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1Author:  Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813Requires cookie*
 Title:  Benjamin Rush commonplace book, 1792-1813     
 Dates:  1792-1813 
 Abstract:  The commonplace book is better described as Benjamin Rush's diary of events from 1792. Rush recounts in great detail the spectacular failure of William Duer and other investors in Philadelphia and New York, noting the panic and uncertainty that swept elite society in those months. The second portion of the volume contains a range of Rush's thoughts and observations on society, making this portion more like a traditional commonplace book.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.R89c 
 Extent:  1 volume(s) 
 Topics:  Business and Skilled Trades | Early National Politics | Land and Speculation | Medicine | Philadelphia History | Science and technology 
 Genre:  Commonplace Book | Diaries 
 Subjects:  Hospitals -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia. | Indians of North America | Marriage. | Medicine. | Religion. 
2Author:  Rush, Benjamin, 1746-1813Requires cookie*
 Title:  Travels through life:or an account of sundry incidents and events in the life of Benjamin Rush...written for the use of his children, [1800]     
 Dates:  Circa 1800 
 Abstract:  Benjamin Rush's Travels Through Life is his multi-volume autobiography. This manuscript copy is in his own hand and takes up eight volumes of notebooks. The APS also has another manuscript copy of the work that was written by someone other than Rush, likely in preparation for its publication. Rush wrote the autobiography for his children. The APS published portions of the diary, but segments have not been published. Notations suggest that portions that would be "offensive to surviving relatives" be omitted from publication. Other sections were crossed out but are readable and contain pertinent information. This is especially true on the section where Rush records his thoughts on prominent individuals from the American Revolution.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.R89t 
 Extent:  8 volume(s) 
 Topics:  American Revolution | Early National Politics | Marriage and Family Life | Medicine | Philadelphia History | Social Life and Custom 
 Genre:  Autobiography | Diaries 
 Subjects:  Epidemics -- United States | Indians of North America | Medicine. | Yellow fever -- United States. 
3Author:  Bache, Sarah Franklin, 1743-1808Requires cookie*
 Title:  Sarah Franklin Bache Papers     
 Dates:  1768-1807 
 Abstract:  The Sarah Franklin Bache Papers, along with the various other Bache family papers, provides great insight into the family relations of the extended Franklin family. The correspondence in this collection ranges from 1768-1807 and thus traverses a number of significant historical events. Much of the correspondence relates to family life and is personal in nature. The letters provide a clear picture of Sally as the central figure in the Franklin family, corresponding with all members of the family, including her brother William after he had been disowned by his father. Notably, most of the letters are to and from other women, showing that Sally was also a central figure in a network of prominent women in the Atlantic World and early republic who corresponded about their lives and current events.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.B1245 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  American Revolution | Early National Politics | International Affairs | Marriage and Family Life | Medicine | Philadelphia History | Social Life and Custom | Women's History 
 Genre:  Family Correspondence | Political Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Yellow fever -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- 18th century.