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Samuel Latham Mitchill Papers, 1801-1829

Collection Overview

The Samuel Latham Mitchill Papers consist of 522 letters or fragments dating between 1801 and 1829, but largely dating between 1801 and 1813. Most of the letters are from U.S Congressman Samuel Latham Mitchill to his wife, Catharine Akerly Cock Mitchill, with the exception of four letters written by him to other recipients and 15 letters written by other senders.

These letters touch on a wide variety of topics, including domestic politics and foreign affairs; relations with European powers; the Barbary Wars and other naval matters; the Aaron Burr conspiracy; Washington, D. C., society; Mitchill's scientific endeavors and sample collection; and his family life and travel plans. Please see the Samuel Latham Mitchill Papers: Partial Subject Index for additional information about the contents of the collection.

Digitized Collection Contents

Access to Original Materials

This collection is comprised of digital surrogates of original materials held by the William L. Clements Library. To access the original items, please consult the collection's finding aid (linked from the menu above) and see the Clements Library website to plan your visit.