MS Am 1300-1300.2 ‡MS Am 1300.1 ‡MS Am 1300.2
Hubbard, John, collector. John Hubbard collection of letters and documents of signers
of the Declaration of Independence, 1750-1933: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA
© President and Fellows of Harvard College
Call No.: MS Am 1300-1300.2 ‡MS Am 1300.1 ‡MS Am 1300.2
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Hubbard, John, collector.
Title: John Hubbard collection of letters and documents of signers of the Declaration of
Quantity: 1 collection (.33 linear feet (3 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters and documents by signers of the American Declaration of Independence particularly
Button Gwinnett and Charles Carroll.
44M-353 - 44M-356. Gift of Helen Fahnestock Hubbard, 24 East 51st Street, New York City, New York; received: 1945 April 17.
The collection was used to stimulate the sale of war bonds during a drive in Cambridge
There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open
John Hubbard Collection of Letters and Documents of Signers of the Declaration of
Independence, 1750-1933 (MS Am 1300-1300.2). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
John Hubbard was a graduate of Harvard 1892. Button Gwinnett was governor of colonial
Georgia and delegate to the Continental Congress. Charles Carroll is credited with
framing Maryland's declaration of independence, adopted 1776. He was also a delegate
to the Continental Congress.
Organized into the following series:
- I. pfMS Am 1300: Album
- II. pfMS Am 1300.1- MS Am 1300.2: Other documents
Consists of one album of 57 autograph letters and other documents of signers of the
Declaration of Independence, together with sets of documents by Button Gwinnett and
Charles Carroll each bound separately.
- Series: pfMS Am 1300. I. Album
- (1). JOHN HANCOCK: U.S. Continental congress, 1776. Ms.L.s.(John Hancock, Presidt) to Genl. [Artemas] Ward; Philadelphia, 6 Jul 1776. p.
A letter transmitting to Boston a printed copy of the Declaration of Independence, with a request that it be proclaimed at the head of the troops.
- (2). JOHN HANCOCK: Massachusetts. Governor, 1780-1785. (John Hancock) A.L. (unsigned) to Chevalr. [André-Cesar] de [La] Luzerne; Boston, 9 Jul 1782. p.
Draft of a letter to the French minister to the United States, extending felicitations
on the birth of the Dauphin.
- (3). JOHN HANCOCK: Kilby, Barnard & Parker. Ms.L.s.(Kilby Barnard & Parker) to Thomas Hancock; London, 11 Jul 1761. folder ()p.
Addressed on p.
Added on p.[2-3] is an autograph letter of John Hancock, London, 11 Jul 1761, to his uncle Thomas Hancock, in Boston.
- (4). THOMAS JEFFERSON: U.S. Dept. of state. A.L.s.(Th: Jefferson) to the President of the U.S. [George Washington]; [Philadelphia] 14 Dec 1790. p.
A letter enclosing a portion of a report relating to the Northwest Territory.
- (7). SAMUEL HUNTINGTON: U.S. Contintental congress, 1780. Ms.L.s.(Sam. Huntington, President) to His Excellency President [Caesar] Rodney; [Philadelphia] 9 Nov 1780. folder (p.)
A copy, addressed to the President of Delaware, of a circular letter enclosing a requisition
for support from the states.
- (8). JOSIAH BARTLETT: New Hampshire. Committee of safety. Ms.L.s. (Josiah Bartlett, Chairman) to the Board of War; [Concord, N.H.?] 4 Sept 1782. p.
A letter requesting certificate of account due.
- (9). WILLIAM WHIPPLE: Whipple, William, 1730-1785. A.L.s.(W. Whipple) to Colo [Josiah] Bartlett; Portsmouth [N.H.] 23 Sept 1776. p.
A letter discussing a possible conference with Lord Howe, privateering, etc.
- (10). EDWARD RUTLEDGE: Rutledge, Edward, 1749-1800. A.L.s.(Ed. Rutledge) to General [Nathanael Greene]; [Charleston, S.C.] 1 Mar 1786. p.
A letter concerning a bill placed before the state assembly by Greene.
- (12). THOMAS STONE: Stone, Thomas, 1743-1787. A.D.s.(T. Stone); [Port Tobacco?] Charles co., Md., [ca. 1 Jan 1780] p.
Draft of brief by plaintiff's attorney in suit John Baptist vs. Thomas Melchesedeck.
- (13). ELBRIDGE GERRY: Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814. A.L.s.(E. Gerry) to William Short; Cambridge [Mass] 21 Feb 1803. 2 folders (8p.)
A letter discussing the politics of Jefferson's first administration.
- (15). CAESAR RODNEY: Rodney, Caesar, 1728-1784. A.D.s.(Caesar Rodney, Treas.) to Jonathan Clampet, admr.; Dover [Del] 27 Nov 1778. p.
Receipt for payments on mortgage.
- (16). PHILIP LIVINGSTON: Livingston, Philip, 1716-1778. Printed form filled out in Ms.: a bond in the amount of 2000 for the administration
of the estate of Jeremiah Van Renssalaer, s.(Phil. Livingston, Abm. Ten Broeck, Richd., Livingston); [Albany, N.Y.?] 6 Mar 1773. broadside.
- (17). BENJAMIN HARRISON: Harrison, Benjamin, 1726-1791. A.L.s.(Benj. Harrison) to [Robert Morris?]; Berkeley [Charles City County, Va.] 19 Feb 1778. folder p.
A letter discussing the Conway cabal, recruiting of troops, etc.
- (18). ROBERT TREAT PAINE: Paine, Robert Treat, 1731-1814. A.D.s.(R. T. Paine); Barnstaple [Mass.] Apr  p.
Draft of brief by plaintiff's attorney in suit Desire Doan et al. v. Solomon Pepper et al.
- (19). STEPHEN HOPKINS: Hopkins, Stephen, 1707-1785. Ms.L.s.(Step. Hopkins) to His Excellency Thomas Jefferson, Esq., Governor of the State of Virginia; Hartford [Conn.] 28 Oct 1779. p.
A letter from Hopkins as representative of a convention of northern states called
to consider control of prices; the letter proposes a more general convention for the
- (20). ROBERT MORRIS: Morris, Robert, 1734-1806. A.L.s.(Robt. Morris) to John Nicholson; [Philadelphia] 14 Jan 1799. p.
A letter written by Morris from debtors' prison to his partenr, John Nicholson, regarding
the transfer of certain bonds.
- (21). RICHARD HENRY LEE: Lee, Richard Henry, 1732-1794. A.L.s.(Richard Henry Lee) to ; Westmoreland [co., Va.] 12 Aug 1770. p.
A business letter.
- (22). JOHN HART: New Jersey (Colony) Treasury. Printed paper bill for fifteen shillings, dated 20 Feb 1776. Burlington, N.J., printed by Isaac Collins, 1776.
Signed: John Hart [and] Jamisson.
- (23). THOMAS HEYWARD: Heyward, Thomas, 1746-1809. A.D.s.(Heyward, Pltf Att:y) [Charleston, S.C.? 1771?] [1p].
Draft of brief by plaintiff's attorney in suit John Danner v. Joseph Harley.
- (24). WILLIAM FLOYD: Floyd, William, 1734-1821. Printed form filled out in ms.: Wm. Floyd to Ezeziel Wright, lease for 120 acres on lot no.16, Fondas patent [endorsed title] [Westernville, N.Y.] 20 Apr 1808. p.
Document signed: Ezhiel Wright, Wm. Floyd. (with signatures of two witnesses)
- (25). JOHN MORTON: Morton, John, 1724-1777. Draft of the partition of the heirs of Job Yarnall deced of their lands [endorsed title]; [Chester co., Pa.?] 30 Sept 1761. p.
Sketched survey s.(Resurvey'd & devided on ye plan Sept 30th 1761, per John Morton)
- (26). JAMES WILSON: Wilson, James, 1742-1798. Printed form (with imprint of Zachariah Poulson, Jr., Philadelphia) filled out in ms.: a bond in the amount of 7420 9s. 4d. to Robert Morris to cover indebtedness, s.(James Wilson); [Philadelphia] 19 Oct 1790. p.
With receipt on p. signed by Garrett Cottringer for Robert Morris, 6 Mar 1794.
- (27). FRANCIS HOPKINSON: Hopkinson, Francis, 1737-1791. A.L.s.(Fras. Hopkinson) to Nathaniel Appleton; Philadelphia, 9 Nov 1778. p.
A letter forwarding sets of bills and requesting receipt.
- (28). BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790. A.L.s.(B. Franklin) to Arthur Lee; London, 4 Nov 1772. p.
A letter requesting the most recent letters from Boston, for Franklin to show to Lord Dartmouth.
- (30). LYMAN HALLHall, Lyman, 1724-1790 A.L.s.(Lyman Hall) to Ezra Stiles; Stratfield [Conn] 9 Aug 1750. p.
- (31). LEWIS MORRIS: Ms.: pages 167-168 from an account book of an unidentified fiscal agent,
including a signed receipt by Lewis Morris [Morrisania, N.Y.?] dated 28 Aug 1771, in settlement of the estate of Robert H[unter] Morris, 2p.
Other accounts entered on these pages included Elias Boudinot, Timothy Day, Isaac Roosevelt, and Theophylact Pache.
- (32). GEORGE TAYLOR: Taylor, George 1716-1781. A.D.s.(Geo: Taylor) [Easton, Pa.?] 3 Feb 1778. p.
An oath of allegiance to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
- (33). CARTER BRAXTON: Braxton, Carter, 1736-1797. A.L.s.(Carter Braxton) to J. Hudson; [n.p.] 21 Mar 1778. folder (p.)
A letter relating to purchase and sale of salt, cable, pork, etc.
- (34). THOMAS Mc KEAN: U.S. Continental congress, 1781. Ms.L.s.(Tho M:Kean, President) to His Excellency Jonathan Trumbull, Esq. [governor of Connecticut]; Philadelphia, 25 Jul 1781. p.
A letter urging prompt compliance with the requisition of the commander-in-chief for
men and supplies.
- (35). SAMUEL CHASE: Chase, Samuel, 1741-1811. A.L.s.(Samuel Chase) to ; Baltimore, 27 Nov 1805. p.
A letter enclosing a plat. for land.
- (36). FRANCIS LEWIS: U.S. Continental congress, 1781. Ms.L.s.(Fra: Lewis) to Thomas Bradford Esqe. Dep. Commy of Prisoners; [Philadelphia] 8 Jan 1781. p.
A letter, from the Commissioner-general of the board of admiralty, relating to the
treatment and exchange of naval prisoners.
- (40). GEORGE WYTHE: Virginia. Treasury. Ms.: two pages from an account book of payments for salaries, etc., including a signed
receipt by George Wythe. [Richmond, Va.? Oct 1789] p.
Included also is an entry signed: [Patrick] Henry.
- (42). JOHN WITHERSPOON: Witherspoon, John, 1723-1794 A.L.s. (Jno Witherspoon) to Mathew Carey; Tusculum near Princeton [N.J.] 3 Jul 1787. p.
A letter transmitting corrected proof of an article for Carey's Museum.
- (43). WILLIAM ELLERY: Ellery, William, 1727-1820. A.L.s. (Wm Ellery, Coll.) to Charles Collins, Esq., Coll. Bristol & Warren; Newport [R.I.] 19 Feb 1816. p.
Draft of a letter, marked "confidential," referring to privateering and the slave
- (44). WILLIAM WILLIAMS: Williams, William, 1731-1811. A.L.s. (Wm Williams) to John Trumbull Esq., Lebanon, Conn., 28 Apr 1803. p.
Addressed on separate wrapper.
A letter concerning family and political matters, addressed to the writer's brother-in-law,
John Trumbull, known as the "painter of the Revolution."
- (45). GEORGE READ: Read, George, 1733-1798. A.D.s.(G: Read) [Dover, Del.?] August term 1766. p.
Draft of brief by plaintiff's attorney in suit Thomas Wharton v. Samuel Ball and Michael Griffiths (the latter deceased.).
- (46). OLIVER WOLCOTT: Litchfield County, Conn. County court. Printed form filled out in ms.: a writ of execution to the sheriff of Litchfield county
or his deputy or the constables of Salisbury. Litchfield [Conn.] [18?] Jan 1757. p.
An order to levy from the goods of Eliphalet Owen the sum of 31 6s. 3d., in favor of Caleb Smith, or alternatively to commit the body of Owen to jail.
Imperfect: lower portion of document cut away.
Endorsed with autograph statement s.(Oliver Wolcott, Sheriff) testifying as to his action.in executing the writ, Litchfield, 22 Jan 1757.
- (48). WILLIAM PACA: U.S. Continental congress, 1779. A.L.s.(Nichs. VanDyke) to [Caesar Rodney]; Philadelphia, 9 Oct 1779. p.
With the additional autograph signatures of William Paca, James Forbes, Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, and John Mathews.
A letter from a committee of Congress, made up of the delegates from Delaware, Maryland and South Carolina, addressed to Governor of Delaware, concerning the requisition of a supply of flour
for the army, in answer to a request from Washington dated 4 Oct 1779 (Ford, Writings of Washington, vol. VIII, p.XV, 1779, p.1151, 1157)
- (49). FRANCIS LIGHTFOOT LEE: Lee, Francis Lightfoot, 1734-1797. A.L.s.(Francis Lightfoot Lee) to William Lee; Mount Airy [Va.] 4 Jun 1771. p.
Addressed on p.. With annotations on p.[3-4] in the hand of William Lee, brother
of the writer.
- (50). SAMUEL ADAMS: Massachusetts. Council. Ms.L.s.(Saml Adams) to The Honble. Saml. Holten Esqe; [Boston] 1 Jun 1780. p.
A letter from Adams as Secretary informing Holten of his election as a Councillor
by the General Assembly.
- (52). WILLIAM HOOPER: Hooper, William, 1742-1790. A.L.s.(Wm Hooper) to [Josiah?] Hewes; [Philadelphia, Nov 1776] p.
A letter discussing national affairs including the fall of Fort Washington, and urging the establishment of a newspaper in North Carolina.
- (53). JOHN ADAMS: John Adams, 1735-1826. A.L.s.(John Adams) to the Corporation of the city of New London; New London [Conn.] 1 Jul 1800. p.
A letter written while President, expressing thanks for the honor conferred on him
by the City and stating the motives which led him to take part in the Revolution.
- (56). THOMAS LYNCH: Lynch, Thomas, 1749-1779. A. signature: T. Lynch Junr. [n.p.,n.d.]
Accompanied by certificate of authenticity signed by Thomas F. Madigan, 21 Feb 1928.
- (57). JOSEPH HEWES: Hewes, Joseph, 1730-1779. A.L.s.(Joseph Hewes) to Thomas Burke Esqe.: Philadelphia, 20 Sept 1779. folder (p.)
A letter discussing the prospects of foreign assistance, bribery by the British, French
invasion of Ireland, etc., both Hewes and Burke were at this time delegates from North Carolina to the Continental Congress, Hewes dying less than two months later.
- Series: pfMS Am 1300.1-MS Am 1300.2. II. Other documents
- pfMS Am 1300.1. BUTTON GWINNETT: Gwinnett, Button, 1735?-1777. Ms.D.s.(Button Gwinnett); [Sunbury, Ga.?] 22 Feb 1773. p.
Indenture for sale of live stock, lumber, etc., on Saint Catherine's Island, Georgia, to Alexander Rose and Robert Porteous.
Folded, sewn, and sealed with Gwinnett's seal.
On the verso appear the signatures of the witnesses.
Accompanying the document is an affidavit signed by Thomas Madigan, 1 Feb 1933, certifying the authenticity of Gwinnett's signature.
- MS Am 1300.2. U.S. Continental congress, 1785. Ms.L.s.(Chas Thomson [secretary]) to His Excellency the Governor of Georgia [Samuel Elbert]; [New York] 23 Nov 1785. p.
A circular letter announcing the election of John Hancock as President of Congress.
- MS Am 1300.2. Pennsylvania. Vice-president. Printed form filled out in ms.: an order to pay to Captain John Smith 14 10s. for militia services in 1781. addressed to David Rittenhouse, Treasurer, s.(George Ross, Vice-President) Philadelphia, 18 Feb 1789. p.
On the verso are notations of settlement 26 Apr 1792 signed by John Smith, John Nicholson, and John Donnaldson.