MS Am 812
Tucker, Samuel, 1747-1833. Samuel tucker papers, 1774-1847: Guide. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
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Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Call No.: MS Am 812
Creator: Tucker, Samuel, 1747-1833.
Title: Samuel Tucker papers,
Quantity: 6 volumes (.7 linear feet)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Letters, accounts, ship papers, and military pensions of American navy commodore
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Samuel Tucker Papers, 1774-1847 (MS Am 812). Houghton Library, Harvard University.
Tucker was a commodore in the American navy during the Revolutionary War.
Organized into the following series:
- Volume I: 1774-1779
- Volume II: 1779-1797
- Volume III: 1806-1847
- Volume IV: Log-books
- Volume V: Fragment of a letter book
- Volume VI: Journal on board U. S. frigate "Boston"
Letters, accounts, instructions, logbooks, and ship's papers relating to Tucker's
service during the Revolutionary War and to his merchant marine service after leaving
the navy in 1781. Includes papers relating to Revolutionary War pensions.
- Series: Volume I: 1774-1779
Accounts, bills of lading, etc. of voyages to Spain, to
Charleston, S. C., London, etc. 1774, 1775,
in brig "Young Phoenix," owned by Jeremiah Lee
of Marblehead, Mass.
- Feb. 1776. Letter of Jonathan
Glover to Tucker respecting his cruise for
prizes in the armed schooner "Franklin," with other papers
concerning these marine captures in 1776.
- Printed orders of Congress, Oct. 29, 1776,
respecting the naval service.
- Nov. 13, 1776. Statement of
Nicholas Martindale, commander, and George
McCree, owner of cargo, respecting the capture of the
"Lively" by Tucker in the
- Copy of Tucker's commission, Mar. 19, 1777,
to command the frigate "Boston," from John
Hancock, President of Congress; with instructions, Dec. 27,
1777, from Wm. Vernon, J. Warren, and John Deshon, members
of the Navy Board of the Eastern Department. Various papers relating to his
cruises in the "Boston." Further instructions, Feb. 10, 1778, to convey John Adams
on the "Boston" to France.
- Instructions (Mar. 1778) to
Hezekiah Welch, prize-master of the
- Mar. 11, 1778. Tucker to the Navy Board in Boston;
another letter, Apr. 1.
- Apr. 13, 15, 19, 1778. Passy. Letters to Tucker from
Franklin, Lee, and Adams.
- Apr. 29, 1778. John Adams to Tucker.
- Papers at Bordeaux, Apr. and May, 1778.
- Signals determined upon at sea (with Capt.
- July 5, 10, 15, Aug. 5, 1778.
Letters of J. D. Schweighauser, Continental
Agent in Nantes.
- Nantes, July 7, 13, 1778. Abraham Whipple to Tucker, about
cruising in company.
- Letters of M. Livingston, Paris, 1778.
- Letter of John Robert Selby, Bellisle, July 10,
- Mark Pringle, July 13, 1778,
requests passage to America.
- July 22, 1778. Passy. Letter of Franklin, Lee, and Adams.
- Sundry accounts against the "Boston," 1778.
- On board Continental frigate "Providence," Aug. 24,
1778, orders signed by A. Whipple, Sam. Tucker, and Thomas Simpson to
prize-master Joseph Proctor, of captured brig
"Sally"; and Sept. 15, orders similarly signed to prize-master
William Atkins of captured snow
- Sept. 27, 1778. Agreement of
Whipple, Tucker, and Simpson to cruise on the
banks of Newfoundland.
- Port charges (bills) Liverpool and
- Code of Continental navy signals.
- Muster-rolls of frigate "Boston."
- Parole of John Ashley, prisoner.
- Accounts of Tucker with the United
- Warren and Vernon, Navy Board,
orders, Boston, Apr. 6, 1779,
to Tucker, to cruise with the
"Boston" and "Providence."
- British Commission to the "Patsy" as a letter-of-marque,
dated New York, May 4, 1779.
- Permit to go to sea of brig "Boyd," May, 1779, by the commander of the
"Daphne" in New York, & c.
- Wm. Whipple, Marine Committee, New York,
June 25, 1779, to
- John Wharton and James Read, Navy
Board, Philadelphia, June 16, 25, 1779, to Tucker.
- Joseph Reed, President of Pennsylvania, June 2, 1779, to James Montgomery,
putting him and his vessel under the orders of
- Samuel Nicholson, on the "Deane," Old Kiln
Road, June 28, 1779, to Tucker,
asking for a conference.
- 1779. July 23. John Carter,
agent of Virginia.
- The "Deane" at Hampton Roads.
- Commission of letter-of-marque for armed brigantine
"Dolphin," issued by Robert Cutherwood,
British Admiralty Judge at St. Augustine, Florida.
- Return of gunner's stores, ship "Boston."
- Book of orders for ship "Boston," Samuel Tucker,
- Ship "Boston's" order book, 1780.
- Series: Volume II: 1779-1797
- 1779. Remarkable observations on board the
- List of officers and seamen of the "Boston."
- Nov. 9. Wm. Vernon and J. Warren's
orders to Tucker to proceed to Newbury and
convoy the State ship, under Capt. Williams, to
- Nov. 20. Same to Abraham Whipple, orders to
command the fleet,--"Providence," "Boston,"
"Queen of France," and "Ranger"; and others to
Tucker of even date.
- Nov. Articles for the brig "Dolphin."
- Nov. Whipple's instructions to Tucker.
- Copies of signals done on board ship "Boston," 1779.
- 1780. At Charleston, S. C. Letters of
Tucker. Whipple, Gen. Lincoln, Gov. Rutledge (blowing up lighthouse),
- Return of provisions in the "Boston."
- Tucker's parole as prisoner, May 28, 1780.
- Letters of Duncan Macpherson and others, July-Nov.
1780, on the exchange of prisoners.
- 1781. Jan. Tucker's leave for six months to
cruise against the enemy in private service, when he takes charge of ship
"Thorn" for W. R. Lee & Co. Letter of
Elbridge Gerry, as owner of a thirty-second of the
vessel. Accounts with Lee & Co. Invoices of goods captured by the "Thorn."
Capture of the British ship "Hind." Certificate,
July 26, 1781, of Sir
Wm. Young, Captain of the "Hind," as to Tucker's humane
character. Tucker's letter to Sir Andrew S. Hammond
(Halifax) about his treatment as prisoner, and the reply of
H. Turnbull. Commissary for naval officers.
- Bill of sale of one half of the vessel, a "Shaving Mill," called the
"Hero," to Tucker from Peter
Geyer, Dec. 1781.
- Register granted to Wm. R. Lee for ship
"Cato," Dec. 29, 1781.
Countersigned by John Hancock.
- Bills of outfit, etc. of the "Hero."
- Tucker's account with the agent of the captors in the
"Thorn," May, 1782; and of those of
the "Hero," Sept. 1782.
- John Foster, Admiralty Court, Providence, Oct. 1782, judgment for the division of the captures
of the "Scammel" and "Hero." Letters
- 1783. Tucker's account with ship
- Perez Morton and the "Hero."
- Tucker to John Meader, London, Nov. 17.
- 1784. Nathaniel Tracy, Boston, Jan. 30, and ship "Cato."
- Pay-roll of the "Cato"; and papers relating to her
- Letter to E. Gerry relating to the settlement of
Tucker's accounts; and Gerry's reply, Annapolis, June
- Letters of Benj. Bourne, Nath. Tracy.
- Letters of Tucker to Nath.
- Printed circular of Benj. Tetard and
John Lee, Boston.
- Bill of lading, ship "Betsy," with letter of
- Clearance of the "Cato" at Portsmouth, July 26, 1784.
- Tucker, St. Domingo, to Capt. David
- 1785. Samuel Eliot and the "Hind."
- Transactions on board the ship "Henrietta," Jan. and
- Tucker's letters and papers while in command of the
- Log of brig "Active" from Lisbon to
- 1787. Tucker to Gen. Knox, and Knox's
- 1790. Tucker to John Adams and to
Gen. Knox, asking to be appointed to the command of a
- Letters to Thomas Jefferson and Alex.
Hamilton on the same subject, and Hamilton's reply; and other
letters respecting the failure of Tucker's application.
- 1791. John Adams to Tucker on the same
- 1796. Tucker on the death of his only son,
- 1797. Tucker to his children on the death of his
- Series: Volume III: 1806-1847
- Tucker,Jan. 1806,
to the President on his services; and his petition to Congress, Dec.
1806, for the settlement of his accounts, and
letters respecting his claims.
- 1810. Petition of inhabitants of Bristol (Maine)
to Congress, and to Gov. Gerry; and the call of the committee appointed to
inquire into the disturbances in the County of
- 1812. Papers of Tucker's renewed petition to
Congress for a consideration for his services in the Revolutionary War, with
- Printed "Additional instructions to the public and private armed
vessels of the United States," signed by Jas. Monroe,
Secretary of State.
- Agreement of men to serve under Tucker in the
- 1813. Tucker to John Binney.
- 1814. Tucker on the liability of Bristol to
- 1816. Tucker's further petition to Congress for
relief, with a letter of John Adams on the subject, and
other papers, including a letter from B. W. Crowninshield,
Secretary of the Navy.
- 1817. Albion K. Parris to Tucker on the
pension bill passing the House of Representatives; and letters of Tucker on his
- 1818-1819. Gamaliel Bradford to Tucker about
lands in Bristol.
- 1819. James Gardner on his son, Dr. John F.
- Tucker on service in the frigate "Boston."
Mentions that all her papers were burned in Washington.
About one Oliver Jillson.
- Letters to Tucker asking information to establish
claims for revolutionary service of those who served under him.
- 1820-1821. Benj. Homans on Tucker's pension, and the failure of his
petition to Congress. His new petition, with other letters
- 1822. Tucker's efforts for his grandson, with
letter of John Chandler, Mark L. Hill, and others.
- 1823. Lighthouse on
- Genealogy of Capt. Joseph Tucker.
- 1824. Information about Lieut. James
- Pension for John Vickery of
- 1825. John Paine on Tucker's recollections of the Revolutionary
- 1829. Benj. Rice to Tucker, asking a
certificate of his service in the Revolutionary War.
- 1830. M. Shaw on a biography of Tucker.
- Various applications to Tucker for certificates of
the services of different applicants for pensions.
- 1832. A published letter by Tucker
on the presidential election, opposing Jackson.
- Newspaper scraps about Tucker.
- Series: Volume IV: Log-books
- 1. Account of stores in U. S. frigate "Boston,"1779.
- 2. Log of ship "Sanana," Portsmouth to
- 3. Log of ship "Caroline," London to
- 4. Log of ship "Cato," Portsmouth to the
West Indies, 1784; Martinico to Hispanola, then bound
for Virginia, being wrecked on the passage, Jan. 1785.
- Series: Volume V: Fragment of a letter book
- Fragment of a letter book, 1778.
- Series: Volume VI: Journal on board U. S. frigate "Boston"