MS Am 812
Tucker, Samuel, 1747-1833. Papers: Guide. Houghton Library, Harvard College Library
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138
© 2004 The President and Fellows of Harvard College
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University
Call No.: MS Am 812
Creator: Tucker, Samuel,
Quantity: 6 v. (.7
Abstract: Letters, accounts, ship papers, and military pensions
of American navy commodore Samuel Tucker.
Gift of Mrs. Hinds and Col. S. T. Hinds; received: 1844 August.
Tucker was a commodore in the American navy during the Revolutionary War.
Organized into the following series:
- Volume I:
- 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 naval service during the Revolutionary War and to his merchant marine service
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 "Hancock."
- 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 "Martha."
- 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. Murray).
- 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
- Letters of M. Livingston, Paris, 1778.
- Letter of John Robert Selby, Bellisle, July 10, 1778.
- 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
- Sept. 27, 1778. Agreement of Whipple, Tucker, and Simpson to cruise on
the banks of Newfoundland.
- Port charges (bills) Liverpool and London.
- 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 Tucker.
- 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 Tucker.
- 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.
- Return of gunner's stores, ship "Boston."
- Book of orders for ship "Boston," Samuel
Tucker, Esq., 1779-.
- Ship "Boston's" order book, 1780.
- Series: Volume II: 1779-1797
- 1779. Remarkable observations on board the "Boston." [Log-book.]
- 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 Boston.
- 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), Gen. Moultrie.
- 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
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
- 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 appertaining.
- 1783. Tucker's account with ship "Sanana."
- 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 voyage.
- Letter to E. Gerry relating to the settlement of
Tucker's accounts; and Gerry's reply, Annapolis, June 5.
- Letters of Benj. Bourne, Nath. Tracy.
- Letters of Tucker to Nath. Tracy.
- Printed circular of Benj. Tetard and John Lee, Boston.
- Bill of lading, ship "Betsy," with letter of Francis Bradbury.
- Clearance of the "Cato" at Portsmouth, July 26, 1784.
- Tucker, St. Domingo, to Capt. David
- 1785. Samuel Eliot and the
- Transactions on board the ship "Henrietta," Jan. and Feb.
- Tucker's letters and papers while in command of the "Cato."
- Log of brig "Active" from Lisbon to Beverly.
- 1787. Tucker to Gen. Knox, and Knox's reply.
- 1790. Tucker to John Adams and to Gen. Knox, asking to be
appointed to the command of a federal cutter.
- 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 topic.
- 1796. Tucker on the death
of his only son, Elias.
- 1797. Tucker to his children
on the death of his son.
- 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
disturbances in the County of Lincoln.
- 1812. Papers of Tucker's renewed petition to
Congress for a consideration for his services in the Revolutionary War, with papers
- Printed "Additional instructions to the public and private armed
vessels of the United States," signed by Jas. Monroe, Secretary
- Agreement of men to serve under Tucker in the
- 1813. Tucker to John Binney.
- 1814. Tucker on the liability
of Bristol to an attack.
- 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 claims.
- 1818-1819. Gamaliel Bradford to Tucker about lands in Bristol.
- 1819. James Gardner on his
son, Dr. John F. Gardner.
- 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,
- 1822. Tucker's efforts for his grandson, with letter of John Chandler, Mark L. Hill, and others.
- 1823. Lighthouse on Monhegan.
- Genealogy of Capt. Joseph Tucker.
- 1824. Information about Lieut. James
- Pension for John Vickery of Marblehead,
- 1825. John Paine on
Tucker's recollections of the Revolutionary War.
- 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 London, 1783.
- 3. Log of ship "Caroline," London to Baltimore, 1783.
- 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"