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Mrs. E.S. Downes album

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: 00-1923-32-0

Scope and Contents

The Mrs. E.S. Downes album (1923-32-0) is a collection of pressed algae that was given from Mrs. E.S. Downes to Mrs. H.W. Buel (Catharine Laidlaw Buel) on October 5, 1874. The album contains eight samples of pressed algae in various colors and is titled "American Algae or, Flowers of the Sea."


  • Created: 1874
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/30/1922


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright has been transferred to the Litchfield Historical Society for materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical or Historical Information

Catharine Laidlaw Buel of Brooklyn, New York was born January 9, 1827. In 1867 she married Henry Wadhams Buel of Litchfield, Connecticut. Henry was the widower of her sister Mary Ann Laidlaw Buel (May 11, 1822 - December 31, 1864). Catharine passed away on August 26, 1882. Henry Wadhams Buel graduated from Yale College in 1844 and received his M.D. from the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York City in 1848. He remained in the city as house surgeon in the New York Hospital until 1849, when he was appointed resident physician of Sanford Hall, a private insane asylum in Flushing, L.I. After traveling in Europe, he returned to Litchfield in 1854 and established a sanitarium, the Spring Hill House for Nervous Invalids, in Litchfield in 1858. He was president of the Connecticut State Medical Society, the Litchfield Medical Society, and a member of the State Board of Charities. At the time of his death, he was president of the First National Bank of Litchfield. He first married Mary Ann Laidlaw of Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1859. She died in 1864 and he then married her sister, Catherine Laidlaw in 1867. She died in 1882. He and his first wife had four children.

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Repository Details

Part of the Litchfield Historical Society Repository

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