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Coles Papers, 1814-1857

Coles Papers, 1814-1857
Mss. 39.2 C68
30.0 Items
Scope and Contents
Letters, copies and extracts, written by Edward Coles (1786-1868), who held the positions of secretary to President James Madison and Governor of Illinois. Subjects covered by the letters include James Madison and the War of 1812; Madison's not emancipating his slaves at his death; the claiming of public lands by individual states; the estate of James Monroe; Andrew Jackson; Thomas Jefferson's authorship of the Ordinance of 1787; and Jefferson's relationship with John Adams. Typescripts of letters written by Edward Coles to Nicholas Biddle, Joseph C. Cabell, Henry Clay, Albert Gallatin, Thomas Jefferson, Dolley Madison, James Madison, Joel R. Poinsett, Henry S. Randall, Thomas Jefferson Randolph, William Cabell Rives, Charles Sumner, Martin Van Buren and Robert C. Winthrop, among other correspondents.
This collection is arranged chronologically by date.
Coles, Edward (1786-1868)
Biddle, Nicholas (1786-1844)
Cabell, Joseph C. (Joseph Carrington) (1778-1856)
Gallatin, Albert (1761-1849)
Jefferson, Thomas (1743-1826)
Madison, Dolley P. (1768-1849)
Madison, James, Jr. (1751-1836)
Poinsett, Joel Roberts (1779-1851)
Randall, Henry Stephens (1811-1876)
Randolph, Thomas Jefferson (1792-1875)
Rives, William C. (William Cabell) (1793-1868)
Sumner, Charles (1811-1874)
Van Buren, Martin (1782-1862)
Winthrop, Robert C. (Robert Charles) (1809-1894)
Adams, John, 1735-1826
Anti-slavery movements
Biddle, Nicholas, 1786-1844
Buckingham County (Va.)--History
Cabell, Joseph C. (Joseph Carrington), 1778-1856
Clay, Henry, 1777-1852
Gallatin, Albert (1761-1849)
Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Madison, Dolley, 1768-1849
Madison, James, 1751-1836
Ordinance of 1787.
Poinsett, Joel Roberts, 1779-1851
Randall, Henry Stephens, 1811-1876
Randolph, Thomas Jefferson, 1792-1875
Rives, William C. (William Cabell), 1793-1868
Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874
United States--History--War of 1812
United States--Politics and Government
Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862
Winthrop, Robert C.(Robert Charles), 1809-1894

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Acquisition Note
Gift: 30 items.
Related Materials
These letters are in typescript form, meaning that they are typed copies made from contemporary copies. All these letters have been printed/published in the <i>William and Mary College Quarterly</i>, 2nd Series, v.7, pp. 32-41, 97-113, 158-173.
Preferred Citation
Coles Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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