Charles J. and Ellen C. Bonaparte Collection, 1852-1925, MS 3152

Finding Aid to the Charles J. and Ellen C. Bonaparte Collection, 1852-1925, MS 3152

H. Furlong Baldwin Library, Maryland Historical Society

 

Collection summary

Title

Charles J. and Ellen C. Bonaparte Collection

Creator

Stevenson, Emily Peer

Call number

MS 3152

Inclusive dates

1852-1925

Bulk dates

1852-1925

Extent

1 box, 15 folders

Abstract

The collection contains Charles J. and Ellen C. Bonaparte’s correspondence with Ellen’s cousin, Mabel B. Whitney and her husband, Dr. David E. Wheeler. The letters discuss family matters, including travel arrangements and health.

Administrative summary

Repository

H. Furlong Baldwin Library

Maryland Historical Society

201 W. Monument St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

www.mdhs.org

specialcollections@mdhs.org

Access restrictions

Open to the public without restrictions.

Use restrictions

Permission to quote must be received in writing from the Special Collections Librarian.

Provenance

Gift of Mrs. Emily Peer Stevenson, February 16, 2006

Accession number

7099

Processing note

Processed by Lara Westwood, May, 2014

Biographical Note

Charles Joseph Bonaparte, 1851-1921, was an influential force in American politics as a political activist and lawyer. He was appointed to Secretary of the Navy by President Theodore Roosevelt, and later became Attorney General and created the Bureau of Investigation, which became the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Born in Baltimore on June 9 to Jerome Napoleon Bonaparte and Susan May Williams, he was the grandson of Elizabeth Patterson and Jerome Bonaparte and grandnephew to Emperor Napoleon I.

His wife, Ellen Channing Day, was born on September 25, 1852 to Thomas Mills and Anna Jones Day. She and Charles wed on September 1, 1875 in Newport. She was well-received in Baltimore and Washington, D.C. society. They met several years in 1871 before they married at Saturday gatherings in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Charles quickly came enraptured with “Nellie,” but a three year sojourn in Europe with her mother delayed their engagement and marriage. She died in 1924.

Related Collections:

Bonaparte Papers, 1805-1890, MS 2978

Charles Joseph Bonaparte Collection, 1851-1921, MS 141

Charles J. Bonaparte Correspondence, 1905-1909, 1919-1921, MS 2205

Patterson Family Papers, 1781-1946, MS 141.1

Scope and Content

The Charles J. and Ellen C. Bonaparte Collection predominantly contains their correspondence with Ellen’s cousin, Mabel B. Whitney and her husband, Dr. David E. Wheeler. The letters discuss family matters, including travel arrangements and health. A firsthand account of the Great Chicago Fire, presumably written by Ellen, who was visiting the city with her mother when the fire broke out, is also included in the collection. Also of interest are letters from Ellen to her mother, Anna Jones Day, which discuss her relationship with Charles. 

Container List

Contents

Dates

Box

Folder

Day, Thomas Mills to ?, Ellen

1852, September 25

1

1

Day, Anna Jones to unknown of the death of her mother, Sophia Paine Dunn

1861, August

1

2

Day, Ellen Channing to Day, Anna Jones

1869-1875

1

3

Account of the Great Chicago Fire

1871, October

1

4

Poem by Ellen Channing Bonaparte

1878, December

1

5

Bonaparte, Charles J. to Wheeler, Dr. David E.

1898, June 4-14

1

6

Bonaparte, Charles J. to Wheeler, Mabel Whitney

No date; 1898-1920

1

7

Bonaparte, Ellen Channing Day to Wheeler, Mabel Whitney

No date; 1902-1906

1

8

Bonaparte, Ellen to Wheeler, Mabel Whitney

1907-1924

1

9

Bonaparte, Charles J. to Lansing, Robert (Secretary of State)

1917, February 5

1

10

“Charles Joseph Bonaparte, 1851-1921: An Appreciation”

1921

1

11

Williams, Robert W. to Dunn, Caroline P. regarding Ellen Bonaparte’s will

1925, January 16

1

12

List of names and addresses

No date

1

13

Bella Vista book plate

No date

1

14

Photographs of the Bonaparte Room at Maryland Historical Society

No date

1

15