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Philip Morin Freneau Collection

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

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Freneau, Philip Morin, 1752-1832

Philip Morin Freneau is usually referred to as the "poet of the American Revolution." Born in New York, he graduated from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University) in 1771. Although Freneau had produced several poems before college, it was the experience of pre-Revolutionary War Princeton that turned his interest to public writing. Political concerns led Freneau, James Madison, and their friends Hugh Henry Brackenridge and William Bradford, Jr., to revive the defunct Plain Dealing Club as the American Whig Society. Charged with literary and political enthusiasm, Freneau and Brackenridge collaborated on a picaresque narrative, Father Bambo's Pilgrimage to Mecca in Arabia, which presents comic glimpses of life in eighteenth-century America. In later years, Freneau was the editor of several newspapers, the most important of which was The National Gazette, Jefferson and Madison's Republican response to Alexander Hamilton's Federalist paper, Gazette of the United States.

The collection consists of selected correspondence (both original and copies), receipts, and manuscripts of Freneau. Correspondents include Peter Freneau, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison. Included is one manuscript sheet of a play by Freneau titled The Spy.

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.

Various AM.

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Finding aid written by James Flannery on February 17, 2006. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Date
2006
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The collection is open for research.

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Collection Inventory

"The Spy" 1 sheet of manuscript. End of Act 3, Scene 3 and beginning of Scene 4, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

"Winter" poem (photostat), undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Copies of Letters to and from Jefferson and Madison, 1791-1815. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Photocopy of a letter from Philip Morin Freneau to Francis Childs and envelope, 1795 January 11. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Promissory note, 1808 October 19. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Receipt, 1792 August 16. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Receipt to John Ross for subscription to the National Gazette, 1793 October 26. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Receipt for subscription to the National Gazette, 1793. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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