BENSON, Egbert, 1746-1833


Guide to Research Collections

New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1772-1939, 3 linear feet.
The collection consists of correspondence and papers of various members of the Benson and related families, particularly of Egbert Benson. The papers include briefs, memoranda, trial notes, bills of costs, powers of attorney, and similar papers, relating to various cases in which Egbert Benson was concerned. The papers also include notebooks and compositions of Egbert Benson.


Columbia University
Rare Book and Manuscript Library
New York, NY
Papers: In the John Jay Papers,1777-1820, 31 letters.
A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository. Finding aid in repository.

Papers: In the Van Schaack Family Papers, 1788-1812, 8 letters.
A finding aid for the papers is available in the repository.


Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: In the Oliver Wolcott, Jr. Papers, 1802, 1 letter.
A letter from Egbert Benson to Oliver Wolcott.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, n.d., 1 item.
An undated letter from Egbert Benson to an unidentified recipient.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: 1796, 1 volume.
A small volume in a case containing a statement of the controversy over the Northeast boundary of the United States between the U.S. and Canada, written by Judge Egbert Benson, a member of the joint American-British Commission to resolve the dispute. The controversy arose over the St. Croix River and Island discovered by Samuel de Champlain and established as the boundary by the Treaty of 1783. The volume also includes maps of the area.

Papers: In the Northeast Boundary Papers, 1796-1799, 1 box.
These papers include correspondence and other papers also concerning the dispute over the St. Croix River. This collection contains depositions and interrogations of persons living in the vicinity of the St. Croix River, including members of the Passamaquoddy Tribe and other Maine Indians, and of surveyors employed by both countries. Judge Egbert Benson was a member of the joint American-British commission that settled the dispute.


New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: 1774, 1 page.
A notice of a writ of inquiry sent by Egbert Benson, the plaintiff in the case, to Thomas Merit, the defendant in the case, on December 13, 1774. The notice states that a writ of inquiry in the case will be executed at the house of Clear Everitt, innkeeper, in Poughkeepsie, New York on January 5.


Syracuse University
Manuscript Collections, George Arents Research Library for Special Collections, Bird Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: 1786-1819, 10 items.
Includes correspondence from Egbert Benson to Samuel Bayard, Samuel M. Hopkins, Nicholas Low, William S. Shaw, and a single incoming item from John Jay. The letters include discussions about legal decisions, financial and personal affairs. An unpublished guide to the papers is available in the repository.


Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: 1809, 0.1 cubic foot.
A letter from Egbert Benson to Peter Van Schaack, dealing with the settlement of an estate between siblings.