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Letter from Joseph Priestley to Matthew Carey
April 2, 1802

Joseph Priestley writes to Matthew Carey, sending corrections for a draft of his book Church History.

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Matthew Carey
April 5, 1802

Joseph Priestley writes to Matthew Carey with proof of the Chart and corrections to Priestley's pamphlet Church History. Priestley also asks that the pamphlets are not advertised immediately. Transcript included.

Legal Document, Christian Neff v. Conrad Shafer
April 16, 1802

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney addresses this legal document to the Judges of Frederick County Court regarding the case of Christian Neff v. Conrad Shafer. Taney represents the prosecution.

Location: I-BeachW-1976-3

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: Legal Document, Christian Neff v. Conrad Shafer

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Alexander Nisbet
June 11, 1802

Charles Nisbet writes to his son Alexander, an attorney in Baltimore, MD. Nisbet discusses Alexander's recovery from influenza, problems facing universities and colleges, and the health of his family. Transcript included.

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

Ledger of John Montgomery, 1803-07
1803-1807

A description of this ledger is not currently available.

Receipt book of John Montgomery
1803-1808

A description of this ledger is not currently available.

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.

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 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...

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 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 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 James McKenzie to Charles Nisbet
January 30, 1804

James McKenzie writes a letter to President Charles Nisbet expressing apprehension over a potential invasion of Great Britain by France, and the precautions taken against it. "Our fleets are as formidable as our armies, and watch the motions of...

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

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