Contents and Arrangement

Ms. copy of terms for release of American prisoners sent by General Pigot to Messereau, followed by notes on the affair by Messereau, 1778 June 21

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The Stimson Collection of Elias Boudinot (1740-1821) consists of papers, mostly correspondence, relating to the Boudinot family, particularly the brothers Elias and Elisha, from the Revolutionary War period and several decades thereafter, collected by Frederick B. Stimson. Among the family correspondence are 43 letters (1758-1798) by Elias to his wife, Hannah, sister of Richard Stockton, and 14 letters (1777-1784) to his daughter, Susan, wife of William Bradford. Bradford's sister, Rachel, was Elisha's second wife, and the collection contains 13 letters (1798-1800) by her to him. Other correspondents include Samuel Bayard, Clement Biddle, Ashbel Green, William Griffith, and Lewis Pintard.

In addition, there is a volume of letters (1775-1790) to Elias in his official capacity as a commissary of prisoners, with receipts, lists of stores delivered to his ships, one copy of terms of release, and an examination of three deserters; Elias' journal, entitled "Journey to Boston, 1809" which describes a trip made with his daughter and her friend from New Jersey to Maine; two commonplace books (1803) of notes, digests, and extracts from his readings; and a volume of William Bradford's notes (1772) taken on John Witherspoon's lectures on eloquence. Thirteen poems by Annis Stockton, sister of Elias and Elisha and wife of Richard Stockton, and verse by Elizabeth Graeme Ferguson highlights papers of others in the collection.

Included in Box 1 is an old checklist.

Collection History

Custodial History:

Frederick B. Stimson purchased the collection from the Samuel W. Pennypacker Library in Philadelphia, 1905-1909.

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:

Ms. copy of terms for release of American prisoners sent by General Pigot to Messereau, followed by notes on the affair by Messereau; Stimson Collection of Elias Boudinot, C0228, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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