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Manuscript Group 275
MISCELLANEOUS MANUSCRIPTS OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR ERA
1771-1791, & undated
1 cu. ft.

This collection was created by the State Archives for miscellanous correspondence, extracts, receipts, petitions and certificates relating to the Revolutionary War era. It consists of about 275 items, of which nearly 213 fall within the period 1776 to 1786. About a half-dozen are dated before 1776 and two dozen after 1786. Forty items are listed as having no date. The collection is arranged chronologically, begining with 1771 and ending with undated items.

Thematically, the collection pertains to the political, military, and fiscal activities and policies during the American Revolution in Pennsylvania and the early United States. There are letters of some Pennsylvania notables. Documents of particular interest include items of Timothy Pickering, Charles Pettit, David Grier, John McDowell, and John Davis, all in the Department of the Quartermaster General, and Robert Morris (relating to his resignation as Superintendent of Finance). There are also important letters for New Jersey's Elias Boudinot, and Massachusetts Congressman Elbridge Gerry. In addition, the collection contains papers relating to the Wyoming Controversy and the activities of the Continental Board of War, the Constitutional Convention, and the Council of Censors. Finally, there are minutes of the Susquehanna Company (1753-1786), a private land speculation business financed mainly by Connecticut citizens. It surveyed land in what is now Wilkes-Barre and it was involved in the Pennsylvania land dispute with Connecticut.

For further detailed information about this collection see Guide to the Microfilm of the Miscellaneous Manuscripts of the Revolutionary War Era, 1771-1791 edited by Roland M. Baumann.




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