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MS Can 16

Hulton, Henry, 1733?-1790. Henry Hulton letter books, 1768-1780: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Call No.: MS Can 16
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Hulton, Henry, 1733?-1790.
Title: Henry Hulton letter books,
Date(s): 1768-1780.
Quantity: 1 collection (.25 linear feet (2 volumes)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English.
Abstract: Manuscript copies of letters and journals written by British official, Henry Hulton.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

51M-138. Purchase with the Morse fund; received: 1952 January 10.
Notes on this material can be found in the curatorial file.


Both volumes include bookplates of Thomas Preston.

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:

Henry Hulton Letter Books, 1768-1780 (MS Can 16). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Hulton was a British official sent to America in 1767 as head of the commissioners to enforce the Stamp Act. Hulton and his family left Boston in March of 1776 and went to Quebec, then to England. He died in 1791 at the age of 59.


Arranged as bound in volumes.

Scope and Contents

Manuscript copies of letters and memorials written from Boston and other places. Hulton was in the Boston customs-house, and he describes at first hand the Boston Massacre, the Tea Party, Concord and Lexington, Bunker Hill, and the evacuation of Boston and exodus to Canada. One section is titled, "Journal of a Seige of Quebec." The second volume contains letters written from England after his retirement from public life, and also includes a printed 1773 poem by Hulton: A poem addressed to a young lady. In three parts ...

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