Hubley, Adam, ca. 1744-1793. Journals, 1778-1780.
The first volume contains rules and regulations passed by Congress on the establishment of the Revolutionary army, lists of officers, muster rolls, and instructions from Baron von Steuben. The second volume, July, 1779 to Oct. 7, 1779, is an account of the Western Expedition commanded by Major General Sullivan, and contains drawings, maps, plans of the territory traversed, a narrative of the hardships experienced and of the final success and victorious return of the expedition.
Volume two published in P.M.H.B., 33 (1909): 129-146, 279-302, 409-422.
Hugh, John. Account book, 1714-1762.
Accounts of John Hugh, for milling grain, receipts for provisions and services, expense account of a trip to Burlington, Elizabethtown, and Trenton, N.J.; also a record of speeches made at an Indian conference held at Easton in 1756, attended by Tedyuskung and representatives of the Six Nations.
Gift of Mrs. A. Morris Harkness, 1900.
Hughes, John. Papers, 1725-1818.
(ca. 400 items.)
Among these papers are several on the history of the Stamp Act, including a letter from Benjamin Franklin to John Hughes, Indian agent and distributor of stamps in Pennsylvania, 1765; a pamphlet, Instructions for the Distributors of Stamped Parchment and Paper in America, 1765; the manifest of the ship Royal Charlotte carrying three cases and seven packages of stamps for America, 1765; the account book of Hughes with Franklin, 1755-1757; letters from Anthony Wayne to Hughes on survey of land in Nova Scotia, 1765; a folder of the correspondence of Hughes on the land project in Nova Scotia in which Franklin was interested, 1763-1769; bonds, mortgages, and agreements, 1753-1782; letters from John Hughes to Isaac Hughes, relating his journey to Charles Town, 1769-1771; a pamphlet, The Bill for Better Raising of Money on the Inhabitants of Philadelphia for Public Use, 1739; the commission to John Hughes and Edward Shippen to build a fort and houses in Indian territory in connection with the Tedyuskung treaty signed by William Denny and Richard Peters, 1757; the daybook of John Hughes, 1761-1818; a record of bills introduced in the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania, 1814-1815; and patents and deeds, mostly pertaining to land in Upper Merion, Montgomery County, 1730-1802.
Huidekoper, Harm Jan, 1776-1854. Papers, 1796-1854.
(ca. 500 items.)
The papers of Harm Jan Huidekoper include: letters describing a journey to and arrival in America, 1796; others give a description of the physical, social, and economic conditions in Pennsylvania, particularly the western part, 1796-1854; manuscripts on Unitarian doctrines; sermons, essays, and interpretations of the Bible; papers on Meadville Theological School, 1847-1850; correspondence and other papers on the construction of the canal from Pittsburgh to Lake Erie, 1828; pamphlet on the proceedings of the Nicholson commissioners, relating to the Pennsylvania Population Land Company, 1842.
Gift of Mrs. H.P. Kidder, 1929.
Humphreys, A.A. (Andrew Atkinson), 1810-1883. Papers, 1827-1901.
(15 linear ft.)
The papers of General Andrew Atkinson Humphrey pertain to his military career, especially to his activities during the Civil War, and to his work as a civil engineer with the United States Topographical Engineers, as head of the coast survey, and similar projects. There are correspondence and documents, 1827-1901; a large group of military papers, 1862-1867; field dispatches, 1863-1864; telegrams, 1862-1865; special and general orders, 1862-1878; reports, returns, and casualty records, 1862-1865; and reports and other miscellaneous documents, 1865.
Other papers connected with the history of the Civil War are: papers on sieges and battles, 1862-1866; manuscript of Humphreys', From Gettysburg to the Rapidan; notes and papers on the Virginia campaign, 1864-1865; correspondence between Grant and Lee relating to Lee's surrender, 1865; campaign maps, 1864-1865; topographical maps, 1861; lake and coastal surveys, 1862-1869; miscellaneous items including newspaper clippings and newspapers, 1838-1889; a scrapbook, 1800, on the U.S.S. Constitution; reprint of Who Built the United States Navy, 1793; pamphlets dealing with the case of Fitz-John Porter, 1869; and pamphlets on the Battle of Gettysburg, 1866. Also included letters forming part of the correspondence of N.N. Humphreys, 1867-1901.
Presented by members of the Humphreys family; some items purchased by the Historical Society.
Humphreys, Clement, 1777-1803. Papers, 1798-1801.
(ca. 250 items.)
The papers of Clement Humphreys, agent to France during the John Adams administration, include: Humphreys' letter book, 1798, containing material on his official missions, with detailed accounts of events; "list of Staple Articles of Commerce between the United States and Foreign Ports," 1798; official instructions and correspondence, 1798-1801; manuscript maps of ports in the West Indies, 1798.
Letterbook, 1798 published in P.M.H.B., 32 (1908): 34-53.
Humphreys, Joshua, 1751-1838. Papers, 1682-1835.
Business records of Joshua Humphreys, naval constructor for the United States government: letterbooks, 1793-1835; account books, 1784-1813, 1792-1806; ledgers, 1766-1777, 1772-1773, 1784-1805; roll call book, 1794-1799; a daybook, 1791-1823; navy yard mast book, 1797-1806; records of the building of the United States, 1798-1801; Wharton and Humphreys notebook with plans for construction of warships, drawings, and details of the building of the Constitution, Franklin, and other ships. In addition to these papers there are Humphrey's correspondence, 1775-1831; miscellaneous papers, accounts, agreements, 1738-1823; deeds and marriage contracts 1682-1758; account book, 1747-1748; notebook of Daniel Humphreys, 1638-1716; ciphering book of Joshua Humphreys, 1800-1802; his "Journal of a Voyage from Philadelphia to Lisbon," 1809; journal of Clement Humphreys, 1798; and 2 copies of the American Repository, 1796, 1798.
Gift of the Humphreys family.
Huntly, John C. Diary, 1863.
Diary of John C. Huntly, assistant engineer in the United States Navy, of the Pensacola, off New Orleans, contains eyewitness account of war conditions and operations against the Confederate forces, rumors of battles, troop movements, military and naval affairs, and personal notes.
Purchased, Dreer Fund, 1932.
Hutchins, Thomas, 1730-1789. Papers, 1759-1788.
(ca. 300 items.)
Correspondence and papers of Thomas Hutchins, geographer general of the United States, on the topography of the United States, observations on the coast of Florida, navigability of rivers; journals of surveying parties, describing the land surveyed, and contact with Indian, French and Spanish settlements.
Journal, 1760, published in the P.M.H.B., 2 (1878): 149-153.
Hutchinson, Francis M.. Pedigrees, genealogies, family histories, 1891..
Genealogical data, records from parish registers, and descriptions of coats of arms relate to the ancestry and history of several British families.
Gift of the Francis M. Hutchinson estate, 1927.
Indian papers, 1716-1856..
(16 v. and 62 items.)
Miscellaneous materials on the American Indian:
Aupaumut, Hendrick. "Narratives of his mission to the Western tribes of Indians who were carrying on a distressing war against the frontier settlements of the United States in the North Western Territory," n.d. Gives details on various tribes, origin of their names, speeches delivered in councils, names of Indian chiefs participating, and the war conditions of the period.
Bonaduci, Lorenzo Botourini. The History of the Indians of North America ..., 1746. Translated from Spanish by W.W. Handlin, . (1 v.)
Chew, Benjamin, 1722-1810. Journal, 1758. Contains an account of a journey to Easton with Andrew Allen, John Mifflin, and James Peters. Contemporary copy. (1 v.)
Delaware and Iroquis Indians manuscripts, 1746-1749. The manuscripts include: 19th century copies of Conrad Weiser's letters to Christopher Sauer on the customs and religion of the Iroquois and Delaware Indians. This Compilation was prepared by Abraham H. Cassel. English translation published in P.M.H.B., 2 (1878): 407-410.
Foulke, William Parker. "Notes respecting the Indians of Lancaster County." Foulke's account of the Indian tribes inhabiting the Chesapeake Bay, Susquehanna Valley, New York, and other regions. (1 v.)
Friends' Indian Aid Association. Minutes, 1869-1874. (3 v.)
Friendly Association. Minutes, 1755-1757. (1 v.)
Henry, Mathew. Indian vocabularies, 1835-1859. Vocabularies of the Witchita, Caddo, and Comanche in Texas, 1854; Santeau in British Columbia, 1835; Delaware; Klikitat and Kalapooyah, lower bank of the Columbia River,1836. (4 v.)
Jones, David. Journal, 1772-1773. David Jones, minister of Freehold, N.J., describes his journeys among Indians of the Ohio valley. Published by Isaac Collins, 1774.
Minutes of a council held at Easton, 1756. Present at this council were Benjamin Chew, William Denny, James Hamilton, Lynford Lardner, William Logan, John Mifflin, Richard Peters, Teedyuscung, Conrad Weiser, and others. Published in Colonial Records, v. 8, p. 649 ff. (1 v.)
Minutes of Indian conference at Lancaster, n.d. (1 v.)
Miscellaneous papers on Indian losses, 1766-1770. Mainly letters and documents to and from Captain William Trent, Carlisle, on losses sustained from Indian depredations in 1763. (1 v.)
Narrative of the massacres of the Connestoga Indians by the Paxton Boys, 1763. With an appeal for punishment of the murderers. (1 v.)
"Some short remarks on the Indian trade in the Charikees," 1717. Journal describing trade between white traders in North Carolina and Indians, and particularly the conflict between Virginia and Carolina traders over Indian trade. Photostat. (1 v.)
Inkson, John. Example book, 1791.
Specimens of calligraphy, arithmetic problems, calculations, computing of interest, and bookkeeping.
Gift of the Free Library of Philadelphia, 1916.
Irvine, William. Papers, 1768-1834.
(4 linear ft.)
Papers of William Irvine primarily relate to his service as a brigadier general in the Revolutionary army. They include: letters, muster rolls, records of courts martial, petitions, orders, and resolutions of Congress, 1768-1834; letters, 1780-1811, of John Rose (Baron Rosenthal), Irvine's adjutant; letterbook, 1781-1782; Irvine's order book while commanding the Western Department, 1781-1783; receipt book, 1776-1777; account and cashbook, 1783.
Gift of Henry Carey Baird.
Jackson, Caroline H., 1824-1851. Memoir, 1824-1851.
Memoir of Caroline H. Jackson, daughter of Thomas and Eliza Hoopes, members of the Society of Friends, West Goshen Township, West Chester. These volumes furnish information on prevailing religious sentiments, economic and social standards, education, and home life of a prominent Quaker family in the first half of the 19th century.
Purchased, John T. Norris Fund and Dreer Fund, 1936-1937.
Jackson, Joseph, 1867-1946. Manuscripts (for publication), 1923-1926.
(9 linear ft.)
Manuscripts of Joseph Jackson, Philadelphia historian and writer: "Bibliography of Works of Charles Godfrey Leland," 1840-1903; "Early Architecture, Architects and Engineers," on colonial architecture and early Philadelphia architects and engineers, 1923; "Development of American Architecture," 1926, chapters on early national period, early New England architects, the building of Washington, D.C., New York, N.Y., Philadelphia, Charleston, Va., and New Orleans, La., beginning of national architecture, early monuments, interior plans and decorations.
Gift of Joseph Jackson.
Finding aid available.
Jackson, Samuel. Letters, 1862-1863.
Letters written by Samuel Jackson, medical officer in the United States Navy, to his wife, while he was on board the U.S.S. Brooklyn during the blockade of Southern ports during the Civil War.
Gift of Robert C. Rathbone.
Jacobs family. Papers, 1681-1838.
The papers of John Jacobs, member of Assembly for Chester County; Joseph Jacobs, saddler; Israel Jacobs, weaver, member of Congress, 1791; Isaac Jacobs, mayor of Philadelphia, 1767-1768; Benjamin Jacobs, surveyor, appointed by the Continental Congress to sign and number bills of credit, 1776.
Among the papers are patents of land granted to early pioneers, one issued to Clement Dungan, Bucks County, 1684, signed by William Penn; another to Joseph Tanner, 1681, signed by William Parr; and a map of land on Delaware Bay, N.J., laid out and surveyed by John Woolidge and John Budd, 1691, containing a list of names of settlers. There are also records of the names of the first purchasers of land within the extended boundaries of Bedford, Sussex, Cumberland, Northumberland, Westmoreland, Philadelphia, and Bucks counties, on the Allegheny and Susquehanna rivers, on the Perkiomen, Yellow and Briar creeks, and other localities, 1729-1770, and an agreement pertaining to purchase of land in Nova Scotia, 1766.
There are letters and documents of William Maclay, David Rittenhouse, Michael Hillegas, Edward Shippen, H. Vanderslice, John Robinson, Robert H. Morris, James Hamilton, Thomas Lawrence, Owen Biddle, Jacob Duché, Robert Bass, Nicholas Scull, John Lukens, Joseph Hilbon, treasurer of Pennsylvania Hospital, and many others, 1744-1769.
Commerce and prices of commodities are shown in Joseph Jacobs ledger, 1760-1765; Joseph Jacobs and Samuel Wallis ledger, 1762-1766; Israel Jacobs ledger, 1776-1810; John Jacobs ledger, 1784-1818; Benjamin Jacobs ledger, 1765-1775; Juanita Iron Company stock books, 1766; bills of exchange, bills of lading, bonds, receipts, accounts.
A large portion of the papers pertain to incidents during the period of the Revolution: Sargent Chambers, London merchant, letter, 1766, gives an account of Benjamin Franklin's efforts before Parliament for repeal of the Stamp Act; other letters are from John Galloway, R. Strettel Jones, Francis Johnston, commissioner to negotiate with the Indians, Benjamin Lightfoot, mobbed as a Tory, Jacob Richardson, who conducted the British army into Philadelphia, and others.
Gift of John F. Lewis, 1920.
James, Abel, d. 1790. Diary, 1766-1769.
Diary and memoranda of Abel James's land and commercial transactions near Bethlehem and Nazareth, relate to the clearing of swamps and creeks and building of canoes.
Gift of the Thomas Stewardson estate, 1932.
Jefferson Committee. Papers, 1826-1828.
The Jefferson Committee was a committee of citizens of the city and county of Philadelphia organized for the purpose of establishing a fund for the relief of Thomas Jefferson, with a resolution of the committee "to transmit on the 10th day of January next  to the trustees under the will of Thomas Jefferson, for the exclusive use and benefit of his daughter [Martha Randolph] whatever balance may at that time exist."
Papers, correspondence, and subscription lists.
Jenkins family. Papers, 1702-1902.
(ca. 500 items.)
Collection of the family papers of Charles F. and Howard M. Jenkins, with information on some of the Welsh families settled in Montgomery County and adjacent territory in Pennsylvania.
There are abstracts of titles, and deeds to lands in Chester, Berks, Northampton, Lancaster, Philadelphia counties, 1702-1785; drafts and surveys of lands in Gwynedd, Carnarvon, Salisbury, Honeybrook townships and other places in which Robert Jenkins, ironmaster, was interested, 1745-1847; papers on the Spring House and Sumneytown Turnpike Road Company, 1847-1872.
There is a record of marriages solemnized by Algernon S. Jenkins, justice of the peace in Montgomery County, 1851-1869; road construction in Gwynedd Township, 1800-1848; list of members organizing the Gwynedd Invincibles, 1864; genealogical notes on the Jenkins, Evans, Griffith, Foulke, and Roberts families; also correspondence on local affairs, commerce, shipping, indentures, licenses, commissions of appointments, 1794-1812; papers relating to Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Franks, 1794-1819.
There are a group of autograph letters of eminent Pennsylvanians, 1794-1892, collected by Charles F. Jenkins; Howard Jenkins' political correspondence, 1858-1902; his notes on the Hanks-Lincoln families, 1883-1894; his articles and material pertaining to local history of Pennsylvania, Anthony Wayne, battle of Brandywine, Swedish Pilgrims, French and Indian War, 1744-1764, rebel invasion of Pennsylvania, burial grounds, the Schwenkfelders, Welsh memoranda.
Gift of Charles F. Jenkins, 1937-1939.
Jenkins, Charles Francis, 1865-1951. Correspondence, 1924-1938.
(ca 1,000 items.)
Correspondence, 1925-1938, of Charles F. Jenkins, relates chiefly to his research on the life, history, and genealogy of Button Gwinnett, and contains information on the early history of Georgia. A large portion of the correspondence relates to the sale and collection of autographs.
Gift of Charles F. Jenkins, 1930, 1938.
Jennings, Francis. Index to Authors of Hymns, 1870.
A collection of data on the authorship and dates of hymns of various denominations.
Gift of Francis Jennings.
Jervis and Sandwith families. Genealogies.
Transferred to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.
Johnson, Anna G. Autograph album and diary, (1826-1830) (1843-1844).
Verse dedicated to Anna G. Johnson by her friends, 1826-1830; diary contains a description of a tour through Pennsylvania and New York, and other personal entries, 1843-1844.
Johnston, Josiah Stoddard, 1784-1833. Papers, 1821-1839.
(6 linear ft.)
Josiah Stoddard was raised in Kentucky and moved to the Louisiana Territory in 1805. He was a lawyer, member of the territorial legislature, state judge, Congressman, 1821-1823; and United States senator until his accidental death in 1833. His widow, Eliza Sibley Johnston, subsequently married Henry D. Gilpin.
The collection contains correspondence and papers containing information on the contest for the presidential nomination of John Quincy Adams, William H. Crawford, Henry Clay, and Andrew Jackson.
Among the numerous correspondents are James Brown, United States Minister to France, Judge A. Porter, Edward Everett, Matthew S. Quay, R.W. Stoddard, William Shaler, Henry D. Gilpin, Nicholas Biddle, John H. Johnston, and others. Some of the topics and issues discussed in these papers are: the Antimasonic movement, the recharter of the United States Bank, Judge Peck's impeachment, French spoliation claims, tariff, sugar, expansion of territory, legislation before Congress. A large portion of the material relates to political affairs in Louisiana, the building of roads and canals, land claims, memorials to Congress, cotton, slavery, requests for governmental positions, election to office. Henry Clay's letters, 1824-1833, deal with his personal aspirations and his bitterness against Andrew Jackson; letter of Thomas Jefferson, 1825; Dr. John Sibley letters, 1821-1832; invitation to a reception tendered to Marquis de Lafayette, 1824; family letters disclosing Senator Johnston's personal affairs and financial transactions; there are also some personal items of William S. Johnston.
Gift of Gilpin family.
Jones, Blathwaite. Docket book, 1780-1784.
Docket book of Blathwaite Jones, a Burlington County, N.J. justice of the peace.
Jones, David. Estate papers, 1813 (1847-1849).
Copy of the will of David Jones and inventory of estate in Darby, Delaware County; the volume also contains receipts and accounts of G.E. Sellers, 1847-1849.
Gift of Charles C. Sellers, 1935.
Jones, David, 1736-1820. Memorandum book, 1786-1816.
A collection of miscellaneous texts from the Bible from which the Rev. David Jones, Baptist minister in Great Valley, Chester County, preached his sermons; there are also records of marriages performed by him, medicinal remedies, financial accounts, and details of his botanical experiments.
Jones, Horatio Gates. Sketch of the Rittenhouse Paper Mill, 1863.
Historical sketch by Horatio Gates Jones of the early manufacture of paper in America, particularly of the Rittenhouse Paper Mill, the earliest in the British colonies in America, erected in Roxborough, Philadelphia County, in 1690. This mill was founded by William Ryttenghuison a Dutch settler, who later changed the name to Rittenhouse. William Bradford and Samuel Carpenter figure in the narrative. The paper on which the sketch was written was made at the Rittenhouse mill before 1699.
Gift of the H.G. Jones estate, 1896.
Published in the P.M.H.B., 20 (1896): 315-333.
Jones, Owen, 1711-1793. Papers, 1696-1867.
(3 linear ft.)
The papers of the Jones family throw light on the mercantile and political affairs of colonial Pennsylvania and of later periods. There are deeds and patents to land, 1705-1809; a copy of a memorial presented to George III, concerning purchase of land from the Indians in New York and on the Ohio River, 1774; treasurer's book of the province of Pennsylvania, 1768-1776; Owen Jones daybook, 1759-1761; his waste book, 1767-1772; his ledger, 1767-1773; his invoice book, 1767-1774; daybooks, 1775-1776, 1783-1784, 1783-1790; accounts in the estate of Mary Howell, 1785-1791; letter book 1785-1793; rent book, 1793- 1824; invoice book, 1796-1797; market book, 1786-1787; geometrical problems, surveys, 1761; Jones and Wister invoice book, 1759-1762; their account book, 1762-1769; Owen Jones, Jr., waste book for estate of Thomas Wharton, 1786-1807; his daybook, 1789-1791; Owen Jones and Company invoice book, 1789-1795; their daybook, 1793-1796; letter book of Jones and Foulke, 1783-1845; their daybook, 1796-1819; their order book, 1789-1802; Jones and Wister letter book, 1759-1771; Jonathan Jones receipt book, 1796-1803.
There is also Mary Powel Potts commonplace book (poetry), 1782; her cypher book, 1782; Robert Wharton receipt book, containing city, poor, and county tax receipts, 1800-1808; Robert Lettes Hooper journal and field book of surveys in Franklin Township, Albany County, 1770; Owen Jones correspondence with congressman during the Civil War, giving an account of his military service and also a report of the skirmishes of the regiment of the First Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, 1861-1863.
Jones, Thomas. Piece book, 1850.
A collection of verse.
Gift of R.P. Schick, 1929.
Jones and Clarke papers, 1784-1816.
(ca. 500 items.)
Letters, accounts, and other business records on the commercial enterprises of William Jones and Samuel Clarke of Philadelphia and Charleston, South Carolina, who were engaged in trade with the West Indies and European countries, shipping sugar, coffee, turpentine, brandy, and other commodities. The papers contain information on British and French spoliation, embargoes, privateering, shipbuilding, finance, insurance, commodity prices. The correspondence includes letters, 1808-1812, of Nathaniel Macon, member of Congress from North Carolina, concerning congressional debates on the question of war with England in 1812; also letters of Commodore Thomas Truxtun, Captain Hugh G. Campbell, Thomas Willing, Joshua Humphreys, John Binns.
Jordan, Edward. Engravings, 1830.
Transferred to the Graphics Department.
Journal of a voyage from England, 1742.
An anonymous record of life on board a sailing vessel: daily activities, books read, and passengers.
Keim, De B. Randolph (De Benneville Randolph), 1841-1914. Papers, 1808-1912.
(ca. 300 items.)
Genealogical notes of the Keim family, 1808-1912; scrapbook 1885-1893, contains correspondence on The Tariff Record, which Keim edited.
Keith, Charles Penrose, 1854-1939. Papers, ca. 1699-1866.
(ca. 115 items.)
Papers of the commercial enterprises, land transactions, administrative affairs in which members of the Keith family were concerned.
Among the items: letter of William Penn to Augustine Herrman; letter of John Penn, 1799; John Pringle accounts, 1782; deeds, leases, surveys, land claims, wills, 1740-1852; genealogical notes, 1846-1932.
Gift of Charles P. Keith estate.
Kelpius, Johannes, 1663-1708. Hymns, ca. 1707-1772.
Hymns with German text, by Johannes Kelpius known as the hermit of the Wissahickon; included are hymns by Johann Gotfried Seelig, Bernhard Kasten, and others.
Gift of Samuel Pennypacker, 1900.
Bundock, Mary. The Testimony of Mary Bundock concerning Elizabeth Kendall, 1722-1765.
A tribute to the memory of Elizabeth Kendall, an ardent member of the Society of Friends.
Gift of Dr. A.S.W. Rosenbach, 1934.
Kennedy, Anthony. Papers, 1781-1827.
(ca. 150 items.)
Anthony Kennedy was a Philadelphia merchant.
Correspondence with clients; records of land sales; bonds, receipts, agreements, tax bills, tax receipts; stock in turnpike road company; land warrants, drafts, surveys, claims.
Kenny, James. Journal to the Westward, 1758-1761.
Journal of a Quaker trader describes his tours to the Ohio, Pittsburgh, Carlisle, and other places, where he carried provisions for the Indians at the behest of commissioners for Indian affairs; presents details of pioneer life, colonial warfare, trade in skins, liquor, lead, and other commodities, travel through the wilderness, military protection. George Croghan, Israel Pemberton, Samuel Lightfoot, and George Allen figure in this narrative.
Published in the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, 1913, p. 1-47, 152-201, 395-449.
Kensington register, ca. 1812.
Copies of deeds, surveys, road records, list of property holders, and other items
pertaining to Kensington (Philadelphia)
Purchased, Library Fund.
Keyser-Goverts families. Genealogies.
Transferred to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.
Kinnersley, Ebenezer, 1711-1778. A course of experiments on the newly discovered electrical fire, 1752.
Ebenezer Kinnersley was a schoolmaster in Philadelphia.
Philosophical treatise describing the properties of electricity and experiments performed with it.
Gift of Edward Shippen descendants.
Kirk family. Genealogy, n.d.
Transferred to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.
Klapp, Joseph. Legal papers, 1800-1826.
Dr. Joseph Klapp was a prominent Philadelphia physician in the 19th century.
Collection of legal papers concerning the purchase of a house by Dr. Joseph Klapp.
Gift of Langdon William, 1924.
Kneass, Joseph A. Scrapbook, 1863-1891.
Newspaper clippings, letters, and miscellaneous papers chiefly on the life of Joseph Allison, president judge of the Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia.
Gift of Joseph A. Kneass, 1927.
De Krafft, Charles. Surveys and plans, ca. 1791-1816.
Colored plats and surveys of tracts of land in Philadelphia and other parts of Pennsylvania, made by Charles de Krafft, surveyor and draftsman. They show names of owners, boundary lines, drawings of houses, sizes of properties.
Krewson, George. Collection, 1770-1878.
(ca. 500 items.)
Legal and business papers from the estates of Samuel West, 1871; Anna West, 1858; Anthony Kennedy, 1828; Jennet Risk, 1831; letters of Abraham Kintzing, 1831-1833; and Tench C. Kintzing, 1832-1836; and estate papers of Edward Shippen Burd, 1800-1857.
Gift of George Krewson.
Kunze, M. Sermons, 1774-1776.
M. Kunze was pastor of the Lutheran Zion Church, Philadelphia.
Lamberton, James Findley Peffer. Collection, 1734-1786.
Letters and documents of Scots-Irish settlements, Cumberland County. The papers give the names of the early settlers, extent of their lands, and include legal papers and memoranda which describe the conditions of frontier life.
Lancaster, Albert Edmund. The Song of the Sangamon, ca. 1890.
A poem by Albert E. Lancaster, dedicated to the memory of Abraham Lincoln.
Gift of Emily Lancaster, 1916.
Lancaster County (Pa.) docket book, 1743-1749.
Docket book for a Lancaster County, justice of the peace.
Lancaster County (Pa.) papers, 1724-1816.
The collection is contained in two volumes: "Miscellaneous papers," 1724-1772, and "Petitions for Lebanon," 1772-1816.
Miscellaneous papers on local government and economic affairs of Lancaster County: letters, 1733-1740, of Samuel Blunston to the proprietors deal with the disputes between the Maryland and Pennsylvania authorities, land transactions, Indians on the Susquehanna, politics, legal matters, etc; letters of Thomas Cookson, George Craig, William Parsons, Richard Peters, George Smith, and others, 1739-1764; material on Conrad Weiser, 1756; accounts of Indian massacres, 1755; petitions, court records, surveys, indentures, land warrants, tax returns; petitions and lists of names of tavern keepers, 1766, 1769; account of the plan of the town of York, 1749; list of books added to the Lancaster library, ca. 1770; list of subscribers for the relief of inhabitants of Boston, Mass., 1774; military accounts and muster rolls, 1776; wills, estate papers, broadsides, and other items.
Langdon, John, 1741-1819. Papers, 1659-1824.
(ca. 600 items.)
The papers of John Langdon include: correspondence, documents, and commercial accounts. Most of the letters pertain to the Revolution, 1777-1778. Also included are: his messages as governor of New Hampshire, and related documents, 1659-1824.
Gift of Alfred E. Elwyn.
Languis, Joachim. The Medicine of the minds ...
"Written by Joachim Langius, Minister of the ye word of God at Berlin, and the discovery and rejecting of learned folly, according to the principles of true philosophy, then treats the healing of sick minds, and of its use when healed, for the searching out and communicating of truth and right. Published for the sake of all such who by the help of solid learning seek after truth wisdom." A religious tract on human behavior and ethics.
The Latin original was published in three editions: Berlin, 1704 and 1708, and London, 1715.
Larchfield, E.H. Warder. Diary, 1832.
Journal of daily events in the life of Miss E.H. Warder Larchfield, Philadelphia.
Gift of Mrs. Trevanion Dallas.
Laurens, Henry, 1724-1792. Correspondence, 1762-1780.
(ca. 1,500 items.)
Correspondence of Henry Laurens reflects American political opinion before and during the Revolution. It contains information on the proceedings of the Continental Congress, Indian treaties, and financing the Revolution, 1774-1780.
Laurens, John, 1754-1782. Commonplace book, 1779.
Commonplace book of John Laurens includes his observations on military activities in the American Revolution and on the importance of defending the Carolinas from the British; also his account of the aid rendered by the French fleet in the Chesapeake and Delaware bays, under command of Comte de Grasse and Comte d'Estaing, preventing the arrival of British reinforcements and retarding British operations.
Gift of Simon Gratz, 1881.
Leach, May Atherton. Correspondence, 1928-1930.
(ca. 50 items.)
Correspondence on the effort of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to trace the ownership of "the blue sash worn by William Penn on the occasion of his Treaty with the Indians," which M. Fassitt donated to the Historical Society in 1919.
Gift of May Atherton Leach, 1933.
Leaming, Aaron, 1715-1780. Diaries, 1750-1777.
The economic development of Cape May, N.J. and adjacent territory is shown in these diaries of Aaron Leaming, 1750-1751, 1761, 1775, 1776. They furnish an account of land transactions, surveys, early settlers, military organizations, farming, trade in timber and other commodities, acts of New Jersey assemblies, legal and domestic affairs; also contain lists of books in which Leaming was interested.
Gift of J. Granville Leach.
Lee, Charles, 1758-1815. Remarks by Mr. Lee, Attorney General of the United States on the principles and reasoning contained in the notes which Mr. MacDonald has laid before the board of examination, 1798.
Charles Lee's remarks relate to the interpretation of articles in the treaty of peace between Great Britain and the United States, 1794, concerning the value and recovery of debts.
Lee, George, Sir, 1700-1758. Manuscripts, 1656-1753.
(ca. 1,000 items.)
Collection of opinions and interpretations of maritime laws, gathered from the writings of George Lee, British jurist, about the commercial rights of neutrals, seizure of vessels, confiscation of merchandise, prizes captured by privateers, etc; depicts hazards of shipping and commerce during the period.
Lehman, Christian. Collection, 1742-1799.
These papers consist chiefly of surveys, drafts, and plats of land situated in colonial Germantown and Roxborough. They show the names of landowners, their holdings, changes in titles; included are German manuscripts on astrology and bee culture, and items on Pennsylvania German political and economic interests.
Gift of the Lehman estate.
Leland, Charles Godfrey, 1824-1903. Papers, 1835-1906.
(9 linear ft.)
The published and unpublished manuscripts of Charles G. Leland, prominent literary figure. Among the items are: essays, poetry, academic studies at Princeton, 1841-45; travel diaries, 1845, 1847, 1856.
Leland's interest in art education is shown in his manuscripts: "How to establish schools, classes or circles in the minor arts;" "Nature and Art Culture;" "Compendium of the Minor Arts;" "Eye Memory;" "Manual of Design;" "Profitable Work, Leather Work, Wood Carving;" "Relief Painting or Gesso, Plaster of Paris;" "One Hundred Profitable arts, drawings, designs, sketches;" and others.
Among his illustrated literary works are: proof sheets of Meister Karl Sketch Book; Hans Breitman Ballads; the manuscripts of "Mottoes for Every Occasion," "Travels in Shadow Land," "Witch Ballads," "The Witchcraft of Dame Darrel of York," "The Dead Alive," "Dreams," "The Goths' Mother Goose," "German Nursery Rhymes," "Children Stories and Fables," "Proverbs," "Rules of Etiquette for Men About Town," "Slaves and Contrabands," "Flaxius on Politics," "Legends of Birds," "Those Six Cabbages," "Sea Foam Fairies," "Milton and Dante," "Martin Luther," "Wayside Wanderers and Vagabonds," "Roman Lays and Legends;" epigrams, essays, poetry, narratives in German, French, and Italian; drawings and sketches from life of characters in Italy, Germany, France, and other countries; designs for book covers; playbills, ca. 1853-67; newspaper clippings; curiosa and mementoes.
A large portion of the collection is composed of Leland's correspondence with eminent persons of the period, and with his publishers: Ticknor and Fields, Sheldon and Company, R. Shelton Mackenzie, 1861; Henry W. Longfellow, 1855; Madame Anita de Barrera, 1858; and others.
Gift of Henry Morris Harrison and John Harrison, Jr.
Levy, Edgar M., 1822-1906. Memoirs of Captain John Patterson Levy (with family sketches).
John Patterson Levy was a Philadelphia shipbuilder and prominent Baptist.
Copy. Original owned by William Tumbleston.
Lewis, Ellis, 1798-1871. Papers, 1810-1870.
(ca. 100 items.)
Correspondence of Ellis Lewis including letters from James Buchanan, 1841-1865; Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, 1845-1860; and Chancellor James Kent, 1846-1847. There are family papers, 1815-1851, miscellaneous documents, and newspaper clippings.
Lewis, Emma. Verses, 1853-1854.
A collection of lyric and religious verse.
Gift of Dr. C.H. Vinton, 1918.
Lewis, Howard W., Mrs. Collection, 1799-1866.
(36 linear ft.)
This collection is composed chiefly of business papers of early nineteenth century Philadelphia auctioneers: Weir and Fisher, 1799-1809; Silas E. Weir, 1809-1819; Lisle, Weir and Company, 1819-1821; Willing, Weir and Co., 1822-1823; Weir, Smith and Lewis, 1823-1826; Weir, Lewis and Company, 1827-1830; John E. Lewis, 1811-1866. Records of trade in silks, tea, rum, tobacco, cloth, linen, glass, for disposal at auction, with details on commercial enterprises, markets, prices, variety of goods traded, supply and demand, legal requirements.
Included are: auction accounts, 1799-1830; correspondence, 1807-1828; imported bonds, 1825-1828; notes and drafts, 1809-1839; bank checks, 1808-1818; account books, bank books, blotters, ledgers, cashbooks, receipts, 1802- 1866; John F. Lewis papers, 1825-1866, on his personal and family affairs, bills, receipts, accounts; papers on Scots Presbyterian Church, St. John English Evangelical Lutheran Church, Association of Reformed Churches, 1808; papers on the Society for the Relief Association of the Poor, 1817; estate of Elizabeth Steele papers, 1801-1827; and maps of railways.
Gift of Mrs. Howard W. Lewis, 1939.
Lewis, John Frederick. Papers, 1771-1931.
A collection of pamphlets, photostats of early historical records, portraits, manuscripts, and typewritten material used in John Frederick Lewis' writing, The History of an Old Philadelphia Land Title, 208 S. 4th Street. Among the items are autograph letters, 1771-1796, of men prominent in Philadelphia affairs, genealogical notes on Daniel W. Coxe, John Beylard, John Bradford Wallace, and others, with information on Pennsylvania history. Other items are: Joseph H. Skelton correspondence, 1814-1817, about Somerset, N.J.; notes about the art of illuminating and illustrating; and papers about personal and civic affairs.
Gift of Anna H. R. Baker Lewis.
Lewis, William A. Papers, 1760-1847.
Family papers, legal documents about land in Chester County.
Pennsylvania. Licenses for marriages, taverns, and peddlers, 1761-1776.
Records of financial accounts of the Province of Pennsylvania, including records of money received for marriage, tavern, and peddler licenses issued in various counties, 1763-1774; lists of names of persons married, 1763-1775; letters of marque issued, 1762-1775, with names of vessels and their masters; notary public records for funds received for warrants, 1767-1776; forfeitures, 1767-1775; names of licensed tavern keepers and their locations, 1769-1776; pardons and reprieves granted, 1772-1774; expense accounts relating to Indian affairs at Fort Pitt, 1774-1775.
Lightfoot family. Papers, 1733-1816.
(9 linear ft.)
Land warrants issued by provincial governors of Pennsylvania to settlers in various counties, surveys and field books, and a few miscellaneous items, the papers of a family of surveyors: survey of the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland, by Samuel Lightfoot, 1735-1787; manuscript notes of a survey of a line from Pottsville to Shamokin, by Benjamin Lightfoot, 1759; warrants of land and surveys, Lancaster, Chester, Berks, Philadelphia, and other counties, 1733-1775; field book, 1734-1812, and receipt book of Benjamin Lightfoot, 1751; field book of Samuel Lightfoot, 1738-1771; field books of Thomas Lightfoot, 1784-1785, 1794-1816; field book of Edward Scull, 1753-1755; field books of Mordecai Yarnall, 1749-1776, 1765-1768; field book of Henry Vanderslice, 1771-1794; field book of Andrew Lytle, 1747-1788; field book of Benjamin Parvin, 1759-1764.
Gift of Thomas M. Lightfoot.
Lightfoot, Benjamin, 1726-1777. Journals and surveys, 1770-1772.
Journals of a tour of Benjamin Lightfoot from Reading. to Tankhannink Creek, and of surveys of a large tract of land there containing pine timber suitable for masts; topography of the country, Indian relations, frontier life, military posts, means of travel, and adventures of the trip are described.
Gift of Thomas M. Lightfoot, 1936.
Lindstrom, Peter. Journal, 1691.
Peter Lindstrom's journal account of New Sweden on the Delaware, topography of the territory, society and economic development in the settlements, war with the Dutch; contains a contemporary map of New Sweden.
Lippincott and Company. Collection, 1787-1913.
Lippincott and Company was a Philadelphia firm engaged in international trade in sugar, groceries, and other commodities.
Ledgers, 1797-1903; journals, 1797-1898; daybooks, 1797-1900; blotters, 1804-1865; purchase books, 1828-1910; merchandise books, 1826-1913; cashbooks, 1831-1900; sales books, 1818-1900; receipt books, 1837-1903; invoice books, 1816-1901; order books, 1834-1899; bank deposit books, 1866-1898; letterbooks, 1841-1899; letters, 1856-1898; and other items.
Gift of Lippincott and Company, 1933.
Lloyd, David, 1656-1731. Manuscript, 1683.
David Lloyd was attorney general, 1686 and chief justice of Pennsylvania, 1717-1731.
A manuscript volume of British statutes; formerly in the possession of David Lloyd.
Gift of William M. Tilghman, 1895.
Lloyd, Howard W. Genealogical records, n.d.
Transferred to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.
Lloyd, Peter Zachary. Journal of first session of the House of Representatives of Pennsylvania, 1790-1791.
Extracts from the journal by Peter Zachary Lloyd.
Handwritten transcript of printed copy.
Logan family. Business papers, 1808-1836.
These records comprise: George Logan's Stenton farm diary, 1809-1813; Albanus C. Logan cashbooks, 1808-1811, 1811-1814; his Sommerville farm cashbooks, 1809-1815, 1812-1813, 1820-1821, 1824-1825, 1831-1836; Charles F. Logan's Stenton mill daybooks, 1816-1823; his ledger, 1818; his letterbook, 1818-1819; the Loganville mill journals, 1819-1822, 1822-1824; and the Loganville mill daybook, 1822-1824; the book of accounts of the team hauling, 1820-1823; Charles F. Logan's sawmill journal, 1820-1823; his cashbook, 1822-1823; his daybook, 1823-1825; his journal, 1823-1825; and a copy of John Moland's analysis of the law.
Purchased, Dreer Fund.
Logan family. Papers, 1664-1871.
(30 linear ft.)
A large section of this collection comprises the papers of James Logan, scholar, secretary to William Penn, clerk of the Provincial Council, commissioner of property and receiver general for the province. These papers include: correspondence, among which are letters from William Penn, and some of Logan's scholarly, scientific, and biographical papers, 1681-1753; letterbooks, 1701-1709, 1702-1726, 1712-1715, 1716-1743, 1720-1731, 1748-1750; correspondence, copied by Deborah Logan, 1700-1747; letters on political and business affairs, 1698-1769; documents relating to Indian affairs, 1701-1802; archives of the Provincial Council, 1694-1755; James Logan's "Justification" before the assembly, 1709; his receipt book, 1702-1709; account book, 1712-1720; ledger, 1720-1727; and daybook, 1722-1723.
The large body of official papers in this collection includes: records of the court held at Upland, under Edmund Andros, 1676-1681; extracts from the record book of the county court at Upland, 1676-1681; early Pennsylvania laws, 1693-1699; New Castle court records, 1677-1682; appeals, petitions, and grievances presented to the provincial council, 1700-1713; accounts of the quitrents collected by Governor John Blackwell, 1689, listing the names of the first settlers of Philadelphia; quitrents for the three lower counties, 1701-1713; the receipt book for quitrents of Lynford Lardner, receiver-general, 1739, 1743-1750; and Penticost Teague's receipt book, 1700-1717.
Among the Logan family papers are: William Logan's journal of a trip to Georgia, 1745; correspondence of Dr. George Logan, 1784-1820; his letter book and journal of a trip to England while he was a student at the University of Edinburgh, 1775-1779; notes from Dr. Hunter's lectures on the physiology of the alimentary tube (Dr. James Hutchinson to Logan), 1775; letters and printed pamphlets on the political activities of Dr. George Logan, and to his foreign missions, 1809-1822; correspondence of Mrs. Deborah Logan, with a few miscellaneous additions, 1730-1836; an anatomy chart, some literary and biographical sketches by Deborah Logan, 1815-1827; her transactions on the farm and memoranda on various matters, 1813-1827.
The Logan Collection includes many of the papers of John Dickinson and Dickinson family papers, 1697-1843. They include: documents expressing John Dickinson's opinion on educational, religious, and political matters; correspondence, 1764-1807; notes of arguments on Pennsylvania laws, 1760; notes on the question of the abolition of slavery; on religious, philosophical and administrative matters; on domestic and personal affairs, 1777-1803; Dickinson's Bible, 1740, with marginal notes; papers from the Dickinson estate, 1664-1806; papers on Dickinson's manor and other tracts of land; Poplar Ridge (Stephen Pleasonton) papers, 1677-1805; Kingston-on-Hull (Hunn and Asa Manlove) and Town Point (Caleb Luff and John Wethered) papers, 1671-1803; Dickinson's records pertaining to Rixom, 1747-1807, Canterbury, Rejected Valley, Wyeberry, Wyefield, 1714-1802; account of repairs at Fairhill House Chestnut St., Philadelphia, 1771-1776; records of his land and house in Wilmington, Delaware, 1754-1800, containing an account of material and labor, including records of land in the Brandywine Hundred, 1664-1797, and of a house in Jones Neck (Gideon Emery, Thomas White), 1791-1806; Dickinson's miscellaneous papers, 1750-1847, relate to land and include demand notes, indentures, and other business records; papers on land in Merion, 1710-1818; and Jonathan Dickinson's ledger, 1699-1701.
Also included are Henry W. Stiegel papers, Elizabeth Furnace in Elizabeth Township, Lancaster County, 1766-1775; papers belonging to the estate of Thomas Wilson, 1763-1776; John Moland's family, 1745-1785; and William Hicks, 1763-1792.
Other volumes in the Logan collection are the estate of Richard Hill, 1708-1758; the estate of Richard Hill Accounts, 1729-1742; papers of Thomas Griffiths estate, 1719-1788; of Richard Harrison's estate, 1744-1775; of Dr. Lloyd Zachary's estate, 1730-1774; Thomas Fisher's ledger of the estate of William Logan, 1772-1783; Thomas Fisher's letterbook, 1793-1808; inventory of goods, copies of William Logan Will, 1772-1781; miscellaneous papers relating to the Norris estate, 1700-1797; including the Shardlow-Sweetapple (Wood-Ellis) papers, 1682-1775; papers relating to land of Duck Creek, 1683-1767; Beasley's land papers, 1725-1772; Friends meeting accounts, 1707-1743; a letterbook of Isaac Norris, 1735-1755; James Steel letterbooks, 1715-1732, 1730-1741, with some James Logan letters in them; some Logan Parchments, 1734-1770; Norris Parchments, 1682-1764; Dickinson parchments, 1679-1803.
A part of the Logan Collection contains a smaller collection called the Logan-Dickinson-Norris Collection, 1675-1876, comprising contracts, testimonies, agreements, which are mainly John Dickinson's legal notes for law cases, 1675-1876; surveys, 1722-1850; accounts, list of prices of commodities, salaries, labor costs, 1729-1861, mainly Logan family accounts; deeds, bonds, leases, 1675-1839; wills, marriage certificates, 1726-1854; papers pertaining to administration of estates, 1730-1860; and "Charles Thompson's opinion of J. Dickinson and the Declaration of Independence," copied from the original by D. Logan, recopied by Sarah Miller Walker, 1845. This collection also has some miscellaneous correspondence, mostly by the Logan family, 1725-1871.
Barbara Jones's master thesis on Deborah Logan, 1964.
Gift of the Logan family, 1840.
Logan-Dickinson-Norris papers purchased, Gratz Fund, 1932.
Logan, Deborah Norris, 1761-1839. Diaries, 1815-1839.
The diaries of Deborah Norris Logan, wife of George Logan, eminent Philadelphian, friend of Thomas Jefferson, reflect the social life of many prominent Philadelphia families, and political, religious, and cultural developments. Because of Mrs. Logan's association with many of the prominent men of the Revolutionary and early national periods, her biographical notes on John Adams, Samuel Adams, Joseph Bonaparte, Pierce Butler, John C. Calhoun, John Dickinson, Benjamin Franklin, Stephen Girard, John Hancock, Stephen Hopkins, Thomas Jefferson, Henry Laurens, Joseph Reed, Roger Sherman, Francis Lightfoot Lee, John Randolph, Edward Rutledge, Timothy Pickering, John Penn, Thomas Penn, Richard Peters, Charles Thomson, General James Wilkinson, George Washington, are particularly interesting. Other topics include the Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary War, cholera and yellow fever epidemics, slavery, European conditions, Napoleonic Wars, national and local events, travel and transportation facilities, natural phenomena and weather conditions, Friends meetings, and literature.
Gift of Maria Dickinson Logan, 1934.
Logan, James, 1674-1751. A letter ..., 1741 Sept. 22.
Copies of James Logan's letter to the Society of Friends commenting on their opposition in the legislature to all measures for the defense of the colony as well as extracts from other letters on related subjects, petitions, and grand jury charges.
Published in The Collections of the Historical Society, 1853, p. 36-41.
Logan, Maria Dickinson, 1857-1939. Collection, 1671-1890.
(3 linear ft.)
These miscellaneous papers include the letterbook of Jonathan Dickinson, 1698-1701; letterbook of James Logan, 1731-1732, 1741-1742; letters of Mary Norris, 1786-1799; biographical sketch of Dr. George Logan, 1821; a leather-bound manuscript, "Observations in a Voyage of the Low Countries," 1671; and letters and pamphlets on religion, politics, and society in Pennsylvania, 1705-1890, by people prominent in the history of Pennsylvania, including Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Dickinson, Hannah Griffitts, John Hancock, Thomas Rodney, Caesar Rodney, Archibald Hamilton Rowan, Conrad Weiser.
This collection also contains letters from people in England, including Hannah and William Penn and John Fothergill. There are letters by the botanists John Bartram and John Blackburne. Most of this collection is letters by the Logan family and their relatives, the Fishers and Norrises, including a letter from Benjamin Franklin to James Logan, 1748.
Gift of Maria Dickinson Logan, 1934.
Logan, Robert Restalrig. Collection, 1671-1863.
(6 linear ft.)
Correspondence, documents, business records, essays, notes, and newspaper clippings of John Dickinson, lawyer and statesman. The collection consists almost entirely of papers collected by Dickinson on his political and business activities, but there is a large quantity of miscellaneous papers by other people, mainly from the Logan family. Although the correspondence deals predominantly with Dickinson's activities in the public, governmental sphere, a significant portion concerns his private affairs, especially land and business activities. Correspondents include various statesmen and Revolutionary leaders among whom are Samuel Chase, Dickinson's brother Philemon Dickinson, poet and political satirist Hannah Griffitts, Arthur Lee, Richard Henry Lee, Charles Lee, George Read, Caesar Rodney, Thomas Rodney, army surgeon James Tilton, and the first president of Congress Thomas McKean. There are one or two letters each from Samuel Adams, Josiah Quincy, Robert Morris, George Washington, Joshua Clayton, James Madison and Caesar Wilson. Later letters include those of Archibald Hamilton Rowan and Tench Coxe.
Documents from the Revolutionary War period, 1776-1783, relate chiefly to Dickinson's service as an officer in the Pennsylvania militia. They include furlough recommendations, hospital reports, notes on military movements, militia returns, and information on soldiers' provisions including ammunition. Government documents extend from the early Revolutionary period and Dickinson's involvement in the Stamp Act Congress to his participation in the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Included are an original draft of Resolutions from the Stamp Act Congress, two Olive Branch Petitions, a copy of the Speech of the Earl of Chatham in the House of Lords 1775, drafts of the Articles of Confederation, the original manuscripts of the "Letters of Fabius" written in support of the Constitution by Dickinson. There are Dickinson's notes on the first Continental Congress, papers on early national land policies, foreign policy, taxation proposals, and military regulations. Also included are peace negotiation notes and drafts with Great Britain and "Urgent advise to Inhabitants of Quebec" signed by John Hancock.
Pennsylvania government documents, 1764-1784, include financial accounts, drafts of Dickinson's speeches prepared while he was president of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, bills, court-martial records, materials on the Wyoming controversy, and miscellaneous Dickinson notes on government affairs.
Dickinson was President of the Delaware Supreme Council 1781-1782. Delaware government documents, 1772-1789, include papers on the Delaware River land dispute, 1772, militia returns, 1782, budget figures and various bill drafts and notes.
The collection includes Dickinson's land and business records, 1760-1808. Leases, agreements, memoranda, bills, receipts, center on the management of his real estate holdings, primarily in Delaware: house construction, relations with tenants, property sales, production figures. There is material relating to Dickinson's law practice which include information on cases argued before the High Court of Errors in Pennsylvania. Drafts of Dickinson's will, with codicils, are also present.
Miscellaneous notes and essays include the Pennsylvania Pocket Almanack with marginal notes, 1774, Poor Will's Almanack with marginal notes, 1776, the Manumission of John Dickinson's slaves, 1777, and Drafts for Dickinson's "Essay Towards the Religious Instruction of Youth."
Miscellaneous correspondence includes Jonathan Dickinson, Philemon Dickinson, Samuel Dickinson, Hannah Griffitts, Albanus C. Logan, Algernon S. Logan, Deborah Logan, George Logan, James Logan, James Logan, Jr., John Dickinson Logan, Maria Dickinson Logan, Isaac Norris, Isaac Norris, Jr., Isaac Norris, III, Mary Parker Norris, and George Read.
Gift of Robert Restalrig Logan, 1928.
Finding aid available.
Long, William Summer. Genealogy, n.d.
Transferred to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.
L'Orrange, Louis. Receipt book, 1797-1815.
Receipt book of Louis L'Orrange of Philadelphia, containing records of payments made by him for the purchase of commodities, rent, business transactions.
Gift of John Campbell, 1898.
Lukens family. Papers, 1759-1808.
A collection of genealogical data of the Jan Luckens family, which, emigrated from Crefeld, Germany, to Philadelphia in 1684, compiled by Cyrus Lukens in 1906; another volume contains records of the Lukens-Ambler-Wilson families. Included in this collection is a group of papers and letters, 1759-1808, addressed to Richard Wistar, mainly Quakeriana, and domestic and business matters.
These papers were discovered in the secret drawer of a chest belonging to William Lukens.
Gift of Ms. L.D. Ellis, 1916 and Joseph Borton estate, 1929.
Luzerne County (Pa.) papers, 1620-1823.
Miscellaneous items on the first settlements of Luzerne and adjacent counties, the disputes arising among New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania; charters granted; Indian traders; Moravian missionaries; Count Zinzendorf's travels, 1742; Indian chiefs; formation of the counties; other items, 1793-1823, on land claims, road building, and local affairs.
Lyman, Benjamin Smith, 1835-1920. Papers, 1851-1918.
(ca. 1,500 items.)
Correspondence of Benjamin Smith Lyman, Pennsylvania geologist and mining engineer, on natural science, geology, and literature; letters from Japan on Oriental culture; letters from Franklin Sanborn, notes on vegetarianism.
Lynch, Edward. Memorandum book, 1795-1797.
Memorandum book of Edward Lynch, of the firm of Lynch and Kennedy, Philadelphia merchants. The entries record financial transactions and imports of cotton and silk cloth; and include: a sketch of a phenomenon observed in the heavens, July 25, 1796; a notice that President Washington will vacate his house on Market Street, Philadelphia, in March 1797; abstract of the Stamp Act passed in Philadelphia in extraordinary session of Congress, 1797.
Gift of William John Potts, 1885.
MacEuen, Malcolm. A legend of sad loveliness, 1869.
A translation into English of M. André Chenier's poem, La Jeune Captive.
Dedicated to Thomas MacEuen in 1869.
Gift of Mrs. Thomas H. Neilson, 1923.
MacPherson, William, ca. 1756-1813. Papers, 1784-1865.
(ca. 1,000 items.)
Military papers and letters of General William MacPherson, 1784-1827, most of which are on the enforcement of the revenue laws in Pennsylvania, 1799; a list of officers' names, and other papers on "MacPherson's Blues," 1794-1798; the minutes of a meeting of the Society of the Cincinnati, 1802; some of the papers and correspondence of Joseph Wallace, treasurer of Harrisburg Bridge Company; inventories and vendue lists, 1815-1851; correspondence and other papers on the state arsenal at Harrisburg, 1836-1839; some personal correspondence and business papers of Joseph Wallace, 1788-1865; correspondence rising out of the Antimasonic agitation and efforts to form a new political party, 1831-1851.
Gift of William MacPherson Horner, 1916.
Madison, James, 1751-1836. Papers, 1794 (1801-1836).
"Report of a speech delivered in the United States House of Representatives on Jay's Treaty by James Madison," ca. 1794, his observations on the treaty making powers of the Congress. Letters, drafts of letters, 1801-1836, relate chiefly to Madison's personal and cultural interests: the establishment of a central seminary of jurisprudence, his literary criticism, opinion on the introduction of vine culture in the United States, and other subjects.
Magee, James, 1802-1878. Papers, 1832-1852.
(ca. 150 items.)
Papers of James Magee chiefly on commerce and shipping. Included are the account book of Magee's ship Commerce, 1845; ledger book, 1832; prices current at New Orleans; and other personal and business items.
Gift of Anna J. Magee.
Man, William. Music book, 1829.
A collection of William Man's manuscript music for the pianoforte.
Gift of John W. Jordan, 1889.
Marshall, Christopher, 1709-1797. Papers, 1773-1793.
Diaries of Christopher Marshall, Philadelphia druggist, with details of events during the Revolution; also information on pharmacy. There are diaries and notes, 1774-1793; letter book, 1773-1778; and accounts with the Continental Congress, 1776.
Gift of Charles Marshall, 1903.
Marshall, Samuel R. Scrapbook and correspondence, 1876-1882.
Correspondence, newspaper clippings, programs, invitations, and miscellaneous mementoes relate to civic and political affairs in Philadelphia in which Samuel R. Marshall participated as a political leader in the Democratic party.
Martin, John Hill, 1823-1906. Papers, 1856-1878.
Journal of John Hill Martin, a prominent member of the Philadelphia bar, ca. 1856, with notes on the ancestry of his family, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1681, and on events of his lifetime, military training at West Point, 1838-1841, his resignation from the army, 1841, preparation for the bar, interest in social and cultural affairs, plays, opera, and literature. The narrative embraces also some data on national and local events such as the Mexican War, Civil War, and riots in Philadelphia between the Native American Party and the Catholic Irish. List of officials, 1878, contains the names of members of state administrations and heads of state government departments, compiled by Martin; mementoes of the Civil War, 1861-1865, cartoons, pictures, and epigrams ridiculing the leaders of the South.
Gift of John Hill Martin and Mrs. Edward S. Sayres, 1923.
Mason and Dixon Line papers, 1701-1768.
These papers include the original warrant of William Penn to Isaac Taylor and Thomas Pierson to survey the line between Chester County and New Castle County, Del., 1701-1705; diary of John Watson, assistant surveyor to the Commissioners of the Province of Pennsylvania, on the determination of the 12-mile circle at New Castle and running the east-west boundary lines from Cape Henlopen, Del., 1750-1751; and the original manuscripts of the Mason and Dixon surveys, including the one that established the boundary line between Pennsylvania and Maryland, 1763-1768.
Mason, Samuel. Diary, 1827-1835.
Diary of Samuel Mason on his farming and domestic interests. The pages are interleaved in Farmer's Almanac, 1823-1831, Agricultural Almanac, 1827, 1829, and Friends Almanac, 1831-1835.