Scope and arrangement
The collection consists mostly of the letters of Samuel Tilden to Catherine Peirson and their typed transcripts. Most of the letters discuss Tilden's handling of Peirson's finances. This includes general political and financial news of the time, and updates on the status of Peirson's investments. Some of this correspondence also refers to Tilden and Peirson's plans and failed attempts to meet in person. Also included are a memorandum of Catherine Peirsons investments in US stocks and notes written by Tilden; two signed receipts of monies paid to Peirson by Tilden; and a copy of Tilden's essay The Union! Its Dangers! And How They Can Be Averted. Also included are some typed transcripts of undated correspondence between Peirson and family members, including letters to Captain Nathan Pierson, concerning a sister's death and other family matters.