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Bloomfield, Joseph, 1753-1823.
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Joseph Bloomfield Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Consists chiefly of correspondence between New Jersey mayor and governor Joseph Bloomfield and Nicholas Biddle, David Brearley, Aaron Burr, Thomas P. Johnson, Samuel McLane, Edward Miller, and Rev. Andrew Hunter.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists chiefly of correspondence between Bloomfield and Nicholas Biddle, David Brearley, Aaron Burr, Thomas P. Johnson, Samuel McLane, Edward Miller, and Rev. Andrew Hunter. Also present is a circular letter (1802) sent on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the College of New Jersey announcing the destruction of Nassau Hall and asking for money to re-build it, and an address (1808) of the Trustees of the College signed by Bloomfield.

Collection Creator Biography:

Bloomfield, Joseph, 1753-1823.

Joseph Bloomfield was an early governor of New Jersey. He was educated at the Rev. Enoch Green's Academy. He served as mayor of Bloomfield (1795-1800), clerk of the state assembly, register of the court of admiralty, and attorney general of New Jersey. In 1801 he was elected governor of the New Jersey legislature over Richard Stockton; re-elected in1804, he served till 1812. As governor, he signed the gradual emancipation act in 1804, which reduced the slave population in New Jersey from six percent in 1800 to eighteen individuals by the year 1860. Also as governor, he requested the prosecutor of Bergen County to acquit Aaron Burr for shooting Alexander Hamilton in their duel at Weehawken. In 1812 president Madison appointed Bloomfield brigadier general in the United States Army. He was also elected twice to Congress, from March 4, 1817, to March 4, 1821

Collection History


Letter to Dr. Edward Miller: Gift of Mrs. Samuel Miller.

Letter to Nicholas Biddle dated May 13, 1805: Gift of Gordon Black Jr.

Four letters to Nicholas Biddle regarding Clio Society: Purchased in 1943 .

Address of the Trustees: Gift of Mrs. Osgood (Sheldon estate). Various AM.

Custodial History:

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Archival Appraisal Information:

No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information:

Folder Inventory added by Jameson 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:

Joseph Bloomfield Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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