- Collection Overview
- Collection Description & Creator Information
- Access & Use
- Collection History
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- Pinkney, William, 1764-1822
- Pinkney Papers
- Manuscripts Division
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- 3 boxes
- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1-3
Consists of papers of the notable American statesman and attorney William Pinkney, including writings, political and diplomatic correspondence from his time as minister to Great Britain and Russia, legal notes, deeds, bookplates, and other assorted papers. The collection also contains some papers from his grandson, William Pinkney Whyte, and a notebook from Joseph White, a Pinkney relative.
Collection Description & Creator Information
The collection consists of the papers of Pinkney and, to a lesser degree, of William Pinkney Whyte (1824-1908), his grandson. Included are several works by Pinkney, his diplomatic correspondence while he was U.S. minister to Great Britain (1807-1811) and to Russia (1816-1818), legal notes, deeds, bookplates, and assorted memorabilia. Pinkney's correspondents include John Quincy Adams, Baron Auckland, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe, and Jonathan Russell. For Whyte, there is correspondence from such notable figures as James G. Blaine, Reverdy Johnson, and Thomas Swann, as well as several documents. In addition, there is correspondence of several other persons, such as James Buchanan, Cardinal Gibbons, Francois de Kossuth, and various Pinkney family members.
Included in the collection are the notebook of Joseph White, a Pinkney relative, that contains "Historical Notices of the Inauguration of the Presidents" from Washington to Lincoln, and a volume of Pinkney's legal jottings that includes a letter (80 pp.) "To the Editor of the Anti-Jacobin Review" and a 162-page brief of an "Issue in Tail."
- Collection Creator Biography:
Pinkney, William, 1764-1822
William Pinkney was born on March 17, 1764, in Annapolis, Maryland. Originally interested in pursuing medicine, Pinkey ultimately chose law as his desired profession and passed the Maryland bar in 1986. After practicing law in Maryland, Pinkney was sent to London by George Washington to serve as an American commissioner. After spending eight years in England, Pinkney returned to the United States and became Attorney General in 1811. In 1816 he left the country again to serve as an American minister in Russia. Pinkney is most famous for his involvement in McCulloch v. Maryland and Cohens v. Virginia, two significant Supreme Court cases. Pinkey passed away unexpectedly on February 16, 1822, in Washington, D.C.
Presented to Princeton University by Mrs. T.P. Dixon Jr.
No appraisal information is available.
- Processing Information
This collection was processed in 2000. Finding aid written in 2000.
Biography written by Alyxandra Cullen, '09.
In 2022, restrictions on original material where researchers were required to use a surrogate were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.
Access & Use
- Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions Governing Use
Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.
- Credit this material:
Pinkney Papers; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
- Permanent URL:
- Firestone LibraryOne Washington RoadPrinceton, NJ 08544, USA(609) 258-3184
- Subject Terms:
- Diplomats -- United States -- 19th century.
Lawyers -- United States -- 19th century.
Presidents -- United States -- 19th century.
Presidents -- United States -- Inauguration -- 18th century.
Presidents -- United States -- Inauguration -- 19th century.
- Genre Terms:
- Bookplates, American -- 19th century.
Briefs -- United States -- 19th century.
Deeds -- Maryland -- 18th century.
Deeds -- Maryland -- 19th century.
- Madison, James, 1751-1836.
Whyte, William Pinkney, 1824-1908
- Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- United States -- 19th century.
Maryland -- History -- 1775-1865.
Soviet Union -- Foreign relations -- United States -- 19th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Great Britain -- 19th century.
United States -- Foreign relations -- Soviet Union -- 19th century.
United States -- History -- 1809-1817.