CHASE, Samuel, 1741-1811


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Guide to Research Collections

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1787-1816, 16 items.
Includes letters, bills, and legal papers of Samuel Chase and his son, Samuel Chase, Jr.


Connecticut Historical Society
Hartford, CT
Papers: 1804, 1 page.
A letter from Samuel Chase to Roger Griswold written on November 8, 1804. In the letter, Samuel Chase encloses a statement of what he hopes to discuss confidentially with Roger Griswold about the articles of impeachment against Samuel Chase. The statement referred to was not transcribed, probably because of Samuel Chase’s request that it be committed to the flames.


Copley Press, Inc.
J. S. Copley Library
La Jolla, CA
Papers: 1778, 1 page.
A letter from Samuel Chase to Stephen West written on October 16, 1778. In the letter, Samuel Chase writes that he wishes that Stephen West was in the House of Delegates.

Papers: 1796, 1 page.
A letter from Samuel Chase to Samuel Meredith written on April 21, 1796. This document indicates payment of Samuel Chase’s monthly salary to Samuel Sterett.

Papers: 1796, 2 pages.
A letter from Samuel Chase to an unidentified recipient written on December 4, 1796. In the letter, Samuel Chase writes “A free press is the support of liberty...but a licentious press will do more to destroy real liberty than any other instrument.”


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1776-1805, 4 items.
Papers of Samuel Chase, 1776-1805.


Maryland Historical Society Library
Baltimore, MD
Papers: ca. 1802-1806, 1 volume.
A charge book containing instructions to grand juries of the U.S. Third Circuit delivered by Samuel Chase as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The charges reflect Samuel Chase’s highly political viewpoints on federalism, representative government, separation of powers, civil liberties, and the rule of law.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: In the Luther Martin Papers, ca. 1804, 1 item.
A letter from Luther Martin to Samuel Chase. In the letter, Luther Martin writes that he regrets that his health may prevent his returning to town and wishing to see him on legal matters.


Pennsylvania State Archives
Manuscript Groups
Scranton, PA
Papers: In the Mrs. James Lewis Hook Autograph Collection, 1752-1810, 22 items.
Persons represented include Samuel Chase.


The Rosenbach Museum & Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1777, 3 pages.
A letter from Samuel Chase to Thomas Johnson written on August 12, 1777. In the letter, Samuel Chase conveys military news, including troop strengths and the actions of George Washington. Samuel Chase also discusses actions to establish credit with European nations.

Papers: 1777, 1 page.
A letter from Samuel Chase to Thomas Johnson written on August 26, 1777. In the letter, Samuel Chase writes about military matters in Maryland.

Papers: 1803, 1 item.
A letter from Samuel Chase to John Francis Mercer written on November 7, 1803. In the letter, Samuel Chase writes about the draft of a new bill to be put before the Maryland legislature concerning the state courts.