Carlisle and Cumberland County

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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, and later, a paper mill. As the president of a...

Collection Inventory: mc2001.05.pdf

Land Agreement Signed by John Montgomery
November 18, 1766

Continental Congress delegate John Montgomery signs this agreement to take up 150 acres of land on Jack's Creek in Cumberland County.

Location: I-HunterW-1974-1

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Land and Real Estate

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Legal Document, Robert Urie v. Joseph Hudson
July 24, 1773

This legal notice, which is related to the case of Robert Urie v. Joseph Hudson, calls for the Sheriff of Cumberland County to collect the debt that Hudon owes Urie. Judge James Wilson signed this document and John Armstrong witnessed it.

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 for the Poor Inhabitants who are almost unprovid'd...

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 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 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 Young to Agnes Young
August 18, 1788

William Young writes a letter to his wife, Agnes McLaws Young, describing his arrival in Carlisle and the people he met throughout his journey. Young also informs her of some errands that need to be taken care of. Young is a bookseller and printer in Philadelphia. Transcript included.

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 Benjamin Rush to Thomas Smith
February 26, 1790

Benjamin Rush writes to Thomas Smith of Carlisle, Pennsylvania regarding efforts to raise funds for Dickinson, including a petition to the Pennsylvania legislature for additional financial support. Dr. Charles Nisbet's statements about the Dickinson college, however, create a serious problem. "...

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.

Letter from Thomas Smith to Alexander Dallas
October 11, 1792

Thomas Smith, a Pennsylvania Judge, writes to Alexander James Dallas, the Secretary of the State of Pennsylvania, about the prosecution Colonel John Montgomery's son. "The prosecution is truly disagreable to me, as besides the long acquaintance and mutual regard between me and the Defendants...

Letter from Charles Nisbet to William Young
November 21, 1792

Charles Nisbet writes to bookseller William Young regarding a packet from an unspecified Mr. Wilson with two letters for Europe. Nisbet also asks for a paper, discusses Carlisle weather, and speculates about the French Revolution.

Letter from Stephen Johnes to Lydia Johnes
October 8, 1794

Stephen Johnes writes from Carlisle to Lydia Johnes, his wife, about life as a solider in the army assembled to end the Whiskey Rebellion. Johnes mentions a conversation with "Doc. Huston" about some individuals who complain that President George Washington's actions regarding the Whisky...

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Ashbel Green
October 14, 1794

Charles Nisbet writes Ashbel Green to acknowledge Green's letter from September 12th and to justify questions about Green's intent in giving Nisbet's private letters to his political opponents. Nisbet also discusses the Whiskey Rebellion and describes the impact of the militia that assembled...

Letter from David Erskine to Charles Nisbet
February 26, 1795

David Erskine, the Earl of Buchan, writes a letter to Dickinson President Charles Nisbet in which he recommends John Millar and laments Nisbet's difficulties in finding a literary society in Carlisle. Erskine also comments on how he deals with the political issues of the day. "I have never...

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

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Mary Nisbet
September 24, 1798

Charles Nisbet writes to his daughter Mary, discussing the theater in Carlisle, the Democrats, and the French.

Letter from John Montgomery to Thomas Mifflin
October 20, 1798

John Montgomery writes Pennsylvania Governor Thomas Mifflin and recommends that Joseph Postlethwaite be appointed as Sheriff of Allegheny County.

Location: I-SpahrB-1955-5

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from John Thompson to James Hamilton
June 18, 1801

John Thompson writes to attorney and Dickinson College trustee James Hamilton regarding a judgment for forty-eight pounds that Mr. Watts obtained against Thompson. "There is no such sum due them by me," as Thompson argues.

Location: I-Original-1801-2

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Joseph St. Leger d'Happart to James Hamilton
October 28, 1801

Joseph St. Leger d'Happart writes to James Hamilton, a lawyer and member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees, thanking him for the pleasant stay while in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Notice from Samuel Duncan to Charles Nisbet
March 17, 1803

Attorney Samuel Duncan sends this printed legal notice to Charles Nisbet, informing Nisbet that the house and lot he occupies are the property of John and Richard Penn.

Letter from Charles Gardner to Thomas Gardner and "Mother"
December 7, 1809

Charles Gardner, a soldier in the United States Army, writes to his parents regarding his journey to his current posting at the Carlisle Barracks. Gardner discusses his daily routine and mentions that his superior officers have taken a liking to him.  In addition, Gardner mentions his financial...

Letter from Charles Gardner to "Mother"
December 26, 1809

Charles Gardner, a soldier in the United States Army, writes to his mother regarding his daily life stationed at Carlisle Barracks. Gardner mentions his finances, possibilities for advancement in rank, and shares other general news. Gardner also notes an argument with a "Mr. Mapis" about...

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