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Guide to the Giles Family Papers
 MS 248

New-York Historical Society
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Collection processed by Processed by Susan E. Burke

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on October 25, 2011
Description is in English.

Scope and Content Note

The Giles Family Papers consists primarily of correspondence between Aquila Giles and Elizabeth Shipton Giles during their courtship. Although these letters were written during the American Revolution, they are notable for the fact that they make virtually no mention of current events, but focus almost entirely on the couple's relationship and their feelings for one another. The collection also contains the business transactions and correspondence of their sons, Henry and George Washington Giles, William Axtell (Elizabeth Shipton Giles's uncle), and several relatives of Elizabeth Ogden Giles (wife of George Washington Giles), William Ogden and John Murray.

Also included in the collection are letters detailing Henry Giles's suspension from West Point, the Ordnance Papers of Aquila Giles, correspondence between Elizabeth Shipton Giles and Lords Clarendon and Cathcart upon her return to England in 1812, and a receipt for the purchase of a male slave by a William Smithe in 1783.


The Giles Family papers are organized in the following five series:

  1. Series 1: Correspondence, 1779-1851
  2. Series 2: Accounts, Bills, and Receipts, 1763-1821
  3. Series 3: Legal Documents, 1750-1841
  4. Series 4: Ordnance Papers of Aquila Giles, 1818-1822
  5. Series 5: Personal Documents, 1795-1816