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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 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

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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

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 William Turnbull to Alexander Nisbet
March 19, 1806

William Turnbull writes to Alexander Nisbet inquiring as to whether he had informed a W. Bowie of the particulars of a new account with the Trustees of Dickinson. Turnbull also invites Nisbet to the christening of his son. Transcript included....

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

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