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Compton Townsend Correspondence


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

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Overview and metadata sections

Compton, Townsend.

From the letters, Compton Townsend appears to be a London businessman of the early nineteenth century.

The collection consists of early nineteenth-century correspondence between Compton in London, England (mostly drafts of his letters), and his relatives and friends in Philadelphia. The letters are full of family news and comments on political affairs of the day. Correspondents include Elliott Cresson, Joseph Head, Samuel Sansom, William Compton Thornton (cousin), Jacob S. Waln, and Sarah R. Waln.

Arranged in chronological order.

The letters were a gift of Bruce C. Willsie, Princeton Class of 1986, in 1988 (AM89-51).

Finding aid written by James Flannery on January 26, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

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Collection Inventory

Letters by Townsend Compton received from relatives in Philadelphia, drafts of letters sent, 1816-1832. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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