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Abstract

These letters and papers include ten small volumes of letterbooks (1752-1781), and ca. 100 pieces of correspondence with Joseph Shippen (1750-1778). Topics discussed are business in Philadelphia and Lancaster, provincial politics, army supply in the French and Indian War, land purchases and speculation, housebuilding, and family affairs.

Background note

The Shippen family was one of the most industrious and illustrious of Philadelphia in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. They were active in government, the military, and in their various businesses: land acquisition and speculation, housebuilding, etc.

Edward Shippen was a merchant, and was elected to the American Philosophical Society in 1768.

Scope and content

The activities of Joseph Shippen, Jr., while with the army under Colonel Burd during the French and Indian war, are well documented in this collection.

Collection information

Provenance

Presented by The Philip and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1952.

Processing information

Only maps and scanned items are noted.

General physical description

Ca. 190 items; 10 volumes.

Indexing Terms

Family Name(s)

  • Brockden, Charles.
  • Burd, Edward.
  • Shippen, Edward, -- Jr.

Genre(s)

  • Business Records and Accounts
  • Family Correspondence
  • General Correspondence
  • Letterbooks.
  • Maps and Surveys
  • Military Records
  • Political Correspondence
  • Travel Narratives and Journals

Geographic Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania -- Politics and government -- To 1775.
  • United States -- History -- French and Indian War, 1755-1763.

Personal Name(s)

  • Allen, William, 1704-1780
  • Alricks, Harmanus
  • Armstrong, John
  • Bouquet, Henry, 1719-1765
  • Burd, James, 1726-1793
  • Chew, Benjamin, 1722-1810
  • Coleman, William, 1704-1769
  • Croghan, George, d.1782
  • Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
  • Galloway, Joseph, 1731-1803
  • Hamilton, James, 1710-1783
  • Harris, John, 1726-1791
  • Jameson, David
  • Lawrence, Thomas, 1744-1823
  • Logan, William
  • Morris, Robert Hunter, 1713-1764
  • Penn, John, 1729-1795
  • Peters, Richard, 1704-1776
  • Shippen, Edward, ca. 1703-1781
  • Shippen, Joseph,1732-1810.
  • Shippen, William, 1712-1801
  • Willing, Charles

Subject(s)

  • American Revolution
  • Americans Abroad
  • Business and Skilled Trades
  • Business and politics -- Pennsylvania.
  • Colonial Politics
  • Education
  • International Travel
  • Marriage and Family Life
  • Military History
  • Military supplies.
  • Pennsylvania History
  • Philadelphia History
  • Real property -- Pennsylvania.
  • Seven Years' War
  • Social Life and Custom
  • Surveying and Maps
  • Trade
  • Travel


Detailed Inventory
to Edward Shippen.
1755 July 31 3.0 p. Request Item

Abstract: Description of army and discussion of politics.

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Shippen, Joseph,1732-1810..
A draught of the west branch of Susquehanna and part of the Ohio River
1757 January 26 2 pieces, 31.1 x 48.3 cm Request Item

Physical & technical details: Oversized.

Shippen, Joseph,1732-1810..
Draught of part of the River Susquehanna
1758 January 1 map, 38.7 x 47 cm Request Item

Physical & technical details: Oversized.

Shippen, Joseph,1732-1810..
Rough draught of the Monongahela River from Fort Burd to the confluence of Muddy and Cheat Rivers
1759 November 1 map, 2 pieces, 64.8 x 21 cm Request Item

Physical & technical details: Oversized.

Shippen, Joseph,1732-1810..
Plan of the English fort at Pittsburgh
Circa 1763 1 map, 30.8 x 38.7 cm Request Item

Physical & technical details: Oversized.

Patterson, Captain.
Draught of the west branch of Susquehanna, taken from Captain Patterson
1769 April 1 1 map, 21 x 30.5 cm Request Item

Physical & technical details: Oversized.