Legal and Government Documents

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Deed for Land Sold by John Dickinson to William Killen
August 12, 1766

John Dickinson sells the tract of land, "Brothers Portion," near Dove, Kent County in Delaware to William Killen on August 12, 1766. Dickinson signs the deed with his personal seal and Caesar Rodney signs it as the Recorder.

Location: O-SpahrB-1965-3

Subject: Economics and Finance, Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Land Agreement Signed by John Montgomery
November 18, 1766

Continental Congress delegate John Montgomery signs this agreement to take up 150 acres of land on Jack's Creek in Cumberland County.

Location: I-HunterW-1974-1

Subject: Carlisle and Cumberland County, Land and Real Estate

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Legal Opinion of John Dickinson on George Churchman case
June 16, 1770

Attorney John Dickinson writes this legal opinion regarding George Churchman's case, which is centered on a disagreement over land. "I have concluded ... that Churchman's title to the Land in Dispute, is good in Law," as Dickinson notes.

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-18

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Legal Document, Stevenson & Thompson v. Ross & Cole
May 28, 1773

Attorney James Wilson prepares this legal document about auditing accounts for the case of Stevenson & Thompson v. Ross & Cole. Both sides agree that "matters of account between them" will be referred to John Potts, John Patton, and...

Location: I-SpahrB-1959-11

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Legal Document, Robert Urie v. Joseph Hudson
July 24, 1773

This legal notice, which is related to the case of Robert Urie v. Joseph Hudson, calls for the Sheriff of Cumberland County to collect the debt that Hudon owes Urie. Judge James Wilson signed this document and John Armstrong witnessed it...

Legal Notice Signed by James Oliver
January 10, 1776

James Oliver writes this notice of judgment against Thomas Buchanan for debt to "the Constable of East Pennsborough and to the Keeper of the Gaol of said county."

Location: I-Original-1776-1

Subject: Economics and Finance, Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from the Commissioners of Indian Affairs to Benjamin Morgan
October 25, 1776

The Commissioners of Indian Affairs of the Middle Department at Fort Pitt write to merchant Benjamin Morgan and order flints for militia companies under the command of Captain Pigman, Captain Sullivan, Captain Baird, and Captain Shields. The...

Location: I-SpahrB-1955-6

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Native Americans

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Last Will and Testament of William Thompson
August 27, 1781

A copy of the Last Will and Testament of Revolutionary War General William Thompson, certified on October 6, 1781.

Location: I-MoyermanS-1963-1

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Warrant for Soldier’s Pay from John Dickinson for William Henderson
April 17, 1783

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson signs this warrant to pay William Henderson, the Pay Master of the Cavalry of the Pennsylvania Line, for his service as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. David Rittenhouse, Esquire, is listed on the...

Location: I-SpahrB-1949-3

Subject: Economics and Finance, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Warrant for Soldier’s Pay from John Dickinson for James Butler
August 14, 1783

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson signs this warrant to pay James Butler, a Corporal in the Eleventh Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line, for his service as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. David Rittenhouse, Esquire, is listed on the...

Location: I-SpahrB-1949-3

Subject: Economics and Finance, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Military Discharge for James Girdler
September 30, 1783

General William Irvine issues this discharge to James Girdler on September 30, 1783. This document warns that it "shall not avail the bearer as a discharge until the ratification of the definitive treaty of peace." Girdler served in the Third...

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-21

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Warrant for Soldier’s Pay from John Dickinson for James Chrystie
September 30, 1783

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson signs this warrant to pay Captain James Chrystie, of the Pennsylvania Line, for his service as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. David Rittenhouse, Esquire, is listed on the document as the treasurer...

Location: I-SpahrB-1949-3

Subject: Economics and Finance, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Warrant for Soldier’s Pay from John Dickinson for Alexander Parker
October 3, 1783

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson signs this warrant to pay Captain Alexander Parker, of the Pennsylvania Line, for his service as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. David Rittenhouse, Esquire, is listed on the document as the...

Location: I-SpahrB-1949-3

Subject: Economics and Finance, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Warrant for Soldier’s Pay from John Dickinson for Isaac Vanhorne
October 6, 1783

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson signs this warrant to pay Captain Isaac Vanhorne, of the Pennsylvania Line, for his service as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. David Rittenhouse, Esquire, is listed on the document as the treasurer...

Location: I-SpahrB-1949-3

Subject: Economics and Finance, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Warrant for Soldier’s Pay from John Dickinson for James Gibbons
December 3, 1783

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson signs this warrant to pay Captain James Gibbons, of the Pennsylvania Line, for his service as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. David Rittenhouse, Esquire, is listed on the document as the treasurer...

Location: I-SpahrB-1949-3

Subject: Economics and Finance, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Warrant for Soldier’s Pay from John Dickinson for John Barber
March 2, 1784

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson signs this warrant to pay John Barber, a Sergeant in the 11th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line, for his service as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. David Rittenhouse, Esquire, is listed on the...

Location: I-SpahrB-1949-3

Subject: Economics and Finance, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Warrant for Soldier’s Pay from John Dickinson for Henry Martin
April 19, 1784

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson signs this warrant to pay Henry Martin, a "Captain of the Navy of Pennsylvania," for his service as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. David Rittenhouse, Esquire, is listed on the document as the...

Location: I-SpahrB-1949-3

Subject: Economics and Finance, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Warrant for Soldier’s Pay from John Dickinson for Evan Edwards
June 30, 1784

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson signs this warrant to pay Major Evan Edwards, of the 11th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line, for his service as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. David Rittenhouse, Esquire, is listed on the document...

Location: I-SpahrB-1949-3

Subject: Economics and Finance, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Warrant for Soldier’s Pay from John Dickinson for Edward Coyle
August 14, 1784

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson signs this warrant to pay Edward Coyle, a Corporal in the 11th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line, for his service as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. Coyle receives three pounds, twelve shillings,...

Location: I-SpahrB-1949-3

Subject: Economics and Finance, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Warrant for Soldier’s Pay from John Dickinson for Edward Coyle
August 14, 1784

President of Pennsylvania John Dickinson signs this warrant to pay Edward Coyle, a Corporal in the 11th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line, for his service as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. Coyle receives three pounds and twelve shillings...

Location: I-SpahrB-1949-3

Subject: Economics and Finance, Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Deed for Land Sold by Pennsylvania to John Culbertson
November 8, 1784

John Culbertson receives this deed for 300 acres in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. John Dickinson, as President of the Supreme Executive Council, signs the deed on November 8, 1784.

Location: I-BeachW-2010-2

Subject: Land and Real Estate

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Sworn Affidavit of Benjamin Rush about a Soldier's Pay Certificate
April 17, 1786

Benjamin Rush signs this affidavit that attests that William Ford's payment certificate for service as a soldier is the property of Dickinson College. Ford's certificate, which is worth $80, is no. 77369 and dated July 1, 1784.

Sworn Affidavit of Benjamin Rush about a Soldier's Pay Certificate
April 17, 1786

Benjamin Rush signs this affidavit that attests that Arthur [Gillas'?] payment certificate for service as a soldier is the property of Dickinson College. Arthur's certificate is no. 77395 and dated July 1, 1784.

Sworn Affidavit of Benjamin Rush about a Soldier's Pay Certificate
April 17, 1786

Benjamin Rush signs this affidavit that attests that Joseph Fletcher's payment certificate for service as a soldier is the property of Dickinson College. Fletcher's certificate, which is worth $80, is no. 77580 and dated July 1, 1784.

Sworn Affidavit of Benjamin Rush about a Soldier's Pay Certificate
April 17, 1786

Benjamin Rush signs this affidavit that attests that Christopher Finnigan's payment certificate for service as a soldier is the property of Dickinson College. Finnigan's certificate is no. 75525 and dated July 1, 1784.

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