William Smyth Papers (Coll. 165)



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Overview of the Collection

Biography of William Smyth

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Indexes

Detailed Description of the Collection

Overview of the Collection

Repository: G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport
Creator: Smyth, William, 1887-1980
Title:
Dates: 1927-1971
Extent: 75 pieces
Abstract: This small collection is essentially the business papers of William Smyth, created during his time at the Dauntless and Mystic Shipyards, 1927-1971. Included are yard financial reports, meeting notices, clippings, and business correspondence, all arranged in chronological order.
Identification: Coll. 165

Biography of William Smyth

Major William Smyth was born in 1887 in Ireland and was "...considered by many one of the finest boatbuilders in the United States..." In 1925 he became manager of the Dauntless Shipyard in Essex, Connecticut. He reorganized their operations and proceeded to build many quality sailing yachts. During 1939 Smyth came to Mystic Shipyard, and by 1960 was president and general manager of the yard corporation which included John R. Rincicotti and Donald A. Truss. The yard had been founded in 1843 under the name of Maxson, Fish and Co., however by the time Smyth sold out his interest in 1971, Mystic Shipyard was essentially a yacht storage and repair facility.

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Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Available for use in the Manuscripts Division

Restrictions on Use

Various copying restriction apply. Guidelines are available from the Manuscripts Division. See also: Mystic Seaport's copyright notice.

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Index Terms

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the catalog of the G. W. Blunt White Library. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons or places should search the catalog using these headings.

Corporate Bodies (Including Vessels):

Dauntless Shipyard (Essex, Conn.)
Mystic Shipyard

Subjects:

Shipbuilding--Connecticut
Shipyards--Connecticut--Essex
Shipyards--Connecticut--Mystic
Yachting
Yachts

Occupations:

Boatbuilders--Connecticut

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Coll. 165, Manuscripts Collection, G. W. Blunt White Library, Mystic Seaport Museum, Inc.

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Indexes

Index to Personal Names

NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about Thomas H. Aageson in Box 3, Folder 5 of the collection.
?, Patricia 3/9
Aageson, Thomas H. 3/5
Adler, Edward A. 2/9, 2/13
Alden, John G. 2/2
Allen, Virginia M. 3/8, 3/9
Allen, William James 1/7
Alling, L.L. 2/9
Anderson, John M. 3/8
Anderson, Lavinia A. 1/7
Ayer, Frank R. 3/6
Bailey, Walter F. 2/9
Baird, Walter S. 3/2
Barnes, Harry B. 2/6
Barney, Phil 3/8
Barnstead, F.E. 2/7
Baum, Dick 3/2, 3/4
Baum, Richard 3/8
Belcher, Nathan (Judge) 2/8
Bell, Nicholas 1/5
Black, H.L. 2/3
Blackwell, T.W. 2/10
Bolger, Phil 3/1
Boote, W.G. 1/3
Boyle, ? (Major) 1/6
Brigham, Theodore W. 2/5
Brown, T. Owen 2/8
Bunce, John L. 3/9
Burk, Morgan J. 2/3
Caleb, George E. 2/7
Cambria, Guy 2/3
Campito, J.M. 3/9
Caranex, Bruce 3/10
Card, Thomas 3/8
Carey, ? (Capt.) 2/3
Carney, Robert B. 2/8
Carpenter, Walter 2/9
Carson, Edward (Sir) 1/5
Carswell, D.B. 1/5
Carswell, David 2/7
Carswell, David B. 2/6, 2/12
Case, Philips N. 3/10
Chamberlain, Dorothy 3/2
Chapelle, Howard I. 2/8
Chappell, L.A. 2/8
Chase, Philip P. 3/8
Christy, James L. 3/3
Coffin, Clifford 1/6
Colt, William L. 1/4
Comstock, Peter H. 3/9
Cooley, Francis 2/5
Cooley, John 3/1
Cooley, John C. 3/2, 3/5
Cooper, Stanley M. 3/9
Corkey, Richard F. 2/9, 2/10, 2/11, 2/13, 3/3
Cox, Daniel H. 3/8
Crandall, J. Stuart 2/8
Crandall, James L. 2/8
Cross, Walter A. 3/1
Crouch, George 2/6
Cuno, John 3/8
Dalgleish, Maria 1/4
Day, Charles 1/4
Degoutte, ? (General) 1/6
DeVane, Milton P. 3/9
Dey, Philip S. 3/3
Dickman, Frank 3/2
Dickman, Franklin J. 3/3
Dodge, William 3/9
Driscoll, William (Mrs.) 3/9
Dunham, A.G. 3/9
Dunham, G. 3/8
Dunham, Gilbert 3/1, 3/8, 3/9
Dunlap, Charles 3/10
Dunn, Thomas W. 3/3
DuPont, Henry B. 3/9
Dupont, Pierre S. (III) 2/8
Edmonds, E. Gary 2/11
Egan, Jarvis 2/8
Elliott, E.F. 2/8
Ellsworth, John E. 2/14
Elton, John P. 2/5
English, John E. 3/9
Evans, Gordon A. 3/8
Everett, J.W. 1/8
Fagan, J.J.A. (Lieut.) 1/6
Ferdinand, S.W. 2/1
Ferguson, C.V. 2/8, 2/9
Ferrier, A. (Lieut.) 1/6
Finnis, ? (Col.) 1/5
Flack, George 2/7
Foch, Marshall 1/6
Forrestal, James 2/9
Fraser, A.E. 3/3
French, Harry N. 2/9
Fuller, Henry J. 2/9
Furd, John 3/8
Gardner, John 3/1
Gardner, William 3/8
Garfield, John 3/8
Glanville, ? (Capt.) 1/6
Glubb, F.M. 1/6
Goertner, Francis B. 2/10
Gooch, Harold 1/7
Goodwin, Charles A. 2/3, 2/5, 2/6, 2/8, 2/11
Goodwin, Clarence 3/9
Goodwin, Francis 2/11, 3/1
Goodwin, Jonathan 3/9
Goodwin, Sage 3/9
Goodwin, Spencer 2/5
Gosselin, B. 1/5
Gosselin, N. 1/2, 1/5
Greenan, J.E. 2/8
Greenhill, Basil 3/5
Grosvenor, Melville Bell 3/6
Grover, ? 2/10
Haines, Frank 2/8
Haines, Franklin M. 3/3
Haines, Rowland 3/3
Hamilton, Cole (Col.) 1/6
Hamilton, Fredric 1/2
Hamilton, Georgia W. 3/8
Harding, J.E. 1/3
Hardy, William A. 3/1
Hardy, William Agee 3/9
Hargrove, John 1/3
Harrison, Earl G. 2/8
Harte, Dick 2/4
Harte, Helen 1/4
Harte, Katherine 1/4
Harte, Richard 1/4, 1/8, 2/1, 2/5, 2/6
Harte, Richard H. (Dr.) 1/4
Hartman, Bill 3/1
Hawes, C.L. 1/6
Haynes, Gordon 2/14
Healy, ? (Miss) 1/4
Heath, G.M. 1/6
Hellier, John R. 3/3
Hetherington, Thomas E. 1/2
Hibbert, G.N. (General) 1/5
Hill, A.F.S. (Capt.) 1/5
Hodgson, G.C.S. 1/7
Howland, ? 2/1
Howland, Waldo 3/1, 3/2, 3/8
Hoyt, Fred 2/11
Hughes, Paul M. 3/2
Hutchinson, ? 1/5
Ingraham, Bob 3/1
Jameson, ? (Lieut.) 1/5
Jameson, Willy 2/4
Jenssen, Edward L. 2/10
Jerome, ? (Col.) 1/6
Johnson, E.B. 2/4
Johnson, Irving M. 3/2
Johnston, Waldo C.M. 3/4
Keefe, Arthur T. 2/8
Kelley, ? 2/4
Kerr, M.J.D. 1/6
Kerzner, Elliot 3/8
Killeen, John W. 3/6
King, John 1/2
Kistler, F.E. 2/8
Kneen, H.F. 3/9
Kneen, Harold F. 3/8
Knipe, Mabel Hoyle 3/10
Knipe, Robert 3/10
Kotz, Ronald K. 3/5
Kyztiniak, Emil 3/8
Ladden, Charles A. 2/8
Lalley, Bill 2/12
Lamont, Donald B. 3/3
Lamont, Patsy Rice 3/3
Lardner, ? 1/5
Lawrence, Charles 3/8
Lee, Albert R. 2/8
Lewin, R.A.H. 1/6
Lidstone, G.J. 1/8
Lindquist, Fred H. 3/2
Litchfield, Julia 2/2
Lonergan, ? 2/10
Loud, Newton 3/1
Lyon, Agnes 1/2, 1/7
Lyon, Elizabeth 1/2, 1/4, 1/5, 1/7
Lyon, Lottie 1/2
Lyon, William 1/7, 2/5
MacCarthy, ? (Dr.) 1/6
MacDonnel, Tim 3/1
MacDougall, ? 2/8
MacKenzie, Robert H. 1/6, 1/7
Mande, C. 1/2
Marlin, Thomas 1/7
Maynard, J.A. 2/6
Mayo, ? (Dr.) 1/4
Mayo, Charles 2/9
McGrath, Hazel W. 2/11
McKnew, Thomas W. 3/1
McLeod, John (Jr.) 2/4
Milkofsky, Brenda 3/9
Millett, R. 1/2
Moore, ? 1/8
Moore, G.L. 2/8
Morgan, Alexander 1/2
Morris, B.W. 2/3
Morris, B.W. (Jr.) 2/3
Morris, B.W. (Sr.) 2/5
Morris, Benjamin W. (Jr.) 2/5
Morris, Everett B. 3/1
Morrison, L. 2/7
Morse, Arthur 3/8
Myles, T. 2/3, 2/4
Nagle, Virginia C. 3/9
Neill, Duncan 2/4
Neill, Melville 2/4
Nelson, Bob 2/7
Nevins, ? 2/8
Nichols, H.D. 2/8
Noonan, Peter 3/7
Norris, ? (Capt.) 1/6
Norton, C. McKim 3/8
ODonnell, M. 1/7
Oakes, T.F. 2/8
Owen, George 3/8
Palmer, Emma Jane 2/11
Parker, P.W. 2/9
Pashler, P.E. 3/1
Paterson, John 2/7
Patterson, Linda 3/9
Peterson, Richard V. 2/10
Petrucelli, L.A. 2/10
Pettigrew, D. 2/4
Phelps, Hubbard 2/8
Phillips, F.W. 2/8
Pickett, C.E. 2/11
Pierce, Howard A. 2/3
Ratsey, T.C. 2/7
Read, Joseph M. 2/8
Rhodes, Phil 2/8
Rhodes, Philip 3/9
Rhodes, Philip H. 3/8
Rhodes, Philip L. 3/1, 3/8
Ricardo, A. 1/6
Rice, E.D. 3/9
Rice, Edward T. 2/6, 2/8, 2/9, 2/10, 2/13
Rice, Harriet C. 2/13
Rincicotti, Henry 2/8, 2/13
Rincicotti, John 2/14
Rincicotti, John H. 3/3
Robins, W.S. 1/3
Roland, Glen R. 2/8
Rosencrantz, Donald 3/1
Rowland, John T. 2/8
Rozendaal, Hans M. 3/1, 3/2, 3/8
Russell, Alick (Lieut. Col.) 1/5
Russell, G.G. 2/8
Russell, M. 3/8
Russell, Thomas W. 2/5
Sayers, R.S. 2/5
Schaefer, Rudy 3/1
Schmidlapp, Carl 3/10
Schultz, Harcourt 3/8
Schultz, Harcourt F. 3/9
Sclateno, H.C. (General) 1/5
Scott, Hall 2/10
Sharp, Thomas A. 3/10
Sheffield, Alfred C. 2/9
Shields, William H. 2/9
Shrewsberry, Karen F. 3/6
Simmons, Frank 2/5
Smith, Billy 1/1
Smith, Geoffrey S. 3/1, 3/3
Smith, Hugh 2/3
Smith, J. Rodney 3/4
Smyth, Alice 2/10
Smyth, Elizabeth 2/12
Smyth, Elizabeth Lyon 2/1, 2/8
Smyth, Esther Minnie Keown 1/1
Smyth, Hugh Edwin 2/9
Smyth, J. Philip 3/8
Smyth, Janet 3/4
Smyth, Mary 2/7
Smyth, William (Sr.) 1/1
Smyth, William L. 3/8
Sparkman, James D. 2/14
Spens, Nora 3/3
Steele, Rita E. 3/10
Stephens, Olin J. 2/8
Stephens, Roderick (Jr.) 3/8
Stevens, J.E. 2/7
Stevens, W.P. 2/11
Stewart, Arthur W. 3/9
Stingle, Robert M. 3/9
Stinson, J.B. 3/4
Sullivan, Frank H. 2/1
Sutphen, John 3/7
Sweetser, J.A. 3/10
Swift, Rodman 2/7
Szulman, Pat 3/9
Thompson, Muriel A. 3/8
Thompson, W. Roosevelt 2/5
Thomson, A.G. (Col.) 1/6
Thomson, D.G. 2/7
Timken, J. 3/8
Timken, John 3/9
Towlson, A.J. (Capt.) 1/6
Towlson, A.J. (Lieut.) 1/6
Truss, Donald 2/8, 2/9
Truss, Donald A. 2/13, 3/3
Turnbull, James R. 2/10
Vaughan, Samuel 1/8
Vincent, Arnold 2/9
Wadhams, M. Allyn 2/5
Wallace, J. 1/7
Walters, Henry 2/11
Warner, Winthrop L. 3/2, 3/8
Watkins, P.H. 2/10
Watson, ? (Miss) 1/4
Way, Earnest 2/11
Way, Earnie 2/5
Wayland, J.E. 3/9
Wells, John H. 3/8
Werthmann, Norman J. 3/1
Westbrook, Crawford C. 3/9
Westbrook, Stillman F. 3/9
Wetherill, Sam 2/8
Wettengel, Carl T. 2/9
Wheatly, E.A. 1/6
Wheeler, Ed 3/3
White, Henry C. 2/11
White, W. King 2/8
White, W.W. 2/11
Whiting, Paul 3/10
Wilkie, George 1/7
Willard, R.P. 2/14
Willard, Wallace W. 2/11
Worthington, Eugene 1/7
Wright, S.B. 1/5
Yates, ? (Capt.) 2/10
Yates, Lloyd D. 2/12, 2/14
Young, Charles T. 3/9

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Index to Corporate Names

NOTE: The fraction(s) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about Allen, Russell & Allen in Box 2, Folder 5 of the collection.
Allen, Russell & Allen 2/5, 2/8
Allyn Wadhams Co. 2/5
American Express Co. 2/7
American Kite Fliers Association 3/1
Ames Baldwin Wyoming Shovel Co. 2/5, 2/6
B.E.F. Fishing Co. 1/7, 1/8
Black & Yates, Inc. 2/3
Bowers & Kalenak 2/14
Bridgeport Motor Co. 2/1
Calkins Craft Boat Co. 2/14
Cambria, Roth & Cambria 2/3
Canadian Vickers, Ltd. 2/6
Concordia Co., Inc. 3/1, 3/2
Corkey & Barrows 2/13
Cove Boat Shop 2/8
Cox & Stevens, Inc. 2/8
Crandall Drydock Engineers 2/8
Crosswell Construction Co. 1/8
Curtis-Dunn Marine Industries 2/12
Dauntless Shipyard 2/9, 3/8
Dauntless Shipyard, Inc. 2/2, 2/3
Day & Zimmerman 1/4
Deep River National Bank 2/3
Deloro Mining & Reduction Co. 1/4, 1/5
Dodge Mfg. Co. 1/3
E.E. Dickinson Co. 3/9
Eidlitz, French & Sullivan 2/9
Electric Boat Co. 2/9
Empire Refining Co. 2/1
Essex National Bank 2/3
Fairhaven Star 3/10
Fishers Island Yacht Club 2/8
Francis R. Cooley & Co. 2/5
Furnans Yacht Agency 3/1
George Flack & Co. 2/7
Girard Trust Corn Exchange Bank 3/1
Great West Life Assurance Co. 1/4
Greenport Basin & Construction Co. 2/5
Halifax Shipyards, Ltd. 2/7
Hartford-Connecticut Trust Co. 2/3
Hurdman & Cranstoun, Public Accountants 2/4
Ichabod T. Williams & Sons 2/4
Imperial Guarantee & Accident Ins. Co. 1/4
John Cooke & Co. 1/7
John G. Alden Co. 3/8
Johnson Iron Works 2/1
Lacashire Dynamo & Motor Co. 1/3
MacKenzie River Steamship Line 1/7
Marine Historical Association 3/1
Mather & Platt, Ltd. 1/2
Millicent Library, The 3/10
Minneford Yacht Yard 2/5, 2/6, 3/8
Monarch Machine Works 1/4
Montaup Realty Co. 2/3
Moore-McCormack Lines 2/12
Moore & Young 1/8
Morris & OConnor 2/5
Morris Plan Bank of Hartford 2/3
Mystic Seaport Museum 3/3, 3/8, 3/9
Mystic Shipyard 2/7, 2/8, 3/6, 3/8
National Geographic Society 3/1, 3/6
National Maritime Museum 3/5
New Bedford Standard 3/10
Niagara Mohawk Power Co. 3/5
Phoenix State Bank & Trust Co. 2/3
Pierce & Kilburn Corp. 2/7, 2/8, 2/9
Pierce & Kilburn Shipyard 3/8
Ratsey & Lapthorn, Ltd. 2/7
Sachems Head Yacht Club 3/8
Schenectady Trust Co. 2/6, 2/10
Scottish Widows Fund 1/8
Shipman & Goodwin 2/3, 2/5, 2/8
Siemens Brother Dynamo Works, Ltd. 1/2
Sparkman & Stephens, Inc. 2/8, 2/14
Thomas Beattie & Sons 2/7
Travelers Insurance Co. 2/1, 2/2
Wadsworth Atheneum 3/8
Watch Hill Yacht Club 2/8
Wayland Boiler Repair & Welding Co. 3/9
Webster, Blanchard & Willard 2/11
Werthmann & Faulkner, Inc. 3/1
Whitehead Metal Products Co. 2/4
Woolsey Paint Co. 2/4
York Street Flax & Spinning Co. 2/7

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Index to Vessel Names

NOTE: The fraction(S) indicate the Box and Folder numbers where that particular reference can be found. For example, the researcher will find information about the sloop AIDA MCNEIL in Box 3, Folder 9 of the collection.
AIDA MCNEIL (Sloop) 3/9
ALERT 2/11
AMERICA (Schooner) 3/1
ARIES (Yacht) 3/8
BALTICA (Sloop) 3/8
BANTAM (Sloop) 2/11
BEN HAM (Yacht) 3/10
BETTY (Sea skiff) 2/10
BLUE GODDESS (Yacht) 3/10
BRENDA (Yacht) 2/11
BRENDAN (Sloop) 2/11
BRITTANIA 2/4
BRUNETTA (Yawl) 3/10
CAMBRIA 2/4
CHARLES W. MORGAN (Ship) 3/4
CHERRY BLOSSOM 2/8, 3/9
CHOTAH (Yacht) 2/4
CINDERELLA (Sloop) 3/8
CIRRUS (Sloop) 3/8
CLAVETTE (Sailboat) 2/8
COCK ROBIN (Yacht) 3/8
CREOLE 2/4
CRITERION 3/8
CROWS NEST IV (Yacht) 3/2
CURLEW 3/9
DAUNTLESS (Yacht) 3/8
DISCOVERY 2/12
EMILY MORGAN 2/14
ENDEAVOR (Yacht) 2/7
FAITH (Yacht) 2/4
FANTASY (Sailboat) 2/8
FELISI (Ketch) 3/8
FLAME 3/8
GODSPEED 2/12
GOLDEN HAND (Yacht) 3/8
GOLDEN HIND (Yacht) 2/11
HARBINGER (Sailboat) 2/11
HARBINGER (Yacht) 2/11
HERZOGEN CECILIA (Bark) 2/4
HOSTESS III (Yawl) 3/8
INTEGRITY 3/2
KAEL (Sailboat) 2/8
KATRINA (Yacht) 3/1, 3/2, 3/8
KATYDID (Yacht) 2/11
LIGHTNING (Yacht) 3/10
LINNET (Yacht) 3/1, 3/2
LITTLE DIPPER 3/2
LULWORTH 2/4
MAGDALEN (Schooner) 2/4
MARIA (Yacht) 2/8
MARITA (Yacht) 3/3
MERMURUS (Yacht) 2/11
MINNOW (Star boat) 2/8
MIRANDA 2/14
MUSKRAT (Yacht) 2/12
NOR EASTER (Motor sailer) 3/8
NANCY G. (Yacht) 2/11
NEDRAH (Yacht) 3/8
NEECHEE (Sloop) 3/8
NITRAMON (Sailboat) 2/8
NOVA SCOTIA 2/7
ONWOOD III (Yacht) 3/10
ORIOLE (Yacht) 2/11
POLLY II (Sea sled) 2/8
PROCYON (Yawl) 2/11
PUSSY WILLOW (Yacht) 2/10, 3/8
QUEST (Sailboat) 2/10
QUEST (Yacht) 2/6, 2/12
RANGER 3/9
SEMINOLE (Yawl) 3/9
SHAMROCK (Sloop) 2/4
SHAWNEE (Yacht) 3/8
SHEARWATER (Yacht) 3/10
SHEILA (Yacht) 2/3, 2/4
SOUTHERLY (Yacht) 3/9
STORM (Yacht) 2/11
STOUT FELLA (Sloop) 3/9
SUB ROSA (Yacht) 3/3
SUSAN (Yacht) 2/11
SUSAN CONSTANT 2/12
TERAGRAM (Yacht) 3/8
TEREGRAM (Schooner) 2/5
TYCHE (Yacht) 2/7, 2/12
VAGABOND (Schooner) 3/1
VERLAINE (Yacht) 3/1
VESTRIS (Schooner) 2/3
WAIANDANCE (Yacht) 2/11
WALLABY (Sport fisherman) 3/8
WHITE HEATHER 2/4
WHITE MIST (Yacht) 3/6
WIDGEON (Yacht) 3/9
WINONA (Motor sailer) 2/8

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Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Family and Boatbuilding Papers; 1888-1983
Box Folder
1 1 Papers and correspondence; 1888-1900
2 Papers and correspondence; 1905-1910
3 Papers and correspondence; 1911-1912
4 Papers and correspondence; 1913-1914
5 Papers and correspondence; 1915-1916
6 Papers and correspondence; 1917-1918
7 Papers and correspondence; 1919-1920
8 Papers and correspondence; 1921-1922
Box Folder
2 1 Papers and correspondence; 1923-1924
2 Papers and correspondence; 1925-1926
3 Papers and correspondence; 1927-1928
4 Papers and correspondence; 1929-1930
5 Papers and correspondence; 1931-1932
6 Papers and correspondence; 1933-1936
7 Papers and correspondence; 1937-1938
8 Papers and correspondence; 1939-1940
9 Papers and correspondence; 1941-1942
10 Papers and correspondence; 1943-1944
11 Papers and correspondence; 1945-1946
12 Papers and correspondence; 1947-1956
13 Papers and correspondence; 1957-1958
14 Papers and correspondence; 1959-1960
Box Folder
3 1 Papers and correspondence; 1961-1966
2 Papers and correspondence; 1967-1970
3 Papers and correspondence; 1971-1972
4 Papers and correspondence; 1973-1974
5 Papers and correspondence; 1975-1976
6 Papers and correspondence; 1977-1978
7 Papers and correspondence; 1979-1980
8 Papers and correspondence; 1981
9 Papers and correspondence; 1982
10 Papers and correspondence; 1983
11 List of vessels built at Mystic Shipyard, Dauntless Shipyard, and Pierce & Kilburn
12 Clippings and miscellaneous information
13 Biographical note, etc., relating to Major Wm. Smyth's Family

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