Personal and Family Life

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Letter from Catherine R. Thompson to James Hamilton
July 3, 1798

Catherine Ross Thompson writes James Hamilton to thanks him for buying her a horse and encloses money to reimburse him. Catherine, who explains that she is “extremely obliged to you for the trouble you have taken,” also notes that Betsy [...

Location: I-ValeM-1947-62

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Samuel Mitchill
August 15, 1799

Joseph Priestley writes to Samuel Latham Mitchell and invites him to come visit at Northumberland as well as asks about a package that was supposed to have been sent. Priestley also promises to "draw up an account of other experiments" and send...

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F11

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Science and Technology

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Rev. Mr. Kell
circa 1800

Joseph Priestley offers the Rev. Mr. Kell a horse for him to ride to Cradley. Priestley also includes 7 lines of text written in Annet's Shorthand.

Location: I-RichardsonD-1992-1

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from William Irvine to Ann Irvine
April 9, [1800?]

William Irvine writes to his wife, Ann Irvine, about her journey and other various matters at home.  "I... hope that you have about this time reached comfortable quarters, now near dark," as Irvine notes. Irvine writes part of this letter on...

Location: I-Purchase-1954-32

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from William Thompson to James Hamilton
November 16, 1800

William A. Thompson writes to James Hamilton and informs him that he must proceed to Philadelphia "to take charge of [St. Leger D'Happart's] farm" and will be unable to visit as a result. Thompson also asks for legal advice on pursuing several...

Location: I-ValeM-1948-1

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

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...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-12

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

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.

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...

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Alexander Nisbet
June 11, 1802

Charles Nisbet writes to his son Alexander, an attorney in Baltimore, MD. Nisbet discusses Alexander's recovery from influenza, problems facing universities and colleges, and the health of his family. Transcript included.

Location: I-McIntoshM-1965-2

Subject: Education, Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Benjamin Latrobe to Mary Latrobe
November 30, 1802

Architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe writes to Mary Hazlehurst Latrobe, his second wife, about his dinner with President Thomas Jefferson.  Latrobe discusses the other guests at the dinner and the his thoughts on building a drydock for the United...

Letter from Joseph Priestley to James Taylor
1803

Dr. Joseph Priestley writes to James Taylor with instructions regarding which picture of Dr. Priestley should be used. "The picture taken of me by Stewart at the request of the Philosophical Society is much better than that taken by Mr. Peale,"...

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F11

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Joseph Priestley to John Evans
January 8, 1803

Joseph Priestley writes to Rev. John Evans in London, thanking him for his "valuable book." Priestley sends a tract on baptism in return. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1990-5

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from William Irvine to William Simmons
February 1, 1803

Dickinson College Trustee William Irvine writes to William Simmons, Accountant of the War Department. Irvine's Army account has not yet been closed due to a supposed surplus of firewood drawn by his company.

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 to John Vaughan
December 26, 1803

Joseph Priestley sends instructions for printing his manuscript (Index to the Bible) and orders several copies of his Church History and Lectures. Priestley also tells John Vaughan that he is out of oysters. While "the...

Location: I-NeffG-1956-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

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:...

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 Charles Keith to Anne Nisbet
July 11, 1805

Charles Keith writes to Anne Nisbet regarding the death of her husband. "One of the best of Men is forever lost to his Friends and Mankind," as Keith observes. Keith also explains his decision to write Monody to the Memory of the Rev. Dr...

Location: I-TurnbullM-undated-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

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

Letter from Benjamin Rush to James Orbison
April 29, 1808

Dr. Benjamin Rush writes to James Orbison, the executor for the estate of William Thompson, and asks that Orbison pay an outstanding bill for medical expenses. "I have taken the liberty of" requesting payment "for medial attendance upon [...

Location: I-SpahrB-1950-11

Subject: Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from John Mason to the Associate Reformed Presbytery of New York
May 8, 1810

John Mitchell Mason writes to the Associate Reformed Presbytery of New York wishing to resign from his position as a minister. Mason does not want "to retain a station of which I cannot fulfill the duties" and he does not believe continuing this...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-27

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Richard Rush to E. Sergeant
April 5, 1811

Attorney Richard Rush writes E. S. Sergeant and discusses forwarding "the enclosed papers" that had been originally sent by a Mr. Brown. "Here is a little piece of business which it seems I am to trouble you with," as Rush explains.

Location: I-Purchase-1965-11

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from W. P. Maclay to Isabella Bell
September 13, 1811

W. P. Maclay writes to his aunt, Isabella Bell, regarding the recent death of his father. 

Location: I-Friends-1973-2

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Biographical Manuscript of Thomas Cooper
September 21, 1811

A biographical manuscript of Judge Thomas Cooper, a lecturer at Dickinson College, entitled "Extract of a letter from a gentleman in Carlisle." Composed for the Baltimore Federal Gazette, this manuscript details the judge's pious...

Letter from Benjamin Rush to Ashbel Green
October 15, 1811

Dr. Benjamin Rush writes to Dr. Ashbel Green about Dr. Muhlenberg's visit as well as the possibility of working with Robert Ralston. "I expect to see [Dr. Muhlenberg] tomorrow upon the important business contemplated by us," as Rush explains....

Location: I-SpahrB-1953-24

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Richard Rush to the Board of Health
December 18, 1811

Pennsylvania Attorney General Richard Rush writes to the members of an unspecified "Board of Health," stating his resignation as solicitor. Rush cites his recent appointment as Comptroller of the United States Treasury as the reason for his...

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-52

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

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