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Selected Papers of Smith Thompson

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Thompson, Smith, 1768-1843

A graduate of Princeton (Class of 1788), Smith Thompson was an American jurist who served as secretary of the Navy (1819-1823) and associate justice of the Supreme Court (1823-1843).

The collection consists of documents and correspondence of Thompson (Princeton Class of 1788) covering, for the most part, the years when he served on the Supreme Court. Included in the collection are letters involving court matters as well as correspondence between Thompson and his second wife, the former Eliza Livingston, his daughter, Mary Louis Clark, and other family members. Among the documents are Thompson's will (1843) and papers dealing with financial matters, such as checks, promissory notes, and orders of payment.

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Folder inventory added by Feng Zhu '2014 in 2012.

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Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2008
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Collection Inventory

Correspondence with Brisson, Charles de, Count (son-in-law), 1837-1839. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Including letters by and about Thompson's grandson Leopold.

Physical Description

1 folder

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Correspondence with Clark, Mary Louise Thompson (daughter), 1837-1842. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Correspondence with Henry, A. L. (grandson), 1838-1840. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Estates of Henry and Gilbert Livingston, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Norris, William, 1842 July 5. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes letter to Eliza Thompson from Helen Norris inside

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Alexander Slidell re: Thompson Egbert (nephew), 1837 May 7. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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Correspondence from Thompson, Eliza Livingston (2nd wife), 1840-1843. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Correspondence to Thompson, Eliza Livingston, 1844-1849. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Also includes miscellaneous documents of Eliza Thompson

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1 folder

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Correspondence re: Thompson, Frederick A., 1828-1829. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Receipt for Henry Smith Thompson, 1844. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Business Correspondence, 1836-1858. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence re: Republican Gubernatorial Candidacy, 1828. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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Legal Correspondence, 1819-1845. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes correspondence (1819-1835) pertaining to David Carver

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1 folder

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Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1828-1842. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Promissory Notes, Receipts, Checks, etc., 1830-1844. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Will and Estate Matters, 1843-1852. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters to Eliza L. Thompson and Bronson French, 1812. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Note about Indebtedness of Smith Thompson Jr., 1844. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence from Todd, Eliza (niece), 1837. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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Family Correspondence from 18th Century, 1775-1779. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes one original letter from 1775, one photocopy of a 1779 letter from the Library of Congress.

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1 folder

Envelopes, undated. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Unidentified Correspondence, 1807 March 11. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Genealogies, 1949. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Memoranda and Miscellaneous Papers, 1831-1847. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes an investment schedule and a copy of the Connecticut Herald dated 1831 February 1.

Physical Description

1 folder

Diploma, L.L.D., Harvard University, 1835. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

Diploma, D.C.L., Yale University, 1825. 1 box.
Physical Description

1 box

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