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Nicholas Low Papers Supplement

Call Number

MS 392.1


1784-1829, inclusive



0.5 Linear feet

Language of Materials

English .


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Biographical Note

Missing Title

1739 Mar. 30 Nicholas Low born near New Brunswick, NJ to Cornelius Low, Jr. and Johanna (Gouverneur) Low
1785 Low, already established as a prominent New York City businessman, is elected a director of the Bank of New York. Soon thereafter, he becomes a director of the NY branch of the Bank of the United States.
1788 Low, a member of the Assembly, is a Federalist member of the state constitutional convention in Poughkeepsie.
1790-1823 Low manages the finances of Rufus King, a fellow Federalist and government official.
[1800-1826] Low's chief interest is in the role of proprietor and land speculator in New York City and State.
1826 Nov. 15 Low dies in New York City


Chronological arrangement within each series.

This collection is organized into nine series.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of 167 items, the majority of which is correspondence, chiefly letters sent to Low by the statesman Rufus King concerning financial matters and, to some extent, political affairs. The remainder of the collection is made up of correspondence received by Low from other correspondents. There is one letter penned by Low himself as well as a portion of Nicholas Low's father Cornelius Low's will.

Rufus King's early letters to Low, which span the years 1790 to 1792, discuss matters of political affairs including: the establishment of a national bank; the Bank of North America and the Bank of New York; and the gubernatorial election in New York. Rufus King served as minister to Great Britain from 1796 to 1803. During this time, King's letters to Low discuss both domestic and international politics as well as his personal finances. As the years progress, the later correspondence from King primarily deals with his personal finances.

Access Restrictions

Open to qualified researchers.

Photocopying undertaken by staff only. Limited to twenty exposures of stable, unbound material per day. (Researchers may not accrue unused copy amounts from previous days.)

Use Restrictions

Permission to quote from this collection in a publication must be requested and granted in writing. Send permission requests, citing the name of the collection from which you wish to quote, to

Library Director
The New-York Historical Society
170 Central Park West
New York, NY 10024

Preferred Citation

This collection should be cited as Nicholas Low Papers Supplement, The New-York Historical Society.


Donation by Peter McBean, 1989

Collection processed by

Processed by Charles S. Birmingham

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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-08-21 15:49:14 -0400.
Language: Description is in English.

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New York, NY 10024