BOUDINOT, Elias, 1740-1821


Guide to Research Collections

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1716-1828, approximately 500 items.
The papers include correspondence and documents pertaining to his duties as commissary general of prisoners during the Revolution. There are also some personal and family papers containing notes on social and political affairs.


Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1783, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to John Hanson written on April 10, 1783. Elias Boudinot expresses his pleasure that the rumor that John Hanson had died is not true, and that the American Revolution has ended successfully.


American Bible Society
Archives
New York, NY
Microfilm: ca. 1714-1852, 1 reel.
The papers include letters relating to the establishment of the American Bible Society; resolution and addresses.


American Jewish Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1821, 0.25 linear foot.
A typewritten copy from 1931 of an extract from Elias Boudinot’s will, in which he makes provision for the settling of European Jews on his property in Pennsylvania.


Bryn Mawr College
The Adelman Collection
Bryn Mawr, PA
Papers: In the John Ricketts Papers, 1818, 1 item.
A letter from John Ricketts to Elias Boudinot written on August 10, 1818. John Ricketts writes that he is concerned that his letters of the last few months have not reached Elias Boudinot, as he has not heard from him in several months. John Ricketts also asks Elias Boudinot for a loan of $300.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Microfilm: 1773-1812, 0.6 linear foot.
The papers include correspondence, reports, and other papers relating to Elias Boudinot’s work as commissary general of prisoners during the Revolution and as president and secretary for foreign affairs of the Continental Congress.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1779, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to Colonel Palfrey written on May 18, 1779.

Papers: 1783, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to Mr. Pintard written on April 16, 1783. Elias Boudinot writes concerning Major Peirce, paymaster general.

Papers: 1787, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to Messrs. Le Roy and Bayard written on July 28, 1787.

Papers: 1793, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to Mrs. Tazeman written on March 27, 1793.

Papers: 1793, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to Aaron Ogden, Esq., written on December 26, 1793.

Papers: 1796, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to Mr. Casenove written on May 13, 1796.

Papers: 1814, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to his brother, Elisha Boudinot, written on January 8, 1814.

Papers: 1815, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to Jonathan Smith, Esq., written on March 10, 1815.

Papers: 1818, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to John Instreet, Esq., written on January 19, 1818.


New Jersey State Library
Jerseyana Collection
Trenton, NJ
Papers: 1821, 1 item.
This document is the last will and testament of Elias Boudinot.


New York Public Library
Manuscripts Division
New York, NY
Papers: In the Thomas Addis Emmet Collection, 1783, 0.15 linear foot..
An account book of household expenses of President Elias Boudinot as furnished by the agent of Congress. The account book is also available on microfilm.


New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: A letter from Elias Boudinot to his brother, Elisha Boudinot, written on September 2, 1789, Elias Boudinot discusses developments in Congress, a vote on “the election,” and political maneuvering by the New York State delegation in regards to the election vote.


Princeton University Libraries
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Princeton, NJ
Papers: 1757-1950, 0.45 cubic foot.
These papers include letters and documents of Elias Boudinot, many of which concern his land dealings. A letter from Elias Boudinot to New Jersey governor William Livingston includes congressional discussion concerning the admission of Vermont as the 14th state in the Union. There are also drawings and a description by Elias Boudinot of the Boudinot coat of arms. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the Boudinot Family Collection, 1772-1852, 0.9 cubic foot.
Most of the correspondence is related to Elias Boudinot and his borther, Elisha. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Papers: In the Francis Stimson Collection of Elias Boudinot, 1809, 1 volume.
A travel journal kept by Elias Boudinot during a pleasure trip made with his daughter and her friend from New Jersey to Maine from June to October 1809. The journal contains descriptions of the physical appearance of places visited and of travel facilities. Also included are accounts of Elias Boudinot’s impressions of the men on whom he called, comments on their reputations, and information and gossip related by the inhabitants. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

Papers: ca. 1780-1810, 1 volume.
The volume consists of a commonplace book of memoranda, clippings, and recipes containing notes, digests, and extracts made from readings of Elias Boudinot. The book is divided into several subjects and the source of the reference is noted in the margin.

Papers: In the Francis Stimson Collection of Elias Boudinot, ca. 1758-1898, 1 cubic foot.
The collection consists of papers, mostly correspondence, relating to the Boudinot family, particularly the brothers Elias and Elisha, from the Revolutionary War period and several decades thereafter. Among the family correspondence are 43 letters from Elias Boudinot to his wife, Hannah and 14 letters to his daughter, Susan. There are also letters to Elias Boudinot in his official capacity as commissary of prisoners, with receipts, lists of stores delivered to ships, one copy of release, and an examination of three deserters. Elias Boudinot’s journal from 1809 documents a journey he made with his daughter and her friend from New Jersey to Maine.

Papers: In the Francis Stimson Collection of Elias Boudinot, 1775-1790, 1 volume.
The book consists of letters concerning prisoners of war. Included are letters and other materials received by Elias Boudinot while serving as commissary general of prisoners for the Continental Army, 1775-1790.

Papers: In the Francis Stimson Collection of Elias Boudinot, 1809, 2 volumes.
The volumes consist of commonplace books of scriptural and historical notes of Elias Boudinot. The books contain notes, digests, and extracts made from readings. The volumes are also divided into several subjects and the source of the reference is noted in the margin.

Papers: In the Langdon Thorne Collection of Elias Boudinot, ca. 1734-1924, 1.35 cubic feet.
The collection consists of correspondence, documents, and printed material relating to Elias Boudinot and the Boudinot family collected by Langdon K. Thorne. Much of Elias Boudinot’s correspondence is addressed to his wife, Hannah, while he is traveling with the Continental Army as commissary general of prisoners. Other letters deal more directly with his prisoners-of-war work, and there are many to his brother Elisha, covering the whole range of Elias Boudinot’s public service. There are also Elias Boudinot’s personal copy of a broadside of resolutions relating to the Commissary of Prisoners Department, and a copy of his proclamation as President of Congress moving it to Princeton.


Presbyterian Historical Society
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1777-1821, approximately 250 items.
The papers include correspondence and legal documents relating to land ownership, Elias Boudinot’s work as commissary general of prisoners involving the trading and releasing of prisoners, and legal and professional affairs. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: 1810, 1 page.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to an unidentified recipient asking the price “of a quantity of Cyder or Rye Spirits.”

Papers: In the First Presbyterian Church Records, 1716-1913, 3 cubic feet.
Other authors include Elias Boudinot. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Rosenbach Museum and Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: n.d., 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to James Miller. Elias Boudinot writes concerning the payment of a note.

Papers: 1780, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to the Board of Treasury written on May 20, 1780. Elias Boudinot requests to recompense for personal money expended as Commissary General of Prisoners.

Papers: ca. 1777, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to a prisoner of war re;lying to a complaint about cruel treatment. Elias Boudinot writes that Congress’s policy toward prisoners is one of humanity, and anyone found guilty of inhumane treatment will be punished. A second paragraph, about conditions of parole, has been struck out.

Papers: 1783, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to Guy Carleton written on October 2, 1783. Elias Boudinot requests that Guy Carleton help his sister recover the papers of her late husband, Richard Stockton, which had been seized by British troops.

Papers: 1785, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to the Marquis de Lafayette written on July 26, 1785. Elias Boudinot thanks the Lafayette for his care for the orphan son of their friend, Reverend James Caldwell, and also writes that the Europeans have difficulty understanding the nature of American democracy and explains how this political system has affected foreign trade. The last half of the letter concerns an unnamed herb used by Indian women during pregnancy and its increasing use in the white community and that the late Dr. Hugh Martin’s powder for the cure of cancer has been passed to another practitioner.

Papers: 1793, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson written on June 4, 1793. Elias Boudinot writes concerning the reign of terror in France and plans for the publication of Elizabeth Fergusson’s translation of Fenelon’s Telemaque.

Papers: 1797, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to Samuel Bayard written in August and September 1797. Elias Boudinot writes concerning the yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, incuding illnesses and deaths in Elias Boudinot’s family, evacuation of the city, and the success of and opposition to Benjamin Rush’s treatment.

Papers: 1807, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to Reverend Dr. Samuel Miller written on January 30, 1807. Elias Boudinot introduces a friend, Mr. John Griscom, who is a neighbor of Elias Boudinot and proprietor of a Quaker school in Burlington.

Papers: 1807, 1 item.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to George Sampson written on July 13, 1807. Elias Boudinot states that he is authorized to sell some certificates. Elias Boudinot also designates George Sampson as his substitute and requests that he retain the letter as proof until the proper authorization arrives.


Rutgers University
Alexander Library Department of Special Collections and Archives
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: In the New Jersey Correspondence, 1773-1954, 39 items.
Persons represented include Elias Boudinot.


University of Pennsylvania
Department of Special Collections, Van Pelt Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1787, 2 items.
Correspondence from Elias Boudinot to the Philadelphia Society for Promoting Agriculture regarding the methods of controlling the Hessian fly, and regarding cultivating Indian corn.


University of Virginia
Special Collections Department, Alderman Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Jefferson Randolph Kean Papers, 1765-1938, approximately 50 items.
Correspondents include Elias Boudinot. An annotated list for the papers is available in the repository.

Papers: In the George Green Shackelford Collection, 1714-1835, 6 items.
Other authors include Elias Boudinot.


Wisconsin Historical Society
Madison, WI
Papers: 1777-1778, 0.2 cubic foot.
A letter book in which Elias Boudinot made copies of his official letters written mainly from Morristown, New Jersey, and Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, while serving as commissary general of prisoners during the Revolution. The book is also available on microfilm.

Papers: 1797, 0.1 cubic foot.
A letter from Elias Boudinot to Jedidiah Morse, introducing Mr. And Mrs. Henry Rigel of Bavaria.