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Watts, John, 1734-
John Watts Letters to Thomas Champion
Manuscripts Division
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1813-1819 (mostly 1814)
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of forty-eight letters by former chaplain John Watts to his friend Thomas Champion, a merchant at Mssrs. Rhodes &Champion in Sheffield.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of forty-eight letters by Watts to his friend Thomas Champion, a merchant at Mssrs. Rhodes & Champion in Sheffield. Champion was associated with Ebenezer Rhodes (1762-1839) a topographer and master cutler. At least 80 years old in 1814, Watts wrote these lengthy letters to Champion on a wide variety of topics including local news, politics, the manufacture of knives, razors, and seals, cooking, paintings, friends, gardens, hunting, and religion.

Collection Creator Biography:

Watts, John, 1734-

John Watts, of Poethorp, England, was a chaplain in the Royal Navy, and author of Meditations and Prayers (London, second edition, 1816).

Collection History


Purchased from Julian Browning in 2000 (AM2000-85).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

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

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing 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:

John Watts Letters to Thomas Champion; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
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Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1