Contents and Arrangement

Letters from America, 1799

1 folder

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information


This collection consists of letters, dating from 1787 to 1844, from John Lewis Guillemard, an English aristocrat, traveler, and science enthusiast, to his family and friends, specifically, his sister, Jeanne Marie Griffin, his nieces Frances, Jane and Mary Griffin, his uncles, James and Isaac Guillemard, Sir John and Lady Jane Griffin Franklin, and Sir George Thomas Staunton.

In his letters from America, Guillemard documents among other things, the country's political situation, foreign relations with France and Great Britain following the Revolutionary War, as well as his service as a commissioner to the Jay Treaty. Frequent trips to the Continent, particularly France, Italy, and Switzerland, result in Guillemard's witnessing of significant political and social upheavals, including the French Revolution, specifically the aftermath of the capture of the Bastille, and to a lesser extent, the Neapolitan War of 1815. Guillemard's letters also document the early 19th-century scientific and intellectual communities and their advancements, the British Empire, as well as family and financial affairs.

Much of the collection's description is based on dealer information and research.

Collection History

Archival Appraisal Information:

No materials were separated during 2014 processing.

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:

Letters from America; John Lewis Guillemard Letters, C1492, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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