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Letter from Benjamin Latrobe to Mary Latrobe
November 30, 1802

Architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe writes to Mary Hazlehurst Latrobe, his second wife, about his dinner with President Thomas Jefferson.  Latrobe discusses the other guests at the dinner and the his thoughts on building a drydock for the United...

Letter from Joseph Priestley to James Taylor
1803

Dr. Joseph Priestley writes to James Taylor with instructions regarding which picture of Dr. Priestley should be used. "The picture taken of me by Stewart at the request of the Philosophical Society is much better than that taken by Mr. Peale,"...

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F11

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: Letter from Joseph Priestley to James Taylor

Letter from Joseph Priestley to John Evans
January 8, 1803

Joseph Priestley writes to Rev. John Evans in London, thanking him for his "valuable book." Priestley sends a tract on baptism in return. Transcript included.

Letter from William Irvine to William Simmons
February 1, 1803

Dickinson College Trustee William Irvine writes to William Simmons, Accountant of the War Department. Irvine's Army account has not yet been closed due to a supposed surplus of firewood drawn by his company.

Notice from Samuel Duncan to Charles Nisbet
March 17, 1803

Attorney Samuel Duncan sends this printed legal notice to Charles Nisbet, informing Nisbet that the house and lot he occupies are the property of John and Richard Penn.

Letter from Benjamin Latrobe to Hugh Henry Brackenridge
May 18, 1803

Benjamin Latrobe, the architect of Old West, writes to Dickinson College trustee Hugh Henry Brackenridge and explains his plan as well as his design choices for the building. This letter accompanies his sketches for the new building. Transcript...

Two Sketches of West College by Benjamin Latrobe
May 18, 1803

Architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe creates these two sketches as part of his proposal for the new academic building at Dickinson College. Latrobe's two sketches are for the north front and the basement of West College.

Letter from Hugh Henry Brackenridge to James Hamilton
May 19, 1803

Dickinson College trustee Hugh Henry Brackenridge writes to trustee James Hamilton about architect Benjamin Latrobe's plans for a new building (West College). Transcript included.

Letter from Joseph Priestley Jr. to John Beckley
May 19, 1803

Joseph Priestley Jr. writes to John Beckley and asks about having a tract of land surveyed on behalf of his father, Dr. Joseph Priestley, who is "very unwell."

Letter from Hugh Henry Brackenridge to James Hamilton
May 22, 1803

Dickinson College trustee Hugh Henry Brackenridge writes to another trustee, James Hamilton, and further discusses Benjamin Latrobe's design for the new building (West College) at the school. Transcript included.

Letter from Benjamin Rush to Unknown Recipient
July 9, 1803

Benjamin Rush writes to an unidentified doctor and thanks him for his long letter as well as the enclosed newspaper clippings. Rush is glad to hear that his publications are useful to the doctor, and he comments positively on this doctor's own...

Letter from Joseph Priestley Jr. to John Smith
August 29, 1803

Joseph Priestley Jr. writes to John Smith of Philadelphia (102 S. 18th St.) after receiving reports that Mr. Dean's tract of land is on a mountain top and not worth surveying.

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F12

Subject: Land and Real Estate

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: Letter from Joseph Priestley Jr. to John Smith

Letter from William Irvine to Henry Dearborn
October 10, 1803

William Irvine, who writes from Philadelphia, explains to Secretary of War Henry Dearborn that his salary as Superintendent of Military Stores is "too small for the support of my family."

Letter from William Irvine to Henry Dearborn
October 15, 1803

William Irvine writes Secretary of War Henry Dearborn and explains why his son resigned from the Indian Agency. Pennsylvania Governor Thomas McKean appointed Irvine’s son "to several of the most important offices" in a new county and "at the same...

Letter from Joseph Priestley to John Vaughan
December 26, 1803

Joseph Priestley sends instructions for printing his manuscript (Index to the Bible) and orders several copies of his Church History and Lectures. Priestley also tells John Vaughan that he is out of oysters. While "the...

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

"Monody to the Memory of the Rev. Dr. Charles Nisbet," by Charles Keith
1805

Charles Keith publishes this item a year after the death of Dr. Charles Nisbet.

Note: See Related Entries for a link to Keith's letter to Anne Nisbet on July 11, 1805.

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

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