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Collection Overview

Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Pennsylvania Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1728-1908 (mostly 1728-1809)
1 box and 0.4 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1


Consists of selected correspondence and documents from the state of Pennsylvania, the bulk of which date from the eighteenth century. Pennsylvania was founded by William Penn in 1681 in order to establish a safe haven for the English Quakers, who were being persecuted in England at the time.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of selected correspondence, deeds, and other documents dating from the Colonial and Revolutionary periods of the state of Pennsylvania. Of significance are the letters of Robert Morris, who at the time was National Superintendent of Finance, regarding the purchase of supplies and the appointment of William Churchill Houston (Princeton Class of 1768) as Receiver of Continental Taxes for New Jersey. Another letter, in French, written on Morris's behalf to the governor of Cuba, concerns the raising of funds for the United States. There are two passports for safe passage and recommendations for the Rev. Charles Beatty regarding his trips to raise funds for the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). The first is signed by Robert Hunter Morris (1754) and the second by Richard Penn (1772). There are several documents related to taxes and their collection in Pennsylvania, and lists of persons who are delinquent on them. There is a printed form of the "Constitution" of the Philadelpia Society for the Information and Assistance of Persons Emigrating from Foreign Countries, dated 1795. A letter from the Executive Committee of Founder's Week of the 225th Anniversary of the City of Philadelphia to John Franklin Fort, Governor of New Jersey, dated October 1, 1908, concerns the celebrations in Philadelphia.

Among documents are two deeds (1735) of John White and the Rev. William Tennent for land in Warminster, Bucks County, for the "Log College," which Tennent conducted from 1726 until his death in 1745. There are three deeds of Emma Bache, William Bache, and Benjamin Franklin Bache for land in Fayette County, two deeds of Catherine Wistar for land in Northumberland County, and one of Richard Wistar which bears the seal of the "Province of Pennsylvania." Also, there are three deeds for property in Philadelphia, and one of Robert Morris and Alexander Wilcocks for property in Luzerne County, dated December 18, 1797.

In addition, there is a one-page description of a journey along the Susquehanna River in 1800; on the verso is a campaign song by Robert Morton, dated March 22, 1801.


Arranged in accession number order.

Collection History


Log College deeds were a gift of Chas. Spencer Richardson, Princeton Class of 1903, in March 1920 .

Deeds to Bache and Wistar were a gift of William Berryman Scott, Princeton Class of 1877, on January 25, 1922 .

Passports signed by Morris and Penn were a gift of Mrs. Idell on December 10, 1928 .

"Journey along the Susquehanna River" was purchased on August 27, 1974 .

Items of Robert Morris were a gift of William Weaver, Princeton Class of 1934, in 1958 . Various AM.

Custodial History

The collection was formed as a result of a Departmental practice of combining into one collection material of various accessions relating to a particular person, family, or subject.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Dina Britain on November 13, 2008. Finding aid written by Natalie Kim on Nobember 18, 2008. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

Credit this material:

Pennsylvania Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Box 1