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Creator:
Davis, Matthew L. (Matthew Livingston) (1773-1850)
Title:
Matthew L. Davis Memoirs of Aaron Burr Research Files
Repository:
Manuscripts Division
Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dcb5645324h
Dates:
circa 1830
Size:
0.25 linear feet and 1 box
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-002012
Language:
English

Abstract

Consists of material Matthew L. Davis (1773-1850) kept while researching his Memoirs of Aaron Burr (New York: Harpers & Bros., 1837).

Collection Description & Creator Information

Content Description

The collection includes material Matthew L. Davis (1773-1850) kept while researching his Memoirs of Aaron Burr (New York: Harpers & Bros., 1837), including 22 manuscript pages of notes, 7 letters, 1 legal agreement, and a scrapbook of newspaper and magazine clippings, some with annotations and comments, and a few hand-written notes and ephemera.

The notes are dated 1832 Feb 17 at the beginning and describe personal meetings and conversations with Burr including mentions of Hamilton and an anecdotal account of Burr on his deathbed; the notebook has, pasted in at the front, a review and excerpts from Davis's "Memoirs of Aaron Burr, with Miscellaneous Selections from His Correspondence" which was published by Harper & Brothers in 1837, the following page states "This volume belongs to H. W. Eastman of Rosyln, Long Island, Presented to him by H. M. Weiterio[?]", followed by clippings, some pasted, some loose, dating from Burr's death through the early 1900s, with about 6 pages of handwritten notes, loose clippings and a few handwritten pages of notes, one marked "notes from Burr's Trial"; also includes a 19 July 1800 legal agreement between Burr and Roger Strong turning over occupancy of some New York offices to Strong, but signed only by Strong; letter 2 Nov 17[?]83 addressed to Burr in Albany but begins "Dr.Brothers" signed "S. Delism"[?] with references to a Captain Thomas Barrow and Mr. Van Rensellaer; letter addressed "The honble. Aron Burr Esquire Vice President of the United States Washington" 23 Feb 1802, from John Sanders asking for Burr to speak to the President on behalf of a Mr. Anderson in regard to an appointment to a new military post; letter addressed to "Aaron Burr Vice President, Washington" 10 Dec 1803 from Charles Staudinger and George Rhoda looking to purchase additional plots of land adjacent to a recent purchase; letter addressed to Burr in New York, 3 Mar 1821, signed "Lewis" referencing travel, poor food and waiting for Congress; letter 1814 addressed to Wm Van Vechten Esq. with return address including "A.B." but possibly written on behalf of Burr, as it begins "Mr. Burr is very desirous of disposing ... "; undated note addressed "To Col Burr Reed Street" and signed "Ogden Edwards" referencing attending church; undated note, possibly a child's, addressed "Merss Burr" and starting "Dear Cousin", signed "LB" and referencing "Uncle Burr has moved."

Arrangement

Materials are arranged in the order in which they were received.

Collection Creator Biography:

Davis

Matthew L. Davis was an author, journalist, and politician from New York City who edited multiple Democratic-Republican newspapers including the New York Evening Post. Davis was a close confidant of Aaron Burr and one of Burr's political lieutenants in the state election campaigns. He published Memoirs of Aaron Burr in 1837. Many of Burr's private papers were left to Davis.

Collection History

Acquisition:

Gift of Bruce Willsie, Princeton Class of 1986, in 2022 (AM 2023-009).

Appraisal

No materials were removed from the collection during 2022 processing beyond routine appraisal practices.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in 2022. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in 2022 using description that came with the collection.

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:

Matthew L. Davis Memoirs of Aaron Burr Research Files; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
http://arks.princeton.edu/ark:/88435/dcb5645324h
Location:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box B-002012

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