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Thomas Picton Collection


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

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Picton, Thomas, 1775 or 1776-1861

Rev. Thomas Picton was the principal of Woodbury Academy in Gloucester County, N.J. He was awarded an honorary degree from The College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), in 1811.

The collection consists of three sermons and one letter by Rev. Thomas Picton. On the first page of the first and second sermons, Picton recorded dates, names, and locations of baptisms that he performed or sermons that he preached. The first sermon (11 leaves), based on Psalm 58:11, bears the date of a baptism performed on Sept. 11, 1768; the second sermon (12 leaves) is on Haggai 1:7 and has a date of a baptism performed on June 11, 1771. The third sermon (4 leaves, undated) is based on 2 Cor. 13-14. In a letter to Samuel Ladd Howell, dated Westfield, Dec. 24, 1807, Picton discusses the possibility of succeeding Prof. Andrew Hunter, Jr. (Princeton Class of 1772) as professor of mathematics at the College of New Jersey.

Folders are organized by date.

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.

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Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Collection Inventory

Sermon: Haggai 1:7, 12 Leaves, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Sermon: Psalm 58:11, 11 Leaves, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Sermon: 2 Corinthians 13-14, 4 Leaves, circa 1779. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Letter to Samuel L. Howell, 24 December 1807. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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