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Daniel Mulford Letters

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Biographical Note

Daniel Mulford was born in New Providence, New Jersey in 1781. Mulford was the son of Jonathan Mulford, Jr. and Deborah Ludlow. Mulford received his early education from Morristown Academy under Samuel Whelpley. He was a shopkeeper in New York City briefly afterwards. Mulford entered Yale College in 1804 and graduated in 1806 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Following his college career, he returned to New Jersey to teach at Morristown. He began studying law, but declining health caused him to relocate to a warmer climate, in Georgia.

Mulford resumed his legal education in Savannah, and he was admitted to the Georgia Bar in 1809 despite continued ill-health. Daniel Mulford died of tuberculosis in New Providence, New Jersey in 1811.

More information about Daniel Mulford can be found in Milledgeville: Georgia's Antebellum Capital by James C. Bonner and in the James C. Bonner Collection in Special Collections.

Scope and Content

The collection spans from 1803 to 1812, with the majority of the letters appearing between 1808 and 1811. The collection contains letters written to his colleagues and professors at Morristown, poems and songs written by Mulford, and other documents concerning his life as a lawyer.

Provenance and Arrangement

In November 1953, Clarence Mulford Day sent this collection to Elizabeth Grieve (Betty) Ferguson at the Georgia State College for Women library. The collection consists of copies of the original manuscripts which Day owned and those housed at Yale University Library. The collection is arranged as it was at the time of the acquisition.

 

 

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