Letters/Correspondence

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Letter from Nathanael Greene and Richard Humpton to Francis Gurney
November 7, 1777

Major General Nathanael Greene and Colonel Richard Humpton, both officers in the Continental Army, write Lieutenant Colonel Francis Gurney to certify that he is innocent of providing any support or information to the United Kingdom. After "being...

Location: I-SpahrB-1967-5

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter Edward Biddle to Jasper Yeates and Matthias Slough
September 24, 1778

Edward Biddle writes to Jasper Yeates and Matthias Slough regarding "a favourable crisis approaching" in the form of the Constitutionalist party, then dominating the Pennsylvania government. They appeal to Yeates and Slough to form "a general...

Location: I-Purchase-1958-3

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from James Wilson to Francis Hopkinson
February 18, 1781

James Wilson, United States Supreme Court Justice and signer of the Declaration of Independence, wries to Francis Hopkinson, Judge of the Court of Admiralty of Pennsylvania, regarding the Brigantine Ariel. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-14

Subject: Legal Affairs, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Irvine to Joseph Reed
August 9, 1781

General William Irvine writes to Joseph Reed, President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, about preparations to meet expected attempt to rescue the convention prisoners at Lancaster and York.  Irvine also notes his concern with...

Location: I-Purchase-1954-31

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Benjamin Rush to Susan Stockton
August 18, 1781

Benjamin Rush writes to his sister-in-law, Susan Stockton, with directions for making a husband unhappy without incurring the character of a bad wife. Rush states, "in a word you must be opposite to him in everything." Transcript included. 

Location: I-SpahrB-1953-23

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Irvine to Richard Butler
November 24, 1782

Brigadier General William Irvine writes Colonel Richard Butler in Carlisle to address ongoing operations against the Indians, land speculation, and the limited prospects of frontier officers. Transcript included.

Letter from John Dickinson to Benjamin Rush
1783

John Dickinson writes to Benjamin Rush and offers the idea for the commission of William Bingham, a trustee, to solicit funds for Dickinson College in England. Transcript included.

Letter from James Smith to Frederick Muhlenberg
February 24, 1783

James Smith, a signer of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Pennsylvania, writes to Frederick Muhlenberg and complains that Mr. Lyon refuses to pay for cattle purchased to feed the troops at Carlisle. Transcript included.

Location: I-Purchase-1967-10

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Robert Morris to Don Luis Unzaga y Amezao
May 30, 1783

United States Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris writes to Don Luis Unzaga y Amezago, Governor of Cuba, about the return of Mr. Brown from his secret mission to Havana.  Mr. Brown returns with the object that was the purpose of his mission...

Location: I-SellersC-1950-2

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from John Dickinson to Thomas Smith
June 14, 1783

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson writes to Thomas Smith, a loan officer, and explains settling the certificates that public officers used to pay for supplies, the payment of interest, and how to account for depreciation.

Location: I-SpahrB-1964-1

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from John Dickinson to Elias Boudinot
June 27, 1783

Pennsylvania Governor John Dickinson asks Elias Boudinot, the President of Congress, for copies of the last two dispatches. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1951-5

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Bingham to John Montgomery
August 10, 1783

William Bingham writes from London to John Montgomery in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Bingham discusses the prospect of British aid to the new college and comments on the conflict between the United States and the United Kingdom. "At present the...

Letter from William Bingham to Thomas Fitzsimons
Novevember 29, 1783

William Bingham writes to Thomas Fitzsimons on Britain's attitude toward the United States in political and commercial affairs. Bingham is a member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees.

Location: I-SpahrB-1960-8

Subject: Business and Industry, International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Bingham to John Jay
December 2, 1783

William Bingham welcomes John Jay, an American politician and diplomat, to England and invites Jay to visit him in London. "I am happy at being informed of your Safe Arrival at Bath," as Bingham notes. Bingham serves as a member of the Dickinson...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-19

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Bingham to the Dickinson College Board of Trustees
December 29, 1783

William Bingham writes from London to the Dickinson College Board of Trustees concerning his attempts to get support from the British for the College. Bingham, who serves as a trustee from 1783 to 1803, admits that he has "been exceedingly...

Letter from William Bingham to Benjamin Rush
February 6, 1784

Statesman William Bingham writes Benjamin Rush and compares the conditions in England with those in the United States in terms of government, economics, and immigration. "Whilst the United States have the pleasing Prospect of daily increasing in...

Letter from John Carson to Robert McPherson
March 29, 1784

John Carson writes to Robert McPherson, a member of the Board of Trustees, and discusses Charles Nisbet's qualifications as a candidate for President of Dickinson College. As "I was honoured with that Gentlemans personal acquaintance," Carson...

Location: I-Purchase-1923-1

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from James Wilson to William Bingham
May 15, 1784

Dickinson College Trustee James Wilson writes to William Bingham regarding a loan Wilson seeks from an unspecified Mr. Lettsom. Wilson also discusses the opening of Land Offices and the possibility of changes to the Pennsylvania state...

Letter from John Dickinson to Robert Magaw
July 8, 1784

John Dickinson writes Robert Magaw regarding Paul Randolph's note for 24 pounds. Transcript included.

Location: I-ValeM-1947-72

Subject: Economics and Finance

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Irvine to John Dickinson
July 23, 1784

General William Irvine writes John Dickinson, the President of Pennsylvania, and recommends Erkurius Beatty's appointment as an officer. "He will do great justice to an appointment of Lieutenant, in the Corps to be raised, should that rank be...

Location: I-SpahrB-1964-10

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Irvine to Unknown Recipient
July 29, 1784

William Irvine writes to recommend Ebenezer Denny as "a young man of good private character" who "conducted himself with propriety." Irvine notes that Denny had served as a "Lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Line" from 1780 "to the end of the War...

Location: I-SpahrB-1963-10

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from John Montgomery to Robert Miller, Samuel Laird, and John Agnew
September 11, 1784

John Montgomery writes to Robert Miller, Samuel Laird, and John Agnew informing them that Robert Davidson has accepted the pastorate in Carlisle. Transcript included.

Location: I-Original-1784-2

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Samuel Atlee and Francis Johnston to John Dickinson
September 13, 1784

Pennsylvania politician Samuel John Atlee and Colonel Francis Johnston write to Pennsylvania Governor John Dickinson and request the balance of funds that the "House of Assembly were pleased to make" for "the transportation of the Indian goods...

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-17

Subject: Economics and Finance, Native Americans, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Bingham to Benjamin Rush
November 10, 1784

Statesman William Bingham writes from Paris to Benjamin Rush in Philadelphia. Bingham responds to Rush's previous displeasing letter and discusses United States politics and his travels abroad. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-20

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Sir Charles Blagden
January 6, 1785

Joseph Priestley provides Sir Charles Blagden, the Secretary of the Royal Society, with a list of errors in his paper for the Transactions and asks him to correct the "important" ones before it is...

Location: I-RichardsonD-1992-2

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

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