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Collection Number: 01235-z

Collection Title: Alexander Macwhorter Papers, 1764-1807.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 3 items
Abstract Alexander Macwhorter (1734-1807) was a Presbyterian minister of New Jersey, North Carolina, and South Carolina and trustee of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University). The collection includes manuscript copies of extracts (22 pages) from the oration at the funeral of Macwhorter; a pastoral letter, 1766, of Elihu Spencer (1721-1784), moderator of the Presbyterian Church of New York, containing a religious interpretation of the relations of France, England, and the colonies; and minutes, 1764, of the New Jersey synod sending Macwhorter and Spencer on a southern mission.
Creator Macwhorter, Alexander, 1734-1807.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Alexander Macwhorter Papers, #1235-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from the North Carolina Historical Society, February 1947.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Alexander Macwhorter (1734-1807) was a Presbyterian minister of Scottish descent. His maternal ancestors were among the first emigrants from Scotland to the North of Ireland, and his direct maternal ancestors and their children were wiped out in the massacre of 1641, with the exception of an infant from whom Macwhorter is descended. His parents emigrated to America about the year 1730 and settled in Delaware. Following his father's death, the family relocated to North Carolina. Macwhorter went on to live and work and North Carolina, South Carolina, and New Jersey, and he was a trustee of the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University).

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The collection includes manuscript copies of extracts (22 pages) from the oration at the funeral of Alexander Macwhorter; a pastoral letter, 1766, of Elihu Spencer (1721-1784), moderator of the Presbyterian Church of New York, containing a religious interpretation of the relations of France, England, and the colonies; and minutes, 1764, of the New Jersey synod sending Macwhorter and Spencer on a southern mission.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, June 2010

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

Diacritics and other special characters have been omitted from this finding aid to facilitate keyword searching in web browsers.

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