MG-247. ALGERNON SYDNEY LOGAN AND ROBERT RESTALRIG LOGAN PAPERS, [ca. 1680-1945].
This collection consists of manuscript and printed material per-taining to the Logan family including James Logan, first provincial secretary of William Penn, his father Patrick Logan, and descendents Algernon Sydney Logan (1849-1925) and Robert Restalrig Logan. Included are three volumes of printed and manuscript copies of Indian treaties and other material relating to Indian affairs covering the period 1722-1762, copies of John Dickinson correspondence, 1753-76, and one volume of minutes and related items of the Indiana Company, 1776-89.
B. JAMES LOGAN ITEMS, 1722-1762
Contains printed and hand written copies of treaties made with the Indians. Of particular interest is a treaty made with the Indians of the five nations: "Maquose, Oneida, Onnondages, Cayouges, and Simmekaes." Included in a collection are handwritten copies; this treaty was signed in September 1722 by Virginia Governor Alexander Spotswood and contained a provision requesting the aid of the five nations in seizing runaway slaves. Governor Spotswood promised the Indians "one good gun and a blanket" for the capture and return of each runaway slave. For their part, the Indians of the five nations avowed to the governor that "if any runaway Negroe or Slave shall happen to fall into our hands we will carry them to Col. Mason’s on the Potowmach River for the reward promised."
C. ALGERNON SYDNEY LOGAN ITEMS, 1776-1934
Contains a handwritten transcript entitled "Records of the Families of Logan and Norris" (1815) by Deborah Norris Logan. The book contains genealogical information, obituary notices, personal accounts, a copied manuscript entitled "An historical account of the ancient and honorable Family of Logan of Edinburgh," poems, sonnets, and a copy of an article that appeared in the American Magazine for 1790. The article describes an incident that occurred on the island of Jamaica in 1692 when an earthquake destroyed Port Royal and also killed a slave attempting to rescue his master, a merchant from Philadelphia. Later, "a cradle was seen floating on the water with a female Negro child alive, and a large silver dirk the property of the merchant. Upon examination, the child appeared to be the daughter of the Negro man who had lost his life in attempting to save his master. Both the child and the dirk were sent to the elder son of the merchant who lived in Philadelphia." The master was Thomas Norris and the dirk belonged to the Norris family.
Portraits and Photographs, 1865-1922. Photographs and portraits of, or taken by, the Logan-Norris family. Photographs taken by A. Sydney Logan, 1877-1913, include: A scene showing John Freeman mowing grass and being followed on foot by Charly Freeman, labeled "Field A, Delaware, June 1887"; a scene labeled "Brookdale Farm, Jones’ Heck, Delaware, circa. 1883," showing five African American men making hay; a scene showing three African American men thinning corn labeled "Field C, Delaware, June 1887," and a scene taken at Brookdale Farm depicting blacks and whites threshing wheat together.