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John M. Bachulus papers

Identifier: M235

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Scope and Content

The collection contains various business and personal correspondence from 1793-1939. Business correspondence consists of letters to North Yarmouth merchants Moses Merrill and John Milliken, 1793-1803 from the captains of the company's ships and to Moses Merrill from employee, William Hubbs. Among the business letters to Moses Meriill is a July 29, 1795 letter from John Merrill reporting "our worthy president died this morning." The bulk of the business letters are to George Barnes, Northborough, Massachusetts concerning his account and are rom John Fletcher, Acton, Massachusetts, 1844-1848. Miscellaneous business correspondence ranging from from 1871-1939 includes bank notices and a 1939 letter to Lt. Commander J.M. Bachulus, M.C. from Fred Dustin, of the U.S. Antarctic Service, with references to Admiral Byrd. Personal correspondence includes 1822-1823 letters to Samuel Cutter, North Yarmouth, from his son and nephew. A larger number of personal letters are to and from Mary C. Lincoln of Hingham and Northboro, Massachusetts between 1818 and 1850. Correspondents are mainly her sister, Lucy Allen, and a friend, Catharine Shaster. There are also letters to and from Mary C. Lincoln's daughter, Mary W. Lincoln, and undated letters to the Lincoln Family. Most of the personal correspondence is from William Curtis, New York City, to his parents in Watertown, Connecticut from Connecticut from 1846 to 1857. Early letters relate William's experiences as a Counsellor at Law on Wall Street and his social life in New York City, while later letters concern setting up housekeeping and his parent's health. While the bulk of personal correspondence is to correspondents in New England, miscellaneous personal correspondence 1848-1930 includes letters to correspondents in Louisiana, Michigan, and Ohio.


  • Creation: 1793-1939, undated


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Biographical/Historical Note

John Mathew Bachulus was born in New Britain, Connecticut on May 6, 1899. After attending Middlebury briefly, he graduated from Bowdoin with the class of 1922. He then obtained his M.D. from the University of Vermont in 1924. Later he joined the army as a navy flight surgeon, serving in World War II Italy, and later in Korea. He also served as the United States Coordinator and Liason Office for Baltic States, specializing in Lithuanian affairs. He retired from the army in 1955, settling in Brunswick but traveling frequently. Although he never married and had no kids, he was active in the Bowdoin and greater Brunswick community, serving as secretary for the Bowdoin class of 1922. On his travels, he was known to collect rare items and papers. He died on June 3, 1984.


0.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



Includes John M. Bachulus' business and personal correspondence from 1793-1939.


Arranged chronologically.

Guide to the John M. Bachulus Papers
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Repository Details

Part of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 Repository

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Brunswick Maine 04011 USA
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