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Hugh Peters Family Papers

 Collection
Call Number: MS 1032

Scope and Contents

Family correspondence largely consisting of letters to Hugh Peters and his brother, William T. Peters, from their father John T. Peters, a judge of the Supreme Court in Connecticut, on local politics. Also in the papers are newspaper clippings on Hugh Peters' death. Several of his poems are mounted in the library catalogue of Ithiel Town, father-in-law of William T. Peters.

Dates

  • 1826-1831

Creator

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Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain.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

Purchased in 1941.

Extent

0.25 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

English

Catalog Record

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

Persistent URL

http://hdl.handle.net/10079/fa/mssa.ms.1032

Overview

Family correspondence largely consisting of letters to Hugh Peters and his brother, William T. Peters, from their father John T. Peters, a judge of the Supreme Court in Connecticut, on local politics. Also in the papers are newspaper clippings on Hugh Peters' death. Several of his poems are mounted in the library catalogue of Ithiel Town, father-in-law of William T. Peters.

Biographical / Historical

John Thompson Peters was born in Hebron, Connecticut, on October 11, 1765, being a son of Jonathan Peters, of Hebron, and a nephew of the Rev. Samuel Peters (Yale 1757). His mother was Abigail, daughter of John Thompson, of Hebron. A younger brother was graduated here in 1794.

After graduation he studied law with the Hon. John Cotton Smith (Yale 1783), of Sharon, and settled in practice in his native town. His fellow-citizens elected him thirteen times as a Representative in the General Assembly between 1802 and 1813.

In 1813 he was appointed Collector of United States Revenue for the First District of Connecticut, and removed to Hartford. He was an Episcopalian and a Republican, and in May, 1818, on the accession of the Republicans to power, he was made a Justice of the Supreme Court of the State, and continued in that office until his death, although his mind had begun to fail perceptibly long before the constitutional limit of his term of service, which would have been reached a few weeks after his death.

He died in Hartford on August 28, 1834, in his 69th year. The tall monument erected over his grave, in the churchyard adjoining the Episcopal Church in Hebron, includes a marble bust, reproducing his features in a lifelike representation.

He married Mrs. Elizabeth Caulkins, of Norwich, Connecticut, daughter of Captain John and Elizabeth (Chapman) Farnham. She died in New York City, on September 4, 1841, aged 71 years.

One son was graduated in Yale in 1826, and after showing marked literary ability died before his father.

(Taken from Yale University Obituary Record).
Title
Guide to the Hugh Peters Family Papers
Status
Under Revision
Author
compiled by Janet Elaine Gertz
Date
September 1982
Description rules
Finding Aid Created In Accordance With Manuscripts And Archives Processing Manual
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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