Personal and Family Life

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Letter from Joseph Priestley to James Taylor
1803

Dr. Joseph Priestley writes to James Taylor with instructions regarding which picture of Dr. Priestley should be used. "The picture taken of me by Stewart at the request of the Philosophical Society is much better than that taken by Mr. Peale,"...

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F11

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Joseph Priestley to John Evans
January 8, 1803

Joseph Priestley writes to Rev. John Evans in London, thanking him for his "valuable book." Priestley sends a tract on baptism in return. Transcript included.

Location: I-Friends-1990-5

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from William Irvine to William Simmons
February 1, 1803

Dickinson College Trustee William Irvine writes to William Simmons, Accountant of the War Department. Irvine's Army account has not yet been closed due to a supposed surplus of firewood drawn by his company.

Letter from Joseph Priestley Jr. to John Beckley
May 19, 1803

Joseph Priestley Jr. writes to John Beckley and asks about having a tract of land surveyed on behalf of his father, Dr. Joseph Priestley, who is "very unwell."

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F12

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Joseph Priestley to John Vaughan
December 26, 1803

Joseph Priestley sends instructions for printing his manuscript (Index to the Bible) and orders several copies of his Church History and Lectures. Priestley also tells John Vaughan that he is out of oysters. While "the...

Location: I-NeffG-1956-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Benjamin Rush to John Rush
May 4, 1805

Benjamin Rush responds to his son, Dr. John Rush's request for money to help him settle in Charleston, South Carolina. Benjamin responds that he is unable to furnish his son due to economic difficulties, including the upkeep for his other sons:...

Location: I-Friends-undated-4

Subject: Business and Industry, Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Charles Keith to Anne Nisbet
July 11, 1805

Charles Keith writes to Anne Nisbet regarding the death of her husband. "One of the best of Men is forever lost to his Friends and Mankind," as Keith observes. Keith also explains his decision to write Monody to the Memory of the Rev. Dr...

Location: I-TurnbullM-undated-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Joseph Priestley Jr. to Nicholas LeFevre
August 31, 1807

Joseph Priestley Jr. writes to Nicholas LeFevre about a proposed exchange of "my brick house in Northd." for lands in Catawissa.

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F12

Subject: Land and Real Estate, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Benjamin Rush to James Orbison
April 29, 1808

Dr. Benjamin Rush writes to James Orbison, the executor for the estate of William Thompson, and asks that Orbison pay an outstanding bill for medical expenses. "I have taken the liberty of" requesting payment "for medial attendance upon [...

Location: I-SpahrB-1950-11

Subject: Health and Medicine, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from John Mason to the Associate Reformed Presbytery of New York
May 8, 1810

John Mitchell Mason writes to the Associate Reformed Presbytery of New York wishing to resign from his position as a minister. Mason does not want "to retain a station of which I cannot fulfill the duties" and he does not believe continuing this...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-27

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

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

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

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...

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

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...

Location: I-AsbellY-2002-52

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Legal Documents, Samuel Anderson v. Kinsey Gittings
February 20, 1815 - March 6, 1816

Two legal documents, including an arrest warrant and an affidavit, regarding the case of Samuel Anderson v. Kinsey Gittings. Gittings is accused of assaulting Anderson. Roger Brooke Taney serves as the plaintiff's attorney. Transcript...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-37

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from John Adams to William Smith
May 30, 1815

Former President of the United States John Adams writes to his grandson, William Smith, about  his United States citizenship, and his lack of knowledge on what profession his grandson should pursue. Adams laments...

Location: I-SpahrB-1952-1

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

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Zachary Taylor to Daniel Parker
June 9, 1815

Captain Zachary Taylor writes to Inspector General Daniel Parker and resigns from the United States Army. After seven years of exemplary service, Taylor believes that he should have received a higher rank and more recognition. If he stays in the...

Location: I-SpahrB-1953-17

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from John Leamy to James Hamilton
December 19, 1815

John A. Leamy writes James Hamilton Jr. and expresses his hopes to visit Carlisle again. In addition, Leamy informs Hamilton of Napoleon Bonaparte's downfall as the ruler of France.

Location: I-Original-1815-1

Subject: International Affairs, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letters from Roger B. Taney and Jane Shaaff to Arthur Shaaff
August 14, 1820

Two letters, sent together to Arthur Shaaff in Scotland. In the first letter, Maryland State Senator Roger Brooke Taney writes to Arthur Shaaff and informs him about the state of his late father's estate and advises him not to abandon his...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-41

Subject: Economics and Finance, Education, Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Roger B. Taney to J. Meredith
April 11, 1821

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to another lawyer, J. Meredith, and agrees to accept Meredith's friends as a student in his law office. "Your friend will with pleasure be received into my office if he wishes it," as Taney notes. Taney also...

Location: I-PotamkinM-1982-1

Subject: Education, Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Mary Gurney to Charles Poulson
June 11, 1822

Mary Gurney writes to Charles A. Poulson and describes how she "went over to Brooklyn this morning" from New York City and recounts her activities during her brief stay.

Location: I-Purchase-1967-3

Subject: Personal and Family Life, Travel and Tourism

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

Letter from Anna Barbauld to Ritchard Taylor
February 17, 1824

Anna Laetitia Barbauld asks Ritchard Taylor to post a letter for her and to come visit.

Location: I-Friends-1974-10

Subject: Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

Letter from Robert Waln Jr. to Samuel Sitgreaves
May 24, 1824

Author Robert Waln, Jr. writes Pennsylvania politician Samuel Sitgreaves to ask for information about the life of James Wilson for a book entitled Biography of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence. Waln poses nine questions to...

Letter from Roger B. Taney to William Beall
March 22, 1826

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney writes to William Beall, a member of Andrew Jackson's Democratic Central Committee, regarding legal issues of a mutual acquaintance. "You have I presume heard of the unfortunate affair in which Romeo's son William was...

Location: I-AsbellY-2004-8

Subject: Legal Affairs, Personal and Family Life, Politics and Government

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1820-1839

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