Summary Information

Repository
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Creator - Author
Bridge, Horatio, 1806-1893
Title
Horatio Bridge papers
ID
M18
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1832-1893
Date [inclusive]
1823-1967, undated
Extent
0.5 linear feet
Language

Preferred Citation

Horatio Bridge Papers, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine


Biographical/Historical Note

Horatio Bridge was born in Augusta, Maine, on April 8th, 1806, to James Bridge (Bowdoin College Trustee, 1821-1834) and his wife. Entering in 1821, Bridge graduated from Bowdoin College in the class of 1825 along with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Bridge's life-long friend, Nathaniel Hawthorne. Although trained as a lawyer, Bridge joined the U.S. Navy in 1838 and served as Paymaster-General during the Civil War. He retired in 1868 with the rank of Commodore.

Bridge was the author of The Journal of an African Cruiser (1845), edited by Hawthorne, and Personal Recollections of Nathaniel Hawthorne (1893). He and his wife, Charlotte Marshall, had one child.


Scope and Content

Consists of correspondence, clippings, and other documents, mostly concerning Bridge or his relationship with Nathaniel Hawthorne. Also included are two of Bridge's journals, his term bills from Bowdoin College, and manuscripts for three of his shorter writings, including "The Wreck of the Saratoga."


Administrative Information

Publication Information

 George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011

3000 College Station
Brunswick, Maine, 04011
(207) 725-3288
scaref@bowdoin.edu

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.


Collection Inventory

M18.1: Correspondence, 1838-1893, undated   0.25 linear feet

Series Description:

A small collection of correspondence on personal and naval matters. While the bulk of the correspondence is between Bridge and Bowdoin Librarian George T. Little, and concerns Nathaniel Hawthorne, also included are personal letters between Bridge and his wife, and Bridge's copybooks of his letters from Hawthorne.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Box Folder
1 1

R. Williams to Horatio Bridge, Washington. February 27, 1838 [2 p.] 

1 2

Horatio Bridge to Mrs. J.G. Holbrook, Leghorn. March 28, 1848 [4 p.] 

1 3

Horatio Bridge to Mrs. Horatio Bridge, Lenox. July 18, 1850 [2 p.] 

1 4

Horatio Bridge to Mrs. Horatio Bridge, [n.p.]. July 8, 1855 [4 p.] 

1 5

David Porter to Horatio Bridge, Annapolis, Md. March 27, 1867 [2 p.] 

1 6

David Porter to Horatio Bridge, Annapolis, Md. March 19, 1868 [4 p.] 

1 7

R.C. Manning to Horatio Bridge, Salem, Mass. February 16, 1871 [8 p.] 

1 8

William Burnett to Horatio Bridge, Brooklyn. May 2, 1879 [1 p.] 

1 9

Horatio Bridge to George T. Little, Athens, Pa. December 2, 1886 [1 p.] 

1 10

Horatio Bridge to George T. Little, Athens, Pa. September 3, 1888 [1 p.] 

1 11

Horatio Bridge to George T. Little, Athens, Pa. November 11, 1888 [2 p.] 

1 12

Horatio Bridge to George T. Little, Athens, Pa. January 5, 1889 [3 p.] 

1 13

Horatio Bridge to George T. Little, Athens, Pa. June 20, 1889 [2 p.] 

1 14

Horatio Bridge to George T. Little, Athens, Pa. June 29, 1889 [3 p.] 

1 15

Horatio Bridge to George T. Little, Athens, Pa. October 30, 1890 [2 p.] 

1 16

T.B. Aldrich to Horatio Bridge, Boston. April 14, 1891 [1 p.] 

1 17

Horatio Bridge to George T. Little, Athens, Pa. April 27, 1891 [3 p.] 

1 18

Horatio Bridge to George T. Little, Athens, Pa. May 2, 1891 [1 p.] 

1 19

T.B. Aldrich to Horatio Bridge, Ponkapog, Mass. June 6, 1891 [4 p.] 

1 20

Horatio Bridge to George T. Little, Athens, Pa. January 5, 1892 [3 p.] 

1 21

Horatio Bridge to George T. Little, Athens, Pa. January 13, 1892 [3 p.] 

1 22

T.B. Aldrich to Horatio Bridge, Boston. January 26, 1892 [1 p.] 

1 23

Horatio Bridge to George T. Little, Athens, Pa. February 11, 1892 [2 p.] 

1 24

D.C. Weston to Horatio Bridge, [New York?]. February 13, 1892 [3 p.] 

1 25

Horatio Bridge to George T. Little, Athens, Pa. February 24, 1892 [3 p.] 

1 26

Harper & Brothers publishing co. to Horatio Bridge, New York. October 22, 1892 [2 p.] 

1 27

Charlotte M. Bridge to George T. Little, Athens, Pa. April 22, [1893] [4 p.] 

1 28

Horatio Bridge to Mrs. Horatio Bridge, [n.p.]. [n.d.] [2 p.] 

1 29-30

Copybooks of letters from Nathaniel Hawthorne to Horatio Bridge, February 8, 1838 - January 2, 1867 


M18.2: Other Materials, 1823-1967, undated   0.25 linear feet

Series Description:

Consists of biographical materials, documents, journals, and writings by or about Horatio Bridge. Included are certificates documenting his appoinment as Purser and Pay Director in the United States Navy as well as his journals from 1846 and 1880.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by material type.

Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Biographical Materials 

Box Folder
1 31

Biographical notes, including listing of residences while attending Bowdoin College 

1 32

Clippings, 1893-1967 

1 33

List of Naval commissions, 1838-1873 

1 34

Photostats of Bridge materials in the Dupont Papers at the Eleutherian Mills Historical Library, Greenville, Delaware 

Documents 

Ovsz-Box
A1

Appointment of Bridge as Purser in U.S. Navy, signed by Martin Van Buren, February 16, 1838 

A1

Appointment of Bridge as Pay Director in U.S. Navy, signed by Ulysses S. Grant, January 20, 1873 

Box Folder
1 35

Bowdoin College term bills, May 23, 1823 - September 7, 1825 

Journals 

Box Folder
1 36

Bridge's journal from 1846, inscribed "in case of my death, I wish this manuscript and my copy of the The Journal of an African Cruiser, ... delivered to my friend Nath. Hawthorne, ... Nov. 12, 1846" 

1 37

Bridge's journal from 1880 and 1881 

Writings 

Box Folder
1 38

"The Grave of L.T.L." 

1 39

"Trip from Portland to Alaska" 

1 40

"The Wreck of the Saratoga"