Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
John Herries Collection, 1814-1815, [1851?]

Finding aid created by
Meg Hixon, June 2012

Summary Information
Title: John Herries collection
Creator: Herries, Charles and Anonymous
Inclusive dates: 1814-1815, [1851?]
Extent: 3 items
This collection includes 2 letters that Lieutenant Colonel John Herries wrote to Charles Herries while serving with the 102nd Regiment of Foot in Canada during the War of 1812, as well as a later manuscript service record.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

2001. M-4145.2.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC). This collection has been processed according to minimal processing procedures and may be revised, expanded, or updated in the future.

Preferred Citation:

John Herries Collection, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


The collection is arranged chronologically.


John Herries, a native of Great Britain, began his lengthy military career in India, where he served as a cadet for the East India Company before joining the 52nd Regiment of Foot as an ensign in June 1792. While in India, he participated in the capture of Pondicherry and witnessed the surrender of Sri Lanka. In August 1799, Herries became captain of the 35th Regiment of Foot, with which he served in Holland, the Mediterranean, Egypt, and the Ionian Islands. He commanded the 35th regiment at Zakynthos ("Zante") for two years as major. During the War of 1812, he served as lieutenant colonel with the 102nd (later the 100th) Regiment of Foot, which he commanded during the capture of Moose Island in Passamaquoddy Bay. Herries later served as commander of the 96th Regiment of Foot in North America and Bermuda. He died on November 6, 1832.

Collection Scope and Content Note

This collection includes 2 letters (7 pages) that Lieutenant Colonel John Herries wrote to Colonel Charles Herries while serving with the 102nd Regiment of Foot in Canada during the War of 1812, as well as a later manuscript service record (1 page).

Herries wrote his first letter (4 pages) from Moose Island, Passamaquoddy Bay, on October 30, 1814, and his second letter (3 pages) from St. John, New Brunswick, on August 5, 1815. Herries reflected on his military activities and reported recent war news, such as the Royal Navy's defeat at Lake Champlain in September 1814. Herries described New Brunswick as a "rascally country," and noted that its main population consisted of pioneers. In his second letter, he reported that he had read about the Duke of Wellington's victory at Waterloo. The final item is a manuscript document that provides details about Herries's military career, which included service in India, Europe, and North America. The record was compiled after his death; according to the docket, the document was "Read 12/2 51."

Subject Terms

    • Great Britain. Army--Officers.
    • Great Britain. Army. Regiment of Foot, 102nd.
    • Lake Champlain, Battle of, N.Y., 1814.
    • Moose Island (Washington County, Me.)
    • New Brunswick--History.
    • Passamaquoddy Bay (N.B. and Me.)
    • Saint John (N.B.)
    • United States--History--War of 1812.
    • Herries, John, d. 1832.
    Genre Terms:
    • Letters (correspondence)
    • Military records.
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Box   29, Small Collections  
    John Herries collection [series]
    Folder   42  
     October 30, 1814 August 5, 1815, and  [1851?]
    Additional Descriptive Data

    "Colonel Herries." The Gentleman's Magazine, and Historical Chronicle. From July to December, 1832. Volume CII. Part 2. London: J. B. Nichols and Son, 1832.