Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker diary

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Title
Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker diary
Names
Bleecker, Elizabeth De Hart, 1781-1864 (Creator)
Collection

Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker diary

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1799 - 1806
Library locations
Manuscripts and Archives Division
Shelf locator: MssCol 318
Topics
Bleecker, Elizabeth De Hart, 1781-1864
Bleecker family
Dehart family
McDonald family
Bedford (N.Y. : Town) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1775-1865
New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Women -- New York (State) -- New York
Yellow fever -- New York (State) -- New York
Genres
Diaries
Notes
Funding: Digitization was made possible by a lead grant from The Polonsky Foundation.
Physical Description
Extent: .2 linear feet 1 volume
Description
Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker (1781-1864) was the daughter of Anthony Lispenard Bleecker and Mary Noel of New York City. In 1800 she married Alexander Lewis McDonald (1772-1864), a Manhattan lawyer from Bedford, New York. The Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker diary (1 volume) documents her daily life in New York City from 1799 January 1 to 1806 January 11, marking her engagement (1800 March 23), marriage (1800 April 8), and the birth of her children James (1801 August 5) and Mary (1804 July 22). Entries mention the weather, health, social calls and entertainment, attendance at Trinity Church, shopping, household matters and servants, walks to the Battery, and favorite confections such as cake and ice cream. Noted local and current events include frequent alarms of fire; yellow fever epidemics; crimes and public disturbances; the death of George Washington (1799 December); shipping news and a visit to the U.S.S. President (1800 July 9); the laying of the cornerstone at City Hall (1803 May 26); the Burr-Hamilton duel (1804 July 11-13); and other matters. The diary also records an extended stay in Bedford (1803 August-November) to escape an outbreak of yellow fever in Manhattan. Births, marriages and deaths in their circle of prominent New York families are noted throughout. The family name McDonald is spelled MacDonald in the early part of the diary.
Type of Resource
Text
Languages
English
Identifiers
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19272045
MSS Unit ID: 318
Archives collections id: archives_collections_318
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 5a258170-50ae-0133-2e74-00505686a51c
Rights Statement
The New York Public Library believes that this item is in the public domain under the laws of the United States, but did not make a determination as to its copyright status under the copyright laws of other countries. This item may not be in the public domain under the laws of other countries. Though not required, if you want to credit us as the source, please use the following statement, "From The New York Public Library," and provide a link back to the item on our Digital Collections site. Doing so helps us track how our collection is used and helps justify freely releasing even more content in the future.

Item timeline of events

  • 1781: Creator Born
  • 1799: Created (Approximate)
  • 1864: Creator Died
  • 2015: Digitized
  • 2017: Found by you!
  • 2018

MLA Format

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker diary" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1799 - 1806. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/eeba78b0-7f4d-0133-77a4-00505686d14e

Chicago/Turabian Format

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker diary" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 28, 2017. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/eeba78b0-7f4d-0133-77a4-00505686d14e

APA Format

Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. (1799 - 1806). Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker diary Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/eeba78b0-7f4d-0133-77a4-00505686d14e

Wikipedia Citation

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Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker diary