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Letter from C. W. Hare to Samuel Bryan
August 19, 1801

C. W. Hare writes to Samuel Bryan about a financial matter on the behalf of William Bingham, a member of the Dickinson Board of Trustees. Hare inquires about obstacles that have kept the payment of a certificate from being completed and asks...

Location: I-SpahrB-undated-12

Subject: Economics and Finance, Personal and Family Life

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

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Letter from Joseph St. Leger d'Happart to James Hamilton
October 28, 1801

Joseph St. Leger d'Happart writes to James Hamilton, a lawyer and member of the Dickinson College Board of Trustees, thanking him for the pleasant stay while in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.

Letter from Charles Nisbet to Alexander Nisbet
December 11, 1801

Charles Nisbet writes to his son Alexander, an attorney in Baltimore, and offers advice on various topics. "Taverns," as Charles explains, are "the slaughter-houses of the most part of the youth of this country" and should be avoided. Charles...

Manuscript Page from Joseph Priestley's Notes on All the Books of Scripture
circa 1802

This manuscript page is from an early draft of Joseph Priestley's Notes on All the Books of Scripture. Most of the text on this page appears in volume 3, pages 154-155 of Priestley's Notes on All the Books of Scripture, for the use...

Letter from Joseph St. Leger d'Happart to James Hamilton
January 21, 1802

Joseph St. Leger d'Happart writes to James Hamilton asking if General William Irvine is still residing with him and, if so, could he provide details about any land grants that involved the late Captain William Thompson between 1773 and 1778. 

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Matthew Carey
April 2, 1802

Joseph Priestley writes to Matthew Carey, sending corrections for a draft of his book Church History.

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Matthew Carey
April 5, 1802

Joseph Priestley writes to Matthew Carey with proof of the Chart and corrections to Priestley's pamphlet Church History. Priestley also asks that the pamphlets are not advertised immediately. Transcript included.

Legal Document, Christian Neff v. Conrad Shafer
April 16, 1802

Attorney Roger Brooke Taney addresses this legal document to the Judges of Frederick County Court regarding the case of Christian Neff v. Conrad Shafer. Taney represents the prosecution.

Location: I-BeachW-1976-3

Subject: Legal Affairs

Format: Legal and Government Documents

Time Period: 1800-1819

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Letter from Charles Nisbet to Alexander Nisbet
June 11, 1802

Charles Nisbet writes to his son Alexander, an attorney in Baltimore, MD. Nisbet discusses Alexander's recovery from influenza, problems facing universities and colleges, and the health of his family. Transcript included.

Letter from Benjamin Latrobe to Mary Latrobe
November 30, 1802

Architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe writes to Mary Hazlehurst Latrobe, his second wife, about his dinner with President Thomas Jefferson.  Latrobe discusses the other guests at the dinner and the his thoughts on building a drydock for the United...

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

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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.

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.

Notice from Samuel Duncan to Charles Nisbet
March 17, 1803

Attorney Samuel Duncan sends this printed legal notice to Charles Nisbet, informing Nisbet that the house and lot he occupies are the property of John and Richard Penn.

Letter from Benjamin Latrobe to Hugh Henry Brackenridge
May 18, 1803

Benjamin Latrobe, the architect of Old West, writes to Dickinson College trustee Hugh Henry Brackenridge and explains his plan as well as his design choices for the building. This letter accompanies his sketches for the new building. Transcript...

Two Sketches of West College by Benjamin Latrobe
May 18, 1803

Architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe creates these two sketches as part of his proposal for the new academic building at Dickinson College. Latrobe's two sketches are for the north front and the basement of West College.

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."

Letter from Hugh Henry Brackenridge to James Hamilton
May 19, 1803

Dickinson College trustee Hugh Henry Brackenridge writes to trustee James Hamilton about architect Benjamin Latrobe's plans for a new building (West College). Transcript included.

Letter from Hugh Henry Brackenridge to James Hamilton
May 22, 1803

Dickinson College trustee Hugh Henry Brackenridge writes to another trustee, James Hamilton, and further discusses Benjamin Latrobe's design for the new building (West College) at the school. Transcript included.

Letter from Benjamin Rush to Unknown Recipient
July 9, 1803

Benjamin Rush writes to an unidentified doctor and thanks him for his long letter as well as the enclosed newspaper clippings. Rush is glad to hear that his publications are useful to the doctor, and he comments positively on this doctor's own...

Letter from Joseph Priestley Jr. to John Smith
August 29, 1803

Joseph Priestley Jr. writes to a John Smith of Philadelphia (102 S. 18th St.) after receiving reports that Mr. Dean's tract of land is on a mountain top and not worth surveying.

Location: MC 1998.1, B1, F12

Subject: Land and Real Estate

Format: Letters/Correspondence

Time Period: 1800-1819

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Letter from William Irvine to Henry Dearborn
October 10, 1803

William Irvine, who writes from Philadelphia, explains to Secretary of War Henry Dearborn that his salary as Superintendent of Military Stores is "too small for the support of my family."

Letter from William Irvine to Henry Dearborn
October 15, 1803

William Irvine writes Secretary of War Henry Dearborn and explains why his son resigned from the Indian Agency. Pennsylvania Governor Thomas McKean appointed Irvine’s son "to several of the most important offices" in a new county and "at the same...

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...

Letter from Joseph Priestley to Joseph Berrington
1804

Joseph Priestley writes to Joseph Barrington a few days before his death on February 6, 1804 about his views on Christianity. Almost thirty years later, the National Gazette and Literary Register prints Priestley's letter on November 13...

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