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Nathaniel Pendleton Family papers

Call Number: MS 392

Scope and Contents

This is an exceedingly interesting group of papers, both in authorship and in content. Among the Nathaniel Pendleton papers are nine letters from Pendleton to General Otho Holland Williams and autograph drafts of letters to James Monroe, Justice Story, and George Washington; Pendleton's certificate of admission to the Supreme Court of New York is also present. There are letters to Pendleton from Samuel Finley, Nathanael Greene, John Laurance, R.S. Livingston, Catharine (Littlefield) Greene Miller, Edmund Pendleton (1721-1803), Timothy Pickering, and Otho Holland Williams. One letter is labelled Edmund Randolph but apparently written by someone else.

Papers and letters to, by, or relating to Alexander Hamilton and his estate include two bills and a bond to Louis LeGuen and a mortgage deed to the latter's trustees, all by Hamilton; letters to Hamilton from John Laurance, Louis LeGuen, William Rufus Putnam, Philip John Schuyler; one share in the "Company for Promoting the Cultivation of Vines"; a bill of exchange endorsed by Hamilton; two lists of land purchases apparently with John Barker Church, who was one of Hamilton's executors; letters and other papers dealing with Hamilton's estate; one letter from his wife to an unnamed person, and one paper by her.

Other Pendletons are also represented in the collection. Of Edmund Henry Pendleton there is a commission as judge in Dutchess County and a petition in a bill of information in chancery; of Philip Clayton Pendleton, Sr., one ALS; of Ann (Pendleton) Pierce, a will; and of Henry Pendleton (1750-1788), an inventory of his estate. Other letters and papers include the will of John Bard, Jr.; the signature of George Clarke (1676-1760) on a list of recognizances; an ALS from Baron Humboldt to Monsieur Pendleton; resolutions of Congress respecting cession of Indian lands in Georgia; a pew list of St. James Episcopal Church in Hyde Park; an ALS from Moses White to John Barker Church; a deed from Trinity Episcopal Church, New York, to Andrew Morris, and one from John Morrin Scott to Dr. John Bard; the marriage bond of Frederick H. Cossitt and Catharine Andrus; and an order concerning a bond of John Graham.


  • 1716-1853


Conditions Governing Access

The materials are open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mrs. F. C. Rogers, 1953.


2.75 Linear Feet (1 box, 1 folio)

Language of Materials


Catalog Record

A record for this collection is available in Orbis, the Yale University Library catalog

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Correspondence and legal and financial papers reflecting Pendleton's service in the Revolutionary Army as aide-de-camp to General Nathanael Greene, and his close connection with Alexander Hamilton. The correspondence includes letters from Samuel Finley, Mrs. Nathanael Greene, Alexander von Humboldt and Otho Holland Williams. Legal and financial papers as well as correspondence of Alexander Hamilton are also included since Pendleton was executor of his estate. Also included are legal documents of the Bard family and papers of other members of the Pendleton family, among them Edmund H. Pendleton and Philip C. Pendleton. Other documents in the papers relate to Indian lands in Georgia (1788) and a summary of a treaty between the King of Spain and the Creek, Choctaw, Chickasaw and Cherokee Indians, dated 1793.

Biographical / Historical

Nathaniel Pendleton (1756-1821) was born in Culpepper County, Virginia, and died in Hyde Park, New York. He served in the Revolutionary forces for eight years and five months and was in the last part aide-de-camp to General Nathanael Greene. An original member of the Society of the Cincinnati in South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia, and New York, he was also a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1788. He acted as Alexander Hamilton's second in his duel with Aaron Burr, and was one of the executors of Hamilton's estate. He became a prominent jurist. He married Susan Bard, daughter of John Bard, a friend of Benjamin Franklin.

Guide to the Nathaniel Pendleton Family Papers
Under Revision
compiled by Susan Grigg
December 1982
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

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