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MS Am 800.1

Prince, James, 1758-1821. James Prince papers, 1784-1849: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

© President and Fellows of Harvard College

Descriptive Summary

Location: b
Call No.: MS Am 800.1
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Prince, James, 1758-1821.
Title: James Prince papers,
Date(s): 1784-1849.
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.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Mrs. A. Ward Lamson, River Place, Dedham, Massachusetts; received: 1917 January 19.
This collection included a note dated 1917 January 19, from Thomas P. Martin, the archivist of the Harvard Commission on Western History. This note described the contents of the collection as well as the donor information. The note has been removed to the Curatorial file.

Processing Information:

Processed by: Bonnie B. Salt

Conditions Governing Access:

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

Preferred Citation for Publication:

James Prince Papers, 1784-1849 (MS Am 800.1). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

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:


Arranged into the following series:
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.

Scope and Contents

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.

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