Contents and Arrangement

Series I. Correspondence, 1792-1849

5 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists of letters to Garret D. Wall from 1792 until his death. The letters are both personal and professional, and many relate to Wall's legal practice as well as his work as a member of the New Jersey Assembly, his service as Quartermaster-General of New Jersey from 1815 to 1827, his work as United States Senator from 1835 to 1841, and his position as Judge of the Court of Appeals in New Jersey from 1848 until his death in 1850. All correspondents are listed at the folder level (with the exception of illegible names), but some of the most frequent correspondents include: George Armitage, Robert Armstrong, Jesse H. Bowen, Charles Coxe, John Coxe, Aaron Ogden Dayton, William P. Deare, Robert DeBow, William Griffith, William N. Jeffers, James Lyle, J.S. Manning, John Patterson, Horace B. Pennock, J.W. Reckless, Jonathan Rhea (his legal teacher and father-in-law), William Ten Eyck, Anne Turnbull, John Vanpelt, P.D. Vroom (son-in-law), William Waln, and Matthias Williamson.

Additionally, there is correspondence from family members including his parents James and Mary Dorset Wall, his uncle Elisha Wall, his aunt and uncle Deborah and Samuel Pintard, his cousin Moses Bloomfield Wall, his siblings James Wall, Mary Wall and Susan Schureman, and his children Mary Matilda Wall (later Vroom) and James Walter Wall. For the most part, these letters are personal, however, it appears that Garret D. Wall provided legal services for some family members, and letters to Samuel Pintard, in particular, seem to be related to business.

There are also a few letters written by Garret D. Wall, particularly in the later years of his life.

This series comprises the bulk of the collection and provides a significant insight into Wall's personal and professional life.


This series is arranged chronologically with undated material at the end of the series.

Collection History


No material was separated during 2013 processing.

Processing Information

The materials in Box 10 have been treated for mold. Researchers should exercise caution when handling these materials.

Folder inventory prepared by Michelle Ripplinger, Class of 2012 in 2011 and processed by Holly Mengel in 2013.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

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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:

Series I. Correspondence; Garret D. Wall Collection, C0467, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Related Materials

Files of the Works Progress Administration at Mudd Library include indexing record sheets for the Wall Collection compiled by the Federal Writers Project around 1940.

Jonathan Rhea Legal Papers, 1774-1892 (C0521) at Princeton University.

Garret D. Wall Correspondence, 1809-1841 (MG 371) at the New Jersey Historical Society.

New Jersey. Court of Errors and Appeals
Wall, James W. (James Walter), 1820-1872