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Matriculation book, 1849-1853 (RG 5/1 - 2.1.4)
1783-1914

In the nineteenth century, the activities pertaining to admissions and student affairs were performed by the President of the College, with some assistance from the other faculty members. Inquiries concerning admissions were generally made directly to the President of the College. Members of the...

Collection Inventory: RG 5/1 - Student Affairs/Registrar

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

Letters from Wilhelmina Nisbet to Charles Nisbet
1779-1784

Wilhelmina Nisbet, the Countess of Leven, writes six letters to Charles Nisbet on a number of different issues, including commenting on contemporary religious movements and arguing that Nisbet should not accept the position as President of Dickinson College. "The state of affairs there, &...

Letter from David Erskine to Charles Nisbet
circa 1780

David Erskine, the Earl of Buchan, writes a letter to Charles Nisbet expressing that he does not sympathize with Nisbet's disappointment at being prevented "by the Calvinist party in Pennsylvania" from leaving Scotland to accept "your appointment at Carlisle projected college." Erskine also...

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 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 British are smarting under the wounds that the...

Charter of Dickinson College
September 9, 1783

The charter establishing Dickinson College, approved in the minutes of the Trustees of the College, September 9, 1783.

Location: RG 1/1 - 3.1.1

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Dickinson College History, Education

Format: Meeting Minutes

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 disappointed in my expectations." The American...

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...

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 explains that Dr. Benjamin Rush "requested" an "...

Location: I-Purchase-1923-1

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Benjamin Rush to Charles Nisbet
August 30, 1784

Benjamin Rush writes a letter to Charles Nisbet discussing various religious and political parties in Pennsylvania and their relative support for the endowment of Dickinson College. Rush states that "a great body of the most respectable Presbyterians" are the "men who love [Nisbet's] character...

Letter from Charles Nisbet to John Dickinson
December 18, 1784

Dickinson College President Charles Nisbet writes to John Dickinson lamenting the "divisions that distract" the United States. He also acknowledges the honor bestowed upon him by Dickinson and the trustees of Dickinson College. Transcript included. 

"Plan of Education for Dickinson College," by Benjamin Rush
1785

Benjamin Rush writes the "Plan of Education for Dickinson College" in 1785, which outlines the necessary curriculum that the College should follow. Transcript included.

Letters from Wilhelmina Nisbet to Charles Nisbet
1785-1788

Wilhelmina Nisbet, the Countess of Leven, writes five letters to Dickinson President Charles Nisbet in which she speaks of the health of her family and disapproves of Nisbet's new position at Dickinson College. "I still think you have been hurried off this stage which I do most sincerely regret...

Letter from John Erskine to John Dickinson
March 31, 1785

John Erskine writes to John Dickinson expressing his sorrow in bidding Charles Nisbet farewell as he leaves Montrose for his new post as Principal of Dickinson College. Erskine also expresses faith in Nisbet's abilities and wishes well for the college. Additionally, he comments on the...

Location: MC 2001.13, B1, F5

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education, International Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letters from John Dickinson to Benjamin Rush
1786-1803

John Dickinson writes ten letters to Benjamin Rush on a number of different topics, including the administrative affairs of Dickinson College, the state of political affairs in the United States, political philosophy, and the death of Dickinson's wife, Mary. Transcripts included.

Promissory Note from Charles Biddle to the Trustees of Dickinson College
April 11, 1786

Vice-President of Pennsylvania Charles Biddle writes this note, which orders the Treasurer of Pennsylvania to pay £500 to the Trustees of Dickinson College. Benjamin Rush acknowledges the receipt of this note on behalf of the trustees.

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-19

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Economics and Finance

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Sworn Affidavit of Benjamin Rush about a Soldier's Pay Certificate
April 14, 1786

Benjamin Rush signs this affidavit that attests that Terrance Connel's payment certificate for service as a soldier is the property of Dickinson College. Connel's certificate, which is worth $80, is no. 72162 and dated July 1, 1784.

Sworn Affidavit of Benjamin Rush about a Soldier's Pay Certificate
April 17, 1786

Benjamin Rush signs this affidavit that attests that Arthur [Gillas'?] payment certificate for service as a soldier is the property of Dickinson College. Arthur's certificate is no. 77395 and dated July 1, 1784.

Sworn Affidavit of Benjamin Rush about a Soldier's Pay Certificate
April 17, 1786

Benjamin Rush signs this affidavit that attests that Christopher Finnigan's payment certificate for service as a soldier is the property of Dickinson College. Finnigan's certificate is no. 75525 and dated July 1, 1784.

Sworn Affidavit of Benjamin Rush about a Soldier's Pay Certificate
April 17, 1786

Benjamin Rush signs this affidavit that attests that William Ford's payment certificate for service as a soldier is the property of Dickinson College. Ford's certificate, which is worth $80, is no. 77369 and dated July 1, 1784.

Sworn Affidavit of Benjamin Rush about a Soldier's Pay Certificate
April 17, 1786

Benjamin Rush signs this affidavit that attests that Joseph Fletcher's payment certificate for service as a soldier is the property of Dickinson College. Fletcher's certificate, which is worth $80, is no. 77580 and dated July 1, 1784.

Sworn Affidavit of Benjamin Rush about a Soldier's Pay Certificate
April 17, 1786

Benjamin Rush signs this affidavit that attests that Michael Morrison's payment certificate for service as a soldier is the property of Dickinson College. Morrison's certificate, which is worth $80, is no. 73424 and dated July 1, 1784.

Sworn Affidavit of Benjamin Rush about a Soldier's Pay Certificate
May 12, 1786

Benjamin Rush signs this affidavit that attests that Albion Guest's payment certificate for service as a soldier is the property of Dickinson College. Guest's certificate, which is worth $44, is no. 74942 and dated July 1, 1784.

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