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Literary and scientific autographs and manuscripts, 1703-1900.

Author: Ferdinand Julius Dreer
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Publication:Collection, 1492-1925.
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Letters, literary manuscripts, and journals organized around individuals, institutions, or events. Of American interest are: letters of the Penn family, 1666-1786; letter of Evan Evans, Rector of Christ Church, Philadelphia, to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, 1707; Franklin's "Queries to be asked the Junto;" letters from Patrick Henry to George Washington, 1777-1778, concerning the Conway cabal;
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Genre/Form: Manuscripts (for publication)
Named Person: Penn family.; Evan Evans; Benjamin Franklin; Patrick Henry; George Washington; Thomas Jefferson; Robert Morris; Jacob Rush; John Hancock; Humphry Marshall; Thomas Parke; John Abell; John Gottlieb Ernestus Heckewelder; John Marshall; Caleb P Wayne; M L Weems; William Poyntell; Bushrod Washington; Abraham Lincoln; Robert Dale Owen; Edgar Allan Poe; Jared Sparks; Edward D Ingraham; Emanuel Swedenborg; John Penn; Leigh Hunt; William Duane; John Fanning Watson; John Ross, Sir; Benjamin Rush; Alfred Langdon Elwyn; Elisha Kent Kane; George William Childs; Thomas Rush; Richard Peters; Thomas Sully; Marie Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert Du Motier Lafayette, marquis de; Robert Proud; Mary Frances Scott-Siddons
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Ferdinand Julius Dreer
OCLC Number: 122609541
In: Dreer, Ferdinand Julius, 1812-1902, collector

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Letters, literary manuscripts, and journals organized around individuals, institutions, or events. Of American interest are: letters of the Penn family, 1666-1786; letter of Evan Evans, Rector of Christ Church, Philadelphia, to the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel, 1707; Franklin's "Queries to be asked the Junto;" letters from Patrick Henry to George Washington, 1777-1778, concerning the Conway cabal; papers of George Washington, 1744-1799; letters of Thomas Jefferson, 1774-1825; letters of Robert Morris, 1777-1799; Jacob Rush's letters to John Hancock, 1777; letters to Philadelphia naturalist Humphry Marshall from Thomas Parke, John Abell, and other naturalists in America and Europe, 1772-1796; John Heckewelder's journal, 1793; and letters, papers, and prints illustrating Lafayette's life, 1784-1830.

Dreer also collected a comprehensive group of papers relating to the publication of John Marshall's Life of George Washington, including the holograph manuscript for volumes 4 and 5 (the first three volumes were destroyed in a printing office fire), subscription lists, and letters between Caleb P. Wayne, the publisher, and Mason Locke Weems and William Poyntell, his agents, as well as letters from Bushrod Washington and John Marshall.

From his friend Robert Dale Owen, Dreer received holograph copies of "The Future of the North West in connection with the scheme of Reconstruction without New England," 1863; Owen's examination of spiritualism, "Footfalls on the Boundary of Another World," 1860; and a letter addressed to President Lincoln in 1863, "The Pardoning Power in its Relation to Reconstruction."

Other literary manuscripts include: Edgar Allan Poe, holograph copies of verse and a book review; letters of Jared Sparks, 1835-1843, to Edward Ingraham; Leigh Hunt, manuscript for Abou Ben Adhem; William Duane's book of humorous anecdotes; John Fanning Watson, "Historical Incidents of Germantown," 1823, "Annals of Philadelphia" and supplement, and genealogical material concerning the Fanning family; Francis Hopkinson's transcription, 1776, of "Chronological Tables of Europe;" John Redman's annotated copy of Emanuel Swedenborg's Delights of Wisdon concerning Conjugal Love (London, 1794); and John Penn's copy of Les Vrais Principes de la langue française (Amsterdam, 1747).

Scientific and miscellaneous manuscripts complete this section of the collection: Benjamin Rush manuscripts, 1786-1813; materials relating to the polar expedition of John Ross, 1832-1836; letters to Alfred L. Elwyn, Treasurer of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1848-1856; and Elisha Kent Kane's journal, 1853-1855, of the 2nd Grinnel Expedition and correspondence with George W. Childs concerning its publication. Also present: Thomas Rush, memorandum book, 1711-1749; surveys of land of Richard Peters, 1742-1765; miscellaneous manuscripts of Friends Meetings, Middletown, Bucks County, and elsewhere, 1731-1832; records of the Homony Club, Annapolis, Md., 1770-1773; Chester County, Pa., bail books, 1768-1785, and special bail book, 1805-1830; Bucks County, Pa., militia brigade inspector's reports, 1800-1818; Philadelphia Fire Company, constitution and minutes, 1818-1837; dockets of justices of the peace, Adams County, Pa., 1830-1832, 1858-1860; subscription list for mezzotint engraving after Athenaeum portrait of George Washington, published by George W. Childs, 1852, with testimonial letters from U.S. senators; diaries and accounts of Mrs. Scott Siddons, 1881-1890; Robert Proud, accounts for his Philadelphia school, 1751-1790, with a list of students; and Thomas Sully's Register of Portraits.

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