McHENRY, James, 1753-1816


Guide to Research Collections

Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: ca. 1775-1862, 4.6 linear feet.
The papers of James McHenry include correspondence, memoranda, financial papers, and other papers relating to James McHenry’s service in the Revolution, particularly as secretary to George Washington and on the staff of the Marquis de Lafayette; a diary (1787) kept by him as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention; and correspondence and related materials (1796-1800) covering his tenure as U.S. secretary of war and relating to such topics as Indian affairs, frigate construction, army regulations, and U.S. relations with England, France, and Spain. The papers are also accessible on microfilm. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Marian S. Carson Collection of Manuscripts, ca. 1656-1995, 26.4 linear feet.
Correspondents include James McHenry. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Robert Goodloe Harper Papers, 1796-1823, 50 items.
Correspondents include James McHenry.

Papers: In the The William A. Oldridge Collection of George Washington’s Headquarters Staff Writings, 1775-1962, 200 items.
Correspondents include James McHenry.

Papers: In the Benjamin Stoddert Papers, 1784-1812, 37 items.
Correspondents include James McHenry.


Rutgers University Libraries
Special Collections and University Archives
New Brunswick, NJ
Papers: 1744-1815, 0.07 cubic foot.
The collection contains drafts and fair copies of verse (1774-1815) written by James McHenry and others; holograph copy of a 22 page letter (September 4, 1799) and related enclosures sent by Secretary of War McHenry from Trenton, New Jersey, to William Simmons, Esq., “Accountant War Department.” Many of the poems are addressed to Mrs. McHenry, typically on the anniversary of the couple’s marriage, although other family members and events are sometimes alluded to in the poems or their dedications. Separate poems are dedicated to Charles Carroll, Esq., and to Samuel D. Purviance. Titles represented include “On the River Rariton” and “To the River Rariton.” Poems written by persons other than McHenry include “The Speculation” by Mr. [Samuel D.] Purviance “of Congress.”