Charles Jared Ingersoll papers
This collection of Charles Jared Ingersoll’s papers is housed in six boxes and primarily spans his career from the early to mid 1800s, though a few items date from outside this range. The bulk of the papers are letters, but there are also drafts of his writings, clippings, a copy of his 1837 nomina...
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Processing Information: At one time, the materials in Boxes 5 and 6 were listed under the collection number 1934. These papers were merged with Collection 1812 to form one collection.
2.0 Linear feet ; 6 boxes
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This collection of Charles Jared Ingersoll’s papers is housed in six boxes and primarily spans his career from the early to mid 1800s, though a few items date from outside this range. The bulk of the papers are letters, but there are also drafts of his writings, clippings, a copy of his 1837 nomination to Congress, and other miscellaneous papers. Ingersoll’s correspondence is particularly remarkable and includes letters from U. S. presidents and other prominent nineteenth-century individuals. There are a few folders of Ingersoll’s outgoing letters but most of the correspondence came from outside sources. While some of the letters indirectly highlight Ingersoll’s governmental career, legal work, and family life, the collection contains neither his business nor personal papers. The bulk of the material in in English, but there are a few items in French and German.
Boxes 1 and 2 contain an array of letters Ingersoll received that mostly date from the 1810s to the 1840s. The letter are arranged in folders alphabetically by author and touch upon a wide mix of subjects, from politics and legal issues to current events and personal matters. To highlight just a few individuals, there are letters from John Adams and John Quincy Adams in which they commented on the history of the United States, their philosophies, and their opinions on past and current events. The letters of John Binns, publisher of the Democratic Press, include discussions on the War of 1812 and the publication of political matters in newspapers. Army officer James Burns wrote to Ingersoll about military and naval action against the British forces during the War of 1812. Peter Stephen Du Ponceau, aide to General Baron Von Steuben, discussed legal questions and international law. Secretary of the Treasury William H. Crawford inquired about numerous topics such as politics, Native Americans, revenues, tariffs, manufacturing, and banks. British author Sarah Mytton Maury wrote to Ingersoll on personal and political matters in the United States and England. Other correspondents include actor Thomas A. Cooper, Georgia congressman Bolling Hall, Secretary of State Edward Livingston, Secretary of the Navy James Kirke Paulding, Congressman John Forsyth, French minister to the United States Louis B. C. Serurier, and U. S. presidents James Madison, James Monroe, Martin Van Buren, James Buchanan, John Tyler, and James K. Polk.
A small group of Ingersoll’s outgoing correspondence can be found in Box 2, Folders 1-4. Folder 3 also contains Ingersoll’s diary from February 1823. In his letters, Ingersoll touched upon several subjects, such as legal issues, national affairs, American manufacturing, and diplomacy and government.
Boxes 3 and 4 consist solely of letters dating from 1812 to 1848 to Ingersoll from his close friend Richard Rush. Almost half the letters were written while Rush was comptroller of the United States Treasury from 1812 to 1814, and they relate especially to the War of 1812. The remainder were written while Rush was minister to Great Britain, 1817-1825, secretary of the Treasury, 1825-1829, private citizen, 1829-1847, and minister to France, 1848. In these letters, Rush discussed domestic and international affairs, especially Anglo-American relations.
Box 5 contains several manuscript drafts written by Ingersoll on a variety of topics. Among them is an undated works entitled "Slavery" and "Account of the origins of the war with Mexico." There are also his writings on the histories of the U. S. territories, early American government, and British politics.
Box 6 consists mostly of miscellaneous materials that include a copy of Ingersoll’s 1801 poem "Chiomara,” correspondence of Joseph Reed Ingersoll to Henry D. Gilpin dating mostly from the 1820s to the 1840s, an 1850 opinion and petition concerning the construction of a railroad over the Market Street Bridge in Philadelphia, a copy of Ingersoll’s 1837 nomination to Congress, and a folder of clippings, among which are several issues of Ingersoll’s 1862 obituary.
Philadelphian Charles Jared Ingersoll (1782-1862) was a lawyer, congressman, and writer. This collection of his papers mostly spans his career from the 1810s to the 1840s. The bulk of the materials are incoming letters, many from well-known nineteenth-century individuals, including several U. S. presidents; however, there are also drafts of his writings, clippings, a copy of his 1837 nomination to Congress, and other miscellaneous papers. While indirectly highlighting Ingersoll's work, most of the correspondence contains political, legal, or personal discussions.