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Francoise Poivre du Pont de Nemours letters to Jacques Henri Bernardin de St. Pierre (photocopies)

circa 1769-1771
 Collection
Accession: 0349

Abstract

Francoise Robin du Pont (1748-1841) was the second wife of Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) a promienent French political economist, writer, publisher, and public administrator. The collection includes photocopied letters from du Pont to Jacques Henri Bernardin de St. Pierre (1737-1814). The letters are entirely personal, with social and literary references, all general in character.

Dates

  • circa 1769-1771

Creator

Extent

25 item(s)

Biographical Note

Françoise Robin du Pont (1748-1841) was the second wife of Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) a promienent French political economist, writer, publisher, and public administrator.

Françoise Robin was a daughter of Antoine Robin de Livet (1705-1772) of Lyon. Her first husband, Pierre Poivre (1719-1786), was a naturalist and author. They lived for a time on the Ile de France and returned to France in 1773. There were two daughters by this marriage: Marie Marguerite Sara (1773-1814) and Françoise Julienne (1770-1845) who married Jean Xavier Bureaux Pusy (1750-1806).

Françoise married second, Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours (1739-1817) at Chevannes in 1795; she was his second wife. She and her son-in-law, Jean Xavier Bureaux de Pusy, sailed from Rotterdam in 1799 to find and establish a home in the United States for the remainder of the family, who joined them several months later. She selected property in Bergen Point, New Jersey, which the family called "Goodstay."

Poivre and du Pont de Nemours returned to France in 1802. When her husband went back to the United States in 1815, she remained in France due to a hip injury. She was preparing to return when she received word of her husband's death. After his death, she maintained correspondence with the du Pont family until her death in Paris in 1841.

Scope and Contents

Photocopies of letters from Francoise Poivre du Pont de Nemours (1748-1841) to Jacques Henri Bernardin de St. Pierre (1737-1814). Probably written between 1769 and 1771 when both were residing in the Ile de France, she was the wife of the intendant and he was an engineer. The letters, all in her hand, are entirely personal, with social and literary references, all general in character. Included with these is an additional item, a letter of Madame Adrien Georges Buschey des Noes, wife of the deputy to the Assemblee Nationale Constituante, to Bernardin de St. Pierre, written 1796.

Location of Originals

Originals at Bibliotheque Municipale du Havre, France.

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access; this collection is open for research.

Use Restrictions

Not to be reproduced.

Language of Materials

French


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Francoise Poivre du Pont de Nemours letters to Jacques Henri Bernardin de St. Pierre (photocopies)
Status:
Author:
John Beverly Riggs
Date:
1970
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Revision Statements

  • 2021: Ashley Williams

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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