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Guide to the Papers of Francis Brown, 1806 - 1815Manuscript MS-1248

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Guide to the Papers of Francis Brown, 1806 - 1815

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-1248

Collection Dates:

1806 - 1815

Size of Collection:

1 box (.5 linear ft.)


Papers of Francis Brown prior to his assuming the Presidency of Dartmouth College in 1815, primarily correspondence with Dartmouth-related people concerning religious issues and the College.

Access to Collection:


Use & Access

The materials represented in this guide may be accessed through the Rauner Special Collections Library at Dartmouth College. Rauner Library is located in Webster Hall. The materials must be used on-site and may not leave Rauner Library.

Rauner Special Collections Library is open to the public and in most cases no appointment is necessary. The exception is in the case of materials stored off site for which there may be a delay of up to 48 hours in retrieval. Please consult the Access to Collection statement below or contact Rauner Reference.

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Use Restrictions

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

Chiefly letters received by Brown while a tutor at Dartmouth College, 1806-1808. The correspondents include Brown's sister, Prudence Brown, as well as a number of Dartmouth graduates, among them William Hayes, George Shattuck, and Samuel McGregore Burnside. The letters from friends reflect the development of Brown's early professional life as a teacher and minister, the controversy between Dartmouth President John Wheelock and Hanover church members, and religious viewpoints. Of interest is one letter by Hayes indicating the increasing notoriety of Daniel Webster. A few letters relate to churches in North Yarmouth and Gorham, District of Maine, as well as Woodstock, VT. Includes the letter from the Dartmouth College trustees, in which they ask Brown to take the presidency. There is a lacuna in the correspondence between 1810 and 1815.


Minister, educator. A.B. and A.M, Dartmouth College, 1805. Tutor, Dartmouth College, 1806-1809. Minister, North Yarmouth, ME, 1809-1815. Third president of Dartmouth College, 1815-1820, during the tumultuous period surrounding the Dartmouth College Case. Born 11 January 1784, in Chester, NH. Died 27 July 1820, in Hanover, NH.

Related Material

DP-3, Dartmouth College Office of the President (1815-1820: Francis Brown)

Series, Box & Folder List

Series 26795, Correspondence, 1806-1815


Box: 6624, Dates: 1806-1815; 1820


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Box Contents

  • Folder: 1., Francis Brown Papers - Correspondence, 1806-1807
  • Folder: 2., Francis Brown Papers - Correspondence, 1808
  • Folder: 3., Francis Brown Papers - Correspondence, 1809
  • Folder: 4., Francis Brown Papers - Correspondence, 1810
  • Folder: 5., Francis Brown Papers - Correspondence, 1815
  • Folder: 6., Francis Brown Papers - Trigonometry notebook, circa 1805
  • Folder: 7., Francis Brown Papers - Vindication of paedobaptists, undated, undated
  • Folder: 8., Francis Brown Papers - Payment Orders , 1813-1814
  • Folder: 9., Francis Brown Papers - Payment Orders , 1811-1812
  • Folder: 10., Francis Brown Papers - Memorials upon Francis Brown's Death , 1820

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