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1Author:  Hall, David, 1714-1772Requires cookie*
 Title:  David Hall papers, 1745-1822     
 Dates:  1745-1822 
 Abstract:  This collection consists of a range of materials related to the business history of David Hall, printer. The collection contains four outgoing letter books of David Hall to business correspondents (Xeroxed from a private collection), account books for the shop (Xeroxed from a private collection), and incoming correspondence, primarily from William Strahan (mostly originals). Hall's letter and account books provide a clear record of the print shop's business. The correspondence of William Strahan, which is the only original manuscript portion of the collection at the APS, is often long and detailed. The letters from Strahan touch on matters relating to family and friends, business, and politics. Strahan's letters occasionally discuss his business dealings in other colonies, and mention other printers such as James Rivington. Strahan almost always ends by giving Hall accounts of politics in London, which may have been used to disseminate news in the PA Gazette. These accounts also provide insight into the perceptions and beliefs of a prominent Londoner during the imperial crisis.

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 Call #:  Mss.B.H142.1-3 
 Extent:  0.25 Linear Feet 
 Topics:  American Revolution | Business and Skilled Trades | International Affairs | Printing and Publishing 
 Genre:  Business Records and Accounts | General Correspondence 
 Subjects:  Papermaking -- Pennsylvania -- Philadelphia -- 18th century. | Printing industry -- Accounting -- United States -- 18th century.