Extent: 2 boxes (.8 linear feet)
The Samuel Latham Mitchill papers primarily consist of letters from Samuel Latham Mitchill, Senator and Representative from New York State from 1801-1813, from Washington D.C. to his wife Catherine Ackerly Cock Mitchill.
Scope and Content
Nearly the entire collection consists of letters from Mitchill in Washington D.C., to his wife Catherine at their home in New York City when she was not living with him in Washington, D.C. as he carried out his responsibilities to the Congress. The letters are primarily personal in nature, and deal largely with family matters, social obligations, and Mitchill’s life in Washington. Mitchill does occasionally reference national politics, but usually these references are not to specific legislation or policy matters, but rather to the politicians with whom he serves, such as an extended discussion of Aaron Burr and his duel with Alexander Hamilton, and his subsequent departure from the Vice Presidency. More frequently, when Mitchill departs from personal matters, he discusses natural history, as when he mentions to his wife the possibility that there is a mountain of pure salt in the northern reaches of the then recently acquired Louisiana Territory.