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Series I: Correspondence
Series III: Correspondence and Notes on John Howard Payne, Assembled by Co. Thatcher T. Payne Luquer
At a Glance
Selected materials cataloged remainder arranged.
Manuscripts by Payne, including plays, poems, journals, essays, account books, correspondence, letter books (to and from) including a large group of letters from Washington Irving. Also, pictorial material, scrapbooks, biographies, portraits, passports, and other documents; and materials on the Cherokee incident, 1835-1838, and Payne's arrest in Georgia. Other material include letters of various members of the Payne family and of related families. Of greatest interest is a group of fine letters and manuscripts of Eloise Richards Payne (1787-1819), a sister of the playwright. These present a sensitive and revealing portrait of the social, cultural, and political life of the time. Among the manuscripts and documents are many items of genealogical interest on the Paine, Shippen, Lynch, Luquer, and Lea families. Two boxes of the papers of Col. Thatcher Taylor Payne Luquer contain correspondence on various aspects of John Howard Payne's career, and on "An Unconscious Autobiography" the letters and diaries of William Osborn Payne (1783-1804), a brother of the playwright, edited by Col. Luquer.
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Identification of specific item; Date (if known); John Howard Payne papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Source of acquisition--Luquer family. Method of acquisition--Gift; Date of acquisition--1960. Accession number--M-60.
2 letters: Badams, L.H. & J.H.P., 9 Apr 1815: Source of acquisition--2293B (Rare Book)-Auerbach. Method of acquisition--Purchase; Date of acquisition--03/09/1994. Accession number--M-94-03-09.
About the Finding Aid / Processing Information
Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library
Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/1989.
2 letters: Badams, L.H. & J.H.P., 9 Apr 1815 Cataloged HR 03/17/1994.
The original printed finding aid was converted into an EAD document in October 2020. There is additional description in the printed finding aid that was not included in the EAD document, specifically a family tree that cannot be duplicated in the online finding aid. The family tree from the original printed finding aid is available here as a pdf.
2020-10-22 EAD document created by CCR.
History / Biographical Note
Biographical / Historical
Actor, playwright, U.S. Consul at Tunis, and champion of Indian rights.