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Inventory of the James Barron Papers (1) 1776-1899 Barron, James Collection Number: Mss. 65 B27

Inventory of the James Barron Papers (1) 1776-1899

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Repository
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Collection number
Mss. 65 B27
Title
James Barron Papers (1), 1766-1899.
Extent
2,743 items.
Creators
James Barron, John Adams (1735-1826), Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), Amos Kendall (1789-1869), Duff Green (1791-1875), A.P. (Abel Parker) Upshur (1790-1844), Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), William Oliver Stevens (1878-1955), Jesse Duncan Elliott (1782-1845).
Language
English
Abstract
Correspondence and papers of Commodore James Barron relating to his career in the United States Navy, and especially relating to The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair in 1807 and to his duel with Stephen Decatur.

Administrative Information

Restrictions on Access

Collection is open to all researchers.

Publication Rights/ Restrictions on Use

Before publishing quotations or excerpts from any materials, permission must be obtained from the Curator of Manuscripts and Rare Books, and the holder of the copyright, if not Swem Library.

Preferred Citation

James Barron Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Acquisition Information

Gift: 2,739 items, 04/24/1945.
Purchased: 1 item, 05/00/1969.
Purchased: 1 item, 04/00/1970.
Purchased: 1 item, 08/13/1979.
Purchased: 1 item, 09/15/1999.


Biographical/Historical Information

Commodore James Barron, born 15 September 1768 in Hampton, Virginia, died 21 April 1851 in Norfolk, served under his father, Commodore James Barron the Elder, in the Revolutionary War. He was made Captain in the Virginia Navy in 1799 and transferred to the newly formed U.S. Navy in 1803. During the War with Tripoli he commanded the U.S. Frigates New Yorkand Presidentwhen his brother, Commodore Samuel Barron, was commander of the Mediterranean Squadron. He assisted his brother in that command when the latter's health failed and returned with him to Norfolk in 1805.

Appointed Commander of the Mediterranean Squadron in 1806 with the rank of Commodore, which title he retained for the rest of his life, he sailed aboard the U.S. Chesapeake.The British ship Leopardattacked the Chesapeakewhen Barron refused to allow his ship to be boarded in a search for British deserters. After a brief battle, Barron surrendered and on the request of his junior officers he was brought before a Naval court martial. The command was turned over to Capt. Stephen Decatur who in the Algerian War of 1815 became a national hero. Barron was suspended from the Navy for five years in a decision criticized by many, including B. Cocke of Washington and Robert Saunders of Williamsburg.

Barron took command of the merchant ship Portia, and after several voyages was caught in a Danish port by the outbreak of the War of 1812. He attempted to get passage home but was refused it because of the Danish neutrality and remained in Copenhagen until 1819. During this period he supported himself with his inventions including a new type of mill, a rope spinning machine, a cork cutter, and a dough kneading machine. Upon his return he sought a command in the Navy and in the course of this an argument by mail with Decatur resulted in the famous duel in which Barron was seriously injured and Decatur fatally. His second in the duel, Capt. J. D. Elliott was coupled with Barron in responsibility for the duel, though perhaps unfairly.

A Naval Court of Enquiry was held in 1821 to clear the name of Barron for his absence in the War of 1812 and other charges brought against him. The decision was very noncommittal and was criticized by many, including Carter Beverley and John Taliaferro of Williamsburg.

In 1824, Barron was given the command of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, largely through the influence of his friend, General Andrew Jackson. While there he participated in the entertaining of General Lafayette when he visited the U.S.

Commodore Barron took command of the Gosport Navy Yard in 1825 where he remained until 1831 when he returned to the command of the Philadelphia Navy Yard. In 1837, he resigned that command because an officer junior to him had been appointed President of the Naval Board in Washington, and was without command until 1842. From 13 March to 30 November 1842 he commanded the Navy Asylum, a retirement home for Naval men in Philadelphia. In that position he was also in charge of the training and examination of Midshipmen for the Navy, and his advice was asked when plans were being made for organization of the Naval Academy at Annapolis in 1847. In 1845, he returned to Norfolk where he lived in retirement until his death in 1851.

During all this time he continued his interest in inventions which included a new type of pump and bellows ventilator for ships, a steam-powered battleship, a new type of dry dock, and a cylinder steam for ships developed with Amos Kendali. He was instrumental in the development of the Naval flag signal, which he first revised in 1798.

Commodore Barron supported the education of his grandson, James Barron Hope, whose early letters, a poem on Washington, and other poems are included at the end of Box 11. (See the James Barron Hope Papers for a continuation of these papers, and the Samuel Barron Papers for a chart to the genealogy of the Barron family.)

Scope and Content Information

Correspondence and papers of Commodore James Barron relating to his career in the United States Navy, and especially relating to The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair in 1807 and to his duel with Stephen Decatur. Collection includes photocopies of patents issued to Barron for his inventions and a typescript of William Oliver Stevens' An Affair of Honor, a biography of Barron. Correspondents include John Adams, Jesse Duncan Elliott, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, Amos Kendall, Duff Green and Abel P. Upshur.

Arrangement

Arrangement

This collection is arranged mostly by date with certain subjects and materials being grouped together. These subjects include: The Leopard-Chesapeake Affair, Box-folder: 1:50-82; Undated Material, Box-folder: 12:1-35; Letters and drafts sent by James Barron, Box-folder: 12: 27-50; Manuscripts, Box-folder: 12:51-81; Accounts, Box-folder: 12:82-87; Papers connected with the inventions of James Barron, Box-folder: 14:1- 15; Pictorial Images, Box-folder: 14:16-22; and Newspaper Articles, Box: 15.

Organization

This collection is organized into fifteen series, one series for each of the fifteen boxes in this collection.

Related Material

Materials related to this collection can be found under the James Barron Hope Papers and the Samuel Barron Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

Samuel Barron Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. Samuel Barron Papers, 1793-1942.538 items.Collection number: Mss. 65 B29.

James Barron Hope Papers, Manuscripts and Rare Books Department, Swem Library, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. James Barron Hope Papers, 1790-1965, 1847-1887.993 items.Collection number: Mss. 65 H77.

Separated Material


Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Adams, John, 1735- 1826.
  • Decatur, Stephen, 1779-1820.
  • Elliott, Jesse Duncan, 1782-1845.
  • Green, Duff, 1791- 1875.
  • Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845.
  • Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
  • Kendall, Amos, 1789-1869.
  • Stevens, William Oliver, 1878-1955.
  • Upshur, A. P. (Abel Parker), 1790-1844.
  • Subjects:

  • Chesapeake-Leopard Affair, 1807.
  • Courts-martial and courts of inquiry--United States.
  • Dueling--Virginia.
  • Patents-- United States.
  • Subject: Inventions--History--United States.
  • United States--History--Tripolitan War, 1801- 1805.
  • United States. Navy--History--19th century.
  • United States. Navy--History--Tripolitan War, 1801-1805.

Contents List

Box 1, 1776-1808, 1851, n.d.,
Box-folder: 1:1-82
Series 1: Box 1

Genealogical notes on the Barron Family are to be found in this box together with an autobiographical note by James Barron (1768-1851) and "Revolutionary Reminiscences" by his father, James Barron the Elder (d. 1787). (A genealogical chart of the Barron Family is to be found in the Samuel Barron Papers, Box 1, folder 1.) Naval commissions of James Barron together with his personal and naval correspondence from 1803 to 1807 are included in this first box.

Correspondence of 1803 to 1805 covers the period from Barron's first commission through his command of the U.S. Frigates New Yorkand Presidentin the Mediterranean Squadron during the war with Tripoli. Several letters concern his duties as assistant to his brother, Commodore Samuel Barron, who was commander of the Squadron before relinquishing the command to Capt. John Rodgers because of ill health.

The papers of the 1806-1807 period begin with the preparations for Barron to leave Norfolk on the U.S. Ship Chesapeaketo take command of the Mediterranean Squadron with the rank of Commodore. The correspondence with Comm. Rodgers, which nearly ended in a duel but was amicably settled by the seconds is included. A description of the affair with the British warship Leoparddescribes the brief skirmish and the capitulation of Barron. The request of his officers for his arrest as a result of the capitulation, the passing of the command of his ship to Capt. Stephen Decatur, the preparations for the Court Martial, the testimony, and the sentence of suspension are in the material found in this box. Opinions regarding the unfairness of the sentence by B. Cocke of Washington and Robert Saunders, President of William and Mary College, and others, are included.

  • Box-folder 1:1
    Genealogical notes beginning with "Com. Jas. Barron of the Revolutionary State Navy," n.d.
    2 pages.Adr, E.
  • Box-folder 1:1
    Endorsement, n.d.

    "Jan. 17, 1961 . . . Note at top is Janey Hope Marr's" signed A[nne] W. Marr.

  • Box-folder 1:1
    Genealogical notes on the Barron Family, n.d.
    ADr. TDr. Typed copy included.
  • Box-folder 1:2
    Autobiographical notes [by James Barron], with endorsement, n.d.
    ADr,E.
  • Box-folder 1:2
    Autobiographical notes [by James Barron], n.d.
    ADr.
  • Box-folder 1:2
    Page from a travel journal [of James Barron], n.d.
    1 page.ADr.
  • Box-folder 1:3
    Items concerning a memoir by Comd're Jas. Barron, 21 June 1776, n.d.
    2 items.

    "Memoir of Comd're Jas. Barron," 2 pages; and a memorandum regarding the writing of such a memoir.

  • Box-folder 1:4
    Endorsed "Comm. Barron's paper" and "Revolutionary Reminiscences," 21 June 1776.
    3 pages.ACopE.

    Re: naval engagements in the War, in one of which "the two Captains Barron" were involved.

  • Box-folder 1:5
    An account attributed to John Cowper, n.d.
    4 pages.ADr.

    Re: "the remarkable escape of the private armed Ship Marquis La Fayette," 1779-to 1781.

  • Box-folder 1:6
    Agreement for the hire of the ship John by the French Legation for transportation of provisions, furniture, etc., from Norfolk to a Port in France, 21 March 1796.
    3 pages.ADS.
  • Box-folder 1:7
    Commission of James Barron as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, signed by John Adams, 9 March 1798.
    1 page.ADS.
  • Box-folder 1:8
    Commission of James Barron, Norfolk, to serve as a Lieutenant in the Navy aboard the Frigate United States under Captain John Barry, signed by James M. Henry, 13 March 1798.
    1 page.ADS.
  • Box-folder 1:9
    Letter - Moses Myers, Norfolk, to Comm. Barry, United States Frigate Philadelphia, 10 April 1798.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Item concerns the recommendation of Capt. James Barron, who is seeking a promotion.

  • Box-folder 1:10
    Letter - W[illia]m Pennock, Norfolk, to Capt. James Barron, Philadelphia, 21 May 1798.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: Barron's new post.

  • Box-folder 1:11
    Letter - Sam[ue]l Barron, Norfolk, to James Barron, on board the U. States, Philadelphia, 22 May 1798.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: ship which is being completed; Kentucky papers [for war bounty lands] sent by Mr. Saunders; and inquiry about their value.

  • Box-folder 1:12
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron], Baltimore, to Col. Josiah Parker, Member of Congress, Philadelphia, 16 April 1800.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Item is criticizing the U.S. ship, Insurgentby stating, " . . . would not go to sea in her for the world . . . ."

  • Box-folder 1:13
    Letter - James Barron, Hampton, to Benjamin Stoddert, Secretary of the Navy, City Washington, 5 July 1800.
    1 page.ACopS.

    Re: completion of the signals.

  • Box-folder 1:14
    Letter - S.M. Merideth, Treasury of the United States, to Capt. James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 23 September 1800.
    1 page.ALS.

    Includes a draft payment.

  • Box-folder 1:15
    Letter - R[ober]t Smith, Navy Department, to Commodore Rich'd. Dale, of the Frigate President, 14 December 1800.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: Instructions to bring the ship up the Potomac to Washington.

  • Box-folder 1:16
    Copies of parts of correspondence between Comm're Truxton and the Secretary of the Navy, 1802-1805.
    ACop.
    • Box-folder 1:16
      Letter, 13 March 1802.

      R[ober]t Smith writes that no Captain is available for such a secondary position aboard ship. He accepts Truxton's resignation and appoints Capt. Morris to command the Chesapeake.

    • Box-folder 1:16
      Letter, 7 Sept. 1805.

      Comm. Truxton denies that he intended to resign his commission but only meant to be relieved of the command of the Mediterranean Squadron.

  • Box-folder 1:17
    Letter - [James Barron] to the Secretary of the Navy, 21 April 1802.
    1 page.ADr.

    Re: Comm. Dale and sailing plans.

  • Box-folder 1:18
    Receipts issued to Capt. James Barron and Mrs Elizabeth Barron, May-August 1802.
    3 items.ADS.
  • Box-folder 1:19
    "Uniform Dress of the Captains and Certain Other Officers of the United States Navy," issued by R[obert] Smith, Navy Department, 27 August 1802.
    2 pages.PM.
  • Box-folder 1:20
    Account of Capt. James Barron with Ja[me]s Woodward, Norfolk, 20 [ ] 1802.
  • Box-folder 1:21
    Letter - Capt. James Barron, U.S. Frigate New York, Malta, to Capt. Samuel Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 28 January 1803.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: war in the Mediterranean; expectation to sail for Tripoli; criticism of way war is carried on; Algiers and Tangiers both threatening war; his order to give up command of the New Yorkand take command of a "much neglected and horribly disciplined" ship; message to Bainbridge, etc.

  • Box-folder 1:22
    Letter - Reprint of letter sent to Commodore Barron on occasion of his leaving the Mediterranean Command, signed by 11 officers, 5 April 1803.
    1 page.PM.
  • Box-folder 1:23
    Bill to Capt. James Barron from Mrs. Mary Chisman, 24 December 1803.
    1 page.ADS.
  • Box-folder 1:24
    Letter - W. Rassay, London, to James Barron, Hampton, Virginia--Forwarded, 4 March 1804.
    5 pages.ALS.

    Re: a horse for which he wants $5,000.

  • Box-folder 1:25
    Letter - William Eaton, Derne, The Kingdom of Tripoli, to Captain James Barron, U. States Navy, Mediterranean, 17 May 1805.
    1 page.ALS.

    The letter accompanied a gift of a Damascus saber.

  • Box-folder 1:26
    Letter - Comm. Jno. Rodgers, U.S. Ship Constitution, off Tripoli, to Captn. James Barron, U. States Frigate Essex, off Tripoli, 29 May 1805.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: Orders for the taking command of the Presidentand future movements of the ship and Squadron.

  • Box-folder 1:27
    Letter - Jno. Rodgers, U.S. Ship Constitution, off Tripoli, to Capt. James Barron, U.S. Frigate President, Malta, 2 June 1805.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: Orders for the collection of the Squadron, "If the Business here is Settled."

  • Box-folder 1:28
    Letter - A. Sinclair, the Essex, Gibraltar, to Capt. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Hampton, Virginia, 18 September 1805.
    7 pages.ALS.

    Re: affairs in the Mediterranean after James Barron left. News of Col. Lear and Comm. Rodgers at Tunis, Lear negotiating to avoid war, Rodgers continuing to fire on Tunisian vessels. News of the duplicity of Comm. Rodgers; of Lord Nelson's unsuccessful pursuit of the French; of 9 American ships at Gibraltar, prizes of the British.

  • Box-folder 1:2
    Letter - R[ober]t Smith, Navy Department, to Capn. James Barron, Washington, 20 September 1805.
    ALS.

    Orders: after delivering the Presidentto Capt. Tingey, James Barron is to prepare for the construction of a 74 gun ship at Portsmouth.

  • Box-folder 1:30
    Copybook of Jane A. Barron, daughter of James Barron, 1805-1808.
    32 pages.AVS.

    Item contains 4 letters and 16 poems.

  • Box-folder 1:31
    Letter - Maj. N. Ramsay, London and Dundee, to James Brodie and [James Barron], Hampton, Virginia, February-August 1806.
    2 letters.ALS.

    Re: Arab horse, Selim, which was sent to America.

  • Box-folder 1:32
    Letters - R[ober]t Smith, Navy Department, to Comm. James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, April-July 1806.
    4 items.ALS.

    An order to hold himself ready to sail on the frigate Chesapeakefor the purpose of taking the command of the American Squadron in the Mediterranean; suspension of the orders because the Chesapeakewas not ready to sail.

  • Box-folder 1:33
    Letter - Isaac Chauncey, New York, to Captain James Barron, U.S. Navy, Hampton, Virginia, 4 May 1806.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Felicitation on appointment to command the Mediterranean Squadron; re: a brother who was a Midshipman on the Constitution.

  • Box-folder 1:34
    Bill to Commodore Barron for work done on his house at Mill Creek by M. T. Proby, May 1806.
    ADS.
  • Box-folder 1:35
    Letter - B. Cocke, Washington, to Captain James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 29 July 1806.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the affair between Barron and Comm. Rodgers concerning which "much anxiety is excited among...your friends."

  • Box-folder 1:36
    Letters - exchanged by Comm. John Rodgers, U.S. Frigate Essex, Capt. James Barron, U. States Navy, Hampton, Virginia, and by Franklin Wharton and Thomas Tingley, both of Washington, July 1806-March 1807.
    10 letters.AlsS.

    Relative to threatened duel between Barron and Rodgers; printed terms of settlement published 31 January 1807.

  • Folder 37 currently does not exist in this collection.
  • Box-folder 1:38
    Letters - Copies of letters exchanged by Col. Franklin Wharton and Thomas Tingley in Washington, and with Commo. John Rodgers and Capt. James Barron, August 1806--March 1807.
    20 letters.ACop.

    Arrangements are made to meet at Havre de Grace, Maryland, for the duel of Barron and Rodgers, despite the orders of the Secretary of the Navy; news that agreement to a settlement has been reached.

  • Box-folder 1:39
    Letter - R[ober]t Smith, Navy Department, to Capt. James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 17 December 1806.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: new orders shortly to come to Capt. Barron, until which time he "will not move from that place without special orders from me."

  • Box-folder 1:40
    Letters - R[ober]t Smith, Navy Department, to Capt. James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, January-May 1807.
    8 letters.ALS.

    Preparations for the sailing on the Chesapeake, including a question regarding the powder which was "not fit for service" and was to be remanufactured at Malta, 23 March 1807; endorsement by James Barron, "The Chesapeake's Powder, an important paper."

  • Box-folder 1:41
    Receipt by Elizabeth Barron for payment for a piece of land, 15 February 1807.
    ALS.
  • Box-folder 1:42
    Letter - A. Sinclair, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, U. States Frigate Chesapeake, Washington, 12 March 1807.
    2 pages.ALS.

    He is sending up the Seamen for the Chesapeake.

  • Box-folder 1:43
    Letter - Wm. H. Allen, Lieut., Philadelphia, to Capt. Charles Gordon, U.S.S. Chesapeake, City of Washington, 27 March 1807.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: deserters from the newly assembled crew.

  • Box-folder 1:44
    Letter - F. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 4 May 1807.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: attempted sale of James Barron's Dry Dock plan; news of Norfolk business interests.

  • Box-folder 1:45
    Letter - Th[omas] Jefferson to Capt. James Barron, Hampton. 23 May 1807.
    1 page.ALS,E.

    Request that James Barron take an enclosed letter to Mr. Niggins at Malta and ask him to send back a pipe of Marsala Madeira if conveyance is available. Endorsement: "From that infamous Hypocrite, T. Jefferson" and "No consequence."

  • Box-folder 1:46
    letter - James Barron, Hampton, to Colonel John Taylor, Washington, 19 April 1807.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the Arabian horse, Selim.

  • Box-folder 1:47
    Letter - [James Barron], Hampton, to the Secretary of the Navy, 31 May 1807.
    1 page.ADr.

    Re: the conduct of James Cosgrove, who had been a gunman on the U.S.S. Essex: "most perverse."

  • Box-folder 1:48
    Letter - Ro[bert] Saunders, [Williamsburg], to Commodore James Barron, Hampton, 10 June 1807.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Letter by Mrs. Cole asking that her husband be released from service on the Chesapeake.

  • Box-folder 1:49
    Letter - George McIntyre, Hampton, to Col. H.M. Clavering, Argyle F. Reg., 20 June 1807.
    1 page.ALS.

    A letter sent by Comm. Barron to Gibraltar (never delivered to Col. H.M.Clavering).

  • Box-folder 1:50-82
    Items concerning the skirmish between the U.S.S. Chesapeakeand the English warship Leopardand the Court of Enquiry that follow this event, 23 June 1807.
    37 items.

    Items in this subseries include: A description of the affair between the U.S.S. Chesaspeakecommanded by Barron and the British warship Leopard, involving the brief skirmish and the capitulation of Barron; the request of Barron's officers for his arrest as a result of the capitulation; the passing of the command of Barron's ship to Capt. Stephen Decatur; the preparations for the Court Martial; the testimony; and the sentence of suspension. Opinions regarding the unfairness of the sentence are given by: B. Cocke of Washington; Robert Saunders, President of William and Mary College; and others.

    • Box-folder 1:50
      Letter - "Officers of the late U.S. Ship Chesapeake," Hampton Roads, Ben Smith, W[illia]m Crane, W.H. Allen, J. Orde Creighton, Sidney Smith, and Sam[ue]l Brooke, to Rob[er]t Smith, Secretary of the U.S. Navy, Washington, 23 June 1807.
      3 pages.ADS.

      "Sensible of the disgrace . . . in the premature surrender of the U.S. Ship Chesapeaketo the English Ship of Leopard. . . request that an order be issued for the arrest of Commander James Barron . . . ."

    • Box-folder 1:50
      Cover letter - to Commodore James Barron from the Officers of the late U.S.S. Chesapeakeat anchor in Hampton Roads, 23 June 1807.
      1 page.ADS.
    • Box-folder 1:51
      Copy of letter - addressed to The Lieutenants and Sailing Master on board the Frigate Chesapeakeby Comdr. J[ames] Barron, 23 June 1807.
      1 page.ADr.

      He (Comdr. James Barron) has forwarded a copy of the letter of accusations, as requested.

    • Box-folder 1:52
      Copy of letter - of accusations sent by officers of the Chesapeake; letter of James Barron to R[ober]t Smith, Secretary of the Navy; and Abstract taken from the U.S. Frigate ChesapeakeLog Book, 23 June 1807.
      3 pages.ADrS.

      An account of the half hour battle in which 3 men were killed and 16 wounded.

    • Box-folder 1:53
      Copy of letter - from James Barron Frigate Chesapeake, Hampton Roads, to Rob[er]t Smith, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, 23 June 1807.
      1 page.ADrS.

      Re: the letter sent by his officers and his inability to travel due to his wounds.

    • Box-folder 1:54
      Copy of letter - from James Barron, U.S. Frigate Chesapeake, Chesapeake Bay, to Rob[er]t Smith, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, 23 June 1807.
      2 pages.TCop.

      Explaining the action between the Chesapeakeand the English Warship Leopard.

    • Box-folder 1:55
      Letter - Comm. James Barron to Lieut. Sidney Smith, 25 June 1807.
      2 pages.ADr.

      Re: divisions of cabins aboard ship.

    • Box-folder 1:56
      Letter - R[ober]t Smith, Navy Department, to Ja[me]s Barron, Capt. in the Navy, Hampton, Virginia, 26 June 1807.
      1 page.ALS.

      Order to turn over command of the Frigate Chesapeaketo Capt. Decatur.

    • Box-folder 1:57
      Letter - [Commo. Samuel Barron] to [?], June 1807.
      1 page.AL.

      Re: information needed for the Court of Enquiry of the Affair of the Chesapeakeand Leopard, involving his brother [James Barron].

    • Box-folder 1:58
      Journal Copy - Copy of a portion of the "Journal," or Log Book of the U.S. Ship Chesapeake, [June] 1807.
      3 pages.AD.

      Item was sent to Robert Smith, Secretary of the Navy, [by James Barron], by way of Capt. Gordon.

    • Box-folder 1:59
      Letter - R[ober]t Smith, Navy Department, to Capt. James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 12 September 1807.
      1 page.ALS.

      Enclosing a call for a Court of Enquiry to investigate conduct of James Barron, for October 5.

    • Box-folder 1:60
      Warrant - "Warrant for the Court and notice to J.B. to attend as his conduct is to be inquired into," issued by Capt. Alexander Murry for meeting on "October 5 next." [ ] 1807.
      2 pages.ADr.
    • Box-folder 1:61
      Letter Copy - Copy of a letter from Thomas Jefferson, Washington, to Gov. William H. Cabell, 29 June 1807.
      1 page.TCop.

      Re: the chance that the Chesapeakeaffair might be cause for a declaration of war.

    • Box-folder 1:62
      Receipt - of Stephen Decatur, Jr., for papers received from Commodore James Barron, 1 July 1807.
      2 pages.ADS.
    • Box-folder 1:63
      Letter - [James Barron], Back River, near Hampton, to Dr. Bolter, 3 July 1807.
      5 pages.ADr.

      Re: his wound, which makes it impossible for him to sit up; and his comments on the affair of the Chesapeakeand the Leopard.

    • Box-folder 1:64
      Letter - James Barron, near Hampton, to Capt. C. Gordon, July 1807.
      2 pages.ADrS.

      Re: the action of the Chesapeakeon 22 of June.

    • Box-folder 1:65
      Letter - J.E. Douglas, Ship Bellona, Hampton Roads, to [James Barron], 10 July 1807.
      1 page.ALS.

      A list of the armament and complement of officers and men on the Ship Leopard; and a copy of the order of 1 June 1807 given by G. Berkeley, given in Halifax, Nova Scotia, under which the attack was made by the Leopard.

    • Box-folder 1:65
      Statement - regarding the General Order of Admiral Berkeley, [by James Barron], [ ] 1807.
      1 page.ADr.
    • Box-folder 1:66
      Letter - L.W. Tazewell, Judge Advocate, U.S. Ship Chesapeake, to Commodore James Barron, Hampton, 8 October 1807.
      1 page.ALS.

      Re: postponement of the trial to Friday the 16th, due to Barron's "feeble state of health."

    • Box-folder 1:67
      Letter - James Barron, near Hampton, to Robert B. Taylor, 4 December 1807.
      2 pages.ADrS.

      Re: the taking of Mr. Saunders to assist Taylor in the defense of James Barron.

    • Box-folder 1:68
      Letter - Henry Hiort, Capitol Hill, City of Washington, to [James Barron], 13 December 1807.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Re: the day fixed for the Court Martial.

    • Box-folder 1:69
      Letter - P. McLachlin, Charleston, to Commodore James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 2 January 1808.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Re: the Report of the Court of Enquiry . . . "Rascally . . .grounded with prejudice.

    • Box-folder 1:70
      Charges - against Capt. James Barron at the General Court Martial at Norfolk, Virginia, 4 January 1808.
      6 pages.AD.
    • Box-folder 1:71
      Testimony - at the trial in The "Chesapeake-Leopard Affair," involving James Barron's Court Martial, January 1808.
      pages.ADr.

      Testimony of Captain Gordon in "Chesapeake-Leopard" trial. ADr; Testimony of Captain Hall in "Chesapeake-Leopard" trial. 8 pages. ADr; Capt. Gordon's 2nd dep'n. 4 pages. ADr; "Testimony" at the Chesapeake- Leopard trial. ADr. (See printed report of the Court Martial Proceedings, Box 13.)

    • Box-folder 1:72
      Abstract - "An abstract taken from the Log Book of the U.S. Frigate Chesapeake, for Captn. Gordon.", [1808].
      3 pages.
    • Box-folder 1:73a
      Testimony - [by James Barron] at the Court Martial, [1808].
      4 pages.
    • Box-folder 1:73b
      Amendments - to report the ChesapeakeCourt Martial [made by James Barron], [1808].
      3 pages.
    • Box-folder 1:74
      Letter - B. Cocke, Washington, to Captain James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 13 January 1808.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Re: rumors of war with England; suggesting that subscriptions be raised for a ship of commerce to be commanded by James Barron, and that the President might remit his sentence.

    • Box-folder 1:74a
      Letter - James Madison, Dept. of State, Washington, D.C., to [Littleton] W[aller] Tazewell, 18 January 1808.
      1 page.LS.

      Re: Madison's appearance as a witness to the trial of Commodore James Barron.

    • Box-folder 1:75
      Autograph report - of "the General Court Martial assembled on Board the United States Ship Chesapeake...to try James Barron, Esq., a Captain in the Navy.", 8 February 1808.
      22 pages.AD,E.

      The charges and decisions are given in detail; part of page 22, the last paragraph has been cut away. Endorsement [by James Barron]: "The Congress of the U. States took up this affair and appointed a Committee to examine into my conduct. That Committee acquited (sic) me of all sort of blame; their report is to be found on their records."

    • Box-folder 1:76
      Letter - Anonymous letter from Washington to Capt. James Barron, Hampton, 5 March 1808.
      1 page.ALS.

      States that "Doct. Bullus has been your decided enemy."

    • Box-folder 1:77
      Letter - B. Cocke, Washington, to Capt. James Barron, Hampton, 7 March 1808.
      2 pages.ALS.

      Re: the decision of the Court Martial, which has not yet appeared.

    • Box-folder 1:78
      Letter - Jesse D. Elliot, U.S. Frigate Chesapeake, to Como. James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 12 May 1808.
      3 pages.ALS.

      Re: Charges against Fitz. H. Babbit.

    • Box-folder 1:79
      Letter - B. Cocke, Washington, to Captain James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 13 June 1808.
      5 pages.ALS.

      Re: the chance of the President's remitting the sentence of the Court Martial of James Barron, the President is expected hourly from Monticello.

    • Box-folder 1:80
      Letter - Ro[bert] Saunders, Williamsburg, to Commodore James Barron, Hampton, 30 June 1808.
      2 letters.Original-6 pages. Copy-8 pages.ALS. Copy included.

      Re: dissatisfaction with the outcome of the Court Martial of James Barron, criticism of the trial and "this unhallowed sentence against you"; and hopes for a full publication of the trial.

      Copy of the above included.

    • Box-folder 1:81
      Comment on the trial of Comm. B[arron] in connection with the Chesapeakeaffair, n.d.
      4 pages.ADr.
    • Box-folder 1:81
      Comment on improper swearing of witnesses at the Court Martial of Capt. James Barron, n.d.
      1 page.ADr.
    • Box-folder 1:82
      Newspaper clipping - of report of The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair as given by the late Adm. Davenport, Commander of the Leopard, [1851].
      NCL.
Box 2, 1810-1815.
Box-Folder: 2:1-46
Series 2: Box 2

At the beginning of this box is to be found a curious ten page document from John Peake to Lord Gambier, 4 June 1811; in it he recommends "an entirely new system for naval vessels." Also from this period, 7 September 1811 is the letter from W. Lewis to Chas. W. Goldsborough, Secretary of the Navy, which formed the basis for one of the accusations in the later Naval Enquiry on James Barron.

The remainder of the material is from the years that Barron spent in exile in Copenhagen. Having arrived there in command of a commercial ship, Portia, in 1812, he was forced to sell the ship and remain in Denmark. His correspondence in connection with his attempts to make a living by his inventions show that he received patents on machines for spinning hemp into rope, cutting cork, kneading dough, and an improvised wind mill. His letter to Wm. Jones, Secretary of the Navy, asking an opportunity to serve his country at the conclusion of his sentence, 22 July 1813, remained unanswered. His correspondence of 1814 when he sold his European patents in expectation of an opportunity to return to the U.S. ended in disappointment. Much correspondence with his daughter, Jane A. Barron is from this period.

  • Box-folder 2:1
    Records - of [U.S. Force] near Norfolk, 22 June 1810.
    1 page.AD.
  • Box-folder 2:2
    Letter - John Peake, Surry Place, to Lord Gambier. AD. " . . to prepare his Lordship for receiving a recommendation for an entirely new system for Vessels . . . ." 10 sheets. ALS. (A copy, taken 10 April 1812) 4 June 1811.
    pages.
  • Box-folder 2:3
    John Peake, Surry Place, to "My Lord" [Gambier], 30 June 1811.
    20 pages. Incomplete.ALS.

    A long discussion of "Naval imbecility" etc.

  • Box-folder 2:4
    Letter - W. Lewis to Chas. W. Goldsborough, Washington, 7 September 1811.
    2 pages.ACop.

    The report of the remarks made by Capt. James Barron to Mr. Lyons, British Consul, re: The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair. "I am now convinced that he is not only a coward, but a traitor...."

  • Box-folder 2:5
    Letters - James Barron, Copenhagen, to Armistead & Kelly, Norfolk, Virginia, May 1812-April 1813.
    5 letters.ACopsS.

    Re: Business matters.

  • Box-folder 2:6
    Letters - James Barron, Copenhagen, to James & John Dunlop, London, May 1812-May 1813.
    9 letters.ACopsS.

    Concerned with the sale of the ship formerly commanded by Barron and other business matters.

  • Box-folder 2:7
    Letters - James & John Dunlop, London, to Capt. James Barron, Copenhagen, August 1812-January 1813.
    6 letters.ALsS.

    Re: the sale of the ship Portia, formerly commanded by Barron and other business matters.

  • Box-folder 2:8
    Report - on the test of a cable made at the Chain Cable Manufactory of Capt. Samuel Brown, by J[?] P[?], 14 August 1812.
    1 pages.ADS.
  • Box-folder 2:9
    Letter - Alex Barclay & Co., Gottenburg, to Capn. James Barron, Copenhagen, 22 August 1812.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: a previous letter.

  • Box-folder 2:10
    Bill - of J.C. Stackneacht, Copenhagen, for tailoring to [James Barron], 23 August 1812.
    ADS.
  • Box-folder 2:11
    Letter - R. Fishey, Gothenburg, to James Barron, Copenhagen, 25 August 1812.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: battles, "Lord Wellington's victory over the Marmont."

  • Box-folder 2:12
    Letter - Tho[ma]s Witherspoon, Wilmington, to Allen McLand, 1 September 1812.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: a suit against Capt. A. Murray in the District Court, District of Delaware.

  • Box-folder 2:13
    Letter - Augustus Fleming, L[?], to Capt. James Barron, Copenhagen, 16 October 1812.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: "Declaration of War on our part of 14th inst." And Capt. Hull's successful encounter with the Guerrier.

  • Box-folder 2:14
    Letter - Alan Barclay & Co., Gothenburg, to Captn. James Barron, Copenhagen, 6 November 1812.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the purchase of Barron's ship.

  • Box-folder 2:15
    Accounts - of Capt. [James] Barron, January-February 1813.
    2 items.AD.
  • Box-folder 2:16
    Letters - R. J. Cleveland, Kiel and Flemsburg, to James Barron, Copenhagen, April 1813.
    2 letters.ALsS.

    Re: business affairs connected with the hemp spinning machine.

  • Box-folder 2:17
    Papers - defending the action of General Robert B. Taylor's actions in the defense of Craney Island, off Norfolk, April-December 1813.
    12 items.ADr.
  • Box-folder 2:18
    Letter - W. Gatewood, Nyberg, to Capt. James Barron, Copenhagen, 20 May 1813.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: his activity on a ship of Capt. Bradley and his desire to return to Barron.

  • Box-folder 2:19
    Petition - David Meade Randolph, London, to The Congress of the United States, 4 July 1813.
    4 pages.ACops.

    A petition to have his naval recommendation put into practice.

  • Box-folder 2:20
    Letter - James Barron, Copenhagen, to William Jones, Secretary of the Navy of the U.S. of America, Washington, 22 July 1813.
    4 pages.ADrS.

    A defense of his action [in The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair] and an accusation against his accusers, especially Capt. Gordon.

  • Box-folder 2:21
    Letter - James Barron, Copenhagen, to William Jones, Secretary of the U.S. Navy, Washington, 22 July 1813.
    1 page.ADrS.

    The term of his suspension having expired, Barron asks for opportunity to serve his country.

  • Box-folder 2:22
    Letter - James Barron, Copenhagen, to his daughter, Jane A. Barron, Hampton, Virginia, July-November 1813.
    6 items.ALsS.

    In one he mentions that he is writing to the Secretary of the Navy to offer his services to his country in the War.

  • Box-folder 2:23
    Report - "Report of Board of Officers to General.", 1814.
    5 pages.ADr.

    Re: defense of Virginia, with mention of the Peninsula, Richmond, Petersburg, etc.

  • Box-folder 2:24
    Bill - to John Gillespie from J.M. Forbes for a "rope laying machine.", 6 January 1814.
    AD.
  • Box-folder 2:25
    Letter - Belforn, Ellah, Rainals & Co., Elsinore, to James Barron, Copenhagen, 21 February 1814.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: patent for rope machine.

  • Box-folder 2:26
    Letter - Sam[ue]l Angus, Gothenburg, to James Barron, Copenhagen, 2 May 1814.
    1 page.ALS.

    Offer to carry communications to America on his next trip.

  • Box-folder 2:27
    An Act and Deed - signed by James Barron, Commodore in the Navy of the United States, 21 May 1814.
    4 pages.ADS.

    Agreement to sell to John Murray Forbes the patent to a hemp spinning machine, patented in Denmark, Sweden, and Russia.

  • Box-folder 2:28
    Letters - patent signed by Frederik VI, King of Denmark and Norway, for a dough kneading machine, to Nicolai Marshand, 24 May 1814.
    4 pages.ADS.

    Sale of the rights to the machine outside Denmark to James Barron.

  • Box-folder 2:29
    Power of Attorney - given by James Barron in Copenhagen to his wife, daughter Jane, and Bullen Cooke, of Washington, D.C., 30 June 1814.
    2 pages.ADS with ACopS.
  • Box-folder 2:30
    An unsigned account of the controversy between Philadelphia and Delaware from August 1812 to June 1814, June 1814.
    7 pages.ADr,E.

    Addressed to "Commodore Murray, at the Collector of Delaware." re: duties on the cargo of the British ship Superior.

  • Box-folder 2:31
    Letter - James Barron, Copenhagen, to his daughter, Jane A. Barron, Hampton, Virginia, June-October 1814.
    2 pages.ALsS.

    Re: Barron's attempts to return home and sale of his European patents.

  • Box-folder 2:32
    Letters - J.M. Forbes, Copenhagen, to James Barron, Copenhagen and Gothenburg, June-November 1814.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Written when Barron expected to get passage back to the U.S. from Gothenberg when he sold his European patents to Forbes.

  • Box-folder 2:33
    Letter - S. Vyer, St. Petersburg, to Capt. James Barron, Copenhagen, 1 October 1814.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Personal affairs.

  • Box-folder 2:34
    Letter - J.W. Forbes, Copenhagen, 4 October 1814.
    1 page.DS.

    Grants permission to Capt. James Barron for the construction of a wind mill on which he, Forbes, holds patent rights.

  • Box-folder 2:35
    Letter - James Barron, Copenhagen, to Henry Wilson, American Consul, Nantes, France, 24 November 1814.
    1 page.ACopS.

    Re: chance for employment in France.

  • Box-folder 2:36
    Letter - H.N. Fettyplace, Hamburg, to Capt. James Barron, Copenhagen, 3 January 1815.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Preliminaries of peace were signed at Ghent between the British and American ministers.

  • Box-folder 2:37
    Act - authorizing a Regular Force for the Defense of the Commonwealth. [Passed January the 18th, 1815.] [Richmond: Richie & Trueheart, 1815.], 18 January 1815.
    4 pages.PD.
  • Box-folder 2:38
    Memorandum - regarding the formation of a Regiment of Artillery. Dated in Norfolk, but unsigned, 6 February 1815.
    3 pages.ADr.
  • Box-folder 2:39
    Military recommendations - [Genl. Robert B. Taylor], military recommendations. Dated Norfolk, but unsigned, 14 February 1815.
    3 pages.ACop.

    "Taylor . . . is my brother."

  • Box-folder 2:40
    Letters - Edward Armistead, Dartmoor Prison, England, and Copenhagen, to Capt. James Barron, Copenhagen, February-May 1815.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Appeals to Barron to aid him, and a letter after his release from prison.

  • Box-folder 2:41
    Letters - James Barron, London and Hamburg, to his daughter, Jane A. Barron, and wife, Mrs. Elizabeth M. Barron, Hampton, Virginia, March-August 1815.
    4 letters.ALsS.

    News of his attempts to set up in business in Europe and of his new invention, a cork-cutting machine.

  • Box-folder 2:42
    Letters - Peter H. Ferrau, Copenhagen, to James Barron, London and Hamburg, March-August 1815.
    12 letters.ALsS.

    Business letters in which Ferrau expresses the sympathy in Copenhagen with the cause of Napoleon, and disappointed at his defeat.

  • Box-folder 2:43
    Letter - J.M. Forbes, Copenhagen, to James Barron, Hamburg, 25 April 1815.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Business affairs.

  • Box-folder 2:44
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron], Hamburg, to P[eter] H. Ferrau, 2 June 1815.
    1 page.3 items.ACopS.

    Re: transactions in tobacco. Enclosed: 2 receipts.

  • Box-folder 2:45
    Letter - Sam[ue]l Myers, Norfolk, [Virginia], to James Barron, Copenhagen, 10 July 1815.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: Barron's right of reinstatement among his countrymen.

  • Box-folder 2:46
    Petition - of James Barron to the U.S. Secretary of State, 12 August 1815.
    2 pages.ACopS.

    For a patent on a machine for cutting corks.

Box 3, 1816-1820.
Box-Folder: 3:1-56
Series 3: Box 3

The correspondence of 1816 through 1820 begins with business and family letters received in Copenhagen. After his return to the U.S. in 1819 there is correspondence with the Navy Department and President Monroe regarding the reinstatement of Barron in a naval command. The correspondence of June 1819 to March 1820 with Capt. Stephen Decatur is preserved, along with an account of the duel in which Barron was gravely injured and Decatur killed. (See "The History of a transaction which there ought never to have been occasion for," an account of the duel written by James Barron in the Samuel Barron Papers, Box 1, Folder 8.) The correspondence with Capt. J. D. Elliott, his second, and reports of the controversies which followed the duel are included. Family letters include many from his daughter, Mrs. Jane Barron Hope.

  • Box-folder 3:1
    Letter - Peter H. Ferrau, St. Croix, to James Barron, Copenhagen, February-September 1816.
    3 letters.AlsS.

    Re: his life in the West Indies where he has gone from Copenhagen.

  • Box-folder 3:2
    Letter - Lorentz Aurst, Hamburg, to Commodore James Barron, Copenhagen, 5 April 1816.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Business affairs; permission granted to import refined sugar into Russia.

  • Box-folder 3:3
    Letter - James Barron, Copenhagen, to Thomas Wilson, London, June 1816.
    1 page.ACopS.

    Business affairs.

  • Box-folder 3:4
    James Barron, Copenhagen, to his daughter Jane A. Barron, Hampton, Virginia, June-July 1816.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Re: his hope of returning to U.S. within the year; and of the impending marriage of Jane.

  • Box-folder 3:5
    Letter - [M. Myers], Bremen, to [James Barron], 10 October 1816.
    4 pages.ALS.

    News from home: re: Capt. Johnson and lucrative business in the Dismal Swamp Canal; trade with St. Iago De Cuba; Capt. Sinclair; plans to move the Naval Yard from Gosport to York, still undecided; Capt. Fawn's misfortune; flourishing condition of Norfolk; $100,000 subscribed to open the "Roan Oak Canal"; Chs. K. Mallory, Collector; Barron's family living in town after their country house burned.

  • Box-folder 3:6
    Letter - James Barron, Copenhagen, to his daughter, Jane A. Hope, Hampton, Virginia, November 1816.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: his machine for cutting corks now successful, and his desire for a patent on it.

  • Box-folder 3:7
    Letter - James Barron, Copenhagen, to his daughter, Mrs. Jane A. Hope, Hampton, Virginia, 24 January 1817.
    9 pages.ALS.

    Re: her husband; detailed explanations of his cork cutting machine and his mill which "will grind 100 bushels of corn in 24 hours, can be completed for little more than a common pidgeon house."

  • Box-folder 3:8
    John Rainals, Elsinore, to James Barron, Copenhagen, 18 February 1817.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: a knife [for the cork cutting machine].

  • Box-folder 3:9
    Contracts - Johannes Friis, James Barron, and P.T. Ferrau, March-November 1817.
    2 items.ALS.

    Contracts in Danish.

  • Box-folder 3:10
    Contract - B. Kendar, Copenhagen, to Comm. James Barron, Copenhagen, 5 August 1817.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Contract for Elliptical Valve Pump Boxes, to be made and sold by Barron after getting a Danish patent.

  • Box-folder 3:11
    Authorization Letter - James Barron, Copenhagen, to Mrs. Jane A. Hope, Hampton, Virginia, 6 October 1817.
    2 items.ALsS.

    Authorization for the accountant of the U.S. Navy to pay the balance of his half-pay to Mrs. Elizabeth M. Barron or Mr. Wilton Hope (his son-in-law).

  • Box-folder 3:12
    Letter - James Barron, Copenhagen, to John Myers, Baltimore, 12 October 1817.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Introducing a Mr. Poulson.

  • Box-folder 3:13
    Letter - G. L. Zachariae, Copenhagen, to James Barron, 12 November 1817.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: commission given to Capt. Leech by Barron.

  • Box-folder 3:14
    Document - James Barron and Johannis Friis, a document in Danish, 30 April 1818.
    1 page.ALS.

    Document in Danish.

  • Box-folder 3:15
    Statement - James Barron, 1 June 1818.
    1 page.ADS, E.

    Statement re: his "new invented Pump" which he has offered to the Secretary of State.

  • Box-folder 3:16
    Letter - C. Ferrau, Copenhagen, to James Barron, Elsinore, 24 June 1818.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Wishing him a pleasant passage.

  • Box-folder 3:17
    Will - of Richard Barron as made in 1787 and 1809, 25 June 1818.
    4 pages.ACop.

    Will Recorded at above date.

  • Box-folder 3:18
    Letter - Carolina Colbiomsen, Copenhagen, to Capt. James Barron Elsinore, 28 June 1818.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: St. Croix; and Barron's imminent departure.

  • Box-folder 3:19
    Letter - A. Fibiger, Copenhagen, to Capt. James Barron, Elsinore and Hampton, Virginia, June-November 1818.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Written to Barron as he is waiting to sail and after his arrival in Virginia.

  • Box-folder 3:20
    Document - for James Barron in Danish. 13 July 1818.
    PADS.

    Document in Danish.

  • Box-folder 3:21
    Letter - James L. Ferrau, Edinburgh, to James Barron, Virginia Coffee House, London, 8 August 1818.
    2 pages.ALS.

    James L. Ferrau having taken the degree of M.D. is returning to Copenhagen.

  • Box-folder 3:22
    Letter - James Fraser, Liverpool, to Capt. [James] Barron, Talbot Inn, [London, England?], 27 August 1818.
    2 pages.ALS.

    An offer for the purchase of the copyright of the cork cutting machine in Great Britain.

  • Box-folder 3:23
    Letter - Charles K. Mallory, Washington, to Commodore James Barron, Hampton, 18 January 1819.
    3 pages.ALS.

    "The President (James Monroe) takes a deep interest in your welfare . . . come on immediately to Washington and see the President himself . . .." Re: the debate in General Jackson's case.

  • Box-folder 3:24
    Statement - John Quincy Adams, Washington, 22 February 1819.
    2 pages.ACop.

    Re: that Capt. James Barron applied for passage to the U.S. from Gothenberg to offer his services in the war; was refused passage because the ship was under a neutral cartel, in June 1814.

  • Box-folder 3:25
    Statement - J.M. Forbes, 22 February 1819.
    1 page.ACop.

    Re: that he saw letter addressed by Capt. Barron to the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, in 1813 offering his services to the U.S. and that Barron sought passage to the U.S. in 1814.

  • Box-folder 3:26
    Letter - James Barron, Washington, to James Monroe, President of the U. States, 8 March 1819.
    6 pages.ADrS.

    Request for readmission to the Navy, detailed denial of accusation which was contained in letter of Capt. William Lewis, 7 September 1811; he was in this country in September 1811 to April 1812.

  • Box-folder 3:27
    Letter - Capt. Hugh G. Campbell, Charleston, to Capt. James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 12 May 1819.
    1 page.ALS.

    A welcome home letter.

  • Box-folder 3:28
    Letter - J.M. Forbes, Washington, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Hampton, Virginia, 4 June 1819.
    2 pages.ALS.
  • Box-folder 3:29
    Letter - Const. Freeman, Auditor, Treasury Department, to Capt. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Hampton, Virginia, June-December 1819.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Enclosing half-pay vouchers.

  • Box-folder 3:30
    Letters - Correspondence of James Barron and Stephen Decatur, leading up to the duel, which was fatal to Decatur, and of their seconds, J. D. Elliott and W[illia]m Bainbridge, June 1819-March 1820.
    19 letters.ADrS, ALsS.
  • Box-folder 3:31
    Letter - W. Croghan, "Locust Grove," near Louisville, [Kentucky], to Commodore James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 18 July 1819.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: warrants for land in Kentucky issued to James Barron's father for Revolutionary War service, being 7777 2/3 acres on the Cumberland River and for 1777 2/3 acres on Hartland Creek.

  • Box-folder 3:32
    Letter - John B. Cooper, Hampton, to Commodore James Barron, City of Washington, 20 March 1820.
    1 page.ALS.

    Encouragement and best wishes.

  • Box-folder 3:33
    Letter - D.G. Barraud, Norfolk, to his father, Dr. P. Barraud, "Bremo," near New Canton, [Virginia], 25 March 1820.
    2 pages.ALS.
  • Box-folder 3:34
    Letter - J. D. Elliot, Washington, to John Myers, Norfolk, Virginia, 30 March 1820.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Details of duel and of conversation between Barron and Decatur: re: Barron's condition.

  • Box-folder 3:35
    Letters - James Barron, Norfolk, to his daughter, Mrs. Jane A. Hope, Hampton, March 1820.
    2 letters.ALsS.

    Re: his nephew, Samuel [Barron] who is at sea as a 4 year old Midshipman on a U.S. warship; and re: bounty lands in Kentucky.

  • Box-folder 3:36
    Letters - J. Myers, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Washington, March-April 1820.
    5 letters.ALsS.

    Written to Barron while he is recovering from wound received in duel; and comment on the outcome of the duel and public opinion re: the death of Decatur.

  • Box-folder 3:37
    Letters - J. D. Elliott, Norfolk, to Commo. James Barron, Philadelphia and New York, March-August 1820.
    4 letters.ALsS.

    Elliott, who was the second for Barron in his duel, writes about public opinion of the duel and Barron's coming Court of Enquiry in New York.

  • Box-folder 3:38
    Letters - W[illia]m Craig, Philadelphia, to Commo. James Barron, Washington and Norfolk, March-September 1820.
    8 letters.ALsS.

    Finds that public opinion is strongly in favor of Barron after the Barron-Decatur correspondence has been published by the friends of the late Stephen Decatur.

  • Box-folder 3:39
    Letters - Const. Freeman, Auditor, Treasury Department, to Capt. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Norfolk, Virginia, March-November 1820.
    4 letters.ALsS.

    Vouchers for pay sustenance and medical costs.

  • Box-folder 3:40
    Letter - Com'dr. Tingey, Navy Yard, to Comd'r Ja[me]s Barron, Congress Hotel, [Washington], 6 April 1820.
    1 page.ALS.

    His respects.

  • Box-folder 3:41
    Letter - Augustus Fleming, New York, to Commodore James Barron, Hampton, 9 April 1820.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: the published correspondence of Decatur, which appears to be helping Barron.

  • Box-folder 3:42
    Newspaper Editorial - The Gazette, Winchester, [Virginia]. 15 April 1820.
    NCI.

    A lead editorial stating " . . . Com. Barron stands acquitted of all blame."

  • Box-folder 3:43
    Letter - Carolina Colbiornsen, Copenhagen, to Capt. James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 18 April 1820.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: American group in Copenhagen.

  • Box-folder 3:44
    Letter - A. Fibiger, Copenhagen, to James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 20 April 1820.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Sent with other letters from friends from Copenhagen.

  • Box-folder 3:45
    Letter - James Barron to James Monroe, President of the United States, Washington, April 1820.
    8 pages.ADrS.

    An appeal for exoneration from the accusations made against him.

  • Box-folder 3:46
    Letter - J.H. Cocke, "Bremo," to Comdre. James Barron, Norfolk, 1 May 1820.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: a newly invented plough of Barron's.

  • Box-folder 3:47
    Printed communication - on "Uniform dress" in the Navy, issued by Smith Thompson, 10 May 1820.
    4 pages.PM.
  • Box-folder 3:48
    Letter - Joseph Cassin, Navy Yard, Washington, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 16 June 1820.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: Barron's wound.

  • Box-folder 3:49
    Letter - W. King, Washington, to Commodore [James] Barron, 5 July 1820.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: a visit to Washington.

  • Box-folder 3:50
    Letters - J.M. Ellah, Elsinore, to Commodore [James] Barron, Norfolk, July-August 1820.
    2 letters.ALsS.

    Re: affairs in Denmark and the reception of the news of the duel.

  • Box-folder 3:51
    Letter - Amos Kendall, Treasury Department, to Com. James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 18 August 1820.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: attacks by Mr. King.

  • Box-folder 3:52
    Power of attorney - from Adolph Christian Fibiger, Copenhagen, to James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 29 September 1820.
    3 pages.ADS.

    Countersigned by John Rainals, U.S. Consul. Power to collect debts in the U.S.

  • Box-folder 3:53
    Letter - R. J. Cleveland, New York, to Capt. James Barron, Norfolk, 29 October 1820.
    2 pages.ALS.

    The reaction in New York, "your conduct has been applauded."

  • Box-folder 3:54
    Letter - Good, Rainals & Co., Copenhagen, to Commodore James Barron, 31 October 1820.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Account for the sale of his corkwood, 1817-1820.

  • Box-folder 3:55
    Letter - Gill Armistead, Hampton, to Commodore James Barron, Richmond, 9 December 1820.
    2 copies.ALS, Enc.

    Enclosed: power of Attorney. Re: land on Old Point in which an interest was held by Jane Barron, daughter of Samuel Barron (1) wife of G. Armistead.

  • Box-folder 3:56
    Letter - W. Croghan, "Locust Grove" near Louisville, Kentucky, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 15 December 1820.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: Revolutionary War bounty land of Samuel Barron, father of James Barron.

Box 4, 1821.
Box-Folder: 4:1-40
Series 4: Box 4

This box contains the papers of 1821 which are concerned almost entirely with correspondence and other material related to the Naval Court of Enquiry held at the Brooklyn Naval Yard. The enquiry covered (1) the accusation made by W. Lewis in a letter of 7 September 1811 to the Secretary of the Navy, regarding remarks reported to have been made by Barron while in Portugal on a commercial trip regarding the Chesapeake- Leopard Affair and (2) the desire of Barron to return to active service in the War of 1812 upon the expiration of his sentence of suspension from the Navy. Statements of the trial and reactions to the verdict are included.

See also: the Proceedings of the Court of Enquiry held at the Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, upon Captain James Barron of the United States Navy in May, 1821.Published in Washington City by Jacob Gideon, Junior, 1822. 111 pages.; "Notes to the Trial of Commodore Barron, 1808." 8 pages. and; "Proceedings of the General Court Martial convened for the trial of Commodore James Barron, Captain Charles Gordon, Mr. William Hook, and Captain John Hall of the United States Ship Chesapeakein the month of January, 1808." 496 pages. All are included in one volume in Box 13, folder 1 of the James Barron Papers (1).

  • Box-folder 4:1
    Gill Armistead, power of attorney, to James Barron, 29 January 1821.
    2 copies.ADS.

    Attested Th[omas] Latimore.

  • Box-folder 4:2
    Letter - John Patterson, Union Hotel, [?], to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 20 February 1821.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Bill allowing five years pay for Barron's father's Revolutionary services has passed the House of Delegates; the President [of the U.S.] has not directed a Court of Enquiry, but has forced Barron to demand one for himself.

  • Box-folder 4:3
    Letters - James Maury, Liverpool, to Commodore James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, February-May 1821.
    2 letters.ALsS.

    Re: the sending of a pair of spectacles to Barron.

  • Box-folder 4:4
    Letter - John Branch, Navy Department, to Commodore J[ames] Barron, commanding the Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virg[inia], 10 March 1821.
    1 page.ALS.

    Marked "Private." Instructed by the President of the U. States to enquire whether it would be agreeable to Barron to take command of the Navy Yard in Philadelphia.

  • Box-folder 4:5
    Summons to the Court of Enquiry - Smith Thompson to Captain Alexander Murray, 20 March 1821.
    3 pages.ACopS.

    Re: James Barron, to be held at the Brooklyn Navy Yard on or before 10 May.

  • Box-folder 4:6
    Statement - by Rich[ard] Law, London, 24 March 1821.
    2 pages.ADS.

    Re: the residence of James Barron in Copenhagen, his trips in 1811 and 1812, and his desire to be of use to his country in the War, after he was detained in Copenhagen.

  • Box-folder 4:7
    Statement - by J.M. Forbes, 12 March 1821.
    3 pages.ACop.

    Re: Commo. James Barron, orig. dated 20 April 1820.

  • Box-folder 4:8
    Letter - J.D. Elliott, Savannah and Norfolk, to Como. James Barron, Washington, New York, and New London, Conn., March-August 1821.
    10 letters.ALsS.

    Correspondence regarding the Court of Enquiry on Barron and the pamphlet [on the duel] that Elliot is publishing.

  • Box-folder 4:9
    Letter - Smith Thompson, Navy Department, to Captain James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 13 April 1821.
    6 pages.ALS.

    Re: the arrangements for the Court of Enquiry and the discussions between Smith Thompson and James Barron which have led up to it; mention of the President's interest in the case.

    n.d. Typed copy of the above. TCop. 3 pages.

  • Box-folder 4:10
    Letter - John B. Cooper, Hampton, to Commdre. James Barron, Norfolk, 27 April 1821.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Asking the influence of Barron toward the candidacy of Gen'l Pryor for a Marshallship.

  • Box-folder 4:11
    Letter - [James Barron], Norfolk, to Caesar Rodney, Wilmington, Delaware, 1 May 1821.
    2 pages.ADr.

    Re: representing Barron at the Court of Enquiry in New York.

  • Box-folder 4:12
    Letter - James Barron, Norfolk, to Caesar A. Rodney, 2 May 1821.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Purchased from Charles Hamilton, 1974.

    n.d. Typed copy of the above. TCop. 1 p.

  • Box-folder 4:13
    Affidavit - by Rob[ert] Brough, Norfolk County, Virginia, 10 May 1821.
    1 page.ADS.

    "That, the want of funds alone kept him (James Barron) from returning to his country" during the war.

    Folder 12 [1821]. Testimony of [James Barron] at the trial. ADr. 4 pages. (incomplete).

    See printed report of the Court of Enquiry. Proceedings, Box 13.

  • Box-folder 4:14
    Court -[James Barron] to "Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Court" [of Enquiry], [1821].
    2 copies.ADr.
  • Box-folder 4:15
    Testimony - {of James Barron] before the Court of Enquiry, [1821].
  • Box-folder 4:16
    Court - [James Barron] to the Hon[orab]le Thomas Penton in Congress [1821].
    Pages 9-11.ADr.
  • Box-folder 4:17
    Letter - James McGowan, New York, to Commodore J[ames] Barron, New York, 12 May 1821.
    1 page.ALS.

    Request for appointment to sail under James Barron.

  • Box-folder 4:18
    Letter - W. Croghan, Forks of Mayfield Creek, Bowling Green, Kentucky, to W.H. Neilson, Louisville, Kentucky, 20 May 1821.
    ALS.

    Re: survey of land of Comm. Barron. Enclosure: surveyor's plot.

  • Box-folder 4:19
    Letters - J.W. Myers, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, New York, May-July 1821.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Re: this interest of the people in Norfolk in the results of the Court of Enquiry.

  • Box-folder 4:20
    Letters - R. J. Cleveland, Lancaster, [Massachusetts] and Boston, to James Barron, New York, Ballston Spa, and Norfolk, May-November 1821.
    6 letters.ALsS.

    Re: the appearance of Cleveland at the Court of Enquiry, and criticism of the "stupid, unmeaning, milk and water decision of the Court."

  • Box-folder 4:21
    Letters - William Craig, Philadelphia, to Commodore James Barron, New York and Norfolk, May-November 1821.
    5 letters.ALsS.

    Re: the Court of Enquiry and the Sentence of the Court in which one member did not concur and which [President] Monroe did not sign.

  • Box-folder 4:22
    Letter - John Connell, Philadelphia, to C.A. Rodney, Wilmington, Delaware, 9 June 1821.
    2 pages.ALS.

    A report of the attempts of James Barron to return to the U.S. from Sweden on the John Adams.

  • Box-folder 4:23
    Letter - [C.] Caster, Copenhagen, to James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 11 June 1821.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: affairs in Copenhagen.

  • Box-folder 4:24
    Letter - Fontaine Maury, Washington, to Commodore James Barron, New York, 22 June 1821.
    1 page.ALS.

    Best wishes for the outcome of the enquiry.

  • Box-folder 4:25
    Affidavit - of Robert C. Jennings, in Norfolk, Virginia, 23 June 1821.
    6 pages.ADS.

    Countersigned by Ino E. Hall, Mayor. Answers to questions put by Lt. Wheaton, Judge Advocate.

  • Box-folder 4:26
    Letters - Allin McLane, Wilmington, to Commodore J[ames] Barron, Saratoga Springs, New York, Norfolk, Virginia, and Philadelphia, June-December 1821.
    14 letters.ALsS.

    Re: the attacks of "the Decatur faction" on Barron, the results of the Court of Enquiry, and the action of the U.S. Congress on the case.

  • Box-folder 4:27
    Testimony - J[ames] Barron to "Mr. President and Gentlemen of the Court.", 10 July 1821.
    2 pages.ADr.

    His final testimony at the Board of Enquiry.

  • Box-folder 4:28
    Letter - [James Barron], New York, to Smith Thompson, [Secretary of the Navy], 12 July 1821.
    1 page.ACop.

    He has been informed that the testimony has ended at the Board of Enquiry; he will remain in the city until he hears the verdict.

  • Box-folder 4:29
    Letter - J[ames] Barron, New York, to John Myers, Norfolk, 2 August 1821.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Letter in which the opinion of the Court is quoted in full; James Barron is not completely exonerated.

  • Folder 30 currently does not exist in this collection.
  • Box-folder 4:31
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron], New York, to the Secretary of the Navy, 4 August 1821.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Protest against the decision of the Court.

  • Box-folder 4:32
    Agreement - of James Barron, patentee, to sell to Samuel Townsend of New York City the sole right of making add selling a machine for the cleaning and polishing of leather, 7 August 1821.
    2 pages.
  • Box-folder 4:33
    Letter - James Barron, Norfolk, to the Secretary of the Navy, Washington, 18 August 1821.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Requests a full copy of the proceedings of the Court.

  • Box-folder 4:34
    Letter - Zebedee Cook, Boston, to Commodore [James] Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 24 August 1821.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the sending of a rhubarb plant which Barron admired.

  • Box-folder 4:35
    Cornelius Kieffe, Fort Monroe, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 25 September 1821.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: a machine designed by Barron.

  • Box-folder 4:36
    Letter - J. B. Cooper, Hampton, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 9 October 1821.
    2 pages.ALS.

    He reports the rumor that Barron is to be returned to command "very speedily."

  • Box-folder 4:37
    Letter - William Maury, Liverpool, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 26 October 1821.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: his family and a receipt for Barron's ailment - numatic and nitric acid in warm water drunk with meals.

  • Box-folder 4:38
    Letter - John Floyd, Washington City, to Capt. J. D. Elliott, 12 December 1821.
    1 page.ALS.

    Requesting the loan of Capt. Elliot's dueling pistols.

  • Box-folder 4:39
    Letter - R. Meade to Commodore [James] Barron, 19 December 1821.
    1 page.ALS.

    An invitation to dine.

  • Box-folder 4:40
    Letter - [James Barron], Norfolk, to Dr. W[illia]m Thornton, 1821.
    2 pages.ACop.

    Re: his newly invented washing machine.

Box 5, 1822.
Box-Folder: 5:1-32
Series 5: Box 5

Correspondence of the year 1822, much of it concerned with the sentence of the Court of Enquiry and opinions regarding it, including several letters each from A. McLane, Wilmington, Del., R. J. Cleveland, Lancaster, Massachuetts, Wm. Craig, Philadelphia, and Capt. J.D. Elliott, Barron's second in the duel with Decatur. Included is correspondence with Barron's daughters, Mary and Margaretha, and his son-in-law, Capt. John P. Tuttle, and business correspondence in connections with his inventions, a washing machine and a new type of oil lamp.

  • Box-folder 5:1
    Letter - Mary A. A. Barron, Norfolk, to her father, Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 26 January 1822.
    1 page.ALS.

    Family affairs.

  • Box-folder 5:2
    Letters - A. McLane, Philadelphia and Wilmington, Del., to James Barron, Washington and Philadelphia, January-December 1822.
    17 letters.ALsS.

    Correspondence concerning the results of the Court of Enquiry, the actions of the enemies of Barron, and a suggestion that he demand a Court Martial to clear his name; and discussion of Barron's new invention, a washing machine.

  • Box-folder 5:3
    Letter - Sam[ue]l Colton, Richmond, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 1 February 1822.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: Barron's claim against the Commonwealth of Virginia.

  • Box-folder 5:4
    Letter - Nath[aniel] Colby, Richmond, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, 13 February 1822.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: Barron's claim for his father's bounty lands or for compensation.

  • Box-folder 5:5
    Letter - Jno. McElroy, "Fair Hill," to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 15 February 1822.
    2 pages.ALS.

    "Your washing machine answers admirably well both for washing and ironing, it only wants to be known to become generally used..."

  • Box-folder 5:6
    Petition - J[ames] B[arron], Philadelphia. A petition to the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States, 12 March 1822.
    2 pages.ADrS.

    Request for a return of duty paid on models of his machinery, which he brought to U.S. in 1815.

  • Box-folder 5:7
    Letter - John Couper, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 20 March 1822.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: indemnity for the capture of the ship Jane, commanded by Barron.

  • Box-folder 5:8
    Letters - R.J. Cleveland, Lancaster, [Massachuetts], to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, March-July 1822.
    4 letters.ALsS.

    Re: the reactions to the case of Barron in the Boston area; a scandal concerning the building of gunboats and the trial of Lt. Abbott; and interest in the washing machine invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 5:9
    Letters - J.D. Elliott, Norfolk and New York, to Captain James Barron, Philadelphia and Norfolk, March-September 1822.
    5 letters.ALsS.

    Re: reports of the Court of Enquiry; the publication of his correspondence connected with the Barron-Decatur duel; and a description of his going overboard on a trip to New York and being 1 l/2 hours in the water before rescue.

  • Box-folder 5:10
    Letters - John P. Tuttle, U.S. Frigate Guerrier and U.S. Ship John Adams, Norfolk, to Capt. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia. April-July 1822.
    4 letters.ALsS.

    Asking for the hand of Margaretta Barron in marriage, and naval news.

  • Box-folder 5:11
    Letters - William Craig, Philadelphia, to Capt. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington and Norfolk, April-November 1822.
    12 letters.ALsS.

    Correspondence concerning commercial matters and inventions of Barron including windlass, cutting machine for straw, oil lantern, and pump.

  • Box-folder 5:12
    Letter - [Carolina Colbiornsen], St. Croix, to Commodore James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 19 April 1822.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: her sister, Mrs. Christmas, whose husband has recently died; and of her desire to return to Copenhagen.

  • Box-folder 5:13
    Letter - J. Myers, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Washington, 21 April 1822.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: a recently published pamphlet, which concerns Barron; and the attitude of Congress toward Barron's claims.

  • Box-folder 5:14
    Social Note - William Foster, Georgetown, [D.C.], to Commodore [James] Barron, Washington, 2 May 1822.
    1 page.ALS.
  • Box-folder 5:15
    Request - J[ames] B[arron], Washington, to Smith Thompson, Secretary of the Navy, 2 May 1822.
    1 page.ADrS.

    A request that a decision be made on his case.

  • Box-folder 5:16
    Letter - William Maury, of Maury, Latham 4 Co., Liverpool, to Commodore Ja[me]s Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 14 May 1822.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Re: patent on windlass invented by Barron; and disaster of "the loss of the Albion with her passengers and quarter part of the crew."

  • Box-folder 5:17
    Letters - James Maury, Liverpool, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, May-June 1822.
    4 letters.ALsS.

    Re: the receipt in England of models of machines invented by Barron and the showing of them to prospective buyers.

  • Box-folder 5:18
    Letter - J.B. Cooper, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 19 June 1822.
    1 page.ALS.

    Requesting a recommendation for his son to be admitted as a Cadet at West Point.

  • Box-folder 5:19
    Letter - Maury, Latham 4 Co., Liverpool, to Commodore [James] Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, 28 June 1822.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: selling his windlass machine in England.

  • Box-folder 5:20
    Letter - Cadw. O. Evans to Commodore [James] Barron, 1 July 1822.
    1 pages.ALS.

    Re: a receipt.

  • Box-folder 5:21
    Letter - M. Maury, of Maury, Latham G Co., Liverpool, to Captain James Barron, U.S. Navy, Norfolk, 11 July 1822.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Business concerned with the windlass machine of Barron.

  • Box-folder 5:22
    Letter - Ro. McLudlow to Commodore [James] Barron, Nahant, 21 July 1822.
    1 page.ALS.

    Sent with the gift of a spyglass.

  • Box-folder 5:23
    Letter - J. Myers, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 21 August 1822.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Business matters and news of Navy affairs.

  • Box-folder 5:24
    Accounts - of James Barron, August 1822.
    3 items.ADsS.
  • Box-folder 5:25
    Letter - Winslow Foster, U.S. Cutter Alabama, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 10 August 1822.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Request that Barron recommend a young man to be commissioned First Lieutenant.

  • Box-folder 5:26
    Letter - Eugenio Cortez, Philadelphia, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 19 September 1822.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: the completion of gunboats.

  • Box-folder 5:27
    Letter - Bull Cocke, Princess Anne, to Commodore [James] Barron, Norfolk, 7 October 1822.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: the model for a windmill invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 5:28
    Letter - James Barron, Norfolk, to Thomas Newton, 24 November 1822.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: an oil lamp invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 5:29
    Letter - George Law, Baltimore, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 28 November 1822.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: the "bad times" in Baltimore.

  • Box-folder 5:30
    Letter - A. Fibiger, Copenhagen, to Com[m]modore James Barron, Hampton, Virginia, 6 December 1822.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: canvas sent to U.S. and problem of payment for it.

  • Box-folder 5:31
    Letter - Eliza Christmas, Copenhagen, to Captain James Barron, Philadelphia, 8 December 1822.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Re: affairs in Copenhagen.

  • Box-folder 5:32
    Letter - James Barron, Norfolk, to Hugh Wilson, St. Croix, 30 December 1822.
    1 page.Cop of ALS.

    Introducing Mr. Brien and Captain McPharron.

Box 6, 1824.
Box-Folder: 6:1-68
Series 6: Box 6

Events of 1824 covered in the correspondence include the appointment of Commodore Barron to the Command of the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, the congratulations of his friends on his reappointment in the Navy, and the reports of opposition to the appointment in Philadelphia; the visit of Gen'l Lafayette, Barron's part in entertaining the General. Included are a letter of 26 November from G.W. Lafayette, son of the General, and a letter from Gen'l Andrew Jackson, 14 September.

  • Box-folder 6:1
    Letter - Della[?] Stokes, Norfolk, to Comdr. James Barron, 12 January 1823.
    1 page.ALS.

    Request for a loan.

  • Box-folder 6:2
    Letter - Dr. P[hilip] Barraud to James Barron, Navy Yard, [Norfolk], 27 January 1823.
    1 page.ALS.

    Invitation to meet the son of John Marshall.

  • Box-folder 6:3
    Letters - William Craig, Philadelphia, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, January-September 1823.
    7 letters.ALsS.

    Business letters; mention of a spinning machine invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 6:4
    Letter - Const. Freeman, Treasury Department, to Capt. James Barron, Norfolk, 8 February 1823.
    1 page.ALS.

    Enclosing payment for a requisition signed by the Secretary of the Navy plus his regular pay.

  • Box-folder 6:5
    Letter - J.D. Elliott, New York, to Como. James Barron, Philadelphia, 18 February 1823.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Barron is in Philadelphia to consult Dr. Phisicle.

  • Box-folder 6:6
    Letter - Carter Beverly, Williamsburg, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 23 February 1823.
    7 pages.ALS.

    Re: his faith in Barron and his defense of him in private conversations.

  • Box-folder 6:7
    Letter - A. Rodney, Wilmington, Delaware, to Capt. James Barron, Norfolk, 12 April 1823.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: personal affairs.

  • Box-folder 6:8
    Letter - Comdr. Edm'd Primrose Kennedy, "Palestine," to Comdre. James Barron, Norfolk, 19 April 1823.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: personal affairs.

  • Box-folder 6:9
    Letters - Carolina Colbiornsen, St. Croix, to Commodore Ja[me]s Barron, Norfolk, April-October 1823.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Personal affairs concerned with friends in Copenhagen.

  • Box-folder 6:10
    Letters - Ch. W. Goldsborough to Commre. James Barron, Norfolk, April-November 1823.
    2 copies.PL, ES.

    Announcement of the "United States Naval Chronicle" with endorsement, signed.

  • Box-folder 6:11
    Letter - Ch. W. Goldsborough, Washington, to James Barron, Norfolk, 18 November 1823.
    ALS.

    This letter was enclosed with the above announcement, located in Box-folder: 6:10.

  • Box-folder 6:12
    Letter - Carter Beverly, Fredericksburg, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 6 May 1823.
    4 pages.ALS.

    "The course . . . of the Executive of our country against you calls loudly for . . . indignation."

  • Box-folder 6:13
    Letter - James Barron, Bayside, to his daughter, Mrs. Jane A. Hope, 20 July 1823.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: some great sorrow that has befallen the family.

  • Box-folder 6:14
    Letter - F. Taylor, Old Point Comfort, to [James Barron], 20 October 1823.
    1 page.ALS,E.

    Introducing Dr. French; endorsement, "who married Miss Elizabeth Barron."

  • Box-folder 6:15
    A. Fibigen, Copenhagen, to Commodore James Barron, 18 November 1823.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: canvas sold in America for which he has not been paid; and sympathy for Barron and "the intrigues of your enemies."

  • Box-folder 6:16
    James Barron, Norfolk, to Thomas Newton, 27 November 1823.
    4 pages.ADrS.

    Re: his "miserable situation": his constant application for some employment, his visits with [President Monroe], and the lack of any response from the Navy Department.

  • Box-folder 6:17
    Letter - R. J. Cleveland, New York, to James Barron, U.S. Navy, Norfolk, Virginia, l December 1823.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Reports in detail his losses in a disastrous sailing venture in the Pacific.

  • Box-folder 6:18
    Letter - John W. Eaton, Washington, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 23 December 1823.
    ALS. 2 pages.

    Gives hope that "the next incumbent of the White House may venture to look to your claim."

  • Box-folder 6:19
    Letter - William Craig, Philadelphia, to Commodore James Barron, Washington City, 28 December 1823.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: Barron's trip to Washington to claim his rights; and possibility that General Jackson will be Pennsylvania's candidate for the Presidency.

  • Box-folder 6:20
    Letter - G. P. French, Hampton, to Commodore James Barron, Washington, 10 January 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    He has commended Barron to Mr. Forsythe of the U.S. Congress.

  • Box-folder 6:21
    Letter - Capt. E.P. Kennedy, U.S. Ship Harnet, to Commodore John Rogers, Pres. Navy Board, Washington, 14 January 1824.
    2 pages.Cop of AL.

    Re: the bellows invented by Barron for ventilating ships.

  • Box-folder 6:22
    Letter - John S. Crawford, Gettysburg, to Captain James Barron, Washington, 19 January 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Asks horticultural information.

  • Box-folder 6:23
    Letters - William Craig, Philadelphia, to Commodore James Barron, Washington and Gospart, Virginia, January-April 1824.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Re: the support that Gen'l Jackson has given Barron; and Jackson's candidacy for President.

  • Box-folder 6:24
    Letters - J.D. Elliott, Norfolk, to Como. James Barron, Washington and Philadelphia, January-September 1824.
    4 letters.ALsS.

    Re: Barron's claims in Washington, his support by Gen'l Jackson, and his appointment as Commander to the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

  • Box-folder 6:25
    Letter - John P. Tuttle, U.S. Ship John Adams, passing Crony Island, to [James Barron], Washington, 17 February 1824.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: his wife, the former Margaretta Barron, and his family.

  • Box-folder 6:26
    Letter - John Taliaferro, Hagley, to [?], 2 March 1824.
    2 pages.ALS.

    He expresses his sympathy with James Barron in his persecution and states his intention of bringing the matter before the Secretary of the Navy.

  • Box-folder 6:27
    Letters - James Barron, Norfolk, to Captain Linus Worrington, U.S. Navy, Gosport, Virginia, 25 March 1824.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Re: the installation of bellows [for ventilation] on the ship commanded by Capt. Kennedy.

  • Box-folder 6:28
    Letters - J.B. Mower, Washington and New York, to James Barron, Norfolk and Philadelphia, March-August 1824.
    5 letters.ALsS.

    Re: the Navy Bill before Congress; the nomination of Jackson as the candidate for President of the U.S.; add Barron's appointment to the Commander of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

  • Box-folder 6:28a
    Letter - James Barron, Norfolk, to Joseph Delaplain, Philadelphia, 7 April 1824.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Concerning his ancestors and his present predicament.

  • Box-folder 6:29
    Letter - [R.K. Carl] to Comdr. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Norfolk, Virginia, 13 April 1824.
    1 page.AL.

    Reports, "we feel confident now we shall have the notes of Georgia."

  • Box-folder 6:30
    Letter - Horace Binney to James Barron, 23 April 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    An invitation to dinner.

  • Box-folder 6:31
    Letter - T. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 11 May 1824.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Re: Naval matters.

  • Box-folder 6:32
    Letter - J.B. Mower, Washington, to Charles G. Haines, New York, 20 May 1824.
    1 pages.ALS.

    A letter of introduction for Comm. James Barron.

  • Box-folder 6:33
    Letter - [J.D.?] E[lliott] franked "H.L. Pinckney" to Com. [James] Barron, Commander, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 29 June 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Social note.

  • Box-folder 6:34
    Letter - J.G. Collins & Son, New York, to Commodore Ja[me]s Barron, U.S. Navy, Norfolk, Virginia, v
    pages.ALS.

    Re: the availability of corkwood for the making of bottle corks.

  • Box-folder 6:35
    Invitation - from the City of Richmond to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 22 July 1824.
    1 page.PLS.

    To meet General Lafayette, signed by John Adams, Mayor, and by Wm. Fitzwhylson and Tho. Brockenbrough.

  • Box-folder 6:36
    Application - W. Taylor, Norfolk, to Captain James Barron, Philadelphia, 30 July 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Application for the position of Secretary to Barron should he be called back into active service, which seems to be imminent.

  • Box-folder 6:37
    Letter - Josiah Cowper, Norfolk, to Captn. James Barron, Philadelphia, 8 August 1824.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Expresses gratification that Barron has been called into active service by the "good old President."

  • Box-folder 6:38
    Letter - John Colt, Paterson, to Comre. Ja[me]s Barron, Philadelphia, 12 August 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: twilled cotton; and congratulations "on your recent change of situation."

  • Box-folder 6:39
    Letter - G. P. French, Hampton, to Comdre. James Barron, Philadelphia, 13 August 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Expresses "joy at the termination of your unmerited persecution."

  • Box-folder 6:40
    Letter - J.G. Collins & Son, New York, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 13 August 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: an order for corkwood.

  • Box-folder 6:41
    Letter - Butler Maury, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, 15 August 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Rejoices "that you are restored to a station in the Service to which you have been so long and so justly entitled."

  • Box-folder 6:42
    Letter - J. Mason, Old Point Comfort, to Commodore [James] Barron, Philadelphia, 17 August 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Appreciation for the gift of a spyglass.

  • Box-folder 6:43
    Letter - J. Cowper, Norfolk, to Captn. James Barron, Philadelphia, 18 August 1824.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: "the friendly manner the good old President received you," and "the conduct of the two scoundrels that has come out against you in Philadelphia."

  • Box-folder 6:44
    Letter - W. Knight, Philadelphia, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 20 August 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Complaining about too heavy duties in the Navy Yard (of which Barron is commander).

  • Box-folder 6:45
    Letters - R. J. Cleveland, Lancaster, [Massachuetts], to James Barron, Philadelphia, August-October 1824.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Re: the appointment of Barron as Commander of the Philadelphia Navy Yard and of the resentment of some persons in Philadelphia.

  • Box-folder 6:46
    Letter - Andrew Jackson, "Hermitage," near Nashville, to Com[m]odore James Barron, of the Station and Navy Yard of Philadelphia, 14 September 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    "If my candor to Mr. Monroe had any effect in the application of the Golden Law (of justice) be assured it is a great satisfaction to me."

  • Box-folder 6:47
    Letter - "A female, (a) friend to the Navy," Philadelphia, to Commo. James Barron, U.S. Navy, present, 20 September 1824.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Accusation against some of the officers of the Yard.

  • Box-folder 6:48
    Letter - Major General Cadwalader, to Commodore [James] Barron, 22 September 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    An invitation to meet General Lafayette.

  • Box-folder 6:49
    Letter - Benj[amin] Tilghman and W[illia]m Rush to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 25 September 1824.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Gratitude from the committee appointed to receive General Lafayette, for the Naval salutes ordered by Barron.

  • Box-folder 6:50
    Letter - B[enjamin] Tilghman, Trenton, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 26 September 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: a request by General Lafayette that a visit be made to the Naval Yard. (under the Command of Barron).

  • Box-folder 6:51
    Tickets - for Commodore [James] Barron to be admitted to the reception of Gen. Lafayette at the Hall of Independence, 28 September 1824.
    2 tickets.PAM.

    Signed by J.A.S. Lewis, Chairman. Enclosed envelopes in which the tickers were enclosed, endorsed. AC.

  • Box-folder 6:52
    Letter - [?] to Commodore [James] Barron, [September 1824].
    2 pages.AD,E.

    Endorsed: "List of invited guests to dine with General Lafayette."

  • Box-folder 6:53
    Letter - Robert C. Cutler, Nelson County, Virginia, to Com. James Barron, Philadelphia, 1 October 1824.
    3 pages.ALS.

    "Your appointment gives all the people of this county much satisfaction."

  • Box-folder 6:54
    Letter - [?] Gatewood, Norfolk, to Como. James Barron, Philadelphia, 6 October 1824.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: events around Norfolk.

  • Box-folder 6:55
    Letter - Robert Beverly, George Town, to Commore. James Barron, Philadelphia, 8 October 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Sympathy with Barron and daughters in their bereavement; and a notice of a runaway servant.

  • Box-folder 6:56
    Letter - Dr. P[hilip] Barraud, Norfolk, Virginia, to Commodore [James] Barron, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 10 October 1824.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Sympathy in his sorrow.

  • Box-folder 6:57
    Letter - A. McLand, Washington, D.C., to Commr. James Barron, Philadelphia, 11 October 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: a planned visit to Yorktown.

  • Box-folder 6:58
    Letter - E. R. McCall, Philadelphia, to Com. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, 26 October 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: a leave of absence.

  • Box-folder 6:59
    Invitation - Charles D. McIndoe, Petersburg, to Commodore[James] Barron, 29 October 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    An invitation to a ball honoring General Lafayette. Card of admission enclosed.

  • Box-folder 6:60
    Letter - R.C. Cutler, Lovingston, Virginia, to Com. James Barron, Philadelphia, 30 October 1824.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: the Yorktown celebration and social news.

  • Box-folder 6:61
    Report - Capt. Kennedy, Havanna, to Comdre. James Barron, Philadelphia, 4 November 1824.
    2 pages.Cop of AL.

    A report on the ship's ventilators invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 6:62
    Letter - Capt. Kennedy to Comdre. J[ames] Barron, 4 November 1824.
    2 pages.Cop of AL.

    A covering letter for the above.

  • Box-folder 6:63
    Letter - Clara S. Cutbush, West Point, to Capt. James Barron, Philadelphia, 4 November 1824.
    2 pages.ALS,P.

    Re: a book on "System of Pyrotechny" by her late husband, James Cutbush, written on fold of the printed prospectus.

  • Box-folder 6:64
    Notice - to Commodore James Barron that he has been elected an honorary member of the New York Horticultural Society, signed by David Hosack, President, 13 November 1824.
    1 page.ALS.
  • Box-folder 6:65
    Request - John Crawford, Gettysburg, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 24 November 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Request for recommendation for position of Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives.

  • Box-folder 6:66
    Letter - G.W. Lafayette, to Commodore [James] Barron, Philadelphia, 26 November 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Largely illegible, but begins, "My father gives me the agreeable task of answering your letter . . . ."

  • Box-folder 6:67
    Letter - J. R. Washington, to Commodore James Barron, 25 December 1824.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Re: acts before Congress, including "Col. Johnson's for the abolition of imprisonment for debt and of Mr. Johnson from Louisiana to appropriate all the public land to internal improvement and education in the United States"; and that "either General Jackson or Mr. Adams must be elected (to the Presidency) by Congress."

  • Box-folder 6:68
    Letter - O. Winchester, Baltimore, to General Robert B. Taylor, Norfolk, Virginia, 29 December 1824.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: the drafting of an unspecified memorial.

Box 7, 1825-1827.
Box-Folder: 7:1-78
Series 7: Box 7

Correspondence of the years 1825 to 1827, includes correspondence with A. McLane, Wilmington, Delaware who described his experiences when he accompanied Gen'l Lafayette on a part of his visit to the U.S.; with Charles D. Brodie, Portsmouth, who was enthusiastic about the ventilating system for ships invented by Barron; with Benjamin King, Washington, D.C. about the ventilating system and the pump invented by Barron; with Samuel L. Southard, Secretary of the Navy, and Chas. W. Goldsborough, Secretary of the Naval Command, including a copybook of letters written to them by Barron; and with his daughters, Mrs. Jane Barron Hope and Mrs. Virginia Barron Pendergast. In 1825, Barron returned to Norfolk to command the Naval Post at Gosport, and presided at a Naval Court Martial in Washington. There is a letter from "R.S.," Washington, D.C., reporting a speech made in Congress by John Randolph on The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair and on the Barron-Decatur duel, and one from Andrew Jackson, the Hermitage, asking Barron to serve as proxy godfather for him, 30 June 1827.

  • Box-folder 7:1
    Letter - D. Winchester, Baltimore Ins. Co., to Gen'l Robert B. Taylor, Norfolk, Virginia, 11 January 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: a memorial to Congress concerned with claims under the Florida Treaty.

  • Box-folder 7:2
    Letter - Beverly Kennon, U.S. Ship Peacock, Balboa Bay, to Commodore [James] Barron, U.S. Naval Station, Philadelphia, 21 January 1825.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Congratulations on his appointment; re: his cruise and the independence of Peru.

  • Box-folder 7:3
    Letter - J. Marron, Norfolk, to Come. James Barron, Philadelphia, 31 January 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: A Negro Man Ned, about who Gen'l Andrew Jackson was concerned.

  • Box-folder 7:4
    Letters - R. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Como. James Barron, Philadelphia and Washington, January-December 1825.
    18 letters.ALsS.

    Much news of Naval events in Norfolk, including criticism of the Admiral, the trial of Stewart, letter of Gen'l Jackson to Mr. Clay, and the movement of warships in and out of Norfolk.

  • Box-folder 7:5
    Letter - W.G. Nicholas, Richmond, to Maj. Gen'l Taylor, Norfolk, 3 February 1825.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: the raising of an army.

  • Box-folder 7:6
    Letter - W. Bainbridge, Washington, to Commr. James Barron, Philadelphia, 9 February 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: the nephew of Barron, Midshipman [Samuel] Barron.

  • Box-folder 7:7
    Letter - John Hollins, Maryland Ins. Co., Baltimore, to Robert Taylor, Norfolk, Virginia, 14 February 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: a representation he made to Congress.

  • Box-folder 7:8
    Notice - J.W. Houston, Philadelphia, to Commodore [James] Barron, 24 February 1825.
    1 pages.PADS.

    Notice of election to the Musical Fund Society of Philadelphia.

  • Box-folder 7:9
    James Barron, Philadelphia and Washington, to his daughter, Jane A. Hope, Hampton and Norfolk, February-September 1825.
    14 letters.ALsS.

    Family letters covering the period in Philadelphia where he commanded the Navy Yard, and his time in Washington as Chairman of a Naval Court Martial.

  • Box-folder 7:10
    Letters - A. McLane, Wilmington, Delaware, to Commodore James Barron, Washington and Gosport, February-December 1825.
    7 letters.ALsS.

    A. McLane, a Revolutionary war veteran, writes of his experiences accompanying Gen'l Lafayette on his visits to America.

  • Box-folder 7:11
    Plea - The mechanics employed in the Navy Yard, Gosport, to Commodore James Barron, Commander of the U.S. Navy Yard, Gosport, 4 March 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    A plea for more regular payment of wages.

  • Box-folder 7:12
    E.R. McCall, New Brunswick, New Jersey, to Com. James Barron, Philadelphia, 8 March 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Report of his journey to report for duty.

  • Box-folder 7:13
    Letter - Charles D. Brodie, Portsmouth, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 8 March 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: the outfitting of ships; and of Barron's ventilation system, "it may be hailed as the salvation of our Navy."

  • Box-folder 7:14
    Letter - John Gillespie, Copenhagen, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 10 March 1825.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: affairs in Copenhagen.

  • Box-folder 7:15
    Letter - J. Gaillard, Charleston, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 15 April 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Introducing John Geddes.

  • Box-folder 7:16
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron], Philadelphia, to Samuel L. Southard, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, D.C., 25 April 1825.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Recommending Henry Crabb.

  • Box-folder 7:17
    Letter - Robert Kennedy, Philadelphia, to Com. James Barron, Philadelphia, 25 April 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Supporting the claims of William Crabb, Assistant Navy Store Keeper.

  • Box-folder 7:18
    Request - Henry Geddes, to Com. [James] Barron, Philadelphia, 30 April 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Requesting assistance for the appointment of his son, George, to the Service.

  • Box-folder 7:19
    Notice - Samuel L. Southard, Navy Department, to Capt. James Barron, Philadelphia, 2 May 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Notice of transfer of Barron to the command of the Gosport Navy Yard in Virginia.

  • Box-folder 7:20
    Request - James Renshaw to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 9 May 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Request for leave.

  • Box-folder 7:21
    Request - W.W. Buchanan, West Point, New York, to James Barron, Philadelphia, 11 May 1825.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Request to be placed under the command of Barron.

  • Box-folder 7:22
    Invitation - Robert Patterson and James M. Broom to Commodore [James] Barron, Philadelphia, 14 May 1825.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Invitation to a testimonial dinner to be given for Barron on the occasion of his removal from Philadelphia. Enclosure: a toast to Philadelphia.

  • Box-folder 7:23
    Letter - J.P. Tuttle, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Washington, 19 May 1825.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: family affairs.

  • Box-folder 7:24
    Letter - J.M. Broom, Philadelphia, to Commodore Ja[me]s Barron, Norfolk, 20 May 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Regret at Barron's departure from Philadelphia.

  • Box-folder 7:25
    Request -A. Fibigan, Copenhagen, to James Barron, Philadelphia, 30 May 1825.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Request advice regarding the milling of flour.

  • Box-folder 7:26
    Letters - J.D. Elliott, Carlisle and Philadelphia, to Como. James Barron, Philadelphia and Norfolk, May-November 1825.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    He writes of his difficult situation in the Navy.

  • Box-folder 7:27
    Invitation - G. Newton and M. King, Cateras, to Commodore James Barron, 30 June 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Invitation to a dinner.

  • Box-folder 7:28
    Letters - Benjamin King, Washington, to Comre. James Barron, Gosport, Virginia, June-November 1825.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Re: the pump invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 7:29
    Letter - Jno. Hollins, Baltimore, to Robert Taylor, Norfolk, 6 July 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: the Florida Treaty.

  • Box-folder 7:30
    Request - W.W. Buchanan, West Point, to James Barron, Washington, 7 July 1825.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Request for an assignment.

  • Box-folder 7:31
    Letter - W[illia]m Allison McRea, Alexandria, to Captain James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington, D.C., 10 July 1825.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Offers self as Secretary to Barron who it is rumored is to command the Frigate Brandywine conveying Gen. Lafayette to France.

  • Box-folder 7:32
    Request - M.S. Moore, Portsmouth, to Commodore James Barron, Washington, 16 July 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Request for help in getting his back wages from the Navy.

  • Box-folder 7:33
    Letter - Louis M. Goldsborough, Lt., U.S. Navy, Washington, to Commdre. James Barron, President of the Naval Court Martial, 21 July 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Reporting as a witness at the court martial of Charles Stewart.

  • Box-folder 7:34
    Letters - George T. Kennon, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Gosport Navy Yard, July-October 1825.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Re: his brother, Dr. Richard Kennon, who is relieved of sea duty and placed under the command of Barron.

  • Box-folder 7:35
    Letter - John Browere, Washington, to Capt. [James] Barron, Washington, 6 September 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Submitting his bust of Gen'l Lafayette to the Public Inspector at Washington.

  • Box-folder 7:36
    Letter - J[ane Barron] Hope, Gosport, to Comdr. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington, 17 September 1825.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the romance of Lt. Pendergrast and Virginia Barron.

  • Box-folder 7:37
    Letter - James Barron, Philadelphia, to Mrs. Jane A. Hope, Norfolk, 24 September 1825.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the suitor for the hand of Virginia Barron.

  • Box-folder 7:38
    Account - Matthew Maury, New York, to Commodore [James] Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 2 October 1825.
    2 items.ALS, Encl.

    Enclosing account for services in taking out a patent for Barron on angle-lever-windlass.

  • Box-folder 7:39
    Letter, 7 October 1825.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: some affairs before Congress - - largely illegible.

  • Box-folder 7:40
    Letter - Captain Kenyon, Philadelphia, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 13 October 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: verbal message given as ships passed, but not heard.

  • Box-folder 7:41
    Letter - James Maury, Liverpool, to James Barron, 24 October 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    "We all rejoiced in what must have been so gratifying to yourself after so long and so painful a period of suspense."

  • Box-folder 7:42
    Report - T.U. Wiesenthal, Late Surgeon, U.S. Ship Hornet, to Sam[uel] L[ewis] Southard, 1 November 1825.
    3 pages.Cop of ALS.

    Forwarded to Captain Edmund P. Kennedy then to James Barron. A report of valuable use of the bellows invented by Barron in changing air below decks and in the control of disease there.

  • Box-folder 7:43
    Request - Richard Kennon, Norfolk, to Comdr. James Barron, Gosport Navy Yard, 5 November 1825.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Request for leave of absence.

  • Box-folder 7:44
    Report - Richard Kennon to Com. James Barron, 20 November 1825.
    1 page.ALS.

    Report on return from his leave.

  • Box-folder 7:45
    Letter - C.W. Goldsborough, Washington, to Commre. James Barron, Gosport, Virginia, 11 November 1825.
    2 pages.ALS, Encl.

    Re: the use of the title, "Commodore" honorary since the Navy has no such rank.

  • Box-folder 7:46
    Letter - Miles King, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Navy Yard, Gosport, 3 December 1825.
    1 pages.ALS.

    Re: transportation of powder to Richmond.

  • Box-folder 7:47
    Letter - Francis Grice, U.S. Navy Yard, Gosport, to James Barron, Commander, Navy Yard, 23 January 1826.
    1 page.Cop of AL.

    Defense of the Navy Constructor at the Yard.

  • Box-folder 7:48
    Letter - Benjamin King, Washington, to Comdr. James Barron, Norfolk, 17 April 1826.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the ventilation on ships and suggestions for improvements.

  • Box-folder 7:49
    Letter - R.S., Washington, to [James] B[arron], 20 April 1826.
    1 page.ALS.

    Report of speech by John Randolph in which he "abused everybody" including Barron in regard to the Chesapeakeaffair and the duel with Decatur. Added note: "Burn it as soon as you read it."

  • Box-folder 7:50
    Letter - Beverly Kennon, U.S. Frigate U. States, Callas, to Commodore [James] Barron, Norfolk, 5 May 1826.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: his cruise, Naval discipline, and injustice the President's message recommending a Naval Academy. Re: South American politics and the fall of Callas.

  • Box-folder 7:51
    Letter - H. Eckford, New York, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 20 May 1826.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the completion of ships being built to order.

  • Box-folder 7:52
    Letter - A. McLane, Washington, to James Barron, Gosport, Virginia, 1 July 1826.
    pages.ALS.

    Re: the build-up of the Navy.

  • Box-folder 7:53
    Report - L. Warrington, U.S. Ship Constellation, near Pensacola, to Commodore James Barron, commanding U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, 20 July 1826.
    1 page.ALS.

    Report that all is quiet in that area, that no piracies are heard of.

  • Box-folder 7:54
    Letters - Samuel Southard, Navy Department, to Commre. James Barron, commanding the U.S. Navy Yard, Gosport, Virginia, July 1826.
    2 letters.ALsS.

    Correspondence regarding the new type wooden docks and new type dry docks, invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 7:55
    Letter - James Barron, Philadelphia, to Mrs. Jane Hope, Norfolk. 20 August 1826.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: his invention of a new type of dock.

  • Box-folder 7:56
    Invitation - E. Shubrick to Commodore [James] Barron, Walnut St., [Philadelphia], 7 October 1826.
    ALS.

    Invitation to dinner.

  • Box-folder 7:57
    Letter - M.C. Stephens, Newbern, to Com. James Barron, Norfolk, 5 November 1826.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the estate of John B. Osborn, grandson of David Barron.

  • Box-folder 7:58
    Social Note - T. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 26 November 1826.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Social news.

  • Box-folder 7:59
    Letter - C.K. Davis, ship Bill of Lading on "Emily Davis" from Philadelphia to Com. James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 2 December 1826.
    1 page.PADS.
  • Box-folder 7:60
    Letter - James Barron, Gosport, to Anderson Warfield, Baltimore, 7 December 1826.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Declining to get involved in more controversy concerning his treatment by the Navy in the past years.

  • Box-folder 7:61
    Recommendation - W.H. Harrison, Washington, to James Barron, Norfolk, 29 December 1826.
    1 page.ALS.

    A recommendation of the bearer, T.H. Yateman.

  • Box-folder 7:62
    Copybook of letters - exchanged by James Barron with Commo. William Bainbridge, President of the Navy Board, Washington, with Charles W. Goldsborough, Secretary of the Board of Navy command and Sam[ue]l L. Southard, Secretary of the Navy, 1826-1827.
    Cop of AL.

    Relating to affairs of the Navy Yard, Gosport, Virginia.

  • Box-folder 7:63
    Recommendation - T. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 28 March 1827.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: a recommendation to the Treasury Department relative to a "system of telegraph for the United States."

  • Box-folder 7:64
    Letter - Emma Prevost, Philadelphia, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 1 April 1827.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: the "automatic chess player."

  • Box-folder 7:65
    Letter - P. Hansen, St. Croix, to Captain Choate, Schooner Lafayette, St. Croix, 20 April 1827.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Sending a greeting to Commo. Barron from his friends in Denmark.

  • Box-folder 7:66
    Letter - Tench Ringold, Washington, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy Yard, Gosport, Virginia, 2 May 1827.
    2 page.ALS.

    Re: a Mr. Butler.

  • Box-folder 7:67
    Letter - T. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 16 June 1827.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Re: social news of Norfolk.

  • Box-folder 7:68
    Letter - W.J. Kripgans, Cape Hatteras, to Commodore James Barron, Gosport, Virginia, 25 June 1827.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: shipping around the Cape.

  • Box-folder 7:69
    Letter - Andrew Jackson, Hermitage, to Capt. E.P. Kennedy, Norfolk, 30 June 1827.
    2 pages.Cop of AL.

    Accepting position of godfather to Kennedy's son and approving the choice of James Barron as his proxy; statement of his high regard for the Navy.

  • Box-folder 7:70
    Letter - Capt. John Gallagher, Navy Yard, Charleston, [Massachuetts], to Commodore James Barron, commanding Navy Yard, Gosport, Virginia, 8 June 1827.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Family and Naval news.

  • Box-folder 7:71
    Letter - Capt. John Gallagher, Charleston, [Massachuetts], to Commodore James Barron, Gosport, Virginia, 3 July 1827.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the log boats invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 7:72
    Request - L. Warrington to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy Yard, Norfolk, 20 July 1827.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Request for the service of Coxwain Parker, sympathy at death of Lieut. Tuttle.

  • Box-folder 7:73
    Invitation - Mrs. Bainbridge to Comdr. [James] Barron, 27 July 1827.
    1 page.ALS.

    Invitation to tea.

  • Box-folder 7:74
    Letter - E.P. Kennedy, Navy Yard, Gosport, to Comdr. Ja[me]s Barron, Navy Yard, Gosport, 8 August 1827.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: the success of the ventilating bellows invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 7:75
    Letter - Thomas Williamson, U.S. Naval Hospital, Gosport, Virginia, to Commodore James Barron, Gosport, Virginia, 16 August 1827.
    1 page.ALS.

    A recommendation that he leave the area in the "sickly season" for the sake of his health.

  • Box-folder 7:76
    Appointment - Comdr. Warrington, Office of the Naval Command, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy Yard, Gosport, Virginia, 17 October 1827.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: an appointment marked "Private."

  • Box-folder 7:77
    Letter - J.D. Elliott, Philadelphia, to Como. James Barron, Norfolk, 20 November 1827.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: personal and Naval affairs.

  • Box-folder 7:78
    Letter - J.H. Eaton and M. Timberlake, Washington City, to Capt. James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 13 December 1827.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Re: personal matters.

Box 8, 1828-1831.
Box-Folder: 8:1-84
Correspondence of the years 1828-1831 includes several letters from Andrew Jackson and comments in other letters on his election as President. One group of letters exchanged between Barron, Dr. Philip Barraud, and Jackson concern the threat of the dismissal of Barraud from Director of a Government Hospital under the exercise of the "Spoils System." Included is a letter from Mary Holt regarding Barron's romantic attachment to another, which led to his second marriage; an exchange of letters with James Monroe who was aboard a steamship stuck in the Potomac to which Barron sent relief; letters from Capt. Edm. P. Kennedy, Washington, D.C., and Gen'l Winfield Scott, New York; and correspondence concerning Barron's inventions-the movable crane, ships ventilators, a fan, and a plough. In 1828, Barron was appointed commander of the Pacific Fleet, a position from which he requested release due to his involvement in establishing claims for bounty lands from his father's Revolutionary War service; in 1831 he accepted a return to the command of the Philadelphia Naval Yard. Included are articles on Naval affairs written for the Philadelphia Gazetteby Barron under a pseudonym.
Series 8: Box 8
  • Box-folder 8:1
    Letter - S. Southard, Washington, to Com. James Barron, 26 January 1828.
    1 page.ALS.

    Introducing Capt. Basil Hall of the British Navy.

  • Box-folder 8:2
    Letter - J.N. Reynolds, Washington, to Com. James Barron, Gosport, Virginia, 18 March 1828.
    3 pages.ALS.

    News that he has received an appropriation of $50,000 from the Congress for an exploration.

  • Box-folder 8:3
    A statement - made by Midshipman Hunter, 5 April 1828.
    3 pages.ADr.

    Re: the drowning of Mr. Slidwell, Mr. Rodgers, and Mr. Harrison.

  • Box-folder 8:4
    Letter - J. Boyle to Com. James Barron, Gosport, 15 April 1828.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Appreciation for an introduction.

  • Box-folder 8:5
    Letter - Com. L. Warrington, Washington, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy Yard, Gosport, Virginia, 23 April 1828.
    1 page.ALS.

    Introducing Wm. Barrister.

  • Box-folder 8:6
    Application - Anthony H. Timmons, Philadelphia, to Commodore James Barron, 4 May 1828.
    1 page.ALS.

    Application to serve as a midshipman under Barron.

  • Box-folder 8:7
    Letter - C. Selder, Washington, to Comm. James Barron, Norfolk, 14 May 1828.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: his son who is to report to Barron for service.

  • Box-folder 8:8
    Letter - John Cowper, Washington, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 31 May 1828.
    1 page.PL.

    Re: claims under the Treaty of Ghent.

  • Box-folder 8:9
    Letter - J. Adlum, near Georgetown, to Commodore James Barron, Gosport, Virginia, 11 June 1828.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Re: shipments of wine.

  • Box-folder 8:10
    Draft of letter - from J[ames] B[arron] to General Lafayette, 1-6 August 1828.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Enclosed with a pamphlet on dry rot (now lost).

  • Box-folder 8:11
    Request - Frances Renshaw, Philadelphia, to Comre. James Barron, Gosport, Virginia, 7 August 1828.
    1 page.ALS.

    Request that her letters be forwarded to her son who is serving on a ship in the Pacific.

  • Box-folder 8:12
    Request - W. Bainbridge, Philadelphia, to Commodore [James] Barron, Norfolk, 6 August 1828.
    1 page.ALS.

    Request for dimensions of the moveable crane invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 8:13
    Request - W. Bainbridge, Philadelphia, to Commodore [James] Barron, Norfolk, 21 August 1828.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Request that Midshipman Joyner return to the Department.

  • Box-folder 8:14
    Request - William Burke, Richmond, to Commodore James Barron, Gosport, 26 October 1828.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Request for information on a "Denmark stove."

  • Box-folder 8:15
    Recommendation - W. Bainbridge, Philadelphia, to James Barron, Norfolk, 31 October 1828.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Recommendation for Barry Hayes.

  • Box-folder 8:16
    Letter - C.D. Brodie, Pensacola, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 2 November 1828.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Commending the ship's ventilators invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 8:17
    Appointment - Samuel Southard, Navy Department, to Commo. James Barron, Norfolk, 5 November 1828.
    1 page.ALS.

    Appointment of Barron to the command of the U.S. Frigate Guerriere, flagship of the Pacific Fleet.

  • Box-folder 8:18
    Request - [James Barron] to the Secretary of the Navy, [Samuel Southard], 6 November 1828.
    1 page.ADr.

    Asking to be excused from Pacific Command because of his business in establishing claims for his father's Bounty Lands.

  • Box-folder 8:19
    Letter - Peter Herbert, Portsmouth, Virginia, to Comme. James Barron, Gosport, 8 November 1828.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: the curative values of wearing a steel plate next to the body.

  • Box-folder 8:20-21
    Request - James Barron, Gosport, to Samuel L. Southard, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, 8 November 1828.
    1 page.Cop of ALS.

    Request that Southard, Secretary of the Navy, revoke his orders for Barron to assume command of the Guerriere.

    Incomplete copy of the above is located in folder 21. ADr. 1 page.

  • Box-folder 8:22
    Letter - Andrew Jackson, Hermitage, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 14 November 1828.
    1 page.ALS.

    Introduction of Midshipman Petway.

  • Box-folder 8:23
    Letter - Benjamin Homans, Washington, to Commo. James Barron, Norfolk, 15 November 1828.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: Barron's refusal of the command of the Guerriere.

  • Box-folder 8:24
    Letter - Capt. Alex Claxton, U.S. Ship Hornet, New York, to Commodore James Barron, Gosport, Virginia, 19 November 1828.
    3 pages.ALS,C.

    Marked "Private." Re: an epidemic of yellow fever on his ship which he attributes to the removal of the bellows air pump which had been removed from his ship at the last overhaul. "It is the invention of Commo. Barron . . . I consider it a thorough safe guard from local fever, and shall not willingly go to sea without one."

  • Box-folder 8:25
    Letter - C.D. Brodie, Pensacola, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 13 December 1828.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Congratulations to Barron On the election of his friend Andrew Jackson as President of the U.S.; news of events and ships in the Pensacola Navy Yard.

  • Box-folder 8:26
    Letter - D. Randolph, near Yorktown, to Commodore [James]Barron, Navy Yard, Gosport, 20 December 1828.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Personal matters.

  • Box-folder 8:27
    Letter - J. Rodney, Washington, to Com. J[ames] Barron, 28 January 1829.
    3 pages.ALS.
  • Box-folder 8:28
    Letter - Constantine Smith to Commodore James Barron, 13 February 1829.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Smith, a former Marine, writes for "a Common pension in the country of my adoption," thanks Barron and Lieut. Pendergast for their kindness to him, and sends greetings to Gen'l Andrew Jackson and his nephew Maj. Andrew J. Donaldson.

  • Box-folder 8:29
    Letter - Dr. P[hilip] Barraud, Norfolk, to Commodore [James] Barron, Washington, 21 February 1829.
    2 pages.ALS.

    A tumor that has been removed from Barron's son-in-law Pendergrass, and Re: Barron's visit with "your old Favorite General" (Pres. Jackson).

  • Folder 30 currently does not exist in this collection.
  • Box-folder 8:31
    Letter - Miles King, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Navy Yard, Gosport, 19 May 1829.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: a delivery of stone on the orders of Commo. Warrington.

  • Box-folder 8:32
    Letter - James Barron, Commandant's Office, U.S. Navy Yard, Gosport, [Virginia], to Lieutenant Joseph Smoot, U.S. Navy Yard, Gosport, 23 May 1829.
    4 pages.

    A strong letter of censure for Smoot's actions in the Yard.

  • Folder 33 currently does not exist in this collection.
  • Box-folder 8:34
    Letter - Lewis McLane, Wilmington, Del., to James Barron, U.S. Navy, Norfolk, and reply, 29 May, 2 June 1829.
    2 pages.Al S,R.

    A call for the repayment of a loan made by the father of McLane; Barron's reply is copied on the reverse.

  • Box-folder 8:35
    Orders - Frank[li]n Buchanan, U.S. Ship Natchez, New York, to Commo. James Barron, Comm. Naval Station, Norfolk, 8 June 1829.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: his orders to report to the Constellation, under the command of Barron.

  • Box-folder 8:36
    Orders - H. Paulding, Philadelphia, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 8 June 1829.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: his orders to report to Barron for duty on the Constellation.

  • Box-folder 8:37
    Letter - Mary [Holt], Williamsburg, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 23 June 1829.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: gossip regarding them and Barron's romantic interest elsewhere.

  • Box-folder 8:38
    Request - Benj[ami]n King, Washington, to Commodore James Barron, Gosport, Virginia, 3 August 1829.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Requesting help in his attempt to receive another commission in the Navy.

  • Box-folder 8:39
    Recommendation - Newton Keene, Alexandria, to Commodore James Barron, Gosport, 25 August 1829.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Asking a recommendation to the President [of the U.S.].

  • Box-folder 8:40
    Request - P. Hansen, St. Croix, to Captain Enoch Choate, Norfolk, 2 September 1829.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Request for help in placing the son of Hansen in a U.S. Mercantile House, and asking the assistance of Commo. Barron.

  • Box-folder 8:41
    Complaint - [James Barron], Commandants Office, U.S. Navy Yard, Gosport, to Commodore John Rodgers, Pres. of the Navy Board, Washington, D.C., 5 September 1829.
    3 pages.ADr.

    Complaint regarding a letter received from Rodgers and defense of his own position in regard to material for building at the Navy Yard.

  • Box-folder 8:42
    Letter - W[illia]m P. Williamson, New York, to Commodore James Barron, 19 September 1829.
    1 page.ALS.

    Sent with a tobacco box which was to be a gift for Gen'l Jackson.

  • Box-folder 8:43
    Letter - Tho[mas] G. Broughton to Commodore James Barron, Navy Yard, Gosport,
    1 pages.ALS.

    Re: cotton duck.

  • Box-folder 8:44
    Letter - Dr. P[hilip] Barraud to Commodore [James] Barron, 9 November 1829.
    1 page.ALS.

    Regrets that he is unable to accept invitation.

  • Box-folder 8:45
    Letter - [James Barron] to J.H. Eaton, 20 November 1829.
    1 page.ADr.

    Re: something, which Eaton has requested, unnamed.

  • Box-folder 8:46
    Letter - Capt. Ch[arle]s G.B. Thompson, U.S S. Guerriere, at sea, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 3 December 1829.
    2 pages.ALS.

    En route to Chile where a revolution is reported; and Re: a difficulty with the ship St. Peter, at sea.

  • Box-folder 8:47
    Receipt - from the Patent Office, covering a plough invented by Commodore Barron, 18 December 1829.
    AD.
  • Box-folder 8:48
    Printed report - of awards to inventors of the City of Philadelphia from "John Scott's Legacy.", [1829].
    2 pages.PM.
  • Box-folder 8:49
    Letterbook - copies of correspondence of Commo. James Barron, Commandant's Office, United States Navy Yard, Gosport, Virginia 1829-1831.
    112 pages used.AV.

    The copies of letters are written in Barron's hand and are signed, and cover the period from 14 May 1829 through 17 May 1831.

  • Box-folder 8:50a
    Request - James Monroe, Steamboat Potomac, to Commodore [James] Barron, Norfolk, 11 January 1830.
    ALS.

    Request that Barron send relief, for their boat is stuck on a sand bar at the Point of Shoals.

  • Box-folder 8:50b
    Request - James Monroe, Steamboat Potomac, to Commodore [James] Barron, Navy Yard, 12 January 1830.
    ALS.

    Written at "4 o'clock in the morning" a second appeal for relief.

  • Box-folder 8:50c
    Letter - James Monroe, Washington, to Commodore J[ames] Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 18 January 1830.
    ALS.

    A letter of appreciation for Barron's "kindness and good offices."

  • Box-folder 8:51
    Notice - A. Kendall, Treasury Department, to Com. James Barron, Norfolk, 3 February 1830.
    1 page.PALS.

    Notice of pay due the late John P. Tuttle on the 11th June 1827, the day he died.

  • Box-folder 8:52
    Letter - Capt. E.P. Kennedy, Washington, to Comore. James Barron, Gosport, Virginia, 1 March 1830.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the settling of claims, the Navy Bill, and the trial of Creighton.

  • Box-folder 8:53
    Letter - Capt. E.P. Kennedy, Washington, to Comore. James Barron, Gosport, 15 March 1830.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: activities of Tyler and Eaton.

  • Box-folder 8:54
    Letter - Capt. E.P. Kennedy, Washington, to Comore. James Barron, Gosport, 17 March 1830.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the death of Commo. Chauncy, and threat of assassination of Van Buren.

  • Box-folder 8:55
    Letter - E.P. Kennedy, Washington, to Comore. James Barron, Gosport, 7 April 1830.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the appointment of Kennedy to command the Frigate U. States on a two-year cruise, and of the opposition of Tazewell to the Navy Bill.

  • Box-folder 8:56
    [Genl.] Winfield Scott, New York, to Commodore [James] Barron, Norfolk, 19 April 1820.
    ALS.

    Introducing Midshipman Pitcher, son of the Governor of New York.

  • Box-folder 8:57
    Amos Kendall, Treasury Department, to Com. James Barron, Commanding Navy Yard, Norfolk, June, July 1830.
    2 letters.ALsS.

    Re: supplies received at the Navy Yard.

  • Box-folder 8:58
    Letter - Capt. Beverley Kennon, Commandant's Office, Navy Yard, Gosport, Virginia to Commodore [James] Barron, 28 July 1830.
    1 page.ALS.

    Reports that he has received orders to transfer to the Brazil station.

  • Box-folder 8:59
    Letter - [James Barron], Gosport, to "Cleveland at Havanah." 4 August 1830.
    1 page.ADr.

    Re: the death of Barron's grandson, son of Mrs. [Jane Barron] Hope.

  • Box-folder 8:60
    Letter - L. Baldwin, Charleston Navy Yard, [Massachuetts], to Commodore James Barron, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, 1 September 1830.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the cork cutter invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 8:61
    Appeal - Joseph Pulitzay, Malta, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, 2 September 1830.
    4 pages.ALS.

    An appeal to Barron to intercede with the President against the dismissal of the U.S. Consul in Malta.

  • Box-folder 8:62
    Letter - James Barron, Gosport, to George Law, Baltimore, 28 September 1830.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: information desired from Commo. Sinclair.

  • Box-folder 8:63
    Letter - J. Murdaugh, Richmond, to Commodore James Barron, Navy Yard, Gosport, 3 October 1830.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: standards of Army and Navy rank.

  • Box-folder 8:64
    Letter - Capt. Edm. P. Kennedy, on the Brandywine off Cape Horn, to Como. J[ames] Barron, Navy Yd., Gosport, 22 October 1830.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: Barron's fixtures on the ship.

  • Box-folder 8:65
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron] to W[illia]m Maury, 28 October 1830.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Re: some invention.

  • Box-folder 8:66
    Letter - Robert S. Garrett, Tappahannock Collector's Office, to Capt. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Norfolk, 15 November 1830.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the purchase of a boat.

  • Box-folder 8:67a
    Petition - of James Barron to Martin Van Buren, Secretary of State of the United States, 16 November 1830.
    3 pages.ADS.

    Application for a patent on a fan.

  • Box-folder 8:67b
    Note - "From Janey Barron Hope's scrapbook.",
    1 page.AN.

    Re: Barron's cork cutter, his automatic fan; and recollections of her father Re: Barron's command office the Norfolk Navy Yard.

  • Box-folder 8:68
    Letter - [James Barron] "To the President . . . on the dock.", 30 November 1830.
    1 page.ADr.
  • Box-folder 8:69
    A statement - regarding a controversy between Commo. [J.D.] Elliott and Capt. Dallas, 22 and 27 March 1831.
    3 pages.ADr.

    Dated at Pensacola, signed by W[illia]m H. Chase and Tho[mas] Wright.

  • Box-folder 8:70
    Request - Charles Ellery, Brooklyn, New York, to Commodore James Barron, Gosport, Virginia, 30 March 1831.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Requesting a personal commendation, which might serve to influence the President in reversing a court martial sentence.

  • Box-folder 8:71
    Capt. J. McKeever, to Commodore James Barron, Com'g Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, 11 April [1831].
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: rumor that Commo. Bainbridge will be restored to the command of the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

  • Box-folder 8:72
    Letter - Capt. Edm. P. Kennedy, Navy, Washington, to Comdr. James Barron, Navy, Norfolk, Monday, [April 1831].
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: Barron's move to the command of the Philadelphia Navy Yard and chance of the reinstatement of Commo. Bainbridge at that post.

  • Box-folder 8:73
    Letter - Capt. Voorhees to Comdr. James Barron, U.S. Naval Station, Gosport, Virginia, 3 May 1831.
    1 page.ALS.

    A description of the U.S. ship John Adams.

  • Box-folder 8:74
    Letter - Capt. J. McKeever, Baltimore, to Commodore James Barron, Comd'g Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, 5 May [1831].
    4 pages.ALS.

    Re: affairs at Washington and General Jackson's good offices.

  • Box-folder 8:75
    Report - Capt. P.F. Voorhees, U.S. ship John Adams, at sea, off Cape Henry, to Comdr. James Barron, U.S. N. Station, Norfolk, 7 May 1831.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Report on the good condition of the ship, as tried under sail.

  • Box-folder 8:76
    Letter - W.B. Everett, Baltimore, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, 7 May 1831.
    1 page.ALS.

    A letter of appreciation.

  • Box-folder 8:77
    Letter - F. Kirk, Gosport, to Commodore James Barron, 14 May 1831.
    1 page.ALS.

    Regret expressed that Barron is leaving the Gosport Station to take charge of another.

  • Box-folder 8:78
    Receipt - for household goods in the house of the Commandant of the U.S. Navy Yard, Gosport; from G. Gaer, Navy Store Keeper, to Com. James Barron, 18 May 1831.
    1 page.AD.
  • Box-folder 8:79
    Letter - E. Langdon Elwyn, to Commodore [James] Barron, 200 Spruce St., [?], 13 June 1831.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: orders for his son.

  • Box-folder 8:80
    Invitation - from the Pennsylvania Society of Cincinnati from Jno. Markland and the Committee, to Comd. James Barron, U.S. Navy, for dinner, 27 June 1831.
    PADS,C.
  • Box-folder 8:81
    Letter - James Spicer, Philadelphia, to Com. James Barron, Philadelphia, 1 September 1831.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: "the model of a machine intended for the transportation of the U. States' mail."

  • Box-folder 8:82
    Letter - Henry Kenyon, Washington, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, September-October 1831.
    2 letters.ALsS.

    Re: a government appointment; and fresh fish and oysters from the Norfolk area.

  • Box-folder 8:83
    Draft of an article - marked "The Navy, For the Philadelphia Gazette", signed Barry, 30 November 1831.
    8 pages.ADr.

    Endorsement on reverse of page 4, "Essays upon Naval Subjects by Commo. Barron."

    A cover note/enclosure: 11 December 1831. J[ames] B[arron], Philadelphia, to Louis McLane. ADr. 1 page.

  • Box-folder 8:84
    Letter - Will[iam] Knight, Pennsylvania Hosp., to Commodore James Barron, Commanding Yard and Station at Southwark, Philadelphia, December 1831.
    2 items.ALS.

    Complaining of being held as insane in the hospital. 2 pages.

Box 9, 1832-1834.
Box-Folder: 9:1-89
Series 9: Box 9

Papers from the years 1832 to 1834 includes much correspondence with his daughter, Mrs. Mary Barron Blake, Worcester, Massachuetts, and other members of his family; with T. Gatewood, Norfolk, giving news from that area; and with Comm. J.D. Elliott, regarding the republication of material on the Barron-Decatur duel and the trouble that Commodore Elliott had at the Pensacola Naval Station with Captain Dallas. There is correspondence connected with Barron's inventions: the log construction of ships, the steam prow for use on battleships, a valve board pump that was used successfully during the construction of a bridge at Philadelphia, and the air pump for ventilating ships, regarding which there is a report of its successful use off the coast of Brazil and an enquiry from the French Secretary of State for the Navy and Colonies. There is correspondence with Amos Kendall who had invented a steam motor for ships.

Included also are: an article by Barron for the Philadelphia Gazetteon the Navy Bill which was before Congress, written under a pseudonym, 28 January 1832; a statement by Barron on his Revolutionary War Service under his father, Commodore James Barron, the Elder, 7 March 1833; and a copy of an 11 page document from Wm. Duane, Philadelphia, to Joseph Cabell in which he denounces the Nullification Plan as "the South Carolina Sedition," 4 January 1833. There are several drafts of letters sent by Barron during this period.

  • Box-folder 9:1
    Letter - Dr. William Barton, to Commodore [James] Barron, 24 January 1832.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Urging Barron to not let it be known that he is willing to leave the Station, because of his enemies there.

  • Box-folder 9:2
    Invitation - from the Union Insurance Company to Commodore James Barron to Dinner at 3 o'clock in the Mansion House, 4 January 1832.
    AL.
  • Box-folder 9:3
    Newspaper Article - For the Philadelphia Gazette,signed Amor Patrae, 28 January 1832.
    3 pages.AD.

    Endorsed: on reverse-side of page 2, "Essays upon Naval Subjects by Como. Barron." Re: the Naval Bill before Congress re: naval grades and the new grade of Admiral.

  • Box-folder 9:4
    Letters - Capt. Henry Kenyon, Washington, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, January 1832.
    2 letters.ALsS.

    Re: his difficulties in obtaining a government appointment.

  • Box-folder 9:5
    Letters - [Comm.] J.D. Elliott, Baltimore,[Maryland] and Carlisle, [Pennsylvania], to Comm. James Barron, Washington and Boston. January-July 1832.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Re: publications concerning the Barron-Decatur duel and articles on the subject in the Baltimore Sun.

  • Box-folder 9:6
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron], Philadelphia, to Amos Kendall, 11 February 1832.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Re: an article in the Globe regarding John Thompson, a contractor at the Navy Yard.

  • Box-folder 9:7
    Letter - Amos Kendall, Treasury Department, to Com. James Barron, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 15 February 1832.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: a claim made by Thompson before the Committee of Claims of the Congress.

  • Box-folder 9:8
    Letter - Lawrence Penington, Lt. U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, to Com. James Barron, U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 20 February 1832.
    1 page.ALS.

    Regret at being unable to participate in February 22 civic ceremonies.

  • Box-folder 9:9
    Letter - C.D. Brodie, U.S. Navy Yard, Pensacola, to James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, 9 March 1832.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Mention of Barron's (second) wife; re: difficulties between Comm. Elliott and Capt. Dallas; opposition to Barron in Philadelphia; other naval news.

  • Box-folder 9:10
    Letter - Capt. E.P. Kennedy, Washington, to Comdr. James Barron, Gosport, 30 March [1832].
    1 page.ALS.

    "The President has dismissed Bryne and all the officers involved in the late duel at Philadelphia."

  • Box-folder 9:11
    Letter - Levi Woodbury, Navy Department, to Capt. J.D. Elliott, and A. Dallas, 10 April 1832.
    Cop of ALS.

    Exonerating Elliott of charges brought by Dallas. Also, copy sent to Capt. A. Dallas.

  • Box-folder 9:12
    Letter - Thomas Green, Richmond, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 14 April 1832.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: payment for land warrants.

  • Box-folder 9:13
    Letter - [James Barron], Philadelphia, to the Secretary of the Navy, 30 April 1832.
    1 page.ADr.

    Re: his letterbooks which he is refusing to turn over to the Department.

  • Box-folder 9:14
    Report - J.D. Elliott, U.S.S. Fairfax, Pensacola Bay, to Commodore James Barron, Commanding Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1 May 1832.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Marked "Confidential." Report of his difficulties with Capt. Dallas.

  • Box-folder 9:15
    Request - [James Barron] to the Secretary of the Navy, 9 June 1832.
    2 pages.ADr.

    Marked "Personal and confidential." Request to be transferred from his command in Philadelphia.

  • Box-folder 9:16
    Letter - Sir Isaac Coffin, London, to Commodore [James] Barron, 7 July 1832.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Sent with "Murray's list" and an epitome of his life.

  • Box-folder 9:17
    Certificate - William Duval's certificate respecting the Revolutionary [War] Services of Commo. James Barron, Senior, 4 August 1832.
    3 pages.ADS.
  • Box-folder 9:18
    Letter - Mary Elliott, Carlisle, to Commodore James Barron, Comm. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 8 August 1832.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: her father who is so ill that he cannot write.

  • Box-folder 9:19
    Letter - A.M. Green, Sulphur Springs near Fauquier C[our]t Ho[use], Virginia, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 30 August 1832.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the Revolutionary War service of Richard Tool.

  • Box-folder 9:20
    Letter - The Secretary of State for Navy and Colonies, [France], to M. Pinkham, Lieut. U.S. Navy, 3 October 1832.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: the ventilators for ships invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 9:21
    Letter - W[illia]m Vinyard, Philadelphia, to Comr. Ja[me]s Barron, Comd'g U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 12 December 1832.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: repairs needed on the ship "Ruth and Mary."

  • Box-folder 9:22
    Letter - Tho[mas] G. Broughton, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, 12 December 1832.
    1 page.ALS.

    Apologies for the non-delivery of the Norfolk Herald.

  • Box-folder 9:23
    Invitation - Peter A. Browne, Philadelphia, to Commo. James Barron, 16 December 1832.
    1 page.ALS.

    Invitation to attend the lectures of the Geological Society of Pennsylvania.

  • Box-folder 9:24
    Letter - W[illia]m H. Tayloe, Mount Airy, [Pennsylvania], to Comre. [James] Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, 23 December 1832.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: the Arabian horse Selim (brought to U.S. by Barron after Tripolitan War).

  • Box-folder 9:25
    W[illia]m Duane, Philadelphia, to Joseph Cabell, 4 January 1833.
    11 pages.ALS.

    Re: "The South Carolina Sedition" and the dangers of the Nullification.

  • Box-folder 9:26
    Letter - J.N. Murdaugh, Richmond, Virginia, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, 17 January 1833.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Re: Thomas Boucher, Commodore in Virginia Navy in 1776; the logbook of James Barron, Sr., recently discovered; and the chance that the northern manufacturers will force the "Dissolution of the Union" forming a "Southern Republic."

  • Box-folder 9:27
    Letters - T. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia and Washington, January 1833.
    2 letters.ALsS.

    Newsy letters of family and naval affairs.

  • Box-folder 9:28
    Request - Chas. D. Brodie, U.S. Navy Yard, Pensacola, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, 2 February 1833.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Asking his support in conflict with the Naval Department.

  • Box-folder 9:29
    Complaint - Benjamin King, Navy Yard, Washington City, to Commodore James Barron, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 12 February 1833.
    1 page.ALS.

    Complaint that his pay in the Navy Yard has been reduced to $1.00 per day.

  • Box-folder 9:30
    Petition - of James Barron, Philadelphia, to Edward Livingston, Secretary of State of the U. States, February 1833.
    5 pages.2 copies.ADr.

    Petition for a patent on the log construction of ships.

  • Box-folder 9:31
    Statement - by Ja[me]s Barron, "the Younger" (Comm. James Barron) regarding his services in the Revolutionary War with his father James Barron, Sr., 7 March 1833.
    1 page.ADr.
  • Box-folder 9:32
    Letter - R.J. Cleveland, Havana, to James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, 30 March 1833.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: the death by cholera of William Thaler, Consul to Cuba; and his desire to have the post -- asking Barron's recommendation.

  • Box-folder 9:33
    Letter - President [Andrew] Jackson to Commodore [James] Barron, Washington, 3 May 1833.
    1 page.AL, E.

    An appointment given for "this evening or early tomorrow morning." Endorsement with list of things which Barron was to discuss with the President.

  • Box-folder 9:34
    Letter - John Bruce, Washington, to James Barron, Philadelphia, 6 May 1833.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Plan for building a ship according to Barron's plan on the Ohio River; funds needed.

  • Box-folder 9:35
    Letter - Geo[rge] S. Blake, Fredericksburg, to Como. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, 16 May 1833.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Re: the need for Barron's ship of logs, to avoid disasters.

  • Box-folder 9:36
    Letter - Dr. P[hilip] Barraud, Norfolk, to Commodore [James] Barron, Philadelphia, 10 June 1833.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: a certificate to be signed.

  • Box-folder 9:37
    Letter - Mary [Barron Blake], Worcester, [Massachusetts], to her father, Com. James Barron, Philadelphia, 1 November 1833.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Family affairs.

  • Box-folder 9:38
    Letter - Peter S. DuPonceau, Philadelphia, to Victor Godon, 1 November 1833.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: the grappling hooks used by the ancients in sea battles about which Barron had enquired.

  • Box-folder 9:39
    Letter - James Biddle to Com. James Barron, 1 November [1833].
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: a ship coming into the Navy Yard to discharge the crew.

  • Box-folder 9:40
    Letter - John D. Craig, Patent Office, to Com. James Barron, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 12 November 1833.
    1 page.ALS.

    Acknowledgments of receipt of specifications for patent of "Prow Ship" or "application of steam power to the purposes of War."

  • Box-folder 9:41
    Letter - Lieut. Jno. Gwinn, Phila[delphia], to Commo. James Barron, U.S. Navy, 20 November 1833.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: value of the air pump invented by Barron, as used on a cruise off the coast of Brazil.

  • Box-folder 9:42
    Certificate - The County Commissions of Philadelphia County, Thomas Maguire, John Thompson, David Paul, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, 26 November 1833.
    1 page.ALS. Printed copy included.

    Certificate of the value of the valve pump invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 9:43
    Report - of the use of pump invented by Barron, 27 November 1833.
    1 page.ADr.
  • Box-folder 9:44
    Request - H.S. Crabb, U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, to Comm. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington, D.C., 11 December 1833.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Requesting a recommendation for the position of Purser.

  • Box-folder 9:45
    Enquiry - Lt. D.D. Baker, Marine Barracks, Philadelphia, to Commodore James Barron, Washington, D.C., 16 December 1833.
    1 page.ALS.

    Enquiry regarding the "prospect of a reorganization of the Marine Corps."

  • Box-folder 9:46
    Request - Otway B. Barraud, Norfolk, to [James Barron], 25 December 1833.
    1 page.ALS.

    Request that he sign a certificate "to prosecute Cousin Judy's claim for her father's services."

  • Box-folder 9:47
    Letter - James Barron, Washington, to Levi Woodbury, Secretary of the Navy, 30 December 1833.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Re: the steam prow ship that was invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 9:48
    Letter - Levi Woodbury, Navy Department, to Com. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington, D.C., 31 December 1833.
    1 page.ALS.

    Agrees that Barron should seek the consideration of Congress of his steam prow invention.

  • Box-folder 9:49
    Complaint - H.S. Crabb, U.S. Navy Yard, Philad[elphia], to Comm. James Barron, Washington, D.C., 1 January 1834.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Complaint of new rates of pay in the Navy Yard.

  • Box-folder 9:50
    Letter - John Thompson, Jr., Richmond, to Commodore James Barron, Washington City, 2 January 1834.
    1 page.ALS.

    Report that warrant has been issued for his Revolutionary War services.

  • Box-folder 9:51
    Letter - James Barron, Washington, to Andrew Stevenson, Speaker of the House of Representatives, 5 January 1834.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Asking that his steam prow for battleships be presented to the House for consideration.

  • Box-folder 9:52
    Letter - Chas. Cassell, Portsmouth, to Commodore James Barron, Washington, D.C., 22 January 1834.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Asking his support in keeping civilian workers at the Navy Yard.

  • Box-folder 9:53
    Invitation John Reed, House of Representatives, to Commdre. James Barron, Washington City, 25 January 1834.
    1 page.ALS.

    Invitation to explain his steam prow ship to the Committee on Naval Affairs.

  • Box-folder 9:54
    Letter - Levi Woodbury, Navy Department, to Commo. James Barron, U. States Navy, Washington, D.C., 27 January 1834.
    Cop of ALS.

    Re: "bellows ventilator which have been used in Naval Ships of the U.S. for eight or ten years, with no reward given to Barron, the inventor."

  • Box-folder 9:55
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron], Washington, to Levi Woodbury, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, 29 January 1834.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Asking consideration of his bellows ventilator for use on Naval ships.

  • Box-folder 9:56
    Request - J[ames] B[arron], Washington, to Andrew Stevenson, Speaker of the House of Representatives, 29 January 1834.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Submitting his invention of ships ventilator for consideration by the Congress.

  • Box-folder 9:57
    Letters - T. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington and Philadelphia, January-August 1834.
    14 letters.ALsS.

    News letters about the family of Barron and Naval events in Norfolk; re: his trouble with a Navy agent, of Dr. Cowdery, of Lt. William Cunningham's Revolutionary War service; re: his son Phil[emon] in the Naval service.

  • Box-folder 9:58
    Letters - Major J. Gibbons, Richmond, to Commodore James Barron, Navy Yard, Philadelphia and Washington, January-December 1834.
    4 letters.ALsS.

    Correspondence concerning bounty for Revolutionary War service.

  • Box-folder 9:59
    Letters - J[ames] B[arron], Washington, to the Secretary of the Navy, 3, 6 February 1834.
    2 letters.ADrsS.

    Re: filtering machine invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 9:60
    Letters - John Rodgers, Navy Commissioners Office, to Levi Woodbury, Secretary of the Navy, 4, 25 February 1834.
    2 letters.ALsS.

    Re: filtering machine invented by James Barron and submitted to the Navy.

  • Box-folder 9:61
    Letters - Levi Woodbury, Secretary of the Navy, to Comdre. James Barron, Washington, D.C. 5, 27 February 1834.
    2 letters.ALsS.

    Re: filtering machine submitted to the Navy.

  • Box-folder 9:62
    Recommendation - Ed[ward] Byrne, Lt. U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, to Como. Ja[me]s Barron, U.S. Navy, 12 February 1834.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Recommendation for the ship's ventilator invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 9:63
    Letter - H.S. Crabb, U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, to Como. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington, 14 February 1834.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: completion of his pump before a committee on inventions.

  • Box-folder 9:64
    Complaint - Ch. A. Grice, Portsmouth, Virginia, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington, D.C., 14 February 1834.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Complaint regarding the rating that the Navy gives to Master Workmen in its yards.

  • Box-folder 9:65
    Letter - James Barron, Washington, to Levi Woodbury, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, 25 February 1834.
    ADrS.

    Re: a new edition of the book on naval flag signals, the first book having been prepared by Barron. Also second copy of the same.

  • Box-folder 9:66
    Letters - John D. Craig, Patent Office, to Commodore James Barron, Wash[ington] and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February-June 1834.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Correspondence regarding patents on a ship ventilator and "cast iron blocks" [for making shells].

  • Box-folder 9:67
    Letters - Ro. Pollard, Ayletts, King William Co., Virginia, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 28 March 1834.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Recollection of meeting Barron at an oyster supper given by Col. Bassett in Williamsburg during the visit of Gen'l Lafayette in 1824; enquiry concerning Byrd Chamberlayne's service in the Revolutionary War.

  • Box-folder 9:68
    Letters - Amos Kendall, Washington, to Com. Ja[me]s Barron, Philadelphia, March-October 1834.
    6 letters.ALsS.

    Re: a steam powered ship invented by Kendall about which there is a patent controversy with Dr. Planton (Platon).

  • Box-folder 9:69
    Letter - James Barron, U.S. Navy Yard, Philad[elphia], to Joel R. Poinsett, Charleston, S.C., 18 April 1834.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Re: floating dry dock and new type pump invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 9:70
    Letter - Capt. E.P. Kennedy, Warrenton, Virginia, to Comdre. James Barron, Navy, Philadelphia, 24 April 1834.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: new Navy regulations and back pay for self and Barron.

  • Box-folder 9:71
    Letters - J.D. Elliott, Norfolk and Boston, to Como. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia and New York, May-July 1834.
    4 letters.ALsS.

    Re: Barron's actions during the War of 1812 and continuing controversy which concerned Elliott's part in the Barron-Decatur duel.

  • Box-folder 9:72
    Letters - Thomas Green, Richmond, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, June 1834.
    2 letters.ALsS.

    Re: Revolutionary War bounties for services of Barron, his father, and Godfrey Ragsdale.

  • Box-folder 9:73
    Letter - W. Grayson, Washington, to Com. James Barron, Philadelphia, 4 June 1834.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: pump invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 9:74
    Request - Mrs. Anne L. Glenn, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Navy, 19 June 1834.
    1 page.ALS.

    Requests support for her son who is seeking an appointment to West Point.

  • Box-folder 9:75
    Letter - W[illia]m Gatewood, Baltimore, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, 18 June 1834.
    12 pages.ALS.
  • Box-folder 9:76
    Drafts of letters - of [James Barron] to Amos Kendall, June-December 1834.
    6 items.ADrs.

    Discussions of the "steam cylinder craft" invented by Kendall.

  • Box-folder 9:77
    Act - "An act for the Relief of Ann Mortimer Barron," signed by A[?] Dinkind, Chief Clerk, Department of State. Endorsed by J[ames] B[arron], 4 September 1834.
    1 page.PADrS.

    Bill to pay Ann Mortimer Barron, the daughter of William Barron, for services in the Revolutionary War.

  • Box-folder 9:78
    Letter - H.S. Crabb, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, to Comr. James Barron, Washington, 1 February 1834.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: letters forwarded to Barron.

  • Box-folder 9:79
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron], Phi[l]a[delphia], to M. Dickinson, 5 July 1834.
    1 page.ADrS.

    "On the subject of Armed Steam Vessels."

  • Box-folder 9:80
    Application - James Barron to the Honorable John Forsythe, Secretary of State for the United States, 8 August 1834.
    2 pages.ADS.

    An application for a patent on the process for making shells of blocks of cast iron.

  • Box-folder 9:81
    Letter - James Barron, U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, to Robert Armistead, 20 August 1834.
    5 pages.Cop of ALS.

    "On the [ship] Portia's business," which was sold in Copenhagen because it was impounded there due to the war with Great Britain.

  • Box-folder 9:82
    Letter - Francis A. Dickens, Washington, to Com. James Barron, 18 September 1834.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: a descendant's war pay claim to be paid by Miss Barron.

  • Box-folder 9:83
    Letter - Duff Green, Washington, to Commodore [James] Barron, Philadelphia, 24 September 1834.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: the pump invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 9:84
    Letter - [Lt.] Philemon Gatewood, Portland, [Maine], to Commodore Ja[me]s Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 24 September 1834.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Description of Maine coastline.

  • Box-folder 9:85
    [James Barron], Philadel[phia], to Commo. Charles Stewart, 25 September 1834.
    1 page.ADr.

    Re: "on Prow Ship."

  • Box-folder 9:86
    Evaluation - Cha[rle]s Stewart, Philade[lphia], to Commodore James Barron, Comm[an]d[in]g the Navy Yard, Philade[lphia], 25 October 1834.
    pages.ALS, Cop of ALS.

    Evaluation of the "Prow Ship" invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 9:87
    Letter - Francis Faior, Philade[lphia], to Captn. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, 5 November 1834.
    1 page.ALS.

    Thanking Barron for information regarding the steam boat.

  • Box-folder 9:88
    Copy of a letter - [James Barron], U.S. Navy Yard, Philad[elphia], 6 November 1834.
    2 pages.ADr.

    "Copy of a letter written by me for the S[ecretary] of the Navy on the pay of officers." He urges increases in Navy pay in all grades.

  • Box-folder 9:89
    Letter - A.J. Dallas, Washington, to Com. J[ames] Barron, Washington, 18 December 1834.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Comment on the steam prow ship.

Box 10, 1835-1839.
Box-Folder: 10:1-98
Series 10: Box 10

Correspondence of the years 1835 to 1839 reflects Barron's continued involvement with his inventions. In 1835 he is able to get the patents to his cork-cutting machine and his pump extended by an Act of Congress, 15 January. He continued his attempts to have the Navy adopt his "bellows ventilation for removing foul air from the vessels" and his "steam prow for warships," and worked with Amos Kendall on the perfecting of a cylinder steam propulsion system for ships. Other inventions which he continued to perfect were the new type wind mill, the floating dry dock, a ship's galley, and a gun carriage. He was interested in bringing out a new edition of naval instructions for flag signals, a system which he first reorganized in 1798.

In 1836, "when war was considered inevitable," he appealed to President Jackson to give him the command of a ship or to give him an order to build his steam prow war ship, 5 January. In 1837 he resigned his naval command, the Philadelphia Naval Yard, because an officer junior to him had been appointed President of the Navy Board, 6 June. The next year there is a rumor that he is to assume the Presidency of the Board, 20 November 1838; and in 1839 he moves again, this time to Germantown, Pennsylvania, 27 July 1839.

Included are letters concerned with the Revolutionary War, service of Barron and his father, of Barron's commercial command of the ship Portia, which was held in a Danish port by the outbreak of the War of 1812, and with the court martial of Comm. J.D. Elliott, 5 December 1839.

  • Box-folder 10:1
    Letter - [James Barron], Washington, to Samuel Bell, Member of the Judiciary Committee of the Senate of the U.S., 9 January 1835.
    1 page.ADr.

    Re: the cork cutting machine and the pump invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 10:2
    J.D. Elliott, Navy Yard, Boston, to Commodore [James] Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington, D.C., 14 January 1835.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: the opposition of the local whig party to him as a Jackson man.

  • Box-folder 10:3
    Letter - J[ames] Barron, Washington, to Mahlon Dickerson, Secretary of the Navy, 15 January 1835.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Re: the claim of John Thompson.

  • Box-folder 10:4
    Bill - "A BILL To extend two patents of James Barron." 15 January 1835.
    2 pages.PM.

    Re: the pump and cork-cutter.

  • Box-folder 10:5
    Petition - to Congress for a renewal of patents for pump and cork cutter [by James Barron], [January 1835].
    2 pages.ADr.
  • Box-folder 10:6
    Letter - Mrs. M[ary] A. B[lake], Fredericksburg, [Virginia], to James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington, D.C., 2 February 1835.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Family affairs.

  • Box-folder 10:7
    Letter - Philemon [Gatewood], Norfolk, to Comr. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington, D.C., 4 February 1835.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Re: an order on him from Taylor.

  • Box-folder 10:8
    Letter - James Barron to the House of Representatives, 4 February 1835.
    15 pages.ADrS.

    Re: the steam prow war ship.

  • Box-folder 10:9
    Receipt - to James Barron, U.S. Navy, for a deposit for the patent on "Bellows Ventilation for removing foul air from Vessels," signed Geo[rge] M. Davis, 6 February 1835.
    1 page.PADS.
  • Box-folder 10:10
    Account - of Commo. [James] Barron with "Brown's Indian Queen Hotel, Washington City" signed F. Hume for J. Brown, 11 February 1835.
    1 page.PADS.

    Letterhead has engraving of the hotel front.

  • Box-folder 10:11
    Letter - Isaac Coffin, Chettenham, to Commodore [James] Barron, Philadelphia, 17 February 1835.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: a portrait of Barron.

  • Box-folder 10:12
    Letter - [James Barron], Philadelphia, to [?], 7 February 1835.
    2 pages.ADr.

    Re: wind mill improved by Barron.

  • Box-folder 10:13
    Letter - Tho[ma]s William Earle, Liverpool, to Commodore [James] Barron, Philadelphia, 26 February 1835.
    1 page.ALS.

    Enclosing a letter from Adm. Sir Isaac Coffin Bart.

  • Box-folder 10:14
    Letter - Ade. Martini, Washington, to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 27 February 1835.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: steam prow ship.

  • Box-folder 10:15
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron], Phi[ladelphia], to Monsieur Martini, Washington, 6 March 1835.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Re: steam prow ship.

  • Box-folder 10:16
    Letters - Amos Kendall, Washington, to Commo. James Barron, Washington and Philadelphia, March-April 1835.
    2 letters.ALsS.

    Re: the sharing of profits on the invention of the cylinder steam boat and plans for building such a craft.

  • Box-folder 10:17
    Letters - [James Barron], Philadelphia, to Amos Kendall, March-July 1835.
    2 letters.ADrs.

    Re: the cylinder steam boat.

  • Box-folder 10:18
    Request - J.J. Martinez, Madrid, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, 20 April 1835.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Requesting the plans of the U.S. Ship John Adams to serve as a model for war ships being built by Spain.

  • Box-folder 10:19
    Letters - T. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, May-October 1835.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Family letters, including notice of the death of Mrs. Pendergast, the daughter of Barron, and of Barron's grandchild.

  • Box-folder 10:20
    Letter - [James Barron], to Com. J. Biddle, 17 June 1835.
    1 page.ADr.

    Re: the model of a boat which is to be built.

  • Box-folder 10:21
    Letter - [James Barron], Ph[iladelph]ia, to Colo[nel] Tompkins, 19 June 1835.
    1 page.ADr.

    Re: Revolutionary War claims.

  • Box-folder 10:22
    Letter - [James Barron], Philad[elphia], to Judge Porter, 24 June 1835.
    2 pages.ADr.

    Re: patent rights to the pump invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 10:23
    Letter - [James Barron], Philadelphia, to the N[avy] Com[mittee], 5 July 1835.
    2 ADrs.

    Re: problems of armed steam vessels.

  • Box-folder 10:24
    Letter - [James Barron], Phil[adelphia], to M. Dickerson, 7 July 1835.
    1 page.ADr.

    Re: on the subject of armed steam vessels.

  • Box-folder 10:25
    Account - of Commodore James Barron with Emma Prevost, 4 September 1835.
    1 page.ADS.
  • Box-folder 10:26
    Account - of Com[m]odore J[ames] Barron at the Blue Bell, signed by John Hall, 5 September 1835.
    1 page.ADS.
  • Box-folder 10:27
    Account - of Commodore [James] Barron with Frederick Brown's Drug and Chemical Store, Philad[elphi]a. ADS. 1 p. Engraving of the interior of the store is on the letterhead. 17 September 1835.
    pages.
  • Box-folder 10:28
    Philemon G[atewood], U.S. Rev. Cutter Dallas, Baltimore, to Com. James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 9 November 1835.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: War bounties which have run out because of lapsed time.

  • Box-folder 10:29
    Letter - [James Barron] to [H.A. Mix], 7 December 1835.
    1 page.ADr.

    Re: pay of ship masters.

  • Box-folder 10:30
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron], Washington, to Leonard Jarvis, Chairman of the Naval Committee, 15 December 1835.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Re: letter of Capt. [H.A.] Mix of the Navy.

  • Box-folder 10:31
    Letter - James Barron, Wash[ington], to Balie Payton, 28[?] December 1835.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Re: the renewal of patents on the cork cutter and pump.

  • Box-folder 10:32
    Account - A printed account of the claims on Virginia for naval service in the Revolutionary War, made "for the other Heirs and Himself, James Barron.", [1835].
    1 page.PM.
  • Box-folder 10:33
    Appeal - James Barron "to General Andrew Jackson, President of the U.S. & Commander in Chief of the Military and Naval forces thereof," 5 January 1836.
    1 page.ADrS.

    An appeal for the command of a ship or permission to build his steam prow warship "when a war was considered inevitable."

  • Box-folder 10:34
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron], Washington, to Elisha Whittlesey, Chairman of Committee of Claims, H[ouse] of R[epresentatives], 16 January 1836.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Re: the case of John Thompson.

  • Box-folder 10:35
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron], Wash[ington], to John Taliaferro, 8 February 1836.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Re: Barron's business before the Committee of Claims.

  • Box-folder 10:36
    Letter - M.P. Gillis, Philadelphia, to Commo. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington City, 9 February 1836.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: need for the increase in the Navy.

  • Box-folder 10:37
    Letter - T. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington, D.C., 24 February 1836.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Norfolk news.

  • Box-folder 10:38
    Estimate - W[illia]m E. [?], Washington, 4 March 1836.
    AD.

    "Estimate for a floating dock for repairing Schooners of 175 tons burthen."

  • Box-folder 10:39
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron], W[ashington], to Eli Moore, 4 March 1836.
    1 page.ADrS.

    A reference to [Henry A.] Wise.

  • Box-folder 10:40
    Letter - H.M. Prevost, Philadelphia, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington, D.C., 7 March 1836.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: money sent from Mr. Pendergast, Barron's son-in-law.

  • Box-folder 10:41
    Letter - E. Shubrick, Charleston, to Commodore [James] Barron, Com[man]d[in]g N[avy] Yard, Philadelphia, 20 March 1836.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: floating dry dock invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 10:42
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron], P[hiladelphia], to Andrew T. Judson, 26 March 1836.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Re: a new type of dock.

  • Box-folder 10:43
    Receipt - Henry L. Ellsworth, Patent Office, to Com. James Barron, U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 8 September 1836.
    1 page.ALS.

    Receipt for the model of the floating dock invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 10:44
    Letter - Nichs. I. Keefe, U.S. Ship Hudson, New York, to James Barron, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 13 September 1836.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Appreciation for Barron's interest in him.

  • Box-folder 10:45
    Power of Attorney - [James Barron], U.S. Navy Yard, Ph[iladelphi]a, to Judge Tompkins, Glasgow, Barren County, Kentucky, 19 October 1836.
    1 page.ADr.

    Power of attorney for land claims.

  • Box-folder 10:46
    Receipt - A.B. Ellison, U.S. Navy Yard, New York, to Commodore James Barron, Commanding U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1 November 1836.
    1 page.PADS.

    Receipt for the description of a valve-board pump.

  • Box-folder 10:47
    Letter - Mary Elliott, Carlisle, [Pennsylvania], to Commre. James Barron, Commanding U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 10 November 1836.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Appreciation for a portrait.

  • Box-folder 10:48
    Letter - Capt. E.P. Kennedy, Flag Ship Peacock, Marathan, Lower California, to Comdr. John Rodgers, Pres. of the Board of N[avy] C[ommissioners], Washington, 14 November 1836.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Accounts of experiments made with bellows invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 10:48
    Letter - Capt. E.P. Kennedy, Marathan, Gulph [sic] of California, U.S.S. Peacock, to Comdre. James Barron, U. States Navy, Philadelphia, 16 November 1836.
    1 page.ALS.

    Signs self as commanding the East India and Asia [?].

  • Box-folder 10:49
    Receipt - W.L. Ellsworth, Patent Office, to Como. James Barron, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 25 November 1836.
    1 page.ALS.

    Receipt for "additional remarks on your galley."

  • Box-folder 10:50
    Letter - Jacob P. Giraud, New York, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 13 December 1836.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: samples of cork.

  • Box-folder 10:51
    Petition - James Barron, Philadelphia, "to the Honorable Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled." 19 December 1836.
    2 copies.ADrsS.

    Petition concerning the Navy signals which Barron first reorganized in 1798 and 1799.

  • Box-folder 10:52
    Letter - Lt. Jno. P. Gillis, Springfield, Illinois, to Commo. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, 7 January 1837.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Enclosing a sketch of "Floating Dry Dock at Smithland on the Ohio River, mouth of Cumberland."

  • Box-folder 10:53
    Letters - Ch. A. Grice, Portsmouth, Virginia, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, January-March 1837.
    5 letters.ALsS.

    Re: the galley invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 10:54
    Letters - Lt. James Glynn, U.S. Barque Consort, Norfolk, Virginia, to Commo. James Barron, Com[mandin]g Navy Yard, Philadelphia, January-June 1837.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Re: a galley invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 10:55
    Letter - Henry A. Wise, Washington, to Com. James Barron, U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 5 February 1837.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: the "Bill reported for the Ventilator" [to Congress].

  • Box-folder 10:56
    Invitation - to Com. [James] Barron from Colonel Page. 8 March 1837.
    PAM, C.
  • Box-folder 10:57
    Jno. Rodgers, Navy Commander's Office, to Sam[ue]l Humphrey, Chief Naval Contractor, Washington, 17 March 1837.
    2 pages.Cop of ALS.

    Re: repairs to U.S. Ship Pennsylvania.

  • Box-folder 10:58
    Letters - T. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, March-October 1837.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Family and other news from Norfolk, including reaction to his resignation from the command of the Navy Yard in Philadelphia.

  • Box-folder 10:59
    Letter - Mrs. Frances Elliott, Carlisle, [Pennsylvania], to Comd. James Barron, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 1 May 1837.
    1 page.ALS.

    Appreciation for a box sent her by Barron.

  • Box-folder 10:60
    Letter - James Barron, U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, to Amos Kendall, 5 May 1837.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Re: the rumor that Comm. Rodgers has resigned the presidency of the Board of Naval Commissioners and that an officer junior to Barron may be appointed to the position.

  • Box-folder 10:61
    Request - Lewis J. Cist, Cincinnati, [Ohio], to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, 29 May 1837.
    1 page.ALS.

    Request for an autograph for his collection.

  • Box-folder 10:62
    Resignation - J[ames] B[arron], Philadelphia, Navy Yard, to James Buchanan, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 6 June 1837.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Resigning his command because a junior officer who has served him as a Lieutenant is being placed over him.

  • Box-folder 10:63
    Letter - J.W. Hand, Patent Office, to Commodore Ja[me]s Barron, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, 19 June 1837.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the patent for the floating dry dock.

  • Box-folder 10:64
    Account - T. Brick & Co., Phila[delphia], to Com. [James] Barron, 22 June 1837.
    1 page.ADS.

    An account sheet.

  • Box-folder 10:65
    Letter - Henry S. Crabbe, U.S. Navy Yard, Philadelphia, to Commodore James Barron, 1 July 1837.
    3 pages.ALS.

    A farewell letter as Barron left the command of the Yard.

  • Box-folder 10:66
    Letter - James Barron, Philadelphia, to R. Kennedy, W. Myers, W. Vinyard, John Southall, A. Powell, W.T. Donaldson, H.S. Crabbe, H. Snyder, B. Fitzimons, A. Levy, and J.D. Anderson, 5 July 1837.
    1 page.ADrS.

    Appreciation for an affectionate letter of farewell from these.

  • Box-folder 10:67
    Letter - James Barron, Philadelphia, to W.W. McKean and 22 others, 5 July 1837.
    2 pages.ADrS.

    Appreciation of a letter of farewell from these.

  • Box-folder 10:68
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron], Philadelphia, to Frederick Vincent, 17 September 1837.
    AL, ADr.

    Re: Miles King.

  • Box-folder 10:69
    Letter - Henry A. Wise, Washington, to Com. James Barron, City of Philadelphia, 3 October 1837.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: his readiness to act in Barron's behalf.

  • Box-folder 10:70
    Letter - J[ames] B[arron], Ph[iladelph]ia, to Henry A. Wise, 9 October 1837.
    2 pages.ADrS.

    Complaining about his treatment by the Navy.

  • Box-folder 10:71
    Receipt - to Commodore [James] Barron from Carey & Hart, Booksellers, Philadelphia, 17 November 1837.
    PADS.

    For Life of Burr.

  • Box-folder 10:72
    Letter - Lt. [S.W.] Godon, Philadelphia, to Commodore James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 16 December 1837.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: articles and letters received for Barron after his departure from Philadelphia.

  • Box-folder 10:73
    Henry S. Crabbe, U.S. Navy Yard, Philad[elphi]a, to Comm. James Barron, 26 December 1837.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: gun carriage invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 10:74
    Letter - F. Mallory, Washington, to Comm. James Barron, Norfolk, Virg[ini]a, 14 January 1838.
    1 page.ALS.

    Offering his assistance needed by Barron that he can render.

  • Box-folder 10:75
    Letter - Lawrence Myers, Philad[elphi]a, to Comdr. James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 27 January 1838.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: stoves left by Barron.

  • Box-folder 10:76
    Letters - Lt. S.W. Godon, Philadelphia and New York, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Norfolk, Virginia, February-March 1838.
    2 letters.ALsS.

    Re: the pump invented by Barron.

  • Box-folder 10:77
    Letter - A. B. Pinkham, Portsmouth, to Com. James Barron, 21 March 1838.
    1 page.ALS.

    Introducing Capt. Von Shanter of the Russian Imperial Navy.

  • Box-folder 10:78
    Letter - James Ferguson, Philadelphia Navy Yard, to Commodore James Barron, 2 April 1838.
    4 pages.ALS.

    Re: the conditions of (sailing) Masters in the Navy and a memorial on the subject which was before Congress.

  • Box-folder 10:79
    Letter - Henry A. Wise, Washington, to Comm. James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 2 April 1838.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: "my connexion [sic] with that unhappy duel."

  • Box-folder 10:80
    John L. and Lavinia Watson, Germantown, [Pennsylvania], to Commodore James Barron, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 April 1838.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Re: the Polar Expedition and regret at Barron's leaving Philadelphia.

  • Box-folder 10:81
    Letter - Mrs. J[ane Barron] Hope, Hampton, [Virginia], to her sister, Mrs. [Virginia] S.V. Pendergrast, Washington City, 1 June 1838.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Family affairs, with greetings to her father, James Barron.

  • Box-folder 10:82
    Letter - H.S. Crabbe, U.S. Navy Yard, Philad[elphi]a, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington, D.C., 8 June 1838.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the gun carriage and steam vessels.

  • Box-folder 10:83
    Account - of Como. [James] Barron with Thomas Purcell, Washington, 29 June 1838.
    1 page.ALS.
  • Box-folder 10:84
    Letters - T. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington, June-August 1838.
    2 letters.ALsS.

    Re: family and Norfolk affairs.

  • Box-folder 10:85
    Report - J.D. Elliott, U.S.S. Constitution, Ham[pton] Roads, Norfolk, to J.A. Pauling, [Secretary of the Navy], 31 July 1838.
    4 pages.ALS.

    A report at the end of a cruise of three years and six months.

  • Box-folder 10:86
    Letter - Lt. and Mrs. S.G. Pendergast, Charleston, [Massachuetts], to her father, Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington City, 25 September 1838.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Family affairs.

  • Box-folder 10:87
    Complaints - J.D. Elliott, U.S.S. Constitution and Carlisle, [Pennsylvania], to Como. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington, September-November 1838.
    3 letters.ALsS.

    Complaining against continued slander in the newspapers.

  • Box-folder 10:88
    Letter - Frederick Vincent, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington City, 26 October 1838.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the services of Barron's father in the Revolutionary War.

  • Box-folder 10:89
    Letter - J.K. Paulding, Navy Department, to Comde. Jesse D. Elliott, U.S. Navy, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, 15 November 1838.
    1 page.ALS.

    Re: the importing of Jack Asses by the Commanders of Squadrons.

  • Box-folder 10:90
    Application - Capt. W[illia]m Gatewood, New York, to Com. James Barron, U.S. Navy, 20 November 1838.
    1 page.ALS.

    Applying for the position of chief clerk for Barron when he becomes President of the Navy Board. Enclosed: newspaper clipping announcing the rumor that Barron is to be appointed President of the Navy Board.

  • Box-folder 10:91
    Letter - [J.D. Elliott], Carlisle, [Pennsylvania], to J.K. Paulding, [Secretary of the Navy], 27 November 1838.
    2 pages.ADr.

    Explanation for the importation of "Jack Asses and other animals." Enclosure: "Extract from Hon. Sam'l L. Southard," signed Dan[ie]l F. Patten. Re: animals, seeds, and plants.

  • Box-folder 10:92
    Report - Jno. P. Gillis, U.S. Ship North Carolina, Callao, to Commo. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Norfolk, Virginia, 28 November 1838.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Report on the political situation in South America.

  • Box-folder 10:93
    Complaint - J.D. Elliott, Carlisle, [Pennsylvania], to Com. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington, 1 December 1838.
    3 pages.ALS.

    Complaints about the Navy Board.

  • Box-folder 10:94
    Letters - J.D. Elliott, Carlisle, [Pennsylvania], to Com. James Barron, Washington, D.C. and Germantown, [Pennsylvania], January-December 1839.
    6 letters.ALsS.

    Re: troubles that Elliott had experienced on his last cruise with his officers and Marines; of the conflict that he was having with Mr. Paulding, Secretary of the Navy; and of rumors of arrangements for the trial of Elliott.

  • Box-folder 10:95
    Statement - James Barron, Washington, 3 February 1839.
    2 pages.ADrS.

    A statement regarding his claims on the Navy.

  • Box-folder 10:96
    Letter - T. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commodore James Barron, Washington, D.C., 7 February 1839.
    2 pages.ALS.

    Re: the death of his son, Philemon.

  • Box-folder 10:97
    Complaints - W[illia]m Gatewood, New York, to Commodore James Barron, U.S. Navy, Washington City, March 1839.
    2 letters.AlsS.

    Complaints about his treatment by the Navy; and valuable information on the " Portia," the commercial ship captained by Barron which was held in Copenhagen by the outbreak of the War of 1812.

  • Box-folder 10:98
    Letter - Edward Dyem, Washington City, "To All Whom it May Concern," 27 July 1839.
    1 page.ALS.

    A note sent with "Judy, a colored woman," who is proceeding to Germantown, [Pennsylvania], where she is to be the servant of Commodore James Barron and family.

Box 11, 1840-1851
Box-Folder: 11:1-103
Series 11: Box 11

The correspondence of 1840 to Barron's death in 1851, covers the years in which he assumed his last command in the Navy. Living in Germantown, outside of Philadelphia, he sought a position of Naval command under Presidents Harrison and Tyler. On 31 March 1842, he assumed command of the Naval Asylum in Philadelphia (a home for retired men of the Navy). In that position he also supervised training and examination of Midshipmen. When G.P. Upshur, then Secretary of the Navy, organized the Naval Academy in Annapolis, he wrote to Barron for advice on training and examinations as they had been held under him, 17 July 1847. On 30 November 1842 Barron retired from the command of the Naval Asylum and in 1845 moved back to Norfolk where he built a house for his retirement at the age of 77. There is much correspondence in this period in regard to Revolutionary War bounty lands and pensions: in 1848 Barron was recognized as the Senior Officer in the Navy, having been made Captain in May 1799.

Included is a list of articles on naval matters written by Barron 4 May 1841; correspondence regarding the sentence handed down in the court martial of Commo. J.D. Elliot, including a discussion "the Battle of Lake Erie" August 1842; and an exchange with his old friend, R.J. Cleveland, regarding the danger of the dissolution of the Union and the respective positions of the North and the South in the controversy, January-February 1850. The last letter in Barron's handwriting is to be found in a draft of a reply to Antonia Dosier, a servant girl to whom he had shown kindness many years before at the Gosport Navy Yard, June 1850; and the last signature is dated 29 March 1851 on a statement that he wished to have published after his death his detailed account of the duel with Decatur which he had dictated on 11 August 1842, when there was a renewed interest in the Barron-Decatur duel, together with criticism of Barron and Commo. Elliot, his second. He died on 21 April 1851.

Included in this box are letters from Barron's daughters, Mrs. Virginia Pendergrast, Mrs. Mary Blake, and Mrs. Jane A. Hope, and from his grandson, James Barron Hope (see the James Barron Hope Papers). Letters from JBH cover the period 1842 to 8 June 1848 when he wrote to his grandfather from the College of William and Mary, discussing his courses and expenses. There are four family letters of 1861-1862 included at the end of this box, as well as a 23 page autograph copy of "A Poem Recited at the base of Crawford's Equestrian Statue of Washington on the Capital Square in Richmond...Aged 29" which was probably written by James Barron Hope and other poems by him.

  • Box-folder 11:1
    Letter - Rob't J.M. Glenacher, Germantown, to Commo. James Barron, 24 October 1840.
    ADS.

    Tuition and board for Master J. Hope (grandson of JB).

  • Box-folder 11:2
    Inquiry - Joshua & Jewett[e], Smithland, Kentucky, to Commo. James Barron, Germantown, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 17 December 1840.
    ALS, R.

    Inquiry concerning land owned by Barron's father (war bounty lands). Reply regarding the sale of some land by his brother, Samuel Barron, as the administrator of their father's estate.

  • Box-folder 11:3
    Article - "Navigation by steam" by "Neptune" [Commo. James Barron] from the Pennsylvanian, [1840]
    PM.

    Suggesting that steam vessels, made 400 feet long by 100 feet wide, drawing 20 feet of water, could make the passage to Europe in eight days.

  • Box-folder 11:4
    Letter - J.H. Jewett[e], Smithland, Kentucky, to Commo. James Barron, Germantown, near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 March 1841.
    ALS.

    Re: 2,000 acres of land for which $1000 is offered.

  • Box-folder 11:5
    Letter - Geo. E. Badger, Washington, to Commo. Barron, 14 March 1841.
    ALS, R.

    New President of the Navy Department thanks Barron for a letter in which he asks Pres. William Henry Harrison for an appointment.

  • Box-folder 11:6
    Letter - Geo. E. Badger, Washington, to Commo. James Barron, Germantown, Pennsylvania, 18 March 1841.
    ALS, C.

    The Secretary of the Navy writes, sending the greetings of the President.

  • Box-folder 11:7
    Letter - G. Dyer, Washington, to Commo. James Barron, US Navy, Germantown, Pennsylvania, 17 April 1841.
    ALS.

    Re: the death of General Harrison and of Gov. Tyler, his successor.

  • Box-folder 11:8
    Letter - S. Burche, Washington, to Commo. James Barron, Germantown, Pennsylvania, 20 April 1841.
    ALS.

    Re: Barron's chances under the new President, Tyler.

  • Box-folder 11:9
    Letter - B. Homans, Washington, to Commo. James Barron, Germantown, Pennsylvania, 4 May 1841.
    ALS.

    Re: the calling of attention of the Secretary of the Navy to articles by Barron on naval subject; the articles are listed.

  • Box-folder 11:10
    Letter - Lt. S[amuel] Barron, US Ship Delaware, Hampton Roads, to Commo. James Barron, Germantown, Pennsylvania, 26 October [1841].
    ALS.

    Re: his preparations to sail for Rio.

  • Box-folder 11:11
    Letter - Capt. Jno. Gwinn, navy [?], to Commo. James Barron, Germantown, Pennsylvania, 26 November 1841.
    ALS.

    Re: Navy Department and reappointment of Barron.

  • Box-folder 11:12
    Letter - Mrs. Jane A. Hope and her son, James [Barron] Hope, to Commo. And Mrs. James Barron, Germantown, Pennsylvania, 3 December 1841.
    ALS, E.

    Endorsed "Commo B's 2nd wife, formerly Mary Anne Wilson."

  • Box-folder 11:13
    Letter - Lt. S. W. Godon, Philadelphia, to Commo. James Barron, Germantown, Pennsylvania, 14 December 1841.
    ALS.

    Navy news.

  • Box-folder 11:14
    Letter - Lt. S. W. Godon, US Steam Frigate Mississippi, off New Castle, to Commo. James Barron, Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1 January 1842.
    ALS.

    "The engines will be ready to be tried in 8 days..."

  • Box-folder 11:15
    Letter - James B[arron] Hope and his mother, Mrs. J[ane] Hope to his grandfather, [James Barron], and Mrs. B[arron]. 11 January 1842.
    ALS.

    Family affairs, with endorsement of explanation.

  • Box-folder 11:16
    Endorsement - A.P. Uphur, Navy Department, to Commo. Jas. Biddle, Governor Naval Asylum, Philadelphia, 21 January 1842.
    2 copies.ALS, E.

    Endorsement: "The secretary of the Navy to Commo. Biddle approving his discharging of Joshua Parker, a Pensioner for bad conduct as complained of by the Commodore in his letter of January 19. A precedent for like cases."

  • Box-folder 11:17
    Power of attorney - for Garret J. Pendergast to handle lands for heirs of James Barron (1), 23 March 1842.
    ADS.

    Bounty lands for Revolutionary War service of JB (1).

  • Box-folder 11:18
    Orders - A.P. Upshur, Navy Department, to Commo. James Barron, Germantown, Pennsylvania, 31 March 1842.
    ACops.

    Orders to assume command of the Naval Asylum at Philadelphia.

  • Box-folder 11:19
    Letter - T. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commo. James Barron, Germantown, Pennsylvania, 6 April 1842.
    ALS.

    Norfolk news.

  • Box-folder 11:20
    Letter - G. W. Guest, Philadelphia, to Commo. James Barron, Germantown, 6 April 1842.
    ALS.

    Offering services as Secretary.

  • Box-folder 11:21
    Letter - "Extract of Commo. Barron's Letter to the Secretary of the Navy" from the Naval Asylum, 23 April 1842.
    AdrS.

    Expressing the need for a carpenter.

  • Box-folder 11:22
    Letter - Capt. HA Adams, Memphis, Tennessee To Commo. Jas. Barron, US Navy, Philadelphia, 26 April 1842.
    ALS.

    Re: the "solid-bottomed steamboat."

  • Box-folder 11:23
    Request - James Barron, Naval Asylum to A. P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, 10 May 1842.
    2 copies.AdrS.

    Request for a boat for the inmates.

  • Box-folder 11:24
    Cover - for a circular from the Navy Department, 10 May 1842.
    C,E.
  • Box-folder 11:25
    Letter - James Barron Hope and Mrs. J[ane] Hope, Hampton, to "Papa" [James Barron], 17 May 1842.
    ALS, E.

    Endorsement by Miss Janey Hope Marr.

  • Box-folder 11:26
    Letter - Mrs. J[ane] Hope, Hampton, to Mrs. Mary Blake, care of Commo. Barron, US Naval Asylum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 18 May [1842].
    ALS.

    Family affairs.

  • Box-folder 11:27
    T. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commo. James Barron, Philadelphia, 6 June 1842.
    ALS.

    Recommending Edward Higgins.

  • Box-folder 11:28
    L. S. Sims, Washington City, to Commo. Jesse D. Elliott, West Whiteland, Ellwood College, Chester Co., Pennsylvania, 15 August 1842.
    ALS.

    Re: a presidential review of the decision in the court martial of Elliott.

  • Box-folder 11:29
    M. M. Noah, New York, to Commo. Jesse D. Elliott, West Whiteland, Chester County, Pennsylvania, 22 August 1842.
    ALS.

    "You have had a rough time of it ever since the battle of Lake Erie...." Comments on Cooper, "undoubtedly the finest among our Literary Men" and on the necessity of reform in the Court Martial system.

  • Box-folder 11:30
    T. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commo. James Barron, Naval Asylum, Philadelphia, 26 August 1842.
    ALS.

    Re: his removal from office by the President of the U.S.

  • Box-folder 11:31
    Commo. J.D. Elliott, Ellwoods, West Whiteland, Chester County, [Pennsylvania], to Commo. James Barron, Naval Asylum, Philadelphia, 28 August 1842.
    ALS.

    Re: letters received and letter of Noah in which there is "Cooper's explanation of the Erie Affair."

  • Box-folder 11:32
    J. Guest, Washington City, to Commo. Barron, U.S. Naval Asylum, Philadelphia, 1 September 1842.
    ALS.

    Introducing Midsh. John Guest, "who is about commencing his studies at the Naval Asylum."

  • Box-folder 11:33
    James Barron, Naval Asylum, to A. P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, 23 September 1842.
    ADrS.

    Report that he has expelled Daniel Conway and Joshua Parker.

  • Box-folder 11:34
    A. P. Upshur [Secretary of the Navy], to Commo. James Barron, Governor of the Naval Asylum, 1 October 1842.
    ALS.

    Order to readmit Conway and Parker to the Asylum.

  • Box-folder 11:35
    James Barron, Naval Asylum, to A. P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, 5 October 1842.
    ADrS.

    Reply concerning Conway and Parker.

  • Box-folder 11:36
    T. Gatewood, Norfolk, to Commo. James Barron, Navy Asylum, Phila., 8 October 1842.
    ALS.

    Personal affairs.

  • Box-folder 11:37
    R.J. Cleveland, Boston, to James Barron, Naval Asylum, Phila., 11 October 1842.
    ALS.

    Re: some cider he has sent; and decrying the state of the country with failing banks, etc.

  • Box-folder 11:38
    Statement by James Barron regarding his service in the Navy from 1798 to 1842, 11 October 1842.
    ADrS.
  • Box-folder 11:39
    James Barron, Naval Asylum, to A.P. Upshur, Secretary to the Navy, Washington, 20 October 1842.
    ADrS.

    Re: pay for the Carpenter's Mate at the Asylum.

  • Box-folder 11:40
    James Barron, Naval Asylum, to A.P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, 24 October 1842.
    ADrS.

    Re: an inmate, Patrick Malloy.

  • Box-folder 11:41
    Orders from A.P. Upshur, A Secretary of the Navy, 26 October 1842.
    C.

    Re: medical officer's reports.

  • Box-folder 11:42
    A.P. Upshur, Navy Department, to Commo. James Barron, Governor of the Naval Asylum, Phila., 27 October 1842.
    2 copies.ALS, R.

    Asking a report on all employees at the Naval Asylum and Hospital. Reply that the reports are being prepared.

  • Box-folder 11:43
    Joseph Abbott, St. Croix, to Commo. James Barron, U.S.N., Phila., 30 October 1842.
    ALS.

    Introducing John F. Abbott.

  • Box-folder 11:44
    James Barron, Naval Asylum, to A.P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, 1 November 1842.
    2 copies.ADrS.

    Letter enclosing reports on the personnel of the Asylum.

  • Box-folder 11:45
    Wm. P.C. Barton, Navy Department, Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, to James Barron, Capt. U.S.N., Gov. Naval Asylum, Phila., 3 November 1842.
    Cop of ALS.

    Directs the discharge of Patrick Malloy.

  • Box-folder 11:46
    James Barron, Naval Asylum to A.P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy, Washington, 4 November 1842.
    ADrS.

    Re: orders sent without the approval of Barron.

  • Box-folder 11:47
    James Barron, Naval Asylum, to W.P.C. Barton, Chief of the Bureau of Medicines and Surgery, Washington, 8 November 1842.
    ADrS.

    Resentment for addressing Barron as "Captain" instead of ''Commodore.''

  • Box-folder 11:48
    A.P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy to Commo. James Barron, Gov. U.S. Naval Asylum, Phila., 8 November 1842.
    ALS.

    Stating that all letters from Chiefs of Bureaus are to be considered official.

  • Box-folder 11:49
    Wm. P.C. Barton, Navy Dept., Bur. of Med. and Surgery, Washington, to Commo. James Barron, Gov. of Naval Asylum, Phila. and reply, 12 November 1842.
    ALS.

    Letter concerns Patrick Malloy

    Reply Re: 12 November 1842. JB to Wp. Cb ADrS. Reply to the above.

  • Box-folder 11:50
    A.O. Dayton, Treasury Department, to Wp.C. Barton, Chief of the Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Navy Department, 12 November 1842.
    Cops of ALS.

    Re: Patrick Maley.

  • Box-folder 11:51
    A.P. Upshur, Navy Department, to Commo. James Barron, Gov., Naval Asylum, Phila., 14 November 1842.
    ALS.

    Re: plans for the building of the Asylum.

  • Box-folder 11:52
    Robt. Pettit, Purser, U.S. Naval Asylum, to Wp.C. Barton Chief of Bureau of Medicine, etc., Washington City, 14 November 1842.
    Cop of ALS.

    Re: Patrick Maley.

  • Box-folder 11:53
    J[ames], B[arron], Naval Asylum, to the Secretary of the Navy, 17 November 1842.
    ADrS.

    Requesting a leave of absence.

  • Box-folder 11:54
    Wm. P.C. Barton, Navy Department, Bureau of Medicine & Surgery, to Commo. James Barron, Gov. Naval Asylum, Phila., 19 November 1842.
    Cop of ALS.

    Re: report of the Purser, Mr. Pettit.

  • Box-folder 11:55
    A.P. Upshur, Navy Department, to Commo. Jas. Barron, Gov., U.S. Naval Asylum, Phila., 21 November 1842.
    ALS.

    Giving permission for Barron to retire from the Asylum.

  • Box-folder 11:56
    James Barron, Naval Asylum, to Wp.C. Barton, Chief of the Bureau of Medicine & Surgery, Washington, 22 November 1842.
    ADrS.

    Returning letter which is "unworthy of my notice."

  • Box-folder 11:57
    Account of Commo. Barron with Samuel Jones, November 1842.
    ADS.

    Includes tuition for Jas. Barron Hope for one year.

  • Box-folder 11:58
    A.P. Upshur, Navy Department, to Commo. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Phila., 2 December 1842.
    ALS.

    Granting leave of absence for three months from November 30.

  • Box-folder 11:59
    Copy of "Section 5 of an Act to Reorganize the Navy Department of the U. States, passed August 31st, 1842," 12 December 1842.
    AD.
  • Box-folder 11:60
    Gen. Augustus Fleming, New York, to Commo. James Barron, Philadelphia, 26 January 1843.
    ALS.

    Re: Navy affairs, esp. Dr. Barton.

  • Box-folder 11:61
    "43 Pensioners" Naval Asylum, Philadelphia, to the Secretary of the Navy, 4 February 1843.
    Acop.

    Re: the trouble caused by Dr. Barton, in contrast to good offices of Commo. Biddle and Commo. Barron.

  • Box-folder 11:62
    Charles W. Handy, Washington, to Commo. James Barron, U.S. Navy, Philadelphia, 17 February 1843.
    ALS.

    Re: a naval engagement of the Revolutionary War between the barge Victory of Accomac and six barges of Capt. Kidd of which only Barron has memory. Enclosed is newspaper clipping of the engagement.

  • Box-folder 11:63
    Account of Commo. Barron with Alexander W. Roberts, Philadelphia, 21 April 1843.
    ADS.
  • Box-folder 11:64
    S.V. P[endergrast], Washington Navy Yard, to her father, Commo. James Barron, Philadelphia, 24 July 1843.
    ALS.

    Family news.

  • Box-folder 11:65
    Wm. C . Gatewood, Sandersons Hotel, [Phila], to Commo. James Barron, Philadelphia, 27 August 1843.
    ALS.

    Re: introduction to Chas. A. Magwood and Joseph R. Payne.

  • Box-folder 11:66
    Capt. B. Kennan, Bureau of Construction & Equipment, to Commo. G.R. Pendergrast, U.S. Ship Boston, Boston, 6 October 1843.
    ALS.

    Re: arrangement of the rooms of the forward officers.

  • Box-folder 11:67
    James J. Lewis, Norfolk, to Commo. James Barron, Philadelphia, 10 January 1844.
    ALS.

    Request for a loan.

  • Box-folder 11:68
    James J. Lewis, Norfolk, to Commo. James Barron, Philadelphia, 7 February 1844.
    ALS.

    Appreciation for a loan.

  • Box-folder 11:69
    J. Wilkinson, Navy Yard, Gosport, to Frederick Vincent, Attorney at Law, Philadelphia, 10 April 1844.
    ALS.

    Re: references to Commo. Barron in "Commo. Elliott's book."

  • Box-folder 11:70
    T.H. Gillis, Treasury Dept., to Commo. James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 7 September 1844.
    ALS.

    Re: "Revolutionary Pensions."

  • Box-folder 11:70a
    James Barron, Norfolk, to "My very Dear and Highly Esteemed Friend," 5 Dec. 1844.
    ALS.
  • Box-folder 11:71
    T.R. Freas, Office of the Telegraph, Germantown, to Commo. James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 17 May 1845.
    ALS.

    Personal letter re: Barron's building a new house in Norfolk.

  • Box-folder 11:72
    M[ary] A.A. B[lake], New Bedford, and her son F[rank] B. B[lake] to her father, Commo. James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 28 May 1845.
    ALS.

    Family letter.

  • Box-folder 11:73
    James B[arron] Hope and Mrs. J[ane] Hope, Hampton, to Commo. James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 2 July 1845.
    ALS.

    Re: a recent storm in Hampton.

  • Box-folder 11:74
    Henry S. Crabbe, U.S. Navy Yard, Phila. to Commo. [James Barron], 15 January 1846.
    ALS.

    Re: pump invented by Barron and need for a loan of $2000 to go into business.

  • Box-folder 11:75
    J[ames] B[arron], Norfolk to [? ], July 1846.
    ADrS.

    Re: a claim for his father's "commutation pay and land bounty."

  • Box-folder 11:76
    Geo. S. Blake, Phila., to [Commo. James Barron], 15 July 1847.
    ALS.

    Family letter from the son-in-law of Barron.

  • Box-folder 11:77
    G.P. Upshur, Commander and Superintendent of Naval School, Annapolis, to Commo. Jas. Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 17 July 1847.
    ALS.

    Enquiry concerning past practice in examining Midshipmen (Barron did this when he was in charge of the Naval Asylum in Philadelphia) in connection with the establishment of the Naval Academy.

  • Box-folder 11:78
    Advertisement for the Virginia State Lottery "for endowing Leesburg Academy and other purposes," 1847.
    ALS.
  • Box-folder 11:79
    R.J. Cleveland, to James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, [1847]
    ALS. Incomplete.

    Incomplete.

  • Box-folder 11:80
    Charles [?] Barton, Lt. USN, to Commo. Barron, 7 February 1848.
    ALS.

    Note accompanying 2 sketches (not enclosed).

  • Box-folder 11:81
    One letter and two replies, 11-16 April 1848.
    3 items.

    11-16 April 1848. Robt. W. Land, Phila., to Capt. Blake, U.S. Navy, Walnut St., [Phila.]. ALS,R. Offering a place near Germantown for sale.

    • Box-folder 11:81
      Robt. W. Land, Phila., to Capt. Blake, U.S. Navy, Walnut St., [Phila.], 11-16 April 1848.
      ALS,R.

      Offering a place near Germantown for sale.

    • Box-folder 11:81
      Reply by Blake sent to his father-in-law, [Commo. Barron], 12 April 1848.
    • Box-folder 11:81
      Draft reply [by Barron], 11-16 April 1848.

      He has no desire to buy a place in Germantown.

  • Box-folder 11:82
    James Barron Hope, Williamsburg, to his grandfather, [Commo James Barron], 8 June 1848.
    ALS.

    Re: his collegiate activities and expenses at [the College of William and Mary].

  • Box-folder 11:83
    Miriam Etting, Phila., to Commo. [James Barron], 27 July 1848.
    ALS.

    Appreciation for a letter of sympathy.

  • Box-folder 11:84
    P.H. Eaton, Washington, to Commo. Jas. Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 14 October 1848.
    ALS.

    Re: seniority of Barron in the Navy, having been made Captain in May 1799.

  • Box-folder 11:85
    Redwood Fisher, Phila., to Commo. James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 4 July 1849.
    ALS.

    Marked "Private and Confidential." Personal matters.

  • Box-folder 11:86
    James [Barron Hope] to his mother, Mrs. Jane A. Hope, Hampton, Virginia, 24 October 1849.
    ALS.

    Written while visiting "Papa" (his grandfather, Commo. James Barron).

  • Box-folder 11:87
    James Lyons, Richmond, to Commo. Barron, Norfolk, 5 November 1849.
    ALS.

    Re: Barron's claim.

  • Box-folder 11:88
    James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia [M.M. Noah], 9 January 1850.
    2 copies.ADrS.

    Letter to a newspaper concerning an article which concerned his stay in Denmark during the War of 1812.

  • Box-folder 11:89
    R.J. Cleveland, Burlington, [Vermont], to James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 21 January 1850.
    ALS.

    Family and personal affairs; and concerning preservation of the Union under General Taylor.

  • Box-folder 11:90
    R.J. Cleveland, Burlington, [Vermont], to [James Barron], 1 February 1850.
    ALS.

    A long discussion of the danger of the Southern threat for the dissolution of the Union and the determination of the Northerners to preserve it; and concerning the freeing of the slaves in the District of Columbia by constitutional means.

  • Box-folder 11:91
    Charles H. Morse, Boston, to [James Barron], 1 February 1850.
    ALS.

    A request for his autograph.

  • Box-folder 11:92
    John P. Duvall, Tallahassee, Florida, to "the heirs of Commo. James and Lieut. William Barron, Virginia State Navy, War of Revolution, Norfolk, Virginia," 21 February 1850.
    ALS,C.

    Armouring that he has documents establishing the war claims of these men and will furnish them for "one fourth of the recovery."

  • Box-folder 11:93
    Antonia Dosier, New York, to Commo. [James Barron] and reply, 2 June 1850.
    ALS,R.

    A servant of madam magino writes to Barron thanking him for his kindness to her years before at the Gosport Navy Yard. Reply [from J.B.] in a very shaky hand.

  • Box-folder 11:94
    A printed letter of tribute to the late Pres. Zachary Taylor, 17 July 1850.
    PAL,C.

    Inviting Commo. James Barron to join the procession in tribute in Norfolk.

  • Box-folder 11:95
    S. V[irginia], P[endergrast], near Louisville, Kentucky, to her father, [Commo. James Barron], 15 September 1850.
    ALS.

    A family letter.

  • Box-folder 11:96
    John p. Watson, Phila, to Commo. James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, 5 April 1851.
    ALS.

    Report that Capt. Sam. Barron has sailed for Africa with his son as Secretary and Clerk; and concerning his own children, one of whom is in business in San Francisco.

  • Box-folder 11:97
    A statement that the document is to be published in such form as seems best, signed James Barron. 29 March 1851.
    2 copies. 17 pages.ADS,C.

    The History of a transaction which there ought never to have been occasion for, the duel with Decatur on 22 March 1820. Dictated 11 August 1842 at the Naval Asylum in the presence of J.L. Watson.

    Also included are other papers marked, A Document to precede the History of the Duel.2 pieces.

  • Box-folder 11:98
    "A Poem Recited at the base of Crawford's Equestrian Statue of Washington, On the Capital Square in Richmond....Aged 29," 2 February 1858.
    23 pages.ADS,E.

    Endorsement "Copy by Mrs. Annie B. Hope" (Probably a poem of James Barron Hope, grandson of Commo. James Barron).

  • Box-folder 11:99
    [?] to Mrs. S.J. Pendergrast, care of Commo. Pendergrast, Philadelphia, Pa., 29 December 1861.
    ALS.

    Family letter.

  • Box-folder 11:100
    Mrs. J. V[irginia] Pendergrast, Norfolk, to her sister, 8 April [1862].
    ALS.

    Re: family affairs.

  • Box-folder 11:101
    P. Forrest, Navy Dept. Confederate States of America, to Capt. S.S. Sterrett, C.S.N., Richmond, Virginia, 20 May 1862.
    ALS.

    Appointing him President of a Naval Court of Enquiry on the destruction of C.S. Steamers "Brenville," "Carondelet," and "Pamlico" in the waters of Lake Porchetrain.

  • Box-folder 11:102
    Wellington Gordon, Kenmuirt, to Miss Barron, 20 March 1862.
    ALS.

    An account for James Barron, a student; and concerning the retreat of the Army from Manassas.

  • Box-folder 11:103
    Five autographed poems, endorsed by Jas. Barron Hope. See A Wreath of Virginia Bay Leaves,n.d.
    Adf.

    Titles included are listed as the following: Three Names,George the Third at Kent,John Smith,Sir Walter Raleigh,Pockahontas.

Box 12, n.d.
Box-Folder: 12:1-87
Series 12: Box 12

Undated manuscript material in this box includes 32 undated letters, alphabetically arranged. In this group are 6 letters from Capt. John Gwinn, 12 letters from Commo. J.D Elliott, and several invitations to dinner with the President of the United States, as well as a 6 page epistle by D.G. Farragut comparing the advanced techniques of the French Navy with the antiquated procedures of the British and American Naval forces.

There are 15 drafts of letters by James Barron, 11 estimates, accounts, and the like and 44 other pieces of manuscript material including: a list of writings by Barron; several articles on the plans for the reorganization of the Navy Department; one each on the defense of the coasts, steamboats, telegraphic communications, the influx of foreigners; an application for the extension of his patents and a claim for injuries, two accounts of events in the War of Independence, A Short History of the Frigate Alliance,and an untitled poem; a six page "Extract from a letter to the Secretary of State of the United States" concerning the war with Tripoli and a discussion of his difficulties with Commo. Rodgers which almost ended in a duel; and an extract from the logbook of the Chesapeake.

  • Box-folder 12:1-35
    Subseries 1: Undated Letters, Invitations, etc. received by Commodore James Barron, n.d.
    • Box-folder 12:1
      Invitation from Pres. and Mrs. Adams to Capt. Barron, for dinner, n.d.
      PADS.
    • Box-folder 12:2
      Amicus Justicia, pseudonym, to Commo. James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, n.d.
      ALS.

      Re: Dr. Thos. G. Peachy of Williamsburg who reported that Capt. Gordon (of the U.S. Ship Chesapeakeat the time of The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair) felt that Barron was "an injured man."

    • Box-folder 12:3
      Chester Bailey, Mansion House, to Commo. Barron, Phila., n.d. Monday.
      ALS.

      Request for the loan of a "Handsome Flag" for the visit of Gen. Lafayette.

    • Box-folder 12:4
      Invitation from Commo. Bainbridge, Williamsburg, [Virginia], to Commo. Barron, U.S. Navy, for dinner, 4 August n.y.
      AL.
    • Box-folder 12:5
      Commo. Bainbridge, [Phila.] to Commo. Barron, Walnut St. [Phila.], n.d.
      AL.

      An invitation to dinner.

    • Box-folder 12:6
      Dr. P[hilip] Barraud, to Commo. Barron, n.d.
      ALS.

      Re: an illness of the daughter of Barron.

    • Box-folder 12:7
      G. Bermard, [New York], to Commo. Barron, U.S. Navy, New York, 11 July n.y.
      AL.

      An invitation to dinner.

    • Box-folder 12:8
      W.C[raig] to Commo. James Barron, Norfolk, Virginia, [1821].
      ALS.

      Personal letter.

    • Box-folder 12:9
      Announcement of a "Tribute of Respect" for Mr. Henry Eckford, to Commo. James Barron, Navy Yard, Norfolk, Virginia, 2 July n.y.
      PM.
    • Box-folder 12:10
      Jno. McElroy to Commo. Barron, Philadelphia, February n.y.
      ALS.

      Re. the washing machine invented by Barron.

    • Box-folder 12:11
      Undated letters from J.D. Elliott to James Barron, n.d.
      12 letters.AlsS.
    • Box-folder 12:12
      D.G. Farragut, U.S. Ship Erie, to Commo. James Barron, n.d.
      6 pages.ALS.

      A comparison of the advances of the French Navy over the practices of the American and English navies.

    • Box-folder 12:13
      G. Galt to Commo. Barron, 4 July n.y.
      ALS.

      Re: a letter to Mr. Thompson.

    • Box-folder 12:14
      Undated letters from T. Gatewood to James Barron, n.d.
      2 letters.ALS.
    • Box-folder 12:15
      Wm. Gatewood to Commo. James Barron, n.d.
      PAMS.

      A printed broadsheet, Highly important to Commerce and the Navigation of the Pacific.

    • Box-folder 12:16
      J. Gibbons to Commo. Barron, Hampton, n.d.
      ALS.

      Re: D.M. Randolph.

    • Box-folder 12:17
      Dr. Gillespy to Commo. Barron, 21 March n.y.
      ALS.

      An invitation.

    • Box-folder 12:18
      Thomas Glenn to Commo. James Barron, Navy Yard, Gosport, n.d.
      ALS.

      Re: An enclosed bill.

    • Box-folder 12:19
      S.W. Godon, Philadelphia, to James Barron, Norfolk, 29 March n.y.
      ALS.

      Re: business matters. Endorsement re: "Lieut. Godon."

    • Box-folder 12:20
      Chas. W. Goldsborough, to Commo. Barron, n.d.
      ALS.

      Introducing his brother.

    • Box-folder 12:21
      An invitation from Mrs. Greland to Commo. Barron, Spruce St., [Phila.], n.d.
      ALS.
    • Box-folder 12:22
      Francis Grive to James Barron, n.d.
      ALS.

      Re: the repairs on the ship Constellation.

    • Box-folder 12:23
      Undated letters from Capt. John Gwinn, Navy Yard, to Commo. James Barron, n.d.
      6 letters.ALsS.
    • Box-folder 12:24
      Invitation from Dr. Hare to Commo. Barron. 19 October n.y.
      ALS.
    • Box-folder 12:25
      Invitation from [President] Harrison to Commo. Barron, Saturday the 19th, n.y.
      ALS.
    • Box-folder 12:26
      Capt. Beverley Kennon to Commo. Barron, Wednesday, n.d.
      ALS.

      Re: Barron's bride.

    • Box-folder 12:27
      Capt. Edm. P. Kennedy to Commo. Barron, n.d.
      ALS.

      Re: Commo. Rodgers and a procession.

    • Box-folder 12:28
      Invitation from General Macomb to Commo. Barron, U.S. Navy, 22 July n.y.
      ALS.
    • Box-folder 12:29
      Capt. J. MacKeever, Navy Yard, Gosport, to Commo. James Barron, Washington, 20 November, n.y.
      ALS.

      Re: affairs at the Navy Yard.

    • Box-folder 12:30
      Morris Myers to Commo. Barron, Navy Yard, n.d.
      ALS.

      Re: "two pieces of timber."

    • Box-folder 12:31
      Francis Page to Commo. James Barron, Norfolk, n.d.
      ALS.

      Enquiry about the activities of Gen'l Thomas Nelson in the Revolutionary War, made by the son of Gov. John Page. Reply of to be directed in care of Thos. N. Page in Richmond.

    • Box-folder 12:32
      Rich'd E. Parker, Norfolk, to [James Barron], 24 December n.y.
      ALS.

      Re: General Taylor and the defense of Coney Island.

    • Box-folder 12:33
      Invitations from the President to Commo. Barron, n.d.
      PADS.

      Three invitations to dinner (the President is not named).

    • Box-folder 12:34
      The Chevalier De Tacon to Commo. Barron, Brown's Hotel, [?], 31 January n.y.
      AL.

      Re: dimensions of a barge and dining bell.

    • Box-folder 12:35
      Lt. Wm. Tazewell to Commo. Barron, 26 June n.y.
      ALS.

      Introducing John Ambler.

  • Box-folder 12:37-50
    Subseries 2: Letters and Drafts of Letters sent by Commodore James Barron, n.d.
    • Box-folder 12:37
      [James Barron] to Tho. Broughton, Norfolk, 28 July n.y.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:38
      [James Barron] to Dr. Hermann, introducing Dr. Harris, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:39
      J[ames] B[arron] to Moffatt and Law, n.d.
      ADrS. 2 drafts on one sheet.
    • Box-folder 12:40
      J[ames] B[arron] "To a Member of Congress respecting Mid'n Henderson Williams," n.d.
      ADrS.
    • Box-folder 12:41
      [James Barron] to Alexander Porter, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:42
      [James Barron] to James Rammage, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:43
      [James Barron] to James Ronaldson, Pres. of the Faculty of the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:44
      J[ames] B[arron] to the Secretary of the Navy respecting Lyman Law, n.d.
      ADrS.
    • Box-folder 12:45
      [James Barron] to the Secretary of the Navy. Re: "on poppy seed," n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:46
      [James Barron] to the Secretary of the Navy. Re: "on change of stations," n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:47
      [James Barron] to Mr. Thompson, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:48
      [James Barron] to John Thompson, Richmond, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:49
      [James Barron] to Purser Thornton, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:50
      J[ames] B[arron] to [?], n.d.
      ADr.
  • Box-folder 12:51-81
    Subseries 3: Manuscripts written by, or preserved by Commodore James Barron, n.d.
    • Box-folder 12:51
      A statement, n.d.
      AD.

      Re: "Inventions and essays on Naval Subjects by Commodore James Barron...."

    • Box-folder 12:52
      Papers addressed to Commo. James Barron and written by him, n.d.
      8 items.ADrs.

      Re: the reorganization of the Board of Navy Commissioners.

    • Box-folder 12:53
      On "Telegraph" or "Rapid intercourse between distant places by sound or vision" [by James Barron], n.d.
      7 pages.ADr.

      Also enclosed are drawings of telegraph positions. 3 pages.

    • Box-folder 12:54
      Item concerns a system of signals, based on those written by [James Barron] in 1798-99, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:55
      Item concerns the considerations of "the Board" in the defense of the coasts of Virginia [in the War of 1812], n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:56
      Item concerns "steam boats" from early experiments made in 1784 or 1785 [by James Barron], n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:57
      Item concerns the Naval defense of Philadelphia [by James Barron], n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:58
      A letter to an editor [by James Barron], n.d.
      ADr.

      Re: the need for a school ship to train Americans.

    • Box-folder 12:59
      "Memorandum of my Business before Congress" [by James Barron], n.d.
      ADr.

      Extension of patents, remuneration for code signals, ventilators and prow ships, claim for father's bounty land vs. the claims of John Thompson.

    • Box-folder 12:60
      A claim for injuries received in 1798, 1799, and 1800, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:61
      "The Patriot and Capt. Starlius," a Revolutionary War account [by James Barron], n.d.
      5 pages.ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:62
      "Transactions in Virginia" in the Revolutionary War, n.d.
      ADr.

      Lord Dunmore is mentioned.

    • Box-folder 12:63
      "A Short History of the Continental Frigate Alliance," n.d.
      5 pages.AV.
    • Box-folder 12:64
      Item concerns military maneuvers, n.d.
      AD.
    • Box-folder 12:65
      Item concerns "rape seed." n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:66
      A poem, unsigned and untitled, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:67
      "Extract from a letter to the Hon'ble Secretary of State of the United States," n.d.
      ADr.

      Re: "the Raise and Capt. Egery in Tripoli."

    • Box-folder 12:68
      Item concerns Capt. Rodgers and Commo. Barron, n.d.
      2 items.ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:69
      Item concerns Commo. Stewart, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:70
      Item concerns Colonel Cropper and Commo. Haley, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:71
      Item concerns Mr. Drayton, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:72
      "Indecent and disrepectful conduct on the part of G.K. towards J[ames] B[arron]," n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:73
      "Original documents in Reply to Miles King" [by James Barron], n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:74
      Item concerns Mr. Armstead's testimony on the ship Portiain Denmark and Mr. Laakie, U.S. Consul in Copenhagen, [by James Barron], n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:75
      Port directions, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:76
      "Narrative, War for Independence," n.d.
      ADr.

      Re: Allen McLane.

    • Box-folder 12:77
      Item concerns "The Case of France and the U. States" in opposition to the opinion of Mr. Tazewell, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:78
      Largely illegible, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:79
      "From Polybius upon Ancient Ships," n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:80
      A sketch of a portion of the Baltic Sea and northern German lands, n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 12:81
      An address to "Young Ladies," n.d.
      ADr.

      Re: Susan B. Anthony.

  • Box-folder 12:82-87
    Subseries 4: Accounts, Lists and the Like, n.d.
    • Box-folder 12:82a
      Two account sheets, n.d.
      2 items.AD.

      Endorsement: "A Memorandum showing the difference between the price asked and that paid for building a Carriage House."

    • Box-folder 12:82g
      Statement about "Materials for a boat 10 by 15." n.d.
      AD.
    • Box-folder 12:83
      "The relative value of wood & coal as an article of fuel on board Ships of War," n.d.
      AD.
    • Box-folder 12:84
      "Estimate for a floating dock to contain a Frigate of 1st class," signed Wm P. Asisy, n.d.
      ADS,E.

      Endorsed: Commo. J. Barron's floating dock.

    • Box-folder 12:85
      "A Proportion of ammunition, stores, etc. for a 12 & 6 pounder and 5 ½ inch Howitzer," n.d.
      AD.
    • Box-folder 12:86
      Lists of infantry and artillery officers of Virginia, n.d.
      AD.
    • Box-folder 12:87
      "A List of Floating Lights on the Coast of England," n.d.
      AD.
Box 13, 1822, n.d.
Box-Folder: 13:1-6
Series 13: Box 13

A bound volume printed in Washington City in 1822 by Jacob Gideon, Jr. Proceedings of a Court of Enquiry held at the Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York upon Capt. James Barron of the United States Navy in May, 1821.111 pages.

Notes to the Trial of Commodore Barron, 1808.8 pages.

Proceedings of the General Court Martial convened for the trial of Commodore James Barron, Captain Charles Gordon, Mr. Witttam Nook and Capt. John Hall of the United States Ship Chesapeake in the Month of January, 1808.Published by Order of the Navy Department. 496 pages.

Second Copy of Proceedings of the Court of Enquiry, May 1821with 3 page autographed introduction [by James Barron].

Second copy of Notes to the Trial, 1808.

Autograph volume of a drama, "The Fencing Master's Daughter." 92 pages. unsigned.

  • Box-folder 13:1
    Bound volume printed in Washington City by Jacob Gideon, Jr. and includes the following three articles, 1822.
    • Box-folder 13:1
      Proceedings of a Court of Enquiry, May 1821, upon Captain James Barron., 1822.
      11 pages.PV.
    • Box-folder 13:1
      Notes to the trial of Commodore Barron, 1808, 1822.
      8 pages.
    • Box-folder 13:1
      Proceedings of the General Court Martial, January, 1808, Covered for the trial of Commodore James Barron., 1822.
      496 pages.
  • Box-folder 13:2
    Proceedings of a Court of Enquiry, held at the Navy Yard, Brooklyn, New York, upon Captain James Barron of the United States Navy in May, 1821., 1822.
    111 pages.PV,E.

    Autograph endorsement of 3 pages is included.

  • Box-folder 13:3
    Notes to the trial of Commodore Barron, 1808., n.d.
    PM.

    Includes a long letter from Ro. Saunders, Williamsburg, June 30, 1808, condemning the decision of the Court.

  • Box-folder 13:4
    "The Fencing Master's Daughter," (a play), n.d.
    92 pages.AV.
  • Box-folder 13:5
    Portions of a printed booklet, n.d.
    Numbered pages included are as follows: 9, 10, 15, 16, 19-22, 25-32, 43-46.PM.

    Re: Jamestown celebrations, with remarks made by G. Baidwin and John Madison.

  • Box-folder 13:6
    Handmade parchment envelope, n.d.
    AM.

    Endorsed, "Mrs. Hope. For my dear Mrs. Hope to keep Memoranda or Letters in."

Box 14, 1818-1955, n.d.
Box-Folder: 14:1-22
Series 14: Box 14

Papers connected with the inventions of James Barron, which are not included in previous boxes are collected here. There is an autograph summary statement regarding his inventions and collections of papers concerned with: ship ventilators, log ship, log dock, cork cutter, flag signals, board pump, washing machine, filtering machine, steam ram for battleships, vessel construction, and fan lifting mechanism.

There are also photographs of: a miniature of James Barron as a young man, made when he was living in Copenhagen; of a painting made of him in a later year; of a miniature of his father, Commo. James Barron, the Elder, of his nephew Commo. Samuel Barron (III), of his daughter, Mrs. George S.(Mary Barron) Blake and his grandson Frank Blake.

  • Box-folder 14:1-15
    Subseries 1: Papers connected with the inventions of James Barron, 1822-1848, n.d.
    • Box-folder 14:1
      A survey of "Inventions and essays on Naval Subjects by Commodore James Barron," n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 14:2
      Cork cutter description, [as invented by James Barron], n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 14:3
      "Original papers relating to the filtering machine" [as invented by James Barron], [1834].
      ADr.

      See correspondence of February 1834.

    • Box-folder 14:4
      Flag signals, papers connected with, n.d.
      7 items.ADr.

      Original letter on signals [by James Barron]. A review of the work done by Barron on signals. Draft of a resolution before the Senate and House of Representatives and the report of the committee on Naval Affairs. Charts and instructions on the use of Flag signals.

    • Box-folder 14:5
      Log dock descriptions, as invented by James Barron, n.d.
      4 pages.ADr.

      Sketch included.

    • Box-folder 14:6
      James Barron "To the Public," n.d.
      ADrS.

      A description of the log ship.

      Typescript copy of the above also included, 1848. Endorsed: "Southern Argus."

    • Box-folder 14:7
      Description of the valve pump invented by James Barron, n.d.
      5 items.ADr.
    • Box-folder 14:8
      Steam ram model photographs, 1827.
      3 photographs.Ph.

      "Submitted to the Navy Dep't by Commo. James Barron, U.S.N."

    • Box-folder 14:9
      Re: ships ventilators and bellows invented by James Barron, n.d.
      3 items.ADr.
    • Box-folder 14:10
      "Ventilators," n.d.
      AV.

      A 15 page booklet explaining that foul air is the cause of dry rot in the timber of vessels and of sickness among the crew with detailed plans for a more open construction of ships, with ventilators and bellows to change the air.

    • Box-folder 14:11
      "Plan of a vessel," [as invented by James Barron]. n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 14:12
      "Directions for using the washing machine [invented by James Barron], n.d.
      ADr.
    • Box-folder 14:13
      Patent issued to James Barron for a winch, with drawing, 25 April 1822.
      PADS.
    • Box-folder 14:14
      Patent issued to James Barron for "a Fan, moved by mechanism, for Bed Chambers, Dining Rooms, Halls, etc.", 5 May 1837.
      PADS.
    • Box-folder 14:15
      Patent issued to James Barron for "a new and useful improvement in the Washing Machine & for mangling Cloaths," 5 May 1837.
      PADS.
  • Box-folder 14:16-22
    Subseries 2: Pictorial Images, 1818, n.d.
  • Box-folder 14:16
    Photograph of miniature. Item shows either Commo. James Barron, the Elder (Comm. of Virginia Navy in the War of Independence) or his father, Capt. Samuel Barron who commanded at Fort George, n.d.
    2 items.Ph,E.
  • Box-folder 14:17
    Photograph of James Barron the Elder's Commission in the State Navy, n.d.
    Ph,E.

    The original image is signed by Thomas Jefferson, as Governor of Virginia, and framed in piece of the 'Constitution.'

  • Box-folder 14:18
    Photograph of a miniature of Commo. James Barron the Younger, painted by the Court Painter of Denmark, [1818]
    2 copies.Ph,E.
  • Box-folder 14:19
    Photograph taken from a portrait of Commo. James Barron, the Younger, n.d.
    Ph,E.
  • Box-folder 14:20
    Engraving of Commodore James Barron of the U.S. Navy. The engraving was produced by J.W. Steel, from the original painting by Neagle, n.d.
    Ph.
  • Box-folder 14:21
    Copper plate for printing of portraits of Commodore James Barron, n.d.
    Copper plate.
  • Box-folder 14:22
    Three photographs of Samuel Barron, Mary Barron, and Frank Blake, n.d.
    Ph,C, E.

    The photographs were enclosed in a cover, endorsed: " 'Uncle' 'Sam' Barron, nephew of Commo. Jas. Barron and son of Commo. Samuel Barron." "Mary Barron, daughter of Commo. James Barron, U.S.N. and wife of Commo. Geo. S. Blake, U.S.N. who remained on the Northern side." "Frank Blake, son of Mary Barron and Geo. S. Blake."

Box 15,
Box-Folder: 15:1-30
Series 15: Box 15

A collection of newspaper clippings and complete 4-page newspapers collected by Commo. James Barron, plus a few pieces regarding him collected by his family after his death. Included is one clipping from the Boston Traveler, [1808], in which there is criticism of the sentence of the court martial on The Chesapeake-Leopard Affair. From the Wall Street Reporterof 5 January 1850, little more than a year before his death, there is a long article, "Commodore Barron and the affair of the Chesapeake."

Regarding the Barron-Decatur duel, there is the "Extra" issued by the Norfolk Beacon, 24 March 1820, and clipping of reports of the duel from 7 other papers. In addition to a newspaper clipping of Mr. Randolph's resolution to Congress on the death of Decatur (which were withdrawn) and an "Indian oration" on the death,there are 6 reports of the duel, two on the return of James Barron to Norfolk after his convalescence in Washington, waiting for the healing of his wound sufficient for him to be moved, one on the action of the Grand Jury investigating the duel, and one editorial opposing the practice of dueling. There are 6 clippings on the Barron-Decatur duel as published in the papers and two on the pamphlet, which was published, containing the correspondence. Finally there is an article from 1850, a year before the death of Barron.

There are 3 clippings regarding the 1821 Naval Court of Enquiry held on James Barron and 5 clippings, 1947-1955, on the "Rodney Urn." This urn, given by some citizens of Norfolk to Caesar A. Rodney, a famous lawyer, previously U.S. Attorney General, who defended Barron at that Enquiry without pay. The urn, presented to Rodney "for his magnamanimous defense of Commo. Barron," was discovered in Independence Hall, Philadelphia, and was returned to Norfolk in 1954, where it is preserved.

Complete newspapers included in the collection are a copy of the National Gazette, Philadelphia, in which there is an editorial on the Court of Enquiry which is derogatory to Barron; a copy of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald, 4 July 1823, with the obituary of Mrs. Elizabeth Mosely Barron, late wife of James Barron; and a copy of the same paper, 28 August 1824, which contains an account of Barron's invitation to a testimonial dinner in Philadelphia, soon after his reinstatement in the Navy when he took command of the Navy Yard there. He rejected the testimonial as being an inappropriate action at that time. There are ten complete copies of newspapers which reported the visit of General Lafayette to the U.S. in 1824: The American Watchman, Wilmington, of 20 August; the Columbian Observer, Phila., of August 20; the Delaware Gazette, Wilmington, of August 27; the U.S. Gazette, Phila., of 23 and 25 September and 8 October; The New York Gazette, New York, of October; and the Washington Gazette, Washington, D.C. of 11 December. Included also is the complete American Beaconof Norfolk, of 1 May 1851, announcing the death of Commo. Barron on 21 April 1851.

There is also an editorial from the Norfolk Landmark, founded by James B----- Hope, suggesting that a battleship be names for B-----, and an undated article, written in Philadelphia [1825-1840] under the pseudonym Neptune, by James Barron, predicting that commercial steamships would some day be built 400 feet long to make the journey to Europe in eight days.

  • Box-folder 15:1
    "Extra" edition of the Norfolk Beaconannouncing the duel between Commodore Barron and Commodore Decatur, 24 March 1820.
    N.

    Time of newspaper issue: 2 o'clock P.M. Mailed to Commo. Barron, U.S. Navy, Beal's Hotel, Washington.

  • Box-folder 15:1
    Six newspaper clippings of reports of the Barron-Decatur duel. 23-25 March 1820.
    6 items.NCL.

    The newspaper clippings include the following: Georgetown [Metropolitan],23 March 1820; Baltimore Fed. Rep., 23 March 1820, and Baltimore American, 24 March 1820; National Intelligencer, Washington City Gazette, and Georgetown Metropolitan, [22-23 March 1820]; National Messenger, 24 March 1820; Niles Register, 25 March 1820; An one undated account.

  • Box-folder 15:2
    Report of the resolutions offered by Mr. Randolph in the House of Representatives, [March 1820].
    NCl.

    Re: mourning for Decatur and withdrawn for lack of support.

  • Box-folder 15:3
    "Indian Oration of the death of Commo. Decatur." from the National Gazette, n.d.
    NCl.
  • Box-folder 15:4
    Three reports of the arrangements for the funeral of Commo. Stephen Decatur, 23-25 March 1820.
    3 items.NCl.
  • Box-folder 15:5
    Later reactions to the duel, n.d.
    3 items.NCl.
  • Box-folder 15:6
    Reports of the return of Commo. Barron to Norfolk after convalescing from his wound, in Washington, 17 April 1820.
    2 items.NCl.

    Articles taken from The Heraldand Norfolk.

  • Box-folder 15:7
    Reports of the charge delivered by Chief Justice Cranch to the Grand Jury relative to the Barron-Decatur duel, 28 June 1820.
    2 items.NCl.

    The Heraldand the National Intelligencerreports.

  • Box-folder 15:8
    An editorial on the Barron-Decatur duel, which condemned all duels, [1820].
    NCl.
  • Box-folder 15:9
    Newspaper reports of the published correspondence of Barron and Decatur, 8-22 April 1820.
    6 items.NCl.

    The newspaper clippings include the following: American Beacon, 8 April 1820; Norfolk, 11 April 1820; The Gazette, Winchester, 15 April 1820; American Advocate, 22 April 1820; and two undated articles.

  • Box-folder 15:10
    Newspaper reports of a pamphlet of 26 pages published by the friends of Commo. Decatur containing the letters, which led up to the Barron-Decatur duel, [1820].
    2 items.NCl.
  • Box-folder 15:11
    Newspaper reports of the decision of the Naval Court of Enquiry on Commo. Barron, 13 August 1821.
    3 items.
  • Box-folder 15:12
    Newspaper reports of the discovery of the "Rodney Urn" in Philadelphia and its return to Norfolk, where it was placed on display, 1947-1955.
    4 items.ADr.

    The "Rodney Urn" was silver urn, given to Caesar Rodney, a former Attorney General of the U.S. who had defended James Barron at the Court of Enquiry without pay. The newspaper articles include the following: Norfolk Ledger-Dispatch, 10 January 1947; Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 14 November 1954; Norfolk Virginian-Pilot, 1 January 1955.

  • Box-folder 15:13
    The complete issue of the National Gazette and Literary Register, Philadelphia, 26 September 1821.
    N.

    This includes an editorial opinion of the Court of Enquiry upon Commo. Barron.

  • Box-folder 15:14
    The complete issue of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald, 4 July 1823.
    N.

    This contains the obituary of Mrs. Elizabeth Moseley Barron, late wife of Commo. James Barron.

  • Box-folder 15:15
    The complete issue of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Herald, 18 August 1824.
    N.

    This includes an editorial on the testimonial dinner offered to Commo. James Barron upon his assuming the command of the Philadelphia Naval Yard and his declining of it due to his wish "to avoid all appearance of ostentation or triumph."

  • Box-folder 15:16
    The complete issue of the American Watchman and Delaware Advertiser, Wilmington, 20 August 1824.
    N.

    This includes an account of the landing of General Lafayette in New York.

  • Box-folder 15:17
    The complete issue of the Columbian Observer, Philadelphia, 20 August 1824.
    N.

    This includes an editorial on Lafayette, "good man, sincere Patriot, and distinguished Soldier of our Revolution."

  • Box-folder 15:18
    The complete issue of the Delaware Gazette, Wilmington, 27 August 1824.
    N.

    This includes a report of the visit of General Lafayette to New York, Brooklyn, and New Haven.

  • Box-folder 15:19
    The complete issue of the United States Gazette, Philadelphia, 23 September 1824.
    N.

    This includes an announcement of the expected arrival of General Lafayette in Philadelphia with the order of Civic Procession.

  • Box-folder 15:20
    The complete issue of the United States Gazette, Philadelphia, 25 September 1824.
    N.

    This includes reports of the departure of General Lafayette from New York and his reception in Troy, New York.

  • Box-folder 15:21
    The complete issue of the Philadelphia Gazette and Daily Advertiser, 29 September 1824.
    N.

    This includes an account of the continuing journeys of "The Nation's Guest," General Lafayette.

  • Box-folder 15:22
    The complete issue of The Philadelphia Gazette and Daily Advertiser, 4 October 1824.
    N.

    This includes an account of the visit of General Lafayette to the Philadelphia Naval Yard, Commo. James Barron, commanding.

  • Box-folder 15:23
    The complete issue of The New York Gazette and General Advertising, 5 October 1824.
    N.

    This includes an account of the visit of "The Nation's Guest" General Lafayette, to the Philadelphia Naval Yard.

  • Box-folder 15:24
    The complete issue of The United States Gazette, Philadelphia, 8 October 1824.
    N.

    This includes a report of the visit of General Lafayette to Philadelphia and of his further journey to Chester, Pa., and on to Delaware.

  • Box-folder 15:25
    The complete issue of the Washington Gazette, 11 December 1824.
    N.

    This includes a report of the reception of General Lafayette by the United States Congress.

  • Box-folder 15:26
    Newspaper clipping, 22 July 1825.
    NCl.

    Re: Naval Courts, printed in The Herald.

  • Box-folder 15:27
    Article on the order of Procession for the funeral of Commo. Hull in Philadelphia, 19 February 1843.
    NCl.
  • Box-folder 15:28
    Renewed discussion of Commo. Barron in the Chesapeakeaffair, 5 January 1850.
    2 items.NCl.
  • Box-folder 15:29
    The complete issue of The American Beacon and Norfolk and Portsmouth Advertiser, 1 May 1851.
    N.

    This includes the obituary of Commo. James Barron.

  • Box-folder 15:30
    An editorial from The Landmark, Norfolk, founded by James Barron Hope, suggesting that a vessel be named for the late Commo. James Barron, 15 November 1899.
    NCl.
  • Letter - Thomas Truxton, Norfolk, [Virginia] to Capt. James Sever, n.p., 26 April 1800.
    Physical Location: Filed with the 1999 accessions. Number: 1999.44.
    1 page.ALS.

    Orders Sever to take over the Chesapeaketoward the end of May as Capt. [James] Barron says it will be ready then; he is to take his crew, the marine officer and marines, the master and about thirty seamen, such midshipmen and "pettee officers" as he thinks proper, and two or three warrant officers. The Chesapeakewill move down to the Cran[e]y Island. It is essential to get the ship out as early as possible.

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • A.P. (Abel Parker) Upshur (1790-1844),
  • Adams, John, 1735- 1826.
  • Amos Kendall (1789-1869),
  • Andrew Jackson (1767-1845),
  • Decatur, Stephen, 1779-1820.
  • Duff Green (1791-1875),
  • Elliott, Jesse Duncan, 1782-1845.
  • Green, Duff, 1791- 1875.
  • Jackson, Andrew, 1767-1845.
  • James Barron,
  • Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826.
  • Jesse Duncan Elliott (1782-1845).
  • John Adams (1735-1826),
  • Kendall, Amos, 1789-1869.
  • Stevens, William Oliver, 1878-1955.
  • Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826),
  • Upshur, A. P. (Abel Parker), 1790-1844.
  • William Oliver Stevens (1878-1955),