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Series 1. New York manuscripts 1739 -1910

Scope and Contents

This series contains correspondence and financial documents concerning purchase and/or transfer of property by members of the Roseboom family and Benoni Rose near Cherry Valley, New York.

Custodial History

Gift of Mary E. Stewart, 1961.
box 1, folder 1

Correspondence 1760-1859


James Syme to Barent Roseboom 1760 June 26


Joseph Scott, Jr., to Myndert Roseboom, 1771 Aug. 31


Barent Roseboom to "Brothers" 1804 July 14

Scope and Contents

An NB to the letter informs his brothers of the outcome of the Hamilton-Burr duel three days earlier.

Abraham Van Vechten to Barent Roseboom, [1805] June 16


Daniel Hale to Barent Roseboom, 1805 Aug. 24


Abraham Van Vechten to A. Roseboom, 1806 Aug. 25


Abraham Van Vechten to Coenradt Gansvoort, 1807 Aug. 21


Abraham Van Vechten to C. Gansvoort, 1807 Dec. 23


Abraham Roseboom to A. Van Vechten, 1808 July 30


Abraham Van Vechten to A. Roseboom, 1808 Sept. 20


Abraham Van Vechten to A. Roseboom, 1809 Apr. 3


Abraham Van Vechten to A. Roseboom, 1809 May 16


Abraham Van Vechten to A. Roseboom, 1810 Oct. 31


[N. C. Waddell?] to Benoni Rose, 1845 July 25


Chauncey Beadle to Mrs. Maria Rose, 1847 July 26


H. Lathrop to [Mrs. Maria Rose], [1847] Oct. 9


Thomas H. Betts to [Mrs. Maria Rose], 1850 Sept. 2


[S. D. Jacobs] to Henry Roseboom, 1851 Dec. 17


W. Lochead to [Maria] Rose, 1859 May 12


D. H. Little to Benoni Rose, undated

map-case [2018a]

Large Documents


Deed from George II of Great Britain to John Lindesay, with heavy wax seal of colony of New York 1739 May 12


Appointment of Myndert Roseboom as Lt. Colonel. Signed by Cadwallader Colden, 1762 Mar. 20


Indenture between "John Cruger, Philip Livingston, Leonard Lispenard, Henry Holland and William Bayard of the City of New York, trustees of the estate of Abraham De Peyster, late treasurer of the Colony of New York. . .", 1771 May 15


Nursing diploma from St. Luke's Hosptial, Catherine Augusta Roseboom, 1909 May 20


Minnesota State Board of Examiners of Nurses, "Registered Nurse," Catherine Augusta Roseboom, 1910 Oct. 28


Series 2. Massachusetts documents 1741-1761

map-case [M0018b]

Deed for land on Nantucket Island; and four appointments of Stephen Greenleaf as justice and sheriff of Suffolk Co., Mass.


Series 3. Roger Wolcott journal reproduction and letter to son

Scope and Contents note

Bound volume copied in 1820 from the original held by the Connecticut Historical Society of Wolcott's journal of the 1745 military expedition against Louisburg, Cape Breton Island, Canada, as well as other writings. The volume also contains two original letters; one from Wolcott to his son Oliver June 2, 1759 and one letter to Governor [Oliver] Wolcott from Thomas Robbins April 7th, 1820 about the reproduction.

Custodial History note

Purchased from Holmes Book Co., 1930
box 2, folder 1

Wolcott journal and letters 1745-1820


Series 4. State of Franklin documents

Custodial History note

Gift of Mrs. S. N. Partridge, 1961

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Franklin (State)
box 2, folder 2

Warrants, indictments, and other items from the State of Franklin, Greene County [North Carolina / Tennessee] 1780-1794


Series 5. Israel Shreve diary 1775-1776

Custodial History note

On deposit from John L. Strangman, 1964

Scope and Contents

Begins with evocation of Shreve's commission received on November 8, 1775, but diary starts half a page below with an entry dated February 6, 1776, when Shreve leaves New Jersey. Missing pages cover entries between Friday July 19 and Wednesday July 31, 1776 and again between Wednesday September 25 and Sunday October 13, 1776.
box 2, folder 12

Diary fragment describing journey from New Jersey to Chamble and Quebec, Canada (campaign of Generals Thomas and Schuyler) 1775 Nov. 8 -1776 Nov. 22


Series 6. George Washington forgery & reproductions 1775-1799

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of a note forged by Robert Spring purporting to be from Washington to the cashier of the Office of Discount and Deposit in Baltimore, Maryland March 25, 1798; three reproduced letters; and a facsimile of accounts with U.S., 1775-1783 made by the Treasury Department in 1833.
box 2, folder 4

George Washington forgery, reproductions, and facsimile document 1775-1799


Series 7. Benjamin Franklin facsimile letter 1775

box 2, folder 5

Facsimile of letter 1775 July 5


Series 8. Robert Pringle documents 1767

Scope and Contents note

This series consists of two documents signed by Robert Pringle, notary of Berkley County, South Carolina -list of stolen goods and sworn statement of Robert Man, eye witness, 1767 Feb. 25 and sworn statement of Thomas Govin of suit brought against William Browning, 1767 April 10 and a clipping from donor MacDonald with commentary by E.E. Robinson.

Custodial History note

Gift of Claire MacDonald
box 2, folder 6

Robert Pringle documents 1767


Series 9. Dr. Benjamin Rush documents 1775-1803

Custodial History note

Gift of Ray Lyman Wilbur, 1943. Enclosed letter dated 1929 states items found in papers and accounts of Renell & Coates, Philadelphia.
box 2, folder 7

Bills and receipts for medical service and order on bank by Samuel Coates to pay Rush 1775-1803


Series 10. Roger Bull diary 1776

Custodial History note

On loan from Acton M. Cleveland, 1945
box 2, folder 8

Diary of American Forces in New England (area of New Haven and North River).


Series 11. Rev. Williams sermon 1772-1820

Custodial History note

Gift of Watson Nickolson, 1947. Letter from donor enclosed.
box 2, folder 9

Manuscript sermon first preached in 1772 and used until 1820 1947.


Series 12. Samuel Kirkland document 1789

box 2, folder 10

Land grant by State of New York to Kirkland for 2,840 acres in Montgomery County 1879 Feb. 25


Series 13. Aaron Burr letters 1802-1803

Custodial History note

Gift of John H. Blackburn from the estate of Helen V. Wheeler, 1953.
box 2, folder 11

Letter to Burr from P. A. Grotjan re aid to an unfortunate ,1802 Dec. 27, and letter from Burr to Grotjan, 1803 July 22


Series 13. Thomas Thornton letter 1813

Custodial History note

Gift of J. P. McNeill, 1944.
box 2, folder 12

ALS to Patrick [Kain] from U.S. Constellation off Norfolk, VA, during the War of 1812, 1813 Mar. 25, and a poem [by Mrs. Bewning?] on the death of [Mrs. Eleanor de Krafft], undated


Series 14. John Guerin Marquand school copy book circa 1822

box 2, folder 13

School copy book on "division of vulgar fractions" ; the book was written in Baltimore and the name of Elias Marquand also appears


Series 15. Henry Clay letter 1851

Custodial History note

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Conrad Weil.
box 2, folder 14

ALS, regret to invitation of Burns Club 1851 Jan. 14


Series 15. Daniel Webster letter 1851

Custodial History note

Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Conrad Weil.
box 2, folder 15

ALS regret to invitation of Burns Club 1851 Jan. 14


Series 16. George Sewall Boutwell document 1852

Scope and Contents

Explanatory note also enclosed.
box 2, folder 16

"Passport" to Samuel S. Thorndike, also signed by Amasa Walker, secretary of Commonwealth of Massachusetts 1852 Jan. 1


Series 17. Lancashire Fusiliers

Custodial History note

Gift of David D. Barrett, 1956. Note from donor enclosed.
box 2, folder 17

Letter from [W.] Hill of the Lancashire Fusiliers (in Tientsin, China) to David D. Barrett, with excerpt from the Regimental History of the Fusiliers regarding the American Revolutionary War 1938 Oct. 2.


Series 18. Printed map, Siege of Fort Schuyler in 1777 1838

box 2, Folder 18

A sketch of the siege of Fort Schuyler [Stanwix] presented to Col. Gansevoort by L. Flury 1838


Series 19. Mexican War papers 1846-1848

Custodial History note

Newton diary gift of Edith W. Newton, 1958; Doggett letter gift of Mrs. Robert L. Duffus, 1974.
box 2, folder 19-23

Typescript of Uncle Noah's Mexican War Diary; being an account of the personal experiences and comments of Captain Noah Newton, U.S.A., Regiment of Mounted Rifles 1846 June 6 -1848 Aug. circa 1932

Scope and Contents

During the Military Campaign from the Capture of Vera Cruz to the Occupation of Mexico City by the Army of the United States. Typescript of original diary belonging to Mrs. Newton. Prepared for publication by George C. Newton (Noah's great nephew). Also includes hand-drawn copies of some of the original illustrations in the diary. List of illustrations and table of contents and introduction by G.C. Newton. Copies of 1851 letter and commissions of 1838, 1948, and 1846.

Custodial History

Gift of Edith W. Newton, Iron Mountain, Michigan 1958.
box 2, folder 24

ALS from Samuel [Doggett] to his father John Doggett about the war in Mexico 1847 Mar. 28

Custodial History

This letter was given to Mrs. R.L. Duffus by Prof. Isabel Cobb French, grand neice of the writer, at her home, an interesting old colonial building, in Dedham, Massachusetts in July 1930 - Leah-Louise Duffus Palo Alto, California 1973.

Scope and Contents

John Doggett was a cabinetmaker, carver, and gilder in Roxbury and Boston, Massachusetts. His son Samuel wrote news of the war from the Island of Sacrificios near Vera Cruz.

Series 20. David Crockett copies & ephemera

Custodial History note

Gift of Ethel M. Day, 1970.
box 2, folder 30

Contemporary holograph copy of Crockett poem "Farewell to the Mountains;" verifax copy of a Crockett letter; page from "Story of the Wild West" by William Cody containing the poem and an illustration; and biographical information on Crockett


Series 21. Noah Welles sermon 1764

Custodial History note

Gift of F.H. Sumner to Stanford Museum 1964. Enclosed notes offer further details about provenance.
box 2, folder 26

Sermon by Rev. Noah Welles dated and given by him until 1772 1764 Dec. 22


Series 22. Mary Hastings documents on Nathan Hale and Alice Adams 1926-1929

Custodial History note

Gift of Mary E. Hastings.
box 2, folder 27

Letters from Mary E. Hastings to Ray Lyman Wilbur, booklet, and clipping concerning the romance of Nathan Hale with Alice Adams, Hasting's great-grandmother


Series 23. Land Indenture 1811

box 2, folder 28

Land indenture signed by Lawrence and Maria Vrooman in Neskayuna, Schenectady County, New York 1811 Sept. 23


Series 24. Slavery documents 1807-1858

box 2, folder 29

Thomas Wright to Capt. Rich about selling an enslaved man 1807 June 29

Scope and Contents

Wright is writing from Charleston (South Carolina) and Captain Rich's address is aboard the brig Ploughboy
box 2, folder 29

John Tayloe Lomax to Major George Lewis about an enslaved man 1812 Feb. 16

Scope and Contents

Related difficulties with a slave from Mrs. Thornton's estate who was "utterly unmanageable and was continually running away." Letter also mentions Dangerfield [Lewis]. Was sent from Richmond to Menokin, Virginia, "near King George Court House."
box 2, folder 29

Inventory and appraisement of the estate of James Stephens, deceased 1831 Feb. 21

Scope and Contents

Ten enslaved people listed as part of the property. Their first names are recorded as Jim, Cealia, Mary, Ann, Daniel, Rozetta, Harriet, Juda and Bob. Another line lists 2341 acres of pine land in Tattnall County, which likely places the appraisal in Georgia.
box 2, folder 29

Martin F. Tupper to unknown ("My Dear Sir") about slavery, Liberia, the Kansas Question, etc. 1858 Oct. 7

box 2, Folder 25

Series 25. Various facsimiles & reproductions