Politics and Government

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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...

Letter from Samuel Atlee and Francis Johnston to John Dickinson
September 13, 1784

Pennsylvania politician Samuel John Atlee and Colonel Francis Johnston write to Pennsylvania Governor John Dickinson and request the balance of funds that the "House of Assembly were pleased to make" for "the transportation of the Indian goods...

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-17

Subject: Economics and Finance, Native Americans, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from John Dickinson to Speaker of the Pennsylvania General Assembly
November 8, 1784

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson asks the Speaker of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to distribute the "inclosed Dispatches" to other members of the General Assembly. Transcript included.

Location: MC 2001.13, B1, F2

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Bingham to Benjamin Rush
November 10, 1784

Statesman William Bingham writes from Paris to Benjamin Rush in Philadelphia. Bingham responds to Rush's previous displeasing letter and discusses United States politics and his travels abroad. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-20

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

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...

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...

Letter from William Irvine to Robert Magaw
July 28, 1787

William Irvine writes to Robert Magaw that Dickinson College Trustees' memorial to Congress was favorably reported from committee. Irvine also notes that he has advised Senator William Grayson to send his nephew, a Mr. Orr, to Dickinson....

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...

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...

Letter from John Dickinson to Tench Coxe
July 14, 1788

Former President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson writes to Confederation Congress delegate Tench Coxe, commenting on the ratification of the United States Constitution by New Hampshire (the required ninth and final state) and the creation of the...

Location: I-AsbellY-1975-5

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

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.

Letters from Charles Nisbet to William Young, 1790-91
1790-1791

Dickinson President Charles Nisbet writes a series of five letters to William Young that mostly focus on Nisbet's transactions with Young as a printer and book dealer. Nisbet criticizes the August issue of one of Young's magazines, declaring it "...

Letter from William Irvine to John Nicholson
March 4, 1790

William Irvine writes to John Nicholson about the political situation, especially the assumption of state debts by the federal government and "whether Elections for members of Congress, would be best in districts or general Election." Irvine, a...

Location: I-BeachW-1976-5

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Benjamin Rush to Thomas Fitzsimons
August 5, 1790

Benjamin Rush writes to Thomas Fitzsimons about a recent funding law and business conditions in the United States. While "lands sell and settle rapidly," Rush argues that "our vitals are unsound and we must finally perish under the weight of Mr....

Letter from Catharine Graham to George Washington (Draft)
March 1791

Draft of a Catharine Macaulay Graham's letter to President George Washington. Graham expresses concern for Washington's health and the French Revolution. Transcript included.

Location: I-Purchase-1967-1

Subject: Health and Medicine, International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

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 Charles Nisbet to Unknown Recipient
August 10, 1791

Dickinson President Charles Nisbet discusses in what appears to be a postscript how a farmer in Chambersburg has discovered a great body of iron ore. Nisbet also discusses new treaties with Native American tribes as well as the large number of...

Letters from Charles Nisbet to Mary Nisbet
1791-1799

Dickinson President Charles Nisbet writes thirteen letters to his daughter, Mary Nisbet, offering advice on marriage and family life in addition to discussions of domestic and political affairs. Transcripts included.

Letter from William Irvine to John Nicholson
January 14, 1792

William Irvine, a member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees, writes to John Nicholson regarding a letter from an unspecified Mrs. Spring. Transcript included.

Location: I-Purchase-1964-11

Subject: Legal Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Thomas Jefferson to William Short (Copy)
March 18, 1792

Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson writes to William Short, the US minister to the Netherlands, with instructions regarding his duties as treaty commissioner to Spain. "It is hoped that in consequence of my former letter, you will have made the...

Location: I-SpahrB-1953-13

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letters from Charles Nisbet to William Young, 1792-93
1792-1793

Charles Nisbet writes a seven letters to William Young from 1792 to 1793 that mostly focus on Nisbet’s transactions with Young as a printer and book dealer. Nisbet discusses various works with religious and political themes, such as Augustus...

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...

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 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.

Letters from Charles Nisbet to William Young, 1794-95
1794-1795

Dickinson President Charles Nisbet writes six letters to William Young from 1794 to 1795 that focus mostly on international affairs and political issues. Nisbet expresses worry over potential military conflict between the United States and Great...

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