Letter from William Bingham to Benjamin Rush

Letter from William Bingham to Benjamin Rush
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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 situation in the United Kingdom, including the "Radical Reformation" of the East India Company. Bingham also mentions recent advancements in hot air balloon technology. "Air Balloons... have been made capable of Supporting the Weight of Several Persons, who have been Suspended thereto, & who have traversed the Distance of Forty Miles in the Regions of the Air," as Bingham notes. Transcript included.

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MC 2001.13, B1, F6
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