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Letter from John Montgomery to Richard Peters
June 6, 1758

Captain John Montgomery writes Richard Peters to recommend John Hadden for a commission as ensign.  Montgomery explains that his “Company are Desireous that no other person should have the commission but [Hadden].” Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1965-25

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: Before 1760

View Item: PDF icon Letter from John Montgomery to Richard Peters

Letter from John Montgomery to Thomas Lloyd
June 6, 1758

Captain John Montgomery writes to Major Thomas Lloyd in reply to letter received on June 3rd. "I will not be able to march to Lancaster of Friday next as you have requested as I am still raising men for my company." Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-1964-3

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: Before 1760

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Prayer Written by Charles Nisbet
April 18, 1759

Charles Nisbet writes this prayer, expressing contrition and hope, while in Edinburgh, Scotland. Transcript included.

Location: I-McIntoshM-1965-4

Subject: Religion and Spirituality

Format: Speeches and Sermons

Time Period: Before 1760

View Item: PDF icon Prayer Written by Charles Nisbet

Letter from Joseph Priestley to John Seddon
April 9, 1762

Joseph Priestley writes to John Seddon regarding Seddon's invitation to Liverpool, recent books, work, and news regarding lectures at the Academy. Transcript included.

Letter from the Pennsylvania Assembly to the Governor
May 25, 1764

Isaac Norris, the Speaker of the Pennsylvania Provincial Assembly, writes to Governor John Penn regarding legislation and the taxation of  property. "And as these Objections do not appear to use justly founded," Norris notes that "we have...

Letter from Joseph Priestley to John Seddon
circa 1765

Joseph Priestley writes to John Seddon, the secretary and librarian of Warrington Academy, regarding a divinity tutor at Warrington and new students.

Location: I-BeachW-1982-2

Subject: Education, Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Joseph Priestley to John Seddon

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 .

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.

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.

Letter from Joseph Priestley to the Duke of Northumberland
circa 1767

Joseph Priestley writes to the Duke of Northumberland, Hugh Percy, and asks for the Duke's patronage in order to write a history of experimental philosophy, continuing his previous work. Transcript included.

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...

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Anna Aikin
June 13, 1769

Joseph Priestley writes to Anna L. Aikin of Warrington Academy about her poetry on Corsica for James Boswell and Samuel Johnson. Priestley also provides Aikin with an update on his own writing. "My piece on Perspective is nearly ready for the...

Location: I-Friends-2010-1

Subject: Literary Pursuits

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Joseph Priestley to Anna Aikin

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.

Testimony of Charles Nisbet against John Wesley
August 7, 1770

The testimony of Charles Nisbet against the doctrines contained in an extract from the minutes of some late conversation between Reverend John Wesley and others at a public conference in London on August 7, 1770. Transcript included.

Location: I-TurnbullM-undated-3

Subject: Religion and Spirituality

Format: Meeting Minutes

Time Period: 1760-1779

View Item: PDF icon Testimony of Charles Nisbet against John Wesley

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Selina Hastings
July 26, 1771

Charles Nisbet writes to Selina Hastings, the Countess of Huntingdon, about Methodist leader John Wesley's success in England and other related religious issues. Wesley "has been but too successful in seducing many of the ignorant and unwary into...

Location: I-TurnbullM-undated-2

Subject: Religion and Spirituality

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1760-1779

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Charles Nisbet to Selina Hastings

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.

Bill of Exchange from John Dickinson to John Osgood
November 23, 1772

Philadelphia attorney John Dickinson sends this bill of exchange for 100 pounds to pay John Hanbury Osgood, who is in London.

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...

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...

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

View Item: PDF icon Letter from James Wilson to Jasper Yeates

Letter from George Wood to Jasper Yeates
October 10, 1774

George Wood sends an order to Jasper Yeates to pay a debt to John Montgomery.  Includes Montgomery's receipt dated October 19, 1774.

Receipt for Wheat from John Montgomery to Curtis and Peter Grubb
October 27, 1774

John Montgomery issues a receipt for wheat to Curtis and Peter Grubb.

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

View Item: PDF icon Letter from Joseph Priestley to Jeremy Bentham

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

Second Continental Congress Representative John Adams writes to James Warren, a judge in Watertown, Massachusetts, and discusses the arrival of gunpowder, the formation of a continental treasury, and asks if "your new Legislative and Executive...

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...

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