Benjamin Rush memorandum book, 1805-1813


Date: 1805-1813 | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 volume, 89 p.


Numbered "11", this item contains notes on lands owned and sold; notes on leases of Philadelphia houses; accounts with Daphne Peterson ("a free black woman"), Mary Spence ("of Dunfermline, Scotland"), and Baynard Hall; a list of books lent; a list of those receiving copies of Rush's publications, 1805-1806 (among whom was Thomas Jefferson); and an "account of property belonging to the estate."

Background note

Benjamin Rush was a physician, patriot, and humanitarian. He graduated from the College of New Jersey (Princeton), 1760, and from the University of Edinburgh, 1768. He was a member of the staff at the Pennsylvania Hospital and was a professor at the University of Pennsylvania.

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 89 p.


Purchased from Romaine and accessioned, 1949.

African American History Note

The account of Daphne Peterson, a freed African American, may be of particular interest.

Early American History Note

The Benjamin Rush memorandum book documents a variety of Rush's financial transactions and investments. The book often contains specific details on lands Rush owned in Pennsylvania. Other transactions recorded include payments to schoolmasters for his children and the loans of books he made to people.

Indexing Terms


  • Business Records and Accounts

Personal Name(s)

  • Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
  • Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813


  • Abolition, emancipation, freedom
  • Land and Speculation
  • Pennsylvania History
  • Philadelphia History
  • Real property -- Pennsylvania.