19th & 20th Century Manuscript Documents, Genealogy & Ephemera of Edward Henry Leighton Smith (1870 -1933) of Smithtown
Smithtown, New York: 1910. Manuscript. Very Good. Item #028668
A group of items, all regarding the professional and personal life of Edward Henry Leighton Smith (1870 - 1933) of Smithtown, LI, NY. Including: Genealogy & family research: 190(?) Typed letter signed by M.L. Lewis, manager of The Lewis Publishing Co. of NY & Chicago, requesting biographical details & family history from E.H.L. Smith for their upcoming publication of the Peter Ross "History of Long Island." (with) a printed booklet from the company titled "Data for Biographical Sketch" meant to be used for the purpose. The first two pages with entries; the rest blank. A draft biography of E.H.L. Smith, handwritten on 10" x 16" ledger paper, giving his background to his election to the board of supervisors of the town of Smithtown, "…an office he has held since 1896…" Another, expanded biography of Smith, 6 ½ pages on Town of Smithtown E.H.L. Smith Supervisor notepaper, mentioning his early employment with his father Tangier Smith in the tea trade from Hong Kong, under the firm's name of Smith Archer & Co. associated with A.A. Low Bros. of NYC. With (5) pages of handwritten notes and "lines of descent" of various parts of the Smith family, with dates, names, marriages, relations. Documents: 1910 Autograph note signed dated Setauket, Long Island September 18th 1910 to E.H. L. Smith, notifying him of his election at the Stony Brook Auditorium as on Honorary Vice President of an (as yet) unnamed Association formed "…to care for, protect and replant our highway trees and in local improvement for the general good…" signed by Townsend Cox Jr., secretary. 1912 County of Suffolk Office of the Board of Elections Certificate of Election, certifying that E.H.L. Smith was nominated by the Democratic party for the office of school director for the Town of Smithtown. Signed by the custodians of Primary Records and with the official blindstamped seal. 1912 Membership card for E.H.L. Smith in the Suwassett Chapter, No. 195 Royal Arch Masons of Patchogue, N.Y. with the fraternal blindstamp seal & signature of the secretary. 1913 Printed appointment As Deputy Sheriff for E.H.L. Smith by the Sheriff of Suffolk County D. Henry Brown, signed by him and with the official seal of office. Miscellaneous: - A single-sided note, dated 1927 from Chas. Samuel Pyatt and Archibald H. Pyatt of Farmington Connecticut, addressing their appreciation to the Smithtown Chamber of Commerce for an account they had read in the Hartford Courant of that year regarding their relations to the "Bull Rider" Smith of Smithtown. With the mailing envelope from the Pyatt's. - An undated 4-page letter regarding Smith and Seabury family news, elections, the people of Smithtown rallying to their candidate "…regardless of political creed, station or color have decide they will have him. It is lovely that people appreciate him for there are few like Ned…" Some edge, tips wear, old fold lines depending on the individual item; all in good to very good condition.