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James R. Newhall (1809-1893) Papers

James R. Newhall (1809-1893) Papers

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JAMES R. NEWHALL (1809-1893) PAPERS, 1850-1893





Collection Summary

Repository:The Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum 132 Essex Street Salem, MA 01970 Phone: 978-745-9500 Fax: 978-531-1516
Creator:Newhall, James R. (James Robinson), 1809-1893
Title:James R. Newhall (1809-1893) Papers
Dates:1850/1893
Quantity:0.25 linear feet (1 box)
Abstract:The James Robinson Newhall papers contain three account books of daily charges and memoranda which record charges for legal services.
Collection Number:MSS 42

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Scope and Content Note

The James Robinson Newhall papers contain three account books of daily charges and memoranda which record charges for legal services. The collection also contains a ninety page preliminary draft of The Legacy of an Octogenarian.


Biographical Sketch

James Robinson Newhall, a prominent lawyer, judge, printer and author, was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, on December 25, 1809. In 1824, he became a printer's apprentice at the Salem Gazette. After a few years, he went to Boston, and then to New York, where he became employed by the Conference. In approximately 1831, he returned to Salem where he started his own newspaper, the Record, but this did not last for long. In 1844, James began to study law, and in 1847, he was accepted to the Bar and began a practice in Lynn.


In 1849, he became Special Justice of the Lynn Police Court, and in 1866 he was commissioned as a Judge, a position which he held for 13 years. In 1852 he held the position of President of the Common Council, and he served as Chairman of the School Committee. In addition to writing more than a dozen volumes, he was the author of History of Lynn Volume One, published in 1865, and the co-author of History of Lynn Volume Two, published in 1883. James' autobiography, Legacy of an Octogenarian, was edited and published posthumously by Israel Augustus Newhall and Howard Mudge Newhall. He kept a font of type in his home, from which he set up the books he published. He was the President of the Lynn Press Association for many years.


In October 1837, James married Dorcas B. Brown, the daughter of Captain W. B. Brown, of Salem. The couple had one son together; Dorcas died not long after giving birth, and the child died at age ten. James married his second wife, Elizabeth Campbell Newhall, the daughter of Hon. Josiah and Lydia (Johnson) Newhall, in 1853. James died on October 24, 1893.


Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in Philcat. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Newhall, James R. (James Robinson), 1809-1893
Account books
Autobiography
Lawyers
Lynn (Mass.)

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

This collection is open for research use.


Administrative Information

Copyright

Requests for permission to publish material from the collection must be submitted in writing to the Manuscript Librarian in the Phillips Library at the Peabody Essex Museum.

Preferred Citation

James R. Newhall (1809-1893) Papers, MSS 42, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, Mass.

Provenance

This material was donated by Ronald Tagney on November 4, 1977. Included in this collection is a preliminary draft of Newhall's autobiography, The Legacy of an Octogenarian, which was purchased on December 15, 1981.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Hilary Streifer, September 2014.


Related Material

Newhall, James R. The Legacy of an Octogenarian. Lynn, MA: The Nichols Press, 1897.


James Robinson Newhall Account Book (MS 177). Special Collections and University Archives, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries.


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