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Identifier: M015.1

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Scope and Contents note

Bowdoin family correspondence focusing mainly on matters both financial and political. Principal correspondents are James Bowdoin II, including letters written during the American Revolution and during his tenure as the Governor of Massachusetts; and James Bowdoin III, whose letterbooks from 1791 to 1811 include correspondence from his tenure (1805-1808) as President Thomas Jefferson's Minister Plenipotentiary to the Court of Spain and Co-commissioner to France. Correspondents include Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and Benjamin Franklin. Also includes a letterbook of diplomatic correspondence, 1804-1805 (from the library of James Bowdoin III) probably compiled for Bowdoin in relation to his appointment as Minister Plenipotentiary.


  • Creation: 1687 - 1996
  • Creation: Majority of material found within 1687 - 1848


Access Restrictions

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From the Collection: 8 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011 Repository

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Brunswick Maine 04011 USA
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