Contents and Arrangement

Printed Booklet, 1729 April 10

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists primarily of correspondence sent to Foxcroft by five individuals: Aaron Burr, Sr. (1716-1757), Jonathan Dickinson (1688-1747), Moses Dickinson (1695-1778), Jeremiah Halsey (1735-1780), and Experience Mayhew (1673-1758). Multiple letters touch upon the early history of Princeton University as Jonathan Dickinson and Burr were the first and second presidents respectively. Others letters, notably those written by Jonathan Dickinson and Experience Mayhew, are largely concerned with matters of theology and the doctrinal splits spurred by the First Great Awakening, often mentioning other prominent ministers of the time including Gilbert Tennent, George Whitefield, and missionary David Brainerd. The escalation of a doctrinal disagreement between Dickinson and Mayhew can be traced through a number of letters and manuscripts written in response to one another. The collection also suggests Foxcroft essentially served as a literary agent for these two men. The papers include drafts and copies of sermons and remarks written by Dickinson and Mayhew, many unpublished; Foxcroft was asked to review them for content and facilitate their publication and distribution. Researchers should note the collection essentially consists of items written by others; Foxcroft's hand appears only in the occasional notation.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

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:

Printed Booklet; Thomas Foxcroft Correspondence, C0160, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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