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Paycheck from John Dickinson to Jacob Bower
July 14, 1783

Dickinson College founder John Dickinson signs a paycheck to Captain Jacob Bower of the 6th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Line.

Letter from William Bingham to John Montgomery
August 10, 1783

William Bingham writes from London to John Montgomery in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Bingham discusses the prospect of British aid to the new college and comments on the conflict between the United States and the United Kingdom. "At present the...

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...

Warrant for Wages from John Dickinson for Frederick Snider
September 1, 1783

Warrant for wages from John Dickinson for Frederick Sneider's service as door keeper. Transcript included.

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-51

Subject: Economics and Finance

Format: Financial Documents

Time Period: 1780-1799

View Item: PDF icon Warrant for Wages from John Dickinson for Frederick Snider

Charter of Dickinson College
September 9, 1783

The charter establishing Dickinson College, approved in the minutes of the Trustees of the College, September 9, 1783.

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

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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...

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...

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...

Warrant for Soldier's Pay from John Dickinson for John Hays
October 8, 1783

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

Letter from William Bingham to Thomas Fitzsimons
Novevember 29, 1783

William Bingham writes to Thomas Fitzsimons on Britain's attitude toward the United States in political and commercial affairs. Bingham is a member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees.

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

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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...

Letter from William Bingham to the Dickinson College Board of Trustees
December 29, 1783

William Bingham writes from London to the Dickinson College Board of Trustees concerning his attempts to get support from the British for the College. Bingham, who serves as a trustee from 1783 to 1803, admits that he has "been exceedingly...

Letter from William Bingham to Benjamin Rush
February 6, 1784

Statesman William Bingham writes Benjamin Rush and compares the conditions in England with those in the United States in terms of government, economics, and immigration. "Whilst the United States have the pleasing Prospect of daily increasing in...

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...

Letter from John Carson to Robert McPherson
March 29, 1784

John Carson writes to Robert McPherson, a member of the Board of Trustees, and discusses Charles Nisbet's qualifications as a candidate for President of Dickinson College. As "I was honoured with that Gentlemans personal acquaintance," Carson...

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...

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...

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...

Letter from John Dickinson to Robert Magaw
July 8, 1784

John Dickinson writes Robert Magaw regarding Paul Randolph's note for 24 pounds. Transcript included.

Location: I-ValeM-1947-72

Subject: Economics and Finance

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

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Letter from William Irvine to John Dickinson
July 23, 1784

General William Irvine writes John Dickinson, the President of Pennsylvania, and recommends Erkurius Beatty's appointment as an officer. "He will do great justice to an appointment of Lieutenant, in the Corps to be raised, should that rank be...

Location: I-SpahrB-1964-10

Subject: Military Affairs and Conflict

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1780-1799

View Item: PDF icon Letter from William Irvine to John Dickinson

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...

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...

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,...

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