Business and Industry

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Bill of Exchange from John Dickinson to John Osgood
November 23, 1772

Philadelphia attorney John Dickinson sends this bill of exchange for 100 pounds to pay John Hanbury Osgood, who is in London.

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-24

Subject: Business and Industry, Economics and Finance

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Receipt Signed by John Montgomery
December 4, 1776

Continental Congress delegate John Montgomery issues this receipt to John Harvie and Jasper Yeates for ninety pounds paid to messenger William Wilson.

Location: I-Original-1776-2

Subject: Business and Industry, Economics and Finance, Native Americans

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

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 Benjamin Rush
January 1, 1784

William Bingham writes to Benjamin Rush from London and discusses the state of financial support for Dickinson College. Bingham references the Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783, stating "the abdication of congress is a severe blow on the interests of Philadelphia..." He also discusses the political...

Page from an Account Book of a Philadelphia Hatter
August - November 1785

This page from an account book of a hatter based in Philadelphia includes purchases by John Dickinson, John Montgomery, and Stephen Duncan.

Location: I-SpahrB-1954-10

Subject: Business and Industry, Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from James Ross to William Young
April 26, 1786

James Ross writes William Young, a bookseller and printer in Philadelphia, regarding the publication of books on grammar. Ross, a Professor of Greek and Latin at Dickinson, offers edits and improvements to Young's "edition of the rudiments, now in the press." Ross explains how he has "spared...

Location: MC 2001.5, B1, F12

Subject: Business and Industry, Education, Literary Pursuits

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from John Dickinson to William Young
June 20, 1788

John Dickinson writes to bookseller William Young, notifying him that one volume is missing from a set of history books "sent down by my neighbor Park." Transcript included.

Location: I-Original-1788-4

Subject: Business and Industry

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letters from Charles Nisbet to William Young, 1790-91
1790-1791

Dickinson President Charles Nisbet writes a series of five letters to William Young that mostly focus on Nisbet's transactions with Young as a printer and book dealer. Nisbet criticizes the August issue of one of Young's magazines, declaring it "a vehicle of infidelity, blasphemy, & ribaldry...

Letter from Benjamin Rush to Thomas Fitzsimons
August 5, 1790

Benjamin Rush writes to Thomas Fitzsimons about a recent funding law and business conditions in the United States. While "lands sell and settle rapidly," Rush argues that "our vitals are unsound and we must finally perish under the weight of Mr. Hamilton's 'public blessing." In addition, Rush...

Letter from John Young to William Young
January 18, 1791

John Young writes William Young, a bookseller and printer in Philadelphia, to express his intentions to withdraw his subscription for The Universal Asylum, and Columbian Magazine. "As Doctor [Charles Nisbet's] Course of Lectures is to close in about ten days," John explains that he will...

Letter from George Clymer to John Montgomery
July 25, 1791

George Clymer of Philadelphia writes John Montgomery and asks for payment of tax on 300 acres he owns in Greenwood, Cumberland County.  Clymer notes that Montgomery is in a danger of losing his investment.

Letters from Charles Nisbet to William Young, 1792-93
1792-1793

Charles Nisbet writes a seven letters to William Young from 1792 to 1793 that mostly focus on Nisbet’s transactions with Young as a printer and book dealer. Nisbet discusses various works with religious and political themes, such as Augustus Toplady's History of Calvinism and Thomas...

Promissory Note from James Wilson to James McNeal
December 30, 1794

James Wilson sends this promissory note to James McNeal for a sum of roughly 627 pounds. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-29

Subject: Business and Industry, Economics and Finance

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from John Mitchell Mason to William Young
August 25, 1795

Rev. John Mitchell Mason writes William Young, a bookseller and printer in Philadelphia, and asks him to become an agent for the U.S. Christian Magazine in Philadelphia. Mason states that the position requires one to "go through the city with the proposals in order to obtain subscribers...

Location: MC 2001.5, B1, F1

Subject: Business and Industry, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letters from Alexander Nisbet to William Young
1799-1801

Alexander Nisbet writes four letters to William Young, a bookseller and printer in Philadelphia, on issues that include Young's suit involving a Mr. Webber and a payment made by the Estate of Webber for a parcel of books. Nisbet also mentions a conversation regarding "United Irish Citizens" who...

Legal Document, Gorge Schley v. John Deloshmutt
1800

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney prepares this document for a lawsuit against John Deloshmutt. Taney's client, George Jacob Schley, argues that Deloshmutt has failed to pay 3 pounds, 11 shillings, and 10 pence half penny for various services, including food and  lodging, between November 4, 1799 to...

Location: I-Friends-1982-8

Subject: Business and Industry, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from William Bingham to M. Hays
September 7, 1800

William Bingham writes to Mr. M. M. Hays regarding a General Jackson and his "draft upon me in your favor for $1740." Bingham has already paid General Jackson "his draft of 1000 dollars," which "I have with very great inconvenience to myself, found the means of paying." Bingham also notes his...

Location: I-SpahrB-1949-2

Subject: Business and Industry, Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

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: James, Ben, and Richard who "is still unable to...

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 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, Memorandum between James Wilson and Seth Cattell
April 1, 1809

John Wilson agrees in this memorandum to release his medical practice to Seith Cattell for $600 per year.

Letter to Isaac Wayne from Unknown Author
January 21, 1812

A lawyer writes Isaac Wayne (Class of 1792) to inform him that a "Report of Auditor" had been issued "in your favor for about $3000" and had obtained the foreclosure of a plantation. "In all my practice I have never as yet witnessed so much evasion, twisting and turning as by the Defendant in...

Location: I-Friends-2004-1

Subject: Business and Industry, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Richard Rush to David Gelston
February 3, 1812

US Treasury Comptroller Richard Rush writes to David Gelston requesting "a statement in the case of Abraham S. Hallet, who claims debentures for a quantity of merchandize [sic] shipped by him."

Location: I-BeachW-1986-6

Subject: Business and Industry, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Clotworthy Birnie
January 14, 1813

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to Clotworthy Birnie with legal advice about Birnie's appeal of the Levy Court's decision regarding damages from road construction. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-39

Subject: Business and Industry, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Independent Gist
May 19, 1813

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to Independent Gist and provides legal advice on Gist's suit against Wells regarding the sale of an "unsound" slave. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-42

Subject: Business and Industry, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

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