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Joseph Lea Correspondence


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Lea, Joseph, fl. 1799-1802

Joseph Lea attended boarding school in Burlington, New Jersey, before enrolling as a senior at Princeton University in 1801.

The collection consists of correspondence (approximately 125 letters) between Lea and his father, Thomas Lea. Joseph writes from boarding school in Burlington, New Jersey, in 1799, to his father at Wilmington, Delaware. In September 1801 he asks for permission to attend Princeton, and given that permission he enters Princeton as a senior in November 1801, taking classes in chemistry, natural philosophy, and other subjects.

Lea's letters discuss student life, dining, clothing, mad dogs, the rebuilding of Nassau Hall after the fire of 1802, and travel to Philadelphia, Pa., to visit relatives. His father's letters (1799-1802) are filled with concerns for his son's spiritual and physical well-being.


Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

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Collection Inventory

Letters from Joseph Lea to his father, Thomas Lea, 1799-1802. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

Letter from Sarah Smith to Joseph Lea, 1802. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letters from Thomas Lea to his son, Joseph Lea, 1799-1802. 4 folders.
Physical Description

4 folders

Letters from miscellaneous to Thomas Lea, 1800-1802. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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