|Title||William Irvine document set|
|Date||1790 March 28 [letter]; n.d. [engraving]; 1802 October 19 [letter]; n.d. [engraving].|
|Description||2 items - 3 leaf pamphlet with letter; 3 leaf pamphlet with letter.|
Irvine, William, 1741-1804
Nicholson, John, 1765-1820
Dearborn, Henry, 1751-1829
Buttre, John Chester, 1821-1893
Otis, Bass, 1784-1861
Pine, Robert Edge, 1730?-1788
Secretary of War
|Scope & Content||
William Irvine document set. 2 items - 3 leaf pamphlet with letter; 3 leaf pamphlet with letter.
A.L.S., 1790, March 28, New York, to John Nicholson, Comptroller General, Philadelphia [PA]; stamped "New York*march*28 FREE." Discusses printing of a paper (contents not stated) by "a Junior Man."
A.L.S., 1802, October 19, Philadelphia, to General Dearborn [no address]; Irvine speculates on the probable success of the Republicans in forth coming elections and on the effect of the Burr case's outcome allowing a third party to arise.
William Irvine portrait engraving. "B. Otis after R.E. Pine" and "Eng'd by J.C. Buttre" along bottom edge of engraving. Beneath has facsimile of Irvine's signature "Wm. Irvine," and below that in block letters, "BRIG. GEN. WILLIAM IRVINE."
William Irvine (1741-1804): Born 3 November 1741 in Ireland; died 29 July 1804; burial location unknown. Delegate to Continental Congress from Pennsylvania, 1786; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 7th District, 1793-95.
Possibly Henry Dearborn (1751-1829): Democrat, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts, 1793-97 (4th District 1793-95, 1st District 1795-97); U.S. Secretary of War, 1801-09; U.S. Minister to Portugal, 1822-24.
|Admin/Biographical History||John S. H. Fogg, compiler of this collection, born in Eliot, Maine. Graduated from Bowdoin College in 1846, earned a degree in medicine from Harvard College in 1850 and established his practice in South Boston, Massachusetts. While a student at Bowdoin, Dr. Fogg developed a lifelong interest in collecting autograph letters and documents, particularly those relating to the history of the United States. Paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair in 1873, Fogg gave undivided attention to building his magnificent collection. Beginning in 1875, he had completed the task by 1881.|