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Monroe-Hay Family Papers

Identifier: MS 00053

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Scope and Contents

Papers, 1795-1834 and undated of Eliza Kortright Monroe Hay (1787-1840), daughter of U.S. President James Monroe. The collection includes letters written by and to Hay and to her father James Monroe. Correspondents include her former teacher Madame [Jeanne Louise Henriette] Campan, her daughter Hortensia M. Rogers of "Druid Hill" near Baltimore, Maryland , her son-in-law Lloyd N. Rogers as well as the daughter of the Marquis de Lafayette, Marie Antoinette Virginie de Lafayette Lasteyrie du Saillant. Subjects include the debts and final illness of James Monroe, the final illness of George Hay, the possible sale by the Hay family of "Ashfield," [near Richmond, Virginia], the aftermath of the French Revolution, Hortense de Beauharnais (the stepdaughter of Napoleon and the mother of Napoleon III), Samuel L. Gouverneur and his wife Maria Hester Monroe Gouverneur, Tench Ringgold, and Egbert Read Watson.


  • Creation: 1795-1834


Language of Materials

French English

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:

Eliza Kortright Monroe Hay (December, 1786 - 1835 or 1840?) daughter of President James Monroe (1758-1831). She married George Hay (1765-1830) and had one child. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:


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Acquisition Information:

Deposited by Ash Lawn on February 13, 2003.

Related Materials:

Related collections: James Monroe Papers (Mss. 39.1 M75), the Jay Johns Collection of James Monroe Papers (Mss. 68 M75), the Monroe Family Papers (Mss. 82 M75), and the James Monroe (1799-1870) Family Papers (Mss. 83 M75), all at Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Physical Description

28 items


Other Information:

A PDF document of this inventory is available online.

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Processing Information:

Processed by Susan A. Riggs in 2003.


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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository