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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1439

Silas Talbot papers


Primarily correspondence of Continental Navy captain and New York congressman Silas Talbot concerning his naval career.


  • 1778-1806

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.


.3 linear feet (1 box)
Contains correspondence, the bulk pertaining to Talbot's naval career. Includes letters he wrote while on board the U.S. frigate Constitution, 1799-1801, cruising in the West Indies. One, 1799, to John Adams, contains Talbot's summary of his services during the Revolution. Also includes manuscript agreements, 1780?, between the owner and the company of the privateer ship General Washington which Talbot commanded.

Biographical / Historical

Talbot, a naval officer, was a captain in the Continental Navy during the American Revolution, a New York congressman (1792-1795) and commander of Santo Domingo station (1799-1800).


Arranged alphabetically by author.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

*42M-567 - *42M-603, *42M-605.

Gift of John W. Blodgett, Jr., of Grand Rapids, Michigan; received: 1941 March 26.

Digitization Funding

Collections and items have been digitized with the generous support of The Polonsky Foundation.
Talbot, Silas, 1751-1813. Silas Talbot papers: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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