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|Named Person:||Peter Collinson; Benjamin Colman; Cotton family.; Samuel Curwen; John Custis; Corwin family.; Dummer family.; Samuel Gerrish; Robert Hale; Mather family.; Sewell family.; William Shirley|
|Document Type:||Book, Archival Material|
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|Description:||3 boxes. 1 folder (20 items) ; oversize.|
A few of the items were written by Samuel Curwen, and some correspondence is addressed to members of the Curwen family. Two brief diaries of Samuel Curwen, 1751 and 1757 (both originally interleaved in Nathaniel Ames' Almanack), Curwen's notebook, 1768-1771, containing financial memos, and a volume titled "His Colledge Laws," which Curwen apparently kept from 1731 to 1732, while a student at Harvard College, are also included. It is possible that those items relating to the Louisbourg Campaign, the French and Indian War, and Salem, Mass., were once in the possession of Samuel Curwen, who was an antiquarian and who gave the choicest items of his collection to his friend, William Bentley (1759-1819).
The collection consists of letters, deeds, contracts, rough sermon notes, government documents, maps, and charts. The bulk of the collection is significant correspondence concerning religious and political developments in Old and New England, especially in colonial Massachusetts, during the 17th and 18th centuries. For example, there are letters written to or by the Mathers, John and Josiah Cotton, Joseph Dudley, Jeremiah Dummer, Jonathan Edwards, Samuel and Stephen Sewall, Dennis DeBerdt, Edward A. Holyoke, Nicholas Street, Robert Wodrow, and Thomas Walley. Several letters and documents refer to troubles with (especially King Philip's War) and poor treatment of Indians, e.g., letters of George Shove, Josiah Cotton, Thomas Walley, Henry Dering, Benjamin Colman, Noah Newman, William Bradford, and Jeremiah Dummer.
The letters and orders of William Shirley, Benjamin Green, Sir William Pepperrell, and the New York and Massachusetts legislatures refer to the Louisbourg and Crown Point Expeditions of 1745 and 1755, respectively. Several items concern smallpox outbreaks and inoculation, e.g., letters of Samuel Sewall and Thomas Robie. There is business correspondence between Robert Hale and his estate agent in England, Bennett Swayne, as well as business correspondence of bookseller Samuel Gerrish and George Curwin. Peter Collinson's letters from London to John Custis at Williamsburg, Va., 1734-1745/46, concern horticultural subjects, and a letter written by Cadwallader Colden, 1741, objects to the treatment of blacks in New York. There are Indian wills and deeds, an account, 1808, by Ashley Bowen of a 1750 shipwreck, and a copy of the Records of the Salem, Mass. Social Library, 1760-1761. The latter includes the covenant and articles, list of subscribers, rules of borrowing, and a catalog of the books and their cost.
- Collinson, Peter, -- 1715-1802.
- Colman, Benjamin, -- 1673-1747.
- Cotton family.
- Curwen, Samuel, -- 1715-1802.
- Custis, John, -- 1678-1749.
- Corwin family.
- Dummer family.
- Gerrish, Samuel, -- -1741.
- Hale, Robert, -- 1703-1767.
- Mather family.
- Sewell family.
- Shirley, William, -- 1694-1771.
- Congregational churches.
- Indians of North America.
- King Philip's War, 1675-1676.
- Louisbourg (N.S.) -- History -- Siege, 1745.
- Nova Scotia.
- Salem (Mass.)
- United States -- History -- French and Indian War, 1754-1763.