North American Land Company Records, 1795-1805

Mss.973.N75

Date: 1795-1805 | Size: 0.5 Linear feet

Abstract

The North Amercian Land Company ledger contains accounts with prominent men of the time; in additon to the ledger are numerous deeds and other documents involving Robert Morris.

Background note

The North American Land Company was organized in 1795 by Robert Morris, John Nicholson, and James Greenleaf. The company speculated largely in unimproved lands all over the country.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 80 p.; 56 items.

1 volume, 80 p.; 56 items.

Provenance

Purchased from Hook ($125.00) and accessioned, 10/14/1957 (1957 1451ms, 1451.a ms).

Early American History Note

This large bound contains a few records of stock sales and transfers for the North American Land Company, which had Robert Morris as one of its main investors. Interestingly, John Fries, leader of Fries Rebellion in Northampton County, purchased shares in 1795.

Indexing Terms


Genre(s)

  • Business Records and Accounts
  • Deeds.

Personal Name(s)

  • Coxe, Tench, 1755-1824
  • FitzSimons, Thomas, 1741-1811
  • Franklin, William Temple, 1760-1823
  • Greenleaf, James, 1765-1843
  • Ingersoll, Jared, 1749-1822
  • L'Enfant, Pierre Charles, 1754-1825
  • Morris, Robert, 1734-1806
  • Muhlenberg, Frederick Augustus Conrad, 1750-1801
  • Nicholson, John, 1757-1800
  • Ruston, Thomas
  • Shoemaker, Benjamin
  • Vaughan, John, 1756-1841
  • Wilson, James,1742-1798.

Subject(s)

  • Land and Speculation
  • Land companies -- Pennsylvania.
  • Land speculation
  • Real estate investment.

Collection overview

1768-1843 

D. 56 items, 1 bd.vol, and 1 printed item. Various sizes.

1795 March 10 - 1805 July 41 Volumes

Printed document, filled in with manuscript signatures: Robert Morris, et al, and witnessed by various persons. 239 leaves, of which 81 contain writing. List of names appears within series as individual names with page numbers.

Printed D.filled in in ms.S.: Rob[er]t Morris, et al, and witnessed by various persons. 239 leaves, of which 81 contain writing. Q. For references to W.T.Franklin, F.A. Muhlenberg, John Vaughn, etc., see index.



Detailed Inventory

North American Land Company.
Series I. North American Land Company Documents
1768-1843 

D. 56 items, 1 bd.vol, and 1 printed item. Various sizes.

973 N75. 1. Cornell, Samuel, 1731-1781.
Letter to Joseph Wharton, Jr., Philadelphia;
July 16, 176812-1/2x7-3/4

New Bern, L.S. 1p.and add.,end. (see N.A.Land co. Misc.papers, no.1.) Business.

General physical description: 12-1/2x7-3/4

973 N75. 2. White, Elinor.
Indenture to Barckly [sic] and Mitchell;
June 6, 177413x8-1/4

Printed D.filled in in ms.S.: John Brig; witnessed: John Honan and Joseph Johns, Mayor. 1p. (see N.A.Land co. Misc.papers, no. 2.) On same document are sale of this indenture from Barclay and Mitchell to Davis Bevan; Sept.12,1774; and sale from Bevan to John Hubley;Aug.28,1776.

General physical description: 13x8-1/4

973 N75. 2. Barclay and Mitchell.
Sale of indenture of Elinor White to Davis Bevan
Sept. 12, 177413x8-1/4

D. Witnessed: Wm.Fisher. 1p. (see N.A. Land co. Misc.papers, no.2.) On same sheet as indenture of Elinor Shite to Barckly [sic] and Mitchell; June 6, 1774.

General physical description: 13x8-1/4

Other Descriptive Information: Unlocated 5/2011

973 N75. 2. Bevan, Davis.
Sale of indenture of Elinor White to John Hubley;
Aug. 28, 177613x8-1/4

D. Witnessed: Geo: Hubley. 1p. (see N.A.Land co. Misc. papers, no.2.) On same sheet as indenture of Elinor White to Barckly [sic] and Mitchell; June 6, 1774.

General physical description: 13x8-1/4

Other Descriptive Information: Unlocated 5/2011

973 N75. 3. North American Land Company.
List of Georgia audits;
Jan. 25, Feb. 16, 1785, 179018x15

D. 2p. (see N.A.Land co. Misc.Papers, no. 3.)

General physical description: 18x15

973 N75. 4. Ludlow, Daniel, & Co.
Receipt to Watson and Greenleaf for monies for Daniel Crommelin & Sons;
Dec. 5, 179213x8, 19-1/2x8

New York, D. 2p.and end. (see N.A.Land co. Misc.papers, no. 4.) ----Copy.

General physical description: 13x8, 19-1/2x8

973 N75. 55. Walton, George.
A note on the pine land of Georgia.
1793 - 179515x9-1/2box Oversize

D. 24p.and end. (see N.A. Land co. Misc.papers, no. 55.)

General physical description: 15x9-1/2

973 N75. 5. Ludlow, Daniel, & Co.
Receipt to Watson & Greenleaf for monies for Daniel Crommelin & Sons;
May 20, 17939-3/4x8

New York, D. 2p. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.papers, no. 5.)

General physical description: 9-3/4x8

973 N75. 6. Stoker, Margaret.
Deed to Robert Morris;
June 6, 179313-1/2x8

Printed D. filled in in ms. S. Witnessed: Jo[h]n Clymer and James Loughy. 1p.and end. (see N.A. Land co. Misc.papers, no. 6.)

General physical description: 13-1/2x8

973 N75. 8. Morris, Joseph Benjamin W.
Receipt to Jonathan Williams;
Jan. 4, 17944x7

A.D.S. 1p.and end. (see N.A. Land co. Misc.papers, no.8.)

General physical description: 4x7

973 N75. 9. Morris, Robert, 1734-1806.
Deed to John Nicholson;
Jan. 18, 179413-1/4x8-1/2

Printed D.filled in in ms. 1p.and end. Incompleted. (see N.A. Land co. Misc.papers, no. 9.) Contains also ms.form of deed which is incomplete.

General physical description: 13-1/4x8-1/2

973 N75. 10. Dublois, Lewis.
Receipt to James Greenleaf for Georgia audited certificates, with list of same;
Feb. 26, 179412-1/2x12-1/2

D.S. 2p.,end. Copy. (see N.A.Land co. Misc.papers, no. 10.)

General physical description: 12-1/2x12-1/2

973 N75. 7. South Carolina.
Deed to John Evringham;
Aug. 2, 179412-1/2x8 and 11x16

Printed D.filled in in ms.S.: Will[ia]m Moultrie, Peter Bremar, and Ja[me]s Workes. 2p.and end. Seal. (see N.A.Land co. Misc. papers, no. 7.)

General physical description: 12-1/2x8 and 11x16

973 N75. 11. South Carolina.
Deed to John White;
Sept. 1, 179422-1/2x20

D.S.: Will[ia]m Moultrie; Peter Freneau, secretary, Peter Bremar, pro.Survr.Genl., and Clement Biddle, Not.Publ. 1p.and end. Parchment. (see N.A.Land co. Misc.Papers, no.11.)

General physical description: 22-1/2x20

973 N75. 12. Brodie, Robert.
Lease of lands in South Carolina to John Hall;
Jan. 20, 179518x14-1/2

Printed D.filled in in ms.S.: Robert Brodie; Witnessed: D.R.Evans and M.Winn. Attest: F.W.Yongue,J.P. 1p.and end. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc. papers, no. 12.)

General physical description: 18x14-1/2

973 N75. 13. Biddle, Clement, 1740-1814.
Account with Jonathan Williams, jr.;
March 3, 17956-1/2x8

D.S.: Clement Biddle by Thomas Biddle. 1p.and end. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.papers, no. 13.)

General physical description: 6-1/2x8

973 N75. 15. Britton, John.
Receipt to Jonathan Williams, jr. for lumber;
March 20, 17953x8

Philadelphia, D.S. 1p.and end. (see N.A. Land Co. Misc.Papers, no. 15.)

General physical description: 3x8

973 N75. 16. Georgia.
Deed to William R. Reddock
March 27, 179510x8, 12x12

Printed D.filled in in ms.S.: Geo[rge] Mathers, governor; Edward Watts, and T. McCall. 2p.and end. Seal. (see N.A. Land Co. Misc.Papers. no. 16.)

General physical description: 10x8, 12x12

973 N75. 17. Morris, Joseph Benjamin W.
Receipt to Jonathan Williams;
June 3, 17953x8-1/2

D.S. 1p.,end. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.papers. no. 17.) On same sheet is order to pay from Jonathan Williams to the Bank of Pennsylvania to W.Morris; June 3, 1795.

General physical description: 3x8-1/2

973 N75. 17. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
Draft on the Bank of Pennsylvania to [J.B.] W. Morris;
June 3, 17953x8-1/2

A.D.S. 1p. (see N.A.Land co. Misc.papers, no. 17.) On same sheet as receipt from J.B.W. Morris to J.Williams; June 3, 1795.

General physical description: 3x8-1/2

973 N75. 18. Morris, Robert, 1734-1806.
Promissory note to James Greenleaf;
Dec. 21, 17953x7 and 9-1/4x7-1/4

Philadelphia, D.S. 2p.and add. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.papers, no. 18.) Concerning the North American Land Company.

General physical description: 3x7 and 9-1/4x7-1/4

973 N75. 14. North American Land Company.
Ledger;
March 10, July 4, 1795, 1805 

Printed D.filled in in ms.S.: Rob[er]t Morris, et al, and witnessed by various persons. 239 leaves, of which 81 contain writing. Q. For references to W.T.Franklin, F.A. Muhlenberg, John Vaughn, etc., see index.

Nicholson, John, 1757-1800.
Promissory note to James Greenleaf
1796 September 24 
973 N75. 20. Swansey, William.
Letter to Robert Morris, Philadelphia;
Dec. 20, 179612x7-1/2

Washington, N.C., A.L.S. 2p.and add., end. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.papers, no.20.) Concerning a canal on Morris' land and plans for expoloitation of the land.

General physical description: 12x7-1/2

973 N75. 21. Swansey, William.
Letter to Robert Morris, Philadelphia;
March 4, 17979x7-1/4

Washington, N.C., A.L.S. 1p.and add.,end. (see N.A.Land co. Misc.papers, no. 21.) Concerning N.A.Land co. speculation. Concerning the canal.

General physical description: 9x7-1/4

973 N75. 22. Morris, Joseph Benjamin W.
Receipt to Jona[than] Williams;
July 3, 17974-3/4x5-1/4

Philadelphia, D.S.: "Recd Pay for B.W.Morris,Isaac W Morris." 1p.and end. (see N.A.Land co. Misc.papers, no.22.)

General physical description: 4-3/4x5-1/4

973 N75. 23. Pratt, Henry.
Promissory note to Joseph Brown from land speculation furnished by Robert Morris and James Greenleaf in the N.A.Land co, First Installment;
Aug. 18, 179715-1/4x7-3/4

Printed D.filled in in ms.S.: Henry Pratt, Tho[ma]s W.Francis, Jo[h]n Miller, Jr., Jo[h]n Ashley and Jacob Baker. 1p. (see N.A.Land co. Misc. papers, no. 23.) ----Second Installment.

General physical description: 15-1/4x7-3/4

973 N75. 24. Morris, Joseph Benjamin W.
Receipt to J[onathan] Williams;
Sept. 30, 17973-1/2x5-1/4

Philadelphia, D.S.: Tho[ma]s W. Weene for Benj[ami]n W. Morris. 1p.and end. (see N.A.Land company. Misc.papers, no. 24.)

General physical description: 3-1/2x5-1/4

973 N75. 25. Biddle, Clement, 1740-1814.
Protest on non-payment of promissory note, drawn by Zach[aria]h Cox to James Greenleaf;
Nov. 4, 179710x8

Printed D.filled in in ms.S.: Clement Biddle, Not.Pub.; Witnessed: Alexander Murray and John Fisher. 1p.and end. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.papers, no. 25.) Attempted to collect at the request of Mordecai Lewis.

General physical description: 10x8

973 N75. 26. Fiss, Daniel.
Receipt to [Jonathan] Williams;
Aug. 23, 17983-1/2x8-1/2

D.S. 2p. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.Papers, no. 26.)

General physical description: 3-1/2x8-1/2

973 N75. 27. Warren, Richard.
Receipt to [Jonathan] Williams;
May 11, 17995x6-1/2

A.D.S.and countersigned by James Warren. 2p.,add.,end. (see N.A.Land co. Misc.papers, no. 27.)

General physical description: 5x6-1/2

973 N75. 28. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
Articles of agreement with John Adams for the farming of Mount Pleasant
May 17, 179915x9-1/4drawer Oversize

D.S.: John Adams, Jona[than] Williams; witnessed: Elizabeth Hewson and Grace Wagner. 3p.and end. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.papers, no.28.) On same sheet is receipt from J.William to John Adams; Jan. 5, 1800.

General physical description: 15x9-1/4

Receipt to [Jonathan] Williams
1799 July 10 
973 N75.28. Williams, Jonathan, 1750-1815.
Receipt to John Adams for stock
Jan. 5, 180015x9-1/4

A.D.S. 1p. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.papers, no. 28.) On same sheet as articles of agreement between J.Williams and John Adams; May 17, 1799.

General physical description: 15x9-1/4

Other Descriptive Information: Unlocated 5/2011

973 N75. 30. North American Land Company.
Proposed alterations and amendments to the original articles of agreement, addressed to Adonija[h] Stansbury;
Dec. 31, 180215-3/4x10

Philadelphia, Printed D.filled in in ms.S.: Rob[er]t Morris, Jun[ior]. 1p.and add. (see N.A.Land co. Misc. papers, no. 30.)

General physical description: 15-3/4x10

973 N75. 31. Ingersoll, Jared, 1749-1822.
Opinion as to the safety of Messrs.
Dec. 20, 180612-3/4x7-3/4

Nixon and Barclay in their parts as trustees of the N.A. Land Co.; D.S.: Jared Ingersoll, Edw[ar]d Tilghman, and M[ordecai] Lewis. 2p.and end.and broadside attached. Copy. 12-3/4x7-3/4. (see N.A. Land Co. Misc. papers, no.31.)

General physical description: 12-3/4x7-3/4

973 N75. 32. Greenleaf, James, 1765-1843.
Letter to Henry Pratt, Philadelphia
June 21, 180910x8

Washington, A.L.S. 2p.and add.,end. (see N.A.Land co. Misc.papers, no. 32.) Business of the N.A.land co. Refers to R.Morris.

General physical description: 10x8

973 N75. 33. Pratt, Henry.
Letter to James Greenleaf;
May 13, 18139-1/2x8

Philadelphia, A.L.S. 1p.and end. Draft. (see N.A.land co. Misc.papers, no.33.) N.A. land company business.

General physical description: 9-1/2x8

973 N75. 34. Greenleaf, James, 1765-1843.
Letter to John Ashley, Philadelphia
March 9, 181410x8-1/4

Washington, A.L.S. 2p.and add.,end. (see N.A.land co. Misc.papers, no.34.) N.A.land company business.

General physical description: 10x8-1/4

973 N75. 35. Greenleaf, James, 1765-1843.
Letter to Henry Pratt, Philadelphia
March 13, 181410x8-1/4

Washington, A.L.S. 2p.and add.,end. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.papers, no. 35.) North American Land Company business.

General physical description: 10x8-1/4

973 N75. 36. Greenleaf, James, 1765-1843.
Letter to John Miller, Philadelphia
Nov. 29, 181410x8

Washington, A.L.S. 1p.and add.,end. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.papers, no. 36.) North American Land Company business.

General physical description: 10x8

973 N75. 37. Greenleaf, James, 1765-1843.
Letter to Henry Pratt, Philadelphia
Dec. 4, 181410x8

Washington, A.L.S. 2p.and add.and end. (see N.A.Land Company. Misc.papers, no. 37.) North American land company business.

General physical description: 10x8

973 N75. 38. Caldwell, Elias Boudinot, 1776-1825.
Letter to Henry Pratt and John Ashley, Philadelphia;
Dec. 12, 181410x7-3/4

Washington, A.L.S. 2p.and add.,end. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.papers. no. 38.) Business of Gillis Grenveldt with the North American land company. (John Greenleaf).

General physical description: 10x7-3/4

973 N75. 39. Greenleaf, James, 1765-1843.
Letter to John Ashley, Philadelphia
Dec. 13, 181410x8-1/4

Washington, A.L.S. 1p.and add.,end. (see N.A.Land co. Misc.Papers, no. 39.) Business.

General physical description: 10x8-1/4

973 N75. 40. Greenleaf, James, 1765-1843.
Letter to John Miller, Philadelphia;
Dec. 15, 181410x8-1/4

Washington, A.L.S. 3p.and add.,end. (see N.A.Land co. Misc.papers, no.40.) North American land company business.

General physical description: 10x8-1/4

973 N75. 42. Greenleaf, James, 1765-1843.
Letter to John Miller, jr., Philadelphia;
Dec. 19, 181410x8

L. 1p.and add.,end. (see N.A. Land co. Misc.papers, no. 42.) Business.

General physical description: 10x8

973 N75. 41. Greenleaf, James, 1765-1843.
Letter to Henry Pratt, Thomas W.Francis, John Miller, jr., John Ashley and Jacob Baker, Philadelphia;
Dec. 19, 181410x8-1/4

Washington, A.L.S. 3p.and add. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc. papers, no. 41.) North American land company business.

General physical description: 10x8-1/4

973 N75. 43. Greenleaf, James, 1765-1843.
Letter to H[enry] Pratt and Thomas W. Francis, Philadelphia;
Dec. 27, 181410x8-1/4

Washington, A.L.S. 1p.and add.,end. (see N.A. Land Co. Misc.papers,no.43.) Business.

General physical description: 10x8-1/4

973 N75. 44. Greenleaf, James, 1765-1843.
Letter to John Miller, jr., Philadelphia;
Dec. 31, 181410x8-1/4

Washington, A.L.S. 1p.and add.,end. (see N.A.Land co. Misc.papers,no.44.) Business.

General physical description: 10x8-1/4

973 N75. 45. Tilghman, Edward, 1750-1815.
Opinion of the legality of the supplements to the Yazoo Acts;
April 10, 181513-1/2x8-1/4

D.S. 3p.and end. (see N.A.Land co. Misc.papers, no. 45.)

General physical description: 13-1/2x8-1/4

973 N75. 46. Pratt, Henry.
Letter to James Greenleaf;
Jan. 26, 18189-1/2x8

Philadelphia, A.L.S.: H.Pratt for J[ohn] Ashley. 1p. and add.,end. (see N.A. Land co. Misc. papers, no. 46.) Business.

General physical description: 9-1/2x8

973 N75. 47. Wereat, John.
A list of Georgia audited certificates;
May 28, 182315-3/4x13

D. 3p.and end. End.by H.King as agreeing with list of James Greenleaf. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc. papers, no. 47.) For additional information, see: H.King. List...; July 2, 1823.

General physical description: 15-3/4x13

List of Georgia Certificates
Undated 
List of south Carolina indents.
Undated 
973 N75. 48. King, Henry.
List of and receipt to James Greenleaf for Georgia audited certificates;
July 2, 182312-3/4x8 and 7-1/2x6-1/4

D.S. 4p. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.papers, no.48.) For list, see: Wereat. List of Georgia...;May 28, 1823.

General physical description: 12-3/4x8 and 7-1/2x6-1/4

973 N75. 49. Greenleaf, James, 1765-1843.
Affadavit regarding the Georgia certificates;
Nov. 3, 18259-1/2x7-3/4

D.S. 3p.and end. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.papers, no. 49.)

General physical description: 9-1/2x7-3/4

973 N75. 50. Greenleaf, James, 1765-1843.
Letter to William M. Tilghman, Philadelphia;
July 12, 184310x8

Washington, A.L.S. 1p.and add.,end. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.papers, no. 50.) Business.

General physical description: 10x8

973 N75. 53. Cox, Zachariah.
Proposal for a lumber business.
 12x7-1/2

D. 4p. (see N.A.Land Co. Misc.papers, no. 53.)

General physical description: 12x7-1/2

973 N75. 54. Ludlow, David, & Sons.
List of state papers received for D. Crommelin & Sons.
 6-1/4x7-3/4

D. 1p.and end. (see N.A. Land Co. Misc.papers, no. 54.)

General physical description: 6-1/4x7-3/4

Series II. North American Land Company Ledger
1795 March 10 - 1805 July 41 Volumes

Printed document, filled in with manuscript signatures: Robert Morris, et al, and witnessed by various persons. 239 leaves, of which 81 contain writing. List of names appears within series as individual names with page numbers.

Printed D.filled in in ms.S.: Rob[er]t Morris, et al, and witnessed by various persons. 239 leaves, of which 81 contain writing. Q. For references to W.T.Franklin, F.A. Muhlenberg, John Vaughn, etc., see index.

Ashley, John - pages 79, 81
 2 pages
Baker, George A. - page 13
 1 items
Baker, Jacob - pages 79, 81
 2 items
Ball, Joseph - page 9
 1 items
Barclay, John - pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 40, 41
 7 items
Barker, John - page 44
 1 items
Barnes, Joseph - pages 35, 77
 1 items
Barrell and Cirvanti - pages 35 and 54
 2 items
Bayard, Samuel - page 42
 2 items
Bell, William - page 12
 1 items
Bird, Savage, and Bird - pages 10, 48, 52, 66, 68
 5 pages
Bond, Joshua B. - page 68
 5 pages
Boorman, John - page 54
 1 pages
Bourdieu, Chollett - page 37