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

Creator: 
Moore, Charity Clarke, -1838
Phys. Desc: 
1 box (2 volumes (54 items) and 1 Box)
Call Number: 
UA#0166 Items #1 and 2 (Columbiana Mss #1 and #2)
Location: 
Rare Book & Manuscript Library
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Biographical Note

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

Scope and Contents

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