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Bayard-Emory Correspondence, 1879-1898, MS. 1987
Bayard-Emory Correspondence, 1879-1898, MS 1987, Maryland Historical Society
Title Bayard-Emory Correspondence
Creator Thomas F. Bayard and Frederick Emory
Call Number MS.1987
Span Dates 1879-1898
Extent Thirteen (13) Letters
Abstract Thirteen letters, nine of which are from Bayard to Emory. The correspondence is mainly of a political and diplomatic nature. Bayard Emory to be Director of the Pan American Union. In the letters Bayard discusses events of the day, personal views on Presidents Grover Cleveland and William McKinley, treaties (especially arbitration concerning the preservation of seals in the Bering Sea), the silver standard and free coinage of silver, and tariff reform.
Repository H. Furlong Baldwin Library
Maryland Historical Society
201 W. Monument Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21218
Access restrictions Open to the public without restrictions.
Use restrictions Permission to quote from this collection must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.
Thomas F. Bayard (1828-1898), United States Senator from Delaware, 1869-1885; Secretary of State, 1885-1889; Ambassador to Great Britain, 1893-1897.
Frederic Emory (1853-1908), journalist in Baltimore and Philadelphia and one of the editors of the Baltimore Sun for a time.
Scope and Content
Thirteen letters, nine of which are from Bayard to Emory. The correspondence is mainly of a political and diplomatic nature. Bayard Emory to be Director of the Pan American Union. In the letters Bayard discusses events of the day, personal views on Presidents Grover Cleveland and William McKinley, treaties (especially arbitration concerning the preservation of seals in the Bering Sea), the silver standard and free coinage of silver, and tariff reform.
1. Bayard, Thomas F. to Frederic Emory, 1879 June 14
Bayard discusses his attitude relating to the "Warner" bill, refers to a "decay in the morals and methods of higher politics in our American system"
2. Hemsley??, Frederick to Emory, 1883 September 27
Letter about family matters; Helmsley?? invites Emory to visit him in Atlantic City
3. Bayard, Florence to Emory, 1889 December
Writes to thank Emory for writing article favorable to her father, "I know that father is right--but there are very few people who have the courage to stand by the truth when it becomes unpleasant"
4. Bayard, Thomas F. to Emory 1890 January 29
Bayard regrets that he cannot write an article for the Sun as Emory has suggested; discusses ratification of the treaty of extradition with Britain; and compares the Phelps Treaty of 1886 with the Blaine-Paunceforte Treay
5. Emory to Bayard, 1892 November 10.
Emory congratulates Bayard on his role in the election of Grover Cleveland: “It is a triumph so complete...that patriotic men...need have no fear for the future.”
6. Bayard to Emory, 1892 November 15.
Revels in the victory [Cleveland's election] with Emory: “What a poor figure the ‘Bosses’ cut in the contest...[that] place[d] an honest and true man in the Presidency.... I hope and pray the current of reform may not be checked…”
7. Bayard to Emory, 1893 February 14.
He is fearful for the country: “The issues which are forming and compelling decision will disarrange party lines as heretofore known…”
8. Bayard to Emory, 1893 August 16.
Re: Bering Sea arbitration. Bayard has long favored preservation of the seals by the cooperative legislation of the maritime nations. On the envelope Emory notes his reply and what sent?
9. Bayard to Emory, 1893 October 28
More on the Bering Sea bill and ramifications; also discusses the sliver standard (“…should he [Cleveland] prove able to guide the ship of state clear of that reef of financial death (a silver standard) his will have been a service beyond recompense”) and tariff reform. Suggests Emory meet and get to know his friend, Worthington Chauncy Ford. Glad Emory likes his new job at the State Department.
10. Bayard to Emory, probably 1894 April 26.
Congratulates him on his new appointment [to the Bureau of Statistics?] after the termination of the Bureau of American Republics.
11. Bayard to Emory, 1896 January 14
Great concern over the Venezuelan dispute. Attacks House Republicans. Recalls visit to Wye House and mentions Col. Edward Lloyd (1825-1907), whom he tried to get appointed Collector of the Port of Baltimore in 1893. On Maryland politics and government: “Maryland will have to go through an era of suffering before the good and true can organize for honest government....”
12. Bayard to Emory, 1896 September 20.
Re: the free coinage of silver. Attacks those who favor free silver, McKinley, etc. Very depressed about the state of political affairs in the U.S. Requests a copy of Teackle Wallis's works edited by William Hand Browne.
13. 1898 October 29.
Wedding announcement of Florence Bayard (the ambassador's daughter) to William Samuel Hilles in Wilmington.