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MS Am 1243

Stewart, Charles, 1729-1800. Charles Stewart family papers, 1768-1877: Guide.

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Descriptive Summary

Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1243
Creator: Stewart, Charles, 1729-1800.
Title: Charles Stewart family papers,
Date(s): 1768-1877.
Quantity: 7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Papers of Charles Stewart, the Commissary General of Issues, Continental Army and delegate to Continental Congress from New Jersey along with some family documents and papers.

Acquisition Information:

51M-124. Deposited by Charles C. Stewart; received: 1951.

Access Restrictions:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Charles Stewart Family Papers, 1768-1877 (MS Am 1243). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Historical Note

Charles Stewart (1729-1800) was the Commissary General of Issues, Continental Army and delegate to Continental Congress from New Jersey. Charles Samuel Stewart (1795-1870) was Senior Chaplain, U.S. Navy. Charles Seaforth Stewart (1823-1904) was Colonel, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army.

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Scope and Content

Contains correspondence, official accounts, reports, and legal papers, chiefly from Charles Stewart's tenure as Commissary General of Issues during the American Revolution. These materials document the acquisition and distribution of food and clothing supplies for the Continental Army troops. Stewart's correspondents include George Washington, Nathanael Greene, Benedict Arnold, Alexander Hamilton, and John Hancock. Transcripts of letters, 1778-1780, from Stewart to Moore Furman (from originals in New Jersey State Archives), drafts and copies of other letters written by Stewart, and some family documents are included. Other materials are Charles Samuel Stewart's letters, 1821-1833, to his mother, the earliest from his student years at Princeton Divinity School; and letters to his children from a voyage to Japan, 1860-1861, and during the blockade of Gulf ports in the Civil War, 1861-1862. Also Charles Seaforth Stewart's letters, from George B. McClellan and others; and a letter, 1833, from James Fenimore Cooper to William Cullen Bryant concerning the French Treaty of 1831.

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