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Letter from Elias Boudinot, 4 Letters from Benjamin Robinson, Document by document, 1779-1813

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Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


The collection consists of selected correspondence and documents of and about William Alexander (also known as Lord Stirling). Most of the correspondence dates from the American Revolutionary War. Apart from an autograph note about a visit to Colonel Peabody, there is only one other original letter by Alexander. In this letter, addressed to Brigadier General Smallwood and dated January 26, 1779, Stirling discusses military tactics. Other letters, all concerning military affairs, are from Alexander Hamilton, General John Peter Muhlenburg, Caleb North, William Woodford, and Col. Hay. In addition, there is correspondence between John Mehelm, sole executor of Alexander's estate, and Benjamin Robinson, a trustee of Alexander's estate, regarding a balance of $1500 from the proceeds of Alexander's estate.

Documents include one dated Nov. 1, 1779, about the conditions of a sale ("Vendue") of property belonging to Alexander in Bridgewater Township, Somerset County, N.J. Another one, dated Nov. 27, 1779, and signed by Elias Boudinot and addressed to Richard Stevens and John Mehelm, concerns land belonging to Alexander in Baskinridge, N.J.

Collection History



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:

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:

Letter from Elias Boudinot, 4 Letters from Benjamin Robinson, Document by document; William Alexander Collection, C1326, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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