Gerry-Townsend papers

Collection Data

Description
The Gerry-Townsend family of Massachusetts included statesman Elbridge Gerry (1744-1814). The collection consists of correspondence of Elbridge Gerry, 1773-1814, and his son-in-law David S. Townsend, 1812-1846); legal papers and accounts of Eliza Gerry, administrator of Elbridge Gerry's estate; deeds, mortgages, and other land papers concerning lands owned by the Gerry and Townsend families in Boston; and diary, 1813, Elbridge Gerry, Jr. kept during a journey from Cambridge, Massachusetts, to Washington, D.C. Includes letters relating to Gerry's mission to France, 1797-1798 (the XYZ Affair), and to national politics. Correspondents include John Adams, William Gordon, Gideon Granger, Thomas Jefferson, James Lovell, James Madison, W. Vans Murray, George Partridge, C.C. Pinckney, Samuel Osgood, Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., James Warren, James Wendell, and John Wendell.
Names
Adams, John, 1735-1826 (Correspondent)
Gerry, Elbridge, 1744-1814 (Creator)
Gerry, Elbridge, 1791-1883 (Correspondent)
Gerry, Eliza (Correspondent)
Gordon, William, fl. 1763-1809 (Correspondent)
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 (Correspondent)
Lovell, James, 1737-1814 (Correspondent)
Madison, James, 1751-1836 (Correspondent)
Murray, William Vans, 1760-1803 (Correspondent)
Osgood, Samuel, 1748-1813 (Correspondent)
Partridge, George, 1740-1828 (Correspondent)
Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth, 1746-1825 (Correspondent)
Trumbull, Jonathan, 1740-1809 (Correspondent)
Warren, James, 1726-1808 (Correspondent)
Wendell, James (Correspondent)
Wendell, John, 1731-1808 (Correspondent)
Townsend, David S. (Creator)
Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1675 - 1846
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 1144
Topics
Gery family
Townsend family
Cambridge (Mass.) -- Tours
United States -- Foreign relations -- France
United States -- Politics and government -- 1789-1815
Washington (D.C.) -- Description and travel
Washington (D.C.) -- Social life and customs
Diplomats
Statesmen
Real property -- Massachusetts -- Boston
XYZ Affair, 1797-1798
Genres
accounts
estate records
probate accounts
deeds
Mortgages
Correspondence
Documents
diaries
Notes
Funding: Digitization was made possible by a lead gift from The Polonsky Foundation.
Physical Description
Extent: .84 linear feet 2 boxes, 2 volumes, 1 other item
Type of Resource
Text
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b12361330
MSS Unit ID: 1144
Archives collections id: archives_collections_1144
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): f0048ea0-d758-0133-4a9b-00505686d14e
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