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Guide to the Clarkson family papers 1977.071

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Brooklyn, NY, 11201

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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Bull, Cyrus
Creator: Clarkson, Matthew, 1758-1825
Creator: McIlvaine, Charles Pettit, 1799-1873
Creator: Muhlenberg, William Augustus, 1796-1877
Title: Clarkson family papers
Dates [inclusive]: 1793-1869
Dates [bulk]: Bulk, 1812-1815
Quantity: 0.1 linear feet in one folder
Text [Box]: A0032
Call Phrase: 1977.071

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Biographical note

Matthew Clarkson (1758-1825) was an American military officer during the American Revolution and lived in New York City. Matthew Clarkson, Jr. (1796-1883) was a resident of Flatbush. Charles P. McIlvaine (1799-1873) was rector of St. Ann's Church in Brooklyn from 1827 to 1833. William A. Muhlenberg (1796-1877) was an Episcopal minister in Flushing and New York City. Cyrus Bull was secretary of St. Ann's Church.

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Scope and Contents note

The Clarkson family papers span the period 1793 to 1869, while the bulk of materials derive from the period 1812 to 1815. The papers consist of correspondence, certificates, and news articles relating to the Clarkson family. 18 letters are from Matthew Clarkson to his son Matthew Clarkson, Jr., 1812-1815. 14 of the letters were received by Matthew Clarkson, Jr. from Bishop Charles P. Mcilvaine, Rev. William A Muhlenberg, and Cyrus Bull, 1833-1870. There are also six newspaper clippings on the death of Matthew Clarkson, Sr.; a petition of Matthew Clarkson, Sr. to the New York State Legislature, 1784; resolutions of the State University of New York regarding Matthew Clarkson, Sr., 1794; and certificates, legal documents, and other ephemera.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Bergen, Henry, 1873-
  • Bull, Cyrus
  • Clarkson, Matthew, 1758-1825
  • Clarkson, Matthew, 1796-1883
  • McIlvaine, Charles Pettit, 1799-1873
  • Muhlenberg, William Augustus, 1796-1877

Document Type

  • Certificates
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Correspondence
  • Legal documents

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Flatbush (New York, N.Y.)
  • Flushing (New York, N.Y.)

Family Name(s)

  • Clarkson family

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access note

Open to users without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Clarkson family papers, 1977.071, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Henry Bergen, 1919.

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