Inventory of the Rufus King Papers, 1782-1830

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Inventory of the Rufus King Papers, 1782-1830

The Huntington Library



San Marino, California

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Department
  • The Huntington Library
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, California 91108
  • Phone: (626) 405-2203
  • Fax: (626) 449-5720
  • Email: lgarcia@huntington.org
  • URL: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=554
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Rufus King Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1782-1830
Creator: King, Rufus, 1755-1827
Extent: 599 pieces
Repository: The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Provenance

The Huntington Library has no record of the provenance of these papers, other than the immediate source: the George D. Smith Book Company (1927). This collection is not to be confused with the published correspondence of Rufus King, edited by Charles R. King, 1894-1900.

Access

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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Rufus King Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Biography

Rufus King (1755-1827) American statesman and diplomatist, was born in Scarborough, Massachusetts (now Maine). He attended Harvard College, graduating in 1777; after a short interval of military service, he devoted himself to the study of law, and was admitted to the bar in 1780.
Entering public life in 1783, as a delegate from Newburyport in the Massachusetts general court, King rose rapidly to a position of prominence in the Federalist party. He was a member of the Federal Convention, and later U. S. senator from New York.
In 1796 Rufus King was called to succeed Thomas Pinckney as minister plenipotentiary to Great Britain, where he remained for eight years. Again, in 1825, just as he was about to retire from public life, King was called once more to the Court of St. James, but illness forced him to return a year later, and his death occurred on Apr. 29, 1827.

Scope and Content

U.S. foreign relations, as shown in letters and dispatches addressed to Rufus King while American minister in London.

Persons represented by five or more pieces:

Adams, John Quincy
52
Dawson, John
9
Ellsworth, Oliver
6
Gerry, Elbridge
20
Hammond, George
5
Madison, James
6
Mountflorence, James C
39
Murray, William Vans
156
Pickering, Timothy
94
Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth
21
Randolph, Edmund
16
Smith, William Loughton
47
Talleyrand-Périgord, Charles Maurice
10
Wolcott, Oliver
7

Some important or interesting items

Note: The following groups of letters have more significance in this collection than single pieces
  • Murray, William Vans, to Rufus King. Letters written from 1797 to 1801, in Murray's characteristic conversational style, giving news of the shifting rulers and governments in France and the Batavian Republic.
  • Adams, John Quincy. Letters to Rufus King, giving Intelligence regarding the German states, and conditions generally in the north of Europe, 1796 - 1801.
  • Smith, William Loughton. Letters to Rufus King, giving Reports of disturbances along the Mediterranean, 1797 - 1802

 

Subject Matter:

Additional Note

A. Communications from the U.S. department of state

  • Communications from the U.S. department of state

1. Negotiations with Great Britain

  • a. Claims and protests having to do with violations of the sovereignty of the United States (e.g. confiscation of ships and cargoes; unlawful use of American waters; impressment of American seamen)
  • b. Claim of the state of Maryland to sequestered bank stock
  • c. The execution of the 6th and 7th articles of the treaty of 1794

2. Intelligence bearing upon the friction between the United States and France

  • a. Complaints of the directory in connection with the commercial treaties of the United States
  • b. Failure of the American commission (Pinckney, Marshall and Gerry) to France
  • c. Hostilities in the West Indies: Overtures of Toussaint L'Ouverture

3. Financial transactions with English and Dutch banking houses in connection with the expenditures for diplomatic purposes, claims, salaries etc.

  • Financial transactions with English and Dutch banking houses in connection with the expenditures for diplomatic purposes, claims, salaries etc.

Additional Note

B. Confidential letters written from The Hague, Berlin, Lisbon, and Paris, by American diplomatic representatives

  • 1. War intelligence
  • 2. American foreign policy
  • 3. Politics, at home and abroad
  • 4. The Gerry-Tallyrand fiasco
  • 5. Private and personal matters