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Josiah Bartlett Family Papers, 1710-1937

Title: Josiah Bartlett Family Papers, 1710-1937

Creator: Bartlett, Josiah, 1729-1795
Bartlett, Mary

Creator Role: Author

Accession / Call Number: 1911.001 (m)

Object ID: 1940.003

Date: 1710-1937

Physical Description: 4 boxes

Level of Description: Collection

Abstract: The Josiah Bartlett Family Papers consist of papers relating to the personal, legal, and financial affairs of Josiah Bartlett, Mary Bartlett, and their sons: Levi Bartlett, Josiah Bartlett, and Ezra Bartlett. Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795) was the second signer of the Declaration of Independence and served as President/Governor of New Hampshire. In total, the collection includes materials from 34 Bartlett family members.

Scope and Content: The Josiah Bartlett Family Papers contain manuscript and photostatic material of thirty-four Bartletts, the bulk of it relating to the general, legal, and financial affairs of Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795), his wife Mary, and their three sons Drs. Levi, Ezra, and Josiah (1768-1838). The correspondence of Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795) includes political commentary on Revolutionary New Hampshire, the Revolutionary War, and post-Revolutionary foreign policy including the Napoleonic Wars and the Jay Treaty. One letter from Mary Bartlett concerns an escaped slave. There is also some correspondence from Josiah Bartlett's (1768-1838) tenure as United States Senator. The materials from his sons includes correspondence regarding politics, the Washington scene, and the War of 1812. The collection also includes Josiah Bartlett's (1768-1836) anatomical notes while at Harvard in 1785. Much of the correspondence of Levi and Ezra Bartlett concerns legal matters. The papers also contain some writings of Levi, such as a biography of Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795), an essay on pharmacy, an essay on government, and an essay on justifiable war. There is a series of letters between Levi, Ezra, and Josiah (1768-1838) regarding the possibility of commissioning Jonathan Trumbull for a portrait of Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795). The collection also contains materials from miscellaneous other family members from 1700-1918. There are two letters from John Henry Bartlett (1869-1952), who served as Governor of New Hampshire from 1919-1921. The collection also contains papers of an official or legal nature, including commissions, medical records, wills, warrants, petitions, depositions, etc. The photostatic materials, which consist mostly of correspondence and papers of or relating to Josiah Bartlett (1729-1795), were compiled by Judge Elwin L. Page and comprise the notation of his manuscript biography of Bartlett, Rider for Freedom. Because of their arrangement, access to the photostatic materials requires the permission of the Librarian.

Subjects: Medicine--Practice, Farm life, Slavery--United States, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--History--War of 1812, Physicians, Governors

Locations: Amesbury, MA
Kingston, NH
Philadelphia, PA
Portsmouth, NH
Salisbury, NH
Stratham, NH

People: Bartlett, Josiah, 1729-1795, Bartlett, Ezra, 1770-1848, Bartlett, Ichabod, 1786-1853, Bartlett, John H. , 1869-1952, Bartlett, Joseph, Bartlett, Josiah, 1768-1838, Bartlett, Josiah, 1803-1853, Bartlett, Levi, 1763-1828, Bartlett, Levi Stevens, 1811-1865, Bartlett, Mary, 1730-1789, Bartlett, Samuel Colcord, 1817-1898, Calhoun, John C. , 1782-1850, Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845, Page, Elwin Lawrence, 1876, Plumer, William, 1759-1850, Thornton, Matthew, 1714?-1803, True, Rhoda, 1760-1794, Wingate, Paine, 1739-1838

Organizations: Bartlett family, United States. Continental Congress

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. John Watt in April 1940.
Gift of Bertha Watson.
Gift of Elwin L. Page in November 1955.
Digitization supported by an anonymous donor.

Location Code: TL/2V

Restrictions: Available for research.

Preferred Citation: Item title, Josiah Bartlett Family Papers, 1940.003. New Hampshire Historical Society, Concord, NH. Date accessed.

Finding Aid Link: RS24907_M1940.003_Josiah_Bartlett_Papes.pdf

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