Timothy Pickering Papers

Collection Summary

Title: Timothy Pickering Papers
Call Number: MS 74-39
Size: 0.5 linear feet
Acquisition: Purchased in 1974
Processed by: DAO, 11-6-1974; SMC, 3-17-1998; MN, 1-2009
Note: Related collections: MS 74-04, James W. Grimes Papers; MS 74-40, Admiral John G. Walker Collection of Family Papers
Restrictions: None

Literary Rights

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Content Note

The Timothy Pickering collection of papers consists, for the most part, of his diaries and account books, and various financial statements. Some correspondence, either original or handwritten copies, is also a part of the collection. An addendum to the collection is formed by the miscellaneous correspondence and memorabilia of Timothy Pickering's son, John Pickering.


Timothy Pickering (1745-1829) was a Federalist and an intimate friend of George Washington. He held the posts of Secretary of War and State in Washington's Cabinet, as well as serving as a Senator and Representative from Massachusetts.

Detailed Description: Series Listing

Series 1 Box 1 FF 1-7 Miscellaneous Correspondence of Timothy Pickering, Jr.
Series 2 Box 1 FF 8-13 Financial Affairs
Series 3 Box 1 FF 14-19 Pickering Family Materials

Detailed Description: Box and Folder Listing

Series 1 ‒ Miscellaneous Correspondence of Timothy Pickering, Jr.

Box 1 FF 1 Correspondences. Harvard College, 14 February, 1763. Timothy Pickering, Jr. to his father, Timothy Pickering, Sr. Defends card playing on general grounds. (Manuscript copy of original). Salem, 18 February, 1763. Timothy Pickering, Sr. to his son, Timothy Pickering, Jr. Asks his son to seek Spiritual Delights rather than Earthly Pleasures. (Manuscript copy of original).
Box 1 FF 2 Correspondence. Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. 14 August, 1788 and 1 April, 1789. Correspondence from Edward Burd to Timothy Pickering, Jr., concerning fees to be charged for issuance of Writs of Certiorari, with undated list labeled "Account with Edward Burg, Esq. for blanks (writs) and fees rec'd."
Box 1 FF 3 Correspondence. Lisbon, Portugal. 3 March, 1798. John Pickering to his father, Timothy Pickering, Jr. (marked "duplicate" and "rec'd June 6"). Speaks of departure of William Smith, American minister to Portugal, for Gibralter (John was Smith's secretary), and of rumors of the murder of the Dey of Algiers.
Box 1 FF 4 Correspondence. Salem. 3 December, 1812. Thomas to Timothy Pickering, Jr. Recipe of Captain Jon Ingersoll for curing pork.
Box 1 FF 5 Correspondence. Montrose. 5 July, 1824. Putnam Catlin to Timothy Pickering. Catlin comments on the old Federal Party, relates local news.
Box 1 FF 6 Correspondence. 13 August, 1828. Power of Attorney granted to Charles S. Cosce by Timothy Pickering, Jr.
Box 1 FF 7 Correspondence. Report of Secretary of State Timothy Pickering to the President, 18 January, 1799 (printed copy).

Series 2 ‒ Financial Affairs

Box 1 FF 8 Account book and calendar of daily events, 1770.
Box 1 FF 9 Account book, 1779-1784.
Box 1 FF 10 Account book with two sections: Timothy Pickering in account with Peter Anspach, 1780 and Accounts, 1779-1784.
Box 1 FF 11 Miscellaneous financial statements and receipts, 1780-1810.
Box 1 FF 12 Account settled with Dr. Samuel Meredith, 7 November, 1801 and a fire "assurance" policy, 1825.
Box 1 FF 13 Town and County Tax receipt, 1827.

Series 3 ‒ Pickering Family Materials

Box 1 FF 14 Miscellaneous correspondence of John Pickering, son of Timothy Pickering, Jr.
Box 1 FF 15 John Pickering's Senior Classology, 1796, with letter from W. Davis to John Pickering, 19 November, 1817
Box 1 FF 16 Newspaper clipping of the eulogy of John Pickering, n.d.
Box 1 FF 17 Newspaper clipping advertising the sale of John Pickering's rare book collection.
Box 1 FF 18 Two-tone photograph of a portrait of John Pickering (apparently clipped from a book).
Box 1 FF 19 Correspondences. (1) 18 January, 1843. Henry W. Pickering, grandson of Timothy Pickering, to the Honorable Joseph C. Hornblower. (2) 21 January, 1843. Joseph C. Hornblower to Henry W. Pickering. Timothy Pickering mentioned in both letters.