Finding aid created by: MLB
Date: Apr 1973
|12 Jul 2009||converted to EAD (MRC)|
|16 Jul 2009||adds, M84-31 (MRC)|
|5 Jan 2017||fixed index code (MRC)|
Overview of the Collection
|Creator:||Sedgwick, C. B. (Charles Baldwin), 1815-1883.|
|Title:||Charles Baldwin Sedgwick Papers|
|Quantity:||1.75 linear ft.|
|Abstract:||Papers of the New York State lawyer, U.S. Congressman (1859-1863), abolitionist, born near Pompey, N.Y. Correspondence (1847-1891); genealogical material; legal and financial records (1814-1879); writings (1837-1884), including essays, speeches, and published letters; and memorabilia. Largely family correspondence with additional letters of Louis Agassiz, Samuel Bowles, Salmon P. Chase, F.J. Child, James Freeman Clarke, Roscoe Conkling, George W. Curtis, John A. Dahlgren, Richard H. Dana, H.L. Dawes, Daniel S. Dickinson, J.T. Fields, John M. Forbes, John C. Frémont, William Lloyd Garrison, George W. Geddes, George F. Hoar, John Jay, Thomas Starr King, Samuel J. May, Robert B. Minturn, Levi P. Morton, Charles Eliot Norton, Elizabeth P. Peabody, Wendell Phillips, William H. Seward, Gerrit Smith, Israel Washburn, R.S. Watson, Andrew D. White, and others.|
|Repository:||Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
222 Waverly Avenue
Syracuse, NY 13244-2010
Charles Baldwin Sedgwick (1815-1883) was an American attorney and U.S. Congressman from New York State. While an attorney in Syracuse he was a member of the defense counsel for the Jerry Rescue case.
Sedgwick was born on March 15, 1815 near Pompey, New York. His parents, Stephen and Anne Baldwin Sedgwick, sent him to Pompey Hill Academy. Later in 1834 he graduated from Hamilton College. Around 1835 he married Ellen Smith who died in 1846. In 1847 Sedgwick married Deborah Gannett of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
In 1846 Sedgwick moved from Pompey to Syracuse, N.Y. and opened a law office. During the latter part of the decade he became involved with various social reform causes, particularly the anti-slavery movement. He was affiliated with American Anti-Slavery Society, and was a member of the Syracuse Vigilance Committee which aided runaway slaves. Sedgwick was one of the attorneys for the defense in the Jerry Rescue Case.
Sedgwick was elected to Congress in 1859 where he served two consecutive terms as the representative of the twenty-forth District. As a member of Congress he distinguished himself as an anti-slavery advocate, and as Chairman of the Navy Committee. In 1863 he returned to private life, and the practice of law.
See the attached genealogical table for the Sedgwick family tree.
The Charles B. Sedgwick Papers consist of correspondence, legal and financial Records, memorabilia, and writings.
Correspondence, 1847-1891, consists largely of letters written by Charles Baldwin Sedgwick to various members of his family, especially his wife. These discuss family matters as well as subjects with broader social implications. Some of the letters concern his duties in Congress and the progress of the Civil War. About one third of the correspondence consists of letters written to Sedgwick by his family and various associates. Among this latter group are a number of notable individuals including Roscoe Conkling, John A. Dahlgren, William Lloyd Garrison, John Jay, Wendell Phillips, and Gerrit Smith. An index to selected correspondents appears at the end of this finding aid.
Legal and financial records, 1814-1879, consist of routine documents pertinent to the business affairs of the Sedgwick family. It also contains a few items that pre-date Sedgwick's birth.
Memorabilia dating from 1862 to 1883 contains various items of incidental interest including clippings, biographical material, and obituaries of Charles B. Sedgwick and his son Frank.
Writings date from 1837 to 1884. There are essays, published letters, and speeches authored by Charles B. Sedgwick. Of special interest in this section is an essay, probably written by Sedgwick, on "The Legal Conditions of Women," 1837. There is also a small group of writings by others.
Correspondence is in chronological order. The remaining series are in alphabetical order by type or title.
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Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873.
Bowles, Samuel, 1826-1878.
Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873.
Child, Francis James, 1825-1896.
Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888.
Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888.
Curtis, George William, 1824-1892.
Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard, 1809-1870.
Dana, Richard Henry, Jr., 1815-1882.
Dawes, Henry L. (Henry Laurens), 1816-1903.
Dickinson, Daniel S. (Daniel Stevens), 1800-1866.
Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881.
Forbes, John Murray, 1813-1898.
Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890.
Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879.
Geddes, George W. (George Washington), 1824-1892.
Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904.
Jay, John, 1817-1894.
King, Thomas Starr, 1824-1864.
May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871.
Minturn, Robert Bowne, 1805-1866.
Morton, Levi P. (Levi Parsons), 1824-1920.
Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908.
Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, 1804-1894.
Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884.
Sedgwick, C. B. (Charles Baldwin), 1815-1883.
Seward, William H. (William Henry), 1801-1872.
Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874.
Washburn, Israel, 1813-1883.
Watson, Robert Spence, 1837-1911.
White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918.
Abolitionists -- United States.
Lawyers -- New York (State)
Slavery -- United States -- Anti-slavery movements.
Social reformers -- United States.
New York (State) -- History.
Syracuse (N.Y.), History.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.
Genres and Forms
Clippings (information artifacts)
Preferred citation for this material is as follows:
Charles Baldwin Sedgwick Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries
Legal and financial records
Selected index to correspondence
|Box 1||[General] Mar 1847-Nov 1860 (24 folders)|
|Box 2||[General] Dec 1860-May 1864 (22 folders)|
|Box 3||[General] Jun 1864-Feb 1891 (26 folders)|
|Legal and financial records|
|Box 3||Miscellaneous undated|
|Box 3||Bills and receipts 1867-1879 (3 folders)|
|Box 3||Certificate of Appointment, Master Examiner 1841|
|Box 3||Rockefeller property 1814|
|Box 3||Specifications for house construction undated|
|Box 4||Biographical material|
|Box 4||Obituaries 1862-1883|
|Box 4||"The Legal Condition of Women #2" 1837 - holograph|
|Box 4||On anti-slavery 1851|
|Box 4||On Abraham Lincoln, eulogy 1865|
|Box 4||Acceptance of donation on behalf of the board of trustees of Wells College|
|Box 4||"Emancipation and Enrollment of Slaves In the Service of the United States" 1863|
|Box 4||On old Pompey Academy undated|
|Box 4||"An Oration Before Sigma Phi" 1850 - printed material|
|Box 4||"To Raise Additional Troops" 1863 - printed material|
|Box 4||"The Republican Party: The Result of Southern Aggression" 1860 - printed material|
|Box 4||"State of the Union" 1861 - printed material|
|Box 4||"A Girl of Sixteen at Brook Farm," by Deborah G. Sedgwick - manuscript of essay published in the Atlantic Monthly, March 1900|
|Box 4||"Wendell Phillips," pamphlet by George William Curtis 1884|
|Box 4||Verse - printed material|
All items are to Charles Baldwin Sedgwick, unless otherwise noted.