Richard Cary Morse papers  1852-1886 (bulk 1853-1863)
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4: Documents from Minto's time [subseries]
Box   3 Folder   2
1.  16 July 1757: Extract from the Baptismal Record of Leghorn [= Livorno in Italy] for 8 April 1739 for Anna Elisabetta, daughter of Capitano Daniello di [P]uglielmo Dousuord di Londra and Marg. d'And. Par[?]ment di Livorno    [Note: Elisabetta later became Mrs. Slop: see letter of Minto to Johnstone dated 23 November 1778. ]
 
2.  15 December 1768 to 15 December 1769: Reading card for the library of the University of Edinburgh    [Note: Housed in Graphics Division.]
 
3.  1771:
Invitation from Adam Ferguson to Walter Minto (perhaps to attend a lecture by Ferguson)
 
4.  24 January 1776: Testimonial (in Latin) by James Robertson of Minto's study at the University of Edinburgh between 1768 and 1771.
Minto called a scholar and citizen of the library; in 1768 he studied Latin, in 1769 Logic and Latin, in 1770 Natural Philosophy, Logic, Latin and Greek, in 1771 Moral Philosophy under professors of arts and sciences) and in 1775 (when he studied Moral Philosophy and Rhetoric).
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5.  25 November 1778: Statements by two doctors in Pisa, Carlo Barsanti and Domenico Cappucci, about John Johnstone's health    [Note: In Italian; with two notarizations in Latin, 1 December 1778. ]
 
6.  30 November 1778: Certificate of good conduct of Walter Minto, in company with John Johnstone, by Conte Cosimo Agostini.    [Note: In Italian; with two notarizations in Latin, 1 December 1778.]
 
7.  1 December 1778:    [Note: In Italian; notarized. ]
Certificate of good conduct for Walter Minto by Jacopo Andrea Tommasini, professor of mathematics at University of Pisa.
 
8.  2 December 1778: Receipt for 20 sequins from "William" Minto for passage from Leghorn to England, signed by Willis Machell.
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9.  1 February 1779: Attestation of Walter Minto's good behavior in Pisa by Count Demetrius de Mocenigo, Commissary General of the Navy in Italy for the Empress of Russia, Pisa.    [Note: In French.]
 
10.  13 March 1779: Attestation by Jean Baptiste Poirel, French vice consul, that Minto was put at liberty in Cadix on 23 February [1779], signed by Poirel at "consulat general de France a Cadix" on 13 March 1779.    [Note: In French.]
Specifically, that Minto, who was made a prisoner of war on the English ship "Le Westmoreland" by the French ship "Le Destin", passed from Cadiz to Genes [= Genoa] on the "Paquebot" Hollandais called "Le Postillou" commanded by Joseph Dodero.
 
11.  18 April 1782: Bill of lading for a box of books, Port of Livorno.    [Note: In Italian.]
Minto's name is not on this, but rather Reverend Padre Ockelli; mentions journey to Ostend, signed Giorgio Bagovich, Dice Epene.
 
12.  11 June 1782: (Florence) Passport for Minto for passage through Germany, signed by Sir Horace Mann.    [Note: Housed in Broadsides under Great Britain, Florentine Legation. ]
 
13.  3 February 1786: Diploma from the University of Aberdeen for the degree of LL.D. for Walter Minto.    [Note: Housed in Oversize Manuscripts. ]
 
14.  20 May 1786: Certificate of Walter Minto's membership in the Orange Society, Edinburgh, signed by Selkirk Steuart, president, and James Wright, secretary.
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15.  7 April 1787: Invitation to Walter Minto to attend Columbia College commencement on the Tuesday following (April 10).
 
16.  1787 [day and month not filled in yet, but probably between March, when first contact was made with Minto, and May, when school opened]: Draft of an agreement between Minto and the trustees of Erasmus Hall in Flatbush for his services as principal of the Hall.    [Note: Minto was at Flatbush for circa six months before October 1787. ]
 
17.  24 July 1787: Minto's certificate of U.S. naturalization, New York
 
18.  [September 1788]: Draft of a proposal
Proposed by Minto to give up 5 pounds of his salary to purchase a medal to be given by the trustees and faculty of the College for the best dissertation on either of 2 topics: the unlawfulness and impolicy of capital punishment and the unlawfulness and impolicy of African slavery (date from Eisenhart, pp. 290-91).
Box   3 Folder   6
19.  17 January 1789 : Certificate of membership in the American Philosophical Society, signed by B. Franklin, John Ewing, Wm. White, and David Rittenhouse and witnessed by James Hutchinson, R. Patterson, Sam. Magan, and Jn. Vaughan.
 
20.  1 December 1790: Bond of Matthew Clarke to Minto for 160 pounds
 
21.  22 October 1792: Certificate of membership in the St. Andrew's Society of New York.    [Note: Housed in Small Broadsides under S. ]
 
22.  6 May 1793: Indenture between Walter Minto and the Congregation for 2 pews in the Presbyterian meeting house, Princeton.
 
23.  6 July 1795: Memorandum of an agreement between Benjamin Smith and Walter Minto.
Smith was one of the executors of the will of Samuel [T]ucker, deceased. Agreement "not to expose to sale" the house and land now in Minto's possession and that Minto will execute a bond for 590 pounds to be paid 1/3 on 1 October 1795 the other 2/3 in 4 equal annual payments beginning 1 October 1796.
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24.  28 September 1795,  1796[with "six" written over a "five," but day and month are torn away]: Part 1: Bond of indemnity by Minto to Richard Stockton for 1180 pounds, with additional stipulations, with Thomas P. Johnsone, among others, as witness. Part 2: Some sort of codicil by Mary Skelton [Minto], executrix of Minto's last will (he being deceased), probably asking to have debt set aside, with Elizabeth Skelton as witness
 
25.  1 October 1795: Note beginning "Doctor Minto sined a Bond in conjunction with Richard Stockton to [T]uckers Executors" for 590 pounds.    [Note: This note was found with Stockton letter in Series I, sub-series 1 above, and is clearly connected with it in subject matter, but it is not in the same hand, and it is uncertain whether the two were originally together in the Minto donation. ]
With payment schedule on reverse through 1 October 1799 (see item 9 above).
 
26.  2 May 1796: Bond of Minto to Robert Armstrong for 200 pounds.
With notes of repayment on back from Mary Minto in 4 installments (1797-98), the last of which has the name of Josiah Skelton (Mary Minto's older brother) on it; with receipt from Armstrong dated 4 May 1796 for a piece of paper mentioned in the bond.
 
27.  3 May 1796,  4 May 1796: Statement and release of quitclaim between Robert Armstrong and his slave Tony.
Part 1: Copy of statement made on 30 April 1796 that Robert Armstrong brought before 2 justices and 2 overseers of the poor his slave Tony, sound of mind, etc. (original filed in Clerk's office of Middlesex County on 3 May 1796). Part 2: Release by Armstrong of quitclaim to Tony.
Box   3 Folder   8
28.  4 May 1796: Bond of John Duryie and Toney to Minto for 200 pounds.
John Duryie and Toney both free black men (but Toney late a slave to Robert Armstrong, from whom Minto had previously bought him for 100 pounds, as this document says). Bond stipulates that if Toney binds himself to Minto for 6 years and 5 months and carries out all lawful commands, then the debt will be extinguished.
 
29.  [October 1796 = the week after 21 October ]: Draft of obituary for Minto.
 
30.  8 November 1796,  9 November 1796: Board of Trustees of the College of New Jersey directs Enos Kelley to call on Minto's executor and retrieve the books, public stock, cash, etc. that Minto had as Treasurer of the College. Receipt by Enos Kelley to Mary Minto for the above items.
 
31.  23 May 1801: Bill of lading.
For one box, shipped from Leith to New York on the Russell, directed to Mrs. Minto, to be delivered to Mrs. Chrystie of New York for payment; contents unknown to Rowland Gibbs, master of the Russell [probably sent by the Mintos in Scotland; cf. letters of Nanny Minto to Mrs. Chrystie dated 1797 and of Walter Minto Sr. to Mary Minto dated 1798]