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Robertson, James, 1717-1788
James Robertson Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1


Consists primarily of later eighteenth and early nineteenth-century correspondence and documents regarding monies owed to James Robertson by the estate of Lord James Drummond, the Earl of Perth.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists primarily of correspondence and documents regarding monies owed to James Robertson by the estate of Lord James Drummond, the Earl of Perth. The material deals with the attempts made to understand the nature of the legal conflict and to recover amounts owed to General Robertson. Correspondents include Andrew Bell, Elias Boudinot, David Erskine, James Morris and his agent James Chalmers, and Walter Rutherfurd. There are lists of accounts, "Statements of Facts," and other documents about the case. There are also several unrelated receipts and bills of Robertson and other individuals.


Folders are arranged in chronological order.

Collection Creator Biography:

Robertson, James, 1717-1788

In 1772, James Drummond, the Earl of Perth, mortgaged property in Perth Amboy, N.J., to General James Robertson. Upon the Earl of Perth's death in 1781, and with no heirs except for an infant daughter, there was a need to settle the accounts that he owed to Robertson. Elias Boudinot was about to purchase the land, and the money would would have gone to Robertson's estate. However, it was discovered that there was no executor to the Earl of Perth who could sign for the sale and resolve the conflict.

Collection History


Gift of Wilfred P. Pesky on June 2, 1964 (AM18456).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on August 21, 2007. Finding aid written by Traci Ballou-Broadnax on November 7, 2007. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

James Robertson Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • ReCAP (scarcpxm): Box 1