Land and Real Estate

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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 Matthew Boulton to Unknown Recipient
July 18, 1791

Matthew Boulton provides an account of the Birmingham riots in England and the destruction of property, including Joseph Priestley's house. The recipient's identity is unknown. Transcript included.

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.

Transfer of "Annexed Deed Poll" from Benjamin Rush to Joseph Priestley, Jr.
February 18, 1794

Benjamin Rush writes and signs this legal document, which transfers a deed to Joseph Priestley, Jr. Transcript included.

Location: I-Original-1794-3

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Deed for Land Sold by James Wilson
April 19, 1794

After James Wilson sells land in Pennsylvania (tract no. 5055) to Dr. Benjamin Rush on April 19, 1794, Dr. Rush sells that property to a Richard Stockton of New Jersey on May 28, 1794. John C. Otto, one of the witnesses to the transaction in 1794, later confirms on October 23, 1830 that "he was...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-13

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Deed for Land Sold by Francis Mowing Jr. to James Wilson
August 2, 1794

Francis Mowing Jr. sells James Wilson 400 acres of land in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-48

Subject: Land and Real Estate

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Map of Land in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania
February 10, 1797

A map of lands in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania that is owned by James Campbell, Benjamin Rush, and Jacob Rush. Henry Donnel created this copy of the map.

Location: I-SpahrB-1957-11

Subject: Land and Real Estate

Format: Maps and Diagrams

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 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

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 Joseph Priestley Jr. to John Beckley
May 19, 1803

Joseph Priestley Jr. writes to John Beckley and asks about having a tract of land surveyed on behalf of his father, Dr. Joseph Priestley, who is "very unwell."

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F12

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Joseph Priestley Jr. to John Smith
August 29, 1803

Joseph Priestley Jr. writes to John Smith of Philadelphia (102 S. 18th St.) after receiving reports that Mr. Dean's tract of land is on a mountain top and not worth surveying.

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F12

Subject: Land and Real Estate

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter of Attorney from James Hamilton to John Vaughan
June 15, 1807

James Hamilton Sr. uses this letter of attorney to provide John Vaughan of Philadelphia with the legal authority to to lease or sell lands that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has granted to Pennsylvania's officers and soldiers. Hamilton signs this document on June 15, 1807 in Charleston, South...

Location: I-Friends-1975-13

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

Legal Document, Jonathan Levy et al. v. George Schnertzell
July 23, 1807

Roger Brooke Taney, who serves as the plaintiffs' attorney, writes this legal brief for the case Jonathan William Levy, Sarah Levy, John Leonard Levy, Maria Catharine Levy, and Anna Rebecca Charlotte Levy v. George Schnertzell. This case, which centers on a land dispute, also involves...

Location: I-SpahrB-1971-1

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Joseph Priestley Jr. to Nicholas LeFevre
August 31, 1807

Joseph Priestley Jr. writes to Nicholas LeFevre about a proposed exchange of "my brick house in Northd." for lands in Catawissa.

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F12

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Legal Document, Samuel Thomas v. Edward Thomas
April 28, 1808

This legal document involves the ejectment case of Samuel S. Thomas v. Edward Thomas: "The surveyor of Frederick County is instructed to [make?] the following locations for the defendant..." Roger Brooke Taney serves as the defendant's attorney. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-30

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

Legal Document, Delashmutts Lessee v. Edward Thomas
May 3, 1808

This legal document involves the ejectment case of Delashmutts Lessee v. Edward Thomas: "The surveyor of Frederick County is instructed to [make?] the following locations for the defendant..." Roger Brooke Taney serves as the defendant's attorney. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-31

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Independent Gist
February 19, 1812

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to Independent Gist and offers legal counsel about the purchase of land. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-42

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Legal Document, John Fenn v. Joshua Plummer
October 23, 1812

This legal document is for the case of John Fenn v. Joshua Plummer. The case, which centers on a land dispute, also involves Richard Fenn and Philip Duvall. Roger Brooke Taney serves as the plaintiff's attorney. Transcript included. ;

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-34

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Independent Gist
January 3, 1816

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes Independent Gist and advises him him that, given the circumstances, the legislature would likely not act on a petition about a road where no notice has been given. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1951-2

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
February 24, 1818

Maryland State Senator and attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to an unknown recipient with instructions regarding deeds for land in Maryland. As Taney explains, "a deed for land in Maryland may be executed by a person resident in Ohio in the following manner..." Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1955-3

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Mary Nisbet to Alexander Turnbull
June 24, 1826

Mary Nisbet Turnbull writes to her son, Alexander Turnbull, discussing new developments in the affairs of his father's estate, in addition to the lives of other members of their family. Transcript included.

Location: MC 2001.7, B1, F25

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Legal Opinion of Roger B. Taney on Charles Ridgely's Will
October 7, 1828

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney's writes this interpretation of Charles Ridgely' will in regard to the "land bought of Henry Darnall." Taney provides his opinion on this matter at the request of General Ridgely, who had inherited the land in question from Charles Ridgely. Transcript...

Location: I-SpahrB-1961-2

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1820-1839

Legal Opinion of Roger B. Taney on A. Riddell's Will
May 22, 1829

Maryland Attorney General Roger Brooke Taney writes interpretation of the will of A. Riddle of London. "Mr. Abercrombie is not entitled either to the legacy of £1000, nor to the share of the residence[?] bequeathed to his wife," as Taney concludes.

Location: I-SpahrB-1960-3

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Richard Rush to Thomas Aspinwall
March 8, 1831

Diplomat Richard Rush writes to Colonel Thomas Aspinwall, American consul in London, requesting that he assist an American citizen holding property in London's Covent Garden neighborhood.

Location: I-Friends-1976-8

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

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