Title: William Coddington [picture]
Print of William Coddington, who was an official in the Massachusetts and Rhode Island colonies in the seventeenth century.
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Title: Genealogical table of the Livingstons descended from Robert, from 1676 to 1850
Complete Title: "Genealogical Table Showing the Principal Public Offices, Military Commissions, Etc., Held by Robert Livingston, First Lord of the Manor of Livingston, and His Descendants, including Men who have Married Ladies of this Family, from A.D. 1676-1850. (NB-Offices and Commissions Held under the Crown are printed in ordinary type; while all Revolutionary, State, Federal Offices, and Commissions, are printed in Italics. Unless stated otherwise the Colony or State of New York is always meant. This table does not profess to include every public office held by a Livingston, nor does it give the name of every member of the Family who held a public office within the above-mentioned period, nor is it carried beyond the Fifth Generation.)"
Knox, Henry (1750-1806)
Title: Henry Knox papers, including retained and received correspondence, &c. [Decimalized .00001 - .10737]
Letters and documents, written to or by Knox, who served as chief of Artillery during the Revolution, and then as Secretary of War under the Articles of Confederation and in President Washington's first administration. The collection includes Knox's voluminous correspondence with luminaries like Washington, Jefferson, Lafayette, Benjamin Lincoln, Nathanael Greene, John and John Q. Adams, Hancock and Paine. It also includes his business and wartime correspondence, and the charming and affectionate letters between Knox and his wife, Lucy Flucker Knox. Much interesting business and personal correspondence passes between Knox and Gen. Henry Jackson. The collection also holds receipts, reports, speeches, maps and documents. Available on microfilm from University Microfilms, Inc., held by many research institutions.
Mitchell, John (fl. 1755)
Title: Map of British & French Dominions in No. America [map used in Treaty of Paris]
Very large printed folded map with outline color. This is the "Treaty of Paris" map, third edition, the edition that was used in settling territorial claims in 1783. Accompanied by its original marbled-paper map case.
3 October 1755
Isaacks, Jacob Nichols, Jonathan (1712-1757)
Title: to Thomas Richardson
Orders Jacob Isaacks be paid "Four hundred and forty eight pounds old Tenor, being for Linnen Checks, and Charge the same to the Colony." Signed by Jonathan Nichols, Thomas Cranston and Peter Bours as the Committee of War. Verso signed by Jacob Isaacs. Jonathan Nichols was deputy governor of Rhode Island. Thomas Richardson was the general treasurer of Rhode Island. Peter Bours was the speaker of the Rhode Island House of Representatives from 1757-1759. Jacob Isaacks was a Jewish merchant and broker in Newport.
Muller, John (1699-1784)
Title: A treatise of artillery.
First American edition of this work, based on the second London edition. This copy was owned by Paul Revere, but not marked as such. Dedication reads: "To his Excellency George Washington...General Henry Knox...and the Officers of the Continental Artillery." Printed in Philadelphia by Styner and Cist, in Second-Street, for John Norman, engraver. Evans 16378.
Mauger, Joshua (1725-1788)
Title: Archive of correspondence re: Nova Scotia politics and mercantile affairs [partially decimalized]
Also mentions the Stamp Act, Bunker Hill and early Revolutionary War. Joshua Mauger Collection. [various places]: 343 items, 1619-1789 (bulk: 1763-1785). The greater part of the collection consists of 249 letters to Mauger, dealing primarily with his business interests in Nova Scotia and England. It also includes 4 letterbooks, letter copies written by Mauger while living in Halifax and England, and financial papers such as accounts, bonds and indentures owed to Mauger. Joshua Mauger (1725-1788) was a merchant who built his fortune through trade and alcohol distilling in British Nova Scotia. Mauger used his financial success to influence the politics of Nova Scotia. In 1760, Mauger returned to England but continued to take an active and effective interest in Nova Scotia politics. In 1762, the Nova Scotia House of Assembly chose Mauger to act as their agent in London. He used his influence to help Michael Francklin become the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia in March of 1766. Mauger also served as member of the House of Commons for Poole, England (1768-1780). Mauger's correspondence details his far-flung business transactions in Nova Scotia, England, Spain, France, Amsterdam, various American colonies, Quebec, and the Caribbean. His correspondents also discuss political events in England, the Stamp Act and the American Revolution. Upon his return to England, Mauger suffered severe, frequent illnesses as a result of the harsh English weather. Highlights include: Brooks Watson's letters from Montreal in 1776 (#19), describing a naval engagement on Lake Champlain and victory of General Howe on Long Island; from 1782-1783, serving as the Commissary General to the British army under Sir Guy Carleton (# 29-33), he describes the plight of loyalist refugees leaving for Nova Scotia. John Butler, Mauger's agent in Nova Scotia, urges Mauger to seek the advice of Benjamin Franklin concerning the introduction of paper currency in Nova Scotia (#63), and other letters (#65-67) describe events in the American Revolution and detail concern over the fate of Nova Scotia in the war. Mauger's son-in-law James D'Auvergne writes on politics and the Revolution. Item-level inventory available. .250-.253 in bound manuscript flat box (Range 3A, shelf 28).
Title: Collection of items pertaining to Doctor John Lorimer [Decimalized .01-.07]
Contains appointments related to Lorimer's service as a surgeon, letters written to and from Lorimer, certificates regarding Lorimer's participation in the Icelandic Literary Society and the Aberdonian Medical Society, documents related to the Lorimer family coat of arms, a miniature portrait of Lorimer, and a tin case.
16 July 1761 - 21 July 1775
Thomas, Joshua (fl. 1775-1776)
Manuscript document signed
Title: [Massachusetts regimental orderly book]
Massachusetts regimental book regarding recruiting, movements, provisions, court martials, etc. The first 23.5 pages cover entries and accounts made by an unnamed leader of a regiment from Middleborough, Massachusetts, stationed mostly at Crown Point, New York in July-November 1761. Crown Point had been captured by the British in 1759, and since that time served as a defensive outpost. The entries speak to Jeffrey Amherst's military strategy of maintaining a military presence in the newly won territory and the difficulties-particularly with preventing desertions and maintaining provisions-with implementing that strategy. The last 8.5 pages were made by Adjutant Joshua Thomas while stationed at Roxbury, Massachusetts during the American Revolution. His entries cover June and July of 1775, beginning on June 21, five days after the Battle of Bunker Hill. Entries on reviews, parades, equipment maintenance, personal cleanliness, and a reiteration that all former orders must be obeyed emphasize the newness and disorderliness of the force. Another entry from Roxbury is dated the same day that it was attacked in one of the early skirmishes in the American Revolution. At the time of his writing in the orderly book, Thomas was in Colonel Theophilus Cotton's regiment; he later became a 2nd Lieutenant and Adjutant in the 23rd Continental Infantry, and, in 1776 an Aide-de-Camp to General John Thomas.
Committee of Merchants. Boston
Title: Extract of letter from Committee of Merchants at Boston to Jasper Mauduit
Bernard has itemized one hundred and five points, ranging from the establishment of "a Nobility for life" to the redrawing of colonial frontiers according to "natural boundaries." Includes a three-page preface.
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