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Guide to the Rufus King Papers
1766-1899 (Bulk 1783-1826)
  MS 1660

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Descriptive Summary

 
Creator: Rufus King
Title: Rufus King Papers
Dates: 1766-1899 (Bulk 1783-1826)
Abstract: The collection contains the papers documenting the political career and private interests of Federalist statesman Rufus King. The collection includes official and private correspondence with other political figures in the early history of the United States, letterbooks, account books, notebooks, financial documents, diaries, memoranda, and essays.
Quantity: 17.5 Linear feet (40 boxes and 66 volumes)
Location note: Manuscript Cage
Call Phrase: MS 1660

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Biographical Note

1755 March 24: Rufus King born in Scarborough, Maine, then a section of Massachusetts, the eldest son of farmer-merchant Richard and Isabella King.
1777 Graduates from Harvard.
1778 Serves as an aide to General Sullivan during the unsuccessful expedition to Rhode Island. He is honorably discharged.
1780 After studying law at Newburyport, Massachusetts, under Theophilus Parsons, King is admitted to the bar and opens up a practice Newburyport.
1783-1785 Serves as a delegate to the Massachusetts General Court.
1784-1786 Elected as a delegate to Congress from Trenton, New Jersey. King urges for a resolution against the expansion of slavery into the Northwest Territory and presses for all states to financially contribute to a national government.
March 30, 1786 Marries Mary Alsop, daughter of John Alsop, a New York merchant and fellow member of the Continental Congress.
1787 King represents Massachusetts in the Constitutional Convention. He attends the convention unconvinced that the Articles of Confederation, which advocated states' rights, needed to be altered. He leaves the convention an advocate for change to a powerful central government. King works on the final draft of the Constitution and is one of its signers.
1788 King leaves his law practice in Massachusetts to move to New York.
1789 Elected to the New York Assembly and chosen to be a United States senator with Philip Schuyler.
1791 Elected as a Director for the Bank of the United States.
[1794] Siding with the Federalists, King supports the Jay Treaty between Great Britain and the United States. With Alexander Hamilton and John Jay, he publishes a series of letters detailing the treaty under the pseudonym "Camillus."
1795 Reelected to the US Senate.
1796-1803 During his second term in the Senate, King is appointed by George Washington to succeed Thomas Pinckney as Minister Plenipotentiary to Great Britain.
1804 King is nominated to be the Federalist candidate for vice-president, with Charles C. Pinckney as the presidential candidate. After the candidates lose to Thomas Jefferson and George Clinton, King retreats to his estate, King Manor, in Jamaica, Long Island.
1808 King and Pinckney are again nominated as Federalist candidates and lose to James Madison and George Clinton.
1813 King elected again to be a United States senator from New York. Although he was originally opposed to the War of 1812, he becomes a supporter after the British attack on Washington.
1816 Runs for President as the Federalist candidate and loses to James Monroe. King leads opposition in the Senate against the establishment of the Second Bank of the United States.
1818 Author of Navigation Act of 1818.
1820 Reelected by the New York legislature as United States Senator from New York. While in the Senate, he opposes the extension of slavery and the Missouri Compromise.
1825 King retires from the Senate due to ill heath. With the persuasion of President John Quincy Adams, he returns to England for another position as Minister to Great Britain.
1826 King falls ill again and returns to America.
1827 April 29: Dies at the age of 72 and is buried in the cemetery of Grace Church in Jamaica, Long Island. He is survived by his children John Alsop, Charles, James Gore, Edward, Frederic Gore.

For further information see:

Brush, Edward Hale, Rufus King and His Times. New York: Nicholas Brown, 1926.

Ernst, Robert, Rufus King: American Federalist. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1968.

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Scope and Content Note

The Rufus King collection documents the career of Federalist Rufus King as a New York Assemblyman, U.S. Senator, US Minister to Great Britain, Federalist party leader, and candidate for Presidency and Vice-Presidency. Although the bulk of the collection is official and private correspondence, it also consists of notes, memoranda, diaries, essays, account books, newspaper articles, and a few legal documents. The collection also has the notes and letters dated from 1894-1899 of Charles R. King, Rufus King's grandson, who edited his grandfather's papers for the six volume The Life and Correspondence of Rufus King. Many of Rufus King's notebooks include later memoranda from Charles R. King commenting on the text.

The collection principally covers eighteenth and early nineteenth century politics in early America and England. Specific topics documented include the Constitutional Convention of 1787, King's opposition to the War of 1812, the Navigation Act of 1818, the Missouri Compromise, and the administration and sale of public lands. It also describes negotiations between the United States and Great Britain over the Jay Treaty, Barbary affairs, South American independence, the East India Trade, the Fugitive Slave Acts, and the British-French negotiations in 1803.

A large amount of material is correspondence with American political figures such as John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Alexander Hamilton, William Hindman, Charles Jared Ingersoll, John Jay, John Alsop King, Charles King, Nicholas Low, James Madison, Gouverneur Morris, Timothy Pickering, Thomas Pinkney, Granville Sharp, John Trumbull, George Washington, and Noah Webster. Others represented in the correspondence include Francisco de Miranda, Joseph Pitcairn, John Alsop, Juan Pablo Viscardo y Guzman, George Canning, and Henry Clay. The collection also contains documents and correspondence of family members Richard King, John A. King, and Charles King.

The personal material of Rufus King includes his correspondence, household account books, a 1802 diary kept while traveling in Europe, and an inventory of his library. It also consists of notebooks, diaries, and essays containing King's observations on his contemporaries and domestic and foreign politics. Some of his notebooks include extracts from books read by King along with his own comments and observations.

This collection supports research on the nuances of King's lengthy political career as well as the early political history of the United States.

Arrangement

The material is loosely arranged by format and then chronologically. Most of the correspondence is numbered and the numbers generally correspond to the chronological order. Most of the undated items are unnumbered. Much of the material has been item level catalogued.

The material in a envelope previously listed as "Misc. Mss." is now in box 90. Material previously listed in "Box A' is now boxes 24, 26, 27. Contact the manuscript reference desk for more information.

Microfilm: Material in boxes and volumes 24, 26, 28, 31, 46-48, 51-54, 56, 58, 59-62, 73, 81, and 87 is on microfilm.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848
  • Adams, John, 1735-1826
  • Ames, Fisher, 1758-1808
  • Baring, Francis, Sir, 1740-1810
  • Bentinck, William Henry Cavendish, Lord, 1774-1839
  • Cabot, George, 1751-1823
  • Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814
  • Gore, Christopher, 1758-1827
  • Grenville, William Wyndham Grenville, Baron, 1759-1834
  • Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804
  • Hindman, William, 1743-1822
  • Ingersoll, Charles Jared, 1782-1862
  • Jay, John, 1745-1829
  • King, Charles, 1789-1867
  • King, John Alsop, 1788-1867
  • Low, Nicholas, 1739-1826
  • Madison, James, 1751-1836
  • Morris, Gouverneur, 1752-1816
  • Pickering, Timothy, 1745-1829
  • Pinckney, Thomas, 1750-1828
  • Schuyler, Philip John, 1733-1804
  • Sedgwick, Theodore, 1746-1813
  • Sharp, Granville, 1735-1813
  • Troup, Robert, 1757-1832
  • Trumbull, John, 1750-1831
  • Vansittart, Nicholas, 1766-1851
  • Washington, George, 1732-1799
  • Webster, Noah, 1758-1843
  • Wilberforce, William, 1759-1833
  • Wolcott, Oliver, 1760-1833

Document Type

  • Abstracts
  • Account books
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Essays
  • Letter books
  • Memorandums
  • Notebooks
  • Receipts

Subject Organizations

  • Baring & Co.
  • Bird, Savage, & Bird. London.
  • Federal Party (U.S.)
  • Great Britain. Treaties, etc. United States, 1794 Nov. 19.
  • United States. Constitutional Convention (1787)

Subject Topics

  • Anglo-French War, 1793-1802
  • Constitutional history--New York (State)
  • Diplomatic and consular service, American
  • Finance, Personal
  • Presidential candidates--United States
  • Public land sales--United States
  • Vice-Presidential candidates--United States

Subject Places

  • New York (State)--Politics and government--1775-1865
  • South America--History--Wars of Independence, 1806-1830
  • United States--Economic conditions--To 1865
  • United States--Foreign relations--1783-1865
  • United States--Foreign relations--Treaties
  • United States--History--Tripolitan War, 1801-1805
  • United States--History--War of 1812
  • United States--Politics and government--1783-1865

Occupation(s)

  • Diplomats
  • Statesmen

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Administrative Information

Provenance

Donation by Mrs. Charles R. King, 1902. Supplemental material (Volumes 93-103), 1979.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Portions of the collection that have been microfilmed will be brought to researchers in that format and can be made available via interlibrary loan.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.) Researchers on site may print out unlimited copies from microfilm reader-printer machines at per-exposure rates. See guidelines in Reading Room for details.

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Library Director
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as the Rufus King Papers, The New-York Historical Society.

Related Material at The New-York Historical Society

Additional material related to Rufus King can be found in the King Family Papers and the Erving-King Family Papers at the New-York Historical Society.

Much of this material can also be found in the six volume The Life and Correspondence of Rufus King, Comprising his Letters, Private and Official, his Public Documents and his Speeches, edited by his grandson, Charles R. King.

Transcriptions of the notes of Rufus King in the Federal Convention of 1787 can be found at the website of the Avalon Project of Yale University Law School.

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Container List

Box 1- Rufus King Correspondence/Convention Notes

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Rufus King/Convention Notes
1785 Mar.-1785 May
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King/Convention Notes
1785 June-1785 Dec
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King/Convention Notes
1786 Jan.-1786 April
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King/Convention Notes
1786 May-1786 Oct.
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King/Convention Notes
1786 Nov.-1787 July
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King/Convention Notes
1787 Aug.-1787 Dec.
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Letter from Rufus King to Joshua Coit, Newbury, Massachusetts
Dec. 14, 1778

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Box 2- Notes and Articles

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Notes and Articles, including "First Report of the Committee of the Whole Convention- 1787"
[1787]
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Notes and Articles
1785 June-1887 July

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Box 3- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Rufus King
1788 Jan.-1788 June
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1788 July-1788 Dec.
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1789
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
[1790]
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1790
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
1791
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Letters to and from Rufus King
1792

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Box 4- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Rufus King, Other Notes
[1793]
Box: 4 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1793 Jan.-1793 Nov.
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1793 Dec.

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Box 5- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 5 Folder : 1 Various Notes, includes notes on Albert Gallatin
[1794]
Box: 5 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1794 Jan.
Box: 5 Folder : 3 1794 Letterbook
1794 Feb.- 1794 May
Box: 5 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1794 Feb.-1794 Mar.
Box: 5 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1794 Apr.-1794 June
Box: 5 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
1794 July-1794 Sept.
Box: 5 Folder : 7 Letters to and from Rufus King
1794 Oct.-1794 Dec.

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Box 6- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 6 Folder : 1 Various Notes
[1795]
Box: 6 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1795 Jan.-1795 Apr.
Box: 6 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1795 June-1795 Dec.
Box: 6 Folder : 4 Notes on Seizures of Shipping on High Seas, excerpts from Commercial Treaty between France and England
[1796]
Box: 6 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1796 Jan.-1796 June
Box: 6 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
1796 July-1796 Dec.

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Box 7- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 7 Folder : 1 Various Notes
[1797]
Box: 7 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1797 Jan.-1797 June
Box: 7 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1797 July-1797 Dec.
Box: 7 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1798 Jan.-1798 June
Box: 7 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1798 July-1798 Aug.
Box: 7 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
1798 Sept.-1798 Dec.

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Box 8- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 8 Folder : 1 Various Notes
[1799]
Box: 8 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1799 Jan.-1799 May
Box: 8 Folder : 3 Letterbook
1799 Mar.-1799 Dec.
Box: 8 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1799 June-1799 Dec.
Box: 8 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1800 Jan.-1800 June
Box: 8 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
1800 July-1800 Dec.
Box: 8 Folder : 7 Letters to and from Rufus King
1801
Box: 8 Folder : 8 Various Notes
1802
Box: 8 Folder : 9 Letters to and from Rufus King
1802

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Box 9- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 9 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Rufus King
1803 Jan.-1803 Apr.
Box: 9 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1803 May 1-1803 May 14
Box: 9 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1803 May 15-1803 May 30
Box: 9 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1803 June-1803 July
Box: 9 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1803 Aug.-1803 Oct.
Box: 9 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
1803 Nov.-1803 Dec.

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Box 10- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 10 Folder : 1 Various Notes
[1804]
Box: 10 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1804 Jan.-1804 Mar.
Box: 10 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1804 Apr.-1804 June
Box: 10 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1804 July-1804 Dec.
Box: 10 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1805 Jan.-1805 Mar.
Box: 10 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
1805 Apr.-1805 Aug.
Box: 10 Folder : 7 Letters to and from Rufus King
1805 Sept.-1805 Dec.

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Box 11- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 11 Folder : 1 Various Notes
[1806]
Box: 11 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1806 Jan.-1806 Feb.
Box: 11 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1806 Mar.-1806 June
Box: 11 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1806 July-1806 Dec.
Box: 11 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1807 Jan.-1807 Apr.
Box: 11 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
1807 May-1807 June
Box: 11 Folder : 7 Letters to and from Rufus King
1807 July-1807 Dec.

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Box 12- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 12 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Rufus King
1808 Jan.-1808 Mar.
Box: 12 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1808 Apr.-1808 Aug.
Box: 12 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1808 Sept.-1808 Dec.
Box: 12 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
[1809]
Box: 12 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1809 Jan.-1809 Mar.
Box: 12 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
1809 Apr.-1809 July
Box: 12 Folder : 7 Letters to and from Rufus King
1809 Aug.-1809 Dec.

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Box 13- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 13 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Rufus King
1810 Jan.-1810 Feb.
Box: 13 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1810 Mar.-1810 Dec.
Box: 13 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
[1811]
Box: 13 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1811 Jan.-1811 July
Box: 13 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1811 Aug.-1811 Dec.
Box: 13 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
[1812]
Box: 13 Folder : 7 Letters to and from Rufus King
1812 Jan.-1812 June
Box: 13 Folder : 8 Letters to and from Rufus King
1812 July-1812 Dec.
Box: 13 Folder : 9 Letters to and from Rufus King
[1813]
Box: 13 Folder : 10 Letters to and from Rufus King
1813

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Box 14- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 14 Folder : 1 Notes of Speeches and Debates on Bank of US
[1814-1818]
Box: 14 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
[1814]
Box: 14 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1814 Jan.-1814 Feb.
Box: 14 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1814 Mar.-1814 June
Box: 14 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1814 July-1814 Dec.
Box: 14 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
[1815]
Box: 14 Folder : 7 Letters to and from Rufus King
1815 Jan.-1815 Apr.
Box: 14 Folder : 8 Letters to and from Rufus King
1815 May-1815 Dec.

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Box 15- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 15 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Rufus King
[1816]
Box: 15 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1816 Jan.-1816 Feb.
Box: 15 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1816 Mar.-1816 Apr.
Box: 15 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1816 May-1816 July
Box: 15 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1816 Aug.-1816 Dec.
Box: 15 Folder : 6 Notes, "1817 Almanack"
[1817]
Box: 15 Folder : 7 Letters to and from Rufus King
1817 Jan.-1817 Apr.
Box: 15 Folder : 8 Letters to and from Rufus King
1817 May-1817 Dec.

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Box 16- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 16 Folder : 1 Notes on Navigation Act
1818
Box: 16 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
[1818]
Box: 16 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1818 Jan.-1818 Feb.
Box: 16 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1818 Mar.-1818 Apr.
Box: 16 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1818 May-1818 Aug.
Box: 16 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
1818 Sept.-1818 Oct.
Box: 16 Folder : 7 Letters to and from Rufus King
1818 Nov.-1818 Dec.

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Box 17- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 17 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Rufus King
[1819]
Box: 17 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1819 Jan.
Box: 17 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1819 Feb.
Box: 17 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1819 Mar.-1819 May
Box: 17 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1819 June-1819 Oct.
Box: 17 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
1819 Nov.-1819 Dec.

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Box 18- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 18 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Rufus King
[1820]
Box: 18 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1820 Jan.
Box: 18 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1820 Feb.
Box: 18 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1820 Mar.
Box: 18 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1820 Apr.
Box: 18 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
1820 May
Box: 18 Folder : 7 Letters to and from Rufus King
1820 June-1820 Oct.
Box: 18 Folder : 8 Letters to and from Rufus King
1820 Nov.
Box: 18 Folder : 9 Letters to and from Rufus King
1820 Dec.

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Box 19- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 19 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Rufus King
[1821]
Box: 19 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1821 Jan.
Box: 19 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1821 Feb.-1821 Mar.
Box: 19 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1821 Apr.-1821 Sept.
Box: 19 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1821 Oct.
Box: 19 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
1821 Nov.-1821 Dec.

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Box 20- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 20 Folder : 1 Various Notes
[1822]
Box: 20 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1822 Jan.
Box: 20 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1822 Feb.-1822 Mar.
Box: 20 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1822 Apr.-1822 June
Box: 20 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1822 July-1822 Oct.
Box: 20 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
1822 Nov.-1822 Dec.
Box: 20 Folder : 7 Various Notes
[1823]
Box: 20 Folder : 8 Letters to and from Rufus King
1823 Jan.
Box: 20 Folder : 9 Letters to and from Rufus King
1823 Feb.-1823 Mar.
Box: 20 Folder : 10 Letters to and from Rufus King
1823 Apr.-1823 June
Box: 20 Folder : 11 Letters to and from Rufus King
1823 July-1823 Oct.
Box: 20 Folder : 12 Letters to and from Rufus King
1823 Nov.-1823 Dec.

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Box 21- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 21 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Rufus King
1824 Jan.-1824 Feb.
Box: 21 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1824 Mar.
Box: 21 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1824 Apr.
Box: 21 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1824 May-1824 June
Box: 21 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1824 July-1824 Dec.

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Box 22- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 22 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Rufus King
[1825]
Box: 22 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1825 Jan.-1825 Feb.
Box: 22 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1825 Mar.-1825 Apr.
Box: 22 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1825 May
Box: 22 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1825 June-1825 July
Box: 22 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King
1825 Aug.-1825 Sept.
Box: 22 Folder : 7 Letters to and from Rufus King
1825 Oct.
Box: 22 Folder : 8 Letters to and from Rufus King
1825 Nov.-1825 Dec.

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Box 23- Rufus King Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 23 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Rufus King
[1826]
Box: 23 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King
1826 Jan.-1826 Apr.
Box: 23 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King
1826 May
Box: 23 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King
1826 June-1826 July
Box: 23 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King
1826 Aug.-1826 Oct.

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Box 24- Richard King Materials

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 24 Folder : 1 Richard King, Testimony relating to the Riot of 1766
1766
Box: 24 Folder : 2 Richard King, Petitions relating to the Riot of 1766
1766-1774
Box: 24 Folder : 3 Richard King, Depositions relating to the Riot of 1766
1766
Box: 24 Folder : 4 Richard King, Petitions on behalf of Scarborough, Maine; Poems; Obituary; Inventory of Estate; Genealogy; Other Correspondence
1766-1852
Box: 24 Folder : 5 Letters to and from John A. King and Charles King
1835-1893

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Volume 25- Letterbook

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 28 Letterbook of letters to Rufus King
1796-1803

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Box 26- Francisco de Miranda Correspondence

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 26 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Francisco de Miranda
undated
Box: 26 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Francisco de Miranda
1792-1799
Box: 26 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Francisco de Miranda
1800-1802
Box: 26 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Francisco de Miranda
1803-1804
Box: 26 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Francisco de Miranda
1805-1806

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Box 27- Notes and Drafts

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 27 Folder : 1 Notes and correspondence re Letters by Rufus King (including correspondence of Charles R. King)
1893-1896
Box: 27 Folder : 2 Notes on England and War
[1803]
Box: 27 Folder : 3 Notes on Louisiana
1803, undated
Box: 27 Folder : 4 Notes on Massachusetts Ratifying Convention
1788
Box: 27 Folder : 5 Notes and Drafts on Various Topics including Pirates, Navigation, and Commerce
undated
Box: 27 Folder : 6 Notes and Drafts on Various Topics including Contraband
undated
Box: 27 Folder : 7 Notes and Drafts on Various Topics including Louisiana Treaty and the French Revolution
undated
Box: 27 Folder : 8 Notes and on Various Topics including Senate Proceedings
[1790-1799]

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Volume 28- Letterbook

Container 1     Title Date
Volume: 28 Letterbook, Letters to Rufus King from Alexander Hamilton
1787-1799

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Box 29- Joseph Pitcairn Letters

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Box: 29 Folder : 1 Letters to Rufus King from Joseph Pitcairn
1796-1797
Box: 29 Folder : 2 Letters to Rufus King from Joseph Pitcairn
1798
Box: 29 Folder : 3 Letters to Rufus King from Joseph Pitcairn
1799 Jan.-1799 Mar.
Box: 29 Folder : 4 Letters to Rufus King from Joseph Pitcairn
1799 Apr.-1799 May
Box: 29 Folder : 5 Letters to Rufus King from Joseph Pitcairn
1799 June-1799 Aug.
Box: 29 Folder : 6 Letters to Rufus King from Joseph Pitcairn
1799 Sept.-1799 Dec.
Box: 29 Folder : 7 Letters to Rufus King from Joseph Pitcairn
1800
Box: 29 Folder : 8 Letters to Rufus King from Joseph Pitcairn
1801
Box: 29 Folder : 9 Letters to Rufus King from Joseph Pitcairn
1802

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Box 30- Rufus King and Others' Correspondence

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Box: 30 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Rufus King and Others
1801-1803
Box: 30 Folder : 2 Letters to and from Rufus King and Others
1799-1803
Box: 30 Folder : 3 Letters to and from Rufus King and Others
1799-1803
Box: 30 Folder : 4 Letters to and from Rufus King and Others
1801-1803
Box: 30 Folder : 5 Letters to and from Rufus King and Others
1796-1801
Box: 30 Folder : 6 Letters to and from Rufus King and Others
1799-1801

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Volume 31- Letterbook

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Volume: 31 Letterbook, American Political Letters to Rufus King
1800-1802

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Volume 32- Letterbook

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Volume: 32 Letterbook, American Letters on Public and Private Business to Rufus King
1796-1802

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Volume 33- Letterbook

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Volume: 33 Letterbook, American Letters of Introduction to Rufus King
1796-1802

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Volume 34- Letterbook

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Volume: 34 Letterbook, Letters from Bird, Savage, & Bird (Bankers of the U.S., London) to Rufus King containing Communications on Public and Private Business
1796-1803

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Volume 35- Letterbook

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Volume: 35 Letterbook, Letters from American Consuls and Agents for Seamen Resident of Great Britain and Ireland to Rufus King
1796-1803

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Volume 36- Letterbook

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Volume: 36 Letterbook, Letters from American Consuls Residing on the Continents of Europe and Africa to Rufus King, also letters regarding Barbary Affairs
1796-1803

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Volume 37- Letterbook

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Volume: 37 Letterbook, Letters and Accounts of Nicholas Low as the Agent of Rufus King
1796-1802

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Volume 38- Letterbook

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Volume: 38 Letterbook, American Private Letters to Rufus King
1796-1802

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Volume 39- Letterbook

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Volume: 39 Letterbook, Letters from John and Francis Baring & Co. and Francis Baring & Co.
1796-1803

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Volume 40- Letterbook

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Volume: 40 Letterbook, Commission under the Sixth Article of the American Treaty, 1794, Cases and Proceedings
1798-1799

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Volume 41- Letterbook

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Volume: 41 Letterbook, American Political Letters to Rufus King
1796-1799

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Volume 42- Letterbook

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Volume: 42 Letterbook, Commission under the Sixth Article of the American Treaty 1794, Correspondence and Instructions
1799

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Volume 43- Letterbook

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Volume: 43 Letterbook, Letters and Communications from the American Agents and Commissioners acting under the Treaty of Amity Commerce and Navigation between Great Britain and the United States
1796-1803

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Volume 44- Letterbook

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Volume: 44 Letterbook, Sundry Statements respecting Articles of the American Treaty, 1794
1799-1801

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Volume 45- Letterbook

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Volume: 45 Letterbook, Letters from Thomas Pickering (Secretary of State of the US) to Rufus King
1796-1800

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Volume 46- Letterbook

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Volume: 46 Letterbook, Negotiations of John Jay Containing Correspondence Relative to the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation
1794

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Volume 47- Letterbook

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Volume: 47 Letterbook, Letters from Col. Robert Troup to Rufus King
1796-1802

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Volume 48- Letterbook

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Volume: 48 Letterbook, Letters from Thomas Pickney and William Allen Deas to the American Secretary of State (Vol. I)
1792-1796

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Volume 49- Letterbook

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Volume: 49 Letterbook, Letters from Thomas Pickney and William Allen Deas to Lord Grenville (Vol. II)
1792-1796

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Volume 50- Letterbook

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Volume: 50 Letterbook, Letters from Lord Greenville to Thomas Pickney and William Allen Deas
1792-1796

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Volume 51- Letterbook

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Volume: 51 Letterbook, Letters to and from Rufus King
1796-1797

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Volume 52- Letterbook

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Volume: 52 Letterbook, Letters from Rufus King (includes enclosures of letters to Rufus King)
1798

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Volume 53- Letterbook

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Volume: 53 Letterbook, Letters from Rufus King (includes enclosures of letters to Rufus King)
1799-1800

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Volume 54- Letterbook

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Volume: 54 Letterbook, Letters from Rufus King (includes enclosures of letters to Rufus King)
1801

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Volume 55- Letterbook

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Volume: 55 Letterbook, Letters to and from Rufus King
1802-1803

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Volume 56- Notebook

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Volume: 56 Notebook, Papers relating to War Between Great Britain and Spain in 1739, Maritime Cases, obtained by Rufus King
undated

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Volume 57- Notebook

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Volume: 57 Notebook, Notes and Daily Entries on Writings of Washington, Jefferson, and John Jay
1830, undated

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Volume 58- Notebook

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Volume: 58 Notebook, Rufus King Political Essay on Spanish America (in French)
1792-1793

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Volume 59- Notebook

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Volume: 59 Notebook, Rufus King Political Essay on Peace in the Next Century (in French)
1797

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Volume 60- Notebook

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Volume: 60 Notebook, Rufus King Political Essay on Spanish Subject (in French)
undated

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Volume 61- Notebook

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Volume: 61 Notebook, Rufus King Political Essay on Peace in the Next Century (in French)
undated

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Volume 62- Notebook

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Volume: 62 Notebook, Rufus King Political Essay on South American Independence (in French)
1790-1795

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Volume 63- Letterbook

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Volume: 63 Letterbook "A," Letters from Rufus King
1796 July 24-1798 June 30

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Volume 64- Letterbook

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Volume: 64 Letterbook "B," Letters from Rufus King
1798 July 2-1799 May 27

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Volume 65- Letterbook

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Volume: 65 Letterbook "C," Letters from Rufus King
1799 May 31- 1800 Dec. 28

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Volume 66- Letterbook

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Volume: 66 Letterbook "D," Letters from Rufus King
1801 Jan. 3-1801 Dec. 31

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Volume 67- Letterbook

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Volume: 67 Letterbook "E," Letters from Rufus King
1802 Jan. 8-1803 Apr. 12

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Volume 68- Miscellaneous Acts of the Governor

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Volume: 68 Miscellaneous Acts of the Governor (John Alsop King, Governor of New York)
1857 Jan.- 1858 Dec.

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Volume 69- Letterbook

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Volume: 69 Letterbook, Letters to and from Rufus King and John Alsop
1786-1796

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Volume 70- Letterbook

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Volume: 70 Letterbook, Abstract of Letters to Rufus King from the Secretary of State
1796-1803

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Volume 71- Letterbook

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Volume: 71 Letterbooks, Abstract of Letters from Rufus King to the Secretary of State and others
1796-1799

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Volume 72- Letterbook

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Volume: 72 Letterbook, Abstract of Letters from Rufus King to the Secretary of State
1799-1803

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Volume 73- Notebook

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Volume: Notebook, Rufus King Memoranda and Reflections about Contemporary People and Events
1794-1801

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Volume 74- Notebook

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Volume: 74 Notebook, Inventory of Rufus King Library
1827

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Volume 74A- Notebook

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Volume: 74A Notebook, Inventory of Rufus King Library
undated

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Volume 75- Notebook

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Volume: 75 Notebook, Notes on History and Current Events in France and England
1803

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Volume 76- Notebook

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Volume: 76 Notebook, Notes on History and Current Events such as Currency, Fisheries, Florida, etc.
1801-1802

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Volume 77- Notebook

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Volume: 77 Notebook, Notes on Ordinance of Western Territory, US and French Treaty- Includes later memoranda from Charles King on Rufus King's career
[1803, 1894-1899]

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Volume 78- Notebook

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Volume: 78 Notebook, Notes on Journey in Europe
1802

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Volume 79- Notebook

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Volume: 79 Notebook, Notes on Current Events in France, England, Russia, etc.
1799-1802

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Box 80- Rufus King and John Trumbull Correspondence

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Box: 80 Folder : 1 Letters between Rufus King and John Trumbull
1809-1822

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Box 81- Notes and Correspondence

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Box: 81 Folder : 1 Notes on Powers of Government, Brief of "Missouri Speech," Notes on Slavery and Statehood
1819-1822, undated
Box: 81 Folder : 2 Notes including "Abolition Treaty between Great Britain and Spain" of Sept. 23, 1817 and notes on events of 1776
undated
Box: 81 Folder : 3 Notes on Fisheries, Indian Territories, and on Spain, France, and Louisiana
1809-1814, undated
Box: 81 Folder : 4 Abstract of Report of a Committee of the Privy Council
1791
Box: 81 Folder : 5 Notes on Representation in Senate and House of Representatives, Examination of Order in Council by French Decree
1808, undated
Box: 81 Folder : 6 Notes on Admission of New States
[1791-1819]
Box: 81 Folder : 7 Correspondence re Rufus King's Death, Notes re Jay Treaty and Negotiation before the Peace of 1763
1783-1824, 1894
Box: 81 Folder : 8 Notes on Bankrupt Bill, Notes on European Intervention between Spain and its Revolted Colonies
1820, undated
Box: 81 Folder : 9 Will and Documents of John Alsop
1788
Box: 81 Folder : 10 Memorandum concerning "The Propagation of Trees and Shrubs"
1806
Box: 81 Folder : 11 Notes and Drafts
undated
Box: 81 Folder : 12 Article "Rufus King and the Missouri Compromise" from the New York Enquirer
1848
Box: 81 Folder : 13 Newspaper Clippings
1813-1865
Box: 81 Folder : 14 Sketches of Newspaper Articles
1804
Box: 81 Folder : 15 Letters and Manuscript of Juan Pablo Viscardo y Guzman (in French)
1782
Box: 81 Folder : 16 Transcriptions of Letters of Rufus King
1817-1825
Box: 81 Folder : 17 Transcriptions of Letters of Rufus King and Letters to John A. King and Charles R. King
[1799-1825], 1895-1899
Box: 81 Folder : 18 Receipts and Clippings of Signatures
1778-1826

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Box 82- Rufus King and Henry Clay Correspondence

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Box: 82 Folder : 1 Letters from Rufus King to Henry Clay
1825 Aug.-1825 Sept.
Box: 82 Folder : 2 Letters from Rufus King to Henry Clay
1825 Oct.-1825 Dec.
Box: 82 Folder : 3 Letters from Rufus King to Henry Clay
1826 Jan.-1826 June

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Box 83- Rufus King and George Canning Correspondence

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Box: 83 Folder : 1 Letters from Rufus King to George Canning
1825 Aug.-1825 Dec.
Box: 83 Folder : 2 Letters from Rufus King to George Canning
1826 Jan.-1826 June
Box: 83 Folder : 3 Letters from George Canning to Rufus King
1825 Aug.-1826 Apr.

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Box 84- Rufus King Correspondence

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Box: 84 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Rufus King, re Post as Minister Plenipotentiary including Commission and Resignation letter
1824-1826
Box: 84 Folder : 2 Letters and Drafts of Letters to Rufus King, Documents re Elizabeth Hamilton vs. Rufus King and Nicholas Fish
1825-1826
Box: 84 Folder : 3 Letters and Copies of Letters to and from Rufus King, includes Documents re Objections of Peter Morgan over a Bill and Letter re Georgia Boundaries
1763-1897
Box: 84 Folder : 4 Various Documents including Committee for the Plan of Western Territory, Committee for Secrecy, List of Property Taken by British
1775-1853
Box: 84 Folder : 5 Letters of Rufus King to Oliver Wolcott
1796-1808
Box: 84 Folder : 6 Documents re West Florida
1763-1770
Box: 84 Folder : 7 Passport of John A. King
1826
Box: 84 Folder : 8 Commissions of Rufus King and John A. King to Great Britain
1796-1825
Oversize: Small Oversized appointments, commissions, and other documents issued to Rufus and John Alsop King. 15 items.

Access Restrictions

Contains presidential signatures, among them George Washington and John Adams.

1796-1825

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Box 85- Maps and Correspondence

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Box: 85 Folder : 1 Map of Florida, Published Correspondence with Great Britain re Island of Abaco, Statement re Lighthouse
1824
Box: 85 Folder : 2 Letters Including Instructions to Rufus King in Great Britain from Henry Clay
1825

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Box 86- Papers re East India Trade

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Box: 86 Folder : 1 Papers re East India Trade
1796-1797
Box: 86 Folder : 2 Papers re East India Trade
1879, 1803
Box: 86 Folder : 3 Papers re East India Trade
1895

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Box 87- Rufus King and John Laurance Correspondence

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Box: 87 Folder : 1 Letters of Rufus King to John Laurance
1793-1799
Box: 87 Folder : 2 Deed of Partition of Rufus King to John Laurance
1808

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Box 88- Granville Sharpe Correspondence

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Box: 88 Folder : 1 "Sundry Letters and Papers" from Granville Sharpe
1784-1797

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Box 89- Charles King Correspondence

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Box: 89 Folder : 1 Letters to and from Charles R. King re Letters between Rufus King and Alexander Hamilton
1894 Apr.-1895 Apr.

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Box 90- Materials of Rufus King, John A. King, and Mary King

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Box: 90 Folder : 1 Receipts of John A. King and Mary King
1865-1870
Box: 90 Folder : 2 Notes and Letters of Rufus King
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Box 91- Beer's Long Island Almanac

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Box: 91 Folder : 1 Beer's Long Island Almanac
1823, 1824

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Box 92- Newspapers of Rufus King/ Report on Repeal of Fugitive Slave Acts

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Box: 92 Folder : 1 Newspapers Owned by Rufus King
undated
Box: 92 Folder : 2 Newspapers Owned by Rufus King
1796-1801
Box: 92 Folder : 3 Newspapers Owned by Rufus King
1802-1820
Box: 92 Folder : 4 Newspapers Owned by Rufus King
1821-1823
Box: 92 Folder : 5 Newspapers Owned by Rufus King
1824-1848
Box: 92 Folder : 6 Report and Minority Report on Repeal of Fugitive Slave Acts
1864

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Volume 93- Book of Houses and Stables

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Volume: 93 Book of Houses Rented and Stable Expenses
1783-1795

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Volume 94- Letterbook

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Volume: 94 Letterbook, Private Letters from Rufus King
1796-1803

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Volume 95- Memorandum of Letters

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Volume: 95 Memorandum of Private Letters
1796-1802

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Volume 96- Memorandum of Letters

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Volume: 96 Memorandum of Private Letters
1802-1803

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Volume 97- Account Book

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Volume: 97 Account Book, Private and US Accounts with Bird, Savage & Bird
1796-1803

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Volume 98- Memorandum Book

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Volume: 98 Memorandum Book, includes Account Information
1796-1801

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Volume 99- Memorandum of Letters

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Volume: 99 Memorandum of Letters, includes diaries entries for 1803
1803-1806

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Volume 100- Account book

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Volume: 100 Account book, Household Accounts
1806-1825

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Volume 101- Notebook

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Volume: 101 Notebook, Notes on England and Philosophy of Government
1820

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Volume 102- Notebook

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Volume: 102 Notebook, James King's Notes on Historian Edward Gibbon
1799

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Volume 103- Notebook

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Volume: 103 Notebook, Descriptions of Prominent English Physicians
undated

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Volume 104- Scrapbook

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Volume: 104 Scrapbook of Newspaper Articles
1787-1818

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Volume 105- Notebook

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Volume: 105 Notebook, Notes on State Charters
undated

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