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Mott family papers, 1840-1954 

Mott Family,
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3 boxes (3 boxes)
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Biographical Note

Family of Mott Haven, New York City. Jordan Lawrence Mott (b. 1799) was an inventor and industrialist. He assembled the real estate development of Mott Haven, now a part of the South Bronx, from tracts of land bought from Gouverneur Morris, Lewis Morris, and the Morris estate. Jordan Lawrence Mott II, called J.L. Mott, Jr. (1829-1915) was an industrialist. His wife was Katharine Jerome Purdy. Jordan Lawrence Mott III, better known as Lawrence Mott (1881-ca. 1913), was a novelist who wrote many novels, short stories, and articles of adventure and the outdoor life. His wife was Caroline Pitkin.

Scope and Contents

This collection is a random group of papers of three generations of the Mott family. Papers of Jordan Lawrence Mott include 51 deeds, letters, and leases showing Mott's subdivision, improvement, and letting of this property. Correspondence of J.L. Mott II is mostly from well-known people in English society in the early 20th century. Mrs. Mott was a cousin of the Jerome sisters (Lady Randolph Churchill, Lady Leslie, and Mrs. Moreton Frewen). Papers of J.L. Mott III include correspondence with publishers about his works, miscellaneous manuscripts, and financial documents. Correspondents include the Duchess of Abercorn, Prince Arthur (Duke of Connaught) and his family, L.B.R. Briggs, Ednah Dow Cheney, Joseph B. Gilder, H.A. Harvey, Lady Constance Leslie, Frank E. Schoonover, Christian Schussele, and Caspar Whitney.