Mott family papers, 1840-1954
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.