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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:
Firestone Library (mss): 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


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 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:

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

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1