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COLLECTION Identifier: HUG 1680

Benjamin Peirce personal archive

Admittatur, 1797 August 16 Digital

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Printed copy of the Harvard College Laws of 1790, lightly annotated by Benjamin Peirce, which served as his admittatur to Harvard, dated August 16, 1797.

Claim on the estate of John Murray, 1787 Digital

Scope and Contents Report on a claim against the estate of absentee merchant and landowner John Murray (1720-1794), of Rutland, Massachusetts, by one of his creditors, Thaddeus Mason (1707-1802; Harvard AB 1728), dated 1787. The report was issued by the Worcester Court of Probate following an examination of the claim by the Committee for the Sale of Confiscated Estates in the County of Worcester; the committee found Mason was owed money from the estate, but a note on the verso dated 1789 indicates the claim...

Letters from Dudley Leavitt Pickman to Benjamin Peirce, 1796-1800 Digital

Scope and Contents Correspondence to Benjamin Peirce from Dudley Leavitt Pickman (1779-1846), of Salem, Massachusetts, dated 1796-1800. Topics include Peirce's studies at Phillips Academy, Andover, news about ships and merchants, Peirce's future wife Lydia Nichols, the impact of the French Revolutionary Wars on American commerce, social activities, and Peirce's matriculation at Harvard in the fall of 1797. He also writes to Peirce about "modern philosophy," morality, religion, and education of women, and...

Letters, 1800-1803 Digital

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Correspondence to Benjamin Peirce from Harvard classmate Jacob Cummings regarding his activities during the summer recess of 1800, and letters from Peirce to Lydia Nichols, his future wife, and his brother Henry Peirce, dated 1801-1803. Other correspondents include John S. Abbott in Andover, Massachusetts.

Student essays, circa 1797-1801 Digital

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Contains essays written by Benjamin Peirce, most likely while a Harvard undergraduate from 1797 to 1801, on topics such as Thomas Paine, candor, emulation, and civil liberty.

Copy of 1742 admittatur, circa 1830-1831 Digital

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Volume containing a copy of an unknown Harvard applicant's 1742 admittatur, a transcription of the 1734 College laws, signed by President Edward Holyoke, Fellow Henry Flynt, Tutor Belcher Hancock, and Fellow Joseph Mayhew.