Economics and Finance

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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.

Letter from John Dickinson to Robert Magaw
December 9, 1786

John Dickinson writes Robert Magaw and asks him to conduct a "strict Enquiry" into "a [mortgage] by James Wilson Esquire on my Land near Carlisle." Transcript included.

Location: I-ValeM-1947-69

Subject: Economics and Finance, Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from John Dickinson to Jasper Yates
June 27, 1787

John Dickinson writes to Jasper Yates regarding financial issues and encloses copies of two bonds. Dickinson expresses his wish "to have the debt perfectly secured as soon as possible," and asks for advice on the best way to proceed with these affairs. Transcript included.

Location: MC 2001.13, B1, F3

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from John Dickinson to Robert Magaw
September 4, 1787

John Dickinson writes to Robert Magaw regarding rent due from Dickinson's tenant, Paul Randolph. Transcript included.

Location: I-Original-1787-1

Subject: Economics and Finance, Land and Real Estate

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letters from Charles Nisbet to David Erskine
1787-1792

Dickinson President Charles Nisbet writes six letters to David Erskine, , the Earl of Buchan, on a number of topics that include the consequences of America's independence, the economy, governance, natural history of the country, international politics, relations with Native Americans, the...

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 Bingham to Nicholas Low
January 12, 1790

William Bingham, a member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees, discusses financial matters with Nicholas Low and asks for three certificates in the name of Bingham's father in law, Thomas Mayne Willing. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1983-23

Subject: Economics and Finance

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from James Wilson to Samuel Meredith
September 24, 1790

James Wilson, United States Supreme Court Justice and signer of the Declaration of Independence, writes to United States Treasurer Samuel Meredith. Wilson requests the immediate payment of his month's salary. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-15

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

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 Charles Nisbet to Jonathan Ingham
January 14, 1793

Dickinson College President Charles Nisbet writes to Dr. Jonathan Ingham of Bucks County, Pennsylvania with reflections on education, politics, international affairs, as well as other contemporary American issues. Transcript included.

Letter from James Hamilton to John Nicholson
February 2, 1793

James Hamilton writes to John Nichols to settle some confusion about a certificate for $99 that is to be made payable to Hannah Rose. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1975-12

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from James Wilson to James Meredith
August 27, 1793

James Wilson writes James Meredith to request that his salary be paid to his son, William Wilson, who, as noted by Meredith's comments on the back, has power of attorney. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-17

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Promissory Note from James Wilson to Thomas Fitzsimons
May 14, 1794

James Wilson sends this note to Thomas Fitzsimons for a sum of $4500.

Location: I-SpahrB-1970-3

Subject: Economics and Finance

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

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

Check from the Bank of the United States to James Wilson
May 2, 1795

A check from the Bank of the United States to James Wilson for $1,000.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-47

Subject: Economics and Finance

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Promissory Note from James Wilson to George Harrison
August 16, 1795

James Wilson's promissory note to George Harrison for $1700 that has to be paid within sixty days. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-47

Subject: Economics and Finance

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Promissory Note from James Wilson to Henry Lee
February 25, 1796

James Wilson sends this promissory note to Henry Lee for a sum of $5,748.14. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-28

Subject: Economics and Finance

Format: Financial Documents

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).

Ledger of John Montgomery, 1798-1808
1798-1808

A description of this ledger is not currently available.

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 Joseph Priestley to Jean-Frédéric Perregaux
April 12, 1801

Joseph Priestley to Jean-Frédéric Perregaux in Paris regarding the annual income from "Mr. [John] Wilkinson's donation" and "the probable state of your funds in the future...as it is my wish to reside some time" in France. He had wanted to go to France when he left England but was unable to, as...

Location: I-BeachW-1986-10

Subject: Economics and Finance, Health and Medicine, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Legal Document, Benjamin Rush as Executor of John Hall’s Estate
July 18, 1801

This legal document serves notice that Benjamin Rush has filed the necessary documents in Philadelphia to serve as the administrator of Dr. John Hall’s Estate.

Location: I-Purchase-1957-7

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from C. W. Hare to Samuel Bryan
August 19, 1801

C. W. Hare writes to Samuel Bryan about a financial matter on the behalf of William Bingham, a member of the Dickinson Board of Trustees. Hare inquires about obstacles that have kept the payment of a certificate from being completed and asks about the "sort of evidence which will be required to...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-12

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Alexander Nisbet
December 11, 1801

Charles Nisbet writes to his son Alexander, an attorney in Baltimore, and offers advice on various topics. "Taverns," as Charles explains, are "the slaughter-houses of the most part of the youth of this country" and should be avoided. Charles also discusses finances, clothing, the prices of food...

Ledger of John Montgomery, 1803-07
1803-1807

A description of this ledger is not currently available.

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