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"Moral Philosophy - Of Economics," by Charles Nisbet
1788-1789

Volume 3 of an unpublished manuscript transcription of 200 lectures on moral philosophy delivered by President Charles Nisbet at Dickinson College Dec. 1, 1788 to May 13, 1789, transcribed by student Samuel S. Mahon, class of 1789. (v. 1. Moral philosophy -- v. 2. Of moral laws -- v. 3. Of...

Location: SC-Vault Nisbet 5, v.3

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Education, Literary Pursuits

Format: Notes and Notebooks

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Bingham to William Irvine
February 26, 1789

Continental Congress delegate William Bingham writes to William Irvine, discussing the funding and future of Dickinson College. Irvine serves on Dickinson's Board of Trustees. Transcript included.

Letters from Wilhelmina Nisbet to Charles Nisbet
1789-1792

Wilhelmina Nisbet, the Countess of Leven, writes three letters to Charles Nisbet a series of letters regarding religious affairs in the United States and Great Britain as well as Nisbet's position at President of Dickinson College. One "young gentleman" reported, as Wilhelmina explains, that "...

Address from the Third Commencement by Charles Nisbet
June 2, 1789

President Charles Nisbet delivers this address to the third graduating class of Dickinson College at commencement on June 2, 1789. John Young, a member of the Class of 1788, transcribed the address. Transcript included.

Location: SC Vault Nisbet 37

Subject: Dickinson College Events, Dickinson College History, Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1780-1799

Address after a “Short Vacation” by Charles Nisbet
November 2, 1789

President Charles Nisbet delivers this address to students on May 13, 1787 after a "short vacation." John Young, a member of the Class of 1788, transcribed the address. Transcript included.

"Generosi et Dominae," by John Wilson (Draft)
1790

John Wilson prepares these two drafts of his Latin oration, entitled "Generosi et Dominae," in 1790. Wilson is a member of the Class of 1792. The second draft is hand-bound with pages from an old newspaper, including advertisements on the front cover that offer rewards for capturing fugitive...

Location: I-BlackT-1954-2

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Benjamin Rush to Thomas Smith
February 26, 1790

Benjamin Rush writes to Thomas Smith of Carlisle, Pennsylvania regarding efforts to raise funds for Dickinson, including a petition to the Pennsylvania legislature for additional financial support. Dr. Charles Nisbet's statements about the Dickinson college, however, create a serious problem. "...

Letter from John Young to William Young
January 18, 1791

John Young writes William Young, a bookseller and printer in Philadelphia, to express his intentions to withdraw his subscription for The Universal Asylum, and Columbian Magazine. "As Doctor [Charles Nisbet's] Course of Lectures is to close in about ten days," John explains that he will...

Belles Lettres Society Diploma - Charles Ross
1792

Charles Ross, a member of the Class of 1792, receives this diploma as a member of the Belles Lettres Society in 1792.

Location: Diploma Collection

Subject: Education

Format: Certificates and Diplomas

Time Period: 1780-1799

Lectures on Languages Criticism by Charles Nisbet
1792?

James Martin, a college student during the fall of 1792, records verbatim a series of 65 lectures on literary criticism as delivered by Charles Nisbet, President of Dickinson College.

Manuscript of 25 lectures on languages (beginning Aug. 16, [1792?], p. 1-127) and 65 lectures on...

Location: SC-Vault Nisbet 18

Subject: Dickinson College Student Life, Education, Literary Pursuits

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Michael Taney
February 6, 1792

Dickinson College President Charles Nisbet writes to Michael Taney in which he discusses the importance of parental guidance in education and praises the conduct of his son, Roger Brooke Taney. Roger Taney is a member of the class of 1795. Transcript included.

Bachelor of Arts Diploma - John Wilson
May 5, 1792

John Wilson receives his Bachelor of Arts Diploma from Dickinson College on May 5, 1792.

Location: Diploma Collection

Subject: Education

Format: Certificates and Diplomas

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Jonathan Ingham
January 14, 1793

Dickinson College President Charles Nisbet writes to Dr. Jonathan Ingham of Bucks County, Pennsylvania with reflections on education, politics, international affairs, as well as other contemporary American issues. Transcript included.

Farewell Address by John Wilson to His Students
August 27, 1793

John Wilson addresses his students in Southampton, Bucks County, stressing the importance of a varied education, living an active life, and maintaining upright moral conduct.

Location: I-BlackT-1954-3

Subject: Education

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from David Erskine to Charles Nisbet
February 26, 1795

David Erskine, the Earl of Buchan, writes a letter to Dickinson President Charles Nisbet in which he recommends John Millar and laments Nisbet's difficulties in finding a literary society in Carlisle. Erskine also comments on how he deals with the political issues of the day. "I have never...

Letter from William Irvine to Callender Irvine
April 9, 1795

William Irvine, a member of the Board of Trustees, writes to his son, Callender Irvine (Class of 1794), and offers advice regarding his career choices. William also mentions the Presque Isle affair as well as the death of Mrs. Samuel Lyon.

Location: I-SpahrB-1963-11

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Education, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Master of Arts Diploma - John Wilson
September 30, 1795

John Wilson (Class of 1792) receives his Master of Arts Diploma from Dickinson College on September 30, 1795.

Location: Diploma Collection

Subject: Education

Format: Certificates and Diplomas

Time Period: 1780-1799

Bill from Dickinson College to William Irvine
May 9, 1797

Dickinson College issues an itemized bill to William Irvine for the education of his sons Callender (Class of 1794) and William N. (Class of 1798).

Ledger of John Montgomery, 1798-1808
1798-1808

A description of this ledger is not currently available.

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.

Location: I-McIntoshM-1965-2

Subject: Education, Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

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 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 included.

Location: RG 1/1 - 5.4.1

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

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.

Location: RG 1/1 - 5.4.2

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Maps and Diagrams

Time Period: 1800-1819

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.

Location: RG 1/1 - 5.4.1

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

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