The New-York Historical Society has a collection of records from the New York Foundling Hospital. Among the collection are five scrapbook of notes from parents and others about children who were left at the Hospital. Most are simply heart breaking. I spent an afternoon copying a selection that I plan to research. I picked ones that had some information to go on, and names that were at least a little unusual. Maybe I’ll be able to track down the families and learn whatever became of them.
Here is a letter from a father who kept writing about this son (more below).
Sadly, I didn’t need to research what became of him. His last letter says it all.
I’m not including the one I’ve already started to research. I found the family, but not the baby yet. But here are a couple more.