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Pierre Samuel Du Pont de Nemours Manuscript of "Aux Républiques Équinoxiales, et à Celles qui leur Seront naturellement Confédérées", 1815 March

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

Consists of a bound 138-page manuscript containing Du Pont's treatise on constitutional theory and South American independence movements, which he shared with Thomas Jefferson in 1815 and 1816 for comments. "Républiques Équinoxiales" was Du Pont's last major work and remained unpublished as of the time of acquisition by the Library. This manuscript is likely the one mentioned in Du Pont and Jefferson's correspondence, which Du Pont indicates he wrote as a constitutional guidebook to help Manuel Palacios-Fajardo (1784–1819) of New Granada and other leaders aiming to establish republics in South America in the early 19th century. The manuscript includes a dedicatory inscription to "Don M. Palacios" on the fly leaf and a dedicatory epistle to Manuel Palacios-Fajardo in the main body of the text. There are also corrections made in ink throughout, as well as a colophon that is dated with the signature, "Paris 13 Mars 1815, Du Pont (de Nemours)." Later bookplates and owners' inscriptions tie the manuscript to the Du Pont family, including Frances "Fanny" du Pont, Alexis and Elizabeth du Point, and [A.I.] du Pont.


Arranged alphabetically by the name of the creator or by the date of acquisition.

Collection History


Purchased from William Reese Rare Books in 2022 (AM 2022-119).


No material was separated during processing.

Processing Information

Item processed and described by Kelly Bolding in April 2022, incorporating some description provided by the dealer.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Pierre Samuel Du Pont de Nemours Manuscript of "Aux Républiques Équinoxiales, et à Celles qui leur Seront naturellement Confédérées"; General Manuscripts Miscellaneous Collection, C0140, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Existence and Location of Copies

Parts of this collection are available on microfilm, cataloged separately as RCPXM-7497696.

Subject Terms:
Constitutional law -- South America -- 19th century
Revolutionaries -- South America -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
Genre Terms:
Manuscripts, French -- 19th century