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Samuel Williams Papers

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Anonymous sermons, not by Williams   1732-50 

1 1

Observations on air and water temperatures (photocopies)   1752-88 

1 2

Bond of Abner How to Abigail Williams, for payment of 100 pounds for land owned by Samuel Williams in Westmoreland, NH*   1761 February 10 

1 3

"The Elements of Theology" (photocopy)   1762 

1 4

Deposition of Daniel Fuller and Thomas Barnard, conerning Williams' claim against John Hobson for land in York, Maine*   1768 November 2 

1 5

Sermon notes and texts   1768-1808 

1 6

Letter from Samuel Woodward announcing birth of Woodward's daughter*   1769 October 8 

1 7

Retained copy of letter to Andrew Oliver, about observation of comets   1769 November 29 

1 8

Account of divisions/controversies in east parish church, Bradford, Massachusetts*   1771-73 

1 9

Astonomical notes and observations (photocopies)   1771-80 

1 10

Note from Timothy Walker, asking Williams to take Benjamin Thompson on as a student (photocopy)   1772 June 18 

1 11

Notes of legal case of ejectment against James Gray of Pepperell*   1772 December 

1 12

Letter from J. Barnard, concerning printing of Williams' sermon, Barnard's upcoming wedding, local religious news, etc.*   1772 April 3 

1 13

Letter from Sarah Thompson to Jane Williams concerning book Benjamin Thompson had borrowed (photocopy)   1775 October 23 

1 14

Letter from Samuel Eliot, thanking Williams for sending him a load of hay*   1778 June 5 

1 15

Letter from Phillips Payson, proposing a meeting to discuss forming an academy of science and literature*   1778 November 4 

1 16

Uncomplete deed from Samuel and Jane Williams to ?, for lands in Buxton, Maine, and Rowley, Massachusetts*   1779 March 8 

1 17

Letter from Joseph Howe, concerning loss of manuscript of Williams' "Observations on the Earthquakes of New England"*   177? July 13 

1 18

Inventory of Harvard scientific apparatus (photocopy)   1780 April 8 

1 19

Letter from Jeremy Belknap to ?, on phenomena of "dark day," Chesterfield's letters, New Hampshire politics, news from Dover, N.H., etc.*   1780 June 12 

1 20

Professors' disapproval of Hardvard annual theses (photocopy)   1780 August 28 

1 21

Preparations for voyage to Penoscot Bay to make astronomical observations (photocopy)   1780 October 5 

1 22

Notes on expedition to Penobscot Bay to observe solar eclipse*   1780 October 20-28 

1 23

Letter from ? describing conditions of eclipse in Saco, Maine (incomplete)*   1780 October ? 

1 24

Inagural address, assuming professorship of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy at Harvard   1780 

1 25

Petition to Harvard for a house (photocopy)   1780 

1 26

Astronomical lectures at Harvard (photocopies)   1780-81 

1 27

Record of Rutland, VT town meetings, and notes on Williams Family genealogy (photocopy)   1781 January 4 

1 28

Note from Francis Moore Jr., offering to take French or Dutch bills of exchange at 20 percent under par*   1781 April 2 

1 29

Letter to Ebenezer Storer, concerning plans for education young men (photocopy)   1781 June 20 

1 30

Petition to Harvard, requesting use of silver tankard (photocopy)   1781 June 26 

1 31

Letter from Ezra Stiles, concerning Dighton Rock, pre-Columbian discoveries of America, electricity, etc. *   1782 June 5 

1 32

Letter to Nathan Frazier, detailing Williams' annual expenses and inadequacy of his Harvard salary*   1782 October 14 

1 33

Letter from Moses Frazier, asking about Williams' family and value of Massachusetts notes in hard money*   1782 November 3 

1 34

Retained copies of letters to Joseph Lalande. Rev. Mashelyne, Joseph Plantor, and Edward Bridgen, on various scientific topics*   1782 December 10 - 1783 April 27 

1 35

"Electricity," lecture (photocopy)   1782 

1 36

Letter from Ezra Stiles, concerning discovery of new planet (Uranus), astronomy, Cook's Voyages, etc.*   1783 January 19 

1 37

Translation of letter from Joseph Lalande, thanking Williams for data, discussing work on Uranus*   1783 February 14 

1 38

Letter to John Jones, concerning Jones' failure to collect rents for the Hopkinton trustees*   1783 June 16 

1 39

Letter to Jacobus Hemmer, Mannheim Academy, sending along meteorological observations (not present)*   1783 September 26 

1 40

Retained copies of letters to Jacobus Hemmer, Thomas Brand Hollis and ?, concerning scientific societies, Harvard during the Revolution, Benjamin Thomas, etc.*   1783 September 26- October 10 

1 41

Letter to Benjamin Thompson, assuring him of Williams' esteem and friendship (photocopy)   1783 November 1 

1 42

Letter to Rev. ? Prince, sending pamphlets with Mr. Temple, hoping for amity between England and the United States (photocopy)   1783 November 1 

1 43

Fragment of letter to F. Temple, hoping for amity between England and United States (photocopy)   1783 November 

1 44

Letter (in Latin) from Jacobus Hemmer, concerning Williams' meteorological communications and similar observations in Europe*   1784 February 6 

1 45

Letter from William Fraser to ? Jackson, recommending Benjamin Thompson for service to Duke of Bavaria (photocopy)   1784 February 27 

1 46

Note from Leonard Williams to Jane Williams, sending love to family (photocopy)   1784 May 4 

1 47

Letter from Ebenezer Bowman to Hopkinton trustees, about his pay for teaching in Cambridge schools (photocopy)   1784 May 5 

1 48

Receipt from William Turner to John Williams, for payment for teaching Williams' son*   1784 June 25 

1 49

Note from Dr. ? Noyes, cancelling appointment with Williams*   1784 June 31 

1 50

Note to Worcester jailer, requesting release of David Newell (photocopy)   1784 September 24 

1 51

Manuscript of "The situation of the University at Cambridge, and the state of the country round it," for Mannheim Ephemerides of 1785*   1784 

1 52

Lectures on air, Part I (photocopies)   1784 

1 53

Note from John Avery, requesting return of "Mr. Saffary's" map (photocopy)   1785 May 17 

1 54

Note from Eliphalet Williams, introducing Samuel Pitkin (photocopy)   1785 September 24 

1 55

"An Exhortation for the careful observation of the Relations which Trees bear to each other..." (photocopy)   1785 

1 56

Lectures on air, Part II (photocopies)   1785 

1 57

Astronomy of comets, lectures at Harvard (photocopies)   1785? 

1 58

Meteorologucal data recorded by David Rittenhouse (photocopy)   1785-86 

1 59

Letter from Samuel Vaughan, has circulated Williams' plan for a new journal (photocopy)   1786 May 22 

2 1

Notes from John Avery, postponing meeting of Massachusetts-New York boundary commission*   1786 July 8 

2 2

Letter from Benjamin Thompson, sending money for mother and setting up codes for secret correpsondence (photocopy)   1786 July 23 

2 3

Letter (in Latin) from Jacobus Hemmer, concerning Williams' meteorological observations   1786 September 1 

2 3a

Letter to "John Chandler" (Benjamin Thompson), will visit Thompson's mother soon (photocopy)   1786 October 9 

2 4

Letter to Benjamin Thompson, concerning letters gone astray (photocopy)   1786 October 10 

2 5

Letter from Samuel Vaughan, hoping that he and his son Samuel will keep in touch with Williams*   1786 November 13 

2 6

Letter from Benjamin Thompson, will send scientific publications, thanks Williams for helping his mother (photocopy)   1786 December 24 

2 7

Receipt for 10 dollars to Thaddeus Mason (photocopy)   1787 January 5 

2 8

Letter from Edward Bridgen, concerning loss of box of instruments and letters sent to Williams sent via Captain Beech*   1787 January 26 

2 9

Letter to Edward Bridgen, concerning instruments sent to Williams, and foster exchange of scientific publications*   1787 April 20 

2 10

Letter to Benjamin Thompson, on scientific studies, societies and honors (photocopy)   1787 April 20 

2 11

Letter to Jacobus Hemmer, on observations of American rain, temperature and air (photocopy)   1787 April 20 

2 12

Letter from Osgood Carleton, asking Williams to attend his Boston lecture on astronomy*   1787 June 26 

2 13

Letter from Paul Burbeen, asking Williams to read his "Plan for the Reduction of Square and Spherical Measure into each other"*   1787 August 15 

2 14

Letter from Benjamin Thompson requesting botanical specimens and two Indian Bibles (photocopy)   1797 September 17 

2 15

Letter to Ebenezer Storer, concerning Williams' finances at Harvard (photocopy)   1788 April 6 

2 16

Note certifying deposit of Massachusetts securities in Harvard treasury (photosopy)   1788 May 20 

2 17

Letter of resignation from Harvard (photocopy)   1788 June 23 

2 18

Letter to Ebenezer Storer, concerning Williams' finances at Harvard (photocopy)   1788 June 2 

2 19

Letter to David Rittenhouse, on leaving Harard and need for a new job (photocopy)   1788 June 30 

2 20

Letter to Ebenezer Storer, about returning Williams' house to Harvard (photocopy)   1788 August 24 

2 21

Letter to (?), concerning sale of Williams' house to pay debts (photocopy)   1788 September 18 

2 22

Note from Nathaniel (?), requesting payment to Margaret Emery (photocopy)   1788 November 5 

2 23

Promissory note to Margaret Emery (photocopy)   1788 November 5 

2 24

Account of financial dealings with Margaret Emery (photocopy)   1788 November 5 

2 25

Lecture on magnetism (photocopy)   (1788?) 

2 26

Letter to Ira Allen, about getting University of Vermont chartered (photocopy)   1789 May 1 

2 27

Letter to Joseph Banks, enclosing a treatise on comets (not included)   1789 September 16 

2 28

Modern typescript of newspaper article, "Observations on the establishment of a University in the state of vermont," supposedly by Williams   1789 September 23 

2 29

Letter from (?), concerning some missing papers (photocopy)   1789 November 9 

2 30

Meteorological observations for 1790 and 1791 (photocopies)   1790-1791  

2 31

Retained copies of letters to Ebenezer Storer, about Williams' Hopkinton/Harvard finances   1791 October 4 - 1791 December 19 

2 32

Note from Josiah Baldwin, requesting a pair of shoes (photocopy)   1792 January 7 

2 33

Statement of financial accounts between Williams, Harvard College and the Hopkinton trustees   1792 February 

2 34

Letter to Ira Allen, about Williams' "History of Vermont" (photocopy)   1792 July 11 

2 35

Deed from Samuel and Benjamin Payne to John Alsop "et al", one right in Sterling, VT (photocopy)   1792 July 24 

2 36

Retained copy of letter to Ebenezer Storer, about Williams' finances at Harvard   1792 September 1 

2 37

Receipt from Ebenezer Storer, for money paid to Hopkinton trustees (photocopy)   1793 January 18 

2 38

Incomplete letter from (Ebenezer Storer) on settling Williams' accounts with Hopkinton trustees (photocopy)   1793 January 19 

2 39

Letter from Jonas Fay, suggesting outline and subjects for Williams' history of Vermont (photocopy)   1793 January 27 

2 40

Letter to James Whitelaw, about Whitelaw's map of Vermont (photocopy)   1793 March 21 

2 41

Court order to pay Williams for services as Chaplain, Rutland County, VT   1793 March  

2 42

Note from Anthony Haswell, asking Williams to account for tallow borrowed*   1793 April 5 

2 43

Letter to Ebenezer Storer, concerning settlement of Williams' affairs with Harvard (photocopy)   1793 April 16 

2 44

Letter from (Ebenezer Storer), enclosing Harvard resolution to pay Williams 100 English punds (photocopy)   1793 May 10 

2 45

Letter from Joseph Callender, about printing map for Williams' "History of Vermont"   1793 June 12 

2 46

Note from Leonard Williams, about printing map for "History of Vermont" (photocopy)   1793 June 15 

2 47

Letter to Paul Brigham, comparing earthquakes and politics, discussing the state constitutional convention (photocopy)   1793 July 17 

2 48

Note to Paul Brigham, requesting information on the militia and ministers of the upper Connecticut River Valley (photocopy)   1793 August 12 

2 49

Receipt from Ebenezer Storer, for dues to American Academy of Arts and Sciences (photocopy)   1793 October 24 

2 50

Letter to James Whitelaw, about Whitelaw's map of Vermont (photocopy)   1793 November 2 

2 51

Note from Daniel Chipman, asking Williams to discount five dollars from Obadiah Wheelers' tax rate*   1793 December 7 

2 52

Letter from David Carlisle, Jr., offering terms for printing Williams' "History of Vermont"*   1793 December 12 

2 53

Agreement with John Graham about rights to "History of Vermont"   1794 October 30 

2 54

Letter to Ira Allen, about "History of Vermont" (photocopy)   (1794) 

2 55

"Philosophical Essays on the first principles of Morality and Christianity" (photocopy)   (1794?) 

2 56

Letter to David Carlisle, about printing and sale of "History of Vermont"   1795 January 2 

2 57

Letter from David Calisle, Jr., about sales and distribution of "History of Vermont"   1795 March 2 

2 58

Note from John A Graham, enclosing advertisement disavowing all responsibilities for Rachel F. Graham (photocopy)   1795 November 20 

2 59

Letter to C.R. and G. Weber, concerning Williams' debt to them (photocopy)   1798 January 8 

2 60

James W. Henry, U.S. Army lieutenant's commission to Leonard Williams*   1799 March 1 

2 61

Receipt from Samuel Prentiss, for $64.80 judgement in A. Fitch v. Williams court case*   1799 Movember 1 

2 62

Bill from James Evarts, for paper sold to Williams by Josiah Stevens*   1803 May 7 

2 63

Letter from Thomas and Thomas about reprinting the "History of Vermont"   1803 May 28 

2 64

Note from Isaac Tichenor, requesting help with a speech (photocopy)   1803 September 12 

2 65

Extract of a letter, concerning the privileges of professerships at Harvard (photocopy)   1804 January 6 

2 66

Account book entries by William Harrington, expenses of hiring Williams to preach in Burlington (photocopy)   1805-1806 

2 67

Letter to JOhn Pomeroy, concerning the University of Vermont's rivalry with Middlebury College, Lemuel Haynes, etc. (photocopy)   1806 March 29 

2 68

"Astronomical Observations... to ascertain the northern boundary of th State of Vermont"   1806 June 18 

2 69

Letter from J. Riley and Co., offering to publish second edition of Williams' "History of Vermont"; Williams' reply on verso, offering new philosophical work as well*   1806 December 5 - 1806 December 25 

2 70

Rutland County Court docket*   1806-1808 

2 71

Letter from James Whitelaw, concerning a revised map for second edition of Williams' "History of Vermont" (photocopy)   1807 March 24 

2 72

Letter to J. Riley and Co., concerning printing of "History of Vermont"   1807 April 1 

2 73

Agreement with Samuel Milld to print "History of Vermont"   1807 May 11 

2 74

"Natural and Civil History of Vermont" partial manuscript, 2nd edition   undated (1807?) 

2 75

Letter form Horatio G. Spafford, sending Williams a letter (attached) from Robert Livingston praising William's "History of Vermont"*   1811 May 17 

3 1

Printed Broadside, Nathaniel Bowditch's observation on the comet of 1811*   (1811) 

3 2

Letter from Chauncey Langdon to Lucy Green Langdon, on family matters and news of Washington D.C. (photocopy)   1816 January 29 

3 3

Letter from Nathaneil Lord Jr. to Charles K. Williams, concerning estate of Aaron Wood (photocopy)   1845 december 17 

3 4

Letter from Eleazar Williams to Charles K. Williams, announcing visit of Iroquois Indians to Vermont (photocopy)   1851 February 27 

3 5

Letter from Eleazar Williams to charles K. Williams, concerning lost luggage (photocopy)   1855 March 3 

3 6

Anonymous poem to "Charlie my friend" (photocopy)   1868 December 25 

3 7

Pages fromm auction catalogue of William Clogston library, listing various Williams manuscripts (photocopy)   1882 

3 8

Pages from auction catalogue of William Clogston library, listing various Williams manuscripts (photocopy)   1899 

3 9

Brief memo noting desire of council, second parish, Bradford Massachusetts, for meeting with Rev. Balch*   undated 

3 10

"Philosophical and astronomical lectures" (photocopies)   undated 

3 11

Sermons on the philosophical principles of religion (photocopies)   undated 

3 12

Sermons, notes on religion (photocopies)   undated 

3 13

"Spirtural Duties" (photocopy)   undated 

3 14

"The Trials of Comets" - notes and observations   undated 

3 15

"The return of the comet of 1532 and 1661, in the year 1789" (photocopy)   undated 

3 16

"Changes of climate in North America" (photocopy)   undated 

3 17

List of scientific instruments, with prices*   undated 

3 18

Letter from E.B. asking Williams to carry message to G. Heath*   undated 

3 19

Text of religious address (incomplete): obituary of Miss Idea Strong on verso*   undated 

3 20

Anonymous poem, prologue to performance of Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice"*   undated 

3 21

Fragment of letter to Samuel Mills   undated 

3 22

Letter from Isaac Tichenor, concerning Williams' "Histoy" and Tichenor's political plans (photocopy)   undated 

3 23

Letter to "John Chandler" (Benjamin Thompson), on visit to Thompson's mother, prospects for Williams' son (photocopy)   undated 

3 24

Account of financial dealings with hopkinton trustees (photocopy)   undated 

3 25

Notes on climate of Philadelphia and Delaware (photocopy)   undated 

3 26

"Record of Publishments of persons who have no record of their marriages" (photocopy)   undated 

3 27

Note from Charles K. Williams to (?) Hodges, requesting search for newspaper obituary of Jane Wood (photocopy)   undated 

3 28

Fragments   undated 

3 29

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