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Bowdoin Family Collection 1687-1996 (bulk 1687-1848)

Correspondence, 1730-1848

Catalog Number: M15.1

Box 1
Folder 1 Alphabetical and Chronological Lists and Correspondence Concordance
2 James Bowdoin I to Court of General Sessions, [n.p.]. 3 August, 1730 [1 p.]
3 James Bowdoin I to Messrs. Storke and Gainsborough, Boston. 27 October, 1735 [2 p.]
4 James Bowdoin I and James Pitts to Messrs. Storke and Gainsborough, Boston. 19 July, 1736 [2 p.]
5 James Bowdoin I to Daniel Ayrault, Boston. 27 January, 1736 [3 p.]
6 James Bowdoin I to John Curtis, Boston. 1738 May 3 [2p.] with typed transcription
7 William Erving to James Bowdoin II, Scituate, [Ma.]. 27 October, 1755 [3 p.]
8 Nathaniel Gorham and Rufus King to James Bowdoin II, New York. 22 [August?], 1767. James Bowdoin II to [?] Edwards, Boston. 30 [August?], 1767 [2 p.] (original copy)
9 James Bowdoin II to Col. Jonathan Glover, Watertown, [Ma.]. 19 June, 1776 [2 p.]
10 James Bowdoin II to the Hon. Joseph Hawley, Esq., Watertown, [Ma.]. 15 July, 1776 [3 p.]
11 James Bowdoin II to Col. Nathaniel Freeman, Boston. 31 July, 1776 [2 p.]
12 James Bowdoin II to George Washington, Boston. 7 October, 1776 [1 p.]
13 James Bowdoin II to Charles Cushing, Boston. 16 December, 1778 [2 p.]
14 James Bowdoin II to Oliver Wendell, [n.p.]. 10 May, 1780 [2 p.] (original and photocopy)
15 George Washington to James Bowdoin II, "Liberty pole in Berges County". 28 August, 1780 [5 p.]
16 James Bowdoin III to "Your Excellency," Boston. 22 January, 1782 [2 p.]
17 James Bowdoin III to Thomas Fitzsimons, Boston. 1 April and 5 April, 1784 [3 p.]
18 James Bowdoin III to Rev. Dr. [Richard] Price, Boston. 24 December, 1784 [2 p.]
19 James Bowdoin II to Hon. Samuel Osgood Esq., Boston. 16 July, 1785 [electrostatic copy]
20 James Bowdoin III to Betsey Oliver, [n.p.]. [ca. 1785] [2 p.]
21 James Bowdoin III to Peter Oliver, [Dorchester, Ma.?]. [ca. 1785] [8 p.]
22 James Bowdoin II to Josiah Little, Boston. 19 May, 1785 [1 p.]
23 John Langdon to James Bowdoin II, Portsmouth, N.H. 29 June, 1785. [2 p.], JBII, June 29, 1785
24 Benjamin Franklin to James Bowdoin II, Philadelphia. 1 January, 1786. [4 p.]
25 John Buttrick, Joseph Hosmer, and Ephraim Wood to James Bowdoin II, Concord. 2 December, 1786. [1 p.]
26 James Bowdoin II to Major Gen'l Lincoln,
Boston, March 8, 1787, (8vo.), [1 p.]
27 James Bowdoin II to John Pickering, Boston. 8 July, 1788. [2 p.]
28 James Bowdoin III to Maj. Badlam, Dorchester, [Ma.]. 17 March, 1791. [1 p.]
29 James Bowdoin III to Benjamin Talmadge, Boston. 7 March, 1793. [3 p.]
30 Elizabeth Bowdoin Temple Winthrop to Thomas J. Winthrop, New York. 17 February, 1798. [3 p.]
31 James Bowdoin III to Henry Dearborn, Boston 20 March, 1802. [4 p.]
32 Samuel Deane and Isaac Parker to James Bowdoin III, Portland. 2 May, 1802. [1 p.] (photocopy)
33 James Bowdoin III to Jesse Putnam, Esq., Boston. 30 June, 1802. [4 p.]
34 James Bowdoin II and Elizabeth Bowdoin Temple to Miss Thacher, Boston. 25 May, 1803. [2 p.]
35 Henry Dearborn to Thomas L. Winthrop re: portraits of Jefferson and Madison painted for James Bowdoin III, Washington. 27 June, 1805. [1 p.]
36 James Bowdoin III to James Madison, London. 3 September, 1805. [7 p.]
37 James Bowdoin III to Lawson Alexander, Paris. 6 November, 1805. [1 p.]
38 James Bowdoin III to T. Skipwith, [n.p.].
[ca. 1806]. [2 p.]
39 James Bowdoin III to Henry Dearborn, Paris. 8 October, 1807 [7 p.] (photocopy--do not reproduce)
40 James Bowdoin III to Dr. Bullus, Cherbourg. 4 October, 1807 [2 p.]
41 James Bowdoin III to Henry Dearborn, London. 2 December, 1807 [2 p.]
42 Thomas Jefferson to James Bowdoin III, Washington. 23 June, 1808 [2 p.]
43 James Temple Bowdoin to Major General Salem Towne, Boston. 21 July, 1824 [4 p.]
44 William Bowdoin to George M. Atwater, South Hadley Falls. 4 March, 1848 [2 p.]
Vault Volume 1 James Bowdoin III Letterbook, 1791-1805
Vault 2 James Bowdoin III Letterbook, 1806-1811

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Documents & Wills

Catalog Number: M15.2

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Documents & Wills: Pierre & Elizabeth Baudouin,

Catalog Number: M15.2.1

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Folder 45 Survey of Baudouin lands and letter to Governor Andros, 1687. (photocopies)
46 Last Will and Testament of Pierre Baudouin, 16 June, 1704. (photocopy)
47 Inventory of the estate of Pierre Baudouin, Boston. Probated 17 August, 1719, by Samuel Sewall. (photocopy)
48 Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Baudouin, Boston. 5 September, 1717. Probated 5 September, 1720. (photocopy)
49 Certified copy of the of the Record of Death of Pierre Baudouin in September, 1706, issued by the City of Boston in 1959.

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Documents & Wills: James Bowdoin I

Catalog Number: M15.2.2

Box 1
Folder 50 Settlement of debt of the estate of George Vaughn, 11 December, 1730
51 Adjusted account with Mme. Hannah Pickering, 12 May, 1726
52 Account with Jacob Wendell for carridges for the Town of Boston, 1734-1735
53 Invoices for sales of goods (raisins, pepper, coal, etc.), 28 June, 1737
54 Receipt for money paid by Hannah Hathorne to James Bowdoin I, 29 December, 1737
55 Deed of land in Scituate (Ma.) sold to John Turner, 8 August, 1746
56 Last Will and Testament, 14 September, 1747
57 Document re: estate of James Bowdoin I signed by B[enning] Wentworth, the first royal governor of New Hampshire, 20 October, 1763

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Documents & Wills: James Bowdoin II

Catalog Number: M15.2.3

Box 1
Folder 58 Receipt of money from William Cummings, 22 December, 1746
59 Deed for land in Hingham (Ma.) sold to John Thaxter, 19 April, 1750
Oversize Box 5 Deed of Kennebec Proprietors, signed by David Jeffras and George Craddock, granting land in Lincoln County (Me.) to James Bowdoin II, 8 February, 1764
Box 1
Folder 61 Thomas Hutchinson's certification concerning affidavits of Justices' Richard Dana and John Ruddock re: "A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston...," 30 March, 1770
62 Justices' Dana, Hill, Permberton, Ruddock, Noyes, and Tudor's statements concerning affidavits in Bowdoin's copy of "A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston...," 30 March, 1770
Oversize Box 5 Military appointment of Moses Harris as first lieutenant (signed by JBII as member of Council of Massachusetts Bay), 13 June, 1776
Box 1
Folder 64 Deed for land in Bowdoinham sold to James Mustard, 4 February, 1779
Mapcase C-4 Missive to the Indians, 23 August, 1780
Box 1
Folder 66 Notification to Seth Washburn of being chosen as a Senator for Massachusetts, 11 October, 1780
67 Receipt of money paid by Moses Little, 20 February, 1784
68 Bills of Exchange, 6 May, 1784
69 Lease of land in Wales (Ma.?) to Henry Dearborn, 24 Decmeber, 1784
70 Deed of land and a church pew in Newbury (Ma.) to Josiah Little, 31 January, 1785
Oversize Box 5 Diploma from the University of Edinburgh, 1785 (heliotype)
Box 1
Folder 72 Appointment of John Furnass as Justice of the Peace, 29 April, 1786. (Document attached declaring power of attorney from Samuel Hearsey to father)
73 Declaration of Nathaniel Gorham as president of the Continental Congress, 12 June, 1786
Oversize Box 5 Appointment of Peter Johnson as captain of 9th Co., 4th Reg. of the Militia of Middlesex County (Ma.), 5 October, 1786
Box 1
Folder 75 Proclamation forbidding settlement of unappropriated lands in Massachusetts, 26 October, 1786
Oversize Box 5 Appointment of William Eustis as surgeon to Massachusetts troops, 18 November, 1786
Oversize Box 5 Appointment of Israel Keith as Adjutant and Inspector General of the Militia of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 11 December, 1786
Oversize Box 5 Arrest warrant for Daniel Shays, 19 January, 1787
Box 1
Folder 79 Appointment of Oliver Plimpton as quartermaster of a regiment of cavalry in the 7th Division of Militia in Worcester County (Ma.), 5 April, 1787
Oversize Box 5 Appointment of Daniel Howard as Justice to Keep the Peace in Plymouth County (Ma.), 17 May, 1787
Box 1
Folder 81 Document signed by James Bowdoin II and James Bowdoin III giving power of attorney to Stephen Ayr for holdings on Naushon Island, 20 April, 1790
82 Vote of the non-resident proprietors of the Ohio Company, 30 September, 1790 (photocopy)
83 Fragment of financial document, n.d.
84 Last Will and Testament, 23 March, 1789 (photocopy)
84a Wheatley, Phillis. ["On the Capture of General Lee"], Boston, Dec. 30, 1776, holograph Ms.S., 4 p. View online

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Documents & Wills: James Bowdoin III & Sarah Bowdoin

Catalog Number: M15.2.4

Box 1
Folder 85 Plan of a loan to be paid on excise taxes on imports of goods [ca. 1786]
86 Appointment of power of attorney to James Cramond for use in connection with stocks of the Bank of the United States, 8 August, 1792
87 Quote to James Bowdoin III from a bookseller; found in "Andrew's London Directory, 1792"
88 Receipt for payment for v.3 of Paley's "Works" [Boston, 1811] [ca. 1811]
Oversize Box 5 Deed for land in Lisbon (Me.) given to the President and Trustees of Bowdoin College, 13 July, 1811
Box 1
Folder 90 Mortgage and deed for land in Lisbon (Me.) sold to Sarah Bowdoin by John Gould, 28 June, 1813
91 Sections of Last Will and Testament, [ca. 1811]
92 Last Will and Testament, 4 June, 1811 (attested a true copy by Register of Boston Registry of Probate, 20 May, 1890)
93 Thomas L. Winthrop to President Appleton re: lands of James Bowdoin III, Boston. 19 November, 1811
94 Catalogue compiled by John Abbot of the books, artwork, and scientific instruments bequested to Bowdoin College, December, 1811 (original and photocopy)
95 Record of land transactions of Bowdoin College in Lincoln County, 1823-1824
96 Statement re: sale of Richmond (Me.) lands to James B. Winthrop, 1824
97 Anonymous letter to the "Faculty of Bowdoin College" re: claim of Bowdoin estate, 3 September, 1836
98 Notice of death of James Temple and questions re: will of James Bowdoin III [ca. October, 1842]
99 Letter from Charles Loring to President Woods re: will of James Bowdoin III
100 Vote of Trustees of Bowdoin College re: land claim in Boston, 5 September, 1843
101 Condensation of letters from James Bowdoin III's letterbooks re: his relationship with his nephew, James Temple Bowdoin, and JBIII's will
102-05 Opinions and notes on the disability of aliens, [ca. 1842-1844]
106-07 Opinion and notes on alien rights, [ca. 1842-1844]
108 Notes on the moral aspects of the dispute of the Bowdoin estate, [ca. 1842-1844]
109 Notes on the citizenship of James Temple Bowdoin [ca. 1842-1844]
110 Report of testimony of Richard Sullivan re: dispute of the Bowdoin estate, [ca. 1842-1844]
111 First agreement on Naushon land and Beacon St. property, [ca. 1844]
112 Opinion [unsigned] of Bowdoinham land, November, 1845

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Documents & Wills: Other Family

Catalog Number: M15.2.5

Box 1
James Temple Bowdoin:
Folder 113 Claim that J.T. Bowdoin never received plate left in the will of Mrs. Dearborn, December, 1809
William Bowdoin, Jr.:
Oversize Box 5 Appointment of William Bowdoin, Jr., as Justice of the Peace in Hampshire County (Ma.), 10 June, 1824
Oversize Box 5 Reappointment of William Bowdoin, Jr., as Justice of the Peace in Hampshire County (Ma.), 26 May, 1831
Oversize Box 5 Election of William Bowdoin, Jr., as state senator for Hampshire County (Ma.), 3 December, 1840

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Sarah Bowdoin Diary, 1806-1808

Catalog Number: M15.3

Box 1
Folder 117- Diary, October 1806 - February 1808

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Catalog Number: M15.4

[clothing items are located at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art]
Plum-colored velvet coat, waistcoat, and knee breeches of James Bowdoin III
Light-weight, plum-colored coat, waistcoat, and knee breeches with second pair of black satin knee breeches of James Bowdoin III
Scientific Instruments:
Box 4 Telescope: 18 3/8" long; engraved on eyepiece "A.S. Mann, Ludgate Street, London, 1749"
Telescope: approximately 52" long with wooden body and metal eyepiece [on permanent loan to the President's Office]
Celestial Globe: "Smith's Celestial Globe containing all the known stars, nebulae, &c. Compiled from the works of Wollaston, Flamsted, Dela Caille, Havelius, Mayer, Bradley, Herschel, Maskelyne, the Transactions of the Astronomical Society of London, &c. &c. London: Sold by C. Smith & Son, 172, Strand." [on permanent loan to the President's Office]
MRealia Box 2 Gold plaque from the Bowdoin Tricentennial Committee presented to Bowdoin College, 1986

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Biographical Materials, 1806-1987

Catalog Number: M15.5

Box 1
Pierre Baudouin:
Folder 124 Address, by Robert C. Winthrop, delivered before the Maine Historical Society, September 5, 1849 (photocopy)
125 Photograph of coverlet brought to America by Pierre Baudouin from France
126 Seal of Pierre Baudouin (photocopy)
James Bowdoin I:
127 Clippings
128 List of items in the Massachusetts Archives relating to James Bowdoin I
James Bowdoin II:
129 Biographical Sketches of Those Who
Attended Harvard College in the Classes 1741-1745; James Bowdoin II, p. 514-550 (photocopy)
130 Clippings
131 Documents and correspondence at the Massachusetts Historical Society (photocopies)
James Bowdoin III:
132 Clippings
133 Mineral collection

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Genealogical Materials

Catalog Number: M15.6

Box 1
Folder 134-36 Baudouin (France and United States)
137-39 Bowdens of Virginia
140-42 Bowdoin
143 Re: Bowdoin Coat of Arms
144 Burley (Burleigh)
145 Kingsford
146 Pitts
147 Prentis
148 Sullivan
Box 2
Folder 1-11 Temple
12-13 Temple-Winthrop
14-15 Winthrop-Tappan

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William Bowden Genealogical Notes

Catalog Number: M15.7

Box 2
Folder 16 Malcolm Macbeth
17-26 "Robins Family Of Eastern Shore, Mary-Land" pp. 1-295 plus index
27 Bowdoin family notes
28 The Baudouin family
29 A Tentative Pedigree of the Littleton Family of Virginia, by Robert Patterson Robins, A.M., M.D., of Philadelphia
30 The Sea Side of the Eastern Shore of Maryland
31 Birthdates of Some of Our West Kindred
32 Some Family Notes From The Virginia Carolorum, by Edward D. Neill
33 Ancestry of Nathaniel Bacon, Sr., Uncle of Abigail Smith, wifre of Col. Lewis Burwell of Fairfield, Gloucester County, Virginia
34 Letter of Col. John West, written in Virginia, Oct. 29, 1655 (electrostatic copy)
35 Copy of letter to "Dear Cousin Lawrence" from A. de B.R., Jan. 23, '43 [?]
36 Littleton-Lyttleton Arms
37 Will of Richard Robyns (the 1st of the Name) of Long Buckby, d. 1584 (copy)
38 Copy and ts of legal document signed by Obedience Robins, 1659
39 Land Records of Worcester County, Mary-Land, 1660-1810 by Ruth T. Dryden
40 Maryland Calendar of Wills, entry for Thomas Robins
41 Ms. notes
42 Worcester County, Maryland Will Book JBR (2), 1803-1807
43 Worcester County, Maryland Will Book MH, 1806-1813
44 Abstracts From the Land Records of Dorchester County, Maryland
45 The Placenames of Maryland, Their Origin and Meaning, by Hamill Kenny, Ph.D. (copy with ms notes)
46 Ms. notes
47-48 Life and Business Career of JBI, by Norris M. Ashe, Jr., June 1960
49 William Bowden-Ann Allen-Ansearchin' News: Memphis-Bible Records
50-51 Gabriel Bernon
52-55 Gabriel Bernon-Oversized electrostatic copy of notary document declaring GB a citizen of England
Box 3
Folder 1 "The Huguenot"/by Donald Douglas
2 James Bowdoin III-Southside Virginia, North Carolina Frontier
3-4 James Bowdoin I-II-III-Massachusetts Bowdoin family
5 Session III-photostat of the last will and testament of Elizabeth Baudouin, widow of Pierre Baudouin
6 Warren County, NC Records, Family Group Records, Maryland Calendar of Wills
7-8 John Bowdoin I-Virginia Eastern Shore
9 John Bowdoin I and Related Families-Northampton County, Eastern Shore, Virginia
10 John Bowdoin I and the Robins Family of Eastern Shore, Maryland
11 Peter Bowdoin II-Virginia Family Line, Northern States Line
12-13 Pierre Baudouin (Peter Bowdoin I) Family
14 Greater Portland Maine History-Pierre Baudouin background
15 Bowden Coats of Arms (England)
16 Pierre Baudouin-Maine article about coins found on Baudouin property
17 Pierre Baudouin-Tracts of land in Maine
18 Peter Bowdoin (Captain)-Surity for Abraham Samuels-Memorandum of Recognizance
19 Funk and Wagnall Dictionary
20 Pierre Baudouin-Letter to Gov. Andros petitioning for 100 acres in Casco Bay Area, Maine
21 Pierre Baudouin-Maine History Background on Indian Wars
22 Pierre Baudouin-Bill of Sale for "John of Dublin"-payment of Customs in Wexford-Declaration of Citizenship
23 Pierre Baudouin-Persons on board the "John of Dublin" bound for New England, 1686-Theory by Daniel Joseph Bowden
24 Potter, Elisha R.-Memoir Concerning the French Settlements and French Settlers in the Colony of Rhode Island
25 "Prince Subscribers"-Stephen Boutineau-William Bowdoin
26 Pierre Baudouin sentence for bringing prisoners to Boston from Canada
27 Pierre Baudouin-New England Historical and Genealogical Record-his signature-Bowdoin genealogy
28 Xerox of ms document
29 Pierre Baudouin-Brief biography-Maine Historical Society
30 Pierre Baudouin-Noyes Biographical Article-Genealogical Dictionary of Maine-New Hampshire
31 Bowdoin Coat of Arms (Mass.)-Bowdoin College (Maine)
32 Elizabeth Fixe Baudouin-Last Will and Testament
33 Baudouin-Baudouyn-Ancient La Rochelle, France-Genealogy in French
34 "Huguenot Pedigrees"/by Charles E. Lart
35 Master
36 Warren County, North Carolina records
37 Virginia Local History-A Bibliography
38 Photocopy of portraits of Edward Robins, Thomas Robins, William Bowdoin Robins, Arthur de Berdt Robins, Arthur de Berdt Robins, Jr.
39 Letter-WB to Ms. V. Nelle Bellamy, July 16, 1985
40 "Historical and Biographical Sketch of the Bowden, Bodine, Beaudoin, (Boden, Bodin, Bowdoin) Family" (clean copy, original for electrostatic copying)
41 Bowdens-Bowdoins-National Cyclopaedia
42 Bowdoin College-1823: A faculty member introduces the blackboard as an educational tool
43 History of Robins Family, table of contents and index
44-54 History of Robins Family, pp. 1-208
55 Letter-Benjamin Franklin to JBII
56 "Washington, Bowdoin, and Franklin As Portrayed in Occasional Addresses" by Robert C. Winthrop
57 Baudouin Coat of Arms
58 JBI-II-III-Temple-Winthrop Papers (Mass. Historical Society)
59 James Bowdoin's letter ordering the building of the Cape Cod Canal
60-62 Robins family
63 Papers relating to the estate of Mrs. Elizabeth Bowdoin, d. 1720

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Walett Biography of Gov. Bowdoin Material

Catalog Number: M15.8

Box 3
Folder 64 Notes, ms fragments, ts with corrections
65 Chapter 1 and preface, ms
66 Chapter 2, ms
67 Chapter 3, ms
68 Chapter 4, ms
69 Chapter 5, "A Colonial Revenue", ms
70 Chapter 6, "Purging The Council", ms
71 Chapter 7, ms
72-77 Typed drafts of Chapters 1-9
78-79 Bibliography
80 The Diary of Ebenezer Parkman, by F. Walett
81 Economic History of the United States, by F. Walett
82 Governor Bernard's Undoing: An Earlier Hutchinson Letters Affair, by F. Walett
83 Patriots, Loyalists & Printers, by F. Walett
84 [Photograph of Francis Walett]
85 [Picture of James Bowdoin]
86 [Print of James Bowdoin]
87 Shadrack Ireland and the "Immortals" of Colonial New England, by F. Walett
88 Vita, etc.
89-90 Dissertation: James Bowdoin and the Massachusetts Council, by F. Walett

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Catalog Number: M15.9

Display Bowdoin, James - framed silhouette of "Hon. James Bowdoin, Esq. L.L.D., F.R.S.," n.d.
Box 8
Folder 1 Bowdoin, James I
2 Bowdoin, James II
3 Bowdoin, James III
4 Bowdoin, Mrs. James II (Elizabeth Erving)
Oversize Box 5 Bowdoin, Mrs. James II (Elizabeth Erving) - photographic reproduction of work by Robert Feke, 1748
Box 8
Folder 5 Bowdoin, Mrs. James III (Sarah Bowdoin)
6 Bowdoin, Mrs. William (Phebe Murdock)
7 Bowdoin, William

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