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Joseph Bloomfield Collection

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

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in their reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

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Bloomfield, Joseph, 1753-1823.

Joseph Bloomfield was an early governor of New Jersey. He was educated at the Rev. Enoch Green's Academy. He served as mayor of Bloomfield (1795-1800), clerk of the state assembly, register of the court of admiralty, and attorney general of New Jersey. In 1801 he was elected governor of the New Jersey legislature over Richard Stockton; re-elected in1804, he served till 1812. As governor, he signed the gradual emancipation act in 1804, which reduced the slave population in New Jersey from six percent in 1800 to eighteen individuals by the year 1860. Also as governor, he requested the prosecutor of Bergen County to acquit Aaron Burr for shooting Alexander Hamilton in their duel at Weehawken. In 1812 president Madison appointed Bloomfield brigadier general in the United States Army. He was also elected twice to Congress, from March 4, 1817, to March 4, 1821

The collection consists chiefly of correspondence between Bloomfield and Nicholas Biddle, David Brearley, Aaron Burr, Thomas P. Johnson, Samuel McLane, Edward Miller, and Rev. Andrew Hunter. Also present is a circular letter (1802) sent on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the College of New Jersey announcing the destruction of Nassau Hall and asking for money to re-build it, and an address (1808) of the Trustees of the College signed by Bloomfield.

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.

Letter to Dr. Edward Miller: Gift of Mrs. Samuel Miller.

Letter to Nicholas Biddle dated May 13, 1805: Gift of Gordon Black Jr.

Four letters to Nicholas Biddle regarding Clio Society: Purchased in 1943.

Address of the Trustees: Gift of Mrs. Osgood (Sheldon estate). Various AM.

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

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2009
Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Letter from Joseph Bloomfield to Nicholas Biddle, 1805 May 13. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Regarding the uniforms of the Militia of New Jersey, and mentioning the continued increase of students at the College of New Jersey.

Physical Description

1 folder

4 Letters from Joseph Bloomfield to Nicholas Biddle regarding Cleosophic Society at the College of New Jersey, 1813. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from David Brearley to Joseph Bloomfield, 1788 July 3. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Advising Bloomfield to give up certain certificates for debt which Uzal Meeker had lodged with him, with a note to Elisha Boudinot from Bloomfield

Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Joseph Bloomfield to Aaron Burr, 1803 April 16. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Notifying Burr of the degree of Doctor of Laws conferred on him and judge Bushrod Washington by the Trustees.

Physical Description

1 folder

Commission of Chaplain of the First Brigade, First Division of the Militia of New Jersey, 1974 June 20. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Joseph Bloomfield to Thomas P. Johnson returning certain papers, etc., 1803 December 7. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter from Joseph Bloomfield to Samuel McLane, 1807 April 11. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

McLane's ward, Vincent Lockerman, has been suspended from the College of New Jersey for his part in the riots of 1807.

Physical Description

1 folder

Printed circular letter calling for subscriptions to rebuild Nassau Hall, sent to Rev. Abeel in New York, 1802 March 19. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Printed circular letter calling for subscriptions to rebuild Nassau Hall, with holograph revisions, sent to Joseph Alston, Esq. in Charleston, 1802 March 19. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Address of the College of New Jersey to the Friends of Religion and Learning, signed by Bloomfield, 2 pp., 1808. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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