Scope and arrangement
The collection, dating from 1801 to 1823, consists of letters written by Henry Dearborn to public officials and others, two personal letters to his son Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn, a brief note, and miscellaneous documents with his signature. Also present is a letter written by Henry Dearborn's wife Sarah Bowdoin Dearborn to H.A.S. Dearborn's wife, 1822, describing their life in Lisbon.
Letters written by Henry Dearborn to officials as U.S. Secretary of War chiefly pertain to state militia quotas and payment of invalid pensions. Other items include an 1807 letter to Judge Davis concerning a rumor that Aaron Burr's expedition to the west had Dearborn’s approval, and a letter to David L. Child seeking his service as private secretary at Lisbon, 1822. A letter to his son Henry, 1805, concerns the choice of a wife, and a letter written to him from Lisbon, 1823, discusses international politics and family activities.