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Guide to the Alexander Papers
1668-1818 (bulk 1717-1786)
  MS 8

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Container List

Series 1: James Alexander, 1717-1753

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
N.D., 1726 - 1753
Box: 2 Folder : 5 James Alexander--Drafts of Letters re Oblong or Equivalent Lands
1741
Box: 2 Folder : 6 James Alexander--Letters Received
N.D., 1717- 1726
Box: 2 Folder : 7 James Alexander--Letters Received
1727 - 1729
Box: 3 Folder : 1 James Alexander--Letters Received
1730 - July 1732
Box: 3 Folder : 2 James Alexander--Letters Received
Aug. 1732 - April 1738
Box: 3 Folder : 3 James Alexander--Letters Received
June 1738 - Sept. 1741
Box: 3 Folder : 4 James Alexander--Letters Received
Oct. 1741 - Dec. 1742
Box: 3 Folder : 5 James Alexander--Letters Received
Jan. 1743 - May 1744
Box: 4 Folder : 1 James Alexander -- Letters Received
May 1744 - May 1746
Box: 4 Folder : 2 James Alexander -- Letters Received
June 1746 - 1748
Box: 4 Folder : 3 James Alexander -- Letters Received
1749 - 1750
Box: 4 Folder : 4 James Alexander--Letters Received
1751 - July 1753
Box: 4 Folder : 5 James Alexander -- Letters Received
Aug. 1753 - 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
N.D.; 1724 - 1749
Box: 5 Folder : 3 James Alexander -- Business Papers-- Accounts, Bills, Receipts
N.D.; 1717 - 1732
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
N.D.; 1751 - 1755
Box: 5 Folder : 8 James Alexander -- Memoranda
N.D.; 1731 - 1754
Box: 5 Folder : 9 James Alexander--Memoranda Re Elizabeth Town Land Disputes
N.D.
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
N.D.

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