Finding Aid |
1792-1803

RG I-B-1: General records. Letterbooks — Bound. Volume 02

Letters and other documents received by the American Academy from Members, other learned societies and institutions, and the general public during its first decade, from 1792-1803.

ADMINISTRATIVE INFORMATION


Historical Note

The Academy has received letters, announcements, and other forms of correspondence since the founding in 1780. All such correspondence was the responsibility of the Corresponding Secretary, one of the original officers of the Academy. Beginning sometime in the late 1800s, incoming letters were pasted into bound scrapbooks, which the Academy referred to as “letterbooks.” This practice continued until 1988, when staff began saving correspondence in folders.

For the time period covered by Volume 2, the President of the Academy was John Adams (1791-1814).  The Corresponding Secretaries were Eliphalet Pearson (1789-1802) and John Quincy Adams (1802-1809).

Scope and Content

The series of Letterbooks in its entirety includes letters from newly-elected Fellows, formally accepting their elections; communications with other learned societies (especially, invitations to attend meetings or send representatives to official events, and offers to exchange publications); correspondence concerning gifts of books, maps, and natural history specimens; and inquiries from members and non-members regarding the submission and publication of articles.

Volume 2 contains letters and other documents received by the American Academy from 1792-1803. Most of the incoming correspondence includes letters from members acknowledging their election and letters from other learned societies. Among the large portion of materials related to a wide range of scientific subjects are those on meteorology and natural science. Scientific information was submitted in the form of descriptions of experiments, observations, specimens and samples, and data sets. Additionally there are topics relating to donations of books, proposals for Academy projects, and payment of membership dues and other administrative tasks. Of particular importance are letters from Count Rumford regarding the establishment of the Rumford Fund.

Volume

1 volume contained within 1.5 document cases (0.75 linear feet)

Arrangement

The Academy has begun disbinding the volumes and conserving the individual letters, and will continue that practice until all letters are in stable condition.

The letterbooks in Series I-B-1 are arranged numerically by volume number. Within each volume, the original order of the pages has been retained. Generally the records are arranged in chronological order. Pages numbered with a “v” indicate that the document was pasted to the verso of the preceding page, and normally relates to document on the following page.

Preferred Citation

[Item title, date]. Series I-B-1: General records. Letterbooks. Bound letterbooks. Volume 2, 1792-1803. Archives, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Languages

English
French
Latin

Subjects

Agriculture
Astronomy
Book donations
Exchange of publications
Learned institutions and societies—America
Learned institutions and societies—Publishing
Letter books
Meteorology
Public health
Science—History

ITEM LIST

Page 02-01

Letter from Royal Society of London; Charles Peter Layard, Secretary to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792 January 2; London.

Acknowledges receipt and gives thanks from Royal Society of London for An Eulogy on the Hon. James Bowdoin.

Creator: Layard, Charles Peter, 1748-1803

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Page 02-02

Letter from Increase Sumner to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792 January 16; Roxbury.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Sumner, Increase, 1746-1799; Elected 1791

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Page 02-03

Letter from Isaac W. Clarke to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792 February 6; Montreal.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1792 February 29.

Presents meteorological observations.

Creator: [Clarke, Isaac, 1745-1794 ]
Related documents: Letters from Isaac W. Clarke to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792Nov. 28 and 1793 Mar. 27.

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Page 02-04

Letter from George Erving to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792 February 6; George Street, Hanover Square, [London].

Acknowledges receipt of membership certificate. Discusses publication exchange with the Royal Society.

Creator: [Erving, George, 1738–1806]; Elected 1790, FHM

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Page 02-05

Letter from John Singleton Copley to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792 February 20; George Street Hanover Square, [London].

Acknowledges election to the Academy. Presents print of the Death of the Earl of Chatham, by

Creator: Copley, John Singleton, 1738-1815; Elected 1791, FHM

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Page 02-06

Letter from [Edward Wigglesworth] to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792 February 28 (received).
Read at Stated Meeting, 1792 February 29.

Requests that the Academy publish his data or allow him to publish it himself.

Creator: Wigglesworth, Edward, 1732-1794; Elected 1780

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Page 02-07

Letter from Christian G. Heyne to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792 April 22; Göttingen.

Discusses correspondence and relationship between the Academy and the Royal Society of Göttingen.

Creator: [Heyne, C. G. (Christian Gottlob), 1729-1812 ]

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Page 02-08

Letter from S[amuel] Shaw to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792 May 14; Boston.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: [Shaw, Samuel, 1754-1794]; Elected 1790

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Page 02-09

Letter from John Cranch to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792 July 10; London.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1792 November 14.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Cranch, John, 1751-1821; Elected 1791

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Page 02-10

Letter from [Mrs. Mather] to [Reverend Lathrop], 1792 August 9; Boston.

Presents a book of collected "specimens of marine productions" from the English sea coast for Academy museum.
Note: NOT the widow of Samuel Mather.

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Page 02-10v

Letter from John Davis to Ebenezer Storer ["Treasurer of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences"], 1792 November 13; Boston.

Presents payment of Membership dues.

Creator: Davis, John, 1761-1847; Elected 1792
Related documents: Letter from John Davis to Eliphalet Pearson, Volume 02 Page 11.

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Page 02-11

Letter from John Davis to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792 August 13; Plymouth.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1792 August 22.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Davis, John, 1761-1847; Elected 1792
Related documents: Letter from John Davis to Ebenezer Storer, Volume 02 Page 10v.

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Page 02-12

Letter from Samuel Jones Jr. to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792 October 17; New York.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1793 August 21.

Presents publications from the society "for the promotion of Agriculture, Arts and Manufactures".

Creator: [Jones, Samuel, 1734-1819 or Jones, Samuel, 1770-1853]
Related documents: Mitchill, Samuel L. (Samuel Latham), 1764-1831. Letter to Eliphalet Pearson. 1795 February 19.

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Page 02-12v

Catalogue of Books on Natural History addressed to Reverend Belknap, .

Enclosure from 1792 November 12 letter from Dr. Cutler to Reverend Doctor Belknap.

Creator: [Cutler, Manasseh, 1742-1823]
Related documents: Letterbook Volume 02, p. 13

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Page 02-13

Letter from Manasseh Cutler to Reverend Belknap, 1792 November 12; Ipswich.

Presents and comments on a list: "Catalogue of Books on Natural History", with the intention of having them purchased by the Academy.

Creator: Cutler, Manasseh, 1742-1823; Elected 1781
Related documents: Volume 02, p. 12v

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Page 02-14

Letter from Isaac W. Clarke to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792 November 28; Montreal.

Presents the Quebec Diary "for last year".

Creator: [Clarke, Isaac, 1745-1794 ]
Related documents: Letters from Isaac W. Clarke to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792 Feb. 6 and 1793 Mar. 27.

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Page 02-15

Letter from Joseph Lathrop to Eliphalet Pearson, 1793 January 21; W. Springfield.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1793 May 28.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.
Note: Lathrop's membership dues were not received until March 23, 1793; this may be why his letter was read so long after it was sent.

Creator: Lathrop, Joseph, 1731-1820; Elected 1792

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Page 02-16

Letter from George Erving to Eliphalet Pearson, 1793 February 20; George Street Hanover Square, [London].
Read at Stated Meeting, 1793 May 28.

Discusses publication exchange with the Royal Society.

Creator: [Erving, George, 1738–1806]; Elected 1790, FHM

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Page 02-17

Letter from Oliver Everett to Caleb Gannett, Corresponding Secretary Pro. Tem., 1793 February 23; Dorchester.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1793 May 28.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Everett, Oliver, 1752-1802; Elected 1793

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Letter from James Freeman to Caleb Gannett Esq., 1793 February 25; Boston.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1793 May 28.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Freeman, James, 1759-1835; Elected 1793

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Page 02-18

Letter from William D. Peck to Caleb Gannett, 1793 March 14; Kittery.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1793 May 28.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Peck, William Dandridge, 1763-1822; Elected 1793

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Page 02-19

Letter from Isaac W. Clarke to Eliphalet Pearson, 1793 March 27; Montreal.

Presents the meteorological observations of Captain Freeman of Detroit, 1 October [1792] to 21 February [1793].

Creator: [Clarke, Isaac, 1745-1794 ]
Related documents: Letters from Isaac W. Clarke to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792 Feb. 6 and 1792 Nov. 28 (Volume 02).

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Letter from Fisher Ames to Caleb Gannett, 1793 March 30; Boston.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1793 May 28.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: [Ames, Fisher, 1758-1808]; Elected 1793

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Page 02-21

Letter from William Peck to Ebenezer Storer, 1793 April 21; Kittery.

Presents payment of Membership dues.

Creator: [Peck, William Dandridge, 1763-1822]; Elected 1793
Related documents: Letter from William Peck to Caleb Gannett, 1793 Mar. 14 (Volume 02 Page 18).

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Page 02-22

Letter from Isaac W. Clarke to Eliphalet Pearson, 1793 July 24; Montreal.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1793 July 27.

Presents the meteorological observations of Captain Freeman of Detroit, [February-May 1793].

Creator: [Clarke, Isaac, 1745-1794]
Related documents: Letters from Isaac W. Clarke to Eliphalet Pearson, 1792 Feb. 6, 1792 Nov. 28, and 1793 Mar. 27 (Volume 02).

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Page 02-22v

Letter from Isaiah Thomas to Reverend Lathrop, 1793 August 23; Worcester.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1794 January 29.

Presents a "set of the folio Bible" printed by Thomas.

Creator: Thomas, Isaiah, 1749-1831

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Page 02-23

Letter from Benjamin Waterhouse to President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1793 November 13; Cambridge.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1794 January 29.

Presents "Sketch and Correspondence," an article by Doctor Haygarth.

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Page 02-24

Letter from Noah Webster Jr. to Eliphalet Pearson, 1794 January 1; New York.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1794 January 29.

Presents his research on dew.

Creator: Webster, Noah, 1758-1843; Elected 1799

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Page 02-25

Letter from George Erving to Eliphalet Pearson, 1794 February 5.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1794 May 27.

Discusses publication exchange with the Royal Society.

Creator: [Erving, George, 1738–1806]; Elected 1790, FHM
Related documents: Letters from George Erving to James Bowdoin 1790 Feb. 2 (Volume 01 Page 86) and to Eliphalet Pearson 1792 Feb. 6 and 1793 Feb. 20 (Volume 02).

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Page 02-26

Letter from John Pickering to Joseph Willard, 1794 March 20; Portsmouth.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1794 May 27.

Describes a meteorological phenomenon.
Note: Letter faded.

Creator: Pickering, John, 1737-1805; Elected 1791
Related documents: Letter from John Pickering to Joseph Willard, 1794 March 31 (next page).

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Letter from John Pickering to Joseph Willard, 1794 March 31; Portsmouth.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1794 May 27.

Presents diagram [not included with letter] of previously described meteorological phenomenon.

Creator: Pickering, John, 1737-1805; Elected 1791
Related documents: Letter from John Pickering to Joseph Willard, 1794 March 20 (previous page).

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Page 02-28

Letter from John Adams to Joseph Willard, 1794 May 6; Philadelphia.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1794 May 27.

Declines the elected position of President.

Creator: Adams, John, 1735-1826; Elected Charter Member

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Page 02-29

Letter from John Vinall to Reverend John Clark [sic], 1794 May 28; Boston.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1794 August 20.

Requests the return of his observations of a magnetic needle.

Creator: [Vinall, John, 1736-1823]
Related documents: "Observations upon the variation of the magnetic needle, from January 13th 1792 to January 29th 1793; 1793 Jan." by Vinall in Series I-C

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Page 02-30

Letter from David Hosack to Eliphalet Pearson, 1794 September 1; New York.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1795 January 28.

Presents transactions of the Turin Academy.

Creator: Hosack, David, 1769-1835; Elected 1815

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Page 02-30v

Letter from William D. Peck to Eliphalet Pearson, 1794 September 19; Kittery.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1794 November 12.

Acknowledges receipt of membership certificate and encloses paper on fishes.

Creator: Peck, William Dandridge, 1763-1822; Elected 1793
Related documents: Letter from William D. Peck to Reverend Clarke, 1794 Sept. 20 (next page).

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Page 02-31

Letter from William D Peck to Reverend [John] Clarke [John Clark?], 1794 September 20; Kittery.

Requests that his 1794 September 19 letter be delivered to Eliphalet Pearson.

Creator: Peck, William Dandridge, 1763-1822; Elected 1793
Related documents: Letter from William D. Peck to Eliphalet Pearson, 1794 Sept. 19 (previous page).

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Page 02-32

Letter from Charles W. F. Dumas to Eliphalet Pearson, 1794; La Haie [The Hague].
Read at Stated Meeting, 1795 January 28.

[Offers several works in return for the eulogy of James Bowdoin, sent to him by the Academy].

Creator: Dumas, Charles Guillaume Frédéric, ca. 1725-1780; Elected 1789, FHM
Language: French

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Page 02-33

Letter from Jedidiah Morse to Reverend Lathrop [Librarian and Keeper of the Cabinet], 1794 October 1; Charlestown.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1794 November 12.

Presents an alligator's egg and earth from Saratoga Springs.

Creator: Morse, Jedidiah, 1761-1826; Elected 1796

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Page 02-34

Letter from James Madison to Eliphalet Pearson, 1794 October 22.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.
Note: Not President Madison, but rather Bishop Madison who served as president of the College of William and Mary.

Creator: Madison, James, 1749-1812; Elected 1794

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Page 02-35

Letter from George Washington to Eliphalet Pearson, 1795 February 16; Philadelphia.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1795 May 26.

Acknowledges receipt of Academy Memoirs, volume 1.

Creator: Washington, George, 1732-1799; Elected 1781

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Page 02-36

Letter from Samuel L. Mitchill to Eliphalet Pearson, 1795 February 19; New York.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1797 January 25.

Discusses publication exchange between the Agricultural Society of New York and the Academy.

Creator: Mitchill, Samuel L. (Samuel Latham), 1764-1831; Elected 1797
Related documents: 1792 October 17 letter from Samuel Jones to Eliphalet Pearson.

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Page 02-37

Letter from Joseph Roby to Reverend John Lathrop, 1795 March 16; Boston.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1796 May 24.

Presents "tracts" on behalf of Mr. William Hill.

Creator: [Roby, Joseph, 1807-1860]; Elected 1838

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Page 02-38

Letter from Johann F. Blumenbach to Eliphalet Pearson, 1795 June 2; Goettingen.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1795 November 11.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Blumenbach, Johann Friedrich, 1752-1840; Elected 1794, FHM

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Page 02-39

Letter from George Richards Minot to Reverend John Clarke, 1795 June 27; Boston.

Declines the elected position of Treasurer of the Academy.

Creator: Minot, George Richards, 1758-1802; Elected 1789

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Page 02-40

Letter from Medical Society of London; Henry Field, Secretary to Secretary of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1795 September 30; London.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1796 May 24.

Acknowledges receipt of the Memoirs by the Medical Society of London.

Creator: [Field, Henry, 1755-1837]

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Page 02-41

Letter from Benjamin Waterhouse to Eliphalet Pearson, 1795 November 11 ; Cambridge.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1795 November 11.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846; Elected 1795

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Page 02-42

Letter from David Hosack to Eliphalet Pearson, 1795 November 30; New York.

Discusses publication exchange with the Turin Academy.

Creator: Hosack, David, 1769-1835; Elected 1815

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Page 02-43

Letter from Edmund Morris to Eliphalet Pearson, 1795 November 30; Calcutta.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1796 May 24.

Discusses publication exchange and correspondence with the Asiatic Society.
Note: Morris was secretary of the Asiatic Society from 1790 to 1795.

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Page 02-44

Letter from Jean Luzac, 1795 December 11; Leyde [Leiden, Netherlands].
Read at Stated Meeting, 1796 May 24.

Belatedly thanks Academy for the honor of his election, which he delayed until he could present some of his works to the Academy.

Creator: Luzac, Jean, 1746-1807; Elected 1789, FHM
Language: French

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Page 02-45

Letter from Count Bernstorff to American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1796 February 15; Copenhagen.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1797 August 23.

[publication exchange with La Société Royale des Sciences à Copenhague (The Royal Society of Sciences in Copenhagen)].

Language: French
Related documents: Volume 02, p. 47 - Letter from P. C. Abildgaard

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Page 02-46

Letter from Royal Society of London; Charles P. Layard, Secretary to Eliphalet Pearson, 1796 February 15; Somerset Place, London.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1796 May 24.

Discusses publication exchange with the Royal Society of London.

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Page 02-47

Letter from P[eter] C[hristian] Abildgaard, 1796 February 16; Copenhagen.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1796 August 23.

Discusses natural history—particularly mineralogy and the search for fossils—physics, and chemistry. Mentions recent communication by Count Bernstorff.

Creator: [Abildgaard, Peter Christian, 1740-1801]
Language: French
Related documents: Volume 02, p. 45 - Letter from Count Bernstorf

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Page 02-48

"Cabinet of Ores and other Minerals in the University of Cambridge in New-England" addressed to American Academy of Arts and Sciences, [1796 May 17].

Article by Benjamin Waterhouse.
Note: Printed article with handwritten notes. Unsigned.

Creator: Waterhouse, Benjamin, 1754-1846; Elected 1795

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Page 02-48v

Letter from Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, 1796 July 12; [London].
Read at Stated Meeting, 1796 November 9.

Presents essays written by Rumford with a portrait to the American Academy.
Note: Labeled duplicate, not signed. See other copy, letterbook volume 2, p. 49.

Creator: Rumford, Benjamin, Graf von, 1753-1814; Elected 1789, FHM
Related documents: other copy, letterbook volume 2, p. 49

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Page 02-49

Letter from Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, 1796 July 12; [London].
Read at Stated Meeting, 1796 November 9.

Presents essays written by Rumford with a portrait to the American Academy.
Note: Volume 02 Page 48v is a duplicate copy.

Creator: Rumford, Benjamin, Graf von, 1753-1814; Elected 1789, FHM
Related documents: Volume 02 Page 48v (duplicate copy)-50

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Page 02-49v

Letter from Eliphalet Pearson to Count Rumford, 1796 November 14; [Cambridge].

Discusses donation of essays and portrait of Rumford. Accepts proposal of gift of stock to the American Academy.
Note: Labeled "copy", "Memo, the original went in the Mermaid, Capt. J. Tilton and the duplicate in the Outram, Capt. And. Sivain". See letter copies on 48 verso and 49 from Count Rumford.

Creator: [Pearson, Eliphalet, 1752-1826]; Elected 1781
Related documents: Volume 02, pp. 48v-50

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Page 02-50

Letter from Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford to John Adams, 1796 July 12; London.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1796 November 9.

Proposes a gift of stock to the American Academy.
Note: Begins the Rumford Fund or Rumford Premium. See other correspondence between Rumford and the Academy.

Creator: Rumford, Benjamin, Graf von, 1753-1814; Elected 1789, FHM

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Page 02-51

Letter from John Brand to Eliphalet Pearson, 1796 July 30; Antiquaries Apartments, Somerset Place, London.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1796 January 31.

Discusses publication exchange with the Society of Antiquaries.

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Page 02-52

Letter from Jedidiah Morse to Eliphalet Pearson, 1796 September 26; Charlestown.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: [Morse, Jedidiah, 1761-1826]; Elected 1796

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Letter from Isaac Rand to Eliphalet Pearson, 1796 October 28; Boston.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: [Rand, Isaac, 1743–1822]; Elected 1796

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Page 02-54

Letter from George Erving to Eliphalet Pearson, 1796 November 7; George Street.

Discusses Academy correspondence conveyed by Erving (primarily publications or publication related).

Creator: [Erving, George, 1738–1806]; Elected 1790, FHM

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Page 02-55

Letter from Benjamin Dearborn to John Adams, 1796 November 9; Boston.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1796 November 9.

Proposes the establishment of an Academy municipal committee.

Creator: [Dearborn, Benjamin, 1754–1838]; Elected 1794

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Letter from Nathaniel Appleton to Eliphalet Pearson, 1796 November 12; Boston.

Discusses method of transferring stocks bought in Europe.

Creator: Appleton, Nathaniel, 1731-1798; Elected 1794

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Letter from William Spooner to Eliphalet Pearson, 1796 November 18; Boston.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Spooner, William, 1760-1836; Elected 1796

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Page 02-58

Letter from Thomas Brattle to Eliphalet Pearson, 1796 November 25; Cambridge.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1797 January 25.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Brattle, Thomas, 1742-1801; Elected 1796

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Page 02-59

Letter from John Howel to The President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences [John Adams], 1797 January 6; Canton.

Presents "a few Chinese paints in water colours".

Creator: Howel, John

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Page 02-60

Letter from David Tappan to Eliphalet Pearson, 1797 January 16; Cambridge.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1797 January.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.
Note: Date of 16 written in pencil for "Read".

Creator: Tappan, David, 1752-1803; Elected 1796

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Page 02-61

Letter from Loammi Baldwin to Joseph Willard, 1797 January 25; Woburn.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1797 January 25.

Presents copies of the Academy's Memoirs found in the effects of Cyrus Baldwin.
Note: Cyrus Baldwin was recently deceased at the time the letter was written.

Creator: Baldwin, Loammi, 1745-1807; Elected 1782

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Page 02-62

Letter from John Adams to [John] Lathrop, 1797 February 12; Philadelphia.

Presents a volume by Judge Peters to the American Academy.

Creator: Adams, John, 1735-1826; Elected 1780

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Letter from Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford to Eliphalet Pearson, 1797 February 14; Munich, Bavaria.

Discusses arrangements for the gift of stock to Academy from Count Rumford.
Note: Encloses Declaration and Deed of Gift. Beginning of Rumford Fund/Rumford Premium. Labeled "No. 4".

Creator: Rumford, Benjamin, Graf von, 1753-1814; Elected 1789, FHM
Related documents: Volume 02, pp. 49v-50, 64-67

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Declaration and Deed of Gift (for stock to Academy) addressed to American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1797 February 15.

Note: Enclosure from 1797 February 14 letter from Rumford to Academy. Beginning of Rumford Fund/Rumford Premium. Labeled "Duplicate" "No. 5". Signed with seal of Munich.

Creator: [Rumford, Benjamin, Graf von, 1753-1814]; Elected 1789, FHM
Related documents: Volume 02, pp. 63, 65-67

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Power of Attorney (for stock to Academy, with witnesses and notarizations) addressed to American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1797 February 15.

Note: Enclosure from 1797 February 14 letter from Rumford to Academy. Beginning of Rumford Fund/Rumford Premium. Labeled "Duplicate" "No. 5".

Creator: [Rumford, Benjamin, Graf von, 1753-1814]; Elected 1789, FHM
Related documents: Volume 02, pg. 63-64, 66-67

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Page 02-66

Letter from Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford to The President of Directors of the Bank of the United States, 1797 February 15; Munich, Bavaria.

Requests that the Academy be allowed to receive transferred stocks despite the certificate having been lost.
Note: Enclosure from 1797 February 14 letter from Rumford to Academy. Beginning of Rumford Fund/Rumford Premium. Labeled "Duplicate", "No. 7".

Creator: Rumford, Benjamin, Graf von, 1753-1814; Elected 1789, FHM
Related documents: Volume 02, pg. 63-65, 67

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Letter from Robert Herries; Peter Lohra; Henry Kuhl, 1797.

Compiled copy of letters for Count Rumford regarding his stock.
Note: Likely an enclosure from 1797 February 14 letter from Rumford to Academy. Beginning of Rumford Fund/Rumford Premium. Labeled "Duplicate", "No. 6".
Related documents: Volume 02, pg. 63-66

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Page 02-68

Letter from Christopher Gore to Eliphalet Pearson, 1797 March 7; London.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1797 May 20.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Gore, Christopher, 1758-1827; Elected 1796

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Page 02-69

Letter from U. Hencke to American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1797 April 3; Hamburg.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1797 August 23.

[Presents a publication by Hencke to the American Academy].

Language: German

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Letter from , .
Read at Stated Meeting, 1797 August 23.

Translation of the 1797 April 3 letter from U. Hencke and explanation of how letters for the United States of America are forwarded.

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Page 02-71

Letter from Henry Kuhl to Eliphalet Pearson, 1797 August 7; Bank of the United States [Philadelphia].

Discusses arrangements for the gift of stock to Academy from Count Rumford.
Note: Labeled "No. 9".
Related documents: Volume 02, pp. 49v-50, 63-67

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Page 02-72

Letter from Joseph Dana to Eliphalet Pearson, 1797 August 21; Ipswich.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1797 August 23.

Requests that an Academy committee be appointed to evaluate Dana's amendments to the Royal Standard English Dictionary.

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Page 02-73

Letter from Benjamin Dearborn to John Adams, 1797 August 22; Boston.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1797 August 23.

Proposes the establishment of a committee for advising widows and orphans.

Creator: Dearborn, Benjamin, 1754-1838; Elected 1794

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Note

Address of Count Rumford, care of Sr. Robert Harris and Co. on small piece of paper.

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Letter from Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford to Eliphalet Pearson, 1797 August 22; Munich.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1798 January 31.

Informs Academy that their last letter to Count Rumford was likely lost.

Creator: Rumford, Benjamin, Graf von, 1753-1814; Elected 1789, FHM

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Page 02-75

Letter from Samuel L. Mitchill to Eliphalet Pearson, 1797 October 19; New York.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1798 January 31.

Acknowledges election to the Academy. Discusses real estate taxes to professors and officers at Columbia College.

Creator: Mitchill, Samuel L. (Samuel Latham), 1764-1831; Elected 1797

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Page 02-76

Letter from Joseph Pope to Rev. Belknap, 1797 October 30; Boston.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1797 November 8.

Presents paper for possible presentation to the American Academy.

Author elected 1788

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Page 02-77

Letter from John Halliburton to Eliphalet Pearson, 1797 November 2; Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1797 January 31.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Author elected 1797

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Address to John Adams upon his election as President of the United States, 1797 August 23.

Creator: [American Academy of Arts and Sciences]
Related documents: Response to the Academy by John Adams, undated (Volume 02 Page78)

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Reply to the Address of the Academy, ca. 1797 November 8.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1797 November 8.

Creator: Adams, John, 1735-1826; Elected 1780
Related documents: Address to John Adams upon his election as President of the United States (Volume 02 Page 77v)

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Page 02-79

Letter from John Brand to Eliphalet Pearson, 1797 November 11; Somerset Place, London.

Presents a copy of "Some Account of Exeter Cathedral" for the Society of Antiquaries of London.

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Letter from , .

Label for page 80: Copy of letter to Count of Rumford.
Note: Label for page 80: "Copy of letter to Count of Rumford, 10 January, 5 February and 6 June 1798" also labeled "No. 11".

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Page 02-80

Letter from to Benjamin Rumford, ; 1798.

Copies of letters written to Count Rumford, 1798: January 10, February 5, June 6.

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Page 02-81

Letter from George Richards Minot to John Lathrop, Librarian, 1798 February 21; Boston.

Presents a volume [presumably written by Minot on the history of Massachusetts Bay] for the American Academy's library.

Creator: Minot, George Richards, 1758-1802; Elected 1789

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Page 02-82

Letter from George Baron to [President of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences], 1798 May 2; Hallowell in the District of Maine.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1798 May 29.

Presents an edition of Euclid's Elements by Professor Playfair at Playfair's request; offers Baron's aid to the American Academy as they see fit.

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Page 02-83

Letter from Timothy Edwards to Eliphalet Pearson, 1798 May 24; Stockbridge.

Corrects his location as stated in a communication sent by the Academy.

Creator: Edwards, Timothy, 1738-1813; Elected 1781

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Letter from John Sinclair, 1798 June 8; Whitehall.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1798 November 13.

Acknowledges election to the Academy. Presents papers by Sinclair.
Note: On embossed stationery.

Creator: Sinclair, John, Sir, 1754-1835; Elected 1797, FHM

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Page 02-85

Letter from Timothy Dwight to Eliphalet Pearson, 1798 June 10; New Haven.

Acknowledges election to the Academy. Presents papers by Sinclair.

Creator: Dwight, Timothy, 1752-1817; Elected 1797

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Page 02-86

Letter from A. Fothergill to Eliphalet Pearson, 1798 August 12; Bath.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1799 January 30.

Presents a tract by the Bath Agricultural Society, discusses publication exchange.

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Page 02-87

Letter from John Quincy Adams, 1798 October 8; Berlin.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848; Elected 1797

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Page 02-88

Letter from Thomas Barnard to Eliphalet Pearson, 1799 January 1799; Salem.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1799 January 30.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Barnard, Thomas, 1748-1814; Elected 1798

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Page 02-89

Letter from Benjamin De Witt to Eliphalet Pearson, 1799 February 10; Albany [NY].
Read at Stated Meeting, 1799 May 28.

Presents a sketch of the salt springs in western New York, proposes publication exchange and collaboration with the Society for Agriculture Arts and Manufactures.

Creator: De Witt, Benjamin, 1774-1819; Elected 1800

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Page 02-90

Letter from J. Eckley to Rev. Lothrop [librarian], 1799 March 8.

Presents discourse by Eckley, delivered Thanksgiving, 1798.

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Page 02-91

Letter from Theophilus Bradbury to Eliphalet Pearson, 1799 March 10; Boston.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1799 May 28.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Author elected 1798

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Page 02-92

Letter from George Erving to Eliphalet Pearson, 1799 March 20; London.

Discusses the procedure for forwarding letters to Count Rumford through Erving.

Author elected 1790, FHM

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Page 02-93

Letter from Thomas Davis to Eliphalet Pearson, 1799 April 17; Boston.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1799 May 28.

Declines election to the American Academy.

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Page 02-94

Letter from , .

Envelope or cover page for "A Copy of 'Some Account of Bath Abbey &c.' presented to the American Academy by an order of the Council of the Society of Antiquaries of London dated May 10 1799, John Brand Secy.".

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Page 02-95

Letter from Loammi Baldwin to John Davis, 1799 May 21; Woburn.

Presents ballot boxes to the American Academy or Arts and Sciences.
Note: Includes note on scrap from "L.B." asking that the members of the committee be informed that the ballot boxes are prepared.

Creator: Baldwin, Loammi, 1745-1807; Elected 1782

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Page 02-96

Letter from Abiel Holmes to John Adams, 1799 May 28; Cambridge.

Presents a letter from Sir William Jones bequeathed to the Academy by President Stiles.

Creator: Holmes, Abiel, 1763-1837; Elected 1803

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Page 02-97

Letter from Nathaniel Bowditch to Eliphalet Pearson, 1799 July 15; Salem.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1800 January 29.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Bowditch, Nathaniel, 1773-1838; Elected 1799

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Page 02-98

Letter from Benjamin De Witt to Eliphalet Pearson, 1799 September 2; Albany.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1800 January 29.

Discusses publication exchange with the Society for Agriculture Arts and Manufactures, presents Society for Agriculture Arts and Manufactures publications and "An Account of some of the mineralogical productions of the state of N. York," with specimens.

Creator: De Witt, Benjamin, 1774-1819; Elected 1800

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Page 02-99

Letter from Noah Webster to Eliphalet Pearson, 1799 September 9; New Haven.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1800 January 29.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Webster, Noah, 1758-1843; Elected 1799

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Letter from John T. Kirkland to Eliphalet Pearson, 1799 September 18; Boston.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Kirkland, John Thornton, 1770-1840; Elected 1799

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Page 02-101

Letter from Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, ca. 1799.

"Act to Incorporate the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences".

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Letter from Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, ca. 1799.

"A List of the Officers of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected on the fourth Tues. of October, 1799".

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Page 02-103

Letter from Noah Webster to Eliphalet Pearson, 1799 December 25; New Haven.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1799 December 29.

Presents a memorial to the Congress of the United States by the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences and requests that the American Academy join them in endorsing it, and encloses documents related to the founding of the Connecticut Academy or Arts and Sciences.
Note: Labeled "No. 1". Enclosures, A memorial to the Congress of the United States, "Act to Incorporate the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences" and "A List of the Officers of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, elected on the fourth Tues. of October, 1799".

Creator: Webster, Noah, 1758-1843; Elected 1799

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Letter from Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1799 December 24; New Haven.

A memorial to the Congress of the United States by the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences. Suggests additions to the data acquired by the United States Census.
Note: Enclosure from 1799 December 25 letter from Noah Webster. The Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences requested that the Academy join in their request.

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Letter from Joseph McKeen to Eliphalet Pearson, 1800 January 15; Beverly.

Discusses the changes to the United States Census described in the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences memorial to the Congress of the United States, 1799 November 24.
Note: Labeled "No. 5".

Creator: McKeen, Joseph, 1757-1807; Elected 1796

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Letter from John Adams to Joseph Willard, 1800 January 21; Philadelphia.

Presents a letter and memorial to the American Academy.
Note: Enclosures, an 1800 January 20 letter from Samuel H. Smith and a memorial to the Congress of the United States by the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences and supported by the American Philosophical Society, are on separate pages in the letterbook. Doc.

Author elected Charter Member

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Page 02-107

Letter from American Philosophical Society to American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1800 January 20; Philadelphia.

Presents a memorial to the Congress of the United States by the American Philosophical Society, originated from the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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Page 02-108

Letter from American Philosophical Society, 1800 January; Philadelphia.

A memorial to the Congress of the United States by the American Philosophical Society, originating from the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences. Suggests additions to the data acquired by the United States Census.

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Letter from John Brand, 1800 March 26; London.

Presents "Mr. Pownley's Account of the Ribchester Antiquities" .

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Page 02-110

Letter from Sam Dexter to Eliphalet Pearson, 1800 May 28; Charlestown.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: [Samuel Dexter, 1761-1810]; Elected 1800

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Letter from Benjamin Thompson, Count Rumford, 1800 June 1; Royal Institution, Albemarle Street, London.

Presents a Prospectus from the Royal Institution of Great Britain.

Creator: Rumford, Benjamin, Graf von, 1753-1814; Elected 1789, FHM

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Page 02-112

Letter from John Cunningham to Eliphalet Pearson, 1800 October 27; Boston.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1801 January 28.

Presents the third edition of the Magnetic Atlas from John Churchman to the American Academy.

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Page 02-113

Letter from Francis Dana to Revd Lathrop, 1801 January 15; Cambridge.

Presents "Histoire des Découvertes Faites par Divers Savans Voyageurs dans Plusieurs Contrées de la Russie & de la Perse", vols. 1-4 to the American Academy.
Note: Volumes remain part of the Academy's collection.

Creator: Dana, Francis, 1743-1811; Elected 1780

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Page 02-114

Letter from George Erving to Eliphalet Pearson, 1801 February 2; George Street.

Discusses letter procedure forwarding and presents transactions of the Royal Society.

Author elected 1790, FHM

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Letter from Noah Atwater to James Freeman [Treasurer], 1801 May 18; Westfield.

Presents dues for American Academy membership and notifies the American Academy of Atwater's resignation.
Note: Note in pencil at the bottom of the letter reads "Not accepted. Sec. Records May 26 1801.".

Creator: Atwater, Noah, 1752-1802; Elected 1788

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Translation of 1801 May 1 letter from Chr. G. Heyne.

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Page 02-116

Letter from Christian G. Heyne, 1801 May 1; Göttingen.

Presents volumes of Transactions of the Society of Sciences at Göttingen to the American Academy.

Language: Latin
Note: Translated in adjacent note. Content notes based on translation.

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Page 02-117

Letter from Samuel Sewall to Eliphalet Pearson, 1801 July 14; Marblehead.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Sewall, Samuel, 1757-1814; Elected 1801

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Letter from John Redman Coxe to Eliphalet Pearson, 1801 September 24; Philadelphia.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1802 May 25.

Presents the 12th volume of the Transactions of the Imperial Academy of Sciences in St. Petersburg in Russia forwarded from the Imperial Academy to the American Philosophical Society for the American Academy.

Creator: Coxe, John Redman, 1773-1864

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Letter from John Redman Coxe to Eliphalet Pearson, 1802 March 5; Philadelphia.
Read at Stated Meeting, 1802 May 25.

Discusses publication exchange with the American Philosophical Society.

Creator: Coxe, John Redman, 1773-1864

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Letter from John Cushing to Eliphalet Pearson, 1802 December 1; Ashburnham.

Acknowledges receipt of the pamphlets, discusses the Cheap Repository pamphlets [known as the Cheap Repository Tracts] and other topics.
Note: A portion of the second side has been torn out but is still available on the fourth side.

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Letter from J. de Kruijff to American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1803 February 17; La Haye [The Hague].

Language: Latin

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Letter from James Winthrop to John Davis, 1803 April 7; Cambridge.

Discusses astronomic days in the context of a manuscript.
Note: Mentions the Dighton Rock inscription plan.

Creator: Winthrop, James, 1752-1821; Elected 1780

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Letter from James Thacher to John Quincy Adams [corresponding secretary], 1803 June 27; Plymouth.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Thacher, James, 1754-1844; Elected 1803

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Letter from Josiah Quincy to John Quincy Adams [corresponding secretary], 1803 August 4; Boston.

Acknowledges election to the Academy.

Creator: Quincy, Josiah, 1772-1864; Elected 1803

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[Index, page 1]

Alphabetical index to letters, first page.

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[Index, page 2]

Alphabetical index to letters, second and final page.

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