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William Short Papers, 1772-1931

William Short Papers, 1772-1931
Mss. 39.2 Sh9 and 1995.33
0.1 Cubic Feet
Scope and Contents

Letters, [1772], 1789, 1839, and 1846-1847, of William Short, while a diplomat in France, and later while living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with the later letters discussing the settlement of his estate with his nephew, Charles W. Short (1794-1863), of Louisville, Kentucky. Also includes copies of Short's appointment to various diplomatic posts, 1790-1794; a copy of George Washington's letter to the King of Spain explaining Short's departure from Spain, 1796; his will; a genealogical chart of the Short family; an article of his love affair with the Duchess de la Rochefoucauld; and his watch and fob.

Acc. Mss 1995.33 addition:

ALS from William Short to P.S. DuPonceau, n.d., regarding indisposition, preparation of him into  "Our Society" and the delay of packets.

Acc. Mss 1982.06 addition:

Photocopy of typescript of an article regarding Short and Duchesse de la Rouchefoucauld and miscellaneous photocopied material.

Other URL
Organization: This collection is organized into 5 series. Series 1 contains correspondence; Series 2 contains manuscript volumes; Series 3 contains photographs; Series 4 contain artifacts; and Series 5 contains miscellaneous. Arrangement: Series 1 is arranged chronologically.
Short, William (1759-1849)
Diplomats--United States--Correspondence
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Legal documents
Rochefoucauld, Alexandrine Charlotte de Rohan-Chabot, duchesse de la, 1763-1838
Short family
Washington, George, 1732-1799

Detailed Description

Full Finding Aid/Box List

Administrative Information

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.
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Acquisition Note

Gift: 1 item, undated. Gift: 1 item, 07/26/1934. Gift: 6 items, 1938. Gift: 1 item, 04/15/1942. Gift 1 item, 04/30/1945. Gift: 1 item, 01/1967. Acc. No. 82-6; Gift: 5 items, 01/1982. Acc. No. 1995.33; Purchase: 1 item, 06/16/1995.


1938.201:  Will of William Short, Sept 11,1847. certified copy, Mary Churchill and Fanny Short descendants of Peyton Short, brother of William Short

1934.09:  Watch Fob, Gift of Ms Mary Short through EG Swem

1840.87:  Blueprint of Short Genealogy, gift of W.H. Corutenay

1935.45:  Arithmetic Book, purchase, Mrs. Camilla Short

1982.06:  Gift of Mrs. E. Alban Watson

1995.33:  ALS from William Short to P.S. DuPonceau, Purchased from Timothy Bakken

Related Materials
65 Sh9 William and Peyton Short Papers
Preferred Citation
William Short Papers, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.
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