John Macpherson Berrien Papers

This collection consists of manuscripts, printed material, pictures, and scrapbooks. Correspondence within the collection relates to personal, legal, and political matters, specifically regarding the Peggy Eaton affair (also known as the Petticoat Affair) in the Cabinet of President Jackson. In addition, the collection contains genealogical information regarding several families. Correspondence regarding the Peggy Eaton controversy includes letters to and from Berrien and President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), John Henry Eaton (1790-1856), Samuel D. Ingham (1779-1869), Francis Preston Blair (1791-1876), William Thorne Williams, Richard Wylly Habersham (1786-1842), and John Branch (1782-1863). Among other correspondents in the collection are Francis Stebbins Bartow (1816-1861), Absolom H. Chappell (1801-1878), Henry Clay (1777-1852), Gen. Duncan Lamont Clinch (d. 1849), Howell Cobb (1815-1868), George W. Crawford (1798-1872), Henry H. Cumming, John Alfred Cuthbert (1788-1881), William Crosby Dawson (1798-1856), Peter Stephen DuPonceau (1781-1844), Louis N. Falligant, Hamilton Fish (1808-1893), William Gaston, George Rockingham Gilmer (1790-1859), Charles Harris (1772-1827), Charles Jones Jenkins (1805-1883), Herschel Vespasian Johnson (1812-1880), Reverdy Johnson (1796-1876), Augustus Baldwin Longstreet (1790-1870), Charles James McDonald (1793-1860), James A. Meriwether (1806-1852), John Milledge (1757-1818), Eugenius Aristides Nisbet (1803-1871), James Proctor Screven (1799-1859), President John Tyler (1790-1862), John Van Buren (1810-1866), and Daniel Webster (1782-1852). Included with the legal correspondence are other legal papers such as briefs, opinions, and interrogations. Correspondence is arranged chronologically. An abbreviated calendar of the correspondence through 1855 has been compiled and is included in the Descriptive Materials attached to the finding aid. From 1856-1902, the correspondence is personal, of either the Falligant family or Laurence Cecil Berrien, John MacPherson Berrien's son. After 1902, the correspondence is almost entirely of Mrs. Rosa Berrien Boroughs, granddaughter of John MacPherson Berrien, and deals with family history. Family data was compiled by Mrs. Rosa B. Burroughs and is arranged alphabetically by name of family.

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