Special Collections Department
Henry Clay Trumbull
1844 - 1892
(bulk dates 1851 - 1852 and 1864 - 1865)
Manuscript Collection Number: 238
Accessioned: Gift, Anna D. Moyerman, 1972
Extent: .33 linear ft. (115 items)
Access: The collection is open for research.
Processed: June 1993 by Rhonda R. Newton
Special Collections, University of Delaware Library
Newark, Delaware 19717-5267
Table of Contents
Henry Clay Trumbull (1830-1903) was a noted author, editor, and Sunday-school missionary. Trumbull was born in Stonington, Connecticut to a prominent family. His brother, James Hammond Trumbull, was a noted historian, philologist, and bibliographer. Trumbull attended Stonington Academy and Williston Seminary. He moved to Hartford, Connecticut, at age 21 and worked for the Hartford, Providence, and Fishkill Railroad as a clerk. In 1854, he married Alice Cogswell Gallaudet, the daughter of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet who was named in honor of Alice Cogswell, a daughter of Dr. Mason Cogswell and first deaf pupil of Gallaudet's.
In 1852, Trumbull joined the church and became the superintendent of a mission Sunday-school, continuing to work at the railroad. After working at several different jobs, in 1858 he became the state Sunday-school missionary for Connecticut.
Trumbull was ordained in 1862 and became the chaplain of the 10th Connecticut Regiment, stationed in North Carolina. He was held by the Confederates for four months in 1863, and after his release served in Virginia until his discharge in August 1865.
He then became New England secretary for the American Sunday-school Union. In 1875, he and his family moved to Philadelphia where he became editor of the Sunday School Times. Trumbull was the Lyman Beecher Lecturer at Yale Divinity School in 1888.
During his life, Trumbull wrote thirty-three books, including Kadesh-Barnea, about a historic site he identified in Palestine, and The Knightly Soldier, a biography of his friend Henry Ward Camp.
Malone, Dumas (ed.). Dictionary of American Biography. Volume 10. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1964. pp. 8-9.
The collection contains 120 letters written by various members of Henry Clay Trumbull's family. The majority of the letters are between Trumbull and his parents and siblings. Several were written between his father and brother as well as between his mother and wife. The letters span 1844 to 1892, but the bulk are from 1851 to 1852 and 1864 to 1865. These cover part of Trumbull's time in Hartford and most of his Civil War service. They primarily deal with family news and requests but there is also information on religion, Connecticut state legislative action, and Trumbull's feelings towards those who paid for proxies during the war. Letters from April 1861 from Thomas Trumbull tell of his campaign to obtain letters of recommendation to support his application for the Consulship at Tunis.
A list of family names follows:
Trumbull, Henry Clay
Trumbull, Gurdon, father
Trumbull, Sarah Anne (Sally), mother
Trumbull, Charles, brother
Trumbull, James Hammond, brother
Trumbull, Alice Cogswell, wife
Trumbull, Thomas, brother
Prime, Mary Trumbull, sister
Noyes, Mrs. Fanny, grandmother
Folder -- Contents
Correspondence F1 1844-1849 5 items F2 1850 4 items F3 1851 Feb-Jul 7 items F4 1851 Oct-Dec 9 items F5 1852 Jan-Feb 7 items F6 1852 Mar-May 7 items F7 1852 June 6 items F8 1852 July 5 items F9 1852 Aug-Sep 6 items F10 1852 Oct-Dec 5 items F11 1853-1854, 1856 4 items F12 1860-1861 9 items F13 1862-1863 7 items F14 1864 May-July 6 items F15 1864 Aug-Dec 5 items F16 1865 Jan-May 9 items F17 1865 Jun-Aug 9 items F18 1885-1886, 1892 3 items F19 [n.d.] 7 items
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