Guide to the Burd-Shippen Family Papers, 1717-1898 DAR.1966.01

ULS Archives & Special Collections

Summary Information

Repository
ULS Archives & Special Collections
Title
Burd-Shippen Family Papers
Creator
Burd family
Creator
Shippen family
Collection Number
DAR.1966.01
Date [inclusive]
1717-1898
Extent
1.25 linear feet (3 boxes)
Abstract
The Burd and Shippen families were prominent lawyers, business owners, and public servants in eastern Pennsylvania during the colonial era. The Burd-Shippen papers contain personal and business correspondence, legal documents, business records, and manuscripts. Many of the legal documents and business records pertain to both Edward Burd and Edward Shippen's legal practices as well as their positions in Pennsylvania government. Digital reproductions are available online for contents in Series V.

Preferred Citation

Burd-Shippen Family Papers, 1717-1898, DAR.1966.01, Darlington Collection, Archives & Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh Library System

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Biography

The Shippen family traces their lineage back to Edward Shippen I (1639-1712), a Quaker who moved to Philadelphia from Boston in 1693. Edward Shippen I's great-great-grandson, Edward Shippen III (1703-1781), had three children: Edward Shippen IV (1729-1806), Sarah Shippen (1731-1784), and Joseph Shippen (1732-1810).

Edward Shippen IV, a wealthy and prominent lawyer in Philadelphia, held multiple public offices by royal appointment. He fathered six surviving children, including Elizabeth Shippen (1754-1828) and Margaret "Peggy" Shippen (1760-1804). During the American Revolution, Edward Shippen IV lost his appointments, yet managed to keep his family financially afloat by remaining politically neutral. Both of his daughters married American revolutionaries. Elizabeth married her cousin, Edward Burd (1751-1833), while her younger sister, Peggy, married Benedict Arnold.

Sarah Shippen married James Burd (1726-1793) in 1748. A Scotsman by birth, James Burd commanded Fort Augusta during the French and Indian War, rising to prominence afterwards as a merchant and colonial magistrate. Their son, Edward Burd (1750/51-1833), served as a major in the Revolutionary War. Following the war, he was prothonotoray and later justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Edward Burd was a friend and business associate to his uncle and father-in-law, Edward Shippen IV. Edward Burd wrote Neddie Burd's Reading Letter, a history of the Berks County bar.

Elizabeth Shippen and Edward Burd had one son, Edward Shippen Burd (1779-1848). He married watercolorist Eliza Howard Simms (1793-1860) and resided in Philadelphia, where he worked as an attorney specializing in property law. Edward Shippen Burd was also involved in real estate and business ventures, including the Philadelphia Arcade and the Philadelphia Ice Company. He was a member of the American Philosophical Society, and, with his wife, donated extensively to philanthropic projects, particularly St. Stephens Church and the Protestant Episcopal Hospital of Philadelphia.

The Burd-Shippens are related to the Hubley and Walker families. Edward Burd Hubley, (1792-1856) a lawyer from Reading, Pennsylvania, served the Twenty-fourth and Twenty-fifth Congresses as a representative from Pennsylvania. He later became a canal commissioner of Pennsylvania and then a commissioner of Cherokee affairs.

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Scope and Content Notes

The majority of the collection includes the personal correspondence and business records of Edward Burd and, his relative, Edward Shippen IV. The business papers include legal documents such as deeds and indentured servant lists, business records in the form of invoices and receipts, and correspondence concerning debts and legal matters. The papers also relate to members of the Burd and Shippen families such as Sarah Shippen Burd, Elizabeth Burd, Edward Shippen Burd, James Burd, and James Burd Hubley. The collection contains the papers of Lewis Burd Walker, an amateur historian and family genealogist. Included in Lewis Burd Walker's papers are transcriptions of the wills of Margaret Shippen Arnold and Benedict Arnold. Walker also provides transcriptions of letters written by Margaret Shippen Arnold to family and friends.

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Arrangement

The papers have been arranged in five series, reflecting family and business correspondence of the Burds and Shippens, as well as general correspondence with and between extended family. A final series has been added for the papers of family genealogist and amateur historian Lewis Burd Walker, which relate to the Burd-Shippens.

Series I. Family Correspondence, 1777-1869

Series II. Burd Family Business Papers, 1774-1855

Series III. Shippen Family Business Papers, 1717-1842

Series IV. General Correspondence, 1730-1806

Series V. Lewis Burd Walker Papers, 1823-1898

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

ULS Archives & Special Collections, July 2007

University of Pittsburgh Library System
Archives & Special Collections
Website: library.pitt.edu/archives-special-collections
412-648-3232 (ASC) | 412-648-8190 (Hillman)
Contact Us: www.library.pitt.edu/ask-archivist

Access Restrictions

No restrictions.

Copyright

No copyright restrictions.

Custodial History

This collection was located in the Darlington Memorial Library in the University’s Cathedral of Learning until 2007 when it was moved to the ULS Archives Service Center for processing, storage, preservation and service. However, it remains in the custodianship of the ULS Special Collections Department.

Acquisition Information

This collection was purchased by the University of Pittsburgh from Emily Driscoll, a manuscript dealer, with Autographs and Manuscripts in New York City in 1966.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Crystal Hanna and Angela Manella in May 2006.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital reproductions of the contents of Series V are available online.

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Related Materials

Related Material

Burd-Shippen Papers, 1708-1792, B B892, American Philosophical Society.

Burd-Shippen Family Collection, 1715-1834, Manuscript group 30 Pennsylvania State Archives.

Burd Family Papers, 1703-1937, 379, University of Delaware, Special Collection Department.

Edward Shippen Burd, 1779-1848, MC 1999.10, Dickinson College, Archives and Special Collections.

Shippen Family Papers, 1750-1775, MG 375, New Jersey Historical Society.

Burd-Shippen Papers, 1750-1847, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Pennsylvania. Supreme Court.

Family Name(s)

  • Burd family
  • Donaldson family
  • Hubley family
  • Shippen family
  • Walker family

Genre(s)

  • Correspondence
  • Family papers

Geographic Name(s)

  • Carlisle (Pa.) -- History
  • Harrisburg (Pa.) -- History
  • Lancaster (Pa.) -- History
  • Pennsylvania -- Genealogy
  • Pennsylvania -- History
  • Pennsylvania -- Politics and government
  • Philadelphia (Pa.) -- History
  • Shippensburg (Pa.) -- History

Personal Name(s)

  • Arnold, Benedict, 1741-1801
  • Arnold, Margaret Shippen, 1760-1804
  • Burd, Edward Shippen, 1779-1848
  • Burd, Edward, 1751-1833
  • Burd, Elizabeth Shippen, 1754-1828
  • Burd, James, 1726-1793
  • Burd, Sarah Shippen, 1731-1784
  • Hubley, James Burd
  • Shippen, Edward, 1729-1806
  • Shippen, Edward, ca. 1703-1781
  • Walker, Lewis Burd, 1855-1903

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Previous Citation

Burd-Shippen Family Papers, 1717-1898, DAR.1966.01, Darlington Collection, Special Collections Department, University of Pittsburgh

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Bibliography

Klein, Randolph Shipley. Portrait of an Early American Family. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia: 1975.

Nixon, Lily Lee. James Burd, Frontier Defender. University of Pennsylvania Press, Philadelphia: 1941.

Burd, Edward. Neddie Burd's Reading Letter: An Epic of the Early Berks Bar. Berks County Bar Association, Reading, Pennsylvania: 1927.

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Collection Inventory

Series  I. Family Correspondence, 1777-1869 

Scope and Content Notes

This series contains correspondence between the Burd Family, Edward Burd and friends, the Hubley family, and the Shippen Family. It contains information about both the Burd and Shippen family genealogies. Much of the women's correspondence describes family affairs such as health issues, family meetings and household life after the Revolutionary War. The correspondence between the men is mainly in the form of business advice, inquiring about family members, and travel.

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Edward Burd Domestic Correspondence, 1777-1823 11
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Edward Burd Domestic Correspondence, 1777-1823 2
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Edward Burd Correspondence, 1777-1821 3
Online
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Edward Burd Correspondence, 1777-1821 4
Online
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Edward Burd Correspondence, 1777-1821 5
Online
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Edward Burd Correspondence, 1777-1821 6
Online
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Edward Burd Correspondence, 1777-1821 7
Online
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Hubley Family Correspondence, 1788-1869 8
Online
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Hubley Family Correspondence, 1788-1869 9
Online
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Hubley Family Correspondence, 1788-1869 10
Online
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Hubley Family Correspondence, 1788-1869 11
Online
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Hubley Family Correspondence, 1788-1869 12
Online
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Hubley Family Correspondence, 1788-1869 13
Online
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Hubley Family Correspondence, 1788-1869 14
Online
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Sarah Burd Family Correspondence, 1790-1837 15
Online
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Sarah Burd Family Correspondence, 1790-1837 16
Online
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Margaret Coxe to Sarah Burd, 1816-1834 17
Online
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Edward Burd from Jacob Hubley, 1818-1833 18
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Elizabeth Burd Family Correspondence, 1836-1845 19
Online
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Burd Family Correspondence, undated 20
Online
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Shippen Genealogy, undated 21
Online
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Edward Shippen from Cousin John, undated 22
Online
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Edward Shippen [Poem], undated 23
Online

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Series  II. Burd Family Business Papers, 1774-1855 

Scope and Content Notes

The business papers of the Burd family feature receipts, legal documents, and correspondence of Edward and James Burd. Many of the letters are written from and to Philadelphia, and some are from other locations in eastern Pennsylvania including Lancaster and Carlisle. The materials also include some papers and correspondence of James Burd Hubley to Edward Burd and some of his legal documents. Within this portion of the collection, the majority of the documents are originals, however there are some hand-written drafts and copies mixed in as well which do not contain an official insignia or signature. Some documentation includes portions of letters in which both the composer and the addressee are unidentified, but one of the correspondents is presumably James Burd.

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Edward Burd Legal, 1767-1811 21
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Edward Burd Legal, 1767-1811 2
Online
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Edward Burd Legal, 1767-1811 3
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[James Burd] to William Sherman, March 4, 1774 4
Online
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[James Burd] to a Brother, March 5, 1774 5
Online
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[James Burd], March 5, 1774 6
Online
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Edward Burd Receipts, 1778-1796 7
Online
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William R. Atlee to Edward Burd, 1784-1792 8
Online
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Thomas Duncan to Edward Burd, 1784-1799 9
Online
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Thomas Duncan to Edward Burd, 1784-1799 10
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Thomas Duncan to Edward Burd, 1784-1799 11
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E. Dutilh and Co. Transactions, 1784-1810 12
Online
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E. Dutilh and Co. Transactions, 1784-1810 13
Online
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Alexander Foster to Edward Burd, 1786 14
Online
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George Davis to Edward Burd, 1786-1794 15
Online
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Edward Crawford to Edward Burd, 1787-1798 16
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David Grier to Edward Burd, September 3, 1789 17
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Samuel Caldwell to Edward Burd, 1790 18
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W. Benezet to Edward Burd, September 11, 1790 19
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Thomas Buchanan to Edward Burd, September 22, 1790 20
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Samuel Benezet to Edward Burd, April 10, 1794 21
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Mrs. Bordley to Mr. Burd, May 1794 22
Online
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Jared Ingersoll to Edward Burd, September 1, 1794 23
Online
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W. Grayson to Edward Burd, January 13, 1795 24
Online
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Dutilh Family Business Correspondence, 1796-1806 25
Online
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John Caldwallader to Edward Burd, March 14, 1797 26
Online
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Charles Adams to Edward Burd, May 24, 1797 27
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W. Barton to Edward Burd, March 2, 1799 28
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Thomas Hamilton to Edward Burd, November 16, 1799 29
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Andrew Dunlap to Edward Burd, September 1, 1800 30
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John Donaldson to Edward Burd, November 27, 1800 31
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Tarleton Bates to Edward Burd, January 3, 1801 32
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Joseph Burd to Jasper Yeates, April 10, 1803 33
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Henry B. Grubb to Edward Burd, May 20, 1804 34
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John D. Heath to Edward Burd, July 27, 1805 35
Online
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Robert Jackson to Edward Burd, October 25 1805 36
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List of Debts due by the Estate of John Shippen, November 11, 1805 37
Online
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A.J. Dallas to Edward Burd, August 6, 1806 38
Online
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Burd Family Receipts, 1808-1837 39
Online
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W.E.L. Burd to John F. Mifflin, December 7, 1812 40
Online
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James B. Hubley Business Correspondence, 1815-1855 41
Online
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James B. Hubley Business Correspondence, 1815-1855 42
Online
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James B. Hubley Business Correspondence, 1815-1855 43
Online
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James B. Hubley Business Correspondence, 1815-1855 44
Online
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Thomas Caldwallader to Edward Burd, February 26, 1816 45
Online
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Unknown to Edward Burd, February 9, 1817 46
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C. Evans to Edward Burd, March 2, 1817 47
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Mrs. Allen to Edward Burd, undated 48
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H. Brinton to Edward Burd, undated 49
Online
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B. Chew to Edward Burd, undated 50
Online
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M. Hare to Edward Burd, undated 51
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Series  III. Shippen Family Business Papers, 1717-1842 

Scope and Content Notes

The Shippen family business papers include receipts, invoices and correspondence. Edward Shippen, a lawyer and judge, is the composer of a majority of the documents in this series. Many of the receipts refer to debts owed and paid to Edward Shippen and debts paid by him. There are invoices stating merchandise purchased by the Shippen family, such as coffee and meat. Letters and documents within this series contain legal documents pertaining to bonds, land ownership and tenants. It also contains business correspondence about land and debts owed from the Burd family to the Shippen family.

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Shippen Family Receipts, 1717-1823 52
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Shippen Family Receipts, 1717-1823 53
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Edward Shippen Business Correspondence, 1718-1761 54
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Edward Shippen Legal, July 1719 55
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Shippen Family Business Accounts, 1728-1831 56
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Edward Shippen Bond Receipts, 1733-1769 57
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Samuel Storke and Sons to Edward Shippen, 1744-1745 58
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Edward Shippen Receipts, 1751-1770 59
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Edward Shippen Receipted Invoices, 1764-1765 60
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James Burd to Edward Shippen, 1768-1782 61
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Shippen Family Business Correspondence, 1783-1842 62
Online
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Joseph Shippen to John Wood, May 18, 1745 63
Online
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Arrest warrant issued for Stephen Trancle by Edward Shippen, May 10, 1755 64
Online

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Series  IV. General Correspondence, 1730-1806 

Scope and Content Notes

General Correspondence refers to the letters and documents included within the Burd-Shippen Papers, which seemingly have little direct connection to either family, aside from geographic region. Some of the documentation makes reference to land deals, financial information, and social correspondence with distant relatives. These may represent some of Edward Shippen or Edward Burd's clients during their business or legal work.

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Benjamin Hopkins to Captain, October 14, 1730 31
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William Logan Receipts, 1740 2
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Cover Letter for Land Survey of Whippening, New Jersey, September 24, 1749 3
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Count Referees to Make Reports, Court of Carlisle, September 7, 1751 4
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Letter Drafts, 1766-1768 5
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Letters to Mrs. Yeates, 1770-1778 6
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Deed; John Webb and Benjamin Webb, April 3, 1774 7
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George Smithers Order to Pay Joseph Nelson, January 25, 1775 8
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Sofia (Marsh) Burrow to E. D. Pietersoon, 1780 9
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Captain Burnham, Receipts and Orders, 1782-1786 10
Online
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Thomas Connor Deed Poll, April 1, 1784 11
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List of Jurors Struck, 1787 12
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Lands Surveyed in Northumberland County, October 15-25, 1792 13
Online
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Charles Gallagher Case Evidence for Counterfeit Dollars, August 1794 14
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Joseph Duncan and Robert Walker Receipts, 1801-1806 15
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Miscellaneous Scribbling, undated 16
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Series  V. Lewis Burd Walker Papers, 1823-1898 

Scope and Content Notes

Lewis Burd Walker's research about the Burd Family and the Arnold Family are within this series. Documentation includes transcripts of letters dating to 1823; though many letter transcripts have no original date on them. There are transcriptions of letters from Mrs. Margaret Shippen Arnold to her family and friends. Within the Letters and Papers of Lewis Walker is a transcript of the "Last Will and Testament of Benedict Arnold" and the "Last Will and Testament of Margaret Arnold." The papers also contain Lewis Burd Walker's hand-written manuscript of "A Few Glimpses of Our Little Peggy," a story about the life of Margaret "Peggy" Shippen Coxe.

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Arnold Family Correspondence, 1780 17
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Lewis Burd Walker Letters and Papers, 1823-1897 18
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Lewis Burd Walker Letters and Papers, 1823-1897 19
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Lewis Burd Walker Letters and Papers, 1823-1897 20
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Letters and Papers of Lewis Walker, 1891-1898 21
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Letters and Papers of Lewis Walker, 1891-1898 22
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Letters and Papers of Lewis Walker, 1891-1898 23
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Letters and Papers of Lewis Walker, 1891-1898 24
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Transcripts, undated 25
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Transcripts, undated 26
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Transcripts, undated 27
Online
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Transcripts, undated 28
Online
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Transcripts, undated 29
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Transcripts, undated 30
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Transcripts, undated 31
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Transcripts, undated 32
Online
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Transcripts, undated 33
Online

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