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Guide to the Alexander Boteler Papers, 1707-1924

Abstract

Correspondence of Alexander's father, Dr. Henry Boteler, for 1776-1837; and family letters of Alexander with information on his career at Princeton College and his courtship of his future wife, Helen Macomb Stockton. Political correspondence, relating to the election of 1860, the Constitutional Union party, and Alexander's travels around the country in 1882-1884 while a member of the U.S. tariff commission. Volumes include Boteler's diary for 1845, relative to his farming activities; various scrapbooks and some genealogical materials on the Pendleton, Digges, and Pope families. Among the correspondents are Lewis Cass, Samuel Cooper, John B. Floyd, S. B. French, Wade Hampton, T. J. Jackson, Andrew Johnson, R. E. Lee, John Letcher, W. P. Miles, John Page, Thomas N. Page, Rembrandt Peale, W. N. Pendleton, W. C. Rives, Alexander Robinson, W. H. Seward, J.E.B. Stuart, Jacob Thompson, J. F. Thompson, and Dabney C. Wirt.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Alexander Robinson Boteler papers
Creator
Boteler, Alexander Robinson, 1815-1892
Extent
3.0 linear feet, 5 boxes, 1,686 items (incl. 4 vols.)
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

This collection consists of family letters of Alexander R. Boteler (1815-1892), Virginia political leader, congressman, and Civil War soldier, with sidelights on his career at Princeton College, Princeton, New Jersey, his courtship of Helen Macomb Stockton, whom he later married, his altercations with Charles J. Faulkner, and "Yankee" depredations at his home, "Fountain Rock," during the Civil War; political correspondence, 1855-1870, relating to the election of 1860 and the Constitutional Union Party; letters concerning Boteler's travels about the country in 1882-1884 while a member of the U.S. Tariff Commission; correspondence concerning claims of James Rumsey as inventor of the first steamboat; and legal and personal papers of Helen (Stockton) Boteler's father, Ebenezer S. Stockton, and grandfather, Robert Stockton. Volumes include Boteler's diary, 1845, relative to his farming activities; a scrapbook on the election of 1848; a scrapbook containing clippings, letters, and pictures devoted principally to the activities and interests of Boteler; and a scrapbook containing clippings, letters, and pictures concerning the Pendleton, Digges, and Pope families, especially the life of Dudley Digges Pendleton who married Helen Stockton Boteler.

The collection also contains the correspondence of Alexander R. Boteler's father, Dr. Henry Boteler, for 1776-1837. Among other correspondents are A. R. Boteler, Lewis Cass, Samuel Cooper, John B. Floyd, S. B. French, Wade Hampton, T. J. Jackson, Andrew Johnson, R. E. Lee, John Letcher, W. P. Miles, John Page, Thomas N. Page, Rembrandt Peale, W. N. Pendleton, W. C. Rives, Alexander Robinson, W. H. Seward, J. E. B. Stuart, Jacob Thompson, J. R. Thompson, Dabney C. Wirt.

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Contents of the Collection

Biographical/Genealogical materials, undated
Box 1
Papers, 1707-1783
Box 1
Correspondence, 1776-1855
Box 1
Correspondence, 1856-1876
Box 2
Correspondence, 1877-1885 Sept.
Box 3
Correspondence, 1885 Oct.-1910 and undated
Box 4
Clippings, undated
Box 5
Photographs, undated
Box 5
Handwritten notes, undated
Box 5
Biographical sketches, undated
Box 5
Scrapbook I, 1771-1824

Scrapbook of clippings, letters and pictures which cover Boteler's family and his activities.

Volume 1
Scrapbook II, 1729-1887

Scrapbook concerns the genealogy of the Pendleton, Digges, and Pope familes, related by the marriage of Helen Stockton Boteler to Dudley Digges Pendleton.

Volume F:376
Scrapbook, 1848

This scrapbook primarily concerns the presidential election of 1848.

Volume S:374
Diary, 1845

Diary entries document Boteler's activities as a planter.

Volume S:373

Historical Note

Alexander R. Boteler (1815-1892) was Virginia political leader, congressman, and Civil War soldier. He graduated from Princeton College, Princeton, New Jersey. He was active in politics before the Civil War and much of his correspondence relates to the election of 1860 and the Constitutional Union Party. He was later a member of the U.S. Tariff Commission from 1882-1884.

Subject Headings

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], in the Alexander Robinson Boteler Papers Collection, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Provenance

The Alexander Robinson Boteler papers were acquired by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library between 1935 and 1963.

Processing Information

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