Bayard-Emory Correspondence, 1879-1898, MS. 1987

Bayard-Emory Correspondence, 1879-1898, MS 1987, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection Summary

 

Title                                          Bayard-Emory Correspondence

 

Creator                                    Thomas F. Bayard and Frederick Emory

 

Call Number                              MS.1987

 

Span Dates                               1879-1898

 

Extent                                     Thirteen (13) Letters

 

Abstract                                     Thirteen letters, nine of which are from Bayard to Emory. The correspondence is mainly of a political and diplomatic nature. Bayard Emory to be Director of the Pan American Union. In the letters Bayard discusses events of the day, personal views on Presidents Grover Cleveland and William McKinley, treaties (especially arbitration concerning the preservation of seals in the Bering Sea), the silver standard and free coinage of silver, and tariff reform.

 

Administrative summary

 

Repository                                H. Furlong Baldwin Library

                                                Maryland Historical Society

                                                201 W. Monument Street

                                                Baltimore, Maryland 21218

                                                www.mdhs.org

                                                special_collections@mdhs.org

 

Access restrictions                    Open to the public without restrictions.

 

Use restrictions                         Permission to quote from this collection must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

 

                                     

Biographical note

Thomas F. Bayard (1828-1898), United States Senator from Delaware, 1869-1885; Secretary of State, 1885-1889; Ambassador to Great Britain, 1893-1897.

 

Frederic Emory (1853-1908), journalist in Baltimore and Philadelphia and one of the editors of the Baltimore Sun for a time.

 

Scope and Content 

Thirteen letters, nine of which are from Bayard to Emory. The correspondence is mainly of a political and diplomatic nature. Bayard Emory to be Director of the Pan American Union. In the letters Bayard discusses events of the day, personal views on Presidents Grover Cleveland and William McKinley, treaties (especially arbitration concerning the preservation of seals in the Bering Sea), the silver standard and free coinage of silver, and tariff reform.

 

Inventory  

1. Bayard, Thomas F. to Frederic Emory, 1879 June 14

Bayard discusses his attitude relating to the "Warner" bill, refers to a "decay in the morals and methods of higher politics in our American system"

 

 2. Hemsley??, Frederick to Emory, 1883 September 27

Letter about family matters; Helmsley?? invites Emory to visit him in Atlantic City

 

3. Bayard, Florence to Emory, 1889 December

Writes to thank Emory for writing article favorable to her father, "I know that father is right--but there are very few people who have the courage to stand by the truth when it becomes unpleasant"

 

4. Bayard, Thomas F. to Emory 1890 January 29

Bayard regrets that he cannot write an article for the Sun as Emory has suggested; discusses ratification of the treaty of extradition with Britain; and compares the Phelps Treaty of 1886 with the Blaine-Paunceforte Treay

 

5. Emory to Bayard, 1892 November 10.

Emory congratulates Bayard on his role in the election of Grover Cleveland: “It is a triumph so complete...that patriotic men...need have no fear for the future.”

 

6. Bayard to Emory, 1892 November 15.

Revels in the victory [Cleveland's election] with Emory: “What a poor figure the ‘Bosses’ cut in the contest...[that] place[d] an honest and true man in the Presidency.... I hope and pray the current of reform may not be checked…”

 

7. Bayard to Emory, 1893 February 14.

He is fearful for the country:  “The issues which are forming and compelling decision will disarrange party lines as heretofore known…”

 

8. Bayard to Emory, 1893 August 16.

Re: Bering Sea arbitration. Bayard has long favored preservation of the seals by the cooperative legislation of the maritime nations. On the envelope Emory notes his reply and what sent?

 

9. Bayard to Emory, 1893 October 28

More on the Bering Sea bill and ramifications; also discusses the sliver standard (“…should he [Cleveland] prove able to guide the ship of state clear of that reef of financial death (a silver standard) his will have been a service beyond recompense”) and tariff reform. Suggests Emory meet and get to know his friend, Worthington Chauncy Ford. Glad Emory likes his new job at the State Department.

 

10. Bayard to Emory, probably 1894 April 26.

Congratulates him on his new appointment [to the Bureau of Statistics?] after the termination of the Bureau of American Republics.

 

11. Bayard to Emory, 1896 January 14

Great concern over the Venezuelan dispute. Attacks House Republicans. Recalls visit to Wye House and mentions Col. Edward Lloyd (1825-1907), whom he tried to get appointed Collector of the Port of Baltimore in 1893. On Maryland politics and government: “Maryland will have to go through an era of suffering before the good and true can organize for honest government....”

 

12. Bayard to Emory, 1896 September 20.

Re: the free coinage of silver. Attacks those who favor free silver, McKinley, etc.  Very depressed about the state of political affairs in the U.S.  Requests a copy of Teackle Wallis's works edited by William Hand Browne.

 

 

 

13. 1898 October 29.

Wedding announcement of Florence Bayard (the ambassador's daughter) to William Samuel Hilles in Wilmington.

 

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