Columbia University Archives

Charity Clarke Moore and Clement Clarke Moore papers, 1767-1863

Summary Information

At a Glance

Call No.: UA#0166 Items #1 and 2 (Columbiana Mss #1 and #2)
Bib ID 4079128 View CLIO record
Creator(s) Moore, Charity Clarke, -1838
Title Charity Clarke Moore and Clement Clarke Moore papers, 1767-1863
Physical Description 1 box (2 volumes (54 items) and 1 Box)
Language(s) English .

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Letters written by Charity Clarke Moore and one letter and a diary written by her son Clement Clarke Moore. Charity Moore's letters range in date from 1767 to 1834 and were written to her sister, Lady Mary Clarke Vassal Affleck and other members of her family and friends. They are personal in nature dealing with family affairs and day to day events. Of the same character is Clement Moore's letter which was written to his cousin, Lady Mary Elizabeth Fox Powys Lilford in November 1840. The diary contains brief entries from 20 November 1856 to 8 July 1863, two days before his death. It is mainly a record of the weather, the temperature, and his benefactions. The letters are all mounted on the blank leaves of one volume and the diary occupies a second volume. Also included are nine volumes from the library of Benjamin Moore.

Using the Collection

Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Restrictions on Access

This collection is located on-site.

This collection has no restrictions.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. The RBML maintains ownership of the physical material only. Copyright remains with the creator and his/her heirs. The responsibility to secure copyright permission rests with the patron.

Preferred Citation

Identification of specific item; Date (if known); Charity Clarke Moore and Clement Clarke Moore papers; Box and Folder; Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Columbia University Library.

Related Materials

These materials form part of the Columbiana Manuscripts (UA#0166) collection, Items #1 and #2 in Series I: Manuscript Volumes.

About the Finding Aid / Processing Information

Columbia University Libraries, Rare Book and Manuscript Library

Processing Information

Cataloged Christina Hilton Fenn 08/--/89.

Subject Headings

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"CUL Collections:"
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Diaries Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID


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"Nat'l / Int'l Archives:"
Affleck, Mary Clarke Vassal, Lady, -1835 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Lilford, Mary Elizabeth Fox Powys, Baroness, -1891 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Meteorology -- Observations Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moore family Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moore, Benjamin, 1748-1816 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
Moore, Clement Clarke, 1779-1863 Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID
New York (N.Y.) -- Social life and customs Portal CLIO ArchiveGRID

History / Biographical Note

Biographical / Historical

Charity Moore Clarke was the wife of Bishop Benjamin Moore (1748-1816), President of Columbia College from 1801 to 1811. Their son was Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863), who was the author of A COMPENDIOUS LEXICON OF THE HEBREW LANGUAGE and 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS.