The Resource Charles Alexandre Lesueur collection

Charles Alexandre Lesueur collection

Label
Charles Alexandre Lesueur collection, 1830, 1837/03/22
Title
Charles Alexandre Lesueur collection
Inclusive dates
1830, 1837/03/22
Creator
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
This collection includes a March 22, 1837 letter written by Charles Alexandre Lesueur and sent from New Orleans, Louisiana to William Augustus Twigg at New Harmony, Indiana. In the letter Lesueur mentions that he is returning a nine hundred dollar note to be kept in trust until his return or to be used for William's wife and children in the event of his death. He also mentions that the banks in New Orleans were in dire straits and that a Mr. Nicolet was dead. The letter was written in French and the collection includes an English translation completed in December, 2017.Also included is an 1830 lithograph of Charles Alexandre Lesueur and his dogs, Bull, Penny and Spot at the mouth of the Fox River, close to New Harmony, Indiana
Biographical or historical data
Charles Alexandre Lesueur was born in Le Havre, France on January 1, 1778. Called "The Raphael of Zoological Painters," he was an artist and naturalist. He became acquainted with geologist William Maclure and accompanied him on a study tour of the West Indies and the United States. After his travels with Maclure, he settled in Philadelphia and helped found the Academy of Natural Sciences in that city. In 1825, he was persuaded to move to New Harmony, Indiana by Maclure and Robert Owen. He traveled to Indiana on Maclure's "Boatload of Knowledge" and arrived in early 1826. He was the guardian of his niece Virginia DuPalais and she accompanied him to New Harmony. Virginia married William Augustus Twigg in 1828. Lesueur remained in New Harmony making scientific sketches, teaching art, and going on archaeological explorations until 1837 when he returned to France by way of New Orleans. He died in France on December 12, 1846. Sources: Carmony, Donald, and Elliott, Josephine. "New Harmony, Indiana: Robert Owen's Seedbed for Utopia." Indiana Magazine of History, September 1, 1980. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/imh/article/view/10250/14211.Ewell Sale Stewart Library, Academy of Natural Sciences. "Charles Alexandre Lesueur Illustrations, ca. 1804-1829." Accessed December 28, 2017. https://www.ansp.org/research/library/archives/0100-0199/lesueur136b/.Purdue University Libraries, Archives and Special Collections. "Charles Alexandre Lesueur." Accessed December 28, 2017. http://www4.lib.purdue.edu/archon/?p=creators/creator&id=21.
Cataloging source
ISL
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lesueur, Charles Alexandre
Language note
Materials in French and English
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Twigg, William A
  • New Harmony (Ind.)
Label
Charles Alexandre Lesueur collection
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/2391
Instantiates
Note
  • A special thank you to Robert Vézina for translating the letter from French to English during December 2017
  • Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2017/12/29 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/12/29 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised on 2018/11/09 by Bethany Fiechter
Arrangement
This collection is arranged chronologically.
Control code
21293376
Cumulative index finding aids
Finding aid online.
Extent
0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Richard E. Banta on 1936/02/10.
System control number
(OCoLC)1023498254
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.
Label
Charles Alexandre Lesueur collection
Link
https://archives.isl.lib.in.us/repositories/2/resources/2391
Note
  • A special thank you to Robert Vézina for translating the letter from French to English during December 2017
  • Processing Information: Collection processing completed 2017/12/29 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2017/12/29 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid revised on 2018/11/09 by Bethany Fiechter
Arrangement
This collection is arranged chronologically.
Control code
21293376
Cumulative index finding aids
Finding aid online.
Extent
0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)
Governing access note
This collection is open for research
Ownership
This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a purchase from Richard E. Banta on 1936/02/10.
System control number
(OCoLC)1023498254
Terms governing use
Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

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