Massachusetts papers, 1774-1780.
(ca. 1,600 items.)
Copies of letters and documents from the Archives of the State of Massachusetts, chiefly on the Revolution: resolutions, orders, appointments, adopted by the House of Representatives; details of allocation of troops, battles; accounts of the capture of Ticonderoga, the burning of Charleston; requests for medical supplies; letters of thanks from George Washington and Charles Lee; records of prisoners of war; petitions for safe conduct passes; committee of safety reports; financial records; letters from prominent generals and political leaders; correspondence, 1774-1775; resolves, 1777-1778; Board of War letters, 1777-1780; and petitions, to the General Court, 1779.
Matlack, T. Chalkley. Manuscripts, 1912-1939.
(4 linear ft.)
T. Chalkley Matlack was a Quaker artist and scholar interested in public education in Philadelphia.
Quakeriana include: historical sketches and pictures of Friends meeting houses in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia, and the boarding homes, schools, and burial grounds associated with them; also historical notes on several Friends meeting houses.
Literary and musical manuscripts include: synopses of novels, bibliographies, biographical sketches, literary quotations, and water color sketches of maps, scenes, coats of arms, and characters in works of Sir Walter Scott, James Fenimore Cooper, and George Moritz Ebers, the Egyptian romancer; notes on the lives and works of 160 composers of music. There are: Cooper maps, 1911-1913; Cooper dictionary, 1914; Waverly maps, 1912-1923; Ebers maps, 1919; Ebers dictionary, 1919; and Aeolian records, 1916-1919, 1922.
Gift of T. Chalkley Matlack, 1921-1939.
McCall, Peter, 1809-1880. Papers, 1773-1879.
These papers represent a substantial part of the lecture notes of Peter McCall, professor of practice, pleading and evidence in the Law Department of the University of Pennsylvania, 1852-1860. The papers include five introductory lectures, delivered in successive years; notes on his "Course of Practice and Pleading at Law"; an almost complete set of notes on his course in "Evidence" as well as his course on the "Practice and Pleading in Equity"; eight unidentifiable lectures; a small group of miscellaneous notes; and what appears to be an 1839 docket of two moot courts. The lectures evidently followed Simon Greenleaf, A Treatise on the Law of Evidence, vols. I and II (Boston: 1844, 1846).
Gift of Gertrude McCall, 1926.
McEuen, Hale, and Davidson. Lands in Bradford and Tioga Counties, 1799-1830.
Records of land allotted to Thomas McEuen, Thomas Hale, and William Davidson by an indenture of partition, May 6, 1799; included are drafts, entries of sales of land, names of purchasers, prices, locations, and a printed copy of the original title in the names of William Buckley, William Davidson, Henry Drinker, and Thomas Paxson, Thomas M. Willing, William Waln.
MacInall, Edward. Correspondence, 1916-1917.
(ca. 65 items.)
Letters written to Dr. Edward MacInall by leading men of the United States during the critical period of the World War and reflect the intellectual climate of America at war. Among the correspondents are: Felix Arder, William E. Borah, Charles W. Eliot, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Henry Cabot Lodge, James C. McReynolds, Janet Rankin, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and William B. Wilson.
Gift of Edward MacInall, 1918.
McKean, Thomas, 1734-1817. Papers, 1759-1847.
(ca. 650 items.)
Correspondence with prominent people of the time, on the events of the Revolution. The papers include letters from George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, Samuel Adams, John Laurens, Caesar Rodney, and others, 1759-1847; letters to McKean's wife, 1775-1806; commissions, diplomas, and miscellaneous documents, 1777-1802; pamphlet, "Discourse of a Vacuum," 1752; book of poetry and songs; and McKean's charges to grand juries on his circuit, 1777-1779.
Subscription list to memorial of Morton McMichael, 1879.
A list of citizen's names, subscribers to a fund for the erection of a monument to the memory of Morton McMichael, editor of North American.
McMillan, John. Autobiography and journal, 1752-1776.
A copy of the autobiography and journal of the Rev. John McMillan, founder of Jefferson College, Canonsburg, with genealogical data on his family. The narrative reflects colonial life, McMillan's adventures as a young man, his travel through the province, and his studies and preachings in various Presbyterian communities.
McPherson, Robert. Papers, 1749-1856.
The papers of Robert McPherson, sheriff and treasurer of York County, and of several other members of the McPherson family, with information on local and state politics, legislation, taxation, commercial enterprises, land sales, law suits, and the general history of York and Adam counties.
McShane, Mary. Autograph Album, 1836-1840.
Autographs with prose and verse sentiments dedicated to Mary McShane by her friends.
Gift of Mrs. William C. Lawrence, 1922.
Meade, George Gordon, 1815-1872. Collection, 1793-1896.
(12 linear ft.)
The letters of General George Gordon Meade, to his wife, 1845-1847, relate to political issues in the Mexican War, battles and campaigns of the American military forces, accounts of the exploits of the commanding officers, and other incidents of that war. The Civil War in all its aspects, military and political, is reflected in Meade's later letters, 1861-1872, leadership, plans of campaigns, strategies of the Army of the Potomac, accounts of the battle of Gettysburg, controversies among commanding officers, and issues before the American public.
Other items are: copies of reports to Brigadier General Lorenzo Thomas, 1863; field reports on the battle of Gettysburg, 1863; list of casualties, 1863; minutes of council held at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863; official dispatches, 1864; official letters, 1835-1865, relate to Meade's assignments, duties as a topographical engineer, including his surveys in Florida, Texas, Mexican territory, and other places; letters, 1861-1868, describing his efforts to gain promotion in the army; a group of miscellaneous letters of Meade and other commanding officers addressed to Mrs. Meade; official letters to and from Mead, 1863-1881; Meade's military commissions, certificates of membership in societies, tributes, 1836-1871; official war maps of the Army of the Potomac and Southern States, 1861-1865; surveys, accounts of reconnaissances, astronomical observations, maps of Mexico, Indian territories, Texas, coastal surveys, lake surveys, 1793-1881; letters of condolence on Meade's sickness and death, 1872.
Colonel George Meade's papers include: letters on Meade and Gettysburg, 1870-1896; "Life of General Meade," 1815-1872; letters of condolence, visiting cards, newspaper clippings on the death of Colonel George Meade, 1897.
Gift of George Meade.
Mead, David. Journal of the town of [blank] laid by David Mead at Cussewaga, and commenced the sale of lots..., 1793-1798.
Record of land transaction at Cussewaga, lots sold, and names of purchasers. Includes ledger accounts of David Mead. Includes accounts of Mead's trade in beef, flour, furs, and other commodities.
Purchased, Dreer Fund, 1938 from James D. Gill.
"Memoire sur le commerce entre la France et les États Unis, 1783."
A treatise on economic conditions and international trade, advocating closer commercial relations between the United States and France.
Gift of Wilson King, 1880.
Menzies, John. A Brief narrative of the adventures of John Menzies alias John Little in the year 1793 and 4, 1831.
Narrative by John Menzies of the adventures of his youth in Scotland, his experiences as a sailor, and travel to Portugal, Africa, China, and other places, 1793-1794, written in Philadelphia, 1831. The volume includes a diary of a trip from Philadelphia to Scotland; also Scottish verse.
Gift of R. Ball Dodson, 1931.
Merriam, Cyrus L. Collection, 1937.
Collection of autobiographical sketches of miniature paintings of members of the Macpherson and related families with photographs.
Merrian, Richard. Estate ledger, 1774-1795.
Accounts in the liquidation of the Richard Merrian estate: payments made, sale of certificates, and other transactions are recorded.
Meyers, Oscar R. Legal papers, 1865-1905.
(ca. 500 items.)
Legal papers of Oscar R. Meyers on real estate and settlement of estates.
Gift of Josephine V. Meyers.
Mickle-Nichol Family. Papers, 1766-1817.
Family papers, including the Bible of Sophia Brown Mickle, 1766; marriage certificate of Samuel Mickle and Ann Lord, 1775; marriage certificate of Richard Rawson Hitchcock and Mary Stead, 1817; and other items.
Gift of Caroline Marshall Nichol and James Hitchcock Nichol.
Middleton, Arthur H. Manuscripts, 1903-1909.
(1 v. and 100 items.)
Genealogical data, letters, copies of records, and charts about the family of Arthur H. Middleton, manufacturer of machinery and supplies in Philadelphia.
Gift of the executors of the Arthur Middleton estate, 1910.
Mifflin, John. Genealogy, n.d.
Transferred to the Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania.
Mifflin, Lemuel. Papers, 1784-1837.
(ca. 50 items.)
Accounts of settlement of the estate of Lemuel Mifflin; copy of his will, 1824; tax receipts; and miscellaneous related items.
Mifflin, Thomas, 1744-1800. Abridgement of Metaphysics, 1759.
Manuscript schoolbook used by Thomas Mifflin contains essays entitled "Mente Humana," "Ontology," and "Of God and His Perfections."
Miles, George K. Papers, 1775-1910.
(ca. 250 items.)
Genealogical papers and notes about the Miles family and related families, 1775-
Gift of Sarah E. Miles, 1927.
Milliman, Francis A. Text books, 1833-1835.
Educational methods used in Philadelphia are reflected in these lessons in arithmetic, penmanship, English composition; one of the arithmetic books contains a daybook account, illustrating bookkeeping methods.
Gift of Mary E.W. Milliman, 1933.
Mills, Charles K. (Charles Karsner), 1845-1931. Papers, 1864-1941.
Scrapbooks of Dr. Charles K. Mills, containing his correspondence, lectures, pamphlets, programs, invitations to professional and social affairs. They present a view of the progress of medical science, treatment of insanity, and other diseases, institutional work, and contain information on many men in the medical profession.
Gift of Andrew Weisenburg.
Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Miscellaneous manuscripts, 1661-1931.
(200 linear ft.)
Collection of petitions, accounts, and other miscellaneous material, much of which relates to the political and military history of the colonial period. The collection include: military accounts, payrolls, of Virginia, pertaining to protection of the frontier, 1729-1798; accounts of the paymaster general of the Pennsylvania Militia in the Whiskey Insurrection, 1794-1795; acts of the Jamaica assembly about prisoners of war, 1706; affidavits and court-martial, 1778-1805; Alabama letters, 1870-1885; apprenticeship indentures, 1677-1849; arbitrations and boat cargoes, 1682-1838; British depredations, 1778-1783; boundary disputes between Pennsylvania and Maryland, 1736; military certificates and discharges, 1776-1817; Civil War, Pennsylvania volunteers, 1862-1868; Clarke and Lockry expedition papers, 1781; Council of Safety papers, 1775-1778; county petitions, 1726-1848; paper on petitions about church deeds and letters patent, 1691-
1891; Doylestown stageway bills, 1848; miscellaneous estimates, bills of goods, importations, accounts, 1690-1856; Federal Congress papers, 1789-1811; muster rolls of French officers who served in the Revolution, 1778-1783; account of Fries's insurrection, written, 1839; George Croghan, petitions about western boundary of Pennsylvania and Indian affairs, 1749; Georgia, New York, and Virginia Assembly papers, 1698-1759; Harrisburg Bridge Company, 1814; Indian affairs papers, on land, trade, and legal matters, 1661-1930; intercepted letters, Revolution, 1775-1780; legal papers on land transactions, servants, 1678-1931; letters on Revolutionary activities, 1774-1814; miscellaneous list of names, 1682-1864; list of surveys, 1692; Mexican War items, 1848; muster rolls, 1757, 1863; naturalization certificates, 1724-1917; act of New Jersey Assembly, 1777; oaths of allegiance and recruiting papers, 1776-1782; Old Congress, 1777-1787; Palatine and redemptioners, 1768-1803, containing passenger lists of immigrants and their bonds; paroles and prisoners, 1776-1781; passes and passports, 1776-1908; payrolls, pertaining to the Revolution, 1776-1798; Provincial Council of Pennsylvania, 1688-1769; proclamations, 1686-1816, including one signed by William Penn, 1686; Philadelphia poor records, 1750-1767; property returns, 1798; tavern petitions on railroads, 1818-1902; yellow fever epidemic records, 1793; and numerous other items.
Mitchell, John. Papers, 1812-1814.
(ca. 100 items.)
These papers contain letters and other documents addressed to John Mitchell, agent for American prisoners of war at Halifax, Nova Scotia, from American seamen captured by the British in the War of 1812.
Gift of Ida C. Wilcox.
Monroe, James, 1758-1831. Bankbook, 1812-1818.
James Monroe's account with the Bank of Columbia, showing cash deposits, discounts of notes, and balances.
Gift of Ferdinand J. Dreer, 1878.
Moore, John, 1659-1732. Commission of Attorney General, 1701.
Original parchment commission of Moore's appointment as attorney general of Pennsylvania, 1701 signed by William Penn.
Moore, John. Collection, 1903.
A collection of biographical notes, pictures of landmarks, and newspaper clippings compiled by James W. Moore, Lafayette College, 1903, tracing the origin and history of the family of Rev. John Moore; General Index containing names of families.
Morgan, John, 1735-1789. Journals, 1764 (1781-1784).
The journal for 1764 is a narrative by Dr. John Morgan, surgeon general in the Revolutionary Army in 1776, of his tour from Rome to London in 1764, with details on important persons he met, his visit to Voltaire, universities and academies of learning, palaces, cities, travel, and social life in Europe.
Journal of 1781-1784 contains Dr. Morgan's accounts of his professional activities, services rendered and medical supplies sold to his patients, with data on 18th century pharmacology. This volume includes a list of members of the American Philosophical Society.
1764 journal handwritten copy made by George Appold, 1847.
Purchased, Library Fund.
Morris, Deborah, 1723/4-1793. Account book, 1759-1786.
Account book of Deborah Morris, with entries on Sarah Powel's board, clothing, and schooling expenses, 1759-1769; included are Deborah Morris' accounts as executrix of the estate of John Morris Potts, 1782-1786.
Gift of S. Davis Wilson.
"Greek address to Edward Joy Morris," 1870.
An address in Greek bearing the signatures of many prominent persons, and a letter to Edward Joy Morris, United States minister to Turkey, expressing sentiments of gratitude for his humanitarian activity in behalf of the Greek nation.
Letter in french.
Morris, Effingham Buckley, 1856-1937. Photoprints, 1933.
(ca. 50 items.)
Transferred to the Graphics Department.
Morris, Henry, 1802-1881. Papers, 1822-1825.
Letterbook, 1822-1825, correspondence of Henry Morris and Stephen P. Morris with clients, on the manufacture of iron and brass forgings, coal shipments; cashbook, 1823, his expense account and journal of a trip to Spain; daybooks, 1825-1826, about the manufacture of umbrella frames.
Journal of trip to Spain in Spanish.
Gift of Harold E. Gillingham and others.
Morris, Levi. Papers, 1836-1845.
Correspondence, orders, bills, receipts, of Levi Morris' iron and casting business.
Gift of C.S. Brigham.
Morris, Robert, 1734-1806. Business records, 1769-1836.
(ca. 250 items.)
These papers relate chiefly to Robert Morris' large-scale speculation in western lands. They include: bill book, 1795-1798; journals, 1791-1801; ledger, 1794-1801; wastebook, 1792-1797, 1794-1801; correspondence, agreements, and notes, 1769-1803; abstract, "In the Case of Robert Morris a bankrupt, extract from the examination before the commission, 1790-1798;" abstract of a deed to land in Northumberland County, executed between Robert Morris and Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, 1796; and miscellaneous correspondence, accounts, bonds, of John Nixon and others, 1791-1836.
Bill book gift of William S. Lewis, 1883.
Journal, ledger, and wastebook gift of George W. Childs, 1875.
Remaining materials gift of Charles Henry Hart, 1915.
Morris, Samuel, 1734-1812. Business records, 1740-1811.
Miscellaneous business records of Samuel Morris, prominent Philadelphian: ledger, 1740-1765, contains farm and trading accounts; receipt book, 1806-1807, includes ledger accounts of Samuel Morris as executor of the estate of Israel Morris, Jr., 1806-1811; Effingham Lawrence in account with Samuel Morris, 1788-1799, relates to Pennsylvania Loan Office certificates deposited as collateral by Charles and Andrew Pettit.
Gift of Alfred Cope, 1925.
Morris, Samuel Buckley, 1791-1859. Diaries and bank checking accounts, 1845-1868.
Diary, 1845, of Samuel B. Morris describes a trip from Flat Rock Bridge to Towanda; diaries 1849-1851, contain his farm and domestic expense accounts; checkbook stubs, 1864-1868, drawn on the Bank of Germantown, show his business and private financial transactions.
Purchased, Charles Morton Smith Fund.
Morris, Susanna, d. 1755. An Account of part of the travels of Susanna Morris, 1729-1754.
Journal of a Quaker traveler in the American colonies; describes dangers encountered and shipwreck; Friends meetings visited in Virginia, the Carolinas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Great Britain, Ireland, and The Netherlands.
Gift of Mrs. William H. Nicholson.
Mucklé, John Seiser, 1862-1929. Papers, 1898-1915.
John S. Mucklé was commander of the state naval forces of Pennsylvania and later president of the Pennsylvania Red Cross Society.
The papers for 1898-1905 deal with the Pennsylvania State Naval Militia and contain Mucklé's correspondence on the organization and discipline of the naval and military forces, annual reports, records of equipment, ordnance, inspection of vessels, with information on activities during the Spanish-American War. The papers for 1907-1915 contain papers of the Pennsylvania Red Cross Society which relate to activities of the Society in combating tuberculosis and other diseases, and include data on its personnel, and rules for enrollment of volunteers and paid nurses.
Gift of John S. Mucklé.
Mucklé, Mark Richard, 1825-1915. Memorial album, 1915.
Obituary notices, letters of condolence, visiting cards, and testimonials of several organizations to the memory of Mark Richard Mucklé, a prominent citizen of Philadelphia.
Gift of John S. Mucklé.
Muhlenberg, Henry, 1753-1815. Papers, 1781-1815.
(ca. 400 items.)
The correspondence of a prominent clergyman and botanist, relating chiefly to herbs and plants.
Butler, Thomas, 1871-1945. Chapters from the life of John Murray.
Manuscript of the Rev. Thomas Butler, used by him in his illustrated lectures on the life of John Murray, father of Universalism in America. Thomas Potter's home and church on the shores of New Jersey and Murray's first preaching there in 1770 are described. There is a full account of Murray's missionary work and travel through the colonies.
Gift of Thomas Butler, 1929.
United States Flotilla. Muster books, 1813-1815.
Muster roll and enlistment records of personnel of the Chesapeake Flotilla, United States Navy.
Myers, Leonard. Collection 1854-1905.
(ca. 150 items.)
Chiefly letters to Leonard Myers from presidents, senators, representatives, cabinet members, officers in the army and navy, and prominent citizens, on legislative matters, politics, appointments to offices, military and personal affairs. Included are two volumes of autographs of members of Congress, 1865-1875, gathered by Leonard Myers during his term as a representative in Washington, D.C.
Gift of George de B. Myers, 1921.
Nead, Frank B. Collection, 1663-1866.
(ca. 150 items.)
Autograph letters and documents primarily about Pennsylvania colonial history; patent of land on the Delaware granted to Erick Nichelsen by Governor Richard Nicholls, 1663; original deed from Indian chiefs to William Penn for a portion of land in Pennsylvania, 1683; letter of instruction about legal and provincial matters, signed by William Penn, 1700; instruction to Governor Patrick Gordon about duties on English importation, signed by George II, 1732; papers, 1728-1777, on Indian affairs in which Robert Orme, William Johnson, Governor Robert H. Morris, Governor William Denny, Conrad Weiser, the Council of Safety, and others, were interested; petitions about extension of county boundary lines, iron industry, construction of roads, Connecticut affair, 1728-1814; letters signed by George Washington, 1777-1783; certificates of enlistment, discharges, papers of the Committee of Safety of Pennsylvania, 1775-1783; plans of the Asylum Company and of the North American Land Company, 1795; letters of James Buchanan, John C. Calhoun, Alexander J. Dallas, General Edward Braddock, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Nicholson, Louis Marie de Noailles, James Hamilton, Timothy Pickering, Edmund Randolph, Joseph Reed; and other items.
Purchased, Henry D. Gilpin Fund.
Neagle, John, 1796-1865. Commonplace book, 1839.
Notes on the art of painting by John Neagle, Philadelphia portrait painter, describe the media and technique used by master painters and his own experience in the mixing of colors and the use of oils, canvases, varnish.
Gift of Charles Henry Hart.
Nelson, George. Diary, 1780-1781, 1790-1792.
Diary of George Nelson, Philadelphia merchant. Entries for 1780- 1781 contain data on the Revolution, accounts of battles, mutiny and dissatisfaction in the Pennsylvania Line of Continental troops acts of Assembly and of Continental Congress, city affairs, trading conditions, and church activities; entries for 1790-1802 describe Nelson's commercial enterprises, church interests.
New Jersey papers, 1664-1853.
(ca. 600 items.)
Miscellaneous papers, which include patents, charters, surveys, laws, papers on property transfers and provincial boundaries; correspondence on social and political matters; Burlington County, N.J., materials, oaths of officials.
Nice, John, d. 1806. Papers, 1776-1864.
(ca. 100 items.)
Military papers about the Revolutionary War; miscellaneous legal and domestic correspondence. Most of these papers relate to the military career of Captain John Nice and include: muster and pay rolls of the 13th Pennsylvania Regiment, at Valley Forge, 1779; receipt book of noncommissioned officers and soldiers for pay and extras granted by Congress, 1778; military instructions, 1778; orderly book, 1777; diary and notes describing military affairs in New York and Long Island, 1776; diary begun at Valley Forge, June to August 1778; lists of names of prisoners, and of enlistments, 1776. In addition, there are some family papers including correspondence, accounts, 1788-1836; and the receipt book of Levi Nice, 1819-1863.
Gift of Mary Adelaide Jacoby and Anne C. Cooper, 1915.
Nicholson, John, 1757-1800. Letterbooks, 1795-1798.
These letterbooks contain copies of John Nicholson's correspondence with prominent men pertaining to real estate, and financial and legal matters; some of the letters relate to financial difficulties of Nicholson and Robert Morris occasioned by their speculations in land in Washington, D.C.
Gift of the Hood Gilpin estate, 1918.
Nixon, John, 1733-1808. Papers, 1707-1845.
(6 linear ft.)
The collection includes correspondence on the estate of John Nixon, merchant and first president of the Bank of North America; financial papers; receipts, accounts and settlements, 1771-1845; deeds, 1707-1811; and marine insurance policies, 1806.
Norris family. Papers, 1742-1860.
(30 linear ft.)
The papers of Isaac Norris (1671-1735), merchant, mayor of Philadelphia; Isaac Norris (1701-1766), merchant, alderman, speaker of the Assembly; Charles Norris (1712-1766), trustee of the General Loan Office of Pennsylvania. These papers include letterbooks of the two Isaac Norris', 1699-1766; account books, 1705-1761; the second Isaac Norris' account with the estate of Thomas Griffith, 1723-1766; Norris and Griffith papers, 1753; documents relating to real estate in Chester and Delaware counties, 1682-1762, in Philadelphia, Bucks, and Berks counties, 1685-1768, in Montgomery, Lancaster and Mifflin counties, 1728-1789; family accounts, 1740-1790, and 1748-1816; miscellaneous correspondence, 1740-1765; family letters and other papers, 1684-1814, including some of the papers of Thomas Lloyd, 1664-1698, among which are documents relating to the controversy between Lloyd and the Bishops of St. Asaph, 1681; a box of deeds and wedding certificates, 1687-1790; architect's plan for a house; and some correspondence dealing with the affairs of the Pennsylvania Fire Company, 1850-1860.
Among the Norris miscellany are genealogical notes and extracts from the letterbooks of Isaac Norris on the Norris-Lloyd families; extracts from the letterbooks of Isaac Norris, 1699-1734; scrapbook containing letters from Thomas Lloyd, 1642-1779; extracts of letters from Thomas Penn to Richard Peters, 1752-1772; papers relating to the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1773-1812; pamphlets, 1746-1804; The Examiner, Student's Gazette, 1777-1778, Theatre Critic Universal, 1759; almanacs: Bailey's, 1883, Poor Will's, 1834, Philadelphia, 1835; 12 school exercise books, 1774; some mathematics problems; a box of poetry, with notes, 1750-1835.
Many of Charles Norris' papers preserved in this collection deal with the administration of the General Loan Office of Pennsylvania: list of subscribers to a loan, 1758; Edmund Wooley's account with the Province of Pennsylvania, 1750-1758; an alphabetical list of the mortgages in the General Loan Office, n.d.; list of mortgages in Chester County, 1755; undated list of mortgages in Philadelphia; mortgage list for Bucks County, 1755-1756; list of payments due or discharged, 1753-1758; an account with the Province of Pennsylvania, 1742-1756; General Loan Office account books, 1750-1768; settlements of the General Loan Office, 1751-1765; General Loan Office accounts of quota and interest money, 1751-1766; General Loan Office entry books, 1753-1757; General Loan Office records of orders of commissioners, soldier's certificates, and account books, 1755-1760; warrants from the commissioners to Charles Norris to make payments to militia and the French who remained neutral, and to discharge bills of various sorts, 1755-1765; certificates, 1758-1760; Loan Office accounts of Indian charges, 1753-1764, and assemblymen's wages, 1750-1751; a box of pay vouchers issued by the commissioners of the General Loan Office, 1762.
Also included are expense accounts of James Burd's road to the Ohio, and the road cutters' accounts, 1755; Charles Norris letterbook, 1733-1734; cashbook, 1748-1750; cashbooks and account books, 1733-1766, among which are the cashbooks of Joseph Sermon, 1751-1759, Hugh Robert, 1747-1755, and a cashbook for 1717; Norris' receipt book, 1758-1762; tax receipt book of C.S. Norris, 1744-1747; letterbook of William Griffith, 1748-1752; cashbook of Charles Norris, Jr., 1809-1812; bill of lading book, 1765; undated sheriff's subpoena book, notes of the House of Representatives, 1734-1735; minutes of the Pythonian Society, 1779; minutes of the Board of Education, 1845-1847.
Isaac Norris journal of trip to Albany, N.Y. published in the P.M.H.B., 27 (1903): 20-28.
Gift of the Norris family.
North Carolina papers.
(ca. 300 items.)
The participation of North Carolina troops in the Revolution is described in letters of General Robert Howe, Stephen Moore, R. Rutherford, Allen Jones, John Armstrong,
Thomas Burke, William Davidson, Richard Caswell, John Penn, and others, 1777-1783; and in orders of the Assembly, 1777. The letters discuss the resolutions of the Assembly on the ratification of the Constitution, 1787-1788; the question of imposts by North Carolina, 1788; paper currency, 1785; treaties and sales of Indian lands, 1827; slavery, laws, finances, freemasonry, religion, local affairs, political and military appointments.
Also included are: manuscript map of the dividing line between Virginia and Carolina, 1728; printed copy of the amendment to the Constitution of North Carolina and of the Declaration of Rights, 1788; "Orderly Book, North Carolina Line," 1777; muster roll of British troops in Charleston, S.C., 1782.
Gift of the Lanier bequest, 1908-1918.
Northampton County (Pa.) papers, ca. 1682-1887.
(27 linear ft.)
The collection deals with the founding and early settlement of Northampton County. It reflects the character and nationality of the settlers, religion, commercial and land enterprises, Indian warfare, and includes letters and documents of men who were prominent in the economic development of the country.
There are: land warrants, 1734-1887; surveys, 1705-1886; deeds, 1689-1867; correspondence, 1743-1804; field notes of surveys, 1768-1865; minutes of the Board of Property, 1776-1779; wills, administration accounts, 1682-1860; accounts, 1775-1855; bonds and agreements, 1742-1880; pleas and prosecutions, 1753-1848; tax list, 1816; and miscellaneous papers on land transactions, and municipal, legal, political and domestic affairs, 1706-1880.
The collection also contains: commissioners minutes and accounts, 1755-1782; provincial tax assessments, 1767-1782; Northampton County, assessments, 1768-1793; tax rates, 1762-1789; funding tax, 1789; state tax, 1782; supplementary tax, 1781; county treasurer's accounts, 1754-1770; miscellaneous assessments, 1808-1815; indentures, land warrants, petitions for roads, taverns, creation of new townships, oaths of allegiance, indictments, criminal proceedings, details of Indian warfare, military defenses, requests for provisions, arms, ammunition for forts and garrisons, letters on the Moravians in Bethlehem, the Nazareth community, 1727-1858. Among the letters are those of: Edward Biddle, William Bradford, Henry Engel, James Hamilton, Timothy Horsfield, Robert Levers, Thomas Mifflin, Thomas McKean, Jacob Orndt, William Parsons, Richard Peters, Nicholas Scull, Jonathan Sergeant, William Shippen, Bishop Spangenberg, Daniel Stroud, Edward Tilghman, Conrad Weiser, and others.
Included in the collection are: provincial tax receipts, 1776; duplicates for county tax, 1770; tax and assessment book, 1779; county tax, 1786; duplicates of provincial tax, 1789; duplicates of county tax, 1766, 1788; letters and documents on the Revolutionary War, transportation, litigations, commerce, politics, grand jury, indictments, marriage contracts, domestic affairs, 1749-1783; surveys, surveyors' returns to the general office, 1776-1865; tax lists, papers on the Continental Army, Connecticut claimants, muster rolls, bonds, legal instruments, list of constables, 1765-1859; Bethlehem materials, letters about the number of people killed by the Indians, 1755-1757, Indian accounts, Quakers and their conduct at Easton, Nazareth community affairs, drafts, bills of sale, 1765-1859.
Other papers are: surveys and deeds, 1689-1867; Bethlehem and vicinity papers, 1741-1886, containing letters and documents on the settling of Bethlehem and adjacent areas, surveys and drafts of lands, details of Indian warfare military protection, means of defense of Forts Norris, Allen and Hamilton; petitions for new roads and tavern licenses, constables' returns, records of prices of food; minutes of the Committee of Observation and Inspection of Northampton County, 1774-1777, with Major Robert Traill's report of the proceedings of the Committee of Safety, on the execution of measures adopted by the Continental Congress; manuscript histories of Northampton County, by Matthew S. Henry, 1851, with notes on development of townships, education, religion, witchcraft, trade, Revolutionary War, Indian affairs, court cases, names of taxables, assembly proceedings.
Documents on the founding of Easton published in the P.M.H.B., 38 (1914): 110-114.
Gift of Jacob Fatzing, Ethan Allan Weaver, and John Jordan.
Northern, Interior, and Western counties (Pa.) papers, 1744-1859.
(ca. 250 items.)
Miscellaneous papers concerning domestic and political affairs, land transactions, laws, petitions, rules and regulations, and including correspondence reflecting social and economic conditions.
Northumberland County (Pa.) papers, 1767-1899.
(15 linear ft.)
Papers and documents, chiefly of Charles G. Donnel and Charles W. Hegins, jurists and political leaders of Sunbury, Northumberland County: land warrants, deeds, surveys, field notes, 1767-1859, show the subdivisions of land in townships and names of purchasers and settlers; agreements, mortgages, indentures, relate to iron mines, coal lands, dams, canals, railroads, 1768-1857; letters of men in politics, judiciary, and commercial enterprises relate to court trials, settlement of estates, land transactions, commercial accounts, 1793-1853; receipts and bills for the supply of provisions of the Continental army and to the army in the War of 1812; names of holders of Continental certificates of the unfunded debt issues and redeemed, 1790-1793. Surveys and calculations, 1767-1899; correspondence, 1793-1853; Continental certificates, 1780-1864; miscellaneous, 1768-1871; field notes, 67 booklets, 1786-1824; deeds, 1774-1859; legal cases, 1794-1864; commissary papers, 1809-1820; canals, railroads, coal, telegraph, 1831-1858, complete the collection.
Notes of Trials in Colombia, 1822.
These papers relate to legal controversies in South American countries. Among the items are: notes of a law suit brought by E.W. Robinson against J.G. Williamson, United States consul at Columbia from 1827-1829; other cases relate to shipping, moral transgressions, and other matters.
Oberholtzer, Ellis Paxson, 1868-1936. Collection, 1735-1931.
(24 linear ft.)
Correspondence and miscellaneous papers of Ellis Paxson Oberholtzer, Philadelphia historian, include material on: the thrift movement, establishment of school savings banks and thrift savings banks in the United States, 1886-1928; Historical Pageant of Philadelphia, 1912, data on its organization, administration, finance, and executive committee meetings, with water color drawings of costumes and pageantry, posters, names of subscribers and of members, souvenirs; Indian Welfare in Oklahoma; Civil War; abolition of slavery; Temperance Union; Valley Forge Commission; education; motion picture censorship; League for Better Moving Pictures; Sesqui-Centennial Exposition. A portion of correspondence relates to publications, essays, lectures, and biographies of Robert Morris, Jay Cooke, Salmon P. Chase, Charles B. Brown, and others; included in this group of papers are Sarah Louisa Oberholtzer's letters, poems and essays. Papers of an earlier period include: deeds of grants of land in Uwchlan Township, Chester County, 1735-1809; inventory of the estate of Thomas Potts, 1762; Uwchlan Society of Friends, notes and minutes of meetings, 1806; John and Paxson Vicker correspondence, 1823-1844; papers relating to the Pickering Valley Railroad, 1869-1870; and other items of social and political character.
Gift of Ellis Paxson Oberholtzer.
O'Bryen, Richard. Remarks and observations in Algiers, 1789-1791.
Richard O'Bryen was consul general of the United States to the Regency of Algiers.
The position held by the Barbary States in the Mediterranean and the state of their political and domestic affairs are described in this journal. It contains some account of the humiliating conditions imposed upon American and European citizens, the Bey's haughty attitude toward foreign ambassadors and their agents, payment of tribute and ransom exacted for the redemption of prisoners, and the cruel treatment of Christian slaves. The conflicting interests of England, Spain, France, Genoa, Portugal, Russia, Turkey, and other countries are shown in the narrative of their diplomatic activities, wars, naval battles, and the capture of vessels.
Orr, Dunlap, and Glenholme. Letterbook, 1767-1769.
Commercial and shipping activities of the colonial period are reflected in this letterbook of Orr, Dunlap, and Glenholme, the Philadelphia firm. The letters, addressed to clients in Europe, West Indies, and the colonies, show business trends, commodities traded, prices, hazards of, shipping.
Gift of George C. Lewis, 1896.
Oxley, Joseph, 1714-1775. Joseph's offering to his children : His life travels and labors of love in the fellowship of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
"Joseph's Offering to his Children" is an account of an English Quaker's travels through England, Scotland, Ireland, and the American colonies, 1770-1772, in the service of his religion. Joseph Oxley's record of his American tour presents a picture of life and religion in Virginia, the Carolinas, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, and New England. He describes means of travel, accommodations, meetings attended, prominent Quakers he met.
Gift of Sally F. Lewis, 1909.
Page, Anne F. Journal, 1839.
Journal of Anne F. Page of a trip through France and Italy, describes cities visited, historical monuments, manners and customs of inhabitants.
Gift of Maria P. Ryan.
Page, William. Diary, 1808-1812.
Diary of William Page, Philadelphia merchant; records family matters, travels, and business.
Gift of the William J. Potts Estate, 1921.
Parker, Daniel, 1782-1846. Papers, 1800-1846.
(9 linear ft.)
A large portion of the papers is official correspondence of the War Department in which Daniel Parker was adjutant and inspector general, 1810-1845. There are letters of: Thomas Jefferson, 1803-1808; James Madison, 1808-1814; James Monroe, 1811-1819; Andrew Jackson, 1803-1818; William Henry Harrison, 1802-1813; General John Armstrong, 1812-1842; H. Dearborn, 1803-1819; William Eustis, 1809-1822; George Izard, 1813-1817; Thomas Johnson, 1808; Winfield Scott, 1807-1821; James Wilkinson, 1801-1820; and others. Included are: Governor John Drayton to Thomas Jefferson, 1802, on the landing of French blacks on the southern coasts of the Union; petitions of Indian tribes to Thomas Jefferson, 1804-1808; Jefferson's letters to Indian chiefs, 1805-1808; Andrew Jackson letters, 1804-1818, on Indian depredations on the Tennessee River, Mobile Creek warfare; Captain Meriwether Lewis' report to Jefferson on western territories, 1803; letters of W.C.C. Claireborne and of other noted persons concerned in the affairs of Louisiana, the Floridas, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Kentucky, Tennessee, 1801-1821; survey of the head of Muscle Shoals, Tennessee River, east of the Chickasaw nation, 1818; letter of James Wilkinson to Thomas Jefferson, 1806, denouncing Aaron Burr as a conspirator and a traitor, and discussing means of defense of New Orleans; Stephen Decatur's reports on the condition of the Chesapeake after the battle with the Leopard, 1807; papers on war agitation, embargoes, and military preparedness against England, 1806-1812.
Material on the War of 1812 in the voluminous official papers, 1812-1815; letters of William Eustis, James Madison, James Monroe, and of commanding officers, deal with mobilization plans, military campaigns, movement of troops, battles, General William Hull's disaster at Detroit, 1812, his subsequent trial for treason in 1814, and other important incidents of the war.
Official papers, 1816-1841, include letters of Colonel J.J. Abert, John C. Calhoun, John Henry Eaton, H. Leavenworth, David Porter, T. Ringgold, Winfield Scott, John Tyler, and others, on military, administrative, political, and economic affairs, courts-
martial, claims against the government, regulations of settlers, 1818-1820, Mexican War, Cherokee and Dakota treaties, West Point regulations.
Daniel Parker correspondence, 1811-1845, relates to his official and financial activities: letters of Amos Binney, James Byers, William Duane, D. Gadsden, C. Irvine, W. Rawle, Parker family, and others.
Additional items include: numerous pamphlets, army and navy registers; books on medicine; map of West Genesco, N.Y., 1800; view of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1807; map of a route from Kansas to the Pacific, 18843.
Parker-Franklin correspondence, 1747-1773.
(ca. 150 items.)
Correspondence between Benjamin Franklin and James Parker, printer and later comptroller of the Post Office.
Letterpress copies made by Sarah Cresson.
Gift of Sarah Cresson.
Parrish, John, 1729-1807. Diaries, 1773-1793.
These diaries pertain to Indian customs, life, and habitations, with an account of "John Parrish's visit to the Indians at Muskingon," 1773; treaty at Newton Point, 1791; record of a trip to Lower Sandusky to conclude a treaty with the Indians, 1793.
Diaries copied by Richard Eddy, 1882.
Journal, 1773, published in P.M.H.B., 16 (1892): 443-448.
Gift of Richard Eddy, 1882.
Parry, George T. Diaries, 1858-1886.
Diaries, 1853, 1857, 1861, 1864-1867, 1869-1870, 1879-1880, 1886, of George T. Parry, Philadelphia engineer, contain his narrative of daily events, family affairs, and his professional and business activities.
Purchased by the Wendell P. Bowman Fund, 1935.
Parsons, William, 1701-1757. Papers, 1723-1751.
Miscellaneous business papers of William Parsons, shoemaker, scrivener, dyer, surveyor, sheriff and founder of Easton, include: ledger of accounts, 1723-1726; field book of surveys, 1734-1736; list of property owners and the surveys of their land; commonplace book, 1741-1747; receipt books, 1736-1737, 1738-1751.
Gift of Jacob Wolle, 1845.
Paschall papers, 1734-1875.
(ca. 100 items.)
Miscellaneous family papers of the Paschall and Sellers families, 1747-1871, include: receipt book of Dr. John Paschall, 1747-1776; account book of Thomas G. Paschall, 1811; poetry albums of George and Ann Sellers, and Mary Francis Paschall, 1830; family correspondence, 1813-1815; deeds and patents to land, 1750-1871; and wills, deeds, and other papers concerning the estates of the Paschall and related families.
Gift of Ann Paschall.
Paschall, Mary Frances. Autograph albums, 1853-1861.
Bits of verse dedicated to Mary Frances Paschall by her friends.
Gift of Anne Paschall.
Paschall, Sarah. Poetry, 1786.
Collection of Sarah Paschall's poetry.
Gift of the John T. Morris Estate.
Paschall and Hollingsworth. Papers, 1660-1665, 1711-1861.
(24 v. and ca. 100 items.)
Economic trends, trade conditions, commodity prices are shown in the business record books of this leading mercantile firm. Thomas Paschall: ledgers, 1660-1665, 1711-1722, 1713-1766, 1718-1733; Stephen Paschall: ledgers, 1735-1744, 1737-1759, 1752-1776, 1758-1789, 1764-1765, 1778-1800; daybooks, 1756-1796, 1758-1782; Paschall and Hollingsworth: bankbooks, 1825-1830; receipt book, 1825-1827; cash books, 1825-1837; blotters, 1830-1839; correspondence on political and domestic affairs, 1772-1844; Dr. Caspar Morris, receipt book, 1832-1861.
Gift of Herbert Morris, 1935.
Pastorius, Francis Daniel, 1651-1719. Papers, 1683-1721.
(3 linear ft.)
Papers of Francis Daniel Pastorius on theological, medical, legal, philosophical subjects, including "Liber Intimissimus Omnium Semper Mecum," 1697-1701; "Artzney und Kunst ist all umsunst ohne Gottes Gunst," 1695; commonplace book, 1683-1716;
"The Great Law of Pennsylvania" including a copy of the Germantown charter, 1693; papers on the Frankfort Company, 1683-1709; marriage certificate of Henry Pastorius, 1721.
Some materials in German.
Purchased, Library Fund; some items presented by Harry C. Kessler, Charles M. Wayne, and others.
Patterson, Robert, 1802-1876. Diaries, 1835.
These are copies of Robert Patterson's journals of a trip from Philadelphia to Iowa, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Tennessee, and other states. He describes historical landmarks visited, stopping places, means of travel, social events, dinner with President Andrew Jackson at the White House, scenes and topography of the country. Included are his notes on European history, English literature, and Biblical events.
Purchased, Dreer Fund, 1934.
Patterson, Robert, 1743-1824. Notes on navigation, 1789.
A treatise on navigation and methods of calculating latitude and longitude, written by Robert Patterson, professor of mathematics in the University of Pennsylvania.
Gift of A.C. Vaute.
Patton, William Augustus, 1849-1927. Letters, 1899-1918.
These volumes, chiefly composed of congratulatory letters, telegrams, and newspaper clippings, relate to William A. Patton's service with the Pennsylvania Railroad and to his elevation to the presidency of the New York, Philadelphia and Norfolk Railroad Company.
Gift of Mrs. Martha A. Patton.
Paul, Joseph M. Records, 1800-1829.
Entry cancelled; see collection #192.
Payne, John Howard. "Historical account of the Indians in the southern states," .
An account of the Muscogee, Chickasaw, Cherokee, Creek, and other Indian tribes living in the souther states; information on their origins, traditions, customs, character traits, social and domestic life, language, government, religion.
This book was formerly in the possession of John Howard Payne. It was found among his effects at Tunis after his death, by the United States consul there, who sent it to the Department of State, Washington, D.C.
Peale family. Papers, 1794-1854.
(ca. 250 items.)
Papers of Charles Wilson Peale, Rembrandt Peale, and Titian R. Peale, mainly relate to Peale's Museum, and include: C. W. Peale, "A walk through the Philadelphia Museum;" records of subscriptions for tickets in Peale's Museum, 1794-1833; records and memoranda of the Philadelphia Museum, 1803-1837; minutes of the Philadelphia Museum, 1841-1845; a rough minute book of the Philadelphia Museum, 1841-1845; extracts of letters from C. W. Peale, 1821-1823; copies of letters from Rembrandt Peale to his wife, 1830; correspondence of Titian R. Peale with George Ord, 1827-1854; ornithological journal, with a catalogue of birds, collected in United States Exploring Expedition by Titian R. Peale, 1843; 10 drawings by T.R. Peale.
Presented in part by members of the Peale family; some items purchased by the Historical Society.
Pearce, Cromwell, b. 1771. Memoir, 1855.
A memoir of Colonel Cromwell Pearce, of Chester County, with an account of his ancestry. The volume contains a sketch of the distinguished services rendered by him as a colonel of the 16th Regiment of the United States Infantry in the War of 1812; a detailed description of the military campaign against Canada, the attack on Sackets Harbor and Little York, N.Y., the explosion of a powder magazine causing the death of General Zebulon M. Pike, sickness and lack of discipline among the soldiers, Commodore Isaac Chauncey's naval activities on the Great Lakes.
Gift of Gilbert Cope, 1884.
Pearsall, Mary. Journal, 1873.
This journal of Mary Pearsall of a trip from Philadelphia to Montreal describes the topography of the country, hotel accommodations, means of travel.
Gift of Mrs. Trevanion B. Dallas, 1937.
Pemberton family. Papers, 1641-1880.
(33 linear ft.)
Papers of Phineas Pemberton, Israel Pemberton, Sr., Israel Pemberton, Jr., James Pemberton, John Pemberton, and their descendants, distinguished Quakers, prominent in the colonial affairs of Pennsylvania. The extensive correspondence maintained by the Pembertons with Friends in America, England, and other parts of the world, contains valuable material on the history of the Society of Friends.
Papers for 1641-1702, relate chiefly to events during the lifetime of Phineas Pemberton, colonial social and economic conditions, religious intolerance and persecution, Quaker meetings, prominent personalities. Papers, 1702-1774, include among others letters from Richard Partridge, agent in England for the Pennsylvania Assembly, to Chief Justice Kinsey of Pennsylvania; material on England's colonial policies; petitions addressed to the king; a memorial and protest against Parliament's strangulations of the iron industry in America; letters on the Scottish rebellion and the Spanish and French wars; data on commerce and shipping, London earthquakes; list of Friends' monthly meetings; information on the growing tension between England and the colonies. Papers, 1775-1783, record incidents of the Revolutionary period; war conditions in Providence, R.I.; Patrick Henry's insurrection in Williamsburg, Va.; the arrest of Quakers accused of disloyalty in Philadelphia; orders of the General Assembly; the occupation of Philadelphia by Howe's troops; prevailing economic conditions; a group of John Fothergill letters, 1740-1780, relates to political, social, and moral trends. Papers, 1783-1808, relate to Quaker monthly meetings; abolition of slavery; Indian peace measures; the Constitutional Assembly; presidential elections; United States controversies with France.
Additional papers, 1681-1880, contain: memorandum book, 1768-1771; Pemberton receipt books, 1792-1798, 1807-1830; Thomas Parke diary of a journey from Philadelphia to London, 1771-1772; Thomas Clifford account book of cargoes at Bristol, 1789; John Pemberton's religious essays, n.d.; essays on religion and politics, 1814-1838; genealogical notes, 1880; commissions, parchment deeds, legal documents, 1656-1831, some of which bear the signatures of James Monroe, John Q. Adams, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Van Buren; Philadelphia estates papers, 1684-1797, contain miscellaneous deeds, documents, and plats; New Jersey estates papers, 1683-1803, surveys, plats, indentures; Chester County estates papers, 1681-1795, surveys, deeds; Bucks County estates papers, 1689-1700; Maryland estates papers, 1657-1795, land patents, correspondence; biographical sketch of James Pemberton, and one of Phineas Pemberton, by James Pemberton, 1778; Shoemaker and Rawle letters, 1780-1821, family correspondence.
Miscellaneous items completing the collection include: letters of John Hunt to Israel Pemberton, 1758-1764; miscellaneous papers of Thomas Clifford, 1764-1789; journals and diaries of John Pemberton, 1750-1795; "Notes of a journey through Scotland with John Pemberton and David Dusat," by Thomas Wilkinson, 1787; Some account of Last Journey of John Pemberton to the Highland and other parts of Scotland, by Thomas Wilkinson, 1811; A Testimony of the monthly meeting of Friends at Pyrmont, in Westphalia, Germany, concerning John Pemberton, 1798; 12 Poor Will's Pocket Almanacks, with manuscript marginal notes, 1782-1813; Joseph Pemberton memorandum book, 1798-1803; his receipts, rules and memoranda, 1801-1805; An Appeal to the Society of Friends on the Primitive Simplicity of the Christian Principles, 1801; Early Christian Instruction in the form of a dialogue between Mother and Child, 1807; An Epistle to the Members of the Religious Society of Friends, 1827; Plan of the Philadelphia Dispensary for the Medical Relief of the Poor, contains list of names of contributors, 1787; the Philadelphia Directory, 1800; "An Exact Copy of James Pemberton's Diary, 1777-1778."
Additional miscellaneous items are: Rebecca Warner Rawle's diary, 1813; Excerpts of letters, sequel to the Friendly Association, 1872, containing marginal notes; Some chapters in the History of the Friendly Association, for Regaining and Preserving Peace with Indians, by Pacific Measures, by Samuel Parrish, 1877; and some additional items.
Gift of Henry Pemberton, Jr., 1892.
Pemberton family. Papers, (1800-1910) 1948.
(15 linear ft.)
The papers of three generations of the Pemberton family include correspondence, diaries, and personal, family, and business records.
John Pemberton, naval officer of the Port of Philadelphia under President Jackson, is represented by correspondence, 1807-1847, which offers some documentation of the spoils system. There are letters of Pemberton to Andrew Jackson, mostly letters of recommendation, but there are only 5 of Jackson's letters to Pemberton. There is material of John's wife Rebecca Clifford Pemberton, including correspondence, 1806-1869, some accounts, and papers dealing with the administration of her estate.
The bulk of the collection consists of the papers of the children of John and Rebecca Pemberton. Their eldest son, Israel, was a civil engineer who surveyed for railroads in Delaware, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. His surveying work as well as his travels in Cuba and Europe are well documented in correspondence, 1822-1885, and diaries. Particularly interesting are the many letters from John Swaby and William Stewart, revealing their mutual familiarity with Philadelphia's demimonde. Included, too, are materials detailing Israel Pemberton's patronage of and friendship with the Spanish artist Mariano Fortuny y Carbo. John Clifford Pemberton, the Confederate commander at Vicksburg, is represented by correspondence, 1829-1881, but no Civil War letters are present. Andrew Jackson Pemberton is represented by correspondence, 1862-1900, much of it concerning his estate held in trust. The greater part of Henry Pemberton's correspondence, 1837-1910, reflect his career as chemist and businessman with the Pennsylvania Salt Manufacturing Company. There are also personal and business letterbooks, 1859-1911, bills and receipts, 1853-1856, and miscellaneous chemical notes, contracts, patents, and clippings.
Many other members of the family tree are represented by small groups of correspondence, financial papers, legal papers, genealogical notes, photographs, and other miscellany. Related families that appear are Cowgill, Corbit, Lovering, and Clifford.
Gift of Henry R. Pemberton, 1952.
Penn family Papers, 1629-1834.
(40 linear ft.)
Sir William Penn, 1621-1670. Papers, 1644-1710: journal of Sir William Penn, 1644-1647; letters, 1650-1660; Forbes collection, 1653-1710; "The Duty of the Principal Officers of his Majesties Navy Joyntly Considered," 1646; "The Office of the Admiralty of England," n.d.
William Penn, 1644-1718. Papers, 1654-1735: correspondence, 1654-1855, includes family letters, official correspondence with Admiral William Penn, Hannah Penn, James Logan, Harbert Springett, Thomas Bishop Vickris, John Barclay, J. Freame, and others; letters to and from John, Thomas, and Richard Penn, on Irish immigration, books, ducation, epidemics; printing account with Benjamin Franklin; drafts, naval accounts, household accounts, land records. William Penn letterbooks, 1667-1675, 1699-1701, contain conciliatory letter to his father; diary of a journey through Kent, Sussex, and Surrey, 1672; narratives of his trial and committal to the Tower; letters to the King, Friends, governors, Lords of the Admiralty, Lords of Trade and Plantations. Domestic and miscellaneous letters, 1682-1794, contains letters of William Penn to Hannah Callowhill, and members of Pennsylvania Council, 1684-1694; letters of James Logan, to William Aubrey, 1703-1735.
Penn manuscripts, 1680-1715, contains last will and testament of William Penn, with codicil in his hand, 1705, 1706; original draft of grant of Province of Pennsylvania, with corrections in his hand, 1680; William Penn to Archbishop Tillotson, 1691; to Robert Turner, 1693; to Lord Romney, 1701; to Samuel Pepys, 1670; commission to William Markham, 1697; "The Case of William Penn," "State of efforts of Crown to regain control of Pennsylvania in Queen Anne's reign," "Act of Pennsylvania vesting proprietary estates in Commonwealth," and other items. Penn's letter to the Free Society of Traders, 1683; Irish journal, 1669-1670; "An account of My Journey into Holland and Germany," 1677, includes letters to the King of Poland, Anna Maria de Horn (Countess of Horn), essay; William Penn receipt book, interest on loans, 1710-1728; William and Hannah Penn journal, 1710-1726; Hannah Penn cash book, 1712-1720.
Records of the proprietary government, 1629-1828: papers on the three lower counties, 1629-1774; Penn's deeds, 1639-1759, 1760-1801; leases and mortgages, 1670-1771; governor's proclamations, 1670-1775; county court records, town and county of Deale, 1681-1709; autograph petitions, 1681-1716; receipts for beaver skins for tenure, 1752-1780; addresses to William Penn by Trade Society; petition to Lord Baltimore; petitions from Berks, Bucks, and Chester counties in favor of proprietary government; Pennsylvania land grants, 1681-1806; Assembly of Provincial Council of Pennsylvania, 1682-1874; the laws of Pennsylvania, 1682-1688; Pennsylvania charters, Frame of Government, with revised forms, 1683-1696, and marriage settlement and will of Thomas Penn, 1751-1774.
Official correspondence, 1683-1817: letters from James Logan to John Penn and Hannah Penn, Lord Baltimore, William Penn, Governor Andrew Hamilton, Isaac Norris, W. Popple, Colonel Benjamin Fletcher, on Pennsylvania boundaries, acts for regulating trade, efforts to make Pennsylvania a crown colony, piracy and smuggling, decline in public morals, copper mine beyond Susquehanna, Keith-Logan controversy, Indian treaties, Conrad Weiser's address to the Germans, factions in politics, paper money, yellow fever, Ohio Company, Nicholas Scull, Edward Shippen, George Croghan, Connecticut intrusion, battle of Lexington.
Philadelphia land grants, Episcopal church, Society of Friends, University Island in Delaware, 1684-1772; warrants and surveys, 1684-1776; Connecticut claims, 1684-1799; Planter's Speech to his Neighbors and Countrymen of Pennsylvania, East and West Jersey; Indian affairs, 1687-1801, contain information to Thomas Dongan, governor and vice admiral of New York, on invasion of Indians of the Five Nations, 1787; Governor Logan's speech to Sassoonan, 1731; negotiations with Six Nations; data on German Palatines, Conrad Weiser, Richard Peters, Sir William Johnson, Albany Congress, Connecticut purchase, Delaware controversy; George Croghan's account of Indian affairs, 1748-1749, to Braddock's defeat; maps and documents on Indian Walk; Governor John Blackwell manuscripts, 1689-1690; and acts of assembly, 1700-1763.
Pennsylvania cash accounts, 1701-1778: Pennsylvania journals, 1701-1779, contain accounts of lands, quitrents; James Logan receipt book, 1702-1709, papers relating to iron, peltries, trade, 1712-1817; bonds and powers of attorney, 1714-1828; "Supplementary Saunders Coates," 1720-1766, chiefly Thomas Penn letters to Richard Peters, on administrative affairs; Pennsylvania Assembly messages, 1727-1771; Wyoming controversy papers, 1731-1775, and William Smith and William Moore v. Assembly, 1758-1759; account of quitrents, 1742; accounts of land in Chester County called "William Penn's Manor," 1747-1750; warrants to affix the great seal, 1749-1775; accounts, provincial tax for Philadelphia, 1759-1768; William Baker letterbook, 1769-1789; John Mifflin letterbook, 1788-1802; receipt book (of Philip Syng), provincial tax, 1759-1770; proprietary manors and lands in Pennsylvania, n.d.
Penn family. Papers, 1606-1834: Pennsylvania miscellaneous papers, Penn v. Baltimore, Penn family, 1606-1834; wills of Harbert Springett and Anthony Springett, 1682-1721; letters of the Penn family to James Logan, 1701-1730; additional miscellaneous letters and Penn-Engert-Lewis papers, 1683-1872; letters of the Penn family, 1654-1775; papers relating to Penn family title, 1712-1726; "Family Deeds," 1718-1787, contain items relating to Hannah Penn, agreements of Thomas and Richard Penn; Thomas Penn private letters, 1738-1741; Penn-Hamilton correspondence, 1748-1770; letters from Thomas and Richard Penn to James Hamilton; marriage settlement of Thomas Penn, 1751; account book of money due Thomas Penn from T. Asheton, Joseph Yeates, W. Peters, Sir William Johnson, et al., 1758-1769; Penn-Justice manuscripts, 1769-1804, relate to land warrants, surveys, financial accounts with the Penns, political and domestic affairs; John Penn's commonplace book, ca. 1785-1787; Penn letter books, 1789-1834, proprietaries' correspondence relating to Pennsylvania political and domestic affairs; litigation papers, 1672-1764; Penn-Physick papers, 1676-1804; Sir William Penn papers, 1644-1710; and records of the proprietary government.
Penn-Baltimore boundary dispute papers, 1606-1775: Penn vs. Baltimore, 1606-1774; New York records, 1664-1679; Kent County records, 1675-1683. "Boundaries Pennsylvania and Maryland, 1680-1768, Boundaries Virginia and Pennsylvania," 1773-1775, contains the answer of William Penn to Lord Baltimore, 1683; George Talbot to all persons on West of Delaware between Schuylkill and Whorekill; petition of Lord Baltimore to George II, 1753; letters to Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon, 1765; petition of all proprietors concerning southern and western boundaries, 1775; "Lands on Delaware Bay," 1683; controversy between Lord Baltimore and Penn, 1683; address to the King from Penn about Charter, 1693; accounts miscellaneous, 1723-1760; boundaries of Delaware and Maryland, 1732-1733; report of commissioners, 1733-1734; "Drafting the new bill," 1735; petition, 1735; decree, 1735, 1750; Lord Baltimore's answer, 1737, 1740; drafts of interrogatories, 1739; depositions, Philadelphia, 1740; "Relating to particular points in case," 1743; brief for the plaintiff, 1747; brief for the amended bill, 1749; brief of the original bill against Frederick, Lord Baltimore, 1754; bill of revivor, brief for plaintiff, 1754; draft of bill of revivor, 1754; acts of assembly, 1756, 1759, 1760; drafts of the agreement with Lord Baltimore, 1757-1760; bill of revivor and supplemental bill, 1764.
Penn-Physick papers, 1676-1804: land grants and surveys, 1676-1801; extracts from patent books and list of land warrants; bonds, surveys, powers of attorney, 1681-1806; correspondence, 1682-1803; Penn accounts, 1683-1770; accounts of quitrents, 1701; accounts, 1701-1804; extracts from ledgers and journals, 1701, 1763; returns of warrants and surveys, 1732-1804; journal, 1742-1772; warrants to affix the great seal, 1767-1776; account books, 1769-1800; letterbook, 1769-1804; journal, 1779-1801; and additional warrants to affix the great seal to certificates of land patents, sheriff's commission, pardons.
Miscellaneous litigations and papers, 1672-1764:
miscellaneous litigations: Ford vs. Penn accounts, 1672-1694, plea of the defendants, 1682-1727; Ford vs. Penn, Penn vs. Beranger, 1674-1716; Ford vs. Penn, 1705-1707; law suits, 1713-1869; Penn vs. Penn, 1722-1727, contains bill of complaint of Hannah Penn, et al., against Aubrey Thomas and Gulielma Maria, his wife, answer of Springett Penn, interrogations, depositions.
Other items: letters of William Penn, 1681-1692; records of Sussex County, 1681-1710; an act of Parliament, 1697; maps and surveys, Mason and Dixon Line, 1701-1705; Eastburn map of Indian Walk, 1757; original warrant signed by William Penn ordering Isaac Taylor and Thomas Pierson to survey line between County of Chester and County of New Castle, 1701; certificate signed by Isaac Taylor and Thomas Pierson, with map, "The Figure of the Circular Line Dividing between the County of New Castle and County of Chester, 1701;" merchants account books (Bristol, Eng.), 1717; map of part of the estate of William Penn in the Barony of Imokilly, 1764; proprietary manors and lands in Pennsylvania of John Penn, Jr., and John Penn, including maps; and other material.
Letters of William Penn, 1681-1692 manuscript copies by J. Francis Fisher, 1840.
Tempsford Hall papers, 1669-1916.
(ca. 350 items.)
The collection contains the will of Admiral Sir William Penn, 1669; William Penn's instructions, 1689, to William Blackwell concerning the Proprietor's estate at Pennsbury; the marriage certificate of William and Hannah Penn, 1695; an inventory of Pennsylvania title papers and administrative records in the Proprietors' Philadelphia office, 1741, prepared by Richard Peters and Lyndford Lardner for Thomas Penn; letters, memoranda, and copies of wills of several Penn family members, 1682-1875, concerning family lands and forfeited estates in Pennsylvania.
The collection also includes letters and personal financial papers, 1774-1830, of Archbishop Stuart, containing family, political, and ecclesiastical news, as well as letters to and from his grandson, William Stuart, 1870-1888, about the latter's Irish estates.
Present, too, is a group of letters, 1805-1837, addressed to William Granville, natural son of Granville Penn, Sophia's brother. Most were sent to Granville by members of the Penn family and discuss Granville's career as a merchant in Ceylon and other family news.
This is a miscellaneous group of Penn and related family papers gathered or retained by the Stuart family, descendants of William Penn through Thomas Penn's youngest daughter, Sophia Margaretta Juliana Penn, who married William Stuart, Archbishop of Armagh, Anglican Primate of Ireland. For a number of years the collection was kept at Tempsford Hall, Bedfordshire, one of the Stuart family houses. The collection was purchased from a Stuart family descendant in 1968 with the Gratz fund.
Penn-Forbes papers, 1644-1744.
The papers of Admiral Sir William Penn include the journal of his service with the Irish Fleet, 1644-1647; sailing instructions for the fleet, 1653; an inventory of his property, 1670; letters to his son William, 1666-1670; letters to the Admiral. A larger group reflects the efforts of William Penn, the Founder, to administer his province, his intention to surrender the government to the Crown, 1710/11, and the conflict over the Penn inheritance among the children of his two marriages. There are several letters from English political figures, 1674-1710, as well as from prominent early Friends, including George Fox, 1674-1689, and John Gratton, 1689-1693.
Published inventory available in the P.M.H.B., 28 (1904): 155-168.
This small group of manuscripts was purchased by the Society from Stewart Forbes, administrator of the estate of Thomas Gordon Penn in 1882.
Penn, Granville, 1761-1844. Book of poems, 1808-1838.
A collection of poetry in the handwriting of Granville Penn.
Gift of A.L. Smith, 1934.
Penn, William, 1644-1718. Commemoration papers, 1931-1932.
Records of the general committee of William Penn's commemoration, the 250th anniversary of the founding of Pennsylvania. The papers include correspondence, financial reports, minutes of committees, programs of exercises in schools and colleges, lists of patriotic societies, and other matter pertaining to the event.
Gift of Harold E. Gillingham.
Pennsylvania Counties papers, 1708-1882.
Miscellaneous papers of several Pennsylvania counties: Allegheny, 1790-1849; Armstrong, ca. 1785-1816; Bedford, 1782-1794; Berks, 1772-1795; Bucks, 1708-1863; Carbon, ca. 1789-1823; Chester, 1729-1818; Centre, 1785-1816; Clearfield, 1785-1816; Crawford, 1772-1823; Cumberland, 1782; Delaware, 1786-1811; Dauphin, 1790-1813; Fayette, 1790-1796; Franklin, 1788-1812; Indiana, 1823; Lancaster, 1743-1876; Lehigh, 1757; Lebanon, ca. 1789-1823; Lycoming, ca. 1789; Luzerne, 1793-1823; Mifflin, ca. 1789-1823; Monroe, 1846; Montgomery, 1728-1882; McKean, ca. 1789; Perry, ca. 1789; Snyder, ca. 1789-1823; Susquehanna, ca. 1789; Tioga, 1847; Washington, 1781-1784; Wayne, 1790-1802; Westmoreland, 1774-1823.
Among the items is a narrative by C. Van Horn describing the Connecticut invasion, pioneering, colonial warfare, and incidents during the Revolution, 1772-1837, in Crawford County; a history of Monroe County and of the Indian Walk, 1746; a history of Luzerne County, 1793-1823; a history of Lehigh County townships, n.d., and the journal, 1757, of Lieutenant A. Engel, stationed at Leckley Township; letters and accounts of David Franks, Bernard Gratz, L. Andrew Levy, Joseph Simon, and others, of Lancaster, relating to provisioning of British and American soldiers and prisoners during the Revolution, 1777-1778; taxable property, Chester County, 1783-1788; petitions to assemblies and legislatures relating to changes of county seats, road building, dam construction; indentures; surveys; court records of indictments; penal records; deeds and land patents; jury lists; muster rolls; and other items.
Pennsylvania Population Land Company. Papers, 1792-1834.
Papers of John Nicholson, president, and Tench Francis, treasurer, of this land company, active in Allegheny, Beaver and Mercer counties. Among the papers are patents for land in Allegheny County, signed by Governor Thomas Mifflin, 1792-1800; records of transfers of land by Aaron Burr to John Nicholson, 1795; stock transfer book, containing the names of Aaron Burr, Theophilus Casenove, Walter Stewart, James Wilson, and others, 1794-1806; deeds to Aaron Levy, 1792-1794; stock certificate signed by John Nicholson, and Tench Francis, 1795-1797; stock transfers by John Nicholson, 1794-1801; a colored map of land owned by John Ashley, n.d.: correspondence of Enoch Marvin and Thomas Ashley, 1798-1825; miscellaneous accounts, agreements, contracts, and correspondence, 1796-1834.
Gift of James Gibson.
Pennsylvania Abolition Society. Papers, 1748-1979.
(12 linear ft.)
Organized in five series as described.
Growing out of egalitarian concerns of members of the Society of Friends, the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, as it is now known, was founded in 1775 as the Society for the Relief of Free Negroes Unlawfully Held in Bondage, but the Revolution caused its early Quaker members to suspend operations until 1784, when it reorganized with a broader base. From the beginning, the Abolition Society's programs were devoted not only to the abolition of slavery, but to the social and economic improvement of Black Americans as well. As early as 1794, the Society helped to found the American Convention, a loose affiliation of anti-slavery societies everywhere, founded a school for Black males, and conducted the first census of Philadelphia's Black community. The Society operated through an Acting Committee of officers and through its Board of Education.
Series I: Minutes and reports, containing minutes of the General Meetings, 1775, 1784-1979; minutes of the Acting Committee, 1784-1842; minutes of the Electing Committee, 1790-1826; Committee for Improving the condition of free Blacks, minutes, 1790-1803; Committee of Guardians, 1790-1802; Board of Education, minutes and reports, 1797-1865; Committee on the African Slave Trade, minutes, 1805-1807. Also present in the first series are loose and draft minutes and committee reports.
Series II: Correspondence, 1789-1979. It contains letters on a variety of political, social, and personal subjects. Correspondents include most of the anti-slavery organization in the United States as well as a number of anti-slavery advocates including Jacques-Pierre Brissott de Warville, Condorcet, William Wilberforce, Benjamin Lundy, Lucretia Mott, and others.
Series III: Financial Records, 1792-1979. Treasurer's accounts, 1792-1840, 1937-1949; Board of Education (Committee of 24), 1793-1812, Subscription books, 1813-1821, 1813-1825, 1835-1837, Clarkson School tuition accounts, 1819-1822, 1838; miscellaneous bills, receipts, audits, 1795-1972.
Series IV: Manumission and indentures, 1785-1865. The majority of these materials have their origins with two committees of the Society: the Committee of Guardians, 1790-1803, recorded manumissions and indentures as they occurred under the Pennsylvania law for the gradual abolition of slavery (1780); the Committee of Inspection safeguarded the legal rights of Blacks, 1790-1803. After 1803, the Acting Committee assumed both roles. The manumission are contained in eight volumes, 1780-1853. Other records present in this series includes indentures for manumitted slaves, legal papers concerning efforts of the several committees to secure the release of Blacks brought into Pennsylvania, transcriptions of the laws regarding slavery in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Georgia, 1750s to 1790s.
Series V: Miscellaneous papers. Lists of officers and members, 1784-1819; memorials to both houses of Congress and several state legislatures regarding slavery, 1788-1860; records of related institutions, including: Lombard Street Infant School, roll book, 1849-1850; Clarkson Institute, Constitution, 1832, minutes, accounts, and reports, 1829-1837; Committee to Visit Colored People, Census Facts collected by Benjamin Bacon and Charles Gardner, 1838; Facts on Beneficial Societies, 1823-1838. Present, too, are extensive materials on the American Convention, which met irregularly in Philadelphia, 1794-1836, arranged by year: minutes, credentials, lists of members, committee reports, treasurer's accounts.
Also present in this series are the papers of organizations to which Abolition Society members belonged: Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society, minutes, 1833-1870, incoming correspondence 1834-1853; Young Men's Anti-Slavery Society, committee reports, 1836-1837, incoming correspondence, 1834-1837, treasurer's accounts, 1835-1838; South Mulberry Ward (Philadelphia) Anti-Slavery Society, minutes, 1837; Junior Anti-Slavery Society of Philadelphia, constitution and minutes, 1836-1846; Bache Institute, accounts, 1851-1852; Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, Committee on Requited Labor, minutes and correspondence, 1837-1839; American Free Produce Association, correspondence and circulars, 1838-1840; Philadelphia Anti-Slavery Society, constitution, 1839; Pennsylvania Anti-Slavery Society, minutes, 1838-1846, executive committee minutes, 1846-1870, accounts, 1847-1849, Vigilance Committee of Philadelphia, accounts, 1854-1857, "Journal C of Station No. 2 of the Underground Railroad," William Still, agent, 1852-1857; 13th Ward Republican Club of Philadelphia, constitution and minutes, 1856-1859.
The Society's records were originally maintained by its officers and members, but were then gathered together at Clarkson Hall in 1839, where they remained until the building was sold in 1863. Ten years later they were placed with the Friends' Historical Association where they remained until the 1920s, when they began to come to the Historical Society. Because the officers and members of the Abolition Society frequently held positions with other meliorative organizations, fragmentary records of other organizations are frequently found among the Abolition Society's records. The Society's records were reorganized on archival principles in 1976, in preparation for the comprehensive microfilm of the records completed that year.
Microfilm edition available through the inter-library loan from the Historical Society.
Pennsylvania Constitutional Convention. Autographs, 1837-1838.
(ca. 200 items.)
Autograph letters and biographical sketches of members of the convention that framed the Constitution of Pennsylvania in 1837; also autographs on visiting cards and newspaper clippings and other printed matter relating to the activities of the convention.
Gift of Francis Shunk Brown and George R. Bedford.
Penrose, Washington H. Arithmetic books and scrapbook, 1824-1829, 1859.
Arithmetic exercise books, 1824-1829 and scrapbook, 1859, containing newspaper clippings of poetry.
Gift of James H. Lord.
Percy, William. Journal and commonplace book, 1774-1776.
The Rev. William Percy's account of his activities in behalf of the religions revival, his travel and preaching in various towns of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, and his views on the moral influence of the Church; also aphorisms, epigrams, and Biblical excerpts.
Perkins, Samuel C. Papers, 1669-1899.
(6 linear ft.)
These papers of a Philadelphia lawyer relate to real estate, legal business, and social matters. They include deeds and mortgages, 1669-1861; miscellaneous correspondence and documents, 1869-1899; correspondence of Samuel H. Perkins, relating to the academic and economic affairs of Girard College, 1847-1849; "Private Docket, Naval General Court Martial, Navy Yard, Philadelphia, Samuel G. Perkins, Judge Advocate," 1864; letter book of Frederick A. Packard, editor of the American Sunday School Union, 1832-1842.
Perkins, Samuel C. Incoming letters, 1829-1885.
(ca. 600 items.)
Letters from Frederick A. Packard, editor of the American Sunday School Union, Philadelphia. They mainly relate to publications, missionary work, subscriptions, church activities.
Gift of Samuel C. Perkins.
Perkins, Samuel H. Journals, 1818-1832.
Journals of a Philadelphia teacher and lawyer, recount his travel and sojourn in Mattamuskett, N.C., 1818, legal apprenticeship and admittance to the Philadelphia bar, his professional struggles, and reflect the social and religious life of the city.
Gift of A. Rogenburger.
Peters, Anna M. Papers, 1856-1899.
(ca. 50 items.)
Family papers including letters, accounts, wills, drafts, and surveys of land in Delaware County.
Peters, Richard, 1704-1776. Papers, 1697-1845.
(3 linear ft.)
The papers of Richard Peters comprise correspondence and documents, including accounts of negotiations and treaties with the Indians and some notes of General Timothy Pickering on the battle at Brandywine. They are of special interest for the colonial history of Pennsylvania because of Peters' official connection with the proprietary government. There are: minutes of council, 1756-1757; letters of Thomas Penn to Richard Peters, 1752-1772; letter book, 1737-1750; Governor James Hamilton accounts, records of marriage licenses, public house permits, 1748-1751; commonplace book, 1725; Richard Peters' drafts of Pennsylvania lands, 1795-1813; letters of the Rev. Richard Peters to the proprietors of Pennsylvania, 1755-1757; diaries, 1750, 1758, 1762; Episcopal license of the Rev. R. Peters, 1725.
Letters of Rev. Richard Peters to the proprietors of Pennsylvania are photostatic copies.
Gift of the Peters family.
Peters family. Papers, 1687-1871.
(3 linear ft.)
Organized into three sections: Rev. Richard Peters papers, Judge Richard Peters papers, and Richard Peters estate papers.
Rev. Richard Peters (1704-1776) was pastor of Christ Church, Philadelphia, and secretary of the proprietaries of Pennsylvania, 1749-1755.
Judge Richard Peters (1744-1828) was an eminent legal authority and agricultural scientist, 1772-1827.
Richard Peters (1780-1848) was a lawyer and a merchant.
The papers for Rev. Richard Peters include: correspondence, legal documents, that deal with domestic affairs, land transactions, legal cases, Thomas Cookson estate, in Lancaster, of which Peters was an executor; also some items, 1776, pertaining to Christ Church.
Papers for Judge Richard Peters chiefly pertain to his experiments in agricultural science, including professional and personal correspondence, daybooks, 1792-1828; bills and receipts, 1803-1828, "City Lots," 1786-1790; accounts with Joseph Kennedy relating to an island and fishery in the Schuylkill River, 1804-1813; accounts with Isaiah Kirk for William Peters' board and clothing, 1808-1819; York County, lands (correspondence between Richard Peters and D. Cassat), 1816-1821; Mantua Farm, 1815-1849, promissory notes and bank checks, 1811-1819.
The estate papers for Richard Peters (1780-1848) include papers on western lands of Pennsylvania, 1798-1871; correspondence, 1824-1834; Venango County lands, 1810-1841; General Robinson estate, 1808-1843; account with James Kay, Jr., for printing supreme court reports, 1829-1840; bankruptcy case of Peters, Campion, and Linder, 1841-1847; land papers, 1846-1862; J.W. Howe letters, 1849-1853; account book, 1807-1849; receipt book, 1812-1819; Willing estate papers, 1687-1806; Schuylkill Permanent Bridge papers, 1797-1828; Sarah Peters correspondence with Thomas Cowperthwaite and Company, 1850-1853; and miscellaneous items.
Twelve letters to Judge Richard Peters, 1793-1807 published in the P.M.H.B., 44 (1920): 325-342.
Gift of Captain Richard Peters.