1760-1779

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Commonplace Book of Elizabeth G. Fergusson
1770-1787

Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson's commonplace book contains handwritten poems and transcriptions of correspondence dating from 1770 to 1787. The poetry includes odes, elegies, and neoclassical-style poems written by Fergusson and others, such as her...

Location: MC 2006.3, B1, F1

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Diaries and Journals

Time Period: 1760-1779, 1780-1799

Legal Opinion of John Dickinson on George Churchman case
June 16, 1770

Attorney John Dickinson writes this legal opinion regarding George Churchman's case, which is centered on a disagreement over land. "I have concluded ... that Churchman's title to the Land in Dispute, is good in Law," as Dickinson notes.

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-18

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Testimony of Charles Nisbet against John Wesley
August 7, 1770

The testimony of Charles Nisbet against the doctrines contained in an extract from the minutes of some late conversation between Reverend John Wesley and others at a public conference in London on August 7, 1770. Transcript included.

Location: I-TurnbullM-undated-3

Subject: Religion and Spirituality

Format: Meeting Minutes

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Selina Hastings
July 26, 1771

Charles Nisbet writes to Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon, about Methodist leader John Wesley's success in England and other related religious issues. Wesley "has been but too successful in seducing many of the ignorant and unwary into...

Location: I-TurnbullM-undated-2

Subject: Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from John Dickinson to Samuel C. Morris & Mr. Cadwalader (Copy)
November 30, 1771

John Dickinson writes to Samuel Cadwalader Morris and a Mr. Cadwalader to request the payment of eight pounds and six pence to Mr. Henry Maag. This letter is a copy of the original. Transcript included.

Location: MC 2001.13, B1, F1

Subject: Economics and Finance

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from John Armstrong to James Armstrong
April 30, 1772

John Armstrong writes to his son James about his attempt to seek his fortune in the West Indies.  Armstrong also discusses news of General William Irvine, Dr. McCoskry, Dr. Benjamin Rush, and Mr. Waddell. Transcript included.

Bill of Exchange from John Dickinson to John Osgood
November 23, 1772

Philadelphia attorney John Dickinson sends this bill of exchange for 100 pounds to pay John Hanbury Osgood, who is in London.

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-24

Subject: Business and Industry, Economics and Finance

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Legal Document, Stevenson & Thompson v. Ross & Cole
May 28, 1773

Attorney James Wilson prepares this legal document about auditing accounts for the case of Stevenson & Thompson v. Ross & Cole. Both sides agree that "matters of account between them" will be referred to John Potts, John Patton, and...

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-11

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Legal Document, Robert Urie v. Joseph Hudson
July 24, 1773

This legal notice, which is related to the case of Robert Urie v. Joseph Hudson, calls for the Sheriff of Cumberland County to collect the debt that Hudon owes Urie. Judge James Wilson signed this document and John Armstrong witnessed it...

Letter from James Wilson to Jasper Yeates
March 25, 1774

Attorney James Wilson writes to Jasper Yeates and discusses upcoming cases he will try in Cumberland, York, and Northumberland counties. Wilson also announces the birth of his son.

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-21

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from John Dickinson to Samuel C. Morris
May 4, 1774

John Dickinson writes Samuel Cadwalader Morris to confirm a financial matter and asks Morris to forward the enclosed letters. Transcript included.

Location: MC 2001.13, B1, F1

Subject: Economics and Finance

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from George Wood to Jasper Yeates
October 10, 1774

George Wood sends an order to Jasper Yeates to pay a debt to John Montgomery.  Includes Montgomery's receipt dated October 19, 1774.

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-24

Subject: Economics and Finance, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Receipt for Wheat from John Montgomery to Curtis and Peter Grubb
October 27, 1774

John Montgomery issues a receipt for wheat to Curtis and Peter Grubb.

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-24

Subject: Economics and Finance, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Jeremy Bentham
March 19, 1775

Joseph Priestley writes to Jeremy Bentham, returning a friend's paper and alerting Bentham that he will be in the country for a month. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1964-12

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams (Copy)
July 24, 1775

John Adams, a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, writes to Abigail Adams on the state of creating a new country. "The difficulty and intricacy of it is prodidous," as Adams explains, "when 50 or 60 men have a Constitution to form for a...

Location: I-Purchase-1972-1

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from John Adams to James Warren (Copy)
July 24, 1775

Second Continental Congress Representative John Adams writes to James Warren, a judge in Watertown, Massachusetts, and discusses the arrival of gunpowder, the formation of a continental treasury, and asks if "your new Legislative and Executive...

Legal Notice Signed by James Oliver
January 10, 1776

James Oliver writes this notice of judgment against Thomas Buchanan for debt to "the Constable of East Pennsborough and to the Keeper of the Gaol of said county."

Location: I-Original-1776-1

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Four Receipts Issued to Jasper Yeates
June 11 - June 20, 1776

John Montgomery, Hugh Patrick, George Newberry and Paul Zantzinger issue receipts for various items between June 11 and June 20, 1776 to Jasper Yeates.

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-23

Subject: Economics and Finance, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from John Dickinson to Charles Lee
July 25, 1776

John Dickinson writes Continental Army General Charles Lee to explain his opinion on the Declaration of Independence. "I cannot agree with You, that a Declaration of Independence...

Letter from John Dickinson to James Wilson
July 26, 1776

Continental Congressman John Dickinson writes to his colleague, James Wilson, and asks him to support General Charles Lee's request for financial assistance related to " his Estate being confiscated in England." "I do most earnestly beg of You to...

Location: MC 2001.13, B1, F1

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from the Commissioners of Indian Affairs to Benjamin Morgan
October 25, 1776

The Commissioners of Indian Affairs of the Middle Department at Fort Pitt write to merchant Benjamin Morgan and order flints for militia companies under the command of Captain Pigman, Captain Sullivan, Captain Baird, and Captain Shields. The...

Location: I-SpahrB-1955-6

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Native Americans

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from Thomas Walker to the Committee of Congress for Indian Affairs
November 9, 1776

Thomas Walker writes the Committee of Congress for Indian Affairs and asks that they pay Joseph Simon and John Campbell for the "sundry merchandize" that they provided "for the use of this Department." John Montgomery, John Harris, and Jasper...

Receipt Signed by John Montgomery
December 4, 1776

Continental Congress delegate John Montgomery issues this receipt to John Harvie and Jasper Yeates for ninety pounds paid to messenger William Wilson.

Location: I-Original-1776-2

Subject: Business and Industry, Economics and Finance, Native Americans

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Receipt Signed by John Montgomery
December 4, 1776

John Montgomery issues this receipt to John Harvie and Jasper Yeates for the sum borrowed from Frederick Ferree by the Commission of Indian Affairs.

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-18

Subject: Economics and Finance, Native Americans

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Receipt for Militia Account between Jasper Yates and the Continental Congress
February 7, 1777

John Montgomery issues a receipt for funds paid by the Continental Congress to Jasper Yeates and himself for militia pay and allowance.

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-22

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

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