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James Hope letters,
Hope, James, 1819-1892.
Library Call Number Copy Material Location
Vermont Historical Society Library  MSA 230 (cont'd in MSA 231)  Manuscript  Vault-Manuscript 

Personal Author : Hope, James, 1819-1892.
Title : James Hope letters, 1853-1954.
Physical Description : 1 linear ft. (2 boxes).
Summary :

The majority of the letters in this collection were exchanged between James Hope and his wife, Julia, between 1853 and 1872. During the winter Hope lieve in New York City to maintain his art studio while his wife remained in their Castleton, Vt., home. A smaller series of family letters includes Hope's letters to his children, the children's letters to each other, and to their mother between 1864 and the 1880s. Later letters in this series are those of Hope's grandchildren; the most recent of these is 1919.

Another series are letters to James Hope from his friends and business associates between 1854 and 1888. Miscellaneous items related to Hope include several invitations to New York City exhibitions and Hope's business card as New York agent for Middletown Healing Spring Water.

Biographical or historical data :

James hope was born in Drygarange, Roxburghshire, Scotland, on November 29, 1819 (or 1818) and immigrated to Canada at age nine. At age 15 he moved to Fairhaven, Vt., to apprentice with a wagon-maker. After a year at Castleton Seminary he taught school; married Julia M. Smith of West Rutland on Sept. 20, 1841; and set himself up as a professional artist in 1843. In 1852 he established a winter studio in New York City, spending the summer with his family in Castleton, Vt. While in New York City he served as an agent for Middletwon Healing Spring Water. In 1872 he moved to Watkins Glen, New York, where he opened a gallery to display his paintings. He died there on October 20, 1892.

In 1861, after the outbreak of the Civil War, Hope recruited volunteers for Company B of the Second Vermont Regiment. Hope served as captain. During the Civil War Hope sketched some of the major battles which he later developed into large canvases.

James and Julia Hope had four children who survived to adulthood: Henry F.; J. Douglass, who became a photographer; Jessie; and Addie, who married George A. Stearns and died in Argentina in 1871.

Personal Subject : Hope family.
Corporate Subject : Middletown Healing Spring Water Middletown, Vt.
Subject Term : Mineral waters Vermont.
Geographic Term : Castleton (Vt.) Archival resources.
Watkins Glen (N.Y.) Archival resources.
Genre/Form : Correpondence.
Business cards.
Occupation : Artists
Added Author : Hope, Julia M. Smith.
Stearns, George A.
Stevens, George T. (George Thomas), 1832-1921.
Electronic Resource : Click here for full text of finding aid.