Vermont Historical Society
1777-1923, 0.5 linear foot.
This collection includes five books, three of which were printed by James Lyon and two of which are about Matthew Lyon, and five folders of documents related to the lives of Matthew and James Lyon. Papers include: a bill of sale for a forge and related equipment signed by Matthew Lyon; both an original and a typed copy of a letter from Matthew Lyon to Andrew Selden, Esq. of Bennington, Vermont, in which Matthew criticizes the Sedition Acts and enumerates the reasons that the approaching war with England is a mistake; a photostat of Matthew Lyon's Revolutionary War pension file; a receipt for lottery tickets printed by James Lyon; and a copy of the Report of the Judiciary Committee of the 23rd U.S. Congress, in which the committee overturned Matthew Lyon's conviction under the Alien and Sedition Acts as unconstitutional, and refunded the fine levied against him to his heirs.
1790-1850, 3 folders.
This collection contains photocopies and transcriptions of 23 letters from Matthew Lyon of Vermont and Kentucky, or letters that are in some way related to Matthew Lyon, during the period 1790-1850. They were collected and transcribed by Mildred Rodgers Tandy of Marietta, Georgia. Many of the original letters are held by the Massachusetts Historical Society and the New-York Historical Society. One of the most frequent correspondents is Albert Gallatin.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and
In the John Messinger papers, 1797-1878, 0.42 linear foot.
Letters from Matthew Lyon (17) discuss the new territorial government and appointment of a governor, mail contracts, Illinois statehood, bounty lands in Illinois, trading in Arkansas, and Messinger's appointment as surveyor in Illinois.
Arkansas History Commission
Little Rock, AR
1934, 2 items.
The material relates to Matthew Lyon.
Boston Public Library
Detroit Public Library
Burton Historical Collection
In Benjamin Franklin Hawkins Witherell papers, 1781-1924. 5 volumes and 2 boxes.
Includes leases, deeds, and other papers (1781-1797) of Lyon.
Filson Club Historical Society
In the Charles Lanman collection.
Autobiographical or biographical sketch. Unpublished finding aid in repository.
George Washington Mount Vernon
Fred W. Smith National Library
Mount Vernon, VA
1798, 3 pages.
A letter from George Washington to Alexander White written on March 1, 1798. In the letter, Washington thanks him for passing on information about the memorial before Congress and debates concerning the "disgraceful topic" occupying House of Representatives [Representative Matthew Lyon's attack on Rep. Roger Griswold] -- he decries party feuds -- mentions trouble with France and how he had hoped they would unify Congress -- asks White what the general opinion of Col. Monroe's "view of the Conduct of the Executive of the United States" is.
Kentucky Historical Society
1813, 1 item.
This letter, written at Eddyville, Kentucky, March 23, 1813, was sent by Matthew Lyon to Governor Isaac Shelby concerning protection of white settlers in that area. Lyon wrote this letter to Shelby seeking a guard in the area near the Cumberland River due to the settlers' alarm over the proximity of the Creek and Chickasaw Indians. He also complained that the state of Tennessee afforded greater protection to its citizens in the area than did Kentucky. Lyon wanted a share of the militia called out south of the Green River to be employed on the Kentucky side of the state line.
New-York Historical Society
New York, NY
1795-1818. 14 letters.
Finding aid in repository.
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