Bull family. Papers, 1799-1836.
Papers of the Bull family contain deeds to land in Northumberland County; certificate of ordination of Levi Bull, priest of the Episcopal Church, signed by Bishop William White, 1805; and other items.
Gift of James H. Bull.
Bull, James, 1817-1904. Journal, 1843-1844.
A diary of James Bull of a journey through Mexico and lower and upper California with data on economic and social conditions, the influence of the Catholic church and Jesuits among the Indians, missions, pearl fisheries, travel, topography of the country, and incidents of the trip. Letters of introduction and a Mexican passport are also included.
Gift of Commodore James H. Bull, 1927.
Bunting-Nicholson papers, 1684-1850.
(ca. 50 items.)
Chiefly land transactions in Burlington County, N.J., in which Samuel Bunting and George Nicholson were interested. There are patents of land, indentures, agreements, wills, surveys.
Purchased, Library Fund, 1939.
Burd, Edward, 1751-1833. Partition of estate, 1834.
(41 parchment leaves.)
Deeds in partition of Edward Burd's estate.
Gift of Eli K. Price, 1934.
Burd, Edward Shippen, 1779-1848. Papers, 1798-1858.
Personal, business, and legal records of Edward S. Burd, Philadelphia lawyer: receipt books, 1798-1820, 1805-1831; catalogue of Burd's law library and copies of sample legal instruments, 1798-1800; account book of lumber and sundries for his Pine Street, Philadelphia, building, 1820; plans and abstracts of title of land owned by Burd, 1814-1820; receipts for taxes, water rents, mortgage interest, wages, 1823-1833, and real estate accounts, mortgages, ground rent, 1830-1834; taxes and interest receipt book, 1813-1823; income and investment book, 1848; Mrs. Eliza H. Burd's receipt book, 1848-1857; and grocery account books of the Burd Orphan Asylum, 1855-1858, 1856-1858.
Burd, Edward Shippen, 1779-1848. Legal Commonplace book, 1802.
The legal commonplace book of Edward Shippen Burd, Philadelphia lawyer, containing
notes on definitions, forms of action, and procedures drawn from Coke on Littleton and other British authorities; continued with notes on admiralty practice and a summary of a decision by Richard Peters in an admiralty case, 1802; also records several fees received by Burd, 1803, 1805.
Gift of Harold E. Gillingham, 1934.
Burns, James. Collection, 1793-1860.
Papers of James Burns, naval officer and Philadelphia physician: commission signed by John Adams, 1798; 3 manuscript booklets on naval signal flags, veering and shortening sail and ships' regulations and orders on the U.S.S. Ganges, Congress and Constellation, 1800-1802; notes certifying Burns's medical competence, signed by Benjamin Rush, William Shippen, Jr., and Caspar Wistar, Jr.; J.H. Gibbons class admission ticket for his medical studies in the University of Pennsylvania, 1793-1795, 1810; a broadside of South Carolina proclamation, The Union is Dissolved, 1860.
Gift of Charles M. Burns, 1914.
Busch, Meirs. Papers, 1838-1879.
(ca. 50 items.)
Family papers of Meirs Busch, including: an agreement to charter the ship Susan G. Owen, to ship merchandise to San Francisco, Cal., 1849; certificate of Spanish indemnities awarded to Joseph A. Clay, 1838, 1841; miscellaneous bills for merchandise, 1836-1860; University of Pennsylvania programs, pamphlets, correspondence.
Collection of Business, Professional, and Personal Accounts, 1676-1904.
Records of miscellaneous business enterprises:
- Allen, Nehemiah. Account book, 1698-1736. Allen was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Andrews and Meredith. Invoice book, 1794-1795. Andrews and Meredith were merchants and shippers. (1 v.)
- Archer, Isaac. Business and personal receipt book, 1795-1831. (1 v.)
- Archer, Joseph. Letterbooks, 1833-1834. Joseph Archer was engaged in Canton tea, silk, and rice trade. (2 v.)
- Armstrong, William. Receipt book, 1778. Armstrong was a merchant and army contractor. (1 v.)
- Ashurst, William H. Receipt book, 1839-1844. Ashurst was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Aurora. Office account books, 1822-1824. The Aurora was a Philadelphia newspaper. (2 v.)
- Backhouse, Jones and Backhouse (Philadelphia, Pa.) Ledger, 1773-1775. Backhouse, Jones and Backhouse were Philadelphia merchants trading in raccoon and beaver skins. (1 v.)
- Bailey, Robert and Francis, Records, 1794-1856. The Baileys were Philadelphia printers. Included here are a daybook, 1794-1797; Lydia Bailey waste book, 1794-1829; memorandum book, 1795-1841; and journal, 1799-1856. (4 v.)
- Baily, Robert. Letterbook, 1796-1807. Baily was a Philadelphia liver oil merchant, fish and general merchandise merchant. (1 v.)
- Baker, Abel and William Sill. Ledger, 1813-1815. Baker and Sill were general merchants trading in whiskey, shoes, muslin, and tobacco. (1 v.)
- Baker, Charles H. Account book, 1812 and Letterbook, 1812-1813. (2 v.)
- Baker, John and Samuel. Receipt book, 1824-1829. (1 v.)
- Godfrey Baker and Company. Records, 1780-1805. Godfrey Baker and Company were Philadelphia merchants and shippers. Included in these records are receipt books, 1780-1782, 1786, 1796-1805 and cashbook, 1780. (4 v.)
- Batho, John. Letterbook, 1765-1768. Batho was a Philadelphia-Antigua merchant and shipper. (1 v.)
- Baynton, Peter. Ledger and letterbook, 1721-1726. Peter Baynton was a Hagerstown, Md. pottery merchant. (1 v.)
- Benson, Alexander. Ledger, 1829. Merchant and shipper. (1 v.)
- Benson, Thomas. Account book, 1748-1755 and ledger, 1809-1815. Thomas Benson was a general merchant. (1 v.)
- Billmeyer, Michael. Ledger, 1809-1815. Billmeyer was a Philadelphia bookdealer. (1 v.)
- Bird, James. Account book, 1777-1781. Bird was a Philadelphia cord and wood dealer. (1 v.)
- Blackwell, Robert. Receipt book, 1783-1821. (1 v.)
- Bonsall, James. Account book, 1722-1729. Bonsall was a Philadelphia silk and cotton merchant. (1 v.)
- Booth, Louisa C. Account book, 1829-1844. This account book contains family accounts. (1 v.)
- Bradford, William. Maritime insurance ledger, 1771-1775. (1 v.)
- Bradywine Mills. Account book, 1815-1817, 1821-1822. (1 v.)
- Brown, David S. Receipt book, 1842-1847. (1 v.)
- Brown, John. Account books, 1774-1777, 1783-1787. Brown was a Philadelphia miller. (2 v.)
- Brown, Peter. Account book, 1796-1849. (1 v.)
- Brown, William R. Ledger, 1853-1856. Brown was a Doylestown merchant. (1 v.)
- Bunting, Josiah. Ledger, 1812-1813. Bunting was a Philadelphia lumber merchant. (1 v.)
- California, Philadelphia, and European Steamship Company. Subscription list, 1860. This list was for capital stock. (1 v.)
- Carson, Joseph. Receipts books, 1775-1791. (4 v.)
- Chalfont, Jesse. Account book, 1842-1876. Chalfont was a Wilmington, Del. merchant. (1 v.)
- Chevalier, John and Peter. Journals, 1757-1761, 1770-1783. John and Peter Chevalier were Philadelphia and China merchants dealing in rugs, blankets, dry goods, and general merchandise. (2 v.)
- Clark, Brainard. Receipt book, 1831-1838. Personal receipts are kept in this book. (1 v.)
- Clark, Daniel. Letter and invoice book, 1759-1763. Clark was a Philadelphia furniture, china, and leather merchant. (1 v.)
- Claypoole, James. Letterbook, accounts, and receipts, 1681-1683. (1 v.)
- Cleaver, Ellis. Daybook, 1830-1852. Cleaver was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Cline, Henry. Receipt book, 1800-1848. This book includes Philadelphia personal and domestic receipts. (1 v.)
- Coates, Samuel. Ciphering and invoice books, 1724-1758. Coates was a Philadelphia merchant. (2 v.)
- Coates, Thomas. Ledger, 1705-1726. Coates was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Coleman, William. Ledger, 1757-1768. Coleman was the treasurer of the College of Philadelphia and merchant. (1 v.)
- The Commercial Rooms Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1767-1871. These records include: invoice book, 1767-1774; prize money ledger, 1782; tobacco and sundries
account book, 1787-1789; subscription book, 1810-1812; general accounts, 1821-1823; minute book, 1837-1880; election of members, 1838-1877; roll book, 1838-1865; and journals, 1863-
1871. (9 v.)
- Caleb Cope and Company. Account books, 1842-1866. Caleb Cope and Company were Philadelphia general merchants. (2 v.)
- Dannacker, George. Records, 1788-1795. Dannacker's records include: daybook, 1794-
1795; cashbook, 1788-1795; and bankbook, 1794-1795. (3 v.)
- DeKnouse and Fullmer. Bankbook, 1815-1816. DeKnouse and Fullmer were Philadelphia merchants. (1 v.)
- Demuth, Jacob. Ledger, 1796-1847. Demuth was a tobacco merchant. (1 v.)
- Denham, Thomas. Ledger, 1726-1729. Denham was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Diehl, Nicholas. Ledger, legal forms, and regulations, 1796-1817. Diehl was a notary public. (2 v.)
- Dilworth, Samuel. Invoice books, 1783-1792. Dilworth was a Philadelphia merchant and ironmonger. (2 v.)
- Dohan and Taitt. Letterbook, 1859-1860. Dohan and Taitt were Philadelphia tobacconists. (1 v.)
- Drum, Jacob. Account book, 1821-1822. Drum was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Duvall, Henry. Records, 1821-1886. Duvall was a Greensburg merchant. Included in his records are: ledgers, 1847-1876, 1879-1886 and daybook, 1821-1822. (3 v.)
- George Eckert and Company. Daybook, 1846-1861. George Eckert and Company were Philadelphia dry goods merchants. (1 v.)
- Edwards, John and Hannah. Receipt book, 1841-1861. This receipt books include personal and domestic receipts for John and Hannah Edwards. (1 v.)
- Egbert, Abraham. Account book, 1803-1811. Egbert was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Ellis, Robert. Account book, 1736-1748. Ellis was a Philadelphia shipper and merchant. (1 v.)
- Evans, David. Daybooks, 1774-1812. Evans was a Philadelphia carpenter. Included here are records for coffins and venetian blinds. (3 v.)
- Evans, Thomas. Ledger, 1770-1795. Evans was a leather goods merchant. (1 v.)
- Fassitt, Edward C. Receipt book, 1838. Fassitt was a Philadelphia attorney. Included here are both legal and personal receipts. (1 v.)
- Ferris, Benjamin. Daybook, 1801-1807. Ferris was a Philadelphia clock and watchmaker. (1 v.)
- Thomas, Miers, and Samuel Fisher. Account books, 1769-1795. Thomas, Miers, and Samuel Fisher were Philadelphia merchants and shippers. These records are a ledger and journal, 1769-1795. (2 v.)
- Foot, John. Ledger, 1790-1841. Foot was a Susquehana County, shoe merchant. (1 v.)
- Forbes, William. Account book, 1768-1787. Forbes was a Philadelphia merchant and shipper. (1 v.)
- Franklin, Samuel R. and Margaret. Receipt and account books, 1814-1847. Includes both personal and domestic receipts and accounts. (4 v.)
- Franks, David. Account book, 1760-1823. (1 v.)
- Franks and Lewden. Daybook, 1810-1811. Franks and Lewden were Christiana, Del. merchants. (1 v.)
- Franks and Wagner. Receipt book, 1824-18839. Franks and Wagner dealt in real estate. (1 v.)
- Fry, John. Account book, 1795-1798. Fry was a Philadelphia hardware merchant. (1 v.)
- Fuller, Benjamin. Papers, 1762-1799. These papers include letterbooks, 1762-1791; account book, 1769-1799; and receipt book, 1795-1799. (5 v.)
- Gambier, Samuel. Account book, 1758-1762, 1804-1812. Gambier was a Philadelphia hatter. (1 v.)
- Gardner, Sarah and Peter. Receipt book, 1761-1771. (1 v.)
- Gillingham, Joseph E. Records, 1850-1879. Joseph E. Gillingham, a Philadelphia businessman, dealt in stocks, bonds, and mortgages. These records contain a personal ledger, 1850-1879, and journal, 1874-1879. (2 v.)
- Gilpin, J.F. Invoice book, 1837. This invoice included records for general merchandise. (1 v.)
- Gilpin, Vincent and John F. Records, 1822-1865. Vincent and John F. Gilpin were Philadelphia merchants and shippers. Their records include: daybook, 1822-1847; ledger, 1822-
1847; bank account book, 1835-1838; dividend book, 1822-1847; daybook, 1828-1831; ledgers, 1838-1839; and accounts paid out, 1864-1865. (8 v.)
- Gough and Caramault. Letterbook, 1757-1761. Gough and Caramault were Philadelphia merchants. (1 v.)
- Graff, Jacob. Receipt and cashbook, 1776-1790. Graff was a Philadelphia dry goods, shoe, and general merchandise merchant. (1 v.)
- Greeves, John. Ledger, 1753-1757. Greeves was a dry goods importer. (1 v.)
- Grove, Jacob. Daybook and journal, 1838. Grove was a general merchant and shipper. (1 v.)
- Habacker, George. Receipt book, 1779-1780. Habacker was a Philadelphia merchant dealing in flour, whiskey, coffee, and sugar. (1 v.)
- Hamilton, John. Records, 1804-1833. Hamilton was a Philadelphia merchant. The records include: receipt books, 1804-1833; letterbook, 1809-1813; daybooks, 1804-1808, 1818-
1819; ledgers, 1808-1828; and account book, 1808-1813. (9 v.)
- Hamilton and Drew. Records, 1805-1810. Hamilton and Drew were Philadelphia merchants. These records include: ledger, day, and receipt books, 1805-1810. (3 v.)
- Hamilton and Hood. Records, 1803-1838. Hamilton and Hood were Philadelphia merchants. These records include cashbooks, journals, ledgers, and letterbooks. (18 v.)
- Harrison, John. Records, 1800-1804. These records include daybooks, 1800-1804 and ledger, 1800-1803 for a merchant dealing in drugs and sundries. (3 v.)
- Harvey, Isaac. Receipt book, 1809-1838. (1 v.)
- Hayes, Richard. Ledger, 1708-1740. Hayes was a merchant. (1 v.)
- Henderson, Robert. Records, 1779-1823. Henderson was a Philadelphia merchant. These records include: ledgers, journals, receipts, daybooks, cash books, inventory, laundry and stockholders books. (6 linear ft.)
- Hildeburn, Samuel. Letterbook, 1815-1818. Hildeburne was a Philadelphia silversmith. Continued as Hildeburn and Woolworth. (1 v.)
- Hood, John M. Records, 1806-1848. John M. Hood was a Philadelphia merchant. These records include; receipts, accounts, daybooks, and ledgers. (8 v.)
- Horner and Morrison. Receipt book, 1815. Joseph P. Horner and William Morrison were Philadelphia merchants. (1 v.)
- Horner, Benjamin. Receipt book, 1762-1783. Benjamin Horner was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Horner, Mary. Receipt books, 1811-1862. (2 v.)
- Humphrey, Charles. Ledgers, 1739-1789. Humphrey was a Pennsylvania miller. (3 v.)
- Hunt, John. Letterbook, 1747-1749. John Hunt was a London merchant and shipper dealing tobacco and general merchandise. Continued as Hunt and Greenleafe. (1 v.)
- Hunter, John. Receipt book, 1784-1821. Personal and business receipts included. (1 v.)
- Huron, Laurens, 1796-1803. Invoice and account book, 1796-1803. Huron was an importer of general merchandise. (1 v.)
- Jackson, Isaac. Daybook and diary, 1850-1857. Jackson was a general merchant. (1 v.)
- Jackson, John C. Records, 1822-1836. Jackson was a West Nottingham merchant. Included in these records are a feed daybook, 1822-1828 and account book, 1830-1836. (2 v.)
- James and Drinker. Letterbooks, 1756-1762. Jones and Drinker were Philadelphia merchants. (2 v.)
- Jeffries, Chalkley. Account book, 1835. (1 v.)
- Jones and Wister. Invoice books, 1759-1762. Jones and Wister were importers of dry goods. (1 v.)
- Jordan, Robert and Moses Lancaster. Receipt book, 1790-1833. Jordan and Lancaster were Philadelphia carpenters and builders. (1 v.)
- Andrew Kennedy and Company. Receipt book, 1789-1794. (1 v.)
- Kidd, John. Letterbook, 1749-1763. John Kidd was a Philadelphia merchant and shipper.
- Kinloch, Bowden and Farquhar. Account book, 1751-1758. Bowden and Farquhar Kinloch were London merchants dealing in skins tobacco, and general merchandise. (1 v.)
- Kite, Thomas. Daybook, 1831-1839. Kite was a bookdealer. (1 v.)
- Kittell, William. Account book, 1838. Accounts of transportation between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. (1 v.)
- Lancaster, Moses and John. Records, 2809-2844. Moses and John Lancaster were Philadelphia carpenters and builders. These records include receipts, daybooks, and account books. (8 v.)
- Landenberger, Matthias. Receipt book, 1784-1791. These receipts are for personal and domestic items. (1 v.)
- Lawrence, William. Daybook, 1769-1798. Lawrence was a Philadelphia merchant selling hats, skins, and food products. (1 v.)
- Laws, C. Account book, 1815-1818. (1 v.)
- Leedom, Samuel. Ledger, 1837-1878. Leedom was a Haverford lumber merchant. (1 v.)
- Lehman, Benjamin. Price book, 1786. Lehman was a Philadelphia cabinetmaker. (1 v.)
- Lentz and Hood. Records, 1803-1828. Lentz and Hood were Philadelphia merchants. Their records include: receipt book, cashbook, daybook, and waste book, 1803-1838. (4 v.)
- Levers, Robert. Receipt book, 1759-1776. Robert Levers worked with shipping and merchandising. (1 v.)
- Lewden, Josiah. Letter and daybook, 1801-1802, 1852-1865. Lewden was a general merchant. (2 v.)
- Lewis, Levi. Account books, 1769-1809. Levi Lewis was a Radnor miller. These are his flour mill accounts. (2 v.)
- Litzenberg, William H. and Charles A. Journal and daybook, 1862-1878. William H. and Charles A. Litzenberg were blacksmiths and wheelwrights. (1 v.)
- Lloyd and Sharpless. Ledger, 1794-1801. (1 v.)
- Collins Logstreth and Company. Cashbook, 1815-1817. Collins Longstreth and Company was a Philadelphia bond and general merchant. (1 v.)
- Markley, Benjamin Judge. Account book, 1779-1786. Markley was a Philadelphia blacksmith and farmer. (1 v.)
- Marlow, Gregory. Account book, 1676-1703. Marlow was a Philadelphia shipbuilder. (1 v.)
- Marshall, Christopher and Charles. Bills of lading and ore book, 1762-1768. (1 v.)
- Marshall, John. Receipt books, 1775-1786. Marshall was a general merchant. (1 v.)
- Marshall, S.J. Account book, 1853-1866. Marshall was a carriage maker. (1 v.)
- Marshall and Wier. Account book, 1865-1869. Marshall and Wier were carriage makers. (1 v.)
- Martin, William. Receipt book, 1821-1830. (1 v.)
- Maxwell, Hugh. Daybook, 1803-1806. Maxwell was a Philadelphia bookseller and stationer. (1 v.)
- McBay, William R. Account book, 1778-1781. McBay was a Philadelphia coal, wood, and iron merchant. (1 v.)
- McConkey, James. Invoice books, 1834-1867. McConkey was a Peach Bottom (York County, Pa.) commission merchant, canal boat owner, and postmaster. Also in partnership with John Q.A. Mary Ann (10 v.)
- McConkey, John Q.A. Invoice book, 1877-1879. McConkey was a canal boat owner and shipper on the Delaware Raritan Canal. (1 v.)
- McCorkle, William. Ledger, 1804-1887. McCorkle was an advertising and periodical dealer. (1 v.)
- McCurrach, James and Company. Accounts, 1790-1796. James McCurrach and Company were shipping agents. (1 v.)
- Mead, George. Receipt book, 1784-1788. George Meade was a Philadelphia shipper and general merchant. (1 v.)
- Mendenhall, Ellwood. Account book, 1846-1854. Mendenhall was Pennsbury School treasurer. (1 v.)
- Meredith, David. Account book, 1813-1817. David Meredith was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Meredith, Jesse. Accounts, 1795-1850. Jesse Meredith was a Downingtown merchant and shoemaker. These records include accounts, vital statistics, ledger, 1795-1850, and daybook, 1805-1850. (2 v.)
- Meredith, Jonathan. Records, 1784-1800. Jonathan Meredith was a Philadelphia tanner. These records include hide accounts, wastebooks, leather, sales, and bark ledger, daybooks, and blotter book. (34 v.)
- Mifflin and Massey. Ledger, 1760-1763. Mifflin and Massey were Philadelphia general merchants dealing in teas, coffee, sugar, and flour. (1 v.)
- Morgan, Benjamin R. Letterbook, 1830-1840. Morgan was a Philadelphia judge. This letterbook mainly deals with land transactions. (1 v.)
- Morgan, Thomas. Ledger, 1771-1803. Morgan was a clockmaker. (1 v.)
- Morris, Elliston P. Journal, 1848-1849 and cashbook, 1849. Morris was a Philadelphia merchant and shipper. (1 v.)
- Morris, Robert and John Nicholson. Bill book, 1795. (1 v.)
- Morris, S. and Isaac L. Bartram. Receipt book, 1766-1770, 1779-1783. (1 v.)
- Morris, Samuel. Records, 1848-1904. Morris was a Philadelphia merchant and wholesale grocer. These records include: journal, ledger, daybooks, accounts, cashbooks. (10 v.)
- Moulder, John and William. Accounts, 1771-1776, 1794-1805. John and William Moulder were Philadelphia and Chester merchants. (1 v.)
- Moulder, Margaret. Ledger, 1794-1799. Margaret Moulder was a grocer. (1 v.)
- Moulder, Robert and Lydia. Accounts, 1760-1817. The Moulders were tavern keepers. (1 v.)
- Moulder and Clayton. Account book, 1726-1763. Moulder and Clayton were Philadelphia merchants. (1 v.)
- Mount, Joel. Ledger, 1829-1865, and daybook, 1837-1849. Mount was a Philadelphia cabinet maker. (2 v.)
- Muir, James. Ledger, 1782-1795, 1786-1788. James Muir was a Philadelphia bookbinder and merchant. (2 v.)
- Murdock, Samuel. Receipt book, 1765-1771. Murdock was a general merchant. (1 v.)
- Neave, Richard. Account book, 1773-1774. (1 v.)
- Osmond, David. Account book, 1790-1830. Osmond was a general merchant. (1 v.)
- Oyster-ship owners vs. State of Virginia. Minutes, 1849. (1 v.)
- Paul, Joseph M. Receipt book, 1807-1817. Paul was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Penrose, Ella. Account book, 1888-1893. Ella Penrose was a Philadelphia seamstress. (1 v.)
- Penrose, Washington H. Records, 1810-1870. Penrose was a Philadelphia merchant. The records include pattern and machine shop accounts, diaries, ledgers, and personal records. (11 v.)
- Penrose Ferry Bridge Company. Receipt book, 1859-1863. (1 v.)
- Peterson, Israel. Receipt book, 1852-1866. Peterson was a Philadelphia leather merchant. (1 v.)
- J. Peterson and Company. Receipt book, 1866-1873. J. Peterson and Company were Philadelphia leather merchants. (1 v.)
- Philadelphia Public Stock Exchange. Stock sales, 1865-1866. (1 v.)
- Phillips and Cozens. Record book, 1829. Phillips and Cozens was a Philadelphia firm concerned with the navigation of canals by steam. (1 v.)
- Port of Philadelphia. Exciseman's account book, 1739-1742. (1 v.)
- Potter, James. Account book, 1752-1767. (1 v.)
- Potts, Stacy. Daybook, 1813-1822. Stacy Potts was a Philadelphia shoe merchant. (1 v.)
- Potts, W.J. Account book, 1790-1791. These accounts are for general merchandise at Valley Works. (1 v.)
- Powel, Samuel. Invoice and daybook, 1748-1750. Powel was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Randolph, Samuel and Company. Receipt book, 1836-1846. Samuel Randolph and Company were Philadelphia carpenters and builders. (1 v.)
- Redwood, William. Records, 1749-1810. William Redwood was a Newport, R.I. importer of general merchandise. These records include: ledgers, 1749-1761, 1787-1790; journal, 1749-1760; journal and ledger (Antigua) 1782-1787; ledger, 1775-1809; daybooks, 1787-1790, 1792-1810; wastebook, 1775-1797; and journal, 1787-1790. (10 v.)
- Redwood and Birkett. Records, 1773-1775. Redwood and Birkett were general merchants. The records include ledger, journal, and wastebook. (3 v.)
- Reed, Joseph. Ledger, 1824-1829. The ledger relates to Philadelphia real estate transactions. (1 v.)
- Reinhart, George V. Receipt book, 1800-1810. (1 v.)
- Rhodes, Willis and Company. Journal, 1834-1836. Rhoades, Willis and Company were Philadelphia dry goods merchants. (1 v.)
- Richardson, Joseph. Records, 1732-1757. Joseph Richardson was a Philadelphia silversmith. These records include: account book, 1733-2739; letterbook, 1732-1757; and daybook, 1744. (3 v.)
- Riché, Thomas. Records, 1757-1792. Riché was a Philadelphia merchant and shipper. The records include: journal, 1757-1761 and letterbooks, 1757-1792. (4 v.)
- Ritter, George. Receipt books, 1834-1849. Ritter was an undertaker. (2 v.)
- Robeson and Paul. Letterbook, 1807-1813. Robeson and Paul were merchants dealing in iron, lumber, and general merchandise. (1 v.)
- Robinson, Charles C. Daybook, 1809-1825. Robinson was a Philadelphia chair maker. (1 v.)
- Roman, John. Receipt book, 1770-1780. Roman was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Ross, James. Records, 1812-1818. Ross was a Christiana Bridge, Del. merchant. These records include a daybook, 1812-1818 and ledger, 1813-1816. (2 v.)
- Ross, John. Records, 1774-1810. Records include: daybook, 1774-1783; invoice book, 1776-1779; account book, 1776-1791; ledger, 1776-1780; receipt book of the executors of John Ross' estate, 1800-1810. (9 v.)
- Ross, John. Records, 1776-1791. Ross was a general merchant and shipper. The records include accounts current book, invoice book, and ledger. (3 v.)
- Rutter, Thomas and Samuel Potts. Account book, 1784-1786. (1 v.)
- Saltonstall, Joshua. Ledger, 1790-1794, 1803-1806. Saltonstall was a Philadelphia merchant and grocer. (1 v.)
- Sarched, J. Inventory of general merchandise, 1827-1828. Sarched was a tobacco merchant. (1 v.)
- Savery, Thomas. Account book, 1782. Savery was a Philadelphia carpenter and builder. (1 v.)
- Scully, Thomas. Daybook, 1773-1775. Scully was a Christiana, Del. merchant. (1 v.)
- Sharples, Nathan. Business records, 1774-1826. Sharples was an East Bradford (Chester County, Pa.) merchant. (4 v.)
- Sharples, Joseph and Jesse. Receipt book, 1794-1819. Joseph and Jesse Sharples were Philadelphia merchants dealing lumber, shoes, tobacco and general merchandise. (1 v.)
- Sharpnack, Destonet and Company. Ledger, 1818-1821. (1 v.)
- Shee, Elizabeth A. Daybook, 1843-1870. This daybook lists expenses for the Rose Valley Farm. (1 v.)
- Shipping accounts, 1788-1792. Accounts for the Diana, the Betsy, the Mary, the Resolution, the Friendship, and the Theodore. (1 v.)
- Shreve, R.C. and A.R. Receipt book, 1840-1856. R.C. and A.R. Shreve were grain merchants. (1 v.)
- Simmonds, David. Receipt book, 1813-1830. (1 v.)
- Slesman, John. Receipt book, 1799-1802. Slesman was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Smith, William. Letterbook, 1771-1775. Smith was a Philadelphia merchant and grocer. (1 v.)
- Smith and Leedmon. Ledger, 1845-1846. Smith and Leedmon were grain merchants. (1 v.)
- Speel, John. Receipt book, 1804-1813. Speel was a baker. Receipt book includes business and personal receipts. (1 v.)
- Springfield Farm. Accounts, 1780-1782. (1 v.)
- Stiles, Amos. Daybook, 1812-1821. Amos Stiles was a Moorestown, N.J. wheelwright. (1 v.)
- Stites, John. Account book, 1814-1819. Stites was a Philadelphia grocer and general merchant. (1 v.)
- Stuart and Welsh. Journal, 1780-1792. Stuart and Welsh were shippers. (1 v.)
- Sweetman, Richard. Receipt book, 1771-1780. Sweetman was a Philadelphia grain merchant. (1 v.)
- Swift, John. Letterbooks, 1747-1813. Swift was a Philadelphia merchant and executor of the estate of William Kennersley. (3 v.)
- Taylor, Joseph. Ledger, 1715-1723. Taylor was a liquor dealer. (1 v.)
- Taylor, Samuel. Receipt book, 1774-1789. (1 v.)
- Taylor, William P. Account book and diary, 1849-1855. (1 v.)
- Topliff, John. Receipt book, 1793-1794. (1 v.)
- Townsend, Samuel and Solomon. Receipt book, 1810-1813. The Townsends manufactured ship anchors. (1 v.)
- Trent, William. Ledger, 1703-1708. Trent was a Philadelphia merchant. (1 v.)
- Trimble, James. Account book, 1726-1728. (1 v.)
- Trotter, Dawson and Newbold. Accounts, 1862-1868. (1 v.)
- Trotter, Joseph. Account book, 1829-1830. Trotter was a carpenter. (1 v.)
- Unidentified accounts, 1694-1836. (16 v.)
- United States. Accounts, 1805-1836. Accounts of foreign commerce, recording coal trade, railroads, and arrivals of vessels. (1 v)
- Warder and Brothers. Account book, 1821-1835. Warder and Brothers were Philadelphia merchants and shippers. (1 v.)
- Washington Mutual Insurance Company. Records, 1838-1870. These records include: letterbook, 1838-1858; minute book, 1843-1856; receipt book, 1851-1858; and ledger, 1857-
1870. (4 v.)
- Webb, Samuel. Receipt book, 1822. (1 v.)
- Webster, Peltiah. Account and letterbook, 1773-1790. (1 v.)
- Weems, James N. Records, 1810-1831. James N. Weems was a Philadelphia dry goods merchant. The records include: sales records, daybooks, letterbooks, and administration of estate records. (8 v.)
- Weirs, Robert and Uriah S. Records, 1825-1860. The Weirs were Christiana, Del. blacksmiths. The records include ledgers and daybooks. (8 v.)
- West, David. Receipt book, 1803-1869. (1 v.)
- Wetherill and Budd. Records, 1807-1825. Wetherill and Budd were Philadelphia merchants dealing in drugs, chemicals, and paint. The records include a journal, 1807 and ledger, 1807-1825. (2 v.)
- Wetherill family. Accounts, 1845-1917. (1 v.)
- Wharton, Thomas. Receipt book, 1752-1755. (1 v.)
- Whyte, Isaac H. Receipt book, 1824-1857. Whyte was a Philadelphia carpenter and builder. (1 v.)
- Wilkins and Atkinson. Daybook, 1808-1809. Wilkins and Atkinson were Philadelphia tailors. (1 v.)
- Williams, J.T. Receipt book, 1855-1868. Personal receipts. (1 v.)
- Williams, Peter. Daybooks, 1829-1836. Peter Williams was a Newport, Del. merchant. (2 v.)
- Williams, Thomas and Company. Accounts, 1791-1822. Thomas Williams and Company were dealers in skins and hides. (1 v.)
- Williamson, William. Records, 1826-1844. Williamson was an attorney for West Chester Railroad. These records include accounts, wages, cashbook, for the railroad and personal accounts. (5 v.)
- Willing, Charles, Thomas and Morris. Letterbook, 1754-1761. The Willings were Philadelphia merchants. (1 v.)
- Willing, Edward S. Account books, 1861-1895. (2 v.)
- Wilson, John. Cashbooks, 1767-1777. (12 v.)
- Wistar, Caspar. Receipt book, 1747-1784. (1 v.)
- Woodhouse, Hariott. Receipt book, 1854-1875. These receipts include information on Philadelphia mortgages, bonds and personal expenses. (1 v.)
- Woodhouse, Samuel. Receipt book, 1812-1843. (1 v.)
- Woolman, Uriah. Bills of lading, 1772-1775. (1 v.)
- Wynkoop and Sieman. Receipt book, 1783-1787. Wynkoop and Sieman were truckers. (1 v.)
Physicians' records and medicinal recipes:
- Birkey, William J. Daybook, 1847. Birkey was a dentist. (1 v.)
- Caldwell, Charles. Records, 1798-1815. Caldwell was a Philadelphia physician. The records include ledgers and day journals. (4 v.)
- Coates, Benjamin H. Ledger, 1824-1830. Coates was a Philadelphia physician. (1 v.)
- Coates, Josiah. Records, 1810-1815. Coates was a Philadelphia physician. The records include daybooks and ledgers. (4 v.)
- Coxe, Daniel W., Mrs. Medicinal recipes, cookbooks, receipt books, 1801-1852. (5 v.)
- Elmer, Ebenezer. Daybooks, 1790-1802. Elmer was a Hopewell and Bridgeton, N.J. physician. (2 v.)
- Griffith, Elijah. Receipt and daybook, 1804-1814. Griffith was a Philadelphia physician. (1 v.)
- Klapp, Joseph. Daybook, 1886-1889. Klapp was a Philadelphia physician. (2 v.)
- Moon, Robert C. Daybook, 1886-1889. Moon was a Philadelphia physician. (1 v.)
Estate administration accounts:
- Baker, George A. Account book, 1794-1805. (1 v.)
- Bartow, Thomas -- estate. Receipt book, 1793-1797. (1 v.)
- Bordley, John Beale estate. Account and receipt books, 1804-1813. (3 v.)
- Burd, Edward. Receipt and account book, 1813, 1815-1817 Burd was executor of the John F. Mifflin estate. (1 v.)
- Chalfont, Joel and James. Receipt books, 1834-1855. (2 v.)
- Cox, John D. Account book, 1825-1830. (1 v.)
- Gillingham, Joseph E. Account book, 1863-1900. Gillingham was the administrator of the estate of Jacob Donaldson. (1 v.)
- Gratz, Michael. Administration book, 1811. (1 v.)
- Haga, Godfrey -- estate. Receipt book, 1825-1848. (1 v.)
- Hall, John. Account books, 1807-1808, 1811-1818. Hall was executor for the estate of Levi Adams, Joseph Israel, William Mann. (2 v.)
- Hanthorne, Isaac -- estate. Estate inventory, 1814-1820. (1 v.)
- Harris, Robert. Account book, 1796-1808. (1 v.)
- Jenks, Michael H. Account book, 1837-1839. Jenks was executor for the estates of Jeremiah Bennett, Dr. W.B. Watson, and Charles Alexander. (1 v.)
- Knight, Daniel. Administration account, 1836-1843. (1 v.)
- McCleay, Robert. Receipt book, 1791. McCleay was executor of the estate of Joseph Garson. (1 v.)
- Mechlin, Jacob -- estate. Journal and ledger, 1785-1790. (1 v.)
- Nagle, Rudolph -- estate. Receipt book, 1807-1812. (1 v.)
- Paris, Peter -- estate. Receipt book, 1776-1789. (1 v.)
- Powell, Elizabeth -- estate. Accounts of executors, 1830-1848. The executors of the Elizabeth Powell estate includes: the Bank of North America, William White, Edward Burd, and Edward Shippen Burd. (2 v.)
- Price, Eli Kirk -- estate. Accounts, 1826-1830. (3 v.)
- Tilghman, William. Ledgers, 1785-1835. William Tilghman kept these ledgers in account of estate with James Tilghman. (5 v.)
- Ulrich, Valentine -- estate. Receipt book, 1775-1820. (1 v.)
- Voigt, Thomas -- estate. Account books, 1840-1851. (2 v.)
- Wall, George -- estate. Account book, 1778-1780. (1 v.)
- Wilson, Benjamin -- estate. Letterbook, 1823-1824. William Meredith and William Smyth were assignees of the Benjamin Wilson estate. (1 v.)
- Wilt, Abraham -- estate. Receipt books, 1788-1852. (5 v.)
- Worrell, Isaiah -- estate. Accounts, 1749-1883. (1 v.)
Butler, Pierce, 1744-1822. Estate papers, 1810 (1846-1891) 1894.
(3 linear ft.)
These are financial papers of trustees and agents of the Pierce Butler estate. The principal beneficiaries represented are estate of John Butler, his widow, Gabriella M. Butler, Pierce (Mease) Butler, and his daughters Sara Butler Wister and Frances Butler Leigh. Among the papers are: receipted bills and accounts 1810, 1847-1891, for the management of Philadelphia real estate; Butler's Island, Georgia, receipted bills and accounts, 1846-1860, 1881-1884, for crops, goods shipped from Philadelphia, and payroll; Gabriella M. Butler receipted bills, 1846-1861; John Butler estate letterbook, 1859-1868, journal and ledger, 1862-1870.
Gift of Owen J. Wister, 1932, 1947.
Pierce family. Papers, 1772-1888.
(6 linear ft.)
Papers, 1770-1822, of Major Pierce Butler include bills and receipts, especially for the education of his son Thomas Butler in London, England, and family estate business. The miscellaneous papers of his grandson Pierce Butler (Mease) include a letterbook, 1837, on business of his Georgia plantation.
Gift of Owen J. Wister, 1961.
Butler, Richard. Diary, 1775.
Richard Butler was an officer in both the Continental and United States armies who was killed by Indians at Fort Recovery, 1791.
The diary recounts Butler's embassy as agent for the Continental Congress, 1775, to the Delaware, Wiyot, Mingo and Shawnee nations and reports in detail the speeches of the chiefs, describes a meeting with Cornstalk, and assesses the effects of the British-American conflict upon the frontier political situation.
Gift of Thomas Montgomery, 1898.
Cadwalader, John, 1742-1786. Estate papers, 1630-1863.
(ca. 1,500 items.)
Entry cancelled; see collection #1454.
Colhoon, Benjamin C. Receipts, 1800-1815.
Receipt book, 1807-1812, of Benjamin C. Colhoon of Baltimore, Md., for water rent, chimney sweeping, pew rent, and other expenses. There is also manuscript music of popular melodies and national airs, including Hail to the Chief and a simplified version of The Star Spangled Banner.
Campbell, James Hepburn, 1820-1895. Papers, 1861-1867.
James Hepburn Campbell was a Pennsylvania lawyer, U.S. Representative, Civil War officer and American diplomat.
Campbell's letters and documents relate to his service in the Pennsylvania Volunteers, 25th Regiment, 1861, and in the Pennsylvania Militia, 39th Regiment, 1863, and as minister to Sweden, 1864-1867. There is also material on his son, Francis Duncan Campbell, who served with the United States Navy Mississippi Squadron, 1862-1864.
Gift of A. Keightley.
Campbell, Samuel, 1763?-1836. Collection, 1790-1876.
Miscellaneous papers of Samuel Campbell, early bookseller and printer, and John Campbell, astronomer, chiefly of personal, business, and legal content; a letter, 1793, of P. Garson relates to printing and publication of books, with details of subscription by George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, Henry Knox, and others to a new edition of the Bible; other papers include documents on land sales in Marietta, Ohio, and apprentice indentures, 1791-1793; poetry by William Riley, 1825; financial documents; a letter, 1865, that alludes to John Campbell's telescope.
Gift of Mrs. John S. Saxe, 1934.
Carpenter, Louis H., 1839-1916. Papers, 1695-1903.
(6 linear ft.)
Brigadier General Louis H. Carpenter's war records of the Civil War, personal papers, family papers, and some manuscripts gathered by him: Carpenter's letters from the field, 1861-1864; military papers on service in various departments, 1862-1903; letters and documents on personal matters, business, legal and real estate, 1695-1887; a receipt book, 1811-1816; papers on the Ware and Bateman controversy, 1843; an army account book, with tables of rations, 1759; a collection of the ledgers, daybooks, receipt books of Dr. James Stratton, 1779-1816; broadsides on raising revenue for the continuance of the Revolution, 1780; biography of Elizabeth Estaugh, 1894.
Gift of E. Carpenter.
Carr, Robert. Papers, 1811-1823.
Robert Carr was a Philadelphia printer and served as an officer during the War of 1812.
Diary, letterbook, and account book. The diary, interspersed with Carr's correspondence, describes recruiting, army movements, and warfare in New York State and Canada, and contains general orders and orders issued by Carr; military accounts, 1813-1815; and letters, 1813-1823, relating to political affairs in Pennsylvania and Carr's effort to obtain appointments for himself and his sons.
Gift of W. Bartram Snyder, 1866.
Carson, Hampton L. (Hampton Lawrence), 1852-1929. Collection, 1690-1929.
(30 linear ft.)
Autograph letters and portraits, 1690-1921, of lawyers, judges, and others involved in the administration of law and justice in the courts of Pennsylvania, and of other states, from the early colonial period to the present.
Among the letters are those of governors of Pennsylvania, 1789-1920; attorneys general of Pennsylvania, 1791-1920; members of the colonial bar, 1690-1775; members of the High Court of Error, 1761-1815; lawyers of the Revolutionary period, 1776-1801; justices of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, 1712-1921; and others. There are also seven boxes containing approximately 400 caricatures of political leaders, members of the bar, and other prominent people, ca. 1880-1929. Other items are pamphlets, speeches, newspaper clippings, on public questions; correspondence of Hampton L. Carson about his legal practice, and his presidency of the American Bar Association and of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania; correspondence and papers on Governor Samuel W. Pennypacker of Pennsylvania.
Gift of Hampton L. Carson, 1929.
Cathrall, Charles E. Papers, 1822-1835.
This collection contains materials written or collected by Charles E. Cathrall, Philadelphia merchant, as a young man. They include: a sentiment book, 1822-1826, containing verse and prose passages written by his friends; a diary containing an account of a passage from Philadelphia to Liverpool aboard the Cope packet Pocohontas, 1834, and continued as a series of letters, 1834-1835, describing travel through England, Ireland, France, and Italy; also a sentiment book, 1831-1833(?), with a continuation of the description of Cathrall's trip through Italy, 1835.
Two volumes purchased, Dreer Fund, 1934, 1974; one volume gift of Harold E. Gillingham, 1935.
Centennial Exposition (1876: Philadelphia, Pa.) Collection, 1876.
(11 linear ft.)
This is a collection of miscellaneous souvenirs, printed form letters, invitations, relating to the Centennial Exposition held in Philadelphia, 1876.
Gift of Samuel J. Castner, 1934.
Chaloner and White. Records, 1744 (1777-1792) 1836.
(5 linear ft.)
John Chaloner and James White, Philadelphia merchants, were appointed assistant commissaries of Purchase for the Middle Department of the Continental Army in 1777.
The papers consist of letter books, 1778-1784; accounts of purchases for the army, 1777-1778; accounts of provisions bought, 1778-1785; a daybook, 1777; receipt books, 1778-1784; and extensive correspondence revealing the operations and problems of army provisioning. Post-war papers, mostly correspondence, relate primarily to Chaloner's commercial activities.
Chase, Salmon Portland, 1808-1873. Collection, 1824-1881.
(12 linear ft.)
Papers, correspondence, letterbooks, diaries, and miscellaneous documents on political trends, economic situations, and social history in the United States, before, during, and after the Civil War. Incoming correspondence from noted men, on national politics, the Civil War, financial policies, 1833-1871; outgoing correspondence, 1824-1863; diaries, journals, and memoranda, 1855-1872; letterpress books, 1862-1867; copies of "Special Letters," 1861-1865; speeches, notes and lectures, 1845-1865; legal opinions and decrees; miscellaneous documents that pertain to the Treasury, financing of the Civil War, religious questions and slavery, 1831-1881; biographical notes by J.W. Schulker, editor and writer on the life of Chase; and other miscellaneous papers.
Finding aid available.
Brooke, Robert. Survey notes, 1791-1812.
Robert Brooke was a Philadelphia surveyor and a regulator of the Northern Liberties.
This collection comprises notes of the construction of the turnpike, surveys, calculations, names of landholders, and items pertaining to the maintenance and management of the roadway in Norther Liberties, 1791-1812, and of the Willow Grove Turnpike Road, 1803-1810.
Purchased, Library Fund.
Chester County (Pa.) Papers (1684-1800) 1847.
(ca. 600 items.)
Miscellaneous papers relate to domestic affairs, local government, land transaction; correspondence of prominent men, illustrative of social, economic, legal, and political affairs during the colonial period; a volume of documents deals with the British army in Chester
Weather diary, 1818-1833.
Daily record of weather conditions in Chester County.
Purchased, Dreer Fund, 1937.
Chew, Benjamin, 1722-1810. Estate papers, 1776-1904.
(1 linear ft.)
A collection of land office warrants, patents, surveys, indentures, agreements, and land transactions in Fayette, Somerset and Westmoreland counties, in which Benjamin Chew was financially interested. Some of the early legal instruments contain the signatures of John Penn, 1776; John Dickinson, 1783; Edward Shippen, 1787; Thomas Mifflin, 1793; Thomas McKean, 1803; William Tilghman, 1813; and others.
Gift of Fannie M. Ewing.
Chew, David S.B. Papers, 1828-1898.
A collection of miscellaneous papers including: correspondence of David S.B. Chew on politics and public affairs, 1893-1898; David S. Browne's correspondence on legal and commercial transactions, 1853-1885; Anaconda Printing Company, accounts and statistics, 1872-1878; cashbook, 1857-1861; account books, 1828, 1831-1836; school exercise books, 1857-1879.
Gift of David S.B. Chew, 1935.
Childs, Cephas Grier, 1792-1871. Documents, 1793-1871.
(3 linear ft.)
Cephas Grier Childs was a Philadelphia publisher, editor, engraver, and lithographer.
Papers collected by Childs include statistics on railroads, canals, iron, coal, agriculture, and population.
Christ Church Hospital. Papers, 1708-1895.
(ca. 100 items.)
A collection of papers reflecting the history and management of Christ Church Hospital, Philadelphia. Included are deeds, 1732-1835, abstracts of wills, leases, mortgages, letters of bequest, expense accounts, correspondence bearing the names of prominent citizens and clergymen, photographs, and other items.
Church and meeting collection, 1682-1910.
(ca. 120 v.)
A group of miscellaneous materials for church history:
- Addison, Alexander. Sermons, 1794.
- "Annals of the Moravian Church in America," 1734-1857. (1 v.)
- Ashbury M.E. Church. (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minutes, 1829-1837. Minutes of the quarterly conference meetings held at the Ashbury and Haddington M.E. Churches; miscellaneous items include shares of stock in the Ashbury M.E. Church Corporation. Purchased, Gratz Fund, 1956.
- Brinkle, S.C. Diary, 1834-1844. Kept as rector of St. James (Kingsessing, Philadelphia, Pa.) (1 v.)
- Bruce, David. Shecomeko journal, 1746. (1 v.)
- Campbell, Colin. Sermons, 1766. (1 v.)
- Chalkley, Thomas, 1675-1741. Journal, 1675-1724. (1 v.)
- "Christian Advice," 1682-1762. Directed at the Pennsylvania Yearly Meeting of Friends. (1 v.)
- Christ Church and St. Peters (Philadelphia, Pa.) Records, 1758-1819. The records include: subscription list, 1758-1761; charter, 1765; and register, 1782-1819. (2 v.)
- Churchmen's Missionary Association for Seamen of Port of Philadelphia. Papers, 1849-
- Clarke, [John]. Commonplace book, 1824-1836. Contains memorials, addresses, and letters on religious education, and temperance, and poems written for young ladies' albums; list of questions for Zane Street School, 1852, and Northwestern Grammar School, 1854. Purchased, 1979. (1 v.)
- Conyngham, ? "History of the Mennonites and Aymenists (or Amish)," 1830. (1 v.)
- Doane, George Washington, 1799-1859. Writings, 1841-1856. Writings appearing in Banner of the Cross, 1841-1842, and sermons, 1853-1856 at St. Mary's. (1 v.)
- Evangelical Society. Minutes, 1808-1817. (1 v.)
- Evans, Evan. "A Memorial of the State of the Church in Pennsylvania," 1707. (1 v.)
- Fifth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. Minutes, 1821-1834. Association minutes of the Fifth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia (Arch above 10th Street), including articles of
association, about construction of the building and subsequent management of the Church. Purchased, Dreer Fund, 1962. (1 v.)
- First Reformed Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. Minutes, 1906-1914. With child's school copybook. Gift of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1975. (1 v.)
- Fortieth Street Church (Philadelphia, Pa.) Subscription book, . This pocket subscription book was for completion of the Methodist Episcopal church building completion, with miscellaneous memoranda. Gift of Bart Anderson. (1 v.)
- Frankford Presbyterian Church (Philadelphia, Pa.) Cashbook, 1818-1819. Cashbook kept by George Castor, treasurer. (1 v.)
- Grant, James, 1829-1905. "The Flag and the Cross : a History of the United States Christian Commission," 1894. Lecture delivered at the Tioga Presbyterian Church by James Grant who had been a Commission delegate. Typescript. Gift of Kent Packard, 1946. (1 v.)
- Hiellern, Michael. "Pastilla über die Evangellien," 1752.
- Huntington County Bible Society. Minutes and accounts, 1827-1847. (1 v.)
- Jordan, John W. "Historical notes in regards to Wyoming Valley," 1883. Depicting Moravian missionary enterprises among the Indians also containing biographical sketches of leaders of the Moravian Church.
- Knipp, L.O. Diary, 1892-1904. Kept while pastor of Christian Church (Pennypack, Pa.) (1 v.)
- Kollock, Henry, 1778-1819. "First Sketch of the Life of [John] Calvin," . Continued with a brief sketch of Theodore de Beze. Removed from the Gratz Collection. (1 v.)
- Konkle, Burton Alva, 1861-1944. "A History of the Presbyterian Minister's Fund, 1717-
1928," 1928. Gift of Burton Alva Konkle, 1930. (1 v.)
- Linville Creek Baptist Church (Rockingham County, Va.) Minutes, 1756-1818. Continued as Brock's Gap Church, 1842-1844. Gift of Henry W. Scarborough, 1923; courtesy of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania. Abstract published in Virginia Valley Records, by John W. Wayland (Strasburg, Va.) 1930. (1 v.)
- "The Lutheran Church," 1733-1741. (1 v.)
- Marriage records, 1684-1869. (ca. 1,000 items.)
- McCullogh, William Wallace, Jr. "Faggs Manor Presbyterian Church in Chester County, Pennsylvania," 1944-1946. Contains materials used in sketch recreations of the three early meeting houses; mostly H.F.C. Heagey letters. Typescripts. Gift of William W. McCollough, Jr., 1944, 1946. (2 v.)
- Mercer, Alexander G. Commonplace book, [1842-1849]. Contains notes on theological, philosophical, and ethical subjects. Gift of Lily M. Boyd, 1947. (1 v.)
- Methodist Episcopal Church (Rossville Circuit, N.Y.) Register, 1831-1859. Includes information on members, baptisms, marriages, in a New York (State) Circuit which included Orange, Ulster, and Dutchess counties. Purchased, Mifflin Fund, 1946. (1 v.)
- Moore, Ann Herbert. Report, 1756-1778. Report of Ann Herbert Moore, Quaker minister travelling to Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and England; with testimonies concerning Ann Moore and other miscellany. Xerox; original in possession of family. (1 v.)
- "The Moravian Church in Philadelphia," 1745-1748. (1 v.)
- "Moravian Church in West Jersey," 1745. (1 v.)
- Moravian Church (York, Pa.) Papers, 1780-1791. (1 v.)
- "Moravian Emigration to America," 1734-1800. A register of members of the Moravian Church who emigrated from Europe to America, includes biographical sketches by John W. Jordan. (1 v.)
- Newton, Richard. Sermons, 1865. (1 v.)
- Oxford Presbyterian Church. Ladies Dorcas Society. (Philadelphia, Pa.) Minute book, 1888-1899. This organization sewed for charity. (1 v.)
- Parliament Court Chapel. Records, 1791-1804. Contains records of the Universalist ministry of Elhanan Winchester and William Vidler. Recorded by Thomas A. Teulon to 1802. Purchased, John T. Morris Fund, 1950. (1 v.)
- Philadelphia Moravian records, 1743-1761. (1 v.)
- Pennsylvania Baptist Education Society (Philadelphia, Pa.) Account book, 1851-1870. This society was formed to provide financial aid for the education of young men for the ministry and young women for missionary work. Purchased, Mifflin Fund, 1972. (1 v.)
- [Prayers], n.d. Portions in shorthand. (1 v.)
- Protestant Episcopal Church of Pennsylvania. Invoice of stores, 1867-1868. (1 v.)
- Quintard, Charles Todd. "Bishopric of Virginia," 1872. (1 v.)
- Register of Inhabitants of Nazareth," 1745-1752. (1 v.)
- [Religious discourse on the 73rd Psalm, verses 12-13], 1780. Transferred from the Meredith Papers. (1 v.)
- St. James Church. Vestry book and register, 1799. (1 v.)
- St. Michael and Zion Lutheran Church of Philadelphia. Records, 1796-1800. Records relating to John Stock.
- Salem Lutheran Church (Logan's Valley, Blair County, Pa.) Records, 1805-1877. (1 v.)
- Scot's Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia. Session minutes, 1768-1791. Recorded by William Marshall; William Marshall's "State of the Case of the Scots Presbyterian Church," , reviewing the church dispute over joining the Reformed Presbyterians in 1786. [Gift of John McAllister.] (2 v.)
- Society of Friends. Burlington (N.J.) Yearly Meeting. Advice, 1719-1763.
- Society of Friends. Chesterfield Meeting. Minute books, 1685-1712, 1756-1760. (2 v.)
- Society of Friends. Darby Monthly Meeting, 1743-1749, 1796-1798, 1799-1801. (1 v.)
- Society of Friends. Discipline, 1719. (1 v.)
- Society of Friends. Epistle, 1755. (1 v.)
- Society of Friends. Exter Monthly Meeting (Berks County, Pa.) Minutes, 1875 (1877-1880) 1882. (1 v.)
- Society of Friends. First day school, 1880-1887. (1 v.)
- Society of Friends marriages for city and county of Philadelphia, 1682-1762. Copied by Samuel Morris Lynn. (1 v.)
- Society of Friends. Nantucket (Mass.) Meeting, 1698-1848. (1 v.)
- Society of Friends. Port Elizabeth (N.J.) visiting Friends, 1753-1844. (1 v.)
- Society of Friends. Radnor Meeting. Papers, 1714-1766. Kept by Thomas Thomas on building and assessments from members.
- Society of Friends. "Reunion of Orthodox and Hicksite," 1916. (1 v.)
- Society of Friends. Testimonials, 1703-1780. (1 v.)
- Synod of Philadelphia. Committee on marriage and divorce. Minutes, 1684-1689.
- Stoever, John. Ministerial records, 1730-1779. (1 v.)
- Taylor, Henry P. "Early Recollections of Grace Church," 1877. (1 v.)
- Trinity Protestant Episcopal Church. Register, 1839-1849. (1 v.)
- Young Men's Christian Association (Philadelphia, Pa.) "Historical Sketch of the Fifth St. M.E. Church, Philadelphia, [1832-1869]." Continued by J. Thorton Seaver to 1882. With photographs and engravings. (1 v.)
- Yearly Meeting of Friends for Pennsylvania and New Jersey. A Collection of Christian and Brotherly Advices, 1681-1765. Gift of Frank M. Etting, 1887, and of the Elizabeth S. Allen estate, 1923. (2 v.)
Churchman Papers of Kirk Brown, 1716-1835.
John Churchman and his son, George Churchman, were deputy surveyors of Pennsylvania.
This is a collection of Maryland and Pennsylvania surveys, 1716-1835, covering a wide field of information on the early settlements and subdivisions of land. It includes land warrants as issued by the province, petitions for road building, drafts, indentures, agreements, showing the land holdings and the names of pioneer settlers; a volume A Book containing the Records of the Surveys made by John and George Churchman, ca. 1744-1777. There are also records of the Quaker Monthly meetings held at East Nottingham, and other places, 1743-1805.
Collected by Kirk Brown; gift of J. Clemson Brown.
Churchman, George. Papers, 1720-1850.
(2.75 linear ft.)
George Churchman was deputy surveyor of Pennsylvania.
Land warrants issued by the provincial government, surveys, drafts, agreements, indentures, signed by James Hamilton, Nicholas Scull, George Churchman, and others, with information on early settlements in Pennsylvania counties, land holdings, names of settlers.
Clark, William, Jr. Docket book, 1844-1848.
William Clark, Jr. was a justice of the peace for Dauphin County.
Gift of William Bell Clark, 1924
Claypoole, James, 1634-1687. Letter book, 1681-1683.
James Claypoole, a London Quaker merchant, emigrated to Philadelphia in 1683.
Business letters and transcripts.
The transcriptions, in an unknown 19th-century hand, provide only extracts of the letters about Pennsylvania written from London, but contain the full text of letters written from Philadelphia.
Gift of Deborah Bringhurst, 1852.
Clement, John C. Papers, 1681-1871.
(ca. 500 items.)
Entry cancelled; see collection #791.
Clemson, Elizabeth C. Autograph album, 1824-1828.
Verse dedicated to Elizabeth C. Clemson by her friends.
Gift of Mrs. T.H. Neilson, 1918.
Clifford family. Papers, 1722-1832.
(6 linear ft.)
World-wide trade conducted by several generations of the Clifford family, a prominent Philadelphia merchant family, is documented in this voluminous collection of papers and correspondence. The papers fall in two periods: 1722-1776 and 1777-1832. There is information on the commerce with China, Russia, England, Holland, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, West Indies, United States territories; lands; world markets, flow of goods, transportation, and fluctuation of prices, influenced by political trends. The invoices, receipts, bills, legal instruments, insurance policies, charters of vessels, give an account of the hazards of the enterprises, the economic factors involved, and the commodities exchanged such as cotton, tea, silks, rum, salt, sugar, wheat, beef, and cloth.
A letter from Harper and Hartshorn, 1765, Antigua, gives an account of the feeling of resentment and rebellion aroused against the Stamp Act; letters, 1763, describe the outfitting of privateers; diary, 1778-1779, relates events of the Revolution, as seen by a Tory; charter for building canals, 1791; duties imposed by England on American grain, 1791; and captures of English vessels by French frigates are described in letters, 1792. Trade expansion to the South and West is shown in letters, 1805, to Kentucky and New Orleans, La. merchants; sale of cotton is discussed in a letter, 1804, from Stathart and Bell to Andrew Jackson.
Included are letterbooks of Thomas and John Clifford, 1759-1789; Thomas Clifford receipt book, 1750-1751; diary of a trip to Ohio from Philadelphia, 1804; Clifford Estate vs. Stephen Girard Papers, 1822; pocket almanacs with marginal notes, Poor Will's, 1791, Gaines, 1791, Bioren, 1819, Agricultural, 1821, Astronomical Calculations, 1792; printed catalogue of 350 cases of china goods to be sold at auction, Philadelphia, 1828.
There are items of literary interest: manuscript of a dialogue between Dr. Samuel Johnson and Mrs. Knowles, n.d.; An Epistle from the Celebrated Abbe de Rance at the Abbey of La Trappe, n.d.; Quaker sermons, 1787; poetry, 1822.
Gift of Henry Pemberton, Jr.
Cliffton, William, 1772-1799. Selected works, 1791-1798.
A selection of unpublished works of William Cliffton. Includes several obituaries, pastoral poems and odes on the deaths of Samuel Hollowell, Dr. [Matthew] Clarkson, William Waring; prose essays on painting, Ideas, innate principles. Some of the fragments at the end of the volume may have appeared in revised form in the Fenno (New York, 1800) edition of Cliffton's works.
Collected and transcribed by J. Cliffton, presumably after 1800.
Purchased, Dreer Fund.
Clymer, Daniel Cunyngham, 1748-1810. Papers, (1766-1809) 1899.
Daniel Cunyngham Clymer was an officer of the Philadelphia Military Associators, 5th Rifle Battalion, 1776, a deputy commissary general of prisoners in the Continental Army, 1777-1781, and then a lawyer in Berks County.
His papers include: Philadelphia volunteer lists, 1775; circulars, delegate election reports, and minutes of the Associators of the Colony of Pennsylvania meeting to elect brigadier generals, 1776; miscellaneous letters and documents of his military and civilian career; Cunyngham family genealogical notes.
Gift of William Hiester Clymer descendants, 1908.
Coates, William M., 1845-1937. Papers, 1731-1860.
These papers contain the Yearly Meeting treasury book of Beulah Coates, 1731-1741; broadside addressed to the president and council of Pennsylvania by prominent Quakers protesting against religious and political persecution, and reply to accusations of Quaker opposition to the cause of the American Revolution, 1776; Quaker broadside issued by John Pemberton, 1776; pamphlet, Address to the Inhabitants of the British Colonies in America, 1776; Nancy Gregory, indenture to Benjamin Hornor, 1803; letter of Frederick Douglass, African American orator and author, to Benjamin Coates, in behalf of abolition of slavery, and against colonization of Liberia, 1856; facsimile of a testimonial by members of the medical profession in Philadelphia, addressed to Dr. T.G. Morton, reputed discoverer of ether as an anesthetic, 1860.
Gift of William Coates, 1930.
Coates and Reynell. Papers, 1702-1843.
(15 linear ft.)
For the most part, these are commercial papers, records of prices, business correspondence, ledgers and daybooks. In addition to strictly mercantile papers, there are other items relating to Indian affairs, the development of frontier lands, medicine, finance, and family matters.
The papers of Samuel Coates and John Reynell include: correspondence, 1722-1838; bills receipts, orders, and accounts, 1702-1838; statements of prices current, 1790-1816, mostly of Liverpool; letterbook of John Reynell, 1734-1774; his daybooks, 1728-1738; ledger, 1734-1736; invoice book, 1731-1738; account books, 1735-1736, 1738-1767; receipt books, 1763-1791; records of Pennsylvania and New Jersey meetings accounts with John Reynell, 1762-1783.
Samuel Coates papers include: letterbooks, 1763-1781, 1795-1802; letterbook of Josiah and Samuel Coates, 1784-1790; daybooks, 1796-1804; daybooks of Josiah and Samuel Coates, 178301791; ledger pertaining to sugar business, 1768-1775; memoranda of wages and similar items, 1784-1806; sales book, 1795-1817; journal, 1791-1798; journal of Josiah and Samuel Coates, 1785-1789; bankbooks of Samuel Coates, 1791-1794; bankbooks of Josiah and Samuel Coates, 1778-1787, 1812-1824; receipt book of Josiah and Samuel Coates, 1778-1791; their bill of lading book, 1786-1791; letterbooks of George M. Coates, 1803-1821, 1831-1843; daybook, 1729-1737, of Samuel Coates, Sr.; Mary Coates receipt book, 1748-1759; Josiah L. Coates receipt book, 1795-1809; and the papers of Benjamin H. Coates which include social and professional correspondence, 1806-1843; his notes and essays on medical subjects, 1830-1847; his cashbook, 1839-1845. There are papers on the settlement of various family estates, 1745-
1839; record of Joseph Stansbury's account with Samuel Coates and Ezekiel Edwards, 1773-
1775; and the daybook of the estate of Captain John Vicary, 1784-1795.
The papers from the Deborah Morris estate, which form a part of this collection include: correspondence of Deborah Morris on land transactions and social affairs, 1724, 1763-1793; wills, inventories, 1774-1787; bonds and agreements, 1785-1813; ledgers relating to the estate, 1752-1768, 1760-1789; account book, 1760-1769; rent account, 1777-1793; daybook, 1782-
1785; receipt book, 1788-1793; Benjamin Morris ledger, 1747-1755; his memorandum book, 1755-1758.
Since Samuel Coates was the executor of Isaac Zane's estate, many of the Zane papers are found in this collection: correspondence of members of the Zane family, 1761-1825; accounts, receipts, bills, 1731-1824; deeds, leases, lands, 1752-1824; papers on the Marlboro Iron Works, 1772-1808; catalogues of the books belonging to Isaac Zane, 1791; inventory of Zane's possessions, 1794; daybook of Zane, 1759-1780; account book of Zane, 1761-1793; receipt book of Sarah Zane, 1796-1814; receipt books of Samuel Coates, executor of the estate of Isaac Zane, 1821-1824; receipt books of Charles Meredith, 1753-1772, 1773-1791.
Wyoming journal of Isaac Zane published in P.M.H.B., 30 (1906): 417-426.
Purchased, Library Fund, 1914.
Coates and Reynell family papers, 1677-1930.
This is a collection of accounts and other papers of the Coates and Reynell families of Philadelphia. John Reynell, shipping merchant, business and household cashbook, 1737-1738; business invoice book, 1758-1772; Overseers of Publick School account and receipt book, 1758-1770; estate waste book, 1784- 1789. The rest of the account books are personal: Thomas Coates, nephew of Reynell, receipt book, 1768-1772; estate account book, 1773-1795. Josiah Langdale Coates, brother of Thomas, also a shipping merchant, pocket ledger, 1788-1803. Josiah Coates, son of Josiah L., receipt book, 1810-1814, 1843-1850; bank account, 1813-1814. George Morrison Coates, brother of Josiah and hardware merchant, receipt book, 1839-1868.
There is some miscellaneous incoming personal correspondence, 1711-1930, to family members among whom are Hannah Pemberton, Amy Hornor and later as Mrs. Samuel Coates, and Amy and Samuel's son Dr. Reynell Coates; also family deeds, wills, and other legal papers. Additionally, the family came into possession of a few manuscripts relating to colonial Pennsylvania, including a bundle of Benjamin Franklin papers, 1761-1764, concerning Market Street property.
Gift of Estelle L. Sharp and May B. Sharp, 1966.
Reynell, John, 1708-1784. Papers, (1729-1761) 1783.
(6 linear ft.)
The papers of John Reynell, Philadelphia shipping and commission merchant, consist of incoming business correspondence, invoices, bills of exchange, with a small amount of personal material. Merchants and factors writing to Reynell include: Elias Bland, London; Nathaniel Booth, Antiqua; Michael Lee Dicker, Exon; Daniel Flexney, London; David Fogo, Antiqua; John Moffatt, Portsmouth, N.H., largely concerning mercantile insurance; Henry Sherborne, Portsmouth, N.H.
Cochran, Henry C. Lecture notes, 1845-1848.
Notes of Henry C. Cochran for lectures delivered in 1845 on the history of Philadelphia hospitals and public utilities (the Pennsylvania Hospital, the Pennsylvania Hospital for the Insane, Will's Hospital; the Philadelphia Gas Works, the Northern Liberties Gas Works and the Water Works), and for lectures delivered in 1848 on the history of Pennsylvania and the history, organization, finances, teachers, and curriculum of the public schools of Philadelphia.
Gift of Daniel E. Pennypacker, 1903.
Earle, Morris, 1859-1924. Collection, 1776-1838.
Accounts of Isaac Collins for the printing of New Jersey resolutions, ordinances, and acts of assembly of the American Revolutionary period; genealogical records of the Collins family; and an almanac, 1838.
Gift of Morris Earle estate, 1924.
Collins, Matthew. Surveys, 1771.
Contemporary extracts from records of the surveyor general's office in Burlington, N.J., relate to a survey of land in Egg Harbor, N.J.
Gift of William John Potts, 1857.
Colonial-Revolutionary period manuscripts, 1738-1808. (ca. 150 items.)
A collection of papers relating chiefly to Berks County colonial legal cases, and political and economic matters. Among the papers are: John Prinz letter from Reading, 1757, to James Read, depicting Indian depredations; Conrad Weiser, letters and writs, 1754-1760; Frederick Weiser, letter, 1762, on the collection and adjustment of county debts; bonds for the observance of the laws of the province, 1773; marriage contracts; tavern license signed by Robert Hunter Morris; James Read commission, signed by William Plumsted, 1752; receipts for military equipment from members of the Reading militia, 1776; Captain John Patton letter to James Read, on the refusal of battalions to obey orders to march, 1776; oaths and affirmations of justices of Berks County, 1776-1778; Thomas McKean communication to Congress on his controversy with Brigadier General Thompson, 1778; report of the council of censors that Timothy Matlack is "unworthy of public trust and confidence," 1783; records of admiralty cases, 1766-1779, on prizes of war, adjustments of shares of prize money, libels, surveys, adjudicated before Francis Hopkinson, George Ross, Edward Shippen, and others; John Adams letter, Paris, France, 1780, to Samuel Huntington, President of Congress, containing Russia's declaration of principles adopted by her as neutral during the war between England and the United States; Peter Collinson letter, 1738, John Ross, 1762, Edward Biddle, 1764, John Morris, 1762.
Commonplace book, 1775-1780.
These manuscripts contain accounts of the theatrical and carnival performances produced by the Tories for the entertainment of British soldiers during the Revolution. Included is a prologue to the Tragedy of Zara, spoken at the opening of the theatre at Boston, written by General John Burgoyne; prologue spoken by Major Robert Chew, at the opening of the theatre in Philadelphia, written by Rev. Jonathan Odell; an account of the Meschianza, held at Philadelphia in 1778, by one of the company; miscellaneous verse by Philadelphia writers.
Gift of I.T. Sharpless, 1868.
Conarroe, George M. Autograph collection, 1643-1882.
(3 linear ft.)
This collection includes letters and documents of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and of members of Congress, 1758-18ll; of generals and prominent civilians of the Revolutionary period, 1770-1820; of signers of the Constitution, senators, congressmen, governors of states, 1754-1853; of presidents, vice-presidents, and cabinet officers, 1777-1882; letters from authors, 1778-1869; foreign generals and statesmen connected with the Revolution, scientists, physicians, and philanthropists, 1759-1873; English and American lawyers, 1676-1854; American lawyers and judges, 1753-1859; officers in the American navy; clergymen, 1779-1871; other celebrities, 1643-1870. There are about 200 portraits, 1836; and a few papers of Robert Morris, Thomas McKean, and George Read, 1757-1788.
Gift of Nannie Dunlap Conarroe in memory of George M. Conarroe, 1899.
Conner-Powell Genealogies, 1775-1893.
(ca. 250 items.)
Transferred to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.
Cooke, Jay, 1821-1905. Papers, 1842-1901.
(60 linear ft.)
This extensive collection of papers relates to many aspects of the career of Jay Cooke, financier of the Civil War and the great period of American expansion: correspondence with influential men of the time, 1842-1880, contain information on the conduct and financing of the Civil War, nationalization of banks, westward expansion, railway building, especially the Northern Pacific Railroad episode which was a factor in the financial crisis of 1873.
There are also some letters of Henry D. Cooke, relating to his enterprises in western mines, lands, and shipping; letter books of Jay Cooke, 1870-1873; newspaper clippings, scrapbooks, pamphlets, receipts, bills, 1863-1901, which contain interesting material on political and economic trends. Many family letters contain, in addition to personal affairs, indications of Cooke's interest in church and civic affairs.
Cooper, James Fenimore, 1789-1851. Home as Found, 1838.
Original manuscript of the latter part of James Fenimore Cooper's Home as Found.
Cooper requested the manuscript be left with Lea and Blanchard, Philadelphia publishers, October 25, 1838.
Gift of Lea Brothers and Company, 1887.
Cope, Gilbert, 1840-1928. Collection, 1682-1877.
(ca. 500 items.)
Quakeriana: Falls Monthly Meeting (Fallsington, Bucks County), papers, 1697-1877, include certificates of removal, memoranda of discipline of members and some financial records; contemporary copies, Friend's Discipline, 1719, 1755; notes on the Gurney Crisis in London Yearly Meeting, 1846; Bradford Monthly Meeting, papers, ca. 1760-1805; Cope's notes on the history of Pennsylvania Meetings of Friends.
Pennsylvania legal papers: Supreme Court bail book, 1760-1763; list of jurors, 1847; Supreme Court, docket book, 1857; Philadelphia County, Court of Quarter Sessions, bail book, 1798-99; Green County, Court of Nisi Prius, docket, 1798-1799.
Miscellaneous papers: Cope's transcription of "An Account of the Disturbances in America," by John Ettwein, a Moravian minister; a modern transcription of letters, 1768-1775, to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel from the parish of St. David's, Radnor; professional and business papers of Jesse Conard, 1820-1837; anonymous contemporary manuscript of "Some Account of the Visit of the Friendly Indians to Philadelphia," 1760; depositions and other legal papers in Levett Harris v. William D. Lewis, the Riga consulate case, 1820.
In 1952, the greater part of the materials listed as part of this collection in the 1949 Guide to Manuscripts were transferred to the Chester County Historical Society, West Chester, Pa.
Coryell, Lewis S., 1788-1865. Correspondence, 1806-1867.
Papers of Lewis S. Coryell, lumber dealer and political leader in Pennsylvania: correspondence relates to state and national politics, and includes letters of A. Beaumont, Nicholas Biddle, John C. Calhoun, Simon Cameron, Stephen A. Douglas, George Mifflin Dallas, John M. Forney, John Forsyth, Samuel D. Ingham, Sam Houston, Dixon H. Lewis, F.R. Shunk, J.D. Stiles, George Wolf, W.S. Woodward, and others; letters of James Buchanan, containing comments on the outcome of the Civil War and criticism of the Lincoln administration; Coryell's business letters relate to construction of canals, railroads, roads and to his lumber business at New Hope.
Gift of Lewis S. Coryell.
Pennsylvania Militia. Accounts, ca. 1797.
Names of military officers and soldiers in various Pennsylvania counties, and records of their certificates for the funded debt.
Lewis, Joseph J. Memorial of Henry Hamilton Cox, 1881.
Biographical sketch of Henry Hamilton Cox who came to the United States in 1799, from Dunmanway, County Cork, Ireland. He leased a farm in Chester County, 1813-1817, became a member of the Society of Friends, ca. 1813 and returned to Ireland in 1817.
Gift of Joseph J. Lewis, 1881.
Cox-Parrish-Wharton family. Papers, 1600-1900.
(9 linear ft.)
This collection of papers and correspondence contains information on the religious, humanitarian, social, and economic influence of the Quakers in American life. A large portion of the collection consists of letters, 1785-1845, from John and Ann Cox of Burlington, N.J., to Dr. Joseph and Susannah Parrish of Philadelphia. There are also letters of William Penn, Israel Pemberton, James Pemberton, John Pemberton, John Rodman, Benjamin Lightfoot, John Bringhurst, Hannah Lloyd, George Mifflin, William Logan, David Barclay, John Fothergill, Roberts Vaux, Dolley Madison, and numerous others, 1700-1840.
There are monthly meeting reports, broadsheets, and papers, 1700-1847, pertaining to religious doctrine, discipline, moral precepts, humane treatment of the Indians, abolition of slavery, and economic affairs. Also copies of William Penn's letter to the Indians, 1681, and of a Quaker Address to King William III, 1703; "An Indian's Answer to a Swedish Missionary," 1704; list of the number of slaves in the United States, 1779; printed list of the Company of Merchants Trading to Africa, 1755; Isaac Parrish's receipt book, 1780-1807; his invoice book, 1762-1767; Samuel Parrish and Job Bacon, account book, consignment from Calcutta, 1806-7; John Parrish, Friends discipline, 1719; minutes of the Society for the Relief of Negroes, 1775-1787; "Divine Odes," by Thomas Wilkinson, 1787; reports of Quaker meetings, 1801-1806; genealogical notes of the Parrish family, 1600-1862; records of the Cox, Dillwyn, Mitchel, and other families; letters addressed to Samuel Emlen, 1826; Expressions of dying sayings, Hannah Hill, 1714; poetry of Susannah Parrish, 1820; moral impressions and observations, 1800; John Cox, weather reports and memoranda book, 1830-1833; schedules of Bills before House of Commons, 1879; portraits and biographical sketches of prominent Quakers.
Gift of Mrs. Rodman Wharton, 1914 and Miss Susan Wharton.
Crispin, M. Jackson, 1875-1953. Collection, 1665-1814.
(ca. 25 items.)
Colonial documents of the Crispin family, which settled in New Jersey and Pennsylvania in 1687: deed of land granted by William Penn to James, Joseph and Benjamin Cripsin in 1687; an inventory of the estate of James Holmes, 1690; correspondence relating to British shipping, signed by the duke of Albemarle, 1665; Quaker marriage certificate of Benjamin Crispin and Margaret Owen, 1722; writ issued by Thomas Hopkinson, 1747.
Gift of M. Jackson Crispin, 1931.
Cunyngham family. Genealogy.
Account of ancestry of a Scottish family, Stephen de Cunyngham, Earl of Glencairne, and his descendants, and of Isaac Roberdeau family of Rochelle, France, 1057-1799.
Gift of R. Buchanan.
Custom House Papers, 1704-1789.
(12 linear ft.)
Papers of the United States customs service of the Port of Philadelphia illustrating commercial and shipping interests, as well as foreign trade relations, of colonial America and the United States. The records include: account book, 1704-1713, duties imposed on tobacco, and data on merchandise exported; Custom House papers, 1750-1774, including letters, clearance papers, bonds, entries, cargo manifests, names of vessels, reports of seizures, accounts of contraband and smuggled merchandise, complaints, and other official records of the Port of Philadelphia; Custom House records, outward entries, 1784-1787, 1789-1791; inward entries, 1786-1787, 1789-1793, 1792-1794; and an inward index, 1789-1817.
Papers after 1789 were transferred to the National Archives.
Dallas, George Mifflin, 1792-1864. Diary, 1848-1849.
Photostat of Vice President George M. Dallas' diary of the last few months of James K. Polk's administration, including an account of Senate politics, tariff controversy, territorial expansion, gold discovery in California.
Original in the possession of Robert D. Abrahams, Philadelphia.
Copy purchased, 1936.
Dallas, Alexander J. Dallas Family History, 1894.
Transferred to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.
Darrach, Charles Gobrecht, b. 1846. Papers, 1906-1918.
Correspondence and miscellaneous writings of Charles G. Darrach, Philadelphia civil and consulting engineer: Topography of the Earth, 1906, contains maps and essays on the formation of the universe; Obligation, a Compilation, 1919, a metaphysical treatise on evolution; Folly of Philadelphia, 1918, criticism of politics, transit problems, concentration of business; The World War, 1917, correspondence on conscription in the United States Army; Port of Philadelphia, Public Utilities, 1913; National transportation and a discussion of the report on Atlantic Intracoastal Canals, 1917; Water Supply, Philadelphia, 1914-1917, a history of the water system, plans of dams and pumping plants.
Gift of Charles G. Darrach.
Darrach, William, 1796-1865. Diaries, 1830-1838.
Diary, 1830-1838, contains William Darrach's notes on pharmacology and his professional activities; diary, 1832-1837, reflects his interest in Presbyterian Church affairs, prayer meetings, religious revival, and doctrinal controversies.
Gift of Alfred Darrach, 1926.
Davidson, William B. Journal and Sketchbook, 1824-1825.
Journal of William B. Davidson, 1824-1825, member of the Philadelphia bar, details activities in law college, daily local events, his observations on sermons preached in local churches, politics, tours through Pennsylvania, travel by coach and canal, and describes a reception tendered Marquis de Lafayette on the occasion of his visit to Philadelphia, 1824. Davidson's sketchbook, 1825, contains drawings of Mauch Chunk, Berwick, Pa., Harpers Ferry, W.Va. and other places.
Davis, John, d. 1827. Diaries, (1781-1782) 1800.
John Davis was captain of the 1st Pennsylvania Battalion, Continental Army, under General Anthony Wayne.
His diary covers the Virginia campaign, Yorktown, and the march to North and South Carolina to join Nathanael Greene. Also a short diary of a Pennsylvania trip, 1800.
Revolutionary diary published in the P.M.H.B., 15 (1881): 290-310.
Gift of Mrs. David Lewis Fultz, 1946.
Davis, William Morris, 1815-1891. Letters, 1853-1879.
William Morris Davis was a Philadelphia sugar refiner, abolitionist, and member of Congress, 1861-1863.
This small collection consists primarily of letters from William Morris Davis to Henry Kirke Brown, a New York sculptor. Also included are letters to and from Davis' wife, Elizabeth, and their friends Catherine Brooks Yale and her husband, Linus Yale, developer of the Yale lock. The correspondents discuss Brown's sculptures, fly fishing, forging and casting, religion, machine tools, the Panic of 1857, and Republican politics. Davis also reports Passmore Williamson's imprisonment for contempt of court during a fugitive slave case, 1857, sending his daughter to Theodore Weld's school, his support for John C. Frémont's presidential candidacy, and his criticism of both James Buchanan and Abraham Lincoln. An 1861 letter gives an account of a confrontation between Jessie Benton Frémont and Francis Preston Blair in St. Louis.
Gift of H.K. Bush-Brown, 1933.
Decatur, Stephen, 1779-1820. Papers, (1801-1805) 1820.
The papers of Stephen Decatur, American naval officer, contain copies of orders and letters, 1801-1805, on his service with the United States Navy in the Mediterranean before and during the Tripolitan War, a letter of Decatur's about his fatal duel with Captain James Barron, and articles of agreement.
Gift of Mrs. F.H. Getchell, 1896.
Delaware. Papers, 1710-1822.
(ca. 30 items.)
Miscellaneous legal papers including papers on justice of the peace courts; addresses of the Delaware assembly to the proprietors and the king, 1726, 1760; application for tavern license, and other items.
Delaware and Schuylkill Canal Company. Papers, 1796-1797.
(ca. 35 items.)
Statements of account, surveys, and correspondence on the construction and maintenance of the canal.
Purchased, Library Fund.
Devereux, B.H. Letterbook, 1837-1843.
Copies of letters written by B.H. Devereux, merchant and shipper in Pernambuco, Brazil, to his brother John Devereux, Philadelphia merchant, and to other clients in South America, the United States, and London, England. Letters concern his extensive commercial enterprises in sugar, coffee, sperm oil, spices, flour, and other commodities.
Gift of Langdon Williams, 1924.
Dewitt, Peter. Letterbook, 1794-1822.
Letterbook of Peter Dewitt, Philadelphia merchant, reflects his trade in lumber and other commodities, 1794-1813, continued as accounts current of an unidentified Philadelphia shipping line, 1818-1833, and domestic memoranda.
R.G. Kennedy and Company. Charles Dickens, Rare Print Collection, 1900.
A small collection of prints and facsimiles of autographs, manuscripts and caricatures relating to the life and work of Charles Dickens, edited by Seymour Eaton and published "for private circulation" in Philadelphia, 1900.
Purchased, Dreer Fund, 1934.
Dickinson, John, 1732-1808. Papers, 1760-1772.
Dickinson's copies of Samson Euer's Doctrina Pacitandi, ou L'Art et Science de Bon Pleading (London, 1677), with interleavings and marginal notes in Dickinson's hand; his notes on legal practice; a continuance docket, 1760-1772; and a commonplace book. There is also a memorandum book of the Rev. James Sayre, 1765-1772, who was admitted to practice before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court in 1765.
Diller, William S. Papers, 1861-1899.
William S. Diller of Hanover, was an officer in the 76th Pennsylvania Volunteers, 1861-1864.
These are mainly military papers: muster rolls, supply documents, reports and correspondence. Also included are a few later documents on his pension, and his activities in the Masons and Loyal Legion.
Gift of Leroy Diller, 1910.
Dreer, Ferdinand Julius, 1812-1902. Collection, 1492-1925.
(84 linear ft.)
The Dreer Collection consists of four sections: specimen autographs arranged by Dreer in categories; additions to the collection after 1890, largely alphabetically arranged; individual letterbooks, journals, literary manuscripts, and small collections assembled by others; and a collection of English and continental literary figures of the mid-19th century, assembled by Samuel Carter Hall, editor of the British Art Journal. The collection includes: political and military figures; European political and military figures; fine and performing artists; American and European literary figures; clergymen; scientists and explorers; and British and continental literary figures of the nineteenth century.
Autographs of political and military figures, 1497-1922: Colonial Conventions, including the Albany and the Stamp Act Congresses; members of the Old Congress; signers of the Declaration, with the state seals; members of the Federal Convention; Presidents Washington to Harding and their cabinets; governors of the states; mayors of Philadelphia to 1893; American statesmen; officers in America before the Revolution; generals of the Revolution; soldiers of the Revolution; officers in the War of 1812 and the Mexican War; American naval officers; Union generals; Confederate generals; and Union officers.
Autographs of European political and military figures, 1571-1917: Statesmen of continental Europe; British statesmen; French Revolution; royal personages; British military; British navy; officers of the French army and navy; miscellaneous military figures.
Autographs of fine and performing artists, 1492-1921: Actors, singers, and dancers; painters and engravers; architects and sculptors; musicians and composers.
American prose writers; American poets; British prose writers; British poets; German prose writers; French prose writers; European writers; continental poets.
Autographs of clergymen, 1492-1921: American Protestant Episcopal bishops; American clergy; popes and cardinals; figures of the Protestant Reformation; British clergy.
Autographs of scientists and explorers, 1492-1921: Inventors; travelers and explorers; physicians, surgeons, and chemists; astronomers; scientists.
Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1730-1892: Letters of Nicholas Biddle; Bank of the United States; American lawyers; British lawyers; philanthropists; and famous merchants.
Literary and scientific autographs and manuscripts, 1703-1900: Letters, literary manuscripts, and journals organized around individuals, institutions, or events. Of American interest are: letters of the Penn family, 1666-1786; letter of Evan Evans, Rector of Christ Church, Philadelphia, to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, 1707; Franklin's "Queries to be asked the Junto;" letters from Patrick Henry to George Washington, 1777-1778, concerning the Conway cabal; papers of George Washington, 1744-1799; letters of Thomas Jefferson, 1774-1825; letters of Robert Morris, 1777-1799; Jacob Rush's letters to John Hancock, 1777; letters to Philadelphia naturalist Humphrey Marshall from Thomas Parke, John Abell, and other naturalists in America and Europe, 1772-1796; John Heckewelder's journal, 1793; and letters, papers, and prints illustrating Marquis de Lafayette's life, 1784-1830.
Dreer also collected a comprehensive group of papers relating to the publication of John Marshall's Life of George Washington, including the holograph manuscript for volumes 4 and 5 (the first three volumes were destroyed in a printing office fire), subscription lists, and letters between Caleb P. Wayne, the publisher, and Mason Locke Weems and William Poyntell, his agents, as well as letters from Bushrod Washington and John Marshall.
From his friend Robert Dale Owen, Dreer received holograph copies of "The Future of the North West in connection with the scheme of Reconstruction without New England," 1863; Owen's examination of spiritualism, "Footfalls on the Boundary of Another World," 1860; and a letter addressed to President Lincoln in 1863, "The Pardoning Power in its Relation to Reconstruction."
Other literary manuscripts include: Edgar Allan Poe, holograph copies of verse and a book review; letters of Jared Sparks, 1835-1843, to Edward Ingraham; Leigh Hunt, manuscript for About Ben Adhem; William Duane's book of humorous anecdotes; John Fanning Watson, "Historical Incidents of Germantown," 1823, "Annals of Philadelphia" and supplement, and genealogical material concerning the Fanning family; Francis Hopkinson's transcription, 1776, of Chronological Tables of Europe;" John Redman's annotated copy of Emanuel Swedenborg's Delights of Wisdom concerning Conjugal Love (London, 1794); and John Penn's copy of Les Vrais Principes de la langue française (Amsterdam, 1747).
Scientific and miscellaneous manuscripts complete this section of the collection: Benjamin Rush manuscripts, 1786-1813; materials relating to the polar expedition of John Ross, 1832-1836; letters to Alfred L. Elwyn, Treasurer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1848-1856; and Elisha Kent Kane's journal, 1853-1855, of the 2nd Grinnel Expedition and correspondence with George W. Childs concerning its publication. Also present: Thomas Rush, memorandum book, 1711-1749; surveys of land of Richard Peters, 1742-1765; miscellaneous manuscripts of Friends Meetings, Middletown, Bucks County, and elsewhere, 1731-1832; records of the Homony Club, Annapolis, Md., 1770-1773; Chester County, bail books, 1768-1785, and special bail book, 1805-1830; Bucks County, militia brigade inspector's reports, 1800-1818; Philadelphia Fire Company, constitution and minutes, 1818-1837; dockets of justices of the peace, Adams County, 1830-1832, 1858-1860; subscription list for mezzotint engraving after Athenaeum portrait of George Washington, published by George W. Childs, 1852, with testimonial letters from U.S. senators; diaries and accounts of Mrs. Scott Siddons, 1881-1890; Robert Proud, accounts for his Philadelphia school, 1751-1790, with a list of students; and Thomas Sully's Register of Portraits.
Political and military history papers, 1518-1864,: Dreer collected Civil War materials extensively, including: William G. Brownlow, "History of the Rise, Progress and Decline of the Great Rebellion, 1861-1862," published in 1862; letterpress book of Brevet Brigadier General James A. Ekin; papers relating to John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry, W.Va. his trial and subsequent execution; letters of Confederate General Gideon J. Pillow to his wife Mary; scrapbooks of "Rebellion Relics," including ephemera, songsheets, broadsides, photograph of John Wilkes Booth, and Confederate and United States fractional currency; diary, 1862-1863, of John H. Markley, a sergeant in the Pennsylvania Volunteers; and Francis Janvier's manuscript of his Civil War poem, "The Sleeping Sentinel," 1863.
Present, too, are a number of political and military figures from other periods: documents relating to the history of Holland, 1518-1673, including several of William the Silent and William III, in Dutch, and a summary account of the Estates General; letter of James VI of Scotland to Queen Anne of Denmark, 1593; documents relating to Admiral Sir William Penn, 1650-1651, including minutes of several Councils of War off Spain and of the Admiralty Board, 1655-1667; holograph and typescript of William Darlington's "Memoirs and Correspondence of John Lacey, Esq.;" Jacob Vandel's "Notes on the Mexican War," 1846, revised 1874; returns of Daniel Wier, Commissary to His Majesty's Troops in America, 1777; log of the U.S. brig Argus, 1808-1811; account with sloop Sally, 1763-1764; and letters of Edward Rutledge of South Carolina.
Miscellaneous letters, 1703-1883: Miscellaneous letters and papers of Americans and Europeans including correspondence of John Fothergill, Yorkshire Quaker merchant, and his son, Dr. John Fothergill, 1703-1798; letters collected by the family of John Franklin, pioneer settler in the Wyoming Valley; and papers of Edwin Greble, Philadelphia politician, 1853-1883. Also included is ephemeral Americana removed from a volume labeled by Dreer "Historical and Literary Curiosities." Samuel Carter Hall letters, ca. 1850-1880,: Letters addressed to Samuel Carter Hall, editor of the Art Journal, and his wife, Anna Maria Fielding Hall. Correspondents include: W. C. Aitken, William Cullen Bryant, Fredrika Bremer, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Edward Robert Bulwer Lytton, and Walter Savage Landor, 1850-1880s.
Dreer formed this collection of "letters written by the hands of persons of different nationalities and distinguished in almost every arena of intellectual activity" between 1848 and 1890. To these holograph items Dreer added engravings, lithographs, and other ephemera illustrative of the careers of the individuals whose autographs he collected. With funds provided by Dreer at the time of his gift and by his estate, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has continued to add to the collection.
The Dreer Collection was formed by gifts, purchases, and exchanges. Dreer's most important early purchase was part of the Robert Gilmor Collection in 1851, a collection particularly rich in the papers of the Penn family, George Washington, and British and European artists and literary figures. In 1863 Dreer retired from the jewelry business to devote himself entirely to "my favorite employment and recreation of collecting, repairing, and arranging autograph letters." The collection he formed is rather idiosyncratic and personal and reveals his interest in the arts and sciences, exploration, spiritualism, and the Civil War. Until 1870 Dreer dealt exclusively with American dealers and collectors, but thereafter he began to buy extensively in Europe. Throughout his collecting career Dreer received significant gifts from individuals whose papers he was collecting as well as from other collectors. Such gifts included an important group from Robert Dale Owen, and the Hall Collection from George W. Childs, editor of the Public Ledger.
After Dreer's death, Simon Gratz bought extensively for the collection. The purchases recorded in the accession book reveal Gratz' taste for political Americana more than they reflect Dreer's interests.
Drinker, Henry, 1734-1809. Business papers, 1756-1869.
(5 linear ft.)
Henry Drinker was a Philadelphia merchant and Quaker. Drinker was the partner of Abel James in the firm of James and Drinker, which traded extensively with London, England, Dublin, Ireland, and other American cities. The partnership appears to have dissolved in 1786 although both partners remained involved in the operation of the Atsion Iron Works and the Union Saw Mill in New Jersey, and speculated jointly and separately in lands in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.
The collection contains voluminous documentation of the efforts of Drinker and his executors to develop and keep track of Drinker's interests in lands in Beaver, Bradford, Cambria, Clearfield, Cumberland, Jefferson, Luzerne, Lycoming, Northampton, Northumberland, McKean and Tioga counties.
Included are James & Drinker letterbooks, 1756-1786; a volume of the firm's "foreign letters," 1772-1784; Henry Drinker's own letterbooks, 1762-1809; his journals, 1776-1809; his ledgers, 1786-1809; and the ledger of the Atsion Iron Works, 1786-1801. Included, too, are the more fragmentary records of the executors of Drinker's estate, Thomas Stewardson, Henry S. Drinker and William Drinker: William Drinker's journal of estate accounts, 1816-1841; Henry S. Drinker's estate letterbook, 1816-1828; Thomas Stewardson's letter books, 1821-1841; the cashbook of Stewardson's estate, 1844-1854; and a ledger of the estate of Henry Drinker, 1809-1824.
There are other miscellaneous records and accounts of the Drinker land-holdings including a volume of surveys, 1794-1804; ledgers for the "Beech Lands" in Luzerne and Northampton counties, 1788-1805, and for "Stockport," 1789-1807; a compendium of tax information for Pennsylvania counties and townships, probably begun for Henry Drinker in the 1780s; a narrative of the settlement of the estate of Samuel Wallis, 1798-1807; and accounts of the sales of Drinker estate lands, 1844-1869. Also included are bonds, deeds, mortgages, and surveys of Drinker lands.
Drum, Augustus, 1815-1858. Papers, (1794-1795) (1832-1856).
Augustus Drum was a lawyer and congressman from Greensburg.
Letters from clients and lawyers on legal matters and land transactions; surveyor's returns and warrants, 1794-1795, 1832-1854; letters to Congressman Drum on veteran's claims from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Mexican War, and civilian claims against the government.
Duane, William, 1808-1882. "Canada and the Continental Congress," 1850.
An address, 1850, delivered before the Historical Society of Pennsylvania by William Duane, Philadelphia lawyer, and Librarian and Vice President of the Society, concerning the efforts of the Continental Congress to enlist the aid of Canadians in the revolt against Great Britain.
Gift of William Duane, 1901.
Dulles, Joseph, d. 1829. Diary, 1808-1810.
Travel diary to New York on the ship Minerva and to England and Ireland, 1808-1810, aboard the ship Princess Augusta, compiled by Joseph Dulles, merchant of Charleston, S.C., who settled in Philadelphia in 1812. Describes British institutions, debates in the House of Commons, social events, food and drink, business transactions, and visits to several manufacturing plants.
Gift of Charles W. Dulles, 1906.
Dunlap, John, 1747-1812. Estate papers, 1812.
Photostats of surveys of land in Philadelphia, Kentucky, and Virginia as well as copies of letters, inventories, and other accounts created to settle the estate of John Dunlap, Philadelphia printer.
Gift of the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1929.
Du Ponceau, Peter Stephen, 1760-1844. Papers, 1663 (1781-1844).
(6 linear ft.)
Du Ponceau was a Philadelphia lawyer who arrived in Portsmouth, N.H., from France in 1777, achieved early prominence as an aide to von Steuben, and as secretary to Robert Livingston, Secretary of Foreign Affairs for the Congress in 1781. Du Ponceau
was admitted to the Philadelphia Bar in 1785 where his familiarity with both American and European law brought him an important practice. His intellectual interests included both history and linguistics and he published extensively in both fields. He was a member and officer of both the American Philosophical Society and the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.
A group of incoming letters relate to law, linguistics, and, less importantly, history, 1781-1827. Among the correspondents are James Fenimore Cooper and John Sergeant on law, George W. Featherstonhaugh, Albert Gallatin, and John Pickering on linguistics, and Jared Sparks on history. The second group consists of Du Ponceau's correspondence and notes, including notes on silk culture, 1820s, copies of the legal opinions of Bushrod Washington, and papers dealing with constitutional questions in Alabama, 1831-1833. Also present in this group are autobiographical letters, 1836-1844, addressed to Robert Walsh and others. The third group contains Du Ponceau's letter books, 1792-1801, 1803-1814, 1820-1842; legal precedents, 1784-1798, 1801-1830; letters, 1818-1843, from John Pickering, the Boston lawyer and judge who shared Du Ponceau's interest in linguistics.
Du Ponceau's notes and abstracts concerning the origin of the American Philosophical Society, taken from the minutes of the Junto, the American Society for Promoting Useful Knowledge, the American Philosophical Society, and from the Jared Sparks edition of the Works of Benjamin Franklin.
The transcriptions of letters sent to Du Ponceau, prepared by Job R. Tyson, a Vice-President of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, were to be used for a memorial biography of Du Ponceau, prepared after his death in 1844. Tyson's selection reflects a strong bias toward military and political figures including DeWitt Clinton, James Kent, John Marshall, James Madison, and James Monroe.
Dupuy, Herbert. Collection, 1770-1879.
Collection of deeds and patents to lands in which the Ball and Dupuy families were interested.
Gift of Herbert Dupuy.
Dutch West India Company. Papers, 1626-1834.
(ca. 500 items.)
Minutes, legal documents, letters, resolutions, agreements, instructions to shipmasters, and other business records of the Dutch West India Company on ventures in South Africa, Brazil, and other parts of the world. Among the minutes for 1660 is an item about the claims of Cecil Calvert, proprietor of Maryland, to the land at New Amstel, Del.; Extract de Heeren Staten von Hollandt, Ende West Vrieslant in Haer Groot Mog, 1674; legal documents on a suit in Saint Eustatius over sale of a mulatto servant from Philadelphia, 1786.
There papers are part of a lot, sold at auction in Amsterdam, Holland, 1867, known as the Bantemantel papers because most of the papers are in the handwriting of Hans Bantemantel, one of the directors of the Amsterdam Chamber. The other portion of the collection is now in the possession of the New York Public Library.
Gift of Charles R. Hildeburn.
Dutilh and Wachsmuth Papers, 1704 (1780-1810) 1846.
(3 linear ft.)
Etienne Dutilh, French merchant, emigrated to Philadelphia in 1783 and established several commercial firms including E. Dutilh & Company, 1783-1789, Dutilh & Wachsmuth, with John Godfried Wachsmuth, 1790-1797, and Dutilh, Soullier & Company, with John Soullier, 1793-ca. 1797, largely engaged in the West Indies and northern European trade, with sugar, coffee, cocoa, and logwood being the major commodities mentioned.
The collection contains: business correspondence, mainly in French; accounts, bills of lading, invoices and cargo manifests for several vessels; and legal papers relating to commercial and maritime litigation, including a prize case of Nottnagel, Montmollin & Company. Also accounts, bills, receipts, notes of: Frederick Schinkles (several variant spellings), a Philadelphia grocer, 1755-1777; [Daniel] Boinod & [Alexander] Gaillard, booksellers, 1783-1785; Charles Graff, Philadelphia merchant, supercargo on a Canton voyage, 1809-1810.
Purchased, Dreer Fund, 1928.
Dyer family. Genealogies, .
Transferred to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.
Dyers journal, 1763-1805.
Journal of Dyers, a Bucks County Quaker, contains records of daily events, family and domestic affairs, and transactions.
Eberheart, Allen M. Papers, 1913-1921.
(3 linear ft.)
Allen M. Eberheart was secretary of Local Draft Board No. 19, Philadelphia.
These papers relate chiefly to the Selective Draft Service, 1917-1918, and contain reports, correspondence, and memorabilia from the draft board of the 19th district, Philadelphia. Included are statistics on enlisted and drafted men, deserters, persons seeking exemption for various reasons, mobilization forms and receipts, pamphlets issued by the federal government, rules and regulations prescribed by the President, and other items pertaining to the army and to the World War.
Gift of A.M. Eberhart.
Edmunds, Albert J., 1857-1941. Manuscripts, 1908-1918.
(1 v. and 1 folder.)
Religious poem, Soteriology, by Elliot Robinson, 1910; a collection of lyric poems by Albert J. Edmunds, 1908-1911; Edmunds' diary notes portending events of the World War.
Gift of Albert J. Edmunds.
Edwards, Howard, 1833-1925? Collection, 1778-1842.
Small collection of Anglican clergymen and other British public figures. Included are letters, 1778-1801, of Rev. John Newton, curate of Olney, Buckinghamshire, and friend of Cowper; Rev. John Berridge, 1781; Rev. Thomas Scott, 1793; William Wilberforce, 1800-1833; Hannah More, 1801-1825; Thomas Folwell Buxton, 1827-1842; Elizabeth Fry, 1830.
Gift of Howard Edwards.
Edwards, Howard, 1833-1925?. Memoirs, 1837-1922.
"Memoirs and Reminiscences of Society, Individuals, and Events in the City of Philadelphia and its adjacent neighborhoods, Commencing A.D. 1837" was written by Howard Edwards, Philadelphia Quaker, from 1887 to 1922. Edwards provided detailed recollections, especially of his physical surroundings and expressed himself strongly on contemporary events and society, which did not meet the standards of his past. Accompanying the narrative are related newspaper clippings and memoranda.
Gift of Howard Edwards Estate, 1925.
Elliott, Isaac. Genealogical notes, .
Transferred to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.
Elliott, Jesse D. (Jesse Duncan) 1782-1845. Papers, 1826-1828.
Correspondence of Commodore Jesse Duncan Elliott, naval officer, includes comments on the election of 1828 and a letter from Sir John Phillimore.
Purchased, Dreer Fund, 1926.
Paul, Joseph M. Papers, 1810-1829.
(ca. 50 items.)
Joseph M. Paul was a Philadelphia merchant, vice-president of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, and a prominent Friend.
There is incoming correspondence and accounts current, 1817-1825, from and with the Embree brothers of Jonesboro, Tenn., proprietors of the Pactolus Iron Works there. Elihu Embree also published the short-lived Emancipator, 1820, of which there is some mention. Paul acted as agent for the Elihu Embree estate in Philadelphia and collector for subscriptions for the support of the Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, 1810-1820. Included, too, are Paul's journal, 1800-1820, his letter book, 1812-1829, and a small diary of his trips through western Pennsylvania, 1815, 1820.
Collection formerly described as the Embree Papers, collection #192, and now incorporates materials formerly included in the Joseph M. Paul Records, collection #479.
Gift of William John Potts, 1886.
Etting, Frank M. Collection, 1558-1917.
(15 linear ft.)
Frank M. Etting's connection with the Historical Society began in 1855 when he was elected recording secretary at age 22. After a decade in the army, 1861-1870, he returned to Philadelphia to begin a career of public service. He became director of the city's public schools, chairman of the committee to restore Independence Hall, and director of the Historical Department of the Centennial, 1876.
The collection represents both Etting's personal interests and his professional concerns. It consists of three distinct groups of papers: an autograph collection containing materials of distinguished Americans and Europeans, 1558-1887; family papers, 1739-1847, which document the efforts of the Gratz, Frank, Etting, and Hart families and their associates in the settlement and development of trade in early Pennsylvania and contain some information on the domestic affairs of these families; and, finally, a group of papers on the public and professional career of Frank M. Etting.
The autograph section includes: letters of early Quakers and the Penn family, 1650-1815; colonial governors, 1675-1776; governors of states, 1768-1852; members of the Provincial Council of Pennsylvania, 1685-1762, with letters of members of the Stamp Act Congress, 1762-1763, with orders of the Council of Safety of Maryland, 1776-1782; autographs, prints, and documents relating to the Washington family with autograph letters of signers of the Constitution; signers of the Declaration of Independence; material connected with colonial and Revolutionary wars, 1719-1782, including lists of pay for the army and navy, 1774, lists of general officers, n.d., minutes of the Continental Congress' Commission on Claims, 1775-1776; return of British prisoners of war, 1780-1782; correspondence of Generals Amherst and Forbes, and Sir William Pepperill; officers in the American and British navies, 1740-1865; officers in the American and British armies, 1757-1887; generals of the Revolution, 1755-1809.
Also in this section are: letters of John Quincy Adams, James Buchanan, Jonathan Dayton, Alexander Hamilton, Robert Harper, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Morris, Timothy Pickering, William Tilghman, William Wirt, and others, 1738-1887; letters of George Bancroft, William Cobbett, James Fenimore Cooper, Joseph Drake, Salma Hale, John Heckwelder, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Washington Irving, Henry W. Longfellow, John T. Morse, Thomas Paine, Timothy Pitkin, Noah Webster, and others, 1707-1889; Lord Byron, Charles Dickens, Alexander Dumas, Baron de la Motte Fouque, Benjamin Disraeli, John Keats, W. Roscoe, Madam de Stal, and others, 1762-1885; Thomas Birch, Thomas Cole, John Singleton Copely, Pierre Eugene du Simitieire, Charles Willson Peale, Jacques Louis David, Thomas Sully, Benjamin West, and others, 1767-1889; letters of James Abercrombie, Jacob Duché, Jonathan Edwards, Cotton Mather, Henry Muhlenberg, Henry W. Onderdonk, William Smith, William White, George Whitefield, and others, 1761-1880; George Bryan, John Growdon, Robert H. Harrison, John Marshall, Jonathan D. Sergeant, Robert B. Taney, John Tyler, Bushrod Washington, and others, 1769-1887; Eric Bollman, Jacob M. DaCosta, Samuel P. Grffith, John Morgan, Joseph Parrish, Caspar Wistar, and others, 1766-1887; letters of William Bartram, Peter Collinson, John Fothergill, Robert Fulton, Joseph Priestly, John Ramsey, John Tyndall, and others, 1762-1876; French autograph letters, 1559-1850; royalty, generals, statesmen, scholars. Also Pennsylvania papers, acts of Assembly, 1732-1750; letters of persons prominent in the Stamp Act Congress, Federal Convention, Old Congress, 1734-1823; Maryland Council of Safety, 1776-1786; letters of presidents, vice presidents, and members of cabinets, George Washington to James Buchanan, 1789-1861.
The group of family papers, with additions, includes papers of some of the important merchants and shippers of the early period, Croghan, Pemberton, Gratz, and others, influential in the economic affairs of Pennsylvania. The group comprises: Pemberton papers, 1654-1806; miscellaneous manuscripts, 1658-1889; Phineas Pemberton, account book, 1670-1690, ledger, 1674; miscellaneous correspondence, legal papers, documents, powers of attorney, agreements, bills of lading, commercial transactions, policies accounts, 1685-1872; Pentecost Teague, receipt book, ledger, account book, bills of lading, 1700-1752; Miller Cooper, account book, 1704-1705; Anthony Morris and Elizabeth Janney, ledger, 1705-1708; Abraham Scott Laudin, account book, 1706-1707; parchment deeds, patents, leases, exemplifications of wills, 1726-1835; receipt books of John Pemberton, 1748-1880; William Fisher receipt book, 1752-1757; David Franks, account book, 1757-1762; Stephen Collins, receipt book, 1773-1783; letters of John Fothergill to Israel Pemberton, 1757; Etting family correspondence, 1794-1927, including various commissions issued to members of the family. Papers in which the Gratz family was specifically interested: Gratz family miscellaneous correspondence, 1695-1917; Gratz-Croghan papers, 1733-1830; George Croghan estate, 1747-1816; Ohio Company, 1753-1817; Michael Gratz, ledger, 1759-
1784, account book, 1759-1762, receipt book, 1762-1767, letterbooks, 1768-1772; Gratz ledger, receipts, commercial correspondence, 1760-1796; Miriam Gratz, market and household accounts, 1765, memorandum book, 1807; drafts and surveys, 1762-1785; census of York County, 1762; treaty with Indians at Fort Stanwix, 1768; Michael and Bernard Gratz, papers, deeds, conveyances of land, trade with Indians, an account of the French and Indian War, 1769-1786; Bernard Gratz, George Croghan, estate papers, 1780-
1816; Revolutionary pension receipts, 1792; papers of various land companies on the sale of lands, 1794-1819; pamphlets on Philadelphia Water Works, 1792-1872; papers and agreements on Philadelphia and Boston Water Works, 1817-1834. Financial affairs are dealt with in "A Historical Sketch of Paper Money Emitted by Pennsylvania," 1722-
1785; bills of exchange, 1755-1806; papers on the Bank of North America and both Banks of the United States, 1787-1848; acts of Congress, incorporation papers, letters of secretaries of the Treasury; papers on the Bank of Pennsylvania, 1793-1859 include minutes, accounts, correspondence; miscellaneous correspondence of early banks in the United States, 1793-1859.
Civic affairs in Philadelphia, social and professional activities in which Etting was interested, are shown in his voluminous correspondence, 1856-1890. A large portion of the letters relate to the Centennial Exposition; papers and photographs on Independence Hall and its restoration, 1871-1876; papers on the historical department of the Centennial Exposition, 1875-1878; American members of the American Philosophical Society, and subscription list for carrying on the building in the State House Yard, for that Society, 1876; biographical sketches of members of the Old Congress.
There are also printed books, some inscribed with the names of prominent persons, and other containing marginal notes; portraits of the signers of the Declaration of Independence and some other eminent men; pamphlets petitioning against the stage and other public amusements, 1754-1811; pamphlets on politics, law, religion, colonial affairs, 1759-1783; miscellaneous papers, Masonic degrees, 1734-1884.
Gift of Frank M. Etting estate, 1891; later items acquired by purchase.
Evans, Griffith. Papers, 1786-1848.
(ca. 125 items.)
Miscellaneous business and personal papers of Griffith Evans, deputy surveyor of Pennsylvania: letters from Captain William Stuart of New York, with comments on national and state politics, congressional activities, economic depression in New York, United States relations with England and France; papers on John Nicholson's land sales, David Rutter's Pine Forge enterprise, and other of Evans' interests.
Gift of G.E. Abbot, 1923.
Evans, Robert T., 1780-1858. Papers, 1803-1863.
(ca. 250 items.)
Papers about real estate in Cumberland County and in West New Jersey, 1803-1865; correspondence, 1840-1862; bills and receipts, 1844-1859; also wills, indentures, bonds and other legal papers.
Gift of the heirs of Eliza F.E. Frazer, 1926.
Ewing, Jasper, 1753-1800. Papers, 1776-1778.
The papers of Jasper Ewing are his commissions, 1776, from the Continental Congress to serve in Colonel Edward Hand's rifle regiment as a second lieutenant and later as adjutant; and his declaration of allegiance to the United States, 1778, with the signature of Brigadier General Edward Hand.
Gift of John W. Jordan, 1915.
Williams, J. Fletcher (John Fletcher) 1834-1895. "Memoir of George W. Fahnestock," 1868.
Fahnestock was a prominent Philadelphia writer, antiquarian and book collector who died in the burning steamer United States on the Ohio River.
Paper read at a regular meeting of the Minnesota Historical Society on December 14, 1868.
Gift of J. Fletcher Williams, 1902.
Faires, John Wylie, 1803-1901. Papers, 1830-1888.
(ca. 400 items.)
Papers of John Faires Wylie, prominent educator and founder of the Classical Institute, Philadelphia. There are account books, essays, catalogues, lists of names of pupils, and other items.
Gift of Elizabeth Faires.
Fallon, S.L. Collection, 1684-1860.
(ca. 70 items.)
Letters of Henry Ward Beecher, James Buchanan, Henry Clay, John Hancock, Marquis de Lafayette, John Marshall, George Peabody, Victorien Sardou, Edward Shippen, George Washington, and others.
Purchased, Library Fund, 1914.