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Alfred Goddard Kay Autograph Collection

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Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Kay, Alfred Goddard, 1899-1973

Alfred Goddard Kay (Princeton Class of 1912) was an American stock broker and collector.

The collection consists primarily of letters and documents of American and French historical figures of the Revolutionary War period. The collection also contains an autograph album of 19th century American politicians and writers, as well as several English manuscripts. Included are two autograph letters (1781) by George Washington to the Marquis de Chastellux, written at the start of the Yorktown campaign; an autograph letter (1778) by Silas Deane from Paris, with documents listing his accounts charged to the United States for services and supplies purchased on its behalf; an autograph letter (1851) by Charles Dickens to an American friend recalling a previous visit to the United States; and 53 letters (1867-1871) by Burr Kellogg, an American working with an English theatrical touring company, while on a trip around the world with stops in such places as Australia, India, Italy, and Japan. Printed items consist of a Quaker broadside (1769), a copy of The Providence Gazette (1783) regarding Count de Grasse, a copy of Gazette de France (1779), and a circular letter (1875) with a photograph regarding the kidnapping of four-year-old Charles Brewster Ross.

Given in memory of Alfred Goddard Kay (Princeton Class of 1912) by his wife.

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This collection was processed by Ran Tao in 2004. Finding aid written by Ran Tao in 2004.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Ran Tao
Finding Aid Date
2004
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence of individuals such as Charles Dickens, Millard Fillmore, King George II of Great Britain, Ulysses S. Grant, John Hancock, Martin Van Buren, and George Washington.

Arrangement

Arranged alphabetically by correspondent.

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ALS to General Woodford (with typed transcript), 1779 October 5. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

ALS to Benjamin Austin [father] (with typed transcript), 1777 December 6. 1 folder.
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1 folder

AMs diary of a trip to the West Indies (with typed transcript), 1779. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

AN in 3rd person, 12 March. 1 folder.
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1 folder

DS, 1790 December 30. 1 folder.
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1 folder

AN in 3rd person, 1827 September 15. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ALS to Joseph I. Speed, 1830 February 16. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

ALS, regarding dinner party of Horatio Gates, 1780 October 26. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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ALS to Thomas Cushing, 1778 March 2. 1 folder.
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1 folder

3 Ds, accounts for the United States Government, 1780-1781. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

ALS to George Palmer Putnam (with typed transcript), 1851 July 24. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Dealer information regarding Dickens letter, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

DS, broadside proclamation by the President and the Supreme Executive Council regarding Chevalier de Longchamps' assault on M de Baré-Marbois, 1784 June 4. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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5 Ds (copies), regarding the Longchamps–Barbé-Marbois affair, 1784. 1 folder.
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1 folder

TL by Edna Vosper to [?] Sweet, regarding the Longchamps–Barbé-Marbois affair, 1935 October 26. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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ALS to Hillman B. Barnes, 1856 November 19. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

DS, 1753 March 24. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Engraving of George II, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Newspapers clipping, "Mr. Thackeray's Lectures. George the Second", dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

DS, 1785 December 22. 1 folder.
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1 folder

3 drawings in India ink of George III, dates not examined. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

ALS to President James Madison (with typed transcript), 1812 December 12. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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ALS to Provost Marshall, 1863 March 28. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ALS to Dr. William J. Brown, 1863 March 28. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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DS [while President of Congress] regarding William Bacon, 1775 May 19. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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D attributed to Henry, 1792 December 1. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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DS, August, 1827. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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DS to Joseph Kingsbury, 1789 May 22. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

53 ALsS to Kate Kellogg [sister] while on a trip around the world with stops in such places as Asia, Australia, India, Italy, and Japan, 1867-1871. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

ALS to [unknown], undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Longchamps, Chevalier de, dates not examined. 1 item.
Scope and Contents

See Dickinson, John

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1 item

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1 box

ALS to Josiah Meigs [brother], 1819 November 25. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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ALS to [unknown], 1799 February 25. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

AL, extracts from a letter to Le Comte de St. Germain, 1777 November 12. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

D, "Armee de Rochambeau,", 1782 September 2. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ANS (with translated typed transcript), 1792 May 19. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Ross, Charles Brewster, dates not examined. 1 item.
Scope and Contents

See Stokley, W. S.

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1 item

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1 box

ALS to John Rutherford, 1804 July 19. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Circular letter regarding Charles Brewster Ross' abduction and $5,000 reward, with photograph of Ross, 1875 January 26. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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ALS to Ethan Shepley, 1843 September 6. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ALS to [unknown], 1852 July 22. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

ALS to Marquis Francois Jean de Chastellux, 1781 May 7. 1 folder.
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1 folder

ALS to Marquis Francois Jean de Chastellux (with typed transcript), 1781 September 10. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Dealer information regarding Washington letter, September 10. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of papers such as the "Gazette de France," the "Loyalist Report" and "The Providence Gazette."

Arrangement

Not arranged according to any arrangement scheme.

Physical Description

1 box

Gazette de France, 1779 September 17. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Loyalist Report: AM to British Intelligence, "Intelligence from New England,", circa 1782. 1 folder.
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1 folder

The Providence Gazette: Account regarding Count de Grasse (Francois Joseph Paul) (page 2, column 3), 1722-1788. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Quakers: D, broadside, "Meeting for Sufferings,", 1769. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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1 box

DS, assessing taxes for the town of Reading, County of Middlesex, 1779 September 27. 1 folder.
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1 folder

DS, order issued to Nathan Ridley, 1780 July 5. 1 folder.
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1 folder

DS, receipt issued by M. le Comte de Barras to M. André Carente, Newport, 1781 August 1. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

[Printed on board a French vessel in Newport Harbor by the same press that made the 24 copies of Chastellux Journal Promissory note.]

Physical Description

1 folder

Autograph album of Gustavus W. Scholl, dates not examined. 1 item.
Scope and Contents

Contains signatures of Abraham Lincoln, John George Nicolay, Hohn Milton Hay, Henry W. Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant, and other Civil War autographs, both written and pasted in.

Physical Description

1 item

Print, Suggest