THORNTON, Matthew, 1714-1803


Guide to Research Collections

Dartmouth College Library
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: 1755, 1 item.
A letter from Joseph Blanchard to an unidentified recipient written on February 11, 1755. In the letter, Joseph Blanchard discusses a warrant obtained from Meshech Weare and the evidence obtained under the warrant by Blanchard, Justice John Goffe, and Matthew Thornton.


Johns Hopkins University
Special Collections
Baltimore, MD
Papers: In the Signers Collection, 1770-1826, 60 documents.
Persons represented include Matthew Thornton.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Henry A. Willard II Collection, 1743-1888, 0.8 linear foot.
Persons represented include Matthew Thornton.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1776, 1 item.
An autograph order signed by Matthew Thornton, issued as chairman pro tem. of the Committee of Safety on July 26, 1776. In the order, Matthew Thornton orders Lieutenant Gilman to appear.

Papers: 1786, 1 item.
An autograph opinion signed by Matthew Thornton in the name of the Committee of Petitions on June 14, 1786. In the opinion, Matthew Thornton orders Ezra Gates to be given half pay.


New Jersey Historical Society
Newark, NJ
Papers: In the Louis Bamberger Autograph Collection, 1683-1929, 205 items.
Persons represented include Matthew Thornton.


The Rosenbach Museum and Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1775, 1 item.
A letter from John Sullivan to Matthew Thornton written in December 1775. In the letter, John Sullivan writes that Congress has authorized the states to assume the powers of government, and is sending Matthew Thornton his ideas for the structure of a new government for New Hampshire. John Sullivan further writes that political power resides with the people, and he gives special attention to the separation and balance of powers and rules governing elections and appointments.

Papers: 1776, 1 item.
A report from the New Hampshire General Court of a committee of both houses recommending that Joseph Leigh be paid as a private for the first three months of 1776. The reports is signed by chairman Matthew Thornton.

Papers: 1776, 1 item.
An order from William Thornton to Meshech Ware issued on December 9, 1776. The order directs Meshech Weare, president of the Council in New Hampshire, to pay three hundred dollars to John Langdon on William Thornton’s account. The order is signed by William Thornton, but written in the hand of William Whipple, another signer, with William Whipple’s signature in the body of the document.

Papers: In the Signers of the Declaration of Independence Autograph Collection, 1756-1818, 56 items.
Other authors include Matthew Thornton.


University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1776, 1 item.
An order to pay to Nicholas Gilman signed by Matthew Thornton on September 20, 1776.

Papers: In the Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection
An order to pay issued by Matthew Thornton to Nicholas Gilman, written on September 20, 1776. Pursuant to a vote of the [New Hampshire] Council and Assembly, the order directs Treasurer and Paymaster Nicholas Gilman to pay Matthew Patten 189 pounds for delivery to Colonel Daniel Moor to pay the men in his regiment for their service in New York and traveling expenses at two pence a mile.