Politics and Government

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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 at this time will...

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 advocate [Lee's] Cause, and to speak to as many...

Location: MC 2001.13, B1, F1

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

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 Yeates also sign the letter. The reverse side of the...

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 for the Poor Inhabitants who are almost unprovid'd...

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." Dickinson wrote this letter after the defeat of a...

Location: I-SpahrB-1955-4

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

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 exertion at the next election - that the Management...

Location: I-Purchase-1958-3

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

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. Transcript included.

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." Dickinson writes the second letter as President of...

Letter from David Erskine to Charles Nisbet
circa 1780

David Erskine, the Earl of Buchan, writes a letter to Charles Nisbet expressing that he does not sympathize with Nisbet's disappointment at being prevented "by the Calvinist party in Pennsylvania" from leaving Scotland to accept "your appointment at Carlisle projected college." Erskine also...

Letter from William Irvine to Richard Butler
November 24, 1782

Brigadier General William Irvine writes Colonel Richard Butler in Carlisle to address ongoing operations against the Indians, land speculation, and the limited prospects of frontier officers. Transcript included.

Letter from Robert Morris to Don Luis Unzaga y Amezao
May 30, 1783

United States Superintendent of Finance Robert Morris writes to Don Luis Unzaga y Amezago, Governor of Cuba, about the return of Mr. Brown from his secret mission to Havana.  Mr. Brown returns with the object that was the purpose of his mission.

Location: I-SellersC-1950-2

Subject: International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from John Dickinson to Thomas Smith
June 14, 1783

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson writes to Thomas Smith, a loan officer, and explains settling the certificates that public officers used to pay for supplies, the payment of interest, and how to account for depreciation.

Location: I-SpahrB-1964-1

Subject: Economics and Finance, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from John Dickinson to Elias Boudinot
June 27, 1783

Pennsylvania Governor John Dickinson asks Elias Boudinot, the President of Congress, for copies of the last two dispatches. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1951-5

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Bingham to Thomas Fitzsimons
November 29, 1783

William Bingham writes to Thomas Fitzsimons on Britain's attitude toward the United States in political and commercial affairs. Bingham is a member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees.

Location: I-SpahrB-1960-8

Subject: Business and Industry, International Affairs, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Bingham to Benjamin Rush
January 1, 1784

William Bingham writes to Benjamin Rush from London and discusses the state of financial support for Dickinson College. Bingham references the Pennsylvania Mutiny of 1783, stating "the abdication of congress is a severe blow on the interests of Philadelphia..." He also discusses the political...

Letter from William Bingham to Benjamin Rush
February 6, 1784

Statesman William Bingham writes Benjamin Rush and compares the conditions in England with those in the United States in terms of government, economics, and immigration. "Whilst the United States have the pleasing Prospect of daily increasing in Power and political Importance," Bingham explains...

Letter from John Carson to Robert McPherson
March 29, 1784

John Carson writes to Robert McPherson, a member of the Board of Trustees, and discusses Charles Nisbet's qualifications as a candidate for President of Dickinson College. As "I was honoured with that Gentlemans personal acquaintance," Carson explains that Dr. Benjamin Rush "requested" an "...

Location: I-Purchase-1923-1

Subject: Dickinson College Administration, Education, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from James Wilson to William Bingham
May 15, 1784

Dickinson College Trustee James Wilson writes to William Bingham regarding a loan Wilson seeks from an unspecified Mr. Lettsom. Wilson also discusses the opening of Land Offices and the possibility of changes to the Pennsylvania state constitution. Transcript included.

Letter from Benjamin Rush to Charles Nisbet
August 30, 1784

Benjamin Rush writes a letter to Charles Nisbet discussing various religious and political parties in Pennsylvania and their relative support for the endowment of Dickinson College. Rush states that "a great body of the most respectable Presbyterians" are the "men who love [Nisbet's] character...

Letter from Samuel Atlee and Francis Johnston to John Dickinson
September 13, 1784

Pennsylvania politician Samuel John Atlee and Colonel Francis Johnston write to Pennsylvania Governor John Dickinson and request the balance of funds that the "House of Assembly were pleased to make" for "the transportation of the Indian goods and stores to the Northward and Westward."

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-17

Subject: Economics and Finance, Native Americans, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from John Dickinson to Speaker of the Pennsylvania General Assembly
November 8, 1784

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson asks the Speaker of the Pennsylvania General Assembly to distribute the "inclosed Dispatches" to other members of the General Assembly. Transcript included.

Location: MC 2001.13, B1, F2

Subject: Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from William Bingham to Benjamin Rush
November 10, 1784

Statesman William Bingham writes from Paris to Benjamin Rush in Philadelphia. Bingham responds to Rush's previous displeasing letter and discusses United States politics and his travels abroad. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-20

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Charles Nisbet to John Dickinson
December 18, 1784

Dickinson College President Charles Nisbet writes to John Dickinson lamenting the "divisions that distract" the United States. He also acknowledges the honor bestowed upon him by Dickinson and the trustees of Dickinson College. Transcript included. 

Letters from John Dickinson to Benjamin Rush
1786-1803

John Dickinson writes ten letters to Benjamin Rush on a number of different topics, including the administrative affairs of Dickinson College, the state of political affairs in the United States, political philosophy, and the death of Dickinson's wife, Mary. Transcripts included.

Letter from William Irvine to Robert Magaw
July 28, 1787

William Irvine writes to Robert Magaw that Dickinson College Trustees' memorial to Congress was favorably reported from committee. Irvine also notes that he has advised Senator William Grayson to send his nephew, a Mr. Orr, to Dickinson. Transcript included.

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