Scope and arrangement
The letters, 1862-1875 are from thousands of individuals who sought financial support. These letters are from men and women who describe their personal problems of every description. They come from the poor, middle class, merchant, the illiterate and the well educated. Bulk date letters, 1871 are as a result of the aid he sent to the Chicago fire victims. Other requests were for business ventures, Stewart's autograph, references to Greeley vs. Grant election and advertisements. The majority of the letters are domestic, a few from Canada and abroad written in foreign languages.
Some of the letters are follow up for unanswered replies, others contain return envelopes and photographs of themselves or loved ones. It also should be noted Stewart name was often misspelled "Stuart". There are no copies of replies by Stewart and none of these letters are from his various business enterprises.