ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 238
Extent: 2.0 Boxes
Predominant Dates: 1805-1842
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Scope and Contents: The collection consists of letters of John Ward Gurley (1778-1808) and his brother, Henry Hosford Gurley (1788-1833), as well as the letters and diaries of John Ward Gurley (b. ca. 1820), the son of Henry Hosford Gurley. There are letters between Edward Livingston and John Ward Gurley prior to their duel in 1808. John Ward Gurley also corresponded with Governor William C.C. Claiborne concerning his position as Register of Land in the Territory. Henry Hosford Gurley was a member of the United States House of Representatives and his correspondence in the collection is related to his political career. His letters include those from Henry Clay, Zachary Taylor, and William Henry Harrison. The correspondence of Henry Hosford Gurley's son, John Ward Gurley, is mostly from his family. His uncle, R. R. Gurley, sent letters about his travels throughout the country for the American Colonization Society. John Ward Gurley's diaries (1832-1836) give an account of daily life in Baton Rouge and Jackson, Louisiana and describe a boat trip up the Mississippi River. There are also genealogical materials and newspaper clippings.