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Early National Politics

MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
unknown
Dates:
1787
Abstract:  

Benjamin Franklin's annotated copy of the first printing of the Constitution (Philadelphia: Dunlap and Claypoole, 1787).
Call #:  
Mss.342.73.Un3c.d
Extent:
1 items



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Du Pont, Victor Marie, 1767-1827
Dates:
1795-1797
Abstract:  

This correspondence is with Louis Etienne Duhail and Theodore C. Mazard.
Call #:  
Mss.B.D938v
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Pereira de Azambuja, Jacob Frederico Torlade, 1788-1847
Dates:
1833
Abstract:  

Jacob Frederico Torlade Pereira de Azambuja was the Portuguese chargé d'affaires in the United States from 1829-1834. His essay on the monetary system of Portugal was presented to the American Philosophical Society in October 1833, and was read at the meeting of Oct. 18. Written in Portuguese, the essay deals with one of the burning issues of the Jacksonian era, the money system, by examining the history of coinage and the money system in Portgual from the earliest times.
Call #:  
Mss.332.4946.Az1m
Extent:
1 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Erb, Lawrence
Dates:
1794-1803
Abstract:  

This collection contains applications to possess and operate stills and to retail spirits and liquors, receipts for distilled liquors, accounts of monies collected by Lawrence Erb and James Brice. Pennsylvania counties covered are Berks, Fayette, Franklin, Philadelphia, and York.
Call #:  
Mss.336.27.M414
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Feinstone, Sol,1888-1980,colle
Dates:
1773-1888
Abstract:  

This collection of documents includes letters, broadsides, bills of sale, deeds of purchase, and wills, relating to various slaves. There are also documents from notable Americans concerning the slave question, such as John Brown, Frederick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, and Andrew Jackson.
Call #:  
Mss.326.F33
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Dawes, Elizabeth F.
Dates:
1681-1921
Abstract:  

These documents are principally of Pennsylvania interest, 1757-1809, including letters to Richard I. Manning from John C. Calhoun, Marquis de Lafayette, George McDuffie, and William Wirt. There are also letters of Clement C. Biddle, James Buchanan, Francis J. Grund, James Madison, Timothy Pickering, and William H. Seward. In addition, there are several musical scores (n.d.) and 19 cancelled checks (1861-1871) drawn by Ticknor and Fields in Boston, to the order of various American authors.
Call #:  
Mss.973.D32
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Bache, Sarah Franklin, 1743-1808
Dates:
1768-1807
Abstract:  

Sarah Franklin Bache (1743-1808), a Revolutionary War patriot and daughter of Benjamin Franklin, led an active public life according to the standards of womanhood in the late eighteenth century. As the daughter of Benjamin Franklin she had an unusual access, for a woman, to the political life in revolutionary Philadelphia. Although her primary role was of caretaker of her family and home, Bache played an active role in the Revolution through her relief work and as her father's political hostess. The Sarah Franklin Bache papers consist of incoming and outgoing correspondence ranging from 1768 to 1807 mostly of a personal nature to and from friends and relatives. The correspondence of her relatives includes her nephew William Temple Franklin, her brother William Franklin and her children.
Call #:  
Mss.B.B1245
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Lee, Richard Henry, 1732-1794
Dates:
1766-1823
Abstract:  

A politician and arch revolutionary, Richard Henry Lee was an impassioned supporter of American independence from the mid-1760s. Born into one of the most prominent families in the colony on January 20, 1732, Lee was bred to a political life, serving in the Virginia House of Burgesses during the Stamp Act and Non-importation crises, helping convey his state into the revolutionary camp. As a delegate to the Continental Congress, Lee was the first to officially move that a declaration of independence be drafted, and he ended his public career as a principled opponent of ratification of the Constitution and as Virginia's first U.S. Senator. He died at home in Virginia in June 1794. A small, but highly valuable collection, the papers of Richard Henry Lee document the political life and activities of one of the most ardent revolutionaries in Virginia. The 0.5 linear feet of letters (193 items), most addressed to Lee, are an important resource for study of pre-Revolutionary political agitation in Virginia, the increasing connections forged between the colonies, and the political course of the war. To a lesser degree the collection documents Lee's late-life anti-federalism. Among the major correspondents are Lee's brothers Arthur and William, and such leaders in the revolutionary cause as George Washington, Samuel Adams, Charles Lee, John Adams, and Thomas Paine.
Call #:  
Mss.B.L51
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Miles, Samuel, 1740-1805
Dates:
1776-1802
Abstract:  

Correspondence and an autobiographical sketch of the French and Indian War and Revolutionary War service of Samuel Miles. A native Pennsylvanian, Miles raised and commanded a regiment of riflemen, but was captured near Flatbush in August 1776, during the battle of Long Island. He was held as a prisoner of war in New York until his exchange in April 1778. Miles subsequently served as Mayor of Philadelphia and was a presidential elector in 1796.
Call #:  
Mss.B.M589
Extent:
16 items



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Price, Eli K. (Eli Kirk), 1797-1884
Dates:
1820-1853
Abstract:  

These papers concern business and legal affairs, and include Price's writings on the law of real and personal property, and private wrongs. Also includes a letter to Daniel Webster.
Call #:  
Mss.B.P926
Extent:
0.25 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creators:
Clark, William, 1770-1838 | Lewis, Meriwether, 1774-1809
Dates:
1804-1806
Abstract:  

Meriwether Lewis and William Clark were explorers. This collection contains the manuscript journals kept by Lewis and Clark on their travels to the source of the Missouri River and across the continent to the Pacific Ocean. There are interlineations throughout by Nicholas Biddle, who published his narrative "History of the Expedition of Captains Lewis and Clark" (1814).
Call #:  
Mss.917.3.L58
Extent:
30 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Woodruff, Robert.
Dates:
1785-1788
Abstract:  

Robert Woodruff was secretary to John Anstey, Loyalists' Claims Commissioner. This journal relates his travels with John Anstey. He describes the towns he visited, and comments on episodes of the American Revolution and on the Federal Convention and state ratifying conventions. The journal covers a trip through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, South Carolina and Georgia. He and Anstey spent a night at Mount Vernon in 1786. Mentions B. Franklin, G. Washington, APS Hall. Also refers to Five Nations country, Georgia's warfare with Creek Indians, and Chief McGillivray. For identification, see G. Washington's Diary, Dec.11, 1786.
Call #:  
Mss.917.4.W852
Extent:
1 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Bache, Catherine Wistar, 1770-1820
Dates:
1788-1822
Abstract:  

Catherine Wistar Bache (1805-1886) was the point of connection between two of Philadelphia's most illustrious families of the late eighteenth century. Daughter of the physician Caspar Wistar, in November 1797 she married Dr. William Bache, who was the son of Richard Bache and the grandson of Benjamin Franklin. Primarily letters to Mrs. Bache (wife of Dr. William Bache) of Philadelphia, from Mrs. David Hosack (nee Mary Eddy), Mrs. Elizabeth Trist, and Mary Jones. The letters are personal and concern family life, activities of husbands, etc., with many references to Caspar Wistar, There are comments on diseases, education (at William and Mary College), war, and politics. References are also made to the deaths of Richard Bache and Caspar Wistar, and to Benjamin Franklin's Stockado (a musical instrument).
Call #:  
Mss.B.B124
Extent:
0.75 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Grotjahn, Peter Adolph
Dates:
1844-1846
Abstract:  

After emigrating from Germany to Philadelphia in 1796, Peter Adolph Grotjahn established himself within the city's mercantile community, trading opportunistically both inland and coastwise as far as the Caribbean. In 1812, he began publishing a commercial newspaper, Grotjan's Philadelphia Public Sale Reports and he became increasingly active in local Democratic Party politics. The APS copy of Peter Grotjahn's memoir is a typescript copy of an original volume held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Written for his grandchildren, the memoir begins with a relatively brief genealogical discussion, but concentrates on his personal and political life and commercial experiences prior to 1817. The last section of the autobiography was completed posthumously from notes, and includes extracts from Grotjahn's diary as late as 1844.
Call #:  
Mss.B.G913
Extent:
1 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Pershouse, John,1769-1841.
Dates:
1749-1899
Abstract:  

This correspondence is principally concerned with business between Pershouse and his brother James in England, with comments on conditions and events in the United States, including anti-British feeling, Thomas Paine's return to America, Jefferson's administration, and immigration. The papers include Pershouse's journal (1800-1838), which includes accounts of travels in England, France, and the United States, letterbooks (1836-1862) of Henry Pershouse, nephew of John, chiefly on business matters, and two volumes of Pershouse genealogical data, compiled by B.M. Pershouse Bayley (1899).
Call #:  
Mss.B.P43
Extent:
5 volume(s)



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Priestley, Joseph, 1733-1804
Dates:
1771-1803
Abstract:  

Correspondence of Joseph Priestley, scientist, Unitarian minister, and republican theorist. The collection includes 41 letters written to John Vaughan, 1791-1800, 5 letters to other correspondents, and manuscripts and photostats of 68 items in the Municipal Library, Warrington, England, on theological issues, the internal development of the United States, the French Revolution and its aftermath, Unitarianism, science, his publications, and American Philosophical Society.
Call #:  
Mss.B.P931
Extent:
0.5 Linear feet



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813
Dates:
1792-1813
Abstract:  

This item contains entries about prominent people (primarily accounts of their deaths); Philadelphia events and gossip; the Pennsylvania Hospital; questions for Meriwether Lewis on Indian physical history, medicine, morals, and religion; and his views on marriage, religion, physicians, etc. Also includes meeting with Captain Wells and Little Turtle; speculations on Indian skin color at the equator.
Call #:  
Mss.B.R89c
Extent:
1 Volumes



MANUSCRIPT COLLECTION

Creator:
Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813
Dates:
1759-1813
Abstract:  

These photostats of letters were collected from various repositories by Lyman H. Butterfield for his book, "Letters of Benjamin Rush" 2 v. American Philosophical Society Memoirs 30(1951). Some of the topics discussed are Philadelphia and United States politics, slavery, Afro-American churches, and medicine.
Call #:  
Mss.B.R89p
Extent:
2.5 Linear feet



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