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Bishop James Madison Collection

Identifier: SC 01235

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Scope and Contents

Collection includes the following:

Letter, 1776 July 30, James Madison, New York City to John Norton, London. Announces his safe arrival in New York after a passage of eight weeks which included a naval engagement of an hour and a half. Was received by Sir William Howe. Independence is certainly declared and arms will settle the dispute. New York is fortified.

Letter, 8 October 1795, of James Madison, Williamsburg, Va. to William White, Philadelphia, Pa. Concerns Episcopal Church matters and Henry Purcell's pamphlet "Strictures on the Love of Power in the Prelacy." Transcript included.

Letter from Rev. Bishop James Madison, Williamsburg, Virginia, to Robert Page, Frederick County, Virginia, dated November 15, 1807. Mentions an appeal bond that has consquences to the College. States that "on this side of the Blue Ridge, (counties) have been allocated to Mr. Peyton, in the stead of Mr. Harrison..." Mentions a a suit that he thought had been settled.

Receipt from 1787 reads, "Rec'd of Mr. Dennis the Fee for a Course of Natural Philosophy May 1787. J Madison."


  • Creation: 1776, 1795, 1787, 1807


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 publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.


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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Norton letter purchased in 1965

White letter gift of Thomas G. Pullen in 1970

Page letter acquired in 1938

Receipt purchased in 2016

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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository