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William Hunter Papers

A description of his papers at Syracuse University

Finding aid created by: LMD
Date: 19 May 2010

Biographical History

Lt. William Hunter was a naval officer and acting captain aboard the U.S.S. Franklin, the flagship of the Pacific Squadron from 1821-1824.

Scope and Contents of the Collection

The William Hunter Papers consist of account books, correspondence, and notes, mostly dating from when Hunter was the commanding officer of the USS Franklin.

There are three small account books. The first is dated 1822 and contains payroll and supply accounts as well as occasional diary entries describing the Franklin's voyages in South America. The second account book has been disbound and contains further pay and supply accounts from 1822-1825. The third notebook is undated and contains several pages of short diary entries and financial accounts.

The collection contains four items of correspondence sent to Hunter by fellow naval officers and friends. One, dated 22 Jan 1817, was written in response to a court martial of Hunter and testifies to his good character.

Lastly, the collection contains several pages of undated receipts and accounts also kept by Hunter.

Arrangement of the Collection

Items are in chronological order within each series.


Access Restrictions:

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Use Restrictions:

Written permission must be obtained from SCRC and all relevant rights holders before publishing quotations, excerpts or images from any materials in this collection.

Subject Headings


Hunter, William, fl. 1817-1825.


Franklin (Ship of the line)
United States. Navy -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.

Genres and Forms

Account books.
Logs (records)
Receipts (financial records)



Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Preferred citation for this material is as follows:

William Hunter Papers,
Special Collections Research Center,
Syracuse University Libraries

Acquisition Information

Purchased, 1966.

Table of Contents

Account Books