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Guide to the John Pintard Papers
1750-1925 (bulk 1770-1890)
 MS 490

New-York Historical Society
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Series 1: Papers of John Pintard, 1779-1851

Scope and Content Note

The Papers of John Pintard include correspondence, financial and business records, legal records, journals, notes, ephemera and meeting minutes.

John Pintard's correspondence, 1780-1840, deals with such matters as his business activities, his financial difficulties and bankruptcy in the 1790s, the election of 1812, politics throughout the period, family matters, death or illness of friends, and his interest in various academic, cultural, philanthropic, and religious organizations.

The series contains journals kept by John Pintard at various times between 1783 and 1811. Included is a detailed journal of his daily reading while in debtor's prison 1797-1798, encompassing classical studies, the Greek Testament, legal, theological, and economic works, Dr. Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language item by item, contemporary English poetry and the plays of Shakespeare. There are only a few diary entries in his reading journal which refer to the actual conditions of life in prison. Also included are a journal of New York weather kept in 1779, and detailed observations from his 1801 trip to New Orleans.

The financial and business records contain evidence of the economic activity of the Pintard family and the organizations in which John Pintard worked. The legal records include business and property concerns. The notes and ephemera are varied writings on many topics as well as fragmentary notes. The meeting minutes subseries includes the records taken of organizational meetings of groups that John Pintard was involved with. The genealogies are in Pintard's hand and sketch out his ancestral background.

Subseries I: Correspondence, 1784-1842

Scope and Content Note

Some of John Pintard's more frequent correspondents include John Wakefield Francis, Walter Livingston, DeWitt Clinton, James Henry Clinton (serving aboard U.S.S. Constellation), his son-in-law Dr. Richard Davidson of New Orleans and other members of the Davidson family, Samuel Bayard of Princeton (N.J.), Fitch Hall of Boston, Elias Boudinot, Samuel Farmar Jarvis, and his uncle Lewis Pintard. There is a large group of letters to his daughter, Eliza Noel Pintard (Mrs. Richard Davidson), of Pinckneyville, Mississippi Territory, and New Orleans, 1816-1833.

The correspondence of John Pintard is arranged chronologically and according to being sent or received by John Pintard.

The correspondence of John Pintard to his daughter Eliza Noel Pintard Davidson is published in an edited and abridged four volume work:

Pintard, J., & Barck, D.C. (1940). Letters from John Pintard to his daughter, Eliza Noel Pintard Davidson, 1816-1833. 4 Volumes. New York, Printed for the New-York Historical Society.

Vol. 1 includes a General Introduction by editor Dorothy Barck and Vol. 4 includes a detailed index.

This work is available digitally via the Internet Archive

Vol.1

Vol.2

Vol.3

Vol.4

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: 1 Folder : 1 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1816
    Box: 1 Folder : 2 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1817
    Box: 1 Folder : 3 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1818
    Box: 1 Folder : 4 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1819
    Box: 1 Folder : 5 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1820
    Box: 1 Folder : 6 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1821
    Box: 1 Folder : 7 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1822
    Box: 1 Folder : 8 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1823
    Box: 1 Folder : 9 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1824
    Box: 1 Folder : 10 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1825
    Box: 1 Folder : 11 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1826
    Box: 1 Folder : 12 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1827
    Box: 2 Folder : 1 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1828
    Box: 2 Folder : 2 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1829
    Box: 2 Folder : 3 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1830
    Box: 2 Folder : 4 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1831
    Box: 2 Folder : 5 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1832
    Box: 2 Folder : 6 Letters from John Pintard to Eliza Pintard Davidson
    1833
    Box: 2 Folder : 7 Letters from John Pintard
    1784-1815
    Box: 2 Folder : 8 Letters from John Pintard
    1816-1819
    Box: 3 Folder : 1 Letters from John Pintard
    1820-1824
    Box: 3 Folder : 2 Letters from John Pintard
    1825-1826
    Box: 3 Folder : 3 Letters from John Pintard
    1827
    Box: 3 Folder : 4 Letters from John Pintard
    1828-1829
    Box: 3 Folder : 5 Letters from John Pintard
    1830-1831
    Box: 3 Folder : 6 Letters from John Pintard
    1832-1833
    Box: 3 Folder : 7 Letters from John Pintard
    1834-1842
    Box: 3 Folder : 8 Letters to John Pintard
    1787-1808
    Box: 3 Folder : 9 Letters to John Pintard
    1810-1815
    Box: 3 Folder : 10 Letters to John Pintard
    1816-1819
    Box: 3 Folder : 11 Letters to John Pintard
    1820-1824
    Box: 4 Folder : 1 Letters to John Pintard
    1825-26
    Box: 4 Folder : 2 Letters to John Pintard
    1827
    Box: 4 Folder : 3 Letters to John Pintard
    1828-1829
    Box: 4 Folder : 4 Letters to John Pintard
    1830-1835
    Box: 4 Folder : 5 Letters to John Pintard
    1836-1841
    Box: 4 Folder : 6 Letters to John Pintard
    Undated
    Box: 4 Folder : 7 Photostats and Transcripts
    Undated

    Subseries II: Diaries and Journals, 1779-1811

    Scope and Content Note

    This subseries contains diaries and journals kept by John Pintard at various times between 1783 and 1811. Included is a detailed journal of his daily reading while in debtor's prison 1797-1798, encompassing classical studies, the Greek Testament, legal, theological, and economic works, Dr. Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language item by item, contemporary English poetry and the plays of Shakespeare. There are only a few diary entries in his reading journal which refer to the actual conditions of lilfe in prison. Also included are a journal of New York weather kept in 1779, and detailed observations from his 1801 trip to New Orleans. In some cases, transcripts and photostats of the journals are available.

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: 4 Folder : 8 Diary of the Weather, New York City
    1779
    Box: 4 Folder : 9 Diary and Garden Calendar
    1793-1794
    Box: 4 Folder : 10 Diary and Garden Calendar (Transcript)
    Undated
    Box: 5 Folder : 1 Diary: Newark
    1793-1794
    Box: 5 Folder : 2 Diary: Newark (Transcript)
    Undated
    Box: 5 Folder : 3 Prison Reading Diary
    1797-1798
    Box
    5
    Folder
    4
     

    Prison Reading Diary (Transcript)

    Box: 5 Folder : 5 Journal of Studies
    1797-1804
    Box: 6 Folder : 1 Diary
    1798-1801
    Box: 6 Folder : 2 Diary (Handwritten Copy)
    1798-1801
    Box: 6 Folder : 3 Diary
    July-August 1800
    Box: 6 Folder : 4 Diary
    1800-1801
    Box: 6 Folder : 5 Diary (Transcripts)
    Undated
    Box: 6 Folder : 6 Diary of Visit to Washington (Transcript)
    Undated
    Box: 6 Folder : 7 Diary
    1806-1811
    Volume: 1 Journal: Essays on Various Subjects (vol. 1)
    1806-1809
    Volume: 2 Journal: Essays on Various Subjects (vol. 2)
    1806-1809
    Volume: 3 Manuscript Bible (vol. 3)
    Undated
    Volume: 4 Bible Presented to John Pintard by the American Bible Society (vol. 4)
    1832

    Subseries III: Financial and Business Records, 1782-1840

    Scope and Content Note

    The financial and business records of John Pintard include receipts, bills, and other documents pertaining to his personal and family finances and the finances of organizations he was active in, usually as secretary or treasurer, including the New-York Historical Society. Also included are promissory notes and other records relevant to John Pintard's business dealings with William Duer, both of whom were put in debtor's prison in the 1790's.

    Also included are accounts of exports out of the port of New York in the 1770's, a list of all ships entering the port of New Orleans and their cargo in 1800, and a list of parishoners payments for reserving pews at the St. Esprit French Protestant Chruch in New York.

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: 6 Folder : 8 Financial and Business Records
    1782-1834
    Box: 6 Folder : 9 Financial and Business Records
    Undated
    Box: 6 Folder : 10 Shipping Log
    1792
    Box: 6 Folder : 11 Account Book: Academy of the Arts
    1816-1817
    Box: 7 Folder : 1 Account Book: Personal
    1836-1840
    Box: 7 Folder : 2 New-York Historical Society Business Records
    1805-1820
    Box: 7 Folder : 3 New-York Historical Society Business Records
    1821-1857
    Box: 14 Folder : 1 Financial and Business Records (Oversize)
    1798-1800

    Subseries IV: Legal Records, 1793-1836

    Scope and Content Note

    The legal records of John Pintard include early evidences of proceedings undertaken toward bankruptcy protection soon after the law allowed it, legal records relevant to his activity as a merchant, and New York City regulations signed by Pintard in his capacity as City Inspector.

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: 7 Folder : 4 Legal Records
    1793-1836
    Box: 14 Folder : 2 Legal Records (Oversize)
    1807-1836

    Subseries V: Notes and Ephemera

    Scope and Content Note

    This subseries includes various writings on many topics such as genealogy, politics, current events, history, religion, etc. It also includes newspaper clippings, certificates, and addresses.

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: 7 Folder : 5 Handwritten Notes
    circa 1770-1840
    Box: 7 Folder : 6 Handwritten Notes
    Undated
    Box: 7 Folder : 7 Handwritten Notes

    Scope and Content Note

    The Notes and Ephemera subseries contains written matter and newspaper clippings. Included are many notes taken by Pintard based on his reading, such as lists of books and authors. Also included are many brief writings on various topics. The newspaper clippings are relevant to his interests and concerns.

    Undated
    Box: 7 Folder : 8 Handwritten Notes
    Undated
    Box: 7 Folder : 9 Handwritten Notes
    Undated
    Box: 7 Folder : 10 Memoir on the Trade in New Orleans
    1817
    Box: 8 Folder : 1 Certificates and Addresses
    1809-1829
    Box: 8 Folder : 2 Notes, Reminiscenes
    1841
    Box: 8 Folder : 3 Reminiscences of the Early Life of John Pintard
    1841
    Box: 8 Folder : 4 Reminiscences of the Early Life of John Pintard (Partial Transcript)
    Undated
    Box: 8 Folder : 5 Newspaper Clippings
    circa 1770-1840
    Box: 14 Folder : 3 Notes and Ephemera (Oversize)
    1839, undated

    Subseries VI: Meeting Minutes

    Scope and Content Note

    This subseries includes records of the topics covered during organized meetings of charitable, cultural, and civic groups that John Pintard held membership in.

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: 8 Folder : 6 Index of Meeting Minutes, NYC Common Council
    1790-1793
    Box: 8 Folder : 7 Index of Meeting Minutes, NYC Common Council
    1803-1806
    Box: 9 Folder : 1 Meeting Minutes
    circa 1770-1820

    Subseries VII: Genealogies

    Scope and Content Note

    The genealogies subseries contains genealogical charts and lists drawn up by John Pintard.

    Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
    Box: 9 Folder : 2 Genealogies
    1822, 1831, undated

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