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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1243

Charles Stewart family papers,

Papers of Charles Stewart, the Commissary General of Issues, Continental Army and delegate to Continental Congress from New Jersey along with some family documents and papers.


  • 1768-1877.

Language of Materials

Collection materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material. Collection is open for research.


1 collection (7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.))

Contains correspondence, official accounts, reports, and legal papers, chiefly from Charles Stewart's tenure as Commissary General of Issues during the American Revolution. These materials document the acquisition and distribution of food and clothing supplies for the Continental Army troops. Stewart's correspondents include George Washington, Nathanael Greene, Benedict Arnold, Alexander Hamilton, and John Hancock. Transcripts of letters, 1778-1780, from Stewart to Moore Furman (from originals in New Jersey State Archives), drafts and copies of other letters written by Stewart, and some family documents are included. Other materials are Charles Samuel Stewart's letters, 1821-1833, to his mother, the earliest from his student years at Princeton Divinity School; and letters to his children from a voyage to Japan, 1860-1861, and during the blockade of Gulf ports in the Civil War, 1861-1862. Also Charles Seaforth Stewart's letters, from George B. McClellan and others; and a letter, 1833, from James Fenimore Cooper to William Cullen Bryant concerning the French Treaty of 1831.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Stewart (1729-1800) was the Commissary General of Issues, Continental Army and delegate to Continental Congress from New Jersey. Charles Samuel Stewart (1795-1870) was Senior Chaplain, U.S. Navy. Charles Seaforth Stewart (1823-1904) was Colonel, Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army.


  1. I. Letters to Charles Stewart
  2. II. Drafts and copies of letters from Charles Stewart
  3. III. Miscellaneous papers, etc., of Charles Stewart
  4. IV. Official accounts and reports of the Commissary General's Department under Charles Stewart
  5. V. Papers of Charles Samuel Stewart
  6. VI. Papers of Charles Seaforth Stewart

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

51M-124. Deposited by Charles C. Stewart; received: 1951.
Stewart, Charles, 1729-1800. Charles Stewart family papers, 1768-1877: Guide.
Houghton Library, Harvard College Library

Repository Details

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