Personal and Family Life

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Sermon, undated (Box 1, folder 8)
1880-1938

William Van Bergen Tudor (1832-1916) graduated from Dickinson College in 1850 and earned a Doctor of Divinity degree from Centenary College in Louisiana in 1872. He served as a minister in the Baltimore Conference of the Methodist Episcopal...

Collection Inventory: PDF icon mc2005.02.pdf

Letter, 1809 (Box 2, folder 12)
1766-1897

The collection consists of the papers of the families of Jacob and Cornelius Vanderbilt, farmers and tax assessors of Newton Township, Cumberland County, Pa. Accounts of the Civil War are included among family correspondence, bills, accounts, and...

Collection Inventory: PDF icon mc2001.14.pdf

Journal, 1950 (Box 10, folder 5)
1914-1985

Paul Walker (1896-1985) was a 1921 graduate of Dickinson College and a longtime contributing editor and columnist with the Harrisburg Patriot-News; his column "Roundabout" appeared for over ten years. This collection is comprised of...

Collection Inventory: PDF icon mc2003.10.pdf

Sermon, 1877 (Box 1, folder 17)
1837-1890

The collection contains papers of Ferdinand de Wilton Ward (1812-1891) concerning the Central Church in Geneseo, New York, the American Bible Society, and the genealogy of the Ward family. Also in the collection are a journal of Ward's voyage to...

Collection Inventory: PDF icon mc2000.06.pdf

Notebook, 1762 (Box 1, folder 1)
1762-1817

The Anthony Wayne collection consists of four notebooks kept by Anthony, Charles, and Isaac Wayne. The two notebooks belonging to Anthony Wayne, dated 1762 to 1764, contain notes on mathematics and surveying; the notebook of Charles Wayne also...

Collection Inventory: PDF icon mc2003.11.pdf

Letters, 1928-1929 (Box 1, folder 5)
1924-1934

Emma Catherine Wentzel graduated from Dickinson College in 1934. This collection contains correspondence received during her high school and college years.

Collection Inventory: PDF icon mc2007.01.pdf

The Uses of Bibliography, Lecture II: “The Bibliographer and the Makers of the Book” (typescript), 1953
1928-1965

The Willoughby collection is divided into three series and housed in four document boxes. It is comprised mostly of drafts of literary works, contained in the Literary Productions series, as well as correspondence, mostly relating to his...

Collection Inventory: PDF icon mc2011.05.pdf

Ephemera, 1901 (Box 1, folder 71)
1880-c.1950

This collection consists of nine scrapbooks relating to John Perry Wood (1879-1959), Dickinson College class of 1901 and Yale University School of Law class of 1902, and his family. Most of the scrapbooks deal with aspects of family life:...

Collection Inventory: PDF icon mc2009.03.pdf

Legal Opinion of John Dickinson on Joseph Yard’s Will
September 21, 1765

Attorney John Dickinson writes this legal opinion regarding Joseph Yard's will .

Location: I-SpahrB-1958-18

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from Charles Nisbet to the Minister of Drumelzier
February 24, 1767

Charles Nisbet writes to the Minister of Drumelzier and inquires about various events since his visit three months ago. Nisbet also requests updates on several ministers as well as a few other individuals. "Does [Mr. Plummer] continue his nightly...

Location: I-TurnbullM-undated-4

Subject: Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from John Armstrong to James Armstrong
April 30, 1772

John Armstrong writes to his son James about his attempt to seek his fortune in the West Indies.  Armstrong also discusses news of General William Irvine, Dr. McCoskry, Dr. Benjamin Rush, and Mr. Waddell. Transcript included.

Letter from James Wilson to Jasper Yeates
March 25, 1774

Attorney James Wilson writes to Jasper Yeates and discusses upcoming cases he will try in Cumberland, York, and Northumberland counties. Wilson also announces the birth of his son.

Location: I-SpahrB-1966-21

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Jeremy Bentham
March 19, 1775

Joseph Priestley writes to Jeremy Bentham, returning a friend's paper and alerting Bentham that he will be in the country for a month. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1964-12

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams (Copy)
July 24, 1775

John Adams, a delegate to the Second Continental Congress, writes to Abigail Adams on the state of creating a new country. "The difficulty and intricacy of it is prodidous," as Adams explains, "when 50 or 60 men have a Constitution to form for a...

Location: I-Purchase-1972-1

Subject: Education, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

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...

Location: I-SpahrB-1955-4

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

Receipt for Return of a Slave from James A. Wilson
October 27, 1780

James A. Wilson of Middleton Township signs this receipt for the return of an eight year old male slave.

Location: I-BeetemC-1968-1

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from Benjamin Rush to Susan Stockton
August 18, 1781

Benjamin Rush writes to his sister-in-law, Susan Stockton, with directions for making a husband unhappy without incurring the character of a bad wife. Rush states, "in a word you must be opposite to him in everything." Transcript included. 

Location: I-SpahrB-1953-23

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

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

Letter from William Bingham to John Jay
December 2, 1783

William Bingham welcomes John Jay, an American politician and diplomat, to England and invites Jay to visit him in London. "I am happy at being informed of your Safe Arrival at Bath," as Bingham notes. Bingham serves as a member of the Dickinson...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-19

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

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...

Letter from William Irvine to Unknown Recipient
July 29, 1784

William Irvine writes to recommend Ebenezer Denny as "a young man of good private character" who "conducted himself with propriety." Irvine notes that Denny had served as a "Lieutenant in the Pennsylvania Line" from 1780 "to the end of the War...

Location: I-SpahrB-1963-10

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

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

Page from an Account Book of a Philadelphia Hatter
August - November 1785

This page from an account book of a hatter based in Philadelphia includes purchases by John Dickinson, John Montgomery, and Stephen Duncan.

Location: I-SpahrB-1954-10

Subject: Business and Industry, Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from James Wilson to William Bingham
May 30, 1786

James Wilson invites William Bingham to spend an hour the following evening visiting with him.

Location: I-Friends-1975-26

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

Letter from John Erskine to Charles Nisbet
May 23, 1787

John Erskine writes to Dickinson College President Charles Nisbet with news of home and a list of books that he will send for "your College library." Erskine also mentions a letter from Dr. Benjamin Rush, in which Rush notes that the College "was...

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