Letters/Correspondence

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Map, undated (Box 1, folder 7)
1797-1841

This collection is comprised of letters written to Isaac Wayne, Dickinson College Class of 1792 and Pennsylvania statesman, on various subjects ranging from biographical information on his father (General Anthony Wayne) to Wayne's service in...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.11.pdf

Letters, 1928-1929 (Box 1, folder 5)
1924-1934

Emma Catherine Wentzel graduated from Dickinson College in 1934. This collection contains correspondence received during her high school and college years.

Collection Inventory: mc2007.01.pdf

The Uses of Bibliography, Lecture II: “The Bibliographer and the Makers of the Book” (typescript), 1953
1928-1965

The Willoughby collection is divided into three series and housed in four document boxes. It is comprised mostly of drafts of literary works, contained in the Literary Productions series, as well as correspondence, mostly relating to his...

Collection Inventory: mc2011.05.pdf

Ephemera, 1901 (Box 1, folder 71)
1880-c.1950

This collection consists of nine scrapbooks relating to John Perry Wood (1879-1959), Dickinson College class of 1901 and Yale University School of Law class of 1902, and his family. Most of the scrapbooks deal with aspects of family life:...

Collection Inventory: mc2009.03.pdf

Letter, 1791 (Box 1, folder 4)
1786-1801

This collection is mostly comprised of correspondence received by Philadelphia printer William Young from Charles Nisbet, President of Dickinson College. Young was a scotsman who settled in Philadelphia and set up a bookshop, a printing press,...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.05.pdf

1983-2008

These records document the activity and organization of the Zatae Longsdorff's Women's Center, a feminist organization at Dickinson that included student and faculty members. 

Collection Inventory: RG 9/8 - Women's Center records

Speech, 1837 (Box 1, folder 12)
1836-1842

The collection includes correspondence, speeches, essays, notebooks, bills, printed materials, and notes on debates and other such topics as the Light Street Institute and the Washington Temperance Society. The collection spans three main time...

Collection Inventory: mc2000.10.pdf

Letter from John Montgomery to Richard Peters
June 6, 1758

Captain John Montgomery writes Richard Peters to recommend John Hadden for a commission as ensign.  Montgomery explains that his “Company are Desireous that no other person should have the commission but [Hadden].” Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-25

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: Before 1760

Letter from John Montgomery to Thomas Lloyd
June 6, 1758

Captain John Montgomery writes to Major Thomas Lloyd in reply to letter received on June 3rd. "I will not be able to march to Lancaster of Friday next as you have requested as I am still raising men for my company." Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1964-3

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: Before 1760

Letter from Joseph Priestley to John Seddon
April 9, 1762

Joseph Priestley writes to John Seddon regarding Seddon's invitation to Liverpool, recent books, work, and news regarding lectures at the Academy. Transcript included.

Location: I-BeachW-1966-1

Subject: Education, Religion and Spirituality, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from the Pennsylvania Assembly to the Governor
May 25, 1764

Isaac Norris, the Speaker of the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly, writes to Governor John Penn regarding legislation and the taxation of  property. "And as these Objections do not appear to use justly founded," Norris notes that "we have...

Location: I-SpahrB-1963-8

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from Joseph Priestley to John Seddon
circa 1765

Joseph Priestley writes to John Seddon, the secretary and librarian of Warrington Academy, regarding a divinity tutor at Warrington and new students.

Location: I-BeachW-1982-2

Subject: Education, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from Joseph Priestley to the Duke of Northumberland
circa 1767

Joseph Priestley writes to the Duke of Northumberland, Hugh Percy, and asks for the Duke's patronage in order to write a history of experimental philosophy, continuing his previous work. Transcript included.

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F11

Subject: Politics and Government, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from Charles Nisbet to the Minister of Drumelzier
February 24, 1767

Charles Nisbet writes to the Minister of Drumelzier and inquires about various events since his visit three months ago. Nisbet also requests updates on several ministers as well as a few other individuals. "Does [Mr. Plummer] continue his nightly...

Location: I-TurnbullM-undated-4

Subject: Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Anna Aikin
June 13, 1769

Joseph Priestley writes to Anna L. Aikin of Warrington Academy about her poetry on Corsica for James Boswell and Samuel Johnson. Priestley also provides Aikin with an update on his own writing. "My piece on Perspective is nearly ready for the...

Location: I-Friends-2010-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Selina Hastings
July 26, 1771

Charles Nisbet writes to Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon, about Methodist leader John Wesley's success in England and other related religious issues. Wesley "has been but too successful in seducing many of the ignorant and unwary into...

Location: I-TurnbullM-undated-2

Subject: Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from John Armstrong to James Armstrong
April 30, 1772

John Armstrong writes to his son James about his attempt to seek his fortune in the West Indies.  Armstrong also discusses news of General William Irvine, Dr. McCoskry, Dr. Benjamin Rush, and Mr. Waddell. Transcript included.

Letter from James Wilson to Jasper Yeates
March 25, 1774

Attorney James Wilson writes to Jasper Yeates and discusses upcoming cases he will try in Cumberland, York, and Northumberland counties. Wilson also announces the birth of his son.

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-21

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Jeremy Bentham
March 19, 1775

Joseph Priestley writes to Jeremy Bentham, returning a friend's paper and alerting Bentham that he will be in the country for a month. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1964-12

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams (Copy)
July 24, 1775

John Adams, a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, writes to Abigail Adams on the state of creating a new country. "The difficulty and intricacy of it is prodidous," as Adams explains, "when 50 or 60 men have a Constitution to form for a...

Location: I-Purchase-1972-1

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from John Adams to James Warren (Copy)
July 24, 1775

Second Continental Congress Representative John Adams writes to James Warren, a judge in Watertown, Massachusetts, and discusses the arrival of gunpowder, the formation of a continental treasury, and asks if "your new Legislative and Executive...

Letter from Thomas Walker to the Committee of Congress for Indian Affairs
November 9, 1776

Thomas Walker writes the Committee of Congress for Indian Affairs and asks that they pay Joseph Simon and John Campbell for the "sundry merchandize" that they provided "for the use of this Department." John Montgomery, John Harris, and Jasper...

Letter from John Montgomery to Jasper Yeates
April 3, 1777

John Montgomery writes to Captain Jasper Yeates concerning impending Indian War.  As he believes that residents are unprepared and in need of immediate assistance, Montgomery asks Captain Yeates to write a Mr. Wilson for assistance. "I tremble...

Letter from John Dickinson to Benjamin Rush
June 14, 1777

John Dickinson acknowledges the receipt of Benjamin Rush's pamphlet and mentions that he would only reenter Pennsylvania affairs to serve America. Dickinson also thanks Rush, a physician, for his attention to his daughter who is "well-recovered...

Location: I-SpahrB-1955-4

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from William Irvine to David Grier
June 25, 1777

William Irvine writes  Lieutenant Colonel David Grier and discusses officers, new recruits, and supplies.  Transcript included. Irvine, a colonel of the 7th Pennsylvania Regiment, writes this letter from Carlisle, where he is on parole after...

Location: I-Friends-2013-4

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

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