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Collection Overview

Creator:
Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803
Collector:
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Title:
William Vans Murray Collection
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/c534fn98j
Dates:
1786-1800
Size:
1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of four commonplace books kept by William Vans Murray, an American diplomat and minister to the Netherlands, during the years 1786 to July of 1800.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Description:

The collection consists of four commonplace books kept by Murray, an American diplomat and minister to the Netherlands, during the years 1786 to July of 1800. The first volume (1786-1798) begins in London, England, and continues in Cambridge, Maryland (Murray's birthplace), and Philadelphia, and includes notes on public speaking, trade, politics, Shakespeare, etc., and also mentions his future wife, Charlotte [Hughes?]. The second volume (1787-1795) includes Murray's impressions of the "political face of the moment," notes and copies of articles he had published in local newspapers, notes on treaties, land taxes, treasury reports, and distinguished foreigners; copies of letters to Thomas Jefferson; and a lengthy discussion of the Indians in Maryland, including a vocabulary, with English translations, of Nanticoke words. The third and forth volumes (1799-1800) include copies of letters to Talleyrand, George Washington, and Col. T. Pickering, home remedies for bone-setting and frozen limbs, plus recipes for glue, dye, butter, and coffee. Murray also discusses his observations of Paris and Washington (D.C), impressions of Charles Bonaparte and Robespierre, and the XYZ Affair. In addition to the commonplace books, there are letters to Robert Gilmore, Elbridge Gerry, and Sylvanus Bourne, a poem, and a few manuscript fragments.

Collection Creator Biography:

Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803

William Vans Murray was a lawyer, politician, and diplomat. He served in the Maryland House of Delegates (1788-1790) and in the United States House of Representatives (1791-1797), and as U.S. Minister to the Netherlands (1797-1801).


Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803

William Vans Murray was a lawyer, politician, and diplomat. He served in the Maryland House of Delegates (1788-1790) and in the United States House of Representatives (1791-1797), and as U.S. Minister to the Netherlands (1797-1801).

Collection History

Acquisition:

Acquired in 1940 from unknown source. Remainder purchased from Alfred Terry in 1979 and from Heritage Book Shop in 1995 (AM1995-118, 12800, 79-187).

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.

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:

William Vans Murray Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/c534fn98j
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184