Letters Tracing the Courtship and Early Marriage of a Notable New Jersey Judge [Manuscript Archive]. Hartshorne, Ellen Fritz [1895-1988]. Hartshorne, Richard [1888-1975]. [Correspondence of Judge Richard Hartshorne and His Wife, Ellen Fritz (Nee Sahlin) Hartshorne. America, Early 1900s]. Approximately 550 letters, 1,150 manuscript pages in ink, 200 pages in pencil, most in original envelopes. Moderate toning, occasional creases, edgewear and minor chips and tears, overall condition very good. $1,250. * Researchers interested in social rituals and letter-writing customs of America in the early 20th century will be engrossed by this archive. Hartshorne and Sahlin's courtship and early years of marriage and parenthood coincided with the U.S. entry into World War I, the 1920s and the financial disaster of 1929. A graduate of Wellesley College, Sahlin worked as an interior designer for a firm in New York City. Hartshorne, a graduate of Princeton and Columbia Law School of Law, enlisted in the Navy and was stationed on the Eastern seaboard during the war. After his tour of service, he advanced professionally in various legal firms and was a judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey from 1951 to 1961 and a senior judge of that court from 1961 to the end of his life. Both came from renowned families. The Hartshornes were among the earliest settlers in New Jersey. Known for their probity, several Hartshornes served in judicial and legislative posts. Ellen's father, uncle and brother played important roles in the steel industry in the United States and India. Although they were strong-willed, well-educated, career-oriented, individuals from pedigreed families, the still faced their share of challenges. For example, Hartshorne, while a naval ensign, had issues with senior officers. Sahlin mentioned her struggles with difficult clients. Several letters from Hartshorne and Sahlin include whimsical drawings. If there is a lesson in this archive, it is related to the importance of having an extensive circle of family and friends to draw upon during difficult times. As the family expanded, and the household fractured to accommodate Hartshone's work obligations, the couple received vital information and advice from others, especially from Ellen's "devoted brother," Bob. This support was important when.
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