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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.

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.

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

View Item: Letter from Joseph Priestley to Jeremy Bentham

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...

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 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...

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

Letter from John Dickinson to Caesar Rodney
May 21, 1779

Continental Congressman John Dickinson asks Caesar Rodney, President of Delaware, to convey a resolution to the Council of Assembly. The resolution dictates a state payment of forty-five hundred thousand dollars to the Continental Treasury....

Letters from John Dickinson to Nathanael Greene
1779-1781

John Dickinson writes two letters to Major General Nathanael Greene. Dickinson writes the first letter as a Continental Congressman and asks for details on transactions for supplies purchased by the Continental Army, including "camp equipage."...

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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

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