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Lea, Joseph, fl. 1799-1802
Joseph Lea Correspondence
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists of correspondence (approximately 125 letters) between Joseph Lea (Princeton Class of 1802) and his father, Thomas Lea.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of correspondence (approximately 125 letters) between Lea and his father, Thomas Lea. Joseph writes from boarding school in Burlington, New Jersey, in 1799, to his father at Wilmington, Delaware. In September 1801 he asks for permission to attend Princeton, and given that permission he enters Princeton as a senior in November 1801, taking classes in chemistry, natural philosophy, and other subjects.

Lea's letters discuss student life, dining, clothing, mad dogs, the rebuilding of Nassau Hall after the fire of 1802, and travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to visit relatives. His father's letters (1799-1802) are filled with concerns for his son's spiritual and physical well-being.

Collection Creator Biography:

Lea, Joseph, fl. 1799-1802

Joseph Lea attended boarding school in Burlington, New Jersey, before enrolling as a senior at Princeton University in 1801.

Collection History




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:

Joseph Lea Correspondence; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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