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Letter from Joseph Priestley to Joseph Berrington
1804

Joseph Priestley writes to Joseph Barrington a few days before his death on February 6, 1804 about his views on Christianity. Almost thirty years later, the National Gazette and Literary Register prints Priestley's letter on November 13...

Letter from Ralph Bowie to John Montgomery
January 17, 1804

Ralph Bowie writes to John Montgomery, the President of the Board of Trustees of Dickinson College, in an attempt to settle Dr. Charles Nisbet's claims against the College. Transcript included.

Letter from William Rawle to Isaac Wharton
November 14, 1804

Attorney William Rawle writes to Isaac Wharton and discusses a legal case. "His claim can be decided either way on the present exhibits," as Rawle explains.

Location: I-Friends-1973-7

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: Letter from William Rawle to Isaac Wharton

Letter from William Rawle to Isaac Wharton
November 24, 1804

Attorney William Rawle writes to Isaac Wharton and explains his decision to not take sides in the prosecution of the Holland Company. The reverse side of the document includes a separate letter from Isaac Wharton to Robert Waln, in which Wharton...

Location: I-Friends-1973-7

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: Letter from William Rawle to Isaac Wharton

Letter from Isaac Wharton to Robert Waln
November 24, 1804

Isaac Wharton writes to Robert Waln and discusses attorney William Rawle's decision to note take sides in the prosecution of the Holland Company. The reverse side of the document includes a separate letter from William Rawle to Isaac Wharton, in...

Location: I-Friends-1973-7

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: Letter from Isaac Wharton to Robert Waln

Legal Document, William Clements v. Rhesa Hobbs
circa 1805

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney addresses this legal document to the Judges of Frederick County Court regarding the case of William Clements v. Rhesa Hobbs. Taney represents the prosecution.

Location: I-BeachW-1971-3

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: Legal Document, William Clements v. Rhesa Hobbs

Legal Document, Moses Wright v. Martin Garber and Adam Fingbone
May 2, 1805

Roger Brooke Taney, who serves as the plaintiff's attorney, writes this legal document about a case (Moses Wright vs. Martin Garber and Adam Fingbone) that involves collecting a debt. Wright wants the court to order Garber and Fingbone,...

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:...

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

View Item: Letter from Charles Keith to Anne Nisbet

Legal Document, Lawrence Shell v. John Geiger
circa 1806

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney addresses this legal document to the Judges of Frederick County Court regarding the case of Lawrence Shell v. John Geiger. Taney represents the prosecution.

Location: I-BeachW-1971-3

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: Legal Document, Lawrence Shell v. John Geiger

Letter from Joseph St. Leger d'Happart to James Hamilton
September 24, 1806

Joseph St. Leger d'Happart writes to James Hamilton about travelling from Carlisle to Pittsburgh as well as business during the trip.

Letter from Joseph St. Leger d'Happart to James Hamilton
November 27, 1806

Joseph St. Leger d'Happart writes to James Hamilton, , a lawyer and member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees, about various business affairs.

Legal Document, Philip Six v. Frederick Forney
February 16, 1807

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes this note to an unspecified Mr. Ritchie on the case Philip Six v. Frederick Forney.

Location: I-KeatleyG-1971-1

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: Legal Document, Philip Six v. Frederick Forney

Legal Documents, John Ritchie v. Thomas Noland
February 27, 1807 - circa 1809

Three legal documents, including an arrest warrant for Thomas Noland, regarding the case of John Ritchie v. Thomas Noland for an unpaid debt. Roger Brooke Taney serves as John Ritchie's attorney.

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...

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...

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.

Legal Document, Vincendiera v. Lawrence Talbott
January 30, 1808

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney addresses this legal document to the Judges of Frederick County Court regarding the case of Vincendiera v. Lawrence Talbott. Taney represents the prosecution.

Location: I-BeachW-1971-3

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: Legal Document, Vincendiera v. Lawrence Talbott

Legal Documents, John Clemson v. Joseph Howard
February 18, 1808 - July 1809

Three legal documents, including an arrest warrant for Joseph Howard, regarding the case of John Clemson v. Joseph Howard for an unpaid debt of $44. Roger Brooke Taney serves as plaintiff's attorney.

Letter from J. M. Thompson to James Hamilton
April 6, 1808

J. M. Thompson writes to James Hamilton, a lawyer and member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees, about the failure of the governor to commission Mr. Steel as a coroner.

Location: I-ValeM-1947-65

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: Letter from J. M. Thompson to James Hamilton

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...

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 [...

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...

Note from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient
September 3, 1808

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to an unspecified Mr. Ritchie about a legal case, John Kephart vs. Lawson Luckett.

Location: I-BeachW-1986-5

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: Note from Roger B. Taney to Unknown Recipient

Power of Attorney for James Hamilton
December 15, 1808

James Hamilton Sr. signs this power of attorney to grant James Houston the legal authority to act on his behalf on various financial matters.

Location: I-Friends-1975-14

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: Power of Attorney for James Hamilton

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