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Collection Overview

Title
Coles Papers, 1814-1857
ID
Mss. 39.2 C68
Extent
30.0 Items
Primary Creator
Coles, Edward (1786-1868)
Other Creators
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)
Arrangement
This collection is arranged chronologically by date.
Forms of Material
Typescripts
Languages
English

Restrictions

Access
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Use
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Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

Edward Coles was born in Albemarle County, Va. 15 December 1786. He attended Hampden-Sydney College and the College of William and Mary. He was private secretary to James Madison. He emancipated his slaves upon his removal to Illinois. Coles was elected governor of Illinois. He moved to Philadelphia and died in 1868. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki: <a href="http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Edward Coles ">http://scrc.swem.wm.edu/wiki/index.php/Edward Coles </a>.

Subject/Index Terms

Box and Folder Listing


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[Item 1: Edward Coles, Washington, [D.C.] to Thomas Jefferson,],
[Item 2: Edward Coles, Washington, [D.C.] to Thomas Jefferson,],
[Item 3: Edward Coles, Vandalia, [Illinois] to Messrs. Brown & Berry, editors of the,],
[Item 4: Edward Coles, Vandalia, Illinois to Nicolas Biddle, President of the Bank of the United States,],
[Item 5: Edward Coles, Vandalia, Illinois, to James Madison, at  "Montpelier," Orange Court House, Virginia,],
[Item 6: Edward Coles, Edwardsville, [Illinois], to Nicholas Biddle, at Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania],],
[Item 7: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to James Gallatin, at New York, [New York],],
[Item 8: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to James Madison, at "Montpelier," [Orange County, Virginia],],
[Item 9: Edward Coles, Edwardsville, [Illinois], to James Madison, at  "Montpelier," [Orange County, Virginia],],
[Item 10: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to Thomas Jefferson Randolph, member of the Virginia legislature,],
[Item 11: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to James Madison, at "Montpelier," [Orange County, Virginia],],
[Item 12: Edward Coles, New York, [New York] to D[olley] P[ayne] Madison,],
[Item 13: Edward Coles, Albemarle County, Virginia to James Madison, at "Montpelier," [Orange County, Virginia],],
[Item 14: Edward Coles, Newport, [R.I.] to S. C. Stevenson,],
[Item 15: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to S.C. Stevenson,],
[Item 16: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to Albert Gallatin, New York, [New York],],
[Item 17: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to Albert Gallatin, New York, [New York],],
[Item 18: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to Henry Clay, at Washington, D.C.,],
[Item 19: Edward Coles, [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] to Messrs. Gales & Seaton,],
[Item 20: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to J. R. Poinsett, at Charleston, South Carolina,],
[Item 21: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to John Van Buren, at New York, [New York],],
[Item 22: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to [Martin] Van Buren, Lindenwald, [New York],],
[Item 23: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to Joseph C. Cabell, Warminster, [Nelson County] Virginia,],
[Item 24: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to William C. Rives, at "Castle Hill," [Albemarle County, Virginia],],
[Item 25: Edward Coles, Newport, [Rhode Island] to Robert C. Winthrop, Nahant, [Massachusetts],],
[Item 26: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to Henry S. Randall, Cortland Village, New York,],
[Item 27: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to W. C. Rives,],
[Item 28: Edward Coles to the editors of the National Intelligencer,],
[All]

Item 2: Edward Coles, Washington, [D.C.] to Thomas Jefferson,

Browse by Item:

[Item 1: Edward Coles, Washington, [D.C.] to Thomas Jefferson,],
[Item 2: Edward Coles, Washington, [D.C.] to Thomas Jefferson,],
[Item 3: Edward Coles, Vandalia, [Illinois] to Messrs. Brown & Berry, editors of the,],
[Item 4: Edward Coles, Vandalia, Illinois to Nicolas Biddle, President of the Bank of the United States,],
[Item 5: Edward Coles, Vandalia, Illinois, to James Madison, at  "Montpelier," Orange Court House, Virginia,],
[Item 6: Edward Coles, Edwardsville, [Illinois], to Nicholas Biddle, at Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania],],
[Item 7: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to James Gallatin, at New York, [New York],],
[Item 8: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to James Madison, at "Montpelier," [Orange County, Virginia],],
[Item 9: Edward Coles, Edwardsville, [Illinois], to James Madison, at  "Montpelier," [Orange County, Virginia],],
[Item 10: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to Thomas Jefferson Randolph, member of the Virginia legislature,],
[Item 11: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to James Madison, at "Montpelier," [Orange County, Virginia],],
[Item 12: Edward Coles, New York, [New York] to D[olley] P[ayne] Madison,],
[Item 13: Edward Coles, Albemarle County, Virginia to James Madison, at "Montpelier," [Orange County, Virginia],],
[Item 14: Edward Coles, Newport, [R.I.] to S. C. Stevenson,],
[Item 15: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to S.C. Stevenson,],
[Item 16: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to Albert Gallatin, New York, [New York],],
[Item 17: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to Albert Gallatin, New York, [New York],],
[Item 18: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to Henry Clay, at Washington, D.C.,],
[Item 19: Edward Coles, [Philadelphia, Pennsylvania] to Messrs. Gales & Seaton,],
[Item 20: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to J. R. Poinsett, at Charleston, South Carolina,],
[Item 21: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to John Van Buren, at New York, [New York],],
[Item 22: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to [Martin] Van Buren, Lindenwald, [New York],],
[Item 23: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to Joseph C. Cabell, Warminster, [Nelson County] Virginia,],
[Item 24: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to William C. Rives, at "Castle Hill," [Albemarle County, Virginia],],
[Item 25: Edward Coles, Newport, [Rhode Island] to Robert C. Winthrop, Nahant, [Massachusetts],],
[Item 26: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to Henry S. Randall, Cortland Village, New York,],
[Item 27: Edward Coles, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvania] to W. C. Rives,],
[Item 28: Edward Coles to the editors of the National Intelligencer,],
[All]

Administrative Information

Repository
Special Collections Research Center
Acquisition Method
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.