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Guide to the Alexander Papers
1665-1883 (bulk 1717-1786)
 MS 8

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Series 1: James Alexander, 1686-1764

Scope and Contents note

Series 1 consists primarily of correspondence of James Alexander and papers relating to his merchant business. Letters sent by James Alexander (mostly retained copies) are arranged alphabetically by recipient, except in cases where the recipient is unknown. In those cases, the letters are arranged chronologically. Letters received by James Alexander are arranged chronologically. Letters that were unaddressed, but which are docketed in James Alexander's handwriting, are for purposes of this arrangement considered as being addressed to him, and are in Series 1. Letters addressed to groups of persons which specifically include James Alexander are also in Series 1. Retained copies of letters written by James Alexander to more than one recipient are arranged chronologically in this series. One hand-sewn letter book contains letters regarding the "Oblong" or "Equivalent Lands" along the New York - Connecticut border. This item is foldered separately in this series.

Frequent correspondents to James Alexander include Charles Clinton, Cadwallader Colden, John Coxe, Daniel Donaldson Dunstar, a Mr. Dunstar, probably Charles Dunstar, Andrew Johnston, Gilbert, Henry and Robert Livingston, a Mr. Lyell, probably Fenwick Lyell, James Lyne, Robert Hunter Morris, Joseph Murray, David Ogden, Rodrigo Pacheco, John Stevens, and William Watson.

Most of the correspondence has to do with land titles and surveys in New Jersey. Correspondence with Cadwallader Colden concerns an area of the New York -Connecticut border (the "Oblong" or "Equivalent Lands"). Letters to and from Robert Hunter Morris, Joseph Murray and David Ogden pertain primarily to legal matters and specific court cases. Rodrigo Pacheco, a London merchant, frequently shipped goods to, and received goods from, James Alexander. John Stevens corresponded with James Alexander regarding the lease of mines in New Jersey.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 James Alexander--Letters Sent. A - Covenhoven
1721-1753
Box: 1 Folder : 2 James Alexander--Letters Sent. Cox - D
1729-1747
Box: 1 Folder : 3 James Alexander--Letters Sent. E - J
1721-1753
Box: 1 Folder : 4 James Alexander--Letters Sent. K - L
1727-1753
Box: 1 Folder : 5 James Alexander--Letters Sent. M-N
1730-1756
Box: 2 Folder : 1 James Alexander--Letters Sent. O - R
1727-1755
Box: 2 Folder : 2 James Alexander--Letters Sent. S - Z
1730-1753
Box: 2 Folder : 3 James Alexander--Letters Sent. Recipient Unknown
1725-1753
Box: 2 Folder : 4 James Alexander--Letters Sent. Retained Copies to Multiple Recipients
1726-1753, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 5 James Alexander--Drafts of Letters re: Oblong or Equivalent Lands
1741
Box: 2 Folder : 6 James Alexander--Letters Received
1717-1726, undated
Box: 2 Folder : 7 James Alexander--Letters Received
1727-1731
Box: 3 Folder : 1 James Alexander--Letters Received
1730-1732 July
Box: 3 Folder : 2 James Alexander--Letters Received
1732 August-1738 April
Box: 3 Folder : 3 James Alexander--Letters Received
1738 June-1741 September
Box: 3 Folder : 4 James Alexander--Letters Received
1741 October-1742 December
Box: 3 Folder : 5 James Alexander--Letters Received
1743 January-1744 May
Box: 4 Folder : 1 James Alexander--Letters Received
1744 May-1746 May
Box: 4 Folder : 2 James Alexander--Letters Received
1746 June-1748
Box: 4 Folder : 3 James Alexander--Letters Received
1749-1750
Box: 4 Folder : 4 James Alexander--Letters Received
1751-1753 July
Box: 4 Folder : 5 James Alexander--Letters Received
1753 August-1755
Box: 4 Folder : 6 James Alexander--Dances in New York; Diary
1730, 1741-1742
Box: 4 Folder : 7 James Alexander--Warrants of Attorney
1720-1740
Box: 4 Folder : 8 James Alexander--Business Papers. Receipts and Powers of Attorney
1715-1728
Box: 5 Folder : 1 James Alexander--Business Papers. Invoices/Fabric Samples
1732, 1738
Box: 5 Folder : 2 James Alexander--Business Papers. Invoices Inward & Outward
1724-1749, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 3 James Alexander--Business Papers. Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1717-1732, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 4 James Alexander--Business Papers. Accounts, Receipts, Bills of Exchange
1723-1758
Box: 5 Folder : 5 James Alexander--Business Papers. Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1733-1743
Box: 5 Folder : 6 James Alexander--Business Papers. Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1743-1764
Box: 5 Folder : 7 James Alexander--Accounts. Estate of Daniel Donaldson Dunstar
1751-1755, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 8 James Alexander--Memoranda
1731-1754, undated
Box: 5 Folder : 9 James Alexander--Memoranda re: Elizabeth Town Land Disputes
undated
Box: 5 Folder : 10 James Alexander--Memoranda re: Second Nine Partners Tract and Manor Livingston
[1686]
Box: 5 Folder : 11 James Alexander--Address and Opinion on Paper Money
undated

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