Letters/Correspondence

    Entries drawn from collection & document descriptions

Letter from Joseph Priestley Jr. to John Smith
August 29, 1803

Joseph Priestley Jr. writes to John Smith of Philadelphia (102 S. 18th St.) after receiving reports that Mr. Dean's tract of land is on a mountain top and not worth surveying.

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F12

Subject: Land and Real Estate

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from William Irvine to Henry Dearborn
October 10, 1803

William Irvine, who writes from Philadelphia, explains to Secretary of War Henry Dearborn that his salary as Superintendent of Military Stores is "too small for the support of my family."

Letter from William Irvine to Henry Dearborn
October 15, 1803

William Irvine writes Secretary of War Henry Dearborn and explains why his son resigned from the Indian Agency. Pennsylvania Governor Thomas McKean appointed Irvine’s son "to several of the most important offices" in a new county and "at the same...

Location: I-Friends-1975-25

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Native Americans, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Joseph Priestley to John Vaughan
December 26, 1803

Joseph Priestley sends instructions for printing his manuscript (Index to the Bible) and orders several copies of his Church History and Lectures. Priestley also tells John Vaughan that he is out of oysters. While "the...

Location: I-NeffG-1956-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Joseph Berrington
1804

Joseph Priestley writes to Joseph Barrington a few days before his death on February 6, 1804 about his views on Christianity. Almost thirty years later, the National Gazette and Literary Register prints Priestley's letter on November 13...

Location: OC 1998.1, F1

Subject: Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence, Newspapers and Magazines

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Ralph Bowie to John Montgomery
January 17, 1804

Ralph Bowie writes to John Montgomery, the President of the Board of Trustees of Dickinson College, in an attempt to settle Dr. Charles Nisbet's claims against the College. Transcript included.

Letter from William Rawle to Isaac Wharton
November 14, 1804

Attorney William Rawle writes to Isaac Wharton and discusses a legal case. "His claim can be decided either way on the present exhibits," as Rawle explains.

Location: I-Friends-1973-7

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Isaac Wharton to Robert Waln
November 24, 1804

Isaac Wharton writes to Robert Waln and discusses attorney William Rawle's decision to note take sides in the prosecution of the Holland Company. The reverse side of the document includes a separate letter from William Rawle to Isaac Wharton, in...

Location: I-Friends-1973-7

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from William Rawle to Isaac Wharton
November 24, 1804

Attorney William Rawle writes to Isaac Wharton and explains his decision to not take sides in the prosecution of the Holland Company. The reverse side of the document includes a separate letter from Isaac Wharton to Robert Waln, in which Wharton...

Location: I-Friends-1973-7

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Benjamin Rush to John Rush
May 4, 1805

Benjamin Rush responds to his son, Dr. John Rush's request for money to help him settle in Charleston, South Carolina. Benjamin responds that he is unable to furnish his son due to economic difficulties, including the upkeep for his other sons:...

Location: I-Friends-undated-4

Subject: Business and Industry, Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Charles Keith to Anne Nisbet
July 11, 1805

Charles Keith writes to Anne Nisbet regarding the death of her husband. "One of the best of Men is forever lost to his Friends and Mankind," as Keith observes. Keith also explains his decision to write Monody to the Memory of the Rev. Dr...

Location: I-TurnbullM-undated-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Joseph St. Leger d'Happart to James Hamilton
September 24, 1806

Joseph St. Leger d'Happart writes to James Hamilton about travelling from Carlisle to Pittsburgh as well as business during the trip.

Location: I-ValeM-1948-1

Subject: Business and Industry, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Joseph St. Leger d'Happart to James Hamilton
November 27, 1806

Joseph St. Leger d'Happart writes to James Hamilton, , a lawyer and member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees, about various business affairs.

Location: I-ValeM-1948-1

Subject: Business and Industry

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Legal Document, Philip Six v. Frederick Forney
February 16, 1807

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes this note to an unspecified Mr. Ritchie on the case Philip Six v. Frederick Forney.

Location: I-KeatleyG-1971-1

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Joseph Priestley Jr. to Nicholas LeFevre
August 31, 1807

Joseph Priestley Jr. writes to Nicholas LeFevre about a proposed exchange of "my brick house in Northd." for lands in Catawissa.

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F12

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from John Dickinson to Caesar Augustus Rodney
November 16, 1807

John Dickinson writes to Attorney General Caesar Rodney discussing the implications of the United Kingdom's policies towards other countries. "The infatuated Policy of Britain has placed her in such a position, that she seems to think her safety...

Letter from J. M. Thompson to James Hamilton
April 6, 1808

J. M. Thompson writes to James Hamilton, a lawyer and member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees, about the failure of the governor to commission Mr. Steel as a coroner.

Location: I-ValeM-1947-65

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Benjamin Rush to James Orbison
April 29, 1808

Dr. Benjamin Rush writes to James Orbison, the executor for the estate of William Thompson, and asks that Orbison pay an outstanding bill for medical expenses. "I have taken the liberty of" requesting payment "for medial attendance upon [...

Location: I-SpahrB-1950-11

Subject: Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Note from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
September 3, 1808

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to an unspecified Mr. Ritchie about a legal case, John Kephart vs. Lawson Luckett.

Location: I-BeachW-1986-5

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from John Mason to the Associate Reformed Presbytery of New York
May 8, 1810

John Mitchell Mason writes to the Associate Reformed Presbytery of New York wishing to resign from his position as a minister. Mason does not want "to retain a station of which I cannot fulfill the duties" and he does not believe continuing this...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-27

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Richard Rush to E. Sergeant
April 5, 1811

Attorney Richard Rush writes E. S. Sergeant and discusses forwarding "the enclosed papers" that had been originally sent by a Mr. Brown. "Here is a little piece of business which it seems I am to trouble you with," as Rush explains.

Location: I-Purchase-1965-11

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Joshua Gist
April 27, 1811

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to Col. Joshua Gist with advice on a legal matter. After researching the issue, Taney concludes that Gist is "entitled to the rents." As soon as Gist sends "a copy of the Lease," Taney explains how he "will take...

Location: I-SpahrB-1969-6

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Richard Rush to William Jenkins
May 11, 1811

Pennsylvania Attorney General Richard Rush writes to William Jenkins about the case of Spangler v. the Commonwealth. As Rush could not attend, he asks Jenkins to "conduct the argument upon the part of the commonwealth" on his behalf.

Location: I-Friends-1976-4

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from W. P. Maclay to Isabella Bell
September 13, 1811

W. P. Maclay writes to his aunt, Isabella Bell, regarding the recent death of his father. 

Location: I-Friends-1973-2

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Biographical Manuscript of Thomas Cooper
September 21, 1811

A biographical manuscript of Judge Thomas Cooper, a lecturer at Dickinson College, entitled "Extract of a letter from a gentleman in Carlisle." Composed for the Baltimore Federal Gazette, this manuscript details the judge's pious...

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