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James Burd (1726-1793) was well-known in colonial Pennsylvania through his role in the French and Indian War, as well as his connections to many of the colony's leading families (most notably the Shippen family). Initially starting out as a merchant in Philadelphia, Burd became increasingly involved with colonial affairs after moving to Lancaster County with his family in 1752. It would be on the frontier where Burd would make his mark first as a soldier, and later as a magistrate.

The Burd-Shippen Papers consist mainly of letters and business documents sent to James Burd, with the bulk of the collection relating to the French and Indian War, 1754-1763, in which Burd served as an officer commanding troops at Fort Augusta and elsewhere. The collection reflects all aspects of Burd's life in Pennsylvania as a merchant, soldier, and magistrate; as well as his involvement with the Shippen family professionally and personally. Intermixed with items sent to Burd are receipts to his wife Sarah Shippen Burd, and correspondence between Edward Shippen and James Hamilton regarding land matters and Indian affairs in Lancaster.

Background note

James Burd (1726-1793) was well-known in colonial Pennsylvania through his role in the French and Indian War, as well as his connections to many of the colony's leading families (most notably the Shippen family). Initially starting out as a merchant in Philadelphia, Burd became increasingly involved with colonial affairs after moving to Lancaster County with his family in 1752. It would be on the frontier where Burd would make his mark first as a soldier, and later as a magistrate.

Born at Ormiston Hall near Edingburgh, Scotland on March 10, 1726, James Burd was one of Edward Burd and Jean Haliburton's ten children. Little is known about Burd's youth in Scotland, though it seems he received a very thorough education. Upon reaching adulthood, Burd left Scotland and spent a year in London before arriving in Philadelphia in September 1747. It did not take him long to become established in the city, quickly making business and social connections. Within his first year he was renting a store on Front Street, advertising in the Pennsylvania Gazette, a member of the Presbyterian Church, and a member of the St. Andrews Society of Philadelphia. Through either his social activities or membership in the church Burd came into contact with several of Philadelphia's prominent families -- including those of Shippen, Willing, and Allen. That first year he also became romantically involved with Edward Shippen's daughter Sarah, and the two were married in 1748.

Burd's business endeavors continued to grow in Philadelphia. By the end of 1748 he had moved his store to Carpenter's Wharf, his younger brother John was indentured to him in 1749, and his brother-in-law Joseph Shippen was working in the store. In 1750 Burd expanded his business involvement into the shipping world, becoming a partner in the snow, Sally. Finally, Burd sought to further extent his mercantile business with a trip to Jamaica in 1751, entrusted with merchandise worth over a thousand pounds. Unfortunately the trip proved to be a failure as a hurricane hit the island and wrecked many of his investments. The year proved additionally bad for Burd as his business in Philadelphia began to decline after he made too many investments and over extended credit to his customers.

Leaving the mercantile business, Burd took up farming and milling on land provided by his father-in-law in Lancaster County. In 1752 he moved his family west to Shippensburg, on the Pennsylvania frontier. With the outbreak of the French and Indian War Burd began his long career of public service to the colony. James' first appointment came in March 1755 when Governor Robert Morris named him one of five commissioners (along with George Croghan, William Buchanan, John Armstrong, and Adam Hoops) to survey a supply road from Shippensburg to Raystown for General Edward Braddock's Expedition against Fort Duquesne. That April Burd was placed in charge of building the road. Unfortunately, the work progressed too slowly to be of any assistance, and the work was abandoned after Braddock's army evacuated to Philadelphia.. Afterwards Burd remained in western Pennsylvania fortifying the frontier. In December 1755, Burd was commissioned a captain with orders to build and command a fort at Kishicoquilas -- which was later named Fort Granville. The following April, Burd was promoted to major in the Third Battalion (or Augusta Regiment) and sent with his troops to command Fort Augusta. On January 2, 1758 Burd was promoted to lieutenant colonel of the Second Battalion of the Pennsylvania Regiment after Colonel Conrad Weiser resigned. With this promotion Burd was put in command of a large stretch of territory including several forts from the Susquehanna River to the Delaware River in addition to his duties at Fort Augusta. That year Burd assisted with the construction of Fort Ligonier, and the following year built Fort Burd on the Monogahela with James Shippen. Following the Treaty of Lancaster in 1762, Burd was named one of the commissioners to receive prisoners brought to Fort Pitt, and in 1763 was appointed a commissioner and justice of the peace to negotiate with Connecticut in order to prevent the further settlement at Wyoming on land belonging to the Six Nations. Burd continued to command at Fort Augusta until he resigned from the army in 1765.

Upon returning to his family, who had spent the last ten years living in Lancaster, Burd sought to build a new home. In 1767 he purchased a 500 acre tract of land along the Susquehanna River in what is now Lower Swartara Township, and began construction of a stone house he named Tinian. The following year he moved his family into Tinian, where he remained for the rest of his life. Burd continued in public service, serving as Justice of the Peace and Magistrate for the Courts of Lancaster County. Additionally, he was chairman for the county's Committee for the Relief of the Boston Sufferers in 1774, and in 1775 was elected to the Lancaster County Committee of Safety. With the outbreak of the Revolution, Burd actively supported the cause for independence, helping to raise troops in Lancaster County. Although he was commissioned a colonel he never commanded troops in the field, and resigned in 1776. Burd continued to serve as a magistrate in Lancaster County until his death on October 5, 1793.

Scope and content

The Burd-Shippen Papers consist mainly of letters and business documents sent to James Burd, with the bulk of the collection relating to the French and Indian War, 1754-1763, in which Burd served as an officer commanding troops at Fort Augusta and elsewhere. The collection reflects all aspects of Burd's life in Pennsylvania as a merchant, soldier, and magistrate; as well as his involvement with the Shippen family professionally and personally. Intermixed with items sent to Burd are receipts to his wife Sarah Shippen Burd, and correspondence between Edward Shippen and James Hamilton regarding land matters and Indian affairs in Lancaster.

This collection is an ideal source for those studying either the logistical aspects of the French and Indian War, or mercantile matters in colonial Pennsylvania. The earlier correspondence relates primarily to matters of business: notices of sales, requests for payments, bills of lading, and management of Burd's properties. While the French and Indian War material is comprised mainly of logistical matters (supply, payment of troops, muster rolls), there are a number of letters that discuss garrison conditions, troop movements, and Indian affairs in addition to the diaries and journals in Series VI. Garrison life and logistics, as well as business, are covered in the other five series of the collection.

Items of particular interest include the correspondence between Edward Shippen and James Hamilton relating to matters in Lancaster. Shippen regularly kept Hamilton informed of the use of land, requests for timber from Hamilton's property, and other matters. Additionally, the letter between Joseph Shippen, Jr. and John Penn dated 1788 November 1 is of particular interest for its documentation of fees and taxes collected by the colonial government prior to the Revolution.

The material is organized into six series (correspondence, legal and financial, military, personal, receipts, and bound volumes), with each series arranged chronologically. The bound volumes of Series VI each have a unique call number, which is necessary to reference when requesting this material. One of the items, a copy of a journal kept at the siege of Fort William Henry, 2-10 August 1757 (973.2/F77) was sent to Burd, and has been printed in I. Minis Hays, "The Siege of Fort William Henry," Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, vol. 37 (1898): 143.

Series I. Correspondence 1740-1792 2 linear feet
Series II. Legal and Financial 1708-1791, undated 1 linear foot
Series III. Military 1748-1772 1 linear foot
Series IV.Personal 1747, undated 0.25 linear feet
Series V. Receipts 1746-1792 2.5 linear feet
Series VI. Bound Volumes 1747-1787 25 volumes

Collection information

Provenance

Unknown.

Preferred citation

Cite as: Burd-Shippen Papers, American Philosophical Society.

Processing information

Recatalogued by J.J. Ahern, 2004.

Related material

Additional collections at the American Philosophical Society Library relating to the Burd-Shippen familes and their part in early Pennsylvania and Philadelphia history and the French and Indian War include: The Edward Shippen Papers (B Sh62), Edward Shippen's receipts (B Sh621), the Joseph Shippen waste book (657 Sh6), the Joseph Shippen, Jr. letterbook (B Sh62.j), the William Shippen, Jr journal (B Sh61) and prescription book (B Sh61.1), the Shippen Family Maps (649.962 Sh6m), and Shippen Family Papers (B Sh6lf).

Additional documentation on the French and Indian War can be found in the Timothy Horsfield Papers (974.8 H78).

Additional material relating to the Burd and Shippen families can be found at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, the University of Delaware Library Special Collections Department, and the William L. Clements Library at The University of Michigan.

Bibliography

Nixon, Lily Lee. James Burd, Frontier Defender, 1726-1793. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1941. Call No. 920.0748 P38 no. 4

Gillingham, Harrold E. "Notes on the Burds of Ormiston, Scotland and Philadelphia." Philadelphia: Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania, 1939. Call No. 920 Pam. v.49, no.4

Hunter, William A. Forts on the Pennsylvania Frontier, 1753-1758. Harrisburg: The Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, 1960. Call No. 974.8 H915f

Early American History Note

This collection is one of the largest early American collections the APS holds. Its breadth of sources provides insight into colonial Pennsylvania history, especially that of Lancaster County. Although largely material composed of material from James Burd, there are also significant documents relating to the Shippen family. Documents touch on matters financial, political, and social. While the collection is of wide ranging material, its strength lies in three main parts: the Seven Years’ War and Pontiac’s Rebellion in Pennsylvania, Burd’s business records, and life in Lancaster County from 1754-1776.

The first portion of the collection are the records relating to the Seven Years’ War and Pontiac’s Rebellion. This aspect of the collection consists of numerous letters written to Burd or that Burd had in his papers from other officers, soldiers, and officials. All aspects of the Seven Years’ War and Pontiac’s Rebellion are discussed in these documents, ranging from the political to the military to the social effects of the war. It should be noted that the collection contains few of Burd’s actual letters, but instead has letters to him or one of the Shippens, or between others. Moreover, most of these letters are from high ranking officers to other officers or officials, and thus often reflect high level concerns about provisioning, orders, or other military matters.

Burd also left behind one of the most complete accounts of a Pennsylvania fort during this period. Burd left receipt books, account books, orderly books, quartermaster records, muster rolls, and other material surrounding the operation of Fort Augusta.

Finally, the collection has diaries from the war. These accounts convey the day-to-day happenings of an officer in the western Pennsylvania during this period, although the entries are not very detailed. These diaries include one from western Pennsylvania, one from Fort Augusta, and one from the Siege of Fort Henry. There are also fragments of diaries in the “Letters” portion of the collection.

The second theme of this collection is the wide-ranging and shifting financial affairs of James Burd. In particular, the collection has a series of account books that reflect Burd’s business dealings as a merchant in Philadelphia before the war, as a spirits distributor in Lancaster County after the war, and finally as a farmer. Burd was a prominent merchant in Philadelphia and his account books from when he opened a shop in 1747 until he left in about 1752 are contained at the collection at the APS. These three volumes offer a nearly complete picture of his business operations during this phase of his life. The account book from his spirits shop in Lancaster spans from 1765-1768 and is likewise nearly complete. Finally, the receipts from the postwar period capture his transition from merchant to prominent and active farmer in the Pennsylvania hinterland. Combined, these records offer a portrait of three different but common occupations in colonial Pennsylvania. The collection captures someone who moved from merchant in a seaport to a military officer to a merchant in a backcountry town to a farmer. Rarely are such documents as complete and even rarer, are they for a single individual.

The third part of the collection provides information on politics and society in Pennsylvania, particularly the backcountry and Lancaster County. There are a number of letters between Edward Shippen and James Hamilton, a colonial governor and large landowner, about the affairs of Lancaster during the Seven Years’ War and the American Revolution. There are also papers relating to the creation of the Lancaster Library Company (later named Juliana after Thomas Penn’s wife) and Shippensburg Library Company. Letters from officials, particularly those of Captain Lewis Curry at Fort Bedford, occasionally describe the state of backcountry inhabitants. The large receipt collection also provides insight into trade in the backcountry.

The collection has some records relating to Native-American-white relations. The Journal from 1760 includes treaty minutes and accounts of interactions with Indians, especially with Shikellamy. A letter from John Armstrong discusses tensions over land rights and again makes frequent mention of Shikellamy. There are also smatterings on women’s experiences during the war, particularly as sutlers.

Letters: The letters focus on the Seven Years’ War. There are some letters from before the war and some from after, but the focus is on the Seven Years’ War. The letters from before and after the Seven Years’ War often relate to the family’s commercial interests in Philadelphia and Lancaster. Of particularly note are a series of letters from Joseph Shippen, the secretary of the provincial council from 1762-1776, written in the 1780s that involve settling the Penn family’s outstanding financial concerns.

Letters from the Seven Years’ War are predominantly about military affairs during the war and focus on James Burd’s service, although most letters were not written by Burd. Information on road construction, the creation and disestablishment of the provincial army, military maneuvers throughout Pennsylvania, and provisioning are all contained in these letters. A notable portion of letters is from Edward Shippen, whose exchanges with Governor James Hamilton help describe the situation of Lancaster during the war.

Military, Legal and Financial: These papers are also heavily focused on the Seven Years’ War. Again, documents from before the war focus on trade and business. There is also a meteorological diary James Burd kept in 1747.

The Seven Years’ War documents again include details on the Pennsylvania military, although these tend to focus on Fort Augusta and include information on manning, supplies, and provisioning. There is three years (1756-1758) worth of morning and evening reports. There are also miscellaneous lists of regiments and enlistments, including interesting details, such as height, origin, of birth, trade, on enlistees’ backgrounds that may be of interest to historians.

For material after the war, there is a detailed outline of James Burd’s proposed garden and a detailed letter on the boundary dispute between Pennsylvania and Virginia in what is today western Pennsylvania.

Receipts and Account Books: As with the rest of the collection, the most significant portion of the receipts comes from the Seven Years’ War. But there are also a large number of receipts from the 1740s relating to James Burd’s personal and business purchases.

The contents of the receipts over time tend to trace the changes in Burd’s own financial interests. The early Philadelphia receipts reflect those of a typical merchant, while those in the later period reflect those of a farmer in western Pennsylvania.

Of note, there are three volumes of James Burd’s account books from 1747-1749 in the collection, which are very detailed. Joseph Shippen used the back pages of some of these volumes for his own commonplace book from 1810-1820. There is also a pocket-sized personal account of James Burd from 1756-1758 and numerous account books from Fort Augusta in both this collection and the Fort Augusta Collection. Also of note, there is also an account book from 1765-1768 from Lancaster for the period that James Burd operated a spirits shop.

Printed Forms: The collection houses a single large volume of printed forms. These are almost all records of enlistments, but earlier ones deal with Burd as Philadelphia merchant. The enlistments contain data on enlistees’ name, size, occupation, and place of birth that may be of interest to genealogists and social historians, among others.

Diaries: There are three diaries in this collection. One is from 1760 and surrounds the construction of Fort Burd and expeditions throughout western Pennsylvania. The diary includes references to ongoing Native-white interactions, both peaceful and violent.

Another diary is from 1763 during Burd’s time at Fort Augusta. It recounts the opening of Pontiac’s Rebellion and the initial reports of the Indian raid on the Connecticut settlers in the Wyoming Valley.

The third diary is a six-page handwritten journal of Siege of Fort William Henry that contains an account of the events of the capitulation and surrender of that British fort to the French and their Indian allies.

Indexing Terms

Genre(s)

  • Account books.
  • Business Records and Accounts
  • Diaries
  • Family Correspondence
  • General Correspondence
  • Miscellaneous
  • Official Government Documents and Records
  • Political Correspondence
  • Travel Narratives and Journals

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania -- History -- French and Indian War, 1755-1763 -- Equipment and supplies.

Personal Name(s)

  • Armstrong, John
  • Atlee, Samuel John, 1739-1786
  • Barkley, Thomas
  • Bond, Phineas, 1749-1815
  • Bouquet, Henry, 1719-1765
  • Buchanan, William
  • Burd , Sarah Shippen, 1731-1784
  • Burd, Edward Shippen
  • Burd, James, 1726-1793
  • Coxe, William
  • Croghan, George, 1720?-1782
  • Graydon, Caleb
  • Hall, David, 1714-1772
  • Hambright, John
  • Hamilton, James, 1710-1783
  • Harris, John, 1726-1791
  • Huntar, Alexander.
  • Hunter, Samuel
  • Lardner, Lynford, 1715-1774
  • Logan, James, 1674-1751
  • McCormick, Dennis
  • Mercer, Hugh, 1726-1777
  • Miles, Samuel, 1740-1805
  • Morgan, John, 1735-1789
  • Ourry, Lewis, 1717-1779
  • Peters, Richard, 1704-1776
  • Shippen, Edward,1729-1806.
  • Shippen, Joseph
  • Shippen, Joseph Jr.
  • Stirling, Walter
  • Swan, Hugh
  • Tilghman, James, 1716-1793
  • Trent, William, 1715-1787?
  • Wister, Daniel, 1738-1805
  • Young, James

Subject(s)

  • Business and Skilled Trades
  • Colonial Politics
  • Court calendars -- Pennsylvania.
  • Fort Augusta (Pa.)
  • Fort Duquesne
  • Fort Granville (Pa.)
  • Fort Hunter
  • Fort Pitt (Pa.)
  • Fort William Henry (N.Y.)
  • Fortification -- Pennsylvania.
  • Government Affairs
  • Iroquois Indians
  • Lancaster County (Pa.)--History
  • Land and Speculation
  • Meteorology--Pennsylvania--Observations
  • Military History
  • Military supplies.
  • Native America
  • Pennsylvania --History --French and Indian War, 1755-1763
  • Pennsylvania History
  • Pennsylvania--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
  • Philadelphia (Pa.)--Commerce
  • Seven Years' War
  • Shippenburg Library Company
  • Surveying and Maps
  • Trade
  • United States--History--French and Indian war, 1755-1763
  • United States. Army. Supplies and stores
Collection overview
Series I  Correspondence
1740-1792 2.0 lin. feet Box 1-4

Letters to Burd from Edward Shippen of Lancaster, Henry Bouquet, John Hambright, Lynford Lardner, Samuel Miles, William Trent, Walter Stirling, Daniel Wister, and others, on personal and business matters.

1708-1791, Undated 1.0 ln. ft. Box 5-6
Series III  Military
1748-1772, undated 1.0 ln. ft. Box 7-8
Series IV  Personal
1747, undated 0.25 ln. ft. Box 8

Miscellaneous invoices, receipts, bills of exchange, promissory notes, memoranda relating to Burd's company and his store, including such topics as victualling the troops at Fort Hunter and Fort Augusta, medical care, cutting the road to the Ohio, discipline, ordnance, enlistments, muster rolls, and returns.

Series V  Receipts
1746-1792 2.5 lin. feet Box 9-13

Receipts to Burd for rents, washing, paint for the Six Nations, portage, glazing, repairs for wagons and boats, fabrics, horses, corn, beans, hay, beer, soap, etc.; receipts for wages, clothing, rum, bounty money, washing, barbering, etc., paid for Burd's company.

Series VI  Bound Volumes
1747-1787 25.0 Volume(s) All volumes LH-MV-E-1

Account books and ledgers for James Burd's businesses; orderly books, receipt books and account books for Burd's company and Fort Augusta; and one volume of printed forms. Of note are the diaries relating events at Fort Augusta, and a journal of the seige of Fort William Henry.



Detailed Inventory
Series I Correspondence
1740-1792 2.0 lin. feet Box 1-4

Letters to Burd from Edward Shippen of Lancaster, Henry Bouquet, John Hambright, Lynford Lardner, Samuel Miles, William Trent, Walter Stirling, Daniel Wister, and others, on personal and business matters.

Hendrix, James.
to Edward Shippen
1740 October 27 1p. Box 1

Donnegall. Sending few skins he has, and hope for more in spring.

Cooks, Thomas.
to James Hamilton
1742 February 10 3pp. Box 1

Lancaster. Regarding Roger Hunt's sale of property and request for a new deed, George Gibson's interest in purchasing two lots, and the issue of the town charter regarding the raising of money.

Walsh, Janet.
to James Burd
1747/8 March 21 1p. Box 1

Philadelphia. Regarding the sale of three boxes of china for Burd, and Walsh's share in the sale.

Shippen, Edward Jr..
to Lynford Lardner
1748 October 20 1p. Box 1

Philadelphia. Has received money via James Burd to purchase gun in London.

Barkley, Thomas.
to Johannes Kern
1749 January 1 3pp. Box 1

Three copies of one page notice of a set of bills drawn and due.

Barkley, Thomas.
to Johannes Kern
1749 January 2 1p. Box 1

Notice of a bill drawn and due.

Barkley, Thomas.
to Johannes Kern
1749 December 29 3pp. Box 1

Three copies of one page notice of a set of bills drawn and due.

Barkley, Thomas.
to Johannes Kern
1749 December 30 3pp. Box 1

Three notices of bills drawn and due.

Barkley, Thomas.
to Johannes Kern
1749 December 30 1p. Box 1

Notice of a bill drawn and due.

Hollingsworth, John.
to James Burd
1750 January 2 1p. Box 1

Paxton. Request that a warrant be issued agains Jno. Foster, Jr. for oats.

Barkley, Thomas.
to James Burd [maybe Kern?]
1750 January 4 1p. Box 1

Notice he has drawn funds payable in London.

Burd, John.
Indenture
1749 - 1750 January 13 2pp. Drawer Oversize

Indenture to his brother James in Philadelphia.

Philip, Robert.
to James Burd
1750 March 3 1p. Box 1

Philadelphia. Request for pay to Charles Buchan.

Barkley, Thomas.
to Capt. Edward Dowers
1750 March 9 1p. Box 1

Philadelphia. Asks that Dowers apply to Burd for his route to Maryland and to take any items Burd wishes loaded on the Marlbourough.

Hill & Lamar.
to Burd & Swift
1750 June 8 1p. Box 1

Notice of sale of items sent by Burd and Swift, and the balance brought over.

Barkley, Thomas.
to James Burd
1750 August 1p. Box 1

Maryland. Inquiring regarding the sale of items.

Freid, John.
to James Burd
1750 September 5 1p. Box 1

Regarding purchase of servants [?] in New Castle. [Fragment?].

Allyne, Samuel.
to James Burd
1750 November 12 1p. Box 1

Requests Burd's assistance in business matters.

Groome, Samuel Jr..
to James Burd
1751 June 1 1p. Box 1

Turners Creek. Updates on Burd's business affairs.

Wallace, John.
to James Burd
1751 July 24 1p. Box 1

Philadelphia. Letter for an invoice and bill of lading (not included).

McCall, Samuel.
to James Burd
1751 July 26 1p. Box 1

Philadelphia. Letter for bill of lading for shipment.

Hodges, William.
to James Burd
1751 July 27 1p. Box 1

Philadelphia. Bill of loading for bread to be sold in Jamaca.

Burd, James.
to Walter Sterling
1752 February 26 1p. Box 1

Philadelphia. Regarding the building of a ship.

Stirling, Walter.
to James Burd
1752 April 29 2pp. Box 1

Philadelphia. Contacting Burd regarding settling the estate of George Mitchelson, and contracts he had.

Simpson, Thomas.
to James Burd
1752 August 16 1p. Box 1

Has plowirons and plow for him at John Harrises, but not been able to send them.

Rutherford, Thomas.
to James Burd
1752 October 21 1p. Box 1

Reply to Burd regarding coming for cattle and mare for Mr. Shippen.

Blyth, William.
to James Burd
1752 October 31 1p. Box 1

Shippensburg. Request for favor.

Evans, Simon.
to Mr. Buerd [sic]
1753 March 26 1p. Box 1

Carlisle. Replies in regards to doing work for Mr. Shippen.

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to Edward Shippen
1753 April 27 1p. Drawer Oversize
See Oversize

Burk Hill. Discusses growth of public houses in Lancaster, and advices what he wishes done.

Kidd, John.
to James Burd
1753 May 16 1p. Box 1

Philadelphia. Asks Burd to secure from W. Anderson the money owed to him.

Shippen, Edward.
to James Hamilton
1753 September 18 2pp. Box 1

Carlisle. Quotes Croghan as saying 100 Indians are anxious to get home; treaty with Virginians forthcoming. Indians are coming to Carlisle and the Governor should come too. Freeman and Smith 2845.

Coxe, William.
to James Burd
1753 December 11 1p. Box 1

Philadelphia. Asks Burd to finish the affair with W. Anderson.

Kidd, John.
to James Burd
1754 April 6 1p. Box 1

Philadelphia. Asks Burd's opinion of the Anderson matter, feeling it will turn out bad.

Petition of the inhabitants of township of Hopewell to the Court at Carlisle
1754 April 23 2pp. Box 1

Regarding the upkeep of a road, and the proposal for a new road.

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to Edward Shippen
1754 July 24 1p. Drawer Oversize

Cover letter for two writs for the sherriffs in Lancaster and York.

McIlvaine, William & David.
to James Burd
1754 July 27 1p. Box 1

Philadelphia. Directions for the sale of cargo, and use of profits.

Bell, John.
to James Burd
1754 September 18 1p. Box 1

Philadelphia. Letter of introduction.

Blyth, William.
to James Burd
1754 October 19 1p. Box 1

Carlisle. Regarding sending Burd's horse.

Groves, John.
to James Burd
1755 February 14 1p. Box 1

Philadelphia. Replies to Burd, comments on not having sword or pistols.

Polson, John.
to James Burd
1755 March 1 1p. Box 1

Answers in reply for his brother. Comments on the horse Serg. Finlay rode, and not meeting John Bartam.

Maxwell, William, 1733?-1796.
to James Burd
1755 March 4 1p. Box 1

Discusses the sending of flour in the township.

Hoops, Adam, 1760-1846.
to James Burd
1755 March 17 2pp. Box 1
Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to Edward Shippen
1755 April 10 1p. Box 1

Regarding land he has available.

Shippen, Edward.
to James Burd, et al.
1755 May 8 1p. Box 1

Lancaster. Recommendation for the bearer, Joseph Piper to clear the road.

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to Edward Shippen
1755 May 10 1p. Box 1

Unable to travel due to illness. Discusses a later visit.

Atlee, William.
to James Burd et al.
1755 May 12 1p. Box 1

Lancaster. Bearers of letter wait to work on road.

Shippen, Edward.
to James Burd, et al.
1755 May 12 1p. Box 1

Lancaster. Bearers of letter wait to work on road.

Buchanan and Armstrong.
to James Burd,
1755 May 23 1p. Box 1

Recommendation for William White.

Atlee, William.
to James Burd, et al.
1755 May 25 1p. Box 1

Lancaster. Sending men to work on the road.

Peters, Richard, 1743-1828.
to James Burd, etc.
1755 June 5 1p. Box 1

Philadelphia. Regarding obtaining guns and powder for Burd's men, and what he should do in the meantime.

Buchanan, William.
to the commissioners ... the road
1755 June 8 1p. Box 1

Carlisle. Recommendation for workmen.

Buchanan, William.
to James Burd, et al.
1755 June 8 1p. Box 1

Carlisle. Recommendation for workmen.

Buchanan, William.
to the commissioners ... the road
1755 June 11 1p. Box 1

Carlisle. Recommendation for workmen.

Hoops, Adam, 1760-1846.
to James Burd
1755 June 18 1p. Box 1

Delay sending the wagons. Situation in the camp.

Byers, John.
to James Burd
1755 June 24 1p. Box 1

Lack of bread and flour.

Burd , Sarah Shippen, 1731-1784.
to James Burd
1755 July 8 1p. Box 1

Shippensburg. Cover for sending two letters (not included) from the Governor and Mr. Kidd. Comments on the family.

West, Frances.
to James Burd
1755 August 27 1p. Box 1

Carlisle. Note on account for three axes.

Polson, John.
to James Burd
1755 September 17 1p. Box 1

Fort Cumberland. Note regarding paying an account. .

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to unknown correspondent
1755 October 31 2pp. Box 1

Regarding a petition from the inhabitants of Lancaster regarding their defense, and Hamilton's decision to go there.

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to Edward Shippen
1755 November 24 2pp. Box 1

Replies to Shippen's letter regarding the defense of Lancaster, and the establishment of forts using his timber.

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to Edward Shippen
1755 December 13 1p. Box 1

Reply to Shippen's letters. Comments on the situation in Lancaster.

Buchanan, William.
to James Burd, et al.
1755 1p. Box 1

Carlisle. Gentlemen sent to work on the road.

Shippen, Edward.
to James Burd, et al.
1755 1p. Box 1

Lancaster. Gentleman sent to work on the road.

Trent, William.
to James Burd
1755 Tuesday 1p. Box 1

Note regarding a Frenchman not having information.

Croghan, George, 1720?-1782.
to the inhabitants of Cumberland County
1755 1p. Box 1

Aughick. An Indian spy was captured near fort at Aughick. Freeman and Smith 2725.

Clark, Daniel.
to George Croghan
1756 March 9 1p. Box 1

Carlisle. Notice of payment necessary to cover purchase of needed clothing for troops.

Buchanan, William.
to James Burd
1756 March 10 2pp. Box 1

Carlisle. Regarding the building of the road, and Buchanan's opinions.

Brown, James.
to Thomas Clark and James Burd
1756 March 24 1p. Box 1

Request for pay to George Dougherty.

Machan, John.
to Capt. Potter
1756 March 24 1p. Box 1

Request for pay.

McLaughlin, Alexander.
to James Burd
1756 April 25 1p. Box 1

Fort Granville. Request for payment to me.

Ward, Edward.
to James Burd
1756 May 20 1p. Box 1

Fort Granville. Situation of garrison, waiting for instructions.

Alrichs, H..
to Mr. Clark
1756 June 3 1p. Box 1

Carlisle. Determining some qualified officers.

Armstrong, John .
to James Burd
1756 June 7 1p. Box 1

Carlisle. Acknowledges receiving material, unsure of it.

Allen, James.
to James Burd
1756 June 28 1p. Box 1

Carlisle. Note regarding his health and willingness to serve.

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to Edward Shippen
1756 July 6 2pp. Box 1

Regarding the accounts for the supplies.

Receipt to Capt. James Young
1756 July 14 1p. Box 1

For pay.

Shippen, Edward.
to James Hamilton
1756 August 14 3pp. Box 1

Lancaster. Comments on business matters of Hamilton. Reports of French and Indians building a road, as well as other conditions in the area.

Clapham, William.
to James Burd
1756 September 7 2pp. Box 1

Fort Augusta. Initial and additional marching orders for Burd from Fort Augusta to Hunter's Fort.

Elder, John.
to Mr. Harris
1756 October 18 1p. Box 1

Paxton. Request for pay due his servant.

Bostick, John.
to the Court Martial
1756 November 28 1p. Box 1

Fort Hallifax. Testimony for the court.

Mercer, Hugh, 1726-1777.
to James Burd
1756 December 23 1p. Box 1

Fort Morris. Part of letter missing, rest states no Indians have been sighted.

Clark, Daniel.
Testimony
1756 1p. Box 1

Testimony regarding Mr. Bryan being confined to his tent.

Espey, Thomas.
to James Burd
1757 February 9 1p. Box 2

Fragment missing. Discusses money and supplies.

Clapham, William.
to James Burd
1757 February 18 1p. Box 2

Burd's orders regarding the expiration of enlistments of soldiers.

Morgan, John, 1735-1789.
to unknown correspondent
1757 March 11 2pp. Box 2

Fort at Hunter's. Situation of the sick under his care since the hospital was moved.

Forester, Thomas.
to James Burd
1757 March 27 1p. Box 2

Regarding wages of Mathew Coltray (?).

Thompson, Robert.
to John Hambright
1757 April 11 1p. Box 2

Lancaster. Regarding a letter for Col. Weiser, and a dog which was stolen from Thompson.

Coltrap, Mathew.
Affidavit
1757 April 30 1p. Box 2

Statement of service.

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to Edward Shippen
1757 April 1p. Box 2

Requests the he and his sons accompany him.

Weiser, Conrad.
to Dr. Thomson
1757 April 1p. Box 2

States the situation of his battalion and his inability to send reinforcements.

Burd , Sarah Shippen, 1731-1784.
to James Burd
1757 May 2 1p. Box 2

Lancaster. Personal letter, regarding return of her brother. Comments on her father not returning yet.

Work, Patrick.
to James Burd
1757 May 2 1p. Box 2

Fort Hallifax. Reinforcements for the garrison have not arrived. Comments on Corporal Robertson.

Croker, John.
to James Burd
1757 May 9 1p. Box 2

Fort Augusta. Requests permission to return home to handle some affairs.

Ingel, Andrew.
to James Burd
1757 May 15 1p. Box 2

Reading. Sending soldier to collect his papers and cloth.

Atlee, Samuel John, 1739-1786.
to James Burd
1757 June 1 1p. Box 2

Fort Hallifax. Situation at the garrison.

Galbreath, Bartram.
to James Burd
1757 June 6 1p Box 2

Fort Hunter. Danger of Indian attack while Fort Hunter is short of men. Freeman and Smith 2739.

Clark, Daniel.
to James Burd
1757 June 18 2pp. Box 2

Carlisle. French and Indian raid parties at Colonel Dunbar's old camp. French and Indians have road from Albany. Indians at Shippensburg. Freeman and Smith 1371.

Miller, Isaac.
to James Burd
1757 June 19 1p. Box 2

Shippensburg. Inability to return to work because of weather and the enemy. Intends to in order to repay bond.

Work, Patrick.
to James Burd
1757 June 30 1p. Box 2

Harris's Ferry. Has arrived with men, his orders from the governor regarding marching.

Lloyd, Thomas.
to James Burd
1757 August 9 1p. Box 2

Philadelphia. Gov. Delancey of New York on march with militia to relieve Fort William Henry, infested with French, Canadians, and Indians. Freeman and Smith 1374.

Work, Patrick.
to James Burd
1757 August 15 1p. Box 2

Fort Hallifax. Condition of soldiers in the garrison, shortage of provisions, and complaints regarding not receiving rum ration.

Work, Patrick.
to James Burd
1757 September 16 1p. Box 2

Fort Hallifax. Efforts taken to supply garrison with beef.

Lloyd, Thomas.
to James Burd
1757 November 1 2pp. Box 2

Philadelphia. Has lost his wife to small pox, is awaiting the return of the governor from New Castle to provide him orders.

Shippen, Edward.
to James Hamilton
1757 December 13 2pp. Box 2

Lancaster. Comments on the execution of deeds. Informs Hamilton of Col. Hanwix's men cutting down his timber for fire wood.

Steel, John.
to James Burd
1757 1p. Box 2

Discusses ability to work.

Jameson, David.
to James Burd
1758 January 10 1p. Box 2

Paxton. Snow prevented him sending batteaux. Sighting of Indian scouts.

W.D..
to Capt. Weatherholt
1758 February 3 2pp. Box 2

Philadelphia. Discusses enemy Munsey (Munsee) Indians on information from a friendly Indian. Freeman and Smith 2336.

Craghead, George.
to James Burd
1758 May 4 1p. Box 2

Fort Henry. Discusses being at the Fort, and condition of the men to take field.

Peters, Richard, 1743-1828.
to James Burd
1758 May 11 2pp. Box 2

Philadelphia. Letter of introduction for Mr. Heidler to be Capt. Gambright's ensign. Has worked at Woolwich Informs him of Capt. Shippen's promotion to Major.

Shippen, Edward.
to James Burd
1758 May 16 2pp. Box 2

Delay in sending a batteaux. Has hear he will be coming down.

Shippen, Edward.
to James Burd
1758 May 29 2pp. Box 2

Lancaster. Sending him extract of letter from Major Shippen. Comments on Mr. Bard's passing through.

Hosterman, Jacob.
to James Burd
1758 June 5 1p. Box 2

Lancaster. Asks for the appraisal of his cattle.

Callendar, Robert.
to Henry Bouquet
1758 June 8 1p. Box 2

Fort Loudoun. Discharged wagons, comments on road work.

Bouquet, Henry, 1719-1765.
to James Burd
1758 August 25 1p. Box 2

Is to send men to assist in opening the mountain so the road can continue.

Singleton, John..
to James Burd
1758 September 29 1p. Box 2

Regarding lack of pay, and need to return home to settle affairs.

Garraway, Charles.
to James Burd
1758 October 5 1p. Box 2

Philadelphia. Is awaiting orders to return to the army from Governor Denny.

Hubbard, Edward.
to R. Harding
1758 October 13 1p. Box 2

Orders to take force and reconnoiter a small band party of enemy.

Singleton, John..
to James Burd
1758 October 13 1p. Box 2

Unable to go with party.

Halkett, Francis.
to James Burd
1758 November 30 1p. Box 2

Pittsburgh. Wishes listed belongings to be sent.

Bouquet, Henry, 1719-1765.
to James Burd
1758 December 1 2pp. Box 2

Late Fort Duquesne. Orders for men not to proceed unless ordered by the general. Comments on Capt. Tomson.

Lander, Francis.
to James Burd
1758 1p. Box 2

Reply on why he has not performed his duty.

Lloyd, Thomas.
to James Burd
1758 1p. Box 2

Can not proceed due to lack of forage.

Shavver, Abraham.
to James Burd
1759 March 6 1p. Box 2

Inquiring about his discharge, and money spent.

Keon, Jacob.
to James Burd
1759 May 8 1p. [fragment] Box 2

Lancaster. Part of letter missing. Discusses recruiting in Lancaster.

Clark, John.
to James Burd
1759 May 9 1p. Box 2

Promotion of Robert Lowry, and sent Scott Beating to Philadelphia.

Bouguet, Henry.
to James Burd
1759 June 8 2pp. Box 2

Philadelphia. Comments on difficulties getting pay for men in the service, and the assembly not assisting the general.

Kern, Jacob.
to James Burd
1759 June 16 1p. Box 2

Reading. Situation of men and recruiting.

Colthrop, Mathew.
to Meager Jameson
1759 June 22 1p. Box 2

Carlisle. Asks for money for his wife.

McKee, Daniel.
to James Young
1759 July 10 1p. Box 2

Lancaster. Request for pay after discharge.

McKnight, William.
to unidentified correspondent
1759 July 10 1p. Box 2

Lancaster. Request for pay after discharge.

McKnight, George.
to James Burd
1759 July 11 1p. Box 2

Fort Bedford. Concerning the command of Capt. Jones' company following his death.

McCallister, John.
to James Young
1759 July 19 1p. Box 2

Request for pay.

Jones, John.
to James Burd
1759 August 29 1p. Box 2

Fort Bedford. Notice he has arrived at fort and request for supplies.

Livingston, James.
to James Burd
1759 September 10 1p. Box 2

Cumberland. Regarding the apprehension of deserters. .

Unidentified correspondent.
to James Burd
1759 October 4 2pp. Box 2

Pittsburgh. Request for batteaux. .

Unknown.
to Ensign Menzes
1759 October 7 2pp. Box 2

Sending man and axe to help build raft to ferry sheep.

Shippen, Edward.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 October 26 2pp. Box 2

Lancaster. Replies to Joseph's letter received.

Burd, James.
to Ratchford Duffield
1759 November 2 1p. Box 2

Sending supplies, orders for building bridges.

Burd, James.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 November 4 1p. Box 2

Going to Pittsburgh, advices brother on what to do.

List of Magistrates for the County of Lancaster
1759 November 17 1p. Box 2

Names of magistrates in Lancaster County.

Shippen, Edward.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 November 17 1p. Box 2

Lancaster. Discusses the appointment of judges. [fragments missing].

Shippen, Edward.
to James Hamilton
1759 November 26 3pp. Box 2

Lancaster. Comments on lots in Lancaster that are of interest to builders, informs the governor of his service to the army, and the work of Col. Burd and his son Joseph.

Burd, James.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 3 1p. Box 2

Fort London. Plans to go to Lancaster, comments on condition of location.

Bullitt, Thomas.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 6 1p. Box 2

Reminds of favor regarding sword.

Mather, Capt..
to James Burd
1759 December 6 1p. Box 2

Shippensburg. Sends favor of newspapers, comments on dinner had last summer at Widow Grey's.

Shippen, Edward.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 8 1p. Box 2

Lancaster. Where he will be stationed during the winter. .

Armstrong, John .
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 10 2pp. [fragments missing] Box 2

Fort Ligonier. Dispute over the surgeon's tour.

Jameson, David.
to James Burd
1759 December 11 1p. Box 2

Pittsburgh. Condition of garrison, lack of supplies.

Armstrong, John .
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 12 1p. Box 2

Ligonier. Additional comments on need of a surgeon.

Ourry, Lewis, 1717-1779.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 13 1p. Box 2

Fort Bradford. Trouble obtaining horses.

Brodhead, Charles.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 14 1p. Box 2

Pittsburgh. Sending men unfit for duty, asks for pass.

Brodhead, Charles.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 15 1p. Box 2

Pittsburgh. Acknowledges receiving orders, and comments on the disposition of his men.

Ourry, Lewis, 1717-1779.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 15 1p. Box 2

Fort Bedford. Guard request in light of marching orders.

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to James Burd
1759 December 17 1p. Box 2

Philadelphia. Orders for the discharge of men.

Burd, James.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 18 2pp. Box 2

Lancaster. Comments on the future of the battalion, and lack of news from Philadelphia; the situation with Col. Work; and packages sent.

Jameson, David.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 18 1p. Drawer Oversize
See oversize

Pittsburgh. Explains the differences in the returns for men in the 2nd Battalion.

Jameson, David.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 18 2pp. Drawer Oversize
See Oversize

Pittsburgh. Just received letter after sending previous. Comments on return of men. Mentions a scheme regarding the command of the Pennsylvania regiment given by Captain Mathers.

Potter James.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 19 1p. Box 2

Inquires whether he should come to Bedford, and why he has not.

Brodhead, Charles.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 22 1p. Box 2

Pittsburgh. Comments on return of men, and the rumored discharge.

Armstrong, John .
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 25 1p. Box 2

Fort Loudon. Received order regarding discharge, comments on how it complicates the general's orders.

Ensign Curchod.
to James Shippen
1759 December 25 1p. Box 2

Stoney Creek. Sending men, and needs replacements.

Hunter, Samuel.
to James Shippen
1759 December 25 1p. Box 2

Fort Littleton. Report after being relieved and his intensions..

Miller, Isaac.
to James Young
1759 December 26 1p. Box 2

Pay request for discharge.

Shippen, Edward.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 26 2pp. Box 2

Lancaster. Personal letter metions Christmas dinner, and missing him. Comments on the discharge of troops.

Scott, Joseph.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 26 1p. Box 2

Shippensburg. Situation at the post, mentions news of discharge.

Campbell, Francis.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 28 1p. Box 2

Notes on obtaining forage.

Burd, James.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 29 2pp. Box 2

Lancaster. Informs him what is to happen to the battalion.

Jameson, David.
to James Burd
1759 December 29 1p. Box 2

Fort Ligonier. Informs him of the situation regarding the Virginia Regiment taking over the garrisons.

Blair, John, d. 1782.
to Joseph Shippen
1759 December 31 1p. Box 2

Fort Loudon. Supplies sent.

Orndt, Jacob.
to James Burd
1759 December 31 1p. Box 2

Fort Augusta. Leave for Mr. Johnson, and notes conduct of Ensign Adam Henry.

Price, Samuel.
to James Burd
1759 1p. Box 2

Notes taking a deserter from his company.

West, Francis.
to James Burd
1759 1p. Box 2

Regarding payment.

Scott, William.
to James Young
1760 January 5 1p. Box 3

Fort Bedford. Request for pay.

Scott, Joseph.
to Joseph Shippen
1760 January 7 1p. Box 3

Shippensburg. Returned to post awaiting discharge.

Baird, Jno..
to Joseph Shippen
1760 January 10 1p. Box 3

Fort Littleton. Copy of Col. Armstrong's letter regarding collecting arms, and a request for instructions.

Little, John.
to Joseph Shippen
1760 January 11 1p. Box 3

Fort Junyata. Sending copy of Col Armstrong's letter regarding collecting arms.

Baird, Jno..
to Joseph Shippen
1760 January 13 1p. Box 3

Fort Lyttleton. Marching of Royal Americans, and requests direction concerning arms at the garrison.

Little, John.
to Joseph Shippen
1760 January 14 1p. Box 3

Acknowledges receving orders, and comments on the flat.

Gerringer, Henery.
to Evan Anderson
1760 February 2 1p. Box 3

Request for pay.

Shale, George.
to Evan Anderson
1760 February 2 1p. Box 3

Request for pay.

Shireman, Peter.
to Evan Anderson
1760 February 2 1p. Box 3

Request for pay.

unknown correspondent.
to James Burd
1760 February 7 2pp. Box 3

Lancaster. Instructions on planting an orchard.

Ellis, John .
to James Young
1760 March 14 1p. Box 3

Lancaster. Request for pay.

unknown correspondent.
to unknown
1760 April 17 1p. Box 3

Philadelphia. Note on the bill passing to pay for a battalion. "discharged account John Lukins".

Howard, George Towen.
to James Burd
1760 April 30 1p. Box 3

Lancaster. Asks for justice being in guard house for improperly enlisting a soldier.

Young, James.
to James Burd
1760 May 25 2pp. Box 3

Philadelphia. Comment on Capt. Nelson leaving without supplies. Regarding preparations for assembling at Carlisle.

Neilson, Samuel.
to unknown
1760 May 29 1p. Box 3

Carlisle. Notes lack of weapons and equipment for men.

Garraway, Charles.
to James Burd
1760 June 3 1p. Box 3

Philadelphia. Inquiry about James McCally.

Ourry, Lewis, 1717-1779.
to James Burd
1760 June 25 1p. Box 3

Fort Bedford. Supplies he has for Burd, notes other officers arriving and departing.

Miles, Samuel, 1740-1805.
to James Burd
1760 August 3 1p. Box 3

Vinango. Asks assistance in getting a soldier properly mustered.

Gibson, James.
to James Burd
1760 August 17 1p. Box 3

Bushy Run. Inquiry regarding soldier from company without a pass.

Burd, James.
to Col. Bouquet
1760 August 31 2pp. [fragments missing] Box 3

Fort Pitt. Requests certificate from Bouquet regarding pay, comments on location or news of other officers.

Metcalf, John.
to John Ormsby
1760 September 1 1p. Box 3

Carlisle. Receipt for cattle. .

Gibson, James.
to James Burd
1760 September 9 1p. Box 3

Bushy Run. Notice of John Wion deserting.

Hannah, James.
to James Burd
1760 November 6 1p. Box 3

Carlisle. Request for pay.

Armstrong, John .
to James Hamilton
1760 November 19 2pp. Box 3

Carlisle. Complaints have been made to Commissioner of Indian trade. Only trying to get line for Shamokin-Susquehannah land agreeable with Treaty of Albany. Should not listen to silly complaints of Indians. Freeman and Smith 2709.

Johnston & Graydon.
to James Burd
1760 December 1 2pp. Box 3

Fort Augusta. Situation at garrison, note on unresolved issue regarding men who will not re-enlist, informs him on the state of his room, and as when he will arrive.

Johnston, Francis.
to Caleb Graydon
1760 December 19 1p. Box 3

Fort Augusta. Request for pay.

Shippen, Edward.
to James Hamilton
1761 February 23 1p. Box 3

Receipt for marriage and tavern licenses issued in Lancaster.

Ourry, Lewis, 1717-1779.
to James Burd
1761 May 6 1p. Drawer Oversize
See Oversize

Carlisle. Issuing a new receipt for payment.

Little, John.
to James Burd
1761 May 21 1p. Box 3

Carlisle. Still lacking supplies, inquires when he will receive them.

Graydon, Caleb.
to James Young
1761 June 25 1p. Box 3

Fort Augusta. Request for pay.

Hunter, Samuel.
to Mrs. Burd (?)
1761 July 18 1p. Box 3

Fort Hunter. Received sheep for Fort Augusta.

Hunter, Samuel.
to "Madam" (Mrs. Burd?)
1761 August 2 1p. Box 3

Fort Hunter. Notice has received cattle for Fort Augusta.

Wister, Daniel, 1738-1805.
to John Cameron
1761 August 12 1p. Box 3

Philadelphia. Regarding purchase of cloth.

Graydon & Hunter.
to James Burd
1761 August 26 1p. Box 3

Fort Augusta. Note regarding cattle.

Graydon, Caleb.
to James Burd
1761 September 10 and 15 2pp. Box 3

Fort Augusta. Informs him of the supplies received, and inquires about his return should the paymaster arrive. Notes death of his brother.

Bouquet, Col..
to James Burd
1761 October 13 1p. Box 3

Fort Pitt. Acknowledges receiving letter.

Hunter, Samuel.
to Edward Shippen
1761 November 5 2pp. [fragment] Box 3

Fort Augusta. Mentions that only a few Indians are trading. Also contains note from Edward Shippen to Sarah Burd. Freeman and Smith 2763.

Graydon, Caleb.
to unknown
1761 November 13 1p. Box 3

Fort Augusta. Went to Philadelphia on business regarding death of his brother, has sent copies of letters from the governor (not included). Notes supplies at fort.

Shippen, Edward.
to James Burd
1761 November 27 2pp. Box 3

Lancaster. Informs him of the birth of his daughter, and has obtained a warrant for his land.

Hunter, Samuel.
to Sarah Burd
1761 December 2 1p. Box 3

Acknowledges receipt of items.

Willis, Jonathan.
to James Burd
1762 January 31 1p. [parts faded] Box 3

Philadelphia. Regarding a license to trade with the Indians.

Young, James.
to James Burd
1762 February 11 2pp. Box 3

Philadelphia. Comments on settling account, advice on roll of men for pay, news of assembly in Philadelphia.

Irvine, James.
to Unknown
1762 July 13 2pp. Drawer Oversize

Complains of illegal trade in liquor to the Indians. Indian evidence unacceptable and there is no other. Dennis McCormick, Burd's storekeeper [at Fort Augusta] got Sushocapee drunk. Freeman and Smith 2765.

McCormick, Dennis.
Affidavit
1762 July 17 1p. Box 3

Lancaster. Claims he never sold liquor to Indians, but gave an Indian woman a pint of rum. Freeman and Smith 2886.

Young, James.
to James Burd
1762 July 29 1p. Drawer OS
See Oversize

Philadelphia. Obtained warrant as asked, will bring pay for men, comments on heat in Philadelphia.

Brown, Joseph.
James Irvine
1762 July 1p. Drawer Oversize
See Oversize

States that Dennis McCormick did sell liquor to the squaws. Freeman and Smith 2874.

McCormick, Dennis.
to unknown
1762 August 6 1p. Box 3

Fort Augusta. Sending articles.

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to James Burd
1762 September 25 2pp. Box 3

Philadelphia. Concerning trade goods and treaty for Indians. Sends belt of wampum and must know state of mind of Indians. Freeman and Smith 2744.

Burd, James and Josiah F. Davenport.
to unknown
1762 October 10 2pp. Box 3

Pittsburgh. Have arrived with goods for Indians. Seeking release of prisoners. Shawanees slow in arriving, hit by disease. Quarrel over order with Colonel Bouquet. Freeman and Smith 2720.

Smith, William.
to John Shaw
1762 December 11 1p. Box 3

Request for material to make a shirt.

Graydon, Caleb.
to James Burd
1762 December 25 1p. Box 3

Fort Augusta. Inquires about news. Comments on garrison.

Davenport, Josiah.
to James Burd
1763 January 10 1p. Box 3

Fort Pitt. Cover letter for sending letter from governor.

Shippen, Edward and Thomas Barton.
to James Hamilton
1763 January 12 2pp. Box 3

Lancaster. Acknowledgement of patronage of the Library Company of Lancaster, and request for making it a corporate body.

unknown, Daniel Stiss, and Jacob Willsohn.
to unknown
1763 February 25 2pp. Box 3

[letter difficult to read].

Shippen, Edward.
to James Hamilton
1763 April 12 3pp. Drawer Oversize
See Oversize

Lancaster. Regarding the building of new mills and damns on Conestoga Creek.

Powell, John.
to James Burd
1763 May 10 2pp. Box 3

Bill for schooling.

Ourry, Lewis, 1717-1779.
to James Hamilton
1763 June 10 2pp. Box 3

Fort Bedford. Surrounding farmers have volunteered for service, and will remain if taken under provincial service.

Ourry, Lewis, 1717-1779.
to James Hamilton
1763 June 29 2pp. Box 3

Fort Bedford. Comments on the conduct of the inhabitants during the recent insurrection.

Ourry, Lewis, 1717-1779.
to James Hamilton
1763 July 20 2pp. Drawer Oversize
See Oversize

Fort Bedford. Situation of the harvest during the insurrection.

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to Edward Shippen and James Wright
1763 July 23 1p. Box 3

Philadelphia. Instructions to investigate the killing of two Indians to determine if the gentleman had cause.

Hunter, Samuel.
to James Burd
1763 July 23 1p. Box 3

Fort Hunter. Left side of letter missing.

Ourry, Lewis, 1717-1779.
to James Hamilton
1763 August 2 4pp. Box 3

Fort Bedford. Situation at the post concerning the commissioning of volunteers and protecting reapers.

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to Edward Shippen
1763 August 10 1p. Box 3

Philadelphia. Gives reward of £30 to man who killed three Indians. Freeman and Smith 2747.

Ourry, Lewis, 1717-1779.
to James Hamilton
1763 August 10 2pp. Box 3

Fort Bedford. Mentions Indian attack near Ligonier. Freeman and Smith 2811.

Hamilton, James and Commissioners.
to James Young
1763 August 23 3pp. Box 3

Philadelphia. Instructions for paying troops on the frontier.

Ourry, Lewis, 1717-1779.
to James Hamilton
1763 August 26 3pp. Box 3

Fort Bedford. Problem of unlicensed taverns, and need for a magistrate.

Shipped, Edward.
to James Hamilton
1763 September 1 3pp. Box 3

Lancaster. Describes Indian battle at Murray Hill. Freeman and Smith 2846.

Ourry, Lewis, 1717-1779.
to James Hamilton
1763 September 6 2pp. Box 3

Fort Bedford. Comments on Paul Vaugh's petition.

Shippen, Edward and Thomas Barton.
to James Hamilton
1763 October 6 1p. Box 3

Lancaster. Regarding the charter of incorporation for the Library Company, and the naming of the library.

Ourry, Lewis, 1717-1779.
to James Hamilton
1763 October 12 3pp. Box 3

Fort Bedford. Continued problem with unlicensed taverns and liquor, conditions facing his replacement regarding the inhabitants and Indians.

McCormick, Dennis.
to Edward Shippen
1763 October 13 1p. Box 3

Fort Augusta. Explination for two bills.

Blyth, William.
to James Burd
1763 November 3 1p. Box 3

Fort Auguta. Request for pay.

Shippen, Edward.
to James Hamilton
1763 November 11 1p. Box 3

List of payments for tavern licenses.

Ranberry, Henry.
to James Burd
1764 April 20 1p. Box 4

Request for discharge.

McCormick, Dennis.
to James Burd
1764 June 19 1p. Box 4

Arrived with cattle, waiting for escort.

McCormick, Dennis.
to James Burd
1764 November 28 2pp. Box 4

Fort Hunter. Selling of hides, notice more troops arriving at Fort Augusta and need of provisions.

Bissit, Thomas.
Affidavit
1764 December 13 1p. Box 4

Lancaster County. Testimony regarding a dispute between two men at the Cornwall Iron Works.

Gibson, John.
to James Burd
1765 May 31 1p. [fragments missing] Box 4

Philadelphia. Note regarding shipment.

Webb, James.
to James Hamilton
1765 May 1p. Box 4

Account for wood sold for use in soldiers' barracks.

Burd, James.
to John Gibson
1766 February 26 1p. Box 4

Lancaster. Question about debt Burd owes the province.

Wilkins, John.
to James Burd
1766 April 7 1p. Box 4

Carlisle. Request for certain provisions.

Smith, James.
to unknown
1766 July 17 1p. Box 4

Relates to the lack of action being taken against offenders who attacked Mr. Simpson.

Fulton, Robert.
to James Burd
1766 December 6 1p. Box 4

Lancaster. Regarding payment due court.

J. D..
to unknown
1767 January 8 1p. Box 4

Post script to letter, list of books to be given to Mr. Davidson, bookseller.

Hunter, Alexander.
to James Burd
1767 March 2 1p. Box 4

Fort Hunter. Inquires if Burd would marry a young couple.

Harris, John, 1726-1791 .
to James Burd
1767 September 1 1p. Box 4

Paxton. Unable to travel to Philadelphia as family is ill. Comments on reports about him.

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to Edward Shippen
1767 November 15 1p. Box 4

Philadelphia. Return from England after illness, and looks forward to seeing Shippen.

Gellson, William et al..
to James Burd
1767 December 7 1p. Box 4

Lancaster. Certification of Geroge Gibbson's ownership of land.

McClure, Richard.
to James Burd
1767 December 18 1p. Box 4

Request for road to be built as approved near Fisher Creek.

Atlee, William.
to James Burd
1768 January 22 1p. Box 4

Lancaster. Relates to court matters in sale of property, congradulates Burd on birth of son.

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to Edward Shippen
1768 May 12 1p. Drawer Oversize
See Oversize

Philadelphia. Happy to hear of Shippen's improved health, can not journey to Lancaster.

Clark, William.
to James Burd
1768 May 30 1p. Box 4

Issue of traps.

Harris, Johhn.
to James Burd
1768 August 12 1p. Box 4

Paxton. Sending boards left after others taken, and the flood.

Burd, James.
to Robert Dicks and James Welsh
1768 September 9 1p. Box 4

Lancaster. Matter of a mare and damage to the fence of Lawrence McGill.

Peters, Edward.
to James Burd
1769 February 14 2pp. Box 4

Philadelphia. Matter regarding property.

Burd, Edward.
to James Burd
1769 March 11 2pp. Box 4

Philadelphia. Note on family's health, Dutch servant, and ability to visit pending business of the court.

Atlee, Samuel John, 1739-1786.
to James Burd
1770 June 30 1p. Box 4

Informing him of a decision on a matter.

Shippen, Edward.
to James Burd
1770 August 24 1p. Box 4

Lancaster. Cover letter for material regarding the purchase of land near Jonathan Harris.

Harris, John, 1726-1791 .
to James Burd
1770 October 3 1p. Box 4

Paxton. Request to borrow equipment.

Dougherty, Dennis.
to James Burd
1770 November 7 1p. [fragments missing] Box 4

Carlisle. Settling matters with Peter Dougherty and Cornelius Ryan.

McMurray, James.
to James Burd
1771 May 17 1p. Box 4

Lissburn. Work on an ax.

Bickham, James.
to James Burd
1771 November 15 1p. Box 4

Sending salmon.

Davis, Henry.
to James Burd
1772 March 5 1p. Box 4

Requests pass for Richard O'Neal.

Burd, James.
to Sampson Sadlie
1772 May 21 1p. Box 4

Lease agreement to Sampson Sadlie for house on Burd's Tinian plantation.

Forster, Thomas Jr..
to William Plunket
1772 June 25 1p, Box 4

Upper Paxton. Notice he will pay debt once Simpson sells land on the Delaware and pays him.

McCall, James.
to James Burd
1772 August 18 1p. Box 4

Asks for note given Burd in 1768 regarding a debt with Samuel Crawford.

McClenachan, James.
to James Burd
1773 March 5 1p. Box 4

Inquires about verification of land purchase from Mr. Shippen.

Boyd, Robert.
to James Burd
1773 December 29 1P. Box 4

Wishes to settle accounts, comments on his health, and asks Burd's assistance in settling account with Mrs. Wells.

Illing, Frederick.
to James Burd
1774 April 15 1p. Box 4

Middleton. Receipt for marriage license to Abraham Gross.

Burd, Edward.
to James Burd
1774 September 15 2pp. Box 4

Reading. Mentions his purchase of land, and the possibility of the people putting Ross out of the Assembly.

Grant, Ann.
to James Burd
1775 July 7 1p. Box 4

Fort Augusta. Asks assistance in getting account paid from Lewis Lewes, even if the law has to be used.

Fulton, Robert.
to James Burd
1766 December 6 1p. Box 4
Shippen, Edward.
to James Hamilton
1777 February 22 2pp. Box 4

Lancaster. Copy of letter from January 30 regarding use of timber at barracks, which was Shippen's last letter; along with a letter regarding the use of additional timber to build a stable for the Contiental horses. [Originally cataloged under January 30 date].

Shippen, Edward.
to James Hamilton
1777 March 13 1p. Box 4

Lancaster. Settling of account for use of timber for stockade.

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to Edward Shippen
1777 April 28 1p. Box 4

Philadelphia. Expresses to Shippen his views of settling accounts using Continental Money over Pounds Sterling, and related instructions to Shippen on accounts.

Shippen, Edward.
to James Hamilton
1777 June 2 2pp. Box 4

Lancaster. Copy of letter informing Hamilton of additional use of the timber on his land.

Hamilton, James, 1710-1783.
to Edward Shippen
1777 July 1 2pp. Box 4

Philadelphia. Reply to June 2 letter, commenting on unauthorized use of his land, and his inability to travel by act of the Assembly.

Galbreath, Major, et al..
to James Burd
1779 February 11 1p. Box 4

Invitation for Burd and his family to attend a dance.

Burd, Edward.
to James Burd
1780 November 12 1p. Box 4

Sends state money to help pay taxes, comments on when he can visit.

Gregg, A..
to James Burd
1785 July 4 1p. Box 4

Middletown. Delivery of late note from Mr. Temple and asks for answer.

Burd, Joseph.
to James Burd
1785 October 25 2pp. [fragments missing] Box 4

Carlisle. Comments on seeing brother, and getting new shoes.

Burd, James.
to Hugh Curry
1786 December 1 2pp. Box 4

Lease agreement for land in Paxton.

Fulton, Henry.
to James Burd
1788 July 23 1p. Box 4

Asking to give son his horse.

Butler, Anthony.
to Joseph Shippen
1788 October 6 1p. Box 4

Philadelphia. Inquiry for account information of the governors of Pennsylvania for five years in order to get compensation from Great Britian.

Shippen, Joseph Jr..
to John Penn
1788 November 1 4pp. Box 4

Lancaster. Replies to Penn's request for an accounting of fees and Emoluments collected five years prior to the Revolution. Inventory of account included [was originally cataloged separately under 1771-1776].

Shippen, Joseph Jr..
Affidavit
1788 November 1 1p. Box 4

Affidavit for Joseph Shippen, Jr. being secretary of the colony, and to the information in the Inventory of Fees and Emoluments for the Government of Pennsylvania.

Shippen, Joseph Jr..
to Phineas Bond
1788 November 2 1p. Box 4

Lancaster. Informing him he has completed the account of Fees and Emoluments as requested.

Bond, Phineas, 1749-1815.
to Joseph Shippen, Jr.
1788 November 7 1p. Box 4

Philadelphia. Thanks Shippen for the affidavit and inventory. Comments on the compensation to Proprietors. .

Shippen, Joseph Jr..
to Phineas Bond
1788 November 10 2pp. Box 4

Lancaster. Reply to question of how fees were accounted.

Pattesron, George.
to James Burd
1792 October 28 1p. Box 4

Patterson Mills. Friendly note, comments on new mill, and future visit.

Jameson, David.
to James Burd
May 24 1p. Box 4

York. Cover letter for return of recruits (not included0.

Clayton, Alexander.
to James Burd (?)
June 14 1p. Box 4

Philadelphia. Asks for George to come help him, and comments on his arriving at Fort Augusta.

Corne, B..
to "Madame ma tres chere et honoree Mere ..."
n.d. 1p. Box 4

[letter in French].

Currie, Johnn.
to James Burd
n.d. 1p. Box 4

Regarding Ashton's intention to leave.

Dunlop, William.
to Richard Peeters
n.d. 2pp. Box 4

Regarding a dispute over land ownership between William Dunlop and Thomas Trindlery.

Fulton, Robert.
to James Burd
n.d. 1p. Box 4

Request to recover expenses.

Graydon, Caleb.
to James Burd
n.d. 1p. Box 4

Settlement of account.

McConnell, Robert et al..
to Joseph Armstrong
n.d. 1p. Box 4

Petition for his assistance in matter.

McCormick, Widow.
to James Burd
n.d. 1p. Box 4

Regarding summons to court.

Orndt, Robert.
to unknown
n.d. 1p. Box 4

Thank you for money sent.

Unknown.
to Arthru Sinclair and Archibald McClean
n.d. 2pp. Box 4

Instructions for the survey of Western Pennsylvania.

Saller, E..
to Mr. Taffe
n.d. 1p. Box 4

John Sacalamus wants Indian trade goods. Freeman and Smith 2843.

Tilghman, James.
to William Allen
n.d. 1p. Box 4

Reference to Thomas Parson's health, and the Penn-Connecticut controversy. [see note from WJB].

Series II Legal and Financial
1708-1791, Undated 1.0 ln. ft. Box 5-6
Logan, James, 1674-1751.
Bills protested by James Logan for non-payment
1708 August 25 - 1709 July 29 3pp. Box 5

Protest letters for bills unpaid.

Lumley and Ray, Grocers..
Bill of sale to James Burd
1747 April 29 1p. Box 5

London. For purchase of candy.

Burd, James.
Account with Alexander Stupart
1748 July 14 1p. Drawer Oversize
See Oversize

Listing of account.

Coningham & Gardner.
Invoice for James Burd
1748 August 3 1p. Box 5

Philadelphia. Invoice for linen purchased.

Coningham & Gardner.
Bill of Exchange to James Burd
1748 October 15 1p. Box 5

Philadelphia. Invoice for payment.

Burd, James.
Statement to Jonathan Evans
1749 February - July 1p. Box 5

Statement of account.

Branson, William.
Account with James Burd
1749 March 23 1p. Box 5

Account for "Shott."

Burd, James.
List of goods sold
1749 June 1 2pp. Box 5

List of goods sold since 1749 June 1.

Invoice of goods shipped to London
1749 July 20 1p. Box 5

.

Coningham & Gardner.
Bill of sale to James Burd
1749 August 3 1p. Box 5

Philadelphia. Bill of sale for canvas.

Barkley, Thomas.
Bill of exchange to Johannes Kern
1749 December 29 2pp. Box 5

Maryland. Bill of exchange and copy.

Barkley, Thomas.
Bill of exchange drawn on James Burd
1749 December 29 2pp. Box 5

Maryland. Bill of exchange and copy.

Burd, James.
Account Books
1749 29pp. [fragmentary condition] Box 5

.

Burd, James.
Statement to William White
1749 1p. Box 5

Account statement for damask.

Invoice of wine shipped by James Burd
1750 1p. Box 5

Invoice for items shipped aboard the Mary Humphry Class for Barbadoes.

Statement of goods put on the snow, Sally, at risque of James Burd and Alexander Hamilton
1750 1p. Box 5

List of items shipped.

Barkley, Thomas.
Bill of exchange drawn on James Burd
1749 -1750 January 1 1p. Box 5

Bill of exchange.

Barkley, Thomas.
Bill of exchange drawn on James Burd
1750 January 3 1p. Box 5

Bill of exchange.

Barkley, Thomas.
Bill of exchange drawn on James Burd
1750 January 5 1p. Box 5

Bill of exchange.

Dunnings, James.
Account of James Burd
1750 January 13 1p. Box 5

Account statement for meals, rum, etc.

Burd, James.
Bill of sale to Perry Ward
1749/50 March 23 1p. Box 5

Invoice for "Stript to bind."

Carter & Stout.
Statement of accounts to James Burd
1750 March 30 1p. Box 5

Statement of account for building the snow, Sally, with dimensions of vessel.

Evans, Simon.
Statement of accounts
1750 April 20 1p. Box 5

Invoice for work at his house [plastering, etc.].

Peters, William.
Copy of cargo of the Sea Horse
1750 May 30 4pp. Drawer Oversize
See Oversize

Items shipped in the brigantine Sea Horse.

Forbes, Alexander.
Invoice to James Burd
1750 June 25 1p. Box 5

Invoice of Brazil Wood.

Invoice of goods shipped at risque of James Burd
1750 July 1p. Box 5

Items shipped aboard the vessel Maulesfield including wine and wood.

Philip, Robert.
Memorandum to George McKnight,
1750 November 3 1p. Box 5

Informing James Burd of carpenter and sailor for hire and cost.

Burd, James.
Invoice of wine shipped
1750 November 20 1p. Box 5

Items shipped aboard the brigantine Endeavour.

Graydon, Alexander.
Order to James Burd for payment
1750 November 21 1p. Box 5

Order to pay for certain supplies.

Philip, Robert.
Account of laborers and victuals on board the snow, Sally
1750 December 8 1p. Box 5

Accounting of bread and beef to laborers.

Mitchelson, George.
Bill of exchange drawn on James Burd
1750/51 January 1 1p. Box 5

Maryland. Bil of exchange.

Steel, Robert.
Statement of account of James Burd
1750/51 March 15 1p. Box 5

Account for £250.

Burd, James.
for Edward Shippen
1755 1p. Drawer OS

Memorandum of agreement with George Croghan.

Burd, James.
Account of expenses of cutting a road
1755 April 1-9 1p. Box 5

Road to Auchwick via Alloqueepys Town across the Juniatto to Sugartree Hill. Freeman and Smith 2873.

Burd, James.
Statement of accounts with Adam Hoops
1755 April 23 1p. Box 5

Account of items purchased.

Cummings, John.
Statement of accounts to George Croghan,... James Burd
1755 April 25 1p. Box 5

Account for wine.

Buchanan, William.
Advertisement for workmen to work on the road
1755 May 1p. Box 5

Specifies what the men should bring, and where to meet.

Packwood, Samuel.
Statement of accounts to James Burd
1755 June 28 1p. Box 5

Statement of account for feeding certain men.

Barr, John.
Account with James Burd for work on the road
1755 2pp. Box 5

Listing of various expenes building the road.

Hoops, Adam, 1760-1846.
Cash advanced to laborers, cutting the road
1755 1p. Box 5

List of workmen and pay.

Memorandum to Joseph Burd that Dominick Mannin lost an ax, and his account.
1755 1p. Box 5

List of account.

Morrow, Robert.
Order to pay William Gibson
1756 March 24 1p. Box 5