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Guide to the George Clinton Collection

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Francis Gestosani

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on May 20, 2015
Description is in English

Scope and Contents Note

The George Clinton collection contains correspondence and official papers dating from 1769-1816. The bulk of the documents date from 1779-1780, and consist of letters to and from George Clinton to various military personnel , such as his brother Brigadier General James Clinton, Generals George Washington, Philip Schuyler, Horatio Gates, Edward Hand, and Robert Howe. The letter contents are mostly related to accounts, concerns of supplies, marching orders, and military reports on the status of the various battles in New York State, such as in Ulster County and West Point.

Other letters in this collection include personal correspondence to and from his wife Cornelia Tappan, as well as other family members like his brother Dr. Charles Clinton, his daughter Elizabeth Tallmadge (neé Clinton), and his son-in-law Mathias B. Tallmadge. There are also several letters to and from friends of Clinton.

The rest of the letters in the collection are to and from various members of the New York State Legislature and the United States Congress. These letters relate to official state and federal government business, such as matters related to property, taxation and the law. There are also official documents in the collection, such as deeds and commissions, some of which relate to Clinton’s tenure as Governor of New York (1777-1795, 1801-1804) and Vice President of the United States (1805-1812).

The collection also contains some papers of the Council of Revision, which was a body responsible for revising all new legislation made by the New York State Legislature. The collection also includes personal documents related to Clinton, such as an inventory of his estate, and records of accounts with the State of New York.

Notable items in this collection include letters from Clinton to George Washington regarding the Benedict Arnold's treason; Clinton’s letters to his subordinates regarding marching and other military orders during the American Revolution.


Items in this collection are arranged chronologically.