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

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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© 2011 New-York Historical Society

Collection processed by Margaret Bausman

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

Scope and Content Note

The John W. Taylor Papers consist primarily of correspondence received by John W. Taylor in his capacity as a Congressional Representative of New York State from 1813-1833. The correspondence is generally of a political nature reflective of the germane issues of the period including western expansion, the anti-slavery movement, tariffs, banking, elections, the post office, and personal matters. Notable correspondents include Henry Clay, DeWitt Clinton, Alfred Conkling, Edward Everett, Jonathan Fisk, John B. C. Lucas, Henry C. Martindale, John McLean, Charles Miner, Hezekiah Niles, Eliphalet Nott, John Savage, Ebenezer Sage, Ambrose Spencer, James Tallmadge,Jr., Daniel D. Tompkins, Martin Van Buren, Daniel Webster, Hugh White, William Woodbridge and Samuel Young.

There is also correspondence from Taylor in draft or copy format as well as over 80 letters from Taylor to his wife, Jane Hodges Taylor. Other materials include speeches, governmental documents including resolutions, committee lists, notes and rosters, financial documents including receipts, stock certificates, mortgages, indentures and deeds, diplomas and certificates, personal notes, calling cards and invitations. The collection includes a land grant signed by James Monroe, an 1821 letter from Thomas Jefferson, and an 1819 epistle from the vintner John Adlum entitled Of the Cropogation of Vines.

Presidential Signatures

  1. Presidential Signatures
  2. Series 1 / Box 1 / Folder 1: Letter for John Quincy Adams, 1820
  3. Series 1 / Box 2 / Folder 6: Letter from James Monroe, 1814
  4. Series 1 / Box 3 / Folder 7: Entirely correspondence from Martin Van Buren
  5. Series 1 / Box 4 / Folder 3: Letter from Thomas Jefferson, 1821
  6. Series 4 / Box 5 / Folder 9: Land Grant signed by James Monroe

Arrangement Note

The John W. Taylor Papers are arranged both alphabetically and chronologically.

  1. Series 1: Correspondence
  2. Series 2: Speeches
  3. Series 3: Governmental Documents
  4. Series 4: Financial Documents
  5. Series 5: Personal Papers