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MS Am 1977

Pickering, Timothy, 1779-1807. Timothy Pickering letters to Henry and Timothy Pickering, 1792-1807: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 1977
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Pickering, Timothy, 1779-1807.
Title: Timothy Pickering letters to Henry and Timothy Pickering,
Date(s): 1792-1807.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (1 box)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: 18th and 19th-century manuscript letters, letter fragments, and map from Timothy Pickering to his brother and father.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

53M-119. Bequest of William T. Pickering; received: 1954 July 10.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Ashley M. Nary

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

Timothy Pickering Letters To Henry and Timothy Pickering, 1792-1807 (MS AM 1977). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Timothy Pickering (1779-1807) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on October 1, 1779 to Timothy Pickering and Rebecca White. He received his Harvard AB in 1799. Pickering became a midshipman for the United States Navy, spending a few years aboard the frigate USS Philadelphia. Pickering left the Navy to join his father as a farmer in Starrucca, Pennsylvania, on the east bank of the Susquehanna River. He married Lurena Cole on December 29, 1804. On May 14, 1807, Pickering died in Pennsylvania of a throat disease or injury.
Timothy's brother, Henry Pickering (1781-1838), was a business man and poet. Both men were the sons of statesman and land speculator Timothy Pickering Jr. (1745-1829; Harvard AB 1763).


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Scope and Contents

This collection primarily includes letters from Timothy Pickering to his brother Henry Pickering. The bulk of letters were sent from Cambridge, while Pickering was attending Harvard College, and Starrucca (Pa.) where Pickering was a farmer. Additional materials include letters to his father Timothy Pickering while the younger was in the Navy and an unidentified map. Letters address politics, world and local events, school, family life, and farming.

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