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Inventory of the Joshua Clapp Stone Papers
In the New Bedford Whaling Museum Research Library
Joshua Clapp Stone was born in Boston on August 25, 1825. After graduating from Harvard in 1844, he spent a year at Harvard Law School and then completed his law studies with Colonel Page in New Bedford. Admitted to the bar in 1844, Stone then continued as a partner in Colonel Page’s practice until the senior attorney retired.
In 1853, Stone joined the practice of Lincoln F. Brigham where he remained until 1859. In 1859, Stone returned to Boston where he remained until 1862 when he returned to New Bedford to join the practice of William W. Crapo (Crapo and Stone). Stone continued at this firm until his death on January 2, 1869. Stone married Elizabeth Hathaway of New Bedford and they were the parents of four sons (Henry, Nathaniel, Francis and Frederic) and a daughter (Caroline).
Scope and Content Note
Materials in this collection consist of Joshua Clapp Stone’s correspondence from 1848 to 1868. Stone’s correspondence is addressed primarily to Elizabeth Hathaway Stone and document the time prior to their marriage. Stone consistently writes of the areas where he traveled, and as a result, his letters include rich descriptions of Kentucky, Maryland, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. The content of Stone’s later letters, dated 1858 to 1868, describe his family life, the activities of his four sons and the birth of his daughter.
The letters in this collection were bound together in two separate notebooks. The first notebook contains Stone’s letters from 1848 to 1856, while the second notebook contains his letters from 1858-1868.
Arrangement of Collection
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Materials in this collection were donated to the New Bedford Whaling Museum on August 30, 1995 by Mr. Henry B. Stone as part of accession B95-25
Processed by: Cecelia Tavares, 2020
Encoded by: Kristi Mukk, 9 November 2020
Boston (Mass.)--History--19th century
Domestic relations--Massachusetts--New Bedford
Gannett, Ezra S. (Ezra Stiles), 1801-1871
Hathaway, Francis, 1829-1865
Hathaway, Horatio, 1831-1898
Hathaway, Thomas Scuyler, 1796-1878
Indiana--Description and travel
Kentucky--Description and travel
Lawrence, Abbott, 1792-1855
Morgan, Caroline Hathaway, 1822-1883
New Bedford (Mass.)--History--19th century
Pennsylvania--Description and travel
Stone, Elizabeth Clapp
Stone, Elizabeth Hathaway
Stone, Francis Hathaway, 1856-1941
Stone, Frederick H.
Stone, Henry B.
Stone, Joshua Clapp, 1825-1869
Stone, William Ward
Weiss, John, 1818-1879