Charles E. Frohman Collections

Collection ID: FR-12
Location: FR-12

(Description ID: 594192)

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Eleutheros Cooke


Biographical Sketch
Scope and Content

The collection is part of the Charles E. Frohman Collection. The Eleutheros Cooke Papers were donated to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is 1967 by Charles E. Frohman and by Jeannette Nichols in 1941. The Center also holds manuscript material on Jay Cooke, a son of Eleutheros Cooke. See Gilded Age Collection #71.

Biographical Sketch
Born in Middle Granville, New York in 1787, Eleutheros Cooke was educated at Union College in Schenectady. Soon after his admission to the bar, Cooke moved with his wife (Martha Carswell) and daughter to Madison, Indiana (1817) where he was joined by neighbors and families from Washington County, New York. In Madison, Cooke opened his law practice. After a trip to New York several years later, Cooke crossed Lake Erie, landing at Sandusky, Ohio. In 1819, Cooke moved his family to Sandusky, becoming one of its earliest and most noted lawyers. He was elected to the Ohio State House of Representatives in 1822, 1823, 1825, and 1840. Cooke was also elected as a Republican to the 22nd Congress, serving from 1831 to 1833. Eleutheros Cooke is credited with receiving the first railroad charter in the United States. Cooke presented the public address for the anniversary of the battle of Fort Meigs before General William Henry Harrison and an audience of 40,000. Eleutheros was the father of Civil War financier, Jay Cooke. Eleutheros Cooke died in 1864.

The Eleutheros Cooke home, completed in 1844, was the first built of stone in Sandusky, Ohio. Located at the corner of Columbus Avenue and Washington Row, the home was relocated in 1878 following the deaths of Cooke and his wife. Today, the home stands at 1415 Columbus Avenue. In 1995, the three-story Greek Revival and its contents were donated to the Ohio Historical Society.

Scope and Content
The correspondence and papers of the Eleutheros Cooke family concern the many interests of Eleutheros, his wife, his brothers, sisters and his children dating from 1809 to 1905. Eleutheros was a member of the Ohio State House of Representatives 1822, 1823, 1825; 1840 and was elected to 22nd Congress 1831-33; his son Jay was a financier, son-in-law, Wm. G. Moorhead, a Consul at Valpariso around 1849; his brother Israel worked a gold claim in California around 1851-52.

The letters contain information relative to their personal lives, their health, property investments on the East and West coasts and in and around Sandusky, Ohio; of flour speculation on the west coast and importing of same from Chile in 1850. There are items of interest re- the Mad River & Monroeville Railroad; churches and social times; also travels abroad; accounts of brother Israel's trip from Missouri to Nebraska and on to Oregon with cows and steers and finally his gold claim and the working of it in California during 1851-52. Also of interest is the change of the financial status of the family over the years; of son Jay, the financier - banker in N.Y., Washington,. D.C., and Philadelphia. There are also business and legal papers [not indexed] dating from 1827-1898 consisting of indentures, leases, agreements, abstracts of titles, deeds, transfers, memos., etc. ca. 90 pieces; in addition to these a few miscellaneous items including 3 photos of brother and sisters of Eleutheros.

Ac. 1830
ca. 415 pieces


INDEX to correspondence follows; legal papers not indexed.

INDEX - to outgoing letters:

ANGEL, Charles
 Agreement with E. Cooke, May 18, 1849, 1p. ms.

 Petition re. twps. York & Townsend, unsigned, n.d. 1p.
 To Pitt Cooke, [letter in part], undated, 2p. A.L.
 To "Esteemed Friend," undated, 2p. A.L.
 To "Dear Sir," undated, 2p. A.L.
 To Mr. Cooke, unsigned, August 8, 1847, 3p. A.L.

ANTHONY, Charles & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms signed.

B[?], Clara and Caroline
 To Mrs. E. Cooke, January 30, 1848, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

BADGER, Cornelia [Mrs. Sam]
 To S. Moorhead, August 14, 1844, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, October 19, 1844, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, December 6, 1844, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

BADGER, Samuel, Jr.
 To S. Moorhead, October 19, 1844 [verso Cornelia Badger] 1p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, December 6, 1844 [verso Cornelia Badger] 1p. A.L.S.

 To S. Moorhead, undated, 4p. A.L.S.

BIGGER, John & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833. 2p. ms signed.

BLACKBURN, Wm. & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833. 2p. ms signed.

BOALT, Clara
 To S. Moorhead, January 29, 1837, 4p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, December 24, 1837, 4p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, February -, [1838] 4p. [written as daily diary].
 To S. Moorhead, 1839, 3p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, August 15, 1839, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

BOND, Thomas W.
 To E. Cooke [see verso H. D. Cooke] July 9, 1844, 1p. A.L.S.

BOYD, J. McH (?)
 To E. Cooke, February 24, 1844, 3p. A .L.S. w/self envelope
 To J. Cooke, March 24, 1844, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

BROWN, E. & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

 To W. G. Moorhead, September 26, 1840, 1p. A.L.S.

BUSH, Chauncey
 To W. G. Moorhead, April 17, 1845, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

 [Estimate of property], March 7, 1844, 1p. ms.
 To Mrs. E. Cooke & Mrs. Hurd, December 19, 1866, 4p. A.L.S.

 To W. G. Moorhead, April 15, 1843, 1p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

CHANEY, B. & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed.

CHAPIN, [Mottley]
 To I. Cooke, July -, 1840, 4p. A.L.S.

 To "Dear Girls," n.d., 2p. A.L.S.
 To "Friend," August 20, n.y., 2p. A.L.S.
 To "Respected Sir," September 9, n.y., 1p. A.L.S.

 To Mother, undated, 2p. A.L.S.

[COOKE], Edward
 To Coz. Mary, n.d., 1p. A.L.S.

COOKE, Eleutheros
 To Mrs. Cooke, July 26, n.y., 1p. A.L.S.
 To W. G. Moorhead, April 7, n.y., 3p. A.L S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, [see verso S. Moorhead], March 27, n.y., 1p. A.L.S.
 To Sister Thankful, n.d., 1p. A.L.S.
 To J. W. Allen, November 7, 1831, 3p. draft A.L.S.
 To W. G. Moorhead, August 18, 1835, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Moorhead, November 13, 1835, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W.G. Moorhead [see Pitt C., April 9, 1836], 1p. A.L.S.
 To Wm. Montgomery, August 1, 1836, 2p. A.L.S.
 To I. Purdy, August 31, 1836, 2p. A.L.S.
 To W. G. Moorhead, March 7, 1837, 2p. A .L S w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead August 1, 1837, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Moorhead, August 24, 1837, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, November 12, 1837, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, March 8, 1838, 3p. A.L.S. self envelope
 To Israel Cooke, May 16, 1838, 1p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, August 29, 1838, 1p. A.L.S.
 To J. Cooke, September 9, 1838 [see verso S. Moorhead], 1p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, 1839 [see C. Boalt this date], 1p. A.L.S.
 To Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Moorhead, March 14, 1839, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 Contract with Wm. Handley & I. Stevens, December -, 1839, 4p.
 To W. G. Moorhead, May 15, 1840, 4p. A.L.S.
 To W. G. Moorhead, July 16, 1840, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To [E. Whittlesey], February 27, 1841, 4p. A.L.S.
 To W. G. Moorhead, March 16, 1841, 3p, A .L S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, May 19, 1841, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G Moorhead, July 17, 1841, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, [December -, 1841], 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To H. Clay, August 25, 1842, 1p. A.L.S [copy]
 To W. G. Moorhead, December 2, 1842, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, February 6, 1843 [see verso S. Moorhead], 1p. A.N.S.
 To W. G. Moorhead, Mach 4, 1843, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, April 7, 1843, 2p. A.L.S w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, April 9, 1843, 1p. A.N.S. [see verso S. Moorhead]
 To W. G. Moorhead, April 15, 1843, 1p. A.L.S. [see verso D.Carswell]
 To S. Moorhead, December 3, 1843, 2p. A.L.S.
 To W. G. Moorhead [February 24, 1844] see J. H. Boyd this date, 1p. A.N.S. w/self envelope
 To Jay Cooke, March 7, 1844, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, August -, 1845, 2p. A.L.S. [with S. Moorhead]
 To A. H. Moss, March 18 , 1846, 4p. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, October 8, 1848 [see W. G. Moorhead], 1p. A.L.S.
 To Mrs. E. Cooke, August 2. 1849, telegram.
 To his Sister, November 21, 1856, 1p. A.L.S.

COOKE, Mrs. Eleutheros (Martha)
 To Sarah & Mary, February 7. n.y., 3p. A.L.S.
 To Sarah Moorhead [see December 3, 1843], 1p. A.L.S.

COOKE, Elizabeth
 To S. Moorhead, February 9, 1845 [verso J. Cooke], 2p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, August 3, 1845, 2p. A.L.S. [with J. Cooke]
 To Mr. & Mrs. E. Cooke & All, November 30, 1845 [see J. Cooke], 2p. A.L.S.

COOKE, Ellen
 To S. Moorhead, December 29, 1836, 2p. A.L.S. w/envelope

COOKE, Fanny A.
 To Sarah & Mary, February 7, n.y. [see Mrs. E. Cooke], 1p. A.N.S.

COOKE, George A. [son of Jay ?]
 To his Aunt [Sarah], December 20, 1864, 3p. A.L.S.

COOKE, Harry D.
 To S. & W. G. Moorhead, December 19, 1842, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To E. Cooke, August 9, 1843, 2p. A.L.S.
 To Mr. & Mrs. E. Cooke, July 9, 1844, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Mr. & Mrs. E. Cooke, August 19, 1844 [verso P. Cooke], 1p. A.L.S.
 To Father, Mother & Household, November 28, 1844, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Parents, June 6, 1844, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To E. Cooke, August 16, 1845, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To "Dear Friends," October 29, 1849, 1p. A.L.S.
 To Parents, Pitt & Mary, November 13, 1849, 1p. A.L.S.
 To Jay Cooke, November 19, 1849, 2p. A.L.S.
 To J. Cooke & Others, November 22, 1849, 4p. A.L.S.
 To Brother [Jay], November 25, 1849, 2p. A.L.S.
 To Father & Mother, April 4, 1864, 3p. A.L.S.
 To Mother, June 12, [1864] [see verso L.Cooke], 1p. A.L.S.
 To Parents, July 26, 1864, 8p. A.L.S.
 To Mother, February 4, 1865, 3p. A.L.S.
 To Mother, April 18, 1865, 3p. A.L.S.
 To Mother & Pitt, April 16, 1867, 2p. A.L.S.
 To Mother, May 7, 1867, 3p. A.L.S.
 To Mother, May 16, 1867, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Mother, June 28, 1874, 2p. A.L.S.
 To Sarah & Mary, September 16, 1875, 4p. A.L.S.
 To Daughters, October 19, 1875, 2p. A.L.S.

COOKE, Henry C.
 To W. G. Moorhead, May 10, 1841, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, February 7, 1844, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

COOKE, Israel [brother of Eleutheros]
 To [W. G. Moorhead], December 29, 1837 [see J. Cooke this date], 1p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, January 10, 1840, 1p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, February 8, 1840 [see verso letter January 10,1840], 2p. A.L.S.
 To Sisters, February 27, 1851, 4p. A.L.S.
 To Nephew, March 23, 1851, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Thankful & Elmira, April 7, 1851, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To his brother, May 2, 1851, 4p. A.L.S.
 To nephew, Edward, July 31, 1851, 1p. A.L.S. w/envelope
 To sister [Thankful], August 21, 1852, 3p. A.L.S.
 To sister [Thankful], October 10, 1852, 4p. A.L.S.
 To sister Thankful, October 31, 1852, 4p. A.L.S.

 To Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Moorhead, January 13, 1837, 2p. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, December 29, 1837, 4p. A.L.S.
 To W. G. Moorhead, February 5, 1843, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Brother H. D., March 11, 1843, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To E. Cooke, August 9, 1843, 1p. A.L.S.
 To E. Cooke, March 18, 1844, 4p. A.L.S.
 To Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Moorhead, April 12, 1844, 1p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Mrs. W. G. Moorhead, April 24, 1844, 4p . A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To E. Cooke, June 6, 1844, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, July 21, [1844], 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Moorhead, August 19, 1844 [verso Pitt Cooke], 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Father, Mother & All, September 22, 1844, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To E. Cooke & All, November 28, 1844, 4p A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, February 9, 1845, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, August 3, 1845, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Mr. & Mrs. E. Cooke & All, November 30, 1845, 3p. A.L.S.
 To Mr. & Mrs. Pitt Cooke, August 30, 1846, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Mrs. E. Cooke, May 2, 1847, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Parents, December 13, 1849, 1p. A.L.S.
 To E. Cooke, July 10, 1851, 1p. A.L.S.
 To Uncle Hank, August 6, 1852, 2p. A.L.S.
 To Aunt Thankful, September ll, 1856, 2p. A.L.S.
 To his father, January 11, 1864, 1p. A.L.S.
 To his mother, June 14, 1864, 3p. A.L.S.
 To Parents, December 12, 1864, 2p. A.L.S.
 To his mother, April l, 1865, 2p. A.L.S.
 To his mother, April 14, 1865, 1p. A.L.S.
 To his mother & others, June 28, 1866, 2p. A.L.S.
 To his mother & others, August 4, 1866, 1p. A.L.S.
 To his mother, June 19, 1866, 2p. A.L.S. w/envelope
 To his mother, August 10, 1866, 2p. A.L.S. w/envelope
 To mother & all, September 3, 1866, lp A.L.S.
 To his mother, May 28, 1867, 2p. A.L.S. w/envelope
 To his mother, June 24, 1874, 1p A.L.S.
 To his mother, June 26, 1874, 2p. A.L.S.
 To his mother, June 27, 1874, 2p.A.L.S.
 To his mother, June 29, 1874, 1p. A.L.S.
 To Mamie & Lollie, October 1, 1905, 1p. A.L.S.

COOKE, Jay [son of Pitt Cooke]
 To Father, Mother & All, September 22, 1844, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Uncle Israel & Aunties Thankful & Elmira, March 30, 1849, 2p. A.L.S.
 To Uncle Henry, August 6, 1852, 1p. A.L.S.
 To Uncle Henry, August 6, 1851, 1p. A.N.S.

COOKE, Laura S. H. [wife of Harry Cooke]
 To "Dear Friends" undated, 4p. A.L.S.
 To Mother Cooke, June 12, n.y., 3p. A.L.S.
 To Mother, March 31 1830, 4p. A.L.S.
 To "Dear Friends" [see Henry D. Cooke, October 29, 1849], 2p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, January 26, 1862, 2p. A.L.S.
 To Mother Cooke, February 5, 1865, 8p. A.L.S. w/envelope
 To Mother Cooke & Pitt [see H. D. Cooke, April 16, 1867], 1p. A.N.S.

COOKE, Laura E. [daughter of Jay]
 To Grandma [Mrs. E. Cooke] August 15, 1866, 6p. w/envelope

COOKE, Mary E. [wife of Pitt Cooke]
 To S. Moorhead, August 19, 1844 [verso Pitt Cooke], 2p. A.L.S.

COOKE, Mary E. T. [niece ?]
 To Uncle Henry, August 11, 1851, 4p. A.L.S.
 To Uncle Henry, August 7, 1852, 2p. A.L.S.
 To Uncle Harry, August 15, 1852, 4p. A.L.S.

COOKE, Philomela
 To Thankful Cook, September 23, 1809, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

 To Mother, July 26, n.y. [see E. Cooke], 1p. A.N.S.
 To S. Moorhead, April 9, 1836, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. & S. Moorhead, July 24, 1836, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. & S. Moorhead, September 14, 1836, 3p, A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, June 28, 1837, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Father, n.d., 1p. A.L.S.
 To W. G. Moorhead, July 12, 1837, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, February 28, 1839, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, June 19, 1839, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To H. D. Cooke, December 29, 1839, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, April 14, 1840 [see S. Moorhead this date], 1p. A.N.S.
 To W. G. Moorhead, May 28, 1841, 2p. A L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, June 17, 1841, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope,
 To Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Moorhead, August 2, 1841, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To "The Philadelphians," December 3, 1843, 2p. A.L.S.
 To Mr. & Mrs. W. G. Moorhead, August 19, 1844, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, September 26, 1844, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, September 6, 1845, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, September 7, 1845, 4p. A.L.S. [see Sarah M. this date]
 To S. Moorhead, September 9, 1845, 2p. A.L.S. [see Sarah M. this date]
 To S. Moorhead, June 12, 1846, 1p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Mr. & Mrs. E. Cooke, January 20, 1848, 1p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, March 26, 1848 [verso M. Cooke, March 22, 1848], 1p. A.L.S.
 To Sister Sarah, October 8, 1848 [verso W. G. Moorhead], 1p. A.L.S.
 To Mrs. E. Cooke, August 2, 1849, Telegram
 To J. Cooke, August 12, 1849, 1p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To J. Cooke, June 20, 1865, 3p. A.L.S.
 To daughter, Mary, May 14, 1866, 4p. A.L.S.
 To J. Cooke, October 18, 1866, 3p. A.L.S.
 To Mother Cooke, November 3, 1866, 2p. A.L.S.
 To Mother Cooke, April 25, 1867, 3p. A.L.S.
 To Mother Cooke, May l, 1867, 3p. A.L.S.
 To Mother Cooke & Julia, May 16, 1867, 3p. A.L.S.
 To Mother Cooke, May 18, 1867, 2p. A.L.S.
 To Mother Cooke & Julia, June 14, 1867, 2p. A.L.S.
 To J. Cooke, June 20, 1867, 3p. A.L.S.
 To J. Cooke, June 21, 1867, 3p. A.L.S.

COOKE, Pitt [son of Pitt Cooke, Sr.]
 To Uncle Harry, August 8, 1852, 4p. A.L.S.
 To Uncle Harry, August 12, 1852, 2p. A.L.S.
 To Uncle Harry, August 13, 1852, 3p. A.L.S.
 To Uncle Harry, August 15, 1852, 3p. A.L.S.
 To Uncle Henry & Bro. Henry, August 19, 1852, 1p. A.L.S.
 To Uncle Hank & Bro. Hank, August 31, 1852, 1p. A.L.S.
 To Uncle Harry & H. D., September 7, 1852, 1p. A.L.S.
 To Uncle Harry, September 8, 1852, 1p. A.L.S.

COOKE, Mrs. Pitt, Sr. [Molly]
 To S. Moorhead, October 4, 1845, 2p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, June 12, 1846 [see Pitt Cooke this date], 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, March 22, 1848, 4p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, October 8, 1848 [verso W. G. Moorhead], 1p. A.L.S.
 To Uncle Henry [see August 12, 1852], 3p. A.L.S.

COOKE, Sarah
 To Grandma, July 4, 1871, 3p. A.L.S.

COOKE, Thankful
 To "Dear Cousins," January 12, 1819, 1p. A.L.S.

COOKE, Townie
 To Uncle Henry, August 6, 1852, 1p. A.L.S.

Cooke Family Genealogy
 See Elihu Hall, February 10, 1863

DELAN, J. Curtis & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

DISNEY, David G. & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

EVERET, Jeremiah & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

 To T. Cooke, January 29, 1831, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

FOX, Moylan
 To W. G. Moorhead, April 1, 1841, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

 To Mr. Campbell, n.d., 4p. A.L.S.

GILDER, D. & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

GLADDEN, Solomon & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

 To W. G. Moorhead, January 22, 1841, 1p. A.L.S.

HALL, Elihu
 To E. Cooke [with Cooke genealogy information] February 10, 1863, 4p. A.L.S.

HANDLEY, William
 Contract with E. Cooke, December -, 1839, 2p. ms.

Property estimate, March 7, 1844, 1p. ms.

 To Thankful Cooke, n.d., lp, A.L.S.

HITCHCOCK, Peter & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

 To Elmira Cooke [verso Fanny Hitchcock], n.d., 1p. A.L.S.

HOUSE, George & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms signed

 To E. Cooke, July 24, 1838, 2p ms. [sells rotary hydraulic pump invention]

 To W. G. Moorhead, May 17, 1841, 2p. A.L.S. w/envelope

LEET, James T.
 To W. G. Moorhead, November 8, 1840, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, June 6, 1841, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, July 7, 1841, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, July 14, 1841, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

 To Dr. Sir December 8, 1840, 2p. A.L.S.
 To W. G. Moorhead, January 29, 1841, 2p . A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, February 18, 1841, 1p. A.L.S.
 To W. G. Moorhead, March 1, 1841, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

LEONARD, Byram & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

LEWIS, R. & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

LINDSAY, Charles & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

 To E. Cooke, November 12, 1849, 1p. A.L.S.

McCUTCHEN, Joseph & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

 To W. G. Moorhead, May 6, 1841, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

 To Mrs. E. Cooke, June 18, 1867, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

 See folder on "Communications"

 To Mr. Cooke, January 5, 1865, 2p. A.L.S.

MONTGOMERY, Elizabeth [daughter of Eleutheros]
 To S. & W. G. Moorhead, August 8, 1836 [see verso August 1,1836]
 To S. Moorhead, April 10, 1836, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, March 11, 1844, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

MOORHEAD, Adeline [sister of W. G.]
 To W. G. Moorhead, June 9, 1845, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

 To W. G. Moorhead, April 28, 1840, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

 To W. G. Moorhead, February 1, 1837, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

MOORHEAD, Sarah Esther Cooke [daughter of Eleutheros]
 To Father, May 27, n.y., 4p. A.L.S.
 To Father, May 6, n.y., 6p. A.L.S.
 To Father, March 27, n.y., 3p. A.L.S.
 To Dear Sir, n.d., 4p. A.L.S.
 To Mrs. Carvallo, n.d., 2p. A.L.S. [draft]
 To Aunt Thankful [Cooke] n.d. 1p. A.L.S.
 To E. Cooke, May 29, 1830, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To T. Cooke, April 3, 1832, 2p. A.L.S . w/envelope
 To E. Cooke, May 8, 1832, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To E. Cooke, May 10, 1832, 3p. A.L.S w/self envelope
 To E. Cooke, May 13, 1832, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To E. Cooke, May 15, 1832, 7p. A.L.S w/self envelope
 To E. Cooke, May 17, 1832, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To E. Cooke, May 19, 1832, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To E. Cooke, May 22, 1832, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To E. Cooke, May 24, 1832, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To E. Cooke, May 27, 1832, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Aunt [Thankful?], January 18, 1833, 4p. A.L.S.
 To Mrs. E. Cooke, February -, 1833, 4p. [incomplete]
 To W. G. Moorhead, July 9, 1838, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, July 28, 1838, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, August 16, 1838, 4p, A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, August 29, 1838, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, September 9, 1838, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, September 24, 1841, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, September 29, 1841, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, January 12, 1842, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, December -, 1842, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, January 3, 1843, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, January 17, 1843, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, February 61 1843, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, April 9, 1843, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, April 15, 1843, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope [see D. Carswell]
 To W. G. Moorhead, December 30, 1843, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Mr. & Mrs. E.Cooke & Pitt, April -, 1844, 5p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, August -, 1845, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, September 6, 1845, 7p. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, September 12, 1845, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead & Mary, September 31, 1845, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Henry D. Cooke, July 6, 1846, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To her son, William, September 6, 1849, 1p. A.L.S.
 To Aunt Thankful, August 19, 1856, 3p. A.L.S.
 To Mother, January 31, 1857, 2p. A.L.S.
 To her Aunt, December 31, 1857, 2p. A.L.S.
 To her mother, December 17, 1863, 4p. A.L.S.
 To her mother, January 1, 1864, 4p. A.L.S.
 To her Parents, January 3, 1865, 2p. A.L.S.
 To her mother, March 24, 1865, 4p. A.L.S.
 To her mother, July 13, 1866, 3p. A.L.S.
 To her mother, September 9, 1866, 3p. A.L.S. w/envelope
 To her mother, June 3, 1867, 4p. A.L.S.
 To Mamie, October 10, 1875, 4p. A.L.S.

MOORHEAD, William G.
 To Mr. Avery, letter in part [copy] undated, 2p.
 To Sarah Moorhead, May 1, 1834, 1p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, June 22, 1838, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, August 8, 1838, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. H. Caswell, April 17, 1843, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Mother Cooke, May 23, 1844, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, January 10, 1845, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, June 29, 1845, 3p. A.L.S w/self envelope
 To S. Moorhead, September 15, 1845, 4p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, October 4, 1845, 4p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, October 11, 1845, 3p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, October 8, 1848, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To [E. Cooke], September 6, 1849, 3p. A.L.S.
 To My dear Parents, October 29, 1849, 4p. A.L.S.
 To E. Cooke, August 28, 1850, 5p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To E. Cooke, November 26, 1850, 4p. A.L.S.
 To S. Moorhead, March 3, 1851 [See WGM, November 26, 1850], 2p. A.L.S.
 To his Parents, [1864], 3p. A.L.S.
 To Mother, October 19, 1864, 2p. A.L.S.
 To Parents [see Sarah Moorhead, January 3, 1865], 1p. A.L.S.
 To Mother Cooke [see Sarah Moorhead, March 24, 1865], 1p. A.L.S.
 To Mrs. E. Cooke [see S. Moorhead, September 9, 1866], 1p. A.N.S.

MOORHEAD, William G. [son of W. G. Sr.]
 To Grandma, January 31, 1857 [see S. Moorhead], 2p. A.L.S.

MOSS, Henry L.
 To Mrs. M. B. & M., July 6, 1845, 4p. A.L.S.

NASH, Mollie E.
 To S. Moorhead, October 24, [1838]

OLMSTEAD, P. H. & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

OSBORN, Ralph & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

PACKER, William
 To W. G. Moorhead, January 8, 1841, 1p. A.L.S.

 To E. Cooke, November 25, 1858, 5p. copy of A.L.S.

 To W. G. Moorhead, January 20, 1841, 1p. A.L.S.

PATTERSON, John & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

PERRY, Com. Oliver H.
 Re. monuments in Cleveland & Put-In-Bay - See Usher Parsons to E. Cooke November 25, 1858, 5p. [copy]

 To E. Cooke, February 19, 1861, 3p. A.L.S.

 To S. Moorhead, March 7, 1838, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

 To S. Moorhead, November 20, 1835, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

 Re, seat of Justice at Sandusky City, undated, 2p ms.

 To W. G. Moorhead, July 7, 1841, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To W. G. Moorhead, August 11, 1841, 1p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

 To Wm. Moorhead, December 10, 1836, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

 To E. Cooke, December 18, 1864, 1p. A.L.S. w/envelope

 To Mrs. E. Cooke, June 29, 1844, 3p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

 Contract with E. Cooke, December -, 1839, 3p. ms.

SWINNEY, D. I. & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

THOMAS, George C. [Member Banking Concern, Philadelphia)
 To Mrs. E. Cooke, September 3, 1866, 2p. A.L.S.

 To Messrs Drip & Ferguson, March 1, 1841, 1p. A.L.S.

TOWNSEND, W. [family]
 To Sarah Townsend, January 1, 1848, 4p. A.L.S. w/self envelope
 To Sarah Townsend, March 6, 1848, 2p. A.L.S. w/self envelope

 To Dear Sir, November 27, 1839, 1p. A.L.S.

WALK, Anthony & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

 To J. Cooke, January 7, 1865, 2p. A.L.S.

WHITTLESEY, Mederick & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed

WOODMANCEE, Daniel & Others
 Committee on Inc. of Bank at Sandusky, December -, 1833, 2p. ms. signed
 Business and Legal papers not indexed


 E. C. and others to, dtd Sandusky, November 13, 1834, 1p. Petition signed. (Xerox copy).


The following letters, written by Eleutheros Cooke to his son Jay Cooke, were donated by James H. Harding in 2006. The transcripttions were prepared by the donor.

Ac. 5651
21 items 

Sandusky Aug 16, 1863

My Dear Jay.

Your several good letters are recdd. Their sententious brevity proves how much you are pressed for time, and admonish me to avoid trespassing upon it, by observing the like brevity.

Wm G, Sakey & Dora reached us Monday evening in fine health & spirits. I have not seen Sakey so well in 12 years. She was very cheerful & happy and they all left us for the upper lakes on Friday morning via Cleveland, where they met Doct Maylan who had been robbed of all his money $250, at Pittsburg. Wm G writes that he feels, (poor fellow) very low spirited about it. I know how to pity him by experience. Willie & Murry Moorhead joined the party here on Thursday. Pitt & they all left together. We have heard of them all on board a fine Steamer which left at 8 P.M. the 14th.

Your friend Mr. Rambo called on us shortly after the party left, on Friday. Dined with us so, after which I took him over to Dr. Bronson, who immediately accompanyed him to the Islands The Doct returned next morning leaving Mr. R at Kellys Island who will preach today at their new Tabernacle. They visited Put in Bay Ottoway City etc. - & were Ve & were well received every where. The Doct says the population of the Islands is rapidly increasing and that they present a noble field for Mmissionary labor. Mr. R will be able to report fully to you on his return which will be immediately. He will reach here tomorrow morning & remain with us till evening when he will leave for Phil, on the 6 OClock train. We shall make it as pleasant as possible for him.

I dont know, where you may direct letters to Wm. G, as he left no directions about it. If he returns by the same Steamer he left on, he will be back here in 10 days. But if he finds it pleasant & desirable to remain over he will not return until the next boat which may protract his stay for 20 days. We are rejoiced to know, that you & Lizzie are to be here by the 1st Oct. Dont let any thing interfere to disappoint us. We are expecting Laura in 2 or 3 days She has prolonged her visit at Rome & Aubern (?) beyond all reason. I am not well – & never expect to be, having outlived the power of renovation and re-construction. Give my love to Lizzie & all the children in which Mrs C joins.

In great haste

Affy your father

Sandusky Aug 18/63

My Dear Jay

At the moment of Mr. Rambos departure I drop you a line He will advise you fully of his explorations of the Islands & here-abouts, so that I need not take time to do so. I believe he is much pleased with his reconnoiterings. We have taken great pleasure in our endeavors to treat him kindly.

At 1/2 to twelve today we were surprised and delighted by the arrival of Laura & Mary Pitt & their children. Their delay had been so long protracted that we began to fear we should scarcely live to see them.

Judge Caldwell is at present absent in Iowa Aunt Susan brot over your letter (by proxy) forwarding the $1,600 in bonds which have been recd, requesting me to say to you they had been duly recd , & that the receipt thereof would be duly acknowledged on his return.

A like letter from your house at Washington, of the 10 was lately recd requesting him to acknowledge the receipt of $6,000 in 5.20 bonds which had been sent to him on the 25th July. I replied to that, acknowledging the receipt. ??

This is all I know about it.

We are in better health today than usual and am rejoiced to know that Lizzie is so much better.

Give our love to her and remember my affy to all the dear children.

Ever yours, E.C.

Sandusky Feby. 14, 1864

My Dear Jay

I beg you a thousand pardons for not advising you instantly on my return home of my safe arrival. But I reached here late on Friday so fatigued that I could not write, and as no mail left here on Saturday this is my first opportunity. Owing to the magnificent provisions made by Jay Jr.?, for my sleeping accommodations I was enabled to reach Pittsburgh with much comfort and little fatigue for which my most grateful acknowledgements are due. I am not quite as well, as when I left you, & shall not leave the house for several days. It makes me sad to apprehend that I may never again enjoy my customary health: but this sadness is instantly dispelled by the remembrance of the innumerable kindnesses and munificent incidents which characterized my recent visit to you and H.D. I beg you dear Jay to be careful of your health and that of your peerless wife. As for me it matters little whether I am ill or well as my day for usefulness has gone by my - my life lease having expired leaving only tenant at will.

Remember me affectionately to dear Lizzie & to all the children and remember your promise to pay us a good long visit, early in the Season. Give my love also to dear Saky, Wm G & the 2

and know that I always hold you in the myost affectionate remembrance.

E Cooke

Sandusky Feby 24/64

My Dear Jay,

Your letter of the 22nd enclosing the $100 bond, and draft to your Mother, was recd today at 11 am. I was much amused, as a poor sick man could well be, at the evident pleasure with which the draft was received. She considers the trust a sacred one and as such it will be most faithfully and judiciously administered. On my return she took the pains to render a most perfect account of her stewardship both as to my individual & the O.P.J. fund. 1Ist she gave me the items from her Memo. of of all cash recd from various tenants & other donees???? & then of - & then of all disbursements for taxes - & then expenses and after computing - & deducting the latter from the first and adding the cash on hand the amounts balanced within less than a dollar. So with your 250 trust. She had many items besides the 8?3 prominent ones to Messrsepres? Bronson Menks & Barker which when added together exceeded the trust, just $1.10. She was much gratified at the result as she had made no previous computation & relied only on her somewhat lengthy memorandum of charities. This last trust will enable her to do much real good and make her happy in doing so and she desires me to communicate to you her most grateful thanks for your confidence in her judgment & fidelity in the execution of a commission do so sacred and important.

I reached home very comfortably but after Pitt left my cold or (Influenza?) became much worse & I have not left the houseme to walk out since. Indeed I have been really sick and but for the best nursing I should scarcely hope to recover. My cough is very troublesome but I think some better.

This will explain why I have not written and why I cannot now find words to express to you my boundless gratitude for the many kind & liberal things you have done for me. When I think of all, words become meaningless - & silence seems the most expressive acknowledgement of my gratitude for such immeasurable goodness.

I have recd several letters from WmG & Sakey? and desire if possible to reply by this mail but fear I shall have to give it up We have felt deeply anxious about poor dear Kitty & Sally? and am rejoiced to hear they are so much better. Remember in all affy to dear Lizzie & all the children & write often

[????] Affy your father
E Cooke

I will attend to the report which I understand is contained ??? in one of Pitts letters respecting Monument on Gibraltar.

Sandusky March 21/64

My Dear Jay.

More dear than ever, as time rolls on, and developes more and more, of your almost boundless goodness and nobleness of soul. When I think of your past history of your position full of fresh renown and of your recent act of unparalleled kindness in freeing me from my long life enemy, the nightmare of debt, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and can find no words to express it. Your recent kindness to your brother, poor H.D. in tenderly forgiving his too great sensitiveness, & indiscretion in the matter of the late California claim has added greatly to my admiration of your generous magnanimity. Your letter of the 17th just recd which couples my noble son Wm.G. with you in efforts to encourage him has given me us great pleasure. You do not allude to the cause of his ill health and depression But I know it all. The truth is, H.D. partakes more of the unfortunate false pride & sensitiveness, in reference to everything calculated to aeffect the good will opinion of the public which has always been the bane of my life than any of my other sons. This is his weakness and I sincerely rejoice that you have secured his promise to submit in all cases of like kind hereafter to your guidance and judgment. His latest acquiescence in the settled claim at least for any larger amt than the original principal without consulting with you & Wm.G. who could have easily arranged it on just terms, was his great error and though not strictly criminal, it was gravely censurable and can only be apologized for by his extreme super sensitiveness, and his desire to avoid a public disclosure of his unfortunate indebtedness to to the apprehended injury of his position and that of the firm to which he was attached. I know not how to advise in relation to these California claims but think I would trust no man to go there and settle them. There is too great a temptation for doubling the compromise amt & sharing the spoil!! Besides, the very fact of sending an agent so far will suggest a belief in the Creditors of the debtors ability to pay. When I see you, we will counsel together on the subject.

[Written along the side of the sheet:]

I have had a long consultation with Rush Sloane who is impatiently waiting to hear from H.D.

I see it stated in the Cincinnati papers that you are in consultation with Gov. Chase & that you advise him to negotiate the 10/200 loan through the National Banks. I apprehend he will find it impracticable – & that you will yet be called upon to start the Caravan True you have built the Rail Road prepared the process &a

“Poor Pitt” as you say, is still quite unwell, but I think better than when he left Phila. He seems quite happy & cheerful in the prospect which you and Wm.G have afforded him of getting out of debt.

I cheerfully excuse you dear Jay for not writing more frequently in these pressing times – and although nothing gives me us more pleasure than to receive your letters yet I would not wish you to write unless perfectly convenient.

Poor Mother has been very ill with sore throat & pain in chest for sometime past – but is now better. Her highest & most anxious hope is to be able to visit you and H.D. at an early day – and I hope soon to say she will leave for Pittsburgh when I may be obliged to ask Jay Jr. to meet her. Give my best love to Lizzie and the dear children.

Ever your Aff’y Father,
E. Cooke

Sandusky April 4th 1864

My Dear, ever Dear Jay,

I believe I am not indebted to you for a letter, but I connot deny myself the privilege of assuring you again & again, of my undying gratitude to you for your kindnesses to me and mine. Your letter sometime since, as you imagined, threw a flood of sunshine upon my pathway, and made it “bright & happy”.

It was very kind in you & William to provide a fund by (?) the Coal operation, for the extinguishment of H.D.’s California liabilities, as well as for the relief and independence of poor Pitt. I hope your brilliant anticipations in the matter will be realized. Should the trip to Europe be determined upon, I have great confidence it will result favorably to H.D.’s health, which I am much grieved to learn, is seriously precarious of late. Pitt is much better since his return, and especially so, since the announcement, that the last shackle of indebtedness had been stricken from his wrists. Indeed, he seems like another being and is loud in his rejoicing.

And now Jay I must tell you that your mother and Auntie Hurd will leave here tomorrow unless something unexpectedly occurs to prevent, for Washington. They had intended first to going to Philadelphia until yesterday: but learning from Sakeys letter of the 30th that she and William would leave on tomorrow for a visit at H.D.’s, and that H.D. might soon leave for Europe and being anxious to pay him a visit before leaving, they changed their destination. Mrs. C will however stay there but a short time, as she is very anxious to see you, Lizzie & the children. It has required a good deal of self denial in her, to forego the pleasure of taking Philadelphia in the route: but as she would have been obliged to leave almost immediately for Wash. – It was thought best to avoid the trouble and fatigue. She is, I am sorry to say , in very slender health, having been quite ill for some time, until a few days past. I should be much concerned about her encountering the journey, but for the fact, that heretofore, similar journeys have always improved her: and I shall hope in this case for a like result. She will leave Washington with Wm.G. & Sakey – when she will have a nice visit with you before Sakey gets settled & after.

I was heartily rejoiced that you had been able to avoid the crushing responsibility of the 10/200%(?)[?] loan. I can’t see now, that the wild woods of the pathway has been thoroughly cleared by you and the public educated & made familiar with Govt loans by your efforts – why the National Banks cannot succeed in negotiating the loan – You have laid the rail-road, stocked it with Locomotives and Cars – educated the engineer, agents & conductors – & nothing now remains but to put on the Steam – readjust the Machinery - & secure to the loan, a result equally glorious to that of the 5/20s – with one tenth of the labor & expense. In effecting this, I doubt not, your 2 Banks will control the lion’s share.

I was happy to se the triumphant vindication of the Secretary by Sherman - & especially by Reverdy Johnson. These champions of truth & honor struck the Copperhead Hendricks and his fellow vipers – as dumb, as those reptiles are blind on the 1st of August.

Brooks of the Express still tries, I see, to curse and croak against the Secretary but he bites against file.

About your Island Chatteau, I know not how to advise. Lumber nails stone brick lime & labor are fully double their former prices – Wood seems hardly suitable for the location - & stone will be expensive. Pitt is busy ascertaining where the different materials be found & the prices, when White will make an estimate and submit it to you. I am anxious to have it done very soon as we shall then have you here – healthfully engaged in fishing - & repairing the waste committed upon your constitution by the lemble(?)terrible 5/20 enterprise.

Give my love to Lizzie & all the dear children & accept assurances of affection from an old fatherly explorer & hero of “76”.


Sandusky, April 19, 1864

My Dear Jay,

Mr. White called on me today, desiring some direction respecting the kitchen & wood house part of your Chateau.

I am almost ashamed to say that he found me somewhat ill in bed. He was in haste, and I told him as soon as I felt able I would get up & write you on the subject. The arrangement is now something like this.

[diagram of castle layout]

I see my proportions are bad, but you can understand me.

This area [points to the back section] is some 8 or 10 feet lower than this [points to the front section] & the same on the south side. The depression is truly beautiful & adds much to the convenience & excellence & appearance of the site.

The tower and the main body are located on the highest ground on the Island & require no excavation except for the foundation & for the value[?] of the material for grading. [Hand pointer] This rear of the building extends exactly back to a ravine almost perpendicular & deep enough almost for the cellar. The wood house will occupy the same level. Now he desires to know whether he shall not raise the wood house to the same height with the kitchen: Make the kitchen itself in the upper part & a dining room off the kitchen. He says it will require only the same roofing & cost about $150 more. Talk with Pitt about this, and direct as you think best. I am too old to give advice – but as this is to be only a summer resort I don’t see the necessity of a wood house at all. You have not even a wood house at the Cedars.

Excuse illegible writing as I have to write at arms end on the back of my portfolio. I cannot lean forward without pain. I must have taken a sort of dum[?], un-demonstrative cold last Thursday on the Island – as I began to lose my appetite shortly after until Sunday, when it entirely left me, & still refuses to return. I am much better to day however. The Docts prescription bids fair to act like a charm – and I doubt not I shall be well again in a few days. Dont tell your mother I have been a little ill as she will worry about it.

Your building will cost you terribly. White saw Pitts scow man this morning from Port Clinton, who wont carry over the stone for less than $4.00 the Cord & mechanics mostre of them – insist on $3 & board to go over there. Unless you strike for & win some outside gains – of some magnitude – I fear fear, you will rue the job. I will render you all the assistance in my power in the matter and save where it can be saved. I hope Pitt will strike for the sale of his Preston before the excitement tapers[?] off & come home with Johnsons commission in his pocket. After he returns & I get well you may probably hear of me near the green mountains, once again.

Write me immediately on the subject of this letter. Verity[?] they all sail tomorrow. Does WmG go? It is a dangerous time after so cold a winter. Icebergs are said to be numerous. Give best love to Lizzie dear & the children.

Ever affy yr father

Sandusky April 23rd 1864

Since I last wrote you, dear Jay, my health has greatly improved, and although the weather has been extremely inclement and inhospitable keeping on the frowning pageantry of clouds & darkness, yet I contrived to keep my spirits at par, until yesterday. I had written to dear Harry at NY, a brief Valedictory note begging from him a parting reply, if but a word. The only answer I got, was a kind note from Laura, dated 2 O’Clock o’clock a.m.AM, the 20th, acknowledging its receipt & saying that “Harry promised himself to answer it before leaving, but knowing that would not be possible, she did so herself.” She says “Harry is very unwell and in too nervous a state to write or even read.” Pitt also writes me, that he is “terribly anxious about Harry – but that Humphrey thinks the sSea aAir & voyage will cure him.

I need not tell you that this sad account has been very painful to me – and I shall not fail to be very anxious about him until I hear from him in Europe. It seems that WmG did not accompany them. Will he go over soon? or is the contemplated enterprise abandoned?

It seems your good mother assumed the undelegated responsibility , while in Washington, of mentioning to H.D. that I felt some regret at having parted with my $2500 5/20 bonds last winter and that I would doubtless like to replace at least $2000 of them. Accordingly H.D. in a “Nota bene” to one of Lauras letters, told me that having “a surplus on hand he had arranged for sending them to me.” Some three days after, Mr. Fahnstock wrote he had at Harrys request forwarded them by Express. They reached me on the 19th, and for the last 3 days, in spite of the storm – I have been literally skinned the town for the amounts although I had more than 2/3 of it on hand. I send by this mail a draft for the amt on the 4th National Bank N.Y. from Moss[?] 1st Nat Bank to your House in Wash. So that I have nearly reached my old maximum of bonds. The effort has left me with just $18.10 on hand with which to pay my spring taxes & other expenses – but I have abundance still due me. How ridiculous & contemptible I often thought, it must have seemed to you to see me ploughing through the Storm, in my Lilliputian efforts at financing. But so it is out west. Pitt, poor Pitt, God bless him, knows all about it – and I doubt not that we are happier that it is so. As for myself, I have now a superabundance.

I regret to hear that your Mother is beginning to be homesick, or tather that she inclines to shorten her visit. I hope not – It is a long journey – and after Sakey gets home again she can divide the time delightfully between Rockwood & the Cedars.

I enclose you $60 in 1st May coupons. I see gold is up again. If it could be brot down to 25 [?] or less I should be glad. But as the highest prem. will be given to every body – I may as well receive it for my pittance – May I trouble you to convert & remit me the avails. to aid me in paying taxes.

I have not seen White since I last wrote you. I think the preliminary work is going on as well as can be expected. Some dissposition has manifested itself to combine & extort unconscious wages, but by making the matter a competition between the Dutch and Irish[?] such rascality will be avoided. I shall give my particular attention to it.

What kind – or shape of a roof do you wish? Gable ends or eves all round? It strikes me the latter – boldly projecting with heavy brackets – would best suit the situation. But – I want your views. I wish you had an architects drawing of the exterior.

I will try to write you soon again something more satisfactory of your progress and expect White over again this evening.

Remember me kindly to dear Lizzie & all the children.

Ever Affy your father,
E Cooke

Sandusky May 9, 1864

My Dear Mrs. Cooke

Hearing that a terrible and bloody battle is now raging in Virginia, and, tortured by suspense as to the result, I seek relief from the trerepitude[?] of my anxiety by devoting a few minutes to you. I deserve, if possible, to bridge over the horrid chasm of doubt and fear between this, and the hour, when either victory shall crown our Army or the Country shall perish beneath the tread of treason[?] – and I know of no better way, than to hurl back all the thoughts of present & the future and to call up in their place the memory of the “Long Time Ago.” I cannot begin with Dav9id Copperfield, in his celebrated autobiography, – to detail all the minute circumstances of my birth, but I take it for granted that I am at least justified in saying, as gravely remarked by him, that, “I was born.”

Without descending to further particulars – it should not be forgotten that this important event, was attended with 2 other most remarkable & extraordinary Coincidences: to wit, the adoption of our present forame of Government, and the recurrence on that very day of the reputed Anniversary of the birth of the saviour of the world. These two facts combining to impress the young mind with all the obligations of duty, for which we should live or die, ought surely to have made me both a patriot and a Christian. If I am not so, it is because my success has not been equal to my efforts. But I must pass on.

I was educated; initiated into Ssociety; saw much of its fashionable gaitiesgaieties & frivolities; formed occasional friendly acquaintances with its votaries – and now and then became alarmed at the little fires which some blue or hazle eyed beauty had contrived to kindle in my heart. The crisis was at hand which was to decide my destiny and that of my descendants. I felt deeply the responsibility. These little fires, one after another died out, for want of the appropriate fuel to feed them – mere fancy husks and straw were found powerless to keep them blazing and I brushed the gay butterflies all aside and determined to live a bachelor. I sought retirement in close study – Still I sometimes mingled in Society. Splendid County balls were then the order of the day – and I blush today, that on one of these occasions I fell a victim – a willing victim, to the little blushing god “who presides over quivers and arrows.” Attracted thither, by the happy Star of my destiny – he hurled at my heart a heaven directed arrow – which will remain there, with its healing power – while its [?] lasts.

I had sought, & found, one on whose intelligence – finesse – independence and force of character I could rely for Counsel and Support in the Sunshine and & in the Storm and in all the stern realities & vicissitudes of life. Of this I had the evidence from my own observation & in the massive gold ring which had been presented by an honorable society as a merited trophy, for these Noble qualities – as well as in the other attributes of your Character. The decision was no longer delayed: And now – after more than half a century of rolling years, with a heart full of gratitude, I come forward, most fervently to thank Heaven for the wisdom of that decision.

Had it been otherwise; had I not consulted my judgment, as well as my fancy in the choice; had I selected any other one of those, who seemed ripe and ready for the Hymeneal yoke – I cannot even command patience to contemplate what might have been the possible result. I shrink back with a sort of dread & horror from the conjecture of what sort of a progeny I should have reared. My eldest, instead of blazing with intelligence and genius and constituting the ornament and grace – every where, of the Social Circle – might have might have been a mere domestic automaton or a common drudge. Pitt, the Lord knows what he would have been. Instead of the Noble, just, honest, prompt, and honorable fellow he is, he would probably have been a boot black, a rag picker or peanut vendor. And as for Jay, of whose unequalled virtues, lofty position and extended fame I dare not speak – I blush to imagine that his probable vocation would have been to calculate the cube of an octagon – or carry the Hod[?] on Gibraltar Island. H.D. must excuse me if I defer my conjectures concerning his Case – until he returns from Europe.

But what of the Grandchildren? What a motley, benighted stupid uncultured, and degenerate race might have confronted me – instead of the bright array – of talent, and intelligence, of moral culture – and of high promise – which they now present – which furnish an unfailing source of happiness, to us both, and a precious guarantee that we shall be honorably represented, when we shall be no more. For this lucky escape from the horrid contingencies above referred to, & for all those brilliant stars which serve so richly to adorn the Coronet of my declining day, I am indebted to you, my dear best friend, to you alone – and you may thus have some faint idea of my intense anxiety about your health. I have been greatly pained to hear that you still continue so feeble. I wish I could do – or write something to interest or cheer you. But alas! the day of my power to do so, has gone forever by. When I took up my pen to prepare this hasty note, I found my head as blank and vacant of ideas as the pages on which it has been written. You will therefore excuse me for this failure to amuse you. It has at least relieved me for an hour or so, from the tortures of suspense in relation to the result of the battle now said to be raging – & they answered to the purpose intended.

Of city news we are destitute, except that about 2,000 additional soldiers of the Ohio National Guard were sent her on Saturday – and quartered on the people. They will soon be assigned to their permanent positions. I have finally fully succeeded in getting Ecks substitutes admitted and he feels much relieved. Cos Line Mary & cie arre quite well – I dined again there yesterday – at Mary’s – I mean.

I have had to yield up the front Library again for cleaning and overhauling – It will be sefit in order tomorrow – When the North Wing of the House will have to suffer a scourging – The foundation for another Calf was laid last Friday. Pierson has a furlow of 60 days for Washington, Phil & Connecticut. Jays strawberry vines – the mamouth berries – have spread wonderfully – and large additional beds are planted. These are full of blossoms and we shall have abundance of them.

The farmers are all getting along nicely. The weather is at length warm & fine & if it so continues we may still secure good spring crops. But there are few left to cultivate them. I have ordered out all the women & children to help. Keeches 7 year old girl is said to be dying. The Allapaths have killed off quite a number of late. Peach trees are all killed. The Veterans all leave here today. National Guards take their place. Our immediate guards are at this moment leaving for Columbus. Glorious news comes flocking flashing to us from Virginia. God grant that it may prove true & the Hydra of treason may be crushed in his den.

Remember affectionately to all the 2 house holds – and accept my blessing.


Jays “Short and Sweet” letter to Pitt is just received enclosing one to William Kelley – I hope you will duly appreciate and enjoy the Freedom of Chelton Hills – Heaven bless you –


May 20 / 64 Sandusky

My Dear Jay

Yours of the 16th & 17th instant, announcing the receipt of, and enclosing letter from H.D. and & Laura recd for which many thanks. I have also recd a kind note from W. Fahnestock communicating the cheering fact of Harry’s improved health and greatly rejoicing thereat. This glad news, has greatly relieved my anxiety - about him; and his 2 brief letters to you and me – give cheering evidence that the clouds which enveloped him – are rapidly vanishing, and thus that the usual sprightliness of his temper, and vigor of his intellect, have already re-assumed their throne.

You speak flatteringly of my love letter – & make it the occasion of a very kind invitation to visit you. I wish I could respond in person and when you venture to suggest an “assignation” at “Young Woman’s” Town, where fish are “to be caught,” I am almost tempted to disregard impossibilities and meet you there. But in looking over my docket of duties I find it impracticable. But to the letter, How came you into the possession of a confidential message of that character – thus thus exposing my youthful indiscretion to the severe and uncharitable criticism of your cooler and maturer judgment? I have almost forgotten what it was - & only remember that it was intended to be truthful and original.

Your Chateau on the Island progresses. It keeps White and Pitt on the qui vive continually. You can have no idea of the extreme difficulty of collecting & getting together the materials – so as to keep the men at work. The late call of the Gov for our Militia National Guards took both the lime burners whor had agreed to furnish it as wanted – so of some of the quarries also[?]. The sand has to be taken from Cedar Point – there being none approachable on the Island on account of shoals. This requires scows – & laborers – to shovel & wheel. These cannot be employed continuously – as the dock must be occupied a great part of the time by stone. Consequently a new setr of hands has to be hunted up for each load. Then the Stone Cutters – with patterns – must have every thing ready as the building rises – then the bedding blankets etc. for the men their provisions fresh and salt, with vegetables, flour etc. to be provided – with lumber – window frames, etc. These things have kept Pitt, & will continue to keep him, constantly on the jump. But he bears it like a hero - & says he deems no labor or perplexity too severe for you. We had to get the women to burn the last batch of lime, and I think we shall not be disappointed again.

The house I fear is going to cost you much more than you anticipated and you will have to make some outside speculation to meet the excess.

It will be a glorious resort – a truly appropriate[?] retreat for you from the dust & cares & business – and – constructed from imperishable materials, it will stand for ages & thus be always valuable. You can fish there in diverse sheltered nooks – as well in the storm as the sunshine - So that you need never go without your breakfast, for the want of the delicacies of the finny tribe. 2 Gentlemen from Urbana, last Tuesday & Wednesday caught 4 barrels on one of the Islands.

I have nothing to say – because I do not desire, to think – about the condition of our bleeding Country, if I can possibly avoid it. Unless we can crush the Rebellion this current year I see nothing but ruin and national Bankruptcy before us. But as you well say my only trust [is] in the God of our fathers.

Give love to Lizzie & all the dear ones of the Household.

The mail is closing and I must drop one line to your Mother.

Ever affy your father in rush [?]
E Cooke

Sandusky June 6 1864

My Dear Jay,

Your several favors including your last of the 1st are received. I wish I could condense into the necessary compass of sententious brevity, like you all that was necessary to be said. I thank you for your letters. The good account they give of the improved heath and happiness of your Mother - & all the general well being of you all, makes me truly grateful. My health remains unusually good. I cannot help thinking that the occasional very temperate use of a little strong lemon juice, mixt with a small modicum of “old rye” have has had much to do in helping on the progress of my re-invigoration.

I am strongly tempted to accept your invitation and go on with Doctr & Mrs Bronson who I understand will leave on Wednesday. But my stay would be so short before the party will leave you for Sandusky, that, on the whole, I do not think it wwise to do so.

Pitt, doubtless, keeps you advised as to the progress of your Chateau on Gibraltar Island, so that I need not speak of it. You can have no conception, however, of the difficulties to be encountered in its construction – so far far from the base of supplies, and at a time of such universal and unparalleled extortion, in both the labor and materials. The work is being done in the best and most substantial manner – and will be, in every way, a fitting resort and asylum for the acknowledged prince of financiers and fishermen!!

I anticipate much pleasure in the enjoyment of your hospitality – after you become thoroughly installed on your Island throne. The place will soon, like the famous Grecian Isle, become invested with all the charms of classic beauty; and though no Naiads have ever sported on its waters, nor Satyrs and Dryads gamboled in its groves, yet its name is associated with some of the most interesting and romantic legends of its borders, and some of the proudest recollections of our National Glory!! I begin to admire the taste and wisdom, which have led you my dear Jay, to consecrate so large a portion of your means, to the construction of an imperishable edifice, which, it is hoped, will form an additional incentive to your more frequent visits to your cherished birth place, and which, defying the storms that lash its rock-bound shores, is destined to stand for Ages, a proud memorial of your love of Home, and public spirit!!

Now, if we can only save our Country – from the terrible destruction, to which Southern treason & Northern division, seem determined to consign her; supremely happy, as I am, in all my family relations; I shall feel still more happy, & grateful to Heaven if permitted to live to witness the restoration and reconsolidationciliation of the “great Republic.” Pleased, then, shall I lay down my wearied head to rest and say. – “Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, for mine eyes have seen thy Salvation.”

Recent events in the east and the west, presage the coming of a glorious triumph and a brighter day – Yet still, I write with alternate hope and fear the result of the tremendous struggle. Weighing the chances in the balance, we have every thing to hope; and, into the hands , therefore, of a merciful God, with the most affectionate confidence in hiser eternal justice, do I commit these precious hopes…

And now one word to Mother & Sakey. I did intend to write them by this mail but I have been all day hard at work with Adam and now here it is 8 O’clock P.M., & the mail is closing. This will inform you that we are all very well & that is about all you can wish to know. Messrs. Hosmer & Goodman are to be consolidated on Wednesday, which detains Doct Bronson till then. Aside from this – I have been hunting down Madam Gosssch[?] for weeks - & can get no utterance from her lips – She seems smitten with a sudden barrenness - & as I am no midwife I must refer to Mary Pitt the task – of drawing forth from her – the usual weekly litter of Ondits and rumors. I thank you dear Sakey for your last most excellent letter.

With fervent prayer for the happiness of all of you

I am most affy yours

Sandusky May June 20 / ‘64

My Dear Jay

As advised by the telegraph, you are aware that the party all arrived safely, on Friday evening, at 8:300. I was delighted to see your good mother, and especially her kind & precious escort. Your cannot imagine how grateful I feel for the unexpected favor. My only regret is, that they caonnot remain longer. Laura – Dear Laura was somewhat ill on Saturday, for an hour or 2, but is now as well as ever.

They have thought that a personal visit to Gibraltar would be agreeable to you, & Pitt is devising ways and means – to get them there & back today, if possible. This can only be done by chartering one of the tug steamers owned here, as the Island Queen goes over only in the Aafternoon and returns the next day, too late for them to leave for Buffalo according to appt. If any of these steamers are nowt in port, he may be able to charter one, so as to return today.

Your mother is still very feeble – but I think better than when she left here on the 5th of April. She speaks in the most grateful terms of the many kindnesses, & affectionate attentions she received from you & Sarah & from all the members of the two households. It continues to be to her a source of delightful remembrance and consolation, and wishes me to send back to you all her most grateful thanks.

Please speak of this to Sakey & Wm G.

I rec’d Jree[?], & Wm G’s letter from Washington, for which please thank him.

In great haste,

Ever yours
E Cooke

Sandusky July 12 1864

My Dear Jay

Yours of the 7th was rec’d yesterday, simultaneously with one from Wm G, written at the Sterling Iron Works – and another most excellent letter from Henry D. of the 20th ult, at Florence. Since he left Rome, there had been a radical & permanent improvement in his health and a a total change I in the condition of his internal machinery, so much so, that his regular calls of nature were responded to in a manner entirely different from what they have been for the last 12 years.

It made me happy to hear at the same time from each and all of my absent sons.

But alas! the late Telegraphs of last evening & this morning have filled all our hearts hereabouts with humiliation & alarm. Humiliation, that the great States of Maryland, Pennsylvania & New York will sit still & permit an invading force of Robbers traitors & murderers – for weeks – to enrich themselves by the plunder of the Country – to break up all their lines of communications with their Capitol and to menace, with perfect impunity the devastation & conflagration of their Cities – and alarm at their blindness in not seeing that all this done to facilitate the capture of Washington by the Rebels. which I regard as certain unless sufficient troops shall reach the Capitol to defend it from other quarter than the sleep-bound North!

I expect next to hear, now that Washington is cut off from all rail-road communication with the North – of the presence of the major part of Lees Army – which can well be spared from the defense at Richmond – in the neighborhood of the Capitol – demanding its surrender.

But I will not harrow up my mind with unpleasant apprehensions of the possible result –

I am glad you still feel confidence in the stability of the Public Credit – You don’t hear the daily threats of repudiation – which are becoming almost universal here among the Copperheads & laboring classes, who feel oppressed by the high prices of all they are compelled to buy & who charge it all to our inflated credit.

I pray you to get rid of your US securities as soon as possible – and at as little loss as possible.

I wish I could have as much confidence in the ultimate success of our army as you – I trust and pray that you may be right.

Your mother continues to improve daily You would hardly know – The brandy works wonders.

I enclose liberal extracts from H.D.’s splendid letter – I have not had time to examine it to see whether words may not be omitted. Please correct.

The “feast of flowers is an extract from his letter to Sarah but it was too good to be omitted.

Love to Lizzie Laura Jay Jr & all – too dark to continue. Thank you dear Jay for your promptness in writing – When can you come on – I never felt so anxious to see you.

Ever affy your father

Sandusky July 13 1864

My Dear ever considerate Jay

Ten thousand thanks for your Telegraph! The terrible news that 70,000 Rebels had attacked & carried several of the oOuter defences defenses of Washington on the Northern side, and that they were within 2 miles of the City, had been rec’d some two hours before – and half the reading population might be seen in separate crowds – panic stricken, enveloped in gloom and clad in sackcloth & ashes. They seemed certain that Washington had been sacked and destroyed and that all was lost. Pitt tried to give them courage, but they were inexorable in their despair. Our Lady friends who have husbands

& children there – were shedding tears and wringing their hands – and panic and alarm ruled the hour. Suddenly, your telegram, like a winged messenger of Grace, came to us, on Water Street, while Pitt was vainly endeavoring to modify their fears – and an instant sense of relief was observed among all – It’s contents were immediately heralded to every part of the City – and comparative Comfort & Calm at the present writing again prevails. Still every thing except your assurance of the safety of Washington is left doubtful and uncertain – Your avowed “hope for glorious news” implies that a conflict is going on – and points to a triumph, only through the fiery ordeal & dread arbitromentarbitrament[?] of Battle! Else no glory would be won. Thanks a thousand thanks for the telegram. I only write to send them – We are all well – Mother says God bless dear Jay – and the whole city vote you a return of Thanks. I trust you may not have been mistaken – We had already began to imagine how Auntie HendHurd[?] & little Kate, Fred, Pitt and Jay would look and act and fare , as Prisoners of War – and how many stones in your financial Marble Palace would remain undemolished by the range and shock of battle & devastation.

We shall continue until the contest is ended, to feel great anxiety as to the result. But must possess[?] ourselves in patience. If all passes off without further injury than the destruction of private and corporate property – & the transfer of a few millions of horses & supplies – with which to strengthen the Enemy – the injury may be amply repaid by the warning it will give to Pennsylvania and New York to shake off their deadly lethargy – and to be prepared hereafter at a moments notice – by proper enrollment and discipline – as “Minute Men” – to meet their invaders on the threshold and annihilate them. Let them be prepared as Ohio and Indiana – in the midst even of domestic traitors – are prepared – and we shall have no more such destructive raids upon your great thoroughfares, no more such murders & plunderings & robberies as have disgraced your great States.

But it is getting too dark to continue – and I am too grateful to you to scold any more tonight. If I could I would freight each syllable of this hasty letter to you with love like a bee returning to his hive with his gills and thighs loaded with honey – take it all for yourself Lizzie & all around you.

Ever and even in the dark

E Cookeleutheros

Sandusky July 26, 1864

Your favor, Dear Jay, enclosing printed extracts we rec’d last evening. We were glad to hear that all were well at Washington as well as at the Cedars. What can we do for the relief of Autie Hurd? Homesickness is a most distressing disease. I fear it may have been super induced by the late imminent peril with which her personal liberty & that of those in her charge, has been menaced by the siege & assault on the Capitol. Will it be safe to lock up the house & bring the children away? I fear not. If Mrs. McMeans could be prevailed upon to suspend her visits to the Hospitals & devote her time to the household, Mrs. Hurd might be released.

[Cross-written across this last sentence, the following:]

This clause falling under the eye of your good mother was ordered to be stricken out, which is done accordingly after the manner of the celebrated expunging resolution of the Senate of U.S. You will therefore treat it as expunged.


I hope H.D. will return soon, if nothing can be done with Bonds in Europe – and while gold continues to be a mere article of Merchandise. I see not how Europeans can afford to give more than about 40 cents on the dollar for bonds – as they can buy greenbacks at that price – which can be exchanged at par for bonds. If I reasoned differently the other day in my letter to Wm. G it was for want of a moments reflection for which I pray you to apologize. Still may it not be an object for Govt to sell Bonds in Germany at a very large discount for gold there – as one of the means of bumping down the price of gold here.

I am glad you find the new Secr friendly – and trust your prophecies touching the War and finances will be as well verified as that of your Telegram during the siege of Washington. That was a day “imminent with peril.” And but for the timely arrival of the 6th Corps of Veterans – of which you had doubtless taken some means to be advised – nothing could have saved the Capitoal from being sacked & captured. This should be a warning to the Great States North to be prepared with disciplined and well equipped “Minute Men,” hereafter. You don’t say a word about Jay, Jr. from which I infer that he has actually again gone to the War. Do tell me about him. Your good mother continues to improve. All our several friends here are well – except an ugly cough which troubles me greatly. When will you come? The World seems to be excited about Gibraltar! The work it is said goes bravely on – But they are taking too much pains with it to get on rapidly.

Glad you are going down to Cape May with Lizzie, Sallie and Harry. Hope you will all be benefited by the visit – You said nothing about Mr. Parvin – Hence we infer that he is better – God grant him a speedy recovery. Not knowing where to direct – I must trouble you to forward by your next package the enclosed letter to H.D. I write him because he desires it: not because I have any thing to say can interest him. Give our love to Lizzie and all the children & friends &

believe me as ever your

Aff[?] father
E Cooke

Sandusky August 5, 1864

My Dear Jay,

Pierson & Pitt have just advised me to send a part of my 5/20s $3,000.00 to you by express for exchange into the New Series of 81’s[?]. I had no time when I handed them over to write you particularly about them, but acted upon their advice knowing that you would allow me the difference between the accrued interest – (gold bearing) in the 2 kinds of bonds, after deducting commissions etc.. When the price of gold is 250 it gives an interest in greenbacks of 15 percent – which for the 2 mos greater int on the 5/20s gives a difference of 2 ½ per cent in favor of the 5/20s. I see by the New York quotations – that the difference for some time past is put down at an average of about 2 percent in favor of the 5/20s – But I shall be satisfied with any allowance you may make me for the difference. The price of gold I fear will be much higher in Nov’r than Jan’y – in which case I should be the loser by the exchange and if on the whole you think it not best to exchange them for 81’s[?] please keep them for me – I reserved $500, which with those I send you, constitutes my sole financial wealth – and I therefore feel the necessity of preserving them – so that I can be the better able to travel to & from Philadelphia - & to purchase old rye & cognac to keep up my spirits as near par as possible during these sad times of disaster, gloom & terrible depression. Oh! who can coin words or command appropriate terms, to express the deep- dy– dyed[?] – overwhelming infamy & disgrace of the great States of NY & Penn – in not providing – in time – a well organized – thoroughly drilled & equipped Militias – Of “Minute Men” – ready to repel surround & crush an invading foe “At a Moments Warning.” I have adverted[?] to this before – last time the late raid & burning of Chambers burgh, etc. Pa[?]. I am madder than ever – I understand the sufferersing – who by their treasonable inaction have invited the invasion – are actually – soliciting – relief – They had better not come to Ohio – who “at a moments warning” furnished more than 32,000 of her best ?? young men & sent them to the front – No – Ohio rejoices over the just retribution they have received for their stupid & criminal neglect to defend themselves - & for me – I wish the Rebs would burn down every house & factory of those treasonable members of the Pennsylvania Legislature & their adherents who last winter refused to place their state in a condition of efficient & thorough defense.

But enough of this – I am glad I am too old to travel in Europe – avoiding thereby the shame & humiliation of acknowledging myself a citizen of a Republic containing within its limits great States – so lost to all honorable patriotism & so criminally regardless of the heritage they received from their fathers – – When will you come home & rest? Don’t place too much confidence in Govt Securites – I don’t croak to any one but you – but I see no light either in the either in the east or in the west for our poor country. Think of this – seriously – I am right in my apprehensions – I know it & beg you to be cautious.

In haste – very Aff’y your old
E Cooke

Pitt sits by - & says I am right –

He is a philosopher & enjoys a sort of “second sight.”

Middle Granville Aug 30, 1864

My Dear Jay

I reached here on Sunday morning, having lodged, Saturday night at West Granville, which had been the scene of several interesting evnts of my early life. I have no time to give you even the sligchtest idea of the thronging emotions which this partfact[?] of my visit awakened &inspired. I rose at daylight – walked to the Academy – now standing exactly as it did 60 years ago – where I won youthful honor; thence to the office where afterwards I studied law with “Stephen;’ Thence wherever memory directed – every where finding the very air crowded with the spectresers of friends, once dear – now cold - & freighted with memories, “pleasant but mournful to the soul.” At 10 a.m. I reached this sacred spot – sacred & dear to me, above all inanimate things on earth. Having registered my name at the old hotel – first built in 1794 – I went into the good old church opposite – taking my seat in the same relative position to the pulpit, which had been occupied by all our family in the long dim past – & yielding myself up to a flood of memories & reflections which no mortal pen can describe.

Suddenly the choir struck up a prelude overture – full of majesty & entrancing mMelody – and as the loftier notes rang around the same walls which 60 years ago were made vocal with voices now forever silent – I I could bear the pressure no longer – and gave myself over to ……………………But I will not record the fact that any thing on earth can “unman me.”

Most of the day was spent in the cemetery. Yesterday – the old homestead was reconnoitered – But as my time here is too precious to be wasted in description and as my buggy is waiting at the door to aid me to other explorations I must leave every thing unsaid of what has been seen and & enjoyed, until I see you.

I find myself by no means unknown among the descendants of my Seniors[?] & my Contemporaries: And every body seems anxious to make my stay here as pleasant and profitable as possible. The good family occupying the old homestead farm compelled me to dine with them – saying they wished me to be able to tell my children that at this late day I had dined in the same house in which I had been born. I have eaten early pippinseppers from the same tree which regaled my appetite in 1794 & drank from the same spring which quenched my thirst during all my boyhood – Blessed be God for vouchsafing to me this priceless privilege.

Do excuse this wretched scrawl. I could write volumes – if time permitted but must close.

I shall tear myself away tomorrow or next day - & come out from the past to the present world again, if possible – Many may sneer at what they may call this weakness of mine – this passion of visiting old scenes & old graves - & recalling old memories – But I envy not their callous insensibility. I would not exchange one hour of the sad but exquisite delight I have enjoyed in wandering down “through those deep & solitary cells” “Where pensive, Heavenly Melancholy directs” for ages of that Stoical enjoyment which feeds only upon the chaff & husks of life.

If I can get time I will give you a more full & satisfactory detail of my inspections.[???].

I hope your & Dear Lizzie reached home in safety – finding all well. Give my love to all.

In great haste

ever very Affy
your father

Sandusky Oct 14, 1864

My Dear Jay

The arrival of your telegraph at about 1 pm on Tuesday, startled your mother, until read. Not thinking it probable that you could have reached Philad’ she was frightened with apprehension that dear Lizzie was sick or that some other calamity had befallen you. The announcement of your safe arrival filled us with joy & thankfulness.

Wm G & party have just left. They will stay at Cleveland tonight & over Sunday at Pittsburgh & reach Phil on Tuesday. Ever since you left, we have had most delightful clear weather – and our regret is that you could not have remained to share in its enjoyment. Wm G could not be persuaded to stay longer, and yet he does not deny that his visit has been a pleasant one.

Your letter also of the 11th is rec’d – for which many thanks. Rev’d

W. Hendricks is over from the Island today with his wife & 2 or 3 relatives at Pitts until Tuesday next. Heis exchanges with D. Bronson who goes over tomorrow. Your letter to “[?]” is delivered.

The tower is completed and looks beautiful. I shall try to go over once more before the close of navigation & will report progress.

Silence holds her seat now at the old home – How we shall be able to endure the change I cannot foretell. An occasional letter from you & H. D. will be aour only solace. Write as often as you can –

I am gradually improving – I hope – although the old malignant on my arm still remains stubborn & troublesome - & the appetite imperfect.

Cant you run out again in Nov? & finish your visit & Hunt[?]?

Love to all –
E Cooke

P.S. Since writing the above Emilys excellent & welcome letter & your brief note was rec’d.

We are grieved to hear that Lizzie still remains ill. Give her our love & condolence.

By the by – remember very gratefully to your good Mary who so long ministered to my necessities.


Sandusky Novem 6, 1864

My Dear Jay

I believe I am your debtor in the letter line, and therefore must write altho I have no news to communicate. Our city has, within the last 24 hours, been thrown into an unusual excitement by Official intelligence of a threatened formidable raid from Canada: But, as the Daily Register will inform you of the particulars, it will be no news to you. What think you of the craven[?] daring , and stupendous fraud of Gov Seymour and his official agents lately practiced upon the Soldiers? & of the recent developments of the democratic Treason in Indiana? Is it possible that the few honest men left in that party can act longer with them? This question will be answered before this reaches you – and the great issue decided, which involves nothing less than the life or death of the Republic. As the hour of trial approaches, the patriots mind becomes invested with an awe, terrible, and almost overwhelming – in view of the possible result. Our only reliance in this dread crisis is in the divine interposition & protecting arm of the God of our Father. Never, since the March of time was first sounded, in the morning of creation – has there been a political or natural issue, so wholly fraught with weal or woe to our Country – to the whole world – and to all the races of mankind that are to succeed us, as that which is to be decided on Tuesday next. We look to New York, with doubt & fear, & to old Pennsylvania, only with trembling hope. If both decide against us we are lost. Not because that will give the traitor McClLellan the Majority, but because it will create the occasion of treason in New York – as a rallying point for the Rebels in Canada, and the Armed Conspirators in Ohio, Indiana & Illinois, with the probable cooperation of the malcontents of Penn’a.

Of this enough. If we are not burned out before, Ms. Cooke, Clive Line Mills and others of the party will leave for Phil. on the 9th. I cannot leave until all danger is passed. If possible I will come on, the week after.

Jay Jr.[?]’s letter to Clive Line Mills enclosing check for Mrs. Craig was received & extorted much grateful praise from all the people & the warm & tearful gratitude of the afflicted & amiable donee. All hope that the gallant Lieut was alive, had expired until yesterday news believed to be reliable was rec’d that he was alive & well in one of the Southern prisons!!! This has created great joy to his many friends here.

As all the party will soon be at Wm Gs you can learn all else of the happenings here, etc.

Give love to all and grateful thanks for many kindnesses.

Ever Affy your father – unworthy of such a son
E Cooke

[Undated. Presumably November 20, 1864]

Dear Jay,

Your several brief letters of the 9th & 12th were rec’d for which many thanks. I have inclosed herewith a note to your Mother suggesting that she had perhaps better stay & make her visit for the winter now thus saving the peril & fatigue of a 2nd journey – in which case I will join her – I should like to be in Washington soon after the opening of the next session - & we we might return early in January – if she desired. She will show you the proposition – Please advise me on the subject, by return mail – so that I can prepare to act accordingly.

The late election was unlike any other since the founding of the Govt. It decided nothing – merely personally between Lincoln and McClellan. The Cause was everything – It decided at once & forever that the people of the U.S. were a Nation “one & inseparable , now & forever.” It proclaimed in a voice of thunder that the Republic should stand & its enemy should perish. The Heroism & patriotism of our countless battlefields have been glorious, but the Heroism of the American people at the Ballot box on the 8th was sublime. Among its trophies may be ranked the recent [?] yokefellows with treason – the death of Democracy & slavery – neither can ever raise their head in triumph again –

Love to all & many blessings.

Monday eve November 21st 1864

My Dear Jay,

Your kind letter from N.Y. of the 18th came to hand this morning, bearing your filial benediction which fell upon my old heartd, like dews distilled in Heaven. In my letter yesterday to your mother I almost complained of you & Pitt for neglecting me in my solitude – but on a second thought fully excused you on the ground of the constant pressure of your other duties.

I knew you must have been busy – but I little thought that you were being tossed about for 10 days like a “shuttlecock” backwards & forwards, between Philadelphia Washington & New York with a load of “ten millions” on your back!! & with the additional weight $15,000 a day dropping into and loading down your pockets!!!! Can this be so? Did you purchase of Govt at par & get 1½ premium on Sale? Or buy at 1½ discount? I doubt whether an equally successful financial individual achievement was ever accomplished in the U.S.

I almost hope you will be able to avoid a re-engagement in the old agency business – I fear it may impair your health, besides I apprehend the hazard will be greater now than before – But if you must you must – If you do – make the risque[?] & care less if possible, or the charge larger.

I was rejoiced to hear that dear little Harry was better - & that Mother had not lost the good health with which she left Sandusky – As long as the pure Brandy lasts – I should not hesitate to insure her.

The hour for evening mailing has arrived & I must say goodnight.

I write in the old dining room “solitary & alone.”

I shall patiently await the decision of Mrs. C on the subject contained in her letter which must determine whether [I] visit Phil this season, or not.

It is too bad that I cannot see you all oftener. But to know what you are - & to muse and dwell & feed upon it is happiness enough for this world.

May God bless you now & forever.