Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The King mss., 1815-1863, consist of letters of Rufus King, 1755-1827, member of the Continental Congress and of the Constitutional Convention, U. S. senator and minister to Great Britain, and members of his family.

The Rufus King letters proper, 1815-1826, are mainly personal letters from Rufus King to his fourth son, Edward King, 1795-1836, lawyer, who emigrated to Ohio in 1815, settled at Chillicothe and married Sarah Worthington, daughter of Thomas Worthington, governor of Ohio and U. S. senator. Two of these letters, that of December 16, 1815, and that of December 20, 1817, are partly printed in Charles R. King, ed., The Life and Correspondence of Rufus King ... V(1898): 494-495 and VI(1900):86-87 (E302.6 .K5 A3). Also included in this part of the collection are letters between Rufus King and Thomas Worthington relating to the affairs of Edward King, and a letter of January 12, 1825, from Charles King to his father, Rufus King, relating to the health of his wife.

The 1837-1863 letters are chiefly letters from Mrs. Sarah (Worthington) King to her mother, Mrs. Eleanor (Van Swearingen) Worthington, at Chillicothe, Ohio. Following the death of her husband in 1836, Mrs. King resided in Cambridge, Mass., while her sons were attending Harvard College. In 1844 she married William Peter, British counsul at Philadelphia. A few letters of other members of the family are also included.

Collection size: 94 items

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