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Letter from Richard Rush to E. Sergeant
April 5, 1811

Attorney Richard Rush writes E. S. Sergeant and discusses forwarding "the enclosed papers" that had been originally sent by a Mr. Brown. "Here is a little piece of business which it seems I am to trouble you with," as Rush explains.

Location: I-Purchase-1965-11

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Richard Rush to E. Sergeant

Legal Document, William R. King v. Sampson Delashmitt
April 26, 1811

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney addresses this legal document to the Judges of Frederick County Court regarding the case of William R. King v. Sampson Delashmitt. Taney represents the prosecution.

Location: I-BeachW-1971-3

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Legal Document, William R. King v. Sampson Delashmitt

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Joshua Gist
April 27, 1811

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to Col. Joshua Gist with advice on a legal matter. After researching the issue, Taney concludes that Gist is "entitled to the rents." As soon as Gist sends "a copy of the Lease," Taney explains how he "will take...

Location: I-SpahrB-1969-6

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Roger B. Taney to Joshua Gist

Letter from Richard Rush to William Jenkins
May 11, 1811

Pennsylvania Attorney General Richard Rush writes to William Jenkins about the case of Spangler v. the Commonwealth. As Rush could not attend, he asks Jenkins to "conduct the argument upon the part of the commonwealth" on his behalf.

Location: I-Friends-1976-4

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Richard Rush to William Jenkins

Bellles Lettres Society Diploma - William Brown
August 6, 1811

William Brown, a member of the Class of 1812, receives this diploma as a member of the Belles Lettres Society on August 6, 1811.

Location: Diploma Collection

Subject: Education

Format: Certificates and Diplomas

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Bellles Lettres Society Diploma - William Brown

Letter from W. P. Maclay to Isabella Bell
September 13, 1811

W. P. Maclay writes to his aunt, Isabella Bell, regarding the recent death of his father. 

Location: I-Friends-1973-2

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Letter from W. P. Maclay to Isabella Bell

Biographical Manuscript of Thomas Cooper
September 21, 1811

A biographical manuscript of Judge Thomas Cooper, a lecturer at Dickinson College, entitled "Extract of a letter from a gentleman in Carlisle." Composed for the Baltimore Federal Gazette, this manuscript details the judge's pious...

1811 Commencement Program
September 25, 1811

This copy of the printed program for the 1811 commencement exercises shows the members of the graduating class and the presentations that they and other speakers were scheduled to deliver.

Location: Dickinsoniana Programs

Subject: Dickinson College Events

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon 1811 Commencement Program

Letter from Benjamin Rush to Ashbel Green
October 15, 1811

Dr. Benjamin Rush writes to Dr. Ashbel Green about Dr. Muhlenberg's visit as well as the possibility of working with Robert Ralston. "I expect to see [Dr. Muhlenberg] tomorrow upon the important business contemplated by us," as Rush explains....

Location: I-SpahrB-1953-24

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Benjamin Rush to Ashbel Green

Catalogue of the Faculty and Students of Dickinson College, 1811-12
December 1811

The Dickinson College catalog for the 1811-1812 academic year. Through the years, the annual catalog was variously titled "The Bulletin," "Catalogue and Register," "Course Catalog," and similar variants. The catalog typically includes the list of...

Letter from Richard Rush to the Board of Health
December 18, 1811

Pennsylvania Attorney General Richard Rush writes to the members of an unspecified "Board of Health," stating his resignation as solicitor. Rush cites his recent appointment as Comptroller of the United States Treasury as the reason for his...

Legal Document, Edward Thomas v. William King
December 21, 1811

Attorney Richard Fenn addresses this legal document to the Judges of Frederick County Court regarding the case of Edward Thomas v. William King. Roger Brooke Taney (Class of 1795) represents the defendant.

Location: I-BeachW-1971-3

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Legal Document, Edward Thomas v. William King

Legal Document, Charles L. Perrie v. Thomas C. Scott
1812

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes this legal document regarding the case of Charles L. Perrie v. Thomas C. Scott.

Location: I-KeatleyG-1971-1

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Legal Document, Charles L. Perrie v. Thomas C. Scott

Letter to Isaac Wayne from Unknown Author
January 21, 1812

A lawyer writes Isaac Wayne (Class of 1792) to inform him that a "Report of Auditor" had been issued "in your favor for about $3000" and had obtained the foreclosure of a plantation. "In all my practice I have never as yet witnessed so much...

Location: I-Friends-2004-1

Subject: Business and Industry, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Letter to Isaac Wayne from Unknown Author

Letter from Richard Rush to David Gelston
February 3, 1812

US Treasury Comptroller Richard Rush writes to David Gelston requesting "a statement in the case of Abraham S. Hallet, who claims debentures for a quantity of merchandize [sic] shipped by him."

Location: I-BeachW-1986-6

Subject: Business and Industry, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Richard Rush to David Gelston

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Independent Gist
February 19, 1812

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to Independent Gist and offers legal counsel about the purchase of land. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-42

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Roger B. Taney to Independent Gist

Legal Document, Thomas Gist v. William Durbin, Jr.
June 23, 1812

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes this legal document regarding the case of Thomas Gist v. William Durbin, Jr. Taney represents the prosecution.

Location: I-BeachW-1971-3

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Legal Document, Thomas Gist v. William Durbin, Jr.

Letter from Roger B. Taney to Clotworthy Birnie
July 23, 1812

Lawyer Roger Brooke Taney (Class of 1795) writes to Clotworthy Birnie, offering legal advice regarding the latter's arrest for assault. Transcript included.

Location: I-BeachL-1971-2

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Roger B. Taney to Clotworthy Birnie

Catalogue of the Faculty and Students of Dickinson College, 1811-12
August 1812

A Catalogue of the Faculty and Students of Dickinson College from August 1812.

Letter from John Wallace to Robert Coleman and James Hopkins
August 25, 1812

John Bradford Wallace writes to Robert Coleman and James Hopkins, who have been nominated to a secret meeting of Federalists in New York. According to Bradford, the group's mission is to "change the administrations which are so fatally conducting...

"Hints on Education," by Charles Nisbet
September 1812

While Charles Nisbet wrote "Hints on Education" around the time he became the first President of Dickinson College around 1785, it was not published in The Port Folio until 1812. Transcript included.

Charles Nisbet, "Hints on...

Legal Document, Thomas Wilson v. Frederick and Ezekiah Linthicum
September 19, 1812

This affidavit involves the case of Thomas P. Wilson v. Frederick and Ezekiah Linthicum, which is a dispute about a debt owed by the late Zachariah Linthicum. Roger Brooke Taney serves as the plaintiff's attorney. Transcript included....

1812 Commencement Program
September 30, 1812

This copy of the printed program for the 1812 commencement exercises shows the members of the graduating class and the presentations that they and other speakers were scheduled to deliver.

Location: Dickinsoniana Programs

Subject: Dickinson College Events

Format: Memorabilia and Ephemera

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon 1812 Commencement Program

Legal Document, John Fenn v. Joshua Plummer
October 23, 1812

This legal document is for the case of John Fenn v. Joshua Plummer. The case, which centers on a land dispute, also involves Richard Fenn and Philip Duvall. Roger Brooke Taney serves as the plaintiff's attorney. Transcript included. ;...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-34

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Legal Document, John Fenn v. Joshua Plummer

Legal Document, Peregrine Warfield v. Jacob Schleich
November 27, 1812

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney addresses this legal document to the Judges of Frederick County Court regarding the case of Peregrine Warfield v. Jacob Schleich. Taney represents the prosecution.

Location: I-BeachW-1971-3

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

View Item: PDF icon Legal Document, Peregrine Warfield v. Jacob Schleich

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