Memorable facts -- events opinions -- thots [sic] etc., 1789-1791


Date: 1789-1791 | Size: 0.5 Linear feet, Ca. 100 items, photocopies


These photostats are selections from the original manuscript, which is a portion of a volume entitled "Letters, facts, and observations upon a variety of subjects." The topics include medicine, slavery, the African church, gossip and social events, the deaths of prominent Philadelphians, and Rush's philosophy on various subjects. Contains questions for Alexander McGillivray, on diseases, mortality, passions of Creek Indians.

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

Ca. 100 items, photocopies.


Presented by George Corner, 1951.

Location of originals:

Originals in Library Company of Philadelphia.

General note

This item was printed in George W. Corner, ed., "The Autobiography of Benjamin Rush: His Travels through Life, together with his Commonplace Book for 1789-1813," American Philosophical Society Memoirs 25 (1948).

Early American History Note

This collection contains a photocopy of Benjamin Rush's "Memorable Events." The originals are held by the Library Company of Philadelphia. The manuscript contains descriptions of Philadelphia events and personalities.

Indexing Terms

Corporate Name(s)

  • African Church of Philadelphia.


  • Autobiography

Geographic Name(s)

  • Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Social life and customs -- 19th century.


  • Physicians.

Personal Name(s)

  • Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
  • Hopkinson, Francis, 1737-1791
  • Muhlenberg, Henry, 1753-1815
  • Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813


  • Abolitionists.
  • African American churches
  • African Americans -- Religion
  • Creek Indians
  • Indians of North America
  • Medicine.
  • Philadelphia History
  • Slavery -- United States.