Scope and arrangement
Letters received by Josiah Little (1747-1830) of Newbury Massachusetts, landowner, merchant and politician. The collection also contains letters of his son Josiah Little (1791-1860), lawyer, merchant and manufacturer located in Danville, ME.
The correspondence cover family and business matters that include discussions of the division of Josiah Little Sr. vast land estates, the development of waterpower and manufacturing along the Androscoggin River, the lumber industry and the establishment of the railroads in Maine. Other correspondents include Moses L. Atkinson (1814-1852), William Atkinson (c1780-1865), William Atkinson Jr. (1806-1862), Ebenzer Hale (c1775-1848), Edward Toppan Little (1809-1867), another Josiah Little (1801-1865), Josiah Stover Little (1801-1862), Thomas Brown Little (1799-1854), John McKeen (c1790-), and Adams Moore (c1800; ).
The collection also contains approximately two dozen letters from Josiah S. Little to his uncle Josiah Little in Newbury, Massachusetts. Many of the letters refer to business interests and rarely to Little Wood & Co.