James Pike Papers, 1793-1842 (with text)

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Pike, James, 1777-1842.


Papers, 1793-1842.



0.2 linear ft.



Educator, author.


James Pike was a New England school teacher and compiler of textbooks.  He wrote The Columbian Orthographer (1806) and The Little Reader (1814).


Correspondence (1805-1809); diaries (1793-1811); legal papers (1809-1842); school and teaching records (1798-1807); and an undated draft of a constitution for a 'School for Young Ladies.'  Correspondents include Mr. Bliss of publishing house Hastings, Etherbridge & Bliss, Nathan Kinsman, John Pike, and Nicholas Pike.












Commonplace books.






Book industries and trade -- New England.


Education -- Women.

Educators -- Diaries.

Educators -- New England.

English language -- Orthography and spelling.

Latin language -- Study and teaching.

Publishers and publishing -- New England.


Kinsman, Nathan, 1777-1829.

Pike, John.

Pike, Nicholas, 1743-1819.


Hastings, Etherbridge & Bliss.




Pike, James, 1777-1842.The Columbian orthographer.

Pike, James, 1777-1842.The little reader.



George Arents Research Library for Special Collections at Syracuse University,

Manuscript Collections,

Bird Library,

Room 600,

Syracuse, N.Y.  13244-2010.


Purchase, 1969.



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{7:54:570:I:174,207:2139,2709}MSS 58 PIKE, JAMES, 1777-1842 PAPERS, 1793-1842 1/2 box (.2 lin.ft.) Biography James Pike, the son of John and Martha Trevett Pike, was born in Somersworth, New Hampshire, in March 1777. Without doubt he received at least a common school education since he began teaching himself in December 1798. His first school was at Wakefield, Massachusetts and it was followed by terms at Newbury "Newtown," Salisbury, and Charlestown, Massachusetts, in his home town of Somersworth, New Hampshire and in the Maine towns of Buxton, Berwick and Portland.  While teaching in Portland he saw through the press and used in his own classroom his spelling book, The Columbian Orthographer, which Daniel Johnson published in 1806. The work was sufficiently meritorious so that a number of editions followed. Pike was in Charlestown, Massachusetts, in 1808-1809, preparing copy and reading proof on a dictionary to be issued by the Charlestown firm of Etheridge & Bliss. If the work was published under Pike's name, no copy seems to have survived. He is known to have issued one further school text, The Little Reader, for which the certificate of copyright 1814, is in the collection. By October of 1812, Pike's eyesight had failed him after many years of eye trouble. Apparently he was not married when his blindness occurred, and it is inferred from material in the collection that he was cared for by his family and that he remained single until his death in 1842 at Somersworth.  Description The James Pike papers have been given a simple arrangement which has placed similar materials together in a single alphabetical sequence. Commonplaces consist of eleven items, ten of them in notebook form, in which Pike or members of his family recorded information from books, newspapers, or other sources to which they wished to refer subsequently. Among the commonplaces is an index to a "History of the World" compiled by Pike. The correspondence consists of the following letters, arranged chronologically: Nicholas Pike to James Pike, February 25, 1805  The Printers (i.e., John M'Kown?) to [James Pike, 1806]  A Friend to the Ladies to an unidentified publication, [1806?], draft  James Pike to John Pike, September 6, 1806, June 20, 1809 Nathan Kinsman to James Pike, September 2, 1807 [James Pike] to Mr. Bliss, June 27, 1808  Diaries in the collection cover the period 1793-1811 with gaps, and for the most part consist of single or two-line entries largely recording the weather. A number of entries, however, are more full and describe arrivals, departures and other events, as well as documenting the frequent eye trouble from which Pike suffered. Some vital records of the Pike family and of Somersworth neighbors are also to be found in the diaries, which are chronologically arranged.


{7:54:571:I:150,42:2076,1851}Pike - Inv. - 2 Description (continued) Legal papers include a series of depositions, a certificate of copyright, a deed, and two receipts, chronologically arranged. Miscellaneous writings include five items on a number of topics of a miscellaneous nature which may have been written by Pike. Of interest among these is a draft of a constitution for a "School for Young Ladies." School materials include two aids compiled or copied by Pike for use in the instruction of Latin, and a record of the names of his pupils, 1798-1807. Purchase, March 1969 Shelf List Box l  PAPERS Commonplaces, n.d. Correspondence, 1805-1809 Diaries 1793-1794, 1796 1799-1801, 1803, 1806 1807-1811 Legal papers, 1809-1842 Miscellaneous writings, n.d. School materials Latin teaching aids, n.d. Record of pupils, 1798-1807 gba 8/69




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