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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Am 1129

Nicholas Cooke papers


Chiefly incoming correspondence of Rhode Island governor Nicholas Cooke along with other items pertaining to military and political affairs.


  • 1775-1782

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.


.3 linear feet (1 box)

Chiefly incoming correspondence; some outgoing letters (originals and drafts). There are letters from Nathanael Greene, John Hancock, Jonathan Trumbull, George Washington, and others; and four letters from Cooke to his wife Hannah. Other documents include a copy of speech of the Oneida Indian chiefs to the four New England provinces; abstract of John Bigelow's journal for 23 July 1776; and items pertaining to military and political affairs.

Biographical / Historical

Cooke (1775-1782) was lieutenant-governor of Rhode Island from May-Oct 1775, and governor from Oct 1775- May 1778.


Arranged in rough alphabetical order by correspondent.

Physical Location


Immediate Source of Acquisition

41-1158-1162, 1164-1168, 1170-1177. Purchased as part of the Matt B. Jones Collection; received: 1941.

Digitization Funding

Collections and items have been digitized with the generous support of The Polonsky Foundation.


  • Most of this material is printed in "Revolutionary Correspondence of Governor Nicholas Cooke 1775-1781." Proceedings of the American Antiquarian Society, n.s. 36 (1926): 231-353.
Cooke, Nicholas, 1717-1782. Nicholas Cooke papers, 1775-1782: Guide.
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