Reverend Charles S. Coit Family Archive, Including Outdoor Daguerreotype of his Port Jervis, NJ Church
Lot of 75+, including 33 photographs and 40+ letters and/or newspaper clippings related to Rev. Charles S. Coit and his family. Coit (b. 1822), born in New York City, received the calling to go into the ministry in 1843, and studied at Pennington Seminary. Starting in the mid-1840s, he was appointed to several churches, including the M.E. Church in Port Jervis, NJ, from 1849-50. The lot features a sixth plate outdoor daguerreotype of this church, accompanied by a printed paper label that id's the church, and reads in part To Rev. C.S. Coit - From H.C. Cunningham. Coit married R. Melinda Harrison in 1852, and their 40-year marriage ended with the passing of his wife. They had two children together. In a eulogy written about Coit, he is described as having a clear and active intellect... and as a preacher of marked excellence.
This archive includes the following Coit family photographs: ninth plate daguerreotype and cdv of Rev. Coit; ninth plate daguerreotype of his wife; a cabinet card family album; and a ninth plate daguerreotype and ambrotype of unidentified women.
In addition to the photos, the lot includes approx. 30 family letters dating from the mid-to-late 19th century, including some Civil War-era letters with war news content. In a letter to Rev. Coit, dated May 19, 1865, a reference is made to Lincoln's assassination: the death of our Bloved President was some draw back but thanks to the Good Lord the Nation lives. In a post-war letter to Coit, dated Jan. 28, 1866, his mother mentions a sick relative that had found a helper she describes as a virginia colored boy and counterband who was freed from his master and had come to New Jersey with the army.
Also included is a letter to Coit from one of his children, dated Aug. 25, 1891 and written from Cedar Rapids, IA. The letter opens: We are coming, leaving gold mines, and Indians and Iowa farms and all the glories of prarie land..., going on to discuss plans to return home by train.
The remaining letters cover various topics ranging from family and religious matters to travels, both in the U.S. and abroad, including an anonymous account of a European trip titled Across the Alps, featuring highly detailed descriptions of the architecture and landscape of Belgium, Germany, and Switzerland. A small, decorated paper box that houses the letters and clippings is included with the lot.