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Guide to the John Tabor Kempe Papers
1678-1782 (bulk 1752-1774)
 MS 344

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Finding aid written in English.

Container List

Series 2: Correspondence, 1730-1775 (bulk 1753-1774), and Undated, 1730-1775 and Undated

Subseries 1: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, 1759-1775 and Undated, 1759-1775 and Undated

Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by sender. This subseries contains letters to John Tabor Kempe regarding various court cases, especially land conflicts, and requests for assistance. Prisoners writing from jail often plead their cases to Kempe, and describe conditions in jail. A number of items deal with the disputed area of the New Hampshire land claims, and rioting there. Frequent correspondents include Rutger Bleecker, Henry Chase, Ann Cock, William Cockburn, John Duncan, Richard Dysart, Abraham Hausbrouck, Sarah Hayward, Whitehead Hicks, Harmanus Schuyler, Peter Silvester, George Spencer, Thomas Swords, John Wetherhead, and Abraham Yates. In addition, there are several letters from John Tabor Kempe's brother, William Kempe, asking for assistance, clothes, and money.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, A-Blanchard
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, Bleecker-Browne
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, Ca-Cl
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, Co
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, Cr-Cy
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, D
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 13 Folder : 7 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, E-G
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 13 Folder : 8 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, H
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 13 Folder : 9 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, I-K
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 13 Folder : 10 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, Kempe family
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, L
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, Ma-Mc
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, Mi-Mu
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, N-R
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, Sa-Si
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, Sk-Sw
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, T
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 14 Folder : 8 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, V
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 14 Folder : 9 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, W-Y
1759-1775 and Undated
Box: 14 Folder : 10 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Received, Unidentified
1759-1775 and Undated

Subseries 2: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Sent (Copies/Drafts), 1759-1775, 1759-1775

Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by recipient. This subseries contains letters regarding court cases, land issues (especially in Albany County), and financial matters. Frequent correspondents include Rutger Bleecker, John Bradstreet, William Cockburn, Sir William Johnson, Harmanus Schuyler, and Thomas Swords. Letters to Sir William Johnson deal with the Crown's land disputes with Native Americans, and contain Kempe's opinions on the use of Native Americans as trial witnesses, the legitimacy of lan patents purchased from "the Natives," and the Daniel Nimham case.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 14 Folder : 11 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Sent, A-B
1760-1775
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Sent, C
1760-1775
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Sent, D-F
1760-1775
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Sent, G-J
1760-1775
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Sent, K-Q
1760-1775
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Sent, R-S
1760-1775
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Sent, T-Y
1760-1775
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Correspondence: John Tabor Kempe, Letters Sent, Unidentified
1760-1775

Subseries 3: William Kempe, Letters Received, 1753-1759 and Undated, 1753-1759 and Undated

Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by sender. This subseries contains letters to William Kempe pertaining to court cases, and land disputes, including the Obling region. Correspondents also express complaints about neighbors, spouses, and masters, and request assistance.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Correspondence: William Kempe, Letters Received, A-C
1753-1759 and Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 9 Correspondence: William Kempe, Letters Received, D-H
1753-1759 and Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 10 Correspondence: William Kempe, Letters Received, J-M
1753-1759 and Undated
Box: 15 Folder : 11 Correspondence: William Kempe, Letters Received, N-T
1753-1759 and Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 1 Correspondence: William Kempe, Letters Received, V-Y
1753-1759 and Undated

Subseries 4: William Kempe, Letters Sent (Copies/Drafts), 1753-1757 and Undated, 1753-1757 and Undated

Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by recipient. This subseries contains William Kempe's letters that deal with pending court cases, and land disputes, especially the Oblong.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 2 Correspondence: William Kempe, Letters Sent
1753-1757 and Undated

Subseries 5: Letters Between Others, 1730-1774 and Undated, 1730-1774 and Undated

Scope and Contents note

Arranged alphabetically by sender. This subseries contains letters between other correspondents regarding court cases, land issues, property and estate disputes, financial and shipping matters, and the New Hampshire land grants and riots.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 3 Correspondence: Letters Between Others, A-C
1730-1774 and Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 4 Correspondence: Letters Between Others, D-L
1730-1774 and Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 5 Correspondence: Letters Between Others, M-V
1730-1774 and Undated
Box: 16 Folder : 6 Correspondence: Unidentified
1732 and Undated

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