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William Cunningham & Co. Claim Against the United States, 1798

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Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

(Philadelphia: Printed by John Fenno, 1798). 12,[6],72,xix,[1]pp. Quarto. Contemporary marbled wrappers with modern cloth backstrip, paper spine label. This copy comes from the papers of Samuel Sitgreaves, with his ownership signature on the titlepage. It contains contemporary annotations by Thomas Evans. A scarce printing of the financial claims made by William Cunningham and Company against American citizens for debts owed from the Revolution. Cunningham and Company, a merchant house, had extended credit to Virginia planters during the Revolution and claimed to be owed more than a thousand pounds. The Cunningham case was one of the major claims considered by the Debt Commission. This brief seems to have been printed for a limited circulation, probably within the legal and commercial circles concerned with the issues of Revolutionary War settlements. The text outlines Cunningham and Company's claim (with details on the sums owed by their debtors), gives the American commissioners' response, and various other reports from the mixed board of British and American commissioners.

Collection History

Custodial History

From the personal papers of Samuel Sitgreaves.


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Credit this material:

William Cunningham & Co. Claim Against the United States; Jay's Treaty Collection, C1418, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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