Henry Bishop Perkins (1824-1902), the son of General Simon Perkins, served as one of Ohio's most prominent and philanthropic residents. Through various endowments, Perkins established Warren as an ideal, economically prosperous Ohio community whether it was in private business or public scholarship. During his life and after his death, Perkins was consistently recognized for his generosity and service to the community. Click through the exhibit to browse letters written by Henry Bishop Perkins in correspondence with business and personal matters.
H.B. Perkins Letter to Isaac Smith (May 4, 1868)
A settlement agreed upon and signed between Henry Bishop Perkins and Isaac Smith. Perkins cites a previous letter written by Smith on Dec. 11, 1857 as proof of their settlement.
H.B. Perkins Letter to Darius Cadwell (Oct. 17, 1868)
A letter from Henry Bishop Perkins to Darius Cadwell, discussing a sale, giving Cadwell reassurance on a potential business deal. "Please exercise your own good judgement," Perkins wrote to Cadwell, of Jefferson, OH.
H.B. Perkins Letter to Joseph Perkins (July 23, 1869)
Henry Bishop Perkins letter to his brother, Joseph, explaining to him information pertinent to his land and business ventures, before departing Warren to head East.
H.B. Perkins letter to E.P. Cown (March 5, 1870)
Henry Bishop Perkins attempting to clear confusion between previous business/land correspondence with an E.P. Cown of Akron, OH.
H.B. Perkins Letter to James A. Garfield (March 18, 1870)- First half of letter
Henry Bishop Perkins correspondence between James A. Garfield on banking and bond interests. At the time of this letter, Garfield resided in Washington, D.C. as a member of the House of Representatives. Garfield would later become President of the United States.
H.B. Perkins Letter to James A. Garfield (March 18, 1870)- Second half of letter
Within the second half of this letter, Perkins tells Garfield he wished the US Senate had passed the funding bill, which surrounded the banks ability alongside the US Treasury Department to make alterations to "Gold Bonds."
H.B. Perkins Letter to Hon. Ritzel of Columbus, OH (March 18, 1870)
In Perkins' letter to Hon. Ritzel (Columbus, OH), Perkins mentions his tenure as a trustee of the Agricultural College. In addition, Perkins requests his name be mentioned at the discretion of the letter's recipient.
H.B. Perkins Letter to A.E. Andrews and son of Warren, OH (April 4, 1870)
Perkins letter to A.E. Andrews and son (Warren, OH). In this letter, Perkins appears to reference an arrangement between both parties, as the final words read: "won satisfactory arranged."
H.B. Perkins Letter to E.P. Green Esq. of Akron, OH (July 7, 1870)- First half of letter
The first half of Perkins' letter to an E.P. Green Esq., in which he mentions a previous arrangement made years earlier surrounding his "books" and "deeds," delivered to Akron, OH.
H.B. Perkins Letter to E.P. Green Esq. of Akron, OH (July 7, 1870)- Second half of letter
In the second half of Perkins' letter to an E.P. Green, he mentions to take care of certain documents. In addition. Perkins mentions his brother, Joseph, will be "home for a month or so," and that Perkins won't be able to make the deed to a certain arrangement.
H.B. Perkins Letter to E.P. Green Esq. of Akron, OH (Jan. 17, 1871)
In another Perkins letter to E.P. Green Esq. (Akron, OH), Perkins encloses his tax list with connections, and requests a receipt be sent to him as confirmation.
H.B. Perkins Letter to his cousin, J.W. Kinsman (March 2, 1871)
Perkins letter to his cousin, J.W. Kinsman, listing the family's options of selling property in the region.
H.B. Perkins Letter to J.W Kinsman (March 13, 1871)- First half of letter
In the first half of Perkins' letter to his cousin, J.W Kinsman, he mentions an individual, John, may have to abandon a certain position in Cleveland, OH without much knowledge of why.
H.B. Perkins Letter to J.W. Kinsman (March 13, 1871)- Second half of letter
In second half of Perkins' letter to his cousin, J.W. Kinsman, Perkins offered his candid opinion on John's current situation, whether he was correct or not. "Perhaps I am mistaken," Perkins concluded with.
H.B. Perkins Letter to L.W. Bradley Esq. (May 5, 1871)
Perkins' letter to L.W. Bradley Esq, detailing potential land in Austintown, as well as a shipment to that location by railroad passage.
H.B. Perkins Letter to Joseph Perkins (July 10, 1871)
A letter from Perkins to his brother, Joseph. In this letter, Perkins mentions several tax lists, receipts for property located in Brooklyn Township.
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