John F. (John Fishbourne) Mifflin receipt book, 1800-1813


Date: 1800-1813 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 volume, 60 p.


This volume includes receipts for payments of taxes, ground rents, rents, judgements, bills of exchange, and settlements of estates. Some are for monies collected for the American Philosophical Society, and for Major Zebulon Pike's expedition (1811). The names of Samuel Breck, James Mease, Robert Millegan, and John Vaughan appear. Under date of Feb. 11, 1804 is receipt signed by Jn. Vaughan for admission fee to the American Philosophical Society.

Background note

John Fishbourne Mifflin was a Philadelphia lawyer and was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1796.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 60 p.


Presented by Seymour Adelman, 1948.

Early American History Note

The John Mifflin receipt book is a fairly straight forward collection. Mifflin had some involvement in financing the Pike Expedition, some record of which is in the transactions of the receipt book. He was also a prominent Philadelphian. As such, names of other prominent Philadelphians with whom he conducted business are recorded. The Mifflin receipt book is unusual in one respect. Occasionally, Mifflin provides hisotrical details on his property.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • American Philosophical Society


  • Business Records and Accounts
  • Receipts.

Personal Name(s)

  • Breck, Samuel, 1771-1862
  • Mease, James, 1771-1846
  • Mifflin, John F. (John Fishbourne), 1759-1813
  • Millegan, Robert
  • Pike, Zebulon Montgomery, 1779-1813
  • Vaughan, John, 1756-1841


  • Business and Skilled Trades
  • Legal documents.