Finding Aid : Records of The Rev. John Morton and Family

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Finding Aid : Records of The Rev. John Morton and Family
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Finding Guide
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The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives
Anger, Bob
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Morton, John, 1839-1912
Église presbytérienne
Missionnaires
Presbyterian Church
Missionaries

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Finding Guide on John Morton from The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives. The Finding Guide description explains: John Morton (1839-1912) was a Presbyterian minister, and founder and leader of a mission to Trinidad. He married Sarah Silver, in 1863, with whom he had three sons – Arthur, Harvey and William - and one daughter, Agnes. Morton was born in Nova Scotia, and attended school at Little Harbour, and Albion Mines (Stellarton), before entering the Free Church College at Halifax, in 1855. He graduated in 1861, and in December of that year, was ordained to the charge of Bridgewater. Due to ill-health, he felt a need to leave the Maritimes for the winter, and travelled to Trinidad in 1864. While there, he became interested in the lives of the East Indians, who in the twenty years prior to 1864 had been brought to the island as labour. The East Indians consisted of about 25% of the population, but were largely ignored by the churches on the island. Morton remained in Trinidad for four months but was unable to press the local Presbyterian churches to minister to the East Indians. He brought the matter before the Synod of the Presbyterian Church of the Lower Provinces, which agreed to establish a mission in Trinidad, to be led by Morton. On January 3 rd , 1868, he and his wife and daughter arrived in Port of Spain. His mission was originally set up in Iere Village, but in 1871, the family moved to San Fernando. In 1875, they moved back to the Iere area and settled in a town called Princetown. In 1881 they moved north to Tunapuna, where they remained until John Morton died in 1912. While in Trinidad, Morton emphasised education as well as religion, and was active in establishing schools and teaching the East Indians. Through John Morton’s help, a teacher’s training college was established in San Fernando, as well as a theological training school. Mrs. Sarah Morton, served with her husband in Trinidad, and following his death, published a book on the life of her husband. Their son, Dr. Arthur Silver Morton was born in 1870 in Iere, Trinidad. Arthur Morton was educated at Queen’s Royal College, Port of Spain, and the University of Edinburgh, where he received his M.A. degree and an honours Bachelor of Divinity degree. He moved to Canada in 1896 and was ordained by the Presbytery of St. John, N.B. After serving in three charges in New Brunswick – Shediac, Fairville, and St. Stephen – he lectured in church history at the Presbyterian College in Halifax from 1904-1907. From 1907 until 1912 he lived in England where he conducted research work on the historical geography of the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages. In 1912 he was asked to lecture in church history at Knox College, and in 1914 became Professor of History at the University of Saskatchewan. He published a number of books on Canadian history, including History of the Prairie Settlement, and History of the Canadian West to 1870. After his retirement from the University of Saskatchewan, he was appointed Provincial Archivist of Saskatchewan. Harvey Morton, also became a minister and was ordained by the Presbytery of St. John in 1897. He also served in Tunapuna, Trinidad for a number of years. The fonds is arranged into four sous-fonds: the Papers of John Morton; the Papers of Sarah Morton; the Papers of Arthur S. Morton; and the Papers of Harvey S. Morton. The papers of John Morton consist of correspondence, letterbooks, reports, sermons and addresses, and various booklets and pamphlets regarding Trinidad. The papers of Mrs. Sarah Morton (wife of John Morton) consist of correspondence, scrapbooks and clippings concerning John Morton, several photographs and postcards, and the original typescript and research notes for her book “John Morton of Trinidad”. The papers of Arthur S. Morton consist of correspondence with friends and family, and genealogical research notes he compiled on the Silver family. The papers of Harvey Morton consists of a small file of correspondence.

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University of Florida
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University of Florida
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The Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives Finding Aid Records of The Rev. John Morton and Family 50 Wynford Drive. Toronto, Ontario M3C 1J7 Telephone: (416) 441-1111 1-800-619-7301 Fax: 416-441-2825 Web: http://www.presbyterian.ca Catalogued by: Bob Anger, December 1998 1

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Notes on using the Finding Aid First consult the fonds description (fonds being an archival term used to denote the whole of the records created by a specific individual or family and held within an archives). The fonds description includes a biographical sketch of the individual or family that created the records, a scope and content note which briefly describes the records within the fonds (this generally starts with Fonds consists of), and several notes at the bottom, which provide information on access restrictions and copyright restrictions. Some finding aids also provide series descriptions on subsequent pages which further describe the records within the fonds. After reading these descriptions consult the file list and notify an archivist of the individual files you wish to view. 2

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Fonds Description John Morton family fonds. 1856-1915. 1.82 m of textual records (13 boxes). 29 photographs. 7 postcards. John Morton (1839-1912) was a Presbyterian minister, and founder and leader of a mission to Trinidad. He married Sarah Silver, in 1863, with whom he had three sons Arthur, Harvey and William and one daughter, Agnes. Morton was born in Nova Scotia, and attended school at Little Harbour, and Albion Mines (Stellarton), before entering the Free Church College at Halifax, in 1855. He graduated in 1861, and in December of that year, was ordained to the charge of Bridgewater. Due to ill-health, he felt a need to leave the Maritimes for the winter, and travelled to Trinidad in 1864. While there, he became interested in the lives of the East Indians, who in the twenty years prior to 1864 had been brought to the island as labour. The East Indians consisted of about 25% of the population, but were largely ignored by the churches on the island. Morton remained in Trinidad for four months but was unable to press the local Presbyterian churches to minister to the East Indians. He brought the matter before the Synod of the Presbyterian Church of the Lower Provinces, which agreed to establish a mission in Trinidad, to be led by Morton. On January 3 rd 1868, he and his wife and daughter arrived in Port of Spain. His mission was originally set up in Iere Village, but in 1871, the family moved to San Fernando. In 1875, they moved back to the Iere area and settled in a town called Princetown. In 1881 they moved north to Tunapuna, where they remained until John Morton died in 1912. While in Trinidad, Morton emphasised education as well as religion, and was active in establishing schools and teaching the East Indians. Through John Mortons help, a teachers training college was established in San Fernando, as well as a theological training school. Mrs. Sarah Morton, served with her husband in Trinidad, and following his death, published a book on the life of her husband. Their son, Dr. Arthur Silver Morton was born in 1870 in Iere, Trinidad. Arthur Morton was educated at Queens Royal College, Port of Spain, and the University of Edinburgh, where he received his M.A. degree and an honours Bachelor of Divinity degree. He moved to Canada in 1896 and was ordained by the Presbytery of St. John, N.B. After serving in three charges in New Brunswick Shediac, Fairville, and St. Stephen he lectured in church history at the Presbyterian College in Halifax from 1904-1907. From 1907 until 1912 he lived in England where he conducted research work on the historical geography of the Roman Empire and the Middle Ages. In 1912 he was asked to lecture in church history at Knox College, and in 1914 became Professor of History at the University of Saskatchewan. He published a number of books on Canadian history, including History of the Prairie Settlement, and History of the Canadian West to 1870. After his retirement from the University of Saskatchewan, he was appointed Provincial Archivist of Saskatchewan. Harvey Morton, also became a minister and was ordained by the Presbytery of St. John in 1897. He also served in Tunapuna, Trinidad for a number of years. The fonds is arranged into four sous-fonds: the Papers of John Morton; the Papers of Sarah Morton; the Papers of Arthur S. Morton; and the Papers of Harvey S. Morton. The papers of John Morton consist of correspondence, letterbooks, reports, sermons and addresses, and various booklets and pamphlets regarding Trinidad. The papers of Mrs. Sarah Morton (wife of John Morton) consist of correspondence, scrapbooks and clippings concerning John Morton, several photographs and postcards, and the original typescript and research notes for her book John Morton of Trinidad. The papers of Arthur S. Morton consist of correspondence with friends and family, and genealogical research notes he compiled on the Silver family. The papers of Harvey Morton consists of a small file of correspondence. Title based on contents of the fonds. Accession Number: 1973-5009 Some of the material is written in Hindi (these items are noted in the file list). No restrictions on access. Some material in this fonds is protected by copyright until January 1 st 2049 (please ask the archivist on staff for clarification). A single copy of items in the fonds may be made for purposes of research and private study. Authorization must be obtained from the copyright holder 3

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if protected material is to be used for any other purpose. Protected material cannot be published without permission from the copyright holder. 4

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Sous-fonds Descriptions Papers of Sarah Morton. 1856-1915, predominant 1864-1915. 78 cm of textual records. 25 photographs. 7 postcards. Sous-fonds consists of the original typescript plus research notes for a book written by Mrs. Morton on her husband entitled John Morton of Trinidad. The series also consists of correspondence of Mrs. Morton with various family members, primarily her son Arthur S. Morton; scrapbooks and clippings on the life and work of John Morton; photographs of people and places in Trinidad; and a few postcards. The draft, or original typescript, version of Mrs. Mortons book, which was published by William Briggs, consists of 8 chapters and follows the life of John Morton. Several files of research notes created by Sarah Morton in writing her book also exist. The scrapbooks consists of 6 three-ring binders which contain clippings, letters and mementoes documenting the life of John Morton, and are arranged chronologically. The photographs in this series include pictures of various teachers and children in Tunapuna, a few pictures of Mrs. Morton, and pictures of churches and other buildings in Tunapuna. The postcards are of various buildings in St. Lucia. Papers of John Morton. 1861-1914. 52 cm of textual records. Sous-fonds consists of letters, reports, journals, sermons, addresses and other material documenting the work and life of John Morton a missionary and educator of the East Indian people of Trinidad. Daily journals maintained by Morton exist for the years 1867-1873, 1875-1876, 1891, and 1900. Letter-books also exist for the years 1874-1875, 1877-1885, 1887, 1890-1893, 1900, and 1903. These letter-books also contain various reports written by Morton on his work in Trinidad. A few financial records also exist, including a book of stipends for the years 1861-1868, and a book of household expenditures, for 1863-1876. The series also contains various reference books and pamphlets presumably used by Morton, including a dictionary of English and East Indian words, a Hindi Hymn Book, the First Catechism in Hindi, and the Hindi First Book. A few personal mementoes of Morton, including his doctoral diploma and a scroll commemorating his Jubilee, are also included in the series. Papers of Arthur S. Morton. 1905-1914. 38 cm of textual records. 4 photographs. Sous-fonds consists of correspondence and genealogical research notes of Arthur S. Morton. The correspondence includes letters received by Arthur S. Morton from his mother (1906-1914), his father (1908-1911), his brothers Harvey Morton (1907-1911) and William Morton (1907-1910) and his sisters-in-law (1906-1914). Other correspondence includes letters received from various friends and relatives over the period 1905-1914, including John Currie, Douglas Mollison, members of the Payzant family, A.J. Wm. Miles, Bertha Burleigh, G.S. Campbell, Louis and Agnes Silver, Gwendoline Sandham, and Robert Falconer. The genealogical research notes consist of work conducted by Arthur S. Morton on the Silver family (his mothers family). The photographs in the sous-fonds were sent to Arthur Morton by one of his brothers or by his sister, and are of his nieces and nephews. One of the photographs includes a picture of John Morton. 5

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Papers of Harvey Morton. 1894-1911. 1 cm of textual records. Sous-fonds consists of ten letters received by Harvey Morton from his mother, his sister Agnes, his brother Arthur, and from his father-in-law, J.G. Forbes. The letters were written in 1894 (one letter), 1895 (four letters), 1907 (one letter), 1909 (two letters), and 1911 (one letter). The last letter is undated. 6

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PAPERS OF MRS. SARAH MORTON Sarah Mortons scrapbooks 1973-5009-1-1 [-1876] Binder #1 1973-5009-1-2 1876-1880 Binder #2 1973-5009-1-3 1880-1881 Binder #3 1973-5009-2-1 1886-1890 Binder #4 1973-5009-2-2 1891-1900 Binder #5 1973-5009-2-3 1901-1912 Binder #6 Letters received by Sarah Morton 1973-5009-3-1 1911 Letters received by Mrs. Sarah Morton from her son, A.S. Morton 1973-5009-3-2 1912-1913 Letters received by Mrs. Sarah Morton from her son, A.S. Morton 1973-5009-3-3 1895-1896 Letters received by Mrs. Sarah Morton from her children 1973-5009-3-4 1915 Farewell Addresses to Sarah Morton 1973-5009-3-5 Sarah Morton Collected Notes on St. Lucia Sarah Mortons research notes re: John Morton of Trinidad 1973-5009-3-6 [191-?] Extract and Transcripts, 1869 1973-5009-3-7 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1870 1973-5009-3-8 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1871 1973-5009-3-9 [191-?] Extracts and Transcrips, 1872 1973-5009-3-10 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1873 1973-5009-3-11 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1874 1973-5009-3-12 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1875 1973-5009-3-13 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1877 1973-5009-3-14 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1878 1973-5009-3-15 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1880 7

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1973-5009-3-16 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1881 1973-5009-3-17 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1882 1973-5009-3-18 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1883 1973-5009-3-19 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1884 1973-5009-3-20 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1885 1973-5009-3-21 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1886 1973-5009-3-22 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1887 1973-5009-3-23 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1888 1973-5009-3-24 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1889 1973-5009-3-25 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1890 1973-5009-3-26 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, [ca. 1890-1909] 1973-5009-3-27 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1891 1973-5009-3-28 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1892 1973-5009-3-29 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1893 1973-5009-3-30 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1894 1973-5009-4-1 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1895 1973-5009-4-2 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1896 1973-5009-4-3 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1897 1973-5009-4-4 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1898 1973-5009-4-5 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1899 1973-5009-4-6 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1900 1973-5009-4-7 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1902 1973-5009-4-8 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1909 1973-5009-4-9 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts (fragile), 1909 1973-5009-4-10 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1910 1973-5009-4-11 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1911 1973-5009-4-12 [191-?] Extracts and Transcripts, 1912 1973-5009-4-13 1912 Clippings re: death of John Morton 8

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Original Typescript of Sarah Mortons book, John Morton of Trinidad 1973-5009-4-14 [191-?] John Morton of Trinidad Chapter 1 Typescript 1973-5009-4-15 [191-?] John Morton of Trinidad Chapter 2 Typescript 1973-5009-4-16 [191-?] John Morton of Trinidad Chapter 3 Typescript 1973-5009-5-1 [191-?] John Morton of Trinidad Chapter 4 Typescript 1973-5009-5-2 [191-?] John Morton of Trinidad Chapter 5 Typescript 1973-5009-5-3 [191-?] John Morton of Trinidad Chapter 6 Typescript pp. 423-490 (402) 1973-5009-5-4 [191-?] John Morton of Trinidad Chapter 6 Typescript pp 491-584 1973-5009-6-1 [191-?] John Morton of Trinidad Chapter 7 Typescript pp 505-680 1973-5009-6-2 [191-?] John Morton of Trinidad Chapter 7 Typescript pp 681-789 1973-5009-6-3 [191-?] John Morton of Trinidad Chapter 8 Typescript pp 790-853 1973-5009-6-4 [191-?] John Morton of Trinidad Chapter 8 Typescript pp 854-936 Photographs and postcards 1973-5009-6-5 [188-?] [190-?] Photographs and postcards PAPERS OF JOHN MORTON Correspondence, reports and journals 1973-5009-7-1 1871,1885 Financial records concerning the building of a church in San Fernando 1973-5009-7-2 1861-1876 Stipends and household expenditures 1973-5009-7-3 1888 Booklet of Baptisms and Communicants 1973-5009-7-4 1871-1873 Daily Journals 1973-5009-7-5 1867-1870, 1895 Daily Journals 1973-5009-7-6 1876,1885 Daily Journals 1973-5009-7-7 1891, 1900 Daily Journals 1973-5009-7-8 1874-1875 Letters, reports and accounts 9

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1973-5009-7-9 1877-1892 Letters, reports and accounts 1973-5009-8-1 1891-1893 Letters and reports 1973-5009-8-2 [ca.1899]-1912 Miscellaneous Letters and reports 1973-5009-8-3 [ca.1890] John Morton: Copy Letter Book 1973-5009-8-4 1900-1903 John Morton: Copy Letter Book 1973-5009-8-5 1887 Letterbook 1973-5009-8-6 Jan. 1889 Apr. 1890 Correspondence, K.J. Grant to John Morton (17 letters) 1973-5009-8-7 Dec. 1888 June 1890 Correspondence, Rev J.P. Cropper to John Morton 1973-5009-8-8 [189-?] Correspondence 1973-5009-8-9 1895-1896 Letters received by John Morton from his children Booklets and pamphlets 1973-5009-9-1 1894 Pamphlet of questions and answers on Trinidad 1973-5009-9-2 1912 Hindi First Book, published by the Canadian Mission Press, Tunopuna 1973-5009-9-3 [189-]-[190-] Booklets on Industry in Trinidad 1973-5009-9-4 [190-?] Booklets written in Hindi 1973-5009-9-5 1908 First Catechism in Hindi, published by the Canadian Mission Press 1973-5009-9-6 1913 Booklet Law Terms in English and Hindi by John Morton 1973-5009-9-7 1912 Hindi Hymn Book compiled by John Morton 1973-5009-9-8 1914 Booklet A Garland of Prayers (2 nd Edition), written by Mrs. Sarah Morton 1973-5009-9-9 [188-?]-[190-?] Booklet of English and Hindi words and translations 1973-5009-9-10 [ca. 1873] Booklet of English words from Scriptures with Foreign (Hindi?) equivalents Sermons and Addresses 1973-5009-10-1 1889-1909 John Morton Sermons and addresses 10

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1973-5009-10-2 [188-?]-[190-?] John Morton Sermons and addresses 1973-5009-10-3 1900 Speech to the General Assembly, Halifax 1973-5009-10-4 [191-?] Article A. Guyacleen, Trinidad 1973-5009-10-5 [190-?] Address Upheavals of the People. Carnival and Hossie 1973-5009-10-6 1912 Farewell Address to John Morton 1973-5009-10-7 1910 John Morton: World Missionary Conference Commisson. Questions & Answers 1973-5009-10-8 [before 1909] Booklet of Historical notes regarding various clergy Clippings and mementos 1973-5009-10-9 1890 John Mortons doctoral diploma from Halifax Presbyterian College 1973-5009-10-10 1912 Clippings from the Mirror (Trinidad) re: the Jubilee of the Ordination of John Morton 1973-5009-10-11 1912 Address from the Trinidad Presbytery on John Mortons Jubilee PAPERS OF ARTHUR S. MORTON A.S. Mortons research notes on the Silver family 1973-5009-11-1 [191-?] A.S. Mortons research notes on the Silver family 1973-5009-11-2 [191-?] A.S. Mortons research notes on the Silver family 1973-5009-11-3 [191?] A.S. Mortons research notes on the Silver family 1973-5009-11-4 1910 A.S. Mortons research notes on the Silver family Booklets and personal mementos 1973-5009-11-5 [189-] Booklets and personal mementos of A.S. Morton Letters received by A.S. Morton 1973-5009-12-1 1907-1909 Letters received by A.S. Morton re: business affairs 1973-5009-12-2 1906-1914 Letters received by A.S. Morton from his sister-in-law 1973-5009-12-3 1907-1909 Letters received by A.S. Morton fromhis brother William Morton 1973-5009-12-4 1907-1911 Letters received by A.S. Morton from his brother Harvey 11

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1973-5009-12-5 1908-1911 Letters received by A.S. Morton from his father John Morton 1973-5009-12-6 1906-1907 Letters received by A.S. Morton from his mother, Mrs. Sarah Morton 1973-5009-12-7 1908 Letters received by A.S. Morton from his mother 1973-5009-12-8 1909 Letters received by A.S. Morton from his mother 1973-5009-12-9 1910 Letters received by A.S. Morton from his mother 1973-5009-12-10 1911 Letters received by A.S. Morton from his mother 1973-5009-12-11 1912 Correspondence between A.S. Morton and his mother Mrs. Sarah Morton re: illness and death of John Morton 1973-5009-12-12 1913 Letters received by A.S. Morton regarding the A.H. Mconnachie 1973-5009-13-1 1913 Letters received by A.S. Morton from his mother 1973-5009-13-2 1914 Letters received by A.S. Morton from his mother 1973-5009-13-3 1907-1909 Letters to Arthur S. Morton from John Currie 1973-5009-13-4 1908-1913 Letters to Arthur S. Martin from Douglas Mollison 1973-5009-13-5 1907-1909 Letters to Arthur S. Morton from his Aunt, Frances Payzant and the Payzant family 1973-5009-13-6 1907-1909 Letters to A.S. Morton from his cousin, Bertha Burleigh 1973-5009-13-7 1907-1909 Letters to Arthur S. Morton from A.J. Wm. Myers 1973-5009-13-8 1907-1909 Letters to A.S. Morton from G.S. Campbell 1973-5009-13-9 1907-1911 Letters to A.S. Morton from Louis Silver and Agnes Silver 1973-5009-13-10 1908-1909 Letters to A.S. Morton from Gwendeline Sandham 1973-5009-13-11 1908-1909 Letters to A.S. Morton from Robert Falconer 1973-5009-13-12 1905-1910 Letters to A.S. Morton from various friends 1973-5009-13-13 1907-1908 Miscellaneous letters received by A.S. Morton Photographs and postcards 1973-5009-13-14 1911 Envelope with 4 photographs sent to A.S. Morton from one of his brothers or his sister 1973-5009-13-15 1907-1909 Postcards received by A.S. Morton 12

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13 PAPERS OF HARVEY MORTON 1973-5009-13-16 1894-1911 Letters received by Ha rvey Morton from various family members 1973-5009-13-17 1896 Letters received by Harvey Morton from his mother 1973-5009-13-18 1894,1895,1908 Miscellan eous Morton family correspondence