Documents relating to the Wyoming Controversy, 1751-1814, 1823


Date: 1751-1823 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 copy, 200 p.


Partly copied by Redmond Conyngham from the state records and part from and with the reports of Judge Gibson and Judge Thomas Cooper. Relates to dispute over Wyoming valley lands between Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Includes correspondence of Lord Amherst, John Armstrong, Jr., Charles Biddle, John Boyd, Zebulon Butler, Thomas Cooper, Thomas Fitch, John Franklin, James Hamilton, Joseph Hamilton, William Montgomery, John Penn, Richard Rush, Jonathan Trumbull, and Roger Wolcott.

Background note

The Wyoming Controversy was a conflict between the governments of Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Britain, the Continental Congress, and the Indians over land in the Wyoming Valley in Pennsylvania.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 copy, 200 p.


Received from Redmond Conyngham and accessioned, 1913 (1913 50554).

Alternate formats available

Many of the documents are printed in Pennsylvania Archives.

This volume is also available on microfilm (Film 1256).

Early American History Note

This volume relates to the controversy between Pennsylvania and Connecticut over control of the northern third of what is today Pennsylvania. While much of this documentation is available in printed sources – namely the Pennsylvania Archives and the Papers of the Susquehanna Company – these are originals of these documents. Some of the documents in the APS collection do not appear to be part of these printed collections, notably a series of legal documents and pronouncements that contain marginalia that may be of interest to historians. The documents span the entire period of the controversy, with the first documents dated from the 1750s and the last ones from the early nineteenth century. Many are manuscript copies of originals.

General note

An index to these documents (4 p.) at beginning of volume.

Indexing Terms


  • Legal Records
  • Maps.
  • Official Government Documents and Records

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania -- History -- 1775-1865.
  • Wyoming Valley (Pa.)

Personal Name(s)

  • Amherst, Jeffery Amherst, Baron, 1717-1797
  • Biddle, Charles, 1745-1821
  • Boyd, John
  • Conyngham, Redmond, 1781-1846
  • Cooper, Thomas
  • Fitch, Thomas, 1700-1774
  • Franklin, John
  • Hamilton, James, 1710-1783
  • Hamilton, Joseph
  • Montgomery, William
  • Penn, John, 1729-1795
  • Rush, Richard
  • Trumbull, Jonathan, 1740-1809
  • Wolcott, Roger, 1679-1767


  • Colonial Politics
  • Land settlement -- Pennsylvania.
  • Pennsylvania History

Detailed Inventory

 Shaw, William, 1742-1816.
Letter to the President and Supreme Executive Council;
May 18, 1786 

Col.Montgomery's, D. 2p.and end. Copy. (see Documents relative...Wyoming controversy; pp.193-195. ) Printed: Penna.Archives, Ser.I, vol. 10, 764-765.

 Montgomery, William, 1768-1848.
Letter to the President and the Supreme Executive Council;
May 20, 1786 

Northumberland, L. 1p.and end. Copy. (see Documents relative...Wyoming controversy; pp.197-198.) Printed: Penna.Archives,ser.I,vol.10, 197-198.

 Montgomery, William, 1768-1848.
Letter to Benjamin Franklin;
July 21, 1786 

Northumberland, L. 2p.,end. Copy. (see Documents relative...Wyoming controversy, pp.205-206.) Printed: Penna. Archives, Ser. I, vol. 11, 35.