Print / View Finding Aid as Single Page

New-York Historical Society logo

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

New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024
(212) 873-3400


New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Richard Fraser

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 23, 2021
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Container List

Series 2: William Alexander, 1744-circa 1786

Scope and Contents note

Series 2 consists of correspondence and papers relating to the land holdings, merchant business, and military career of William Alexander (Lord Stirling). Letters sent by William Alexander are arranged alphabetically by recipient, except in cases where the recipient is unknown. In those cases, the letters are arranged chronologically. Most of the correspondence in this series consists of letters received by William Alexander. Letters that were not specifically addressed to William Alexander, but which are docketed in his handwriting, are for purposes of this arrangement considered as being addressed to him, and are in Series 2. Letters received by William Alexander are arranged chronologically. Separate folders contain William Alexander's correspondence to and from his brother-in-law John Stevens. At least one letter discusses the sale of slaves. Other frequent or noteworthy correspondents include Thomas Bartow, John Hancock, Peter van Brugh Livingston, and Henry Laurens.

William Alexander's business papers contain accounts, bills receipts, etc. pertaining to his contract to supply General Shirley's 1755-1756 expedition to Oswego during the French and Indian War, and accounts, bills receipts accrued during his trip to London in 1756. Other business papers pertain to William Alexander's interest in the Hibernia mine and Hibernia furnace in northern New Jersey, his interest in the snow Unicorn and his joint business ventures with [Henry] Livingston.

Among the legal papers specific to Series 2 are indentures (1764-1774) of servants to William Alexander.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 William Alexander--Letters Sent
1748-1782
Box: 6 Folder : 2 William Alexander--Letters Sent to John Stevens
1747-1750
Box: 6 Folder : 3 William Alexander--Letters Sent. Recipient Unknown
1767, 1772, 1774, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 4 William Alexander--Letters Received
1744,1746-1749, undated
Box: 6 Folder : 5 William Alexander--Letters Received
1750-1763
Box: 6 Folder : 6 William Alexander--Letters Received
1765-1782 (No 1764)
Box: 6 Folder : 7 William Alexander--Letters Received from John Stevens

Scope and Contents Note

Includes a letter dated August 20, 1749, discussing the sale of slaves.

1747-1750
Box: 7 Folder : 1 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts

Scope and Contents Note

Includes account dated October 17, 1750, for sale of 12 slaves and burial of one slave.

1747-1751, undated
Box: 7 Folder : 2 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1752-1757
Box: 7 Folder : 3 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1758-1759
Box: 7 Folder : 4 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1760-1761
Box: 7 Folder : 5 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1762-1764
Box: 7 Folder : 6 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1765
Box: 8 Folder : 1 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1766
Box: 8 Folder : 2 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1767-1768
Box: 8 Folder : 3 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1769-1771
Box: 8 Folder : 4 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts
1772-1785
Box: 9 Folder : 1 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts. Oswego Expedition
1755, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 2 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts. Oswego Expedition
1756
Box: 9 Folder : 3 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts. Hibernia Furnace
1756-1761, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 4 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts. Interest Account
[1766]
Box: 9 Folder : 5 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts. Sugar Account
[1765]
Box: 9 Folder : 6 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts. Ash House Account
[1767]
Box: 9 Folder : 7 William Alexander--Accounts, Bills, Receipts. Livingston & Alexander
1763, 1767
Box: 9 Folder : 8 William Alexander--Business Papers. Lottery
[1760]
Box: 9 Folder : 9 [William Alexander]--Business Papers. Lists of Debts
1763
Box: 9 Folder : 10 William Alexander--Business Papers. Shipping Tickets and Bills of Lading
1749-1764
Box: 9 Folder : 11 William Alexander--Business Papers. Division of Lands at Basking Ridge
1764
Box: 9 Folder : 12 William Alexander--Report of the Committee for Managing the Newark Dispute
1771
Box: 9 Folder : 13 William Alexander--Servant Indentures
1764-1774
Box: 9 Folder : 14 William Alexander--Business Papers. Snow "Unicorn"
1755-1759
Box: 9 Folder : 15 William Alexander--Memoranda
1751-1767, undated
Box: 9 Folder : 16 William Alexander--Estate Accounts
circa 1786

Return to Top »