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|Named Person:||Sidney Andrews; Deland family.; Jonathan Ford; Penfield Beach Goodsell; Andrew Johnson; Whitelaw Reid; Edward Spangler; Edwin Woods; Emma Louise Miriam Adams Woods; George Bryant Woods; Joseph Edwin Woods; Samuel Fay Woods|
|Document Type:||Book, Archival Material|
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George Bryant Woods
|Description:||2 boxes. 1 folder ; oversize.|
George Woods had entered the field of journalism at the age of fourteen as a contributor. His letters relate to his brief but highly regarded career as a journalist, working largely in Boston and Washington, D.C. He and his wife were stationed in Washington during the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson (1808-1875), and he wrote also of his editorial work with the Saturday Evening Gazette, including his difficulties with its publisher, Penfield Beach Goodsell (1796-1873). There are also a few letters from readers concerning his reviews of dramatic productions and letters from various editors in New York, Boston, Cincinnati, and Chicago relating to his contributions. In Washington, D.C., he worked with and became a friend of Sidney Andrews (1835-1880), journalist and author, and while near death he received a letter from another colleague, Whitelaw Reid (1837-1912), editor of the New York Tribune.
Many letters were written to Woods' parents in Barre, where George and Emma Woods spent their summers, and to his brother, Joseph Edwin Woods (1847- ), who worked for a railroad company in Boston and married his brother's widow in 1874. There are details of the Woods' domestic and social life in Boston and baseball games in Barre, as well as comments on national politics. He wrote of his coverage of the Chicago Republican Convention of 1868 and received two letters, 1866 and 1868, from John Thomson Ford (1829-1894), owner of Ford's Theatre in Washington, requesting Woods' editorial support of Edward Spangler ( - ), accused in the Lincoln assassination conspiracy. Woods traveled to South Carolina in 1870 in an effort to restore his health and wrote of the scenery and people there.
The collection also contains Woods family poetry; bills and receipts for rent, furniture, taxes, etc.; and drawings and sketches. Other miscellaneous items include a memoir of a dream, 1809?; a memorandum list of books, 1861; list of men " ... mustered into the service of the United States ... Camp Stevens, Groton Junction, Oct 17, 1862"; prescription for glasses, 190?; genealogical material concerning the Woods and Deland families; a wedding invitation; a list of Massachusetts counties and the number of justices in each; and a list of members of an acting troupe.
There is a folder of newspaper clippings and a rough draft of an article, as well as a small bundle of envelopes.
The oversize folder contains commissions appointing Edwin Woods as a trial judge, 1850 to 1876; several papers, 1915, of Joseph Edwin Woods concerning this collection; and an inventory of property loaned to Rebeckah Delan by her father, Amos Adams, dated 5 April 1821.
- Andrews, Sidney, -- 1837-1880.
- Deland family.
- Ford, Jonathan, -- 1829-1894.
- Goodsell, Penfield Beach, -- 1796-1873.
- Johnson, Andrew, -- 1808-1875.
- Reid, Whitelaw, -- 1837-1912.
- Spangler, Edward.
- Woods, Edwin, -- 1819-
- Woods, Emma Louise Miriam Adams, -- 1839-
- Woods, George Bryant, -- 1844-1871.
- Woods, Joseph Edwin, -- 1847-
- Woods, Samuel Fay, -- 1837-
- Boston daily advertiser.
- Saturday evening gazette (Boston, Mass.)
- Barre (Mass.)
- Boston (Mass.)
- Washington (D.C.)
- South Carolina.
- United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865.