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Dickinson Family Collection


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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Dickinson, S. Meredith (Samuel Meredith)

Samuel Meredith Dickinson was born at Trenton, N.J., on June 25, 1839. He studied law until 1861when he entered the military service of New Jersey as a private in the National Guard, and was later discharged to accept an appointment and commission as paymaster in the United States Navy, assigned to the U.S. Sloop of War Dale. In 1863 he was admitted as an attorney, and three years later as a counselor-at-law of New Jersey. He was the author of Chancery Precedents (1879) and Probate Court Practice (1884).

The collection consists chiefly of correspondence and documents from 1861-1862 when S. Meredith Dickinson was commissioned as a paymaster in the United States Navy, assigned to the U.S. Sloop of War "Dale". Included are his cashbook for 1861, a quarterly clothing report, and a list of sick sent to the U.S. Naval Hospital in the early months of 1862. Also included is a letter (1790) and a United States Loan Office certificate (1799) of Philemon Dickinson, his great-grandfather.

Arranged by accession number.

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.

The cash book dated 1861 bears the bookplate of "Abraham E. Cutter, Bookseller, Stationer."

AM60 Pyne-Henry, 16688, 22077.

Finding aid written by James Flannery on February 7, 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

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

Receipt of certificate for transferring amount of $664.46 to the Registry of U.S. Treasury. Written on reverse of certificate issued by the U.S. Loan Office, 1790 October 9. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter to William H. Wells, 1799. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Cashbook and other papers from time in the Navy, 1861-1865. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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