Correspondence and papers of Commodore James Barron relating to his career in the United States Navy, and especially relating to The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair in 1807 and to his duel with Stephen Decatur. Collection includes photocopies of patents issued to Barron for his inventions and a typescript of William Oliver Stevens' An Affair of Honor, a biography of Barron. Correspondents include John Adams, Jesse Duncan Elliott, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, Amos Kendall, Duff Green and Abel P. Upshur. 753 items.
Mss. 87 B28 (Acc. 1987.29)
Archives of the Chesapeake-Leopard Affair, 1807-1808. 300 pages of correspondence, attorneys' interrogations, court testimony of court material of Commodore James Barron. Rough drafts of published material, and some material not published.
Mss. Acc. 1999.44
ALS from Thomas Truxton, Norfolk, Virginia, to Capt. James Sever, 26 April 1800 regarding sending the Chesapeake (ship) to sea. Mention of James Barron Sever is to turn over his crew to the Chesapeake, Chesapeake heading towards Craney Island, court of inquiry no hinderance to "this business".
Gift: 2,739 items, 04/24/1945.
Purchased: 1 item, 05/00/1969.
Purchased: 1 item, 04/00/1970.
Purchased: 1 item, 08/13/1979.
Purchased: 300 items, 05/27/1987.
Purchased: 1 item, 09/15/1999.
Materials related to this collection can be found under the James Barron Hope Papers and the Samuel Barron Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
Samuel Barron Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. Samuel Barron Papers, 1793-1942.538 items.Collection number: Mss. 65 B29.
James Barron Hope Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. James Barron Hope Papers, 1790-1965, 1847-1887. 993 items. Collection number: Mss. 65 H77.