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Pierre Eugène du Simitière collection

DuSimitiere

This is a finding aid. It is a description of archival material held at the Library Company of Philadelphia. Unless otherwise noted, the materials described below are physically available in our reading room, and not digitally available through the web.

Summary Information

Repository:
Library Company of Philadelphia
Creator:
Du Simitière, Pierre Eugène, ca. 1736-1784
Title:
Pierre Eugène du Simitière collection
Date [inclusive]:
1492-1784
Call Number:
DuSimitiere
Extent:
3.8 Linear feet
General Physical Description note:
11 containers, 4 volumes
Language:
English
Abstract:
Pierre Eugène Du Simitière (1737-1784) was a collector, artist, and historian, who opened the first public museum, the American Museum, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. At the American Musuem, Du Simitière presented his many materials collected during his travels and from his collections. The Library Company of Philadelphia purchased many of the manuscript materials at an auction in 1785 following Du Simitière’s death and the closing of the American Museum. The following collection is Du Simitière’s manuscript collection purchased at this auction. The collection reflects his interests and his lifestyle and includes poetry, sketches, watercolors, newspaper excerpts and clippings, treatise, correspondence, lists of nature, historical chronologies, bibliographies, and copies and originals of historical documents. The collection includes compiled information on places such as the West Indies, Pennsylvania, New England, New York, and the Carolinas in the form of historical chronologies, documents, bibliographies, sketches, and narratives. It includes information, documents, and research on many Native American groups and Creoles. The collection also contains information, documents, and research on historical events in the United States such as the Jacob Leisler case, politics in New York, the American Revolution, the colonization of America, and the Pennsylvania Line Mutiny. With the exception of a few miscellaneous items, the collection’s focus is on the years 1720 to 1780.
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[Description and date of item], [Box and folder number], Pierre Eugène du Simitière collection, 1492-1784, Library Company of Philadelphia.
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Biography/History

Pierre Eugène Du Simitière, collector, artist, and historian, was born in Geneva, Switzerland on September 18, 1737 to Jean-Henri and Judith-Ulrique Cunegonde Delorme Ducimitiere. “Du Simitière was a restless man, forever traveling, forever collecting, forever projecting grand schemes in solitude,” (Library Company of Philadelphia, Introduction).

In 1757, Du Simitière sailed from the port of Amsterdam and arrived on St. Eustasius, a Dutch island. It was during this trip that his collecting began. According to the Library Company of Philadelphia, Du Simitière’s collecting, the main purpose of his travels, “cast a very wide net: books, newspapers, manuscripts, broadsides, prints, fossils, coins, medals, Indian artifacts, rocks, plants, and some animals—mostly dried insects and reptiles preserved in alcohol.” Paul Sifton’s research indicates that Du Simitière may have served in the military and that he probably had some training in art prior to his travels. He sketched specimens and scenery during his travels. He became a naturalized citizen of New York in 1769 and settled in Philadelphia in 1774.

Early in his collecting career, Du Simitière gathered materials regarding the natural and civil history of the West Indies and North America, however, after approximately 1770, he appears to have narrowed his focus to North America’s political history. Indeed, his collection particularly focuses on “relations with the Indians in the settlement of the West; and popular, democratic uprisings, including the Leisler Rebellion in New York in 1688, the Zenger freedom of the press trial, the Paxton Rebellion, the Stamp Act crisis, and finally the American Revolution,” (Library Company of Philadelphia, introduction). His attention to collecting ephemeral documents during the American Revolution was extraordinary and he “gathered every pamphlet, broadside, and newspaper he could get his hand on which related to the conflict,” (Library Company of Philadelphia, introduction).

Du Simitière attempted to publish “Memoirs and Observations on the Origin and Present State of North America,” which was based upon his gathered material, however, the United States Congress did not provide either approval or financial support. According to the Library Company of Philadelphia, this “rejection was … a psychological and financial blow from which Du Simitière never recovered.” Painting, instead of serving as a hobby, became his means for supporting himself and he submitted designs for seals for the United States, New Jersey, Delaware, and two other states; painted miniatures; taught drawing; painted portraits; and served as a translator for Congress as he spoke fluent English and several other languages.

Opening the first public museum in Philadelphia, Du Simitière presented his collected gatherings in the form of the American Museum in May 1782 at his home near Arch and Forth Streets. Unfortunately, the cost of upkeep exceeded the proceeds from tickets costing fifty cents. Du Simitiere died in October 1784 at the age of 47. Following his death, the contents of the American Museum were auctioned and the Library Company of Philadelphia purchased the bulk of the manuscript materials in 1785 for 104 pounds.

Du Simitière was “respected and occasionally even honored (Member and Curator of the American Philosophical Society, an honorary Master of Arts from Princeton), but he was never really embraced by his adopted country,” (Library Company of Philadelphia, introduction).

Bibliography:

Library Company of Philadelphia. Pierre Eugène Du Simitière: His American Museum 200 Years After, 1985.

Sifton, Paul Ginsburg. Pierre Eugène Du Simitière (1737-1784): Collector in Revolutionary America. University of Pennsylvania, Ph.D., 1960.

Scope and Contents

The Library Company of Philadelphia purchased this collection of Pierre Eugene Du Simitière’s manuscripts at the auction of Du Simitière’s American Museum after his death on March 10, 1785. The books and pamphlets bought at the same auction have been dispersed through the Library Company's collections. Du Simitière gathered or copied these manuscripts during his travels in the West Indies, Boston, New York, and while he lived in Philadelphia, where he was a member of and one of the curators of the American Philosophical Society. After the Library Company of Philadelphia purchased the manuscripts, they were bound together. The Historical Records Survey of the Works Progress Administration described the manuscripts in "Descriptive Catalogue of the Du Simitière Papers in the Library Company of Philadelphia" (1940), from which many of the following series and records descriptions have been abstracted. Since the Historical Records survey, many of the bound volumes have been unbound and foldered by the Library Company of Philadelphia. The unbound volumes in the series descriptions contain folder level description; however, the bound volumes are described only as an overall work. For more detail on the bound volumes, see the "Descriptive Catalogue of the Du Simitière Papers in the Library Company of Philadelphia" (1940). Researchers should be aware that the series titles are drawn from the title of the bound volume. It is important to read the entire scope note for each series, because the volumes often contained additional topics than are listed in the title.

The collection includes information on places such as the West Indies, Pennsylvania, New England, New York, and the Carolinas. It includes information, documents, and research on many Native American groups and Creoles. The collection also contains information, documents, and research on historical events in the United States such as the Jacob Leisler case, politics in New York, the American Revolution, the colonization of America, and the Pennsylvania Line Mutiny. With the exception of a few miscellaneous items, the collections focus is on the years 1720 to 1780.

This collection is divided into thirteen series that were established when the manuscripts were in bound volumes. The titles of the series are also developed from the original titles of the bound volumes. The series are titled: “Papers Relating to Natural History,” “Papers Relating to New York,” “Papers relating to Pennsylvania, the Carolinas, etc.,” “Indian Treaties, 1721-1756,” “Original Letters, 1560-1781,” “Papers Relating to the West Indies,” “Original Journals and Extracts,” “Papers Relating to New England and New York,” “Papers Relating to Pennsylvania, New England, Etc.,” “Miscellaneous Papers from Du Simitière (Scraps),” “Papers Relating to New York politics, 1768-1771,” "Prints and artwork, 1758-1790," and "Volume boards, undated." The series are arranged and described in this order.

Administrative Information

Publication Information

Library Company of Philadelphia,  2011 September 8

Finding Aid Author

Finding aid prepared by Finding aid prepared by Megan Atkinson.

Sponsor

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use, on deposit at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107. For access, please contact the Historical Society at 215-732-6200 or visit http://www.hsp.org.

Use Restrictions

Copyright restrictions may apply. Please contact the Library Company with requests for copying and for authorization to publish, quote or reproduce the material.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased by the Library Company of Philadelphia, 1785.

Processing Information note

The processing of this collection was made possible through generous funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, administered through the Council on Library and Information Resources’ “Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives” Project.

This collection was minimally processed in 2009-2011, as part of an experimental project conducted under the auspices of the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries to help eliminate processing backlog in Philadelphia repositories. A minimally processed collection is one processed at a less intensive rate than traditionally thought necessary to make a collection ready for use by researchers. When citing sources from this collection, researchers are advised to defer to folder titles provided in the finding aid rather than those provided on the physical folder.

Employing processing strategies outlined in Mark Greene's and Dennis Meissner's 2005 article, More Product, Less Process: Revamping Traditional Processing Approaches to Deal With Late 20th-Century Collections, the project team tested the limits of minimal processing on collections of all types and ages, in 23 Philadelphia area repositories. A primary goal of the project, the team processed at an average rate of 2-3 hours per linear foot of records, a fraction of the time ordinarily reserved for the arrangement and description of collections. Among other time saving strategies, the project team did not extensively review the content of the collections, replace acidic folders or complete any preservation work.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Microfilmed copy of this collection is available at the Smithsonian Archives of American Art.

Additional information regarding is available at New York University.

Separated Materials note

The last series in this collection, "Prints and artwork," is stored in the Print Department of the Library Company of Philadelphia.

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Controlled Access Headings

Form/Genre(s)
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Minutes
Personal Name(s)
  • Leisler, Jacob, d. 1691
  • Maylem, John, 1739-1762?
Subject(s)
  • Indians of North America
  • Native Americans
  • Natural history
  • New England--History
  • New York (State)--History
  • Pennsylvania--History
  • Poets, American
  • United States--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
  • United States--History--French and Indian War, 1755-1763
  • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783
  • West Indies--History

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Collection Inventory

Series I. Papers relating to Natural History, circa 1763-1773. [963].

Scope and Contents note

The series “Papers relating to Natural History” consists of a bound volume that is composed of thirty-four hand copied manuscripts pertaining to the natural history of North and South America, with a concentration on the West Indies and Santo Domingo, probably dating from 1763 to 1773. Many of the thirty-four manuscripts in the volume are word for word copies of information Du Simitière extracted from books and articles. Du Simitière cites these original works in his manuscripts. The other manuscripts are Du Simitière’s own observations from his travels. The manuscripts include descriptions of various plants and animals, instructions, lists of various forms of life, bibliographies, catalogues, and some papers on archaeological specimens in North and South America. Some topics of the manuscripts include taxidermy, instructions for making cement for the preservation of plants and animals, instructions on making pictures of birds with their feathers, and how to catch and preserve insects and animals.

The language of the records is mostly French and English, but the volume also contains a small amount of Latin and Creole.

Volume
1

Series II. Papers relating to New York, 1644-1770. [964].

Scope and Contents note

The series “Papers relating to New York” documents colonial New York, Dutch colonists in New York, and New York’s position as a British crown territory. Forty-eight of the documents pertain to the case of Jacob Leisler, a militia leader who led an uprising in the lower part of colonial New York in the years 1689 to 1691 against the policies of King James. Other documents include the original petition from the Foot Company, a vow of allegiance to King William and Queen Mary from Captain Charles Lodick and Isaac Lee in 1669, a list of coach owners in New York in 1770, documents relating to New Netherlands’s history from 1644 to 1664, and New York-related watercolors and illustrations done by Du Simitière.

The material is either hand copies of original documents or documents written by Du Simitière. The date of the copies is unknown, however the original documents were created from 1644 to 1770. The current order of the documents is presumably the order in which the documents were previously bound. Documents appear to be arranged by topic. This series includes correspondence, affidavits, petitions, and depositions. The language of this series is mostly English and Dutch.

Box Folder

Complaints of the Dutch West India Company to its government, 1664 February.

1 1

Extract from Beschrijvinghe Van Virginia, 1651.

1 2

Extract from Beschrijvinghe Van Virginia, Nieuw-Nederlande, Nieuw-Nederlande, Nieuw Engelandt, en d'Eylanden Bermudes, Berbados, en S Christoffel., 1658.

1 3-5

Conditions stipulated in the agreement between the burgomasters of Amsterdam and the Dutch West India Company, undated.

1 3-5

Extracts from David Pietersz De Vries' Voyages, 1655.

1 3-5

Jacob Leisler case and depositions, 1689.

1 6-9

Letter from Colonel Nicholas Bayard to Captain Abram De Payster and Captain John De Bruyn, 1689 October 20.

1 6-9

Letter from King William to Captain Francis Nicholson, Lieutenant Governor of New York, 1689 July 30.

1 6-9

Jacob Leigler case depositions, 1690 January 6.

1 6-9

Jacob Leisler order given to Lieutenant William Churcher and his company, 1689 January 17.

1 10-11

Petition of Colonel Nicholas Bayard to Jacob Leisler, 1690 January 24.

1 10-11

Second petition of Colonel Nicholas Bayard asking pardon of Jacob Leisler and Council, 1690 January 24.

1 12-15

Document in which Jacob Leisler names Abraham Brashor Sheriff of the city and county of New York, 1691 January 9.

1 12-15

Military orders for Albany signed by Jacob Leisler, 1690 May 1.

1 12-15

Commission of Richard Ingoldosby, 1690 September 10.

1 12-15

Letters from Richard Ingoldosby to Captain Samuel Moore, 1690 January 230.

1 16-21

Proclamation of Jacob Leisler to Major Erardus Bookman, et al., 1691.

1 16-21

Outline of documents relating to the Jacob Leisler case, 1691 January-March.

1 16-21

Order to arrest Jacob Leisler, 1691 March 20.

1 16-21

Memorandum of Jacob Leisler's plea, circa 1691.

1 16-21

Anonymous account of the trial, circa 1691.

1 16-21

Jacob Leisler case depositions, circa 1691.

1 22-25

Document "exposing' the case to the House of Commons, according to Du Simitire, circa 1769.

1 22-25

Petition of Jacob Leisler's son to King William, 1691 January 7.

1 22-25

Petition presented by Jacob Leisler's son to the Lords of the Committee for Trade and Foreign Plantations, circa 1691.

1 22-25

Order of discharge and petition for others imprisoned with Jacob Leisler, 1692 May 13.

1 26-34

Three documents relating to the Jacob Leisler case, 1693-1694.

1 26-34

Petitions relating to the Jacob Leisler case, circa 1691.

1 26-34

Depositions from the Jacob Leisler case, circa 1694.

1 26-34

Information taken by Parliamentary Committee regarding the Jacob Leisler case, 1695 April 24-29.

1 26-34

Answer to objections to Jacob Leisler's bill of attainder, circa 1691.

1 26-34

Act for reversing the attainder of Jacob Leisler, 1696.

1 26-34

Letters sent by Mather Plowman to Halifax, Lord President of His Majesty's Privy Council at Whitehall, 1689.

1 35-37

Letters of Captain Leisler to William III, 1689.

1 35-37

List of papers sent to England relating to Leisler revolt, 1689 August 20.

1 35-37

Order to seize fort in New York for William and Mary, 1689 August 12.

1 38-41

Copy of the dying words of Jacob Leisler and son-in-law Jacob Milborne, 1770.

1 38-41

A Letter from a Gentleman of the City of New-York to Another, Concerning the Troubles which happen'd in That Province in the Time of the late Happy Revolution, 1698.

1 38-41

Certificate of reburial of Jacob Leisler and Milborne, 1698 October 14.

1 38-41

Account of the Jacob Leisler revolt to the people of Amsterdam, 1698 October 21.

1 42-44

Bill imposing fine for the use of the term "Leislorito", 1698 June 14.

1 42-44

Petition to Richard Earl of Bellemont, Governor of New York, undated.

1 42-44

Deposition of Abraham Gouverneur, 1699 August 21.

1 45-52

Forty-eight petitions relating to Leisler's case, circa 1700.

1 45-52

Abstract of an Act to levy taxes to pay expenses of Province New York, undated.

1 45-52

Statement from Captain J. Mauritz to the Commission, 1689, 1701.

1 45-52

Affidavit of Jacob Mauritz, 1694 July 31.

1 45-52

Petition of Jacob Leisler regarding award payment, 1712 February 18.

1 45-52

Patent for land from Edmund Andros, 1768 September 19.

1 45-52

Map of New York, 1731.

1 53

"View of the City of New York as it was in the year 1673", 1769.

1 54

"Plan of the City of New York as it was about the year 1731", undated.

1 55

"Plan of the City of New York as it was about the year 1731", undated.

1 56

Plan of the City of Albany[?], undated.

1 57-61

View of the City of Albany, circa 1767.

1 57-61

Drawings of seals, undated.

1 57-61

Article on Evert Duyckinck by Martin Preyser, 1659 December 19.

1 57-61

Sketch of New York City Hall, undated.

1 57-61

Original petition pledging obedience to King William and Queen Mary signed by Captain Charles Lodwick and other soldiers, 1669 July.

1 62

Minutes of the Colonel Sloughter's council relating to Jacob Leisler case, circa 1690.

1 63

Outline plan for a treatise on the lands formerly held by the Dutch Division of the county, undated.

1 64

American chronology of historical events with bibliographical reference, undated.

1 65-67

List of families of Dutch extraction remaining in New York in 1769, 1769.

1 65-67

List of coach owners in New York and Boston, 1769.

1 65-67

Title page of van der Donck's Beschrijvinge Van Nieuw-Nederlandt, 1656.

1 68

Itemized list of original papers relating to public transactions in New York, 1689-1714.

1 69

List of families that owned coaches, chariots, and phaetons in New York, 1770.

1 70

Series III. Papers relating to Pennsylvania, the Carolinas, etc., 1753-1778. [965].

Scope and Contents note

The series “Papers relating to Pennsylvania, the Carolinas, etc.,” contains thirty-eight manuscripts relating to a miscellany of topics including research and information on Native Americans, natural history, and descriptions and journals of travels. Despite the title, derived from the original volume title, the documents in this series contain information on Pennsylvania and the Carolinas, but they also contain information about Ohio, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, and other provinces. Travel accounts include a copy of Lewis Evans’ letter to Richard Peters about Pennsylvania and a copy from George Croghan’s original journal documenting his travels to Ohio in 1748. The documents relating to the Native Americans include list of treaties and conferences between colonists and Native American tribes or the Six Nations; descriptions of Native American culture; and information on Native American languages. This series also includes Du Simitière’s and others’ meteorological journals, numerous extracts and accounts of the discovery of fossils, and drawings of buildings in Rhode Island and Philadelphia.

Many documents, spanning the years 1738 to 1770, were hand copied by Du Simitière from approximately 1753 to 1778. The current order of the documents is presumably the order in which the documents were previously bound. Documents appear to be arranged by topic. The language of the material is mostly French, Dutch, and English, although there are also some documents in Latin.

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Indian nations in New England and adjacent countries, 1753-1778.

2 1

New England treaties with Indian nations, 1753-1778.

2 1

Ancient Indian nations in the provinces of New York, New Jersey, and Delaware, 1753-1778.

2 1

Indian names of noted persons, 1753-1778.

2 1

Indian items, 1753-1778.

2 1

Indian nations on the East side of North America, 1753-1778.

2 1

Indian tribes of North America, 1753-1778.

2 1

Hudson Bay Indians, 1753-1778.

2 1

Indians trading with the French at the time of de la Potherie, 1753-1778.

2 1

Narrative of a strange old woman with a pair of horns, 1753-1778.

2 2

List of North American Quadrupeds, 1753-1778.

2 3

Land grant from Francis Lovelace to Swen Gonderson, et al., 1741, 1769.

2 4

"The Life and Character of a Strange He Monster", 1753-1778.

2 5-7

Account of the Funeral of Andrew Hamilton copied from the Pennsylvania Gazette, 1741 August 6.

2 5-7

Elaboration on "The Life and Character of a Strange He-Monster", 1753-1778.

2 5-7

"Labour in Vain or an Attempt to wash Black Moore white, humbly inscribed to the author of the Chronicle", 1753-1778.

2 8

Resolutions of a mass meeting of Freeholders and Freemen of Philadelphia (copy), 1774 June-July.

2 9

Letter from Cariolanua to Charles Jenkins, 1775 October 1.

2 10

Meteorological journal kept in Philadelphia, Boston, Newport, New York, and Burlington, New Jersey, 1766-1778.

2 11

Chronological chart of North America, 1512-1656, 1753-1778.

2 12

Chart of Dutch, English, Swedish, and Indian names of colonial towns and places, 1753-1778.

2 13

Brief account of Pennsylvania by Lewis Evans (copy), 1753-1778.

2 14-16

Statement of John Patten (copy), 1753-1778.

2 14-16

George Croghan's journey to the Ohio, 1748-1751 (copy), 1753-1778.

2 14-16

Dunkers. Extract from the Monthly Review of February 1778 regarding letters from the Reverend Jacob Duché to George Washington, 1753-1778.

2 17-18

Carolina. Extract from John Lawson's A New Voyage to Carolina, 1753-1778.

2 17-18

A catalog of Carolina birds described by Mr. Robert Stevens, 1753-1778.

2 19

Short Account of South Carolina, 1753-1778.

2 20

Plan of Charles-town, 1753-1778.

2 21

Plan of Boston, 1729, 1753-1778.

2 22

Sketch of the Harbour of Charles Town, South Carolina, 1753-1778.

2 23

Treaty of Peace between William Bull and Chief Attakulla Kulla, et al., 1761.

2 24

Discovery of Florida by Ponce de Leon, 1753-1778.

2 25

Newspaper clippings from the South Carolina Gazette, 1706.

2 26-28

Materials for a history of South Carolina, 1753-1778.

2 26-28

List of books and pamphlets on South Carolina, 1753-1778.

2 26-28

Account written by William Hunter in Philosophical Transactions about fossils being found that belong to an elephant, 1753-1778.

2 29a

Extract from William Robertson's The History of America about animal bones, 1753-1778.

2 29b-30

Extract from M. Bossu's Travels through Louisiana about finding elephant skeletons, 1753-1778.

2 29b-30

Rough draft of a memorandum given to Lieutenant Robert Douglass, 1753-1778.

2 29b-30

Extracts from de Boffun and Daubenton's L'Histoire Naturelle about elephant bones found in America, 1753-1778.

2 31

"Longetivity of the people in North America and the West Indies", 1669-1779.

2 32

Graveston inscriptions, 1753-1778.

2 33

Extracts from Gentleman's Magazine,  American Weekly Mercury, and the  Pennsylvania Gazette, 1734, 1738, 1737.

2 34

Drawings of Redwood Library and Old Academy and Charity School, 1753-1778.

2 35

Watercolor of the bay of Newport, Rhode Island, 1753-1778.

2 36

Etchings of unidentified buildings, 1753-1778.

2 37

Extracts from public records of New Haven, Connecticut, 1753-1778.

2 38

Impressions of coins, 1753-1778.

2 39

Series IV. Indian Treaties, 1721-1756. [966].

Scope and Contents note

The series “Indian Treaties, 1721-1756” contains sixty documents that relate to colonists' affairs with Native Americans prior to the Revolution. Heavily documented in the series are the minutes of councils; correspondence; and treatise between the English in Philadelphia and New York and the Five Nations, and later the Six Nations. Included in the series are treaties and their relevant correspondence from Conrad Weiser, William Shirley, James DeLancey, Robert Hunter Morris, and others. These documents reveal remarkable agreements between the Native Americans and the colonists, including numerous agreements involving the trade of goods and land, and agreements on the hunting of game. Also included are the testimonies of two traders describing French mistreatment of Native American traders, correspondence and other documents relating to the French and Indian Wars, and documents about Native American and colonist conflicts. An interesting document about an English and Native American conflict is the Petition to Lieutenant Governor Robert Morris of Pennsylvania from October 20, 1755, in which settlers petitioned the governor for aid and ammunition as a result of Native Americans attacks. The petition also contains testimonies from settlers who had been involved in the attacks.

The documents in this series are originals and copies. While the dates that the copies were made is unknown, the dates of the original documents from which copies were made span the years 1721 to 1756. This series is arranged in chronological order.

Box
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Box Folder

Minutes of Council held at Philadelphia, 1721 March 6.

3 1

Transcript of testimony given in the Philadelphia Court regarding an Indian killed by Edmund Cartlidge, 1722 March 10.

3 2

Address of Governor Sir William Keith to Council, 1722 April 16.

3 3

Minutes of councils with Indians at Conestoga, 1722 April 6-7.

3 4

Report made to Council in Philadelphia regarding a message sent to the Five Nations, 1722 July 30.

3 5

Minutes of a council at Philadelphia, 1723 January 25-28.

3 6

Treaty with Five Nations made at Philadelphia, 1727 July 3-5.

3 7

Minutes of the Council at Philadelphia, 1728 April 18.

3 8

Two Indian Treaties (pamphlet), 1728.

3 9

Minutes of a council at Philadelphia, 1728 October 10.

3 10

Treaty made at Philadelphia, 1729 May 26-27.

3 11

Petition to the Governor of New York, 1731 September 25.

3 12-14

Minutes of the Commission for Indian Affairs, Albany, 1731 September 25.

3 12-14

Testimony of Jonah Davenport, an Indian trader, before Lieutenant Governor Gordon in Philadelphia, 1731 October 29.

3 12-14

Testimony of James Letort, an Indian trader, before Lieutenant Governor Gordon in Philadelphia, 1731 November 20.

3 15

Treaty made with Six Nations at Philadelphia, 1732 August-September.

3 16

Treaty between Shawnee Indians and Pennsylvania made in Philadelphia, 1732 September 30-October 7.

3 17

Treaty with Six Nations made at Philadelphia, 1736 September 28 October 14.

3 18

Minutes of meeting of Council and chiefs of the Cayuga Indians, 1741, October 14.

3 19

Minutes of conference between Council and Six Nations, 1742 June 30-July 12.

3 20

Treaty made at Lancaster, Pennsylvania with Six Nations, 1744 June 22, 25-30 and July 2-4.

3 21

Minutes of council held at Philadelphia, 1744 August 21.

3 22

Petition by Sheridan, a trader in Loogane, to the General Intendant of the French Islands of America, undated.

3 23

Letter from Conrad Weiser, Heidelberg, 1746 January 24.

3 24

Minutes of council held at Philadelphia in the Supreme Court, 1749 July 1-6.

3 25

Three letters from Conrad Weiser to Richard Peters regarding his trip to meet various tribes of Indians, 1744 August 6-12.

3 26

Journal of Conrad Weiser's journey to Albany with a message from the Governor of Pennsylvania to the Six Nations, 1751 June 10-July 27.

3 27

Letter from Richard Peters to Pennsylvania Assembly, 1752 February 6.

3 28a

Report of Committee of Representatives in Philadelphia, 1752 February 25.

3 28b

Instructions of Governor James Hamilton to John Patten, 1753 December 8.

3 29

Extract from letter of Mr. Smith to Governor [William] Shirley, Cape Cod, 1753 December 24.

3 30

Letter from Governor Robert Dinwiddie to Governor [James] Hamilton, Williamsburg, 1752 March 1.

3 31

Letter from Governor William Shirley to Governor [James] Hamilton, Boston, 1754 March 4.

3 32

Letter from Governor Robert Dinwiddie to Governor [James] Hamilton, Williamsburg, 1754 March 21.

3 33

Testimony regarding French mistreatment of Indian traders, circa 1754.

3 34

Testimony regarding French mistreatment of an Indian trader, 1754 March 22.

3 35

Letter from Hetchen Holland to Governor [James] De Lancey, undated.

3 36-38

Letter from Governor James De Lancey to Governor [James] Hamilton, New York, 1754 April 1.

3 36-38

Speech sent from the fort on the Ohio to the Governors of Virginia and Pennsylvania, 1754 April 18.

3 36-38

Resolution to build forts for the wives and children of both Indians and whites who may go to war for England, New York, 1754 April 17.

3 39

Letter from Governor James De Lancey to Governor [James] Hamilton, Williamsburg, Virginia, 1754 April 27.

3 40

Letter from Governor Robert Dinwiddie to Governor [James] Hamilton, Williamsburg, 1754 April 27.

3 41

Letter from Conrad Weiser to Governor James Hamilton, Heidelberg, Berks County, 1754 May 2.

3 42

Letter from Governor Robert Dinwiddie to Governor [James] Hamilton, Williamsburg, 1754 July 31.

3 43

Speech by Robert Hunter Morris, Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania to the Indians of the Six Nations, Delawares, and Shawnees, 1754 November 15.

3 44

Speech of Major General William Shirley to the sachems and warriors of the Indians of the Six Nations, [1755 December].

3 45-46

Letter from Major General William Shirley to Major General Johnson, New York, 1755 December 7.

3 45-46

Minutes of Council at Philadelphia, 1755 August 7-22.

3 47

News of the Indians, French, and English in Ohio, 1754.

3 48

Petition to Lieutenant Governor Robert Morris of Pennsylvania with copies of letters, 1755 October 20.

3 49

Letter from John Harris to Benjamin Franklin, Paxton, Pennsylvania, 1755 October 31.

3 49

Letter from Samuel Wright to Isaac Norris, 1755 November 2.

3 49

Letters from Timothy Horsfield to William Edmonds, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

3 49

Letters from William Parsons to Conrad Weiser and from Adam Hoops to Isaac Norris regarding Indian massacres, 1755 November 3.

3 49

Letter from James Wright to a "Worthy Friend" regarding Indian massacres.

3 49

Minutes of Council at Philadelphia, 1755 November 8.

3 49

Minutes of the Council at Philadelphia, 1755 August 7 and 15.

3 49

Minutes of the Council at Philadelphia, 1755 August 18.

3 49

Minutes of the Council at Philadelphia, 1755 August 20.

3 49

Minutes of the Council at Philadelphia, 1755 August 20.

3 49

Minutes of the Council at Philadelphia, 1755 August 22.

3 49

Testimony regarding Indian troubles, circa 1755.

3 49

Minutes of Council of War held by General William Shirley, New York, 1755 December 12-13.

3 50-54

Minutes of the Council of War (second session), New York, 1755 December 12-13.

3 50-54

Instructions of Robert Hunter Morris to one of the Oneida chiefs, and Andrew Montour, 1755 November 13.

3 50-54

Letters from Gideon Hawley to Governor Morris, 1755 January 5.

3 50-54

Minutes of Council of War, New York, 1755 December 12-13.

3 50-54

Minutes of the Council at Philadelphia, 1756 March 27.

3 55

Minutes of the Council at Philadelphia, 1756 April 8.

3 56

Extract of letter from Sir Charles Hardy to Governor Morris, 1756 April 29.

3 57

Minutes of the Council at Philadelphia, 1756 June 8.

3 58

Memorandum account of Indian conspiracies, undated.

3 59

Extract of letter from Sir Charles Hardy to Governor Morris, 1756 April 16.

3 60

Reply of James Logan in response to comments made about him by Camassatego regarding the 1742 treaty, circa 1742.

3 61

Series V. Original letters, 1560-1781. [967].

Scope and Contents note

The series “Original Letters, 1560-1781” contains eighty letters relating to a miscellany of topics and persons, including Scottish poet Tobias Smollett, natural history, the Colonial Committee of Correspondence, the Revolutionary War, and the Pennsylvania Line Revolt of 1781. The most heavily documented topic in this series is the Pennsylvania Line Revolt, a Revolutionary War rebellion in which the Continental Army soldiers rebelled against the Continental Army because of grievances pertaining to poor conditions and supplies. The Pennsylvania Line revolt began on January 1, 1781 and ended on January 29, 1781. The documents include correspondence relating to the mutiny, propositions from the Continental Army for redressing the soldiers’ grievances, proposals from the British Army asking for allegiance from the Pennsylvania Line, trial accounts, and other documents about potential and realized spies for the British.

The documents are arranged by topic. Many documents were hand copied by Du Simitière from originals. While the date that all of the copies were made is unknown, the dates of the original documents from which copies were made span the years 1560 to 1781. The language of the Du Simitière materials in this series are in English and French.

It is essential for researchers to know that the first seven letters in the volume were mistakenly bound in this volume and do not belong in the Du Simitière collection. Instead, these letters belong to the Henry Cox collection, which no longer resides at the Library Company. These letters are in Italian.

Volume
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Volume Item

Original Papers relating to the Revolt of the Pennsylvania Line, 1781 January, 1560-1781.

2 50-77

Series VI. Papers relating to the West Indies, 1748-1773. [968].

Scope and Contents note

The series “Papers relating to the West Indies” contains thirty-nine items about the history of the West Indies, particularly Jamaica and Santo Domingo. The documents within this series contain information on African slave uprisings, rebellions, conspiracies, and the slave trade. There are watercolors and sketches done by Du Simitière in Kingston, Jamaica that include musicians, scenic views, and a street view of two black slaves on the gallows. Other documents of interest include information on the Jamaican-Creole vocabulary, including translations of vocabulary; proverbs in Creole, English, and French; and descriptions, in French, of Java, Batavia, Jamaica, St. Eustatius, Cuba, and Santo Domingo. There are also extracts of many works and letters, lists, maps, sketches, and notes.

Presumably, this material was collected for a history of the West Indies, and this material is potentially an extension of the series “Papers relating to Natural History.” Many original documents were hand copied by Du Simitière. While the date that the copies were made is unknown, the dates of the original documents from which the copies were made span the years 1748 to 1773. Also included are some of Du Simitière’s original works regarding his personal travels to the West Indies.

The current order of the documents is presumably the order in which the documents were previously bound. Documents appear to be arranged by topic, including, in this order, descriptions of various islands and voyages, information and history on Jamaica, information and history on Santo Domingo, and general histories of the West Indies. The documents are mostly in French, but some documents are in Jamaican-Creole and English.

Box
4
Box Folder

"Description des Isles de la Sonde," 1741, circa 1775.

4 1

"Des Manieres de Compteu and des Monnoyer des Isles du Vent and Sous le Vent", circa 1775.

4 2

Drawings of Hispaniola Island and St. Domingo City coat of Arms, circa 1775.

4 3-4

"Remarques sur la Havane", circa 1775.

4 3-4

Description of a journey from Leogane, 1773, circa 1775.

4 5

Diary of a sea voyage from Amsterdam to St. Eustache, 1757-1758.

4 6

"Description de L'Isle de Saint Eustache", circa 1775.

4 7

Notes on History of Jamaica, circa 1775.

4 8

Important events in Jamaica after du Simitière's arrival, 1960-1963.

4 9-10b

"Vocabulario Creole", circa 1775.

4 9-10b

"Explication de quelques termes différens du Français, en usage, aux Isles de l'Amérique, circa 1775.

4 9-10b

Creole idioms, circa 1775.

4 10c

"Jamaica-Creol", circa 1775.

4 10

"Papiaminteer creal of Curaao", circa 1775.

4 10e

"Extrait du Manuscrit de M.S. sur les remèdes aux maladies de St. Pom", 1758 January 24.

4 11

Books and maps relating to Jamaica, circa 1775.

4 12

Sacking of Yaguana, Santo Domingo, 1600, circa 1775.

4 13

"Jamaica Chronology," 1492-1750, circa 1775.

4 14

"Satire sur Quelques personnes des plus éminentes and des plus Connues de l'Isle de Jamaique", circa 1775.

4 15

"Ancient Descriptions of Jamaica;" "Indian Antiquities," 1612, circa 1775.

4 16

Extracts from The History of Jamaica or a General Survey of the Ancient and Modern State of that Island, 1774, circa 1775.

4

Alphabetical list of plants in the synopsis of The History of Jamaica or a General Survey of the Ancient and Modern State of that Island, 1774, circa 1775.

4

Coat of Arms of Jamaica, undated.

4 19a

Extracts from works about uprising of Negroes against whites in Jamaica, 1733-1745.

4 20-21

Extract of letter "from a Gentleman", 1760.

4 20-21

"Negroes Conspiracies in several parts of the West Indies and of North America", circa 1770.

4 22-25

Note on exportation of sugar and importation of Negro slaves in Jamaica, taken from American Weekly Mercury, circa 1729-1730.

4 22-25

Notes and chronology on Jamaica, 1494-1774, 1740, 1742.

4 22-25

"Books relating to the West India Islands and Continent", circa 1775.

4 22-25

"Coats of arms of some of the Governors of the Island of Jamaica," 1724, circa 1775.

4 26-27

"Origine de l'établissement des Français dans St. Domingue", circa 1773.

4 26-27

"De la ville and du quartier de Léogâne", circa 1775.

4 28

"Fragment d'une Chanson faites sur les officiers qui qui était dans le Fort St. Louis a St. Domingue," 1748, circa 1775.

4 29-30

Ink sketch of a woman, circa 1775.

4 29-30

"Extrait du Registre tenu par le notaire and Substitut du Procureur du Roi a Léogane, 1770, 1770.

4 33

"Extrait des Registres du Conseil Supérieur du Port au Prince," 1770, 1770.

4 34-35

"Extrait des minutes du Greffe du Siège Royal du Port au Prince," 1773, 1773.

4 34-35

"De la Plaine de Léogane," extract from Labat's Nouveau Voyage, 1742, 1742.

4 36

Extracts from work regarding the history of the West Indies, 1772.

4 37-38

Extracts from work regarding the history of the West Indies, 1763.

4 37-38

Extract regarding the discovery and description of North America, 1770.

4 39a-39b

Attitude of Reverend Radman toward Quakers, extract from the Mercure de France, 1770.

4 39a-39b

Series VII. Original Journals and Extracts. [1411.Q].

Scope and Contents note

The series “Original Journals and Extracts” contains twenty items relating to a miscellany of topics including journals of expeditions and travels to the Susquehanna and Ottawa, notes and accounts of General John Sullivan’s Western expedition, extracts from travel accounts of Captain Cook in the Pacific and Thurberg's account of Japan, documents about a variety of expeditions, and extracts from newspapers, poems, and documents relating to or by the poet John Maylem. The journals of the John Sullivan expedition document the expedition, but they also include several wash drawings of Indian dwellings and writings. Other poets included in this series are Nicholas Skull, a Pennsylvania surveyor, and Reverend Thomas Hopkinson. Some curiosities in this series include two extracts from the Mercure de France, one about a woman with a horn on her hand and another about a woman who apparently spontaneously combusted.

Many documents are extracted copies or full copies of original documents done by Du Simitière. While the date that the copies were made is unknown, the dates of the original documents from which the copies were made span the years 1629 to 1782. The current order of the documents is presumably the order in which the documents were previously bound. Documents appear to be arranged by topic.

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"Notes of a Tour to the Head of the Susquehanna in the Year 1769", 1780 October.

5 1

"Journal of a trading expedition up the Roiviere des Lievres, or Riviere des Outaovais in Canada," 1775, undated.

5 2

Extract from journal of General John Sullivan's Western Expedition kept by William Pierce, 1769-1779, undated.

5 3a-3b

Journal of General Sullivan's Western Expedition kept by Dr. Charles MacArthur, 1779, undated.

5 3a-3b

"Chronology of what relates to the Indian Wars in North America," 1751-1779, undated.

5 4a

A Short Memorandum and the names and distances of the places that the 4th Pennsylvania. Regt. march'd thro' in the year 1779, undated.

5 5e

Names of the towns through which the Western army marched taken from General Sullivan's letter from Pennsylvania Packet 1779, undated.

5 5a-5d

Notes on General Sullivan's Western Expedition against the Iroquois, undated.

5 5a-5d

Route of General Sullivan's Army from Easton, Pennsylvania, to Genesee, 1779, undated.

5 5a-5d

Memorandum by John Devitor, soldier in Sullivan's Expedition, undated.

5 5a-5d

Memorandum of places 4th Pennsylvania Regiment marched through in Sullivan's Expedition, kept by soldier John Allison, 1778-1779, undated.

5 5e

Drawing of order of march and battle of Major General Sullivan's Army on the Western Expedition, 1779, undated.

5 6

Chart of the discoveries made by Captain Cook and other European navigators in the Pacific Ocean, from the London Magazine, 1780 December.

5 7

"A summary Account of the Voyage of the late Captain James cook undertaken by order of the British Government," 1776-1782, undated.

5 8a-8b

"Accounts of the Russian Discoveries between Asia and America," 1780-1781, undated.

5 8a-8b

"Curious Account of the inhabitants of the Empire of Japan, their Government, Manners, and Customs," 1775, 1780, undated.

5 8c-9

"New Voyages," brief extract from Mercure de France, 1782 August 10.

5 8c-9

"Account of the Royal Cabinet of Natural History at Madrid," extracted from John Talbot Dillon's Travels through Spain, 1780, undated.

5 8c-9

"Peinture Etudorique," extract from Gazette d'Agriculture, Commerce, Finances, et Arts, 1782 April 9.

5 10a-11b

"Secret pour faire reparoitre les couleurs des Tableaux," extract from Gazette d'Agriculture, Commerce, finances et Arts, 1782 June 19.

5 10a-11b

Account of a woman with a horn on her right hand, extracted from Mercure de France, 1782 July 6.

5 10a-11b

Account of a woman burned to death, extracted from Mercure de France, 1782 July 13.

5 10a-11b

"On seeing a wedding at the revd. Mr. Com--s on Monday last" comic verse from American Weekly Mercury, 1729 June 19.

5 12a-12e

"The Sorrowful Lamentation of Samuel keimer, printer of the Barbados Gazette," extract from the  Pennsylvania Gazette, 1734 September 25.

5 12a-12e

"The Poet's lamentation for the Loss of His Cat, whom he us'd to call his Muse", undated.

5 12a-12e

"On Mr. B_____s's Singing a Hymn of His Own Composing," by Jo. Green, 1756 April 1.

5 12a-12e

"The Taking of Montreal" by Mr. Gamble, undated.

5 12a-12e

"An elegy occasioned by the death of Romeo", 1779.

5 13

"Dirtilla," by unknown author, undated.

5 14a-14b

"The Treaty", 1761.

5 14a-14b

"Satire on Halifax", undated.

5 15a-17d

"The Boston Sabbath", undated.

5 15a-17d

"An Acrostick," by John Mayhem, undated.

5 15a-17d

"Epitaph of Benjamin Franklin Esqr," by Benjamin Franklin, undated.

5 15a-17d

"Pennsylvania," by George Watt, 1730.

5 15a-17d

Extracts from a "Book of Poesies", undated.

5 15a-17d

Poem by John Maylem written on his twenty-first birthday, April 30, 1760, undated.

5 15a-17d

"The Birdiad," by John Maylem, undated.

5 15a-17d

"John Maylem's directions to his Taylor in New York," by John Maylem, undated.

5 15a-17d

"Acrostic," by John Maylem to Polly Turner, undated.

5 15a-17d

"The Daw and Peacocks," by John Maylem, undated.

5 15a-17d

"To Mr. Harris in the Fields", undated.

5 15a-17d

Letter from "Blanco" to Mr. Maylem, Livingston's Manour, 1759 June 2.

5 15a-17d

Letter from John Maylem to "Blanco", New York, 1759 June 15.

5 15a-17d

Letter from John Maylem to Mr. J[o]s[e]phs[ o]n, Newport, 1760 October 15.

5 15a-17d

Parody made by John Tabor Kemp, attorney general of New Jersey, 1776 February.

5 18

"Indian Betty's Petition," by Nicholas Skull, undated.

5 19

"Liberty," by and in the handwriting of the Reverend Thomas Hopkinson, undated.

5 20

Series VIII. Papers relating to New England and New York, circa 1774. [1412.Q].

Scope and Contents note

The series “Papers relating to New England, New York, etc.,” contains materials Du Simitière gathered and copied for a history of New York. The materials are mostly written and drawn by Du Simitière and they are gathered in a bound volume with an index on the first few pages. The material includes tombstone engravings, burial records, chronologies, death and marriage records, and Du Simitière’s sketches, including a sketch of the New York state house. There are also various newspaper clippings throughout the volume. The volume contains some notes on Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New England. The materials are recorded in Italian and English and were probably compiled around 1774.

Volume
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Series IX. Papers relating to Pennsylvania, New England, Etc., circa 1780. [1413].

Scope and Contents note

The series “Papers relating to Pennsylvania and New England” contains information gathered by Du Simitière about the history and current state of affairs in Pennsylvania and New England. The volume includes a table of contents and an index. Of special interest are the several bibliographies of the books available to Du Simitière about the colonies, Native Americans, Pennsylvania, the West Indies, and New England. Other documents include chronologies, catalogs, copies of historical documents, newspaper clippings, and lists of families with chariots and coaches in Pennsylvania in 1782. The material in this series was probably compiled during the 1780s, Documents are in English.

Volume
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Series X. Miscellaneous papers from du Simitière (Scraps), 1740-1783.

Scope and Contents note

The series “Miscellaneous papers from Du Simitière (Scraps)” consists of three boxes containing a variety of materials that pertain to numerous topics, some of which are covered in other series. Many of the documents are copies of original documents done by Du Simitière. The collection includes drawings, journals, poems, newspaper clippings, vocabularies, and notes on North American Indians. The order created by the first survey was maintained, and the series appears to be arranged by topic. The series dates from 1740 to 1783 with the exception of ten medieval Latin manuscripts. The collection is written in Latin, French, Chinese, and English. This series contains some material relating specifically to Philadelphia.

Researchers who have not located a document or topic they are seeking elsewhere in the collection should browse this series.

Box
6
Box Folder

"A Catalogue of Newspapers and Pamphlets bought at Du Simitière's Auction", undated.

6 1

Roman medal list by du Simitière, undated.

6 2

Society of Cincinnati, June 18, 1783, undated.

6 3

"Return of the Philadelphia Troop of Light Horse," May 3, 1782, undated.

6 4

Latin manuscript, undated.

6 5

Latin prayers in Gothic script, undated.

6 6

Latin manuscript, undated.

6 7

Latin prayers from printed prayer book, undated.

6 9

Latin manuscript, undated.

6 10

Latin sermons from prayer book titled Decimus Sermo and Undecimus Sermo, undated.

6 11

Calendar leaflet, undated.

6 12

Medieval Latin prayers to the Blessed Virgin, undated.

6 13

Medieval Latin prayer book, undated.

6 14

"On the lately discovered Wild Raspberries," by [Breintnall, Joseph?], 1740 July.

6 15

Pencil sketch of architectural ornamentation, undated.

6 16

Cardboard cover bearing inscription "Quebec and Nova-Scotia./ No 15/.", undated.

6 17

Lievre River Journey map made by unknown traveler, undated.

6 18

Quebec history extracts from Douglas's British Settlements in North America and Peter Kalm's  Travels into North America, 1770, undated.

6 19

Preservation of leaves, undated.

6 20

Notes on De Buffon's L'Histoire Naturelle, undated.

6 21

Latin epigram with English translation, undated.

6 22

Copy of the Log of a voyage from the West Indies to the Delaware River and Bay, then the New York Coast, undated.

6 23

Du Simitière's notes on Quebec, undated.

6 24

List of "Unknown animals from van der Donck's natural history book", undated.

6 25

Caterpillars in the Carolinas, undated.

6 26

List of Quadrupeds found in du Simitière's Synopsis of North American Animals, 1759, undated.

6 27

Early history of Quebec, 1659-1766, undated.

6 29

Description of goldenrod, undated.

6 30

Metamorphosis of a black caterpillar, undated.

6 31

Inventory of old coins, 1767-1769, undated.

6 32

List of leaves sent to Peter Colinson for impressions, undated.

6 33

"Liste de Couleurs," by du Simitière, undated.

6 34

Bibliography of articles in Monthly Review and  London Magazine regarding Nova Scotia, 1748-1755, undated.

6 35

Miscellaneous references to Canada and Nova Scotia, undated.

6 36

"Extract of a letter from London" concerning petitions presented by Benjamin Franklin to the King, 1766 November 30, undated.

6 37

List of old engravings and curiosa in the possession of du Simitière, undated.

6 38

Ancient coins and medals in du Simitière's collection, undated.

6 39

List of coins and medals belonging to du Simitière, undated.

6 40

Anonymous author's love poem, undated.

6 41

"Deism," attributed to Phillis Wheatley, undated.

6 42

"Opera avec Jeannot et Theresse," by unknown author, undated.

6 43

"On the Death of Mr. Snider Murder'd by Richardson," by "Phillis", attributed to Phillis Wheatley, undated.

6 44

List of botanical specimens in du Simitière's possession, undated.

6 45

Philosophical poem, undated.

6 46

"Epitaph" about Katherine Grary, undated.

6 47

Plan of city in Java or Sumatra by du Simitière, undated.

6 48

"Musing near a Cool Spring," poem about Benjamin Franklin, undated.

6 49

List of botanical specimens sent to du Simitière, undated.

6 50

"Le Tamarin", undated.

6 51

"Letters from an American Farmer" note, undated.

6 52

Note from Lieutenant John Smith to General Israel Putman, 1776 December.

6 53

List of coins, 1737, undated.

6 54

Lists from Santo Domingo, undated.

6 55

"The Wonderful Prophet," by an unknown author.

7 56

"Sonnet," from Gentleman's Magazine, 1740.

7 57

Verso-Scurrilous six-line doggerel, undated.

7 58

"T'was in the pleasant month of May", undated.

7 59

Anonymous author's love poem, undated.

7 60

"On the Present Situation of affairs in America," March 10, 1775, 1775 March 10.

7 61

"Scots Song upon America", undated.

7 62

Letter to Du Simitière by an unidentified author, undated.

7 63

"Histoire du donneur d'Eau benit", undated.

7 64

Note from John Stewart to Harrison Gray, 1768 April 23.

7 65

"Table des chapitres de la Chrysologie contenue dans un Manuscrit ecrit preparent de 216 pages d'en grand papier de compite", undated.

7 66

Draft of a letter to Jean-Babtiste Iseard de Lisle de Sales, undated.

7 67

Memorial to Christopher Columbus, undated.

7 68

"Les Proverbes de Salomon" exert from Old Testament, undated.

7 69

Religious treatise dealing in Catholic theology, undated.

7 70

Natural history book dealing with monstrosities nature has produced in the human race, quadrupeds, bipeds, etc., 1775.

7 71

References on a pamphlet about Benjamin Franklin, undated.

7 72

Title page with inscription, undated.

7 73

Chinese manuscript, undated.

7 74

Chinese manuscript on pink rice paper, undated.

7 75

Calligraphy chart, undated.

7 76

Colors of the English colonies chart, undated.

7 77

List of travel books, undated.

7 78

Newspaper items describing the auction of mineral specimens, undated.

7 79

Books on the natural history of North America quoted by de Bufon and a list of small animals, undated.

7 80

Copied newspaper items relating to the sale of Sir Ashton Lever's Holophusicon, 1781-1782.

7 81

Account of the public sale of John Bessnet's goods, undated.

7 82

Resolution clearing John Peters of Philadelphia, PA, undated.

7 83

Extracts of the minutes of the Committee of Inspection and Observation regarding William Sitgreaves and Peter Ozeas, undated.

7 84

Examination of Jabez Fisher in regard to his publication of several articles against the Committee of Inhabitants of Philadelphia, 1775.

7 85

Patriotic poem condemning George III, undated.

7 86

Letter from Chaddsford, PA describing the battle of the Brandywine, 1777 September 11.

7 87

"To Mr. John Beveridge A.M. Professor of the Latin Language in the College and Academy of Philadelphia" satire letter, undated.

7 88

Resolutions adopted by merchants and traders in Philadelphia boycotting certain British products, 1769 March 10.

7 89

Historical account of the University of Pennsylvania, undated.

7 90

Historical account of the American Philosophical Society, undated.

7 91

List of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania industries, buildings, etc., undated.

7 92

"The Reverend Mr. Spin-Shaile", undated.

7 93

Resolutions of the Committee of Safety in Philadelphia, PA, 1775 July 10.

7 94

Resolutions adopted by merchants and traders in Philadelphia boycotting certain British products, 1769 March 10.

7 95

List of Philadelphia curiosities, undated.

7 96

Resolutions of the Committee of Safety in Philadelphia, PA, 1779 June 7.

7 97

Copy of Howe's Proclamation to the Citizen's of Pennsylvania, August 27, 1777, undated.

7 98

The Original State of Thirty Baptist Churches whose Messengers Annually Meet in Association at Philadelphia, undated.

7 99

"Inscription, On a Curious Chamber Stove in the Form of an Urn contriv'd in such a Manner as to make the Flame descend instead of rising from the Fire: Invented by the celebrated Benjamin Franklin", undated.

7 100

Bond of John Spark, 1779 July 15.

7 101

Poem on Tammany, the Indian chief, undated.

7 102

"Letter from Hodder Verling to James Hamilton, Philadelphia, PA", 1763 January 27.

7 103

Call for volunteers "to drive our inhuman enemy to destruction", 1777 July 12.

7 104

Copy of General George Washington's military orders, December 25, 1776, undated.

7 105

East New Jersey land recovery suits, undated.

7 106

Letter from W[illiam] Sitgreaves to Committee of Inspection and Observation, Philadelphia, PA, 1776 April 2.

7 107

Boarder lines of Ornaments broadside regarding the death of Monsieur Stephen Regne, 1783 October 17.

7 108

Sales of proprietarie's lands and of negro prisoners newspaper clippings, 1782.

7 109

Cardboard cover bearing inscription "New Netherlands New York No. 20", undated.

7 110

Extracts of epitaphs of Governor Bradstreet, Captain Humphrey Atherton, and Richard Mather, undated.

8 111

List of Objects for drawing, undated.

8 112

Hickory and Calaba trees descriptions, undated.

8 113

Cardboard cover bearing inscription "New-England Boston No. 18", undated.

8 114

Caricature showing two men in a cart, a man on a horse, and a grotesque mask, undated.

8 115

Description of antiquities of Reverend Ezra Stiles, undated.

8 116

Sketches showing four facades of various buildings [Harvard?], undated.

8 117

Description of drawing entitled "An east View of Ridge of Rocks forming the West Side of Beach in Rhode Island", undated.

8 118

Brief notes extracted from a book about New York towns, undated.

8 119

Copy of Cherokee-South Carolina Treaty, December 18, 1761, undated.

8 120

Copy of letter from Fred Winter regarding Fort Moore in Carolina and Fort Augusta in Georgia, April 5, 1764, undated.

8 121

Information regarding South Carolina, undated.

8 122

"Ode on the King's birth day June 4th, 1776, Sung by some gentlemen of the English army prisoners at Burlington", undated.

8 123

List of English colonies and rivers with their names in the Iroquois language, undated.

8 124

Ink impression of an unidentified leaf, undated.

8 125

References to early settlements in New York and Illinois, undated.

8 127

List of charters of Massachusetts and Georgia, undated.

8 128

Account of Adam Poe's Indian encounter, undated.

8 129

List of books and page numbers referencing Indian hieroglyphics, maps, origins, drunkenness, etc., undated.

8 130

Titles of articles about Indian missions, undated.

8 132

Booklet containing English words with their Shawnee counterpart, undated.

8 133

Booklet containing English words with their Shawnee counterpart, compiled by Colonel R. Butler, February 16, 1782, undated.

8 134

Notes on Indian language, undated.

8 135

Notes on Seneca Indians and Sullivan's Expedition, 1779, undated.

8 136

Extract of Chickasaw vocabulary from Adair's History of the American Indian, 1624, undated.

8 137

List of Royal patents issued by various royalty, explorers, and navigators, undated.

8 138

Page numbers of Adair's works about American Indians, undated.

8 139

Manuscript notes for a letter to M. Count de Gebelin on the Indian bible of John Elliot, undated.

8 140

Draft of du Simitière's letter to Jean-Baptiste Isoard de Lisle de Sales, undated.

8 141

Chart describing the method of trading used by Northern Indians, undated.

8 142

Extracts from various journals concerning Indian customs, undated.

8 143

Excerpt of Indian to English dictionary from Dictionary and Etymologie de la langue latine, undated.

8 144

List of Indian antiquities and references of works about Indian antiquities, undated.

8 145

Bibliography and brief essay about the Iroquois language and trader, undated.

8 146

List of books and page numbers for references on Indian life, undated.

8 147

Books and page numbers of accounts of Indian life, undated.

8 148

List of magazine articles on Indians, 1757-1758, undated.

8 149

List of topics found in Jonathan Carver's Travels through the interior Parts of North America, in the Years 1756, 7 and 8," 1781, undated.

8 150

Extract of the Lord's Prayer in Mohican taken from a work by Lawrence Claesse, 1715, undated.

8 151

Paper cover bearing inscription "Acts of Parliament/and other Parliamentary Papers/ of the years 1774 and following", undated.

8 152

Newspaper clippings regarding London and New York, 1773.

8 162

Newspaper clippings regarding the destruction of tea on the brig Fortune, 1774.

8 163

Newspaper clippings regarding Great Britain's quarrel with her colonies, undated.

8 164

Newspaper clipping "Remarks on Dr. Franklin and his Political Conduct", 1775 September.

8 165

Newspaper clipping from a London paper regarding oppression in the colonies, 1774 May 1.

8 166

Newspaper clipping "Address to the Soldiers", 1775 March.

8 167

Newspaper clipping about economic and social conditions in the world titled "Universal Catechism", undated.

8 168

Newspaper clipping with Hartley's plan for conciliating America, 1775 December.

8 169

Newspaper clipping regarding the interception of letters by Boston faction, 1773 September 4.

8 170

Series XI. Papers relating to New York Politics, 1768-1771. [396.F].

Scope and Contents note

The series ”Papers relating to New York politics, 1768-1771” predominately deals with the suspension of the New York House of Assembly by Governor Moore, the elections of the next New York House of Assembly, and the political factions involved in these elections. This series primarily contains newspaper clippings from New York newspapers such as Parker’s New-York Gazette, the  Weekly Post-Boy, the  Weekly Mercury, the  New-York Gazette, and the  Weekly Post, but there are occasionally newspaper clippings from other colonial newspapers, particularly from Boston and New Jersey. These newspaper clippings are mostly letters addressed to the printers or to the “Freeholders and Freemen of New York.” Individuals discussed in the letters include the leaders of opposing parties of the New York House of Assembly, Philip Livingston and James Delancey; and Sons of Liberty leaders, Isaac Sears and Alexander McDougall. Additional topics of the newspaper clippings and other documents include the abolishment of the Committee of Safety, the Quartering Act, and the Townshend Acts; and the Battle of Golden Hill. Documents of interest in this series are the minutes of the Common Council of New York on November 19, 1768, a document containing a song “The American Whig’s Address to the Dissenters;” speeches from meetings of the Sons of Liberty; correspondence regarding the Committee of Safety; and the votes tally for the election of the New York House of Assembly in which Philip Livingston won on February 10, 1768. There is also a signed petition regarding the non-importation agreement and a copy of a letter that was hung in a coffee house and addressed to three merchants. The writers of the letter inquired whether certain merchants planned on importing goods, and is signed by “The Mohocks,” a name derived from an eighteenth century London Gang.

This series dates from February 8, 1768 to October 1, 1770. The documents are mostly arranged in chronological order. Their quantity and arrangement make them an excellent starting point for anyone studying this period of New York politics. All the materials are in English.

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Box Folder

Papers [wanting] in my collection of New York Politics from 1768-1771, undated.

9 (I).1

Newspaper clippings regarding New York, 1768.

9 (I).13-24

Newspaper clippings regarding New York, 1768.

9 (I).25-28

Newspaper clipping: "A Young Tory to the Freeholders and Freemen", 1768 March 5.

9 (I).33

Newspaper clippings regarding New York, 1768.

9 (I).34-37

Newspaper clippings regarding New York, 1768.

9 (I).39-42

Minutes of the Common Council in the City of New York, 1762 November 19.

9 (I).43

Newspaper clippings regarding New York, 1768.

9 (I).44-50

Song: "The American Whig's Address to the Dissenters", undated.

9 (II).1

Newspaper clipping: From one Freeman to the Freeman and Freeholders of the City of New York, 1769 January 9.

9 (II).26

Newspaper clippings: To the Freeholders and Freemen of the City of New York, 1769.

9 (II).28-30

Speech and newspaper clippings, 1769.

9 (II).34-36

Newspaper clipping: To the Freeholders and Freemen of the City and County of New York, undated.

9 (II).43

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (II).52

Newspaper clipping, 1769 February 6.

9 (II).57

Meeting minutes of Sons of Liberty, 1769 April 11.

9 (II).59

Address, undated.

9 (II).60

"To the Commericial Committee of Inspection for Importation of English Goods", undated.

9 (II).61

Newspaper article regarding the Society of Dissenters, 1769 July.

9 (II).62-67

Newspaper article regarding the Society of Dissenters, 1769 July 25.

9 (II).68.72

Newspaper clipping regarding Simeon Cooley and non-importation agreement, 1769 July 24.

9 (II).74

Newspaper clipping regarding the Despotic Assembly, 1769 November 13.

9 (II).76

Correspondence from Freemen and Freeholders, 1769 December 16.

9 (II).82

Newspaper clippings regarding Freeholders and Freemen, 1769 December 20.

9 (II).86-91

New York Province House Assembly votes tally, 1768.

9 (III).1

Proclamation by "Pluto", undated.

9 (III).1.5

Newspaper clipping regarding the House of Representatives of New York, 1769 December 22.

9 (III).2.5

Newspaper clipping, 1769 December 29.

9 (III).4

Newspaper clipping, 1769 December 12.

9 (III).7-15

Newspaper clipping, 1770 January.

9 (III).15.5-19

Newspaper clipping, 1770 January 15.

9 (III).20-26

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (III).26.5

Newspaper clipping, 1770 January 22.

9 (III).27

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (III).28

Newspaper clipping regarding support of the troops, 1770 January 17.

9 (III).29-30

Newspaper clipping regarding the disturbances between the inhabitants and the soldiers, 1770 January.

9 (III).34-48

Newspaper clipping, 1770 January 29.

9 (III).42

Newspaper clipping regarding Captain McDougall, 1770 March 5.

9 (III).45-46

Newspaper clipping, 1770 March 14.

9 (III).48

"Proclamation by John and Isaac, Lords of the Presbyterian Faction of New York and the Territories", 1770 March 25.

9 (III).51

Newspaper clipping regarding Captain McDougall, 1770 March 19.

9 (III).52

Newspaper clipping regarding Captain McDougall, 1770 March-April.

9 (III).54-65

Newspaper clipping, 1770 April.

9 (III).66-69

Newspaper clipping regarding advertisement, 1770 April 9.

9 (III).70

Newspaper clipping regarding Captain McDougall, 1770 April 9.

9 (III).72-74

Newspaper clipping, 1770 April 9.

9 (III).76-77

Newspaper clipping regarding Captain McDougall, 1770 April 16.

9 (III).80-81

Newspaper clipping regarding the importance, privileges and duty of grand juries, 1770 April 16.

9 (III).82-84

Newspaper clipping regarding Lieutenant Governor Delancey, undated.

9 (III).85-91

Newspaper clipping, 1770 April 26-30.

9 (III).92-100

Newspaper clipping by "Satiricust", undated.

9 (III).101-104

Newspaper clipping by "Americanus", 1770 May 7.

9 (III).106-110

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (III).111-118

Newspaper clipping by "Ironicus", undated.

9 (III).119

Newspaper clipping, 1770 May 14.

9 (III).123-128

Newspaper clipping, 1770 May 21.

9 (III).129-133

Newspaper clipping, 1770 May 21.

9 (III).134-136

Newspaper clipping, 1770 May 24.

9 (III).137-140

Newspaper clipping, 1770 May 28.

9 (III).142

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (III).147

Newspaper clipping, 1770 May.

9 (III).151-154

Newspaper clipping, 1770 May 31.

9 (III).156-158

Newspaper clipping, 1770 June 4.

9 (III).160-165

Newspaper clipping, 1770 June 4.

9 (III).166

Newspaper clipping, 1770 June 1.

9 (III).168-173

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (III).174-178

Newspaper clipping, 1770 June 21.

9 (III).184-188

Newspaper clipping, 1770 June 11.

9 (III).189-194

Newspaper clipping, 1770 June 18.

9 (III).195-200

Newspaper clipping, 1770 June 24.

9 (III).201-206

Newspaper clipping, 1770 June 25.

9 (III).207-211

Newspaper clipping, 1770 June 19.

9 (III).212-213

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (III).215-217

Newspaper clipping, 1770 June 26.

9 (III).218-225

Newspaper clipping, 1770 July 2.

9 (III).226-232

Newspaper clipping, 1770 July 2-6.

9 (III).233-238

Newspaper clipping, 1770 June 26-July 18.

9 (III).239-244

Newspaper clipping, 1770 July 18-19.

9 (III).245-250

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (III).251-253

Manuscript regarding non-importation, 1770 July 11.

9 (III).254

Newspaper clipping, 1770 July 23.

9 (III).255-263

Newspaper clipping, 1770 July 26.

9 (III).264-270

Newspaper clipping, 1770 July 21.

9 (III).271-276

Newspaper clipping, 1770 August 16.

9 (III).277-279

Newspaper clipping, 1770 August 7.

9 (III).282-287

Newspaper clipping, 1770 August 20.

9 (III).288-296

Newspaper clipping, 1770 August 27-29.

9 (III).297-301

Newspaper clipping, 1770 August 28.

9 (III).302-308

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (III).309-314.5

Newspaper clipping, 1770 October 15.

9 (III).315-322.5

Newspaper clipping, 1770 November.

9 (III).323-329

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (III).330-337

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (III).338-345

Newspaper clipping, 1770 December.

9 (III).345.5-351.5

Newspaper clipping, 1770 December 24.

9 (III).352-355

Newspaper clipping, 1771 January.

9 (IV).1-6

Newspaper clipping, 1771 February.

9 (IV).7-13

Newspaper clipping, 1771 March.

9 (IV).13.5-19

Newspaper clipping, 1771 March.

9 (IV).20-31

Newspaper clipping, 1771 April.

9 (IV).31.5-38

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (IV).40-45

Newspaper clipping and notes, 1770 May and undated.

9 (IV).46-52

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (IV).53-55

Letter sent to John Reade, Gabriel H. Ludlow and Uriah Hendricks, merchants, 1770 May 10.

9 (IV).57

Newspaper clipping, 1771 July 11.

9 (IV).58-59

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (IV).60

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (IV).61

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (IV).62-63

Newspaper clipping, 1771 July.

9 (IV).64-68

Newspaper clipping, 1771 August.

9 (IV).69-74

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (IV).74.5-83

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (IV).83.5-87

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (IV).88

Newspaper clipping, 1771 October.

9 (IV).89-93

Newspaper clipping, undated.

9 (IV).94-100.5

Newspaper clipping, 1771 October.

9 (IV).101-105

Series XII. Prints and artwork.

Scope and Contents note

This series documents du Simitière as both collector and artist. The material consists of collected drawings and sketches as well as du Simitière's own art work, and covers several broad topics. Included are alphabets of several languages, landscapes (largely West Indian), portraits, drawings of architecture and architectural elements, natural history sketches, and drafts of seals. The sketches and drawings are printed, pen and ink drawings, watercolors and pastels.

This material is located within the Print Department at the Library Company of Philadelphia. The Print Department also houses cartoons, created by and collected by du Simitière, which are not catalogued in this finding aid.

Box Folder

[Liberty Pole, New York], 1770.

10 1

Chinese alphabet, undated.

10 2

Irish alphabet, circa 1780-1781.

10 3

Arabic document (translation available), undated.

10 4

Vue d'optique of a horse and landscape, circa 1790.

10 5

Unidentified West Indian harbor (watercolor), circa 1758-1774.

10 6

Miniature stage design, undated.

10 7-8

East front of Harvard Hall, undated.

10 9

Plan of Harvard Hall, undated.

10 10-11

Various sketches and drawings, 1759-1783.

11

Series XIII. Volume boards, undated.

Scope and Contents note

The volume boards housed in this series are from disbound volumes housed elsewhere in the collection.

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