Irvine, William

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Letter, 1785 (Box 1, folder 5)
1785-1811

This collection contains the papers of William Irvine, a physician during the American Revolution, and his family; the papers are housed in one document box and have been arranged into two sections: Correspondence, and Legal and Financial Papers.

The Correspondence section contains...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.02.pdf

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 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 being captured in 1776. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-2013-4

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

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 Robert Morris' inability to provide sufficient...

Location: I-Purchase-1954-31

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Military Discharge for James Girdler
September 30, 1783

General William Irvine issues this discharge to James Girdler on September 30, 1783. This document warns that it "shall not avail the bearer as a discharge until the ratification of the definitive treaty of peace." Girdler served in the Third Pennsylvania Regiment for four years and seven months...

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-21

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

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 conferred on him," as Irvine explains.

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 William Irvine to Robert Magaw
July 28, 1787

William Irvine writes to Robert Magaw that Dickinson College Trustees' memorial to Congress was favorably reported from committee. Irvine also notes that he has advised Senator William Grayson to send his nephew, a Mr. Orr, to Dickinson. Transcript included.

Letter from John Armstrong to William Bingham and William Irvine
January 16, 1788

President pro tempore of the Board of Trustees John Armstrong writes to two other Dickinson College trustees, William Irvine and William Bingham, and informs them of a purchase of "public buildings near the Town for the Benefit of the College ...". While Armstrong writes from Carlisle, Irvine...

Letter from William Bingham to William Irvine
February 26, 1789

Continental Congress delegate William Bingham writes to William Irvine, discussing the funding and future of Dickinson College. Irvine serves on Dickinson's Board of Trustees. Transcript included.

Letter from William Irvine to John Nicholson
March 4, 1790

William Irvine writes to John Nicholson about the political situation, especially the assumption of state debts by the federal government and "whether Elections for members of Congress, would be best in districts or general Election." Irvine, a Pennsylvania politician, also served as a member of...

Location: I-BeachW-1976-5

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Irvine to John Nicholson
January 14, 1792

William Irvine, a member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees, writes to John Nicholson regarding a letter from an unspecified Mrs. Spring. Transcript included.

Location: I-Purchase-1964-11

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Irvine to Callender Irvine
April 9, 1795

William Irvine, a member of the Board of Trustees, writes to his son, Callender Irvine (Class of 1794), and offers advice regarding his career choices. William also mentions the Presque Isle affair as well as the death of Mrs. Samuel Lyon.

Location: I-SpahrB-1963-11

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Thomas Hartley to William Irvine
September 25, 1796

Thomas Hartley writes to William Irvine about his recent return from Baltimore.  Hartley also discusses local elections and mentions Montgomery County, Lancaster, as well as Carlisle.

Location: I-Friends-2003-1

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Bill from Dickinson College to William Irvine
May 9, 1797

Dickinson College issues an itemized bill to William Irvine for the education of his sons Callender (Class of 1794) and William N. (Class of 1798).

Letter from William Irvine to Thomas Mifflin
October 19, 1798

William Irvine writes to Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Mifflin about a dispute that involves the Sheriff of Allegheny County. Irvine claims to "know nothing" about the dispute and recommends Joseph Postlethwaite for sheriff of Allegheny County.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-13

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Irvine to Alexander Dallas
November 12, 1799

William Irvine writes to Alexander James Dallas regarding the survey of Harbor Creek lands on Lake Erie as retirement compensation for military service.

Location: I-Friends-2011-1

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Irvine to Ann Irvine
April 9, [1800?]

William Irvine writes to his wife, Ann Irvine, about her journey and other various matters at home.  "I... hope that you have about this time reached comfortable quarters, now near dark," as Irvine notes. Irvine writes part of this letter on April 12. Transcript included.

Location: I-Purchase-1954-32

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Joseph St. Leger d'Happart to James Hamilton
January 21, 1802

Joseph St. Leger d'Happart writes to James Hamilton asking if General William Irvine is still residing with him and, if so, could he provide details about any land grants that involved the late Captain William Thompson between 1773 and 1778. 

Location: I-ValeM-1948-1

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from William Irvine to William Simmons
February 1, 1803

Dickinson College Trustee William Irvine writes to William Simmons, Accountant of the War Department. Irvine's Army account has not yet been closed due to a supposed surplus of firewood drawn by his company.

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 time informed him that holding them with an...

Location: I-Friends-1975-25

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from James Buchanan to William N. Irvine
June 29, 1844

Senator James Buchanan writes to General William N. Irvine discussing recent political events, including the Presidential election of 1844. Buchanan states that he "feared that the Whigs might make a serious impression against Polk in Pennsylvania on the Tariff question...." and that he agrees "...

Location: MC 1998.10, B2, F7

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1840-1859

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