Dudley Family Archive, Incl. ca 1814 Document Referencing the Occupation of Eastport During the War of 1812

Lot of more than 150 documents spanning approximately 1807-1830s. A unique and interesting archive tied to one of the "First Families" of Raymond, New Hampshire. Collection likely descended through the descendants of Moses Dudley (1766-1843), a prominent citizen of Raymond, New Hampshire, whose father, the Honorable Judge John Dudley (1725-1805) was one of the earliest settlers of the town. Collection is highlighted by a ca 1814 document referencing the British occupation of Eastport, MA (then part of the District of Maine) during the War of 1812. 

Moses Dudley Esq. fathered ten children with his wife Nancy Glidden, several of whom are represented in this collection including John Dudley (1789-1873), James Dudley (1794-1864), and Elbridge Gerry Dudley (1811-1867). A wide variety of documents are included in the archive including personal correspondence, legal documents, a large trove of students' academic worksheets and treatises, and much more. Notable documents in the archive include a "Massachusetts Militia" certificate dated April 24, 1815, inviting James Dudley to "the usual place of parade" for his Company under the command of Thomas Vose, Jr.; a shipping bill of lading for Schooner Speculation under Master Samuel Smith "Dated in Luebeck the tenth Day of January 1817"; a March 1832 broadside titled "Proposals for An Extra Globe" which advocates for extra issues of the publication which will be "chiefly devoted to a vindication of the character, fame and principles of ANDREW JACKSON, with a view to his re-election..."; and "Order of Exercises" for Pembroke Academy (1834), Strafford Union Academy (1834), and Phillips' Exeter Academy (1812).

An undated and unsigned document appears to be either a page from a letter or a draft copy from a letter written just after the occupation of Eastport in July 1814. The unidentified author writes in part, "We understand that Eastport is taken by the British. This must in some degree affect your situation in some degree [sic] but how much we cannot tell. / Since the overthrow of Buonaparte the English have become extremely haughty. They are landing troops at [indecipherable] and intend to attack the United States in different parts destroy their shipping and ravage their [?] towns ... This indicates that we shall not very soon have pece ...."

Overall, an interesting archive with strong New Hampshire ties. Additional research will likely yield valuable insight into the Dudley family and New Hampshire in the first half of the nineteenth century.


Generally good. Document referencing Eastport has loss on bottom right corner affecting text and several large soil spots. Please refer to photographs for more detailed imagery.

Estimate: $400 - $600
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