DEARBORN, Henry, 1751-1829


Guide to Research Collections

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1805, 1 item.
A letter from William Henry Harrison to Henry Dearborn written on November 29, 1805. In the letter, William Harrison discusses the Treaty of 1804 with Delaware Indians, the need to protect the Kaskaskias from impositions by whites, land purchase and other problems with Indians.

Papers: 1808, 1 item.
A letter from Henry Dearborn to Thomas Arnold written on March 16, 1808. In the letter, Henry Dearborn informs Thomas Arnold that Joseph Smith, a soldier, has been discharged and should reach home this spring.


Boston Athenaeum
Boston, MA
Papers: In the Bowdoin Family Miscellaneous Papers, ca. 1721-1820, 5 items.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn.


Boston Public Library
Boston, MA
Papers: 1775-1824. 53 letters, 3 diaries (September 1775-July 1776, December 1777-June 1779, June-December 1782), and documents.
Material primarily concerns campaigns for independence and subsequent action against the British at Montreal, Kingston, etc. Finding aid in repository. Partially restricted.


Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
Buffalo, NY
Papers: In the Callender Irvine Letters and Appointments, 1802-1803, 1 folder.
Two letters to Callender from Secretary of War Henry Dearborn, 1802 and 1803, discussing the salary of interpreters and acknowledging Irvine’s resignation as agent for the Six Nations.


Central Michigan University
Clarke Historical Library
Mount Pleasant, MI
Papers: 1825, 1 folder.
Correspondence, April 26, 1825, from Henry Dearborn to Samuel Southard, Secretary of the Navy, at Washington, D.C., recommending Thomas Wilson Melvill of Boston (Mass.) for appointment as a midshipman (Naval cadet).


Copley Press
J.S. Copley Library
La Jolla, CA
Papers: 1804, 1 page.
A letter from Thomas Jefferson to Secretary of War, Henry Dearborn written on June 3, 1804. Jefferson acknowledges receipt of a letter from Dearborn in which he had told of slanders about him (Dearborn) being spread by Seth Hunt who was seeking a government position. Jefferson had been told about the slanders by his Postmaster General Gideon Granger. The President writes: “I assure you on my sacred honour that I never heard one word uttered but from Mr. Granger ... and the sole object of his communicating with me was to engage me to endeavor to prevent the matter being carried into public papers.”


Dartmouth College Library
Rauner Special Collections Library
Hanover, NH
Papers: In the John Taylor Gilman Papers, ca. 1780-1828, 0.2 linear foot.
Other authors include Henry Dearborn.


Dearborn Historical Commission
Dearborn, MI
Papers and Microfilm: 1761-1826, 2 feet and 92 microfilm reels.
The collection covers Henry Dearborn’s career as officer in the American Revolution and the War of 1812, as secretary of war (1801-1809), collector of the Port of Boston (1809-1812), and minister to Portugal (1822-1824). Papers and microfilm are copies of material in 26 repositories located throughout the United States.


Indiana Historical Society
Indianapolis, IN
Papers: In the Northwest Territory Collection, 1721-1838, 4 boxes.
Persons represented include Henry Dearborn. A finding aid was available in the repository.


James Monroe Museum & Memorial Library
Fredericksburg, VA
Papers: In James Monroe letters written while Secretary of State, 1811-1816, 54 items.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In James Monroe letters written while Secretary of War, ca. 1814-1823, 14 items.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: 1798-1814, 13 items.
Correspondence of Henry Dearborn, 1798-1814.

Papers: 1803, 1 item.
A letter from Charles Scott to Henry Dearborn written on August 26, 1803. In the letter, Charles Scott writes to U.S. secretary of war Henry Dearborn concerning the acquisition of land near Newport, Ky., for an arsenal.

Papers: In the Clapp Family Papers, 1789-1935, 8 linear feet.
Persons represented include Henry Dearborn. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the George William Erving Papers, 1801-1815, 4 items.
Subjects include Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In the William Eustis Papers, ca. 1757-1908, 0.8 linear foot.
Subjects include Henry Dearborn. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Anthony Lamb Papers, ca. 1779-1862, 125 items.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In the James Madison Papers, ca. 1723-1859, approximately 12,000 items.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the James Monroe Papers, ca. 1758-1839, 16 linear feet.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Zebulon Montgomery Pike Papers, 1805-1806, 1 volume.
Subjects include Henry Dearborn. A finding aid is available in the library.

Papers: In the Wadsworth and Putnam Family Papers, 1704-1837, 157 items.
Subjects include Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In the Meshech Weare Family Papers, 1669-1808, 97 items.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In the James Wilkinson Papers, 1780-1824, 29 items.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn.


Louisiana State University
Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections
Baton Rouge, LA
Papers: 1803, 1 item.
A letter from Henry Dearborn to Jonathan Williams written on March 16, 1803. In the letter, Henry Dearborn writes to Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Williams to instruct him on the completion of carriages and platforms for guns and cannon at Fort Nelson and the construction of Fort Adams, a frontier post on the Mississippi River.


Maine Historical Society
Portland, ME
Papers: 1775-1792, 1 envelope.
Military papers of Henry Dearborn consisting of Maine muster rolls and enlistments from the Revolutionary War period.

Papers: 1800-1814, 2 linear feet.
Correspondence, military papers, and other papers, including many letters from Henry Dearborn to his son, Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn (1783-1851). Includes papers of Richmond and Jeremiah Loring, and Samuel Chadbourne, of North Yarmouth, Me. Correspondents include Joseph Bloomfield, Benjamin Moore, P. P. Schuyler, Daniel D. Tompkins, and Peter Vosburgh. A finding aid is available in the repository.

Papers: 1822-1837, 7 volumes.
A manuscript relating to the life of General Henry Dearborn (1751-1829), physician, army officer, statesman, and father of H.A.S. Dearborn, transcribed by the latter’s wife and daughter.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: ca. 1779-1838, 1 box and 1 volume.
Papers of Henry Dearborn, Secretary of War and commander of the U.S. Army during the War of 1812. Dearborn’s journal describes the Sullivan Campaign of 1779 when Loyalist and Indian forces were routed at Elmira, N.Y. Poems, written by Dearborn, follow his journal entries. Letters from Thomas Jefferson concern Indian jurisdiction and negotiations for the Louisiana Purchase. Other correspondents include John Armstrong, Joel Barlow, John Breckinridge, Henry Clay, William Eustis, James Madison, James Monroe, and William Pinkney. Extensive official reports to Dearborn relate troop advances and failures during the War of 1812. Dearborn’s dismissal as Army commander is explained in a written addendum. Later correspondence includes discussion of the Treaty of Ghent, the purchase of Chickasaw Indian lands west of the Tennessee River, and plans for the Second National Bank.

Papers: In the James Bowdoin Papers, 1804-1806, 1 volume.
Correspondents include Secretary of War, Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In the Jeremiah Colburn Autograph Collection Additions, 1767-1915, 3 boxes.
Persons represented include Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In the Dearborn-Wingate Family Correspondence, 1802-1836, 1 folder.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In the King-Dearborn-Little Papers, 1653-1881, 1 box and 1 oversize container.
Persons represented include Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In the Caleb Strong Papers, 1657-1818, 2 volumes.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In the Sullivan Family Papers, 1735-1857, 1 box, 1 case, and 1 oversize container.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In the Winslow Warren Papers, 1691-1898, 1 narrow box and 1 volume in a case.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn.


Minnesota Historical Society
St. Paul, MN
Microfilm: In the Letters sent by the Secretary of War relating to military affairs, 1808-1830, 6 reels.
Other authors include Henry Dearborn. The original records are in National Archives Record Group 107, Records of the Office of the Secretary of War.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1803, 1 item.
A letter from the Secretary of State Henry Dearborn to Stephen Moylan written on January 22, 1803.

Papers: 1803, 1 item.
A letter from Henry Dearborn to Capt. Callenden Irvine written on July 8, 1803. In the letter, Henry Dearborn writes concerning the education of the Indians.

Papers: 1806, 1 item.
A letter from Henry Dearborn to his son, Henry, written on August 25, 1806.

Papers: 1815, 1 item.
A letter from Henry Dearborn to Thomas Jefferson written on July 3, 1815.

Papers: 1825, 1 item.
A letter from Richard Rush to General Henry Dearborn written in July 1825. In the letter, Richard Rush introduces the Reverend Mr. West, Chaplain to the Hudson’s Bay Company.


New Jersey Historical Society
Newark, NJ
Papers: In the Edwin A. Ely Autograph Collection, ca. 1663-1890, 250 items.
Other authors include Henry Dearborn.


New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
Papers: 1812, 2 volumes.
Letter books kept concurrently by Henry Dearborn (June 1812-Dec. 1813) containing copies of letters and orders while commanding the Northern Army of the United States during the War of 1812. Letters written from Boston, Greenbush, New York, Albany, Niagara, and York, Canada to such persons as Maj. Gen. Morgan Lewis, William Eustis, Gov. Daniel D. Tompkins, Sir George Prevost, Commodore Isaac Chauncey, Col. Moses Porter, Secretary of War John Armstrong, Col. Isaac Clark, Lt. Col. Eleazer W. Ripley, John Chaffe, Brig. Gen. Joseph Bloomfield, and others.


The New York Public Library
Manuscripts Division
New York, NY
Papers: 1777-1823, 0.5 linear foot.
The collection consists of Henry Dearborn’s correspondence, diaries, sketch of his life, account of the Battle of Bunker Hill in 1775, materials relating to the battle, and other printed matter. Dearborn’s diaries, 1777-1781, pertain to the American revolution. Materials on the Battle of Bunker Hill were assembled by Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn in 1820. Printed materials include auction catalog clippings.

Papers: 1779-1781, 1 volume.
A diary of Henry Dearborn, from October 28, 1779 to December 10, 1781, concerns movements of the Continental Army in New York, and the siege of Yorktown.


New York State Library
Manuscripts and Special Collections
Albany, NY
Papers: 1803-1818, 16 items.
Most of the letters deal with the War of 1812 and twelve of the letters are from Henry Dearborn. An unpublished guide is available in the repository.


Newberry Library
Edward E. Ayer Manuscript Collection
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1802, 1 volume.
Journal of the commissioners of the United States : appointed to hold conferences with the several nations of Indians south of the Ohio / commenced by Colo. Hawkins one of the commrs. on the 18th July. The journal contains daily entries, together with correspondence, minutes, and texts of treaties. Correspondence includes commissioners’ appointments and instructions from the Secretary of War, Henry Dearborn; invitations and further correspondence of Dearborn and the commissioners with the tribes; commissioners’ progress reports to Dearborn.

Papers: 1806, 4 pages.
An extract of a letter from General Jas. Wilkinson to the Honorable Henry Dearborn, Secretary of War, written on September 8th 1806.

Papers: In the United States War Department Letters, 1802-1807, 2 items.
Letters from the secretary of war, Henry Dearborn, to Indian agent Israel Chapin regarding complaints against him (facsimile copy, Sept. 4, 1802); and to Ohio governor Edward Tiffin directing him to call up, arm, and organize 2,443 militia in his state (July 6, 1807). Dearborn, a Jefferson appointee, accuses Chapin, appointed by Washington as Indian agent to the Iroquois, of animosity to the “present administration.” He also condemns Chapin’s using Seneca chief Red Jacket to deliver a speech opposing his removal as agent and states that other Seneca leaders and Six Nations representatives had complained of Chapin’s inattention to his duties.

Papers: 1813, 1 item.
A letter from Zebulon Montgomery Pike to Major General Henry Dearborn written on April 8, 1813. In the letter, Zebulon Pike acknowledges his appointment as commander of the York assault and requests an engineer and the return of Maj. King to his regiment (15th) as a field officer to replace the indisposed Maj. Whitlock. Pike also asks Dearborn to forward his swords and pikes, and a “Box of Rockets.”


Ohio Historical Society
Columbus, OH
Papers: 1812, 1 item.
An order, Oct. 29, 1812, of Gen. Henry Dearborn that a brace of pistols be delivered to Pvt. Howard Warren.

Papers: 1814, 1 item.
An order, Sept. 13, 1814, from Major Gen. H.H. Dearborn, Fort Warren, O., to Jacob Eustis, quarter master, for supplies, mostly lumber.

Papers: In the Thomas Kirker Papers, ca. 1805-1826, 0.25 cubic foot.
Other authors include Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In the Arthur St. Clair Papers, 1746-1882, 4 cubic feet.
Other authors include Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In the William Eustis Papers, ca. 1727-1864, 1 box.
Other authors include Henry Dearborn.


United States Military Academy
Special Collections & Archives, USMA Library
West Point, NY
Papers: 1804, 1 page.
A letter from Mathew N. Whyte to Henry Dearborn written on October 20, 1804. In the letter, Mathew Whyte requests admission to the U.S. Military Academy endorsed by acquaintances including De Witt Clinton who feel White deserves an appointment.

Papers: 1805, 1 item.
Regulations for the U.S. Military Academy at West Point transmitted to the superintendent by Secretary of War, Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In the Jonathan Williams Papers, 1768-1814, 1 box.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn.


University of Chicago Library
Butler-Gunsaulus Collection
Chicago, IL
Papers: 1801, 1 item.
A letter from Henry Dearborn to to Stephen Merrill written on June 22, 1801. In the letter, Henry Dearborn, acting Secretary of the Navy, informs Stephen Merrill that he has been discharged from the Navy.

Papers: 1807, 1 item.
A letter from Henry Dearborn to Daniel W. Coxe written on January 10, 1807. In the letter, Henry Dearborn thanks Daniel Coxe for forwarding a box to him.

Papers: 1814, 1 item.
A promissory note to Henry A. S. Dearborn for $2,500, signed by Henry Dearborn on December 8, 1814.


University of Michigan
William L. Clements Library
Ann Arbor, MI
Papers: 1801-1847, 36 items.
The papers of Henry Dearborn concern book purchases, family affairs, politics, and his work as a customs collector.

Papers: In the Fred A. Schmalzriedt Contracts, 1799 and 1801, 2 items.
Contracts, 1799 and 1801, signed by Henry Dearborn and James McHenry, U.S. Secretary of War, for distributing food rations to various army posts, including Detroit and Michilimackinac.


University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1815, 2 items.
A letter and poem from Thomas Jefferson to General Henry Dearborn written on March 17, 1815. Jefferson writes to General Dearborn congratulating him on his capture of York and Fort George during the War of 1812 which he contrasts with William Hull’s defeats. He comments at length on conclusions drawn from the Battle of New Orleans and his hopes for a settlement of issues in the Treaty of Ghent. Jefferson laments the political apostasy of Massachusetts; encourages Dearborn to visit at Monticello and hopes he will pick up Caesar Rodney on the way. The letter is accompanied by a note from ”Emma,” a descendant of Dearborn, giving the letter to “Edith and Harold” [Coolidge] as a Christmas present. The collection also contains a fragment of poetry in Jefferson’s hand beginning “Let me to summer shades retire ...”

Papers: In the Richard Cutts Papers, ca. 1753-1886, 185 items.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In the Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1763-1824, 117 items.
Other authors include Henry Dearborn.

Papers: In the George Green Shackelford Collection, 1714-1835, 6 items.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn.


Western Reserve Historical Society Library
Cleveland, OH
Papers: In the Joseph Buell Papers, 1806-1812, 0.2 linear foot.
Correspondents include Henry Dearborn. A finding aid is available in the repository.


Wisconsin Historical Society
Archives Division
Madison, WI
Papers: 1810, 1 folder.
Bill of merchandise shipped by Henry Lee on the Sloop Juno, giving the packages, contents, and values of duty; with the autograph signatures of Henry Dearborn, collector, and James Lovell, naval officer.


Yale University Library
Manuscripts and Archives
New Haven, CT
Microfilm: 1801-1812, 1 reel.
Correspondence and legal papers of Henry Dearborn, located in the Eli Whitney Papers (MS 554), Burr Family Papers (MS 303), and William Griswold Lane Memorial Collection (MS 189), concerning Eli Whitney’s contracts to produce muskets for the army and concerning the Burr Conspiracy.

Papers: 1804, 1 page.
An Order of the Secretary of War, Henry Dearborn, issued on December 24, 1804. The order consists of an approval of the expense accounts of the commissioners W. C. C. Claiborne and James Wilkinson for the Louisiana purchase.