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Truxtun of the Constellation

Eugene S. Ferguson

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 p300  Bibliography


American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia
Franklin Papers; Franklin-Bache Papers.

Franklin Institute, Philadelphia
Lenthal Collection, Mast Yard Papers of Turner & Thompson.

Hare, T. Truxtun, Esq. See Truxtun Hare Collection.

Hepburn Collection Transcripts, Courtesy of William Bell Clark, Esq., Brevard, N. C.
John Barry Papers.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Admiralty Court Papers; Constellation Journal; Constellation Orders, Muster Rolls, Stores, etc.; Delaware ship Papers (1793‑97); Dreer Collection; Etting Collection; Benjamin Fuller Letter Books; Gratz Collection; Joshua Humphreys Letter Books, Account Books, and Correspondence (1774‑1831); Jones & Clarke Papers; Deborah Norris Logan Diary (1815‑39); Christopher Marshall Diary (1783‑91); Misc. Collection; Misc. Ship Papers; William Page Diary (1808‑12); Philadelphia Assessment Books; Philadelphia Customs House Record Books; Society Collections; Thomas Truxtun Letter Books (1798‑99 and 1800‑1801); Journal of ship United States, Capt. Thomas Bell, from Philadelphia bound toward China; Wayne Papers; Wharton & Humphreys Shipyard Accounts (1774‑95).

Henry E. Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.
Truxtun Letters (1795‑1815).

Library Company of Philadelphia (Free Library of Philadelphia, Librarian)
Truxtun-Biddle Letters. For description and index see Eugene S. Ferguson, Commodore Thomas Truxtun 1755‑1822, A description of the Truxtun-Biddle Letters . . . Research Bull., Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, 1947, 31pp.

Library of Congress, Washington, D. C.
Continental Congress Papers; Jefferson Papers; John Paul Jones Papers; Thomas Truxtun Papers (1795‑1820); Washington Papers.

Middlesex County, Deeds, Office of Recorder, Court House, New Brunswick, N. J.

Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston
Pickering Papers.

 p301  Navy Department Records, National Archives, Washington, D. C.
Alliance, Indiaman, Log of Richard Dale (1787‑88); T. Truxtun Beale Photostats; Captain's Letters (1805); Correspondence on Naval Affairs when Navy was under War Dept. 1790‑98, 1 vol. [Navy 1790‑98 LB]; Letters to Officers of Ships of War; War Dept. Letter Book, Arming and Equipping Frigates, 1795‑98.

New York Historical Society, New York
Barnes Collection; John Barry Papers; Sloop Experiment Papers (1785‑87).

New York Public Library
Elizabeth de Hart Bleeker Diary (1799‑1806); Constable-Pierrepont Collection; U. S. Navy Collection. The Constable-Pierrepoint Collection provided solid information on the China voyages that I should not have found elsewhere.

Peabody Museum, Salem, Mass.
Josiah Fox Papers.

Pennsylvania State Library, Harrisburg
Post-Revolutionary Papers.

Truxtun Family Bible, in private collection of Truxtun Brodhead, Esq. This is the source for dates of birth, marriage, and death of Truxtun, his wife, and children.

Truxtun Hare Collection
Private manuscript collection of the late T. Truxtun Hare, Esq. My account of Captain Truxtun's Revolutionary service would have been sketchy indeed had it not been for this collection; and for many other circumstances of his career, these letters have provided essential color and background.

Public Documents

American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive. 38 vols. Washington, D. C., 1832‑61.

[Annals of Congress.] Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of United States, 1789‑1824. 42 vols. Washington, D. C., 1834‑56.

Force, Peter, ed., American Archives. 9 vols. Washington, D. C., 1837‑53.

Ford, W. C., et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774‑1789. 34 vols. Washington, D. C., 1904‑37.

Great Britain, Admiralty, Regulations and Instructions Relative to His Majesty's Service at Sea. 9th ed., London, 1757; 13th ed., London, 1790.

U. S. Library of Congress, A Calendar of John Paul Jones Manuscripts in the Library of Congress.

—, Naval Records of the American Revolution 1775‑1788. Washington, D. C., 1906. A calendar of MSS. and letters of marque.

U. S. Naval Records and Library Office, Naval Documents Related to the Quasi‑War Between the United States and France, 1797‑1801. 7 vols. Washington, D. C., 1935‑38.

—, Naval Documents Related to the United States Wars with the Barbary  p302 Powers, 1785‑1807. 7 vols. Washington, D. C., 1939‑45. [Vol. 7 is Register of Officer Personnel . . . and Ships' Data, 1801‑1807.]

The last two titles, abbreviated in reference notes as Quasi‑War and Barbary Wars, respectively, are indispensable to a work of this kind. Well planned and executed, they have brought to my desk a great deal of source material that otherwise would have been difficult and expensive to collect. Their value to me has been inestimably great.

History Journals and Society Publications
Volumes given are those actually cited in reference notes, above.

American Historical Review. New York. XXXV (1930).

American Neptune. Salem, Mass. V, VII, IX (1945, 1947, 1949).

American Philosophical Soc., Proceedings. Philadelphia. XCII (1948).

Columbia Hist. Soc., Records. Washington, D. C. X (1907).

Maryland Historical Magazine. Baltimore. XXVIII (1933).

Massachusetts Hist. Soc., Collections. Boston. LXXVII (1927).

—, Proceedings. Boston. 2nd ser., XX (1906).

New Jersey Hist. Soc., Proceedings. Newark. 4th ser., III.

New York Hist. Soc., Collections. New York. XX (1887).

Pennsylvania History. Philadelphia VI‑VII (1939‑40).

Pennsylvania Mag. of Hist. and Biog. Philadelphia. XIX (1895), XXXI (1907), LV (1931), LXXVI (1952).

Port Folio. Philadelphia. 2nd ser, I (1809).

U. S. Naval Inst., Proceedings. Annapolis. XXXII (1906), LXXVIII (1952), LXXX (1954).

Years given are those actually cited in reference notes, above.

Baltimore: Federal Gazette & Baltimore Daily Advertiser (1796‑99); Maryland Journal (1796); Telegraphe and Daily Advertiser (1797‑99).

Boston: Columbian Centinel (1797, 1799); Independent Chronicle (1776‑78, 1799); New England Chronicle (1776).

Hartford, Conn.: Connecticut Courant (1783, 1785).

London, England: Daily Advertiser (1776); Public Advertiser (1776‑77); Whitehall Evening Post (1776).

New Brunswick, N. J.: Guardian; or, New‑Brunswick Advertiser (1804).

New York: New York Gazette, and the Weekly Mercury (1771, 1775‑76); New York Mercury (1757, 1760, 1762); Rivington's New York Gazetteer (1775); Spectator (1799).

Newport, R. I.: Newport Mercury (1776).

 p303  Norfolk, Va.: Norfolk Herald (1799‑1800).

Philadelphia: American Daily Advertiser (1794, 1796‑97, 1799, 1804, 1816); Aurora (1799‑1800, 1810); Independent Gazetteer (1782‑83); Pennsylvania Evening Post (1776); Pennsylvania Gazette (1776, 1783); Pennsylvania Journal (1786); Pennsylvania Packet (1777, 1780‑83, 1785‑87); Philadelphia Gazette (1796‑97, 1804); United States Gazette (1802, 1809).

Trenton, N. J.: Trenton Federalist (1811).

Washington: National Intelligencer (1806).

Biography, Writings, Diaries, Journals

Adams, John, Works. Chas. F. Adams, ed. 10 vols. Boston, 1850‑56.

Andrews, Evangeline W., ed., Journal of a Lady of Quality. New Haven, 1934.

Barnes, John S, ed., Fanning's Narrative, being the Memoirs of Nathaniel Fanning, an Officer of the Revolutionary Navy. New York, 1912.

Beveridge, Albert J., Life of John Marshall. 4 vols. Boston, 1916‑19.

Biddle, Charles, Autobiography . . . 1745‑1821. Philadelphia, 1883.

Bullen, Frank T., The Log of a Sea‑Waif, being Recollections of the First Four Years of My Sea Life. New York, 1899.

Burnett, Edmund Cody, ed., Letters of Members of the Continental Congress. 8 vols. Washington, D. C., 1921‑38.

Chance, Maria Scott Beale, A Chronicle of the Family of Edward F. Beale. Haverford, 1943.

Clark, William Bell, Gallant John Barry. New York, 1938.

Cook, Lewis D., "Commodore Thomas Truxtun . . . and his Descendants . . .," Pennsylvania Genealogical MagazineXVII (June, 1949), 3‑32. A carefully compiled genealogy of a large family.

Dana, Richard Henry, Two Years Before the Mast. New York: Modern Library, 1936.

Dictionary of American Biography. 22 vols. New York, 1928‑44.

Dictionary of National Biography. 63 vols. London, 1885‑1901.

Dixon, George. A Voyage Round the World. London, 1789.

Footner, Hulbert, Sailor of Fortune, Life and Adventures of Commodore Barney, USN. New York, 1940.

Franklin, Benjamin, Writings, A. H. Smyth, ed. 10 vols. New York, 1905‑1907. [For Papers, see Hays, I. Minis; for biography, see Van Doren, Carl.]

Graydon, Alexander, Memoirs of a Life, Chiefly Passed in Pennsylvania within the Last Sixty Years. Edinburgh, 1822.

Hays, I. Minis, Calendar of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin in the Library of the American Philosophical Society. 5 vols. Philadelphia, 1908.

Hoxse, John, The Yankee Tar. Northampton, 1840. [To be used with caution.]

James, Marquis, Life of Andrew Jackson. New York, 1938.

King, Charles R., ed., Life and Correspondence of Rufus King. 6 vols. New York, 1894‑1900.

Lorenz, Lincoln, John Paul Jones. Annapolis, 1943.

 p304  Maclay, William, Journal, 1789‑1791. New York, 1927.

MacKenzie, Frederick, Diary [1775‑81] 2 vols. Cambridge, Mass., 1930.

Malone, Dumas, ed., Correspondence between Thomas Jefferson and Pierre S. du Pont de Nemours, 1798‑1817. Boston, 1930.

Morris, Commodore Charles, USN, Autobiography. Annapolis, 1880.

Neeser, Robert W., ed., Despatches of Molyneux Shuldham, 1776. New York, 1913.

News from Home (Home Insurance Co., New York), XV, no. 1, Spring, 1954. Fifteen of 28 pages in this issue were devoted to Captain Truxtun and the Constellation. Profusely illustrated.

Paullin, Charles O., Commodore John Rodgers. Cleveland, 1910.

Pickering, Octavius, Life of Timothy Pickering. Boston, 1867.

[Porter, David,] Constantinople and Its Environs, in a Series of Letters . . . by an American. 2 vols. New York, 1835.

Quincy, Josiah, ed., Journals of Major Samuel Shaw. Boston, 1847.

Roberts, Kenneth and Anna, ed. and trans., Moreau de St. Méry's American Journey, 1793‑1798. New York, 1947.

Schachner, Nathan, Alexander Hamilton. New York, 1946.

Shipton, Clifford K., Biographical Sketches of Those Who Attended Harvard College in the Classes 1722‑1725. Boston, 1945.

Smith, Margaret Bayard, First Forty Years of Washington Society. Gaillard Hunt, ed. New York, 1906.

Steiner, Bernard C., Life and Correspondence of James McHenry. Cleveland, 1907.

Truxtun, Thomas, Reply of Commodore Truxtun to an Attack Made on Him in the National Intelligencer in June 1806. Philadelphia, 1806.

Van Doren, Carl, Benjamin Franklin. New York, 1938.

Wandell, S. H. and Minnigerode, Meade, Aaron Burr. 2 vols. New York, 1927.

Washington, George, Diaries. John C. Fitzpatrick, ed. 4 vols. Boston, 1925.

—, Writings. John C. Fitzpatrick, ed. 39 vols. Washington, D. C., 1931‑44.

Albion, Robert G., Square-Riggers on Schedule, the New York Sailing Packets to England, France, and the Cotton Ports. Princeton, 1938.

Allen, Gardner W., A Naval History of the American Revolution. 2 vols. Boston, 1913.

—, Our Naval War with France. Boston, 1909.

—, Our Navy and the Barbary Corsairs. Boston, 1905.

Anthony, Irvin, Revolt at Sea. New York, 1937.

Bowditch, Nathaniel, The New American Practical Navigator. First ed., Newburyport, 1802.

Chapelle, Howard I., History of the American Sailing Navy. New York, 1949.

 p305  Cutler, Carl C., Greyhounds of the Sea. New York, 1930.

Dulles, Foster Rhea, The Old China Trade. Boston, 1930.

Dunn, Samuel, A New Directory for the East-Indies. 5th ed., London, 1780.

Goldsborough, Charles W., United States' Naval Chronicle. Vol. I (no more published), Washington, D. C., 1824.

Lever, Darcy, The Young Sea Officer's Sheet Anchor. First Philadelphia from 2nd London ed., Philadelphia, c. 1819.

Lovette, Leland P., Naval Customs, Traditions, and Usage. Annapolis, 1939.

Maclay, Edgar S., History of the Navy. 2 vols. New York, 1895.

Morison, Samuel Eliot, Maritime History of Massachusetts, 1783‑1860. Boston, 1921.

Morse, Hosea Ballou, Chronicles of the East Indies Company Trading to China. 5 vols. Oxford, 1926‑29.

Parkinson, C. N., Trade in the Eastern Seas 1793‑1813. Cambridge, England, 1937.

Peabody, Robert E., Log of the Grand Turks. Boston, 1926.

Schomberg, Isaac, Naval Chronology. 5 vols. London, 1802.

Shipbuilder's Repository, or a Treatise on Marine Architecture. London, 1789.

Sprout, Harold and Margaret, Rise of American Naval Power, 1776‑1918. Princeton, 1946.

Truxtun, Thomas, A Few Extracts from the Best Authors on Naval Tactics . . . and Some Short Notes Made Merely to Show the Advantages of a Curve Line of Battle. Philadelphia, 1806. 15pp.

—, Instructions, Signals, and Explanations Offered for the U. S. Fleet. Baltimore, 1797.

—, Remarks, Instructions, and Examples Relating to the Latitude and Longitude [Appendix 1: "Masting of Ships of War"; Appendix 2: "General Duties of Officers"]. Philadelphia, 1794.

Wroth, Lawrence, Some American Contributions to the Art of Navigation, 1519‑1802. Providence, 1947. 41 pp.

Other Works

Adams, Henry, The Formative Years. Herbert Agar, ed. 2 vols. Boston, 1947.

Almon, John, ed., Remembrancer, or Impartial Repository of Public Events. 17 vols. London, 1775‑84.

Bayles, W. Harrison, Old Taverns of New York. New York, 1915.

Betham-Edwards, Miss, ed., Arthur Young's Travels in France, 1787‑1789. London, 1900.

Bezanson, Anne, Price and Inflation during the American Revolution. Philadelphia, 1951.

Burnett, Edmund Cody, The Continental Congress. New York, 1941.

Caemmerer, H. P., A Manual on the Origin and Development of Washington. Washington, D. C., 1939.

 p306  [Colonial Records of Pennsylvania, 1683‑1790.] 16 vols. Philadelphia and Harrisburg, 1851‑59.

Fitzgerald, C. P., China, A Short Cultural History. New York, 1938.

Flick, Alexander C., ed., History of the State of New York. 10 vols. New York, 1933.

Griffiths, Thomas M., Maine Sources in the House of the Seven Gables. Waterville, 1945.

Hazard, Samuel, et al., eds., Pennsylvania Archives. 9 ser., 138 vols. Philadelphia and Harrisburg, 1852‑1949. For earlier series, see Colonial Records, above.

Hicks, Benjamin D., ed., Records of the Towns of North and South Hempstead. 5 vols. Jamaica, 1900.

Irwin, Ray W., Diplomatic Relations of the United States with the Barbary Powers 1776‑1816. Chapel Hill, 1931.

Lawrence-Archer, J. H., Monumental Inscriptions of the British West Indies from the Earliest Date. London, 1875.

Lossing, Benson J., Pictorial Field Book of the Revolution. 2 vols. New York, 1860.

McCaleb, Walter F., Aaron Burr Conspiracy. New York, 1936.

McMaster, John B., A History of the People of the United States, from the Revolution to the Civil War. 8 vols. New York, 1888‑1913.

Miller, John C., Triumph of Freedom. Boston, 1948.

Morris, Richard B., ed., Era of the American Revolution. New York, 1939.

O'Callaghan, E. B., Calendar of Historical Manuscripts in the Office of the Secretary. Albany, 1865‑66.

—, ed., Documents Relative to the Colonial History of the State of New York. 15 vols. (index in Vol. XI). Albany, 1853‑61.

—, New York Colony — Names of Persons for Whom Marriage Licenses Were Issued by the Secretary of the Province prior to 1784. Albany, 1860.

Onderdonk, Henry, Jr., Annals of Hempstead, 1643‑1832. Hempstead, 1878.

—, Antiquities of the Parish Church, Hempstead. Hempstead, 1880.

Powell, J. H., Bring Out Your Dead, The Great Plague of Yellow Fever in Philadelphia in 1793. Philadelphia, 1949.

Queens County, N. Y., History of, with Illustrations, Portraits, and Sketches of Prominent Families and Individuals. New York, 1882.

Ragatz, Lowell J., The Fall of the Planter Class in the British Caribbean, 1763‑1833. New York, 1928.

Robertson, David, Reports of the Trials of Aaron Burr. 2 vols. Philadelphia, 1808.

Scharf, J. Thomas and Westcott, Thompson, History of Philadelphia. 3 vols. Philadelphia, 1884.

Schuyler, John, Institution of the Society of the Cincinnati. New York, 1886.

Scott, James B., ed., Controversy over Neutral Rights between U. S. and France, 1797‑1800. New York, 1917.

Singleton, Esther, Social New York under the Georges, 1714‑1776. New York, 1902.

 p307  Twining, Thomas, Travels in America One Hundred Years Ago. New York, 1894.

Van Doren, Carl, The Great Rehearsal. New York, 1948. On the making of the Constitution.

Watson, John F., Annals of Philadelphia, and Pennsylvania, in the Olden Times. 3 vols. (reprint). Philadelphia, 1927.

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