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Bowdoin family collection (M015)

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Title:
Bowdoin family collection
Creator:
Bowdoin family
ID:
M015
Date [bulk]:
Bulk, 1687-1848
Date [inclusive]:
Bulk, 1687-1848 1687-1996
Extent:
8.0 linear feet
Language:
English
Repository:
George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine 04011
Abstract:
The collection consists primarily of correspondence, both personal and professional, as well as business, financial, and political documents, including wills and other materials concerning the Bowdoin estate.
Access Restrictions:

No restrictions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note:

Letterbook "Correspondence Relative to the Negotiations at Madrid, 1804-1805" gift of a descendant of James Bowdoin III and Bowdoin College alumna, 2019

Preferred Citation:

Bowdoin Family Collection, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library, Brunswick, Maine

Agency History / Biographical Note: This collection concerns four generations of the Bowdoin family of Massachusetts. The principal members are Pierre Baudouin (1650?-1706), progenitor of the family in America; James Bowdoin (1676-1747), Boston merchant; James Bowdoin II (1726-1790), Governor of Massachusetts; and James Bowdoin III (1752-1811), benefactor of the College.

Pierre Baudouin, a Huguenot emigrant possibly from La Rochelle, France, left the Continent for Dublin, Ireland, by 1683. There, and in Wexford, he functioned as a merchant before immigrating to America in 1686. After a short stay in what is now South Portland, Maine, he arrived in Boston by 1690. There he became a successful merchant and ships' captain. After his death, his eldest son James anglicized "Baudouin" as "Bowdoin," the spelling that the American branch of the family, including his mother, Elizabeth (1643?-1720), also adopted.

Pierre's son James Bowdoin I became one of the wealthiest merchants in Massachusetts and added extensive lands and real estate to the family's holdings. (The three James Bowdoins did not use roman numerals in referring to themselves; they are used as a convenience by the College and historians).

James [I]'s son James Bowdoin II extended the family's businesses, wealth and holdings. As a member of the Massachusetts Council he was appointed to lead the Massachusetts delegation to the Continental Congress, but he failed to attend because of ill health. He also served as president of the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention and was the second governor of the Commonwealth (1785-1787), serving during Shay's Rebellion. He was an avid amateur scientist, a founding member and first president of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the author of several tracts, including A Short Narrative of the Horrid Massacre in Boston....

James [II]'s son James Bowdoin III continued the family's businesses, though his personal interests ran more toward land management and agriculture. He was involved in Massachusetts politics from 1786 to 1796 and was Jefferson's Minister Plenipotentiary to the Court of Spain and Co-commissioner to France from 1805 to 1808, living in Paris. Bowdoin College, named for his father, was greatly enriched by his gifts and bequests, which included funds, lands in Maine, and his book, scientific and art collections. He and his wife, Sarah Bowdoin (1761-1826), who accompanied him to Paris, had no children.

The collection consists primarily of correspondence, both personal and professional, as well as business, financial, and political documents, including wills and other materials concerning the Bowdoin estate. Also included are a holograph poem by Phillis Wheatley on the capture of Gen. Charles Lee, dedicated to James Bowdoin II, and a diary of Sarah Bowdoin, which documents her and her husband's stay in Paris from 1806 to 1808, and a number of realia, including two waistcoats of James Bowdoin III and scientific instruments used by James Bowdoin II. Additions include a letterbook of diplomatic correspondence "Correspondence relative to the negotiations at Madrid, 1804-1805" (from the library of James Bowdoin III) probably compiled for Bowdoin for his use as Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain and as co-commmissioner, with John Armstrong, US Minister to France, in Paris negotiations with their Spanish counterparts. The collection is supplemented by genealogical materials concerning the Bowdoin family collected by Bowdoin College and William Bowden, as well as the manuscript for the unpublished biography of James Bowdoin II by Francis Walett and images of family members

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.

Series Description:

Consists of letters to and from members of the Bowdoin family 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.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Alphabetical and Chronological Lists and Correspondence Concordance

Box 1 Folder 1

James Bowdoin I to Court of General Sessions, [n.p.]. 3 August, 1730 [1 p.]

Box 1 Folder 2

James Bowdoin I to Messrs. Storke and Gainsborough, Boston. 27 October, 1735 [2 p.]

Box 1 Folder 3

James Bowdoin I and James Pitts to Messrs. Storke and Gainsborough, Boston. 19 July, 1736 [2 p.]

Box 1 Folder 4

James Bowdoin I to Daniel Ayrault, Boston. 27 January, 1736 [3 p.]

Box 1 Folder 5

James Bowdoin I to John Curtis, Boston. 1738 May 3 [2p.] with typed transcription

Box 1 Folder 6

William Erving to James Bowdoin II, Scituate, [Ma.]. 27 October, 1755 [3 p.]

Box 1 Folder 7

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)

Box 1 Folder 8

James Bowdoin II to Col. Jonathan Glover, Watertown, [Ma.]. 19 June, 1776 [2 p.]

Box 1 Folder 9

James Bowdoin II to the Hon. Joseph Hawley, Esq., Watertown, [Ma.]. 15 July, 1776 [3 p.]

Box 1 Folder 10

James Bowdoin II to Col. Nathaniel Freeman, Boston. 31 July, 1776 [2 p.]

Box 1 Folder 11

James Bowdoin II to George Washington, Boston. 7 October, 1776 [1 p.]

Box 1 Folder 12

James Bowdoin II to Charles Cushing, Boston. 16 December, 1778 [2 p.]

Box 1 Folder 13

James Bowdoin II to Oliver Wendell, [n.p.]. 10 May, 1780 [2 p.] (original and photocopy)

Box 1 Folder 14

George Washington to James Bowdoin II, "Liberty pole in Berges County". 28 August, 1780 [5 p.]

Box 1 Folder 15

James Bowdoin III to "Your Excellency," Boston. 22 January, 1782 [2 p.]

Box 1 Folder 16

James Bowdoin III to Thomas Fitzsimons, Boston. 1 April and 5 April, 1784 [3 p.]

Box 1 Folder 17

James Bowdoin III to Rev. Dr. [Richard] Price, Boston. 24 December, 1784 [2 p.]

Box 1 Folder 18

James Bowdoin II to Hon. Samuel Osgood Esq., Boston. 16 July, 1785 [electrostatic copy]

Box 1 Folder 19

James Bowdoin III to Betsey Oliver, [n.p.]. [ca. 1785] [2 p.]

Box 1 Folder 20

James Bowdoin III to Peter Oliver, [Dorchester, Ma.?]. [ca. 1785] [8 p.]

Box 1 Folder 21

James Bowdoin II to Josiah Little, Boston. 19 May, 1785 [1 p.]

Box 1 Folder 22

John Langdon to James Bowdoin II, Portsmouth, N.H. 29 June, 1785. [2 p.], JBII, June 29, 1785

Box 1 Folder 23

Benjamin Franklin to James Bowdoin II, Philadelphia. 1 January, 1786. [4 p.]

Box 1 Folder 24

John Buttrick, Joseph Hosmer, and Ephraim Wood to James Bowdoin II, Concord. 2 December, 1786. [1 p.]

Box 1 Folder 25

James Bowdoin II to Major Gen'l Lincoln, Boston, March 8, 1787, (8vo.), [1 p.]

Box 1 Folder 26

James Bowdoin II to John Pickering, Boston. 8 July, 1788. [2 p.]

Box 1 Folder 27

James Bowdoin III to Maj. Badlam, Dorchester, [Ma.]. 17 March, 1791. [1 p.]

Box 1 Folder 28

James Bowdoin III to Benjamin Talmadge, Boston. 7 March, 1793. [3 p.]

Box 1 Folder 29

Elizabeth Bowdoin Temple Winthrop to Thomas J. Winthrop, New York. 17 February, 1798. [3 p.]

Box 1 Folder 30

James Bowdoin III to Henry Dearborn, Boston 20 March, 1802. [4 p.]

Box 1 Folder 31

Samuel Deane and Isaac Parker to James Bowdoin III, Portland. 2 May, 1802. [1 p.] (photocopy)

Box 1 Folder 32

James Bowdoin III to Jesse Putnam, Esq., Boston. 30 June, 1802. [4 p.]

Box 1 Folder 33

James Bowdoin II and Elizabeth Bowdoin Temple to Miss Thacher, Boston. 25 May, 1803. [2 p.]

Box 1 Folder 34

Henry Dearborn to Thomas L. Winthrop re: portraits of Jefferson and Madison painted for James Bowdoin III, Washington. 27 June, 1805. [1 p.]

Box 1 Folder 35

James Bowdoin III to James Madison, London. 3 September, 1805. [7 p.]

Box 1 Folder 36

James Bowdoin III to Lawson Alexander, Paris. 6 November, 1805. [1 p.]

Box 1 Folder 37

James Bowdoin III to T. Skipwith, [n.p.]. [ca. 1806]. [2 p.]

Box 1 Folder 38

James Bowdoin III to Henry Dearborn, Paris. 8 October, 1807 [7 p.] (photocopy--do not reproduce)

Box 1 Folder 39

James Bowdoin III to Dr. Bullus, Cherbourg. 4 October, 1807 [2 p.]

Box 1 Folder 40

James Bowdoin III to Henry Dearborn, London. 2 December, 1807 [2 p.]

Box 1 Folder 41

Thomas Jefferson to James Bowdoin III, Washington. 23 June, 1808 [2 p.]

Box 1 Folder 42

James Temple Bowdoin to Major General Salem Towne, Boston. 21 July, 1824 [4 p.]

Box 1 Folder 43

William Bowdoin to George M. Atwater, South Hadley Falls. 4 March, 1848 [2 p.]

Box 1 Folder 44

James Bowdoin III Letterbook, 1791-1805

Vault-Volume 1

James Bowdoin III Letterbook, 1806-1811

Vault-Volume 2

Scope and Contents note:

Letterbook, 1804-1805, of diplomatic correspondence (from the library of James Bowdoin III) probably compiled for Bowdoin for his use as Minister Plenipotentiary to Spain and as co-commmissioner, with John Armstrong, US Minister to France, in negotiations with their Spanish counterparts. Letterbook contains transcripts, written contemporaneously, of 29 letters sent between the key diplomatic figures from the United States, the Court of Spain, and France relating to US claims to West Florida arising from the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. The correspondence provides documentation of diplomatic negotiations led by James Munroe to settle competing United States and Spanish claims to West Florida, the boundaries of the Louisiana Purchase, and to negotiate other claims. Correspondents included in the letterbook are: US Secretary of State James Madison, US ministers James Monroe, Charles Pinckney (Court of Spain), John Armstrong (France), and US Governor of Orleans Territory William C.C. Claiborne; representing France, Foreign Minister Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord; and from Spain Secretary of State Pedro Cevallos, de facto Prime Minister Manuel Godoy y Alvarez de Faria, Ambassador to the United States Marquis Carlos Martínez de Yrujo, and former Spanish governor of Louisiana Marquis de Casa Calvo.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note:

Gift of a descendant of James Bowdoin III, Bowdoin College alumna, 2019

Related Archival Materials note:

The originals of many of the transcribed letters in this letterbook are housed in the National Archives and other archival repositories.

Reproduction Note:

1804 Nov 8, James Monroe to Mr. Talleyrand, from Paris (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1804 Nov 27, James Monroe to James Madison, from Paris (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Jan 19, James Monroe to James Madison, from Madrid (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Jan 28, James Monroe to Pedro Cevallos, from Aranjuez, Spain (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

[Undated 1805], US proposal, Project of a Convention (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Jan 28, Pedro Cevallos to James Monroe and Charles Pinckney, from Aranjuez, Spain (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Feb 2, James Monroe and Charles Pinckney to James Madison, from Aranjuez, Spain (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Jan 6, John Armstrong to James Monroe, from Paris (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1804 Dec 25, Charles Talleyrand to John Armstrong from Paris (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Feb 5, James Monroe and Charles Pinckney to Pedro Cevallos, from Aranjuez, Spain (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Feb 10, Pedro Cevallos to James Monroe and Charles Pinckney, from Aranjuez, Spain (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Feb 12, transcript of letter from James Monroe and Charles Pickering to Pedro Cevallos from Aranjuez, Spain

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Feb 16, Pedro Cevallos to James Monroe and Charles Pinckney, from Aranjuez, Spain (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Feb 24, Pedro Cevallos to James Monroe and Charles Pinckney, from Aranjuez, Spain (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Feb 25, James Monroe and Charles Pinckney to Pedro Cevallos, from Aranjuez, Spain (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Feb 28, Pedro Cevallos to James Monroe and Charles Pinckney, from Aranjuez, Spain (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Mar 4, Pedro Cevallos to James Monroe and Charles Pinckney from Aranjuez, Spain (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Mar 8, James Monroe and Charles Pinckney to Pedro Cevallos, from Aranjuez, Spain (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Mar 14, Pedro Cevallos to James Monroe and Charles Pinckney, from Aranjuez, Spain (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Apr 13, Pedro Cevallos to James Monroe and Charles Pinckney, from Aranjuez, Spain (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Apr 20, James Monroe and Charles Pickney, from Aranjuez, Spain (extract, transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

[Undated, 1805 May 12], Propositions to the Secretary of State (Don Pedro Cevallos) at the Court of Madrid (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 May 12, James Monroe and Charles Pinckney to the "Prince of Peace" [Manuel Godoy y Alvarezde Farina] (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 May 15, Pedro Cevallos to James Monroe and Charles Pinckney, from Aranjuez, Spain (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 May 22, James Monroe address to the King of Spain from Aranjuez, Spain (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 May 23, James Madison to James Monroe, from the Department of State (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1804 Oct 15, James Madison to Spanish ambassador to the United States Marquis Carlos Martinez de Yrujo, from the Department of State (extract, transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

1805 Mar 28, Governor William C.C. Claiborne to Marquis de Casa Calvo, from New Orleans (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

[Undated] Marquis de Casa Calvo in response to communique from Governor Claiborne (transcript)

Vault-Volume 3

Series Description:

Consists of five sub-series: Pierre & Elizabeth Baudouin, James Bowdoin I, James Bowdoin II, James Bowdoin III & Sarah Bowdoin, and Other Family. See sub-series descriptions below for a detailed description.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically into sub-series by family member, then chronologically within each sub-series with estate and will material listed last.

Subseries Description:

Contains a survey of Baudouin lands in Maine from 1687, as well as the last wills & testaments of both Pierre Baudouin and his wife, Elizabeth. Also includes an inventory of the Pierre Baudouin estate in Boston.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically with estate and will materials listed last.

Survey of Baudouin lands and letter to Governor Andros, 1687. (photocopies)

Box 1 Folder 45

Last Will and Testament of Pierre Baudouin, 16 June, 1704. (photocopy)

Box 1 Folder 46

Inventory of the estate of Pierre Baudouin, Boston. Probated 17 August, 1719, by Samuel Sewall. (photocopy)

Box 1 Folder 47

Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Baudouin, Boston. 5 September, 1717. Probated 5 September, 1720. (photocopy)

Box 1 Folder 48

Certified copy of the of the Record of Death of Pierre Baudouin in September, 1706, issued by the City of Boston in 1959.

Box 1 Folder 49

Subseries Description:

Consists primarily of materials documenting financial and business transactions, including receipts and invoices for goods sold. Also included are land deeds as well as the last will & testament of James Bowdoin I.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically with estate and will materials listed last.

Settlement of debt of the estate of George Vaughn, 11 December, 1730

Box 1 Folder 50

Adjusted account with Mme. Hannah Pickering, 12 May, 1726

Box 1 Folder 51

Account with Jacob Wendell for carridges for the Town of Boston, 1734-1735

Box 1 Folder 52

Invoices for sales of goods (raisins, pepper, coal, etc.), 28 June, 1737

Box 1 Folder 53

Receipt for money paid by Hannah Hathorne to James Bowdoin I, 29 December, 1737

Box 1 Folder 54

Deed of land in Scituate (Ma.) sold to John Turner, 8 August, 1746

Box 1 Folder 55

Last Will and Testament, 14 September, 1747

Box 1 Folder 56

Document re: estate of James Bowdoin I signed by B[enning] Wentworth, the first royal governor of New Hampshire, 20 October, 1763

Box 1 Folder 57

Subseries Description:

Consists of land deeds, receipts for financial transactions, as well as items documenting military and political appointments made by James Bowdoin II while governor of Massachusetts. Also included are Bowdoin's 1780 missive to "the different Tribes of Indians under Col. John Allan, Superintendent of Indian Affairs in the Eastern Department," as well as the arrest warrant for Daniel Shays, Bowdoin's last will & testament, and a holograph poem by Phillis Wheatley on the capture of General Charles Lee.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically with estate and will materials listed last.

Receipt of money from William Cummings, 22 December, 1746

Box 1 Folder 58

Deed for land in Hingham (Ma.) sold to John Thaxter, 19 April, 1750

Box 1 Folder 59

Deed of Kennebec Proprietors, signed by David Jeffras and George Craddock, granting land in Lincoln County (Me.) to James Bowdoin II, 8 February, 1764

Ovsz-Box 5

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

Box 1 Folder 61

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

Box 1 Folder 62

Military appointment of Moses Harris as first lieutenant (signed by JBII as member of Council of Massachusetts Bay), 13 June, 1776

Ovsz-Box 5

Deed for land in Bowdoinham sold to James Mustard, 4 February, 1779

Box 1 Folder 64

Missive to the Indians, 23 August, 1780

Map-case C-4

Notification to Seth Washburn of being chosen as a Senator for Massachusetts, 11 October, 1780

Box 1 Folder 66

Receipt of money paid by Moses Little, 20 February, 1784

Box 1 Folder 67

Bills of Exchange, 6 May, 1784

Box 1 Folder 68

Lease of land in Wales (Ma.?) to Henry Dearborn, 24 Decmeber, 1784

Box 1 Folder 69

Deed of land and a church pew in Newbury (Ma.) to Josiah Little, 31 January, 1785

Box 1 Folder 70

Diploma from the University of Edinburgh, 1785 (heliotype)

Ovsz-Box 5

Appointment of John Furnass as Justice of the Peace, 29 April, 1786. (Document attached declaring power of attorney from Samuel Hearsey to father)

Box 1 Folder 72

Declaration of Nathaniel Gorham as president of the Continental Congress, 12 June, 1786

Box 1 Folder 73

Appointment of Peter Johnson as captain of 9th Co., 4th Reg. of the Militia of Middlesex County (Ma.), 5 October, 1786

Ovsz-Box 5

Proclamation forbidding settlement of unappropriated lands in Massachusetts, 26 October, 1786

Box 1 Folder 75

Appointment of William Eustis as surgeon to Massachusetts troops, 18 November, 1786

Ovsz-Box 5

Appointment of Israel Keith as Adjutant and Inspector General of the Militia of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 11 December, 1786

Ovsz-Box 5

Arrest warrant for Daniel Shays, 19 January, 1787

Ovsz-Box 5

Appointment of Oliver Plimpton as quartermaster of a regiment of cavalry in the 7th Division of Militia in Worcester County (Ma.), 5 April, 1787

Box 1 Folder 79

Appointment of Daniel Howard as Justice to Keep the Peace in Plymouth County (Ma.), 17 May, 1787

Ovsz-Box 5

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

Box 1 Folder 81

Vote of the non-resident proprietors of the Ohio Company, 30 September, 1790 (photocopy)

Box 1 Folder 82

Fragment of financial document, n.d.

Box 1 Folder 83

Last Will and Testament, 23 March, 1789 (photocopy)

Box 1 Folder 84

Wheatley, Phillis. ["On the Capture of General Lee"], Boston, Dec. 30, 1776, holograph Ms.S., 4 p.

Box 1 Folder 84a

Subseries Description:

Consists of documents relating to land and financial transactions, as well as the last will & testament of James Bowdoin III and the original catalogue compiled by John Abbott of materials from the Bowdoin estate bequested to Bowdoin College. Also included are materials relating to the Bowdoin estate dispute of the 1840s.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically with estate and will materials listed last.

Plan of a loan to be paid on excise taxes on imports of goods [ca. 1786]

Box 1 Folder 85

Appointment of power of attorney to James Cramond for use in connection with stocks of the Bank of the United States, 8 August, 1792

Box 1 Folder 86

Quote to James Bowdoin III from a bookseller; found in "Andrew's London Directory, 1792"

Box 1 Folder 87

Receipt for payment for v.3 of Paley's "Works" [Boston, 1811] [ca. 1811]

Box 1 Folder 88

Deed for land in Lisbon (Me.) given to the President and Trustees of Bowdoin College, 13 July, 1811

Ovsz-Box 5

Mortgage and deed for land in Lisbon (Me.) sold to Sarah Bowdoin by John Gould, 28 June, 1813

Box 1 Folder 90

Sections of Last Will and Testament, [ca. 1811]

Box 1 Folder 91

Last Will and Testament, 4 June, 1811 (attested a true copy by Register of Boston Registry of Probate, 20 May, 1890)

Box 1 Folder 92

Thomas L. Winthrop to President Appleton re: lands of James Bowdoin III, Boston. 19 November, 1811

Box 1 Folder 93

Catalogue compiled by John Abbot of the books, artwork, and scientific instruments bequested to Bowdoin College, December, 1811 (original and photocopy)

Box 1 Folder 94

Record of land transactions of Bowdoin College in Lincoln County, 1823-1824

Box 1 Folder 95

Statement re: sale of Richmond (Me.) lands to James B. Winthrop, 1824

Box 1 Folder 96

Anonymous letter to the "Faculty of Bowdoin College" re: claim of Bowdoin estate, 3 September, 1836

Box 1 Folder 97

Notice of death of James Temple and questions re: will of James Bowdoin III [ca. October, 1842]

Box 1 Folder 98

Letter from Charles Loring to President Woods re: will of James Bowdoin III

Box 1 Folder 99

Vote of Trustees of Bowdoin College re: land claim in Boston, 5 September, 1843

Box 1 Folder 100

Condensation of letters from James Bowdoin III's letterbooks re: his relationship with his nephew, James Temple Bowdoin, and JBIII's will

Box 1 Folder 101

Opinions and notes on the disability of aliens, [ca. 1842-1844]

Box 1 Folder 102-05

Opinion and notes on alien rights, [ca. 1842-1844]

Box 1 Folder 106-07

Notes on the moral aspects of the dispute of the Bowdoin estate, [ca. 1842-1844]

Box 1 Folder 108

Notes on the citizenship of James Temple Bowdoin [ca. 1842-1844]

Box 1 Folder 109

Report of testimony of Richard Sullivan re: dispute of the Bowdoin estate, [ca. 1842-1844]

Box 1 Folder 110

First agreement on Naushon land and Beacon St. property, [ca. 1844]

Box 1 Folder 111

Opinion [unsigned] of Bowdoinham land, November, 1845

Box 1 Folder 112

Deed for land in Sidney (Me.) received by William Ellis, signed by Sarah Bowdoin, 1813 Aug 28

Box 1 Folder 112a

Subseries Description:

Consists of documents concerning James Temple Bowdoin and William Bowdoin, Jr., with the bulk of the items concerning the latter's political appointments in Massachusetts.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

Claim that James Temple Bowdoin never received plate left in the will of Mrs. Dearborn, December, 1809

Box 1 Folder 113

Appointment of William Bowdoin, Jr., as Justice of the Peace in Hampshire County (Ma.), 10 June, 1824

Ovsz-Box 5

Reappointment of William Bowdoin, Jr., as Justice of the Peace in Hampshire County (Ma.), 26 May, 1831

Ovsz-Box 5

Election of William Bowdoin, Jr., as state senator for Hampshire County (Ma.), 3 December, 1840

Ovsz-Box 5

Series Description:

Diary of Sarah Bowdoin, wife of James Bowdoin III, which contains almost daily documentation of the couple's life in Paris and London from the autumn of 1806 to the winter of 1808. Included in the diary are Sarah Bowdoin's observations on French customs, as well as her descriptions of the family's leisure activities and dinner parties, which included such guests as the Marquis de LaFayette and General Kosciuszko. Also included are Sarah Bowdoin's impressions of the Emperor Napoleon and the Empress Josephine and her description of the family's stormy, ten-day crossing of the English Channel in the fall of 1807.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically.

General Note:

Photocopies available for patron use.

Diary, October 1806 - February 1808

Box 1 Folder 117-123

Series Description:

Consists of three-dimensional objects from the James Bowdoin III bequest to Bowdoin College, not including the book or art collection. Contains clothing of James Bowdoin III as well as scientific instruments used by James Bowdoin II.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by material type.

[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

Telescope: 18 3/8" long; engraved on eyepiece "A.S. Mann, Ludgate Street, London, 1749"

Box 4

Telescope: approximately 52" long with wooden body and metal eyepiece [on permanent loan to the President's Office]

Box 4

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]

Box 4

Gold plaque from the Bowdoin Tricentennial Committee presented to Bowdoin College, 1986

MRealia-Box 2

Series Description:

Consists of biographical materials on the patriarchs of the Bowdoin family in the United States, including Pierre Baudouin, James Bowdoin I, James Bowdoin II, and James Bowdoin III. Materials include addresses, newspaper clippings, and lists of related materials in other collections both at Bowdoin and other institutions.

Arrangement:

Arranged chronologically by seniority of family member.

Pierre Baudouin: Address, by Robert C. Winthrop, delivered before the Maine Historical Society, September 5, 1849 (photocopy)

Box 1 Folder 124

Photograph of coverlet brought to America by Pierre Baudouin from France

Box 1 Folder 125

Seal of Pierre Baudouin (photocopy)

Box 1 Folder 126

James Bowdoin I: Clippings

Box 1 Folder 127

List of items in the Massachusetts Archives relating to James Bowdoin I

Box 1 Folder 128

Biographical Sketches of Those Who Attended Harvard College in the Classes 1741-1745; James Bowdoin II, p. 514-550 (photocopy)

Box 1 Folder 129

James Bowdoin II: Clippings

Box 1 Folder 130

James Bowdoin II: Documents and correspondence at the Massachusetts Historical Society (photocopies)

Box 1 Folder 131

James Bowdoin III: Clippings

Box 1 Folder 132

James Bowdoin III: Mineral collection

Box 1 Folder 133

Series Description:

Contains addresses, articles, clippings, correspondence and notes on the respective branches of the Bowdoin family. Most prominently represented are the Baudouin, Bowdoin, Temple, and Winthrop lines, with additional materials on other branches of the family.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by family name.

Baudouin (France and United States)

Box 1 Folder 134-36

Bowdens of Virginia

Box 1 Folder 137-39

Bowdoin

Box 1 Folder 140-42

Re: Bowdoin Coat of Arms

Box 1 Folder 143

Burley (Burleigh)

Box 1 Folder 144

Kingsford

Box 1 Folder 145

Pitts

Box 1 Folder 146

Prentis

Box 1 Folder 147

Sullivan

Box 1 Folder 148

Temple

Box 2 Folder 1-11

Temple-Winthrop

Box 2 Folder 12-13

Winthrop-Tappan

Box 2 Folder 14-15

Series Description:

Contains addresses, articles, clippings, correspondence and notes compiled by William Bowden on different branches of the Bowdoin family. The materials focus primarily on the Robins family of Maryland and the Bowdoins of Virginia, as well as other Southern factions of the family. Also included are materials on Pierre Baudouin and the French heritage of the Bowdoin family.

Arrangement:

Kept in William Bowden's original order

Malcolm Macbeth

Box 2 Folder 16

"Robins Family Of Eastern Shore, Mary-Land" pp. 1-295 plus index

Box 2 Folder 17-26

Bowdoin family notes

Box 2 Folder 27

The Baudouin family

Box 2 Folder 28

A Tentative Pedigree of the Littleton Family of Virginia, by Robert Patterson Robins, A.M., M.D., of Philadelphia

Box 2 Folder 29

The Sea Side of the Eastern Shore of Maryland

Box 2 Folder 30

Birthdates of Some of Our West Kindred

Box 2 Folder 31

Some Family Notes From The Virginia Carolorum, by Edward D. Neill

Box 2 Folder 32

Ancestry of Nathaniel Bacon, Sr., Uncle of Abigail Smith, wifre of Col. Lewis Burwell of Fairfield, Gloucester County, Virginia

Box 2 Folder 33

Letter of Col. John West, written in Virginia, Oct. 29, 1655 (electrostatic copy)

Box 2 Folder 34

Copy of letter to "Dear Cousin Lawrence" from A. de B.R., Jan. 23, '43 [?]

Box 2 Folder 35

Littleton-Lyttleton Arms

Box 2 Folder 36

Will of Richard Robyns (the 1st of the Name) of Long Buckby, d. 1584 (copy)

Box 2 Folder 37

Copy and ts of legal document signed by Obedience Robins, 1659

Box 2 Folder 38

Land Records of Worcester County, Mary-Land, 1660-1810 by Ruth T. Dryden

Box 2 Folder 39

Maryland Calendar of Wills, entry for Thomas Robins

Box 2 Folder 40

Ms. notes

Box 2 Folder 41

Worcester County, Maryland Will Book JBR (2), 1803-1807

Box 2 Folder 42

Worcester County, Maryland Will Book MH, 1806-1813

Box 2 Folder 43

Abstracts From the Land Records of Dorchester County, Maryland

Box 2 Folder 44

The Place names of Maryland, Their Origin and Meaning, by Hamill Kenny, Ph.D. (copy with ms notes)

Box 2 Folder 45

Ms. notes

Box 2 Folder 46

Life and Business Career of JBI, by Norris M. Ashe, Jr., June 1960

Box 2 Folder 47-48

William Bowden-Ann Allen-Ansearchin' News: Memphis-Bible Records

Box 2 Folder 49

Gabriel Bernon

Box 2 Folder 50-51

Gabriel Bernon-Oversized electrostatic copy of notary document declaring GB a citizen of England

Box 2 Folder 52-55

"The Huguenot"/by Donald Douglas

Box 3 Folder 1

James Bowdoin III-Southside Virginia, North Carolina Frontier

Box 3 Folder 2

James Bowdoin I-II-III-Massachusetts Bowdoin family

Box 3 Folder 3-4

Session III-photostat of the last will and testament of Elizabeth Baudouin, widow of Pierre Baudouin

Box 3 Folder 5

Warren County, NC Records, Family Group Records, Maryland Calendar of Wills

Box 3 Folder 6

John Bowdoin I-Virginia Eastern Shore

Box 3 Folder 7-8

John Bowdoin I and Related Families-Northampton County, Eastern Shore, Virginia

Box 3 Folder 9

John Bowdoin I and the Robins Family of Eastern Shore, Maryland

Box 3 Folder 10

Peter Bowdoin II-Virginia Family Line, Northern States Line

Box 3 Folder 11

Pierre Baudouin (Peter Bowdoin I) Family

Box 3 Folder 12-13

Greater Portland Maine History-Pierre Baudouin background

Box 3 Folder 14

Bowden Coats of Arms (England)

Box 3 Folder 15

Pierre Baudouin-Maine article about coins found on Baudouin property

Box 3 Folder 16

Pierre Baudouin-Tracts of land in Maine

Box 3 Folder 17

Peter Bowdoin (Captain)-Surity for Abraham Samuels-Memorandum of Recognizance

Box 3 Folder 18

Funk and Wagnall Dictionary

Box 3 Folder 19

Pierre Baudouin-Letter to Gov. Andros petitioning for 100 acres in Casco Bay Area, Maine

Box 3 Folder 20

Pierre Baudouin-Maine History Background on Indian Wars

Box 3 Folder 21

Pierre Baudouin-Bill of Sale for "John of Dublin"-payment of Customs in Wexford-Declaration of Citizenship

Box 3 Folder 22

Pierre Baudouin-Persons on board the "John of Dublin" bound for New England, 1686-Theory by Daniel Joseph Bowden

Box 3 Folder 23

Potter, Elisha R.-Memoir Concerning the French Settlements and French Settlers in the Colony of Rhode Island

Box 3 Folder 24

"Prince Subscribers"-Stephen Boutineau-William Bowdoin

Box 3 Folder 25

Pierre Baudouin sentence for bringing prisoners to Boston from Canada

Box 3 Folder 26

Pierre Baudouin-New England Historical and Genealogical Record-his signature-Bowdoin genealogy

Box 3 Folder 27

Xerox of ms document

Box 3 Folder 28

Pierre Baudouin-Brief biography-Maine Historical Society

Box 3 Folder 29

Pierre Baudouin-Noyes Biographical Article-Genealogical Dictionary of Maine-New Hampshire

Box 3 Folder 30

Bowdoin Coat of Arms (Mass.)-Bowdoin College (Maine)

Box 3 Folder 31

Elizabeth Fixe Baudouin-Last Will and Testament

Box 3 Folder 32

Baudouin-Baudouyn-Ancient La Rochelle, France-Genealogy in French

Box 3 Folder 33

"Huguenot Pedigrees"/by Charles E. Lart

Box 3 Folder 34

Master

Box 3 Folder 35

Warren County, North Carolina records

Box 3 Folder 36

Virginia Local History-A Bibliography

Box 3 Folder 37

Photocopy of portraits of Edward Robins, Thomas Robins, William Bowdoin Robins, Arthur de Berdt Robins, Arthur de Berdt Robins, Jr.

Box 3 Folder 38

Letter-WB to Ms. V. Nelle Bellamy, July 16, 1985

Box 3 Folder 39

"Historical and Biographical Sketch of the Bowden, Bodine, Beaudoin, (Boden, Bodin, Bowdoin) Family" (clean copy, original for electrostatic copying)

Box 3 Folder 40

Bowdens-Bowdoins-National Cyclopaedia

Box 3 Folder 41

Bowdoin College-1823: A faculty member introduces the blackboard as an educational tool

Box 3 Folder 42

History of Robins Family, table of contents and index

Box 3 Folder 43

History of Robins Family, pp. 1-208

Box 3 Folder 44-53

Letter-Benjamin Franklin to JBII

Box 3 Folder 54

"Washington, Bowdoin, and Franklin As Portrayed in Occasional Addresses" by Robert C. Winthrop

Box 3 Folder 55

Baudouin Coat of Arms

Box 3 Folder 56

JBI-II-III-Temple-Winthrop Papers (Mass. Historical Society)

Box 3 Folder 57

James Bowdoin's letter ordering the building of the Cape Cod Canal

Box 3 Folder 58

Robins family

Box 3 Folder 59-61

Papers relating to the estate of Mrs. Elizabeth Bowdoin, d. 1720

Box 3 Folder 62

Series Description:

Contains the incomplete manuscript for Walett's unpublished biography, "James Bowdoin: Massachusetts Patriot and Statesman." Also consists of other writings by Walett, including "The Diary of Ebenezer Parkman, 1703-1782" [Worcester, Mass.: American Antiquarian Society, 1974-] and Walett's doctoral dissertation, "James Bowdoin and the Massachusetts Council" [Boston, Boston University, 1948].

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by material type.

Notes, ms fragments, ts with corrections

Box 3 Folder 63

Chapter 1 and preface, ms

Box 3 Folder 64

Chapter 2, ms

Box 3 Folder 65

Chapter 3, ms

Box 3 Folder 66

Chapter 4, ms

Box 3 Folder 67

Chapter 5, "A Colonial Revenue", ms

Box 3 Folder 68

Chapter 6, "Purging The Council", ms

Box 3 Folder 69

Chapter 7, ms

Box 3 Folder 70

Typed drafts of Chapters 1-9

Box 3 Folder 71-76

Bibliography

Box 3 Folder 77-78

The Diary of Ebenezer Parkman, by F. Walett

Box 3 Folder 79

Economic History of the United States, by F. Walett

Box 3 Folder 80

Governor Bernard's Undoing: An Earlier Hutchinson Letters Affair, by F. Walett

Box 3 Folder 81

Patriots, Loyalists & Printers, by F. Walett

Box 3 Folder 82

[Photograph of Francis Walett]

Box 3 Folder 83

[Picture of James Bowdoin]

Box 3 Folder 84

[Print of James Bowdoin]

Box 3 Folder 85

Shadrack Ireland and the "Immortals" of Colonial New England, by F. Walett

Box 3 Folder 86

Vita, etc.

Box 3 Folder 87

Dissertation: James Bowdoin and the Massachusetts Council, by F. Walett

Box 3 Folder 88-89

Series Description:

Most of the images in this series are plates from Colonial & Federal Portraits at Bowdoin College [by] Marvin S. Sadik and published by the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in 1966. The plates are of paintings done in the 1700's and very early 1800's by such artists as Robert Feke and Gilbert Stuart.

Arrangement:

Arranged alphabetically by subject.

Bowdoin, James - framed silhouette of "Hon. James Bowdoin, Esq. L.L.D., F.R.S.," n.d.

Bowdoin, James I

Box 8 Folder 1

Bowdoin, James II

Box 8 Folder 2

Bowdoin, James III

Box 8 Folder 3

Bowdoin, Mrs. James II (Elizabeth Erving)

Box 8 Folder 4

Bowdoin, Mrs. James II (Elizabeth Erving) - photographic reproduction of work by Robert Feke, 1748

Ovsz-Box 5

Bowdoin, Mrs. James III (Sarah Bowdoin)

Bowdoin, Mrs. James III (Sarah Bowdoin)

Bowdoin, Mrs. William (Phebe Murdock)

Box 8 Folder 6

Bowdoin, William

Box 8 Folder 7
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