Penn family papers


Collection 0485A

( Bulk, 1629-1834 ) 1592-1960
(56.0 Linear feet 51 boxes; 222 volumes)

Summary Information

Repository
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Creator
Penn family.
Creator
Penn, Hannah Callowhill, 1671-1726.
Creator
Penn, William, 1644-1718.
Creator
Penn, William, Sir, 1621-1670
Title
Penn family papers
ID
0485A
Date [bulk]
Bulk, 1629-1834
Date [inclusive]
1592-1960
Extent
56.0 Linear feet 51 boxes; 222 volumes
Author
Finding aid prepared by Celia Caust-Ellenbogen and Michael Gubicza
Sponsor
The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources' "Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives" Project.
Language
English
Language of Materials note
While the majority of this collection is in English, materials in Dutch, French and Latin exist.
Abstract
The British colony of Pennsylvania was given to William Penn (1644-1718) in 1681 by Charles II of England in repayment of a debt owed his father, Sir Admiral William Penn (1621-1670). Under Penn's directive, Pennsylvania was settled by Quakers escaping religious torment in England and other European nations. Three generations of Penn descendents held proprietorship of the colony until the American Revolution, when the family was stripped of all but its privately held shares of land. The Penn family papers house the personal and governmental records of William Penn, the proprietor of Pennsylvania, and his family. This collection, which dates from 1592 to 1960 (bulk of materials dating 1629 to 1834), consists primarily of correspondence, legal records, governmental records, surveys, deeds, grants, receipts, and account books; there are also 19th and 20th century auction catalogs and other secondary materials. This collection documents the creation of the Pennsylvania colony through records created by William Penn and his associates. The records continue beyond this and document the development of the colony through the records of Penn's descendants. These records reveal valuable insights into Penn's relations with American Indians, the Pennsylvania/Maryland border dispute, Pennsylvania's government framework, as well private correspondence between family members and close associates.

Preferred Citation note

[Indicate cited item or series here], Penn family papers (Collection 485), The Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

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Biographical/Historical note

The British colony of Pennsylvania was given to William Penn (1644-1718) in 1681 by Charles II of England in repayment of a debt owed his father, Sir Admiral William Penn (1621-1670). Under Penn's directive, Pennsylvania was settled by Quakers escaping religious torment in England and other European nations. Three generations of Penn descendents held proprietorship of the colony until the American Revolution, when the family was stripped of all but its privately held shares of land.

Sir Admiral William Penn was born in 1621 and started his life-long seafaring career as a young boy on merchant ships. In 1642/3, he married Margaret Jasper Van der Schuren (d. 1682). They had three children: William (1644-1718), Margaret (1645-1718) and Richard (1648-1673). Penn joined the Royal Navy, and rose to the rank of rear admiral by 1645. Admiral Penn was a career navy man and was promoted several times over the next two decades. He served as vice admiral of Ireland, admiral of the Streights, vice admiral of England, and in 1653 was made a general during the first war with the Dutch. He served as captain commander under the King in 1664 and was made admiral of the navy by Charles II during the second war with the Dutch. Admiral Penn's efforts were well regarded by both Oliver Cromwell and, after the Restoration, Charles II. Cromwell rewarded his work in 1654 with significant land in Ireland, and he was knighted by Charles II in 1660. In fact, it was in repayment of a debt of roughly £16,000 owed to Admiral Penn from Charles II that his oldest son William Penn was granted the colony of Pennsylvania in 1681. Admiral Penn retired in 1669 and died a year later in Essex in 1670.

His son William Penn was born in London in 1644. He was raised in England and for some part of his youth lived in Ireland, where he met Thomas Loe, who, it is believed, introduced him to Quakerism in 1657. Penn was educated by private tutors and also attended the Chigwig Grammar School and Christ Church College at Oxford. Between 1662 and 1664, he traveled in France and elsewhere in Europe, and spent a year at the Huguenot Academy of Saumur. In 1665, he briefly attended Lincoln's Inn to study law.

In 1666, Penn returned to Ireland, where he became involved in the Quaker faith, which would become central to his life's work. He wrote extensively on and in defense of Quakerism, and traveled across England and Ireland ministering to Quaker communities and advocating for their cause. Like most Quakers, he suffered persecution for his beliefs and was imprisoned several times throughout his life, serving out sentences at Newgate Prison and the Tower of London, among other locations.

It was for the protection of the Quakers that Penn initially sought land in the British colonies of America. In 1675, he became trustee, along with Gawan Lawrie and Nicholas Lucas, of land in western New Jersey, where they established a Quaker community. Then, sometime before 1680, he petitioned King Charles II for additional land to establish another Quaker settlement, which Penn argued would settle a debt owed his late father, Admiral Penn. Charles II agreed and in 1681, Penn received a charter for what was to become the colony of Pennsylvania, making him the largest private landholder in the world. He set up a Free Society of Traders, solicited first purchasers and sent ahead Colonel William Markham as deputy governor to begin administration of the province. Penn himself arrived in 1682.

William Penn remained in Pennsylvania from 1682 to 1684. There he devised a government, laws and plans for Philadelphia's physical development. He established relationships with the local Indians and settled a group of German Quakers in what was to become Germantown. He also built himself a house north of Philadelphia, which he called Pennsbury. In 1683, Penn met with Lord Baltimore to settle a dispute regarding the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland. Unable to come to an agreement, Penn returned to England in 1684 to deal with the matter. The border dispute was not resolved until well into the 1700s.

Back in England, Penn continued to write and speak out in defense of Quakerism. As a result, he continued to suffer persecution, particularly after William and Mary came to power in 1688. In 1690, he was imprisoned in the Tower of London for two weeks, and from 1692 to 1693, Pennsylvania was temporarily taken away from him. He also suffered financially, as his lands in Pennsylvania and elsewhere did not earn enough money to cover his expenses.

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania continued to grow in population and develop after Penn's departure, though not without issue or conflict. By the 1690s, colonists already resented British authority, and religious differences caused considerable discord. Penn helped govern the colony from afar through correspondence with local officials until 1699, when he returned to Pennsylvania. He brought with him his secretary, James Logan, who would prove invaluable in the development, growth and governance of Pennsylvania. While there he visited other colonies to learn about development and expansion, and he traveled and ministered to Quakers. In 1701, he agreed to grant the City of Philadelphia a charter, the Charter of Privileges, thereby establishing a municipal government. That year, he set sail to England in an effort to better protect his interests in Pennsylvania, which were threatened due to a potential government takeover of privately owned colonies.

William Penn never again returned to his colony, though he was not uninvolved. Politics and religion continued to cause strife among the colonists, and Penn's personal interest in Pennsylvania was endangered more than once. Due to financial troubles and claims made against Penn by Philip Ford, who managed his estate in England, he briefly considered selling the colony in order to pay his creditors. The plan never materialized, however, because Penn fell ill before arrangements could be made, and Pennsylvania was thus governed by the 1701 Charter of Privileges until the American Revolution.

For the rest of his life, Penn continued his work writing and ministering to and about Quakers. In 1712, he suffered the first of several strokes, which ultimately led to his death in 1718.

William Penn was married twice. With his first wife, Gulielma Maria Springett (1643/4-1693/4), he had eight children, three of whom survived childhood: Springett Penn (1675/6-1696), Letitia Penn (1678-1746) and William Penn, Jr. (1680/1-1720). In 1695, Penn married Hannah Callowhill. They also had eight children, five of whom survived childhood: John Penn (1699/1700-1746), Thomas Penn (1701/2-1775), Margaret Penn (1704-1750/51), Richard Penn (1705/6-1771) and Dennis Penn (1706/7-1722/23).

Though contested in court by William Penn, Jr. and his descendants, it was William Penn's four younger sons, with Hannah Callowhill, John, Thomas, Richard and Dennis, who inherited Pennsylvania in 1718. The four brothers shared the proprietorship of Pennsylvania until their own deaths. Thomas Penn and John Penn, who was actually born in Philadelphia in 1699/1700, traveled to Pennsylvania in 1732 and 1734, respectively. John stayed only briefly, returning to England in 1735 to deal with the ongoing legal dispute over the Pennsylvania/Maryland border. Thomas remained in America for roughly nine years, and became the principal proprietor of the province in 1746, when his brother John died. The youngest surviving brother, Richard Penn never visited Pennsylvania; however, his sons, John (1729-1795) and Richard (1736-1811) traveled to and lived in Pennsylvania, and both served, at different times, as lieutenant governor of the colony. Together with their cousin John (1760-1834), Thomas' sons, John and Richard helped protect the family's interests in the colony during and after the American Revolution.

In 1778, though John Penn (1729-1795) swore allegiance to the American cause, the Penn family was stripped of all but its privately held lands in Pennsylvania. He and his brother Richard and cousin John secured £130,000 from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania "in remembrance of the enterprising spirit of the founder, and of the expectations and dependence of his descendants" (Shepherd, 92). Later, after the American Revolution, the English government granted the Penn family an additional £4,000 per year in recognition of its lost sources of revenue.

Even after they were stripped of their proprietorship, members of the Penn family retained several thousand acres of privately held lands in Pennsylvania, which were passed down to the next generation. Peter Gaskell (1764-1831), William Penn, Jr.'s grandson, and William Stuart (1798-1874), Thomas Penn's grandson, eventually inherited or made claim to the remaining privately held Penn family lands in America.

Bibliography:

"Biographical Sketch [of William Penn]." Unattributed article, see collection file.

"The Family of William Penn, A Collated Record." The Pennsylvania Genealogical Magazine. 25, no. 2, 1967.

Shepherd, William Robert. History of Proprietary Government in Pennsylvania. New York: Columbia University Press, 1896.

Wainwright, Nicholas B. "The Penn Collection." The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography. 87, no. 4 (October 1963): 393-419.

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Scope and Contents note

The Penn family papers house the personal and governmental records of William Penn, the proprietor of Pennsylvania, and his family. This collection, which dates from 1592 to 1960 (bulk of materials 1629 to 1834), consists primarily of correspondence, legal records, governmental records, surveys, deeds, grants, receipts, and account books; there are also 19th and 20th century auction catalogs and secondary materials. The collection documents the creation of the Pennsylvania colony through records created by William Penn, as well as the continued development of the colony through records produced by Penn's associates and descendants. These records also provide valuable insights into Penn's relations with American Indians, the Pennsylvania/Maryland border dispute, government framework, as well private correspondence between family members and close associates.

The Penn family papers at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania comprise the most extensive and comprehensive collection of materials related to the Penn family and the creation of the Pennsylvania colony. It is an invaluable resource for studying the founding and development of the Pennsylvania colony, early American colonial history and the Penn family. The Penn family papers have a tumultuous history, and were donated or purchased in small accessions over a long period of time (for more information, see Nicholas B. Wainwright, "The Penn Collection," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 87, no. 4 (October, 1963): 393-419). In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, documents were bound together in large volumes based on the source of materials (i.e. donor) and the genre (e.g. "Correspondence"). The series and the titles in this finding aid reflect as closely as possible these groupings.

This collection is arranged into ten series: "I. Correspondence, 1667-1855," "II. William Penn, 1667-1944," "III. Penn family members, 1654-1866," "IV. Government records, 1687-1790," "V. Land grants, surveys and deeds, 1639-1896," "VI. Penn-Physick manuscripts, 1676-1811," "VII. Penn v. Baltimore, 1606-1834," "VIII. Other legal cases, 1672-1869," "IX. Penn manuscripts, 1592-1910," and "X. Auction catalogs and secondary materials, 1812-1960."

The first series, "I. Correspondence, 1667-1855" includes official and private correspondence associated with William Penn, his family members or associates. The second series, "II. William Penn, 1667-1944" includes Penn's financial records, diaries, correspondence, last will and testament, marriage certificate from his second marriage to Hannah Callowhill, and secondary materials such as memorials. The third series, "III. Penn family members, 1654-1866" includes correspondence and financial records associated with specific family members, aside from William Penn (1644-1718). The most represented family members include Sir Admiral William Penn (1621-1671), John Penn (1699/1700-1746), and Thomas Penn (1701/2-1775).

The fourth series, "IV. Government records, 1687-1790" includes materials related to the creation and governance of the Pennsylvania colony. This includes treaties and conferences with American Indians (see also series "IX. Penn manuscripts"), Acts of Assembly and financial records. There are a number of "Pennsylvania journals," 1701-1779, which are accounts of lands and quitrents. The fifth series, "V. Land grants, surveys and deeds, 1639-1896" includes records related to the lands owned or administered by the Penn family. The sixth series, "VI. Penn-Physick manuscripts, 1676-1811" includes the collection of manuscripts previously held by Edmund Physick, "Keeper of the Great Seal" for the Penn family. Physick managed the Penn properties and interests in the colonies for half a century. These records include correspondence, financial records, lecture notes, and legal records.

The seventh series, "VII. Penn v. Baltimore, 1606-1834" includes the extensive records produced over the border dispute between William Penn and Lord Baltimore (Cecilius "Cecil" Calvert). These records include court documents and correspondence. The eighth series, "VIII. Other legal cases, 1672-1869" includes court documents, the bulk of which refer to the Penn v. Ford case. A dispute arose between William Penn and the family of Philip Ford, to whom Penn had temporarily signed over the deed to Pennsylvania while fighting charges of treason. During this time the treason charges were dropped and Ford passed away, leaving in his will the interests of Pennsylvania to his family, unless Penn paid the exorbitant sum of £11,000. This case was eventually resolved with Penn paying £7,600 to the Ford family. This series also includes a letter-book of attorney John F. Mifflin, as well as records related to various other cases.

The ninth series, "IX. Penn manuscripts, 1592-1910" includes miscellaneous items and collections from various sources. The Penn-Forbes papers, collected by Stewart Forbes, were purchased by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania in 1882, and contain an extraordinary group of letters from Admiral Penn and the Founder, as well as copies of items from within this collection and related materials at other repositories. The Penn-Justice papers, collected by George M. Justice, relate to land warrants, surveys, financial accounts with the Penns, and political and domestic affairs, 1769-1804. The Tempsford Hall papers are 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 Historical Society of Pennsylvania's Gratz Fund.

The final series, "X. Auction catalogs and secondary materials, 1812-1960" includes records related to the sale of Penn materials at auction and Penn family history.

Bibliography:

Wainwright, Nicholas B. "The Penn Collection." The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 87, no. 4 (Oct., 1963): 393-419.

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Arrangement note

Series I. Correspondence Series II. William Penn Series III. Penn family members Series IV. Government records Series V. Land grants, surveys and deeds Series VI. Penn-Physick manuscripts Series VII. Penn v. Baltimore Series VIII. Other legal cases Series IX. Penn manuscripts Series X. Auction catalogs and secondary materials

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 The Historical Society of Pennsylvania May 26, 2011

1300 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19107
215-732-6200

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the Historical Society of Pennsylvania with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The materials in this collection were received at various times through donation and purchase. For more information about the history of the Penn family papers, see Nicholas B. Wainwright, "The Penn Collection," The Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 87, no. 4 (Oct., 1963): pp. 393-419.

Processing Information note

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources' "Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives" Project.

This collection was minimally processed in 2009-2011, as part of an experimental project conducted under the auspices of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries to help eliminate processing backlog in Philadelphia repositories. A minimally processed collection is one processed at a less intensive rate than traditionally thought necessary to make a collection ready for use by researchers. When citing sources from this collection, researchers are advised to defer to folder titles provided in the finding aid rather than those provided on the physical folder.

Employing processing strategies outlined in Mark Greene's and Dennis Meissner's 2005 article, More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Processing Approaches to Deal With Late 20th-Century Collections, the project team tested the limits of minimal processing on collections of all types and ages, in 23 Philadelphia area repositories. A primary goal of the project, the team processed at an average rate of 2-3 hours per linear foot of records, a fraction of the time ordinarily reserved for the arrangement and description of collections. Among other time saving strategies, the project team did not extensively review the content of the collections, replace acidic folders or complete any preservation work.

Existence and Location of Copies note

There are portions of this collection on microfilm: XR168-171; XR464; UDE KFD 516 .S97 A7 1677; UDE KFD 516 .S97 A7 1678; UDE KFD 516 .S97 A7 1679.

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Controlled Access Headings

Family Name(s)

  • Penn family.

Genre(s)

  • Account books.
  • Commonplace books
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds.
  • Financial records.
  • Legal records.
  • Maps.
  • Wills.

Geographic Name(s)

  • Philadelphia (Pa.).

Personal Name(s)

  • Hamilton, Andrew, ca. 1676-1741.
  • Logan, James, 1674-1751.
  • Penn, Hannah Callowhill, 1671-1726.
  • Penn, John, 1700-1746
  • Penn, Richard, 1706-1771
  • Penn, Thomas, 1702-1775.
  • Penn, William, 1644-1718.
  • Penn, William, Sir, 1621-1670

Subject(s)

  • Boundary disputes.
  • Indians--First contact with Europeans
  • Legal issues.
  • Mason-Dixon Line
  • Native Americans.
  • Pennsylvania--Boundaries
  • Pennsylvania--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.

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Other Finding Aids note

**Internal only** There is a published finding aid available for the microfilmed portion of the collection, covering collection numbers 485A/B/C (and a few other collections containing Penn materials). While useful for background information and scope of the collection, it provides no inventory for the boxes or volumes.

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Note on dating

Before 1752, England, Ireland, Wales and the British colonies used the Julian calendar, in which the new year started on March 25 (for example, 24 March 1750 was followed the next day by 25 March 1751). Additionally, because Quakers objected to using names of months derived from pagan gods, they substituted numbers for month names (March was First month, April was Second month, etcetera). In 1752, the Gregorian calendar was adopted. Quakers continued to use numbers for month names, although the numbering changed (March was now Third month, April was fourth month, etcetera).

Dates prior to 1752 may be transcribed directly as "Old Style" dates in the Julian calendar, or converted to "New Style" dates according to the Gregorian calendar. Generally, dates in this finding aid have been updated to "New Style" dates.

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Collection Inventory

 Series I Correspondence 1667-1855 

Volume

Private correspondence I 1654-1735 

NV-019

Private correspondence II 1736-1739 

NV-020

Private correspondence III 1740-1751 

NV-021

Private correspondence IV 1752-1759 

NV-022

Private correspondence V 1760-1855 

NV-023

Official correspondence I 1683-1727 

NV-024

Official correspondence II 1728-1735 

NV-025

Official correspondence III 1736-1743 

NV-026

Official correspondence IV 1744-1749 

NV-027

Official correspondence V 1750-1752 

NV-028

Official correspondence VI 1753-1754 

NV-029

Official correspondence VII 1755 

NV-030

Official correspondence VIII 1756-1757 

NV-031

Official correspondence IX 1758-1764 

NV-032

Official correspondence X 1765-1771 

NV-033

Official correspondence XI 1772-1775 

NV-034

Official correspondence XII 1776-1817 

NV-035
Volume Reel

Penn correspondence I 1729-1742 

NV-211 XR168-171; XR464
Reel Volume

Penn correspondence II 1742-1750 

XR168-171; XR464 NV-212

Penn correspondence III 1750-1754 

XR168-171; XR464 NV-213

Penn correspondence IV 1754-1756 

XR168-171; XR464 NV-214
Volume Reel

Penn correspondence VI 1758-1761 

NV-216 XR168-171; XR464

Penn correspondence V 1756-1758 

NV-215 XR168-171; XR464

Penn correspondence VII 1761-1763 

NV-217 XR168-171; XR464

Penn correspondence VIII 1763-1766 

NV-218 XR168-171; XR464
Reel Volume

Penn correspondence IX 1766-1769 

XR168-171; XR464 NV-219

Penn correspondence X 1769-1775 

XR168-171; XR464 NV-220

Penn correspondence XI 1757-1775 

XR168-171; XR464 NV-221
Volume Reel

Penn correspondence XII 1804-1832 

NV-222 XR168-171; XR464
Box

Penn family to James Logan, volumes I and II circa 1700-1715 

NB-006

Penn-Bailey section (old box XI) 1683-1802 

NB-024

Penn-Bailey section, correspondence exclusive of Penn family (old box XII) 1667-1799 

Separated Materials note

The following maps from Folder 54 have been conserved and transferred to a flat file folder:

"Ohio"

"Pennsylvania west of the Susquehanna"

"Manor of Gilberts, 1733"

"Proprietary tracts in Bucks County, 1700"

"William Penn's Manor near Nottingham in Chester County"

"Resurvey of Frankfort County lands, etc."

NB-025

Instructions to Governors (old box XIII) 1746-1775 

NB-026
Volume

Penn-Hamilton 1748-1770 

NV-082
Box

Penn-Logan correspondence. Transcripts (old box XXI) 1711-1720 

NB-036

Penn-Logan correspondence. Transcripts (old box XXII) 1720-1726 

NB-037

Penn-Logan correspondence. Transcripts and copies of William Penn letter-book (old box XXIII) 1699-1738 

NB-038

Penn-Logan correspondence. Transcripts (old box XXIV) 1713-1731 

NB-039

Penn-Logan correspondence. Transcripts (old box XXV) undated 

NB-040

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 Series II William Penn 1667-1944 

Volume

Account book of interest on loans 1710-1728 

NV-130

Cash book or ["mottled blank book no. 7"] 1710-1718 

NV-139

"Charter and Acts of the Province of Pennsylvania, 1682-1701" [printed 1740]; Minutes of the assembly of Pennsylvania at Chester, Philadelphia, New Castle (1682-1701) [manuscript] 1682-1701 

NV-152
Item

Hannah and William Penn's marriage certificate, from Tempsford Hall section 

2
Volume

Irish journal 1669 

NV-153

Journey into Holland and Germany 1677 

NV-135

Laws of Pennsylvania 1682-1688 

NV-147

Laws of Pennsylvania (photocopy) 1682 December 16 

NV-124

Letter to Sir Henry Chitchley 1683 February 15 

NV-142

Letter to the Free Society of Trades undated 

NV-136

Letter to Thomas Lloyd 1685 March 19 

NV-120

Letter to Thomas Lloyd 1686 July 21 

NV-122

Letter-book 1667-1675 

NV-148

Letter-book 1699-1703 

NV-149

Letters of William Penn (1681-1692) copied by J. Francis Fisher [1822] 

NV-144

Penn's works volume I 1726 

NV-173

Penn's works volume II 1726 

NV-174

Power of Attorney from William Penn to Edward Shippen and others 1711 

NV-121

The Planter's Speech to His Neighbors & Country-men of Pennsylvania, East & West Jersey 1684 

NV-131

Volume IV: Bristol merchant's account book 1717 

NV-132

Volume V: An inventory of my estate [merchant account book] 1717 

NV-137

Volume VI: Bristol merchant's account book 1717 

NV-138

William Penn's prayer for Philadelphia 1684 August 12 

NV-123
Item

Will of William Penn 1699/1700 January 20 

1
Box

Miscellaneous items related to William Penn, many formerly in the Society Miscellaneous Collection (old box XXVI) circa 1800-1944 

NB-041

Miscellaneous documents and correspondence (old box III) 1671-1699 

NB-012

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 Series III Penn family members 1644-1866 

Volume

William Baker. Letter-book 1769-1789 

NV-150

Granville Penn. Book 1670-1779 

NV-128

Hannah Penn. Cash book 1712-1720 

NV-050

John Penn. Boundary of Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland [printed court records], with additional items tipped in 1743 

NV-066

John Penn. Commonplace book 1681-1786 

NV-129

Sir William Penn. "The Office of the Admiral[sy]" undated 

NV-133

Sir William Penn. Algernon Earle of Northumberland 1646 

NV-134
Box

Sir William Penn. Correspondence 1650-1667 

NB-013
Volume

Sir William Penn. Journals of Sir William Penn 1644-1647 

NV-083
Box

Thomas Penn (1701/2-1775), (old box II) 1730-1767 

NB-011
Volume

Thomas Penn. "Account of money due to me" 1769 

NV-140

Thomas Penn. Account book 1719-1720 

NV-054

Thomas Penn. Letter-book 1738-1741 

NV-151

Thomas Penn. Marriage settlement 1751 

NV-061

Thomas, John and Richard Penn. Thomas and Richard Penn, Instructions to James Hamilton (1753-1759); Thomas and John Penn, Instructions to James Hamilton for Government of Province of Pennsylvania (1771) 1753-1759, 1771 

NV-163

Will of Harbert Springett (1718); Will of Anthony Springett (1682) 1718, 1682 

NV-127
Box

Various Penn family members (old box I) circa 1674-1866 

Scope and Contents note

This box contains correspondence and papers from the following individuals: Anne Allen Penn (d. 1830); Granville Penn (1802-1867); Hannah Penn (1731-1791); John Penn (1699/1700-1746); John Penn (1729-1795); John Penn (1760-1834); Juliana Fermor Penn (1790-1801); Letitia Penn (1678/9-1746); Margaret Penn (1704-1750/1); Richard Penn (son of Thomas of Marston); Richard Penn (1705/6-1771); Richard Penn (1784-1863); Springett Penn (1738/9-1766).

NB-010

Various Penn family members (old box IV) 1700-1740 

Scope and Contents note

This box contains correspondence and papers from the following individuals: William Penn (the founder, 1644-1718); William Penn Jr. (1680/1-1720); William Penn III (1702/3-1746/7); William Penn IV (1776-1845); Third person correspondence and papers: James Calder, Thomas Cuppage, James Logan, Richard Peters, James Steel

NB-014

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 Series IV Government records 1687-1790 

Volume

Accounts 1759-1762, 1765-1766 

NV-051

Accounts 1763-1764, 1767-1768 

NV-053

Act of Parliament (printed) 1697 

NV-125

Acts of Assembly 1710-1759 

NV-178

Acts of Assembly of Pennsylvania 1700-1763 

NV-199

Acts of Parliament, Orders in Council &c. 1637-1790 

NV-177

Address to the King from Pennsylvania undated 

NV-200

Assembly and Provincial Council of Pennsylvania circa 1681-1765 

NV-176

Connecticut Claims 1684-1775 

NV-184

Deale/Sussex County court records 1681-1683 

Existence and Location of Copies note

Use instead UDE KFD 516 .S97 A7 1677.

NV-056

Deale/Sussex County court records 1683-1688 

Existence and Location of Copies note

Use instead UDE KFD 516 .S97 A7 1678.

NV-057

Deale/Sussex County court records 1693-1710 

Existence and Location of Copies note

Use instead UDE KFD 516 .S97 A7 1679.

NV-058

Governor Blackwell's manuscripts 1688-1690 

NV-146

Indian receipt for $10,000 for money paid by Thomas and Richard for the lands ceded by the Treaty of Fort Stanwix 1769 July 28 

Existence and Location of Copies note

See Etting MSS miscellaneous oversize, p. 49 for facsimile.

NV-126
Box

Indian treaties and conferences (old box V) 1744-1764 

NB-015

Indian treaties and conferences (old box XVI) 1682-1794 

NB-033
Volume

Pennsylvania Assembly messages 1727-1771 

NV-080

Pennsylvania journals volume I 1701-1710 

NV-036

Pennsylvania journals volume II 1712-1732 

NV-037

Pennsylvania journals volume III 1743-1757 

NV-038

Pennsylvania journals volume IV 1757-1776 

NV-039

Pennsylvania journals volume I 1720-1736 

NV-040

Pennsylvania journals volume II 1733-1741 

NV-041

Pennsylvania journals volume III 1741-1742 

NV-042

Pennsylvania journals volume IV 1749-1751 

NV-043

Pennsylvania journals volume V 1765-1769 

NV-044

Pennsylvania journals volume VI 1773 

NV-045

Pennsylvania journals volume VII 1774 

NV-046

Pennsylvania journals volume VIII 1775-1779 

NV-047

Receipt book 1759-1770 

NV-052

Unfinished copy of ancient records of Deale/Sussex County (1681-1682) circa 1870? 

NV-055
Box

Warrants to Affix; the Great Seal 1748-1775 

NB-005

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 Series V Land grants, surveys and deeds 1639-1896 

Volume

Abstract of the General Title to the Penn Proprietary Estate circa 1829 

NV-081
Box

Deeds and loose seal (old box XIVa) 1639-1694 

NB-027

Deeds (old box XIVb) 1701-1739 

NB-028

Deeds (old box XIVc) 1741-1753 

NB-029

Deeds (old box XVa) 1762-1776 

NB-030

Deeds (old box XVb) 1781-1788 

NB-031

Deeds (old box XVc) 1792-1801 

NB-032
Volume

Family deeds circa 1716-1788 

NV-175
Box

John Penn Jr. and John Penn. Proprietary manors and lands in Pennsylvania circa 1760-1875 

NB-001
Volume

Leases, Mortgages 1740-1771 

NV-185

Ledger for Account of Land called William Penn's Manor 1747-1753, 1782-1787 

NV-048

Penn lands, manors, etc. Compilation from Surveyor Generals' Office: warrants, draughts, returns 1683-1746 

NV-049

Pennsbury account book, quitrents 1742 

NV-141
Box

Pennsbury manuscripts (old box XXXVII) 1759-1804 

Scope and Contents note

The materials in this box were purchased by the Dreer fund.

NB-022
Volume

Warrants and surveys 1684-1776 

NV-183

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 Series VI Penn-Physick manuscripts 1676-1811 

Volume

Volume I: Correspondence 1682-1788 

NV-084

Volume II: Correspondence 1789-1803 

NV-085

Volume III: Letter-book 1769-1804 

NV-086

Volume IV: Land grants and surveys (1676-1801); miscellaneous 1676-1801 

NV-087

Volume V: Additional letters; returns of warrants and surveys 1732-1804 

NV-088

Volume VI: Bonds, surveys, powers of attorney, etc. 1681-1769 

NV-089

Volume VII: Bonds, surveys, powers of attorney, etc. 1770-1796 

NV-090

Volume VIII: Bonds, surveys, powers of attorney, etc. 1797-1806 

NV-091
Box

Volume IX: Accounts 1703-1741 

NB-009
Volume

Volume X: Accounts 1742-1749 

NV-092

Volume XI: Accounts 1750-1760 

NV-093

Volume XII: Accounts 1761-1774 

NV-094

Volume XIII: Accounts 1775-1801 

NV-095

Volume XIV: Accounts; miscellaneous 1802-1804 

NV-096

Volume XV: Warrants to affix; The Great Seal 1769-1776 

NV-097

Accounts of quitrents 1701 

NV-099

Accounts; manuscripts 1796-1811 

NV-105

Daybook 1751-1754 

NV-102

Daybook 1779-1804 

NV-103

Daybook 1776-1779 

NV-104

Daybook 1796-1801 

NV-106

Extracts from ledgers and journals circa 1765-1775 

NV-100

Extracts from patent books; and Book of Old Rights; Lists of land warrants circa 1700-1792 

NV-098

General cash accounts for William Penn from ledgers A to H 1701-1778 

NV-109

Journal 1784-1799 

NV-111

Journals 1742-1772 

NV-101

Ledger 1784-1810 

NV-110

Ledger 1788-1804 

NV-107

Ledger 1796-1800 

NV-108

Notes from Dr. Physick's lectures 1803-1804 

NV-112

Pennsylvania cash accounts 1701-1778 

NV-119

Receipts 1785 January-July 

NV-113

Receipts 1785 July-December 

NV-115

Receipts 1769-1773 

NV-114

Receipts 1774-1787 

NV-116

Receipts 1787-1788 

NV-117

Receipts 1795-1800 

NV-118

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 Series VII Penn v. Baltimore 1606-1834 

Volume

Volume I 1606-1732 

NV-189

Volume II 1733-1735 

NV-190

Volume III 1736-1739 

NV-191

Volume IV 1740-1742 

NV-192

Volume V 1743-1747 

NV-193

Volume VI 1747-1752 

NV-194

Volume VII 1753-1755 

NV-195

Volume VIII 1756-1774 

NV-196
Box

Old box I 1653-1724 

NB-002

Old box II 1725-1739 

NB-003
Volume

Bill of revivor and supplemental bill 1754 

NV-207

Bill of revivor and supplemental bill 1754 

NV-208

Bill of revivor brief for the plaintiffs 1754 

NV-209

Boundary of Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland [printed court records] 1742 

NV-064

Boundary of Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland [printed court records] 1743 

NV-065

Brief for the plaintiffs 1747 

NV-205

Brief of the original bill against Frederick, Lord Baltimore 1754 

NV-072

Briefs of the amended bills etc. with some depositions 1749 

NV-206

Copies of papers in the Plantations Office, London, which concern the controversy between the proprietaries of Pennsylvania and Maryland... 16[33]-1734 

NV-143

Decree 1735 

NV-165

Decree 1750 October 27 

NV-073

Depositions undated 

NV-166

Depositions, Annapolis 1740 

NV-171

Depositions, London 1740 

NV-168

Depositions, London 1743 

NV-172

Depositions, Philadelphia I 1740 

NV-169

Depositions, Philadelphia II 1740 

NV-170

Draft of bill of revivor - imperfect 1754 

NV-070

Drafts of Interrogatories circa 1739 

NV-063

Drafts of the agreements with Frederick Lord Baltimore 1757-1760 

NV-210

Drafts of the bill of June 21, 1735 

NV-202

In Chancery briefs 1742 

NV-201

Kent County records circa 1740 

NV-062

Lands on Delaware Bay 1683 

NV-145

Lord Baltimore's Answer 1737 

NV-071

Lord Baltimore's Answer 1740 

NV-167

Penn and Baltimore, Penn family 1740-1756 

NV-067

Penn and Baltimore, Penn family 1756-1768 

NV-068

Penn and Baltimore, Penn family 1768-1834 

NV-069

Penn v. Baltimore, New York records I 1740 

NV-197

Penn v. Baltimore, New York records III 1740 

NV-198

Penn v. Baltimore; accounts; miscellaneous circa 1700-1750 

NV-074

Petition 1735 

NV-164

Relating to particular points in the case 1743 

NV-203

Relating to particular points in the case 1743 

NV-204

Report of the Commissioners 1733-1734 

NV-060

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 Series VIII Other legal cases 1672-1869 

Volume

Ford v. Penn circa 1697-1707 

NV-075

Ford v. Penn 1697-1708 

NV-182

Ford v. Penn: Accounts 1672-1694 

NV-076

Ford v. Penn: Plea of the defendants 1706 

NV-077

Ford v. Penn: Plea of the defendants 1707 

NV-078

John F. Mifflin letter book 1788-1802 

NV-059

Law suits I 1713-1730 

NV-187

Law suits II and Penn-Engart-Lewis papers 1730-1869 

NV-188

Penn v. Penn 1722-1727 

NV-079

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 Series X Auction catalogs and secondary materials 1812-1960 

Volume

Catalogue and Letters I 1870-1872 

NV-155

Coleman Catalogue, Allen Catalogue, Coleman Supplement II 1870 

NV-156

Chronological listing of printed papers and books in Edward G. Allen's catalog III 1877 

NV-157

Chronological listing of printed works in Puttick and Simpson catalog IV 1874 

NV-158

Chronological listing of manuscripts in Puttick and Simpson catalog V 1874 

NV-159

Subscribers for obtaining foreign state papers and historical documents relative to the early history of Pennsylvania VI 1846, 1870-1871 

NV-160

Extracts from Puttick and Simpson catalog, books inscribed "William Penn Esq., Proprietor of Pennsylvania, 1703" VII 1872 

NV-161

Puttick and Simpson catalog (photocopy) VIII 1872 

NV-162

Annotated auction catalogs 1870 

NV-154
Box

Catalogues, William Penn memorials, Penn family history, and John Penn documents 1812-1960 

NB-023

Catalogues; family notes, genealogy; misc and ephemera; correspondence regarding 1901 purchase of Penn papers; old box VIII 1870-1901 

NB-018

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 Series IX Penn manuscripts 1592-1910 

Volume

Volume I: Indian affairs I 1687-1753 

NV-001
Volume Item

Indian affairs, Volume I, page 34 

NV-001 3
Volume

Volume II: Indian affairs II 1754-1756 

NV-002

Volume III: Indian affairs III 1757-1772 

NV-003

Volume IV: Indian affairs IV (1733-1801); Indian walk (circa 1737) 1733-1801 

NV-004

Volume V: Wyoming Controversy (1731-1775); Smith & Moore v. the Assembly (1758-1759) 1731-1775 

NV-005

Volume VI: Miscellaneous manuscripts of William Penn (circa 1675-1700); Ford v. Penn, Beranger v. Penn (1674-1716) 1674-1716 

NV-006

Volume VII: Philadelphia land grants, Episcopal Church, Society of Friends, University, Lands in the Delaware 1684-1772 

NV-007

Volume VIII: Charters and frame of government (1683-1696); Marriage settlement and will of Thomas Penn (1751-1772) 1683-1772 

NV-008

Volume IX: Pennsylvania land grants 1681-1806 

NV-009

Volume X: Domestic and miscellaneous letters 1682-1794 

NV-010

Volume XI: Boundaries, Pennsylvania and Maryland (1680-1768); Pennsylvania and Virginia (1773-1775) 1680-1775 

NV-011

Volume XII: Autograph petitions (1681-1764); Receipts for beaver skins, for tenure, etc. (1752-1780) 1681-1780 

NV-012

Volume XIII: Papers relating to iron (circa 1735-1750); Peltries, trade, etc. (1712-1817) 1712-1817 

NV-013

Volume XIV: Impressions of seals circa 1685-1855 

NV-014

Volume XV: Papers relating to the three lower counties 1629-1774 

NV-015

Volume XVI: Governor's proclamations 1670-1775 

NV-016

Volume XVII: Supplementary; Saunders Coates 1720-1766 

NV-017

Volume XVIII: Correspondence of the Penn Family 1732-1767 

NV-018

Accounts I 1682-1751 

NV-179

Accounts II 1751-1798 

NV-180

Accounts III 1799-1802 

NV-181

Bonds and Powers of Attorney 1714-1828 

NV-186
Box

Forbes Collection volume I circa 1666-1772 

NB-007

Forbes Collection volume II circa 1695 

NB-008

Large miscellaneous volume pages 1-61 1674-1764 

NB-050

Large miscellaneous volume pages 65-133 and Penn v. Ford photostats 1690-1782 

NB-051

Penn-Justice section (old box VI) 1663-1756 

NB-016

Penn-Justice section (old box VII) 1757-1809 

NB-017

Rawle-Cadwalader title box ("Large wooden box") #1, (old box XXXIV) 1684-1896 

Scope and Contents note

**Internal only** The old box label contained the following inventory, which seems to no longer be accurate: Hannah Penn, 1725; Articles of agreement, 1750; State roof house deed, 1713; John Key deed, 1713; Silas Crispin deed, 1688; Rawle list of titles, 1877-1896; Letters of administration; Southeby's sale correspondence.

NB-019

Rawle-Cadwalader title box ("Large wooden box") #2, (old box XXXV) 1751-1771 

Scope and Contents note

The items in this box include the Thomas Penn marriage settlement and wills.

NB-020

Rawle-Cadwalader title box ("Large wooden box") #3, (old box XXXVI) 1712-1867 

Scope and Contents note

This box includes probates of wills and letters of administration for the following people: William Penn, 1712; John Penn, 1746; Richard Penn, 1747 & 1750; John Penn, 1795; William Penn, 1812; Granville J. Penn, 1867.

NB-021

Tempsford Hall section (old box XIX) 1592-1749 

NB-034

Tempsford Hall section (old box XX) 1805-1910 

NB-035

Additional miscellaneous volumes I and II 1683-1854 

NB-004

Penn-Forbes section copies (old box XVII) 1653-1706 

NB-048

Photostats, charter (old box XXIX) 1681 

NB-044

Photostats, charter (old box XXVIII) 1681 

NB-043

Photostats (old box XXVII) 1654-1683 

NB-042

Photostats (old box XXX) 1683-1705 

NB-045

Photostats (old box XXXI) 1706-1720 

NB-046

Photostats (old box XXXII) 1721-1789 

NB-047

Index (old box XXXIII) 

NB-049

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