Guide to the Letters of Caleb Smith 1742-1866, 1944 (bulk 1742-1762) MG 389


Descriptive Summary
Biographical Note
Scope and Content Note
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Guide to the Letters of Caleb Smith
1742-1866, 1944
(bulk 1742-1762)
MG 389
The New Jersey Historical Society
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Newark, New Jersey 07102
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The New Jersey Historical Society, Publisher
Inventory prepared by Lynn Gates as part of the “Farm to City” project funded by a grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Finding aid encoded by Danielle Kovacs. March 2004. Production of the EAD version of this finding aid was made possible by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Finding aid written in English.

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Caleb Smith
Title: Caleb Smith Letters
Dates: 1742-1866, 1944
Abstract: Consists mainly of letters sent to the Rev. Caleb Smith.
Quantity: 0.03 linear ft. (4 folders)
Collection Number: MG 389

Biographical Note

Rev. Caleb Smith (1723-1762), a Presbyterian minister, was born in Brookhaven, Long Island. He attended Yale and graduated in 1743, four years later in 1747 he was licensed by the New York Presbytery. Rev. Smith was ordained the next year. It appears that he spent most of his career as a minister in Newark Mountain, now Orange, New Jersey.

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Scope and Content Note

This collection consists chiefly of letters sent to the Rev. Caleb Smith and an enclosure with the donor’s notes. The letters are mostly personal in nature, many of which discuss religious matters, people, or communities.

The letters in this collection come from: the Rev. Timothy Allen, Thomas Cooper, S. M. Hamill, Mr. Johnson, Philemon Robbins, Martha Smith, Merrill Smith, William Smith, I. Sproutt, and Thomas Youngs.

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

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Access Restrictions

There are no access restrictions on this collection.

Photocopying of materials is limited and no materials may be photocopied without permission from library staff.

Use Restrictions

Researchers wishing to publish, reproduce, or reprint materials from this collection must obtain permission.

The New Jersey Historical Society complies with the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code), which governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions and protects unpublished materials as well as published materials.

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Access Points

The entries below represent persons, organizations, topics, forms, and occupations documented in this collection.
Subject Names:
Allen, Timothy, fl. 1757.
Cooper, Thomas, fl. 1753.
Robbins, Philemon.
Smith, Caleb, 1723-1762.
Smith, Martha, fl. 1748.
Smith, Merrill.
Smith, William, fl. 1746.
Youngs, Thomas, fl. 1742.
Subject Topics:
Presbyterian Church–New Jersey.
Subject Places:
New Jersey–Religious life and customs.
Document Types:
Letters (correspondence)
Personal correspondence.
Subject Occupations
Clergy–New Jersey.

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Administrative Information

Custodial History

Mr. Smith purchased the letters in 1934 from the Traver’s Book Store located in Trenton, New Jersey.

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as: Manuscript Group 389, Caleb Smith Letters, The New Jersey Historical Society.

Acquisition Information

Given to the New Jersey Historical Society by Philip Henry Waddell Smith in 1944

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Container List


Box Folder Title Date
1 1 Incoming letter: Thomas Youngs 1742 Nov 18
1 1 Incoming letter: Mr. Johnson 1745 Apr 18
1 1 Incoming letter: William Smith 1746 Feb 24
1 1 Incoming letter: Martha Smith 748 Oct 18
1 2 Incoming letter: Thomas Cooper 1753 Apr 13
1 2 Letter or diary entry written by [Caleb Smith?] 1757 Sept 3
1 2 Incoming letter: Rev. Timothy Allen 1757 Sept 9
1 3 Incoming letter: I. Sproutt 1759 Oct 16
1 3 Incoming letter: Philemon Robbins 1761 Sept 4
1 3 Incoming letter: [unidentified correspondent] 1762 Jan 13
1 3 Incoming letter: Merrill Smith 1762 May 19
1 4 Incoming letter: S. M. Hamill 1866 Dec 18
1 4 Enclosure with notations from donor [1944 Feb 9]

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