessman, in several cases. A few documents signed while serving as governor. Two letters re: land sales, 1836, 1837.
Dates: Created: 1814 - 1837

Paddock's Grove, Illinois postmaster's account

 Collection — Box: 64
Identifier: MS-SC1132
Scope and Contents List of letters sent from the post office at Paddock's Grove, with the name of the post office mail was sent to and amount paid, or if unpaid or free.
Dates: Created: April - June 1842

Paul Simon Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS-BC576
Abstract U.S. Senator, Congressman, presidential candidate, Illinois Lieutenant Governor and member of the Illinois House of Representatives and Illinois State Senate, author. Began his career as a newspaperman at age 19 by buying the Troy, Illinois newspaper and over time built a chain of 14 newspapers that he edited and published until he sold them in 1966. As lieutenant governor assisted citizens in their dealings with state government. Authored books on Elijah Lovejoy and Abraham Lincoln as well as...
Dates: Created: 1948-1985; Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1965