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Guide to the John W. Taylor Papers
1798-1852
 MS 615

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Collection processed by Margaret Bausman

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on January 14, 2014
Finding Aid is written in English.

Container List

Series 1: Correspondence, 1812-1847

Arrangement Note

Series 1: Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

Scope and Content Note

Series 1 consists of two subseries. Subseries 1 contains correspondence received by John W. Taylor primarily through the years of 1813-1833 while he served in Congress. The letters address a range of local, state and federal political issues including elections, political parties and abolition. Subseries 2 consists of draft or copy forms of correspondence created by John W. Taylor. This subseries includes over 80 letters to his wife, Jane Hodges Taylor from 1813-1833 that document a somewhat more intimate reflection on his day-to-day political life. Also in Subseries 2 is a draft of Taylor's letter sent to and the response received from Thomas Jefferson. While Jefferson declines knowledge of Taylor's request for information about Phi Beta Kappa, he does offer an unsolicited, somewhat cryptic but supportive in tone recognition of Taylor's political endeavors presumably with regard to his abolitionist stance. In light of Jefferson's acknowledged concern of the impact of the abolitionist movement upon the cohesiveness of the Union and his publicly neutral stance regarding the Missouri Compromises, this is an intriguing aspect of the collection.

Subseries 1: Correspondence received by John W. Taylor, 1812-1847

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Adams - Attwater
1813-1830
Box: 1 Folder : 2 Bailey - Booge
1813-1840
Box: 1 Folder : 3 Booth - Burch
1813-1842
Box: 1 Folder : 4 Campbell - Clark
1813-1832
Box: 1 Folder : 5 Clay - Conkling
1816-1830
Box: 1 Folder : 6 Cook - Cushman
1812-1830
Box: 1 Folder : 7 Davis - Dwight
1814-1830
Box: 1 Folder : 8 Easton - Everett
1817-1833
Box: 1 Folder : 9 Fenton - Freeman
1813-1840
Box: 1 Folder : 10 Gales & Seaton - Gue
1813-1840
Box: 2 Folder : 1 Haines - Hebb
1820-1840
Box: 2 Folder : 2 Hendricks - Judah
1814-1846
Box: 2 Folder : 3 Keeler - Knickerbacker
1813-1833
Box: 2 Folder : 4 Lane - Lucas
1813-1840
Box: 2 Folder : 5 McArthur - McMaster
1815-1846
Box: 2 Folder : 6 Maris - Nott
1813-1835
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Ostrander - Preston
1813-1847
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Reed - Rush
1814-1841
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Ebenezer Sage
1813-1833
Box: 2 Folder : 10 St. John - Spafford
1814-1845
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Spencer - Swift
1813-1841
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Taney - Turner
1812-1838
Box: 3 Folder : 3 James Tallmadge
1813-1828
Box: 3 Folder : 4 John Taylor
1813-1825
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Daniel D. Tompkins
1812-1820
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Upham - Vinton
1814-1846
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Martin Van Buren
1813-1816
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Watrous - Willard
1814-1832
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Wilmer - Wright
1816-1832
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Yates - Youngblood
1813-1840

Subseries 2: Correspondence from John W. Taylor, 1812-1841 and Undated

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 4 Folder : 1 Adams - Crawford
1812-1835
Box: 4 Folder : 2 DeFouch - Granger
1819-1833
Box: 4 Folder : 3 Harris - Nott
1814-1845
Box: 4 Folder : 4 Paine - Swift
1812-1834
Box: 4 Folder : 5 Tallmadge - Young
1814-1836
Box: 4 Folder : 6 Unknown
1820-1832 and Undated
Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 1 Folder : 1 Correspondence
Box: 4 Folder : 7 John W. Taylor letters to his wife, Jane Taylor
1813-1821
Box: 4 Folder : 8 John W. Taylor letters to his wife, Jane Taylor
1822-1833

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