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Identifier: R-MC 030

Richard Holloway Steele Letters


  • 1840-1843

Scope and Content Note

This collection contains one folder of seven letters of Richard Holloway Steele, written to his sister Mary Frances Steele, while he was a student at Rutgers College. These letters were originally folded into envelopes, sealed with wax, and addressed to her at Guilderland Center, Albany County, N.Y., except for the letter of September 25, 1840, which was addressed to her at 265 Broadway, New York City.

In these chatty letters, Steele often discusses family matters, as well as national events as experienced in New Brunswick, New Jersey. However, much of the substance of these letters concern Steele's daily activities at Rutgers, including his course work and classmates and friends.


7 items (1 folder)

Language of Materials



This collection contains one folder of seven letters of Richard Holloway Steele, written to his sister Mary Frances Steele, while he was a student at Rutgers College, 1840-1843.

Biographical Sketch of Richard Holloway Steele

Richard Holloway Steele, the son of John B. and Eliza B. (Holloway) Steele, was born in Watervliet, New York on September 17, 1824. A Reformed minister, he served the Presbyterian churches of Charlton, Albany, and Ballston Spa, as well as the Reformed Church at Nassau, N.Y.

Steele was pastor of the First Reformed Church in New Brunswick, N.J., for seventeen years, from 1863 to 1880. He then proceeded to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where for seven years he was pastor of the Presbyterian Church. He then retired from active work in the ministry and lived quietly in Detroit with his family.

A prolific writer, Steele published many sermons, addresses and historical discourses, including "America, a land pre-eminently blessed," a sermon preached in the Reformed Protestant Dutch Church, Nassau, N.Y., on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1852. He spoke and published much on the duty of patriotism during the Civil War, including "Victory and mourning: a sermon occasioned by the death of Abraham Lincoln, late president of the United States, preached in the first Reformed Dutch Church, New Brunswick, N.J., June 1st. 1865."

He was married to Miss Frances Hays of Milton, N.Y., on December 13, 1848. They had three children, Charles H., M.D., (Rutgers College Class of 1872), E. Francis (Fannie), and Wallace. Richard Holloway Steele died on April 5, 1900 and was buried in Detroit, Michigan, next to his wife and son Wallace, who had pre-deceased him.

Arrangement Note

The seven letters in this collection are contained in one folder and are organized in ascending date order, beginning February 13, 1840, and ending June 27, 1843.

Guide to the Richard Holloway Steele Letters, 1840-1843 R-MC 030
Edited Full Draft
John Riddle
October, 1997
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English.

Revision Statements

  • November 20, 1999: File created
  • June 3, 2004: steele converted from EAD 1.0 to 2002 by v1to02.xsl (sy2003-10-15).

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