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Bentley, William (1759-1819), 1810 July 8
Collection Description & Creator Information
Consists of manuscripts, correspondence, documents, portraits, and other related papers by or about both James Madison (Class of 1771) and Dolley Madison, collected by Jasper E. Crane (Class of 1901). Most materials in the collection were created by the Madisons, but a smaller number are about them. Included are the original congressional report on the Battle of Bladensburg (1814), with tables and descriptions; a signed, autograph copy of Dolley Madison's poem "Lafayette"; and a two-page manuscript entitled "Canons of Etiquette to be Observed by the Executive by President Jefferson." Correspondence covers the period from 1783 to 1848 and includes letters to John Quincy Adams, Francis Preston Blair, Aaron Burr, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, Richard Rush, Samuel Stanhope Smith, and Samuel Southard. Documents, dated from 1801 to 1817, consist mainly of ship's papers and land grants signed by James Madison. Papers of Dolley Madison consist of writings, correspondence, and documents, including a copy of her will. There are also etched and engraved portraits of both James and Dolley Madison, as well as an essay and printed material about them. Also present is Crane's own correspondence regarding his Madison collection, particularly as related to the acquisition and provenance of various items within the collection.
- Archival Appraisal Information:
No material was separated from the collection during 2018 processing.
Access & Use
- Access Restrictions:
Collection is open for research use.
- Conditions for Reproduction and 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:
Bentley, William (1759-1819); Jasper E. Crane Collection of James and Dolley Madison Materials, C0082, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library
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- Storage Note:
- Firestone Library (mss): Box 2