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Phillips, John Lott, 1744-1802
John Lott Phillips Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1 box and 0.2 linear feet
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Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of material by and about John Lott Phillips, a graduate of Princeton (1774), a clergyman of the Church of England, and a loyalist to the British Crown.

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of selected material by and about John Lott Phillips. Included are two certificates of ordination (1776) as deacon and priest, both signed by Richard, Bishop of London, one containing his seal; a certificate (1782) of King George III, with his seal, appointing Phillips as chaplain to the British Regiment of Light Dragoons commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Banastre Tarleton; "A Memorial of the Misfortunes of Mr. Phillips an American Clergyman & First Graduate of New Jersey College" (1781?), which is an explanation of how he lost his land in North Carolina for being a Loyalist to the British Crown; and an 1802 document (with seal of) John the Archbishop of Canterbury, with his seal, appointing Phillips' wife Mary as administrator of her husband's estate. There are two letters from family members, including one from Phillips' son Edward W. to his mother telling her about his brother's death. In addition, there is correspondence (1921-1987) between members of Phillips' family including Mrs. A. E. Miles and the Rev. Joseph Meakins Harte, and librarians and others at Princeton University, the Princeton Club of Chicago, The Church Historical Society, and The Bishop of North America, trying to gather information about the life of Phillips.

Collection Creator Biography:

Phillips, John Lott, 1744-1802

John Lott Phillips, a clergyman of the Church of England, was a relative of William and Mary Lott Phillips of Maidenhead, New Jersey. He entered the freshman class of the College of New Jersey in 1770 and graduated in 1774. While at the College, he was a member of the Cliosophic Society. After graduation, Phillips lived at Wake County, North Carolina, on a 573 acre farm gifted to him from a relative in Princeton, Mrs. Pheve Warner. However, when his Loyalist tendencies were discovered, he had to abandon his property and escape to the where he tried to board a ship to England. He was found in Savannah, Georgia, and imprisoned for three months before he was released and deported to England. In 1776 he was ordained priest and then deacon in the Church of England at Fulham Palace, and a Chaplain under the command of Banastre Tarleton of the British Regiment of Light Dragoons.

Collection History


Gift of Rev. John Meakins Harte on January 29, 1997 (AM1997-73).


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on October 17, 2008. Finding aid written by Natalie Kim on November 20, 2008. 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:

John Lott Phillips 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 (scamss): Box 1