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Benjamin Walker correspondence

Title
Benjamin Walker correspondence, 1782-1820.
Author
Walker, Benjamin, 1753-1818.

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Mixed materialRequest in advanceAvailableMssCol 4670Schwarzman Building - Manuscripts & Archives Room 328

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.1 linear foot (1 folder)
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Genre/Form
Certificates.
Access (note)
  • Apply to Manuscripts and Archives Division for access at http://www.nypl.org/mssref.
Source (note)
  • Donated by John S. Kennedy, 1896 as part of the Emmet Collection and J. Pierpont Morgan, 1899 as part of the Ford Collection, and purchase, 1941.
Location of Other Archival Materials (note)
  • Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.
Call Number
MssCol 4670
OCLC
898351221
Author
Walker, Benjamin, 1753-1818.
Title
Benjamin Walker correspondence, 1782-1820.
Restricted Access
Apply to Manuscripts and Archives Division for access at http://www.nypl.org/mssref.
Summary
Benjamin Walker (born 1753 in London) was an American soldier, land agent, and U.S. representative from New York, 1801-1803. He served as aide-de-camp to Friederich Wilhelm von Steuben and George Washington during the Revolutionary War, and was appointed Naval Officer of Customs for the port of New York in 1789. Walker also worked as a land agent for William Duer and for the Pulteney Estate. He moved to Utica, New York in 1797 where he died in 1818. Letters to and from Benjamin Walker, in chronological order, pertain mostly to land transactions and commissions. Correspondents include Patrick Colquhoun of London and William Duer, referring in part to funding German settlers for Genesee lands in New York. Wartime communications, 1782-1783, include two letters to Captain Pierre-Etienne Du Ponceau. An undated letter in French from Baron von Steuben asks Walker to write a letter in English to the Governor of New Jersey for his signature, and mentions efforts to influence Haring, probably Cornelius Haring, agent of confiscated land in Bergen County. Former Army officer William North advises Walker of the death of a friend, 1806, and an 1820 letter concerns Walker's estate. Other items include a certificate of customs duties paid by the Brig Caroline, signed by Walker in 1795, and a letter from Rufus King concerning the documentation of imports, 1796.
Location of Other Archival Materials
Patrick Colquhoun letters to Benjamin Walker; Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library.
Source
Donated by John S. Kennedy, 1896 as part of the Emmet Collection and J. Pierpont Morgan, 1899 as part of the Ford Collection, and purchase, 1941.
Occupation
Landowners.
Politicians.
Soldiers.
Speculators.
Statesmen.
Added Author
Colquhoun, Patrick, 1745-1820.
Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen, 1760-1844.
Duer, William, 1747-1799.
King, Rufus, 1755-1827.
North, William, 1755-1836.
Steuben, Friedrich Wilhelm Ludolf Gerhard Augustin, Baron von, 1730-1794.
Emmet collection.
Ford collection.
Research Call Number
MssCol 4670
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