Papers of American Loyalists, 1782-1798

Mss.973.314.L95

Date: 1782-1798 | Size: 10 items

Abstract

There are letters, petitions, and reports concerning the Loyalists and the losses they sustained in the Revolutionary War. Includes the Committee of American Merchants, Observations on trade (1783), Banished American merchants petition (1789), and Classes of American loyalists and their claims.

Collection Information

Physical description

10 items.

10 items.

Provenance

Purchased and accessioned, 1958 (1958 1538ms).

Early American History Note

The Loyalist Collection contains ten documents that pertain to the interests and affairs of American Loyalists after the American Revolution. The items convey the grievances of Loyalists, particularly merchants. The documents of relate to how the states treated Loyalists and their property after the Revolution. Most of the documents are either official government documents or formal reports. Reports by the Committee of American Merchants, a Loyalists group that formed in Britain after the war, are included as are records relating to the disposition of Penn family interests in Pennsylvania. Also of note is a multi-page, loose-leaf list of loyalists and their claims on the British treasury for services rendered during the war.

Indexing Terms


Genre(s)

  • Legal Records
  • Official Government Documents and Records
  • Petitions.
  • Political Correspondence
  • Reports.

Geographic Name(s)

  • United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Personal histories.

Subject(s)

  • American Revolution
  • American loyalists.
  • Colonial Politics
  • Commerce.
  • Government Affairs
  • Land and Speculation


Detailed Inventory

Papers
  
Dorchester, Guy Carleton, Baron, 1724-1808.
Letter to Thomas Townshend;
Nov. 16, 178212-1/4x8

New York, L. 4p.and end. Copy. (see Loyalist... Material; 1782-1798.) Concerning Washington's attempt to entice Loyalists back to his side.

General physical description: 12-1/4x8

Loyalist American merchants.
Observations on the trade of North America;
July 22, 178316-1/2 x 11

D.S.: Edw[ar]d Payne. 10p.and end. (see Loyalist... Material; 1782-1798.)

General physical description: 16-1/2 x 11

Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
An act repealing two laws and for asserting the right to expel aliens (Loyalists);
March 24, 178414-1/2x9

D. 4p.,end. Copy. Attest: John Avery, jun. Sec. (see Loyalist... Material; 1782-1798.)

General physical description: 14-1/2x9

South Carolina. General assembly.
An ordinance respecting suits for the recovery of debts;
March 26, 178412x7-1/2

D. Attest: John Vanderhorst, sec. 3p.and end. (see Loyalist ... Material; 1782-1798.)

General physical description: 12x7-1/2

Loyalists, American.
A representation of such acts passed in the United States relative to them, passed since the peace
[1784]14-1/2x9-1/4

D. 13p.and end. (see Loyalist... Material; 1782-1798.)

General physical description: 14-1/2x9-1/4

Other Descriptive Information: Missing since 6/2015

Classes of loyalists and their claims on the British treasury
[1785?] 

Groups of claimants based on services rendered; includes "Claimants who rendered services", "Claimants who bore arms", etc.

Rittenhouse, David, 1732-1796.
Statement of monies paid to John Penn, sr., and John Penn, jr., by the state of Pennsylvania;
Oct. 24, 178814-1/2x9-1/4

D.S.: Dav[i]d Rittenhouse and Jo[h]n Nicholson. 2p.and end. (see Loyalist... Material;1782-1798.) Attached to this is: Penna. Supreme executive council. Certification...; Oct. 25, 1788.

General physical description: 14-1/2x9-1/4

Other Descriptive Information: Missing as of 6/2015

Pennsylvania. Supreme Executive Council.
Certification of authenticity of statement by D. Rittenhouse and John Nicholson
Oct. 25, 17888x12-3/4x

Philadelphia, Printed D.filled in in ms.S.: David Redick, vice president. Attest: Cha[rle]s Biddle, Secy. 1p. Seal. (see Loyalist... Material; 1782-1798.) Attached to: D.Rittenhouse. Statement...;Oct.24, 1788.

General physical description: 8x12-3/4x

Other Descriptive Information: Missing as of 6/2015

Loyalist American merchants.
Petition to the Lords commissioners of His Majesty's Treasury;
[1789]15-1/4x9-1/2, 15x10

D.S.: Cumb[erlan]d Wilson and 36 others. 3p. (see Loyalist... Material; 1782-1798.) ----Copies (2).

General physical description: 15-1/4x9-1/2, 15x10

Merchants - British.
Brief state of the case of the British merchants trading to North America prior to 1776;
March 18, 179415x9-3/4

D. 8p.and end. (see Loyalist... Material; 1782-1798.)

General physical description: 15x9-3/4

Edward, Lt.Gen.
Letter to Alex[ander] Brynes;
June 1, 17989-1/4x8

Halifax, L. 1p.and end. Duplicate. (see Loyalist... Material; 1782-1798.) Orders him to pay artificers from the war chest.

General physical description: 9-1/4x8