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Edward C. Thomas Letters to Nicholas Biddle, 1801-1804

C1289 1 box 0.2 linear feet
Consists of letters by Princeton graduate Edward C. Thomas to his friend and college classmate Nicholas Biddle about news of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).
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William Vans Murray Collection, 1786-1800

C0484 1 box 0.4 linear feet
Consists of four commonplace books kept by William Vans Murray, an American diplomat and minister to the Netherlands, during the years 1786 to July of 1800.

Elias Dayton Collection, 1800

C0474 1 box 0.2 linear feet
Consists of some business records of Elias Dayton, a nineteenth-century Elizabeth, New Jersey, general store owner and contractor.
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Jay's Treaty Collection, 1797-1799

C1418 1 box 0.4 linear feet
Samuel Sitgreaves was a Philadelphia lawyer and one of the American commissioners charged with sorting out financial claims made against Americans by British creditors, including Loyalists, under Article Six of Jay's Treaty (1794). Consists of Samuel Sitgreaves's collection of original manuscripts relating to an Anglo-American commission created by Jay's Treaty between the United States and England, as well as two printed works (1799) about prominent cases considered by the commission, one of which is annotated by Sitgreaves.
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Response Letter by the British Commissioners, 1799 September 30

A twenty-three page letter from two of the British commissioners, in which they respond to the American grievances and give the British side of the argument, with quotations from the discussions of the commissioners. Ultimately, the "difficulties" between the American and British commissioners were not solved, and the work of the Debt Commission was permanently suspended in late 1799.
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Samuel Sitgreaves's Letter to the British Commissioners, 1799 September 2

The second central document is Sitgreaves's original manuscript draft of a letter to the British commissioners in which he lays out in detail the exact reasons why the Americans have withdrawn from the proceedings. The draft is here in two long manuscript versions -- what appears to be an earlier, rougher, draft of thirty pages on folio sheets, and a later draft of fifty pages on quarto sheets. As Sitgreaves writes, his brief is "the very painful and unpleasant task of explaining the grounds and reasons, whereon we have taken the Resolution then [i.e. in July] communicated to you." Sitgreaves discusses general principles in effect before and after the signing of the treaty, writing that "we will now retrace, as distinctly as we can, the several Principles which, separately, have appeared to us so excessive; and which, collectively, seem totally to change the nature and extent of the stipulation of the Treaty -- to deprive the United States of the Benefit of the Restrictions and Limitations expressly enumerated in their favour -- and, in short, to construct for them a new Bargain, which they never did make and we confidently believe never would have agreed to [these final two words crossed out and changed to "made"]." Sitgreaves also discusses the particulars of specific cases, including those of William Cunningham, Charles Inglis, Andrew Allen, and others. These drafts are very much Sitgreaves' working manuscripts of his brief, containing additions, emendations, cross-outs and corrections throughout. Sitgreaves' letters to Pickering and to the British commissioners demonstrate legal reasoning of the highest order, as well as a sensitive consideration of the goals of the treaty, and of the state of Anglo-American relations.
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Samuel Sitgreaves's Letter to Secretary of State Timothy Pickering, 1799 September

The centerpiece of this portion of documents relating to the breakdown of the Debt Commission's work consists of two documents by Samuel Sitgreaves. The first is this draft of a sixteen-page letter to Secretary of State Timothy Pickering explaining the reasoning of the American commissioners, as well as Sitgreaves' draft of the letter to Pickering explaining in detail all the documents he is sending him. Sitgreaves long letter, of which this is the original rough draft, goes into detail with regard to "some of the most prominent and substantial points, on which there is a radical difference of opinion between us, and which threaten either the eventual dissolution of the Board or the sacrifice of enormous sums, for which (as we believe) the United States are not made responsible by the Treaty." Sitgreaves's letter discusses a variety of issues of disagreement between the American and British commissioners, including the qualifications of a valid creditor (most of them were Loyalists who resided in the United States or Canada), what constitutes a "lawful impediment" to the recovery of the debt, and the various burdens of proof for claimants and debtors (the ultimate guarantor of payment, under the rules of the commission, was the United States government).

Undergraduate Alumni Records, 18th Century, 1748-1799

AC104-01 68 boxes
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Consists of personal files of former undergraduate students of Princeton University. Information in each file varies greatly but can include the names of relatives, notable achievements and news items, address updates, and obituaries.

Joseph Reade Letters, 1795-1796

C1272 1 box 0.2 linear feet
Consists of nineteen autograph letters sent by Joseph Reade to his father, John Reade, while he was a student at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) as a member of the Class of 1796.
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Documents Relating to the Charles Willson Peale Portrait of George Washington, 1794-1906

C0242 1 volume 0.1 linear feet
Consists of reproductions of a portrait of Washington painted by Charles Willson Peale and documents relating to the possession of the original painting.

Kōnstantinos Stamatēs Letters to Panagiōtēs Kodrikas, 1788-1794

C1535 1 box 0.4 linear feet
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Kōnstantinos Stamatēs (1764-1817) was a Greek patriot and secret agent working for the French government and for Michael Soutzo, the Prince of Wallachia and Moldavia, during the French Revolution. The collection consists of one hundred and ninety-eight letters from Stamatēs to Panagiōtēs Kodrikas (1762-1827), then secretary to Soutzo. Letters are primarily in Greek and are addressed from Paris (November 25, 1788 - 11 September 1793), Rouen (September 17, 1793), Le Havre-de-Grâce (September 30, 1793), Hamburg (October 15, 1793 - February 22, 1794), and Altona (March 1 - December 27, 1794).
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Kōnstantinos Stamatēs Letters to Panagiōtēs Kodrikas, 1788-1794

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Kōnstantinos Stamatēs (1764-1817) was a Greek patriot and secret agent working for the French government and for Michael Soutzo, the Prince of Wallachia and Moldavia, during the French Revolution. The collection consists of one hundred and ninety-eight letters from Stamatēs to Panagiōtēs Kodrikas (1762-1827), then secretary to Soutzo. Letters are primarily in Greek and are addressed from Paris (November 25, 1788 - 11 September 1793), Rouen (September 17, 1793), Le Havre-de-Grâce (September 30, 1793), Hamburg (October 15, 1793 - February 22, 1794), and Altona (March 1 - December 27, 1794).

John Payne Todd Correspondence, 1792-1824 (mostly 1810-1824)

C1224 1 box 0.2 linear feet
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Consists of selected correspondence of John Payne Todd, stepson of President James Madison.
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Jonathan Dickinson Collection, 1704-1763

C1046 1 box 0.2 linear feet
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Consists chiefly of eighteenth-century correspondence and documents of clergyman Jonathan Dickinson relating to his establishment of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University).

Robert Smith Collection, 1755-1790 (mostly 1755-1758)

C1209 1 box 0.2 linear feet
Consists of correspondence and documents of carpenter-architect Robert Smith, the leading building professional in Philadelphia in the eighteenth century, chiefly concerning the building of Nassau Hall at The College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) and the house of the college president.

Hester Piozzi and Penelope Pennington Correspondence, 1789-1924

C0015 6 Volumes
Consists of a disbound copy of The Intimate Letters of Hester Piozzi and Penelope Pennington, 1788-1821, published in London in 1914 and edited by Oswald G. Knapp, which has been extra-illustrated with over 200 original letters by both women and over 300 contemporary views and caricatures.
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Bernard McSherry and Richard Coale Tavern Ledgers, 1784-1791

C1688 1 box 1.6 linear feet
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Consists of two tavern ledgers kept by Bernard (Barney) McSherry (1764-1796) and Richard Coale (1760-1834), brothers-in-law who both operated taverns in Libertytown, Frederick County, Maryland. The ledgers document the sale of liquor and alcoholic drinks, as well as the hosting of games, dinners, shows, and other entertainment. Patrons listed in the ledgers include American Revolutionary War officers Ely Dorsey (1744–1803), Lilburn Williams (1748–1794), and William Lamar (circa 1755-1838), as well as members of the local free African American community.
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Bernard McSherry and Richard Coale Tavern Ledgers, 1784-1791

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Consists of two tavern ledgers kept by Bernard (Barney) McSherry (1764-1796) and Richard Coale (1760-1834), brothers-in-law who both operated taverns in Libertytown, Frederick County, Maryland. The ledgers document the sale of liquor and alcoholic drinks, as well as the hosting of games, dinners, shows, and other entertainment. Patrons listed in the ledgers include American Revolutionary War officers Ely Dorsey (1744–1803), Lilburn Williams (1748–1794), and William Lamar (circa 1755-1838), as well as members of the local free African American community.

William Alexander Collection, 1778-1813

C1326 1 box 0.2 linear feet
This collection contains documents and correspodence of and about General William Alexander of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. This correspondence maninly concerns military tactics and includes Colonel Peabody, Alexander Hamilton, and General John Peter Muhlenburg.

William Churchill Houston Papers, 1731-1807 (mostly 1782-1793)

C0315 6 boxes 4.42 linear feet
William Churchill Houston was a professor at the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), a lawyer, and a statesman. He was a New Jersey delegate to the Continental Convention and the Continental Congress. The collection documents his legal career and his tenure as receiver for Continental taxes in New Jersey.
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Greenwich Island, Pennsylvania, Collection, 1782-1796

C1070 1 box 0.2 linear feet
Consists of 72 18th-century documents for accounts, tax collection, or the sale of land in the Township of Greenwich, in Berks County, Pa.
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British Army Account Book of Revolutionary War Expenditures in the Carolinas and Florida, 1781-1782

C1559 1 box 1.25 linear feet
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Consists of a two-volume account book of British Army military expenditures in North Carolina, South Carolina, and St. Augustine, Florida, during the later years of the American Revolution.
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Ambrose Serle Essays on North America, 1768-1780

C1556 1 box 0.2 linear feet
Includes seven essays (likely unpublished) on American affairs and economic opportunities, dating from 1768-1780, by British colonial official, Ambrose Serle (1742–1812).

Princeton Revolution Collection, 1777

C0032 1 box
Consists mostly of receipts for supplies and services delivered/rendered to the Continental Army, given to Enos Kelsey (Princeton Class of 1760), who at that time was a major in Colonel Chambers' Battalion of the New Jersey State Army, apparently buying supplies locally in Princeton.

Bartlett Family Papers, 1776-1859 (mostly 1810-1834)

C1769 0.2 linear feet 1 box
Consists of correspondence, accounts, receipts, and other financial and legal documents related to the settlement of the estate of the Bartlett family of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Philip Schuyler Letters, 1775

C1550 1 box 0.21 linear feet
This collection consists of eight letters and documents written by Philip J. Schuyler to Captain Cornelius Van Dyke, Colonel Goose Van Schaik, Richard Varick, and Reverend [Eilardus] Westerlo. Most of the letters were written from Ticonderoga, as well as from Saratoga and Albany, July 24 1775–December 1775.

Antoine Guerry Duclaud Papers, 1759-1794 (mostly 1771-1775)

C1585 1 box 0.2 linear feet
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Consists of correspondence and documents of Antoine Guerry Duclaud, a French officer employed by the Dutch West India Company who deserted and settled in the Dutch colony of Surinam (now the independent Republic of Suriname) in 1771. The papers document Guerry Duclaud's move to Surinam with the intention of starting a plantation, his business renting the labor of enslaved Africans he brought from Guinea, and his return to Europe in 1775 after failing to make a profit. This collection offers insights into Dutch trade, economic conditions, the institution of slavery, and resistance to slavery by maroon communities in Surinam in the 1770s.
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Promissory Notes, 1774 June-1775 February

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Consists of sixteen promissory notes issued by merchants and bankers of Surinam, payable at Amsterdam or The Hague. Most are printed forms completed by hand for sums ranging from 500 to 1600 florins. Includes a promissory note, dated June 1774, for 1375 florins issued by the "Wegloopers Comptoir" ("counter of runaways") as payment for the rental of enslaved persons.

James Ferguson Letters to James Beresford, 1771-1774

C1331 1 box 1.25 linear feet
Included in this collection is a series of six letters written by the Scottish astronomer and instrument maker, James Ferguson, to mathematics teacher, James Beresford. Included in the letters are Fergusons' detailed drawings and explantions of various atronomical and mechanical models of clocks.
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Nicola Fergola Papers, 1769-1824

C0091 1 volume 0.1 linear feet
Consists of approximately 90 items relating to the Neopolitan mathematics professor Nicola Fergola.
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Faure Family Coffee Plantation Correspondence and Inventory, 1761-1770

C1576 1 box 0.2 linear feet
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Consists of ten letters and an inventory related to a coffee plantation owned by François Faure in the Dondon parish of Saint-Domingue, a French colony on the portion of the island of Hispaniola (Taíno: Haiti) that became the Republic of Haiti in 1804. The collection documents the plantation's operations under the management of Faure's nephew Pierre Faure and a Monsieur M. Fauquet during Faure's absence in the 1760s. The materials in this collection provide a detailed account of the operations of a large colonial coffee plantation in the mid-18th century; they also contain evidence of the practice of marronage and other tactics of resistance to slavery in pre-revolutionary Haiti.
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"Inventaire des trois habitations et dépendances de Monsieur Faure de présent en France gérées ci-devant par M. Remand et par procuration ils remis en ce jour a Pierre Faure, neveu", 1763 May 22-30

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Consists of a detailed ten-page inventory and statement of the condition of enslaved laborers, equipment, livestock, and crops on François Faure's Saint-Domingue coffee plantation. The inventory was conducted by Faure's nephew Pierre Faure and M. Fauquet, who managed the estate during his absence. The document lists enslaved men, women, and children (referred to as "négrittes") on the plantation, as well as those who escaped from bondage (referred to as "nègres marrons"), including information about their names, ages, places of origin, and ethnicities. The list includes people from various locations and ethnic groups in Africa, including those from the Bight of Benin region, the Congo, Senegal, and other parts of West Africa, including people from the African Yoruba and Mandé language groups. Nation labels given to those on the list include "Tiamba," "Arada," "Congo," "Nago," "Ibo," "Tapa," "Senegal," "Bambara," "Mandiga," and "Minan," and others are described as "Creole." The inventory indicates which enslaved people were working, sick or injured, or had escaped; it also lists children born to enslaved women during François Faure's absence. Additionally, the inventory contains an account of the quantity of coffee produced on the plantation, the state and condition of the coffee bushes, as well as of furniture, equipment, buildings, and livestock, including mules and horses, on the plantation.
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Letters from Pierre Faure and M. Fauquet, 1761-1770

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There are eight letters addressed from Pierre Faure and two letters from M. Fauquet. All are addressed to "Monsieur Faure" (François Faure), with the exception of the last letter, which is addressed to his son-in-law Valentin Loiseau. Some of the letters to Faure are addressed care of Loiseau, with whom Faure was likely residing in France.
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Faure Family Coffee Plantation Correspondence and Inventory, 1761-1770

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Consists of ten letters and an inventory related to a coffee plantation owned by François Faure in the Dondon parish of Saint-Domingue, a French colony on the portion of the island of Hispaniola (Taíno: Haiti) that became the Republic of Haiti in 1804. The collection documents the plantation's operations under the management of Faure's nephew Pierre Faure and a Monsieur M. Fauquet during Faure's absence in the 1760s. The materials in this collection provide a detailed account of the operations of a large colonial coffee plantation in the mid-18th century; they also contain evidence of the practice of marronage and other tactics of resistance to slavery in pre-revolutionary Haiti.

William Woodhull Notebook, 1763-1850 (mostly 1763-1766)

AC321 1 box
This single notebook was for the most part written by William Woodhull (1741-1824), Class of 1764. The bulk of the book consists of recipes for medicinal prescriptions, catechisms, student orations and a poem. A good deal of the book appears to have been written during Woodhull's days at Princeton, but some of the recipes date to 1850, beyond Woodhull's death and so were entered by another unidentified individual.
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William Woodhull Notebook, 1763-1850 (mostly 1763-1766)

This single notebook was for the most part written by William Woodhull (1741-1824), Class of 1764. The bulk of the book consists of recipes for medicinal prescriptions, catechisms, student orations and a poem. A good deal of the book appears to have been written during Woodhull's days at Princeton, but some of the recipes date to 1850, beyond Woodhull's death and so were entered by another unidentified individual.

New Granada Slavery Collection, 1757-1812

C1052 1 box 0.2 linear feet
Consists of 58 manuscript leaves, comprising 27 Spanish documents, relating to the buying and selling of slaves in the Kingdom of New Granada (now Colombia).
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Claude Adrien Meney Letters, 1734

C0893 1 box 0.4 linear feet
Consists of contemporary manuscript copies of 38 letters (in a bound volume) written by the eighteenth-century French attorney Claude Meney during a visit to London..

Albert T. Reyburn Collection of German Legal Documents, 1510-1719

C0789 1 box 0.5 linear feet
The Albert T. Reyburn Collection of German Legal Documents consists of nine 16th-, 17th-, and 18th-century German legal documents collected by Albert T. Reyburn (Princeton Class of 1931). All the documents are in German, some with wax seals in wood cases attached, and with notes in English made by Reyburn.
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Don M. Wolfe Collection on John Milton, 1640-1660

C0446 1 box 0.4 linear feet
Consists of copies of English poet John Milton's pamphleteering (1640-1660) that was used in the preparation of a volume in a series about the poet, edited by Don M. Wolfe.

Sir Paul Rycaut Letters to William Blathwayt, 1692-1699

C0689 2 Volumes 0.6 linear feet
Consists chiefly of letters by English diplomat Sir Paul Rycaut to William Blathwayt (1649?-1717), who served James II and William III of England as secretary-at-war and was also William III's commissioner of trade, 1696-1706.
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Sophia, Electress of Hanover, Letter Book and Commonplace Book, 1659-1706

C1598 1 box
Consists of a letter book with unpublished letters and a commonplace book likely compiled by or for Sophia, Electress of Hanover (1630-1714), granddaughter of James I of England.
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Hacienda San Diego (Mexico) Records, 1634-1902

C1349 1 box 0.4 linear feet
Consists of two volumes of certified copies of land titles and estate records of the estate known as Hacienda San Diego, situated in the Armadillo Valley of the northern state of San Luis Potosí (Mexico), a silver mining region, covering the period from its origin, in a 1634 grant from Viceroy Pacheco y Osorio to Diego del Castillo, to 1902, when John A. Wright bought the estate on behalf of George W. Brackenridge, a prominent citizen of San Antonio, Texas.
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Hacienda San Diego (Mexico) Records, 1634-1902

Consists of two volumes of certified copies of land titles and estate records of the estate known as Hacienda San Diego, situated in the Armadillo Valley of the northern state of San Luis Potosí (Mexico), a silver mining region, covering the period from its origin, in a 1634 grant from Viceroy Pacheco y Osorio to Diego del Castillo, to 1902, when John A. Wright bought the estate on behalf of George W. Brackenridge, a prominent citizen of San Antonio, Texas.

Princeton Greek Manuscripts Collection, 1601-1900

C0879 57 Volumes 6.8 linear feet
Consists of an open collection of bound Greek manuscripts dating from the 17th to the 19th century.
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Selected Business Correspondence of Lorenzo Corsini, 1581-1598

C0843 1 box 0.2 linear feet
Consists of sixteenth-century business correspondence of Italian textile merchant Lorenzo Corsini in Florence, Italy.

Byzantine Seals Collection, 1034-1300

C1460 1 box 1.5 linear feet
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Consists of six Byzantine lead seals: 1) anonymous, 13th century (middle-second half), 24-syllable metrical seal; 2) Niketas, proedros and doux of Antioch, 1034 A.D; 3) Thoros I Roupenids, 13th century (first third), 24-syllable metrical seal; 4) John, metropolitan of Sardis, 11th century; 5) bust of St. Nicholas, 11th (mid) - 12th (early) century, 24-syllable metrical seal; 6) John, logariastes of the Tropaiophoros (St. George of Mangana), 11th century (last third).
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New Series of Islamic Manuscripts, 1300-1920

C0765 2400 items 195 linear feet
Consists of approximately 5000 texts in 2194 volumes.
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Princeton Collection of Syriac Manuscripts, 1239-1900 (mostly 1600-1709)

C0941 7 Volumes 1.5 linear feet
Consists of an open collection of manuscripts written in the Syriac alphabet.
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