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Call No.: MS Am 800.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Prince, James, 1758-1821.
Title: James Prince papers,
Quantity: 1 collection (1 linear foot (2 boxes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English; some in French.
Abstract: Papers of James Prince (1758-1821) who served as United States Marshal at Boston (1807-1821) during the War of 1812, as well as Prince family papers.
James Prince (1758-1821) was the United States Marshal at Boston (1807-1821) during the War of 1812. He was the son of Job Prince and Elizabeth Allen Prince and was married to Agnes Gordon Prince.Brief family genealogy:
- Job Prince (1724-1790), father; Elizabeth Allen Prince (1724-1786), mother
- ___Abigail Prince
- ___Job Prince (1751-1798)
- ___Thomas Prince (1754-1790)
- ___Hezekiah Blanchard Prince
- ___Samuel Prince
- ___Elizabeth Prince (1753-1812)
- ___Sarah Henshaw Prince (1755-1822)
- ___James Prince (1758-1821); married in 1789, Agnes Gordon Prince (1760-)
- ______James Prince Jr. (1790-)
- ______Caroline Prince (1791-)
- ______William Gordon Prince (1803-1897; Harvard AB 1823); married Amelia Langdon Prince
- _________W. G. Prince
- _________Mrs. A. Ward Lamson (donor)
- _________Miss Agnes G. Prince
Arranged into the following series:
- I. James Prince War of 1812 United States Marshal papers relating to prisoners of war in Massachusetts
- ___A. Letters from John Mason to James Prince
- ___B. Other letters and documents concerning prisoners of war
- II. James Prince additional United States Marshal papers
- III. Prince family financial records, legal documents, and insurance policies
- IV. Prince family correspondence and miscellany
Papers were received already sorted into rough groups; these series were mostly retained. Though an attempt has been made to sort fully, it is likely that some letters and legal papers have been retained in the wrong groupings, i.e. family financial papers and/or letters may actually include documents that concern Prince's duties as Marshal, and vice versa.
Includes official papers of James Prince in his position as United States Marshal in Massachusetts, during the War of 1812, including correspondence on prisoners of war in Massachusetts, especially letters from John Mason to Prince. Also includes: James Prince and Agnes Prince personal correspondence, especially with his son James Prince Jr.; Prince family business and legal papers including household bills, deeds, insurance policies, estate papers, and leases; a few political letters and addresses; and other miscellaneous family papers. Letters are from Thomas Melvill [Thomas Melville, Jr.], Ezra Ripley, and Daniel Webster, among many others.Some documents are appended with manuscript notes made at a later time and concern possible editing and future publishing of these items.