Contents and Arrangement

Letters to Alexander Hosack, 1790-1791

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of selected correspondence, documents, and a travel journal of Walter Minto. The correspondence and the documents chiefly concern the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Included are receipts (1790, 1791) for tuition payments made by Alexander H" for the college; a letter from Minto to the mother of a student, dated 29 October 1792, explaining various charges made by the college on her son's account; and another letter, dated 20 April 1793, to a "Col. Nelson" about getting goods to the college. There is a letter to John Ewing, provost of the University of Pennsylvania, written at Princeton on 31 July 1788, regarding "the elements of the orbit of the new planet . . ." and containing mathematical calculations. On the verso is an inscription by Prof. James C. Moffat of the Theological Seminary in Princeton, which reads, "This letter of Prof. Minto was presented to me by Rev. Dr. Carnahan, when he retired from the presidency in 1854." The inscription is signed by Moffat and dated 24 August 1886. In addition, there is a statement of accounts sent to the trustees of the college, dated 9 April 1793, as well as a brief biographical statement written in an unknown hand concerning Minto's family. A small travel journal, containing facts and impressions, documents a trip Minto took in 1787 from Massachusetts to Georgia, with facts and impressions of the cities he traveled through. Page one of the wrapper lists the states that he visited.

Collection History


AM 1188-1189

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.

Access & Use

Access Restrictions:

Collection is open for research use.

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:

Letters to Alexander Hosack; Walter Minto Collection, C1181, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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