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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...

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

View Item: Legal Notice Signed by James Oliver

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.

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...

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.

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

View Item: Receipt Signed by John Montgomery

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.

Letter from John Montgomery to Jasper Yeates
April 3, 1777

John Montgomery writes to Captain Jasper Yeates concerning impending Indian War.  As he believes that residents are unprepared and in need of immediate assistance, Montgomery asks Captain Yeates to write a Mr. Wilson for assistance. "I tremble...

Letter from John Dickinson to Benjamin Rush
June 14, 1777

John Dickinson acknowledges the receipt of Benjamin Rush's pamphlet and mentions that he would only reenter Pennsylvania affairs to serve America. Dickinson also thanks Rush, a physician, for his attention to his daughter who is "well-recovered...

Letter from William Irvine to David Grier
June 25, 1777

William Irvine writes  Lieutenant Colonel David Grier and discusses officers, new recruits, and supplies.  Transcript included. Irvine, a colonel of the 7th Pennsylvania Regiment, writes this letter from Carlisle, where he is on parole after...

Location: I-Friends-2013-4

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

View Item: Letter from William Irvine to David Grier

Letter from Nathanael Greene and Richard Humpton to Francis Gurney
November 7, 1777

Major General Nathanael Greene and Colonel Richard Humpton, both officers in the Continental Army, write Lieutenant Colonel Francis Gurney to certify that he is innocent of providing any support or information to the United Kingdom. After "being...

Letter Edward Biddle to Jasper Yeates and Matthias Slough
September 24, 1778

Edward Biddle writes to Jasper Yeates and Matthias Slough regarding "a favourable crisis approaching" in the form of the Constitutionalist party, then dominating the Pennsylvania government. They appeal to Yeates and Slough to form "a general...

Location: I-Purchase-1958-3

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

View Item: Letter Edward Biddle to Jasper Yeates and Matthias Slough

Receipt for Return of a Slave from James A. Wilson
October 27, 1780

James A. Wilson of Middleton Township signs this receipt for the return of an eight year old male slave.

Letter from James Wilson to Francis Hopkinson
February 18, 1781

James Wilson, United States Supreme Court Justice and signer of the Declaration of Independence, wries to Francis Hopkinson, Judge of the Court of Admiralty of Pennsylvania, regarding the Brigantine Ariel. Transcript included.

Letter from William Irvine to Joseph Reed
August 9, 1781

General William Irvine writes to Joseph Reed, President of the Supreme Executive Council of Pennsylvania, about preparations to meet expected attempt to rescue the convention prisoners at Lancaster and York.  Irvine also notes his concern with...

Location: I-Purchase-1954-31

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

View Item: Letter from William Irvine to Joseph Reed

Letter from Benjamin Rush to Susan Stockton
August 18, 1781

Benjamin Rush writes to his sister-in-law, Susan Stockton, with directions for making a husband unhappy without incurring the character of a bad wife. Rush states, "in a word you must be opposite to him in everything." Transcript included. 

Location: I-SpahrB-1953-23

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

View Item: Letter from Benjamin Rush to Susan Stockton

Last Will and Testament of William Thompson
August 27, 1781

A copy of the Last Will and Testament of Revolutionary War General William Thompson, certified on October 6, 1781.

Letter from William Irvine to Richard Butler
November 24, 1782

Brigadier General William Irvine writes Colonel Richard Butler in Carlisle to address ongoing operations against the Indians, land speculation, and the limited prospects of frontier officers. Transcript included.

Letter from John Dickinson to Benjamin Rush
1783

John Dickinson writes to Benjamin Rush and offers the idea for the commission of William Bingham, a trustee, to solicit funds for Dickinson College in England. Transcript included.

Letter from James Smith to Frederick Muhlenberg
February 24, 1783

James Smith, a signer of the Declaration of Independence as a representative of Pennsylvania, writes to Frederick Muhlenberg and complains that Mr. Lyon refuses to pay for cattle purchased to feed the troops at Carlisle. Transcript included.

Warrant for Soldier’s Pay from John Dickinson for William Henderson
April 17, 1783

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson signs this warrant to pay William Henderson, the Pay Master of the Cavalry of the Pennsylvania Line, for his service as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. David Rittenhouse, Esquire, is listed on the...

Engraving of John Dickinson
May 15, 1783

Two engravings of Dickinson College founder John Dickinson. The engravings, by by B.B.E., are published by R. Wilkinson in London.

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-14

Subject: Visual and Performing Arts

Format: Engravings and Illustrations

Time Period: 1780-1799

View Item: Engraving of John Dickinson

Letter from Robert Morris to Don Luis Unzaga y Amezao
May 30, 1783

United States Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris writes to Don Luis Unzaga y Amezago, Governor of Cuba, about the return of Mr. Brown from his secret mission to Havana.  Mr. Brown returns with the object that was the purpose of his mission...

Letter from John Dickinson to Thomas Smith
June 14, 1783

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson writes to Thomas Smith, a loan officer, and explains settling the certificates that public officers used to pay for supplies, the payment of interest, and how to account for depreciation.

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