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Jonathan Boucher papers

Identifier: MS 00403

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Scope and Contents

The Jonathan Boucher papers contains correspondence. Principle correspondents include those to and from John James, James Maury, Charles Daubeny, Sir Frederick Morton Eden, William Knox, and William Stevens. Subjects include Virginia social customs and politics between the years 1759 and 1771, Boucher's experiences in, and views of, the American Revolution, Boucher's role in the struggle for unity in the Scottish Anglican Church, and his concern with schism and dissent in the Church of England.


  • Creation: 1759-1803


Conditions Governing Access:

Collection is open to all researchers. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, such as the Virginia Public Records Act (Code of Virginia. § 42.1-76-91); and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (Code of Virginia § 2.2-3705.5). Confidential material may include, but is not limited to, educational, medical, and personnel records. If sensitive material is found in this collection, please contact a staff member immediately. The disclosure of personally identifiable information pertaining to a living individual may have legal consequences for which the College of William and Mary assumes no responsibility.

Conditions Governing Use:

Before reproducing or quoting from any materials, in whole or in part, permission must be obtained from the Special Collections Research Center, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Biographical Information:

Jonathan Boucher (1738-1804) was born on March 12, 1738. He was an Anglican clergyman, teacher and philologist in Virginia, Maryland, and England. A loyalist of the American Revolution, he later served in the conservative faction of the Church of England. He authored two books, "A View of the Causes and Consequences of the American Revolution" and "A Glossary of Archaic and Provincial Words. Jonathan Boucher died on April 27, 1804.


2.17 Linear Feet (3 boxes)



Custodial History:

This collection was formerly available at East Sussex, England Record Office.

Acquisition Information:

Purchased with the assistance of the Johns-Pollard, Hooker, and Presson funds.

Electronic Format:

Some letters were published in the "Maryland Historical Magazine" in volumes 7-10.

Physical Description

228 items

Processing Information:

Processed by John Coombs in 1993.


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Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository