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Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin et al A Collection of Correspondence of Four Generations of Women in the Hockaday, Price, Blair, and Henrotin Family, Approximately 550 Pieces. .Missouri, Illinois, & New York.185 9 - 1962
Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin et al A Collection of Correspondence of Four Generations of Women in the Hockaday, Price, Blair, and Henrotin Family, Approximately 550 Pieces. .Missouri, Illinois, & New York.185 9 - 1962

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A collection of correspondence from four different well-known and prominent families in the 19th and 20th centuries as they intermarried through four generations. The collection, in total, has approximately four hundred and forty (440) pieces, with the bulk of the material consisting of around three hundred and seventy-five (375) letters dating between 1870 - 1962. Over one third of the correspondence focuses on the relationships between the women in the families, often the mother-daughter, sister-sister, aunt-niece, cousin-cousin relationships. The four families are the Hockaday, Price, Blair, and Henrotin. The Hockaday family was a pioneering Missouri family, and was very prominent in Callaway County, where they were especially active in local politics. The Prices were also a pioneering Missouri family, who were often active in local politics. In particular Robert Beverly Price (1832-1924) who was a well-known banker and gentleman farmer, was greatly involved in the financial success of his alma mater, the University of Missouri. Several of the family members attended this University over the years. The Blairs were one of the most powerful political families of the 19th century advising several U.S. Presidents across the party lines including Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren and Abraham Lincoln. One member of the family even ran as the Vice Presidential candidate for Horatio Seymour's on the Democratic Party losing presidential ticket in 1868. The Henrotin was a prominent Chicago family, of which various family members were known for their active involvement in the suffragette movement, founding the Chicago Stock Exchange, and serving as Consuls to Belgium and Turkey. The letters deal the relationships between the women as they age they age from young children, to mothers, to widows. They discuss family news, their health, gossip, current events, their frequent trips to see other family members and month long trips to Europe. They often send each other parcels, full of gifts, such as dress, coats, gloves, (some made from seal skin), and preserved food, such as jam and pickles. In addition to the strong maternal relationships represented in the correspondence, there a strong bond between Elizabeth Hockaday and her niece, Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin (1883-1965) as Emily would stay for long stretches of time with her Aunt when ever her parents would travel. It could be said based on the number and content of their letters that Emily felt a stronger maternal bond to her Aunt than her mother. Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin appears to have been the family historian and the one collecting the family's letters. As such a large part of her personal correspondence with her husband, Edward "Ted" Henrotin, son, Preston Blair Henrotin, and her, mostly female, friends make up approximately one third of the correspondence in the collection. The majority of the letters from her husband take place during their courtship, while they were separated due having to take care of ailing parents in separate locations between 1906-1908. At times Edward "Ted" Henrotin would write daily to Emily. The remaining portion of the collection, approximately sixty-five (65) pieces mainly deal with the Edward and Emily's life at their house and farm called Road's End, located in Cherryplain, NY or are various pieces of ephemera relating to the greater family. There are genealogy records and family anecdotes, a printed map of Road's End, photographs, newspaper clippings, visiting cards, wedding invitations, legal documents relating to wills,  Preston Blair Henrotin's school and medical reports (including a course catalogue) and miscellaneous envelopes. The photographs, totally about twenty (20) are black and white photographs, the majority of which appear to be portraits and candid shots of the Henrotin's at Road's End. The collection itself has been organized into three categories: correspondence, photographs and ephemera (including materials relating to Road's End). Within the category of correspondence the letters have been organized into groups by who the letter is addressed to. Each of these sub set categories have been arranged chronologically with undated letters placed in back. The majority of the letters have corresponding envelopes, however there are several envelopes with no corresponding letter. These envelopes have been added to the total count in the ephemera section. Below are excerpts from the correspondence: "Mrs. Hockaday presented your case to me as best she could bit to obtain a definite account of your symptoms, I will be under the necessity of asking you some questions. Does the blood alluded to appear bright and fresh or dark? And do you discover it in large or small quantities - only a drop or two or several drops with each voidance? [sic]" - June 26, 1876, to Evaline "Eva" Hockaday Price from her nephew, Euken "Poor John, my heart reaches out to him with all a mothers love and anxiety, he looked very feeble when he left home. Dr. W & Kerr performed an operation on him for piles [hemorrhoids], he had been passing blood in considerable quantities and they took off a tumor [hemorrhoid] half finger in length which caused him to lay in bed several days, he got out of bed and started on his campaign.... I hope to live to hear that Barclay has had all the died cut off his detestable back. I firmly believe Cittendue [?] and his men are at the bottom of it all. John was awfully crushed under the malicious slander." - April 13, 1880 to Evaline Hockaday Price from her mother, Emily Mills Hockaday regarding Eva's brother John, who was Attorney General of Missouri, and campaigning for reelection when D. Robert Barclay started making accusations in the press. "I received the birthday presents together with your very kind letter on Saturday, my 78th birthday, your letter brought tears in large drops, so many kind wishes and expressions was all duly appreciated.... as we grow old we feel that a little attention and remembrance is very grateful, more so than in younger days where we had a strong arm to lean upon. Widow has always been a name of sorrow." July 9th, 1883, to Evaline "Eva" Hockaday Price from her mother, Emily Mills Hockaday "My darling little girl, your beautiful letter came a day or two ago and I think I never saw my name look so well as it did on the back of it, written by your dear little hand. You will soon write better than Aunt Liz does... I am most crazy to see you and hear you say your letters to spell, I guess you will be reading very soon, you must write to me very often, for I can read every word you write." - February 13, 1888, to Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin from Aunt Elizabeth (sometimes referred Aunt L, Liz, Lizzie, or Lizbeth) "Your big doll sits quietly in the parlor and your Rosefelt doll is in the middle of the bed in your Mudgie's room. [Illegible name] Blair with one last night, I made one read to her, it reminds me of you just a little bit. She cannot fill your place.... I am very lonely without you. No one to sit around with me and talk to me." - May 29, 1893, to Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin from Aunt Elizabeth "For it sounds as though you thought we had neglected you, which we are all far from feeling like doing, and I farther than anybody. I thought when you came here I would go at once to see you, but we kept hearing how weak and nervous you were, and the great necessity of keeping you quiet, and free from all excitement and the annoyance of company - and whilst I knew I would neither excite or annoy you, still knew that my being there would bring company to the house. The family would have come and of course would have to see you. To avoid all that thought I had better wait till you were well. I had felt so miserable over not going to you in the fall when you lay there a month with no one  to stay with you when I could so easily have gone had I known you were even in bed." - February 24, 1898, To Evaline "Eva" Hockaday Price from her sister, Elizabeth. "[It's] the most interesting and the hardest work imaginable. Last fall it was feeding the soldiers as they sailed, usually at four in the morning at Hoboken, NY! Which meant my getting up at two. Since November it has been meeting the steamers at seven or light. It takes one to two hours, half hour exercise, one hour to get breakfast and dress, half hour in subway, so a 7 o'clock call means up at five. We do this four days a week on a moving schedule. Lucy Taggert (from Indianapolis, lives with Florence) and I are together in this. There is no telling how long one is headed- sometimes home for lunch and back in the afternoon or no lunch and dismissed at four, or, as one day two weeks ago we were there at nine AM and worked till 11 PM. That was wonderful, it was part of the 27th. We gave them a full meal, fed 36 hundred men in 45 minutes. Such a sight to remember! We had four lines of food (about forty women), the boys marched off the ferry boat four abreast, band playing, cheering crowds outside the gates. This was at Weekhawkin, they had docked there during the day from the big boats and were then on their way to camps. We gave them coffee, a big canteen cup full, big cream buns with raising which they adore.... [letter continues on for several pages describing the meal and items given to the soldiers, and what the soldiers said to them]". - circa December 1919, to Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin from Evalyn (friend) "I have been hoping for a letter from you telling me what you think of Blair? I do hope he is behaving well, and not tiring you out with his noise and disorder! Our house here seems so quiet with away, and stays so straight that I hardly recognize it... I am glad that he is having this first visit with you and Grandfather, that he will always remember. I have such happy recollections of the long visits I used to make you when I was a little girl, and how you used to read to me, etc. That I want want Blair to grow up with the same remembrances." - November 29, 1921 To Aunt "Lizabeth" from Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin "E. H. B. - this is very confidential, but isn't it funny how some families are money makers and some just aren't - Now the Mulford and the Henrotin just are and I'm hoping you can manger to bring up Blair to be a Blair." April 1, 1922 to Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin from Mrs. Frank Burroughs Mulford (friend) "The depression has hit me pretty hard, like it has everybody else, and my investments have suffered considerably. While the greater part of them is in frozen assets, which are frozen so stiff that you could not dislodge them with a pickax. My Cherryplain [New York] property ranks first amongst these frozen assets and I am very anxious to dispose of some at a almost any price as I really need the money." - March 2, 1932 to Edward "Ted" Henrotin and his wife, Emily, Hockaday Blair Henrotin from Uncle Maurice "I am working at the Embassy  in London on British matters. We are prepared for the invasion by the Nazis and I have been wondering if things get too terrific with bombs etc, whether you would be willing to have Sylvia, Robbie and I come see you at Cherryplain [New York] until the war is over." - July 2 1940, to Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin from Jones Page Blair "You see I have the advantage on you as my so call 'dog' is part tiger, part jackal, and just a touch of Burma Rat. Not much dog to him and he's really rough. He can properly even beat you at climbing trees.... he just laughed, walked out the door and and came back dragging a baby elephant to show me how tough he really is.... news from the front has been good the last few days, We can only think of and thank the boys who have given their blood and their lives to make the news sound good and pray and hope that this mass slaughter will come to an end soon. With the fall of Rangoon, the battle for Burma is close to an end. Germany should be completely defeated by the time you receive this. The cost has been heavy." - May 4, 1945, To Auntie 'S' from Homer  who was serving in the Army Medical Corps in Burma. "Your box has arrived in perfect condition. I can't tell you how delighted I am with all the contents. You really are too generous and I do appreciate all the lovely things you have sent... the nylons are very nice. I don't get them here and have only got a pair Helen sent me from S. Africa... what a good cook you are, it is a delicious cake and the cans you have sent are all the things we like best and so is the soap. I think it is so clever of you to know what we need most. Rice is a treat after so many years without any.... we had [my husbands] brother over here for last week and he took us out on Sunday, a lovely fine day in our car for a a run. On our way home we were run into by another car. Fortunately only our car was damaged. The other car turned over and four people and two children crawled out without a scratch! There are some very bad drivers about. The shock was bad for George and he had to be revived on the roadside. However he seems none the worse now.... We heard from John who had been on leave up country visiting some army friends in Malay [Malaysia], he says the banditry is far worse than here. He had to be provided with an escort to get Kuala Lumpur and they say it may go on for another two years." -  February 25, 1949 to Emily Hockaday Blair Henrotin from Adile M. Gahain (friend) . Emily Mills was born on July 7, 1805 to John Mills (1780-1865) and Lucy Mills (1783-1867) in Kentucky, She married Judge Irvine Otey Hockaday (197-1864), on May 3, 1821. They had several children together: Lucy M Hockday VanMeter (1823-1849), Amelia Hockaday Stephens (1827-1904), Margaret Hockday McGirk (1829-1905), Elizabeth Hockday (1833-1907), and Evaline June Hockday (1833-1922). She died on May 12, 1890. Her daughter Evaline "Eva" married Robert Beverly Price (1832-1924) in 1860. She had one daughter, Florence Augustus Price (1861-1935), and several step children: Edwin Moss Price 1857-1920) and Emma Price Willis (1858-1942).  Eva died on June 22, 1922. Florence Price "Mudgie" married Francis "Farver" Preston Blair (1856-1914) in 1882, and had one child, a daughter, Emily Hockaday Blair (1883-1965). While Florence and Francis traveled, their daughter was cared for either by her grandmother, Eva, or her maternal great aunt, Elizabeth "Liz or Lizzy"  Hockaday. Emily often refers to her mother, Florence, as mudgie in her letters. Florence herself died in 1935. Emily would marry Edward "Ted" Clement Henrotin (1874-1945) in 1911 and have one child together Preston Blair Henrotin (1918-1976). Emily died in 1965.